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09-04-2012 08:39 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

You are right. I'm resigned to the delivery being either a "guys" trip or having her delivered. We've done that before. Have the boat moved far away and sail her home. We get to theoretically cover twice the distance and the psychology of always making progress toward home is easier on the crew. I say theoretical because, when we did this last year, we ended up spending a week exploring Penobscot Bay making no westerly progress at all. And loving it!

I think I've mentioned that I have a buddy that moved his boat up here, from Annapolis, for this past summer. He had her delivered and the crew of two made it in 48 hrs flat, non-stop offshore. Ideal passage conditions though. I know he absolutely loved coming here to sail for the summer and I'm waiting to hear whether he is really going to take his boat home. He is considering leaving her on the hard rather than paying to deliver her home and back again, but it is exactly those Fall sailing months that he is considering. Nice problem to have.
09-03-2012 11:19 PM
chef2sail
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Minnie,

I understand. I have to agree, and that's why we come up there on August. Tht turns around in September and October. Not saying there isn't good sailing on the Sound in the fall, but that is primo time on the Chesapeake. Most who even take there boats out here don't do so till mid November. Days are warm and so is the water. Colors re out at all the many anchorages and quiet rivers and creeks. Power boaters leave .

While my Odessey seemed long , you really need a month in many ways. The worst part is always getting from here to there. The Jersey coast and Delaware River are arduous but the rewards once arriving on the Sound or the Chessie are worth it.

The biggest differences we found were that there are Far more places to just drop a hook on the Chesapeake and they are closer. No needs to always travel iChat distances between harbors or inlets.

People are nice both places. Great little towns both places. More Mainas on the Chesapeake. Substantially less moorings meaning that the prime anchoring locations on the Chesapeake are not restricted by hundreds of moorings not allowing travelers to anchor in protected areas like on the Sound. I understand why for the boat owners there it's a safe place to keep your boat, but sometimes makes it tough for a visitor who just wants to anchor.

I would find a way to cruise here. Maybe you and friends bring the boat own and have your wife take a plane/ train nd meet here in Baltimore. I would help yu bring your boat down. Have a captain bring your boat here in 3 days tops.

If you come in the hot humid airless August you will pass me heading north.

Dave
09-03-2012 07:23 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Glad you enjoyed it all Chef. Maybe we'll see you next year.

I've always wanted to make a cruise to Annapolis to see friends. I suppose I haven't because the weather is so nice up here in the summer. But I have to admit that your recount of so many grueling legs makes me question whether my wife would return with me.
09-03-2012 01:42 AM
chef2sail
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Ran the gauntlet of t storms and water spouts and made record time. In the 50 or so trips to/ from Cape May to Rock Creek on the Patapsco, this was the record time. 13.5 hours to cover 86 miles. Current was what helped us.

Glad to be home safe and sound with memories of a great trip and vacation.

Dave
09-02-2012 07:58 AM
chef2sail
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

On the way up the Delaware this AM running with the current motor sailing at 7.5. Important to make the nuke plant at Salem, NJ by 2as the tide switches about then and we'd be doing maybe 4 knots. Smooth seas this AM on Delaware bay noted for its square waves in 3second intervals. This due to the very shallow nature and long fetch. The remnants of TS Issac are closing in so depending on the timing through the C&D Canal will depend where we anchor or even head the final 6 hours for home port. Maybe more prudent to arrive after dark at 10 then fight heavy rain tomorrow.

Dave
09-01-2012 10:24 AM
chef2sail
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Spent an extra day in Atlantic City as the winds were gusting to 30 on the nose with 4-6 footers at 8 second intervals. Figured we'd hang out with Lawrencie and Elaine of the Ellandi crew who have come down the coast with us from Northport on the LI Sound.

We are 3 miles off the coast of my old home town of Ocean City. , NJ where I lived or 18 years while working in the AC casinos. We are making 6.75 knots COG with a 10-15 knot wind across the beam. Seas are 2-3 swells. Plan is to get to Cape May by 2 hopefully. Hangout on town and eat at one of our favorite restaurants 410 Bank Sreeet. Every year the owner , chef and others on the staff take a two week trip in the winter closed months to the country they intend on featuring in the following years menus to get ideas. This year is Siapan in the South Pacific. They have at leat 6 fresh fish catches ( Cape may is like Montauk with a large fishing fleet) with a choice of having any of the fish prepared 8 differing ways. The restaurant is in an old Victorian Cape May house seating 120 in many differing rooms.

Tomorrow is a 5 AM alarm to catch the Delaware River express. We can bride the 2-3 knot current for almost 7.5 hous to nthe C&D Canal (49 miles) other ride the current through the Canal (15 miles) and down to the Sassafras River or Still Pond on our beloved Chesapeake.
They teens of Isssac are supposed to catch up with us either late Sunday or Monday on our final leg home. Will be the first real rain we have seen in 20 days. Oh yes the humidity is back today too which we never saw the whole trip.

Refrigerator and freezer is finally showing some bare walls. Had an interesting experience at night on the way to Atlantic City in the dark. Winds were 20 on the nose at sunset with large breaking chop as we were about 10 miles from the inlet, we took down our main with some light left. We rigged for night running with our red lights, put n our Pfds and teathers, and I turn on the illumination on the engine panel. Wentn below or a few minutes and came back to a large motor sound with my wife saying the engine Sound changed. I took the ditch bag into the cockpit and went below to inspect the engine compartment. Dripless shaft ok, shaft turning correctly no water, alternator belts and alternator fine, water pumps and belts fine. Large sound continuing. As I came up the steps I rea
Iced I have pulled out the blower switch which we rarely use instead of the illumination light. Duhhhhhh. We laughed.

Dave
08-31-2012 04:54 AM
chef2sail
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

We did anchor at the Highlands on the land side of he fairway behind the breakwater. Got up at 5 and flew down the coast to Barnegat our goal. One of the boats with us (Xort,s Freedom) peeled off as we decided to continue to Atlantic City as today's forecast is for 20 on the nose. Well that forecast kicked in 3 hours later nd our last 25 miles took almost 8hours with 6 ft seas. Was a rough one, tacking over 18 times down the coast. We pulle into AC after dark at 10 PM. Hooke ou our Shore power and crashed after a stiff drink.

Dave
08-30-2012 08:29 PM
Tempest
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Hi Dave,

I took a guest mooring in the Atlantic Highlands again last night...Had dinner at "On The Deck" Thought I might see you but, I'm sure you were up and gone by the time I got up and out. You had to be pleased with the weather today...I sailed out of Sandy Hook Bay about 10:30 this morning..with a nice NW wind about 11 kn. apparent and it filled in throughout the day saw 18 kts. at times. Probably the best sailing I've had all year...

You must have flown down the coast...You couldn't have asked for better weather!
Have a safe trip home..
08-30-2012 10:03 AM
chef2sail
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Headed down the Jersey coast to Barnegat this AM with Freedom (xort) and ElandI. Beautiful day out. Goal is to anchor tonight. Thy may stay put or go to Atlantic City tomorrow. We will try to do Cape May and stay for a couple days before heading up the green head fly breeding Delaware River, back to our Chesapeake. Forecast tomorrow looks a little iffy to get 65 miles in with 10-15 and gusts to 20+ on the nose. S o we may pull in in Atantic City.

Dave
08-30-2012 02:06 AM
CalebD
Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

S/V Haleakula,

Sorry to have missed you this summer again.
I wish I could have made it out to Northport to meet both of you and the Trox/Xort duo.
Maybe next summer.
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