Norfolk/Portsmouth, VA - Tidewater Yacht Marina, 5/4-6/19
Deltaville, VA - Regatta Pointe Marina, 5/7/19
The End.....of the Atlantic ICW
The cruise up from Coinjock MM49 to Norfolk/Portmouth, MM 0, was quite the trip! We had 12 bridges - seven had to be opened and one lock that was timed with the opening of the bridge right before it. For the most part we've been cruising right along on the ICW without interuption or delays so we weren't expecting so many bridge openings and a lock on our last day on the Atlantic ICW. Crazy!
We arrived in Norfolk, VA on Saturday.....along with just about every other Looper! There is a big Looper Rendezvous in Norfolk this week and a portion of the Loopers that are enroute on the East coast participate. The Rendezvous is a mix of both current and future Loopers. There are seminars that focus on everything from buying a boat, to the reluctant spouse, routes and everything inbetween. Since we've been to a Rendezvous already, we decided to pass on this one and so did many in our marina, but it was great to see so many Looper flags flying when you walked down the docks.
Sunday we met up with the Halvorsons. Jim and Jo have lived in Virginia Beach for forty years but are originally from Hooterville. It was great catching up with them. They took us across the Bay Bridge and tunnel to Cape Charles, a town on the East Coast of the Chesapeake. We had a little lunch and a bump and then headed back to their home. They are in the process of renovating a new home, so we got to see that as well. The day was capped off with a Cinco de Mayo dinner with some of their friends. It's alway so much fun to see friends and family from home while we are on the Loop. The Halvorson's were so gracious and hospitable. Thank you for spending the day showing us around your neck of the woods!
The Beginning - Exploring the Chesapeake Bay
Monday we were suppose to take off for Yorktown but Wallace the Weather Bear got up early and evaluated the wind, wave, tides and weather and canceled our travel day. We were able to stay another day at the marina in Portsmouth, which is always a good thing when they let you stay because of bad weather ;), had a planning pow-wow for our upcoming time on the Chesapeake Bay, made reservations and got some groceries. Sometimes delays aren't a bad thing.
Tuesday was much more hospitable weather-wise and we had a great run up to Deltaville and Regatta Point Marina. It was a great little place and we really enjoyed the laid back vibe. Below are pics from Norfolk/Portsmouth and also from Regatta Point Marina in Deltaville.
We went from downtown in Norfolk/Portsmouth to rustic in Deltaville. We loved the front porch rocking chairs overlooking the marina......
We enjoyed our first stop on the Chesapeake Bay in Deltaville . For years we wondered what it would be like on the Chesapeake. Father Engels told us that Lake Pepin reminded him of a tiny Chesapeake Bay. He was right. They say you can spend season after season on the Chesapeake exploring all it has to offer. Both the East and west coasts have tons of marinas and anchorages and towns and villages that are all about boating and the bay. Deltaville was that kind of place. We look forward to the rest of our stops on the Chesapeake.
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.
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