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S/V Faring
Beaufort, NC
11/25/2011, N34 42.914 W75 39.820

Tuesday 1 Nov '11

Sunshine and calm seas helped mitigate the 53 degrees. We arrived at Beaufort Docks (ouch!!! $2.30ft, $4 pwr per night) just in time to spend our wooden nickels and have dinner with Carol and Jack on 'Tribute'. Stayed long enough to stretch our legs, have lunch at the 'Grocery Store', buy a few provisions at the market up the street and scour Kelli's 'rocking chair bookstore' for additions to my collection - great little independent!

We anchored in Hammock Bay, N34 33.068 W77 19.507 for the night. The holding is not the best so we put out lots of chain in anticipation of the heavy rain and gusts to 30k expected during the night and into the morning of the following day. Unfortunately not everyone did the same. Stella Blue dragged down on us at 0705 and we had gusts to 50 and all that rain to contend with. Ken took the helm to try and steer Faring into the wind so we wouldn't drag, too. We were soaked to the bone as we left the cabin in sweats and slippers. We both lost and retrieved our glasses during the fray and Heather is out one very warm slipper but aside from that all aboard both yachts were unhurt and neither boat was damaged. We thanked our lucky stars and got the hell out of there.

Solomon Island, MD
11/25/2011, N38 20.160 W76 26.107

Tuesday 18 Oct '11

Did a few long days, 85nm or so. to anchor at our must visit Susan and Peter spot in the Chesapeake. They are truly the 'Best of the Best' - thank you S&P. Stayed till Sunday when we departed at dawn for Fishing Bay Marina in Deltaville VA, N37 32.457 W76 20.261, to party on our mutual birthdays with Joanie and Bob on Nemir. After that it was Waterside Marina, Norfolk VA, N36 50.636 W76 17.567 where we picked up an OCC burgee from a fellow member that lives near the marina.

After that it was rain, overcast and gusts to 20k. The Great Bridge Lock was closed to boat traffic due to high water for awhile so we anchored north of the lock and hunkered- down till the lock opened and we made our way to Alligator River Marina, cleanest marina we've visited along the way and good burgers, too! Then it was onto Pungo Creek in sunshine! Pungo Creek, N35 30.493 W76 39.344, is a very nice place to anchor - very good holding but, poor WIFI.

Cape May, New Jersey
11/25/2011, N38 58.396 W74 50.602

Saturday 8 Oct '11

Actually, thanks to Carol and Richard on 'The Great Catsby', we didn't squeeze anywhere - we sailed up the narrow inlet to Sunset Lake and anchored for the night, lovely. The next day we did squeeze into a slip at the South Jersey Marina. Ken had discovered an oil leak in the starboard engine during a routine check that needed a closer look. He ordered the seal and gasket on Monday, along with Chinese take-out that delivers to the dock, and the parts arrived the next day. We had plenty of time to make friends with Torie, the new owner of the onsite restaurant - Wallace's - because the oil seal went off without a hitch (pays to have your own ABYC certified tech as captain) but the weather went down hill in spades!!! Gale winds and heavy rain, whew. We tried leaving Sunday, there are just so many long walks you can take in that part of Cape May, even Buoy was tired of the site of all that concrete after awhile, but we faced 30 k winds and standing waves so we turned around and went back to SJM for another night.

Great Kills, Staten Island NYC
11/25/2011, N 40 32.197 W74 08.307

Thursday 6 Oct '11

"The Devil made me do it!" That would be me, Heather, the Devil that is. I'd lived in NYC a good long time but I have never been to Staten Island (the ferry, yes, the island ,no). So when Ken said what is the first thing you want to do when we go ashore I said - Buy real bagels!!! We took a mooring at the Richmond Community Yacht Club - great lunch and a very safe anchorage. Then we took the MTA and the ferry into the City (for a grand total of $9.00) . We checked out the construction progress of the "new Towers" - very pretty, reflects the sky with little or no structure showing between the glazing.

Upon our return to Great Kills we ate really good pizza and the best homemade ice dream we've ever had at 'Benvenuti's'. We bought an assortment of jaw challenging wonderfully flavorful bagels around the corner and to die for Italian pastry at 'Ponte Vecchio' on the corner of the intersection that leads back to the marina...........GREAT DAY!!! I recommend Great Kills to anyone wishing to visit NYC without breaking the bank - Staten Island is the way to go!!

Up at 7AM, Ken at least, to sail to Barnegat Bay on our way to Cape May. What a lovely anchorage, much nicer than a long overnight to Cape May. Getting there however was a might rough in the morning - wind against the tide - the dogs and I were a tad nervous. The interior of the saloon was rearranged by nature (still haven't found my #9 pencil). But Ken was enjoying a little action at sea. Tomorrow another 65 nm and we'll be in Cape May - a tight squeeze for two cats and a monohull!

Relaxing in Rhode Island
10/02/2011, Point Judith, RI

Well, we've been bouncing down the coast catching a little bit of good weather here and there. All is going well so far!

We're currently here in Point Judith visiting with a fellow Manta owner who is getting ready to head south this week as well. The weather doesn't look to favorable for doing direct trip to Cape May this week so, we will probably join Richard, and his wife Carol, and sail down Long Island Sound, through Hells Gate, pass NYC and then the Jersey coast to Cape May. Sounds like the long way around and it is!

We had a successful beaching at Heal Eddy, cleaning Faring's bottom and changing the zincs on the sail drives. From there we went to Portland and anchored up between House and Cliff Islands whcih was a great spot!

The next day we traveled down the Maine coast and stopped in LIttle Harbor near Portsmouth for the night. Our plan for the next day was to head to P-Town but the winds didn't cooperate so we stopped at Scituate, Ma for two nights to let some weather pass through. Friday we left Scituate and traveled through the Cape Cod Canal and spend the night in Onset, Ma.

The next morning we were off at 7am and managed to ride through a thunderstorm on Buzzards bay. Quite a surprise that early in the morning! The rest of Buzzarda Bay was a fun downwind sleigh ride in 20 kt winds. As we reached Rhode Island Sound, the winds shifted around to the as forecast SE which was a nice beam reach into Point Judith.

We're off to somewhere warm!
09/26/2011, Portland, Maine

We left RMC yesterday morning and beach Faring at Heal Eddy around 10am. The tide became low enough around noon so we could get in the water and start cleaning the bottom. Not too bad for two year old bottom paint. Mostly just had to clean off the beard at the water line, the rest was just a thin coat of slime. The zincs were changed out in about an hour and we we putting things away by 3pm.

We spent the night on the beach and by about 9am today the tide came in enough to float us clear of the bottom and headed out. It was a very calm day so we motored down to Portland and fueled up. Our plan is to head to Portsmouth, NH tomorrow and then on to Provincetown on Wednesday.

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