Northbound Day 1 - Go north to the icy wastes

Position           38:06.40N 074:42.66W

Date                2359 Sunday 15 July 2012

 

Icy wastes; well not quite, but getting the temperature own below 90F would be appreciated.

 

We spent a very pleasant few days in Norfolk courtesy once again of Gary and Greta.  Included in the visit were a monster shop for provisions and meetings with the people who will be building a fibreglass hard top to replace the original cockpit canvas roof when we return in September.

 

Gary and Greta saw us off at 0740 this morning and it was already getting hot.  Whilst there was not much wind initially there was enough to be able to motor sail out past the Chesapeake Bridge tunnel and then head north east.  The wind gradually filled in and we spent a very pleasant day broad reaching at about 7 knots.  Towards midnight the wind followed the forecast and went dead astern and onto the port quarter.  The speed dropped but progress of 4 to 5 knots is adequate and the sea is calm.

 

The chart will give an idea of where we are going, first objective the Cape Cod Canal, top right.  Our position is actually that at 0300 Monday as we cross the approaches to the Delaware.  The green triangles are AIS targets and our position is the red marker.

 

 

Dinner – a re-run of last nights bolognaise – made yesterday’s heat in the galley worthwhile.