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We left Newport Early to Avoid Depression [Nine, a/k/a Hermine]

Hermine, formerly a Topical Depression Nine, which is now in the western Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to head across Florida and move NE. Because its likely track and speed, we have moved-up our scheduled departure from Newport from Friday morning at 8:00 AM to Today at Noon.

Our original schedule would have put us at the mouth of the Delaware by in 25 knots plus of NE wind on Saturday late afternoon or evening. The biggest concern in NOT have strong onshore winds with an opposing ebbing tidal out rush in the Delaware Bay. The tidal flow can be over 2 knots and you don't want to have 25 knot winds pushing up steep waves :^))) That can be very uncomfortable.

This should put us at the mouth of the Delaware Bay in favorable winds and tide between 7:00 and 9:00 PM. We will have a favorable tide and should have relatively manageable winds at that point.

If things stay as we expect, we should be at the eastern entrance to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal sometime after in the early midnight morning hours on Saturday. Then it's supposedly a very neat beam reach to home.

Of course I'm losing signal until the Delaware Bay entrance. We're just about abeam of Montaulk now. This little cell modem is about to lose its Verizon.

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