CT to FL Day 8
Chesapeake City, MD to North Beach, MD
We departed from Chesapeake City this morning at 0600. The forecast was for WNW winds 10-15 knots with gusts to 25 knots with 2-3 foot seas. Winds were suppose to lay down to 5-10 knots out of the west and seas less than 1 foot late morning. The current was just before slack so we would get a little boost in speed from the current.
Never did see the winds lay down as forecast...actually, they increased to steady over 20 knots with guts to 30 knots... seas did stay about the same at 2-3 foot with one small leg of the trip as we passed Baltimore that the seas increased to 3-4 foot and they were on the beam... made for sort a waddling ride but never uncomfortable.
Normally, we go to Galesville, MD from Chesapeake City... it's about a 7.5 hour cruise but because of the weather being below freezing all day we decided to find a marina that we could have shore power and HEAT. We did not want to travel miles off the bay so the options were limited. We did find one that we thought would work and was not far off the bay... Herrington Harbor South located about 15 miles south of Galesville. We called and left a message with the marina office that we would be stopping there tonight between 1500 and 1600.
Today there was no recreational traffic at all... only a couple of commercial ships... large car carrier heading east across the C&D Canal... a smaller oil tanker and a tug and barge on the bay.
We arrived to Herrington Harbor South marina at approximately 1515 and docked on an available T-head. We never heard back from the marina and they did not respond to my hails on the VHF as we approached. We will have to leave a note at the office or maybe they have a mail-drop that we can leave our contact info to pay for the night's dockage.
Our location for the night is N38°43.562,W076°32.564. We traveled for 9.25 hours covering 62.3 nautical miles averaging 6.7 knots.