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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Glad to hear everyone's getting out on the water!

On our way to the water on Wednesday, we were about 20 miles from Sandy Point State Park on 97 South when BAM! SCRAAAAAAPE.... the axle on our trailer broke at the drop near the wheel. Luckily it folded in toward the boat and didn't go flying out into traffic.

Through a number of adventures, we spent nine hours finding tools and parts and replacing the axle on the side of the road.

We made it to the park at 1830, ate dinner under a tree, and decided to take our time setting up the boat. We were in the water a little after 2100. Having never night sailed or night navigated, we motored slowly under the bridge and around the corner to Whitehall Bay behind Hackett Point. It was a nice muddy anchorage and held very well. The anchor did a good job digging in with the wind overnight.

Thursday we sailed to Annapolis and had the sails up until the turn into the harbor. We grabbed Mooring #1 (closest to Ego Alley) and grabbed a water taxi for a walk around the Navy yard and a shower. Ice cream mid day was quite nice as well. We spent the evening people watching and had some pork loins with mashed potatoes for dinner.

Friday the wind was 0-8, and coming from where we were headed. We made it about a quarter mile from the bridge and then dropped sail to motor our way in.

We made it back home without incident, and thankfully without any axle issues. Whew!

Sometimes a sailing adventure doesn't end up as planned, but it can still be quite nice. I had fun but was exhausted most of the trip from that first day on the side of the road.
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Might have crossed paths with you - we sailed out from Regent Point Sunday to meet some folks at Windmill Point. Started out midday and could barely make way so ended up motoring for an hour or so. By 2pm, things had started picking up and in another hour or two the bay was quite lively. Never did put a reef in so I'm guessing 10's but the fetch made for a bumpy ride! Day ended with a lovely broad reach all the way back to the bridge. Didn't get too far out of the river, but it sure beats not being out at all!

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I don't see a lot on the forum from southern bay sailors but we are here.

I got out for my first real sail since having spinal surgery in April. My wife and I headed out Wednesday morning from Yankee Point and made it all the way to Cape Charles under sail. Things started out pretty calm but by the time we got down the river to near Deltaville it was time to put in a reef. Had a sporty little sail all the way down the bay with northerly winds and following seas. Saw some pretty impressive waves roll under our transom. I won't mention our speed at times because it was unbelievable.

We took a slip in the town harbor. The cement plant at the harbor entrance always drove me nuts because of the noise. It has been shut down for a year and the peace and quiet was great, although it dealt quite a blow to the local economy. Well the plant has been sold and is scheduled to resume operation next month.

The next morning we hoped to sail up to Deltaville, but the northerly kept pushing us south. Halfway across the bay the wind picked up and once again had us shortening sail. This time we only rolled in the headsail a bit and then flew over to Mobjack Bay. We finally gave in and motored up to Fishing Bay for a very nice night on the hook.

Next morning we went to explore a place we had never seen. From Fishing Bay it was a short trip to Milford Haven on Gwynn Island. After the swing bridge opened we followed the channel past a Coast Guard Station, some run down fish houses, and some very posh condos. The final destination was a narrow spit of sand that jutted out into the bay. This is possibly the most remote location on the western shore.

Another long slog back up the Rapp until crossing under the bridge at Whitestone when a breeze filled in and we had a peaceful evening sail back towards the home slip. After getting cleaned up and cooling off we decided it was too nice to stay in the slip and headed back out into the Corrotoman for a night at anchor on the western branch.

We will be taking a longer cruise in September and if the wind cooperates, might make it up north for a change. We have enjoyed time on the Choptank and would like to get back there. Also the Potomac.
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Love hearing from the Southern Bay sailors. We’ve taken many vacations here especially in the fall. Lots of neat hangouts and gunkholing opportunities.


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Down at the boat looking for a relaxing weekend. Not much wind, but there are plenty of anchorage close by. Will choose where to go in the AM


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We’re heading over to Rock Hall and will probably take a slip at North Point Marina so the kids can swim in the pool.

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We’re heading over to Rock Hall and will probably take a slip at North Point Marina so the kids can swim in the pool.
Didn’t know you were back from FLORIDA


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Got back this week. Had a lot of fun it the sun but it will be nice to be back out on the bay after a few week hiatus. Doesn’t look like any wind but at least the temps will be milder. Keep an eye out for us if you head north of the bridge.

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Anchored off of High Bar ( sunken island) and Camp Letts on the Rhode River. Temps are 88 but not unbearable.
Frozen Peach strawberry smoothies are the drink of the day.


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I read elsewhere about a squall (?) down near York spit yesterday and started looking at CBIBS data. Yikes! Those microbursts come up quick and hit 50kts in a heartbeat.
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Looks like the major heat/ humidity has broken. Nice fresh westerly winds today scrubbed the water out of the air. Tomorrow the best wind is at 11 PM , but there will be a good pick up late afternoon. Saturday night sleeping mid 60s and Sunday has light winds.

Think we are headed to Cacaway , Langford Creek on the Chester but of course that could change in the AM when we wake up.


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