Days on cruise: 126
Distance traveled: 2.5 miles
Travel time: 33 minutes
Total trip odometer: 2,683
We feel like a ping pong ball, moving from place to place but making no forward progress. We slept so well Thursday night we’ve no idea whether the forecasted high winds materialized, but we woke Friday to find the stern of our boat 20 feet from the sheer rock shoreline wall, so weren’t comfortable staying another night unless we could figure out what sorts of adjustments to make. Additionally we spent most of two days anchored at the Benjamin Islands, but didn’t get to explore much there because of the rain. So we moved back to the Benjamins.
After setting anchor, we called the marina where we plan to stay Saturday night to confirm their channel depth and make a reservation. Guess what? Their depth is only 3 feet! Since we plan to meet friends there, we had to develop a Plan B and communicate it to them quickly.
Our friends are coming by car, and the next marina location is 50 miles away. Because the afternoon conditions at the moment were calm, we decided to make some headway toward the newly identified Saturday marina destination. We scrambled to pull our anchor and at the same time sent a text message to Looper friends on Jackets II who we knew were in nearby Little Current and with whom we’d been hoping to connect. They responded immediately: “Will you wave as you go by? We’ll arrive in the Benjamins in 30 minutes!”
Plan C: We would stay here with Jackets tonight and leave early in the morning to meet our friends in Blind River. The Best Of Both Worlds: Jackets II, PLUS Gene and Joyce!
Jackets II is a 49’ Krogen Express, and Stephen and Charlotte are the first Loopers we met last January back in Fort Pierce, Florida while still doing boat prep. They started their Loop from Jacksonville three weeks later than we did, and we’ve only seen them in Norfolk, and then Solomons on the Chesapeake. We’ve missed them!
We all dropped our dinghies and went for a hike up the so-called Ski Slope to see the view.
Later Stephen and Charlotte came to our boat, bringing their planned dinner food and cocktail hour beverages.
Aren’t they cute?
It was great to have a reunion with Jackets II and we hope to catch up with each other again before crossing into the U.S. soon.