We were up before dawn, and cast off by first light. We planned, as was becoming our habit, to have coffee and breakfast underway.
As soon as we cleared the harbor's breakwater, we found the wind blowing 15-20 out of the north and 3-4 ft waves and chop, being opposed by the incoming tide. As our course to Hampton was roughly SW, this put the waves on our stern quarter, which produced violent rolling. So although it was finally a North wind we could potentially sail on, it was too dangerous to send anybody forward to the mast to work the halyards, so we still ended up motoring.
|Short But Rough|
Joan tried to go below to get coffee, but was being flung around the cabin repeatedly. There was no way she could pour coffee, so she came back up into the cockpit. I had the wheel to hang on to, but she was still getting pretty tossed around. I suggested she sit in the cockpit floor, as the rolling would be less there, and there would be some warmth from the engine below. It must have worked, because she pulled her hat down and fell asleep. I had to keep prodding her every so often to make sure she was alive! ;)
|Dead in the Water|
Up the Hampton river, we docked at the Hampton Public Piers before 1:00 pm. They have great rates ($1.25/ft for BoatUS members) and are right in town. There we ended up right next to a Pearson 365, crewed by a cruising couple, Steve & Judy, who have been full-time liveaboards for 14 years! We had them over for sundowners and snacks, and talked for a long time. One of the nicest things about this trip is the great people you meet at every stop.
|Ed, Steve, Judy|