Posted by: rminchin | May 9, 2012

Out of North Carolina and through the Chesapeake

Crab pots, crabbers, Deadrises, Skipjacks, the sights of Chesapeake Bay.  Open water sailing, back creek anchorages, sleepy small towns of tidewater Virginia.  Totally different sailing north of Mile  Zero on the ICW.

Leaving North Carolina on the alternate ICW route, the Dismal Swamp is far from “dismal” with its Cypress trees, winding headwaters of the Pasquotank River, locks, and friendly people.  Watch the depth finder in the Dismal Swamp Canal but don’t forget to dodge the overhanging branches!  A stop at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center and a 14-mile bike ride at the state park, gave us the opportunity to enjoy many butterflies, wildflowers, and a variety of birds.

The trips to Hampton, Deltaville, and Urbanna brought the opportunity to visit sailing friends Pete & Maryann Moxon, former co-worker Bill Skinner, and long-time family friends Tom & Linda Barnicott.

As we follow the winds up the Bay, we’re getting excited about visiting all our friends and family in New Jersey once again.

Don’t forget to check out our photos page.



  1. Hi Ron and Kathy, We were hoping to see you in the Bahamas . We just crossed over last Sunday and are now in St. Augustine. Are you going back to NJ? It looks like you are so see you there. Robin and Corbett S/V Cookie Monster.

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