The Governor Dinwiddie Hotel & Suites
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Survived a wild ride down the bay. Some of the roughest conditions we have experienced on the Chesapeake. Big waves. 30+ kt winds and lots of driving rain. Enjoyed our new cockpit enclosures as well as the heater we installed below. The AIS system which allowed us to identify ships during the night was a big help.
Navy ships don't use AIS so we slowed to enter Hampton Roads after sunrise. Still, with heavy ...
... the next day!
We took a walk along part of the 3 mile boardwalk in Virginia Beach - what a disappointment! I read somewhere it's been named one of Top 10 Boardwalks so we were looking forward to it. It's nothing more than a bare, wide, concrete, ( yes concrete, not a board insight) highway with 1970's style boring hotels fronting it. No planters or flowers, some grass & plants but absolutely no ...
... br> We accomplished our non-stop passage plan, arriving at Willoughby Bay, Norfolk, VA on May 19 at 1205, and dropping anchor just outside Willoughby Harbor Marina. Distance of the passage was 660nm over 4 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes for an average speed of 6.6 kts. Pretty typical for our offshore passages.
Arriving in Norfolk, our plan had been to take Jim ashore in the dinghy to his ...
... 8221; hailing from Kingston, NY in the summer, and right here in Portsmouth in the winter. They were kind enough to suggest they’d be happy to share their cruising experiences with us and invited us over for 9:30. We spent the next hour and a half picking their brains, charts and guides for route and marina suggestions all the way up to the Erie Canal.
At the same time they were trying to sort out an insurance claim on their car. Saturday night someone had ...
... featured “cypress knees” - woody projections at the base of cypress trees which are thought to stabilize the flood tolerant trees in lowland and swampy areas.
The Ablemarle and Chesapeake Canal had a couple of swing bridges that we had to wait for but little did we know what was ahead of us at Great Bridge on the southern branch of the Elizabeth River - site of a bascule bridge and lock. Normally the bridge opening and lock opening are timed ...