Home Port; on the Delaware River at Fox Grove Marina Essington PA.

Sail Planning 2013

May 2013

May 3; Essington PA depart Friday 8:00AM before 9:20 AM slack before ebb , approx 50 nm for Hancock Harbor Cohansey NJ. 11:00 AM slack before flood at Pea Patch, then 3:00 PM slack before flood at Artificial Island, after Artificial Island the next cycle will have begun so against the tidal current from Artificial Island to Cohansey will be against the tidal current.

May 4; Hancock Harbor Cohansey early morning departure Saturday on ebb tide for 2:00 PM slack before flood at Miah Maull Shoal Light, approx 20 nm, then return to Cohansey 8:30 PM slack after flood 20 nm.

Miah Maull Shoal Light

May 5; Hancock Harbor Cohansey NJ early morning depart Sunday, for Ship John Shoal Light then Delaware City DE 25nm
Ship John Shoal Light

May 6: Delaware City depart Monday 4:00 AM low tide, approx 25 nm for Essington PA
High tide at Essington PA 10:30 AM on Monday May 6th



June 2013
Canceled due to weather.

Essington PA Maryland YC at Rock Creek near Baltimore MD
June 7 Essington PA depart before 6:00 AM (7:00 AM slack before flood)
1hour before slack and 1 hour after slack to Cherry Island Flats
3 hours against the current before peak flood past Pea Patch
Enter C&D about 12:00 Noon slack in the canal  before ebb (ebb flows D to C) with the current to Chesapeake City, arrive late afternoon.

June 8 Chesapeake City depart before 5:00 AM slack before flood Chesapeake City/Northeast River.
2 hours to Turkey Point in slack and first hour of opposing flood current.
3 hours to Pooles Island against ebb current (11:00 AM slack)
3 hours to Fort Smallwood at Rock Creek entrance in slack and less than 1 knot current.
Late afternoon arrival at Maryland Yacht Club.

June 9 MYC to Baltimore Inner Harbor slack water minimal current.

June 10 depart Baltimore Inner Harbor before 5:00 AM
2 hours to mouth of Patapsco and Upper Chesapeake
3 hours to Pooles Island in slack and with flood current (slack at Pooles Island 12:00 Noon)
3 hours to Turkey Point against the ebb current
2 hours to Chesapeake City against the ebb current
Arrive late afternoon before Chesapeake City slack before 6:00 PM flood in C&D

June 11 depart Chesapeake City before 7:00 AM slack before C&D flood (flood C to D)
3 hours to Reedy Point 10:00 AM slack
5 hours to Essington in Delaware River flood current

July 2013
Baltimore Inner Harbor?

August 2013
August Sunday 11 & Monday 12 Perseid Meteor Shower at Cohansey River mouth?

Saturday August 10
Essington to Delaware City
slack current before ebb at Essington 4:30 AM
slack current before flood at Bulkhead Shoal/Delaware City at 10:00AM
So depart Essington 1 hour before 6:00 AM sunrise, for 4 hours with the current.

Sunday August 11
Delaware City to Cohansey River
slack current before ebb at Reedy Point 4:00 AM
slack current before flood at Artificial Island 10:30 AM
From past experience transiting artificial Island against the current is not desirable
So depart Delaware City 1 hour before 6:00 AM sunrise to pass Artificial Island with the current.
Maybe round Ship John Light on the way.
Arrive Hancock Harbor on the Cohansey mid afternoon
Early evening out to the Cohansey entrance to anchor for the night and the Persied Meteor Shower
9:20 PM slack before flood at Cohansey entrance 

Monday August 12
Delaware City to Cohansey
One night of the Persied shower then depart for  Delaware City 
11:00 AM slack before flood at Artificial Island, so depart the Cohansey after 9:00 AM to pass Artificial Island after 11:00 AM.
5:15 PM slack before ebb at Reedy Point of Delaware City, so with the current all the way.
Time for flexibility so no need to motor sail, just sail and maybe around Ship John Light again.

Tuesday August 13;
Delaware City to Essington  
12:30 PM slack current before flood at Reedy Point off Delaware City
7:00 PM slack before ebb at Essington
Time for flexibility so no need to motor sail, so just a pleasant sail if the winds are favorable.

September 2013
Assateague MD and Chincoteague VA
Essington PA
Delaware City DE
Cohansey NJ
Lewes DE
Indian River DE
Ocean City MD
Chincoteague VA

October 2013
Delaware City

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