Reedville, VA to New Point Comfort Lighthouse
Avemar and SV AKA had a lazy southbound downwind sail together from Reedville, VA in light winds on Monday, leaving the anchorage in Cockrell Creek at 1020 and arriving at anchor just inside of Mobjack Bay at 1900.
Winds were 7-13 kn from the north and they dropped below 4 knots right around sunset.
The New Point Comfort Lighthouse anchorage is very large with 10-14 feet of water. It is only protected from north winds but that worked out just fine and we had a very calm night rafted together with AKA.
I shook out the first reef in the mainsail almost immediately after getting out in the Bay. I first tried wing on with without a pole. Then I tried it with a pole. Then I tried mid-boom sheeting the ginny on a deep reach. Then I tried the spinnaker.
All of those worked fine but moving 24,000 lbs through the water in 7 knots of wind never feels fast enough for me. All in all, it was a very simple trip in overcast, sometimes misty conditions.
I did try my Starlink for the first time while sailing and was seeing 90 Mbps down and 9 mbps up. That’s not too shabby.
I probably should have done some work or a boat project while underway but I mainly just sat in the cockpit and watched the ships and cool boats passing by for most of the day.
The sunset was wild and our position just happened to be perfect to line up the New Point Comfort Lighthouse as the sun peeked through a thin opening in the cloud cover just above the horizon.
Stuff That Broke
I broke another EasySea Flipper winch handle yesterday. This will be the sixth time within a year that one of my five handles has failed and will need to be been repaired or replaced. Let me say that again another way:
I bought five EasySea Flipper winch handles less than a year ago. All five handles broke and were replaced. Yesterday, one of the replaced handles from the first group of five broke again.
Where to? Dandy Haven Marina, Hampton, VA
Where from? Reedville, Virginia (37° 50.411 N 76° 16.416 W)
Anchor weighed: 1020 on 10/24/22
Where did I end up? Point Haywood, VA (37° 18.741 N 76° 17.213 W)
Anchor set: 1900 on 10/24/22
Sailing distance? 39.1 nm
Total miles since November 2021: 3,472.12 nm
Sunset over New Point Comfort Lighthouse, just inside of Mobjack Bay, Haywood, VA
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