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Re: Tall ships in Inner Harbor for the 200th

I wish the OpSail web site contained more info about the transit to Baltimore. I wanted to get some rough estimates of where the fleet will be, so I got out my dividers and did some plotting.

Here are my assumptions:
  • The Opsail web site says they will be sailing at 6 Kts, so I assumed a 6Kt speed of advance.
  • I am not accounting for set and drift from tides and currents.
  • I am not accounting for leeway as the boats sail.
  • I am obviously not accounting for speed variations.
  • I assume their track will be in or near the main channels, so for estimating purposes I measured along the main channels.
  • Per this web page I assume they will be near the Smith Pt. Light just off Smith Point at 2100 Tuesday.

The following is what I get using the 6 Kt SOA:

2100 Tues 12 May -- At Smith Pt Light --------------------- 76 11' 00 W 37 52' 45 N
0130 Wed 13 May -- Abreast Cedar Point ---------------- 76 18' 50 W 38 18' 55 N
0500 Wed 13 May -- Just North of Sharps Island ------ 76 24' 57 W 38 39' 10 N
0725 Wed 13 May -- Thomas Pt Shoal Light ------------ 76 25' 50 W 38 53' 50 N
0830 Wed 13 May -- US 50 Bay Bridge ------------------- 76 22' 50 W 38 59' 20 N
1000 Wed 13 May -- Abreast Bodkin Point --------------- 76 24' 15 W 39 08' 15 N
1030 Wed 13 May -- Patapsco R. Abr. Fort Howard -- 76 26' 25 W 39 10' 50 N
1100 Wed 13 May -- Abreast Sparrows Point ----------- 76 30' 00 W 39 11' 55 N
The fleet may reach Smith Point Light early or later, and the further down the list, the less accurate the estimate would be. I am assuming these times are plus or minus 90 to 120 minutes by the time they get to Fort Howard at the mouth of the Patapsco River and Sparrows point.

So I am asking for verification. Is this table in general agreement with everyone else's conclusions?


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Re: Tall ships in Inner Harbor for the 200th

Tom -- Thank you for your work. I'm thinking if I launch Wednesday morning from Sandy Point (US 50 bridge) I'll catch some of the fleet. I'm thinking the gray ships would have no trouble going all night, but some of the smaller, privately-owned sail boats might not be moving all night and try to make the entire trip during daylight on Wednesday?

Not sure if I want to take the sailboat and poke around in one area while they go by, or bring my little crab boat which can do 12 knots and try to catch them and photograph them. (And maybe catch dinner too!)

Keep the expenses low and the good times high.

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