01 October 2018
Leaving Pasadena, MD for Hampton, VA. We were waiting for a good weather window to make our way down the Chesapeake to Hampton, VA. I had planned to spend 5 days making this part of the trip but Mother Nature was uncooperative. She wanted us to stay on shore for a while. I began to think that Maryland never had any sunshine. As predicted Friday was the day of opportunity, all reports were this cold front was going to pass through and go out to sea. We decided to take advantage follow behind the front and sail all night to get to our final destination. The distance was 138 nautical miles, only 28 hours at 5 knots. Again taking advantage of currents and wind direction we made the trip in 24.5 hours. Met some large ships on the way (daytime and night). Great sunset and sunrise while we kept moving down the bay. Had some great help at Bluewater Yachting Center refueling and tying up at our assigned slip. Rented a car and drove back to Massachusetts and collapsed in my bed around 2:00 AM Sunday morning. It took team a little teamwork and planning but all went well. I had a great crew a.k.a. Bill Lombardi.
Nothing to do with actual moving the boat but with staying at Ventnor Marina. As was mentioned before, Craig was a great host. He let us use the marina club house for our stay and opened his home to us so we could take showers. (His benefit or ours, I’m not too sure.) Gave us rides in the rain to local restaurants and shopping. Let us take him out for a great steak dinner (the least we could do). Then on Thursday night before our departure invited us out for happy hour and appetizers with his friends, after which we went bar hopping. I was glad I was leaving early Friday, help me restrain from drinking too much. Had a great time playing pool and visiting the various bars, but it was still a late night and the morning came early. A great sunny day after a fantastic stay in Pasadena, MD.