As you can read about here, our Southbound '19 Adventure took us from the Hudson…
Distance traveled: 62.4 nautical miles (72 statute miles)
Time underway: 5 hours 35 minutes
Average Speed: 11 kts
Max Speed: 14 kts
Fuel used: 66 gallons
We had a calm departure from Canyon Club Marina in Cape May, a stark contrast from the conditions on our arrival the evening before.
A flood tide pushed us along the Cape May Canal on our way to Delaware Bay. Once in the bay it wasn’t quite as calm as the wind had clocked around overnight and was now coming from the northeast. This made for a bit of light chop as the wind was opposing the tide but it was no big deal at all, particularly after our ride the day before, and all was good as we headed northwest towards the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
Once we were on our northwest heading we maintained it for around two hours without the need for any interaction with the helm. We passed the time listening to Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 from this week in 1972 which brought us an eclectic mix of music from artists like Arlo Guthrie, Al Green and Donnie Osmond. Jasper was calm and happy and the wonderful aroma of Sunday breakfast wafted from the galley where the Admiral spent quite a bit of time preparing a masterpiece that was a privilege to enjoy while underway.
Just before noon the sun really began to warm the day as we arrived in the narrower and less windy upper bay. Once we were in the C&D Canal there was lots of traffic with plenty of crews on smaller boats enjoying what felt like a summer day.
We decided to try out the Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina in Chesapeake City, Maryland, for the first time. We usually stop at another spot on the canal which, while a decent enough utility stop, was not a place we loved. Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina always looked like a great place but the online reviews didn’t give us confidence that they’d have the depth we needed. After reaching out to the dockmaster a few weeks prior, those concerns were allayed as he told us of their recent dredging and solid depths, so we were going to give it a shot. And we’re thrilled we did. There was plenty of water, great floating docks and a really fun vibe.
Thankfully we made our marina reservation well in advance as there wasn’t a vacant slip anywhere. It’s wildly popular on summer weekends (and obviously summer-like weekends off-season) with lots of “dock & dine” customers coming and going all day on mostly smaller boats and several “go-fasts” – you know, the really loud racing-type boats that seem to move at the speed of light compared to boats like ours. Dockmaster Sean was on our T-head to greet us as we arrived and couldn’t have been nicer. It’s a busy place and he and his team really have to hustle so the time he took to help settle us in was particularly appreciated. Sean gets an A+ for attentiveness to the needs of his customers – a quality that is never lost on us.
The lively energy at the marina and outdoor restaurant was infectious and included some great people watching and docking entertainment. Several people came over to OLOH to check her out (and meet Jasper) and everyone we met was super cool and friendly. We already know it will now be a regular stop for us when transiting the area.
Our walk with Jasper led us into the lovely town of Chesapeake City. It is a charming and scenic little spot.
Our afternoon schedule was quite full. We were meeting, for the first time, a couple who love our blog and when they found out we were going to be in the area, reached out to see if they could pop by and say hello. When Tom and Trish showed up to OLOH, their smiles were big and their hands were full… We had an incredible visit with good conversations about our journey and some great laughs. We look forward to seeing them again. As we love to say on OLOH, let’s get together and feel alright!
One of the other great things about making our way through Maryland is we get the chance to connect with one of the Captain’s good friends from his past career in radio. Fast Jimi is truly one of the nicest folks you’ll meet, he’s still a radio star and he’s an incredibly talented photographer – plus he really loved A.J.’s Manhattan made with our newly acquired Sagamore Rye! He came by to have dinner with us – the only thing missing was his lovely wife, Sarah who couldn’t make it. You were missed, Sarah!
We return to another recent discovery and now favorite spot, Herrington Harbor on the Chesapeake, next. See you out there!
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