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I think you're looking at last year's results. We canceled on Saturday morning at the last moment because the PRO was uncomfortable operating and anchoring the committee boat in gale force conditions. I certainly agreed with this. Winds were 30 sustained with gusts to 35kts during the entire expected duration of the race.

We all went to the clubhouse for drinks and crab cakes instead.
I was wondering about this on Saturday...

I decided to come home Friday from Oxford instead of staying out until Saturday or Sunday. primary reason was not knowing if this storm was going to stall out and hang out for a few days which would have made getting back North painful. Could have certainly anchored in a protected Creek for another day or two but I don't regret coming back to the marina. It looked pretty ugly out there on Saturday I couldn't have imagined your race committee moving forward lol

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I had a great sail this past weekend with two friends from the military. Strong winds were forecasted from the north so I elected to visit Baltimore MD a port which I had normally bypassed for Annapolis and points further south. The Inner Harbor being just a short jaunt south of my Gunpowder Basin Marina made it a relatively short weekend trip with plenty of time to do some sightseeing especially since we were departing about noon.

I was somewhat apprehensive about where to stay in the harbor area especially if slips were available or if anchoring was a possibility but figured I could always visit the inner harbor and then spend the evening on the hook outside the harbor.
Saturday conditions were great with 12-15 mph winds blowing us at a reasonable 5.7 to 6.3 knots (high was about 7.3 knots) flying only a genoa. We did have a couple of sprinkles and one gust of about 20 mph but conditions were overall much better than forecasted. Did not notice a single other sailboat out on the water.

Arrived in the Inner Harbor about 1800 hrs. and anchored just off Fells Point to have a great dinner at a small diner named Ekiben which serviced what I can best describe as a high end Hawaiian box meal. Best meal I have had in many years and a tribute to 400 or so positive reviews on Yelp.

Came back to the wharf to see a Harbor Police Patrol boat next Dakota Lee (my Cape Dory 30B). As I got into my dinghy they motored over. Very pleasant and professional officers. They asked if I was the skipper and inquired if I was planning on spending the evening. I indicated that I had just had dinner and would be looking for a place to anchor overnight. They indicated that since I was out of the channel that I was fine where I was but that they would prefer that if were overnighting that I anchor between the USS Constellation and the Navy Sub over by the Baltimore Aquarium. I joked about if the City would have the buildings turn down the lights so we could sleep and we all had a laugh.

Weighed anchor and moved just off the paddle boat area next to the Pride of Baltimore and the USS Constellation and had an excellent experience. Caught the last hour of a concert and had what will surely be one of the most memorable anchoring locations in my career. It’s hard to explain the feelings one has when one wakes up in the pre-dawn hours next to a vessel like the USS Constellation!
On our way out we stopped at Fort McHenry and toured the grounds and were on our way back to the Bush River by 0900 hrs.

Bottom line, it was a great trip and I will surely do it again with my wife and other friends. A completely different experience from the typical Chesapeake Bay experience and one that should not be missed. Too bad it so hard to figure out what one can do and the City does not do more to advertise itself as a local sailor’s destination. Not NYC but not bad to have right in our backyard.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Great story. I thought we weren't supposed to go anywhere near the Constellation, let alone anchor there.
I'll have to remember this for my next visit.

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I was surprised also. I have expected to be run off since the patrol boat had its blue flashing lights on. I was pleasantly impressed by the marine officer's professionalism, and was flabbergasted when I was informed that the preferred anchoring spot was right smack dab in the middle of all the City night life! The only complaint I could see is that one is somewhat in a fishbowl with all the night activities going on and that things did not quiet down until about 30 minutes after midnight. It was also so bright with light that I took my LED spotlight home to charge it only to discover that its charge was fine...just a bit weak compared to the Inner Harbor light pollution!

We did get run off of Fort McHenry at 0830 but only because the park did not open until 0900 hrs. (Park Volunteer Bird Watchers informed us of the rules) Boats are not allowed to tie in at the Park's dock (which is used by the Water Taxi service for delivery of tourists and has a locked gate) but nothing precludes one from anchoring out and using one's dinghy. One also has to figure out how to pay the entry fee since the inner portions of Ft. McHenry have signs indicating that they are a fee area. My observation is that the Park service has a commission with the Water Taxi service and that boaters and specifically Sailors are below their radar screen.

In the future I may anchor in the Inner Harbor for day while I tour the City and have dinner and then move to just off of Fort McHenry to catch the crack of dawn with Fort McHenry's red, white and blue flag becoming visible...might even play the National anthem and shoot off a rocket (will need to be careful about that!) But of course I already have a photo of my boat next to the USS Constellation which no doubt was the highlight of the trip! But if one has no problem with a full eight hours of sleep then the Inner Harbor rocks!

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The Photo that I will treasure as a memory of my Inner Harbor visit..... USS Constellation moored in the same harbor as I! Now I need one of the USS Constitution in Boston!

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I'd love to visit Baltimore inner harbor area. Looks like a great place for exploration of the shore side. I might get up that way once I retire from the military myself (soon, very very soon)

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I was investigating getting a slip at the City Dock, but the reviews have turned me off.
I can handle the dock master's alleged rudeness and handling my own lines when I arrive, but I'm not very tolerant of having total strangers board my boat for photo opportunities or curiosity seeking.

Looks like anchoring is the way to go!

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I was investigating getting a slip at the City Dock, but the reviews have turned me off.
I can handle the dock master's alleged rudeness and handling my own lines when I arrive, but I'm not very tolerant of having total strangers board my boat for photo opportunities or curiosity seeking.

Looks like anchoring is the way to go!
I agree. Or get a mooring . Remember there's some under the Spa Creek Bridge . Also water taxi goes to moorings. Keeps the tourists off.

Sometimes we will anchor in Back Creek , lot of traffic but good place to be and protected. Water taxi will even come once and hour if you don't have a dinghy or if it's too rough to go around the point to city dock.

DO NOT anchor in front of the Naval Achedemy wall. It's silt , unreliable and bumpy.


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I agree. Or get a mooring . Remember there's some under the Spa Creek Bridge . Also water taxi goes to moorings. Keeps the tourists off.

Sometimes we will anchor in Back Creek , lot of traffic but good place to be and protected. Water taxi will even come once and hour if you don't have a dinghy or if it's too rough to go around the point to city dock.

DO NOT anchor in front of the Naval Achedemy wall. It's silt , unreliable and bumpy.
Sorry, I'm referring to Baltimore city dock. The harbormaster.
Docking Fees | Baltimore City Dockmaster's Office

You should read the reviews...sheesh.

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It's also interesting that Baltimore's Water Taxi will not stop at boats for pickup (we asked)... they only pick up at dock based kiosks. Inner Harbor just did not seem attuned to boaters....that being said I enjoyed anchoring out right in the middle of things, the Harbor Police were outstanding, and the dining as well as social amenities were world class. I will visit by boat again.

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