Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Little Creek, Norfolk

We sailed all night and arrived in Norfolk, VA just after sunrise. The winds were light so we motorsailed all day. Then, just as the sun was setting, the wind picked up and we turned off the engine and sailed through the night. We were planning to arrive at around 8 am so that we could buy diesel and tie up at a marina. As the wind reached the mid-teens we were sailing over 7 knots on a beam reach. We put a reef in the main to slow us down. Even with the reefed main and no jib we often traveled at over 6 knots. I took the first watch from 7 pm to 1 am. George took the next watch from 1 am to 7 am. Neither one of us slept very well. It was very choppy on the bay and Breeze On was slamming into the waves. A pod of dolphins greeted us as were entered Little Creek. There were 8 or 10 of them in a row swimming right toward our bow and then under the boat. Have I mentioned how much I love dolphins?
We are docked at Vinings Landing in Little Creek. It is conveniently located very close to the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel. We had hoped to dock at Cobb’s marina next door but they are full. Vinings is rundown but the people are nice and it will do for one night. 

Sunrise on the Chesapeake. 

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