June 14-17, 2012... Potomac River Redux

Left Washington DC with son Jay onboard to travel the 100 miles downriver.  The day before we left, Jay got photos of Anhinga with his latest passion, a GoPro camera flown from a kite.  This was taken from the Mall, a couple of miles away from the Washington Channel anchorage.

We took four days to go south on the Potomac and had no wind for real sailing until the second day when we managed a few hours with engine off - what a pleasure.  Jay rigged his camera on a boathook to capture some interesting shots underway.  

Our first anchorage near the mouth of Mattawoman Creek was pretty good -- just a lot of little aluminum boats screaming back and forth, but no crowds at anchor.  The second night we turned into St. Clement Bay, up Canoe Neck Creek, and into the first cove.  Just us, very peaceful, lots of herons and ospreys, only two houses.  So nice that we decided to stay a second night.  The second day, things changed.  A local raft-up with a dozen boats became our new party-down neighbors and several other sailboats arrived.  Jay and Patti went out kayaking to explore.  For the last anchorage off the Potomac, we went back to Smith Creek.  This time we all went exploring by dinghy.  Lots of beautiful places to anchor in the southern Potomac.

Mattawoman Creek:  +38° 33' 24.66", -77° 12' 26.88"
Canoe Neck Creek, St. Clement Bay:  +38° 15' 34.98", -76° 43' 47.52"
Smith Creek:  +38° 7' 24.72", -76° 24' 55.38"

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