Onancock to North Landing River - 2016
Onancock to Mobjack Bay
After a couple days of rest and relaxation in Onancock (one of our favorite places along the bay), we topped off our fuel and water tanks and resumed our southward trek. We left Onancock Wharf at 10 AM, a little later than we anticipated. We warmed up the last two slices of our Quiche Lorraine in the oven as we motored out Onancock Creek to the Chesapeake Bay.
|This is just one of the many beautiful old homes along Onancock Creek.|
|New Point Comfort Lighthouse is abandoned. It is a beautiful structure |
shown here as the sun goes down for the day.
|Since I have to watch my sugar intake, one of my favorite hot cocktails is |
heated ALPINE (sugar-free) cider with a shot of Fireball cinnamon
whiskey. Just had to have one after a long
hard day of sailing in the cool wind!
|As the sun was setting, the red bottom paint on our |
dinghy was being reflected off the water.
Mobjack Bay to Willoughby Bay
|Two NAVY ships are in port and visible from our anchorage in Willoughby Bay.|
|Anchored in Willoughby Bay, Willoughby Spit is just to our north. |
This afternoon was a sunny and warm 70 degrees!
Willoughby Bay to North Landing River
We pulled up anchor (using our new windlass, of course) at 8:30 AM. Today was Maggie's introduction to the ICW and my re-introduction after 24 years. (I traveled the ICW on my trip to the Bahamas in the fall of 1991 and the spring of 1992. The port of Norfolk has greatly increased its containerized cargo handling in the past 24 years!)
|An outbound containerized cargo ship coming out of the Elizabeth River. |
There were many new ports along the Elizabeth River that
loaded and unloaded containerized cargo.
|Downtown Norfolk is off our port bow as we motor toward the Elizabeth River.|
|Buoy 36 in Norfolk is the official beginning of the ICW.|
|These large colorful cranes are on the grounds of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.|
|This draw bridge located just below the lock opened for us and the |
other boats that went through the Great Bridge Lock.
|This is the 8-mile long Abermarle and Chesapeake Canal that |
goes through a very remote area in southeastern Virginia.
|We anchored at 5:30 PM just outside the channel at green day mark #59 |
in 8 feet of water in the North Landing River. We were exhausted
after our first day of the traveling the ICW. We traveled 41
miles in 9 hours, 32 miles of which was in the ICW.