#117 Coinjock, North Carolina to Chesapeake, Virginia

Written by The Crew

Rev writes all the posts as "The Crew" at What Yacht To Do. It's just part of the First Mate duties. That list just keeps growing...

August 29, 2020

We stayed at the Coinjock Restaurant and Marina for two nights.

There really isn’t anything there except for this restaurant (which has a famous prime rib among Loopers) and a little store.

We headed out at about 7:30 a.m. because we were both awake and ready to go.

That’s the only reason.

Really.

It was a beautiful Sunday and you know what that means aboard the Here’s To Us!!

That’s right.

It’s Belgian Waffle Sunday!

So, I made them while we were underway and served them up to the captain.

He was thrilled!

There was a lot of open water on this pass today and the view was certainly relaxing.

After a while, Hog Heaven, who we have seen in the past, passed us on this stretch.

They have a three person crew to maneuver this 118 foot luxury yacht.

Sam was a total fan boy.

There was a bit of traffic on this Sunday but not too much for Sam to handle.

He did, though, have to plan the bridges just right.

One of my favorite things on the loop has been seeing all the sailboats.

They are so lovely.

So peaceful.

I really enjoy passing them and seeing them under sail.

Would I ever want to be on a sailboat?

Absolutely not!

Too much work!

I admire them.

I just don’t want to be them.

It is a really beautiful day and we are following the Bob 423 route.

Winding around the narrowing channel.

Then we came up to this tow and barge parked on the side.

The tow captain is from Houston but is working in the area.

You can learn a lot about others by eavesdropping on radio conversations.

The first bridge we didn’t need opened but this swing bridge only opens on the hour and half hour so we had to time it just right.

And of course, Sam did because he pays attention to things like that.

How do you like my view of this part of the trip?

We continued to see little boats and sailboats zooming around us.

The third bridge is opened “on demand” so we worked with Hog Heaven and the bridge operator to get us all through.

The last bridge we had to go through was a railroad bridge that is open all the time.

Unless a train is coming.

Then, you will have to wait.

We finally made it to the Atlantic Yacht Basin Marina in Chesapeake to fuel up for the last time.

Oh yeah!

This is our last fuel up for our great loop journey.

Sam said we used 4,928 gallons of diesel fuel.

Can you believe that?

Well, it’s going to be a relaxing afternoon and evening as we get ready to leave in the morning for Norfolk, Virginia.

Which will be our last day on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Norfolk is Mile Marker 0 and when we leave that city, we will come to the Chesapeake Bay.

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1 Comment

  1. I have been following you since NYC using Google Earth as the segments play on Facebook. I was also a pilot getting my Private when I was 17 yrs old. Progressed thru commercial with SMEL instrument ratings. I did the North Channel to Chicago portion of the Loop 4 yrs ago as crew on a small trawler. Loved every day. 87 yrs and 3 heart stents have put an end to my boating. Flying went away a longtime ago. I finished up flying hot air balloons. I have spent many seasons sail boating in the Chesapeake and Maine. You might put Maine and the Canadian Maritimes on your cruising plan. Lots of deep water and rocks but scenery and lobsters every meal,even on Waffle Sunday. Thanks for telling your story.

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