June 21 - Underway for Annapolis - first stop West Palm Beach
So Jack arrived on June 13 to help with commissioning. We went sailing one day to familiarize him with the boat. All went well, but I was still early in the learning process. June 20 Jeff, his brother, and another long time crew member arrived. We had planned on having Sunday for him to decompress and leave Monday, but family and friends had moved up their arrival date in Hampton, VA a couple days so we decided to leave a day early. Fortunately, we also saw that a Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch in a couple days so our plan was two short trips – some 40-50 NM to get accustomed to the boat and then a trip to Canaveral for the launch and continuing on into the Gulf Stream for a two night passage up to Charlseton. You learn quickly that your original plans change quickly with weather and the vagaries of crew.
The “sail” to West Palm Beach was in a dead calm and flat seas. There was a slight wind at the beginning and we flew the Code 0 for the first time. A magnificent sail that was easy to set and retrieve and provided major horsepower. But the wind petered out pretty quickly and we entered West Palm around 2 pm. Lake Worth is a huge anchorage, but surprisingly, for us, most was taken up by mooring balls. We continued South until we found a place to anchor. The Mantus grabbed quickly almost knocking us off our feet and my biggest concern was not whether it would hold, but whether we could raise it the following morning.
That night we started what would be the battle of the chefs. Jack is a great cook. I’m pretty good and Jeff is the best at cleaning up. Tonight and for the remainder of the trip Jack and I would alternative guest chef duties at night.