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01-24-2013 02:59 PM
sailordave
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

YEP! Last May on the delivery down from RI we were just inside the DE Bay entrance and made it up the River, through the C/D and down to Rock Creek in about 14 hours. And that counted going slowly through the canal as there was some debris to look out for.

Conversely 2 years ago delivering a Bene36.7 to LI it was miserable; foul current, foul wind and boat issues. NOT a fun trip.
01-23-2013 05:30 PM
chef2sail
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

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Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post
Nice.. I didn't realize you could make the C&D so quickly from Cape May.. good to know
We do the Delaware every year on our LI trip. You can get 5 hours going south and 7 going north with the current of you plan it correctly. Going south we anchor behind Reedy Island and leave 1.5 hours before slack.
Going north we can usually get through the C&D to at least the Sassfras.
Riding the "Express" is the only way to go on the Delaware.
01-22-2013 11:25 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

Great stuff dude.
01-22-2013 10:22 PM
mad_machine
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

Nice.. I didn't realize you could make the C&D so quickly from Cape May.. good to know
09-09-2012 06:00 PM
jameswilson29
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

Here were my stops this time:

Potomac River (start)
Indian Creek in Fleets Bay
Cape Charles
Cape May for 2 days
Still Pond
Rockhall
St. Michaels
Solomon's Island
Potomac River (end)

St. Michaels was a little out of the way, but I have not been there in 11 years and I use to go regularly. I wanted to see how it had changed. Frankly, I was someone disappointed, but not surprised, that the town has become even more sheshe (something is wrong with a town that has more spas than hardware stores).

Rockhall was a pleasant surprise - very authentic. I stayed at Sailing Emporium and had a great dinner at Harbor Shack. I met several transients who ended up taking more or less permanent residence at Rockhall.
09-09-2012 12:40 PM
pdqaltair
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

So where did you stop? I'm always curious how folks break this up. I just got back from the same trip with my family, but we always make it take longer, with more layovers.

2012 Deale, MD (start)
Solomons Island, MD
Tangier, VA (2)
Cape Charles, VA
Chincoteague, VA (5)
Assateague/Ocean City, MD
Cape May, NJ (7)
Chesapeake City, MD
Rock Hall, MD
09-09-2012 10:52 AM
chucklesR
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

I always have a hard time sleeping while underway.

Good vids and nice going James.
09-08-2012 10:41 PM
chef2sail
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

Wow you were close to the channel. I saw the nuke plant in your utube video. Looks like you were around Cross Ledge when you took it. We stay far away from the channel except there. The tankers look far away but in 20 minutes at 27 knots thy come up quick. We generally ride the Jersey side after Egg Point where the Bay narrows to the over crossing over at the nuke plant ( Reedy Island). Kudos on he night trip solo. I don't like sleeping with no one else at the helm.

Dave
09-08-2012 10:19 PM
tdw
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

I confess I rarely get more than a nap or two at night when on passage even with crew. Couple of hours if I'm with the Wombet or someone else I really trust but that is best case. Mind you if it is cloudless and/or with a bit of moon I almost prefer being awake at night and napping through the day. When I am crewing on someone else's boat however, I can sleep like a log.

Botany Bay, which is Sydney's main container port and Port Kembla a bit further south for cars means we meet up with those behemoths on a regular basis but Newcastle (coal) is the most fun you can ever have. On one passage we counted 56 coal carriers, most anchored but every now and then you realise that one or two will be heading in or out of port and that is even more jolly. All you need is a pea souper and you have heaven on a stick.

Oh yes, I googled. Kellem was head of the commission responsible for the bridge/tunnel.

Ah yes, marsh/swamp bugs .... Only had them once, five miles out to sea and whammo .... bow to stern ..... we had to find a tin of insect spray and do the whole boat. We were motoring in a dead calm just on dawn so there was no escape for us other than insectocide .... funny thing was they were not all the same type of bug, from wee midges up to mean sob wasps. i suspect we solved the mystery of the Marie Celeste.
09-08-2012 09:56 PM
jameswilson29
Re: Finally rode the current from Cape May, N.J., to Still Pond

Lucius Kellem is no longer a household name in these parts. I am not sure who he is. There are swarms of flies from the marshes that will descend on the boat, even out of sight of land.

After leaving the North Channel of the bridge, I went outside on the overnight passage from Cape Charles, Virginia, to Cape May, New Jersey, a distance of about 140 n.m. or roughly 36 hours in my boat. I slept in the cockpit or on the foredeck on a beanbag chair with a kitchen timer waking me up every 20 minutes to scan the horizon for ships. I have done that offshore passage 4 times now, and I never get much sleep - maybe an hour at most.

The whole Delmarva circumnavigation is more than 400 n.m. I usually run late at least one night and stay over an extra night in one town - this time it was Cape May, N.J.

If you want to see some close traffic, here is a vehicle carrier while I was motorsailing up the eastern side of the Delaware River shipping channel:
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