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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
After arriving at St. Mike’s today we took a quick swim to cool off (no nettles), then dinghied in. After lunch and a couple hours of walking around, the temp hit 97 in the shade and we realized we’d be miserable, even if we plugged into AC somewhere. Rather than prolong the misery by staying overnight, we headed back to Rock Hall at 1630. We hit the narrows at 1830 opening, which was harrowing because of a strong current under the bridge pushing me forward and sideways toward the west pillars of the bridge. It felt like we barely made it. Transiting the north channel was uneventful because we followed the breadcrumbs from our southbound passage in the morning. Others should beware that markers have been moved in addition to the #3 and 4 that were moved in the past couple years. My NOAA downloaded charts are only a couple months old, but already obsolete because markers are in different places. Follow the markers and use binoculars to verify marker numbers so you don’t skip one.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Wing Keel Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina
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