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03-20-2014 10:22 AM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

Good to know, thanks!
03-20-2014 10:09 AM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

You don't have to anchor out in the Harbor of Refuge. You can sail into Lewes through the Roosevelt Inlet (Very nice inlet) and dock in town. All the city docks and marina buildings were new a couple of years ago. Get a shower, food, water and have a meal at one of the great restaurants within easy walking distance of your slip. Lewes is one of my favorite towns.
03-20-2014 08:01 AM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

Ok, found it. Thanks for that.

It sounds like the Harbor of Refuge, is just that- a place to make a pitstop if you're just trying to get around DelMarVa and need a break.
03-20-2014 07:48 AM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post

If you don't stop in Cape May, I don't see many other opportunities for a break.
Once you're past Ocean City, there doesn't seem to be anywhere to take rest except for Cape May.

James, am I right on this?
There is a Harbor of Refuge/Breakwater Harbor just inside and west of Cape Henlopen/Lewes, Delaware, near the Cape May/Lewes ferry terminus, if you do not want to cross the mouth of the Delaware Bay. I drove there once and walked around Lewes, which is a nice historic Atlantic whaling town. Cape May is such an awesome place to stay, I will stop there every chance I get. On my typical track, I like to pass close by the beach at Ocean City and sail up the coast, since it is scenic, gradually bearing off toward the Cape May inlet. As Henlopen is west of the straight-line course from Ocean City to Cape May, it would add additional miles for me to use it as an intermediate stop. If you wish to sail close to shore on any portion of the Delmarva circumnavigation, I recommend the stretch between Rehobeth and Ocean City - it is cool to see the Ferris wheel, hotels, condos and bridges from the sea.
03-20-2014 07:42 AM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation


If you don't stop in Cape May, I don't see many other opportunities for a break.
Once you're past Ocean City, there doesn't seem to be anywhere to take rest except for Cape May.

James, am I right on this?
03-20-2014 07:35 AM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

Originally Posted by jballou View Post
We too are thinking about a Delmarva... But if anyone has any suggestions about places to visit in the south Bay, would love to hear it.
My favorites stops are Solomon's Island, Great Wicomico River/Reedville, Tangier Island, Norfolk, Kiptopeake Beach, and Cape Charles. Rappahannock River is nice, too, but a little bit out of the way.
03-19-2014 09:19 PM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

Galesville and West River are my stompin' grounds...No matter which way you choose to go, you will have and wind and tide with you and then against you but tide on Del Bay and C and Canal are crucial to have with you. You are likely to have wind blowing in from the ocean up the Del bay in the daytime. Keep in mind that Cape May is way off course for this trip. It would be a serious deviation--easily done of course but about 25 miles or so. You have about 55' air clearance at the Cape May canal overhead powerlines, so you may have to time that for low tide or come in at the inlet from the ocean. You can sail in 10-12 feet of depth almost right up to the beach if you hug Cape May.
03-19-2014 09:16 PM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
This reminds me. We all forgot to mention an important element:


You will likely be attacked, at some point, by a large number of blood-sucking flies that are nearly impossible to kill. Be prepared!

Bug spray, long pants, fly swatters are a necessity.
Stay AWAY from the light houses and ruins in the center of the bay, atleast 1/2 mile. From what I can gather, the seagull poop attracts hordes, and if you go close enough for a picture, they jump on your boat in hordes.

At least that is what I have learned. If I stay away from the lights, I generally do fine.
03-19-2014 08:56 PM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

I have done this trip about 10 times or more on my Catalina 30', Niagara 35', and last summer on Bayfield 36'. I never plan direction of the loop in advance but make decision just before leaving based on the weather forecast. Visiting Chincoteague, as far as I know, can be dangerous and would require local knowledge so we stayed away from that inlet. Cape May, however, is a beautiful place to visit as well as Norfolk and Cape Charles. Going counterclockwise we often had to wait for favorable weather offshore - always in the Little Creek marina at the very mouth of the Bay. C & D canal may have very strong currents so it is critical to time your passage so that the current is not working against you. It is important to keep in mind that Delaware Bay in its Northern part has no places to hide from foul weather so sailing clockwise against strong southern winds there should be avoided.
In general you should have great time as long as you careful with the weather and allow yourself enough time for the trip.
Best of luck.
03-19-2014 08:00 PM
Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

Hi jballou, I'm in the rhode river.
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