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post #5 of Old 05-01-2012
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Re: Anybody sail out of Alexandria VA?

I grew up on motorboats in the Potomac in the '70s, but moved away in 1980. I rented one of the Flying Scots at Washington Sailing Marina a couple years ago, and hope to do so again sometime. I have a friend who has a Catalina 25 at the mouth of the Anacostia, and a standing invitation to go sailing with him. I plan to as soon as I can get time to drive 3 hours down there.

What I most remember about the Potomac is the large amount of submerged debris stuck on the bottom - wrecks, trees, stumps, pilings, etc. We never left the channel with our power boats, out of fear of destroying our prop. With a sailboat you need tacking space, so you have to leave the channel. A quick scan at the chart around the Woodrow Wilson bridge confirms that there is still a whole bunch of junk there. I'm curious to see how my friend avoids that stuff on his Catalina.

Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
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