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Thank for the tip! we'll give Worton creek a try instead.
If winds are west anchor inside just past Worton Creek . Not sure of draft but it's 6 ft for a small stretch. Great wind protection and nice setting lots of hawks and we've spotted bald eagles there and on the outside. Watch the birds line up on the picket fence of the fish traps and fight each other for spots all morning

If you stay in the outside anchorage:

If winds NW you should get good protection from northern shore of outside anchoring area. Depths are good close to shore

That's where we like to anchor but sometimes if the wind is wrong, even on a begnign breeze day it can get rolls because of the fetch

It won't be SW that day, but if the winds SW we anchor on the south side close to shore west of the R2
 

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This is from today - pay no attention to all the fat man behind the wheel - I've gained a ton since the docs put me on prednisone. I feel and look like a blimp, but now I can go several hours without supplemental oxygen, which feels pretty darned good for a change.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6fXgk0vzn0&feature=youtu.be

Gary :cool:
That's SO AWESOME! You have SAILING FACE! Such a big smile - so glad you got a med that gives you some freedom and the ability to sail with such joy! YAY!!!
 
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Currently at Smith Point , southern side of the Potomac crossing over going north in very begnign conditions. The forecast was for strong southerly winds the next two days gusts to 37 so we decided to cross today even though we wouldn't be beating into it.

We've decided the Potomac has its own weather conditions and the wave action sucks, especially when wind against current it becomes a dishwasher. We may stop at Solomon's or continue to the Choptank which is a good haul from the Rappahanack.

Conditions perfect starting Later on Saturday for T37 trip south down the Bay.
 

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Currently at Smith Point , southern side of the Potomac crossing over going north in very begnign conditions. The forecast was for strong southerly winds the next two days gusts to 37 so we decided to cross today even though we wouldn't be beating into it.

We've decided the Potomac has its own weather conditions and the wave action sucks, especially when wind against current it becomes a dishwasher. We may stop at Solomon's or continue to the Choptank which is a good haul from the Rappahanack.

Conditions perfect starting Later on Saturday for T37 trip south down the Bay.
You've got that right.

I have a friend who lives down there and he insists on purchasing much smaller headsails than you'd expect for someone who sails on the Chesapeake in the summer. I've razzed him about this many times, but when I look at Sailflow, he is almost always getting stronger breezes than many places on the bay. I can't fault his choice.
 

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There's always a breeze at Point Lookout and Smith Point - I loved fishing and sailing in that area, however, the best sailing takes place along the eastern side of the main shipping channel. Pretty consistent winds there, at least from my experience.

Stay safe,

Gary
 

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I use SailFlow also.....most accurate ap I have found.

Usually I can't use the autopilot much crossing the Potomac however today is a perfect day for it. If I had to steer I'd be sleepy as hell. Instead I can be here on my I pod awake...lol😎😎😎😎

We've had a good trip so far. We haven't been scared off by the chances of rain each day which is the norm for the Chesapeake in the summer, but have been prudent with the T storm lines and development. We visited mostly new spots, and definitely like the different flavor the southern Bay has to offer.

Slip and marina fees are half what they are in the northern and mid bay. Anchorages are truly rural. Next time down ( maybe in mid September) we go up the Rappahanock further past Urbana. We like to visit Yankee Point Marina,
 

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Almost at Solomon's

We are going to soldier through and get to Boby Owl Cove on Ledenham Creek, Broad Creek , Choptank .
A nice 75 mile trip...lol

It's pretty hot out today.
 

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It's always hot when you're sailing with the wind, which for me, is rare. Damned wind's always on my nose. ;)

Have a safe trip, Dave, and I hope to catch up with you next week. I'm heading south on Wednesday, and the long range forecast looks great for a change.

All the best,

Gary :cool:
 

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snip: We visited mostly new spots, and definitely like the different flavor the southern Bay has to offer.

Slip and marina fees are half what they are in the northern and mid bay. Anchorages are truly rural. Next time down ( maybe in mid September) we go up the Rappahanock further past Urbana. We like to visit Yankee Point Marina,
Having purchased our first boat in Deltaville and subsequently sailing in that area for 5 years, I know well what you speak of.

The only thing that keeps me from moving back down there is the drive. Well that and the economy down there has taken such a hit. There were several decent restaurants in Deltaville when we left but they have all closed. The building that housed one of our favorites was burned down a few weeks ago in training exercise for the local FD.
 

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Almost at Solomon's

We are going to soldier through and get to Boby Owl Cove on Ledenham Creek, Broad Creek , Choptank .
A nice 75 mile trip...lol

It's pretty hot out today.
My favorite anchorage is the mouth of Bench cove about 1/2 mile from the the mouth of
Boby Owl i will be there Saturday night as i am most Saturday nights May thru November. Have fun !!!
 

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We're hoping to head out this weekend. Will keep an eye on the t-storms tomorrow before deciding whether to drop the lines on Friday afternoon or Saturday after they're forecast to pass by. Where we go (Chester, Wye, Magothy, Worton) may depend on wind.
 

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We spent the night in Boby Owl Cove by ourselves. Winds gusting over 35 quiet common and just a passing shower at 6:00 AM

Was a relief after 72 miles and a 12 hour sail up from the Rappahanock.

Seeing that the weather called for steady 20 gusts to 45 is what made our decision to keep going past Solomons so we could pretty much stay in the protection of the Choptank .

At noon as the winds calmed we made the 1 hour job over to San Domingo Creek - the back door to St Michaels and again are the o my boat in here on a Friday. It looked pretty rough on the river with4-5 foot Chesapeake Chop from the S and SW so our decision yesterday was a good one.

Today and tomorrow we will just hang out as our first vacation comes to an end. Trips to town in the dinghy for ice cream and lunch at Ava's may be in order .

It's not quite as warm today and tomorrow after the front drags through in the AM looks like s glorious day.

All in all we had a great vacation. At the conclusion over 460 miles covered by our well traveled Haleakula.

We were wary about an early summer vacation in June in the Chesapeake due to its heat, but there was only one oppressive day( yesterday) . Also we had good wind and sailed over 80% of the time.

It's funny we've gotten into a good traveling rhythm and we are at the end, but good practice for when we retire.
 
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Gale warnings tonight. Hope everyone's anchorage is well protected from the southwest. Anyone on the Worton might want to go on the inside.

We decided to wait until tomorrow to head to the boat. Probably headed to Chester River.
 

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Not sure where the gale warnings were as I didn't seen sustained winds over 34 except from Solomon's down the Bay though there may have been some localized funnel areas

We saw winds sustained at 25 gusts to 55 where we are on San Domingo Creek. It was pretty switchy in terms of direction but we were protected from any wave action fetch where we anchored.

I did get up for 1/2 hour at 5:30 whenthe. Peak occured and the direction went from S to SW to W to insure the anchor held or pivoted, which it did. Thank you Mr Rocna

Anchoring in wind is about your confidence in your anchoring technique. You can't always be assured of a perfect spot or a tie up. I actually worry more about other boats in an anchorage dragging than Haleakula.

To me that's why buying a good anchor is really important as it can become a piece of emergency equipment
 

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Left the marina yesterday about 7:00 PM and choose Reed Creek, have never been back here. Great sail last night under just the headsail. Kids wanted burgers for dinner.

Good water depth here and protected from almost all wind directions. The rest of the weekend looks like it will be beautiful. We got lucky with what remaind of TS Cindy
 

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Dinghied into St Michaels early to let Donna shop and get some watermelon for our last 2days. I have to have water,Elon in the summer.
Friends of ours from Herrington Harbor are sailing over ( we think) to raft up later on.

Choosing to come up that long day from the Rappahanock proved to be good as we have really relaxed in this neck of the Choptank. Tomorrow we head for home.

T37 should get great cool weather the first few days of your trip before it gets hot and humid again. Enjoy the time with your girls exploring.
 

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We are driving to Rock Hall this afternoon, plan to be on the hook for two nights. Probably Cacaway Is. and Corsica River, though unsure what order we will do them.
 

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We do dinghied around a few creeks this morning after lox, bagels and Kona. 2.5 hour dinghy ride was fun. Saw some pretty pricey houses including Dick Chaneys and Donald Rumsfelds. Donna is busy hitting the stores, I sitting in a. Tree shaded Aderondock chair watch all the tourists go by like a good husband. Nice breeze. After being in the peace and quiet of the boat being around all these people is kind of too much. We are meeting at 3 for pizza at Ava's.

Then we will discuss dinghy back to Haleakula. Hopefully are friends have anchored by then. What a difference it makes with the low humidity.
 
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