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Friday, 2 May 2014
FL to CT Day 27
Smithfield, VA to Deltaville, VA
We spent 3 layover days in Smithfield, VA waiting on good weather… it was a good stop getting to see a lot of good friends we had not seen in ages. The weather forecast for today was good so we planned to depart.

However, we could not leave first thing… we had to wait for a higher tide in order to have enough water to leave the Pagan River… specifically, Bob’s Shoal. We arrived at high tide and saw 6.4 feet at Bob’s Shoal… high tide today was 1345… did not want to wait that long but planned to leave at 1130 when we should have enough water to skim across the bottom at the shoal.

We tossed the lines at 1125 and I took a quick swing past Wayne and Judy’ home to take photo from the water. They have an absolutely gorgeous home on the Pagan River. Snapped a few photos and we were off.

We got to Bob’s Shoal and slowed to idle… watching the depth sounder closely… the spot I saw 6.4 coming in was at 5.3… plenty of water… 6 inches under the hull… ?
We proceeded out of the Pagan and into the James River… destination for the day to be Hampton Roads.

We arrived to the channel into Hampton at just before 1400… Hmmmm… way to early to stop… needed to cove some ground while we had a good weather (wind) window for the Chesapeake Bay plus we had the current in our favor pushing us along at over 7 knots. We continued around the Old Point Comfort and into the Chesapeake Bay.

Waves were as forecast at 1-2 feet and current… set the autopilot and we would go until we lost the current and then figure out where to stop… We lost the current at approximately Wolf Trap Light… next good place to stop would be Deltaville… We had been into Jackson Creek one time in 2008… good a spot as any to stop.

We arrived to Jackson Creek at approximately 1930 and tied up to the State Dock (Free).
Our location for the night… N37°32.743’, W076°20.006’. We traveled today for 8 hours covering 54.3 nautical miles averaging 6.9 knots.
Posted at 7:22 PM
Thursday, 1 May 2014
FL to CT Day 24, 25, and 26
Layover in Smithfield, VA
Arrived in Smithfield , VA three days ago on the April 28th and have not been able to leave due to weather. Looks like we will be able to depart in the morning Friday, May 2nd.

The weather has been horrible the last few days... rain and high winds... even protected on the Pagan River the wind was kicking up some pretty good size waves... 1-2 foot waves banging on the port side of SAILS... then when the tide was going out against the wind we saw 2-3 foot waves. The waves were real short period so they made more noise banging against the hull than rocking us. We did bounce a little bit as you could here the wood blinds clicking on the windows as they moved.

Besides the weather it has been a great layover getting to visit with a lot friends we had not seen in a few years. Wayne and Judy, McPhail, Brian and Melissa Nehrbass, Lee and Cynthia Wheelehan, and William and Connie Wells.

Below a few photos from Smithfield.


SAILS docked beside William and Connie's 72' Burger



Black Swan that was hanging around the boat



Susan walking Beecha behind Willaim and Connie's house.



Looking down the dock at SAILS and SUMMER GIRL II

Posted at 12:34 PM
Monday, 28 April 2014
FL to CT Day 23
Portsmouth, VA to Smithfield, VA
Later departure this morning at 0800 as we were only traveling to Smithfield, VA. We have some great friends Judy and Wayne McPhail that live there on the Pagan River and we have not seen them for a few years. We had planned to stop and see them this trip north.

Looking at the weather forecast for the next few days it appears like we may be visiting for 2-3 days... Chesapeake Bay forecast for 5-7 seas... not a very nice ride at all... so we'll wait out the weather here with awesome friends! There neighbor has been very gracious to allow us to dock at his dock... :)

We arrived to Smithfield at approximately 1130 and docked at N36°59.610', W076°37.431'. We traveled today for 3.5 hours covering 22.5 nautical miles averaging 6.4 knots.
Posted at 10:47 AM
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