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08-24-2012 02:40 PM
arf145
Re: Overnight Sails on the Bay

We sail out of Shipwright in Herring Bay and have only been to two marinas so far: St. Michaels marina in that town, and Mears Yacht Haven in Oxford. Both are nice and have showers and pools. I've stayed in Oxford twice and like it as a quiet destination. It was extremely hot out the one time in St. Mikes, so I can really only comment on how nice and cool it was inside the bar. I hope to make it to Solomon's Island in the early fall.
08-23-2012 07:31 PM
paperbird
Re: Overnight Sails on the Bay

Nick,

I'll second some of the choices. From Herring, Oxford, St Mikes, Cambridge (marina stop), Annapolis are all very easy sails. Slightly longer but worth it are Solomon's, Rock Hall and Queenstown. Not towns, but accessible by car to meet up with your friends are Rhode River (car to the small ramp next to the Smithsonian), Whitehall (Cantlers), Magothy (Deep Creek).

We also sail out Herring (HHN). Would love to meet up sometime and compare notes.

Safe sailing,
greg
08-23-2012 07:21 PM
Sea Dawg
Re: Overnight Sails on the Bay

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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
I've heard that the channel for Tangier gets mighty thin. Any intelligence to offer on this?
I "heard" it on the internet too. It would be a shame to have missed the stop in Tangier and we almost skipped. The North entrance from the bay side got to 6.5' at just one point. Best Mode draws 5' and we came in and went out at about mid tide. In fact, 21 knots and 3' seas on our careful departure. We traced the GPS line right back out on our original path. I don't know about the East Side entrance, we just came in from West side and followed the markers coming in from the North pf the island. We stayed two nights as the winds howled and I wasn't keen on bouncing the bottom.
PS: No pump outs, BYOB and keep your trash onboard. Milton Parks at Parks Marina greeted us with open arms. Stay there, it's a treasure and only $30 for a 40' boat.
08-23-2012 07:17 AM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Overnight Sails on the Bay

I've heard that the channel for Tangier gets mighty thin. Any intelligence to offer on this?
08-22-2012 06:57 PM
Sea Dawg
Re: Overnight Sails on the Bay

We just did Deltaville to Reedville, to Solomon's Island and to Tangier. I recommend Solomon's Island. We stayed at Zahnhiser's Yacht Club but plenty of anchoring available. We borrowed their bikes and got to see the sights. Then we sailed around to Calvert Cliffs to look for shark's teeth and fossils. No jellyfish and the water was beautiful.




08-22-2012 06:51 PM
PalmettoSailor
Re: Overnight Sails on the Bay

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Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
Practically due east of you is the Choptank which is a very nice place to sail. I've spent a very peaceful night anchored just inside La Trappe Creek off the Choptank. No marina in sight but beautiful.
Somewhat closer are the Rhode and West Rivers on the western shore. Some nice anchorages up the Rhode and a few marinas here and there. Town? Not so much.
Next up is the South River. Nice anchorages to be found in Harness Creek, no marinas.
If you want night life and a place to meet your land lubber friends then Annapolis would be your best bet. They charge you by the minute to tie up in 'Ego Alley' but they do have showers, on shore head and it is kind of fun to be right in the thick of it. I'd grab a transient mooring if I wanted to spend the night there. 1 overnight mooring should be < $100.
$35 for moorings suitable for boats 36+ (don't know the upper limit) and $25 for the under 35' moorings in Church Cove on Spa Creek.
08-22-2012 06:22 PM
cmp1110
Overnight Sails on the Bay

In Annapolis the moorings are only 30 bucks a night and it comes with showers laundry etc. stayed two nights in June I stayed at the front of the mooring field got s little rough one night. I think it is probably way smoother in the back on the other side of the bridge
08-22-2012 04:12 PM
Nicklaus
Re: Overnight Sails on the Bay

Thanks for all the suggestions. I've sailed over to Oxford before, nice sail, nice town - though seemed to have a mosquito problem.

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Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
I recommend Schellenberger's "Cruising the Chesapeake" for cruising destinations.

I like Annapolis, Baltimore, St. Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Chestertown, Solomon's Island, Reedville, Tangier, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Cape Charles. (Some of these are more than a day's sail away from your slip.)
I'll order a copy now on Amazon.
08-22-2012 02:34 PM
jameswilson29
Re: Overnight Sails on the Bay

I recommend Schellenberger's "Cruising the Chesapeake" for cruising destinations.

I like Annapolis, Baltimore, St. Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Chestertown, Solomon's Island, Reedville, Tangier, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Cape Charles. (Some of these are more than a day's sail away from your slip.)
08-22-2012 02:12 PM
CalebD
Re: Overnight Sails on the Bay

Practically due east of you is the Choptank which is a very nice place to sail. I've spent a very peaceful night anchored just inside La Trappe Creek off the Choptank. No marina in sight but beautiful.
Somewhat closer are the Rhode and West Rivers on the western shore. Some nice anchorages up the Rhode and a few marinas here and there. Town? Not so much.
Next up is the South River. Nice anchorages to be found in Harness Creek, no marinas.
If you want night life and a place to meet your land lubber friends then Annapolis would be your best bet. They charge you by the minute to tie up in 'Ego Alley' but they do have showers, on shore head and it is kind of fun to be right in the thick of it. I'd grab a transient mooring if I wanted to spend the night there. 1 overnight mooring should be < $100.
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