Tomorrow, May 14, a crew of 10 from the Naval Heritage Society will row/sail a restored 26' monomoy pulling vessel 16 miles, from Virginia Beach, VA to Cape Charles.
Why? The NHS wants to bring attention to the need for a cleaner, healthier Chesapeake Bay and inspire folks to sign up for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Clean the Bay Day on June 5th. And they want to put human muscle to the test! The volunteer crew will put historic seamanship skills and physical endurance to the challenge. They will need to overcome strong currents and shifting winds, and will navigate without GPS or other modern devices, strictly using time-tested seamanship skills and historic navigational practices. "Conquer the Chesapeake" also points out the Chesapeake Bay’s environmental issues, highlights two of Virginia’s beautiful coastal state parks, and the need to have clean shorelines and waterways.
The crew will launch at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening from First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, arriving at Kiptopeke State Park after midnight. On Saturday they will do their own pre-Clean the Bay Day shoreline litter cleanup at 7:30 a.m. then launch around 9:00 a.m. for the return trip to First Landing State Park around 3:30 in the afternoon.