Doing a Delmarva

Soundings, Sept-2005

In 2005, two friends and I took off for a week-long, 500-mile circumnavigation of the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay — “Delmarva,” as it’s called, shared by Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. We sailed to the far north end of the Chesapeake to the C&D Canal, down the Delaware Bay, and offshore from Cape May to Cape Charles, where we re-entered the Chesapeake and turned north again.

For Chesapeake sailors, “doing a Delmarva” is a rite of passage: A test of boat and crew, leaving the relatively protected local waters and venturing out onto bigger — much bigger — seas.

This trip is described in the May 2005 issue of Soundings magazine, online here.

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