2011 Shivering into Spring Sailing
As we slowly ease into March and try to thaw out from the cold winter, we begin to realize that spring is just around the corner. The days are just a bit warmer, the nights not quite so cold, those cold spells are shorter, and interspersed with ever longer warm sunny days. Now is the best time to plan your sailing time for the 2011 season.
R&R Charters and Sail School already has many students registered for classes. They have had the pick of the schedule! Waiting too long to make your plans may make it more difficult to schedule your next class or charter to fit into your personal timeslots. And of course, in May, June, and July we have some of the best winds for sailing on the Bay. Good wind, less humidity, and cooler nights. So register now! Make it a win / win situation for yourself and your family – “Learn to sail; you might want to go somewhere.”
Why the Wye?
This season, I thought I’d share some favorite destinations around the bay. Some are included in my ASA 104 class, others are locations my family and I have enjoyed on weekends or vacations. Finding a destination for cruising is the reason for sailing. In my experience, the Wye River, is the most beautiful river on the Chesapeake. Just north of St. Michaels, it’s a perfect destination, providing endless coves and creeks for anchoring. Shaw Bay, just inside the entrance, is a large open area where several dozen boats can anchor and enjoy the quiet Eastern Shore, lovely views, and bald eagles floating overhead.
Continuing up the Wye, is Dividing Creek, my favorite spot,
a small narrow creek with 7-9 ft water. At anchor, you’re
surrounded by a bird sanctuary with blue herons wading along the shoreline, bald eagles soaring, and osprey plunging into the creek for their catch. But most of all, this is the best place to catch crabs. There’s nothing like fresh crab meat in a breakfast omelet!
A short sail farther is Granary Creek, also small and narrow, but inside are some interesting places to drop the hook. There are a few houses along the banks, yet you hardly notice them. Penny and I anchored there last fall while a wedding reception was taking place at one of the homes. We relaxed in the cockpit listening to the great music floating across the water. We could’ve crashed the party, but we had left our “go-to-wedding” clothes back on land!
If you’re really daring, continue farther to Skipton Creek. Here you’ll find a quaint, English country house along the shore, with a flock of black sheep grazing in the meadow, chickens clucking and crowing, and a small herd of reindeer enjoying the lush, green grass. Yes, there are crabs as well!
The Wye River is our first overnight stop on the ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Class. Those of you who have already completed this one understand my passion for the Wye. For those who haven’t registered for the 104 class yet, what are you waiting for?
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"We are very pleased that from the hundreds of schools world wide, the ASA has recognized R&R Charters and Sail School for its excellence in teaching. We strive to provide our students with the very best professional training and
education, and it is always great to receive recognition for one's efforts.” Captain Dave
Explore. Dream. Discover. -
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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