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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I raced in EYC's Friday night series last night. I saw the occasional branch the thickness of upper or lower forearms in the Severn.

I have a folding prop so I'm less concerned about that kind of damage while sailing. I would be extra watchful while motoring and might put my partner on the bow. Yup, there's junk in the water. I'm not going to let it end my sailing season

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

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We are sailing north of the bridge entering the Magothy. Have seen very little debris


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Anchored in the Inner Cove next to Redhouse Cove east of Eagles Nest on the Magothy.
Typical weekend in Eagles Nest with 5-8 rafts containing 5 power boats each. Tons of noise.

That’s why we soldiered on and came to the Gibson Island coves. Years ago the Yacht Club skiff boat tried to chase us out, but they don’t own the water there.


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Up the Chester today... Nothing here. No boats either. Beautiful sunset on the Corsica

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

With an earlier than normal flight to Milwaukee tomorrow, I bailed on anchoring out tonight because the forecast 80% chance of thunderstorms all day made me concerned about getting back in time. (As fate would have it, later in the day they removed thunderstorms from the forecast.) Since I'm getting a little tired of daysailing, I decided to work on some much delayed todo items. The dinghy hadn't been in the water for 6 weeks, and I had left a little gas in the tank which had me nervous, so I dropped her in the water in the marina and wife, dog, and I all went for a nice little ride around the harbor. I normally pull the cord gently a couple times to prime the fuel pump, but I pulled just a little too hard and it started on the first pull (not bad for after 6 weeks). I'm really impressed with how quietly the Suzuki idles. Of course, it does get a little noisier at high throttle. While the dinghy was in the water, I ironed some patches into spots under the dinghy cover that are subject to chafe, and installed a couple of thimbles into the loops of my davit harnesses.

Then I went to work on changing the Racor filter. We have the 215 spin-on model with plastic bowl underneath that must be removed and threaded onto the new filter element, and I had a horrible time getting the bowl off because there's no place to grab it with a wrench or other tool. (Oops, just found a wrench for it online, but $30???) The whole ordeal took a couple of hours, and even moving it up into the cockpit, the small drips of diesel fuel onto the cockpit sole caused the cabin to get enough diesel fumes to be unpleasant smelling. This filter is a total PITA to change, and I'd love to get their 500 series turbine type, but there isn't sufficient vertical clearance under our aft berth to fit it. So I need to stick with the one I have for now.

After several hours of working on dinghy and fuel filter, I was soaking with sweat and jumped into the marina's pool to cool off. We're home now, where another todo list awaits.

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Was a good sailing day despite a late start figuring out our new dinghy.
Initially we were going up the Chester, but decided to exit stage left and did the Magothy. Was quite humid out , but we kept an eye out for T storms and got a good 4 hour sail in with conditions of 8-10 knots.

Anchored in the Inner Harbor or Gibson outside the mooring field, we had a peaceful quiet dinner of line grilled yellowfin tuna and a chopped salad with chipotle blue cheese dressing. Dessert was a peach smoothy

It cooled down nicely so sleeping was great. Looks like a great sail today.


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Colin, I have a friend that fishes the Delaware Bay's upper reaches and said it is just as bad, if not worse, than the Chesapeake right now.

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Guess it's a good thing my boat isn't ready for the water yet. Sure would be nice to be done with this refit though.

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Hi all! I feel like I haven't been here forever. Long story short, I lost my dad just as the kids got out of school, and just got home last week. It's been a cursed summer in many ways. My dad is why I sail and I'll never get to talk sailing or racing with him again. I miss him terribly.

But I got to race twice this past week, and we have a raft up concert this Saturday on Stoney Creek (Drop Dead Dangerous - they are great - I bet there's room for a couple more boats...). And then a cruise planned for Labor Day Weekend. So our family will get a last chance at some fun time together thank goodness.

I hope everyone is well, getting to sail, and that the debris hasn't caused damage (yes, I did get that news).

Hoping for some good sailing the rest of the season.

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Hi all! I feel like I haven't been here forever. Long story short, I lost my dad just as the kids got out of school, and just got home last week. It's been a cursed summer in many ways. My dad is why I sail and I'll never get to talk sailing or racing with him again. I miss him terribly.

But I got to race twice this past week, and we have a raft up concert this Saturday on Stoney Creek (Drop Dead Dangerous - they are great - I bet there's room for a couple more boats...). And then a cruise planned for Labor Day Weekend. So our family will get a last chance at some fun time together thank goodness.

I hope everyone is well, getting to sail, and that the debris hasn't caused damage (yes, I did get that news).

Hoping for some good sailing the rest of the season.

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Lee, sorry to hear of you loss. Your dads legacy lives on in you and your love of sailing and the water. You can smile when you think of that as you pass your legacy on to the kids.

God bless you and your family
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I crossed Conowingo Dam about 2 p.m. this afternoon, no flood gates open, but the water flowing over the spillways was incredible and loaded with debris. Additionally, Deer Creek and Octorario Creeks were at least 4 to 5 feet above normal. All three bodies of water were flowing chocolate brown and the current was so swift that I could not venture out of the marina safely. Looks like it will be at least a week before I can go sailing again.

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