All home safe – party time!

Here’s a brief summary and a few pix from around the DelMarVa. Also, see following post for more…..

 

Seven days from the start, all boats made it safely back to Annapolis in time for a celebration.

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……and award of some prizes – both serious and fun.

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The first stop in Hampton Roads at the Hampton Yacht Club, with a weather delay, offered time to do some cleaning.

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Morning briefings kept everyone informed, especially about the weather forecast. Thanks to HYC for use of their beautiful club house.

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And there was time to enjoy the happening on the creek. The HYC Opti kids provided a lot of entertainment while we waited to go off-shore.

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The Navy also provided some interest as we made our way out the Thimble Shoals channel – and one of our group got special attention for getting a bit too close to the inbound carrier……..all told going in and out, we passed or were passed by three war ships and a sub in addition to this carrier.

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Conditions off shore were mostly great and offered plenty of pleasant sailing…….. three long tacks took us upwind to the Delaware Bay.

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The stop in Lewes was brief, just long enough to get a bit of sleep at anchor – and  watch the Cape May ferry pass by.

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We were fortunate to catch the tide cycle and get help form the current heading up the Delaware Bay. You can see the effect at the base of this channel marker…we got a boost from 1.5 to 2.5kts of current.

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We arrived at the east entrance to the C & D Canal just at sunset…

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…and  ducked behind an outbound tug and barge. Lesson learned – stay out of the prop wash behind these tugs, especially as they make a turn.

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The C & D Canal is well lit at night and made for an easy run. Here, looking back at the St Georges (west) bridge.

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We dropped anchor in the Bohemia river, got some needed sleep and motored down Bay to home in 2-3kt of breeze – all in all, a great trip!