Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
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Denise - I'm from the Philly area and know your cruising area well. Since moving to VA in 1987 and sailing the Northern Bay for a year and the Mid-Bay for 22 years we've settled into 3 distinct seasons.
Spring - MAr/Apr/May/June - work on boat and get decent sailing through the end of June.
Summer - July/Aug - The Bay wind machine is OFF, so mostly day sails and no anchoring out. If we stay on board, the A/C is on. Exception is Gov Cup at the beginning of Aug which is HOT when we usually finish (1400-ish)
Fall - Sept through mid-Nov. The Bay wind machine is ON. Delightful and magical.
On our last boat, we once sailed down the Rapphannock River on July 4th in 100+ heat. Not fun... then it thunderstormed and we had to stay in an un-airconditioned, steamy cabin. The heat and no wind makes spending the day motoring (HOT cabin!) a real downer so I use July and August for maintenance of the engine and teak, etc; stuff that I don't get to in the spring. I don't mind being hot during the day, but want to sleep at night.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"