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Re: 2020 Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay

Fair winds, chef2sail. My wife and I finished up our last preparations on the boat today and are setting sail tomorrow morning. I hope to see you out there. If I get any cell service, I'll post some updates here. Thanks for all the help!

p.s. The wind forecast looks pretty weak, so it's more like "setting motor" tomorrow morning.


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I have to play Taps Monday morning for a private Memorial Day observance, then we're hoping to head to the boat for several days on the water. Not sure where to go yet, maybe down to Eastern Bay area, then maybe across to South River to check out the Quiet Waters Dog Beach. Is Kent Narrows passable at low tide, or has it silted in since the dredging in 2018?

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I have to play Taps Monday morning for a private Memorial Day observance, then we're hoping to head to the boat for several days on the water. Not sure where to go yet, maybe down to Eastern Bay area, then maybe across to South River to check out the Quiet Waters Dog Beach. Is Kent Narrows passable at low tide, or has it silted in since the dredging in 2018?
Lol Quiet Waters is a friendly park, Quiet....no

Lots of boats in the Creek as West Marine and food store are a 1/2 mile walk.

If we do South River...a major power boat River we head for Aberdeen Creek, next on up. It’s really nice and quiet and protected the further back you go. You won’t hear the go fast boats on the south river.



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Once again we pulled an exit stage left. Decided to go to Boby Owl Cove ( spelled correctly) off Lendenham Creek, off Broadway Creek, on the Choptank. In stead of heading up to San Domingo on Broad go port at Lendenham.

We’ve decided to just take it slow and only do 35 miles today instead of the 45. Tomorrow we will head for Solomon’s on a predicted broad reach with 12-15 knot NE winds.

We know Boby Owl will be quiet. If they have raft ups there are alternatives very close by .

Looking forward to Sesame Ahi Tuna on the grill tonight .


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I just went through the Kent Narrows at low tide and saw 5.8' on the North Channel... Otherwise it was fine. Heading up the Wye somewhere and then who knows. Not much this weekend...but its sunny and warm and we're out... No complaints 😂

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First day of our “sail” down the Potomac went well. We made it 49 miles to the Goose Bay Marina near Port Tobacco, motoring all the way. The Potomac didn’t give up much wind today. It’s a bit rednecky and there’s going to be live music tonight, but they’re friendly and welcoming. Next stop based on our pace is probably Smith Creek tomorrow evening.
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First day of our “sail” down the Potomac went well. We made it 49 miles to the Goose Bay Marina near Port Tobacco, motoring all the way. The Potomac didn’t give up much wind today. It’s a bit rednecky and there’s going to be live music tonight, but they’re friendly and welcoming. Next stop based on our pace is probably Smith Creek tomorrow evening.
Do plan to stop at a marina each night or spend an evening or two on the hook?

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Is there a consensus on the most accurate weather model for the Chesapeake? Looking at ECMWF versus GFS models for next week shows fairly significant variances. (NAM model on Windy.com doesn't seem to extend farther than this Wednesday.) I do realize that this is all subject to change as we get closer to the dates I'm looking at.
I've been using the Predict Wind App... I like that you can easily compare various models such as GFS, PWG, ECMWF and in various formats. Its as good as reading weather charts IMO as I recently did a lot of comparison on a delivery of a boat from National Harbor DC to Mystic.
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I've been using the Predict Wind App... I like that you can easily compare various models such as GFS, PWG, ECMWF and in various formats. Its as good as reading weather charts IMO as I recently did a lot of comparison on a delivery of a boat from National Harbor DC to Mystic.
I use both predict wind and Sail Flow
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Spent the night in Boby Owl Cove ( spelled correctly) off off broad Creek, Lendenham Creek ,Choptank.
We were the only ones in a normally visited area. Was worried there might be raft ups of clubs, but clubs aren’t doing that I hope

Wind piped up about 2 to gusts of 30 but Mr Rocna was reliable as usual

This morning Lox , Bagels and Kona Coffee.

Looks like a perfect broad reach of 29 miles to Solomon’s Island and Mill Creek. Winds predicted NE at 11 around Gooses Reef to 15 at Cove Point,

Glad to be back on the boat.


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