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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Thank for the tip! we'll give Worton creek a try instead.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Would not recommend anchoring in Bush River, Worton is a much better bet.

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Thank for the tip! we'll give Worton creek a try instead.
If winds are west anchor inside just past Worton Creek . Not sure of draft but it's 6 ft for a small stretch. Great wind protection and nice setting lots of hawks and we've spotted bald eagles there and on the outside. Watch the birds line up on the picket fence of the fish traps and fight each other for spots all morning

If you stay in the outside anchorage:

If winds NW you should get good protection from northern shore of outside anchoring area. Depths are good close to shore

That's where we like to anchor but sometimes if the wind is wrong, even on a begnign breeze day it can get rolls because of the fetch

It won't be SW that day, but if the winds SW we anchor on the south side close to shore west of the R2


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This is from today - pay no attention to all the fat man behind the wheel - I've gained a ton since the docs put me on prednisone. I feel and look like a blimp, but now I can go several hours without supplemental oxygen, which feels pretty darned good for a change.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Currently at Smith Point , southern side of the Potomac crossing over going north in very begnign conditions. The forecast was for strong southerly winds the next two days gusts to 37 so we decided to cross today even though we wouldn't be beating into it.

We've decided the Potomac has its own weather conditions and the wave action sucks, especially when wind against current it becomes a dishwasher. We may stop at Solomon's or continue to the Choptank which is a good haul from the Rappahanack.

Conditions perfect starting Later on Saturday for T37 trip south down the Bay.


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Currently at Smith Point , southern side of the Potomac crossing over going north in very begnign conditions. The forecast was for strong southerly winds the next two days gusts to 37 so we decided to cross today even though we wouldn't be beating into it.

We've decided the Potomac has its own weather conditions and the wave action sucks, especially when wind against current it becomes a dishwasher. We may stop at Solomon's or continue to the Choptank which is a good haul from the Rappahanack.

Conditions perfect starting Later on Saturday for T37 trip south down the Bay.
You've got that right.

I have a friend who lives down there and he insists on purchasing much smaller headsails than you'd expect for someone who sails on the Chesapeake in the summer. I've razzed him about this many times, but when I look at Sailflow, he is almost always getting stronger breezes than many places on the bay. I can't fault his choice.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

There's always a breeze at Point Lookout and Smith Point - I loved fishing and sailing in that area, however, the best sailing takes place along the eastern side of the main shipping channel. Pretty consistent winds there, at least from my experience.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I use SailFlow also.....most accurate ap I have found.

Usually I can't use the autopilot much crossing the Potomac however today is a perfect day for it. If I had to steer I'd be sleepy as hell. Instead I can be here on my I pod awake...lol😎😎😎😎

We've had a good trip so far. We haven't been scared off by the chances of rain each day which is the norm for the Chesapeake in the summer, but have been prudent with the T storm lines and development. We visited mostly new spots, and definitely like the different flavor the southern Bay has to offer.

Slip and marina fees are half what they are in the northern and mid bay. Anchorages are truly rural. Next time down ( maybe in mid September) we go up the Rappahanock further past Urbana. We like to visit Yankee Point Marina,


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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Almost at Solomon's

We are going to soldier through and get to Boby Owl Cove on Ledenham Creek, Broad Creek , Choptank .
A nice 75 mile trip...lol

It's pretty hot out today.


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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

It's always hot when you're sailing with the wind, which for me, is rare. Damned wind's always on my nose.

Have a safe trip, Dave, and I hope to catch up with you next week. I'm heading south on Wednesday, and the long range forecast looks great for a change.

All the best,

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