Monday, April 26, 2010

Charleston to Newport

We departed Charleston, SC early on Wednesday, April 21st after convincing our friend Phil Rose to step aboard. The three of us covered 619nm over 4 1/2 days, a slower trip than hoped due to lighter winds than expected. We sailed into Narragansett Bay late on Sunday, April 25th wet, cold and very thirsty.
Overall it was a fun passage, thanks to Phil, that included several sail changes and exciting sea life sightings; sea turtles, several pods of dolphins, and whales including what may have been the largest whale I have ever seen. We were also visited by feathered friends on three separate occasions seeking respite and a free ride closer to shore. For me the trip highlight occurred while we were all sitting on deck a good distance offshore at 1342hrs on Friday. A fighter jet flew down close to buzz us and tilted its wing in a "hello" gesture. It was an incredibly exhilarating experience!

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