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The Amazing Riverwalk Marina, Yorktown, VA

27 May 2010 | 37 14.03'N:76 29.95'W
After a very peaceful night in the Poquoson River we headed a little more North, turned to port and motored up the York River to Yorktown. It was a beautiful, calm day with not a breath of wind. We encountered US Navy Vessel # 57 en route and later learned that there is a munitions facility upstream where the ships go to get armed. We arrived at Yorktown and were just a little dismayed to discover that the moorings were stretched along shore some distance from the Marina itself. Once we tied up to the nearest mooring we dinghied into the Riverwalk Marina and were greeted warmly by Mike the assistant Harbormaster. He checked us in and gave us a quick but detailed orientation to this historic town. It was early enough for us to set off and start touring and I will post the details separately. During the course of the afternoon we noticed the wind was beginning to pick up (not forecast!). By the time we got back to the dinghy dock it was howling and the previously calm, placid river was now a raging torrent! We motored back to Osprey into the waves and wind and got thoroughly soaked in the process. Once back at Osprey we found that she was bouncing around alarmingly in the wind driven chop. We clambered aboard and tried to convince ourselves that it really wasn't that bad. I was already beginning to feel seasick from the bouncing when the phone rang. It was salvation in the form of Mike who offered us a space at the dock (for the same price as a mooring). We didn't need asking twice! In short order we had dropped our lines to the mooring, motored over to the marina and, with the help of Mike, tucked ourselves up into a snug, calm dock. We were so grateful as I know I couldn't have slept a wink out on that bouncy mooring. It turns out that the marina has a policy to bring boats in off the moorings to the docks if conditions warrant it and if there is space. We are lucky indeed. At this point we have given up on the mooring and have remained firmly ensconced here at the dock which has worked out well as it is a very convenient spot from which to explore this historic town.

Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Shannon38 #33
Hailing Port: East Greenwich, RI
Crew: Tom & Vicky Worosz
About: We have cruised to the Bahamas and back twice ad are now back on land for a while. This Summer (2012) we have outfitted ourseleves with motorcycles and are heading off for a month long "land cruise'

Who: Tom & Vicky Worosz
Port: East Greenwich, RI