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10-27-2012 03:01 PM
rikhall
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

Only from personal experience (and there are a lot of places that I have not sailed).

I have sailed and like:

Annapolis,
Chesapeake,
Marblehead,
Newport RI

I really like Maine

but I loved sailing out of Sydney Australia.

Sorry Kiwis, I never made it to NZ. And never to the Med

Rik
10-27-2012 01:22 PM
Cruiser2B
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

Newport and Annapolis are for rich people.... I grew up in and around Newport and love the area but many rich elite sail from those places. But you have to admit many of the boats we sail and love were built in the Newport area. Oday, Bristol, cape dory, pearson and many more are built within 1/2 hour or so from Newport.

Lets not forget the west coast, San Francisco bay, PNW......look at the craiglist ads. These places have more sailboat craiglist ads by a huge amount.


For me, my sailing capital is where ever my boat is.
10-27-2012 12:59 PM
nolatom
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

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Originally Posted by Sal Paradise View Post
Thanks for the mention of Marblehead. Looks interesting. This town would be within my range and I will have to give it a look. Plus, I love Boston and could easily side trip to B Town from there not to mention proximity to Stellwagen Bank.
Sal, just take care, if you're hitchhiking your way there, not to catch a ride with anyone who practices "controlled starvation for health", 'kay? ;-)
10-26-2012 11:08 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

So I guess we'll settle the Newport-Annapolis debate next week, post H-Sandy. It will be whichever still exists.
10-20-2012 09:13 AM
Sal Paradise
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

Thanks for the mention of Marblehead. Looks interesting. This town would be within my range and I will have to give it a look. Plus, I love Boston and could easily side trip to B Town from there not to mention proximity to Stellwagen Bank.
10-20-2012 02:31 AM
YorktownSailor65
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

Wow... What a debate!

It is true that sailing in the NE is "pretty", but rather unforgiving when you make "slight" navigational errors. Even the smallest of errors results in an audible CRUNCH, CRASH, or other Batman-like sound effect echoing through your hull. If you're lucky, you only scratch the jelcoat or crack something. Quite often your "little mistake" results in a Damage Control Final Exam in very chilly water where you do your best to plug, patch and cover whatever hull damage you've managed to cause your Second Home. Even Coast Guard cutters have been known to find previously uncharted rocks and pay dearly for their mistakes (USCGC SNOHOMISH, uncharted rock, Jan, 84)

On the Chesapeake Bay, you don't often find things on the bottom that go crunch in the night. At worst, you find a well-known, well-documented, near-vertical sandbar that results in embarrassment and time spent in reflection upon your recent misfortune. You may even compound this "injury" if witnesses are present. Some spots can be as entertaining as an early-Spring Saturday morning at the boat ramp where people launch vehicles (with their boats) and forget to install drain-plugs.

The Chesapeake Bay and her tributaries have more shoreline than the entire East Coast.
Lots of places to explore and spend a weekend.

No one mentioned another "Sailing Town" that makes a claim to the Title: Kemah, Texas.
If you are looking for the place with the most boats per capita, then I doubt there is another place that can beat Kemah. When I lived near there, the year-round (permanent household) population of the town was right around 1,000. There were more than 1,000 sailboats in the marinas in and around Kemah. If you have trouble believing me, please find it on Google Earth. I didn't believe it when I first heard the claim, either. When I lived a couple miles from Kemah, I kept my boat on the trailer. I couldn't afford to keep it in the water. Of course, I lived there before the last hurricane blasted through the Texas Gulf Coast, so I'm pretty sure quite a few of Kemah's floating residents are no longer considered in the 10-year Census...
10-19-2012 05:17 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

I've not been to Marblehead and regret not stopping there on the way back from Maine last year. Wife's college roommate lives on the water there. Maybe next summer. Have to see this Yachting Capital for myself to pass judgement. And pass judgement, I will.
10-19-2012 02:50 PM
sailingfool
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

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Originally Posted by priscilla View Post
Marblehead!
Actually Marblehead aspires to the title; "Yachting Capital of the World" see Marblehead MA - Official Website - Visiting & Town History.. a distinction important enough to the locals that they make it! Marblehead also claims the titles "Birthplace of the American Navy" and " Birthplace of Marine Aviation".

A lot of stuffed shirts in the Town...(not you Priscilla!)
10-19-2012 02:10 PM
Sal Paradise
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

Newport sailing....

10-16-2012 09:57 PM
chef2sail
Re: Sailing Capital of the........

I am with you. I dont pick crabs

Remember I am a South Jersey/ Philly boy transplanted here 10 years ago when I left Ocean City, NJ/ Was spoiled by working in restaurants for 30 years and going into the walkin and getting a lb of fine jumbo lump whenever i wanted to. When I moved to Maryland 10 years ago, the insisted on the " social thing" of picking them. The only meal you can die of starvation while you are eating. Plus they have this insidious spice here called Old Bay they put on perfect delectable crab meat and even green vegetables.

Yeah there are single digit depths in areas, not really out in the Bay proper. Once there it is usually a clear shot. They can extend outwards of a mile. Usually they are shoals at the mouths of estuaries. By the way this is where the crab pot globular nebulas hang out.

I had a choice of jobs when I left Mr Trump and the casinos. Go north to Rhode Island or to the Baltimore/ Annapolis area. I chose here because who could pass up working on Caitol Hill with the House and the Senate which has been fascinating. The main reason was the winters and seasons for sailing too.

I figured I could sail much longer here, not take the vessel out of the water all winters and stiull come north in the summer when the winds died here. Had I gone to RI I couldnt really see my sailing season expanded

While you are taking your mainsails off this weekend think of me....Iwill be having two great days of sailing (68 boths days and bnice cool evenings. While you are crying in your margaharetta that night and toasting the season, my wife and I will be grilling a flat iron steak with a burgundy porcini reduction, grilled asparagus, and tex mex basmati rice with a good bottle of California Pinot Noir while either at anchor overlooking Annapolis harbor or tucked up some cove on the Cchester River with the bald eagles.

And we still have a month and a half to go.

Dave
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