The C&D Canal, linking the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, is one of the busiest in the United States. Although seemingly peaceful and quiet, the currents, weather, and marine traffic here can be deadly.
This article, in the December 2014 issue of Soundings, tells the story of the canal and provides some tips for a safe passage. It received a Merit Award in the 2014 BWI annual writing contest in the Travel & Destinations category.
Video: Thanksgiving 2011 Transit of the C&D by the ATB Nicole Reinhauer, Capt. Bill Brucato on helm and video
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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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