Heading towards Cape Hatteras
Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Mon 12 Jul 2010 21:22
34:17.73N 076:09.97W Cape Hatteras
We left Charleston yesterday midday for our 430nm trip to Norfolk. All going well the plan is to get into Norfolk by Wednesday evening, but the weather will dictate that!. So far we have had very light winds and the sea has been calm - so again we have been motor-sailing most of the way. We should round Cape Hatteras at midnight tonight, and there is stronger weather forecast for the morning (some rain and high winds) This "cape" is infamous with sailors, just like Cape Horn or Cape Point due to the large number of ship wrecks off this coast. The weather can be foul and the currents strong - we will go carefully.
Mike has caught 3 fish already - all a kind of small tunny - and he has already made us some delicious fish-cakes.
We are now at a similar latitude to Cape Town (but 34deg North) but unlike Cape Town with its cool ocean currents, the Gulf Stream (31deg today) makes it extremely hot and humid, even at sea. Today at 5.30pm it is well over 30deg and humidity is about 76%.
Our next stop is Norfolk, Virginia