It was a Whale of a day
10 October 2018
With hurricane Micheal approaching in was time to get down the coast and find some shelter if required. We left Sandy Hook NJ. at 9 a.m. Tuesday for an overnight run down the coast. Our plan was to get to the Cape May area in the morning and rest for a while then proceed as far as possible up Delaware Bay. However, it's hard to keep a good boat down and we arrived off the Cape May Shoal at 4 a.m. and decided to press on; we caught the last couple of hours of the flood tide and roared all the way to Chesapeake City MD. 189 miles in 29 hours!
It was a beautiful, warm sunny day as we motored in a light southerly breeze, fortunately the sea stayed calm all day, although it did get a little bumpy in the night. We passed the day sightseeing down the coast and watching the local fisherman race around looking for a strike. We travel with the dinghy lashed to the foredeck while offshore which restricts our forward visibility somewhat, so it is necessary to move around and check for fishtraps and debris. As I stood up to check I saw what I thought was a huge tractor tire right against the hull, as I braced for contact I realized it was a Whale about to breach. I was stunned, I could have reached out and touched him and as he dove I was sure one side of his tail was going to hit the BBQ. An hour later we were still getting over our near miss when Bev saw another one about a quarter of a mile away. Truly a memorable day.
Today's image is the sun rising over Cape May.