01 November 2017
Our wakeup call this morning was the chug, chug, chug of the old diesel oyster boat as it left the creek around 6:30 a.m. It was a quiet night, with four other sailboats swinging on the hook not far from us. After an easy first day, it is time to get some nautical miles behind us! As we ate our breakfast, the boat swung around to reveal a brilliant sunrise in the porthole on the port side. Perfect....I am ready to go! The sky is blue and the sun is shining. It is 7:30 when we pull the anchor and motor out of Jackson Creek. The winds are south east, and along with the tide, is against us. There is quite a fetch built up from the Eastern Shore. We pound the waves as we exit the creek. It is a little less jolting as we move into deeper water, but continues to pound us all the way across the bay. The winds are 25 knts and the waves are 2-4 ft. As we turn up the bay we put out the head sail. There are lots of dolphins at the mouth of the York River. Towboats with barges keep us company all day. It gets really busy as we turn up the Elizabeth River towards Portsmouth. We pass by the huge war ships. There are a group of small sailboats having a regatta and yet another group from Nauticus. That's were we slipped into the town dock across the river in Portsmouth. After tying up, I cleaned the salt water off of the front glass so we can see out again. We got off the boat and walked around the dock. We discovered that our friend Tom has opened another Legends right on the waterfront. We went in to see if by chance he is there, but he is in Richmond. We decided to have dinner, shrimp tacos and my favorite Legends Oktoberfest beer. When we returned to the boat the tide had come up so high that we almost couldn't get back on the boat! After 18 miles yesterday....we have added 50.6 miles today! We are really making tracks!