Tuesday, June 2, 2015

22-26 May, Memorial Day at Cape Charles

The 14kt headwinds and 3-4' seas met us The Belle sailed into the Chesapeake Bay.  The winds shifted to north as we cleared land, and with all 3 sails full, close-hauled, we made 5.8kts headed to Cape Charles.  The Belle points nicely, and she sliced though the swells smoothly. As we approach Plantation light on the Eastern Shore, the winds died to 3-5kts.  A huge pod of dolphins surrounded the boat, as if the greeting party as we motored into the long channel to the Cape Charles City Marina. Just as we tied up, Al and Nickie aboard Risky Business, pulling into the marina area.  For us, a comfortable 4 hr sail.  For them, a quick 45 sprint across The Bay.
Al and Chess aboard Risky Business...awaiting the ladies before heading out for a day on the docks and visiting friends on the boats visiting Cape Charles for the weekend.

The Belle (green bimini and dingy hanging) and Risky Business to port, secured for a weekend of fun

Karen, Al and Nickie at stern of the 110'super-yacht cutter in the marina

The Belle in foreground and the 110'super-yacht cutter abeam as we head back out to the Chesapeake Bay for the sail back to Norfolk
Karen working her knitting as we sail back to Norfolk, close-hauled in the 12kt southerly.

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