Monday, October 12, 2009

First Day on the ICW

Captain Pete and "first crew" Jake Kirchner brought MicMac down from Deltaville last Thursday and Friday to Two Rivers marina, where we fully provisioned her. That's LOTS of water, wine, beer, books, food, and clothing (in approximately that order).

We also enjoyed happy hour and the "last supper" with Kirchners, Polsons, Knuppels, and Raphaels before taking off to Norfolk/Portsmouth, where we anchored off Portsmouth's "Hospital Point." Captain Pete used to fish off this point as a little boy when he lived here (Granddad Bob was Chief of Medicine here at the time).
First light in Norfolk

We left Norfolk at "first light" this morning, in a "parade" with 3 other sailboats and 2 powerboats. Since it was a federal holiday (Columbus Day--how appropriate!), we got a few bridges to open "on demand" as opposed to waiting for "on the hour."

Got to enter (and exit) our first lock, which only raised the water level about 18 inches. NOT the Panama Canal!

Traveled about 50 miles today in 9 hours down the North Landing River and across Currituck Sound to the "hamlet" of Coinjock, NC. We're tied up to the thousand-foot dock here on the ICW. Mega power yachts on one end and we salty sailors on the other end. Going to eat ashore tonight. No galley duty for this first mate.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear our family sailors got off on Columbus Day and are heading our way...albeit very slowly. This past weekend all the Suggs and Millikens with kids and babies in tow spent 3 days in cozy mountain cabins outside of Brevard NC. Great houses. Check them out: Safe sailing, Later, Sista Suggs