Hampton to Coinjock-Day 7

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October 25th 2008
Published: October 25th 2008
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We woke at 6:30 and left the marina at 7am. The trip through Norfolk consists of a series of 16 bridges through the Chesapeake Canal, the first of which opens at 8:30am. If you don’t catch the bridges at the right times you could end up transversing this canal all day long. Also passing through Norfolk there are battleships and navy ship grounds on both sides of the channel. All the ships are closely guarded with armed men and if you don’t pick a course and stick to it, they will yell at you then ultimately blow you out of the water. Fortunately there was no yelling or blowing and we arrived at the first bridge at exactly the right time along with about 15 other boats, about 5 sailboats. Everyone was pretty much headed to the same spot- Coinjock, NC. We arrived around 3:30pm at Coinjock which is a small town with 2 marinas on the canal. It includes a restaurant/bar and ships store with all the necessities. It’s just one long seawall type dock where everybody has to stop for the night because the next leg is too far away. It’s an interesting place because you have this dumpy little restaurant and marina (and I mean dumpy in the nicest way possible) with all these multi-million dollar mega yachts docked outside. It’s actually a neat little place that gets pretty busy at night.


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