Distance traveled: 79.4 nautical miles (91 statute miles)
Time underway: 7 hours 48 minutes
Average Speed: 10.2 kts
Max Speed: 18.2 kts
Fuel used: 90 gallons
We shoved off at 7:48 am and left the calm of Herrington Harbour South with what felt like the promise of a beautiful day on the water. That promise (which also came from several weather forecasts) is the reason we decided to take on the ninety-one miles that lay ahead of us in one run rather than breaking it up into two as we had originally planned. We don’t mind the longer days on the water at all as long as the weather cooperates. We just anticipated that we’d be ready for a shorter day after five days in a row of traveling. But it turned out that the friends we were hoping to see in Solomons, MD weren’t going to be there and we liked the idea of getting to OLOH’s October home sooner than expected to settle the boat in and see our friends there.
We knew we were headed in the right direction when we saw our first pelican of the trip swooping about at 8:41 am. We took particular note of this simple highlight because, while it was a beautiful day, it’s a mostly uninteresting trip as we spend most of it a few miles offshore and traffic was generally light. Probably the biggest excitement came when a Coast Guard cutter hailed us from four miles away asking our intentions. In my head, I answer by saying, “whatever you need them to be” but they just wanted to make sure we’re not going to suddenly change course or get too close.
The fair current that pushed us along for much of the day turned against us for the last two hours on the Bay, slowing our speed to around nine knots, but we weren’t on a schedule and conditions remained calm until we turned into the Rappahannock River where they got a bit choppy. We were rewarded for our cruising efforts with the appearance of our first dolphins of this year’s trip south as they danced off OLOH’s bow about twenty minutes from our destination. It’s always magical and another wonderful sign that we were definitely headed the right way. Sadly, Jasper didn’t get to see them. This time.
We arrived at OLOH’s October slip with a warm greeting from our dear friends Claudia and Steve on their beautiful Nordhaven Ranger who caught our lines and welcomed us to Virginia.
Our arrival OLO-Rita tasted particularly good accompanied by the great sense of accomplishment in completing phase one of our Southbound ’19 Adventure. Granted, it is the shortest of the “phases” we plan to undertake, but putting 439 nautical miles (505 statute miles) behind us through four states definitely feels good and we’re very pleased with our decision to break up this season’s adventure. We’ve got a terrific slip in a well-protected spot and it’s the perfect place to stage for what’s next.
We celebrated our arrival with the Ranger Crew and enjoyed a terrific meal together at The Table At Wilton in Deltaville. One of the truly great things about being in the boating world is meeting like-minded people who you enjoy spending time with. We actually met Steve and Claudia right here in Deltaville two years ago when they were moving up a size in Nordhavens! Sometimes all it takes is a smile and a hello and the next thing you know you’re sitting at dinner with people who you feel like you’ve known forever!
See you out there…
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