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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Chef2sail gave a great list of anchorages. For Marinas, I'd say Worton Creek Marina, Rock Hall Landing (in Rock Hall Harbor) or Swan Creek Marina (just around the bend in Swan Creek). Further south Knapps Narrows (read the thread on the entrance), Hartges on the West or Shipwrights in Herring Bay. Also Summit North in the C&D - friends who got marooned there - years ago now- always spoke highly of the place.

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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

I like Still Pond and Rock Hall. At Still Pond, I have anchored outside, in the far South corner leading to Churn's Creek, and inside, near the Coast Guard station - it is a bit thin and there were some mosquitos, but very well-protected. Outside, you will be vulnerable to a strong N.W. wind, and if you do not tuck the boat in enough, waves from the shipping channel.

Rock Hall is a throw back, a cute, small town reminiscent of the Eastern shore towns from the '70s before development took over. I stayed at the Sailing Emporium while there.

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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

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Ok, forget Delaware. I'm in Harbor of Refuge right now...
You going straight up the Delaware Bay, or will you be stopping in Cape May, too?
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Tell us about the Delmarva coast portion:

1. How far out did you go?
2. Which sea buoys were you near?
3. Did you see any other boats?
4. Was there any wind for sailing?
5. Finally, did you see any unusual light displays near Wallops Island/Chincoteague?
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

As with most inlets on the east coast, it's not the depth that's a problem - it's the width of the inlet and how much water flows through them during a tidal change. When the tide is screaming out, there's often a standing wave at the mouth of the inlet that can be treacherous, even in a powerboat. Therefore, I always recommending running inlets at dead, slack tide. Great Machapongo Inlet, VA is a classic example - about 100 yards wide, 1/4-mile long, and a 8 to 10-foot standing wave during ebb tide. You don't want to be in this situation in a sailboat.

Lots of neat place to explore in Havre de Grace in the Upper Chesapeake. Great anchorage area in the Havre de Grace Basin, the trough adjacent to the VA Hospital, and some free transient piers at Perryville. Gas and diesel is available at Tidewater Marina.

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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

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Bubble...I am a bit late to your trip but hows it going?
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Light winds but I'm not complaining.
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

James- I stayed just outside the line of sea buoys.
It was very hazy at the surface. I only ever saw one distant vessel.
I had very little wind and combined motor and sail where practical.

No, to Cape May. I'm short on time and funds thanks to halyard problems during Governors Cup.
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

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For Marinas, I'd say Worton Creek Marina, Rock Hall Landing (in Rock Hall Harbor) or Swan Creek Marina (just around the bend in Swan Creek).
For a marina in Worton Creek I rather like Green Point Landing Marina. Usually we anchor out.

Concur on Rock Hall Landing. I don't remember what you draw but unless you can cross the bar at the range lights I find the extra distance around the shoal irritating. YMMV.

If you draw 6', or more than 5' in sustained North winds, I'd be careful in Swan Creek unless you've been in there before. The bottom shifts around some and the marks at the corner can be confusing.

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Hartges on the West
There are two Hartges on the West. Hartge Yacht Yard is the working yard - Hartge Yacht Harbour is the marina (although they do some work also). At that point BubbleHeadMD can throw a rock and hit his home slip so 1. he knows those places and 2. he'll just go home. *grin*
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