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08-04-2011 09:44 AM
SVAuspicious The view of the Annapolis Harbor South Anchorage from Eastport Yacht Club is quite good, and I'm there at least once a week to help with the Opti-Tots program. This summer there have been at least three boats anchored there every day and as many as ten. I think recent enforcement of anchoring restrictions off the Naval Academy wall have increased use of the area off EYC and SSA.
08-03-2011 09:15 PM
chef2sail That anchorage near Horn point is very rarely used and has a lot of traffic around it. As Jeff said...I have not ever seen 4-5 foot waves, but I am sure after a while with many boats passing by with no speed restriction, it felt pretty bumbpy where you set your anchor.

Having raced many times on Wednesday nights in Annapolis and also having taken a mooring ball on race nights just to be in the thick of the races. My wife and I have head great fun having a bottle of wine and dinner watching others skill as they tack through the field.

Try Annaplis again its a good place, Go under the Spa Creek Bridge or go to back creek and anchor its a lot quieter than the harbor if thats what you wont or go up a couple more creeks on the Severn.

Dave
08-03-2011 07:09 PM
DRFerron
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Originally Posted by Jeff_H View Post
I don't know what you mean by the "Southern Anchorage near Horn Point",...

Jeff
On the chart there is a "South Anchorage" between the entrances to Back and Spa Creeks. It is just west of Horn Point. Perhaps that is the southern anchorage referred to?
08-03-2011 07:03 PM
CaptainForce
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................. I was in the southern anchorage near Horn Point.....................
Are you speaking of the 20 to 40 foot depth area south of marker "HP" (Horn Point) and near the mouth of Back Creek? If so, I would expect traffic with larger wakes in this space that is outside speed restricted areas. You are likely to make some better choices.
08-03-2011 06:59 PM
T37SOLARE
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Now then, if you happened to be there on a race night boats will sail very close to moored boats,
We were on a ball in the main field last Wednesday, and yes it's quite the show seeing the boats racing to get out to the start. Saw one bout sail up to & hit the SSA dock to pick up a crewman without stopping, crazy stuff....
08-03-2011 06:51 PM
deniseO30 Actually it sounds like a regular day in Annapolis Harbor! (I actually love the hustle and bustle of it all)
08-03-2011 06:41 PM
SVAuspicious Please give Annapolis another try and do call the Harbormaster on ch 17 if you there are people not honoring the no-wake zone. We can't hold government accountable if we don't tell them there is a problem.
08-03-2011 06:04 PM
Jeff_H I don't know what you mean by the "Southern Anchorage near Horn Point", but there is no limited speed zone outside of the Annapolis Harbor or outside of Back Creek. And in all my years of sailing in and around Annapolis Harbor, I cannot say that I have ever seen 4 to 5 foot wakes even in the channel. Now then, if you happened to be there on a race night boats will sail very close to moored boats, but collisions between raceboats and anchored boats are so rare that they seem to be front page news when they happen and lead to major investigations.

Jeff
08-03-2011 04:08 PM
velero midlifesailor,

I was not in the mooring field. I was in the southern anchorage near Horn Point. There were 4-5 ft wakes around my boat. My 16 ton boat was bouncing a lot. I did not call the HM office because I decide to leave the anchorage.
08-03-2011 03:29 PM
PalmettoSailor
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Did you call the Harbormaster? I had the radio on all day yesterday and don't recall hearing anything untoward. I firmly believe the Harbormaster would have responded to a call. I think there where two Harbormaster boats out yesterday.

The racers can be overenthusiastic and go too fast but I have never seen Woodwind go too fast.

4-5 ft wakes is pretty hard to believe in Annapolis Harbor.

I'm sorry you had an unpleasant visit. I'll pass your experience along to Flip.
I agree that you're unlikely to see 4-5' wakes in the lower mooring field.

I've been both on weekdays and busy weekends and never witnessed anything approaching that level of activity. Yes a few boats cut through the mooring but they've always been at resonable speeds. I did have a front row seat to a near crash between a sailboat and a powerboat due to the powerboaters obvious lack of knowledge of the rules of the road but at least he was maintaining a reasonable speed.

I've defintely never seen either Woodwind boat cut through the moorings balls. They've always gone up one fairway or the other when I was there.

There is no question the lower mooring field will be more lively than the typical Chesapeake anchorage, but I've always enjoyed my stays there and like that its among the cheapest places you can visit and have access to some facilites.
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