In over 20 years of living in this area I do not believe I have seen fall arrive this quickly. It seems like it happened overnight. There will be some more hot days to be sure, but the season had definitely changed.
I sailed yesterday with a reef tucked in, the north wind coming right down the Elizabeth River.
Blue skies, white puffy clouds. I sailed down past the coal yards then continued to the James River.
I had planned on heading back once I reached the James at Craney Island, but my last tack put me in line for Middle Ground Light a little ways up the James so on I went.
Shook out the reef as we headed home on a following breeze, dolphins giving us company along the way. What a great day on the water.
In less than two weeks we'll be on the trip. I need to start going through the chores one by one. Tonight after work I'll go over the waypoints and make sure they are all loaded on the gps.