We finished up our chores and visits in Galesville and boy did it feel good to be underway again! We did have some stops before heading north, first of which was a tank top up. Did not REALLY need fuel but did want to test out this fuel fill baffle device. I will tell you it worked like a champ (Clean Way Fuel)!
Magnolia crossed the Chesapeake Bay, went up the Choptank River (think Mitchners Chesapeake), up Broad Creek and then up San Domingo Creek…yes really. Not only is this a lovely anchorage but it also offers super easy access to St Michaels, MD.
The Pentagon Sailing Club was coming here for Memorial Day but before their arrival had the place to ourselves.
The geese were in full training mode for the young ones.
Had a complete test for the new grill and mount…thanks Rip!
Morning radio nets were made easy by fine weather and good radio conditions.
We made time to get ashore and enjoy a soft shell sandwich in St Mikes…there was of course Ice Cream!
On Saturday the first PSC Boat to arrive was Bootlegger who won a bottle of wine for there accomplishment!
Sunday we made the short trip to Brewers Marina Oxxford where there was much socializing and an evening dinner.
Memorial Day Monday Magnolia was up and off early on passage to Rockhall, MD where we were to meet up with MV Arion.
Arion is our sister-ship and Al & Arlene have been hugely helpful during the transition! Al & Arleen had looked at “AmyK” (Magnolia) before we purchased her and we were excited to share our restoration efforts. We had a wonderful dinner aboard Arion and a fun time catching up.
Tuesday first thing we were up an underway and headed north…at that time we were really not sure how far we were going. We were tryign to decide if this was “our” weather window or we were waiting till later in the week. As we headed up the bay, Annette was checking with out weather router and decided we would go today…”go” meant we were headed straight for Great Kills NY, about a 230 mile passage.
Of course we had the fog to contend with first.
Luckily we have a pretty good radar and as long as you stay away from the “blobs” all is good!
We transited the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal about mid day.
We headed down Delaware Bay passing nearby Brandywine Light.
There is a shortcut canal that goes through Cape May. In the past we were not able to transit it because of our sailboat mast.
We approached the canal just about sunset, not the red and green marks at the approach.
The early part of the canal was quite picturesque which the light of the setting sun.
Upon departing Cape May we made an overnight passage up the New Jersey coast arriving in Great Kills, NY in the early afternoon.
It was a GREAT start to our summer cruise. The next few days will find us taking care of some boat chores. We will also be shopping at my new favorite store Frank and Sal Italian Market. Tonight’s dinner was clams and pasta with a healthy dose of bread for mopping…I am in cooking heaven. For now though, “vessel and crew are well” and we are wishing the same for you.