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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
Not the Chesapeake Bay, but getting closer...
The first mate and I went out yesterday for a couple of hours on a rented Catalina 22 out of Leesylvania State Park on the Potomac river just south of Occoquan. This was our first sail of the season since taking our ASA101 course last Fall and renting a Flying Scot a couple of times afterwards.
Conditions were sunny with about 10-12 knots of wind out of the southeast. The wind died as soon as we got out of the marina, but after a while it picked up and we got a nice lean going. The Navionics app suggested we topped out about 7 knots SOG, which might be a bit generous given that the Catalina's hull speed is supposed to be 5.9. This was the fastest we had ever sailed, however, and it was a hoot. We're looking forward to getting back out on the water again soon, preferably on the Bay.