The Last Leg Home!
27 May 2017 | Perdido Bay Homeport
Saturday, May 13th
The first 7 nm or so of the homeward leg were in the Bay which was still exhibiting a moderate leftover chop from the thunderstorm system that had passed over the Bay the previous night. However, as we proceeded across the Bay to the channel which led under the Brooks Bridge and into the Narrows and the ICW, the chop moderated and the "ride" smoothed out. Given the estimated 62 nm leg to our homeport on north Perdido Bay near Lillian, AL, we hoped to arrive by 5 pm. However, whereas we can normally motor at 6 nm/hr, our actual average speed in a waterway is dictated by the tidal-induced currents we experience along the ICW. On this day, the currents were mild to moderate- some with us and some against us- which resulted in an arrival time at our homeport of 6 pm. During the course of the day, everyone managed to get most of their clothes and bedding packed so that both couples were able to off load most of their belongings in two trips of Gerry's golf cart and trailer. Thus concluded our Spring Cruise which had its share of highlights and challenges but....both Seahawk and its crew arrived home in reasonably good shape and health. For a foursome of 70-somethings, what more can you ask?! (RKS)