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We anchored all the way in the rear of Swan Creek in an area must sailboats don't dare go. The creek is a gradually sloooping depth so if you tread carefully and figure out low tide it's ok.
A couple of years ago I took the dinghy and a weighted line and took soundings of Swan Creek from where we were anchored to the top of the main part of the creek. I have GPS coordinates of all my soundings but never got a chance to plot them. But if I remember correctly, depth in the dead center of the creek is good enough for Spindrift up to the small community marina about 2/3 up on the west side. Beyond this, it does gradually slope off down into the 5 and 4 foot range. Also found that in a situation where a dead center anchoring spot isn't available, the depth is generally more favorable toward the western shore (not to mention, the eastern side has more duck blinds).
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We got the girls out for an overnight sail this weekend. Saturday morning we took a long tack out in the bay an the back into the river. Had a nice sail up to the Key Bridge where the wind went on the nose. We decided to take a slip at Henderson's Wharf in Fells Point (we haven't anchored at all this season as the girls get too antsy being cooped up on the boat too long and we don't currently have a working dinghy engine - hope to remedy that for next season). Henderson's staff was friendly enough but we didn't find the configuration of the docks to be especially transient-friendly, especially when trying to dock in a cross-wind (tight fairways and floating docks with only half-length fingers and no pilings between slips). Docking was uneventful in the end but not as straightforward as at some other transient oriented marinas.

Saturday evening we went out for an early dinner in Fells Point and afterward for fresh-baked cookies. Back to the boat early to put the girls to bed. About 10 minutes afterward, we saw fireworks coming from Ft. McHenry. We later discovered they were in commemoration of Defenders Day. We plucked the girls out of their bunks for the show, and it turned out to be a pretty impressive display for an event that wasn't very well publicized. Our slip was in the perfect spot to practically have front row seats.

Sunday morning we made pancakes aboard, took another quick walk around FP, then shoved off. Hoisted the sails near Ft. McHenry and were sailing a close reach on a single tack from there to the mouth of the river. We were occasionally hitting over 7 knots on a 10-15 knot breeze. A lot of fun - it's always great to be able to get most of the way to and from your destination under sail.

On another note, my wife is going to be featured as a regular columnist in Spinsheet starting later this year. She'll be writing about kids and families aboard. Keep an eye out.
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We are watching Jose. In the odd chance Jose shows up and high water is predicted, we'll consider hauling her or leaving the marina for a safe anchorage. Maybe its PTSD, but I don't want to loose another boat this month.

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We are watching Jose. In the odd chance Jose shows up and high water is predicted, we'll consider hauling her or leaving the marina for a safe anchorage. Maybe its PTSD, but I don't want to loose another boat this month.

Cheers, RickG
Right now it's a rudderless storm

We are starting down the Bay on our vacation with stops Friday in Solomons, Saturday in Mill Creek and Sunday through Wednesday in Onancock. Forecast is very light wind. Keeping wary eye on Jose.


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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Down at the boat tonight. Took too many trips to load her up. You'd think we were going for a month. Stowing took an hour but everything is packed away. Let's just hope we can find it.lol.

Found Jiffy Pop n Wegmans so we have a few of them too. Led to a discussion of whether to get a popcorn maker. I'm not fond of the air ones. Popcorn tastes love me sawdust. Anyone have one which works on the stove. Looking at thisone.

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Tomorrow is leg one. Minimal wind. We will get at least to Solomon's.


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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

With luck, my boat will be sold by this weekend. A nice, young couple looked at it last Sunday and fell in love with the boat. I'm taking them out on a sea trial this weekend at which time they will make an offer. For the first time in more than 60 years, I will be boatless.

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I know a lot of us get supplies from the St. Mikes Acme but its closing.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Gary - I'm sure it's a bittersweet moment for you but glad to hear your boat is likely going to appreciative buyers. Just don't become a stranger around here!

RE St. Mikes Acme closure - truly a shame on many levels. Hardly ever went to St. Mikes without going to that store, but obviously seasonal boaters can't keep a store in business. We've pretty much given up on the idea that we can reprovision when out cruising the bay and just stock the boat with everything from the start. Then if we find some local produce, a bakery, etc. we can be pleasantly surprised but not dependent on finding such places.

It will be interesting to see what takes the Acme space. The only other local chain grocers that would open a new store in that small of a space are Grauls (which is already a mile up the road), MOM's, or Trader Joes (can't see them coming to St. Mikes though).
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WTF!!! Nooooooooooooo!!! I love Acme!
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

There are plenty of places to reprovision on the Bay. It's just that their not in walking distance.

I would never even try and load 10 days of provisions on a week cruise on board. Veg and fruit will be ugly by day 7.

Sometimes we stop in a marina. One of the considerations is does it have a courtesy car for an hour. Many do. Many have bikes. We always keep a fabric cooler on the boat and ice packs in the One of the reasons I got a large evaporator inside the icebox

Most places have stores within a few miles. Just takes a little planning.

That being said we are sorry to see the Acme close in St Mikes. My favorite Acme is still available... it's in Cape May


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