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11-08-2009 08:25 PM
Love the Blog, Eryka.

]We have been enjoying reading about Eryka and Dan's adventures. Sounds like they are making good time and are having a terrific time meeting fellow sailors, getting to personally scope out the experiences heading south we hear about. I am so jealous....

This week end was a beauty so folks who still have their boats available for use sure must have been out for a sail. I am working on a project here in PA so we were not able to go out. Soon winterization will happen for us too.

If you were out sailing, share your day with the rest of us who missed these lovely days... it was a nice change from the rain that we did not enjoy last weekend in Queenstown. Could not see the full moon, it was wet, it was cold, did I say it was wet(?) and we did not have any trick or treaters come over by dinghy.

sad to see winter coming...


sv "Tango"
Kent Narrows, MD
11-07-2009 02:53 PM
wind_magic Great to hear from you eryka! Sounds like you are having fun, off to read the blog ...
11-07-2009 01:00 PM
Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
Nice to hear from you Eryka, sounds like the trip is going well...Fairwinds
Thanx!! Opportunities to web surf long enough to post here - heck, opportunities to stay in one place long enough to surf - have been rare. We only counted 6 days since we started where we went to sleep at the same location where we woke up, until now (Charleston, SC). I'm being better at keeping the blog in my signature updated, and my FaceBook page (PM me if you're on FB too). We've had a squeal in our steering system for the last 100 miles or so, only on hand steering, fine with autopilot, and only when underway, so try diagnosing that at the dock! Anyway, we think we isolated it this afternoon, tomorrow we depart and head further south so we'll see if its fixed. Thinking of you guys!
11-07-2009 07:58 AM
T37Chef Nice to hear from you Eryka, sounds like the trip is going well...Fairwinds
11-07-2009 06:35 AM
eryka T37Solare - thanx for the thought; it was on our list to explore when we come back in the spring - now southbound we're hurrying one step ahead of Old Man Winter and it feels more like a delivery than a cruise.

Leslie & Clayton - If you guys plan a winter gathering (sounds like fun!) we'll be there in spirit - I'll try to refrain from posting a gloating photo of us in swimsuits under the palm trees and the sparkling blue Caribbean in the background while you guys are shoveling snow ...
10-17-2009 01:56 PM
It was a real treat to meet all on Friday.

Clayton and I really enjoyed the get together. The evening was perfect and the company was exceptional! Eryka and Dan, we wish you wonderful sailing. But I must say, it is when things are not going as expected that your memories will be sharpest. And don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for those green flares. A green flash is another story and I wish you many of those.

The only other person who told me they had seen a green flare was an ocean tug captain who had seen one while going around the Cape when the space shuttle was preparing to launch. Wouldn't that be an amazing sight from the deck of your boat?

The Nor'easter(s) going up the coast must be making sailing the last few days pretty chilly and wet. I have just returned from Chicago and it was as cold and raining just as hard when I flew into Baltimore. Where did Fall go? We will be thinking about that dreaded winter boat prep soon.

Will there be a plan for a winter get together to share our boating void around February? Maybe we can get Eryka and Dan on the radio or telephone to share in the fun and share their adventures?

with best regards,

Leslie and Clayton
SV "Tango", CR34
Kent Island, MD
10-16-2009 08:35 PM
MJBrown We were down on Friday but attended the Beneteau Owners event at the Marriott. We headed back down on Monday to help break down the Beneteau setup and move boats out and back north to the dealer. They certainly have it down to a science with plenty of hands available to help get you out of tight quarters. The two day ride back north was interesting as well. Day 1 saw us on one tack all the way to the C&D. Winds below 10kts dropping to 2-3 outside of Still Pond. Got to the northside mouth of the Sassafras and WNW winds cranked to 20kts with a peak gust at 32.5! Awesome sailing conditions. We were sailing a B46 and ran high 8s to mid 9kts SOG with a brief touch at 10 all the way to the mouth of the canal. Day 2 was all motoring up the Delaware River, bucking the tide, in 50 degree weather and single digit winds on the nose. Rather chilly in spite of full foul weather gear and numerous layers underneath it all. Still better than yesterday or today.
10-16-2009 06:56 PM
T37SOLARE We were at the show last Friday, but had to get home to deal with the teenage daughter so we weren't able to make the meet-up, hopefully we'll finally make it to the next SN gathering.


Today was a nasty, nasty day to be out on the water... glad you made it to Deltaville in relative comfort. Godspeed on you travels south, looking forward to your reports along the way.

I assume your waiting out the November 1 restriction. If so I highly recommend you backtrack a few to Onacock when this weather pattern breaks (it'll be 70-75 soon...), it's a great destination that we cant wait to get back to.
10-16-2009 05:59 PM
eryka Hi all, and thanx for the good wishes. I think we earned membership in the BFS club today - 25 nm to Jackson Creek near Deltaville, VA. 15-20 kts, gusting 25; seas 4 ft, broad reaching. Surfed down one wave and saw 8 (our waterline is 25 ft so our hull speed is like 6.5). Chilly, gray, drizzly, hard to see the marks. But now the hook is set - and Azi & Laura, thanx for sthe thought, our Webasto is toasting us up pretty good, as did the cups of hot cocoa we had immediately after stripping off our foulies. All's well that ends well!
10-16-2009 12:14 PM
SecondWindNC Sorry I wasn't able to make it to the SailNet gathering, but I had a great time at the show working the Pacific Seacraft display, and talking to all kinds of people who love sailboats. Not to mention running around like a kid in a candy store on trade day, checking out all the boats and gear.

Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

Watching the changeover after the show was fun as well. That's a pretty intense operation!
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