The breeze, one that had been blowing steadily out of the north as I rigged Spartina, died just as I raised sail off of Waterside Marina. I did not mind. It was a beautiful day, clouds giving way to blue skies and a definite feeling of fall in the air. I had already accomplished some of my goals at the ramp, adjusting the starboard shroud and achieving better tension on the bow stay with a couple of new shackles. The main and jib, I could tell even without much wind, set better with the changes.
I was happy to see, for the first time in months, the SPOT tracker on board. Having the GPS and SPOT side by side reminded me of a lot of good days cruising. The SPOT was along for a test and below you can see the resulting tracking page. I will publish the url, the same one I have used for several trips, a couple of times in the next two weeks.
A handful of friends and family received an email with a link which gave them the map and message below. I'm not yet having a great time in the sounds but I wanted to test the SPOT messaging system, one that I will use first thing in the morning and again in the evening when I drop anchor.
I tied up to grab a sandwich for lunch, then back on the water to find the promised breeze finally filling in, plus small boats coming out of Sail Nauticus for an afternoon regatta. The breeze never amounted to much, but it was enough to accomplish my goals for the day.
Just one day sail left before heading down to North Carolina.