Up the ICW to the Chesapeake

We have arrived safely in the Chesapeake! After about 4 weeks of many beautiful harbor towns, marinas and anchorages, we tied up in Norfolk Virginia. Lots of lessons learned as we have traveled North… still learning boat systems and becoming more efficient at taking care of Marco Polo as she carries us along the water. Had Zimmerman Marine repair a damaged relay in Southport which was causing the bow thrusters to not work. Then had a fuel issue while motoring on the ICW and had to sail into our anchorage under sail alone (turns out the fuel tank #2 was not reading correctly & we did not switch to fuel tank #1 before the motor died). Adventures!

A brief history of the ICW…
We found a beautiful anchorage in the Pungo River (we named it Eagle Bay since we had eagles fly over us after we anchored). Absolutely beautiful remote anchorage. We wound up sailing into the anchorage under sail alone after the engine died on us. Pretty interesting times!
Captain Cindy hard at work, storing dock lines after departure. This photo was taken off shore near Lookout Bight off of Beaufort SC. We went offshore just for a short trip to see a lighthouse and enjoy the easier passage. Working up the ICS requires a lot of vigilance, but offshore you have lots of room to avoid other craft.
We hit some rough weather on the way from our anchorage at Eagle Bay (our name) to Oriental. Fortunately the wind was behind us & made for some fast sailing (9.5 Knts in about 31 Knts wind). Time to don the life jackets (thanks Cindy!)
We traversed our first Loch on the way to Norfolk and then had to wait for a large bridge to open. We missed it by about 1/2 hour and it closed for rush hour traffic for 1 1/2 hours while we waited in the rain. Boat Life!
Cindy was happy to get off the boat in Norfolk for a break at the Waterside Marina.
Crew enjoying a great meal at one of the many nice restaurants within walking distance to the marina. Italian restaurant this night (Luce) with amazing Cioppino.
Waterside marina had live music on the weekends. Very nice.
Saw this plaque near the marina, facing the bay… “Briggs Point, Dedicated to Captain Lane Briggs 1932-2005 Captain, Inventor, Father and Friend to All Who Knew Him” I hope to meet him on the other side.
Just off our starboard side was a three masted schooner that conducts harbor tours. Beautiful.
Marco Polo at her berth at Waterside marina.
Where to go from here? Our general plan is to tour some of the historic towns close by to Hampton (our current marina location) like Jamestown and Williamsburg. Then we will see how we feel and how the weather cooperates to head further North. Maybe as far as Maine?