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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

On the way up the Delaware this AM running with the current motor sailing at 7.5. Important to make the nuke plant at Salem, NJ by 2as the tide switches about then and we'd be doing maybe 4 knots. Smooth seas this AM on Delaware bay noted for its square waves in 3second intervals. This due to the very shallow nature and long fetch. The remnants of TS Issac are closing in so depending on the timing through the C&D Canal will depend where we anchor or even head the final 6 hours for home port. Maybe more prudent to arrive after dark at 10 then fight heavy rain tomorrow.

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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Ran the gauntlet of t storms and water spouts and made record time. In the 50 or so trips to/ from Cape May to Rock Creek on the Patapsco, this was the record time. 13.5 hours to cover 86 miles. Current was what helped us.

Glad to be home safe and sound with memories of a great trip and vacation.

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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Glad you enjoyed it all Chef. Maybe we'll see you next year.

I've always wanted to make a cruise to Annapolis to see friends. I suppose I haven't because the weather is so nice up here in the summer. But I have to admit that your recount of so many grueling legs makes me question whether my wife would return with me.
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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Minnie,

I understand. I have to agree, and that's why we come up there on August. Tht turns around in September and October. Not saying there isn't good sailing on the Sound in the fall, but that is primo time on the Chesapeake. Most who even take there boats out here don't do so till mid November. Days are warm and so is the water. Colors re out at all the many anchorages and quiet rivers and creeks. Power boaters leave .

While my Odessey seemed long , you really need a month in many ways. The worst part is always getting from here to there. The Jersey coast and Delaware River are arduous but the rewards once arriving on the Sound or the Chessie are worth it.

The biggest differences we found were that there are Far more places to just drop a hook on the Chesapeake and they are closer. No needs to always travel iChat distances between harbors or inlets.

People are nice both places. Great little towns both places. More Mainas on the Chesapeake. Substantially less moorings meaning that the prime anchoring locations on the Chesapeake are not restricted by hundreds of moorings not allowing travelers to anchor in protected areas like on the Sound. I understand why for the boat owners there it's a safe place to keep your boat, but sometimes makes it tough for a visitor who just wants to anchor.

I would find a way to cruise here. Maybe you and friends bring the boat own and have your wife take a plane/ train nd meet here in Baltimore. I would help yu bring your boat down. Have a captain bring your boat here in 3 days tops.

If you come in the hot humid airless August you will pass me heading north.

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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

You are right. I'm resigned to the delivery being either a "guys" trip or having her delivered. We've done that before. Have the boat moved far away and sail her home. We get to theoretically cover twice the distance and the psychology of always making progress toward home is easier on the crew. I say theoretical because, when we did this last year, we ended up spending a week exploring Penobscot Bay making no westerly progress at all. And loving it!

I think I've mentioned that I have a buddy that moved his boat up here, from Annapolis, for this past summer. He had her delivered and the crew of two made it in 48 hrs flat, non-stop offshore. Ideal passage conditions though. I know he absolutely loved coming here to sail for the summer and I'm waiting to hear whether he is really going to take his boat home. He is considering leaving her on the hard rather than paying to deliver her home and back again, but it is exactly those Fall sailing months that he is considering. Nice problem to have.
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