After a wonderful few days in Fleets Bay it was time to roll back up the Rappahannock to the slip in Urbanna.
After taking Mojo on a quick walk and making some coffee we cast off at 730am. I wanted to get an early start as the trip would be 6 hours and we had to clean the boat and get back to Richmond for work the following day.
I was hoping to get some sailing in as we left the protection of Indian Creek.
However, the wind (Forecast at SW 5-10 kn) was not cooperating…
It was simply the flattest, calmest day on the Chesapeake that I have ever seen!
As we approached Windmill Point on a rising tide, I decided to all “wild and crazy” and cut the corner over the shallows.
Following the depth contours down the north side of the spit I stayed in about 12′ then gradually eased in to 10′ then 8′..
With the water being glassy calm we were never in any danger, but we still had the threat of running aground. The spit is not flat and I don’t know when the soundings were last updated so I was pleased to have the Lowrance Fishfinder to give me a visual on the bottom. There were a couple of times when I had to swing back out to the east as I was getting a little shallow, but we popped out the other side in about twenty minutes.
in hindsight I would not cut as close in if there was any wind but I would “cut the corner” further to the east in moderate conditions.
After that adventure it was a simple run back home.
They never seem to paint the middle?
Helming advice from the Captain