October 19, 2009
Whoo hoo! We have made good progress south, taking advantage of those nasty cold north winds. All of us are looking forward to the splurge at the docks in Beaufort tomorrow night, with showers and laundry and water and courtesy cars and a pirate museum and laundry and showers and showers and showers . . .
Quick video for you – and I have more to edit and post – from last week – this one is from the Turkey Shoot Regatta (or on the way there, anyway!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-uKCN9iDb8
So for you non-sailors . . . sailing is an exercise in trying to bend the wind to where you want to go. There is no way to sail directly into the wind (think about it). Instead you sail either as close to the wind as you can go (called close hauled or beating), with the wind at your side (beam on – a beam reach – about 90 degrees from the wind), or sailing with the wind at your back (broad reach, running, or even wing-on-wing). If you have to beat into the wind, you end up sailing about 2x the distance as you TACK back and forth, getting ever-closer (if you are lucky).
We have been taking advantage of the NORTH winds to sail south. Anyone trying to go north lately (!!!??? Are they nuts???) has been trying in vain as the winds have been STRONG northerly. Those 15-25 knots of wind (like 20-30 miles per hour) in your face are far, far worse than when they are scooting you along toward your destination. We have made about 40 miles a day, which when our top speed is 6 miles per hour means a long day.
Trip has gone well so far, cold notwithstanding. Highlights have to have been the Dismal Swamp, sails from Deltaville to Hampton and from Belhaven to Oriental, and the SUN today! (really – first time this trip.)
Great places to check on . . . the Great Dismal Swamp (awesome!), the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, and Oriental, North Carolina.
Jeremy is using his ham license to regularly (like daily) update our position reports. I am using my ham license to (duh) talk . . . on the waterway net every day. Love it.
Okay. Time to go pump the head, make beds, brush teeth, and get into bed. Yes, it is 8:30 pm. Way past bedtime. Tomorrow is another day (this one with SHOWERS!!! And laundry!!!!) Bet you never knew things so mundane could elicit such excitement . . . ah the reasons to go cruising!