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Did anyone else get caught in the big blow this past Saturday night 5/9? We had rafted up behind the northern tip of Gibson Island at the anchorage they call the Horse Farm. All was well through Happy Hour and the decision was made to drop a few more hooks as the wind started to build. At about 2330 the wind blew like stink and it got pretty interesting in the cove. This was the first of our Weatherman Cruises which makes what happened even more of a story. End result all was well and we all returned safely to Rock Hall.
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It snuck up on us but we were on land.

Nice to hear you made it through OK!!
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We had planned to have guests down for the weekend to anchor out Saturday evening. We decided not to go based on the weather report but I was second guessing myself all day Saturday as the weather was beautiful at home. I checked about 2000 and it looked like Deltaville and the surrounding area were about to get hammered with hail up to 1/4 inch and winds of 40 knots or more. I was glad I was not at anchor but sorta' regret not just going down for a daysail since there was plenty of time to get back to the dock and tied securely before the big blow arrived. I was expecting more of a rain all day with intermittent t-storms. Also my sailmaker called late Friday with the news they would not be able to fix the error regarding the foot of my new mainsail before Saturday. That probably means the sail is still in their loft, so if I'd gone down this weekend, I would have had to go pick it up and bend it back on before I could even go for a daysail.

On the bright side, I took care of a whole bunch of honey-do items I'd been defering, so I won't feel guilty when I do get to go down. I still have a lot of things around the house I want to get done but with these off the table I can see getting a bit ahead of the curve for the rest of the summer.
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It really was quite exciting as I look back! There were no thunderstorms it just blew in after a fantastic sail over from Swan Creek and a wonderful Happy Hour. It hit us while we were still in a six boat raft on three hooks. Two of the hooks broke loose and we went for one heck of a ride that ended with two of us going aground. No damage was done and we all sailed home on another perfect day Sunday.
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It really was quite exciting as I look back! There were no thunderstorms it just blew in after a fantastic sail over from Swan Creek and a wonderful Happy Hour. It hit us while we were still in a six boat raft on three hooks. Two of the hooks broke loose and we went for one heck of a ride that ended with two of us going aground. No damage was done and we all sailed home on another perfect day Sunday.
Glad it worked out for you, and none of the boats that went aground were damaged.

From the last look I took at the radar it appeared "ground zero" for the worst of the storms was pretty well south of you and just north of Deltaville. There was a special marine warning out for the middle part of the Bay, but I didn't pull it up to read it. I'm glad I missed the storm but sorry I missed out on sailing this weekend.
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Jomgoose,

We were going to head up to your anchor spot Horse Farm...our club calls it "Eagles Nest", After looking at the weather we opted for a little further up the Magothy at Broad Creek. Better 360 degree potection from the wind. Hot in the summer, but perfect on Saturday night. We heard it whistling thorugh the trees, but the wind at the top of the mast went up to 45 but never above 14 at deck level.

I dont sleep well with wind like that unless anchored in a hole. Next time try Broad Creek in a blow.

Tough beat back to Rock Creek on Sunday.

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Jomgoose,

We were going to head up to your anchor spot Horse Farm...our club calls it "Eagles Nest", After looking at the weather we opted for a little further up the Magothy at Broad Creek. Better 360 degree potection from the wind. Hot in the summer, but perfect on Saturday night. We heard it whistling thorugh the trees, but the wind at the top of the mast went up to 45 but never above 14 at deck level.

I dont sleep well with wind like that unless anchored in a hole. Next time try Broad Creek in a blow.

Tough beat back to Rock Creek on Sunday.

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So it was you anchored in front of our new marina If you are there next time - come up to the dock We are in a second slip on the right.

That place is a nice anchorage - I am almost poised to get off the dock and anchor right in front
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Thanks Dave

I will remember that piece of advice. This was my first raftup and I trusted the more experienced captains among us on where we were going. In hind sight I should have checked the weather again on Saturday morning instead of relying on the Friday forcast. On Friday the worst of the weather was to be to our south mostly in Virginia. After dinner we would usually break up but decided instead to drop two more hooks and stay together as we were having to much fun.

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Will do Brak. We Usually do "Eagles Nest/ Horse farm as it has more of a breeze. The last thing we needed saturday night was more of a breeze though. If you are ever in Rock Creek we are at the Maryland Yacht Club. Offer to stop by is recipricol.

Hal, we get over to Swan Creek a lot also. Which is your home base? Those CR are very easy to spot.''''**:**)

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We are in Swan Creek Marina slip B16 on the inside. We also live in Rock Hall on a farm just off Grays Inn Creek so not far from the boat. Hope we can hookup this summer. Thought about a raftup off Rock Hall Harbor for the fireworks on the 3rd of July?

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