Leaving the Atlantic
07 September 2013 | Cape May, NJ
Leaving the Atlantic
September 7, 2013
Today is our anniversary. We are celebrating our 45 th today while we have never dated anyone else, it is actually our 52nd. We decided to stay another day in Cape May in a slip so we can celebrate with dinner ashore.
Today marks our last full day on the Atlantic coast for a while. We will sail up the Delaware River tomorrow then through the C & D Canal back into the Chesapeake. What a wonderful four months of discovery it has been. Our sailing adventure took us to the reaches of a dream we have held for over thirty years. It certainly did not hurt anything that we enjoyed a very mild summer. Even Maine had far less fog than usual and we met so many interesting people along the way. As we turn away from the Atlantic, we say goodbye to several new friends that are sailing far south into the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and some beyond. Some of our Canadian friends will make Cuba and South America. We will miss them all. We did not get the chance to see Team Ruff when they returned. Maybe we will see them next year. At any rate we wish fair winds to them all.
We are looking forward to making port in Solomons Island and yes, to our being back in the sweet arms of Texas again. We are having our Portland Pudgy sent there so we (I) will have a toy for the winter. That is our anniversary present to us. Bear has been ok with such stuff for the past few years since they contribute to our sailing.
Once back in the Solomons, we will give Why Knot some much needed TLC and prep her for the winter. Her sails are worn out and some other items need attention we have delayed underway. Before leaving her, we will "winterize" her and remove heaven knows how much stuff we have not used or do not need aboard. Seems every time we spend time aboard, we accumulate stuff of that nature. I have at least three projects for which I have the parts but have not installed. It falls into that notion that one really should not do today that which one can delay until tomorrow.
Pic proves we actually launched the spinnaker on our way here. It flew for several hours.