Joining The Navy
20 October 2011 | Portsmouth,Virginia
We left the marina on Sarah's creek bright and early at low tide so we carefully maneuvered out to the York River Channel and did not go aground! It is at least 8 miles down the river to Chesapeake Bay and this past without incident. We raised our sails and headed toward Portsmouth, VA which is just across the Elizabeth River. We encountered a lot of boat traffic - many container ships, all sizes of Sailboats, powerboats, and even a Cruise Ship. However, when entering the Elizabeth River the most impressive ships were the Navy ships on the Norfolk side of the river. We were very grateful that not one of the Navy ships was out in the channel. We saw an impressive display of naval might which included a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, 2 guided missile cruisers, numerous amphibious assault ships, and destroyers. We felt like spies, because we took photos of all of them, which will be posted on our blog site. We also past a huge Carnival Cruise ship just before we entered the Tidewater Marina at Portsmouth. Later from the marina we were amazed to watch the cruise ship back away from her berth and use her thrusters to turn her around so that she could proceed to sea.