Norfolk to Smithfield

N 36° 59' W 76° 27'

Confused sea

April 12, 2008

As we unfurled the sails at the mouth of Pagan Creek, the wind was 20-25 out of the west.  I only let the sails out halfway, but that was still too much.  We reefed in some more and beat downwind at 5.5 knots with only 1/3 of the canvas out!  After passing under the James RIver Bridge again, the wind was out of the SW 20-25 and blowing across a 2 mile fetch.  The water right in front of Newport News was a confused mess, and it was cruishing our boat speed.  I decided to bring in the sails and motor straight into the wind.

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