It offers sailors protected waters, great anchorages, a forgiving bottom, gorgeous natural scenery, and unique towns and villages steeped in history. Annapolis is the crown jewel of the Mid Atlantic, and the best sailing destination on the East coast. It is the perfect place for you to begin your exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. Eat oysters and crabs that were until just a few hours ago living in the waters beneath your keel. Whether you want the quiet seclusion of a deserted anchorage, or the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan harbour the Chesapeake Bay has something for you.

Sailing conditions

Protected waters, great anchorages, gorgeous natural scenery and unique towns and villages make the Chesapeake an excellent choice for sailors, novice and expert alike.

Winds are usually between 7 and 20 knots year round. Navigation can be difficult due to numerous reefs. Best time to visit is between June and November.

Getting there

We recommend you fly into Baltimore-Washington International Airport (45 min) or Dulles International Airport (80 min). British Airways flies direct from LHR to BWI. To get to the marina you can use Super Shuttle(800-258-3826) or get a taxi, or alternatively hire a car.

If you live in the States and want to drive, see below:
*Driving SOUTH from New Jersey/Pennsylvania, follow I-95 South to Baltimore, then I-695 East toward
Glen Burnie, then I-97 South toward Annapolis and Route 50 East and follow directions below.
*Driving EAST from Washington D.C. take Route 50 and follow the directions below.
*Driving WEST from Delaware/Maryland Eastern Shore take Route 50/301 West to the Bay Bridge.

Area map

Itinerary

7 Day

Day 1: Herrington Harbour
Located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the harbour offers many amenities.

Day 2: Oxford
Oxford’s allure is the quiet small town where townspeople make visitors feel like old friends. Oxford works hard to maintain its serene, boaterfriendly atmosphere and boasts a small, easily walk-able downtown with enough shops, restaurants, and attractions to satisfy most visitors.

Day 3: Cambridge
The elegant 19th century homes lining Cambridge’s shaded streets hail from a time when the town was an economic and social center—a heritage also proudly preserved in its maritime museums.

Day 4: St. Leonard’s Creek
St. Leonard Creek, about seven miles upriver from Solomons, has been said to be the most beautiful on the Patuxent. This five-mile-long creek is on the river’s northern shore.

Day 5: Solomons
“Solomons Island is picturesque island town nestled in the joining of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County Maryland.Solomons remains a fishing village—alive with work-boats and an active
charter fishing fleet—but it’s also a place to escape and to learn about the Bay’s
past, present and future. ”

Day 6: St. Michaels
St Michaels, Maryland is a quaint waterfront village on the Eastern Shore, situated on a picturesque peninsula between Tilghman Island, Easton, and Oxford. St. Michaels became an important shipbuilding center especially noted for its “Baltimore Clippers,” the fastest sailing vessels of their time.

Day 7
: Back to Annapolis Bay
Expect a sail time between five and seven hours

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