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Very interesting... thanks for the detailed history.

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tete a tete?

Interesting - I was just starting to look into making the same trip myself and at the same time. I have most of May free. My wife says I can't go to Bermuda and I don't know anyone that can imitate me over the phone well enough to trick her into thinking I'm somewhere else.

I wouldn't mind springing for a beer or other appropriate beverage and picking Auspicious' brains in Annapolis in the near future. JW29 - are you game? Auspicious, would you be up to doing this?

I, too, need to get my boat in shape for this kind of trip, but here in February it seems like a doable idea.

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I would be glad to buy you both a beer if I am in the Annapolis area in the near future, which may happen if someone is selling an asymmetrical spinnaker in those parts...
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I did the leg from Cape May to Fishers Island a number of years ago in mid-May. We had reasonable weather, but it was a run with very light winds. According to my log, we motorsailed for the first 12 hours and then took the sails down and motored another 24 hours. The total distance was 206 nm, which is close to the distance from Cape May to Block Island. Our crew consisted of 3 adult males, which was a good size, especially after our wheelpilot crapped out in the Chesapeake.

Our 35' boat has a waterline length of about 28 ft. Your estimate of 50 hours for a 28' boat is realistic.

For what it's worth, this was part of our 1700 mi delivery trip from Clearwater, FL, that ended in Mystic on the 19th of May that year. We had really good weather for several weeks. We resorted to a harbor of refuge on one occasion in the Chesapeake when the winds hit the upper 30 kt range, but that was a single event and we only lost half a day. My recollection is that we had checked the weather patterns for that time of year and made the decision to go--with no regrets, obviously.
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I'm game for meeting in Annapolis if you don't mind. Let me know when scheduled please! I am planning a trip from the Chessy up to New England for Junish 2003. This year we are just planning on a Delmarva circumnavigation for starters, end of June.
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I'm always up to meet people and share information. Davis' Pub in Eastport? Let me know what areas y'all are interested in so I bring the right charts. Davis' is used to me spreading charts around. *grin* As of the moment I have only local stuff going on until late March. Then I'm heading down to the BVI and won't be back until early May.

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On my end it needs to be before the weekend of March 10. After that a refueling outage at the Nuke I work at will keep me tied up for 5 weeks straight.
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I live close by and can make it almost any evening or weekend.

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Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

The waters around block don't really warm up til well into june. I have frozen my backside Memorial Day weekend at Block in the past. Also keep in mind the last week of June is race week at block. It's very busy and kind of nuts that week.
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Re: Best months for coastal hop up East Coast

Make sure your motor is also in good shape. My experience is that you do a lot of motorsailing till 1 PM. Also early summer= fog north of Block Island

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