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07-17-2008 03:00 AM
craigtoo chef2

Would Love to see some pics!

Sounds like a fun trip!

craig
07-16-2008 09:44 PM
chef2sail We are back from our trip to NYC.Trip to Cape May was uneventfull. Up the coast of NJ first to Atlantic City (my old stomping ground), Manesquan Inlet ( will never do again as there is absolutely no place to comfortably anchor) to seeing the majestic Statue of Liberty as we rounded the corned of Coney Island coming in from Sandy Hook at 9+ knots (15 knott wind + 2 knot current) Seeing the Lady come into view as the immigrints must have sans the Verrizanno Narrows Bridge was inspiring. Liberty Landing Marina was perfect just next to Ellis Island. At night there was a band with the lit Manhattan Skyline behind it.

We stayed an extra day as the winds were on the bow at 30 knots and took the $7 water taxi ride to the financial district in Manhattan and spent the day. You have to ask Donna how we looked lugging a watermelon through NYC for 5 hours in new luggage we bought on Canal Street. (We ate 4 whole watermelons on our trip)

Our trip back south we had a broad reach fromt he Statue to the Atlantic at 20 knotss then another one down the coast. HIt Manesquan at 11:30 AM after leaving NYC at 7 AM and kept going. Went in Barnegat (very calm for the trecherous inlet it is) and had an amazing anchorage behind the lighthouse with 15 other sailboats. Pictureesque. Short 25 miles to Atlantic City the next day. The day after 20 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean then screaming in at 8+ knotts to Cape May with many many dolfins crisscrossing in front and swimming with us.

Dinner at the Ebbit Room (Virginia Hotel) and the next night at 410 Bank St in Cape May fattened us up for un unforgettable 40 mph+ squall line in the middle of Delaware Bay with square waves of 6-8 ft blown up in 20 minutes. Under iron genny we could only manage 1 knott headway for almost 2 hours.

Made it through the canal and anchored at sunset in outer part the Bohemia River entrance on the south side in front of a beautiful farm and a picture perfect evening and ending night to our trip. 5 Hours to the Maryland Yacht Club on Tuesday. This was a great trip for Donna for her first ocean cruising experience and would recommend the itinerary for anyone with 10-12 days and even kids.

Chef...I have a geat system for rigging the dinghy so it never swings and never makes a noise. Come over and check it out at your leisure. Davits work great.

Davee
07-09-2008 01:58 AM
craigtoo Hi Judy!

Nice Post! Welcome!

Glad you enjoyed your time on the water... and that the T-Storm didn't damper your enthusiasm!

craig
07-08-2008 09:27 PM
Gadagirl Thanks for the welcome. Yes, it was amazing, beautiful, and wonderful for me. The things that make life's journey a heaven.
07-08-2008 09:15 PM
teshannon Welcome to Sailnet Judy, sounds like you had a great trip.
07-08-2008 07:38 PM
Gadagirl
Chesapeake 4th of July

Hello all. I’m here to share news about my weekend sailing on the Chesapeake. Through serendipity I have been lucky enough to hook up with a group of fantastic sailing enthusiasts based out of Deale, MD. We took off out of Selby Bay Friday afternoon and headed for Annapolis for the fire work show. We hit a Thunderstorm en-route. While no one would really describe a situation like that enjoyable, we made it through just fine and I was happy to get an experience like that under my belt. After the fire works there was no wind so we had to motor to the anchorage where we’d spend the night. Again, I was happy to be on the water at night, learning how to read the charts and markers. Even though it was raining the next morning I found my location to be just perfect. Just me alone in the cockpit (I always seem to be the first to wake), enjoying the scenery and watching the birds. The skies cleared, we swam, we relaxed, we enjoyed interesting conversations, and great food. During our night swim we were lucky to have bioluminescent plankton create a little magic show for us. Anchors up after breakfast, and then we headed south toward Deale. Very light wind and had to motor about half way. Finally a little breeze allowed us a nice leisurely sail back. The weekend was pure remedy for me. I shared it with good friends and new friends. I didn’t have to step foot on land for 2 ˝ days, and I even misplaced the flip flops! So hard to step foot on land and have to wear shoes again! I’m thrilled to be finally taking those steps toward my dream………..Now when to sell the house, buy the boat, anchors up………..What a vicious little bug bite
I posted this in two forums where I lurk. I’d just like to share.
Cheers, Judy
07-05-2008 08:36 PM
T37Chef
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Hey Shawn,....where did you finally stay in Solomons,,,one of my favorite places.
The first night we anchored in Mill Creek, the next morning we opted to take a slip at Spring Cove Marina. Let me say that if one is ever looking for a great place to stay in Solomons I couldn't say enough good things about Spring Cove!!!!! (Thanks SailorMitch for the tip!)

How are the kids liking the trip?
They are loving it! and so are we! Real troopers, after the first two days we all really fell in the groove and are sad to be home but cant wait for the next trip. Weather wise our most challenging moments were in the Potomac, blowing 20+ with step short waves and confused seas...felt a bit like I was in a washing machine. Life jackets & harnesses for all! Once we rounded Point Lookout and headed North the ride was much more pleasant for the kids (and us)

Chef you must look at how we figured out to secure the dingy to keep it from moving or making a noise.
I'll have to stop by when you return, I experimented with some different things on this trip, still haven't found the perfect solution yet.

When Donna and I installed them there was a lot of 4 letter words though as getting the backing plates on was a two hour pain in the ass.
I told you it would be, I even made up some new words when installing mine LOL

Dave...and Fairwinds & Following seas on you trip to NYC
07-05-2008 08:21 PM
T37Chef
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Originally Posted by zz4gta View Post
T37Chef, I'll be anchoring out on the St. Mary's river on thursday night if you're still around by then. Plan to do a lot of sailing, and catch the fireworks and a raft-up with the folks from Fishing Bay Yacht Club. Most are heading up to the college on Friday morning.+

Edit: Anyone else in the area is welcome to join.
ZZ,

Sorry we missed you. We left Horseshoe Bend at dawn on Thursday, 5:30 AM to be exact . The Potomac can get pretty squirrelly with the right wind, current, and tides uh!!!!! We ended up staying an extra day in St Mary's city to explore the town so we missed Tangier but made it to St. Michaels with a great sail up the bay and Eastern Bay...97 miles or something?

Maybe next time
07-02-2008 01:29 AM
chef2sail Hey Shawn,....where did you finally stay in Solomons,,,one of my favorite places. How are the kids liking the trip?

Craig and those beauty white sails...we'd be no match racing you (sic). We have a slug. You know we sail a tugboat

With a new wind instrument and newly wired mast ( old wiring was original and beleive it or not it was lampcord...what were they thinking...so strange considering the other way they looked at added equipment when they built C&C's). My wife and I installed new Garhauer davits like Chefs and bought a new Walker Bay 9 ft airfloor with a 4 hp Tahatsu with and external and internal tank. We surely love our new davit system. The 6:1 purchase makes it a breeze. Chef you must look at how we figured out to secure the dingy to keep it from moving or making a noise. When Donna and I installed them there was a lot of 4 letter words though as getting the backing plates on was a two hour pain in the ass. She really likes the new dinghy ride though as it planes so easily ( and not just because of my fat bottom in the rear.

We are heading for New York City and the Statue of Liberty starting the 4th of July. We are leaving early in the AM on the 4th and that night we will be anchored behind Reeedy Island on the Delaware River. The next day the long motor to Cape May. Then Atlantic City where I worked for 18 years, Manesquan Inlet, then Liberty landing Marina at the Statue of Liberty
Then we turn around and reverse course spending 3 days in Atlantic City and Ocean City , NJ and 3 days in Cape May. It will be Donnas first real ocean experience except for a small run last year from Cape May to Atlantic City, so I want to build her up to a bigger run by doing 40-50 mile legs. Training for her for bigger ocean trips like next year possibly Cape May to Block Island straight through. First she has to see how easy the Atlantic is without those damn powerboatwakes and shoals,

Hope everyone has a great fourth. Our club follows the fireworks around the bay from the third,,,right acoss from us on Rock Creek to the Fourth at Ft Mchenry or Rock Hall to the Fifth on the Chester .

Dave
07-01-2008 11:15 PM
craigtoo
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Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
Cool.
Dr's appt this afternoon, but I might get out and about later. Weather is fabulous. I'll holler on 68 if I do.
987 on the sails.

I'll be on the Wed. night race this week. Dad's boat.

btw! Save one of those YCCSC burgees for me!

craig
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