|Crewmate Susan, of Veritas|
The trip down was uneventful, which we love. We passed a large container ship from Hong Kong anchored inside the HRBT, which upon raising its anchor, found that it fouled in its own anchor chain. They dropped it again when we were about 200 yards off, and it sounded like a jet engine! What a roar!
As we were passing NOB Norfolk, where all the large navy ships are berthed, Susan broke out some delectable cheese and crackers, and I had a wrap that I'd gotten earlier at farm fresh. We had great conversation, and tenalach's Perkins diesel purred right along. The air temp was about 50 degrees when we left, and steadily declined as we sailed toward the setting sun.
Capt Jonathan of Tempo, who organized the trip, coincidentally met up with us as he was departing Willoughby Bay. He hailed us and we laughed about the timing, and he let me know about 3 other boats that were close by and heading to Waterside to enjoy the festivities. Soon after, we got word over the radio that the S/V Blue Ghost was hard aground near the Norfolk International Terminals. Blue Ghost was sailing again before we got to her, and we passed her in the channel in the Elizabeth River. We ended up being berthed right next to her at Waterside, and her crew were good people!
Ah, the most fun part of the trip. It was my first time docking at a new marina AND in a floating slip that was two boats wide. Since we have to dock stern-to, this required turning tenalach around in very tight quarters and back her into a starboard tie up. Suffice it to say that I have not mastered prop walk. We ended up directly diagonal in the slip, tossing lines to the dock hand to pull our bow in. He assured us it happens all the time, and despite judgmental looks from our powerboat neighbor, we got into the slip and tied up without hitting anything. The admiral met us shortly, we took the stooges for a potty break and began the festivities! Several friends made their way to tenalach, and we made even more new ones! Lots of sailors came by to meet the stooges and see our home, and a good time was had by all.
|Capt Dave of Veritas and our good friend Ginny!|
A group of 7 of us went to Hells Kitchen on Granby St in Norfolk, then retired to tenalach for the rest of the evening.
The admiral and I got an early start the next morning, so she could get to her pottery class by 1. At 0830 the engine was running and we were making the undocking plan to depart Waterside and head back to Southall Landings. There was NO wind, so despite being prepared and hopeful to get some sailing in, it was again a motor trip. The temperature was about the same as the trip down and rising, but Sunday was cloudy. It was a shorter trip without the wind on our nose and we arrived back at our home slip at 1130. After a couple false starts, I had tenalach lined up and moving into the slip without so much as kissing a rub rail! It was a nice change from the embarrassment the previous day. We tied up, cleaned up, and got the admiral off to class, while the stooges and I took a well-needed nap! All in all, a great first cruise with great friends, and we look forward to doing it again!
|Admiral's favorite picture from the day!|