I mentioned the other day that we couldn’t get out of here because the Enterprise Car rental fibbed to me about having a car, and then when I called to confirm the reservation they said “Oh, we’re closed on the weekends”. Anyway, that put us out until Monday for a car.
So, yesterday we drove up to the new marina, dropped our car, checked in with the marina folks and told them we’d be back when we got back. They were happy to see us and ok with us leaving the car.
When we got back we started looking over the weather and found that it was going to rain north of us pretty heavily, and we’d be getting rain here in Norfolk sometime this afternoon. Yuk. Winds are pretty light though, about 10 knots aloft right now.
I spoke to David, the Dockmaster and asked about moving the boat to a different spot, to get us out of the Pit, around the corner from other boats and make it easier for me to depart when the time comes.
JoAnne did some more checking and it looks like our best day (for the sailing we want) will be Friday morning for a few hours. In double checking it looks like winds from the north starting in a few hours and going through until late on Thursday. Friday about 0000 UTC the winds die down a bit but become variable and switch rapidly from north, to east, to west then finally out of the SW as the High pressure bubble moves through. From that time through at least Saturday it looks like mostly SW winds ranging from 5kts to as much as 22kts. Looks like Sunday on, the winds shift to NE. Right down the Potomac… so if we get out of here on Friday we are going to find an anchorage and sit there a few days.
Anyway, we’re not taking a risk of getting beat up on the Bay again. We’ll take this slowly and surely, not jump in unless we’re ready to do it.
So a few days on the docks here without a car, but we’ve got food, water, and the grocery store is hiking distance for me. Captain Groovy’s isn’t too far either (you know, just in case… beer).