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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Another great weekend.

Hope the lack of posts on here this season means that everyone is too busy sailing and not too busy to sail.

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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

That's usually what happens.

I spent the entire Saturday doing yardwork and thoroughly cleaning my house.
On Sunday, I took my girlfriend and her father out for a sail. The breeze was very light, and it took us quite a while to drift/sail to Bloody Point Light and back.
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Last weekend we finally delivered the new boat from Rock Hall to Baltimore. Motored about 2/3 of the way with the only appreciable wind being from the mouth of the Patapsco into the outer harbor off Ft. McHenry. Had a fun sail once the wind picked up in the mid afternoon though. All in all it was an uneventful trip except that when I tried to engage the autopilot the boat would make a hard turn to port. Later I figured out that the rudder angle sensor's calibration had gotten completely out of whack and it was an easy fix to reset it. We hope to do some daysailing today and then next weekend to be back to some weekend overnighting on the hook.
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Glad to hear your shakedown was uneventfull and your back on the water.

We sailed down to the Magothy looked into Eagles nest and promptly went exit stage left into Cornfield Creek. Nice quiet anchorage temp down to 45 meant great sleeping weather.

Lokks like a nice tack back home today with 10-15 already from the Nw.

After our lox bagels and Kona coffee of course.
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

I just got back last night from a 2-week sail, basically from the Severn river, MD to Hopewell, VA, and back: route here. I left May 5th from Annapolis, got to Hampton May 9th, sailed up and down the James for four days, and then zigzagged back up the Chesapeake.

After several aborted attempts, it was good to finally be able to establish that Hampton Roads does indeed exist. And the trip up the James was really cool - even though it involved a lot of motoring and timing to catch the flood or ebb tide. While on the river, I saw almost no signs of civilization and no sailboats except the replicas at Jamestown. The river itself was eerie at times, with lots of strange human-size creatures heaving themselves out of the water - I think they might have been sturgeon - as well as myriad other things splashing, smacking, hooting, cawing, etc. I thought the James would be too shallow, but it wasn't hard to navigate at all, with only an occasional barge to avoid. At one bend in the river you're in 95 foot water an arm's reach from shore. Presquile was too shallow to go all the way around, so I turned back from there.

After arriving back in Hampton, I spent a (second) night at the Hampton Public pier, and then sailed across to the anchorage off of Kiptopeke State Park, which I'd always thought would be cool to visit. Wrong! It says in the guidebook that the place is named after an Indian chief whose name means "big water." I think they got the translation wrong; the name means "friends don't let friends anchor here" or "tell paleface this'm good place to anchor." The anchorage there has a good two knots of current going back and forth, that will push you into the fish traps that enclose both ends of the area bounded by the ships and the beach. When I pulled in, an unpredicted wind started blowing strongly out of the east (directly from shore), which meant I could be blown back into the line of ships or have the current pull me to one side or the other. I had a hard time setting my anchor, had to relocate after the tide shift, and in the morning my anchor line was wrapped three times around a crab trap. Even if it had been calm, there would have been the lights from the fishing pier to enjoy all night. I got lucky because they were obscured by fog.

I made my way across they bay the next day, despite all the fog, then holed up in the East river off of Mobjack bay for two days because of the strong wind followed by rain. The East river is really pretty.

I was surprised at how rough the water south of the Potomac gets. We got caught bashing through waves going both ways passing Wolf Trap shallows, then some even heavier stuff trying to make the mouth of the Potomac. I ended up only just making it across in a day from Dividing Creek, and anchored in Cornfield Harbor, which I would not recommend, since it serves as a vortex for every wake from the bay or the Potomac to end up. From there I started running out of wind - made it to Solomon's, then, after a morning of good sailing yesterday, ended up motoring most of the way back to the Severn.

Lessons learned: 1. bring spare spark plugs that fit the outboard you're actually using 2. bagels can keep for two weeks without spoiling 3. kerosene cooks well but stinks 4. just because you've got long sleeves on doesn't mean your nose and other parts aren't getting sunburned 5. it pays to have all the relevant tidal stuff worked out 6. the place to practice reefing is at the dock - it turns out the slab reefing hardware on my boom doesn't fit the mainsail I used, so I ended up using the roller boom furler instead 7. don't anchor next to someone flying two large American flags playing loud country music 8. stay the hell away from Kiptopeke State Park and those damned Liberty Ships 9. getting greeted by dolphins as you reach Hampton Roads is really cool, as was getting a box of candy from the family-run auto parts store just for gracing their establishment with my presence
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Brought 4arch's former Spindrift, now Shady Lady from the Chester River to her new home on a mooring on the West River on Sunday. I was lucky to have my Dad with me and we had a great sail down the Chester River and then back up. We were able to go on all points of sail and even through a reef in for a bit when going upwind. Went from an overpowered 5-6.5 kits to and under control steady 6. The wind slacked off once we got on the Bay so motor sailed most of the way down the Bay to the West River where there was just enough breeze to get us most of the way in before having to turn engine back on.
Plan to head to St. Michaels this weekend with my wife and 2.5 year old daughter (and our dog). Will be the first overnight on a boat for my little one, so wish me luck!
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Headed out this weekend leaving Saturday morning, destination unknown...going to enjoy our first few overnights on the boat this season...seems like such a late start. Boat is running great and after an hour of diagnosis today found what was wrong with my link 2000. A new bimini is almost finish if wifey can get it finish Friday we'll have some shade as well

The week of June 9th I'm doing a guys cruise then July we're planning a trip north to marthas vineyard I hope...If not we'll go south on the bay.

This should be a good season for us ...All the best to everyone else. Cheers
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

Willy,

I always enjoy your trip reports. James has recommended Cape Charles and Kiptopeke beach to me, as a place to anchor for the night before sailing out into the Atlantic. It looks really exposed to me, and your comments are making me rethink staying there.
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Brought 4arch's former Spindrift, now Shady Lady from the Chester River to her new home on a mooring on the West River on Sunday. I was lucky to have my Dad with me and we had a great sail down the Chester River and then back up. We were able to go on all points of sail and even through a reef in for a bit when going upwind. Went from an overpowered 5-6.5 kits to and under control steady 6. The wind slacked off once we got on the Bay so motor sailed most of the way down the Bay to the West River where there was just enough breeze to get us most of the way in before having to turn engine back on.
Plan to head to St. Michaels this weekend with my wife and 2.5 year old daughter (and our dog). Will be the first overnight on a boat for my little one, so wish me luck!
I'm over in the Rhode River. I'll keep an eye out for you.

I'm doing the Miles River Race this weekend, so we're sort of headed in the same direction.
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Headed out this weekend leaving Saturday morning, destination unknown...going to enjoy our first few overnights on the boat this season...
We are headed out Saturday too, for our week's sail. We have a raft up in Rhode River Saturday, then head down to Solomon's. Still figuring out the rest.
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