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Ulladh 02-18-2011 06:36 PM

Delaware River-Bay and NJ Shore get together
Two days with temperatures approaching 70 F in February gets me thinking of summer.

Any interest in a sailnet get together in Cape May this June?

I will be sailing from Philadelphia to Cape May for the summer in June.

SailingWebGuy 02-18-2011 06:56 PM

Count me in.

chef2sail 02-18-2011 07:17 PM

Cape May is a great place for a rondevous...go to Utschs( not a favorite of SD as he had a bad experience there). We have stayed there over 20 times. They are a nice family a great walkable location. It is our stop over after the long motor down the Delaware River and our jumping off spot for our trip to LI and NE every summer.

BTW I have actually only sailed to Cape May once in the over 20 round trips I have made. The current is heavy duty for many ours and you want to make as much ground in a straight line when you have it as the trip from the C&D canal is about 50 miles unless you have a mast over 52 feet and have to go around the Cape then it is 12 miles longer. We have sailed in the Delaware Bay many times, but its is nolt a place to be with opposing tide and wind as the waves are steep square and frequent, It can be one of the nastiest places to be in any kind of blow.

Best you can hope for is a motor sail I think so make sure your motor is fit.


Ulladh 02-18-2011 08:01 PM

This is a 3 day trip for me. Riding the tide Essington to Delaware City, then the Cohansey, then Cape May or this time Bidwell Creek then Cape may.

If I get the tide just right I may make the Cohansey in the first day.

chef2sail 02-18-2011 09:02 PM

Cohanassey can be a brutal place to anchor. Lots of powerboats and headboats at all hours cruising through. Very deep near the mouth with a swift current and then of course the mosquitos and the NJ state bird....the Greenhead fly. I have used the Cohanassey as my bailout place a couple of times when the weather wasnt worth continuing on.

Cape May is very makeable when timing the tide from the C&D canal in 8-10 hours. I would suggest you try that. Also on your way back you will have more hours of the flood tide than you have with the ebb tide coming down the river.

We anchor behind Reedy Island when we come through the canal. It is about 5 miles south of the canal on the Delaware side. It is out of the tanker wash and any south/ east chop created by the wind. About 2 hours before the slack tide to ebb tide change we leave there and head south (the tide haslLmodst changed at Cape May further down the river by then.


Flybyknight 02-19-2011 05:52 AM

We are in Lewes, DE
Surprised that no one has mentioned anchoring off Roosevelt Inlet, or inside in the canal up from the Coast Guard station, as both are well protected.
The town of Lewes has a neat community dock for transients, and the local restaurants range from good to fantastic.


Ulladh 02-19-2011 08:07 AM

Lewis is a great destination, with dramatic views from Cape Henlopen.

I think of the bay as my destination with Cape May as one place of interest.

With a 20ft boat and 6hp outboard, my planning is somewhat realistic and at times overly pessimistic. I assume an average SOG of 4kn. Against the Delaware tide I can motor at 2kn, with the tide 7kn. 80nm from Essington to Cape May is possible but unlikely in 20hrs.

This is a sailing trip, so I wait for tide and wind in my favor.

Last time my timing was poor and I had the misfortune of entering the Cape May Canal on a summer weekend, missing slack tide and in the wakes of speeding power boats. Not something I desire to repeat.

This time I will spend a day or two at Bidwell Creek maybe a side trip to the Maurice, and enter the canal midweek at slack.

I like the Cohansey, for me it is a destination, anchor and enjoy the wildlife; heron, hawk, eagle, crab, turtle and maybe sturgeon.

May-June is horseshoe crab egg laying time on the bay beaches, and the time when redknots stop to refuel on their journey between Argentina and Northern Canada.

The bay shores are mostly protected wetland, rich with wildlife and history, good reason to slow down and enjoy.

chef2sail 02-19-2011 08:39 AM


That makes good sense. Having lived in Ocean City, NJ for 18 years and explored the State Parks and beaches on the bayside of NJ many times there are quite a few neat natural unspoiled areas to see such as the sceinic Maurice River. My daughter and I spend lots of time on the "West" side of NJ watching the various species of birds on the "Atlantic Flyway" migrating. There are also a great number of Bald and American eagles as you said now that we have figured out how we were destroying their population.

Having the size boat with engine you have it mnakes sense to plan the way you are. Usually for us the Delaware trip is the most boring and most drudgery of our excurions to NE or even back home and we are on a "tide" time clock. It is always better to "see the trees" and scenery as you are doing. I envy that.

Takes some Skin so Soft for the greenheads though.


SVAuspicious 02-19-2011 10:02 AM

+1 for Lewes/Cape Henlopen. It's readily accessible to the NJ coast (less than an hour difference than Cape May), deeper water, no air draft issues, and easier access coming down Delaware Bay.

Ulladh 02-19-2011 12:30 PM

Sailnet get together in Lewes?

Good restaurants, walkable, easy approach from the bay, not as expensive as Cape May.

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