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June 9, 2022, Bohemia River, MD: After leaving Norfolk we headed north stopping by Smith Island and visiting friends in Solomons and Annapolis. A weather window looks to be opening this weekend for travel to NYC, so we left Annapolis yesterday, will transit the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal this afternoon, and on Saturday go through nobody's favorite bay, Delaware Bay to Cape May. Weather permitting we'll leave Sunday for NYC and the Hudson River. At the moment we plan to sail from Cape May about 160 miles to Half Moon Bay on the Hudson. 

May 23, 2022, Norfolk, VA: We arrived in Norfolk yesterday, anchoring in Hospital Point at the beginning of the ICW. We have closed the loop having traveled 1250 miles to Key West and back with a slight diversion to the Abacos. The weather for the next few days will not be conducive for traveling north, so we'll stay in Norfolk for a few days. Our next stop? 

May 17, 2022, Oriental, NC: We continue our northward journey. After leaving Charleston on May 7, we moved up the coast moving almost daily. We'll stay in Oriental for a couple of days before resuming our travels. We expect to arrive in the Norfolk region around Memorial Day after an obligatory stop at Coinjock. Then some time the Chesapeake visiting with friends. Our goal is to be back on Lake Ontario around Independence Day.

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We do wear lifejackets (PFD--Personal Flotation Device) when the conditions in our judgement warrant wearing them. The primary considerations are risk of falling overboard and ease of recovery. At night we wear inflatable lifejackets and are tethered to the boat because one of us may be alone in the cockpit while the other is sleeping and recovery would be difficult or impossible. During periods of high winds and boisterous sea states or if we have to leave the cockpit for an extended time lifejackets are on. When seas are calm and we are in the cockpit, the risk of falling overboard is low and ease of recovery is high, we are unlikely to be wearing a life jacket.

There are 3 types of life jackets on board, standard foam vests (4), inflatable PFDs with a harness (2), and inflatable PFDs with a back tow harness and AIS/DSC locators attached. We choose the PFD to match the conditions we are in. The backtow PFDs are used at night as we are at greatest risk and the locating devices will wake the dead and enable a quicker recovery. In addition to the PFDs we have equipment to help safely bring a person back on board, a Lifesling and Switlik MOM8-A

In the worse case scenario, if we should have to abandon ship, we carry a 6 person coastal life raft and an Emergency Postion Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). The SPOT tracker we use also has an emergency panic button as does our VHF radios which will send a distress signal and our location. Should we have to continue our adventure in the life raft, we have ditch bag containing food, water, and other essential supplies allowing us to stay alive, if not comfortable, for a few days. The signaling devices will enable search and rescue operations to locate us quickly.