Day Sailing on Port Royal Sound

12/23 Sunday 59/46, SW10-15>20, sunny - Getting ready to leave the marina tomorrow, we washed the sleeping bags and V-berth blanket, and we emptied and re-charged the composting head. After lunch, we took Grace out for a daysail.

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A dolphin dives under Grace’s bow as we clear the fairway - good luck!

The engine and transmission worked just as we’d hoped. Even better, the wind that was absent in the forecast filled in to a fine breeze - a “just shy of first reef” breeze. We raised sail at the mouth of Skull Creek and beat out Port Royal Sound to the G23, the buoy just beyond the Colregs Demarcation Line, and then circled around and broad-reached back. All told, our sail lasted about four hours.

Dobbs and I laughed at how racing has imbued in us the need to round a mark before going the opposite direction.

Dobbs and I laughed at how racing has imbued in us the need to round a mark before going the opposite direction.

Once we were back at the dock, we put another load of laundry though and then I made grilled ham and cheese with pickles and Spanish bean soup (a Moosewood recipe - canned over the summer when kale was in abundance). We reviewed the weather, the tides, and our plans for tomorrow. What just last evening was looking like a nice, easy week for traveling is now into the 20-knot range every day but Tuesday. It’s comical that we want 20 knots when we can sail and 0-5 when we have to motor or anchor. Humor aside, we swear the average wind speeds are higher every time we make this trip. Our experience should make transiting the ICW easier and yet we’re struggling more than ever to find decent conditions. One day at a time…

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