We left Deltaville about a week ago. Larry, from Rocinate, came along to get some East Coast sight seeing in and to give me a hand getting the boat to New York. His job was chief entertainer and fly swatter. We had a couple of day sails to Annapolis and then hung out in this great city for 4 days. Larry got to jam with Chip, a great harmonica player. (short video here http://www.sailblogs.com/member/kokomosailing/?xjMsgID=279626). We met up with friends Becky and Denny on Kokomo in Annapolis. They were up visiting family in DC. Kokomo is planning to head up to Maine with us this summer.
Then it was a long day sail up the Chesapeake and through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. A late 1800’s canal created to shorten the distance between Philadelphia and and Baltimore by about 300 miles.
Not much to see on the trip. We ended up anchoring in Reedy Island on the Delaware Bay.
Its across from the Salem Nuke plant.
We managed to pick up a 12 foot log by wrapping our anchor chain around it at Reedy Island. It slowed down our 6:30am departure plan. Eventually we freed it and started motoring down the Delaware Bay with the remaining ebb tide.
The water temp in the bay was in the 80’s. As we got to the mouth of the Delaware Bay the water temp dropped to 65*F and the fog came out. Probably just some practice fog for Maine, where August is also known as Fogust. A couple of miles latter we were in the Atlantic and the water temp was mid to low 70’s – no fog. We had a good overnight sail up the the Jersey coast, past the Atlantic City casinos, showing up at Ambrose Light, the entrance to New York Harbor around 10am the next morning.
Next day it was up at the crack of 8am and off to go travel through NY, up the East River, hitting the Hell’s Gate area at slack, then past Riker’s Island prison and into Port Washington on Long Island. I’ll hang on a mooring buoy here till Chris gets back from Zambia in a few days.