Overnight Sail - Check

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, November 19, 2010

We would love it if everyone out there would leave us a comment, the blog is getting way more hits then we would have ever expected! Who are all yous guys?

We had a nice night's sleep in Torchester, and woke up to a beautiful morning with near perfect sailing conditions. We decided to wait to have breakfast until we were underway so we could try to make up some lost time from Wednesday's slog.  It was my turn to check the oil on the engine and the bilge level before departure, and when I glanced in, the bilge was full.  Peter had ran the bilge pump the night before, so we knew it had been emptied - the search for the leak commenced.  Peter noticed some moisture all the way aft by the water heater.  Connor climbed in the hold and got a closer look.  After they'd both inspected it, it was clear that we weren't in danger if we went out, and it would probably be much easier to fix when we arrived in Norfolk.

We got underway and were pleased to find that Wednesday's seas had subsided.  We were immediately able to sail, and it would be an understatement to say it was refreshing after banging around the entire day previous.  We had just a couple of hours of very light winds that required some motor-sailing, but otherwise we were able to sail along easily.  By midday, we had already covered as many miles as we had on Wednesday, which was a necessary boost because, as Peter put it, "the Chesapeake Bay is just discouragingly long."

In the afternoon, I turned on the weather report to find out how things were looking for the next 24 hours.  We had all been wanting to get an overnight sail under our belt, and after our tedious 30 miles on Wednesday, we knew it would really help to make it down the Chesapeake over night.  The weather was meant to hold with about 15 knots of breeze coming from the northwest throughout the night, so we unanimously decided to just keep going.  We made up a rough watch schedule to break up the nighttime hours, and we figured with an average of 5 knots, we could make it into Norfolk before noon today.

As I turned in for some sleep at 10:00, the wind had just picked up.  When I came back up on watch a couple of hours later, we had been averaging a good 6 knots.  Although the night was a bit chilly, it was a beautiful one with only partial cloud cover and an almost-full moon.  We barely had any traffic, and we were able to easily sail in the direction of Norfol without any obstructions - we couldn't have asked for better conditions.  We made really good time, and we were dockside, fueling and watering up just after 9:00 this morning at the Bluewater Marina in Hampton, Virginia.

We enjoyed some lunch at the restaurant here, and now we're just attending to some tasks - the boys are tackling our leak issue while I get you all updated on our whereabouts and get some other things organized on board.  In a few hours, we'll head to my friend Hank's house for some dinner and a hot shower.  He is a sea captain, so he knows the things that are important to people getting off boats!   It will be nice to hang out in a house for the evening.  Tomorrow, we'll get our start on the Intracoastal Waterway and keep moving south!

All is well.
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Pappy on

Thanks for the update. Sounds like it's going great. Safe travels. Love, dt

ter on

Great information Ellie, sounds like a very interesting trip up, Delaware Bay and out Cheasepeake Bay. Just to let Pete know, I'm his uncle. The comments from Larry, are from my neighbor accross the street. I told him of your trip and he really enjoys following you. He owned a small plane and flew a few times to Florida, and he finds similarities with what your doing now.. TER

Julie on

Hi Ellie - I am really enjoying living vicariously through your adventure. This is Pete's Aunt and I know I have shared your blog with several of my friends so some of your hits may be coming from them. Think of you all often as you travel on your way. Keep the updates coming as it is so much fun.

Pete's Aunt Jane on

Thanks for sharing such a great blog! It is so much fun following you on your trip. Much more fun than stoking the fire here in Maine. Stay safe!

Marianne on

Jacob just got me connected to your Blog and I have really enjoyed reading about your big adventure! Sounds like you are all doing well! Wishing you good winds, sunshine, and dry socks!

Jenn Riley on

Hey Pete,
My mom mentioned that your blog is really interesting and I happened to find a link through Aunt Janne's facebook. In case you forgot you have a huge family and I imagine the majority of us are checking up on how things are going. Stay safe!! With love Jenn

Mackenzie on

Might be a bit to late, but say hi to Hank and the family from me! The Chesapeake has some great sailing, but damn, she is a hefty girl. Glad you guys are traversing her well.

Tom A on

Certainly glad to hear how much fun you guys are having. Has Connor fallen overboard or just forgotten how to make a keyboard entry?

Bank of Woods Hole on

Thank you for all the updates..we at the Bank of Woods Hole are keeping up to date on all of your progress and are enjoying the stories!

Bottom Job on

Sweet sweet sweet.....when u guys get to FLA I have some peeps for you to hook up with...can get some good anchorage info fer ya too...will probly see you down there....gonna visit me pops in jan or feb sometime and will definitely look you cats up :-)

Mitch Buck on

Great read so far! It has to be great making your way down the entire east coast.

Mitch Buck on

Peter & Ellie, my mom has a place in St Michaels (think the chatham of the Chesapeake) with a dock. You might be able to tie up for the night on your journey north.

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