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

Arrival in Portsmouth, Virginia

27 May 2013 | Free dockage at the city marina
Dismal Swamp to Portsmouth VA : 8 miles
From the Great Bridge Lock at the top of the Great Dismal Swamp we connect with the sourthern branch of the Elizabeth River and head north about 8 miles toward Norfolk VA and Portsmouth VA which are on opposite banks from each other.

We go alongside the City Dock at Portsmouth VA on the east bank, where boats can stay for one night at without charge. There are no luxuries e.g. water, electricity, or showers, but just the best spot for getting ashore and visiting the old town, museums, art galleries and restaurants.

We share the tiny facility with two other yachts and the pedestrian ferry that connects Portsmouth with Norfolk. The ferry service operates from dawn til dusk. Always full and always blowing its horn as it reverses out into the swirling river.

From our vantage point tucked inside the dock we see the River beyond just bubbling with water traffic - sirens, horns, tugs, riverboats, container ships, warships - non stop to-ing and fro-ing.

Elizabeth River is home to the USA's Atlantic fleet - air craft carriers, frigates, hospital ships and more. Vessels near to us appeared to be in various stages of repainting, some were raised fully out of the water with work being done on the hulls and undersides.

Those further up the river, as we found out later, were ready for action.
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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