April 12, 2008
The cold front finally caught us, winds 25+ and blowing rain. The girls were below working on a puzzle while we surfed downwind. As we approached the Monitor-Merrimack Bridge Tunnel…
(ASIDE: Merrimack? Really? Would Monitor-Virginia Bridge Tunnel have been just too confusing for the folks of Hampton Roads? Revisionist history. I’ve never been one to say the south will rise again, but I do believe in naval tradition, and the commissioned name of that warship was CSS Virginia.)
So at the place of the famous Ironclad battle there now lies a bridge-tunnel which creates a deep channel and water funnel over the tunnel. Today it was 2 billion cubic feet of water moving at about 2 knots versus a 25 knot wind. This made for 4-5 foot rollers and some slow going for us. The boat plowed through with a little dutch roll, but you most certainly would not want to be below decks working on a puzzle.
The waypoint marks where Gwyneth lost her lunch. She was fine after that though.