The stinging nettles are now out in force around the mid bay area, which rules out swimming for the rest of the summer, unless you go further up the Bay than Baltimore
Here is a suggestion. Get a NOAA chart of the mid Bay, 12225 for example, and draw a couple of circles around the mouth of Back Creek spaced about how far you expect to sail to windward in an hour with winds between 6 and 12 knots. The borrow a copy of Chesapeake Bay
Magazine's Cruising Guide to the Chesapeake, and highlight all the locations in those circles that have transient docks and restaurants. Then you have your on tour guide. If the wind
is out of the SSE at 8, you would probably head
towards Bay Bridge Marina, for example.
I like to pack a lunch of cold finger food
, or a heavy salad, and sail for a few hours before dropping an anchor
in a protected cove, which can be found in many directions from Annapolis
. The Key to maximizing the adventure it to never go back to the same place in a single
year. This will polish your skills at navigating, anchoring
, and eating! It will make your very conscious of water
depths, and teach you the value of anchoring in a rising tide! Get Tow insurance
. It will pay for itself the very first time you get stuck.