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Old 05-01-2017, 00:00   #31
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It all depends on your personal preference, if you prefer the more rowdy crowd of Nantucket and the cape/Hyannis sailors is a lot of fun. if you prefer more classic cruising definitely go for race week/the Americans cup. But race week will be far more crowded and fewer anchoring locations
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It all depends on your personal preference, if you prefer the more rowdy crowd of Nantucket and the cape/Hyannis sailors is a lot of fun. if you prefer more classic cruising definitely go for race week/the Americans cup. But race week will be far more crowded and fewer anchoring locations
We really don't like races and crowd places even, but we like sail for see new places and people, as the turtles,we carry around our small home..
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Thanks to all!

We already know that ICW is not suitable for our boat, and even boring (only motor I suppose) and the idea to go straight to Bermuda is also not bad.. we will think about it.
Depending on what your longer term plans are, you might want to hit Bermuda on your way back south, particularly if you're headed to the BVI's or south. The prevailing winds will work better in your favor that way, generally speaking. Keep in mind that the America's Cup will be going on this summer in Bermuda. It's going to be zoo, but probably a fun zoo.

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Hummm Maine... never considered... but it is not too cold?
Maine in the summer is gorgeous. The water is cold but the air temperature is perfect. And the cruising grounds are extraordinary, with deep water everywhere. You can toss an anchor off the stern and tie your bow to a tree. No joke.

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Consider we plan (only plan) to stop somewhere for the winter season, because we don't like to sail with too cold temperature.
You'll want to head south again around November 1. That's the official end of hurricane season and may impact your insurance.

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We also saw that the WW Memorial bridge has not the clearance we need, so, we cannot reach Washington.
Washington is a loooong way up the Potomac and does not have great docking facilities and no anchoring. You're in a pretty natty part of town in most places you can tie up. Hang out in Annapolis and rent a car to visit DC. Seriously.

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Chesapeake bay is nice to see, other than reach Baltimora Annapolis, is it a good sailing place? Anchorage or only harbor? @YARGO: you suggest to do the Chesapeake on the way south in mid September and October: it is for the wind / weather conditions in this area?
Best sailing in the Bay is in the spring and fall, and it can be hot and humid in between. Many many anchorages...pretty much every place you would want to visit (perhaps short of Baltimore, I'm not familiar with it) has plenty of anchorage space, even Annapolis except it does get crowded at boat show time (get there early, space fills up a couple of weeks in advance).

Yargo's advice makes sense. If you head down the Bay in Sept/Oct it will be cooling off, the sailing will be better, you can stop at the boat show if interested, and then head on down south.

FYI the reason Maine and points north are attractive in the summer, June-August comes down pretty much to temperature. The Chesapeake and south is hot.

Also, the whole eastern end of Long Island and the islands south of Cape Cod, and Maine, are spectacular cruising grounds.
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Washington is a loooong way up the Potomac and does not have great docking facilities and no anchoring. You're in a pretty natty part of town in most places you can tie up. Hang out in Annapolis and rent a car to visit DC. Seriously.

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It's a long haul up the river but a great place to visit by boat. The anchorage is good and the hospitality at the yacht club is great. A reasonable weekly fee for secure dinghy landing, showers, etc. Good walking to the close by monuments, easy access to the subway, plus a grocery store a few blocks away.
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It's a long haul up the river but a great place to visit by boat. The anchorage is good and the hospitality at the yacht club is great. A reasonable weekly fee for secure dinghy landing, showers, etc. Good walking to the close by monuments, easy access to the subway, plus a grocery store a few blocks away.
Agreed, I'm at the Capital Yacht Club now; brand new concrete docks (and the other marinas are all getting docks as well, both mooring balls and a secure anchorage, and great facilities at CYC where all cruisers are welcome. Oh, and it's a great part of town, you can walk everywhere, and the 100 mile cruise up the river is beautiful and full of wonderful deep side rivers and anchorages for the first part and amazing history and scenery for the second part. Check out my article in the latest Waterway Guide magazine 'Mast Up Cruise to the Nation's Capital' on page 140... Waterway Guide Magazine 2016 Issue Pages 1 - 50 - Text Version | AnyFlip
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