Delaware Bay

Against the current, but the wind is great making for a nice sail.

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We’re ready for the first night watch of the passage.

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Heading North

At 1530:  Almost in the Elk river bound for Boston.  All is well and everyone is thrilled for another passage.   Not missing the rain either.  Happy Sunday.

 

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Made

415 days.  7,700 nm.

Back at Jabins

Back at Jabins

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Wye and Rhode Rivers

After leaving the Corsica river, we spent two nights in Picarroo cove in the Wye East, one night in a cove north of Shaw bay and one night in the Rhode River.  Piccarroo cove has long been one of our favorites both as an anchorage and as a base for the meanest, the nastiest, the dirtiest, and the stinkiest pirate on the Chesapeake bay, Captain Piccarroo.  And, we started this cruise in Piccarroo cove on the Wye in July 2013.

Piccarroo Cove, Wye Island

Piccarroo Cove, Wye Island

We finally circumnavigated Wye Island by dinghy (technically we have circumnavigated Wye island before as part of our passages to New England and back via the Atlantic).  It was a Monday, but we were still surprised that there wasn’t another cruising boat anywhere in sight anywhere near Wye island.    We stopped at our favorite rope swing at Drum Point and marveled at the upgrades since last year.  Progress keeps marching on.

Drum Point, Wye Island

Drum Point, Wye Island

Finally, after moving for our last night in the Wye to get more breeze, we moved across the bay on Wednesday to the Rhode.  Can you imagine a more fitting send off than a full double rainbow at sunset on the last night of our cruise?

Rhode River, double rainbow

Rhode River, double rainbow

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New York to the Corsica River, MD in pictures

We had a good, but light air and mainly upwind passage from Port Washington to New York.  The sights along the way are great.  One of the first sights in the East River is the Boat and Breakfast across from Riker’s Island.  Of course, it’s an extended stay B&B.

Prison Barge

Prison Barge

The skyline is fabulous.  Here is midtown.

Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan

The tall ship Peking still rests proudly at the South Street Seaport.  We don’t understand why there isn’t more support to keep her here in NY.

Peking, South Street Seaport

Peking, South Street Seaport

Then, if you have a moment to look around instead of at the traffic, the view of southern Manhattan is breathtaking.

Southern Manhattan.  Goodbye New York harbor, hello Atlantic.

Southern Manhattan. Goodbye New York harbor, hello Atlantic.

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor

For our dinner offshore, we had leftover NY coal-fired pizza from Salvatore’s.

Dinner.  Headed south off New Jersey

Dinner. Headed south off New Jersey

The waters around Cape May offer two routes into the Delaware Bay:  the middle of the mouth or what we call the “beach run” that takes you between Prissywicks shoal and Eph Shoal.  Basically you run to the beach until you can see the whites of the eyes of the folk on the beach.  Here’s the view a bit into the bay and away from the beach.

Cape May into the Delaware

Cape May into the Delaware

The channel up the Delaware bay is narrow and gives great views of ships.  We actually had plenty of room on this little guy.

Krasnodar, headed up the Delaware Bay.  Now that's an anchor.

Krasnodar, headed up the Delaware Bay. Now that’s an anchor.

By the time we were up into the Delaware River, night had fallen.  Just before the C&D canal, we saw SV Benevento on AIS and had a fun chat on the radio.  They were headed to NYC.  We last saw them in Warderick Wells in the Exumas.  What a nice coincidence.

The C&D canal is easy enough to follow.  Just stay between the orangey lights.  And stay to the side when the tugs and ships are passing.

C&D Canal.

C&D Canal.

Transiting the canal wasn’t without excitement as the railroad bridge announced that they would close in 30 minutes when we were 27 minutes away.  We hailed them on the radio and they said they would stay open for us.  Here’s the railroad bridge nice and open:

C&D Railroad bridge

C&D Railroad bridge

We made it to the Corsica a bit tired, but otherwise in fine shape.

Hurrah at anchor in the Corsica river, MD

Hurrah at anchor in the Corsica river, MD

 

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Fishing in Maryland

If you fish in Maryland without a license, they may suspend your license.

Rules, rules everywhere

Rules, rules everywhere

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Bay Bridge astern

Headed for the Wye river where we stared this trip 14 months ago.

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Delaware Bay

Here’s the view of Brandywine Shoal light, the first of several colorfully named shoals and lights that mark the progression up the Delaware.

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Here’s the view of the wind:

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Other than the wind speed, this has been the wind theme of the trip. Still, we are making good time and all is well aboard the good ship Hurrah.

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Past Manhattan

Bound for Maryland via Cape May.

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Fishing, pizza, and a puzzle in Port Washington

Our hunt for the elusive New England fluke finally found success today.  Off the boat, we caught two keeper fluke (20″ and 21″). We caught them on fluke rigs tipped with squid.  Tracy also caught two smaller unidentified fish that are feeding like crazy at the surface all around the boat.

Fluke (aka Summer flounder) at Port Washington

Fluke (aka Summer flounder) at Port Washington

Of course, we also returned to Salvatore’s coal fired pizza.  Twice.  For four pizzas total.  Yum.  We tried something different with this pepperoni and meatball.  It was great, but the sausage is still amazing.

Meatball and pepperoni pizza at Salvatore's

Meatball and pepperoni pizza at Salvatore’s

But, rest assured that it’s not all pulling up fish and eating pizza (oh, and ice cream) here.  No, we have a puzzle.  The pesky bilge pump worked it’s way over the handle to open the hatch to the propane locker and effectively lock it closed.  And, as many of you know, the propane locker is completely sealed to the inside of the boat (to keep the propane out of the boat), so there isn’t another way in.  Hmmm.

How did the hand-held bilge pump work it's way over the handle to open the hatch?

How did the hand-held bilge pump (blue) work it’s way over the handle to open the hatch?

Now the front that diverted us here (rather than taking the easier offshore route) has passed.  We’re off tomorrow (Thursday) around lunch time headed for Maryland via New York Harbor and the Delaware Bay.

 

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