160 nm to go...Markus
19-Jun-2008, 70 nm East of New Jersey - 39-37N 072-33W
.. to the Cape Cod Canal, where we will make a stop to pick up Ralf (the "other Ralf" - Boeck this time) who will join us for the last short leg to Peaks Island, Maine (also, Nana's mother will make a short visit up from New York to see her grand son). After beating to windward during our first night out of the Chesapeake Bay we had to motor part of yesterday in very light winds. Yesterday evening it picked up again and we were sailing on a nice broad reach and the down-wind before a lightning storm passed over us between midnight and 0300 and forced us to run with it off our course for a few hours. Now (1200 on 19JUN) the wind has died down again and we had to raise our red "Beta Sail" again (i.e. start our Beta Marine engine).
18-Jun-2008, East of Delaware
Slipped our mooring in Portsmouth/VA this morning, waved good-bye yet again to Arearea and sailed out of the Chesapeake Bay at 1300 local time. Now (0145 local time on 18JUN) we're beating to windward under a full moon on our way to Cape Cod, the last planned stop before Maine. All is well aboard, stay tuned...
ICW, Mile 0...Markus
14-Jun-2008, Portsmouth, Virginia
We worked our way up to the end of the ICW (for vessels traveling northbound - I guess officially it's the beginning at mile 0) today and are now moored in Portsmouth, Virginia. Originally, the ICW wasn't very high on our list of things to do but we really enjoyed the little interlude, especially since we got to travel in tandem with Arearea again. We found two very nice anchorages along the way where we could just drop the hook, raft the two boots together, and have the kids traverse freely across - just like the good old days in the Balearics... (see picture above). On our first night out of Belhaven we were also joined by the Australian crew of "Free at Last" who brought 3-year old Jack to the party and made the naval playpen complete. Surprisingly enough we even got to do some nice and relaxed sailing on the open stretches of the ICW where Sven from Arearea took the picture of Namani below.
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Namani at Sea Impression