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The season which contains temperatures tolerable for being on the water is quite long. Usually from April-ish until November and sometimes December.
The season which contains good sailing can be a bit less. It depends on how long the Bermuda high pressure systems hang around, killing the breeze during the summer. Also, some people regard summer as too hot to enjoy.
I object to the idea that the wind on the Chesapeake can be grouped into "seasons". The wind here is fickle, unreliable, and knows exactly how to vary in strength and direction to maximize frustration and anxiety. Take, for example, yesterday:

7:00 AM - Chestertown - the tide has turned in my favor. There's a light breeze from the S/SW, which is where I need to go, so I motor downriver for a mile or so, past "Devil's Reach" (so named because it was hard to tack through in days of yore).
8:00 - 11:00 or so - tacking against wind that fluctuates up to 60 degrees especially just as I try to round each bend in the river. This takes so long that the current is now against me.
12:00 - I finally reach the open part of the river, and now the wind's blowing 15 knots plus from the SW. I change jibs and tack W and S against this for the next few hours. There are some sailboat races going on, with a few cruiser types motoring around them.
2:00 - I reach the part where a SW wind would be perfect to get around the bend in the river, something I've been waiting for, and the wind dies. I motor to the green can at the bend and put up the 135 genoa. While motoring, the breeze seems to pick up and I get the impression that the next leg will be great.
3:00 - 4:30 - It turns out the breeze I felt was all in my head, and there's not even enough breeze to sail a deep reach effectively, though this would have been a sled ride if the wind that I had to tack against for so long had held.
4:30-5:00 - I round Love Point and reach the open bay. There are warnings of thunderstorms on the radio and I can see a large one over the land to the west. The wind is now blowing 20 knots from the south, the direction of the bay bridge. I take down the 135 and once again put up my ancient reefed jib and tack toward the bridge as the seas and wind build. Luckily the thunderstorm dissipates, but there's much anxiety about going under the bridge when I can only tack parallel to it. I worry that the boat will stall when hit by a wave and what it will say in the newspaper about me when I smash the boat into an abutment. Cargo ships and barges pick just the moment I get close to the bridge to appear out of nowhere. I nearly get run over by a motor boat bashing and pitching through the waves on its way to the yacht club on the eastern end of the bridge.
6:30 - We finally make it under the bridge. Heeling 30 degrees and bashing through seas large enough to drench me and the boat. A few come aboard into the cockpit. I'm soaked.
7:30 - When I reach the yellow A marker off of Annapolis, I turn up the river. 1 mile later, even with the Naval Academy, I could be on a lake - some following wind, but no sign at all of the conditions I just left.
7:30 - 10:00 or so - I glide 8 miles up the river to the dock with a steady but barely noticeable tail wind .
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I can't sail today for various reasons, but after reading willyd's summary I feel like I've had enough for the weekend. lol
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

the guide book refers to Chestertown as a "crowded" anchorage. this is how crowded it was on Friday:


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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Willy, this weekend's nasty weather forecast may have something to do with the lack of boating activity on the bay. An hour ago, here in Bel Air, the sky was black and gloomy, and now, the clouds have lightened, scattered and there are some patches of bright blue showing. Down south, though, they got hammered in some locations with thunderboomers for the past three days. Same holds true for the PA and NJ guys.

BTW, you will find some great white perch fishing just a few hundred feet downriver from the bridge on the north side in about 10 feet of water. Lots of big catfish there at times as well.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Two 19 miles tacks against a 30 knot breeze and we pulled into The Town Marina in Cape Charles. Ride as a tough one with 4 ft seas 5 second interval.

Down by the Cape there were no less than 15 freighters/ tankers anchored and moving. Thank god for AIS and radar as you couldn't tell easily who was moving.

Nice quaint little town. Donna is out reconnointering and we're having dinner at the local restaurant here. Probably breakfast tomorrow too.

Time for a nap....
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Dave, I spent a lot of time in that town, remember when I first went there in about 1950 when it was a rundown fishing village and the only industry was the railroad yard and seafood. Things have really changed for the better there, though some of the old timers may not agree with me about that.

Way back when there was a restaurant, one of maybe three in the town at the time, call Etzes Restaurant. That was about 1970. They sold a 2-poudn serving of sauteed backfin crab meat, plus french fries and hush puppies for $7. It was a gastronomical adventure to say the least. I can clearly remember the waitress scampering from table to table barefooted and the bottom of her feet were black as coal with dirt and grease from the kitchen. OMG!

Captain Otis Asal, who is still alive and kicking, at that time, run a charter fishing boat out of Kings Creek Marina. He later sold his boat to the guy that owned the local tackle shop, retired for a few years, then bought another boat and went back to fishing. He's still fishing today and I think he's in his early 80s. Otis had a reputation of the best tuna catching captain in the mid Atlantic region.

Wind was howling about 35 in the upper bay today, kicking up 2 footers with white caps at Port Deposit, which is very, very rare indeed. I drove up to the boat to get some part numbers for my electric water heater element so I can get it replaced in the next few weeks. The mechanic said the replacement job was a piece of cake, at least for him, because Mario is skinny and can easily access the engine compartment. I'm too old, fat and claustrophobic to climb into that space.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We re-launched Echoes after getting the shaft and prop straightened & tuned and back from the prop shop. The shaft was 0.0007" off and the prop had two blades that were 1/4" off. Saturday's test run was a success with most of the vibration at 2200-2400 rpm gone. We can now hit our cruising speed without fear! Zimmerman Marine will do the in-water engine alignment this week and that should smooth things out a bit more.

Looking back, I still don't know the cause of the vibration developing. Survey and delivery to Zimmerman Marine Mathews, VA had no vibration issues. Engine mounts and shims were replaced during the winter refit. The prop was painted with antifouling before launch and the paint was intact when we picked her up from the Mathews yard for delivery to Herrington Harbor North. We detected the vibration immediately when moving her and kept the engine below 2,000rpm. Zimmerman tried engine alignment with/without the drive saver, with vibration being worse with the drive saver. We removed the drive saver as Steve Zimmerman believed that it left too much of the drive shaft unsupported. Still, a bit of mystery to me why the vibration began. Something is missing. I have not yet seen the report from the prop shop.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

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I object to the idea that the wind on the Chesapeake can be grouped into "seasons". The wind here is fickle, unreliable, and knows exactly how to vary in strength and direction to maximize frustration and anxiety. Take, for example, yesterday:

7:00 AM - Chestertown - the tide has turned in my favor. There's a light breeze from the S/SW, which is where I need to go, so I motor downriver for a mile or so, past "Devil's Reach" (so named because it was hard to tack through in days of yore).
8:00 - 11:00 or so - tacking against wind that fluctuates up to 60 degrees especially just as I try to round each bend in the river. This takes so long that the current is now against me.
12:00 - I finally reach the open part of the river, and now the wind's blowing 15 knots plus from the SW. I change jibs and tack W and S against this for the next few hours. There are some sailboat races going on, with a few cruiser types motoring around them.
2:00 - I reach the part where a SW wind would be perfect to get around the bend in the river, something I've been waiting for, and the wind dies. I motor to the green can at the bend and put up the 135 genoa. While motoring, the breeze seems to pick up and I get the impression that the next leg will be great.
3:00 - 4:30 - It turns out the breeze I felt was all in my head, and there's not even enough breeze to sail a deep reach effectively, though this would have been a sled ride if the wind that I had to tack against for so long had held.
4:30-5:00 - I round Love Point and reach the open bay. There are warnings of thunderstorms on the radio and I can see a large one over the land to the west. The wind is now blowing 20 knots from the south, the direction of the bay bridge. I take down the 135 and once again put up my ancient reefed jib and tack toward the bridge as the seas and wind build. Luckily the thunderstorm dissipates, but there's much anxiety about going under the bridge when I can only tack parallel to it. I worry that the boat will stall when hit by a wave and what it will say in the newspaper about me when I smash the boat into an abutment. Cargo ships and barges pick just the moment I get close to the bridge to appear out of nowhere. I nearly get run over by a motor boat bashing and pitching through the waves on its way to the yacht club on the eastern end of the bridge.
6:30 - We finally make it under the bridge. Heeling 30 degrees and bashing through seas large enough to drench me and the boat. A few come aboard into the cockpit. I'm soaked.
7:30 - When I reach the yellow A marker off of Annapolis, I turn up the river. 1 mile later, even with the Naval Academy, I could be on a lake - some following wind, but no sign at all of the conditions I just left.
7:30 - 10:00 or so - I glide 8 miles up the river to the dock with a steady but barely noticeable tail wind .


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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

For Father's Day, I gave my family an option:

1. Cook me the breakfast of my choice.
2. Crew for me in a short, casual race at EYC on Saturday.

They opted for the crewing option, so we did that and had a good time with a great lunch afterwards.

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