At this point it is unclear if we take course to the Bahamas and then hang a Ralphie to go back to shore, or if we hug the coastline of the Eastern Seaboard to avoid fighting the current. In Norfolk, VA, needs another decision to be made: Depending on the weather, we would either go around the Outer Banks, where the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright performed the first motorized flight at Kitty Hawk - or go through the Intracoastal waterway, which promises nice land- and seascapes, but is less of a sailing experience. Though - it might be nice to sail the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. And it seems to be a safer way to go south in the fall than passing Diamond Shoals and the "Grave Yard of the North Atlantic". It is estimated that between 600 and 1000 ships sunk here. So it's worth considering the route carefully.
|Kona Kai, a Crealock 34 by Pacific Seacraft|
We look forward to excellent companionship, gorgeous fall cruising, great fishing, exceptional food (including Rheinischer Sauerbraten!) and a wonderful experience. Depending on my network connection, I might post some cell phone pictures and short texts from underway, otherwise I'll give you a wrapup some time after the trip. Don't expect miracles though, it might be easily Thanksgiving before that. I'll keep you posted. Cross your fingers for us, for fair winds and following seas!