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Old 21-10-2010, 09:42   #1
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we plan to leave the south river wed. morning anybody else heading down around the same time. whats a good first stop we were thinking solomons. any advice would be great thanks
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Old 21-10-2010, 09:56   #2
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Solomons is good. Next think about Mill Creek, off the Great Wicomico south of Smith Point, Virginia. It's a very pretty, secluded anchorage off the south side of the Great Wicomico. If you want a bit more "civilization", try Cockrell's Creek at Reedville, off the norths side of the GW. Then Jackson Creek at Deltaville. Then a longish run down to Hampton or the Norfolk area.
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Second the suggestion for the Great Wicomico. Go straight in and around behind Sandy Point for a very nice, sheltered anchorage. Also avoids the stink of the fisheries in Reedville.
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Jackson Creek at Deltaville is also good, although the inlet is narrow with a sharp dogleg. Another very nice little hidey-hole that sees much less traffic is Queens Creek, which is on the south side of the Piankatank, across from Gwynn Island. Very quiet and very protected.
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we plan to leave the south river
What country are you in????????????


Then lets go for province and what country you are headed for... Is it the Solomon Islands in the Pacific?
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Hi MarkJ,

All the preceding concerned locations in the Chesapeake.

Solomon's Island is a very pleasant place on the western shore named after a Mr Solomon from Baltimore who started an oyster packing plant there, providing employment for the locals.
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Mill Creek is beautiful, and secluded. After Deltaville, if you're not in a hurry (although its getting to that part of October), you can stop in Mobjack Bay on the way to Hampton/Norfolk. If the winds are not too south of east, just go up inside, the farther you go the better it is. Have stayed too close to the entrance with SE winds and had a bit of a rolly night.

After Norfolk, head for the Dismal Swamp (I presume you're taking the ditch - if not, ignore). Its beautiful. If you have time, stop at the little dock across from the Drummond Feeder Ditch and take the time to dinghy up the ditch and put the dink on the little tram to go up and over into Lake Drummond. Wife and kids really, really enjoyed that little excursion. Then stop at the NC visitors center to meet folks, or press on to the south mills lock.

I wish I were underway heading south instead of tied to a slip in Texas, with the best scenario being a late December/early January departure! Have fun!

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All the preceding concerned locations in the Chesapeake.
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Chesepeake, USA or Malaysia?
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Not "Chesepeake". Chesapeake. THE Bay to you, son.
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. THE Bay to you, son.
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Oh! FGS!!!!!!!! I thought THE bay was somehwere near you live
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the wicomico looks great that will be day two i think. going to try and make it to norfolk in three days. we are in kind of a hurry to get to the islands but dont have a set schedual. sounds like the majority of people we talk to say we shouldnt miss the dismal swamp. anyone disagree and why?
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we are currently sitting deltaville for a couple of more days finishing repairs -- then norfolk for a couple of days - down the great dismal to elizabeth to reprovision then a quick run to beaufort sc for a few days then maybe a quick run to ft lauderdale for a 3 week reprovision before heading west
if you have an ssb you can check in on cruiseheimers on 8152 at 0830 and see who is headed your way to buddy boat with

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WE are sitting in Herrington Harbour North working on our electronics hoping to leave tomorrow for the Solomons and then a leisurely trip down to Norfolk..we would like to be there by Nov 1st, course it depends on weather and the boat. Today there was a small craft warning for some of the area not sure what tomorrow is going to bring being a small craft (below 30 ft) we are a little more affected by these things...I was wondering where we should head after Solomons so I will definitely have to look at some of your suggestions here...anything else us newbies should know about sailing in the Bay? The crab traps have been fun and not aving a depth finder until today has definitely been a challenge.
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