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Bodkin Creek to Rock Creek, MD
Avemar weighed anchor in Jubb Cove at 1545 and sailed out of Bodkin Creek into the Chesapeake Bay. The channel between the Bay and creek is narrow. I stuck to the green markers and was fine with no less than 12 feet of water on that side. There are a lot of white floating buoys that are difficult to read. I initially thought they were marking shoals but all of them were marking the speed in that channel and river as 6 miles per hour.
We sailed a windward course out to the shipping channel and then tacked two times and ended up perfectly lined up to the yellow marker mounted atop fairly large rocks at the Rock Creek inlet which I assume is the origin of the name of the river. The rocks are marked clearly on the charts. The rocks are low and large and from a distance look like two barges sitting in the Bay (they are covered with birds too). It was low tide as I passed but there was deep water on all sides. I was heading North into the Rock Creek inlet and so I sailed past to the South of the two rocks and had 12 feet all the way across to the entrance of the river.
I sailed in and passed the Maryland Yacht Club and anchored in 12 feet of water between MYC and the marina next door. The anchor set fine without needing to turn on the engine.
Avemar had full sails in 10-15 knots of wind on the nose for most of the trip. Once we were in the harbor channel the trees to the North shielded the wind and so we drifted to where I wanted to anchor, furled the jib, then the headsail, rounded up, dropped the anchor, backwinded the main and then dropped it.
Tonight, winds are very light from the Northwest and everything is quiet except for lots of halyards clanking at the marina next door.
Jubb Cove was really nice. I anchored just past the Ventnor Marina. There were a lot of sailboats there but after 3 days I didn’t see a single person or boat leave the marina. I didn’t go to shore and in 3 days (Sat - Tue). Crabbers were tending their lines and pots each morning and powerboat traffic navigated the creek during the day but didn’t cause any wakes or noise that bothered me. There were lots of houses packed side by side all around the shoreline and at night they were nicely lit so it was a pretty spot in the evenings. I didn’t see any shore access but I wasn’t really looking for that. I did learn that further up the creek, the restaurant at Pleasure Cove Marina has Funnel Cake Fries covered with chocolate! I didn’t make it there as it was closed on Monday and I sailed away on Tuesday. That may have to be a future dinghy ride if I go back into Jubb Cove!
All in all it was a great little sail to correct my mistake of not reading the chart correctly on Saturday night when I ended up 3 miles away (as the crow flies) from where I planned on going that day!
Crew? Just me
Where to? Rock Creek, Maryland
Where from? Jubb Cove in Bodkin Creek, MD (39° 07.590 N 76° 27.350 W)
Anchor weighed: 1545 on 9/20/22
Where did I end up? Rock Creek, Maryland (39° 10.477 N 76° 30.170 W)
Anchor set: 1830 on 9/20/22
Sailing distance? 9.65 nm
Total miles since 11/2022? 3,314 nm
Anchorage next to the Maryland Yacht Club in Rock Creek, MD
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