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I am think of trying what chef2sail suggested while being flexible. This weekend I hope to finish putting in an automatic bulge pump which I started last weekend. I have a few other minor things I need to work on to get the boat ready. Thanks for additional info on still pond and worton. I think I need to get a cruising guide.

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Looks like my vacation plans may be squashed as hurricaine bill is heading to va,md,nj area right when I am set to beginour trip.
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If they have the track forecasted correctly it'll be a wet and windy weekend. We were planning on dropping the hook somewhere. It may end up being right in our own slip
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Could be worse - you could be headed around the Delmarva, as we are planning.

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If they have the track forecasted correctly it'll be a wet and windy weekend. We were planning on dropping the hook somewhere. It may end up being right in our own slip
We were to be off-shore Sunday and Monday. I don't think so, now, but I guess we will begin, follow the news, and hole-up as need be.

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Everybody poo poos Fairlee. I find it entertaining to sit in the cockpit with a pair of binocs and watch the shenanigans. The entrance can be tricky, but if you mind the marks it's not that hard. I would avoid Friday and Saturday night, but the rest of the week it is pleasant. Even during the weekends most of the "boy toys" leave before sunset. Breakfast Buffet at Great Oaks on Sunday morning is great.

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Fairlee is only nice on weekdays. One weekends you will either be kept up by the loud music or watching 5 35 ft power boaters raft up on a 20 lb delta during a thunderstorm warning.

I have seen enough raft ups drag in this particular anchorage due to stupidity to keep me out of there most of the summer. Wharton is close by and a far more mundance, peaceful, and safe spot.


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Just got back last night. Things did not go quite as planned. but we had a good 5 days. Spent Saturday getting the motor to started and then getting ready. Attended the marina's picnic and then start out on Sunday. Getting to worton creek took most of the day. We enjoyed a meal while anchored opposite green point marina. After dinner we had some rain but were only on the outskirts of the storm. We saw a boat flying a french flag and a family speaking french. We got up early each day by 7.

The next day we sailed on to Rock Hall. It seemed to take forever to get far enough down to get pass swan point and then back up to rock hall. We were going to anchor by sailing emporium per the cruising guide however it was really shallow and we almost got stuck. So we ended up on the sea wall. We meet older French couple that helped us get docked. We walked to west marine hoping to get a replacement antenna for our handheld radio. no dice. Got ice cream on the way back with some of the local kids coming home from their first day of school. Took a shower in public bathroom next to the pool that was closed. We saw a guy adding a new tv antenna to the top of a mast in a bunson chair on a boat named canvas back. We stayed on the sea wall even though the sign said the park closed as sunset. I got out of there by 7:30 the next morning.

Our original plans were for the next day to be annapolis but by holding a wire to the radio we were able to get an update on the weather and decided to cut thing short due to bad weather. So we did a short hop over to rock creek and anchored between the 2 marina. We got there early so we took a swim and scrubbed the water line of the boat. We watched the boats go in and out. The next day headed back to worten creek. but first anchored out off the beach north of the creek. Blew up our inflatible dinghy and went to the beach for another swim and beach combing. The wind and waves had picked up and my wife had trouble getting back in the boat from the dinghy. We stayed in green point marina. That was the first time we had to get the boat into a tight slip. What a chore?
Lastly yesterday we took forever to get back to two rivers marina on the bohemia river the wind and tide was against. The wind was probably 10+ and so we were moving as we tacked back and forth but we just were not getting anywhere so about 2 I turned the motor on and we arrived back about 6:00. So back safe and sound. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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You can cross Swan Point Bar at the range if you draw 5' or less

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Sounds like you had a great time. Next time you are in Rock Creek stop by at the Maryland Yacht Club ( one of the two marinas you were anchored between- the one with the Gas Dock. If you went a little further back it is even more protected. Tartanchef37 is a little further up Rock Creek at Great Oaks. Rock is is a great place to anchor also ( Swan Creek). Be carefull crossing the Sandbar though. We usually go around the tip of it.

Whorton is one of our favorites as it is about a 5 hour trip from rock Creek in 10 knot winds. If it is too bumby on the outside we just anchor right in the creek where you took a slip. It takes time to get to know you new boat and anchor in tight quarters. After 35 years of sailing I still find it a challenge in some places with small fairways. Just when you think you are good at it mother nature pops a gust and you look like you are playing bumper boats with pilings while everyone watches. We all have been humbled.

Glad you had a good first voyage.

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