Link to Annapolis Yacht Club (best source for local sailing knowledge)


Information download on every practical aspect of doing an Annapolis event available here.

Link to Google Map to help locate things for the event.

For personalized assistance with details:

Complete Information For Planning the Event

I. Getting Here (you and the crew)

a. Land Tips.

1. From the Northeast, use US-301 on the Eastern Shore to avoid I-95 traffic and tolls in Maryland.

2. From the South, use I-495 (Capital Beltway) and avoid downtown Washington DC. The worst rush hour traffic is 6-9 AM and 3-6PM. Take US 50 to Annapolis.

3. Train. There is an AMTRAK station at BWI airport. Map

b. Air

1. Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI) 30 minutes drive time

2. Dulles International (IAD) 1.5 hour drive time

3. Reagan National Airport (DCA) 1 hour drive time

II. Getting Here (your boat)

a. Self-Trailered. Directions to local marinas from US-50 are provided next to the marina in section III below. Do not take your boat through downtown Annapolis via Rowe Blvd, West St (SR-450) or Solomon's Island Rd (SR-2). There are numerous height and turning restrictions. Utilize Aris T Allen Blvd (SR-665) to get to marinas located on Back Creek and Spa Creek.

b. Professional Services. These are some professional transport services available. Please contact them personally for quotes and reservations.

1. Big Dog Marine 843-810-7900

2 . Cooky's Marine Transport 401-864-3705

c. By Sea.

1. From North. Cape May Delaware Bay - Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (C&D) Chesapeake Bay Annapolis.

a. Cape May. To take a break go thru Cape May cut (make sure you have a good chart because it gets tricky on the Delaware Bay side).

Charts: Cape May Harbor , Cape May Canal , Tides .

b. C&D Canal. The current thru the canal is 2.5-3 kts so time your passage so the current goes with you. There is only one height restriction on the canal; the Conrail draw bridge located about 3 miles west of St. Georges. The bridge is usually up except for passing train traffic. The bridge operator can be reached via VHF (channel displayed on bridge) to open. Schaeffer's restaurant at Chesapeake City is a good stopping point for food, fuel, or overnight stay (410) 885-2200.

Charts: C&D Canal , Tides , Current .

2. From South. Beware of fish traps especially at night. There are fishing nets anchored by wooden poles with a steel cable top line. They range from 200 to 800 yards long and are generally perpendicular to the shore. They are typically close to the shore and are not on listed on charts.

III. Launching

a. Marinas. These are a few of the full/limited service marinas located in the area that have launching capability.

1) Muller Marine 410-626-1238

Location: Back Creek. Maps and Trailer Directions

Capabilities: Launching, stepping, rigging. No slips or land storage.

For inquiries and reservations contact Bobby Muller (number above)

2) Jabin's Yacht Yard 410-268-9667

Location: Back Creek. Maps and Trailer Directions

Capabilities: Full service (Launching, stepping, rigging, slips, and land storage, etc)

For inquiries and reservations contact Rod Jabin or Rebecca (number above)

3) Eastport Yacht Center 410-280-9988

Location: Back Creek. Maps and Trailer Directions

Capabilities: Launching and stepping. No rigging, slips, or land storage

4) Whitehall Yacht Yard 410-336-3560

Location: Whitehall Creek (North side of Severn River). Maps and Directions

Capabilities: Launching, stepping, rigging. No slips or land storage

b. Riggers.

1) Stout Marine Enterprises 410-263-7670

2) Chesapeake Rigging 410-268-0956

c. Transient slips and moorings.

1) Jabin's Yacht Yard 410-268-9667

2) Eastport Yacht Center 410-280-9988

3) Mears Marina 410-268-8282

4) Port Annapolis Marina 410-268-2212

5) Whitehall Yacht Yard 410-336-3560

6) Annapolis Harbor Master 410-263-0033

d. Trailer Storage. Short term (2007 NA's) and long-term (2008 Key West Race Week, Annapolis NOOD, etc) trailer storage at a discount rate is available on a first come. Contact for details.

III. Logistics while here.

Map of Annapolis with all Logistic locations .

a. Sail makers

North Sails 410-269-5662 (SPONSOR)

2) Ullman/Skelley 410-939-9261

3) Quantum 410-268-1161

b. Diving

1) Harbor Diving (Mike Haskell) 410-991-7767

2) Sea Horse Dive Group 410-867-6692

c. Marine Stores

1) Fawcett's Boat Supply 800-456-9151 Map

2) West Marine 410-268-0129 Map

3) Annapolis Performance Sailing 800-729-9767 Map

4) Boaters World 410-266-7766 Map

d. Provisioning

1) Bag lunches for crew (and dining).

a) Boatyard Bar & Grill (Eastport) 410-216-6206 Map

b) Harbor Deli (Eastport) 410-263-5276 Map

c) Eastport Deli (Eastport) 410-263-8313 Map

2) Grocery Stores.

a) Giant 948 Bay Ridge Rd., Annapolis Map

Festival at Riva, Annapolis Map

b) Graul's 607 Taylor Ave., Annapolis Map

c) Safeway 1781 Forest Dr., Annapolis Map

e. Lodging

1) Hotels in the Annapolis Waterfront Area

*** Loews Annapolis 410-263-7777

*** O'Callaghan Hotel 410-263-7700

Marriott Waterfront 888-773-0786

Historic Inns 800-847-8882

2) Hotels within 15 Minutes of the Water (partial list)

*** Double Tree Annapolis 410-224-3150

*** Hampton Inn & Suites Annapolis 410-571-2864

Courtyard Marriott


Best Western


Residence Inn

•  Bed and Breakfast for a comprehensive list.

•  Short Term Home Rentals

Annapolis Accommodations

IV. Racing. Check for this information. See the illustration below for a visual of the racing area.

•  Weather forecasts.

•  Tide / Current charts.

V. Shore side activities. Annapolis is near Washington DC (45 minutes) and Baltimore (30 minutes) so there are many things to do. A highlight list:

U.S. Naval Academy

Annapolis Historical District

Smithsonian Museum, DC You can spend a month here

U.S. Capital

Baltimore Inner Harbor

•  Additional information . If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Fleet 3 Event Coordinator at

Disclaimer: The businesses listed above are not all inclusive and should be used as a starting point for your planning. Our listing them does not constitute our endorsement of their use. There are many other marinas, stores, etc available in the Annapolis area.

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