|Departure 2011, Rock Hall, MD for MAINE|
|B. E., Blue Eyes, Claire....Jeff n Sharon's great daughter|
We motored to Chesapeake City, where we enjoyed dinner with good friends John & Nancy IP40 Larking About and Jeff & Sharon IP35 Lucille. We also had a special visit from Claire, Jeff and Sharon's daughter who I nicknamed "B.E." for Blue Eyes as she has the most beautiful blue eyes of anyone I have ever met. Claire has helped us stow provisions for these trips since she was 7 yrs old. Now, it is off to college for her. We were so happy to see her!
After a fun dinner at the Tap Room, we enjoyed Dark 'n Stormies on Island Spirit.
Monday, Radeen and I headed out of the cove at 0530hrs to run the CD canal with the best current speeds, thanks to Jeff and iPad Navionics lessons. We enjoyed a beautiful sail past Salem Nuclear Plant and down the Delaware Bay till 2 pm. Unfortunately, the Bay showed its ugly face with 20-25 knot winds on the bow. We made several tacks, sailing close hauled with a reef only to find ourselves no closer to Cape May because of the tide setting us back up the bay. With 8 miles to go, we decided to furl the jib and motor sail the last 8 miles bashing into now 25-30 knots of true SOUTH winds. This completes our 9th run down the Delaware Bay! Here are some photos of the first two days...
|The Conrail Railroad Bridge which had a long train southbound, so we waited for a lift.|
|Sunrise over the Route 1/13 bridge which we have driven to and from the boat for many years!|
|This one is for JEFF, our nuclear physicist...THANK YOU for keeping us safe!|
|Off watch, relaxing under sail in calm beam winds.|
|Radeen with the iPAD and NAVIONICs for navigation...too cool.|
|After 13 hours, a much longer than usual passage, we are anchored off the USCG in Cape May, NJ.|