The trip from Cape May up the Delaware Bay to the C & D Canal is one that many cruisers dread if wind direction isn’t right. We left at 5:15am in the dark to catch the current and hoped that the predicted wind direction was correct. The one bridge that you need to go under from Cape May to get to the Bay is 55ft high and our mast is 53ft. Moira doesn’t look up as we go under the bridge because she is sure we will crash. Once out of the canal the winds were stronger than predicted – around the 20 knots – but from a sailable direction. Put a reef in the sail and had a great time heading up the bay seeing speeds around 8 knots with help from the current. We were the first boat from Cape May to make it to the small anchorage in Chesapeake City. Had sundowners with several other boats in the anchorage. The next day we toured the small Canal Museum and then later took off and headed to the Sassafras River. The current again helped us and covered the 23 miles in a little over 3 hours. High winds and heavy rains over the next few days kept us on the boat for the next few days.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
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