Our first real passage on Fayaway was completed yesterday. While certainly not our first overnight trip, we made a typical 54 hour slog, where the was forecast not entirely accurate. Fayaway got us here safely, very salty, and best of all (difficult to believe with the pounding we took), nothing broke!
We left on a beautiful sunny Thursday morning after two briskly windy evenings at Cuttyhunk Harbor. With 35kt winds we hunkered for two days there, watching for our window. KoryKory (our dinghy) was not launched, so we stayed in, drank tea, played games and watched a movie to our vessel’s gentle rocking.
Forecasted weather now looked decent for the next few days. Wind was to be WNW, then clocking slowly to WSW, as hurricane Humberto swiftly moved out of our path to our SE (unfortunately hitting Bermuda)
It did, and so off we went, sailing most of the time, but using our motor more and more as the heavy wind speed and direction decided against us. No prob – we had plenty of fuel. Marine life switched from sunfish and whales (Massachusetts Bay) to dolphins, as we headed south and offshore. Considered a good omen, we welcomed the energetic visitors that darted around Fayaway during our second day out.
Eventually, we cruised into Cape May and dropped the hook just outside the Coast Guard Training Center. After a much needed long night of sleep, and most of the transients around had weighed anchor, we had front row seats watching the enlisted training for sea-boarding. We wish they would train on Fayaway too, as the conditions were nice, and it would be great to make friends with these guys now as we may see them later. Who knows!?
So now we’re off to find a place to dock KoryKory! Tomorrow we sail on to our next destination.
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5 thoughts on “A Real Passage”
Was wondering about that wind direction after tracking your location. Good test for your sea legs and a literal shakedown cruise for Fayaway
Fayaway performed admirably, despite the thorough beating. Fun to see her bow rise completely out of the water so high and then dive right into the next 12ft wave. Her high freeboard kept water out. Pretorien’s reputation is proven once again! Recharging the iridium unit at that time wasn’t top priority 🙂 Hopefully nobody worried!
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Not worried – curious. Glad she passed with flying colors
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Nice run on the outside to Cape May! We are enjoying your posts. Let us know if your travels take you to southern FL! Bill & Tina
Will do! Our plan at this point takes us through C&D canal, bumm around in the Chesapeake until November, and then offshore to Tortola. However we’d love to see you guys!