Once laid up, we cleaned Tumi inside and out, and took the sails to the sailmakers for repairs to the parts that had suffered some wear and tear. After that, we went to our hotel exhausted. Getting the boat ready for leaving her is not a small task. Next morning we got up early. We had flights from Washington DC at 6pm and we wanted to see something of the area before we went to the airport, so off we went to Yorktown.
Yorktown is a lovely town, the site of 6 wars to date - three with the native indians, the 1812 war against the British, The American war of independence, and then the civil war. As we were walking around the old part of the town we noticed some cannonballs still embedded in the walls of the houses.
Since they were put there by the British, I was tempted to knock on the door and ask for my ball back!
After walking around the tow, we decided to go and visit the battlefield which proved to be the turning point in the war of independence. Supported by the French in their endeavours (bloody typical!) the Virginians sent in a skirmish unit with unloaded guns and bayonets to attack and take the gun emplacements.
This was a surprise attack which worked and from that point on the redoubt they captured was used to turn the British guns on themselves and Cornwallis eventually surrendered.
So, if it hadn't been for the French aiding and abetting the Americans, we could still have been in charge over there ....