At the Groundhog Day Extravaganza, several ideas were discussed.
Plan cruises during cooler weather (the Earth is warming!)
Have 3 weeklong cruises, each beginning on a Friday, one
each during spring, early summer and fall.
Spend the first 1-3 days, when possible, in one area allowing
others to catch up (if they can't get away on Friday or if
they are too far away.)
Have the awards dinners on Thursdays, instead of Friday or
Restaurants are glad for the mid-week business and
are more accommodating, less demanding.
This allows a long weekend for those whose homeport
is far away.
Chesapeake Feet Cape Dorys rafted during
a previous rendezvous.
Fleet Spring Cruise 2003:
Little Choptank & Choptank Rivers, May16-22
Slaughter Creek (Little
Fishing Creek (Little
Hudson Creek (Little
Waterhole Cove, Harris
Island Creek, Choptank
LeCompte Bay/Creek, Choptank
We'll begin the weekend by thoroughly exploring the Little
Choptank River, with plans to visit Old Trinity Church (built
between 1670 and 1680) and the Spocott Windmill. When the wind
is right, we'll head north to the little village of Sherwood
on Harris Creek, where there are friendly folks and an antiques
dealer. Then a 12 mile run down the Choptank to Island Creek
for another raft up. Crossing the Choptank, we'll explore Lecompte
Bay (or go into the Creek if rough weather). Finally, we'll
have the awards dinner in the Oxford area, the restaurant to
Fleet Summer Cruise 2003:
Lower Eastern Shore and Rappahannock Rivers, June 20-26
Bay (Piankatank River)
area (Rappahannock River)
Our summer cruise is a bit more ambitions and should appeal
to our southern members. After anchoring in the Solomons area
on Friday, we'll plan to go to Chance, on Deal Island (We'll
be arriving on a rising tide.). Expect to see skipjacks, other
work boats and to enjoy soft shell crabs in this working harbor.
On Sunday, we'll head south to Crisfield with its larger, state-owned
mooring. Depending on the weather, we may stay more than one
day. With good weather, the next port is Onancock, VA. We'll
finish this southern Bay cruise by crossing back to the western
shore, probably to Fishing Bay in the Piankatank River. The
final leg of our cruise will be in the Rappahannock River with
an awards dinner tentatively planned for the Carter Creek area.
Fleet Fall Cruise 2003:
Fall Cruise- Rock Hall and Miles River, Sept. 26-Oct. 2
Creek (Wye River)
Having survived the cold, wet weather of the Spring Cruise
and the long runs of our ambitious Summer Cruise, we have yet
another treat in store for you.
The daily runs are short, 14nm is the longest one, so there
is plenty of time for sailing on your own, sleeping late, or
whatever. Each day is an anchorage, but we’re never very
far from a marina. If you need water, fuel, etc., we’ll
be passing through Kent Narrows on the 3rd day, and we’ll
be sailing by St. Michaels on the 5th day.
Some of the creeks will be new to some of us, but I’ve
been to all of them and can attest to their beauty. And, yet,
there will be some shallow water – after all, this is
the Chesapeake Bay – but unlike our summer cruise, there
shouldn’t be a serious grounding problem. (Maggie
Rose almost ended up on a rock jetty coming into Deal
Island and that was most unfortunate, but I had never been
there and had been assured there would be no problem (obviously
my local knowledge source was wrong!))
During recent cruises we’ve had many enjoyable raft
ups but we’ve also had a few incidents of rough weather
causing us to break up the raft. Also, our happy hours have
tended to be on the same boats each time and have lasted for
several hours, which is usually nice and fun, but leads to
a lot of hor d’ourves and very few evening “meals” for
which we all provision. So, borrowing our idea from other sailing
clubs, we’d like to try something different on this cruise.
Unless there is rough weather, we’ll have a happy hour
each day and we will or will not raftup, but Happy Hour will
be held on a different boat (s) and will last for no more than
2 hours. At this point it is recommended that the rafting boats
leave the anchor boat and anchor individually, unless previous
arrangements have been made with the anchor boat. This will
give the crew of the anchor boat time to clean up, have a real
meal, and enjoy some privacy if they desire.
So, when you notify Bud of your participation for this cruise,
please state the following:
Date you plan to join the cruise and whether you will continue
through the awards dinner
Whether you would be willing to host a happy hour on your
Note: If we have a large turnout, I’ll arrange for more
than one anchor boat each evening.
Can't bring your boat? If you'd like to crew on one of the participating
Cape Dorys, please let us know and we'll try to find a berth
Please check this page often as we will include more information
as it becomes available.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING
POLICY CHANGE IN EFFECT THIS YEAR FOR RESERVATIONS, DEPOSITS
There will be no reservations form, no deposit for meals, etc. However,
we must know the number of persons who are planning to attend the awards
dinners. Please notify Bud
Menchey by the stated deadlines for each cruise. You can contact
Bud at 717-854-9919 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.