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Norfolk to Brielle, NJ

Great Loop Segment: Norfolk, VA to Brielle, NJ
The segment of the Great Loop from Norfolk, VA to Brielle, NJ is 510 miles from the Chesapeake Bay to the NJ ICW. 

Chesapeake Bay general cruising information: You will find generally good weather for cruising in the bay, but storms can come up fast, so keep an eye on weather to the West. Also keep in mind the conditions can be vastly different from the lower Bay to the upper Bay. Tides move up and down the Bay, which is a bit different than you found in Georgia and South Carolina. Know that if it’s low tide in Virginia, it’s going to be high tide in the middle of the Bay and low tide in the upper Bay. Most of the Bay has a sandy bottom, but you will find some muck in the upper Bay. The Chesapeake Operational Forecast System is a great source for Bay conditions.

 

The Bay is quite busy with commercial traffic and you will want to keep your eyes open for crab pots/line and fish nets/traps. The water will be brackish until you reach Annapolis and you will need to be alert to the possibilities of jelly fish during the summer months in the lower bay.

Leaving Cape May and heading North, you have two options: the New Jersey ICW or the ocean route. Generally speaking, if you draft less than 3’, you should have no problems taking the NJ ICW. If you draft over 4’, you’ll need to take the ocean route because the NJ ICW can be less than 5’ deep in spots.
On the NJ ICW, do not just follow the magenta line ~ buoys are moved as needed, depending on water conditions.


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Segment from Norfolk to New York
Washington DC
Canvas work in the Kent Narrows area
Docktails in Cape May, NJ
Cape May Information
Recommendations in South VA
Liberty Landing Marina, New York City
New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway (NJICW) update
Chesapeake Bay Operational Forecast System
Optimal conditions for offshore New Jersey
Cape May area questions
Regent Point Marina, VA 
Barnegat Bay Inlet
Ocean City Md 
Question on doing the C&D canal down to Cape May
NJ ICW - AC to Manasquan
Solomon Island Yacht Club and Harbor Hosts Doug & Susan Smith.
Inside Waterway from Cape May Heading North 
Cape May Diesel repair
Electronics Work Recommendation Norfolk VA
Non-ethanol gas in Tidewater VA and Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake this Summer
Perkin's mechanic in Annapolis area?
Marinas for short stay-overs
Looking for broker and storage location
Marine HVAC expertise
Slip for a month in the Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake this Summer – who’s in?
Urgently looking for delivery Captain from Norfolk
Harbor Hosts and mail
Memorial Day Weekend – Chesapeake Bay Edition
Rocket Launch – Wallops Island VA
A little safety on the water
Annapolis Doings
Cruise from New Orleans to Lake Michigan
Marinas for short stay-overs
Canvas work in the Kent Narrows area
Chesapeake Bay – 2018 Spring Presentation
Along the Way
Segment from Norfolk to New York
Favorite flavors and where to find them on the loop
Barnegat Bay Inlet
Cape May Shark Tournament
Caution at Reedy Island anchorage
Cape May Loopers
Great Looper support in Cape May
Cape May area questions
Optimal conditions for offshore New Jersey
New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway (NJICW) update
Cape May USCG anchorage
C&D Canal to Waterford Notes Corrections
Atlantic City NJ
C&D Canal
The Chesapeake
NJ Intracoastal
New Jersey ICW
New Jersey Coast – Attention: All Loopers in Transit
Inside run of New Jersey ICW from Atlantic City
Currents and Tides
Optimal conditions for offshore New Jersey
Chesapeake Bay Operational Forecast System
ICW to Boston
Go/No Go Criteria for Ocean Crossing from Manesquan
New Jersey Coast
Cape May Canal


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All Loopers have their own cruising style and preferences on miles to travel per day, cruising speed, number of nights per week in a marina, etc. This Norfolk, VA to Brielle, NJ Itinerary, based on a preferred distance of 50 miles per day, was developed to give you an idea of the types of places and things you will see during your Great Loop adventure.



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