Annapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland, as well as the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, 25 miles south of Baltimore and about 30 miles east of Washington, DC, Annapolis is part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. Its population was measured at 38,394 by the 2010 census.
The city served as the temporary capital of the United States in 1783–84, and was the site of the Annapolis Peace Conference, held in November 2007, at the United States Naval Academy. It also hosts the United States Sailboat Shows in April and October, each year. Annapolis is thought to be "A drinking town, with a sailing problem."
The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary lying inland from the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the states of Maryland and Virginia, the largest such body in the U.S.A. More than 150 rivers and streams flow into the bay.
The bay is approximately 200 miles long from its northern headwaters in the Susquehanna River to its outlet in the Atlantic Ocean. It is 2.8 miles wide at its narrowest (between Kent County's Plum Point near Newtown and the Harford County shore near Romney Creek) and 30 miles at its widest (just south of the mouth of the Potomac River). Total shoreline, including tributaries is 11,684 miles, representing a surface area of 4,479 square miles. Average depth is 46 feet, reaching a maximum of 208 feet.
The bay is spanned twice, in Maryland by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Sandy Point (near Annapolis) to Kent Island, and in Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connecting Virginia Beach to Cape Charles.
People traveling the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW), coming from Long Island, NY and Cape May, NJ typically come up the Delaware River and enter the Bay via the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) canal. From there they head south into the Bay and head for Virginia Beach, VA before entering the Atlantic again. That’s assuming they ever decide to leave the Bay, and do not find themselves forever sailing between such popular stops as: Baltimore, Annapolis of course, Rock Hall, St. Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Solomons, Crisfield and even sailing up the Potomac River to Washington, D.C.
Consider bringing your catamaran to the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region & sailing capital - Annapolis, MD. A dedicated catamaran center is being completed featuring catamaran sales, marina, chartering, boat shows, and other marine services!
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Karl Weiss grew up sailing the lakes in "cottage country" north of Toronto, Ontario Canada; and owned his first boat, a Canadian Sailcraft (CS) 27, with his brother Paul which they kept in a marina in Port Credit, just West of Toronto on Lake Ontario. Sailed across the lake to Niagara-on-the-Lake to attend Bernard Shaw plays and enjoy fine dining.Continue Reading