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Annapolis to Rappahannock River; mid-point overnight stop

I am planning to move my recently purchased SC 31 from Annapolis to Rappahannock River late May to early June and I have little time for this trip. I will be setting aside 3 full days but hoping I can accomplish this in two long days with one stop. I will set aside 3 possible times to depart on the trip and I will pick the best weather related days to maximize the trip. Typically, trying to start off with a good wind and fair weather on the first day. Departing will be very early in the morning, just a dawn or before and motor out until the wind picked up and sail late in the day just before dark - 6am to 7pm. So possibly a 12 to 13 hour day. Same for the next day - so if I average a conservative +/-4.7 knots combined motoring and sailing, this would give me about 61 NM per day - which would just get me there best on my overall NM trip.

Any suggestions for a mid-range stop at the 55 NM to 60 NM mark?
Anchoring or marina.
Marina would be nice as it will give me a chance to get out, stretch my legs and relax a bit but typically marina's will add another 1 hour or 2, one way and navigating with a sailboat that I am not familiar, in the dark or close to it, probably not the wises thing to do. Depending on the Marina and approach, I may need to cut the day short and add the third day into the trip.
Anchoring would be a little more taxing after a long day.

Another thought, weather pending, is to go straight through, perhaps 10 hours and rest for 4 hours and another 10 hours, etc... It will only be two crew members and that includes me.


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You might consider a stop at Tangier Island. Its easy to get into the marina and an easy sail the next day to the Rappahannock. Where on the Rapp?
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Re: Annapolis to Rappahannock River; mid-point overnight stop

We used Ingram bay as a stop off on a two day trip from Deale to Norfolk. This won't be a halfway point for you but a good stop on a day trip once you get settled. We woke to more Dolphin feeding at breakfast time that I have ever or likely ever will see. it was two pretty easy days (120 Mi) for what that's worth. Enjoy
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Re: Annapolis to Rappahannock River; mid-point overnight stop

When I have made that trip I either ducked into the Little Choptank River, Solomon's Island, or into the Great Wicomico River. None are exactly halfway. In fact the Little Choptank is closer to Annapolis and Wicomico is a pretty short hop to the Rappahannock.

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Re: Annapolis to Rappahannock River; mid-point overnight stop

If I was going to stop at all it would be Solomons, weather depending.
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Re: Annapolis to Rappahannock River; mid-point overnight stop

North of the Potomac would only be Solomons. Southern side...Tangier or Little Wicomico River at Smith Point. There is a small marina there. If you're making real good time, you could stretch it to Ingram Bay or Reedville.

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Re: Annapolis to Rappahannock River; mid-point overnight stop

Where on the Rapp?
A few years back, we bought our boat in Rock Hall, a little further north than Annapolis. We moved it to the Yeocomico River on the VA side of the lower Potomac, which was about a 100 mile trip. We did it in one day, leaving Rock Hall at 6 am and pulling into our home marina at 7:30 that evening the last weekend in May. We started out sailing with a good wind in the morning, started motor sailing around 1 and lowered sails around 3 when the wind completely died.
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Re: Annapolis to Rappahannock River; mid-point overnight stop

I was going to say Salomons Island as well.

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Re: Annapolis to Rappahannock River; mid-point overnight stop

I am going to Yankee Point, so it is more than just inside the Rappahannock for example like Deltaville.

What I don't want to do is schedule a firm layover somewhere and have choices depending on how the first day is going. If I am running behind, I will end up pushing myself into a unfamiliar marina and approach, late into the night. So I was thinking that I would have 3 choices but nothing is coming to mind besides Salomons Island, either just before or after. I don't see too many options until I pass Look Out Point or Reedville, which does not have a good approach, off memory on the last time I reviewed this. It is looking like it is all of 120 NM.

Estimating a average of 4.7k is conservative but probably realistic. You know, expect the best but plan for the worst, way of thinking.
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Re: Annapolis to Rappahannock River; mid-point overnight stop

Looking at the map again, I'd scratch Tangier off the list. Just so you know, there really is no decent place to stop between Solomons and the Little Wicomico at Smith Point. That's a long stretch of water.
Yes, there is Jerome Creek just north of Pt. Lookout, but from what I understand, there is no marina and that creek has a lot of skinny water. You really have to keep going to Smith Pt. or Reedville

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