the Weekly Whiffle
Wayfarer news that's crossed Uncle Al's desk this week
Monday, May 12th, 2003
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Subject: Lee Hughes reaches Cape May in New Jersey: Hughes Nughes 26
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Adrienne Faherty 
To: Sue Hughes ; ...
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2003 2:08 PM
Subject: Hughes Nughes 26

Hughes Nughes 26

Hello folks,

Delawhere? Barely saw it. Ok, it's a wee tiny state but even so, I missed seeing anything of it due to wicked fog. I'm in Cape May, New Jersey now. 
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I did 3 states in one day yesterday - Maryland, Delaware and NJ - all in 3 hours. I sailed merrily up the bay on Monday after checking emails at the city dock and drawing out my last $40 from Visa. Then I sailed to a spot about 33 miles up the bay (Codjus Cove north of Worton Creek) and anchored in a nook for the night. Lovely safe sailing under grayish skies with a nifty wind that whizzed me along at 7 mph for most of it. It rained a bit that evening and some fog rolled in. Fair enough, I reckoned, because I'd had a sunny week in Anapolis. 
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But the next day when I set off to sail to Chesapeake City (pop. about 300) at the C&D canal entrance, the fog stayed around till late afternoon. I got in there by noon and wandered around the wee town. It's so tiny it doesn't have a shop 
but a bridge over the canal is 135 feet high so I walked up it and took pics of 'downtown'. I could have pushed on through the canal but didn't want to because the weather the next day was to be a southerly and that wouldn't have suited me to sail down the Delaware River and Bay. So I loafed there and looked at their canal museum and had a nice night tied up to a free dock. The fog went away, too.
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But it came back. The next day I motored the canal in heavy fog and passed into Delaware. I was planning to turn north and go to Delaware City (the original eastern terminus of the canal, but now just a grotty city surrounded by chemical plants). However, the sea was flat calm, the fog was heavy, and the wind was non-existent. As I turned out of the canal I caught the river current and hello .. I'm doing 8 mph! South. So I stuck with it and steered a compass course almost all day at never less than 6 mph. I planned to shelter in a creek if the south wind kicked up but it never really did until - at about 2.00 pm - the wind came to life and some fog burned off. By then I was 5 miles from Fortescue, so I motored there. That made about 45 miles for the day (haven't yet totted it all up) and so, if I'd done the canal the day before, I could have made Cape May in one hit. Astounding.
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Anyway, I then had an odd night at Fortescue - a wee town on the NJ shore about 22 miles north of Cape May. It started OK, with me managing to get all my provisions right at the dockside (so rare to find a shop near the water). Then I anchored in a channel near the state marina, but at about sunset, I could see I was going to beach myself and I didn't like the roaring curent from the creek there. So I hauled up my bow and stern anchors. I nearly got the stern one fouled on a log which I hauled up, too - but luckily it slipped free just before my disc did. As the current pushed me along I tried to motor to a better spot. But I got pushed into the shore - mainly because I forgot to put the centreboard down before starting this. Straight away I caught the prop and snapped the shear pin on it. Bugger. I just stayed stuck on the mud until I had 
replaced the pin. Then I pushed off with an oar and motored to the floating dock on the other side. I'm on my fourth pin of the trip so far - all but one broken by routine incompetence on my part. I tidied up and washed all the mud off (from up-anchoring with two anchors in a hurry) and decided to squat there for the night. I should mention that big thunderstorms were predicted for that night, but like the previous night, never arrived. I would have paid the dock fee and even wandered off to the dockmaster's office, but he had gone home so that was that. I left there on at 6.30 am on Thursday morning (today) in yet more fog and flat calm seas. After a couple of hours, the breeze blew but by then I was in the Cape May canal so I motored to a marina and went ashore to buy new shear pins. It's still foggy. 
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Anyway, I'm here. Cape May is lovely. It has an enormous collection of Victorian houses all in mint condition - in fact the whole town is a historic landmark. I don't like Victorian architecture but when you see this much in one place, it manages to look pretty cute. If you're the type of person who collects Kincaid paintings of cottages or if you like those china houses you can whack on your mantelpiece, then you'll like this place. I'm going to take it slowly up the ICW to Sandy Hook and NY harbour over the next week. I can do this now because I've got oddles of boodle now that the cheques have cleared in my 
account. Yarooooooo!!

Lee
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Subject: the Lee Hughes contribution to the fight against mosquitoes
----- Original Message ----- 
From: lhughes@ihug.co.nz 
To: Al Schonborn 
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 12:54 PM
Subject: FYI
 

Hi Al, try this one. Rub yourself all over with cheap whisky and then sprinkle yourself with sand. 

It doesn't stop them biting you but after a while they get drunk and throw rocks at each other. 

Lee

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Subject: more W company for Lee?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: lhughes@ihug.co.nz 
To: Al Schonborn ; William D. Harkins ; Lee Hughes ; Anastasia Hopkinson W2639 
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 1:02 PM
Subject: Hughes in the Chesapeake

Hi Bill and Al, 

Well, I'm out of the bay entirely and also through Delaware Bay as well. I'm in Cape May, NJ, and will soon slowly head up the ICW to Sandy Hook and NY. The sail up from Annapolis to just north of Worton Creek and then to the C&D canal was great fun. But then the fog came in and I hardly saw the sides of the canal as I motored thru it on Wednesday. Becasue it was a flat calm with thick fog, I just kept motoring and made Fortescue, NJ that day. Then today, I got up early and motored again in flat calm and fog 22 miles to Cape May. Not the way I'd planned to see Delaware Bay, but the weather just wouldn't cooperate and I couldn't afford to stay put in Chesapeake City at the start of the canal. I had 
to kill 3 days while I waited for a cheque to clear and sailing to Cape May was the way to do it. So now I'm here and well funded and will potter up the ICW. I'd love to meet (and sail) with any Wayfarer sailor and I check email about every 2nd day on average. If you'll be on the Jersey shore, please let me know. 

Cheers,

Lee
 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Al Schonborn 
To: lhughes@ihug.co.nz ; Anastasia ... W2639 ; William D. Harkins 
Cc: Bill Schaumburg 
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2003 9:24 AM

Hi, gang:

Speaking of New Jersey, it belatedly occurs to me that Wayfarer, Bill Schaumburg, is located there and might want to visit with Lee. I have copied him accordingly. Best wishes for great sailing to all,

Uncle Al (W3854)

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Subject: offer of New York hospitality to Lee Hughes
--- Richard C Harrington <rmharrington2@juno.com> wrote:

Olaf,

I don't know if you've been following the news on the Canadian web page (The Whiffle Web) but I thought that I would advise you that the New Zealander, Lee Hughes, who departed Florida in February in Frank Dye's Wayfarer Wanderer, is presently departing the head waters of the Chesapeake and setting course for New York Harbor.  He regularly checks in with Uncle Al with updates on his progress, and I thought that you might want to leave a message for Lee should he wish to contact you. Your recent experience cruising your Wayfarer from NY to Cape Cod might be of interest to him.

Regards---DICK
 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Olaf 
To: uncle-al@cogeco.ca 
Cc: Richard C Harrington 
Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2003 3:42 PM

Hey, if Lee needs assistance or a shower in New York City or just a brain to pick concerning the subsequent leg of his trip, my number is 917-355-6494. Note, I won't be here for the first week of June. 

Good looking out, Dick, I had no idea.  Sounds like a great trip, and I'm curious about this easily lowerable mast.  I think I would crack and get a motor for the ICW too.

Best, 

Olaf
 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Al Schonborn 
To: Lee Hughes 
Cc: Olaf 
Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2003 11:16 PM

Hi, Lee:

Hope you're getting good weather? Thought you might very well be interested in this offer. Olaf wrote a fine log of his voyage referred to by Dick H. above. I posted it in Cruise News last Oct. but had removed all the 2002 stuff in an uncharacteristic clean-up attack of my web sites. If you have a few minutes at the computer, I have re-posted this just for your edification and enjoyment at http://www.angelfire.com/on4/cruisenews/CN021021.html

Have a good time in NY!! Best regards,

Uncle Al (W3854)

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