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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

It was blowing 28 steady at Thomas Point gusting to 35 so we stayed tied to the dock. We'll leave in the Solomons direction in the AM. Very nice evening for sleeping. No fans water temp 63 so not frightfully cold or need .for heat.

Took the opportunity to change the alternator belt as it showed a little wear. While at it changed the date pump belt and impellerr ( I change every spring but since I had the pump loose I took the opportunity. Changed the oil too.

Took an hour dinghy ride d ok enjoy Whitehall Creek and up Mill Creek to Jeff H house. Gorgeous sunset tonight.

Hoping Clay/ Leslie ok in North Carolina


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Decided to head for San Domingo Creek instead of Solomons. Best wind of season 22 steady gusts to 35. Reefed the main and job and still managed 7s and 8 Knott's . Was a rough downwind ride though with waves 3-4 ft of Chessievslop t 4 second intervals. Following seas lifting the stern the whole way down made for 5+ hours of attentive hand steering.

Temps were fine and sitting in the cove Donald Rumsfelds house in shorts and a tee shirt


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Little did we know the cove we picked was home to the Emperor King of the Geese. We wTched in amusement for hours as squadron after squadron of geese landed in front of our anchored Haleakula and padded to a house nearby. The waddled on shore and paraded in front of the Emporer and his court already established roasted on the huge lawn. After paying homage the waddled to and exit point and paddled off.

We moved over to Tilghman Island where we took a tie up on the floating dock of Knapp’s Narrows Marina. Price was right and recommended by my friend 4Arch. Quiet due to the time of year. Excellant restaurant Marker 5 on site. The have a home built smoker on th3 premises They feature Patricia’s Cakes, a local baker who supply’s the upscale restaurants here and St Michael’s with cakes. Her 4 layer carrot cake was one of the best ones I have ever eaten.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We didn't end up sailing this weekend due to other commitments but I did make it to the boat yesterday to work on a couple of projects. Last time we went out we returned to the marina to find 2 gallons of water in the engine bilge. An occasional drip or two from the engine raw water pump had turned into a big leak. Luckily the previous owners left us a complete new raw water pump that I was able to swap in fairly easily. I'll service the leaky one over the winter and put it back in with my spares. Others at the marina were already putting boats to bed for the season but we're hoping to go another few weeks.

Dave - glad you're enjoying Knapps. I'm sure the marina is very sleepy this time of year. Back in July it was bustling and kept the girls entertained. I don't think many people think of it as a place to stop over, but it really is a nice little place.

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Today was our last day on Tilghman Island. People are very friendly here . We will check this place off our lists except to stop in the future at Marker 5 restaurant or to buy on of Patricia’s CArrot cakes. On Donna’s walk she passed the bakery and got a surprise.

Dinner tonight was onboard Haleakula. Grilled filet mignon with balsamic grilled portobellos, potato salad, and grilled pears stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese. I had a Patricia’s coconut almond cake and she had a banana chocolate swirl cake.

Onward tomorrow to Dividing Creek on the Wye River. Winds to start at 20 gusts 35 knots decreasing through the morning to 12. There has been no lack of wind on this vacation.


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grilled pears stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese
Chef, I'm salivating! Many moons ago, I was in 'the biz' myself, and still love cooking. Learning to create delicious meals aboard is a huge part of the sailing fun for me. BTW I am enjoying your travel blog very much. It provides inspiration for my future Chesapeake excursions.

This past weekend was some of the most exhilarating sailing of the season! I didn't 'go' anywhere, just bounced around Pooles Island and Tolchester channel, then back to my home slip.

I agree that fall sailing is delightful if one is equipped for comfort. Thanks!

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We went out the western channel from Knapp Narrows at high tide seeing 8.5- 9 the whole way out. Course NW wind overnight in the 30s meant lower than normal water. We took the shortcut behind Poplar Island to Eastern Bay and found lots of 6 ft water there. Saved an hour. Wind has died for now so motoring up Eastern Bay and we are at the Miles River. Headed for Dividing Creek on the Wye River.

We have not lacked for wind. Great sailing. Last night we say some gusts over 50 for 3-4 hours. Being tied up was fine but the Narrows are exposed somewhat and we were stern to the wind. Our friend was at anchor near Oxford. We never worry with our Rocna couple with good anchoring techniques. The foliage has been spectacular. The wind good, we aren’t sweating, but are not cold.

Great stay for two days in Knapp Narrows. Cool museum and speaking with the watermen there ( oysters and crabbers). Marker 5 a very good restaurant.

Great time of year for a vacation and sailing.


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Hey Chef if you are in the area on Saturday tilghmans island day will be going on starting around 11am
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Saw the ads for it and donated to the firehouse by buying an ornament . Unfortunately h a very moved up to St Micgeals.


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We sailed to the Wye last night and enjoyed a quiet evening by ourselves in Dividing Creek. We saw the frog farts. ( Caused by decomposing leaves under the water , bubble popping up beside Hakeakula. Saw bald eagles, huge Ibis, deer, a few foxes, and we're serenaded through dinner by the bull frogs. Dinner was a simple one. Black Angus burgers, Grilled red potatoes, and the last of our grilled pears with gorgonzola.
Funny my wife never ate pears till I started making them this way a few years back. Come to think of it she really never ate many peaches and pineapple till I started telling them. Course golden pineapples are like candy.


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