Because of the strong tide on the Delaware Bay and the C&D Canal, the plan was to leave the marina at 3 pm and take the favorable tide through the canal in the late afternoon. The morning was filled with the usual cruising chores and shortly after noon, we stopped what we were doing and walked up to Kathy’s Crab House for lunch. The server who helped us out yesterday said she was just getting ready to put some crabs in the steamer and would be happy to add a few more in for us. We asked for three medium-sized crabs as our appetizer and ordered a sandwich and cup of soup to share. Our server brought the crabs and gave us a lesson on the proper way to eat them. The crab meat was sweet but you really had to work hard to get it!
At 3:30 pm we left the dock proudly flying our new gold “Looper” flag and headed out into the bay. The tide was giving us a nice boost and we were able to make the passage at around 6.5 knots. Since we were moving along so nicely, we decided to pass up the free dock in Chesapeake City on the C&D Canal and continue all the way through into the Elk River where we found a terrific anchorage in Piney Creek Cove and set our anchor at 5:30 pm.