CT to NC Day 10
Solomons, MD to Deltaville, VA
We departed from Calverts Marina this morning at 0715. Forecast was for 5 to 10 kts out of the north 1 ft seas... perfect!
Had a slight boost from current for about half the day running at 7.5 knots...midday we slowed to 6.5 knots... not too bad but prefer the boost.
Several sailboats were leaving the area this morning heading south... two were at the docks with us at Calverts… and saw 2 to 3 others during the day..... and of course the local fishing boats... commercial and recitational.... was a very nice day out on the bay... could of been sunnier but we were happy with partly cloudy and calm seas.
We had no real destination planned for the day when we left other than "south"... we came to the Reedville area at around 1230... too early to stop... we decided to find a nice place to anchor... with a little research of where we would be around 1600 we decided to venture into Jackson Creek in Deltaville... been a few years since we have been there and it's a nice peaceful anchorage.
We dropped the hook and were securely anchored at 1530. Our position tonight is N37°32.698', W076°20.093'. We traveled today for 8 hours and 15 minutes covering 56.6 nautical miles averaging 6.9 knots.
Posted at 4:52 PM
CT to NC Day 9
Layover Solomons, MD
Forecast for today was not favorable to cruise so we decided to stay another day in Solomons. Forecast looks good for tomorrow.
Posted at 6:37 AM
CT to NC Day 8
North Beach, MD to Solomons, MD
We left Herrington Harbour Marina this morning at 0800. Forecast for the day South winds 5-10 knots with 1 to 2 seas.
Once out into Chesapeake Bay things were great... about 30 minutes into the day the wind picked up blowing over 20 knots from the SW... waves picked up quickly and soon we had a short 3 foot chop... makes for a very uncomfortable ride and we were getting spray from the waves on the pilot house windows.
A straight shot course was just not happening today... we turned to the SW directly into the waves and headed toward the shore to run as close as possible to shoreline in the lee of the land. Once we got a mile or so off the shoreline the waves had subsided to less than 1 foot... this was much more comfortable... we continued south along the shoreline until we reached Cove Point LNG Terminal restricted area and we had to move off the shoreline and round Cove Point and once again we had the SW winds directly on our bow... luckily we did not have far to go after this. Only a few miles to our destination Solomons, MD.
We had called and reserved a slip at Calvert's Marina... we arrived at approximately 1300 and were securely docked with power on at 1315. Our position tonight is N38°19.929', W076°27.429'
. We traveled today for 5 hours and 15 minutes covering 33.3 nautical miles averaging 6.35 knots.
There were actually a couple of transient sailboats on the dock with us that are heading south... Other cruisers finally!
Posted at 7:30 PM