What the fog?!
Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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A few hours later, we noticed a thick haze on the horizon, and by 9:00 we were completely surrounded by fog, which continued all. day. long. Our visibility was, at best, maybe quarter of a mile, but generally only a hundred yards or so in all directions - and when the sun would try to peak through, the fog would brighten up so we could literally only see a few yards (maybe) around us
But, just in case we were in danger of calling it a boring day, our arrival into Cape May Inlet coincided with nightfall, and the fog was still thick around us. Connor relieved Pepe as I was taking a peak at the charts down below and Pete was restowing some things in the cabin. A few minutes later, Connor called out, "I could use another set of eyes up here," so I went up to help him spot buoys as we came in. As we found our red and green marking the entrance to the channel, we could see some lights of traffic not too far off in the distance. Seeing as we had no other points of reference, it was hard to actually keep Hejira oriented on the proper side of the channel. We called for yet another set of eyes, and Pete situated himself on the bow with the spotlight to help keep a lookout. Right as we were coming into the inlet, there was a large fishing vessel slowly heading toward our starboard beam with all of its bright lights on and its gear out. We managed to navigate around it, but it was definitely a little too close for comfort. We motored the rest of the way down the channel, all three of us scanning the fog for the upcoming channel markers and any surrounding traffic. Other than the slight scare of the fishing boat at the start of the channel, we managed to make it through without a hitch. It was our first time coming into an unfamiliar harbor after dark, and the fog just added a little extra excitement.
We dropped the hook near a few other sailboats, right across from a Coast Guard training facility where we could hear them doing drills. Just settling in for a quiet night before making our way to the Chesapeake Bay tomorrow. And yes, I'll get Connor to post an update - I swear he's alive and well...and consistently within 30 feet of me.