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We on on a mooring in Annapolis harbor . Our first visit this year. Donna had a great day shopping. Me I just people / boat watched from Haleakula after I dinghied her in. Quite a shock being around people again after being in quiet places for a week.

We are heading back to our slip tomorrow afternoon as we don’t want to play bumper cars with the piling in 45 knot gusts on sunday


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We ended our vacation today and came back to the slip. Great day sailing . Forecasted heavy gusts.
Ate the last of our unfrozen provisions. Hebrew National hot dogs, chili, red rice . Finished off with fresh fudge from Zillers in Annapolis.
Haleakula performed great.

This vacation is in our log book as the vacation of wind. We saw 5 of 10 days with sustained over 22. We changed plans a couple of times to not beat into it. We used 2.3 gallons of diesel. Our Chartplotter logs shows 278 miles traveled. This was not our “ longest distance” type vacation. We went to some familiar places to us. We visited some new places. We stayed in marinas 4 night , also a lot for us. Of The two in St.
Micheals on was free due to our being members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The museum is a great place for young and old alike. Lots of educational programs for young people being offered there.

Update 10:33- we just got hit with a 48 knot gust back in our protected marina as the front is coming through. Glad we decided to come back tonight.
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Was at boat last night and had hoped to go out this AM - not! Blew hard all night with easy mid-20's at dock. Wx sites and CBIBS showed gusts approaching 40.

Crossed Norris Bridge this morning just to see water and it was whipped up good. Only saw one boat on water, a sailboat which appeared to be making it's way SE, under power. Bare pole it was taking a pounding, swaying side-to-side severely. Can't imagine they were happy :-o

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Was at boat last night and had hoped to go out this AM - not! Blew hard all night with easy mid-20's at dock. Wx sites and CBIBS showed gusts approaching 40.

Crossed Norris Bridge this morning just to see water and it was whipped up good. Only saw one boat on water, a sailboat which appeared to be making it's way SE, under power. Bare pole it was taking a pounding, swaying side-to-side severely. Can't imagine they were happy :-o
Good decision. You can plan accordingly for steady wind. Today’s gusts were 20-25 knots over the already steady 20 knot breeze. Gusty means your at attention constantly.


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I'm looking forward to running into you folks on the Chesapeake next year. The admiral and I passed our ASA course a few weeks ago and will probably be window shopping boats all winter. In the meantime, I'll content myself with following this thread!
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I'm looking forward to running into you folks on the Chesapeake next year. The admiral and I passed our ASA course a few weeks ago and will probably be window shopping boats all winter. In the meantime, I'll content myself with following this thread!
Welcome. Good luck with the boat shopping. There is a lot of great info packed in these threads.

When it comes time to looking at marinas you'll find folks here that are familiar with nearly every marina on the bay that can give you the pros and cons.

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Well that was fun...Had a great friend and very seasoned sailor race in the Baltimore Harbor Cup in his Melges 24. Ran into him on the docks after the race and maybe I had one too many beers because he talked me into sailing it back to Gibson Island yesterday. We had 4 on board and I can tell you that is the fastest I've ever dreamed of going on a sailboat. Wind was mostly directly out of the Patapsco so we made probably 6 gybes to get out of the river. Large rolling waves, steady 22-25 kts with some gusts we were figuring close to 38-40. At one point we hoisted the asymmetrical chute and had the boat going 25 kts planing. Brought the chute in and kept on booking it. Got knocked down twice as we sort of spun out on a couple of big waves just as a gust hit, but we were in control the whole time and the boat and crew were fine as it just sort of layed there for a bit and then popped back up and off we went again. Once we got around the corner and headed south the ride settled down and we were making 12-15 kts steady under jib and main alone. Dock to dock was just over two hours and 15 minutes. I honestly can't even imagine what the round the world sailors experience, especially at night. We were a little too busy coming out the Patapsco for videos, but here we are heading down the bay about halfway between the Bodkin Creek entrance and the mouth of the Magothy. https://www.dropbox.com/s/a0wxvqjq8t...%20PM.mp4?dl=0
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Saturday was a beautiful sailing day. I ended up taking the guys to the Inner Harbor. Had a nice close hauled sail up the river on 12-15 knots of wind. We would have happy to tie up to the sea wall but repeated radio and phone calls to the Baltimore Harbormaster went unanswered and we didn't want to risk being ticketed. Instead, we did a 3-hour "dock and dine" tie up at Harbor East Marina for $15 bucks. They have a nice facility with all brand new floating docks. We grabbed a late lunch at the Gordon Biersch Brewery and walked around a bit. Bird and Lime scooters are hugely popular on the waterfront promenade. As we sailed back to the mouth of the river on a broad reach, the wind actually started dying so we motored back to the marina right before sundown and had dinner in the slip. As we were sitting around the cockpit chatting in the evening, the wind slowly started building until around 10:30 when a hard gust hit, heeling us over in the slip on bare poles. I measured 48 knots at the masthead. The relative safety and comfort of the enclosed cockpit was an interesting place to watch it all unfold. We spent the night aboard but were pretty restless with the wind howling. In the morning we got up to find the deck 3 feet below the finger pier. Everybody said they'd do it again though.
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Got knocked down twice as we sort of spun out on a couple of big waves just as a gust hit, but we were in control the whole time and the boat and crew were fine as it just sort of layed there for a bit and then popped back up and off we went again.
Glad you had a fun ride but that doesn't sound to me like a boat in control. Almost every racing skipper I've ever met tended to over-canvas in high winds and it has not always ended as well as it did on your trip.

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Glad you had a fun ride but that doesn't sound to me like a boat in control. Almost every racing skipper I've ever met tended to over-canvas in high winds and it has not always ended as well as it did on your trip.
You would have had to been there, they were like slow motion right hand turns. (and unfortunately there are no reef points in a Melges 24 mainsail and both happened under main and jib alone)

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