We knew we wanted to be in Hampton by mid-May, and wanted to travel outside as much of the trip as possible. Being relatively close to NC on both ends of the trip, we invited Cathy’s brother-in-law Clint to join us for the trip. Clint’s last trip out on Orion had been 5 years ago, when we were painfully new at sailing. After a couple of days bobbing on a languid Chespeake Bay with no wind in the sails, we thought he would enjoy another chance to maybe get some real sailing in. He would also be a help on the longer runs and would get to sail some on familiar and some not-so-familiar waters. He agreed to join us and made his way south, arriving on the train Tuesday, April 27th.
With the comings and goings of other boaters, we got to enjoy the company of both new and old friends. Bill and Bette from Inspiration joined us for the free Star Trek moving on their first day in Charleston and later at Hyman’s Seafood for a farewell dinner. Larry on The Dove came aboard one rainy Sunday to catch up on his winter travels and later we met him and his fellow traveler, Victoria on Malie, who was single-handing as well. We happened to take the same tour of the Calhoun Mansion one afternoon, which was an elaborate mansion built with the fortunes made in blockade-running during the Civil War, and restored to its former glory by its current occupants after years of decline. Carolyn and Keith on Whim were at the Maritime Center when we arrived, having recently brought the boat down from Beaufort with plans to sail back to Maine for the summer.
(Not Much) Boat Stuff
We managed to squeeze in a little boat stuff. Cathy was able to scrub the V-berth well, since we had to empty it for Clint’s arrival. Dave equalized the batteries, which are doing very well after a winter’s use. He also managed to convert a string of 110V LED Christmas lights into a 12V strip after some trial and error. When the experiment seemed to work, he soldered the connections and installed them in the cockpit.
We were pleased to welcome the newest addition to our family, Serenity Nycole, born to our son Adam and Christina on December 12th. She is a lovely little girl.
We’ll be headed up through NC to arrive in Hampton Roads by Mother’s Day if the weather holds.