Delaware Bay to Cape May

Greetings! Today we and many other boats left Delaware City Marina shortly after 0800 at high tide, idled along the long dock down the narrow creek, and entered the Delaware River.

Rhonda tending to lines and fenders at D City
Entering the Delaware River
A pair of Ospreys occupying an ATON
I had all the basics handy.
…and Rhonda, our communicator, was communicating.

We had a 2-3 mph push from tidal currents all the way downriver into the very wide Delaware Bay leading to the Atlantic.

Just south of D City we passed the Salem Nuclear Power Plant

We had smooth water, with some ship and pleasure boat traffic.

Shoals were marked with llighthouses

After an easy four hour cruise we entered the Cape May channel.

This commercial fishing boat NEEDED to pass us in the channel.

We arrived at the family-owned Utch’s Marina in Cape May early in the afternoon, got R&R fueled, tied up, and cleaned up, and then walked to an excellent late lunch at the nearby Lucky Bones restaurant.

Rhonda put out the word to other Loopers in the harbor about dock-tails at the gazebo. We shared experiences with people who started their travels a few days ago and others who completed the Loop a few years ago. Good to get to know these new friends!

We are in a quiet, protect basin about halfway between the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean inlet

It’s a good evening here in South Jersey!