Cruising on Alexia

An informal update of our travels for Family and Friends

05 September 2013
27 June 2013
27 June 2013
27 June 2013
20 June 2013 | William wears kneepads to protect from the heat of the deck
17 June 2013 | Torrential rain for six hours
13 June 2013 | Herring Bay off Chesapeake Bay
08 June 2013 | Miles River, Maryland
08 June 2013 | Amelia at the helm with a helping hand from DAD
28 May 2013 | Just a short half mile journey across the River
27 May 2013 | Free dockage at the city marina
24 May 2013 | Narrow and shallow
24 May 2013 | Visitor Centre Dock
24 May 2013 | We're at the top
24 May 2013 | Going up
24 May 2013 | The gates close behind us

Locked In

14 September 2011
Fort Monroe VA to Currituck Sound MD
A great motor/sail today down the Elizabeth River passing through the US Naval Shipyard at Norfolk VA - an impressive statement of warpower – huge grey hulks including submarines and aircraft carriers, these melted seamlessly into the busy commercial dockyards and as we leave the industrial areas behind us the river banks change from concrete buildings and cranes to trees and flowers.

We reach the Great Bridge Lock on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to find we are the only boat waiting to go through. The lock connects the waters of Chesapeake Bay in Virginia with the waters of the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina and was hailed as an engineering feat when it was completed in 1859.

Hurricane Irene at the end of August had caused some damage to a swing arm and when we entered the lock today we found ourselves unable to leave for about 40 minutes because of a glitch with the new swing arm.

There is a drawbridge bridge within 100 yards of exiting the lock which raised its arms to welcome us through..

Vessel Name: Alexia
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 built in 1998. She's extremely comfortable aboard with two ensuite cabins. Endless useful equipment like microwave, bilge pump counter, bowthrusters, Mastervolt generator, air conditioning, 12v freezer,
Hailing Port: London, United Kingdom
Crew: William Spouse and Frances Rogers
About: William has been a competitive sailor most of his life and introduced Frances to the boating life 29 years ago. In that time they have chartered many sailboats in Europe and the Caribbean finally purchasing Alexia in 2007.
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