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06-07-2011 10:14 PM
willyd Willis -

Thanks for your encouraging posts. I hope to make it down there some day as well, just not this year. I ended up doing a second, 8-day, trip with the "dude" that posted on this forum about three weeks ago. He had no sailing experience but learned everything quickly and was up for the adventure. Since he didn't have any navigation or other sailing experience, we did all daytime sails, hitting the Rhode river, then three days in the Chester, up the bay to the Sassafras, where we took advantage of the free municipal dock at Betterton, then took two days to get back down to the Severn, anchoring at Still Pond and then at the mouth of the Magothy along the way. We had beautiful weather the entire time and saw very few other boats except around Annapolis and a few others motoring here and there.

We had an interesting mishap in the middle of the bay off the mouth of the Patapsco- we were zipping along and then slowed rather unexpectedly while my 1st mate was at the helm, then suddenly lurched forward and a crab pot popped out behind us - the next thing we knew the outboard was just hanging by one screw on its bracket and the rudder, which is stern-hung, was completely out of the gudgeons. Luckily my 1st mate held on tight to it. I grabbed the outboard and plunked it down in the cockpit, then took down the sails, since it was windy and there were a lot of waves. We tried to wrestle the rudder back on with no success, since it tried to steer itself up and away from the stern, but then we were able to get it back in the gudgeons when we pulled it to leeward, where there was no movement of water along the hull, unlike the windward side. The crab pot float must have snagged both the outboard and the rudder, and we were really lucky to get the rudder back on.

- Will
06-01-2011 12:06 AM
Willis Willy,

Sounds like a great trip. Sorry you didn't make it down to the James. Maybe you could post some pics? I just started reading a book called "Shipwrecks on the Chesapeake" by Donald G. Shomette. I think you would enjoy it. The sections on the Revolution and Civil War spend a lot of time on the James, York, Rappahannock, and Potomac rivers. It is really amazing to learn the history of all these places that we take for granted when out for a sail. I found it used on Amazon, but you may be able to find it in your local library. Hopefully you will make it down to the lower Bay one of these days.
05-15-2011 08:59 AM
willyd
James river - not quite

I just got back from the trip, which I ended up doing solo after the last guy to commit flaked out on me. Never called and didn't respond to PM even though he was active on the forum.

I wasn't able to make the distance I could have if I could sail all night and had better winds, so ended up sailing to Annapolis, the Little Choptank, Tilghman Island (Harris Creek), Oxford and back to the Severn, four and a half days, four nights, 120 or so miles with my trusty porta potty and no motor.
05-06-2011 09:22 AM
BubbleheadMd
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Looks like I'm crewless again. The last guy to say he really wanted to go has also been abducted by aliens, apparently.

I was going to buy more fig bars from the dollar store, but I opened a locker and found that the ones from last year look unchanged, so I can check that off the list.
Patience, cap'n. All will be well. I've noticed it's still a bit chilly in the mornings. Do you have a heater of any kind?
05-06-2011 09:16 AM
willyd Looks like I'm crewless again. The last guy to say he really wanted to go has also been abducted by aliens, apparently.

I was going to buy more fig bars from the dollar store, but I opened a locker and found that the ones from last year look unchanged, so I can check that off the list.
04-19-2011 06:39 PM
willyd
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Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
@willyd - I don't have a dog in this fight as I deliver boats on routes where you plan is the first day. I can sail my own boat if I want to cruise. Not puffing up, just sayin' so you know I am not trying to push anything on you.

If you care to catch up at Davis' Pub some day I can share my perspective on both moving and cruising boats on Chesapeake Bay.

Regardless, have a great trip.
Sure, I'd be happy to meet you at the pub. Just let me know when.

- Will
04-19-2011 03:40 PM
rockDAWG
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Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
@willyd - I don't have a dog in this fight as I deliver boats on routes where you plan is the first day. I can sail my own boat if I want to cruise. Not puffing up, just sayin' so you know I am not trying to push anything on you.

If you care to catch up at Davis' Pub some day I can share my perspective on both moving and cruising boats on Chesapeake Bay.

Regardless, have a great trip.
When Dave speaks, I listen.

Damn , there are so many good captains here. Hope I will be one one day, but time is running out for me.
04-19-2011 03:31 PM
rockDAWG Thanks Willy,

I would love to sail to Norfolk with you. I love nite sailing.

Last year I sailed from Annapolis to St Mary River round trip non-stop for 30 hrs with 4 to 6 sea for 6 hr at around mid-nite. At 6:30 am, I lost steering just off Cove Point and at 5 pm I was back at home port unharmed and happy.

If you don't like chart plotter, I would not turn it on, but I will bring it with me just in case. I am equally good at reading the paper chart, effectively doing DR even at nite (with my Steiner compass binocular).

I am looking for sail time and not much of getting away from daily routine. We will be at Annapolis Landing Marina this Sat. We can swing by and stop to meet you if you like.

I am heading out my office but will PM tonite to connect. Thanks.
04-19-2011 02:01 PM
SVAuspicious @willyd - I don't have a dog in this fight as I deliver boats on routes where you plan is the first day. I can sail my own boat if I want to cruise. Not puffing up, just sayin' so you know I am not trying to push anything on you.

If you care to catch up at Davis' Pub some day I can share my perspective on both moving and cruising boats on Chesapeake Bay.

Regardless, have a great trip.
04-19-2011 11:34 AM
BubbleheadMd No, I didn't have a dog with me. I was wearing a black, leather motorcycle jacket. There was a tall, dark haired woman with me, burning my ear off. You may have seen us.
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