Repairs in Norfolk

22 April 2019   Charleston to Chesapeake (Day 1)
At 04:00, we pulled up the anchor and set off into the night.  There was no wind at all, but we had a favourable current of 1½ knots for the 10 miles out of the inlet channel. We then set off on a course of 075° aiming for the 200 metres depth contour, hoping that by the end of the day, we’ll pick up the strong Gulf Stream to push us north.

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On to South Carolina

15 April 2019   Cumberland Island, Georgia
It was very cold last night (about 15°C) with a brisk 20 knot SW wind, which is sucking cold air from the central states of the USA – we had to put on fleeces while having breakfast and the hot cup of tea was very welcome.  However, it was sunny and the forecast still looks like we’ll have a weather window to leave for Charleston on Wednesday 17th.

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Surviving the ICW

8 April 2019   Titusville to New Smyrna, Florida
We had a lovely peaceful night and set off after breakfast, heading for New Smyrna to meet up with an old skydiving friend, Tony Uragello.  It was only 30 miles, so we arrived just after midday and were surprised see Tony and his wife Mary standing on a dock waving to greet us – by the time that we realised who it was, we’d gone past.

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Arriving in Florida

1 April 2019   Highbourne Cay to West Palm Beach, Florida (Day 2)
At sunrise, we had fluffy white clouds with blue skies.  After 24 hours of solid motoring, we were pleased that the wind picked up to 15 knots from the south allowing us to finally turn the engine off and sail on a beam reach.  Later in the morning, we hooked a nice Dorado, which I gaffed and landed ok.  It bled profusely, so by the time that I’d subdued it, the aft deck was covered in blood – took me nearly an hour to fillet the fish and clean up the mess.  Glenys served Fish Tortillas for lunch, which was lovely. 

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Working Our Way North

25 March 2019   Elizabeth Island, Exumas
I find the weather in this region so frustrating.  I set the alarm last night and was up at the crack of dawn to look at the weather, only to find it still miserable with scudding clouds and a bit of rain. The forecast is for the east wind to drop this afternoon and then tomorrow there should be blues skies and very light winds.  We either go in the rain and wind today, or motor in sunshine tomorrow.  I went back to bed.

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