From Norfolk we headed north up the western side of the Chesapeake Bay. The water was completely smooth as we started out. We had in mind to anchor inside of a little channel on the south side of the mouth of the Potomac River, and also get fuel in there. We called the marina because it looked kind of shallow and he confirmed that we wouldn't be able to get fuel there. We had plenty of daylight left so decided to go for another ten miles to the north side of the river. We anchored in the crook of the arm of Point Lookout, protected from east winds.
Early start this morning sailing into the sunrise at the east end of Long Island. 6 knots of wind on the beam (so motor sailing of course) and glassy smooth water. We want to make it 70 miles to Cuttyhunk Island where our friends on SV Sea Otter are preparing to go through the Cape Cod canal tomorrow. Winds should be out of the north so we will cross over to the southern shore of Connecticut and Rhode Island, passing north of Fishers Island (where we had intended to make it to last night).
Yesterday we made it 30 miles east of Port Jefferson before the rain made us give up. We started with perfect conditions and then as we started getting rain and storm alerts we cut 2 miles south to shore to anchor if it got unpleasant. It proceeded to lightly rain for the next hour and the heavy rain spots on radar kept weakening before they got to us. So I decided to go straight across between two points instead of sticking to shore, and naturally that is when the weather started to become interesting. The winds gradually built to 20 knots and the rain became moderate. 45 minutes later we made it to a decent place to anchor on the west side of Horton Point and called it a day. My hands and feet were very wrinkled from being wet for several hours. It became foggy so we we're glad to be already stopped. Then we made pizza and relaxed!
I enjoyed this window into some of the local vibes of the Delaware Shore. I picked it up at a thrift store in Lewes I think and read it while we were heading up the NJ coast.
Short but powerful.
We passed through our first lock yesterday just south of Norfolk, VA. We only moved about 18" down in the lock. They had this board which confirmed how far we've come (from Miami) and have left to go (to Boston).
As we left Norfolk this morning we heard on the radio that a US Navy submarine was leaving. So we dawdled for about 20 minutes and got to see it cruise out to sea about a half mile away. Also our anchorage was 2 miles from 3 aircraft carriers! Also the US Navy experimental stealth ship Stiletto passed us about 100 yards away at 32 knots! It has been a very exciting morning.
We hope to make it to the mouth of the Potomac River today. We will eventually get an update out about the past week+ before it fades too far from our memories.