Fair weather November Chesapeake Bay trip: Annapolis, MD to Coan River, VA
Looking for crew to help me sail a new-to-me 1977 Pearson 28 from Annapolis, Maryland, area to Coan River, Virginia, a distance of approximately 75 nautical miles, likely during the first 2 good weather days predicted during the first three weeks of November. I anticipate the trip will take between 15 hours and 25 hours, depending on wind and current. I would prefer a Saturday-Sunday trip, but may start on a Friday or end on a Monday, or take place on 2 weekdays, depending on my schedule and the weather. Will only motor if absolutely necessary - plan to sail as much as possible, day and night, with 4 hour shifts, total of 3-4 onboard. Will delay trip until I see two day weather forecast with little or no chance of precipitation, winds of greater than 5-10 knots, and low temps above mid 40s.
Boat has wheel, bimini, VHF, anchor, PFDs, safety gear, enclosed head, berths and diesel inboard engine. Boat seems to be in good condition, will be surveyed next week to complete purchase.
I have been sailing off and on for 40 years, owned a P26 for 2 years, raced on other people's boats, primarily as bowman/foredeck crew. I circumnavigated Delmarva in the P26 in '93 and have done a lot of solo sailing. (If it were late spring or summer, I would probably sail solo and anchor overnight, but given the short days and colder weather, I would now rather complete the trip as fast as possible and as soon as possible, while still sailing.)
Must be able to steer a compass heading, trim sails, know basic rules of the road, and avoid hitting anything at night. Please let me know if you are limited to a weekend-only sailing trip, or any particular advance notice requirements.
Last edited by jameswilson29; 10-24-2011 at 03:19 PM.