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Old 30-07-2011, 20:42   #1
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DelMarVa Circumnavigation 2011

We had a wonderful sail around the DelMarVa peninsula.

Just thought we would share our trip with y'all.

The link below will get you to the post and photos.

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We would love to hear from anyone that may have also made the trip in 2011.

Many thanks to The Sailing Academy in Deale, MD for helping setup and make this trip a reality for us.

Keep sailing.

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Old 30-07-2011, 21:04   #2
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Very nice. I'm headed home to galesville after 3 weeks. Solo. I'm using that as an excuse for not having compiled my trip so well.
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Old 30-07-2011, 21:22   #3
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Re: DelMarVa Circumnavigation 2011

Curious as to why you went up the Bay (Motoring instead of sailing) and down the DE Bay and Atlantic Coast. We are planning this trip for the near future and intend to go down the Chesapeake Bay and up the outside and then up the Delaware Bay, through the C&D and down to Baltimore.
The winds are mostly southerly and we thought a run or broad reach up the Atlantic Coast would be better than a beat.
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Old 30-07-2011, 21:32   #4
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Re: DelMarVa Circumnavigation 2011

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I originally thought as you have, that it would make more sense to travel out of the Chesapeake bay near Norfolk and then travel North. However, we really focused on the tides. They were with us for much of the trip. This made the north-south passage SOG nearly equal to our speed through the water. Giving us a significant advantage for both speed and physical distance traveled.

I would, however, like to try the route as you suggest.

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Old 31-07-2011, 08:49   #5
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Re: DelMarVa Circumnavigation 2011

Has anyone else made this trip recently?

Just curious to read about your experiences.

Has anyone made the trip South-North as suggested by redcobra?

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Re: DelMarVa Circumnavigation 2011

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Has anyone else made this trip recently?

Just curious to read about your experiences.

Has anyone made the trip South-North as suggested by redcobra?

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This summer so far, I have been from Middle River to Norfolk and Middle River to the C&D Canal, but all inside the Bay. If the tide is with you, stay near the shore. If the tide is against you, stay in the middle. Except at the C&D, then definitely go with the tide.

It's really freaky to watch the shore fly by on the C&D when you are motoring at 6.5 knots with a 3 knot current. At 9.5 knots SOG it made me feel like I was in a powerboat.
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Re: DelMarVa Circumnavigation 2011

I did this trip last year. We picked our direction at the last minute after looking at the weather forecast. We went counterclockwise (down the bay and North on the outside) but it could just as easily have been the other way if the wind had been favorable for that.

The tides are key but you are going to have to deal with them either way you go so that wasnt a determining factor of which direction we went so much as what time to hit particular points along the way.
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Re: DelMarVa Circumnavigation 2011

We did the trip in mid-May this year during probably the worst week weather-wise all spring. A good trip none the less. Majority of the ocean passage was done at night. Seas were forecasted at 7 feet but we had a few larger ones overnight that tossed cabin contents all about. We went clockwise departing from Deltaville. Here is a blog link.

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