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If last year’s June trip was called “Above the Bridge.” this can easily be called “Below the Bridge.” This will be a week-long trip to a number of anchorages up the Potomac River.

The Trip
We’ll arrive in the afternoon of Friday, June 9th at Safe Harbor Zahnisers Yachting Center in Solomons, Maryland. After checking out our boats and loading our gear aboard, we’ll visit one of the many local restaurants in the area for dinner.

On Saturday we’ll depart Solomons and sail out of the Patuxent River, then south on the Chesapeake Bay. We’ll round Point Lookout on the north side of the Potomac River and sail up the river a few miles to Smith Creek. We’ll anchor and raft-up in a Smith Creek anchorage and have a traditional Sailing Club appetizer dinner and plenty of socializing.

In the morning we’ll break up the raft and sail about thirteen miles up the Potomac to Coles Point Marina. Since this is a short sail, there will be plenty of time to sail further up the Potomac or go directly to the marina and enjoy the pool and amenities there.

Coles Point Marina

On Monday, we’ll have another short sail of about eleven miles back across the Potomac to an anchorage in Canoe Neck Creek on St Clements Bay in Maryland. We’ll raft up and, after dinner aboard, split the crews into 4 teams for a game of Nautical Trivia.

The next morning, we’ll break up the raft and sail fifteen miles further up the Potomac to Colonial Beach, Virginia. We’ll dock in Colonial Beach at The Boathouse Marina (and possibly have a group dinner at one of the seafood restaurants in Colonial Beach.

Wednesday, we’ll sail 20 miles south along the Virginia shore of the Potomac to Lower Machodoc Creek. The Cruising Guide to Chesapeake Bay rated this as “one of the best cruising spots in the area.” We’ll anchor, raft up, and enjoy a quiet evening on our boats.Piney Island Lighhouse

On Thursday, we’ll sail another 20 miles downriver to The Coan River Marina  for a pump-out, after which we’ll continue sailing a little further up the Coan to anchor for our last night and a “must-go” dinner.

Friday, we’ll depart the Coan River anchorage early for a 35-mile sail across the Potomac and back into Chesapeake Bay to complete the return to Zahnisers Yachting Center to turn in our boats and depart for home or wherever else each of us might go.

The Boats

We’ve chartered two sloops from Sail Solomons in Solomons, Maryland. Each offers comfort and ease of sailing at a moderate price. Each boat will have six aboard.

Moxie (Jeanneau 39i) Ripple (Catalina 445)

The cost of this trip is $800.00 per person (Skippers and Trip Leader - $421.00, Asst. Trip Leader - $610.00). The price includes charter fees, two nights' slip fees and a nautical trivia contest prize. Provisioning, fuel, pump-out, any additional mooring fees, and other incidentals are additional and will be handled by each boat’s crew.

The deposit for this trip is $100.00. Please make your check payable to The Sailing Club, Inc. and mail it, along with your completed two-page Reservation/Release Form, to Gary Brubaker at the address below. Reservations will be processed beginning April 10, 2023 with a random draw of those received by that date. All reservations received after that date are on a first come, first served basis. A final payment of $700.00 is due on April 26, 2023. The Club’s standard thirty-day cancellation policy applies for this event.

A pre-trip meeting will be held about a month before the trip, at a time and place to be announced. All crewmembers should make every effort to attend in order to meet your crewmates, plan your meals, and make travel plans.

Trip Leader

Assistant Trip Leader

Gary Brubaker
554 Marietta Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Walt Wronka
69 Adams Drive
Belle Meade, NJ 08502

Please note that sailing conditions are dynamic, that your safety, and that of your crewmates, depends on your good physical health and agility.



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