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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
I enjoyed a nice visit your Chesapeake this past weekend arriving in the Annapolis area on Friday afternoon and overnighting at our dock off of Mill Creek (not far from Cantler's).
On Saturday the winds were modest from the S/SE allowing us to tack down to the South River and into Harness Creek (Mr. Skolnick lives somewhere on this beautiful inlet).
We were lucky, arriving on a Friday to only find one other sailboat anchored there where we would have preferred to be, but they were there first, and they seemingly had a full clear cockpit enclosure and perhapse water cooled AC. We anchored closer to the reedy sand bar that separates this gunk/hurricane hole from the main creek. This must have been my 5th or more overnight in Harness Creek and it has always been nice.
It was pretty warm but the wind ran most of the night making sleeping in the cockpit an option which is always memorable, until dew starts to set in. Then you appreciate a cabin, out of the dew.
Sunday broke still windy. As we motored back out of the South River I calculated that we were close to SCA warnings, with 20+ gusts (and more out on the bay). Our return sail out on the bay was quick if boisterous, requiring at least a jib reduction (I'd have preferred a reef 1st) with the S'erly winds causing some nice Chesapeake rollers we could only try and surf. Buzzing Thomas Point Light is always fun even if the boat is rocking and yawing while a shot glass broke below (who has shot glasses on sailboats?).
We had very nice weather Friday - Monday morning when I left early for my drive back to NY, racing the rain clouds up the coast. The heavy rain arrived hours after I had parked at home.
Lots of birds noted: ducklings, baby Osprey, pre-historic Blue Herons and all the usual suspects. Great visit for me - sorry I did not run into any of you.
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