Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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Avoiding the nettles
If you're on the Chesapeake in July, as everyone has said, you'll see lots of jellyfish. One way to avoid the worst of them and still enjoy a swim at anchor it to stay on the upwind side of the anchorage.
Jellyfish go where the wind and tide take them-- we've always had pretty good luck avoiding them by staying upwind. That's especially true when the wind has been blowing fairly consistently from one direction for a day or two-- which does happen in the summer. Doesn't hurt to pick a more open spot where there's room for the wind effect to really make a difference.
On a second note-- I'd be careful not to get overscheduled. You've got four days. I'd shoot for two days planned and one open day in the schedule so you've got room to adjust for weather and wind or just to mess around.
Don't kill yourselves to keep some arbitrary timetable.