Thursday, October 30, 2014

Virginia to Florida

After a comfortable night at Great Bridge, Virginia, we woke up the bridge tender at 5:50 am declaring we were here for the 6 am opening. He sleepily replied "Good morning capt, stand by we are opening in a few minutes". Down the canal we go, love the big searchlight for the ICW in the dark. Within an hour we see the beginning of daybreak, looks like a pretty day ahead. We run "down the sounds" stopping near Long Shoal River on the Pamlico just as the sun goes down. Beautiful calm night. Next am (Mon 27th) we again depart in the dark; easy here, no need for the light, just radar and the chart plotter. At around 13:00 we talk to Steve and Julie on Erban Renewal as we approach the Neuse. Originally, we were planning to stop in Adams Creek for the night then go offshore Tuesday for a run to Fernandina Beach, however looking at the longer term weather it looks like a wonderful window today right through to Friday the 31st. If we carry on now we will head out of Beaufort, NC Inlet in late afternoon. Let's go!  It is now 19:00, Thursday the 30th, and we are just south of Cape Canaveral.  Our  ETA in to Fort Pierce, Florida is about 2 am Friday just ahead of the weather moving in over the weekend. We have had great weather all the way, only 5-6 hours where we saw anything over 15 kts and 3' seas. Mostly 5-10 kts, 1-2 feet! Don't you love it when a plan works out even better than expected?

1 comment:

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    Captain Todd