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Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

Hi...great trip! Bring plenty of things to occupy the kids...there can be long tedious stretches. The big questions are not about tides and inlets but how to keep the family comfortable...that will determine the trip's pleasure level. I would wait until May or June. I've done this trip dozens of times though the ocean portion only once. You may also wish to join the rally sponsored by SpinSheet. Del Bay can be unpleasant for a variety of reasons and planning for tide is really important...also the afternoon onshore breeze up the bay too. Watch for ships! There are no places to stop from Chesapeake City to Lewes except for some rivers on the Jersey side. Lewes is nice but watch that current! If you think you need to go in an inlet on the coast you have gotten good advice already. But please...boredom...heat...seasickness and small children...averting that is they key to a successful trip! Chesapeake City is a nice stop but Summit North on the canal has a pool and is quieter and better for children. I think they are replacing the docks. Have fun...btw this is my first posting on Sailnet.
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Hi...great trip! Bring plenty of things to occupy the kids...there can be long tedious stretches. The big questions are not about tides and inlets but how to keep the family comfortable...that will determine the trip's pleasure level... But please...boredom...heat...seasickness and small children...averting that is they key to a successful trip! Chesapeake City is a nice stop but Summit North on the canal has a pool and is quieter and better for children. I think they are replacing the docks. Have fun...btw this is my first posting on Sailnet.
This reminds me. We all forgot to mention an important element:

FLIES, FLIES, FLIES, and MORE FLIES...

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.
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Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

We too are thinking about a Delmarva loop in June. Probably in later June. We have a Pearson 367 with 5.5' draft. Thinking about doing it counterclockwise from the comments here. Was not thinking about going in to Chincoteague, but on second thought....

Still lining up the family crew. Hoping to get 4 or five. And thinking about 7 to 10 days. This will be our first overnight sail (if we decide to skip Chincoteague). For us, the trip will be mostly about the sailing. But also want to see Cape May for a day or two. We cruise out of the Chesapeake (West River) so know the nice places to visit at least in the north or central part of the Bay. But if anyone has any suggestions about places to visit in the south Bay, would love to hear it.
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Hi jballou, I'm in the rhode river.
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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.
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Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

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This reminds me. We all forgot to mention an important element:

FLIES, FLIES, FLIES, and MORE FLIES...

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.
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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.
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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.
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Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

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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?
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Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

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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.

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