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Chesapeake Bay Bound

Picture It - Summer 2020 Chesapeake Bay


I've taken Monty's Ark on a number of adventures starting with the journey home from Maine in 2013. It wasn't until 2020 though, after retiring from from the corporate rat race that I was finally able to take the next big step - a month long trip on Monty's Ark.


From the middle of August until mid-September, my partner Stan and I, along with AJ our 14 year old pomeranian ventured down from New York City, along the coast of New Jersey and down the Intra-Coastal Waterway from Barnegat Inlet to Atlantic City. From there we ventured outside again to travel down to Cape May where we entered the Cape May Canal and passed through to Delaware Bay. Traveling up Delaware Bay we made our way to the C&D Canal. We traveled through the C&D Canal and entered Chesapeake Bay at the northern end. We then traveled down the Bay making a few stops along the way until we ultimately ended up in Poquoson, Virginia. We spent time with my brother Bob and his wife Chris and their children, spouses, and grandchildren. When it was time to head back north, we retraced our steps for the most part stopping at some of the same places but new ones as well finally arriving back home in New York in mid-September. I tried to chronicle our trip in pictures...


August 15, 2020 - Day 1 Journey to Barnegat Bay


Departing Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City. Noting the skies looking somewhat ominous and hearing the weather forecast for the following day I still thought we had a window of decent weather for our first day. Sometimes the Jersey Shore has ideas that are not necessarily fully communicated to the meteorologists.


As we passed under the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge we left the mighty Hudson River behind and entered New York Bight. As we traveled southeast passing Sandy Hook the winds started to pick up. After passing Sandy Hook we turned south and began our trek down the Jersey coast. At this point the winds were pretty much squarely on the port beam blowing 15-20 knots with gusts to 25. Seas were running 6-8 feet. This made for an interesting ride. I decided at this point that I would not continue to run perpendicular to the waves. I reverted back to my sailing days and decided to tack so i would take the waves on the port bow and then on the stern. This made for a bit of a longer day but was much more comfortable.


As the day progressed and we made our way down the Jersey coast I decided around 5 PM that we'd "go inside" and find a slip for the night. We entered Barnegat Inlet experienced what the easterly winds do as the seas are churned up. After a trip of 6 hours and 15 min, we found a slip at Mariners Marina on Barnegat Bay.


We stayed at Mariners Marina for two nights as the weather on that Sunday, August 16th, was lousy with fog, wind, and rain. It was a good time to put the full camperback on to enclose the cockpit. We had a nice space to spend the remainder of the rainy weekend.


We looked forward to our departure on Monday in what was forecast to be exceptional weather.


Join me in my next posting when I relay our journey down the Intracoastal Waterway to Atlantic City.

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