Friday, September 21, 2012

Cape May at anchor

Lots of boats at the Cape May anchorage
Today was a much better day for moving. The seas were 2 to 3 feet which moved the boat around but still better than yesterday and there was full sun which warmed the cockpit. We took it easy in the morning and didn't leave until 9:30 and reached Cape May by 2:30 only to find it full of boats! I guess everybody had the same idea. When you travel up the Delaware Bay, you want an incoming tide to help you along. Ideally, you want the favorable tide to start at daylight so you can make it all the way to Chesapeake City in one day. Such is the case for a start up the bay on Saturday and everyone else figured the same thing apparently. Still, we only draw 4' 9" and could fit in between the anchored boats and shore. I sounded out the shallows to be sure we had enough room to swing so we're fine.

Tonight it was steaks on the barbie and all was right with the world - especially after two of Rudy's beers and our glasses of wine. We get very clever after a few glasses and could have solved all the world's problems (if only they would listen to us...).

Now it's very quiet and as a prelude to a 6:45 am start Saturday morning so we can catch the low tide to duck under the 55 ft bridge (we have a 55' 3" mast but the 55 ft number is at high tide). There's a little wind predicted but hopefully we'll get up the bay before it hits us. We're headed for Chesapeake City and it looks like there'll be a lot of us there judging from the number of boats in this anchorage.