Friday, July 16, 2010

Deltaville, VA

Yesterday we made the short little run to Deltaville. Still very humid and hazy out but the seas were smooth. It's very hot here on the Bay right now, about 95 with 95% humidity, but inside Istaboa our A/C was doing the trick. No running from outside until we must.

Deltaville is a boaty little town.  
Per Wikipedia: It is known for being a vacation spot for those looking for sailing, fishing, and other activities associated with the water. Approximately 500-800 full time residents call Deltaville home; however, the town's population swells to several thousand in the summer months.

The town developed around being a large boat building area, mostly for commercial bay watermen. However those days have passed and now the area is dotted with  marinas and farms.

Leaving the Chesapeake, which is quite large, we pass the Piankatank River, ease into the Rappahannock River , then tie up at Dozier's Regatta Point Marina which is on Sturgeon  Creek. It's a skinny little channel coming in but we have timed it perfectly on high tide. Again, this area reminds us of Pickwick and the Tennessee River area. Covered slips at the marinas and trees everywhere. (Have we mentioned our allergies are back.)
History is always around us. To arrive at Regatta Point we rounded Stingray Point. Later read how that name originated...

The tip end of Deltaville is Stingray Point, which is commonly believed to be named from the early 17th century. According to legend, Captain John Smith was stung on by a stingray there while exploring the bay. Captain Smith is said to have given orders to his men for the disposal of his body, before a cure was given to them by local Native Americans, who lived along what is now called Antipoison Creek.

Yep, that's the same Captain John Smith who, long ago,  got in to a scrape with the local Indians. He was sneakin around with Pocahontas and her dad, (Big Chief Powhatan), didn't approve.

We have crossed paths with friends here also.... Kris and Danny Fletcher onboard their Nordhavn,  "Failte". We met them up at Bay Springs Marina on the Tenn-Tom Waterway a few years ago. Nice folks.

So that's it for now. Not sure when or where next is.


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