arrow heads south

23 September 2016 | Portsmouth, VA
22 September 2016 | Old Point Comfort, VA
21 September 2016 | Deltaville, VA
19 September 2016 | Deltaville, VA
18 September 2016 | Dymer Creek, VA
17 September 2016 | Reedville, VA
16 September 2016 | Solomons Island, MD
10 September 2016 | Baltimore, MD USA
13 May 2012 | Home port, Middle River, MD
08 May 2012 | Dymer Creek, VA
05 May 2012 | South Mills, NC
29 April 2012 | Carolina Beach, NC
27 April 2012 | South of Myrtle Beach, SC
24 April 2012 | North of Isle of Palms
21 April 2012 | Thunderbolt, GA
18 April 2012 | St. Simons Island, GA
14 April 2012 | San Diego, CA
08 April 2012 | Jacksonville Beach, FL
04 April 2012
03 April 2012 | South of Matanzas Inlet

Tied up

23 September 2016 | Portsmouth, VA
Traffic dodging, military and commercial.



After a quiet night at anchor, with just a few light sprinkles of rain, we arose to a clearing sky that later became bright sunshine. Heading for the Tidewater Marina at Portsmouth, we dodged heavy (in the displacement sense) traffic for two hours, running the diesel. The only thing we got close to was a very large crane/barge being moved by two tugs. They did an abrupt course change with no radio contact or other signal, obviously depending on us to get the hell out of their way.

We are going to stay here two nights, hoping the Dismal Swamp opens tomorrow and that the snowbird traffic backlog gets out of our way. Obviously they are draining off a lot of swamp water as the Elizabeth River has become very brown with tannin.

Our cruising buddies from HI have come in to the same marina, so there is a group forming for dinner at a German restaurant nearby. Party on.

PS We have been seeing some dolphins: groups of small ones playing up near Reedville, a couple heading for the boat as we entered Hampton Roads, and this morning a couple of groups playing in traffic. Great fun to watch.

On the wing, then stop

22 September 2016 | Old Point Comfort, VA
Rode a blustery NE breeze for over 40 nm down the Bay under jib alone to Old Point
Comfort. (People cruising a fast trimaran out of HI took a video of us in the waves that we cannot post here, and in any case is a very large file.) A nice ride, but rather tiring with all the bobbing and rolling.

We anchored between Old Point Comfort and the I-64 bridge-tunnel, which is an unusual anchorage location, but it worked out well for us (and 3 other boats).

The big news today is that the ICW is closed - both the Virginia Cut and the Dismal Swamp routes - due to high water flooding the swing bridge electrics in the first case, and lock overflow in the second. Thanks again Julia. We want to take the Dismal, so we will hang around Norfolk/Portsmouth for a while...

Third night is a charm

21 September 2016 | Deltaville, VA
Storm-ending (we hope) sunset over the Rappahannock River



This is our third night at Regatta Point Marina waiting out the remnants of Julia. A nice place, with nice people, but the boat does get a little smaller each day it doesn't move.

Tomorrow we plan to get an early start and ride the NE wind down to Hampton Roads with only an occasional sprinkle.

Lots of water

19 September 2016 | Deltaville, VA
It took about 2 hours to diesel from Dymer Creek to Regatta Point Marina in Deltaville, near Stingray Point at the mouth of the Rappahannock. We were on the edge of rain moving north, but only got a few sprinkles on the transit. A couple of hours later the heavy rain from tropical storm Julia began, and we got soaked while running errands in the courtesy car. Must have gotten 5 - 6" of rain in 3 hours or more.

A local marine store had a good price on a Honda 2.3 hp outboard, and so we bought one, leaving our old 2 hp behind. (The increase in power might come in handy - the captain's brother claims that as one gets older, one needs more power. Perhaps we should also invest in new sails...)

More rain predicted for tomorrow, so we plan to stay put for another night. The Admiral will do some laundry and other chores, while the Captain performs maintenance checks on the diesel, fills the water tank, and so on. Of course, we both have books to read.

Easy day

18 September 2016 | Dymer Creek, VA
Official notice: This blog is not the official record of the voyage. The official record is prepared by the admiral to medical record standards and is kept in a secure location.



After two 40 nm days, we took it easy today, and again powered into light southerly breezes for 15 nm to (yet another) favorite anchorage in Dymer Creek. This is close to a convenient marina at the mouth of the Rappahannock River where we will spend tomorrow night and do a minor resupply, perhaps to include a new dinghy outboard

Powering south

17 September 2016 | Reedville, VA
Menhaden fishing fleet in Reedville - omega 3 starts here.


Left Solomons under diesel power and continued 40 nm into light southerly breezes. Another beautiful day, and we dropped anchor off Reedville, VA, a favorite stop of ours for more than 4 decades.

First breakdown of the cruise occurred when out 2 hp dinghy outboard died on the way to the Krazy Krab restaurant. No worries, for nothing like crab cakes with fried green tomatoes and a chocolate desert to put the captain in a rowing mood. (The little engine that couldn't has been an issue for several years, and finally we are going to replace it ... at the first opportunity.
Vessel Name: arrow
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 343
Hailing Port: Baltimore, MD
Crew: Jack and Terry
Extra: Me and my arrow. Straighter than narrow. Wherever we go, every one knows. It's me and my arrow. Me and my arrow. Taking the high road. Wherever we go, everyone knows. It's me and my arrow. (Harry Nilsson)
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Who: Jack and Terry
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