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Log November 7-9, 2005 Lower Chesapeake Bay
Our trip through the
lower Chesapeake Bay consisted of sails of seven hours to Solomon
Island, MD, followed
by an eight hour sail to Deltaville, VA, and then a six hour run to Hampton,
VA, just outside Norfolk.
The well protected anchorage
at Solomon Island was filled with Canadians we had met along the way. We also
got our last visit from Shearwater as the Johnsons were making
a run to Savannah for Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately, it was
not early enough in the day to explore nearby
Calvert Cliffs which contains the best Miocene deposit
of fossils. They include a 22 foot toothed bird and 12 to 17 million year
old whales, sharks and other marine fossils.
The Waterway Guide lavished
its highest praise on Dozierís Regatta Point Yachting Center in Deltaville,
VA. It is not a coincidence that the facility is owned by the publisher of
the Guide. However, the praise is none the less valid.
The very narrow channel
takes you to a marina so new that the slips are not yet numbered. The Harbormaster
is a wonderfully helpful lady. Services include a courtesy car, pool, beautifully
clean showers, restrooms and a laundry with iron and ironing board! There
is also a lounge with a giant screen TV, satellite channels, DVDs, and pizza
delivery to your boat. Who could ask for anything more?
Returning from a balmy
moonlight walk, we found on our dock a Great Blue Heron as tall as Rana. We
met a couple who had just sold their house and bought their ideal cruising
yacht, a large powerboat. They were making a voyage similar to ours. The night
before we arrived, their boat caught fire at the dock and they escaped saving
only their two cats. Their
boat burned to the waterline. We carefully checked all
of our fire extinguishers and resolved to install a Halon extinguishing system
in the engine room.
The weather continued
to be unseasonably warm and saw our first pelican at the southern end of Chesapeake
Bay. The approach to Hampton was through freighters, barges and navy vessels.
We decided to take a break at Hampton and travel by land to the Jamestown