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My vacation starts this afternoon. I'm sitting at work like I've got ants in my pants. I've got one gov't employee who wants to make absolutely sure that he's done everything possible to ruin my vacation before I head out.

The heatwave breaks beginning today. I'm stoked about the forecast.
Mine ends tomorrow. Been pinging around the bay doing the "Trawler with a stick" thing since Friday. Spring Cove, Vera's White Sands, Zahnizers and 2 nights at Brewers in Oxford. Yesterday was the absolute worst heat wise.

This was not my plan but with the heat advisory the plan was changed to go from a cruise to a pool dash with AC at a Marina every day.

Despite the heat and lack of sailing its been a relaxing and mostly enjoyable few days.

Hopefully we'll get a few hours of sailing on the way home tomorrow.
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Well, my wife and I have our first sailing trip planned for July 12-14, weather permitting. Depending on the wind forecasts we'll either head toward Annapolis, the Magothy, or Rock Hall. I never trust the forecasts this far out, so I have to remind myself not to check it. Hopefully the weather will be good. Basically I think only a thunderstorm will nix this trip.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Been out and about since last Sunday... currently anchored in a beautiful cove on St. Leonard Creek off the Patuxent.

Forecast says we should sail south a few days...
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Took my 11-year-old grandson sailing yesterday, but never got to sail. The forecasted winds of 7 to 12 kts never materialized, and shortly after we motored down the Havre de Grace Channel, the weather radar on my phone showed we were surrounded by bad stuff, so we just motored back to the marina, put the sail cover back on and drove home.

The weekend forecast looks quite promising, with temperatures in the low 80s and dry conditions. HA! They usually lie.

Just another typical day in the Chesapeake's uppermost reaches,

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Sleeping in the slip tonight. Dog will wake up at first light, so we’ll head out early. We like to visit Annapolis once a season, and weather looks perfect for a city stopover. We hope to get there early enough to score a mooring ball. Fly back to Milwaukee on Sunday night, so it’s a one-nighter.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Rick, you have to stop all that workin' stuff - it messes with your sailing too much. This should a fantastic weekend for sailing the Chesapeake.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We left the dock at 0700 this morning and arrived in Annapolis Harbor at 1000. Vigorous downwind sail coming here with in 16 kt breeze and lumpy seas requiring constant attention to avoid a gybe. There were 3 balls available in the front 40 when we arrived, but a lot of boats left at 1100, and there are over a dozen available now. It’s a gorgeous, cool day with 9 kt northeast breeze through the harbor. Dog peed on command on the foredeck, so we can take our time dropping the dinghy and just relax for awhile.

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We left the dock at 0700 this morning and arrived in Annapolis Harbor at 1000. Vigorous downwind sail coming here with in 16 kt breeze and lumpy seas requiring constant attention to avoid a gybe. There were 3 balls available in the front 40 when we arrived, but a lot of boats left at 1100, and there are over a dozen available now. It’s a gorgeous, cool day with 9 kt northeast breeze through the harbor. Dog peed on command on the foredeck, so we can take our time dropping the dinghy and just relax for awhile.
Good to hear Fido is catching on.

Would love to be out today. Tried to convince Nurse Cratchet but only got a stare. Tomorrow we will visit Haleakula. She may allow me to motor some to knock any potential slime buildup in the last two weeks off, we will see.


Dead downwind.....Can you rig a preventor on the toe rail ?that way you never have to worry about an accidental gybe when the rocky Rollie’s hit from behind.

I forget , on your Catalina , is it a tall rig? Swept back spreaders?


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

It’s a short enough hop that a preventer was too much trouble. We were downwind, but not DDW. We avoided DDW by keeping the wind off the starboard quarter, then gybed back before we got in the western shipping lanes. The second leg was more pleasant because chop was more directly behind us even though wind was well off the stern port quarter. But it all needed hand steering because the periodicity of the swells causes autopilot to oscillate wildly no matter how I tweak gain.

Boat is tall mast version, 3’ taller than standard, but no bow sprit. Spreaders straight sideways.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

If you have never ventured up the Nanticoke River I highly suggest giving it a whirl. Motored, Sailed, Motored to a stunning sport up the Nanticoke. Winds howling but the current vs. the wind kept the bow into the current over the wind. Quit remarkable for the Chesapeake in my experience. I could hang on this river for several days exploring and chilling.

Maybe the Rappahannock tomorrow? Decisions um...

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