Blue Turtle Cruising

After successfully sailing most of the way to Annapolis from Middle River, our mission was to grab a mooring ball. The “front forty” field was full the day we arrived, but the next day we were able to score one of the balls that wouldn’t be affected by the boat shows. This was the deciding …

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After spending 3 weeks at our friend’s dock in Middle River, Maryland, it was time to head south on the Chesapeake. We were thrilled when Tony and Nancy took us up on our offer to sail with us to Annapolis. Since they are power boaters, it was great to show them what sailing is like. …

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Finally, after a month on land we were cruising again! We left Kent Narrows and headed north, passing under the massive Chesapeake Bay Bridge. We cruised about 34 miles that day and found a nice little anchorage near Dobbins Island in the Magothy River. Randy dove in to check the growth on the prop and …

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After spending a few days in the lovely St. Michaels, we headed north to Kent Narrows. Randy’s high school friend Amber and her husband, Jason, offered to let us use their slip in Wells Cove Marina. Right as we were getting settled in, Randy’s work called and asked if he could come to the Knoxville …

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After exploring Oxford, we continued up the eastern shore of Maryland to St. Michaels. The 31.5 mile trip took us about 6 hours and we dropped anchor in the Miles River on the outskirts of the anchorage area. The next morning it was time to explore the town. St. Michaels is a quaint historic town …

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After exploring Tangier Island, we needed to fill our water tanks, provision for groceries and do some laundry. We cruised 14 miles north to Crisfield, Maryland and got a slip at Somers Cove Marina where we could knock everything out at once. Somers Cove Marina is the largest State-owned marina in Maryland with 515 slips. …

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After celebrating Independence Day in Yorktown, we headed 52 miles north to Tangier Island. We anchored on the southeast side in Cod Harbor with only one other boat there. After a few hours, the other boat left and we were all alone. We spent 2 nights there with one calm night and another one a …

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As we left the marina in Portsmouth, VA, we headed north on the Elizabeth River toward Chesapeake Bay. We passed numerous Navy ships and container ship loaders, just as we had when nearing Norfolk in the opposite direction. Just as we approached Chesapeake Bay, a tug hailed us on the radio to let us know …

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After fueling up and topping off our water tanks in Beaufort, NC, it was time to move on. Our goal was to get north to the Chesapeake, but we still had a ways to go. We decided on Norfolk, VA as our next major stopover which meant 4 more days of travel on the ICW …

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