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Is the Chesapeake sailing season beginning?

I know the next couple of months will be great but, man it's getting frustrating motoring an hour out the Sassafras River every day only to find you're in one big hole! Great places to anchor but I'd rather be sailing. Is there more wind at the southern end of the Bay? I'm heading to New Jersey next year and looking forward to those sea breezes! Sorry all you Chesapeake fans.
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The spring and the fall are the best times on the Chessie...but you are a long way from the wind up the Sassafras. You'll have sea breezes in Jersey but not much to do except go back and forth. Unfortunately...sailing in Jersey ain't much fun unless you can get up by the city and those cruising grounds.
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That's one reason I like Buzzards Bay... nice and windy... a bit too windy at times...

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thought you were on the river in Philly! LOL I was on the Sassafras last year for about 3 months after we brought my boat up from Deale. Mid summer is iffy for sure but the ride out the Sassy is boring at best. I always checked the baycasts on the radio first. We went down in Mid June and that's when the wind was good but my steering broke and we lost 3 days waiting to get it fixed. I hope to going to the bay in a couple of weeks though. But i will most likely try for fairly creek. then hopefully St Michaels.
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Teshannon, Sailing in Jersey just makes you a better sailor ........ The shallow water also builds nerves of steel . My boat is in Tuckerton not far from where you plan on being. I will tell you it is a rare day when there is no wind.

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That's one reason I like Buzzards Bay... nice and windy... a bit too windy at times...

WHAT is TOO windy for you? Nothing I like better than getting a steady 25 knots on a decent sized boat, w/ the sails properly reefed and the boat sailing like she's meant to! Nothing I hate worse than being HOT and not sailing!... Yeah, sailing season on Chesapeake Bay is here!
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Tom - Sorry to hear you haven't been able to really sail your new-to-you boat! We just decided NOT to do the move from Champlain to the Long Island Sound because of the dearth of wind on the sound. Here on Champlain we regularly get 10-20 over the summer. You should head in this direction! Might be a long commute though.

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This weekend was awesome on the Bay. Saturday was 20-25 kts early and a bit less later on. Great sailing, and my little Bristol 29 took it like a champ. Lighter but still very pleasant wind the rest of the weekend. And no humidity! Generally you need a front this time of year to generate that kind of wind.
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Chris,
I've had a number of good days but they've been outnumbered by the dead ones. As Cam said I guess I'm just too far up the bay. Cam, I get your point but I guess I'd rather sail back and forth than motor back and forth. Bardo, I went out on Saturday with a nice stiff breeze and it immediately died when I hit the bay! No humidity but no wind either. I just hate missing 2 months of the season.
Living in Philly Annaplois and south is just too far a car ride for me.
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Denise,
If you stop on the Sassafras let me know, I'm at Skipjack Cove.
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