Hiya Guidera, welcome to the forum.
As you probably know, the Chesapeake does carry a bit of a current
, so if you time the current
right and if there's not a bad headwind, cruise
speed on your 31 should get you from Annapolis to Solomons within an 8ish hour window. The longer run as you know will be down to Hampton/Norfolk. There is a wonderful little anchorage that I sheltered in after a day and a night beating up the Chesapeake. It's in the Piankatank river, and is called fishing
bay, right north of Godfrey's bay. Beautiful, protected little spot. You can anchor off the marina there, or really anywhere you choose. It's between 50-60 nm from solomon's, so may be on the edge of your comfort zone, but if you leave early and conditions are favorable, shouldn't be a problem to leave and arrive in daylight. Watch for crab traps, especially if you try to cut any of the day marks on the Piankatank.
If you feel like you do want to anchor between Annapolis and Solomons, take a gander at the eastern shore. On the miles river, st michaels is a wonderful stop. We can right in and anchored off the maritime museum behind parrot point, outside of the channel of course, in about 8 feet.
Another option would be Oxford or Cambridge, on the Choptank, again on the eastern shore. Haven't been to these myself but my neighbors like them very much-not sure how to anchorages are. The issue is that many of the 'fun' anchorages are up a tributary a fair way, so you add some time getting to them and then have to double back the next day.
Hope this helps!
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