The last few days have been truly wonderful.
My dad and I, and my long time friend Bob (owner of Ariel #243)
Faith is laying behind the ceremony... in full dress ship.
My Wife is by my side, my son and Daughter-in-law-to-be are there, my mom has driven up from Fl, and my dad has flown out from California. Actually, he came out from California 10 days before we cast off. Having him with me greatly cut down on the stress, and we even got away from the dock for a couple of ‘farewell’ sails on the New River… something I have wanted to do since I got the boat. He gave me the most beautiful oil painting of the mountain where he and I used to hike in the summers… I only wish I had figured out a way to fit it aboard…
Mt. Tamalpais from my dad's blog;
My friends from work and the Yacht Club made my retirement / send off wonderful. The only bad part of leaving is leaving them behind. Thanks to everyone who did so much to make it great! My friends in the club even managed to find floating hotel rooms for my friends and families… Thanks!
Mom, DJ, & Anglea (my future daughter in law) came up from Florida with Kit and Buddie in tow (mom’s and DJ’s dogs). I think they helped ease the transition for Peter… who is staying with my mom for at least the ICW portion of the trip.
It was a great ceremony / party… and a perfect morning for sailing out of the marina.
It was hot as it can be that day. It was a suitable reminder of the many many friends I have lost in Iraq. Thankful to be leaving here, but people I will never forget as long as I live.
Tears were left in our wake for our friends, and all the Lord has done for us in the last four years here. Our first few days have been…. How shall I say it…??? Lazy sailing at it’s best!
Last minute preps;
We have sailed as long as we could make headways…. Often spending hours at less then a knot!
Here is a few word’s from Lady Faith’s Journal;We started our trip on Saturday around 11:45. We had family and friends wave us off, tears in our eyes. We were excited about the trip, but were leaving behind a lot of good friends. We didn’t go far the first day, were tired from the previous day, so we only got to Courthouse Bay Marina, 11.99 NM. We did have an escort for a little way, a friend named Mark escorted us to marker 46 in his sailboat Crescendo. It was a nice farewell by him. The weather was great, slow wind, but cool and glorious. We sailed most of the way. Our friend Dennis came to Courthouse Bay Marina for a final good-bye, he plans to meet us in the Bahamas when he can.
The next morning, another beautiful, light breeze day, we went to breakfast with another good friend Vaugh, then we were on our way. Almost….. Another friend named Earl had a tool we would need, so we waited for him to bring it to us. We left right after that. We only had to motor two times, once out of the marina and once by Swan Point Marina. The sailing was great, if not slow, but who cared. We are on no schedule and just enjoyed the day and each others company. We ended up anchoring by the Surf City Bridge and had a relaxing evening. I stayed below as the mosquitoes were out, Craig go bit up. It was a cool evening and a very calm night. We were gently rocked to sleep by Gods hand. That is how I pictured it anyway. Craig woke up and watched the meteor showers, I was to lazy.
Today we had to motor the whole way. The wind was on our bow, the breeze was light most of the day. As we were going through the Figure Eight Island Bridge, Craig showed me a huge giraffe in someone’s front yard, it was great. There was a lot of powerboaters on the water going by fast and waking us, but it was still a beautiful and semi-peaceful day. The only planning we have done so far is for the Bridge openings. Anyway, we are at Wrightsville, just past the bridge and anchored in a nice area. We have watched skiers, sunfish and a lot of other boats pass by, all seemed to be in a rush. It feels good to be able to relax and go slow for a change. Craig took the dingy and got us supper, I was to lazy to cook. It tasted better then I could have made just then anyway. Craig and I are just chilling, watching the sunset and feeling the breeze on our faces. So far the trip is great, and we continue to look forward to updating everyone on the rest of it.