Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and Reedy Island



After leaving Solomons we anchored out at Annapolis in front of the Naval Academy, finding all the moorings taken at 1500 when we arrived on Saturday. There is always plenty of room to anchor here, and the holding is good. However the boat traffic is endless until sunset, throwing wakes, mostly gentle but it can be rocky. Our friends Len and Vickie drove down from Baltimore and came aboard, bringing dinner including painkillers. (For more info on Len's painkillers, refer to my entry after I was hit by a car while riding a bike in August, 2008.) After saying goodbye Sunday morning, we sailed to Worton Point, where we anchored and were joined at sunset by Rick and Linda on Sojourner.

The next morning we left together at 9 am in order to ride a fair current up the C&D Canal, a 12 mile long thoroughfare connecting the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. We had a great sail (spirited as our friends on Blue Bay would say) until we reached the Canal, which is very sheltered from the elements. We saw nearly 9 knots for awhile, and kept a favorable current the entire ride until short of 3 hours later we reached the Delaware Bay. It appears that the fuel docks at Schaeffers alongside the canal have reopened although the docks are in significant disrepair. (I would call ahead to determine that fuel is available.) Our speed immediately fell below 4 knots until we pumped up the RPM's.

We had less than a hour's ride to Reedy Island, a small, unattractive refuge with great protection from the west and the east, great holding, and a lot of current.

There were 4 boats including us staged here to ride a good current up the Delaware the following morning. We entered the anchorage after rounding "1CD" and had plenty of water to sneak in this back door as opposed to entering through the marked channel midway on the island. (I recall seeing very skinny water here on prior visits.) We exited similarly at 0530 the next morning by running parallel to the dike and exiting after the training wall ended at "R2".

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