It was a lousy season for deliveries this fall and I thought I’d have the Little Harbor 54 in the picture at her winter home in Lyford Cay near Nassau by the beginning of December. Remember that old saw about the best laid plans?
On my first delivery of the season (a Swan 48 Mk II), I was late leaving Newport with a very narrow weather window. I ended up weather bound in Bermuda for 6 days and then had a nice ride to the BVI. my second delivery (an Alden 44) was also delayed leaving Newport for a week and then we had a cold ride down the beach and the ditch to Nassau before I headed home to pick up the Little Harbor 54. We left Newport December 9 and blasted down Long Island Sound with strong easterlies that died as we got toward New York. A cold front came in frigid while we were off the New Jersey shore. In the picture, that’s salt water spray that froze all over the boat overnight. It didn’t melt all the next day and I had to take a winch handle to the jib furler so I could roll up the sail when we got to Norfolk…where it snowed as we sat waiting for a weather window to go around Hatteras. Temperatures didn’t get warm enough to wear shorts until we were nearly in Nassau.
The good news was that those cold northerlies gave us some really nice sailing with the wind aft of the beam most of the way down the coast. – Andrew Burton.