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Re: Delmarva Circumnavigation

A subject near and dear to my heart.

I've been trying to get my finances, work schedule and home affairs to align so that I can do this.

You can definitely do this in a Catalina 27, just be diligent on your maintenance and inspect all key systems thoroughly before you depart.

I've read PDQ's articles and had extensive online conversations with James.
You don't have to make an overnight passage, but if you don't stop in Chincoteague, I don't see how you can avoid one.

My opinion (remember that I haven't done this yet), is that it's preferable to sail downwind on the Atlantic leg, so that you can relax and make better speed.

March/April/May are kind of on the "shoulder" where winds could be north or south, depending on how persistent winter and spring are. By June, winds should be predominantly southerly, so I'd be thinking about doing it counter-clockwise, so that I could ride a southerly all the way up the Atlantic coast instead of bashing upwind.

Bashing upwind inside the Chesapeake isn't as big a deal, because there are so many bail-out points. This is important for family comfort.

I'd like to hear what the experts have to say about this theory.

Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168
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