The C & D Canal Trip 2012 by Tom Stoner

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Vagabond- September 9-10, 2012

This vagabond almost didn’t happen.  First proposed last year it was cancelled for weather reasons and a lack of interest.  It was proposed again this year and put on the club schedule.  Only three boats signed on but one dropped for personal reasons and the two that finally made the trip had to postpone it for a day in order to avoid poor weather.  Tony Stajowski made the trip alone as Mary had a family obligation and no one offered to take her place.  I, Tom Stoner, was able to pick up Ron Hrabak as my crew.  We met at the Windmill Restaurant and had an uneventful drive (the best kind!) to Elk Neck State Park.  Because it was after Labor Day and a Sunday there was very little activity at the park.  The sails to and from Chesapeake City were exceptional.  On both days sunny skies and good winds in the 10-14 MPH range on mostly a reach or broad reach made the sails perfect.  Not one tack was required going or coming on the 6.5 mile stretch from Elk Neck to the canal entrance.  The 3.0 mile run under motor in the canal was helped by following tidal currents.  We took slips at the Chesapeake Inn.  This facility has a very large wrap around dining area/deck which affords a nice water view of the canal.  We enjoyed a happy hour on our boat listening to their band playing on the deck.  We did attempt to take in the C & D Canal museum.  After taking a motor launch across the canal we were disappointed to find the museum closed.  There was a very nice crowd at the restauranton Sunday afternoon but many boats left after the band quit playing at 6 o’clock.  We enjoyed a nice dinner on the deck level.  A fancier restaurant is on the second floor but the deck level was very sufficient with a good menu.  After a restful night we awoke to find the facility virtually deserted.  No wait for showers- but certainly an indication that the sailing season is coming to a close.  The only commercial traffic we encountered was a tug pushing a small barge and that was while we were tied up at the dock.  Overall it was a pleasant experience and another sailing locale visited.  See you on the Fall Cruise!

Tom Stoner