Hampton to Norfolk

Trip Start Oct 19, 2008
Trip End Jan 05, 2008

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A most foul crossing of the mouth of the James River.  The wind was about 10 knots at Hampton when we left but when we got out on the Bay it was W 25 knots, along the fetch of the river, with higher gusts and quite a sea running.  We motored as we wanted to get across quickly and sailing would have been quite challenging.  The boat was fine but we were freezing with temperatures in the low 40s F.  So much for any idea of following the Indian summer south.  Heavy snow in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania yesterday.  It was nearly 11am by the time we got to ICW mile 0 and we were going to make a run for an anchorage at the hole in the wall creek near the start of the Dismal Swamp canal but then had the thought that with all the weather delays we might find it very full with other boats.  Decided to anchor off Hospital Point, Norfolk at mile 0 and be at the first bridge for 0830 the following morning which would be the earliest opening. 2 boats continued on after us but there were already 5 other boats here when we anchored - one other has come in and it will  be interesting to see if more get here in the late afternoon.
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