Nor'easter! Part Two
30 September 2015 | Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay
The weather report for Monday indicated the wind and waves were moderating but still coming down the coast from the north northeast. Conditions later in the week were becoming a concern with both the prediction of higher winds and waves and the potential hurricane coming up from the south. So we took our chances and left the marina early in the morning to give us plenty of daylight to get to Cape May. Once we were out of the inlet, the sailing weather was perfect... a moderate breeze and two to three foot waves. The boats ate up the miles as we sailed down the coast.
Cape May Inlet was a washing machine with current and wind creating confused seas between the breakwalls, but once inside it was nice and calm. Uproar anchored off the Coast Guard station, Whisper continued west to the South Jersey Marina and a slip. The advantages of the slip were many, but first was the close proximity of a seafood restaurant with a raw bar - oysters!! The second advantage was the luxurious washroom facilities...we felt we were at the Kohler Design Center spa! The third was the perfect place for a Green Bay Packer party... in the laundry room which featured a huge flat screen TV! The Uproar crew joined us for the game and to celebrate Lisa's birthday.
The weather predictions pushed us onward. To catch a favorable current up the Delaware Bay we left Cape May at dark o'clock. That worked beautifully as we had the current pushing us all the way up the Bay and then it turned and carried us through the C&D Canal as well. Lisa found a great spot for the evening, Chesapeake City, a town on the border of Delaware and Maryland with homes and buildings that date to the mid 1800s. "Half price pizza Tuesday" completed our day.
Wednesday took us out into the Chesapeake Bay for another great sail. We knew we had one more day of favorable weather before the nasty stuff caught up with us. There was still uncertainty of what Hurricane Joaquin was going to do. We anchored at Worton Creek on the east shore, tucked into the northeast corner for a calm night.
We parted ways the next morning, as Uproar headed for the Seven Seas Cruising Association GAM (cruising rendezvous) south of Annapolis, and Whisper headed for Baltimore harbor to wait out the weather.