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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Just returned home from a weekend long "wine cruise."

Some folks at EYC invited us to come along. We shot across the bay on Saturday morning with 20 knots on our backs. Surging to 8.0 SOG.
I was towing a dingy and set the towing bridle so that it surfed one of our stern waves.

As we surged and surfed across the bay, we had 6 dolphins accompany us for a short time, near Bloody Point Lt. I was surprised that dolphins are this far up the bay. They surfaced alongside the boat several times and we saw them riding the waves just beneath the surface, next to the dinghy. You could see their gray forms just under the water.

Coming around Bloody Pt. put us hard on the wind, but in the lee of the point, the fetch was broken and we had a smooth, brisk sail up to Cox Creek where this winery and vineyard is located. This place is not small, and it's all run by the owner and his wife and one occasional employee. This beautiful complex is the guy's *part time* gig. He's an engineer at NASA, full time. It's a wonder that he has any time to sleep. The science and art of the vineyard and the winery is just fascinating and amazing. The whole facility was beautiful and tranquil.

The weekend was a hedonistic session of wine, rhum and nearly non-stop food, swimming, and dinghy play. I saw one, tiny nettle the whole weekend.
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Which boat are you? We just pulled in.

We diverted from Corsica because we wanted a longer sail, and we were missing some provisions so will do a short dinghy ride to town dock and walk to Royal Farms.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Got the girls out for another daysail yesterday. We left the dock at 11 and encountered very light and variable wind. When the wind died we motor sailed for a while until just after noon it picked to 10-15 with gusts into the upper teens. Now we were really sailing! The baby (7 weeks tomorrow) slept through almost all of it. The 2 year old did great through it all again, sitting patiently in the cockpit. She doesn’t like the engine being on and got a little scared when we were returning to the dock with revving the engine to get into the slip.

The boat’s doing great except for the fresh water system. This year there’s a huge amount of gunk being washed out of the lines every time we turn on a tap and a strong rotten egg smell. This has never happened before but I guess it’s time to shock it with bleach before next weekend’s adventures.

Next weekend we’re off to take a transient slip in the Inner Harbor for a couple of nights. We’ll be able to go to the pool and walk to restaurants. It’ll be a good shakedown for doing more ambitious overnights with both girls. Unfortunately, we won’t stay through Tuesday night for fireworks, but at these ages they don’t stay up that late anyway (and we barely do either!).

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Agreed that Queenstown was mostly nettle free. I did see one small one hovering about a foot underwater at the town dock, where the stagnant water is probably warmer.

It was nice saying hello as you were departing this morning. Tango is a gorgeous boat! We dinghied over to Lankford Bay Marina Sunday and met the new owner Keith. Hope everything goes well for everyone.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

For those interested in tracking sea nettle infestation, NOAA has this useful tool: Ocean Prediction Center Sea Nettle Guidance

Sea nettle probability is more tied to salinity than temperature, but there are other factors involved.

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I was surprised to see so many neetles in Reed Creek... most were about the diameter of a half dollar with tentacles about 1 to 2 inches. We were just about to go for a dip in the creek and I spotted one, then another and then realize they were all over...just not worth it

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Keep in mind that while the stinging is not usually fatal to adults, it can be to tiny children when they encounter a massive school of adult sea nettles. Adults just wish they would die under these conditions. Back then, people would always have a gallon of vinegar on hand to rinse the affected area with and sooth the pain. When people were hospitalized, they were usually treated with antihistamines.

Ironically, I recall when the waters of Chesapeake Bay were pretty much free of sea nettles and other jellies most of the time. During the late 1940s, my parents would rent a car and drive to Chesapeake Beach, where gambling, mostly slots, was legal, the water was clean and clear, with underwater visibility to 15 feet during the summer, and the salinity was usually very high. Most of the time, when a sea nettle was encountered, someone would pick it up by the back, carry it to shore and place it in the sun to dry out. Most days we saw none at all.

It wasn't until the mid 1960s when upper bay beaches, such as Magavista, North Beach, North Point Park, and others began installing sea nettle nets to protect bathers from the jellies. A huge, downward trend in water quality and finfish populations coincided with the increase in sea nettles during the summer months. This is mainly because of what they feed upon, which is various forms of zooplanton, which thrives on other forms of planktons, which is the result of an overabundance of nutrients, from which the bay suffers. Fortunately, a big slug of freshwater and lower temperatures will keep them down the bay, but that same slug of runoff also adds to the nutrient load from agricultural runoff.

Keep in mind that if the good folks at Harrisburg didn't flush their toilets, Havre de Grace and Port Deposit, MD wouldn't have a source of drinking water.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We were at the boat yesterday moving the second to last load of possessions and clothing on board. Five days until full-time liveaboard. We are mostly down to getting rid of the last few pieces of furniture and getting our old dog ready to move to my daughter's house to live with his young cousin-dog.

We officially ended our winter refit with the in-water engine alignment after having our shaft straightened and prop tuned. She's got a smooth groove now. Looking forward to four days of sailing starting Saturday.

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Got the girls out for another daysail yesterday. We left the dock at 11 and encountered very light and variable wind. When the wind died we motor sailed for a while until just after noon it picked to 10-15 with gusts into the upper teens. Now we were really sailing! The baby (7 weeks tomorrow) slept through almost all of it. The 2 year old did great through it all again, sitting patiently in the cockpit. She doesn’t like the engine being on and got a little scared when we were returning to the dock with revving the engine to get into the slip.

The boat’s doing great except for the fresh water system. This year there’s a huge amount of gunk being washed out of the lines every time we turn on a tap and a strong rotten egg smell. This has never happened before but I guess it’s time to shock it with bleach before next weekend’s adventures.

Next weekend we’re off to take a transient slip in the Inner Harbor for a couple of nights. We’ll be able to go to the pool and walk to restaurants. It’ll be a good shakedown for doing more ambitious overnights with both girls. Unfortunately, we won’t stay through Tuesday night for fireworks, but at these ages they don’t stay up that late anyway (and we barely do either!).
Sounds Like you've got some decaying stuff in the system. Shocking it will help a lot. Your tanks are plastic right?

Also afterward don't forget to clean the screens or filters if you have them

Great to hear the girls and you are getting out. Now that takes a lot of organization and patience


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