The Chesapeake Bay that is. What a difference today and yesterday were compared to the three days before that. Crossed the Pamlico Sound in 30 knots of wind right on the nose. The only way to get across halfway smoothly was to tack across the ICW. This brought all the action to the forward quarters and eliminated the pounding. The spray was still constant, however, and stung the exposed parts of your face. The next day was more of the same except across the Albemarle Sound. Currituck Sound was the last sound to cross and the only real problem was the lack of water. The tide here has no effect on water levels, however, the wind can blow the water in or out thus affecting the levels. With the NE wind that had been blowing for days, the water was blown out, leaving many shallow spots.
There were times when there was only a foot of water under the boat. The tugs pushing barges really had it hard through this section. They were basically pushing mud and doing at the most 2 knots. Most of those days I had been leapfrogging with Xanadu and Providence, two other sailboats headed north. This made things a little easier being able to talk and warn each other of problem areas ahead. The last anchorage before heading into Great Bridge was not viable so Xanadu and I just pulled off the channel and dropped the hook. I was so looking forward to the next day because Michele would be joining me for the rest of the trip!
So todays short run of 22 miles brings us to Old Point Comfort, right at the mouth of the Bay. It looks like we have two good weather days to travel up the Bay, meaning no north winds, before we may have to wait a day or two in Solomon Island. Heading north up the Bay in a strong north wind would be brutal, so we just don’t do it.