Back in the Chesapeake for hurricane season

Allan adjusting the dinghy on the foredeck
A final task before heading offshore from St. Augustine: folding the dinghy down on Vinyasa’s foredeck.

We made it north from St. Augustine to Herrington Harbour North in 12 days, with a six day layover in Beaufort, NC, record time in our log book…and not a feat we look forward to repeating.

A view of the ocean from within an enclosed cockpit
Adding a cockpit enclosure last summer has been one of our best upgrades ever.

Why rush? Because I’m still working, we’d committed to our slip at HHN for this year, and our experience with marina wifi heading south was dismal last fall, with the exception of Homer Smith in Beaufort, NC, where the wifi was terrific.

So I requested some vacation days and we made the trip north in a two-day offshore hop to Beaufort, with a pause for work and recovery—Allan had a bout of pneumonia—followed by a three-day, sunrise-to-sunset push up the ICW, and two shorter, adverse weather days up the Chesapeake.

A cat on a Beaufort porch
Beaufort is great for evening strolls.

Vinyasa had been sitting in St. Augustine at dock or on a mooring ball for five months before we left and she performed like a champ…other than a nasty aft head overflow on a steep heel in the wee hours of a stormy night on the Gulf Stream.

We’re glad to be back at Herrington for another season, and we’re looking forward to gunkholing around the bay until we head back south again in the fall.

Hoisting anchor at sunrise
Hoisting anchor at sunrise, just north of the Alligator Canal.

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