Sunday, November 11, 2018

Four Nights in Belhaven - 2018

Nov 9 thru Nov 11

—Blogpost written by Bob

We arrived here in Belhaven NC at noon on Thursday, November 8, after transiting the Alligator River-Pungo River Canal. We are staying in a slip at Belhaven Marina, which is adjacent to the downtown area of the small town of Belhaven.  It is a small marina with great facilities and friendly management.  Since the sky was overcast and rain threatened, we were satisfied to get (fantastic!) showers and do laundry (it is free!) at the marina in the afternoon.  Tomorrow, we will be venturing into town to explore.

The weather forecast from Thursday, Nov 8,
on our Weather Underground app.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hampton VA to Belhaven NC - 2018

Nov 5 thru Nov 10

—Blogpost written by Bob

Hampton to Great Bridge (Nov 5)

It was warm and windy and overcast with a light rain early this morning. The rain is expected to clear up by 10 AM, when we plan to leave. We left the marina in Hampton at 9:15 AM. It rained very heavily after we got through the Hampton Channel and it continued to rain heavily as we came through Norfolk and into the ICW. I’m glad we had our cockpit enclosure in place—we stayed warm and dry. By the time we got to the Gilmerton Lift Bridge, the rain had stopped. However, we had a delay at this bridge because the railroad bridge just on the other side of the lift bridge was closed—we were delayed about an hour.

We made it through the Great Bridge Lock without incident and, after a 1/2-hour delay, made it past the draw bridge just below the lock. We arrived at a complimentary slip in Great Bridge VA at 3:15 PM, six hours after leaving Hampton. Three other sailboats were tied up at the same long dock.

s/v Rainy Days docked at a complimentary
slip in Great Bridge VA.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Four Nights in Hampton

Nov 2 thru Nov 4 

--Blogpost written by Bob

As you may recall, we arrived in Hampton, Virginia at 5:15 PM on November 1 and got a slip at the Hampton Maritime Center, sometimes referred to as Hampton Public Docks.  We went out for dinner at the Bull Island Brewing Company, within easy walking distance from our slip.   It was very windy and rainy during our first night's stay.  It was also quite (unseasonably) warm!

Friday, November 2

It was overcast when we woke up and, of course, rain is in the forecast for today (but only 20% probability). It is still somewhat windy but it is still nice and warm here in Hampton. I spent some time readjusting our dock lines from the haphazard way we rigged them when we first arrived last night. 

s/v Rainy Days docked at
Hampton Maritime Center.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Annapolis to Hampton - 2018

Oct 29 thru Nov 1

—Blogpost written by Bob

Annapolis to West River (Monday, Oct 29)

We enjoyed a leisurely morning in Annapolis before casting off our dock lines for the short trip to the West River (about 2 hours). We motored out the Severn River and into the Chesapeake Bay hugging the western shore until passing Thomas Point Light.

Thomas Point Lighthouse as the
sun broke through the clouds.

The wind was strong (15 to 20 knots) and gusting (to 25 to 30 knots).  As we turned toward the West River we motored into the westerly wind—the waves were breaking over the foredeck and splashing onto the front window of the dodger, making visibility somewhat difficult.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Baltimore to Annapolis - 2018

Oct 25 thru Oct 28

—Blogpost written by Bob

This is the beginning of our third season going south for the winter. We decided to “go easy” this winter and spend it in Charleston SC. The trip down the ICW is only about half as long as the trip to West Palm Beach where we normally cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas but we’re planning on taking about the same total time. We have planned shorter travel days and more stop over days, some in new places.

While it seems to be cooler this year, we’re leaving Baltimore 3 days earlier than last year but we will be spending an additional 3 days in Annapolis attending the first Mid-Atlantic C&C Rendezvous.

Baltimore to Annapolis (Thursday, Oct 25)

We took showers at the marina as the sun was coming up. When we got back to the boat, I fired up our trusty inboard (30 HP) diesel engine so that it would warm up for today’s 5-hour trip. (The outside temperature was a rather chilly 42 degrees F— it got down to 34 degrees F last night.)

As we waited for our dock master, Wayne, to help us off, we pulled our dock steps aboard and stowed them in the quarter berth and then unhooked our shore power cord and stowed it in the quarter berth as well. Next, our fresh water hose was brought aboard and stowed in the port cockpit locker. We left the dock at 8 AM.

As we motored out of the marina and into the Potapsco River, I realized that this was the first time we have motored with our complete cockpit enclosure in place—it kept us nice and warm in the cool early-morning hours.

We came under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
at about 11 AM.  This is the western
end of the bridge.

As we were motoring out the Potapsco River I noticed a strange thing happening on my chart plotter--the track showed like we were trailing a large stretched out "Z".  I erased the track and started the track all over again and it was fine.  As we got to the Bay Bridge, the eastern end of Kent Island was cut off where the bridge ended.  I have to figure this out before continuing our trip south.