One Tack a Day

Hampton, VA  N 37′ 01.476  W 076′ 20.448″

Well here we are in Hampton, VA.  We passed through the edge of Hampton Roads, the site of the famous civil war battle between the Monitor and Merrimack.  This is one of the busiest ports in the world.  We snuck in the side door, but we will have to transit the area on our way south.

Our last post was from Solomons Island, MD.  We left there early yesterday under cold, gray skies and an easy wind out of the northeast.  Like our first day the favorable wind pushed us along until early afternoon.  The sailing was good, but the overcast made it feel very dreary.  The wind lightened after noon and we put up the mizzen staysail – a large, free flying sail that sits between the main and mizzen masts.  We passed the mouth of the Potomac and entered a part of the Bay where neither one of us had ever been. 

The mizzen staysail helped move us along, but eventually we had to resort to motoring.  We had a lot of discussion about where to anchor for the night.  There are many creeks between the Potomac and Deltaville and each has its pros and cons as an anchorage.  We wanted good protection from the wind and waves and relatively easy access to the Bay.  Eventually we settled on Antipoison Creek, just north of the Rappahannock River.  It seemed to be a good compromise and it didn’t dissapoint us.  It was one of the rare times that our boat was the only transient in the anchorage.  It was beautiful and quiet except for the early morning watermen waking us as they cruised out to their fishing/crabbing/oystering areas.

Antipoison Creek is supposed to have received its name because it was there that some native Americans gave John Smith an antidote for a stingray sting.

We left Antipoison Creek early this morning and had a wonderful wind from the northeast.  The sun burned away the clouds and we had a beautiful, warm (relatively speaking) day.  The pattern of the first two days repeated and we lost the wind early in the afternoon.  We motored along on a falling tide that pushed along down the Bay.  Then the wind came back as we passed south of the York River and we sailed the last ten miles to Hampton.

Some friends arrange for a  slip for us at the Hampton Public Pier where we are surrounded by some pretty impressive boats.  The guys on the boat next to us we vacuuming the deck.  We were lucky to get a slip, because the Caribbean 1500 cruising rally starts early this coming weeks and the boats are gathering for it.


Howdo you deal with the terrors of dragons and pirates and storms at sea?

The trip so far has been amazing.  Typically the wind blows up the Bay from the south.  We had three days of northeast wind making life easy for us by pushing us down the Bay.  We sailed the same tack for three days.

We plan to leave on Monday morning after our crew arrives, so we have a couple days to neaten up the boat, get some supplies, and take care of some boat chores.

We will check back next from the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW)

6 Responses to “One Tack a Day”

  1. Chris & Bill Says:

    Jackie & Eric,
    We are so glad that Rosie slipped her dock lines and you are headed out! What a relief to not see COMPASS ROSE in her slip at Pirates Cove when we came through there yesterday!

    Fair winds & following seas!

    Chris & Bill

  2. Chris & Bill Says:

    Jackie & Eric,
    How exciting that you are finally underway! So glad that you made it to Hampton for the beginning of your adventure south. We were really gald not to ROSIE at her slip in Pirates Cove this weekend.

    Fair winds & Following seas!

    Chris & Bill

  3. Frank Dziuban Says:

    Eric hope you had a Merry Christmas and my God Bless you and Jackie in this up comming year.

  4. Dale Says:

    I hope you’re somewhere where you can enjoy the new year! Have a wonderful time. I’m missing the water right aobut now. Give my best to Jackie!

  5. Glenna Shields Says:

    Hi Jackie and Eric!

    Happy New Year. I’m enjoying your blog. Sounds like you are having a wonderful, adventure-sprinkled trip. You all missed a 24″ snowfall right before Christmas. It remains really cold and snorkeling in warm waters sounds beautiful.


  6. Frank Dziuban Says:

    Hope you got there safe. Hope you and Eric are have a great time. My prayers are with you all as always. John is home but still has a long way to go. God Bless Jackie and Eric.

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