October 30, 2009
Tuesday 27/Oct/09 AM: Droped the mooring and said good-by to Newport, RI. Or, so we thought! We turned into the channel and headed south with a north wind on our stern. Seas were about a ft +. We had a Coast Guard buoy tender behind us as we headed out. The seas began to build as we got closer to open water and were at a good 4 to 6 ft. at 3 sec. intervals when we past the last point of land. As the CG boat passed I could’nt help but wonder if those boys were taking bets as to wether we would turn back or if we were crazy, and would continue.
Now, considering that we’ve been traveling for about 20 days and have had only 8 days that we felt travel was safe; we desided to turn back and retake the mooring we had left earlier. So, after we got back to calmer waters we started to assess what we had accomplished up to this point and where we might get to IF the weather was to change for the better. After listening to the weather report and hearing the same sad forcast, we made a difficult desition.
Because of harsh weather and our funds running low (it costs a lot to moor or be in a slip) we felt compelled to “winter over” in Newport. So it is here that we will be for the next 6 months, until May when it is warm again and the storms of November are history.