Date 1700 – Friday 10 June 2011 (UTC -4)
It is recommended that the transit of the C&D Canal
is done with the current as it sets at up to 2 knots and more if the weather
conditions are right, or wrong depending on your point of view. The benefit of
this was a late start and the opportunity before we left of a walk around the village of Kentmore Park.
In the course of this we met the Chairman of the residents association
and two yachtsmen, local residents but hailing from Gravesend
and Southend respectively, received an invitation to dinner, to a pancake bake
breakfast and the offer of the loan of a van to go shopping. The natives were definitely
friendly and hospitable.
We actually managed a bit of motor sailing, even if the wind was diesel
generated on the way to the canal but even if we could through the canal for
safety reasons sailing is forbidden. The Pilot gives warnings of the amount of
commercial traffic on the canal. Perhaps we were lucky but the only commercial
traffic that we saw was the pusher barge that followed us out of the far end.
The canal has seven bridges, only one of which has to open; actually it is the
reverse, it closes when a train requires to pass.
You emerge form the eastern end of the canal into a different world, we
had been warned. The Delaware
is an industrial river with few attractions. In order to catch a tide that
would enable us to make the 60 miles down river to Cape
May in daylight it was necessary to find an anchorage. Celia found
something suitable in a pamphlet that she had that was not in the main Pilot.
If you are coming this way it is behind Reedy Island,
3.5nm south of the Canal entrance. The gap in the dyke is marked by red and
green markers and carries about 2m at chart datum. Once in it is protected and
has good holding in about 4m. The view from the anchorage was pure Delaware
River with the Salem
nuclear power station romantically in the background.
The red entrance marker is on the left of the photograph. Note the
complete absence of wind, again.