Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chesapeake City - at anchor after the storms pass

The bridge on the canal has to be very high to pass ocean going ships!
It was a glorious layover day at Chesapeake City anchorage. It rained buckets last night, at least several inches. The dinghy was filled with water. However, the day dawned clear and with the sunshine, the cockpit warmed right up. There's a small craft advisory out for the bay so we elected to sit today out. The anchorage is so protected that little wind gets to the anchored boats, peaceful.

This place rocks on the weekend and all the restaurants like to share their music with the anchored crowd, how nice of them.  Although it can get crowded, the holding is very good after the dredging last year. We took a walk through town where they had 10 artists in various locales throughout the town doing live paintings that you could watch in progress.

Chesapeake City is a wonderfully well kept town, neat houses, clean streets, always something going on
Monday morning we're headed to Annapolis to meet up with Rudy and Alison who will crew with us for about a week. We have a rare weather window for running down the bay so we'll be moving everyday, reaching Hampton by Thursday. Meanwhile, the boat is behaving itself and the only problem is a fractured light fixture in the forward head. It just suddenly came apart, hard to tell why since it's made of plastic. It would be nice to have a cruise with no mechanical problems (and by saying that, have I jinxed myself??)
As to the answer to yesterday quiz question: "C" is right. The water sloushes around turns to the outside and with the higher volume and speed, the outside of turns is (almost) always deeper. On straightaways, just stay in the middle. 
Q2: The ICW is marked with red and green buoys but the ICW often passes by inlets with their own red and green buoys, how do you tell them apart (so you don't inadvertently go out an inlet instead of proceeding down the ICW)?
     A: The red ICW buoys and daymarkers have little, yellow triangles on them and the green buoys have small, yellow squares.
     B: The red ICW buoys are a different size (smaller then the regular red buoys and daymarkers), likewise for the green markers
     C: The ICW markers have numbers that all start with 1000 and go upwards (e.g., 1001, 1002, etc) The regular markers never go that high. 
Answer tomorrow.


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