Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tides & Currents 101

Wow, blue skies greeted us this morning for the first time in 3 days. Still cold, but the sun makes a big difference in the crew's attitude.

Super fast currents down here are a challenge that we've had little experience with--other than Delaware Bay and River. So we had an ugly departure (sideways for a few seconds) out of the slip this morning as the current and wind were stronger than our diesel. Then it was all smiles as we caught the current and traveled down the ICW at 7-8 knots for much of the day.

ICW goes through Camp Lejeune for about 15 miles and views were great--even a few Marines getting ready to enter the ICW on amphibious vehicles.. They sometimes stop boaters from coming through when live ammo practice is taking place (definitely a good idea), but today was too nice for maneuvers. Pete said they usually hold them on nasty weather days.

We've gone 260 miles down the ICW so far, and got a slip in Topsail, NC, tonight where we met friends John "Poopie" and Patti for dinner. We hadn't seen them for a year--since Edisto weekend last October, so we had lots of catching up to do.

1 comment:

  1. Hey P and MA, I thought of y'all when I saw it was finally getting sunny. I know y'all are definitely NOT just fair weather sailors but it sure makes it nicer. How fun that you got to hang out with Poopie and Patti Suggs (my brother and sister in law). You're always a guaranteed good time with them. I just want to know who first discovered the "aged" squid and what your first words were!! The thought of it makes me shiver! Love, Laurel