Day 10 – Vampires, Mummies & The Holy Ghost – Beaufort, NC to Swansboro, NC – (10/31/13)

After a great evening last night with Dan & Kelly, we decided to extend our stay a few more hours and meet them for coffee and then explore Beaufort and do some much needed shopping in the morning.  This is a great town and we can see why it’s been voted Best Small Town in America!!  We loved dinner last night at Plaza Mexico on Front Street (the Fajitas and Shrimp Diablo were both great choices).  We had coffee at The Bean on the boardwalk.  The Bean doubles as The Dockside during the evening.  Good spot for morning coffee with an outdoor deck overlooking the water.   After coffee, we did some shopping in town.  We picked up some Christmas present (yikes…only 8 more Saturday’s until Christmas) and some new sunglasses (Craig lost his earlier in the trip and mine had a scratch the width of the ICW).  If you are looking for clothes, shoes or sunglasses, I would recommend Island Outfitters.  George Rose is the owner and a very nice guy.  Very helpful and knowledgeable about all of the products he carries.

After we made a healthy contribution to the local Beaufort economy we decided to head back to the boat and try to get underway before a system that was developing socked us in for the day.

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We pulled out of the slip and started to cross the Beaufort Inlet to get back to the ICW just in time to meet our first 40 knot gusts.  We took a a very, very choppy, wind, wet run down to Swansboro, NC.

Day 10 Captain Craigerpot Day 10 Getting Rough

We had planned to anchor along the north shore, between Casper’s Marina and the state Route 24 Highway Bridge, but the winds were really howling and we thought it might be safer to pull into the marina for the night.  We hailed Casper’s on the radio and they were very quick to accommodate us and helped us tie up in consistent 35-40 knot gusts (livin the dream…J).

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Casper’s is $1.25 per foot, has a small store with a pretty decent selection of marine supplies and is a short walk to town.  The town is cute, a few shops and restaurants.  We had dinner at the Saltwater Grille.  It was so so.

Day 10 Falic Clouds Day 10 Safe and sound and the weather breaks

Is it just me or does anyone else think that cloud is a bit falic…:-)…sorry…got to get my mind out of the gutter…

All in all, we made it approx. 25 NM today.  We pulled out of Beaufort at 12:30 and into Swansboro at 5:30.  We enjoyed the walk to dinner amongst all the Trick or Treaters and were definitely missing our bunch!  Below is a picture of our grandson Landon (Pirate Landon that is), and our daughter Taryn holding her new pumpkin baby Maura.

Day 10 Pirate Landon Day 10 Taryn and Maura

Lesson’s Learned and Daily Rundown

  • Distance traveled – 25 NM – Beaufort, NC M204 to Swansboro, NC M229
  • Cast off 12:30 pm and tied up at 5:30 pm
  • Sometimes you might be better off to enjoy an entire day and wait out a weather front
  • The flipside to that is the more time “on the dock” the more money you spend shopping and eating out (at least we do).

 

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Day 9 – Fins – Pungo River NC to Beaufort, NC (10/30/13)

We started out the day to yet another beautiful sunrise on the Pungo River.  We pulled our anchor up at 7:15.  A pretty good start for us.  We still need to work on getting up earlier, especially since next week DST kicks in (ooy vay!).

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The boats started filing out around 6:45 or so and we started out in a pack again.

Day 9 We're off

We headed up the Pungo River to the Amlico River where we saw our first dolphins of the trip.  A small family playing in the wake of our boat that followed us for a few miles.  I took about 50 failed pictures…every time they jumped up, I snapped a shot and got water, but never those elusive beautiful creatures.   We continued to see dolphin families here and there for the rest of the day.

The trip today took us through 5 rivers, 3 creeks, 1 canal and across an inlet.  We traveled down the Pungo River to the Amlico River to Goose Creek, to Upper Spring Creek to Bay River to Neuse River to Adams Creek to Adams Creek Canal to Newport River and then across the Beaufort Sound…Phew.  We had a busy day.   The trip went smoothly.  We had heard that there were some areas of shoaling, but we did not encounter any.  We were careful to stay in the center of the channel.

Day 9 Reviewing Charts

For the most part we had good cell service all day and I was able to be online most of the day through our mifi.

An old friend of ours lives in Beaufort and he was able to arrange for us to stay on the dock next to his beautiful 80 ft Sanlorenzo that he is in the midst of restoring.  After a quick grocery run, we had a great evening catching up with Dan and getting to know his girlfriend Kelly over dinner.  Dan has completed a circumnavigation and we are always interested in his stories and various tips/tricks that we pick up from him.  We’re hoping to do some sailing over the winter with these guys…maybe a run to the Bahamas (hint hint Dan and Kelly…:-) )

Daily Rundown and Lessons Learned

  • Anchor up 7:15, tied up at 5:15
  • 77 NM traveled
  • Pungo River – M 127 to Beaufort, NC M 204
  • Great friends visited – 2
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Day 8 – Follow the Yellow Brick Road – Coinjock, NC to Pungo River, NC (10/29/13)

We started the day off with yet another amazing sunrise at approx. 7:20 am.  I don’t think I will ever get tired of watching the sky break from from night to day.  The first lights are amazing and I love watching the sky turn from black to grey to bright pink to blue.  These gorgeous sunrises (and the fact that I am up and outside to see them…:-)) are definitely one of the huge gifts of this trip.

Day 8 Sunrise Coinjock NCDay 8 Heading into Albemarle Sound

Today we crossed the Albemarle Sound (pic above with the bow is as we headed into the sound).  According to some of the locals in Coinjock we found out that we would be crossing the sound on one of the calmest days they have seen all year.  The Albemarle can be a bit harry with unpredictable conditions and no bail out points along the way if you run into trouble. So definitely would recomend checking the weather before you head out to ensure a safe passage.   It is 14 miles across and was like glass for our crossing.  Once across the Albemarle Sound, we headed into the Alligator River.  We fell quickly back into line with our sailboat convoy from yesterday.  I think we are 11 boats total now.

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We didn’t see any alligators, but did see lots of stumps and logs.  You definitely need to pay attention in this area.  From the Alligator River to the Alligator River / Pungo River Canal (approx. 23 nm stretch) and eventually came upon the Pungo River.  We had no cell service for most of the afternoon in the Canal.

Day 8 Craig Hard at Work

We anchored in the headwaters of the Pungo River at Mile 127.3.  We made a turn to the starboard at Green 23 and found lots of anchorage area.  By the time the sun was starting to set 11 boats in total were nestled in the area.  The scenery here was absolutely beautiful –  very serene and quiet setting.

Day 8 Arriving Pungo River Day 8 Sunset

All in all we traveled 81.6 NM today and had a completely “drama free” day.  The territory covered was North Carolina Cut to North River to Albermarle Sound to Alligator River to Alligator River/Pungo River Canal to Pungo River.  Tomorrow we plan to head to Beaufort as we are in desperate need of groceries and would like to try and connect with a friend if he is in the area.

Dinner on board this evening was Vegan Taco’s with Fresh Guacamole – recipes below.

Daily Rundown and Lesson’s Learned:

  • Cast off at 7:15am, on the hook at 5:15pm
  • 81.6 NM traveled
  • Coinjock, NC (M 45.9) to the head of the Pungo River (M 127.3)
  • Little to no cell service is on most of this stretch so plan accordingly if you are working underway.
  • There are also very few places to stop, so plan for a long day.
  • Check the weather on the Sound before attempting to cross.  If it’s not good, consider hunkering down where you are for an extra day.
  • I don’t think there are alligator’s in the Alligator River
  • Spent $0 today…the secret to low budget cruising is definitely to stay on the boat! …:-)

Recipes:

Guacamole – This is one of my most requested recipes and definitely one of the easiest things to throw together to spice up a meal or whip up a quick appetizer.  Make sure your avocado’s are nice and ripe.

  • 2 avocados – smashed
  • 1 shallot of ½ of a small onion – minced
  • ½ tomato – diced
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Salt/pepper
  • Optional – 1 tbls fresh cilantro

Mix everything together and enjoy!!

Taco Filling:

  • 1 package beefless crumbles (I like Trader Joe’s brand the best)
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • ¾ c water

Saute the onion and pepper in some EVOO until soft.  Add Beefless crumbles and sauté until they start to brown.  Add taco seasoning and water.  Cook for another 5 minutes or so and serve with all the taco fixings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 7 – Convoy – Norfolk VA to Coinjock, NC 45.1 NM -10/28/13

We got underway just after a beautiful sunrise over the Lafayette River this morning.  We decided on the Virginia Cut route over the Dismal Swamp which is rumored to be closed.  It was a busy day as we got ready to navigate the 13 bridges and 1 lock at the start of the ICW.  We picked up a convoy of sailboats waiting for the Gilmerton Lift Bridge to open and traveled most of the day with this group.

Sunrise Lafayette River Norfolk Gilmerton Bridge Convoy

All told, we had 7 bridge openings to wait on, 3 65’ bridges we squeaked under (so glad our mast is ICW friendly at just north of 61’!!) and 1 lock.  The rest of the bridges were open.

Squeeking Under

The Great Bridge Lock was my first lock experience.  Craig has been in many on a previous trip up the NY State Barge Canal so he had briefed me in advance.  We were ready with lines on the bow and stern when we entered.  The lock opens Southbound on the half hour.  If possible, it is best to enter on your starboard side as that side is lined with rubber bumpers.  If you are at the end of a long boat line and end up on the port side have your bumpers ready as it is concrete.

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Once all the boats are in the lock (we went through with 9 others), and secured to cleats on either side, they fill it with water.  It took about 20 minutes and we passed the time chatting with our new convoy companions.   After the water is filled, they open the gates southbound and out you all go…Off like a herd of turtles…J.

We cruised up the ICW at approx. 7 knots.  It was an overcast day but not too chilly.  This portion of the ICW is very narrow and surrounded with reeds and trees on either side.  It is really quite beautiful.

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We decided to head into a marina for the night so that we could wash the boat (it was caked with salt from the Chesapeake), restock groceries, do laundry and refuel.  There are basically two marinas to choose from – Midway and Coinjock.  They are directly across from each other.  We chose Coinjock based on the review of their restaurant and a recommendation from Craig’s Dad.  It was a good choice!

The dockage is $2 per foot, fuel was reasonably priced.  They have a marina store that is well stocked with most food staples (unfortunately no produce or fresh fruit), laundry facilities and a good spot for dinner if you’re ready for a night off the boat.  They are known for their Prime Rib, Seafood and Homemade Deserts.  We tried all of it.  Craig had the Prime Rib, I had the broiled seafood platter and we had carrot cake and pumpkin cheesecake for desert (yummy!).  They also give you fresh homemade potato chips with homemade ranch dressing instead of bread when you sit down (I’ll take that over bread anyday!!!).

Another beautiful sunset taken at Coinjock Marina.

Coinjock Sunset

Tomorrow we will cross the Albermale Sound.  Hoping for good conditions as we’ve heard this Sound can be unpredictable and quite rough.

Below is a picture of our granddaughter Maura Grace.  She was 1 month old on Sunday.  We’ve only been gone a week and can’t get over how much she has already changed.

Maura Grace 1 month old

Lessons Learned and Daily Rundown

  • Norfolk, VA to Coinjock, NC
  • 45.1 NM traveled
  • Anchor up at 8am and tied up at 5:30
  • Plan for a long day.  The bridge openings and lock take extra time.
  • Plan carefully to arrive at Gilmerton Bridge on the ½ hour.  This bridge only opens 9:30 – 3:30 M – F, once per hour on the ½ hour.  Unfortunately, we got stuck at the train bridge 2 miles before Gilmerton and missed the 9:30 opening so we lost 45 minutes waiting for the next.
  • If you time Gilmerton, then travel at approx 7 knots,  the rest of the bridges and locks should line up nicely for you.
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Day 6 – We’re Taking a Walk on the Wild Side (RIP Lou Reed!) – Indian Creek, VA to Norfolk, VA (M 146 – M 203.4) – 10/27/13

Day 6 started on the chilly side, but gorgeous!!  We pulled up anchor at 8am and were on our way south headed to Norfolk.  We had hoped for one last big day of sailing before the ICW, but unfortunately  the winds were light (5 knots) and dead on our nose, so we motored.   The bright side to this was that the bay was like glass.  A much needed reprieve after the pounding we took yesterday.   We were motoring along at 8 knots and making great time.

The weather warmed up nicely and we were able to ditch those CVS caps and our jackets.  Still wearing our Wicked Good “Boat Shoes” though.  Lunch was delicious today – what happens when you throw all the leftovers from the last three dinners into a pan to reheat – delicious pot luck!!

Wicked Good Boat Shoes

We got to the Norfolk International Port and Naval base around 2pm and decided that it was a little too late to try to get into the ICW and navigate the numerous bridge openings and locks that mark the beginning.  So we headed 3.2 M up the Lafayette River and anchored south of the channel near R 14 in approx. 6-8’ of water, just before the bridge and opposite Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.   This is a great anchorage and I would recommend it as a nice stop before heading into the ICW.  BTW…we have found most of our anchorages in the book – Anchorages – Along the Intracoastal Waterway by Skipper Bob Publications.  I would highly recommend picking up a copy before heading out for this journey.

Norolk Naval Base

It seemed like we were finally having a “no drama” day (as Captain Marcus would say).  That is until we tried to drop anchor and found our windlass wasn’t working again.

Craig ran below and quickly diagnosed the problem – circuit breaker had cracked in half…probably stepped on while we were having some work done on the boat last week.  So we temporarily bypassed the breaker so that we could drop anchor and secure the boat.   It was approx. 3:45 and we thought we might be able to make it into a West Marine to find a replacement part so we blew up the dinghy and motored ashore.  By the time we made it ashore and into the yacht club, we didn’t have enough time to grab a cab…so we ditched our trash and headed back to the boat.  We were able to get a few nice photo’s of the boat here anchored.

Bow Shot Here and Now here and now Motoring to shore in Norfolk

We found that there was another 100 amp breaker on the panel below but couldn’t figure out what it was for, so we made another call to Captain Gary Thomas who also has a Beneteau and he suggested it was for the electric winch, which it was.  Since we won’t be sailing too much over the next few days on the ICW and we can always crank the winch if we do, Craig decided to switch the broken windlass breaker with the electric winch breaker.  He got finished with the repair, but windlass still wasn’t working.    We didn’t have a volt meter on board to check the power, so MacCraiger improvised and used the DC Fan that our good friend Bob Laughlin had given us as a boat warming gift.  After finding that there was power and then proceeding to wiggle every wire we could find on the boat, we realized that we (I mean Craig) reinstalled the breaker on the winch rather than the windlass…woops.   We made the correction and everything was working properly again.

After the repairs we had a nice evening sitting in the sun on the back of the boat.  It had warmed up to 70 degrees and we caught another beautiful sunset.  Dinner was  grilled chicken, zucchini, asparagus  over a bed of romaine/arugula & avocado.   Craig’s famous salad dressing recipe is below.  Tomorrow we head into the ICW and North Carolina.

 

Selfie Sunset Photo - Norolk, VA

Norfolk Sunset (Lafayette River)

Norfolk Sunset (Lafayette River)

 
Norfolk Sunset (Lafayette River)

Lesson’s Learned and Daily Rundown

  • Lesson #9 – Take photo’s of the configuration of your electronics, switches, etc and mark them well.  This will make repairs a little easier at later dates.
  • Indian Creek, VA to Norfolk VA – 56.9 NM
  • Anchor up at 8am and down at 3:30pm
  • 2nd day in a row where we spent $0 (that is if you don’t count the new $100 circuit breaker that we will need to order)

Recipe:

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • ½ shallot or 1 TBSP onion minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon
  • 1 tsp Agave or Honey
  • 1/3 c Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ c EVOO
  • Whisk together.  Spoon over salad and store the rest in the fridge.
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Day 5 – On the Road Again – Solomon’s Island (Mile 97.5) to Fleets Bay, VA (Mile 146) 10/26/13

We are underway again.  We pulled out of Spring Cove Marina (which btw is a great spot…nice marina, very large pool overlooking the river, full service work yard, laundry, bikes and shuttle service to local grocery store) at Solomon’s Island at 7:45 am headed to Virginia.  It was a very crisp morning with ice on the docks and lots of steam rising from the river.

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We were well rested from two days in port, toasty warm from two glorious days of heat and all geared up and ready for the cold today with our new CVS hats and socks.

Craig and Lisa's new hats

We got back into the bay quickly and turned south.  We had the sails up by 9:30 after a delicious breakfast (Goat Cheese, Shitake and Spinach Omelets with fruit salad and toast).   We were on a close haul in 15-20 knots of wind.  The winds and seas picked up dramatically as we approached the mouth of the Potomac and we found ourselves in 25-30 knots of wind sustained.  We had our head sail reefed and were managing to maintain between 6-7 knots heading south, but were very close to the wind.    I was at the helm and got too close and took an unexpected tack to my starboard.  As we weren’t ready for the move, our head sail ended up getting tangled and we had quite a time getting it under control.  We finally managed to get back on track without incident.  Unfortunately, Craig lost his very expensive and favorite pair of prescription sunglasses in the maneuver.

At that point, the winds picked up to 32-35 knots and the seas were very rough and we decided to pull the sails in and motor.

After lunch we had our first major “debate” of the trip.  Craig was eager to make up some time for the lost day spent doing maintenance and wanted to head to the Piankatunk (Mile 152) which would get us to the mouth of the river at 6pm, but still needing time to head up the river to find an anchorage.   I was spent from the hairy morning of sailing, 30 degree temps and constant pounding of the 3-4 foot waves all afternoon.  I wanted to stop at the Great Wicomico River (Mile 136).  We ended up compromising on Indian Creek just off of Fleets Bay (Mile 146).

We motored up Indian Creek 4.3 m to G11 turned to the port and anchored in Pitman’s Cove.  It was well protected from all sides and we anchored at approx. 4:45 and enjoyed a nice evening reading and relaxing on the back of the boat.

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 We grabbed hot showers while the water was still hot from the engine and made a FANTASTIC dinner (if I do say so myself…J).  Pasta with Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce (recipe below) and Arugula/Tomato/Avocado Salad with fresh Burrata.

Our location was pretty remote and we weren’t able to pick up any unsecured wifi, so we booted up our Verizon Hotspot and connected that to the Bullet.  We were able to get online and even watched a few episodes of Orange is the New Black on Netflix (which by the way is a really good show).  We’re not much for TV, but loved Breaking Bad and have been mourning the loss ever since the show finale a few weeks ago.  This is a pretty good replacement.

Daily Rundown and Lessons Learned:

  • 51 NM covered
  • Departed 7:30 AM, Arrived 4:45 PM
  • Winds from the SW / Close Haul
  • Newbie Lesson #5 – Be very careful about how close the wind you get!
  • Newbie Lesson #6 – Wear a strap on your glasses when you’re on the water.

Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe:

1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes

8 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed

2 anchovy fillets (packed in oil)

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (I used Earth Balance instead and it was good)

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

12 oz pasta (I used spaghetti)

Preheat oven to 425.  Combine tomatoes (crushing them with your hands), garlic, anchovies, butter, and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes in a 13×9 baking dish; season with salt and black pepper.  Roast, tossing halfway through, until garlic is very soft and mixture is jammy, 35-40 minutes.  Using a potato masher or fork, mash to break up garlic and tomoatoes.

Meanwhile, cook 12 oz of pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente.  Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Return pasta to pot and add tomato sauce and pasta cooking liquid.  Cook over medium heat, tossing until sauce coats pasta, about 3 minutes.  Toss with some parm cheese, fresh basil (if you have it on board) and some additional pepper flakes if you like it spicy.    It is very yummy!!

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Day 4 – Sittin’ on the dock of the bay …Solomons Island, MD

As the song goes…we were sittin on the dock of the bay today.  I guess there could be worse places to lay over then Spring Cove Marina for sure.  We decided this morning that we better sacrafice the morning to get the oil changed.  It was tough, but the 30 degree temp’s when we woke up helped convince us.  I still don’t know what I was thinking when I packed for this trip…I have 5 sundresses, 2 pairs of flip flops, 3 bathing suits and exactly 0 wool socks, wool sweaters or wool caps…ooy vay!

A few shout outs before I go on…first of all…Wicked Good Slippers are simply just that!!  Freakin Wicked Good might better describe them.  This is literally my only warm pair of “shoes” that thank god I threw in my bag as an after thought in our Tuesday morning scramble.  Anyway, I digress…

So, upon waking to 30 degree temps and the daunting task of changing our oil, we made the call to hire the folks at Spring Cove’s work yard to “walk us through” the job.  Don and Chip at Spring Cove were really great and very accomodating – moving some other jobs around to fit us in.  While the work was being done we borrowed some bikes from the marina and went exploring.  We found The CD Cafe and stopped for lunch.  We had the BEST crab cake sandwich that we have ever had – that’s both of us and we have had a lot of crab cakes.

After lunch I caught a ride to the CVS and bought wool caps and warm socks (yep…never thought I’d be clothes shopping at CVS, but I guess there is a first for everything…:-).

We plan to pull out tomorrow morning before 7am and are heading to Virginia tomorrow.

Daily Rundown -

Newbie lesson #4 – Take care of all of your boat maintenance BEFORE you leave for your trip.

Newbie lesson #5 – Pack clothing according to the weather on the journey, not just the destination.

Nautical miles – 0

Awesome crab cakes eaten – 2

 

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Day 3 – Annapolis, MD to Solomon’s Island, MD

It was a cold night on the mooring ball in Annapolis last night. It was great to use our new inverter last night to watch TV and for Lisa to dry her hair in the morning. We left at 8:20 am and motored to Thomas Point Light. The bay was showing some white caps with 2-3 foot seas and a small craft warning was in effect. After passing Thomas Point Light we put up the sails but with the winds at 28 kts we reefed the head sail so not to be over powered. We cruised along at 7-9.5 kts, it was great to be finally sailing on this trip. Along the way we saw two US submarines, very cool to see, they move very fast.

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We arrived at Solomon’s Island at 3:45 pm. We decided with a frost advisory tonight we would take a slip at Spring Cove Marina so we would have heat. I took the opportunity to wash the boat, empty the waste tanks and fill the water tanks. We walked to a West Marine and got some gloves and warm slippers.

Lessons Learned:
1. Bring warmer clothes and wool hats
2. Bring warmer socks and shoes

Distance Traveled : 49nm

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Day 2 – Chesapeake City, MD to Annapolis, MD

Day 2 went a little smoother.  We have everything put away and organized well for the trip.  We got a little then later start today leaving at 8am rather then 7.  We will need to work on being better morning people on this journey for sure!

Once underway it was a beautiful morning on the bay, but unfortunately no wind.  We gave motor sailing a try for a little while, but ended up pulling in the sails pretty early and motoring.

We pulled into Annapolis around 3:45 or so..refueled and found a mooring ball in the harbor.  Quiet night on the boat catching up on work, etc.   We both plan on working throughout this journey so we have outfitted the boat with WIFI.  Craig did a lot of research and we ultimately chose a Bullet.  It’s a high powered WIFI amplifier that you install on the boat and picks up WIFI hotspots within a 7 mile range and rebroadcasts them.  We also installed a wireless access point on the boat, essentially making the boat itself a wireless hotspot that we can connect our laptops, iPad’s, phones and internet TV too.

Initially we’ve done a temporary install to test and it’s working fabulously so we will be stopping somewhere to pick up the gear needed for a permanent install in the next few days.

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Daily Rundown:

Chesapeake City to Annapolis, MD – 8:00 am to 3:45 pm

46 miles

Mooring in the harbor

 

 

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And we’re off! – Day one – Riverside, NJ to Chesapeake City, MD

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Off like a herd of turtles that is….lol!   After realizing around midnight on Monday that we were a little low on oil, we made the decision to leave a day later then planned and take Tuesday to finish prepping the boat for the journey.  That was the plan until 7am on Tuesday when we woke up to an updated weather forecast that called for a cold front and rain the next day.  So in typical Beringer travel fashion, we jumped up out of bed, threw everything in the car, which then in turn got thrown (literally) into the boat, bought oil and the fixin’s to do an oil change underway and we pulled out of the slip at 9:30 am, just in the nick of time before dead low tide.  Phew!

Our friend Brian Winter from G. Winter’s Sailing snapped this shot of us leaving the marina.  BTW…G. Winter’s Sailing is the BEST marina in NJ for Beneteau work, sales of new and used sailboats and they also have great dockage!  I have lived in South Jersey all of my life and never realized until this summer how nice the Delaware can be.  It was a great training ground for us.  Thank you to the entire Winter’s team and especially Brian and Glen for everything this year.  We love our new Beneteau and plan many miles of fun adventures!!!!!

The visibility was great yesterday  so starting out we got one last  great view of Philadelphia from the Delaware.

Soon after passing under the Commodore Barry Bridge we spotted a great looking Beneteau 37. Turns out this beauty was under command of our friend Captain Gary Thomas, owner of The Sailing School. These  guys have been teaching us all season. Without the expert knowledge of Gary and Captain Andrew Seligman we would not be able to make this journey.  The Sailing School is GREAT and I would highly recommend them for anyone that is starting out or for experienced sailors looking to improve/enhance their sailing skills.

We arrived at Chesapeake City around 7:00pm – beautiful sunset!

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 We had planned to anchor out by the Chesapeake Inn however our windlass wasn’t working and it was getting late so we tied up at the Chesapeake Inn.  We had a great meal there!   When we returned to the boat we were able to diagnose the windlass issue to simply be a loose cable…double phew.

Our plan is to blog each day with some of the details of the trip in hopes of a) remembering this awesome journey a little better, b) documenting some of our lessons learned as newbie sailors and c) capturing some info that we hope will help anyone else that wants to make the journey – ie: distances traveled each day, moorings, etc.  I’ll always put the stat’s at the end of each post.  So without further adieu…Day 1 stats as follows:

  • 10/22 – Riverside NJ to Chesapeake City, MD
  • 56 Miles
  • Left 9:30 am, arrived 7:30 pm
  • It was kind of chilly (note to self…Newbie Lesson #1 – next year leave at the beginning of October)
  • Leaving at low tide, meant fighting the Delaware pretty much to the bay…definitely recommend leaving at high tide if possible to avoid this.
  • Planned to anchor, but issues with windlass meant docking at The Chesapeake Inn.  Newbie lesson #2 – check and double check all vital systems that you plan on using that day before you leave in the morning.  Upside…it was freezing last night and we had heat …:-).
  • Goal for Wednesday – out of the slip by 7am to head to Annapolis, MD.
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