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My father moved to White Stone, Virginia recently and moved his boat down to Carter Creek. I've sailed around in the northern parts of the bay and northern eastern shore but I haven't gotten around the southern part too much.

Does anyone have any recommendations for day or two day sails from the Rappahannock?
 

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Was on the Rappahannock for 20 years. Good trips include across the Bay to Onancock (weekend) , Up to Reedville, Up to Kilmarnock, over to Tangier, Down to Mobjack Bay, across to Crisfield, and of course on a long weekend, down into Norfolk/Hampton. St. Mary's on the Potomac is doable in a long day. Solomon's is a 2 day trip each way. Lots of great cruising around the area and even on the Rappahanock Urbanna and Deltaville are good day trips. Enjoy!
 

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The Southern Bay is a beautiful place

I have sailed the Central Chesapeake (West River) for 30+ years. I love that area, but I have also made a couple trips south. I think if you are familiar with the Northern Central Chesapeake you will find the Southern Bay a lonelier place. You can sail for hours and only see a handful of boats. Deltaville is the busiest area north of Norfolk. If I were planning a trip south I would be sure to include Tangier, Deltaville, Mobjack Bay. I also think Yorktown is worth a visit too. Don't miss Norfolk.
 

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We've had our Irwin 37CC at Regent Point Marina right off the Rappahannock for about 7 years and we find the area to be pretty good of eather a quick day sail or planning a week long sail around the area. There's so many creeks and places to anchor you'll run out of time well before you run out of places to go. We were going to go to Reedville but couldn't by boat so we drove up there just to see what was there, well unless you like nice old house's to look at there's not a whole lot to see or much do. The area around Yankee Point Marina has a bunch of real nice creeks & coves to slip into.
One thing I found useful was the webb site Google Earth. You can take a good look at the various places you might want to go ahead of time. It can also, using Earth Link overlay the bouy's and channel markers right onto the Google Earth spot. If you also have a chart plotter some of them will let you down load your routes onto the Google Earth spot. I find this very useful to print out the picture from Google Earth along with the routes and bouy's already on it for use in the cockpit while underway.

Good Luck,

Mike & Glinda
s/v Blue Bayou
 

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To add to the good advice already given, I'll add a few places to consider for a quick overnighter from Carter Creek. Just up "Rivah", is the Corrotoman River which has some beautiful anchorages, the western branch is one of our favorites. Its very close to Carter Creek (which is also a destination we enjoy) so it might be a good place to check out if you ever get a late start.

Fishing Bay is one of those legendary Chesapeake anchorages that is nearly a must see. If the winds are out of the south you can anchor across the way in Godfrey Bay. Also, working up the western shore from Windmill Point there is Antipoison Creek, Little Bay (there is supposed to be a nice beach there), Indian Creek and Dividing Creek where there is a nice anchorage at Lawrence Cove.

We are down "rivah" and across the way at Stingray Point Marina and spring will start our 4th year there.

Bill and Jill
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 C36

PS The entire area is somewhat underdeveloped when it comes to night life, but I can share what I know if you have any interest.
 

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If you are looking for night life, Urbanna has the most choices. I second the Carrotoman, especially the western branch. The eastern branch has a great anchorage with a nice beach but generally overrun by jetskis. All the other suggestions are great and visit them often, but tend to be away from towns. We're a pretty friendly lot, drop your anchor and dinghy over and say hello. Also consider joining one of the local Yacht Clubs, most are pretty laid back social organizations. Fishing Bay, Yankee Point and to some extent RRYC on Carters Creek are into racing.
 

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I grew up sailing the southern half of the Bay, and still make it down there from time-to-time. One of my favorite spots is Grog Island, north of the Rappahannock at the entrance to Dymer Creek, and it's a really pretty spot for a dip in Spring or Fall without the jellies present. :)
 

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I grew up sailing the southern half of the Bay, and still make it down there from time-to-time. One of my favorite spots is Grog Island, north of the Rappahannock at the entrance to Dymer Creek, and it's a really pretty spot for a dip in Spring or Fall without the jellies present. :)
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Grog Island is Grog shoal now.
 

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This is all fine stuff but where do you eat??
Deltaville:
Cocomo's (seems to be the party place in D'ville and the food is really good)
Galley (Best crab bisque in town) Always had great food here and the best bet for a burger
Tobys (seems more upscale, food is very good)
Sweet Shop Bakery (good homemade bread with breakfast)
Taylors (I'm told folks used to drive for miles to eat at Taylors but its my least favorite in D'ville.)

Saluda/Hummel:
Pilot House (Great Breakfast buffet)
Eckhard's (Great German and Italian dishes)

Urbanna:
Cafe Mojo - Big City style in the sticks (with big city prices)

Kilmarnock:
Buenos Nachos - Really good Mexican even by big city standards.
Smokey Joes BBQ - OK BBQ
Roses Steak and Ale (Also a good place to have a beer and watch a game)

And the number one answer is:

Dinner on the boat!!!!
 

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We did a 11 day Southern Eastern shore trip this summer, loved it. Did Chrisfield, Onacock, Cape Charles & Smith (plus Solomons, St Leanords Creek and a couple days in Oxford)

A little further south in Cape Charles is Bay Creek Marina. Bay Creek Marina - Chesapeake Bay & Atlantic Boat Slips It's a fantastic marina, miles of teak decked floating docks, "Aqua" a great on-site restaurant, and a great Irish Pub in town. The channel is a bit tricky, especially at low tide, but it's a nice soft sand that I was able to plow through the shallow spots. (Smith Island was a different story :eek: )

Second Onacock, a cool little town with may dining options, just don't go on a Monday as we did as most are closed :(

This years plan is to do a Western Shore cruise with the Admiral down to the bottom of the bay. I'll be referring to this post as well as posting for more suggestions as we get closer.
 

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snip... It's a fantastic marina, miles of teak decked floating docks, "Aqua" a great on-site restaurant, and a great Irish Pub in town. The channel is a bit tricky, especially at low tide, but it's a nice soft sand that I was able to plow through the shallow spots. (Smith Island was a different story :eek: )
If a T37 with the board up had trouble getting in, they must not see a lot of sailboat traffic there. The chart shows 5 feet in the channel in some places.

It looks like a cool marina and has potential as a stop on the Sailnet Delmarva trip, but with water that skinny, I'll likely choose somewhere else. We draw 5'2" and I think some of the others might draw more.
 

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They say the channel is dredged to 6'5", but we went in on a extreme low tide and just missed the edge of the channel due to the "local advice" we were given. My brother was there the year before and had no problem with his 5'2" boat, and there a few other sails including a big (50-60') steel schooner tourist boat that is based out of the marina.


Bay Creek 8-08

For the Delmarva trip, I would think the municipal marina would be preferred as Bay Creek is a bit pricey.
 

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I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Grog Island is Grog shoal now.
Jos...Grog Island was really wonderful...especially for kids. Too bad but mother nature is relentless.
Yeah, I know there really isn't anything left of it. I still like the area though. Maybe it is just sentimental. As a kid, my parents would send my brother and I ashore in the dinghy with a tent, and we'd camp out on the island while they had the boat to themselves. At the time, it didn't occur to me that they were getting something out of the deal. :) Nothing left of the island to camp out on now.

But even just a few years ago, 20 years after those camping days, there were some trees left so you could still call it an "island". We were anchored, rafted with a friend's boat. In the morning, with our sterns to the island (and the sun coming up behind it), I sat with my feet hanging over the transom, completely relaxed, and thought, this is the way life should be. A strong memory. So yeah, it's sentimental.
 

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We were anchored, rafted with a friend's boat. In the morning, with our sterns to the island (and the sun coming up behind it), I sat with my feet hanging over the transom, completely relaxed, and thought, this is the way life should be. A strong memory. So yeah, it's sentimental.
That right there is pretty much why I have sailboat.
 

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Hi, ttk.

I used to live on Tabbs Creek, just off the Bay a couple of miles east of White Stone. Great area to live and sail in! All the recommendations you've been given are great. Now that Grog Island is gone, lot of people anchor off the sandy beach opposite the entrance to Antipoison Creek in Fleet's Bay.

Since your Dad is based in Carter Creek now, he should check out the Rappahannock River Yacht Club in Irvington if he has a sailboat. It's a great little sailing club, with a non-pretentious little clubhouse and dock on the Creek.
 

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Cape Charles

I haven't been yet but I was told the municipal marina was recently refurbished. New Heads/Shower facilities, docks, etc. Lots of room to anchor also. Both times we have been we have been escorted up the channel by pods of dolphins.
 

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I thought of another pretty new eating place in Deltaville, it's called Bella's. it's pretty nice, jim the owner has a great staff, it's a Pizza & sub place but you can also get full meals there.
Some other anchorages Glinda & I went to this summer were Yapps Cove off Carter Creek to the right and Carter Cove off to the left. We also had a great time off the Corrotoman River across from Yankee Pt. Marina, a bunch of very peacefull places to anchor and they have a new dinning area at the marina.

Good Luck,

Mike & Glinda
s/v Blue Bayou
 
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