Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cape May Departure

With the impending White Marlin Tournament at Canyon Club beginning on Saturday, we had to vacate our slip before the weekend, so headed out Friday morning. We’d checked the depths at the entrance of Canyon Club at half-tide while in the dinghy, so we knew we were able to slip out as planned in order to catch the tide and current heading up the Delaware Bay. The girls drove back to Delaware by car, and we cast off the lines immediately thereafter at 10:00. We had to wait for one of the Cape May-Lewes Ferries to depart from the Ferry Landing at the end of the breakwater, (scene of the famous propeller disaster a few years ago aboard our Carver) but we idled in deep water and had no issues this time! It eased my mind to know that the running gear is totally protected on Equinox!

One of the Cape May Ferries as it departed the breakwater ahead of us

Once out of the breakwater, we made excellent time; with the current giving us a push, we were going nearly 10 knots at times with very efficient fuel burn, barely 3 gallons an hour. Ron had timed it so that when we arrived at the mouth of the C&D canal, the tide was turning and we got a push through the canal too… easy cruising! We weren’t going all the way through, as we were headed to Summit North Marina for the night. We’d made plans to reunite with the girls there, along with Claire’s folks, Ron & Ann Messano, of Clairebuoyant. They arrived a couple hours after we did, to join us there for dinner at Aqua Sol, the new restaurant on premises. It’s been done up just beautifully with a great outdoor deck overlooking the water, allowing for live music and dancing. It was a lovely night, telling stories of our time in Bermuda and catching up with one another. In fact, Ally got a phone call from Bermuda, with the whole neighborhood group getting on the line to say hello and how much they missed us. We all got nostalgic for our little anchorage in front of the McHarg’s… MISS THEM ALL!!

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