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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Gary, I draw 5 feet. Can I still get into those inlets if it's calm?
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Conventional wisdom is to not enter any of the inlets on the Delmarva coast, except Ocean City, Maryland in benign conditions. See Shellenger, "Cruising the Chesapeake"; MapTech Embassy Guide "Chesapeake Bay to Florida".

The folks telling you it is wonderful are transiting these inlets in multihulls and shoal draft vessels on a leisurely schedule. The entire Delmarva coast is low-lying salt marsh with flies, mud, grass and sand. The inlets are constantly changing and require local knowledge to transit safely. It might be worth a visit by car when you have the chance, but I would not attempt it in a normal draft monohull sailboat like yours (or mine). Conditions can change very quickly and a steep chop/breaking waves can develop near shore in no time. Why take an unnecessary risk?

It is only 140 n.m. from Cape Charles to Cape May. I have made the mistake of getting too close to shore a couple of times while tacking and literally had to sail perpendicular to the coast far enough to escape the tidal pull toward the marshy lee shore. Stay away from the coast!

Recently, someone was advertising an Ericson sailboat for sale, with the condition that you remove it from the inlet on Delmarva where it ran aground. It is not worth risking your boat.
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

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Recently, someone was advertising an Ericson sailboat for sale, with the condition that you remove it from the inlet on Delmarva where it ran aground. It is not worth risking your boat.
This reminds me of some good advice given to me years ago:
1. Always trust your compass, and
2. Don't get your boat into a situation you're not sure you can get out of.
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

It's going to be a long couple of days.
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No choice but to stop in OC for fuel.
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In and out. No sweat.
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Any recommendations for anchorage or marina aways up the Delaware river? I want to be in a position to catch the ebb.
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Ok, forget Delaware. I'm in Harbor of Refuge right now.

Please name some marinas and anchorages in the northern bay. I've never been that far north.
Preferably nothing in Baltimore. I don't want to go way up a river.

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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Worton Creek.
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

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Ok, forget Delaware. I'm in Harbor of Refuge right now.

Please name some marinas and anchorages in the northern bay. I've never been that far north.
Preferably nothing in Baltimore. I don't want to go way up a river.

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Dave took Worton which I like also.

After the canal in order

Bohemia River- only the southern side is deep enough for most of us...subject to rolling from shuips wakes

Sassafras- off of Betterton ( south side

Still Pond- As nice as Worton

Worton- outside is fine except in SW/ West winds
inside- well protected

Fairlee- dont bother

Rock Hall- Swan Creek- nice
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