Cape May, NJ
22 June 2011
Guess what, our friends the porpoises are back. Sailing down the Delaware with wind behind and current with us making over 9 knots speed over the ground (SOG), we saw tons of fish and several pods of dolphins. Last night anchored in Cape May harbor we could once again here the clicking sound at least for a while and then it slipped away into the darkness.
It's full moon time and the currents are wild. We try to plan our travels to avoid running against the tides but if the passage is longer than six hours well it'll be against us some part of the trip. Tomorrow I think we'll leave early for Block Island. It's about 203 miles over-by-dare. At six plus knots we should be in by Thursday afternoon and with a full moon, night sailing should be grand.
So it's good by to the Chesapeake Bay and all she has to offer. The history is awesome. Early on the Bay was used primarily for commercial purposes. Abundant fish of all sorts, crabs, oysters. Watermen flourished, they built work boats of very shoal draft to get into the many creeks and small bays. The Skipjack, the Buyboat, the Bugeye, the Log boat, the Deadrise boats all formulate an only-found-here persona that is still today being preserved by a very select few lovers of wooden boats and the pride of the Bay.
The other night we anchored in the Sassafras River on the eastern shore having sail/powered from Baltimore. After a swim and beach-coming it started looking pretty bad, black clouds building. We got back to LB just as it started to rain. Buttoned her up and settled in with cocktail in hand and then OMG, torrential rain and winds to over 35 knots. Quite a site to see the wind blown the rain so hard it sounded like pellets hitting our enclosure. It lasted but only 30 or so minutes but was exciting, Mother Nature putting on a show for us.