Since we posted all these blog entries about the sailboat delivery from St. Thomas to Annapolis, now that the intrepid crew has arrived safely, toasted their journey, and took flights out for their next adventures, I feel obliged to chronicle the last few days. It turns out that Suzy's concern about the forecasted cold front heading south last week was a wild one. Fortunately the Little Pea made it West of the Gulf Stream before the wind shifted North and blew 25-35 knots all night. And it got downright cold, with temperatures plummeting to 35 degree F. Neither crew slept that night, battling 8 foot seas, high winds, the cold, and countless cargo ships heading toward Norfolk, VA. But the sun eventually rose, the winds abated, the worthy Little Pea found herself entering the Chesapeake Bay the morning of the 15th. Worn out from the long night, they motor-sailed to Norfolk against strong currents that slowed their progress before finally reaching Norfolk to check in with US Customs and to replenish fuel for the trip up the Bay to Annapolis. And there the adventure turns bureaucratic.
The boat Little Pea was registered in the UK, and the owner hadn't filed paperwork to allow the boat to cruise in US waters - oops. So many phone calls later, and a trip to US Customs, our tired crew got back in the boat and cast lines to make their way up the Chesapeake. After one more cold and rainy night, they made their final destination at Rock Hall where they were met by yours truly and some warm sunshine. Congratulations!
We hadn't received an update for the past two day, and were beginning to worry, but we got an update this morning around 1000 hours. So what happens when a sprinter is on day 8 of an ocean crossing marathon? Apparently a fever, chills, and a loss of appetite can result from exhaustion. But our famous Capt. Suzy sounded healthy this morning, her appetite is back, and she is concerned mainly about sailing through a pending cold front while crossing the Gulf Stream - totally valid. Conditions are choppy (typical Gulf Stream) gray skies, and getting colder. Current position: N34.36 W74.26.5