Friday, we got a ride to the Food Lion, courtesy of the marina, and did some reprovisioning. The driver waited for us while we shopped! Life really is different in a small town. It worked out well because the front and its rain were later arriving than originally predicted.
We've met several other couples on sailboats: Mike & Lisa on the 50' Hunter "Promise", Melissa & Anne on the Catalina 445 "Moondance", and Wes and Sheryl on the Wauquiez Hood 38 "Merlin", all here waiting out the front's passage. We did sundowners with Mike & Lisa on Promise and watched the front roll in.
|The Front Arrives late Friday Afternoon|
The floating docks here make things interesting in these conditions. Trying to walk on them feels like you're coming back from a long and successful happy hour! And Dolce Vita is constantly straining at her lines.
|The History is Secure!|
This evening, after dark, I suddenly saw nav lights flying down the main channel in the harbor! At first I thought one of the boats in the marina had had enough of bouncing, and was trying to get back into the sheltered lagoon by the fuel dock. With these conditions, this would have been a crazy thing to attempt in the daylight, let alone in the dark! But then the lights abruptly turned and headed back. This repeated another time, and I realized that this was a new boat arriving and trying to get onto the T head of one of the docks! I and several others raced to that dock to find a 60' Beneteau Oceanus struggling mightly to get a line on the docks. Despite the wind and current, the captain was maintaining an amazing amount of control, but the wind kept grabbing his bow and flipping it outward at the last second, despite his bow thruster. Eventually, he backed his stern up to the dock and we got several lines over and pulled him in without incident. Our excitement for the evening!
Tomorrow, the wind is supposed to come around to the West, still blowing 15-20. This will be blowing directly into the Harbor. Just getting out of the slip without damaging the boat would be difficult, so we're probably going to hang here another day.