Miles Today: 49 SM; Total Miles: 1,242 SM
Locks Today: 0 ; Total Locks: 7
At 6:00 a.m. We untied the lines from the face dock at Hampton, VA and followed Thanks Dad out the Hampton River toward Chesapeake Bay. It was a little foggy so we ran with our running lights on and used our radar and AIS. As soon as we got out to main shipping channel, the AIS went off. There was a tug and barge behind us. Then it went off again, a big cargo ship was coming from sea right toward us. So much for a nice quiet morning on the water. We moved over as far as we could just outside the channel, passing the cargo ship.
As we turned northeast off the main shipping channel into the Chesapeake Bay, we started feeling rollers on the starboard side (that’s the right side for you landlubbers). We didn’t have any protection from the land yet as as the Atlantic was to our east. It was a little uncomfortable but alright. Although Cody and Cailee wouldn’t agree; both got seasick.
After 1-1/2 hours we were in the bay and had some protection from land and the wind had shifted to the south. Much better.
We opted to stay out of the main shipping channel going up the Chesapeake and stay closer to the western shore. We had to dodge crab traps and we saw many fishermen checking their traps as we made our way to our destination, Deltaville, Virginia.
About Noon, we turned into the Rappahannock River. Deltaville was a short ride away and we arrived at the Dozier’s Regatta Point Marina at 12:30 p.m. We’ll be here for the weekend joining some of the Loopers who attended the American Great Loop Cruisers Association Spring Rendezvous. Doziers is hosting a post-rendezvous weekend with a cocktail party, Pot Luck Dinner and other activities. We had planned to visit Deltaville anyway so the timing worked out well for us.
After checking in at the marina, we borrowed the courtesy car (they have 3!!!) and went to Deltaville. It’s a small town, population 1,100 and years ago had a big boat building industry. Now it’s a boating center with lots of marinas and boat yards. We made stops at the West Marina (of course no visit would be complete without a trip to West), the local Tru Value Hardware and the Deltaville Market.
We grilled hamburgers with John and Sue (Thanks Dad). Actually John is the Grillmeister.
After dinner we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.