|New Hampshire to Florida - October / November|
|Official Log of Sno' Dog - Portsmouth, NH to Jensen Beach, FL - Fall 2008|
|10-22-08 - 8:20 AM Depart Great Bay Marine, Newington, NH
8:50 AM at mouth of the Piscataqua River, wind NNE 25 kts
10:45 AM passing twin lights off Cape Ann - seas building!
2:10 PM east end of Cape Cod Canal - whew!
5:30 PM Arr: Sakonnet, RI - Sakonnet Point Club dock
Today: 118 n mi. - Eng: 9.4 hrs
10-23-08 - 7:00 AM Depart Sakonnet, RI (Temp 34°)
8:00 AM off Point Judith, RI
9:15 AM off Watch Hill, RI - enter LI Sound, calmer water
2:30 PM Arr: Norwalk, CT - Norwalk Cove Marina
Filled Fuel tanks: 116.3 gal - Ave. Mileage: 2.3 n mi/gal
Today: 98.2 n mi. - Eng: 7.9 hrs
10-24-08 - 7:30 AM Depart Norwalk, CT (Temp 31°, Ice on deck!)
9:20 AM pass under Throgs Neck Bridge
10:15 AM pass under Brooklyn Bridge
10:40 AM pass under Verazano Narrows Bridge
11:15 AM off Sandy Hook, NJ
12:45 PM off Manasquan Inlet, NJ
4:30 PM Arr: Atlantic City, NJ - State Aquarium Dock
Docked next to PDQ 34 Tumbleweed I - Roger & Erika
from Ottawa, Ontario. We went out to dinner together.
Today: 115.7 n mi. - Eng: 9.0 hrs
10-25-08 - Stayed at Atlantic City due to high winds (SSE 35 kts)
and driving rain! Yuck.
|View from the cockpit! 35-knot winds with gusts to 40, seas were reported at 9 feet in Boston Bay, site of this mid-morning photo.|
|Our departure had already been postponed a couple of days, and I had a date to meet Nancy in Norfolk on October 30th, so despite Gale Warnings, I headed out dauntlessly in Sno' Dog on Wednesday morning to begin our annual southerly migration. I certainly wouldn't have done it had the winds had been from the other direction, but I figured I could handle 35-kt tail-winds. It was a bit|
|View out the window crossing Boston Bay|
|Click on small photos to view larger image|
|Finally, a peaceful sunset! In Norwalk, CT|
|exciting, but Sno' Dog proved once again that she could handle the rough stuff! Not only did we have 35-knot winds and 9-foot seas, we also had rain most of the first day and the temperature never got over 40 degrees. It sure was nice to have heat! Here's the log...|
|Hell Gate Bridge entering E. River and NYC|
|A beached boat on Sandy Hook - fishing a bit too close to the shore perhaps?|
|10-26-08 - 8:25 AM - Depart Atlantic City - with Tumbleweed I
Because of high seas, we decided to go inside on the ICW
10:00 AM - passing Margate City - bridges in poor repair,
we weren't sure if some of them could open.
1:45 PM - made it successfully to Cape May, NJ
2:00 PM - docked at the friendly Utsch's Marina - along
with Tumbleweed I, decided to postpone the
Deleware Bay passage until tomorow...
Today: 40.9 n mi. - Eng: 5.7 hrs
|Tumbleweed I follows us through a semi-functioning bridge on the NJ ICW|
|Wind turbines along the ICW in Atlantic City|
|10-27-08 - 7:30 AM - Dep Cape May, headed for Cape May Canal
8:00 AM - enter Delaware Bay, wind: W 10 kts
11:15 AM - enter C & D Canal, wind NW 20 kts
3:30 PM - Arr: Annapolis, MD - Temp 45°, wind NW 25 kts,
with rain! Docked at Annapolis Landing Marina
Filled Fuel Tanks: 110.2 gallons - 260 n mi fr CT fillup
Today: 99.5 n mi. - Eng: 8.1 hrs
|10-28-08 - 8:40 AM - Dep Annapolis, Back Creek
wind NW 25 kts with rain! Gale Warning
for Chesapeake Bay, wind 25-35 kts, gusts to 45!
10:30 AM - off Breeze Point!!! Wind howling!
11:45 AM - off Cove Point, cushions stowed
12:30 PM - Arr: Solomons, MD
12:45 PM - Tied up at the Calvert Marina - Whew!
Wind 25-30 kts, 52°, whitecaps in harbor!
Today: 42.3 n mi. - Eng: 4.3 hrs
10-29-08 - 10:30 M - Dep Solomons (after grocery run)
12:10 PM - off Pt. Lookout - Potomac R.
wind W 20-25 kts, not quite as bad as yesterday!
2:45 PM - Arr: Broad Creek, Deltaville, VA,
docked at Dozier's Regatta Pt. Marina
The cruising guide says boats outnumber
residents here by four to one!
My kind of town!
Today: 50.0 n mi. - Eng: 4.5 hrs
10-30-08 - 9:50 AM - Dep Deltaville, Temp 40°, wind NW 20!
12:30 PM - Saw 1st Pelican!
2:00 PM - Arr: Waterside Marina, Norfolk, VA
Not as rough as previous days, wind more aft
Nancy flying in here tonight, yeah!
Today: 44.7 n mi. - Eng: 4.8 hrs
|A dramatically riled up Chesapeake Bay off Cove Point|
|The very visable nuke plant at the head of Delaware Bay
The northwest wind started to kick in here, note whitecaps.
| Inside View... This is where I spent most of my time for the past seven days. It's good to have such a comfortable and warm inside steering station when the weather is bad.
Here, I'm headed down the Chesapeake with 25-kt winds on the starboard quarter. The auto-pilot has worked admirably on this rougher-than-usual trip. Hopefully, the trip south from Norfolk will be a bit more peaceful.