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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

Anchored in Sassafras River

Chesapeake City,MD. turned out to be a good place to hole-up for the Sandy event. And the people there could not be nicer and more accomidating. Offering rides to local stores,use of vehicles, even free dockage from the town !
The electric and/or water is available for a small fee, $15 for Elec. and $10 for water, A deal considering the dockage is free. And considering the time of year and the impending weather , it was a welcomed spot.
However after 5 days waiting at anchor and the dock in the cool weather it was way past time to move on in my opinion.
So , on the high tide we set out south with a forcast West wind of 10-15. Entering the C&D with the current against the west wind resulted in the usual 1'-2' chop and confused sea in the canal and it worsended to 1-3' with breaking waves , so after 5 hours of motoring into the wind (which I deplore) we turned east , hoisted the sails, turned off the diesel and sailed up the Sassafras to a very protected spot I have used in the past.
It's on the north side of the river back up in a shallow area 4-6' there is a campground near and alledgedly an historic plantation. Though I've never been able to pinpoint exactly where that is even looking on mapquest , there are no signs on the water.
So , up early , start a fire in the wood stove to take off the chill and consider what to do today as the forcast is 10-20 w/ 30 gusts from the west for the day.
I prefer to sail not motor so I may wait until tommorrow for the NE winds before continuing south
we'll see how it looks.
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

We like Turner Creek on he Sasafrass. Winds not forecast to be NE. Forecast is W then turning NW for Sat and Sunday. Forecast 10-20 with gusts to 25. Good for a reefed beam reach down the Bay. North winds appearing Monday . We maybe out tomorrow.

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long day, Sassafras to Annapolis All under sail lft 10am arrived 7pm.
What a day, Never sailed intentionaly like that before in this boat.
It was blowing pretty good.Good enough to keep us heeled all day.
Had the rail in the water a coule times, and I'e got 5' of freebord !
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

Hey Joe, you're in Annapolis now? Check out the tug of war today (Sat) at noon across Spa Creek!
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Hi, Yes anchored in spa creek (utoh- just outed myself) I just flaged down the Harbor master and got the skinny on showers/laundry/anchoring. He was very helpful, nice fella.
We're gonna move a little closer to the "action" to minimive the dinghy rowing (cartio) so that we can get all cleaned up (dirty sailors) and put on a better apearance before getting out among the masses (the first mate insists) . So, I guess it's time to re-anchor and bail the dinghy , better stretch and psych up for the rowing workout !
Maybe we'll see you at the tug of war, are you competeing ?
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Incidently, the sail down from Sassafras yesterday was wild, I've never intentionally sailed this boat that hard before, we were screaming 7-7.5mph and healing over getting the raill wet and running in the trough a while getting waves over the fordeck, even w/ 5'+ freeboard. It was a new one for us ! Very exciting. Even w/ my mproperly fitted tattered old sails. I wonder ow much difference a decent set would make on the handling and performance. Or if it wouldn't be noticable.
Anyway , here we are !
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Joe, not competing, but we'll be the ones dressed like pirates.
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Joe, not competing, but we'll be the ones dressed like pirates.
Well do you dress any other way?
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Monday, Monday.
Here we sit, 6:45am at anchor trying to decide wether to head out of the anchorage or end up hanging around until possibly next week with the bad weather expected to start tues. night or wens.
From what I can determine there are forcast north winds 10-15 and there is a small craft advisory in effect in the area we want to travel (naturaly) .
So, I could stay around do some sail repair, patch the leakx\s in the dinghy , go to the house of concern and get a coat (didn't bring one for me,Duh.) and probably a host of other maint. things.
Or, head out and get further south and hope it's not crappy. Of course it seems like a long stretch from Annapolis to Solomons and I don't see alot of bail out opportunities I'm familiar with along the way. So it's go or no go ??
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

Joe, you're right about the long stretch from Annapolis to Solomons. There are a few places to bail about 2-3 hours into the trip (Rhode River; Herring Bay) but then there's that long smooth stretch of coastline. My normal advice to anyone who's still here this late in the season is to GO every day you possibly can, because Old Man Winter is right behind you and its only going to get colder.

I'm reluctant to advise otherwise, But without a coat? Can we split the difference? You attend to that first thing this morning, then head out at least that first 2 hours, then finish to Solomons next day? Getting that head start on it would make it easier to beat the weather.
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