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Hi everyone! My wife and I are planning to bring our new to us boat home the first week in June (or second week pending weather). The boat is an '83 Lippincott 30. We'll be leaving Rock Hall, MD headed for the Rappahannock River and our marina, Regent Point. Due to our jobs, we mostly daysail, however we took our last boat (Hunter 28.5) on lots of overnight trips around the Rappahannock River area. We both have several years of sailing experience but, this will be our first big trip down the Chesapeake Bay. The plan is thus:

Day 1 - Rock Hall, MD to Annapolis Harbor - pick up a mooring ball

Day 2 - Annapolis to Deale, MD - Stay at Herrington Harbor

Day 3 - Deale, MD to Solomons, MD - Stay in Spring Cove Marina

Day 4 - Solomons, MD to Great Wicomico River - Anchor (looking for suggestions and alternatives here)

Day 5 - Great Wicomico River to the Rappahannock and home.

We have a full week to make the trip, so we can afford to stay longer in a few spots by a day if the weather turns foul. Additionally, we've selected large Marinas with boat yards in case something goes wrong. Lastly, if we must, we can always leave the boat at one of the Marinas and return in a few weeks to complete the trip.

Anyone see any problems with this plan? What are some areas along the way to look out for? Anything we shouldn't miss? I guess I'm just looking for general trip feedback
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Re: Bringing her home

Nice trip planned, All I can say is give yourself extra time. I just dont think the words planning, sailboat, weather and cruising should be used in the same plan. Last year we planned a 2 week cruise to Annapolis from Norfolk, Va. We got held up in Cape Charles for 3 days because of unforcasted foul weather. We only made it as far as Deltaville, Jackson Creek, because of family emergency and had to turn around after 4th day. I wish you better luck than we had. We still had a great time and will be trying it again this year.

On our journey home, Oriental to Norfolk, with our new to us Alberg 30 we planned on 6 days(wanted to average 40miles a day), it took 8, again because of having to wait out unforcasted bad weather. Great trip and would do it again, we also were on a time table that had to broken. Ended up dropping the wife off at the locks by Battlefield on the ICW so she could make it to work...

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Re: Bringing her home

Looks like a nice, relaxed trip (we just did it northbound as an overnighter). For your Day 4, consider either Deltaville (if you want either a marina or a town) or Mill Creek off the Great Wicomico (lovely sheltered anchorage, trees and a few private homes). And take Cruiser2B's advice and plan extra time for weather, mechanical problems or just to explore/enjoy your surroundings.
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Re: Bringing her home

As I mentioned in your other post, this trip could be made in 2 days, weather permitting. However, if you want to stop and smell the roses and just take your time and visit other marinas, this is a nice plan.
Your first 2 hops, Rock Hall to Annapolis and Annapolis to Deale are both pretty short, maybe 15 miles or so. Deale to Solomons is longer and Solomons to Great Wicomico is by far your longest leg.
Once you leave Solomons you don't have a lot of choices if the weather turns nasty. Further south is St. Jerome's creek that I understand, has a lot of skinny water so you may not want to try that out. Going south, you either have to make the turn at Pt. Lookout and head up the Potomac to Smith Creek and into Pt. Lookout marina or continue south across the Potomac and duck into the Little Wicomico at Smith Point.
There a a couple marinas in the Great Wicomico or you could tie up in Reedville at the Crazy Crab restaurant and maybe for the price of dinner, the owner might let you spend the night there.
Your last leg to Regent Point won't be near as long.
Have a good trip. We had a wonderful day running from Rock Hall to the Potomac.
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