Day 32.   Still weather bound in Portsmouth



We made a tough decision to stay put again today even though there was a 6 hour window of reasonable conditions this afternoon.  It blew hard overnight, 45  knots at times and continued through to midday. Chesapeake Bay is rather open, and particularly exposed where rivers flow in such as the Potomac.  So we are treating this area with respect.


We are catching up with Paul and Sue for sundowners on Gracie and then onto Eider tonight to play cards. They are pictured below with an Australian beer we have never heard of. We have been invited to Camille and Ray’s apartment for dinner tomorrow night. Camille and Ray are ex loopers and have a delightful Labrador dog named Pacman.


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2 Responses to Day 32.   Still weather bound in Portsmouth

  1. Tony Jones says:

    Hi Derrick,

    Hopefully you will get this reply. For some reason, I can no longer access the “Respond to this post by replying above this line” and when I tried last week to respond, the laptop froze. So, will now try again.

    We had a wonderful time up in Hamilton Island and missed having you and Jenny there – such a beautiful area and I imagine that sailing around all the islands on Balakera would be amazing. The water was so clear and the weather was very kind to us – we didn’t want to come home!

    I’m glad that you are having such a good time sailing your “stink boat”. You have been to some really interesting places and towns where there probably aren’t normally that many tourists. The locals you are meeting all appear to be lovely, too and I’m glad that you are being looked after. Sad that the weather is not allowing you to progress, but at least you were a little bit ahead of schedule, and you have people who are keen to socialise with you. I’m sure you will have a lovely time with them. Interesting beer that we supposedly have here, by the way. I only ever think of Yellow Tail in terms of wine – they are obviously doing an incredible marketing job overseas as their product is everywhere and none of it recognisable to Aussies.

    Stay safe, and dry (and don’t have too many sunset lagers).

    Tony and Fi x


  2. Tony & Cath says:

    Hi Gents. Wise choice to stay in place. Chesapeake Bay can be exciting at times. Cath and I lived at Hampton (just north of Norfolk) for 2 years and loved the waterways. Jamestown was amazing and we really enjoyed waterskiing all the quiet little rivers around the area. Did i mention the seafood – oysters and crabs??? Have a great trip.


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