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sailing and diving around the world
We left Solomons Island at 5pm, yesterday and, 150 miles later, arrived in Coinjock at around 3pm, today. Fairly uneventful night sail. Not as much traffic as I expected but we still had to be on our toes. The AIS really comes in handy, but it's funny, because I still rely on my training on Sailboats, and end up stepping out of the pilothouse to really get a sense of what's going on. The electronics are great, necessary, actually, but rather than play around with computer screens, I can simply look at the lights of a ship and know what it's doing, and make the necessary maneuvers on my vessel. Once we got past Norfolk, and into the Virginia Cut, it became a bit of challenge. Going through the lock at Great Bridge was a snap, and our timing to get under the three bridges wasn't too bad, but the water is pretty shallow. It wasn't unusual to see 3 feet on the depth sounder. We had to slow down to a crawl, quite a few times, so we lost a lot of time. While we were waiting for one of the bridges to open, I actually snagged the hull on an underwater stump, or something. I just barely grazed it, so it wasn't a problem. just a reminder to stay in the middle of the channels. While waiting for a bridge to open, the wind will play havoc with the bow, and you'll have to constantly tweak the controls to stay centered. It gets really 'interesting' when there are quite a few boats, bunged up together, all tweaking to stay in the centre of the channel :) Overall, it was a trip through tranquil waters, surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Coinjock is a famous stopover, and people rave about the prime rib, served in the Coinjock Marina Restaurant. I skipped it, and had a pretty good burger, instead. But, Glenna, Dan's wife, ordered it and she said is was pretty good. When we arrived, there was a gentleman waiting to help us with our dock lines, and that is standard practice. Next stop, Beaufort, NC. Just a bunch of random pics below. As usual, I'm at the mercy of the strength of the wifi signal, and there was a power surge while uploading photos, so I just stuck with the photos that had already uploaded and didn't try to upload the rest.