Traveling the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Kent Narrows, MD to Norfolk, VA

imageThe Captain and I are on an exciting adventure, traveling down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).  We left on Monday, September 28th from Kent Narrows, Maryland, navigating through the Miles River and Eastern Bay to the Chesapeake Bay.  The ride was really nice until we passed the Rappahannock River, and then the winds shifted to the southeast at 10 to 15 mph, (which meant the wind was right at the nose of the boat) and it was a rough trip for the last 2 1/2 hours.

_DSC2602LRSmith Point Lighthouse (Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Potomac River)

Navigating the inlet in Norfolk was really rough.  The tide was coming out of the inlet, and the wind was pushing the water into the inlet.  The current was really strong and there were 8 to 10 foot swells.  Because we were so close to the ocean, the swells are greater because the water is rushing out to sea, and the wind is trying to push the water back in.

_DSC2607LRThe Captain explained that it is important to turn into the waves to minimize impact to the boat.  And do not hit a wave at an angle or you risk capsizing the boat.

IMG_1729LRWe docked around 6:00 p.m. at Waterside Marina in Norfolk, on the Elizabeth River, very close to Mile Marker Zero on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  The marina had floating docks (always a nice feature), and dockage was only $54 for the night.

IMG_1726LRThe marina is within walking distance to downtown.  There is a facility at the marina called Waterside that used to house restaurants and shops; however, it is now closed and undergoing a $30 million renovation which will still include shops, restaurants; however, a live performance stage is being added, and the facility is even getting a new name, Waterside District.  The project is due to be completed in the spring of 2017.

IMG_1724LROn our way to dinner at Norfolk Tap Room, we saw the sailboat races in the Elizabeth River.  The Norfolk Tap Room, (101 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510, Telephone:  (757) 961-0896) is within walking distance of the marina.  The restaurant serves pub style food in a relaxed atmosphere.  I ordered fish and chips, which were cooked perfectly, tender on the inside and crisp on the outside.  The Captain sampled the meatloaf and mashed potatoes, which he said was very good comfort food.

The icing on the cake, for me at least, is that Mondays are trivia night at the Tap Room.  We played three out of six rounds, and had a great time.  Two things I will never forget:  The name of the movie City Slickers, and that Holly came from Miami, FLA (from the song Walk on the Wild Side, by Lou Reed).
IMG_1732LRBack at the boat, we talked to our neighbor, a woman on a 39′ sailboat that she sailed by herself from Kent Island to Norfolk.  I was really impressed.  She is from Rhode Island and her and her husband took to the boat from Rhode Island to Kent Island and then the husband had to leave for an overseas business trip out of Baltimore.

The really nice thing about this trip, is there is no hurry to be anywhere.

Relax and take things one day at at time.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Great story! Loved the details, photos, and linked information about places you are traveling and where you’ve eaten. Great job 🙂 can’t wait for the next installment of your adventure! Photos are all a wonderful addition – love them being sprinkled through the article! Say hi to the Captain!!

    1. Thanks, Karen for your kind comments 🙂 Much appreciated.

  2. I love hearing of your adventures. My boyfriend and I bought a $100 sailboat. It is now seaworthy. We dream of taking the same route you and John are on. I must say your boat looked a lot more comfy! Enjoy!

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