So I took Insomnia out for a little 20-mile test spin around the Middle Ground lighthouse in Hampton Roads today and less than a mile from Old Dominion Univerity found myself in the middle of a pod of about 15 to 20 dolphins, many of them just kids playing around in the sheltered part of the Elizabeth River just north of the Norfolk Southern Coal Pier 6 and south of the Norfolk International Terminal at the mouth of the Lafayette River.
I spun the boat around and danced with the dolphins for about half an hour before they submerged and took off. Had a blast with the little ones playing catch me, and tag. It;s so much fun to see the little ones just playing around and leaping out of the water, splashing around and swimming over each other.
Had a go pro going so I could analyze some of the lines and adjustments. The one thing it didn't capture was the dolphins. Figures.
Lisa says she believes me, though, when I say I was saiilng with a pod of dolphins.
Wind was about 10 knots out of the west all day, with some nice gusts and a couple of holes. Current was really ripping in Hampton Roads and I have noticed some pretty extreme high tides lately.
Great day on the water and I got a most of the controls sorted.
Getting psyched for the big trip.
Thank you to my sponsors for the Beaufort to Annapolis distance adventure:
Shoreline Sailboats of Avon, N.Y. who are providing the boat.
McMurdo who are providing the safety and emergency alert gear.
Gill, who are providing all of the clothing that will keep me safe during the journey.
And Magellan, which provided the GPS navigation system.