I decided to take CURLEW to Philadelphia for the winter. We have a little marina two blocks from where we live and it is nice to have CURLEW close by.
Barry was again a valuable and cheerful crew member. Last summer he crewed for the trip to Block Island in July. That was a hot trip; even at night at sea the temperature and the humidity stayed very high.
This time was different. We left the Anchorage Marina at 1045 on Friday, loaded fuel and were underway at 1100. We had a gorgeous, but cold trip from Baltimore to the basin at Chesapeake City, where we tied up at the (free) public dock at 1800. We sailed a fair amount, we motored only the first part on the Patapsco and the last part in the northern bay, when the wind became variable and light . Beautiful and dramatic sunset when we passed Turkey Point. Dinner at a local restaurant and to bed early. I left the heater on low.
The next morning there was ice on the dock. We departed at 0700 and motored through the C&D Canal, and up the Delaware river to Philadelphia. We were lucky to have the current with us all the way to Philadelphia where we arrived at 1400.
Not early enough to put CURLEW in its designated slip, unfortunately. The Piers Marina has a serious shoaling problem. At low tide there is maybe 2 ft of water in the marina (the slips itself are deeper), and I did not want to take the risk to run aground in the middle of the marina on a falling tide. So we tied up at the marina entrance, and will move CURLEW to her slip on Sunday, an hour before high tide. Mary took this picture from our living room, just as we entered the marina.
Today, Kirk helped me move CURLEW. I wanted to go in stern-first. I am not good at backing-up into a slip, and I was glad that I had competent help. I needed it! No harm done, and CURLEW is now safely berthed in her winter quarters.