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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Farewell to the Chesapeake

What a joy it has been to cruise the Chesapeake. It was bittersweet to leave today. We had no idea what was in store for us when we embarked upon these cruising grounds. We found favorite places and met the kind of people that we hope will cross our path in the future. It was especially difficult to leave the Wards in Deltaville. We met them at church last July and they made a special impression on us as the nicest people in Deltaville. Jean said yesterday that we are not 'company' (with her accent is it more like "comp-nay"), we are family. We got know most of their family and spent time with them as well. What a great group of people - and the Wards do not get internet so they will never know we wrote this about them. Last Monday, they invited us to tie up Hold Fast to their dock, the dock just in front of their big red tug. I took them cinnamon rolls, we did lunches together and had Jean's homemade ice cream. Just does not get any better than that!

We did not get out of the Chesapeake today without it giving us some feisty weather. The forecast called for 15-20 knots out of the west, gusting to 25. What we got was 20-25 knots out of the southwest, gusting to 30 and then about 35 at the end, maybe more. Our first two hours we made over 7 knots an hour under main and jib. Once we turned the corner at Wolf Trap Light, we started reefing sail and continued to reef as the gusts got over 30. There are not many places to anchor around Norfork. We are at Old Point Comfort, but it is not very comfortable. It is a very lumpy anchorage with these strong winds out of the SW. They forecast the winds will turn west tonight. At any rate, we will move on as soon as possible in the morning.
Love to All

Posted via Ham radio.
{GMST}37|00.536|N|076|19.103|W|Anchored Phoebus Channel|Old Point Comfort{GEND}

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