We left Cape May just after 6:30 am to catch the current running north up the Delaware Bay. As we exited the Cape May canal into the Delaware Bay, the seas were choppy with two to three foot waves. The wind was around 15 kts off our starboard bow, almost perpendicular to the current but not quite. With the choppy seas and the wind, we were continually pelted with sea spray and the wipers were busy keeping the windshield of the pilot house clear. Despite the wind and the spray, Curiosity continued to give us a comfortable ride. In its secure pilothouse, all was good.
The bay was active with commercial traffic. We saw more traffic passing us then we had in our previous trips, with barges being pulled by tugs, pushed by tugs and in one case being pushed and pulled by tugs.
As we made our way north from the Delaware Bay into the Delaware River, the seas calmed, the current picked up, and we sped along at over 11 kts toward the C&D canal. By noon, we were there and began our transit from the Delaware Bay to the Chesapeake Bay. We passed Chesapeake City around 1:15 pm, and were glad that we had decided not to stop but to continue on to Annapolis. We were surprised that even the Canal seemed to have more commercial traffic than we had experienced before.
By 1:30 pm, we were back in familiar waters as we exited the C&D canal. Unfortunately we knew it was still a long run back to Annapolis. Fortunately the current was now ebbing out of the Chesapeake, so again we had the current with us. Also, it was a glorious day on the Bay, the waters were glassy, the winds were light and the skies were sunny and clear. By 4:30 pm, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was in sight. So close but so far. It took us another hour to pass under its familiar spans but by 6 pm we were pulling into Annapolis harbor and by 6:30 pm. We were tied up and home.
It had been a very long day but both Adrienne and I were delighted that we had decided to make the long trip from Cape May to Annapolis in one day.
We decided we could wait to wash off the boat till morning. So after showers and dinner at the Annapolis Yacht Club, we climbed into bed for some welcome sleep.