We interrupt the previously scheduled blog for this important update.
Rode Trip entered the Piankatank River yesterday (Friday 10/26) and tucked into Wilton Creek, our hurricane hole for the next four days. Prior to leaving Jackson Creek we filled our fuel and took showers at the marina. Might as well be clean while we hunker down! We had a smooth trip here, just motored for approximately 1-hour along with our friends, Serendipity.
Slowly, we motored far into Wilton Creek. Fortunately it was not crowded and we had our choice of anchor spots. Here are our surroundings in the position we are currently pointing:
We checked the weather and called family. We consulted with Serendipity about anchoring strategies. More weather updates. We emptied the aft hatch and relocated several items into new homes in order to stow our jerry cans permanently in the aft hatch. I found lots of extra spaces inside to move spare wood, dinghy security cable, oil, and rope.
Today (Saturday 10/27), Brian and I prepared for Sandy. We cleared the deck of anything that might blow away. Both kayaks are down on the walkways and secured. I continued to find storage space inside for the trolling motor and sails and relocated our paper towels and toilet paper from the bunk to underneath the v-berth. We pulled out hard to reach safety items; flares, seacock plugs, cable cutters, life jackets, and harnesses. We took down and stowed the genoa, stay sail, and main sail. We thought this a great opportunity to rig our storm main, just in case we need steerage should something happen to the engine. We took down the stay sail boom and stowed it on deck secured under a kayak.
We decided to stick with one anchor the Bruce. Brian let out more chain and we backed down on it at 3,000 rpm's to make certain we were set. Brian rigged a spare anchor on our extra rope rode the Danforth. Poor Rode Trip was looking very naked. But we are ready!
Thanks Serendipity for their great internet signal for helping us to provide this update. We're going to stretch our legs ashore before the wind and rain come. Then we're looking forward to dinner with Serendipity...and we're keeping the real necessities handy!