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Re: Cruising middle lower Chesapeake Bay
Here are some suggestions for visiting in the area you wish to sail. I'm not sure where you're sailing from. Deltaville? Anyway, Urbanna is a great town to visit, approximately 3-4 hours up the Rappahannock from Deltaville with a nice anchorage basin and a municipal dinghy dock you can use to walk into town. The Corrotoman river off the the Rappahannock is also a nice place to anchor and, if you're on a quest for solitude, i'd recommend the western branch. Carter's Ck. and Irvington is also a nice place and a walk into town affords the opportunity to visit the Steamboat Era museum which may be of interest to your party. If you head north in the Chesapeake from the Rappahannock, you can turn westward into Fleets bay whcih has a number of picturesque creeks (Indian, Dymer, Antipoison, etc.) that make nice protected anchorages. Tucked in behind Fleets Island is what is locally known as "Pirate's Beach", a popular spot for locals where you can anchor within close proximity to the beach and dinghy ashore for sunbathing and swimming (unless the jelies are about!). Further north, you can enter the Great Wicomoco whcih affords the opportunity to visit Reedville on Cockrell Ck. The Reedville Fisherman's Museum is but a short walk into town and is very interesting. The Crazy Crab restaurant at the reedville Marina is very good and reasonable. If the Omega protein factory is "cooking" fish the day you visit, be advised that the aroma can be quite strong and you will want to be upwind.
On the southern bank of the Great Wicomico near its entrance to the bay is Mill Creek, one of our favorite anchorages because of its relatively undeveloped shoreline. I've had many a pleasant soak off the stern in Mill Ck when the jellyfish are absent.
If you chose to venture accross the Bay, Onnancock is an interesting place to visit with several good restaruants - Bizzoto's being my favorite. Then there is always Tangier island which everyone should visit at some point in their lives.
Afternoon thunder squalls are the biggest weather risk for you in August. Keep and eye on the sky and enjoy yourselves.