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Just signed in to Sailnet. Seems like a pretty cool place and a great way to misplace a few hours of your time without realizing it. I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay and have been sailing her waters since the mid-70's. I started out sailing like many kids do... Small 1 to 2 person dinghies.

My dad built our first one when I was recently out of diapers. My earliest memories are the smell of freshly cut pine (plywood) and fiberglass matting and resin. I "supervised" the construction of the un-stayed 8' long cat-rigged Bantey (sp?) sailboat in our garage in Orange, California (when there were still orange and avocado groves in Orange County). I remember it had a rooster on the sail.

My parents next boat was an early Coronado 15 (sail number 74). My dad was an Active-Duty Marine Corps helicopter pilot, so our sailing days became more rare after the birth of my little brother in 1970. My parents would put my older brother in type-III PFDs and wedge us into the forward part of the cockpit on either side of the mast while mom spent her time in the trapeze with her feet on deck, back arched and eyes glued on the sails as we enjoyed the waters of Alamitos Bay and Lake Isabella.

The Coronado was outgrown and left in California when we moved to Virginia in the early 70's. The Coronado 15 was replaced by a Catalina 22 a few years later. We spent many years sailing the Chesapeake as a family of FIVE in the Catalina 22 (with berthing space for five). I sailed anything I could get my hands on or in whenever I could. I raced lots of boats from FJ's to 420's to a Nacra 5.8m catamaran.

A great way to see the Bay from a different prospective: Put on your most comfortable pair of long underwear, then a drysuit. Pack a hand-held VHF, waterproof Chesapeake Bay chartbook, some safety gear and a cooler with sandwiches and water. Hop on your 19' "beach cat" (Nacra 5.8M) and head south from Baltimore. Arrive about 24 hours later at Duck Inn along with (hopefully) the rest of the nutcases that made the same trip with you. I never thought I'd have difficulty walking after a couple days on a sailboat. I was wrong.

Oops... It seems I've drifted a bit farther than I intended... That happens sometimes when I go sailing. Go out on the boat, lose track of time, come home when you start running short of fresh water or food. Depending on how you were feeling when you packed... Come home the same day? Sometimes. Come home in a couple days? Sometimes. Come home in a week (or more)? As often as possible!

It is now the best time of year to go sailing. The "bug" has bitten and become infected. It has also attacked my 15 year-old daughter. She's similarly "afflicted". Terrible disease for which there is no cure...
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Re: Chesapeake Bay NewGuy

Welcome to sailnut. There are quite a few members who are on the Chessy near you so I'm sure you will enjoy it here. Great place to sail, the southern Chesapeake.
I enjoyed sailing on the Rappahonack from Deltaville about 25 years ago on a friends 19 footer.
So what boat(s) are you thinking of getting now, or do you already own now Captain?

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