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04-29-2010 05:15 PM
PalmettoSailor I never made it to Urbanna by boat, but have visited Carter Creek and the Corrotoman on the other side of the river. Urbanna would be another pretty cool place to sail a small boat.

Edited to add that if you plan to try a few places I'd save Fishing Bay for last. Urbanna and the Rappahannock could be pretty cool, but I can't really imagine a more pleast place to sail a small boat than Fishing Bay.

Edited a second time to add that I've hard from folks comming from Richmond that the area around West Point, VA is a major speed trap.
04-29-2010 10:17 AM
ilikerust
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Originally Posted by midlifesailor View Post
Deltaville is where you'll find all the Richmond Sailing crowd. You can probably launch at Ruarks and sail in Fishing Bay/Piankatank River. Second place to check out would be Deltaville Marina which requires negotiating Jackson Creek entrace to get to the mouth of the Piankatank and, then you'd have to sail around Stove point to get into protected Fishing Bay.

You might want to contact the Folks at Fishing Bay Yacht Club to see what they recommend, though they have facilites for their membership, they can probably point you to a place to launch a small sailboat.

HTH, and Fair Winds!
Thanks - I did a little Googling yesterday and found some small ramps in the middle neck on the Rapahannock. I know of Fishnig Bay Yacht Club - our neighbors keep a 36-foot sailboat there.

I'm wondering what sailing is like on the Rappahannock, like around Urbanna?

I'm thinking that ultimately, I'll just have to head out there and give it a go, and try out several locations until I find one I like.

Thanks to all the replies - very helpful.
04-29-2010 09:44 AM
zz4gta
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I would have suggested Lake Anna, but the OP has it in the OP... and it is PWC infested...pretty good fishing there though...
Very true, weekend sailing during the summer would really suck. Although during the colder months, you'd have the lake to yourself.

edit: Fishing Bay Yacht Club is a good group.
04-28-2010 10:08 AM
PalmettoSailor
Deltaville

Deltaville is where you'll find all the Richmond Sailing crowd. You can probably launch at Ruarks and sail in Fishing Bay/Piankatank River. Second place to check out would be Deltaville Marina which requires negotiating Jackson Creek entrace to get to the mouth of the Piankatank and, then you'd have to sail around Stove point to get into protected Fishing Bay.

You might want to contact the Folks at Fishing Bay Yacht Club to see what they recommend, though they have facilites for their membership, they can probably point you to a place to launch a small sailboat.

HTH, and Fair Winds!
04-28-2010 09:48 AM
ilikerust Ah.

Well thanks very much for the intel, then!

(scratching Lake Anna off the list)...
04-28-2010 09:36 AM
sailingdog As bad as you've been told, the reality is probably worse... It was bad when I was living in VA six years ago...and had been getting worse... so I can't imagine how bad it is now.
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Yes, I have considered Lake Anna, because it's a really big lake and only about an hour away.

Unfortunately, I have been told by others who have been on it with their small sailboats that it is overrun with PWCs and powerboaters pulling kids on wakeboards and such. Very crowded, noisy and people crossing your bow and zooming by all the time.

I still think I might go check it out at least once, to see for myself - I mean, it's a very big lake, so I'm wondering how bad could it really be?

But yeah, ultimately, the Bay is my goal, so maybe I should just start looking for the nearest, best access points.
04-28-2010 09:19 AM
kd3pc anna on the weekends is horrible for sailors..
You can be at many places (public and private) on the northern neck Potomac or Rappahannock or even the bay, in a shade over 1.5 hours...

Enjoy
04-28-2010 09:13 AM
ilikerust Yes, I have considered Lake Anna, because it's a really big lake and only about an hour away.

Unfortunately, I have been told by others who have been on it with their small sailboats that it is overrun with PWCs and powerboaters pulling kids on wakeboards and such. Very crowded, noisy and people crossing your bow and zooming by all the time.

I still think I might go check it out at least once, to see for myself - I mean, it's a very big lake, so I'm wondering how bad could it really be?

But yeah, ultimately, the Bay is my goal, so maybe I should just start looking for the nearest, best access points.
04-28-2010 09:11 AM
sailingdog I would have suggested Lake Anna, but the OP has it in the OP... and it is PWC infested...pretty good fishing there though...
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It takes me over 2 hours to get to my boat on the bay. If the bay is only 1.5 hours away, I'd go there.

Another option would be Lake Anna south of fredericksburg.
04-28-2010 09:01 AM
zz4gta It takes me over 2 hours to get to my boat on the bay. If the bay is only 1.5 hours away, I'd go there.

Another option would be Lake Anna south of fredericksburg.
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