To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

DelMarVa Circumnavigation—Day 9

Tuesday, the 16th, was an important objective of the trip. A rendezvous with the family. Everyone else had driven up from Rehoboth to have dinner with us in Lewes. Dinner included five nieces and nephews, plus a bonus friend of a nephew; Mother; three sisters plus husband and permanent boyfriend; plus part of Hannah's family from Sweden. 17, I think.

Because of the long dinghy ride, dinner was scheduled for 1600.

After dinner, we scooted right back to Red Ranger to get ready for the rest of the circumnavigation.

We had wanted to take folks sailing on Red Ranger. But the immense dinghy ride made that largely impossible.

Also, we weren't comfortable with the Lewes Marina/City Dock. The canal appears narrow, could be shallow in places, and we just didn't know enough to try and push into it. The depth is described as "generally 6 feet (plus or minus) mean low water" and we need every inch of 6' (no "generally" and no "minus").

Lessons Learned.

  • The calendar takes second place to winds, tides and mechanical problems.

  • Lewes is not a very good place to anchor and meet family.

  • Lewes is a great place to visit. By car. Nice restaurants. The Lightship Overfalls. It's just not a great place to anchor.

Bottom Lines

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Cost: $7.00 dinghy motor gasoline and 2-stroke oil.

Dinghy duration and distance: way too long.