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Topic Review (Newest First)
05-01-2010 11:28 PM
T37Chef talk about reviving old threads...
05-01-2010 05:24 PM
nics0car
Annapolis to Ocean City

Better yet, plan on visiting Lewes, DE, the first town of the first state, with a sailing and nautical enviroment including the Lewes Yacht Club with big boat sailors. We have a new PHRF Fleet and race on Wednesday Nights and occasional Saturdays with June, July and August Series.

We're also racing from Cape Henlopen to Cape May in the Cape to Cape Challenge on August 7, then the Avalon Cup is the following weekend from Avalon down to Cape May.

We've taken our 36' Catalina back and forth to Annapolis, Cambridge and Rock Hall several times. The trip is a full day from Annapolis to Chesapeake City where there is a great bar and resturant and upscale 'Bayards' to eat. Plan the tides, leave Annapolis at Slack Low to catch the Flood, it should carry you all the way to the C & D.

When you leave Chesapeake City, check Reedy Point tide and plan to hit the Delaware River at Slack Flood to catch the Ebb down river. The trip from Chesapeake City to the Delaware River is a long run (about 90 mintues) in the C&D against some current but once you hit the Delaware River, it will run up to 2 knots in your favor. We made the run in 8 hours from the C&D inlet on the Delaware River side to the Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes. We had favorable winds on our quarter at 20K. The traffic in the River can be busy, just hug the outer edges and you won't have any trouble, there are some shoals on the East side of Big Stone Canyon where the tankers lie, so what the chart. The Lewes City Dock charges $2/foot overnight and it is located right in town.

Have fun and let me know if you need more info.

Nick on Delgato
12-15-2007 12:00 PM
teshannon Chef,
Cam's right, this is an old thread and I missed it too. But since you mentioned it, Seaview has substantial bulkheads all around and looks well protected to me. Were they there when you lived in Ocean City? It also has good floating docks so the tide is not a concern to me. Agree 100% on the inlet, not the best but you can manage it just fine with a little diligence.
12-15-2007 11:38 AM
camaraderie Chef...just a note that you made a few posts today on threads that were pretty dead. No problem s long as you KNOW you are resurrecting them and feel something needs to be added. If not...check the dates of the last reply before responding.
The original poster last August was referring to Ocean City Md. ...not Jersey.
12-15-2007 10:25 AM
chef2sail I lived in Ocean City, NJ 18 years before moving here 5 years ago. Seaview Marina does not really take transients and does not know until the last minute what slips are available. It is a very un[rotected marina from every direction and subject to fierce winds and tidal changes in large storms. The inlet between Ocean City and Longport is also trecherous but navigatable, but not a great place to come in late in the afternoon with outgoing tide and onshore winds. The waves can be 15 ft in the inlet and washuing across the moving shoals, when it is only 3 feet in the ocean. Also there is no place to sail in that area but the ocean. At least with Cape May you have the Deleware Bay or the ocean. You can sail the Deleware Bay lee shore when the Ocean winds are kiccking at 20-30 knots in relative safety.

Having sailed the Jersey coast for many years I kept my boat in Toms River to sail in Barnegat Bay despite living in Ocean City. The only inkets which are not trecherous in NJ are Cape May, Atlantic City, And Manesquan. The other are fraught with issues. The worst of course being Barngat where a sailboat is subject to current in excess of 5 knots and huge waves in a confined stretch,
12-15-2007 09:40 AM
teshannon I went searching for a slip on the NJ coast for next year. I used to keep a boat at AC Marina pre casino days so went to check it out again. Very nice marina and now very pricey. My biggest problem was we were there on a Thursday afternnon and the outdoor band was setting up on the docks about 3PM. If you go there it's not going to be quiet. Cape May is real nice and both Utchs and Canyon Club would be great stops. As the last poster said, lots of good restruants within walking distance of either marina. Another alternative is where I'm going to end up next summer, Seaview Harbor Marina in Longport. Just above the other Ocean City. For any of these places I would recommend the C&D Canal route.
12-15-2007 05:28 AM
chef2sail
Cape May

I second the Cape May trip. Great restaurants....fun..quaint...shopping We go every other year and have even left our boat in Utches maina the month from July 15- August 15. There is no wind of the bay and there you are insured of a ocean breeze every day. Atlantic City is a short 45 mile day sail with a good but expensive marina..but thre are cheaper ones in that basin if you know where to look.
08-20-2007 06:16 PM
Surfesq For my money, I think Trump Marina in Atlantic City is a better destination. Same creepy crowd but at least you can gamble. Cape May is an even better destination in my opinion.
08-20-2007 05:21 PM
camaraderie I've been in & out of OC on a Delmarva circumnav bak in year 2000. We went the southern way leaving out of Salt Ponds Marina in Hampton and had a rough overnight trip when the weather piped up. The ocean was quite rough on our daylight entrance into the dogleg channel but we had no problems getting in with out 5.5 draft at the time and found a nice marina with sufficient depth in the sunset marina...Unfortunately, all of the beach side marinas could NOT accomodate our draft so the amusements were a short cab ride away but we did not let that spoil our fun! Good place to hang out for a few days...but a long way from anywhere else for a sailboat!
08-20-2007 02:08 PM
SailinJay In addition to the shallow water and the tide in Indian River Inlet, I think the bridge height would preclude anything but a very small sailboat from going under. Lewes, DE, farther up the coast from Ocean City, is a much more scenic and interesting destination.
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