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I will second the PNW for an August trip. The San Juans and Vancouver island are great sailing areas. In August it can be warm, but not sweltering and not humid. Fly into Seattle, a big port with lots of flights. Sail out of Belingham. If you want to swim, a dry suit and PFD is best, you can't have everthing.
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
While it is true, the winds in late July early August are not real great....thats why we head to the LI Sound and NEngland every year that time.

Caleb...I wasnt tryng to say the Chessie and LI sound are the same as they have very distinctively different sailing. Tides and Currents abound in the Sound. Rock vs Mud/ Grass...and llts of reasonable priced transient slips in the Chessie vs NE or the Sound. I was comparing the quiant villages and towns and the historical nature of both and thats their somewhat similarity as cruising grounds.

We enjoy our trips to NEngland and the Sound, but love the Chessie and the extra 4 months sailing season we get here over our northern sailnet friends ( except Bene505)

Sept/ October sailing down here is the best

You are right. The only similarity the LI Sound and the Chesapeake is that they are both salt water estuaries. Beyond that their similarities start to fade. They are both very different from each other but both are 'protected' from the ocean.

Some of my best sails on the Chessy have been in Oct. or Nov. under a full moon with the spinnaker pulling along well past sundown.

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Lake Mich

Take a look at Lake Mich. Harbors every 4-6 hrs with great marinas, fresh salmon in summer. From mid to north the water can be as blue and clear as the caribbean, see 60 ft. down. I grew up in Nassau and some areas here are almost as pristine. Fresh water is nice change too.
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