the 2017 Chesapeake Wayfarer Cruise
Notice of Cruise
Oxford > Tilghman Island > Slaughter Creek (> Oxford) * May 21-25, 2017

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CHESAPEAKE CRUISE RETURNS TO CHOPTANK RIVER AREA
by Tom Goldsmith

May 21. The charming village of Oxford complete with B&Bs and restaurants located on the Choptank River will be our starting point. We will use the Oxford Boat Ramp (2nd image below) and sail the short distance to Campbell’s Town Creek Boatyard for the night, sleeping on-board optional, otherwise find a B&B. Last we saw, this ramp is not the greatest and demands a certain amount of caution.





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May 22. Picturesque Tilghman Island and the Knapps Narrows Marina & Inn complete with their new restaurant will be our first sailing destination. To get there we’ll navigate the narrows and pass through the lift bridge. Marina fees are: slips at $2/foot with sleeping on-board optional. Accommodations at the Inn are $120 per night and the slip fee drops to $1/foot. We’ll dine at the marina restaurant. If you wish to make a reservation at Knapps Narrows Marina for lodging on the evening of May 22 there is a block of 7 rooms with the name "Tom Goldsmith, Wayfarer Group”, phone 410-886-2720 speak with Sharron or Amy.



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May 23 & 24. Our next stop, requires a lengthy sail southward (above), destination, Slaughter Creek Marina located on Slaughter Creek off the  Little Choptank River. We’ll share these remote waters with the local waterman and experience sailing through a Natural Wildlife Sanctuary. At the marina we’ll tie up two boats per slip ($25/boat), sleeping on board optional. I have reserved the marina's on-site trailer which sleeps eight, complete with full kitchen. In addition, above the marina Ship’s Store there will be newly renovated rooms for rent. Trailer rents for $150 per night, rooms above Ship’s Store TBD. We’ll cook dinner May 23rd and dine at the marina's restaurant May 24th.



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May 25. Decision will be made ahead, we’ll have the option of hauling out at Slaughter Creek (above - much nicer than the Oxford ramp!) or sailing back 18 nautical miles to Oxford.


Space is limited to the first ten boats that sign up by e-mailing Tom Goldsmith at tomgoldsmith1219@gmail.com.


Tom Goldsmith is organizing the Chesapeake Cruise 2017. Dick Harrington has invited Tom Goldsmith to sail with him and has vetted and approved this plan.