2015 Annapolis Chesapeake Bay Cruise


"Flavor of the Chesapeake"

 October 02 - October 10, 2015

Last updated Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Successful and Fun Cruise - short report by Royal Southern YC Cruisers

28 October 2015
For the attention of Commodore Rodrick Jabin


Dear Commodore,


We have just returned a few days ago to England after three weeks travelling around Virginia and on behalf of Maggie and myself, Russell and Helen Tribe and Martin and Christine Hoar, who made up the crew of St Bert, we wish to thank everyone involved in our wonderful cruise on Chesapeake Bay.


It really was the most brilliant experience and our special thanks go to you and  the members the Annapolis Yacht Club who hosted us so well.  The whole event was perfectly organised from the very beginning, including the near hurricane!  John Patmore and Bill Torgerson put together a most marvelous week and we wish to thank them and all the members of the Club for their kindness and for all the delicious food that we were given.


We will never forget the visit to Bill and Maureen's lovely home and the fantastic music of The Oyster Boys.   St Bert also wish to thank Eric and Shelley Rubin for their hospitality and berth on our Breakout Group at Burley Creek.


Thank you all for your kindness and for giving us the opportunity to sample a wonderful part of American life.   Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved.  


With our very best wishes,


Tim and Maggie Stokes

Saint Bert

Royal Southern Yacht Club


Photo Album of Cruise

A photo album of the cruise can be viewed on the cruise page in Photo Gallery.
Cruise participants can upload their photos to the album with the Phanfare tool or send them to webeditor@icoyc.org for posting. Instructions on how to upload photos and to use the Phanfare site are displayed on the Photo Gallery page.

Cruise Brochure/Itinerary

01 October 2015 - The final version of the cruise itinerary can be downloaded HERE. It is 10 MB in size.


Sailing in the Chesapeake

Sailing Magazine has an interesting article on cruising in the Chesapeake Bay area.

Registration Fees, Downloads and Charter Boat Details

This section presents items needed for registration. Sections below present general information on the cruise.   


Charter Boats - For USA Guests

Please contact      Annapolis Bay Charters        Port Annapolis Marina, 7080 Bembe Beach Road     Attention: Ms. Chris DeSimone     410-268-2308 or 1-800-991-1776     or chris@annapolisbaycharters.net       or please use their website at: www.AnnapolisBayCharters.net 

Charter Boats - For Guests Outside of the USA

Please contact 
    Dream Yacht Charter
    Annapolis Marina, 7080 Bembe Beach Road
    Attention: Ms. Chris DeSimone
    or chris@dreamyachtcharter.com     
    or please use their website at: www.DreamYachtCharter.com

Costs and Fees

The Per Person Regular Fee is US$575.00 for those who register after 31 May 2015.

A discounted EARLY BIRD fee of US$475.00 is available for those who register on or before 31 May 2015.

Please note: a 50% deposit will be charged at the time of registration, with the full remaining balance being due on August 31, 2015.

Annapolis Yacht Club Invites all ICOYC Members to Join the Cruise

"Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man ... there are mountains, hills, plaines, valleyes, rivers, and brookes, all running most pleasantly into a faire Bay, compassed but for the mouth, with fruitful and delightsome land.” - Captain John Smith, 1606

The Annapolis Yacht Club (“AYC”) is pleased to invite you to join its members on a joint ICOYC/AYC Cruise. The 2015 ICOYC Cruise will take place from Friday, October 2 through Saturday, October 10. The cruise is open to all members of ICOYC clubs.

The Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is a large, historic, and beautiful estuary (200+ miles long) in U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. The “Bay” is considered one of the most delightful cruising areas in the United States. In particular, its Eastern Shore, where our cruise will focus, is renowned for its quiet, pastoral scenery and attractive little towns, which make it a desirable destination for all boaters.


Our cruise will begin and end in Annapolis. Annapolis is proud of its colonial heritage and maritime roots. It is the State Capital of Maryland, and home to the United States Naval Academy. Annapolis is also well known as the center of sailing and boating, and is self-titled “America’s Sailing Capital.”

Annapolis Yacht Club

The cruise will be hosted and organized by the Annapolis Yacht Club, a full service, year-round, private yacht club that provides its members high-quality programs which include sailboat racing, sail and power cruising, a vigorous junior sailing program, fun and educational winter activities, social events, and first class dining and banquet facilities.

The 2015 ICOYC Chesapeake Bay Cruise

Our Cruise will take the participants from Annapolis to several quiet anchorages and two Eastern Shore towns: Oxford and St Michaels. Our proposed itinerary of ~110 nm will include two venues where we will anchor out, and one day will be dedicated to an adventure or excursion of your own choosing. The conclusion of the cruise will be coincident with the US Sailboat Show, which is one of the largest in-water sailboat shows in the world.

Useful Information

Weather: The Chesapeake Bay has a temperate climate. Early October is the beginning of the Fall (autumn) season, with temperatures reduced to a reasonable 75⁰ F daytime high and 60⁰ F low (24⁰ C -16⁰ C.) Weather disturbances become more likely, leading to periods of rain for a few hours and cool northerly winds which last a few days.

Transport: Annapolis is very close to Baltimore-Washington airport, with two other major airports (Reagan-National and Dulles) within easy reach. Amtrak’s NE Corridor railroad also serves the region.

The Region: Annapolis is close to Washington D.C. with all its national museums and other historic attractions. The area also includes spectacular scenery in various National Parks, and is not too far from New England, where fall foliage will be at its best.

Preliminary Cruise and Activities Plan

Friday, October 2


  • Morning: Arrival in Annapolis, MD. Registration with the Charter Fleets (to be completed separately by the chartering party).
  • Afternoon: Guided walking tour of the United States Naval Academy and Museum. Guided walking tour of the City of Annapolis. Both are optional. Free time to explore the City of Annapolis independently.
  • Evening: Meet and Greet Reception at Annapolis Yacht Club. Cruise registration. Cruise packages will be distributed and a brief presentation of the cruise will be presented. There will be a burgee swap between AYC and visiting yacht clubs.
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be an open bar serving wine and beer; liquor and mixed drinks will be pay as you go.
  • Dinner, on your own, is available at AYC or one of the fine restaurants within walking distance.

Saturday, October 3

Destination: Aberdeen Creek on the North Shore of the South River
38 degrees 56.8 minutes N; 76 degrees 31.2 minutes W.
Distance from Annapolis – approx. 12 miles


  • An informal outdoor lawn party and cookout at the home of AYC Past Commodore and Mrs. Wm. (Bill) Torgerson.
  • Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be provided. Liquor; please bring your own.

Arrival is by boat only.
Limited docking for those with particular needs. Contact Bill Torgerson at 410-919-3756.

Sunday, October 4

Destination: Baby Owl Cove, Leadenham Creek
38 degrees 44.8 minutes N; 076 degrees 16.6 minutes W.
Broad Creek (Choptank River) on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
Distance from Aberdeen Creek – approx. 30 miles approx


  • Optional anchorage, informal raft party, BYOB and hors d’oeuvres. Some Cruisers may wish to be independent and explore other locales or proceed to the next stop.

Monday, October 5

Destination: Oxford, MD
38 degrees 41.6 minutes N; 76 degrees 10.4 minutes W
On the Tred Avon River off the Choptank River.
Distance from Baby Owl Cove – approx. 11 miles


  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Tour of Cutts and Case Traditional and Wooden Boat building yard
  • Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres at Tred Avon Yacht Club (TAYC)
  • Dinner at the Robert Morris Inn (Historical site 1776)

Docking/Marina facilities:
Brewer Yacht Yards (formerly Oxford Boat Yard and Mears Marina) are holding 20 slips for us. 30 and 50 amps service, fuel and pump out service are available.
Tred Avon YC can accommodate 20 boats and have 5 moorings just away from the docks. Anchoring out is also available just off the Strand adjacent to Tred Avon YC.

Tuesday, October 6

Destination: St. Michaels, MD
38 degrees 47.2 minutes N; 76 degrees 13.1 minutes W.
Distance from Oxford, MD – approx. 35 miles (via Blackwalnut Point)


  • Informal cocktail party with light hors d’oeuvres (all BYO), on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM).
  • Dinner on your own at the Miles River YC or at one of the fine restaurants in town.

Docking/Marina facilities:
Space has been reserved at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Some Cruisers may wish to stop overnight en route to St. Michaels or one of the many tributaries along the route.

Wednesday, October 7

Destination: St. Michaels, MD: This will be a lay day.


  • Guided tours of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Town of St. Michaels.    
  • "Flavor of the Chesapeake" dinner at the Miles River Yacht Club
    Shuttle service to be provided.

    Thursday, October 8

    Destination(s): Various – see below – distance(s) unknown

    Activities: The Fleet will be divided into small groups of approximately 10 boats per group. Each group will be the guest of an AYC member at their house for a casual evening of drinks and refreshments. The venues will be on the Western Shore within about 10 miles of Annapolis. The menus and activities will be determined by the host/hostess at a later date. The groups will be selected randomly at a later date by the Cruise Leaders.


    Friday, October 9

    Destination: Annapolis, MD
    38 degrees 58.4 minutes N; 76 degrees 29.1 minutes W.


    • Farewell/Closing Dinner at Annapolis YC.
    • Shuttle service will be provided for the charter fleet to and from AYC.
    • This event concludes the formal portion of the cruise.

    Saturday, October 10

    • Close out the charter formalities.
    • Departure or continue your vacation in the United States.