We finally left home last Friday! Our friend Eva picked us up and took us to Annapolis. It was too hot to leave Bailey on the boat so we hung out on Calypso (in air conditioning!) Joe (Onward) was anchored right off their marina so he joined us. He brought over his ipad and reviewed the charts with us. He’s made this trip many times and gave us good advice on where to stop.
Saturday morning we finished up the last boat chores and cut the dock lines for a short sail to Crab Creek for the Sabre Club Margaritaville rendezvous. What a beautiful night. Six other boats joined us and even our neighbors, Steve and Bean showed up on their power boat. Eva made a delicious new concoction called Grapefruit Juicyfruit – 1 part citrus vodka, 1/2 part triple sec, 3 parts grapefruit juice, 1 part lemon-lime soda over ice.
We finally got to see Bob and Phyllis (Comocean) and heard first hand of their offshore experience losing their mainsail in a microburst–scary!
Sunday morning, we started north and made it as far as Worton Creek. I was so hot when we arrived. I jumped in and took Bailey for a swim. It cooled us both off!
Monday we motored through the C&D canal into the mouth of the Delaware Bay. We had the current with us and made 8+ knots. We anchored behind Reedy Island in the shadow of a nuclear power plant. Yes, the Delaware Bay is just as picturesque and everyone says.
We awoke early on Tuesday morning to take advantage of the outgoing tide. Motorsailing down the Bay was a windy and rolly ride–not my favorite kind of sailing. We were making between 8-9 knots so at least it was a fast trip. At some point the wind started picking up so we reefed the main. Good thing we did because it really started howling once we went past the point at Cape May. A pod of dolphins greeted us as we rounded the cape. Oh, and our wind instrument stopped working so Skip (who can’t easily look up) kept asking me where the wind was. (Note to self: keep some yarn on board for telltale emergencies!)
Entering the Cape May inlet was a relief. We anchored just off the Coast Guard station. After a nap, shower and a good meal with wine I felt a lot better. I will learn to be an offshore sailor…I will learn to be an offshore sailor…
Later in the evening, our boat neighbors came by for a drink. We really missed the commoraderie amongst cruisers. They are heading back to their home port of Nantucket so we hope to meet up again.
Today, we’re just chillin’. We thought about going ashore but probably won’t have the energy to launch the dinghy. It’s still blowing pretty good from the west. It should calm down over the next few days as we make our way to Atlantic City and Atlantic Highlands.