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Sept 29 Day 1 Tennessee River to Pebble Isle Marina
The Rainiest Day
This was the rainiest day ever on the boat. It rained from 8:35 to 5:30 without a break. I must apologize to all our Kenlake Marina friends that had planned a big bon voyage party for our departure at 9:00AM. And this after a big Grand Lakes Yacht Club party the night before. However, checking the radar I figured we could get out ahead of the rain while we erected the mast and covered up the fly bridge. It actually started 5 minutes later. Heading out to the main channel I caught the Delta Mariner (the ship that knocked the Eggners Ferry bridge down 20 months ago) moving toward the bridge once one more time. I held my breath until it passed safely under the proper span. There is more to write about yesterday than today.
Our friends Tom and Linda completed the Great Loop but may have set a record at 9,650 miles by boat over 21 months. They circumnavigated Lake Superior and spent one winter in the Bahamas. There was a brief ceremony to raise their new gold burgee that had been hidden away waiting for this day. That night there was a great party with a seafood buffet with crabs legs, shrimp, scallops, sausage, and potatoes. A photo booth had been set up that took multiple pictures of up to six people crammed in wearing different hats and glasses. This trip on the Katy Leigh will visit Chattanooga.
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