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post #1385 of Old 09-13-2016
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Re: 2016 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Solomons is a nice place to spend a day or two, but because it's a relatively small town, you quickly run out of things to do and see. Same holds true for many, small seaside communities. I doubt that the cost of slip rent is higher in Perryville, where I keep my boat, than it is in Solomons. Havre de Grace is about on par with Annapolis when it comes to slip rent, though. I've never really understood this. I'm less than a mile away and pay about half the HDG rates.

The neat thing about sailing out of Solomons is that there is usually a great afternoon wind that kicks up on a daily basis there. It's about 4 miles to the mouth of the Patuxent from Solomons Island, but because the prevailing summer wind is southwest, you can usually hoist the sails as soon as you clear the sandbar channel and make a hard left turn for the open bay.

There are some neat destinations that are not all that far from Solomons. Point Lookout State Park is just 35 miles down the bay, and there is a small, very protected anchorage in Lake Canoy, which is just a short walk to the park's beaches, or a longer walk to the US Civil War Museum that is inside the park boundaries. If you are a history buff, there is a lot of history at this location.

Another 35 miles to the south and you will find the Rappahannock River, which offers some nice anchorages and a great restaurant just downriver of White Stone Bridge near Locklie's Marina.

Point the bow southeast and head for Cape Charles, which is about 45 more miles down the bay. The town of Cape Charles has a fascinating history, there is an excellent, new city marina and a restaurant on premises. Just 6 miles to the south is where you'll find the concrete Liberty Ships sitting on the bottom that form the breakwater for the old Kiptopeke Ferry and Kiptopeke State Park. The anchorage behind the Liberty Ships is fairly well protected and the beaches of the park are fantastic.

From Cape Charles, it's a half day sail across the bay to Norfolk and it's revitalized Inner Harbor.,_Virginia .

So, I guess from my perspective, Solomons would be a great place to sail from, especially if you have some long weekends available to you.

Good luck,


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