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Re: Chesapeake charter early August?

Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
One and the same. I wasn't questioning its validity, just asking Se Dawg about his own personal experience based on his pics.

I spent summers in Deale (Mason's Beach) as a kid. I know a little about sea nettles, and had my share of stings.

Your observations are welcome, too.
We found it was kinda' "ya pay's ya' money and takes yo' chances" kind of thing in the southern bay. I never got stung, but it was pure luck and there were times I didn't swim that I would have desparatey liked to.

Once after checking all around the boat carefully, and seeing no nettles I dove to check out prop once while anchored in the West Branch of the Corrotoman well up the Rappahannock. Not 5 seconds after I climbed back up on the swim platform a huge nettle streamed right past the rudder directly where I had been under the boat. I hate to think of the mayhem if he'd come along while I was scraping the prop.

Places we've taken the chance to swim despite a risk of nettles include: Carters Creek, Corrotoman, Fleets Bay, Dividing Creek, Sandy Point and Fishing/Godfrey Bay. You just have to look around and decide if the risk of a sting is worth it. Often, you can judge based on the locals. If you see folks tubing behind a powerboat they are probably locals and the concentration of nettles is probably fairly low. If there aren't any locals around you just have to base you guess on how many you've seen around that day. If nettle nets weren't so ridiculously expensive I think they'd be standard equipement for most boats on the bay.
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Re: Chesapeake charter early August?

Originally Posted by ccriders View Post
Sea Dawg,
Thank You for posting your photos. They remind me how much I love the Chessapeake,and loved sailing there, wind, no wind, hot or cold it really doesn't matter. There are so many historic, scenic and interesting places to visit it is just perfect for a sailing destination.
Again, thank you.
I tried using the forecast website to predict how bad my Aug week would be. It was not accurate. Bright red all where I was headed. In Wicomico, we swam never saw any. In the middle of the bay on up to Solomon's we never saw any and you can see the water off the transom was clear. At Calvert's Cliffs we saw them far enough apart to watch before taking a dive. All in all they were a non-problem. Doesn't mean if I went again on the same trip at the same time I'd have the same experience. I just don't put the bright red concentration chart high on my concern list after seeing such disparity. There ARE some times at most places the conditions will bring them in mass. Whatever choice you make, lots of luck and may the conditions all be favorable!
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