THE LAST LEG – Norfolk, VA to Wickford, RI

20 May
IEm got lots of help piloting Quimby from Norfolk, VA to Wickford, RI

IEm got lots of help piloting Quimby from Norfolk, VA to Wickford, RI

Watch Hill Light, RI

Watch Hill Light, RI

Conney Island from the NYC entrance Ambrose Channel

Conney Island from the NYC entrance Ambrose Channel

Comming into NYC Harbor under the Varanzanno Bridge

Comming into NYC Harbor under the Varanzanno Bridge

NYC  harbor entrance light.

NYC harbor entrance light.

  Fairwell to Tom @ Prudence Island, Narragansett Bay, RI , May 19th, 2014

Fairwell to Tom @ Prudence Island, Narragansett Bay, RI , May 19th, 2014

Coast Guard Boarding in Fishers Island Sound

Coast Guard Boarding in Fishers Island Sound

Sunrise leaving The Gulf, Milford, CT

Sunrise leaving The Gulf, Milford, CT

Home entering the LI Sound from the East River

Home entering the LI Sound from the East River

 Top speed on the East River.  This is a Quimby Record.

Top speed on the East River. This is a Quimby Record.

Views from the East River

Views from the East River

The UN from the East River

The UN from the East River

Empire State Building   from the East River

Empire State Building from the East River

Empire State Building   from the East River

Empire State Building from the East River

 Empire State Building

Empire State Building

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

NYC Manhattan skyline

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

  Ellis Island

Ellis Island

NYC Statute of Liberty

NYC Statute of Liberty

We got the GOLD!  June 22, 2013 to May 18, 2014

We got the GOLD! June 22, 2013 to May 18, 2014

We got the GOLD!  June 22, 2013 to May 18, 2014

We got the GOLD! June 22, 2013 to May 18, 2014

   Em just set the new Gold Loopers Flag

Em just set the new Gold Loopers Flag

  Varanzanno Bridge, NYC   & The Statute of Liberty

Varanzanno Bridge, NYC & The Statute of Liberty

 NYC & the Barrier

NYC & the Barrier

 Varanzanno Bridge, NYC

Varanzanno Bridge, NYC

 Varanzanno Bridge, NYC

Varanzanno Bridge, NYC

Sunrise leaving Manasquan, NH

Sunrise leaving Manasquan, NH

Trains in Manasquan, NJ

Trains in Manasquan, NJ

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Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Bev is impressed with the “Marina Service Boat”  especially the shovel (actually the paddle)

Bev is impressed with the “Marina Service Boat” especially the shovel (actually the paddle)

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis “Eago Alley” Purser’s Restaurant

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Alleys of Annapolis & people frequenting them

Alleys of Annapolis & people frequenting them

Old Inn across circle from church & in view of the State House bordering Main Street

Old Inn across circle from church & in view of the State House bordering Main Street

War Memorial across Severn River

War Memorial across Severn River

War Memorial across Severn River

War Memorial across Severn River

View across the Severn River of Navy Academy in background

View across the Severn River of Navy Academy in background

View from War Memorial accross the Severn River with Navy Academy in background

View from War Memorial accross the Severn River with Navy Academy in background

Front of the State House

Front of the State House

Old Home of Annapolis

Old Home of Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

View from The State House, Annapolis

Capital of Maryland

Capital of Maryland

Old Buildings of Annapolis

Old Buildings of Annapolis

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Post Office Annapolis

Post Office Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Annapolis “Eago Alley” from the head of the alley

Annapolis “Eago Alley” from the head of the alley

Ship tied up in area of Annapolis, MD

Ship tied up in area of Annapolis, MD

2 lighthouses outside Norfolk, VA

2 lighthouses outside Norfolk, VA

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

 More Ospreys

More Ospreys

Ship encountered on upper Chesapeake Bay just before the C & D Canal

Ship encountered on upper Chesapeake Bay just before the C & D Canal

Annapolis Harbor

Annapolis Harbor

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

Naval Academy

   Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

 Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

 Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

 Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

 Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

Annapolis “Ego Alley”

 Thomas light outside Anapolis  , MD

Thomas light outside Anapolis , MD

 Thomas light outside Anapolis  , MD

Thomas light outside Anapolis , MD

Wolf Trap Light 52’      On way from Norfolk to Deltaville VA

Wolf Trap Light 52’ On way from Norfolk to Deltaville VA

Norfolk lighthouse    “Thimble Shoals Horn”

Norfolk lighthouse “Thimble Shoals Horn”

Warship entering Norfolk

Warship entering Norfolk

Warship entering Norfolk

Warship entering Norfolk

Norfolk Waterfront    Naval vellesl

Norfolk Waterfront Naval vellesl

Norfolk Waterfront     continaer ships

Norfolk Waterfront continaer ships

May 9th – Norfolk, VA to Deltaville, VA

We had a nice easy 60 SM trip today & arrived in Deltaville at 3:30 PM tied up to Zimmerman’s wharft. The day started out nice warming to 70 degrees with blue skies & little wind or wave but around 11:00 AM the fog set in & lasted 2 hours. We were well off shore but 8 – 10 loopers were heading to the same place we were & that was a concern. Dirk came by at 6:00 to take us out to a fantastic dinner. We enjoyed renewing our friendship & hope to travel with him next fall on our way south.

 

May 10th – Deltaville,VA to Annapols, MD

Up early & departed Deltaville @ 6:15 AM arriving in Annapolis @ 6:30 PM, a long day covering 105 SM. It was hazy all day & about 3:00 PM a shower hit & the wind increased to 15 to 20 MPH with gusts & waves of 3-4’ so we turned on the gyro & that calmed everything down. We were lucky enough to get a slip in “ego Alley” right in the middle of downtown Annapolis. What a thrill!

 

May 11th – Annapolis, MD

Bev & Ginny want to spend the day here looking around & visiting the Naval Academy. Although Bev didn’t get up until 9:15 AM we did a lot. Ate breakfast out then walked the town. We decided to take a trolley tour then Ginny & I walked through the Naval Academy while Bev walked my knife back to Quimby. The town was mobbed all day even well into the evening. It was a real relaxing yet physically tiring day.

 

May 12th – Annapolis to Middle River

We headed for Middle River to meet Steve & Barb Snipe who own Solo hull #3 (Quimby is hull #4). Steve does all his own work on their boat so is very knowledgeable regarding the Solo/Selene. He has given us untold advice that has been ever so helpful. We had a great dinner with them, visited their boat & showed them ours. They offered us their slip for the night. It was a beautiful day in every way.

 

May 13th – Middle River, MD to Delaware City, DE

What a beautiful day! The bay was like a mirror, not a ripple anywhere. The sun was shinning & the scenery was impressive with all the nice widely spaced homes & farm country. The C & D looked just like the Cape Cod Canal only longer. Docking in Delaware City was a hoot. The dock master advised you (The were really nice commands) on how to maneuver Quimby to bring her exactly where he wanted her. We first got a pump out then moved down the dock to our location & once there he turned the boat to face the other way. The town & marina are in the original canal that has a strong tidal current & is not more than 100’wide & less than 75’ from the outside of the dock so not a lot of room to spare for the turn. We did as told & all went perfect. We cleaned up, did laundry & attended the evening talk on the upcoming weather conditions on the Delaware Bay. At 7:30 we finally got to eat crabby things at “Crabby Dick’s” for supper.

 

May 14th – Delaware City to Cape May, NJ

Em was up at 4:30 AM to check conditions for an early departure. It was finally light enough around 5:15 AM but very misty suggesting fog on the bay. There were 4-5 other boats planning to make the trip to Cape May today & none were moving. Finally @ 6:30 with Bev & Ginny up we decided now was a good time to lift the dinghy topside & stow the davits. We finished that & were the last off the dock @ 7:15. Fog on the bay was minimal @ about 2 miles visibility & the water was 1 – 2’ in the upper bay. As we worked down the bay & it opened up the wind & waves increased as predicted the night before to 4’ – 6’ mostly on the port beam so we turned on the gyro & had a fairly smooth ride to Cape May. We saw 10 or so commercial vessels & barge/tug combinations coming down the Delaware Bay, very impressive. Cape May is very shallow so we picked the deepest marina we could find for docking. Of course we grounded @ the turn into the marina off the main channel and again in the marina while nosing into the first slip. The wind & current was strong making docking & maneuvering difficult but we finally docked at the 3rd location assigned with ample depth finally.

 

May 15th & 16th – Stuck in Cape May

The weather has turned on us. Winds are increasing to 15 – 20 km today & higher tomorrow with gusts over the next 2 days as high as 40 km. Waves are expected to get in the 10 to 20’ range at their peak. Those are not conditions we want to be out in so here we sit until the wind & waves settle. A Gold Looper & 3 first time loopers are here with us so it is party time. Actually we will get to see the town, get some exercise & relax as we eat way to much. Friday after wind & rain all day Ginny & Em walked about 4 miles to the beach, along the board walk & returned passing many outstanding Victorian homes. We hope to “sneak up the coast” about 1 mile offshore Saturday the 17th getting into LI sound on the 18th & home on the 19th if all goes well.

 

May 17th – Cape May, NJ to Manasquan, NJ

What a trip! Large rolling 10 foot plus raves with 2 foot waves riding on them. We started the gyro before leaving the dock and had a very comfortable ride. Departed about 5:30 AM & arrived in Manasquan around 6:00 PM. A long day but the toughest section of the trip is now behind us, Amen.

 

May 18th – Manasquan, NJ to The Gulf, Milford, CT

Left the dock about 5:00 AM & headed for NYC and the crossing of our wake. The waters had calmed so did not need the gyro today. We arrived at the Statute of Liberty @ 10:00 AM. Ginny took pics of Bev & I with our Gold Flag hoisted to document the event. We cruised up to Ellis Island so Ginny could look around. Had some trouble dodging sailboats but otherwise the harbor was pretty quiet. The ride up East River was wild with tide in our favor we actually hit more than 12 knots. Tides & currents were with us all day allowing us to travel over 120 miles ( 105 NM) today, a new record for Quimby, WHAT A WAY TO END OUR FABULOUS TRIP!

 

May 19th – The Gulf, Milford, CT to WICKFORD, RI & HOME!

Bev & I were up @ 4:30 AM & hauled anchor at 5:00 AM to head for the home slip. I can’t believe it is really over. I would prefer to just keep going around again but Bev is ready to spend time at home & in NH. We had a rough ride from the west end of Fisher Island and The Race to Watch Hill, RI but otherwise the ride was very nice. We did turn on the gyro when we entered The Race area & left it on until we docked in Wickford. The scenery was beautiful today, such a beautiful section! OH YES!  We were hailed by the Coast Guard for a through on board inspection.  Here we are anxious to get home & they waylaid us for an hour & the seas in the sound were about 4′.  The odd thing is they did not care  that we had had a courtesy inspection & displayed the appropriate stickers etc.  They were using us as a training mission for at lease 2 of the 5 boarders.

We took a detour to Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay before entering Wckford Harbor so Ginny could say a final “Good-by” to Tom, her husband of 52 years. Tom & Ginny were intending to help Bev & I bring Quimby home from Ft. Pierce, FL 2 years ago but cancer prevented that. Tom & Ginny were also supposed to be with us on the start of our “Great Adventure” last June but again were unable to join us. Tom enjoyed many pastimes in his life one of which was sailing the waters of Massachusetts & Rhode Island for several years & enjoyed Prudence Island as a child & during his sailing days. Tom passed away last September never having taken part in our adventure in person but he was with us in our heart all the way.

It has been a most wonderful & memorable trip & adventure.

The significance of completing the Loop compared to other recreational feats. Here are some stats.
Every year…
35,000+ people run the Boston Marathon
25,000+ climb Mount Kilimanjaro (658 climbed Mount Everest in 2013 alone!)
3,000+ hike the Appalachian Trail
However only 100 or so boats completed the Loop in 2013. Swimming the English Channel (208 in 2013) is the nearest in terms of uniqueness.
Something to think about…just saying

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