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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
This season has been SO much better than last year. I can only think of one hot, miserable day that we couldn't sail (Aug 18). For those of us restricted to weekends, a lot of this is luck involving which good days happen to fall on a Saturday or Sunday. But it looks like the luck has been with us this year.
A lot has been said of the unusually large "dead zone" in the Bay this year (located in deeper waters than where we are). But up north of the bridge, where we are, I have noticed only a few dead fish here and there. In past years we had some pretty big fish kills in August, with dozens of fish in a concentrated area. So, my unscientific study suggests that fish health has been a little better this year - though I have no idea why, since high water temps certainly would seem to favor high algae activity and depleted oxygen. Maybe the better wind is mixing things up a bit, leading to better oxygenation.
More good news: Looks like the mid-upper Bay is no longer in Dorian's cone of uncertainty. However, this only means the eye is less likely to pass through us. We still could see pretty high water and high winds, especially as the storm weakens and thus grows larger as it moves north.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Wing Keel Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina