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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Thanks Rick and Gary the debris on the Delaware last week was due to a flash flood on the Schuylkill River. Flooding along River Road in Lower Merion Montgomery County and Bartram's Garden docks damaged on the lower Schuylkill in Philadelphia. They lost all row boats, the Army Core of Engineers recovered 10 but 6 are still missing.

Bartram's Garden dock is a free dock open sunrise to sunset on the Schuylkill and available for visits to the gardens by boat. 9ft water depth at low tide on the main dock, very shallow to about a foot on the kayak docks.

John Bartram supplied the great estates of Europe with exotic plants from the colonies in the early to mid 1700's
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We arrived at the boat at 2:30 today with dog in tow. Too bloody hot to go out right away, so we took it easy in the A/C for a few hours. We then headed out, uncertain if it would be just an evening sail or a night on the hook. Wind sensors showed it was dying in Chester River, but picking up in the Bay, so we did a broad reach toward Magothy and arrived in 2 hours and decided not to turn back. Since we wanted a very dog friendly area, we headed to Dobbins Island, where we quickly dinghied to shore so the dog could burn off some energy before nightfall.

There’s just a hint of a breeze, so the wind scoop helps. A fan does the rest. The missus doesn’t like sleeping in the heat, so tonight will test her limits. Temps are supposed to drop in the morning, but no breeze, so it should be a pleasant motor home tomorrow.

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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Went to the boat at 10 this AM....already 94 out with 75% humidity . Turned of the refrig to defrost it. Was back home in the air conditioning by noon.

We were going to raft up with 4arch this weekend, but both of us decided no way so we are doing a land raft up in the air conditioning at his house. We only live 5 miles apart.

Tomorrow. Bathing in the air conditioning at home.


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Is anybody out today? We stayed at home - too hot. I might go down this evening and spin the prop for awhile. Maybe it's just superstition, but I like to think that it rids the prop of any barnacle larvae that might otherwise turn into hard growth. I also have a few other things to do down in the cabin. But we're not leaving the slip.

I do have a Facebook friend who is doing the BCYA Race to Baltimore right now, and apparently is in the lead for her class.

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I went out this morning at 7am. By 10 it was time to head back in. To darn hot.
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Is anybody out today? We stayed at home - too hot. I might go down this evening and spin the prop for awhile. Maybe it's just superstition, but I like to think that it rids the prop of any barnacle larvae that might otherwise turn into hard growth. I also have a few other things to do down in the cabin. But we're not leaving the slip.

I do have a Facebook friend who is doing the BCYA Race to Baltimore right now, and apparently is in the lead for her class.
I read your post yesterday and decided to walk out to the Tartan and spin the prop. I was out in the heat for about 45 minutes and that was plenty! I'm not sure if spinning them actually helps but I feel better about it! Last year, because we barely used the boat, I got so much growth on the prop I literally could not make more than 1/2 knot under power while taking it for a short haul. Thankfully it is a sailboat and I could sail it to the marina for haulout.

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We went out w some family Friday night, had 10kts from the S while coming out of Whitehall Bay, dropping to 6ish in Annapolis harbor proper. Was just us and the beercan racers out there. Went back to Whitehall and anchored for sunset dinner and swimcall; the breeze felt great and the dark n stormies felt better as defense against the stifling heat.

Supposed to repeat the evolution Saturday w neighbors, but no breeze so even less motivation, we rafted up in the neighbor's pool instead. One can only be so hardcore.

Both definitely beat our original plan to hit up Eagles' Cove then Rock Hall this weekend. That would've been...unpleasant.

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We went out w some family Friday night, had 10kts from the S while coming out of Whitehall Bay, dropping to 6ish in Annapolis harbor proper. Was just us and the beercan racers out there. Went back to Whitehall and anchored for sunset dinner and swimcall; the breeze felt great and the dark n stormies felt better as defense against the stifling heat.

Supposed to repeat the evolution Saturday w CG neighbors, but no breeze so even less motivation, we rafted up in the neighbor's pool instead. One can only be so hardcore.

Both definitely beat our original plan to hit up Eagles' Cove then Rock Hall this weekend. That would've been...unpleasant.
Are you located on Whitehall or Mill Creek.? Haleakula is on Whitehall Creek


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Mill, a few piers up from Cantler's. Liberty Call ('88 Pearson 31-2 wk) is new to us this season and the 1st mate, dual-hatted as Admiral, is new to sailing (definitely not new to outdoor adventures in general). We make sure to get underway at least once during the workweek and then weekends. I've convinced the mate that we HAVE to sail at least that much or else the marine growth will overcome us (not entirely false).
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Despite being quite anxious about the heat, the girlfriend and I decided that the hopes of a slight breeze on the water was still better than the definite heat bowl of Washington DC! And that turned out to be an AMAZING decision!

Headed out of Cadle Creek ard. noon Saturday with the plan of going to Annapolis to meet up with some friends. It was slow sailing out of West River but after passing G"1A" the breeze picked up and all of a sudden the heat wasn't that bad anymore and we were heading towards Thomas Point at abt. 4.5 Knts. Rounding Thomas Point it was a broad reach towards Annapolis. We passed R"4" ard. 3 pm but due to the heat we decided to sail around and enjoy the breeze for a few hours before ending up in Annapolis and picking up a mooring ard. 6 pm.

Hailed the Annapolis Water Taxi and headed into town for ice cream and later drinks!

The morning breeze Sunday kept us cool, but by the time we left ard. 11 am the breeze had died down and we had to motor to G"1AH" before there was enough air so we could slowly make our way down the bay at abt. 2-3 Knts. Made our way to High Island in Rhode River to drop the hook where it was time for a cool down swim and pack up the boat before being safely back in the slip in Cadle Creek ard 6 pm.

Two days of beautiful sailing and plently of sun! 5 gallons of water was consumed to stay hydrated, but I'm 100% certain it was a better decision than staying in DC!
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