Sassafras River, Chesapeake Bay

Mark & Sue Owen
Tue 16 Oct 2012 01:28

39:22.43N 75:58.37W

A pre-dawn departure from Cape Henlopen enabled us to take full advantage of the flood tide up the Delaware Bay and, with the added luxury of a 20 knot tail wind, we made much better progress than we’d anticipated.  We reached the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal just as the ebb tide was gathering pace to take us through the canal and in to Chesapeake Bay.  It being a Sunday, commercial traffic was relatively light which made for a much less stressful transit.

We headed down the Bay for as long as the light permitted and reached the Sassafras River, just as the sun was setting, where we anchored for the night.  We soon realized that the extensive shoal waters of Chesapeake Bay are going to provide something of a challenge to us in our deep drafted Macushla, but we are looking forward to exploring this new cruising ground nonetheless.