Block Island to Norfolk Day 3 - A fast finish

Position           36:51.14N 076:17.89W

Date                1130 Sunday 18 September 2011

 

Shortly after midnight we had one fishing boat that I suspect was busy working and did notice our VHF calls.  Every time that we changed course he with unerring accuracy and precision appeared to change to head towards a collision.  It was therefore on with every light that we could muster and eventually he noticed the “oil rig” coming towards him; after a sociable chat we missed each other.

 

Rock and roll down wind but as the wind veered further we came onto more of a reach and speed increased so that by dawn we were not only in sight of Cape Charles but closing our waypoint at a good 7 to 8 knots.

 

0900 saw us inside the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel and it felt almost like coming home having arrived at the same point in May but from Bermuda.  What really finished off the trip well was that we were able to sail the 15nm from the Bridge Tunnel right into Norfolk which given the lack of appropriate wind earlier in our trip from Gloucester was a great way to finish the passage.

 

1130 saw us once again secured in Gary and Greta’s, OCC Port Officers, dock in central Norfolk