Overnight Sail - Check
Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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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
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.