Norfolk – Portsmouth

2340Yesterday we watched as the Statsraad Lehmkuhl pulled into the pier at Norfolk’s Waterside. She’s from Norway, follow the link above to see the details. Those aren’t crows hanging in that rigging, they’re crew. They were in formation, and singing sea chanteys as they approached the pier. Pretty impressive! Consider that the masts are almost 160 ft high! Upon some scrutiny with binoculars, we determined that they


were all secured to the rigging, but still, that’s a long way up there! We made a trip across the river to the Norfolk side and got a closer look at the Lehmkuhl, and walked up the street to W.T. Brownley, a source for cruisers and mariners needs in charting, navigation and cruising guides. Interesting place!

We relocated this morning. After returning from our morning walk with the dogs we decided we’d be more comfortable moving to one of the municipal basins in Portsmouth. The anchorage at Hospital point is good holding, but with the winds winding up into the 40 kt range, it was getting a little sloppy. We’re much more comfortable here in the basin, and we don’t have to dinghy to shore to walk the dogs. The low pressure system that’s been making our weather so crappy is supposed to be moving off the coast in the next day or two.


We had some heavy rains today, and the winds have been howling here all day long. We’ve had exceptionally high tides in the afternoon, we had to wade across the pier to get off the boat! The change of scenery was welcome, and with the crappy weather, it’s really handy not having to take a dinghy ride every time Sammy needs to pee!  We stowed the dinghy, and unless the winds are still up in the 30 kt range, we’ll get an early start in the morning. Our destination will be just north of Albemarle Sound to stage our crossing of the sound during decent weather, which is forecast for Friday and through the weekend. If the weather holds, we’ll shoot to get past Pamlico Sound as well, since both bodies can be a mess when the winds pipe up. So perhaps Morehead City sometime late in the weekend.

Stay tuned!

3 Responses to “Norfolk – Portsmouth”

  1. Linde on 07 Nov 2008 at 1:11 PM #


    Just finished paging through your September – fabulous. Really enjoy the detail you’re including. We were in Solomons in Aug. My nephew lives right on main street & my sister across the bridge in Lexington Park. But they, too, have a beautiful home on the water so we always go out on the boat for dinner. —don’t know the name of the place.

    My sisters, spouses & we were in Fenwick Island this past weekend. Weather was very warm &, of course we had a great time, shopping, eating & inbibing????? Can you tell. I enjoy being around the water too, but don’t think your life is one i’d choose.

    Christmas concert is ok. Nothing spectacular – & attendance at symphony concerts is really down. I haven’t had too much interest in the Christmas concert. Jaimie & I have been sitting together – really miss you.

    Take care & love, linde

  2. Kelly Reider on 08 Nov 2008 at 12:32 PM #

    You know you want to shoot on in to the Pamlico sound and make a visit to Ocracoke!! 🙂 If Jason and I (and hopefully some other friends or family) go to Ocracoke some summer – will you stop in to take us for a ride?
    Sounds like your having fun! Soak up some southern rays for us too! Although it was 70 degrees here yesterday.

  3. Bill and Vivian Wood on 08 Nov 2008 at 2:32 PM #

    Glad to hear that you are underway again. We haven’t checked your site for a while as we’ve been travelling to RI, ME, NH, Vt and Quebec. We went on a whale watching trip from a small town about a hundred miles east of Quebec city and saw about forty of three different species. Have a great trip. We’re jealous that we can’t be travelling along with you. We’ll just have to stay tuned to this site.
    Bill and Vivian