Sailing/Fishing Trip, Part 1- Urbanna to The Piankatank

Edward and I got down to Santosha on Wednesday evening to get a couple of chores done before the trip, oil change fueling up etc… There is always a great sense of anticipation, that I love, arriving the night before a long trip and this would be our longest afloat.

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Our plan was to sail and troll for Rockfish down the Rappahannock and anchor at Little Bay or Fishing Bay for the first night about a 25 km run. In fact we were not planning on setting foot on dry land for the entire trip.

Rob arrived Thursday morning and we quickly hit the water.

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The Wind was from the north West at about 10 knots, I only put up the Genoa as I was trying to stay slow for trolling. We saw a lot of bait but no hits on the stretch 25s.

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The wind swung to the east and dropped to about 5 knots as we rounded Stingray point, we quit fishing and had a leisurely sail into the Piankatank River.

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Entering the Piankatank can be tricky, although it is well marked you have to careful not to miss a marker. There are many shoals that extend a long way past Stove point.Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 7.32.32 PM

The plan was to spend the night in Fishing Bay, the place that I picked up Santosha five years ago, but there were several boats there so decided to hit the little bay just across from Cobbs Creek.Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 7.41.36 PM

Its a nice little anchorage for about five boats with good holding in a mud bottom. Well protected from most directions and about 30 minutes from the mouth.

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A great first day ended with a Low Country Boil!

Part 2 to follow soon…

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