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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.