Stuck Our Nose Out
26 October 2018
We untied our lines and left the dock at Cape Charles at 7:30a.m. We stuck our nose out and didn’t like it! It was so protected in the harbor that we were surprised by the conditions on the bay. The winds were double what was predicted, but even worse was the fetch of huge swells from the previous days winds. It was rough as we exited the channel and turned to go across the Chesapeake Bay. I counted eleven freighter ships anchored in the quarantine area waiting for pilots to take them in to ports in Norfolk/Hampton Roads. We talked with Nemo on the radio and unanimously decided that with these conditions, this would not be fun! After returning to the marina, we paid for another night and walked to Tim’s Place for lunch. We spent a leisurely afternoon reading and later enjoyed Judy’s homemade soup for dinner on Nemo. We turned in early, planning for an early departure in the morning.
We were up at 5:30a.m. this morning. Carl made coffee and poured it in our travel mugs. We left the dock at 6a.m.,before dawn. The moon was lighting our way as we followed our chart plotter tracks out of the marina. The winds were light and the seas were calm. The red sky as the sun rose was a sign of an approaching coastal storm. We motored through the anchored ships and made our way towards Norfolk. The Elizabeth River was busy with boat traffic. We were averted away from the Naval docks by security boats as they escorted a submarine out to sea. We arrived at Waterside marina at 11:30 a.m., just as the rain started to fall. We made our way inside “Waterside District” to have lunch at Chipotle’s. The rain picked up after we were back on our boats. It rained all afternoon as we read, watched a little t.v. and took a cat nap. We will do a little exploring tomorrow.