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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)

Naval Academy

09 October 2008 | Annapolis, MD
Sunny, 78 and nice
Hey we had eggs for breakfast (YAY) then went into town to the Naval Academy. We've taken a self tour before but decided to take the walking tour this year. It was highly recommended and I'm glad we did. We went into the Phys-ed building and saw some of the cadets taking their swimming tests in uniform. By the end of their sophomore year not only to they have to swim 400 yards in 20 minutes (it gets longer each year with shorter times), but if they don't jump off the high platform (it's high) then they are booted out. I guess that by the time they finish their 4 years here, they're considered "drown proof".

We visited John Paul Jones crypt/memorial - very impressive. They finally were able to find his remains, determine his cause of death (pneumonia) and inter his remains here at the Acadamy.

We watched the noon day procession for the mid-day meal where all 4000 cadets assemble and call off before marching in to have their meal (family style). I cannot imagine 4000 cadets in a mess hall all being served at once, then leaving after 25 minutes. The Assembly was impressive and I guess they go through it every day. Their kitchens are definitely geared to the students better than at JHS... You can tell the seniors from the rest of the cadets - they get to wear khaki uniforms instead of the navy blue.

After the official tour we went to the Officer's Club and had lunch. That was impressive and it was the best clams (huge and tender - cooked to perfection) and crab cakes (all crab, no filler - honest!) I've ever had. It was a very formal looking place and I felt out of place in my Saugatuck Tshirt! I loved seeing the officers in their uniforms and loved the whole area. Very historic and beautiful granite buildings (French Venetian Style). The church dome is what a lot of people think is the state capital but it's the wrong style and the state capital building besides being smaller is less grandeur. Wrong style and materials.

After the tour and lunch walked back into town to the CVS and the bank. The opening day VIP people were at the boat show and it's packed already. We discovered that our dingy was having a huge gathering on the Navy pier and we had to tear it away from it's playmates in order to get back to the boat. The dingies were stacked in tight like a carton of eggs but we managed to weave and push our way out.

The trees are starting to turn and it was just a beautiful fall day!

Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson