Wake to calm water at Parks Neck. Hint of blue sky. Then glowing orange behind the trees. The sun! Nice to see it after a couple of days of grey skies.
Sail off anchor 7:45 wearing the drysuit, double reef tucked in the main. A slow drift out of the anchorage. A couple of gusts carry us out to the strong winds on the the Honga River.
8:00 making 4.4. 8:40 off Windmill Point, 4.7 in the lower Honga River. Rough water off of Bishops Head. 9:00 bring down the main, sailing under mizzen and jib.
9:15 Hooper Strait light in sight. 9:55 passing the marker and entering the strait. Bloodworth Island off the starboard bow. Making 4.5 but doesn't feel like it.
Listening to the weather forecast I hear nothing but strong north winds for the next few days. I begin thinking about anchorages for the night. Don't want to go as far south as Tangier, it would be a long hard sail back north with the predicted winds. And Smith Island doesn't offer good anchorages for north winds.
GPS shows 5.7 in the gusts. 10:50 passing Great Cove Point on the east side of Bloodsworth Island. Turn south towards South Marsh Island.
11:10 can barely see the low-lying island in the distance. Three deadrises working crab pots in the shallows between the islands. Southern tip of Bloodsworth Island to starboard. 11:20 jibe to head southwest around the top of South Marsh Island.
12:05 Johnson Point just ahead, Pry Cove just around the corner. Jibe into the calm waters of the cove. Tuck up into a pool of deep water surrounded by marsh. Anchor down 12:35. Set up the boom tent, relax, drift off to sleep.