SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Buddy boats for a Cape May trip? Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
03-29-2011 02:51 PM
jdilliplane1 did you ever end up making the trip and I hope your offer still stands from last year? I definitely am in a better position this year with everything!!!
07-07-2010 04:22 PM
Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Too scared to go alone and my 1st mate can't get away to go with me. Thinking, late August?
Unless there is is strong wind against tide and you're going into it, the Delaware is no special threat. Go for it. If the wind is nasty and on the nose, wait. It probably wouldn't be dangerous, but it wouldn't be fun either.

I've been to Cape May perhaps 40 times (my father is an artist and paints there - blog listed below) and perhaps 10 times by boat. We have also waited a day to leave a few times, when the weather the next day was better.

Sail Delmarva
Ken Frye - Artist

Cape Island Bikes (690-884-8011) will bring a rental bike to any marina!
Utsches is nice (609-884-2051) but they don't like my beam! You may see us over at South Jersey Marina at about that time.
07-07-2010 04:17 PM
deniseO30 Oh hey sorry everyone! I"ve been busy since the heat hit the area. I am in the hvac biz.. sign.. I may try the trip end of Summer thank you all for your encouragement!
07-07-2010 03:46 PM
chef2sail Denise,

You certainly have enough experience from your Chesapeake trips to do this on your own if you want.

We have done this trip many times and are doing it again on July 24. The trick is to play the tides as Gershel said. Once you reach the Nuke plant just follow the charts in the depth areas you can travel in. It is not necessary to go from bouy to channel bouy at all and this will help you cut many miles off of the trip. Play the inside angles except stay in the channnel at "Cross Ledge". If you follow the advice you can get to the wide part of the Delaware Bay where the incomming current isnt as strong when running against you. Unfortunately you will face it some of your trip if your destination is Cape May. Make the most of the outgoing tide heading down by starting 2 hours before the turn of tides.

If your mast is under 54 feet you can take the Cape may canal and save 2 hours or so. Stay at Utsches. They are old friends of mine and my family. They have a trolley which you can use to go in town or walk its not that far.

If you want more info or need to talk about some of the parts of the trip feel free to PM me.

07-07-2010 10:02 AM
gershel Denise,
STOP IT!!! You're over-thinking(agonizing) this thing. I've read your previous posts, and i think your more than capable. Being cautious is something you should have , just for a day sail.
If you buddy boat, you may be following someone with questionable judgement. Do your own planning, use your own gut instinct, but don't follow.
Current and wind are the main things for Del. Bay. I usually try to leave the mouth of the C&D about 1-2 hours before high tide or slack current. It's a little slower at the beginning of the trip, but the current will be with you the rest of the way. At that time of year, plan on motoring the whole way, but you may get lucky and be able to motor-sail.
When your heading back, you may just enjoy one of the best sails you've ever had.
Don't be on a schedule, plan well, and go for it.
Enjoy, Marc
06-27-2010 02:04 PM
sailingdog Did you want crew or did you want a buddy boat to sail along with???
06-27-2010 12:33 PM
Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Too scared to go alone and my 1st mate can't get away to go with me. Thinking, late August?
Let me know if you need a crew Just get back from a Demarva circumnavigate trip yesterday. I want to sail more.
06-25-2010 12:05 AM
bljones You're not scared, you're prudent.

I'd offer to crew but my liver couldn't take it.
06-24-2010 05:49 PM
Buddy boats for a Cape May trip?

Too scared to go alone and my 1st mate can't get away to go with me. Thinking, late August?

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome