The night before, after they docked Oasis at her destination in Portsmouth, the captain and brother were confine in the boat all night due to bad weather. So this morning they started the day by cleaning the boat in and out and do groceries for the next few days.While they walked to the grocery store, they did a bit of sight seeing along the way.
A beautiful sunny day.
The captain and his brother left Norfolk at 13:00 and stop at statute mile 12, just south of the Great Bridge at 15:30. Easterly winds at 15 knots, Oasis motored all the way under sunny skies and a mere 25 degree C.
Known as the Virginia Cut, the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) follows the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal for 50 miles from Norfolk to Currituck Sounds and Coinjock, NC. It is really two canals.The first one (8.5 miles long) connecting Elizabeth River to North Landing River in Virginia is 30 miles apart from the second one (5.5 miles long) connecting the Currituk Sound to the North River in North Carolina. This project was completed in 1859 and the canal has a depth of 12 feet. In the first 12 miles of the ICW, Oasis had to go through eight bridges and one lock before she docked at a transient slip at the Atlantic Yacht Basin for the night.