Sailing To New York City

Transiting The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal

A foggy morning on the Elk River, looking towards the state park on Elk Neck.  

Looking out to the Elk River at an early riser already underway; we were still at anchor.   Here's a big pool of cold water on the cockpit awning, just waiting for some sucker to walk next to it and get drenched. The rainwater beaded up exceptionally well on the brand-new fabric.

Jesse at the helm, about to enter the canal at Old Town Point. You notice he's standing on the cockpit seats, which is something that I do, too, so we short people can more easily see over the bow for good visibility.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Late last night, we all woke up when it suddenly began pouring down rain; we closed all the ports (the hatches were already closed). We got up at 6:00 am to a decidedly foggy and damp morning, very much unlike yesterday morning, and I don't think today will be a scorcher.

I haven't been on the C & D Canal before, so I'm curious to see what it's like. The navigation this morning will be very easy, since the canal is narrow but deep and very well marked. It will be another few hours like cruising the Intracoastal Waterway, which has a number of narrow (but not so deep) canals. We got underway at 7:55 am as the fog began to lift, but the haze and overcast persisted for most of the canal passage.

Entering the west end of the canal at Old Town Point; you can see Red 18 nearby. The shoreline was supposed to have red/green traffic lights to control traffic in the canal, but I don't remember seeing them.  

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