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ON THE COVER: The early bird does get the worm… or better yet, the pretty photograph. On February 19 at dawn, Al Schreitmueller captured this shot. That’s the bowsprit of the Stanley Norman as she looks out on Back Creek from the Annapolis Maritime Museum docks at the foot of Second Street in Eastport. See the SpinSheet Calendar on page 24 for the museum’s March seminars and concerts. amaritime.org
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Editor’s Notebook with Molly Winans
know we haven’t been together for very long. You’ve been good to me—so I need to be honest with you. I think it’s time to go our separate ways. I know. It’s a shock to you. I meant to warn you, but you know how it is. When you have to chop ice oﬀ your windshield to get to work, how can you imagine the ﬁrst day of spring? One day, you wake up, and here it is. I remember when I discovered you in New York City on a chilly, fall day. You were so bright and so much fun. How could I resist your charms? In fact, you were so cute that I barely took notice of the fact that you were cotton. Really. What the heck was I thinking? All the woolen, warm-and-fuzzy, and higher tech models out there, and I fell for cot cotton. I’m a sailor; I should know ow better. You had me at hello. We were a good ﬁt, for awhile. while. Until that hardwood ﬂoor incident. cident. The little hole in the heel justt grew and grew until I had a hole in n my heart. I mean, a good ﬁt is impormportant and looks, too. But at the he end of the day, if my feet are still cold, what’s the point? I hate to see a peaceful relationationship go up in ﬂames, but heree we are, Sox. [Sigh.] Sorry. The ﬁre thing hing was not my idea. There’s a little mystery as to who started burning socks around bout 30 here on the spring equinox about b Turner at years ago. Some say that Bob Annapolis Sailyard got fed up p with his de a little stinky socks and winter, made ﬁre in a paint tray at the end of the work dweiser, day, and while sipping a Budweiser, im to be the torched his socks. Others claim pioneer sock pyromaniac. ted it. It doesn’t matter who started Traditions grow, and this onee is here ay. It began in Chesapeake country to stay. in Eastport, and down the street reet here at SpinSheet, we’ve heard of spring sock burnings from Baltimore to Norfolk and beyond. The media loves the concept. The Washington Post, the Baltimore ltimore Sun, even the New York Times have ve written about these events.
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I’ll confess that this hasn’t always been my favorite rite of spring. I go to sockburning gatherings to say hello to my friends and neighbors, but I’m often the one to sneak away still sock-clad. I’ve seen other cheaters pull old socks out of their pockets for the ﬁre and leave with socks
“I hate to see a peaceful relationship go up in ﬂames, but here we are…”
still on their feet. We’re no dummies. It’s usually about 49 degrees and drizzly on March 20. It’s a nippy mile and a half walk home for me, which is certainly more pleasant with warm feet. But let’s face it: I’m the editor of the sailing magazine now. It’s my job to support such popular rituals. I have to burn my socks. I can’t be perceived as a traitor or wimp. It’s also been a long, gray winter for me. As much as it will hurt you, my colorful friend, the ceremonious “buh-bye” to winter will do my soul some good. Let’s burn this season away. Burn, baby, burn. Let’s be barefoot and free. Bring on the spring. Please know that it won’t be easy for me. It won’t be a wild party or anything. My friends and colleagues in the marine industry—those who started this tradition—work in boatyards, sail lofts, and chandleries. We are crazy busy getting boats and customers ready for sailing season. We have to get up early and work, even on weekends, so the “celebration” will be brief and sweet. At the end of the work day on March 20, we’ll make a little ﬁre in a pit down by the water and maybe bring a beer for the moment. One by one, we’ll step up to the ﬁre and drop our smelly, tired, or—in your case—holey socks into the ﬂames. Then we’ll watch for awhille and head home for dinner by dark. We still have a few weeks together. We can ﬁt in a date or two. Maybe go to the movies. Then, it’s going to be over. Just so you know, I won’t rush out to replace you. I’ll miss your quirkiness—I’m quite sure I’ll miss you for a few weeks, maybe even a full month. Then, ah, it will be spring. And the world will blossom with new possibilities. Turn to page 27 of the SpinSheet Calendar for local sock burnings. If you attend one or hold one of your own, please write and send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SpinSheet Readers Write… Note from Kansas
ou asked your readers whether we read SpinSheet from cover to cover or randomly. As a true “Annapophile,” originating from my many years of living in Old Town, Alexandria, I gladly profess to reading every word each month. I am living in Kansas City and get to Annapolis two or three times a year to sail and attend the boat show in October. SpinSheet is a lifesaver, as it serves as my monthly Annapolitan ﬁx. Through Molly and the contributing editors, I am able to keep abreast of the most wonderful sailing community on the planet. Reading each issue gives me a sense of being present, of walking the streets and docks and lusting for one of my favorite restaurants. So, until I can return to the historic, romantic waters of Annapolis, I will continue to look forward to each and every word of the next month’s SpinSheet. John Anderson Kansas City, KS
What a Kick!
want to thank you for supporting local clubs like West River SC (WRSC). In the December and January editions of SpinSheet, WRSC posted a notice of its Winter Seminar with Bob Angle “Blue Water Hitch Hiking.” More than 65 people attended the seminar. SpinSheet also ran several articles about our historic Chesapeake 20 ﬂeet throughout the year. A big thanks to the entire staﬀ. When I start to think about what SpinSheet means to the Chesapeake Bay sailing region, I am amazed. You keep us well-informed through articles and photos of local sailors, including the kids racing, one-design, big boat racing, cruising, and shoreside events. It is always nice to see friends and neighbors, even my son, recognized in print or photo. Local sailors always look forward to the latest SpinSheet for reader’s personal stories, race results, the updates of restoring the McNasby Oyster building for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, and the Sailors’ Holiday Wish List, etc. It is part of
Amy Gross-Kehoe M eet SpinSheet’s newest team member: our ad traﬃc coordinator and “calendar girl,” Amy Gross-Kehoe. Born in Frederick, MD and raised on Long Island Sound, Amy grew up cruising with her parents—or as she puts it, reading down below as they cruised. She entered a junior sailing program at the age of nine, hated it, and wasn’t at all amused with the sport until she crewed for a friend a few years later on a Blue Jay. Because she raced Lasers and also competed in ﬁeld sports such as ﬁeld hockey and lacrosse in high school, she faced tough decisions about scholarship oﬀers for college. Amy chose sailing. It was at Eckerd College in Florida where Amy met her husband, Jay, who was the sailing coach at the St. Petersburg YC. She decided to coach sailing for a few post-college, pre-graduateschool years and did so for 15 of them. “I never did go to grad school,” she says without a trace of regret.
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our dinner conversations—“Did you read the article about ‘so and so’ in the January SpinSheet?” We appreciate that you personally attend our WRSC seminars. What a kick for the membership to have the editor of SpinSheet attend some of our events. Our Chesapeake 20 Fleet is honored to have you sail with us. We also thank you for volunteering to be a speaker at WRSC and other clubs to support the new sailor Start Sailing Now program. There are not enough words or ways to thank you for supporting Chesapeake Bay sailing. Carole McCullough WRSC Rear Commodore Shady Side, MD Carole, Thank you! If it weren’t for sailors like you, who are out there weekend after weekend, living the life—racing and playing along the Bay, volunteering at local sailing clubs, and hosting all of these events, we would not be in business. It’s your passion that fuels our publication… and your kind words that make it all worthwhile. ~M.W.
The Kehoes coached sailing in various places beyond St. Petersburg: Newport, RI, Branford, CT, and Palo Alto, CA, where they worked at Stanford University. Amy also ﬁll ed in the seasonal gaps with editing and PR work in the sailing industry, as well as professional match racing. At Stanford, Amy took an administrative job as director of the club sports program for the athletics department, which was more conducive to parenting than her assistant sailing coach job and which she did happily for three years. Shortly after the family moved for her husband’s new job as waterfront director at Annapolis YC in September 2008, we snatched Amy up. We knew someone with her wealth of knowledge and experience would ﬁt in at SpinSheet. We were right. Amy and her daughter, Merrick (a guest staﬀer, who is not shy), have made lively additions to our crew. “It’s fun to be surrounded by sailing again,” says Amy about life at SpinSheet. “I think no matter where you live, sailors are essentially the same kind of people. They’re ﬂexible, roll-withthe-punches people.” She adds, “I’ve lived on just about every major Bay—San Francisco, Tampa, Narragansett, and Long Island Sound. It was only natural for me to come to the Chesapeake.” We here at SpinSheet appreciate Amy’s sense of humor, vast sailing knowledge, and multi-tasking talents. We hope she falls as in love with this Bay as we have! ~M.W. spinsheet.com
Those Crazy Ice Guys
ollowing “Waiting on Ice” (February SpinSheet), the St. Michaels iceboating guys sent an update. Mike Keene was holed up with a cold for the ﬁrst two days, as his buddies took advantage of the late January freeze and iceboated on Eastern Bay. Keene writes, “The next day, I went for a glorious sail complete with ﬂying up on two runners. We got into some warm weather over that weekend, then the cold hit again Saturday night. We were ready for action Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Conditions were perfect… except for one thing. The wind refused to blow for three solid days; not a wiggle anywhere. I’ve never seen it so still for so long. Diana Mauck’s boat (DianaMite) sat on the end of the pier for a week and never got used again. The ice beckoned for us to play. The kids and some friends, however, did have a nice afternoon of ice hockey on Harris Creek that Sunday.”
A Real Stick in the Mud
his rather decrepit sloop dug into the mud oﬀ Bembe Beach in Annapolis last May and remained stuck long enough to spark a lot of conversation and memories about sorry-looking sailing vessels we’ve seen over on the Bay over the years. We were wondering if our readers had any “junkyard special” boat photos to share. If so, please send them to email@example.com. Photo by Cindy Wallach
Although there wasn’t enough wind to iceboat, Olivia, Cole, and Eleanora took advantage of late January’s ice to play on Eastern Bay.
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Dock Talk digging up old bones at calvert cliffs
by S. Deacon Ritterbush, Ph.D.
ailing down the Chesapeake from the Upper Bay takes you past one of America’s most productive and famous fossil areas: Calvert Cliﬀs. Extending 30 miles along the western shore of the Bay from lower Anne Arundel County down through Calvert County, the cliﬀs form the most nearly complete sequence of exposed marine Miocene sediments on the East Coast. Ranging in age from seven to 20 million years old, these fossil bones, shells, and teeth are the remains of marine animals that inhabited or were washed into the ancient seas and then sank to the ocean ﬂoor and were covered by sand. Over time, the erosion caused by landslides, storms, and waves caused the fossils to fall from the cliﬀs into the water, where they are tossed around before being cast back onto the shore. Along the shores of Calvert Cliﬀs today, you might ﬁnd enormous barnacles, chunks of white coral, huge whale bones, and the perpetual favorite, shark’s teeth, especially the six-inch tooth from the Carcharodon megalodon. The megalodon, an extinct relative of the great white shark, grew up to 50 feet in length and could weigh 100,000 pounds! Current archaeological evidence suggests that Patuxent River Indians of the Algonquin Nation may have been the ﬁrst humans to collect these fossils. Nowadays, the area is a favorite hunting ground for geologists, naturalists, paleontologists, fossil hunters, and beachcombers from all over the world. Although many of the beaches are private, the public can still access the cliﬀs in a few places. Fossil hunters should note that climbing on or digging into the cliﬀs is illegal for its dangerous and environmentally unfriendly nature. Brownie’s Beach just outside Chesapeake Beach is a favorite stretch of shoreline for beachcombing in search of
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fossilized shark, dolphin, and skate teeth. Most of these teeth are small, ranging in size from a quarter inch to two inches. At Calvert Cliﬀs State Park further south, you may come upon two muchsought-after fossils: the eye-catching four- to seven-inch scallop, Chesapecten, and the Maryland state fossil, the beautiful gastropod, Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae. Characteristics of the unusual ecphora include four strongly protruding ribs
boots and warm clothes and head to the beach for a few fun hours of fossil hunting. For sailors, the warmer months from May through early October might prove even more bountiful, because kayakers and boaters have the ability to reach more remote sections of the coast.
Many sailors drop anchor and wade in to beaches that are deserted and uninhabited. Some even pack a lunch and a few fossil identiﬁcation books and spend a lazy afternoon taking a walk way, way ba in time. The back pe perspective one gains Two Free Beachcombing w the realization with Seminars at the th these shells, that Calvert Marine Museum te teeth, and bone have su survived millions of Sunday, March 8—The Archaeology ye despite ecoyears of Beachcombing: Learn how to identify lo upheavals, bad logic beach artifacts. Sunday, March 22—Beachcombing: Lessons w weather, and dangerfrom the Shore: Learn what beachcombing ou predators will put ous tells you about life. yo everyday little your an annoyances quickly Dr. S. Deacon Ritterbush will present both in their place. lectures in the museum auditorium in Solomons. To learn more, read about March events at calvertmarinemuseum.org.
and a russet-gray color that contrasts with the white color of other fossilized mollusks. Flag Pond beaches are generously littered with a range of smaller fossils: white moon snail shells, pieces of ancient corals and sand dollars, and splinters of black, fossilized marine mammal bone. You may also come upon silvery pieces of driftwood, various colors of beach glass, and large smooth orbs of amber, milky, or translucent quartz. Late fall through early spring are often the best times to fossil hunt and beachcomb, because strong winds, bigger waves, and stronger currents stir up sediment and erode cliﬀ faces. During these months, wait for an extreme low tide, then pull on some
About the Author: An Annapolis native, Dr. S. Deacon Ritterbush (above, center) is an anthropologist and the author of the recently released book, A Beachcomber’s Odyssey, Vol. I: Treasures from a Collected Past. drbeachcomb.com
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DOCKTALK SpinSheet Goes Digital You asked for it. We listened. It may have taken us awhile— we’re sailors, you know, “going fast” is relative—but we took the leap. The complete issue of SpinSheet is up on our website in a digital, flip-page format at spinsheet.com. We’ll add back issues of the magazine as time allows.
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Don’t worry; we’re not going to change too much on you. You’ll still be able to pick up a free printed copy of SpinSheet at your local sailing pub, shop, or marina. Monthly subscriptions are still available for just $28 per year (to cover mailing costs. See page 68). We’ve gone digital to connect with the “quick-click” world and share our great sailing coverage and relevant advertisements with far-flung sailing friends, including those who live on the Bay but may be at a southern regatta when the new magazine comes out. A year ago, we launched our monthly e-mail blast to keep loyal readers posted on events and new photos for sale on our website. If you haven’t signed up for the SpinSheet monthly scoop yet, please click on the sign-up link at the bottom of spinsheet.com. Last month, we created a quickly-growing SpinSheet group on facebook.com and encourage you to join in the virtual fun. If you have other ideas about how we can reach readers digitally or otherwise, as always, we are open to suggestions. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On January 27, Bill Harris took this photo of Captain Joanne Harris in Fiji, saying “We left our copy in the take-a-book/leave-a-book to share with all of the other travelers.” Share your photos of SpinSheet in faraway places with email@example.com. If we can’t travel the world, at least our magazines and friends can.
Bergstrom Receives Bernie Fowler Award Dr. Peter Bergstrom, a fisheries biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), received the 2008 Bernie Fowler (“White Sneaker”) Award at Maryland’s 13th annual Tributary Team meeting February 7. Bergstrom is the Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator with the Magothy River Association and a member of the Maryland Lower Western Shore Tributary Team and the Maryland BayStat Science Advisory Panel. He has worked in Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort since 1989 and has done volunteer water quality monitoring at several sites on the Magothy River since 1991. The award is named after the former State Senator who initiated the annual Patuxent River wade-ins more than 25 years ago to test water turbidity and raise awareness about declining water quality. It is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions of a tributary team member to Bay health and habitat. “Working to
restore the Chesapeake Bay is Bergstrom’s vocation and avocation,” says Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “When he is not at his day job with NOAA, he volunteers his services and expertise to any number of groups working to protect the Bay and its tributaries.” Established in 1995, Maryland’s Tributary Teams are made up of more than 350 volunteers who work to prevent pollution in the State’s 10 major tributary basins. Also, Dan Bard, Fran Flanigan, Bob Gallagher, Mike Leszcz, Bob Lewis, Laura O’Leary, Steele Phillips, Mary Roby, Mark Symborski, John and Ellyn Vail, Halle Van der Gaag, and Bill Wolinski received Tributary Teams Watershed Hero Awards during the February 7 ceremony. dnr.maryland.gov /bay/tribstrat
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The Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium Is Back
Craft a Canoe, It’s up to You Now through the spring, bring your family and friends and build a 16-foot wooden canoe and paddles at the Patuxent Small Craft Center at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. Pick any two consecutive Saturdays that fit your schedule and plan to spend the day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will use simple hand tools and get guidance from experienced instructors. The fees of $600 for museum members and $650 for non-members include all materials. Kids age 10 years and up are welcome, accompanied by an adult. The museum also offers a similar class in building a 12-foot rowing skiff ($950 for members and $1000 for non-members); make that a sailing skiff for an additional $800. Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants from the Melvin Conant Memorial Youth Fund. (410) 586-2700, firstname.lastname@example.org, calvertmarinemuseum.com
f you think a “hull sandwich joint” sounds like the deli down the street, then the 19th Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium (CSYS) March 20-21 might be a little too techie for you. Held biannually, the event is the premier international forum for technical research concerning the design, construction, and operation of sailing yachts. Starting with a breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 20, CSYS will unfold in the Francis Key Scott Auditorium of St. John’s College in historic Annapolis. For two full days, distinguished authors and sailing experts will deliver papers on subjects such as “Upwind Sail Performance Prediction Including ‘Flying Shape’ Analysis,” “Photogrammetric Investigation of the Flying Shape of Spinnakers in a Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel,” and “Full Scale Measurements on a Hydrofoil International Moth.” Registration is $90 for members of sponsoring organizations (U.S. Sailing, Severn SA, the Chesapeake Bay YRA, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and $100 for non-members. Catered luncheon is $20, and a Saturday night cocktail party at SSA is included in the registration fee. Walk-ins and late registrants will pay a $25 late fee. To register, visit csysonline.com.
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Chances are, right now, more than 11,000 people have just gotten over a case of the sniffles, thanks to the Maryland State Police (MSP) Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) this past January 24. The icy waters and frosty air at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis did not deter plungers and more than 30,000 spectators from making this the biggest charity polar bear plunge in the world, raising at least $2.5 million for SOMD athletes. The funds will be used to provide yearround sports training and competition free-of-charge to more than 10,000 people with intellectual disabilities. The Plunge was part of Aerotek “Plungapalooza ‘09,” a fun-filled, family festival, full of food, music, sand sculptures, vendors, crowning achievements, and more. To learn more, volunteer, or make a donation, visit plungemd.org. Photo courtesy of MSP’s PlungaPalooza
Box of Rain’s Boat Building by the Bay “Hammers are banging, saws are zzz-ing, glue guns are oozing, and 34 kids are smiling as our boat building workshop hums with activity this winter,” says Kelsa McLaughlin of the Box of Rain (BOR) Foundation. “Each team is constructing a Peace Canoe, with leadership from George Smith.” The Boat Building by the Bay initiative is a partnership between the Box of Rain Foundation and the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM), and Chesapeake Light Craft donated the canoe kits to the program. “Working away inside the newly renovated AMM’s McNasby Building, each team is having fun while gluing scarf joints, nailing hulls and sides, and learning to measure and saw wood accurately. The kids are already thinking up designs to paint on their newly-constructed canoes. Stop by the McNasby Building to watch the canoes take shape. We will be building from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 7 and 14, April 4 and 18, and May 2 and 9. Stay tuned for our launch date and celebration.” boatbuildingbythebay.blogspot.com, boxofrain.org
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Mariners’ Museum Gets Green Grant In February, the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA received the Tru Vue Optium Conservation Grant by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Made possible by Baltimore-based Tru Vue Inc., the grant includes $4000 and a supply of Optium Museum Acrylic glazing. “The painting of Lord Nelson, attributed to Italian artist Leonardo Guzzardi, is a very important part of the museum’s collection. It welcomes visitors to the Nelson Touch (a gallery) and shows Nelson on his ship. However, because of its massive size, the painting has been very difficult to protect from damage,” says Marcie Renner, chief conservator at the Mariners’ Museum. Conservation work, expected to take eight months, will include cleaning, repair of any physical damage, and the application of protective acrylic glazing. marinersmuseum.org
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Quantum sails into 2009 with Terry Hutchinson and Andrew Scott onboard. Photos courtesy of Quantum Sail Design Group
• As if being the 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year were not enough, Terry Hutchinson (at the helm above) will now help the Quantum Sail Design Group develop sails, technology, services, and outreach for customers at every level of the sport. Using Quantum sails exclusively on all his racing programs, Hutchinson will helm the TP52 Quantum Racing in the 2009 Medcup and campaign Barking Mad in the European Farr 40 Circuit with Quantum sails. He also will be Quantum’s liaison to professional sailors. Quantum also hired Andrew Scott (above, circled), a life-long sailmaker, professional sailor, and Annapolis local, to serve as the vice president of operations and quality control. Scott will plan, direct, and coordinate all manufacturing and product development; ensure the most economical production of top quality goods in a timely manner; and oversee all production training worldwide. Scott brings a wealth of experience to this position. Most recently, he spent the last three summers racing TP52s at the MedCup Circuit, winning the 2008 series and the World Championship aboard Quantum Racing. At the Olympic Trials this past year, Andrew placed second in the Star. This year, Scott will again be part of the Quantum Racing TP52 program and plans to sail the Congressional Cup match-racing regatta with Terry Hutchinson in March. (410) 268-1161, quantumsails.com
• Starting June 1, everybody on New Jersey’s waters, including out-of-state transients, must have a Boating Safety Certiﬁcate, regardless of your age. You will need written proof that you completed a boating safety course approved by your state, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, or the USCG. njsp.org/maritime
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• Wouldn’t it be nice to enter a national major regatta with a coach onboard to call the tactics and tweak your skills? You can do it now, thanks to J/World Annapolis. In addition to cool racing gear and parties, J/World oﬀers a ﬁve-day racing program with two days of practice and entry into the J/80 class in the Annapolis NOOD Regatta April 24-26. (800) 966-2038 • IMIS Corporation t/a International Marine Insurance Services has moved into new, waterfront oﬃces at 110 Channel Marker Way, Suite 200, Grasonville, MD, as part of the Wells Cove Marina complex. imiscorp.net
• OK. There are lots of moving parts here, so pay attention. Fawcett Boat Supplies in Annapolis recently bought Pyacht.com, an online supplier of everything from anchors to spinnaker poles. Fawcett also now owns Chesapeake Marine Fasteners and became a dealer for Zodiac of North America, Inc. in Stevensville, MD last year. Fawcett will continue selling its wares at its City Dock location. Chesapeake Marine Fasteners, Pyacht, and Zodiac will operate from a new 10,000-square-foot warehouse at 207 Chinquapin Round Road in Annapolis. You are invited to the April 18 Grand Opening of the Fawcett Avon/Zodiac & Honda Showroom. Enjoy refreshments as you tour the full line of new, used, and closeout models of Avon/Zodiac inﬂatable boats and life rafts and Honda outboards and generators. For more information, contact Jodi Kutchman at (410) 267-8681 x207 or (800) 456-9151 (zodiacmarineusa.com).
• TrueCourse Captain’s School has partnered with Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) in Largo, MD to oﬀer USCG-approved evening and weekend classes for captain’s licenses. Above, Captain Richard Devoe (top), a principal with TrueCourse, and Captain James Sinclair (bottom), instructor. truecourses.com
• With more than 20 years of sales and management experience, yacht broker John Wise recently joined the MidAtlantic Marine Group. The company is the exclusive Mid-Atlantic and North East dealer for Ocean Alexander yachts and owns, develops, and manages marinas and service yards throughout the Chesapeake. email@example.com • Annapolis Sailing Fitness (ASF) oﬀers a brand-new DVD called “Sailing Fitness: Optis to the America’s Cup.” “It’s the ﬁrst-ever comprehensive view of individualized physical exercises that will directly aﬀect a competitive sailor’s ability to sail stronger, farther, faster, and safer,” says ASF’s owner Harry Legum. The video features workouts with sailing stars, such as Brian Bissell, Geoﬀ Ewenson, Terry Hutchinson, Andrew Scott, Anna Tunnicliﬀe, and Molly Vandemoer; members of the USNA Intercollegiate Sailing Team; and other sailors who train with Legum. Sponsors North Sails North America and Gill North America helped ASF produce the DVD. Race to get your copy for $29.95 at annapolissailingﬁtness.com/dvd. • Cool! GPS tracking from your cell phone. Global Satellite USA recently launched Global Satellite Assist for sailors. The tracking system provides a visual story of your travels, shows geographical maps and images, lets you pick who gets to keep tabs on you, gives updates about your next port, and relays emergency and safety email messages. (954) 854-3389, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Your next boat should be inflatable. Not disposable. Above (L-R): Brian Duff, Mike Meer, and Sean MacLeod of Southbound Cruising Services, LLC. Meer recently joined the Southbound team. He has worked in many facets of the marine industry, most recently as a sales rep for Chesapeake Rigging. “Mike has earned the respect of his customers, co-workers, and our community. He is a reliable person and a great resource and will provide a higher value for our shop and our customers. I am really excited to enter our fourth year with him onboard,” says owner Duff. You can reach Meer at mike@ southboundcruising.com.
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• The FCC recently approved Automatic Identiﬁcation System (AIS) technology for recreational boaters. AIS combines digital VHF radio with GPS navigation and allows position and speed data to be shared between all boats (with AIS transceivers) in an area and then plotted on your navigation display. This shipboard broadcast system can handle more than 4500 reports per minute, updates as often as every two seconds, and ensures that all boats with AIS will be alerted to your precise position, day or night, no matter what the weather conditions. navcen.uscg.gov/ enav/AIS/default.htm • TheSailingChannel.TV, based in Annapolis, has upgraded its video player to deliver High Deﬁnition videos online. The player allows cruisers to search for keywords within a video to pinpoint the exact content they want to watch. • Renegade Sails is a new loft in Easton, MD run by Scott Gibbs. The team makes all types of racing and cruising sails for boats ranging from Optis to Grand Prix sailboats. (410) 819-8886, renegadesails.com Send Dock Talk items to email@example.com.
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Watch VOR coverage on Maryland Public Television. Visit vortv.org for showtimes. Photo by Sally Collison/ VOR
Come to the Boatyard Bar & Grill on March 7 to watch commentator Gary Jobson’s highlights of the 37,000-nautical-mile Volvo Ocean Race. Photo by Gabriele Olivo/Telefonica Blue/VOR
an’t make the trip to Boston or Ireland for Volvo Ocean Race Stopovers? Can you make it to Annapolis? How about to your television set? The Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) is publicized on Maryland Public Television. Annapolis-based, worldclass sailor and commentator Gary Jobson hosts 39 half-hour broadcasts about the 37,000-nauticalmile, round-the-world race. The VOR started in Alicante, Spain on October 4, 2008 and will end in July at St. Petersburg, Russia. Jobson highlights the riveting journey of these amazing racers. The Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis will host a gathering of regional sailors-and armchair sailors-to watch the VOR footage on Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m. with a few members of the SpinSheet crew. If you can’t make it that day, Saturdays will continue to be VOR days at the Boatyard. If you’re not in the mood to travel farther than the couch, look for show times on vortv.org. For directions, visit boatyardbarandgrill.com; for more information than you could ever digest on the VOR, visit volvooceanrace.org.
Watch VOR coverage on Maryland Public Television. Visit vortv.org for showtimes. Photo by Dave Kneale/VOR
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TV Coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race—Saturdays 6 PM— Shown on the Boatyard Big Screen
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Whale Watching Excursions Tag along with humpback and ﬁn whales on their winter commute oﬀ Virginia Beach. (757) 385-3474, virginiaaquarium.com
Preservation Workshop 1 to 4 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Get expert advice on caring for your family treasures for future generations. $20. hdgmaritimemuseum.org
Fawcett Winter Seminar: Ethanol 7 p.m. Fawcett’s Chandlery, Annapolis. Alex Zahl of the Army Corps of Engineers discusses maritime uses for ethanol. (410) 267-8681 firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Mayer and Scott Kirby Concert Annapolis Maritime Museum. Enjoy an acoustic evening of songs and the stories behind them. Happy hour starts at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds beneﬁt the museum. The fun is presented by the Boatyard Bar & Grill. $15. (410) 295-0104
USCG Auxiliary Courses 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Seneca Valley High School, Germantown, MD. The Gaithersburg USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-08 will host three safe-boating courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Boating and Seamanship, Sailing and Seamanship, and Basic/Advanced Navigation. (202) 263-4898, email@example.com
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America’s Boating Course 7 to 9 p.m. Main St. Methodist Church, Suﬀolk, VA. Four two-hour Wednesday classes (March 4, 11, 18, and 25) taught by the Nansemond River Power Squadron. $30. (757) 399-0051, firstname.lastname@example.org
Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Seminar 7 to 8:30 p.m. McNasby Oyster Company Building, Eastport. “Ospreys on the Rebound,” by Melanie Lynch. $10 for members; $15 for non-members. (410) 295-0104, amaritime. org
Friday Free Fridays Calvert Maritime Museum, Solomons. Free admission and free concert by the Fathers & Sons Barbershop Quartet and The Patuxent Pearls, all sponsored by the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium. (410) 326-2042 x41, calvertmarinemuseum. org
Ambassador’s “Other” Ball 7 p.m. Eastport Democratic Club. Live music, great food, dancing... loads of fun! themre.org
America’s Boating Course 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bennett’s Creek Fire Station #5, Suﬀolk, VA. Taught by the Nansemond River Power Squadron. $30. (757) 399-0051, email@example.com
Smith Point Sea Rescue Oyster Roast 2 to 5 p.m. Party to beneﬁt Smith Point Sea Rescue, a volunteer rescue unit. Raw and steamed oysters, bean soup, hot dogs, soft drinks, and coﬀee. $20 in advance; $25 at the gate; kids under age 10 years get in free. (804) 453-3955
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Watch the Volvo Ocean Race at the Boatyard 6 p.m. Saturdays at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport. Hook up with your sailing buddies for Volvo Ocean Race coverage on the big screen. Some of the SpinSheet crew will be on hand, as will local sailors, so come and talk frostbiting, Volvo, and the coming sailing season. boatyardbarandgrill.com
USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety Course 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bladensburg (MD) Waterfront Park. Taught by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3, the course boat construction, terminology, boating laws, safety equipment, boat handling, basic knot skills, navigation, and trailering. $25. (410) 531-3313, (301) 261-7735
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U.S. Sailing Racing Rules Seminar Presented by North U Annapolis, MD. Learn from the pros, including Understanding the Racing Rules author Dave Perry; “Learn the Racing Rules” DVD creator David Dellenbaugh; America’s Cup Chief Umpire Brad Dellenbaugh; America’s Cup Champion Peter Isler; North U Director Bill Gladstone; and international champions like Todd Berman, Andrew Kerr, Dobbs Davis, Geoﬀ Moore, and Steve LeMay. Focuses on 2009-2012 Racing Rules of Sailing. ussailing.org
Contemporary Team Racing 7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastport YC’s Winter Panel Series features Gavin O’Hare presenting the growing sport of team racing. Open to the public and free of charge. eastportyc.org
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USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (exUSS Merrimac) End Era of Wooden Warships oﬀ Hampton Roads, VA, 1862
Basic Boating Certiﬁcation Course 7 p.m. Alexis I. duPont High School, Greenville, DE. Hosted by the Wilmington Power Squadron. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. (610) 444-5155, wilmingtonpowersquadron.org
George Bancroft, Whose Name Adorns USNA’s Dormitory, Takes Oﬃce as the 18th Secretary of the Navy, 1845
America’s Boating Course 6 to 10 p.m. USCG Station, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Hosted by the Delaware River Power Squadron. (215) 779-5849, (267) 250-2474
USCG Auxiliary Weekend Navigator Course 6 to 9 p.m. Delaware State Fire School, Dover. Six Wednesdays. $45. (302) 697-6188
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St. Patrick’s Concert 7 p.m. Captain Salem Avery House, Shady Side, MD. Concert features Maggie Sansone on the hammered dulcimer accompanied by Sue Richard on the Celtic Harp and Peter Brice on the Irish button accordion. Desserts and coﬀee. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Proceeds beneﬁt the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society. (410) 867-4486, shadysidemuseum.org
Oyster Stew Cook-Oﬀ Noon to 3 p.m. Long Beach Family Restaurant and Tavern, Baltimore. Proceeds beneﬁt Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities’ preservation of the 1911 Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd as a youth education ambassador. The National Park Service will match all donations dollar-for-dollar! chesapeakebaymemmories.org
Captain Samuel Samuels, Skipper of the Packet Dreadnaught, the “Wild Boat of the Atlantic,” Born in Philadelphia, PA, 1825 Gulls & Terns: Talk & Hike 9 to 11 a.m. Your guide from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD will teach the tricks to distinguishing amongst the species of gulls and terns found on the Chesapeake Bay. Bring binoculars. $4 per person, for ages 10+. (301) 238-2737, serc.si.edu
Singles on Sailboats Spring Training Seminars 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Broadneck High School, Severna Park, MD. $35 per member; $50 per nonmember and everyone who registers after March 6. singlesonsailboats.org
St. Patrick’s Day Green Beer Races 11 a.m. St. Eastport Democratic Club. Beneﬁting the Annapolis Maritime Museum. themre.org
U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar Rockhall YC, MD. email@example.com, ussailing.org/racemgt
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Youth Habitat Court 10 a.m. to Noon. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Using acting and role-playing, kids will learn about the environment and the challenges it is facing. They’ll stage a simulated community meeting to explore and learn about habitats, human-land issues, and ecosystem dynamics. Kids are encouraged to bring a favorite costume piece and their imaginations. $3 for museum members; $5 for nonmembers. cbmm.org
Ocean Sailing Seminar Annapolis. The Cruising Rally Association gives you the skills to make oﬀshore passages safer, more comfortable, and more fun. firstname.lastname@example.org, carib1500.com
America’s Boating Course 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gatling Point YC, Isle of Wight, VA. Two four-hour Saturday classes taught by the Nansemond River Power Squadron. $30. (757) 399-0051, email@example.com
CSA Membership Drive 1 to 4 p.m. The Chesapeake Sailing Association is having a Wine and Cheese Membership Drive at the Homeland Club House in Baltimore. $12 includes wine, soda, and appetizers. firstname.lastname@example.org
J/World Annapolis’s New Racing Rules Seminar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. J/World Annapolis. (800) 966-2038, jworldannapolis.com
U.S. Sailing Youth Championships Resumé Applications Due The top youth sailors in the country are invited to apply for this annual event, held June 25-30 at Indian Harbor YC in Greenwich, CT. championships.ussailing.org
Catamaran Sailing/Solo Passages 7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastport YC’s Winter Panel Series features Bob Schnabel and Gale Browning’s presentation on catamaran sailing and solo passages. Open to the public and free of charge. eastportyc.org
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St. Paddy’s Day Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport. Special appearance by the Legendary Jeﬀery P. Maguire as the Boatyard is transformed into Maguire’s Irish Pub for the day! Irish food and beer (naturally), free St. Paddy’s glass, live music, and more. boatyardbarandgrill.com
Nathaniel Herreshoﬀ Born in Bristol, RI, 1848 Capt. Herreshoﬀ designed and built every America’s Cup defender from 1893 through 1920, and the shipyard he once ran built the 1930 and 1934 defenders. In all, that’s eight matches and one-third of America’s Cup history.
Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Seminar 7 to 8:30 p.m. McNasby’s Oyster Company, Eastport. Janie Meneely will present colorful Chesapeake songs and stories. $10 for members; $15 for non-members. (410) 295-0104, amaritime.org
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Basic Boating Certiﬁcation Course 7 p.m. Thomas McKean High School, Wilmington, DE. Hosted by the Wilmington Power Squadron. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. (610) 444-5155, wilmingtonpowersquadron.org
America’s Boating Course 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. USCG Station, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Hosted by the Delaware River Power Squadron. (215) 779-5849, (267) 250-2474
Annual Sock Burning! 5:09 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum. Join Annapolitans as they burn their socks to herald the arrival of spring. (410) 2950104, annapolismaritimemuseum.org Conservation: Going Green 7:30 p.m. Captain Salem Avery Museum, Shady Side, MD. Julie Erickson envisions environmental eﬀorts during the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society’s free program. Open to the public. (410) 867-4486
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Old-Fashioned Sock Burning 5:30 to 7 p.m. Yacht Haven’s A Dock, Annapolis Sailyard. Reenactment of how it all started, with Bob Turner, the original sock burner of note. BYOB and BYOFA (bring your own ﬂammable argyles). sailyard.com
AYC/U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar Annapolis YC. race.annapolisyc.org, email@example.com From Seed to Shoreline 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Environmental Concern’s Wetland Learning Center, St. Michaels. Follow a Spartina alterniﬂora seed as it is collected in the wild, processed, sown, grown, and planted in a living shoreline. $10 for museum members or Environmental Concern members; $15 for non-members. cbmm.org
Nautical Rummage Sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. College Park (MD) United Methodist Church, 9601 Rhode Island Avenue. Check out sails, anchors, boat hardware, ropes, marine stoves, life jackets, and a 16-foot sailboat with trailer. Beneﬁts Sea Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Region. (703) 472-3145, (301) 646-0805
North East River YC Racing Rules Seminar 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. North East, MD. Open to the public. neryc.com
Patuxent River Appreciation Day Grant Application Deadline Patuxent River Appreciation Day Inc., through proceeds from its annual October festival, makes grant awards up to $1000 to non-proﬁt educational and research organizations focusing on the Patuxent River or Patuxent River Basin. (410) 326-2042 x41, firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Lighthouse Society Chesapeake Chapter Help keep the Seven Knolls Lighthouse and Lightship Chesapeake “Shining.” Volunteer to help maintain and restore these historic Chesapeake lights at the Baltimore Maritime Museum in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (Piers 5 and 3). cheslights.org/volunteer.htm
Open House 10 a.m. to dusk. Annapolis Sailyard. Tour boats and facilities and enjoy refreshments. Call ahead to reserve a demo boat ride (weather permitting). Visit marine lenders, service techs, surveyors, electronics specialists, boat brokers, and more. sailyard.com
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J/World Racing Clinic Bald Head Island Sailing Club, NC. (910) 457-7245, jbarry@ bhisland.com, bhisailing.com
U.S. Sailing-Sanctioned “Safety at Sea” Symposium 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Prep for the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race. Moderated by Captain John Bonds USN (Ret.), with help from Howard Lapsley, Henry Marx, and other well-qualiﬁed speakers. For fees and more details, visit www1.ussailing.org or marionbermuda.com.
Bermuda Ocean Race Skippers Reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hosted by the Eastport YC. Follows the Safety at Sea Seminar at USNA. Meet and talk to skippers who have sailed the race or are interested in racing in 2010. (443) 254-3276, (410) 263-0415, bermudaoceanrace.com
Canoe Excursion Morning paddle along the shores of Muddy Creek and the Rhode River in Edgewater, MD to learn about the many tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Seek out wildlife with your guide from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. $12 per adult; $6 per kid ages six to 12 years. (301) 238-2737, serc.si.edu
“Diesel Dork” Diesel Engines Systems Seminar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown Sailing Center, Baltimore. Taught by Chris Oliver (aka “The Diesel Dork”). (410) 727-0722, downtownsailing.org
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Diesel Engine Class 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis School of Seamanship. This popular hands-on class teaches you operating theory, preventive maintenance, and basic troubleshooting and repair skills. Other classes oﬀered this month focus on electrical systems, radar, and getting a captain’s license. (410) 263-8848, annapolisschoolofseamanship.com
U.S. Sailing/ISAF Safety-at-Sea Seminar 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Alumni Hall, USNA, Annapolis. Hosted by the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, the seminar is for U.S. Sailing and ISAF Certiﬁcation. email@example.com, mtam.org
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Maryland Day Celebration Noon to 5 p.m. Discover Maryland history in your own backyard with this free, fun-ﬁlled festival highlighting regional history in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Local cultural and heritage sites will feature special free activities and tours for the whole family. (410) 222-1805, fourriversheritage.org
Maryland Day Mother/ Daughter Tea 1 and 3 p.m. Two seatings at the Captain Salem Avery House in Shady Side, MD. Free admission. Register by March 20. (410) 867-4486, shadysidemuseum.org
Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association General Meeting 7:30 p.m. The Annapolis Elks Lodge #622, Edgewater, MD. James Robinson & Son will present “It’s All About Insurance: Maritime Oﬃcers Liability.” (410) 267-7651, capca.net
Safe Boating Course Chantilly (VA) High School. Eight-session course oﬀered by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron. $48 for registration and materials. firstname.lastname@example.org, nvsps.org
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Children’s Day at the Museum 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Learn to tie knots, help build boats, play like a sailor, and create crafts. Moon Bounce and kite ﬂying. $10 per family of four ($2 for each additional member) or $3 for single admission. Children under age three years admitted for free. hdgmaritimemuseum.org
Acura Miami Grand Prix Organized by Premiere Racing, Inc. premiere-racing.com
Audi Etchells World Championship Melbourne, Australia. etchellsworlds2009.org
Olympic Classes Regatta Long Beach Alamitos Bay YC, Long Beach, CA. email@example.com
Laser Midwinters West California YC, Marina del Ray, CA. ilcana.org
Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Seminar 7 to 8:30 p.m. McNasby Oyster Company Building, Eastport. Annapolis Maritime Museum Curator Heather Ersts discusses life on the Chesapeake Bay in the days when people traveled by steamboat to resorts in search of relaxation and cool breezes. $10 for members; $15 for non-members. (410) 295-0104, amaritime.org
Cape Charles Blessing of the Fleet Cape Charles, VA. Share the bounty of the Bay: the freshest seafood brought to the dock by local watermen. The celebration includes beer and award-winning Eastern Shore wine. (757) 331-2357, firstname.lastname@example.org
Canoe Excursion Morning paddle along the shores of Muddy Creek and the Rhode River in Edgewater, MD to learn about the many tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Seek out wildlife with your guide from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. $12 per adult; $6 per kid ages six to 12 years. (301) 238-2737, serc.si.edu
Leukemia Cup One-Design Challenge Hosted by Fishing Bay YC, this event is in conjunction with the lead-up events of the 2009 Leukemia Cup. leukemiacup.org/va
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Gulls & Terns: Talk & Hike 9 to 11 a.m. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD. Learn tricks to distinguishing among the species of gulls and terns found on the Chesapeake Bay. Bring binoculars. $4 per person, for ages 10+. (301) 238-2737, serc.si.edu
Safe Boating Course Lake Accotink Park, VA. Eightsession course oďŹ€ered by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron. $48. runis_320@ yahoo.com, nvsps.org
Maryland Boating Safety Course 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Annapolis Recreation Center. People ages 10 years on up learn about legal requirements, navigation rules, preparation and trailers, accidents, weather and water conditions, water sports, sailing, and personal water craft. $25. annapolis.gov
Squadron Boating Course McLean Community Center, McLean, VA. Eight-session course oďŹ€ered by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron. $48. email@example.com, nvsps.org
Boating Safety Course 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bladensburg (MD) Waterfront Park. USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3 teaches boat construction, terminology, boating laws, safety equipment, boat handling, basic knot skills, navigation, and trailering. $25. (410) 531-3313, (301) 261-7735
Re-Opening Day for the Tiki Bar in Solomons The party starts on Friday at the Tiki Bar in Solomons. (The bar raised more than $33,500 for the Calvert Fraternal Order of Police and its Benevolence Fund, while tikiers enjoyed great music, food, and drinks last September!) tikibarsolomons.com
ABYC Electrical CertiďŹ cation Class 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum. This course is designed for the experienced technician with at least three to ďŹ ve years of experience working with marine electricity. abycinc.org
USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety Course 7 to 10 p.m. April 13, 17, and 20. Annapolis Fire Department, Taylor Avenue. (410) 409-2998, ngardner@ sensitivesystems.com
Sunset Canoe Excursion 5 to 7:30 p.m. Edgewater, MD. An evening paddling tour that provides introduction to the unique shores of Muddy Creek and the research conducted by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. $12 per adult; $6 per kid ages six to 12. (301) 238-2737. serc.si.edu
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Grand Opening Fawcett Avon/ Zodiac & Honda Showroom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 207 Chinquapin Round Road, Annapolis. Full line of new, used, and closeout models of Avon/Zodiac inﬂatable boats and life rafts. Full line of Honda outboards and generators. Refreshments. (410) 267-8681, (800) 456-9151, fawcettboat.com
Kayak with the West/Rhode Riverkeeper 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Edgewater, MD. West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Chris Trumbauer, will guide you on a two-hour paddle through the nooks and crannies of the West/Rhode Rivers. Picnic lunch included. Organized by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. $16 per adult; $8 per kid ages eight to 12. (301) 238-2737, serc.si.edu
Marine Diesel Basics 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis School of Seamanship. This popular two-day hands-on class teaches you operating theory, preventive maintenance, and basic troubleshooting and repair skills. Other classes oﬀered this month focus on electrical systems, radar, and getting a captain’s license. (410) 263-8848, annapolisschoolofseamanship.com
St. John’s College vs. USNA Croquet Match 1 p.m. St. John’s College Campus, Annapolis. The Johnnies and Mids vie for the coveted Annapolis Cup. Picnic on the lawn, swing dance, dress in Gatsby-like fashions, and listen to the St. John’s Freshman Chorus and USNA’s Trident Brass Band. Free. (410) 626-2539, stjohnscollege.edu
Open House and Free Boat Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Port Annapolis Marina. See new and used boats for sale while learning from George Day, Editor and Publisher of Blue Water Sailing; Steve Brodie, President of Paciﬁc Seacraft; and Jarvis Newman, Downeast Builder. Visit experts on ﬁnancing, canvas, insurance, electronics, sails, rigging, surveyors, safety equipment, commissioning and sailing with disabilities. Special discounts and door prizes. (410) 269-0939, crusaderyachts.com
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USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety Course 6 to 10 p.m. Delaware State Fire School, Dover. $35 per adult; $20 for teens 17 and under (accompanied by a registered adult. (302)697-6188, a5031205.uscgaux.info
Build Your Own Boat Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis. Geoﬀ Kerr will help you build an 18-foot Annapolis Wherry. clcboats.com
Boating Course 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Anchorage Marina, Baltimore. Boating essentials presented by the Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron on eight consecutive Tuesdays. (410) 282-6464, firstname.lastname@example.org
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St. Michael’s Food and Wine Festival Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. See cooking demos with celebrity chefs, wine tastings with world-renowned vintners, enjoy live entertainment, and sample food from an array of specialty purveyors. stmichaelsfoodandwinefestival.com
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SERC Canoe Excursion Morning paddle along the shores of Muddy Creek and the Rhode River in Edgewater, MD to learn about the many tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Seek out wildlife with your guide from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). $12 per adult; $6 per kid ages six to 12. (301) 238-2737, serc.si.edu
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where we with Kim Couranz
Winging Our Way Toward Summer
here I grew up in Massachuto Florida and beyond to the Caribbean, setts, we always kept an eye out Mexico, and even South America. for the “ﬁrst robin of spring” Ospreys are also all about tradition. as an encouraging sign that warmer days They begin mating when they are about were clear ahead. But it turns out that three years old and generally keep the even that far north—and certainly here in same mate for life, returning each year to the Chesapeake region—robins actually nest in the same area in which they were spend the entire year in our area. Seasonal born. In early March, the males arrive ﬁrst changes in the diet of the American robin to the Chesapeake, and the females (who (whose Latin name is, I kid you not, Turwear a “necklace” of brown-tipped breast dus migratorius) are likely the cause behind feathers) get to town just a few days later. our not seeing them Using branches and as much over the other shoreline debris, Ospreywatch winter. While over together they assemble the warmer months a nest on a tall dead hesapeake lore has it that ospreys during their breedtree, atop a channel return on the same day each year ing season, we often marker or utility pole, to any given location. I’d venture see just a few robins or on a duck blind or to say it’s the same week—for my backat a time pulling platform specially built yard, it’s around March 10. Let me know earthworms from for them—waterfront when the ospreys arrive in your area by our yards, over the highly preferred, thank e-mailing me at email@example.com. winter, they tend to you very much. The first SpinSheet reader (one each in ﬂock together and Courtship ensues, Maryland, Virginia, and DC) to send me eat fruit. So subtle with swooping, danca digital photo of the first osprey they shifts in the types of ing, and ﬂight patterns see this year and the location (city, state) terrain they frequent accompanied by the will win some SpinSheet swag. Keep your are behind their osprey’s piercing “yook, eyes to the sky and your camera or cell seasonal “departure,” yook” whistle. If all phone handy! and we do experigoes according to plan, ence this to some females lay about three extent in our neck of eggs each year, and 40 the woods. days later, the baby ospreys emerge from So here in Chesapeakeland, where I their shells. A little less than two months can’t tell if it’s the ﬁrst robin of spring or after birth, the young ospreys begin to learn the last robin of fall, which avians are a how to ﬂy and then how to ﬁsh on their harbinger of the impending transition in own. Once the kids are independent, the our sailing garb from drysuits and wool parents start their journey south for another caps to shorts and sunscreen? winter. The juvenile ospreys usually start their ﬁrst migration south just before Labor The osprey—Pandion haliaetus—has it right. After spending a good portion of the Day. As sailors, we tend to appreciate clever year enjoying the bounty of the Chesaand eﬃcient design. The osprey has some peake, ospreys winter down south. Way down south. We Chesapeake sailors might things well ﬁgured out. Like other raptors, think heading down to Key West for some each foot has four “toes” with long claws— but the osprey is able to rotate one of its sailing and party fun or Miami for some toes so that it can carry ﬁsh using two on great one-design competition ﬁts the bill one side of the ﬁsh, two on the other, for for a mid-winter thaw. But ospreys? No half-measures here; they take it all the way better grip. And when it does go airborne
with dinner in clutch, it generally carries the ﬁsh head-forward for a more aerodynamic experience. I wouldn’t call that a bird brain! For Chesapeake lovers, it doesn’t surprise us much to know that the Bay is quite the hip destination for ospreys. Fully one-quarter of the ospreys that nest in the contiguous United States do so in the Chesapeake. That adds up to about 2000 nesting pairs enjoying ﬁshing the waters and soaring in the sea breezes of the Bay. About the Author: Kim Couranz lives and works in the Eastport section of Annapolis and writes about life on the Chesapeake Bay. Don’t forget to e-mail her a photo and the time and place of the ﬁrst osprey you see this spring, as well as story ideas: kimcouranz@ yahoo.com.
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Chesapeake Rambler with Fred Miller
Careful Out There
“...it’s after sundown, and I’m completely alone as I step from the ﬁnger pier over to the toe rail. I know that if I slip on a wet green plank and go in the water, I’ll be in serious trouble.”
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ere we go again. I hate this. An experienced member of the Bay sailing community goes in the water and dies. David Barnes of the Severn Sailing Association is just the latest of many we’ve mourned over the years. Veteran racer Peter Gookin comes to mind, cleaning his hull in the shallows at the mouth of Back Creek. And liveaboard Bill Esterheld, stepping oﬀ his big Cherubini at Jabin’s in December about 15 years back, juggling the laundry or whatever. Steve Bickell, at the start of the 1994 Governor’s Cup. The list goes on and on. Each time we hear of such an “avoidable” tragedy, we console ourselves with the reminder that “he was doing what he loved,” or some such reassuring solace. Over the years, I’ve used this column to call out for care and safety as we play on the sparkling waters, and some have suggested that I do this too often. But I’ve put a lot of thought into this, and not just recently. Maybe I’ve attended too many funerals. I’ve arrived at the conclusion that what is “avoidable” becomes largely a matter of how one approaches matters of risk and the consequences of drawing a losing hand (if pure chance were the only Chesapeake Bay Sailing
determinant), as distinct from deliberately manipulating one’s actions to bend safely around that properly assessed risk. Every few days I go down to check our boat at the marina. Typically, it’s after sundown, and I’m completely alone as I step from the ﬁnger pier over to the toe rail. I know that if I slip on a wet green plank and go in the water, I’ll be in serious trouble. It’s likely no one will see me fall or hear me cry out. I consciously think about this—and about Bill Esterheld, frankly—every time I walk down that narrow pier. I have done this for years. Some folks keep a swim ladder hanging down, oﬀ the transom; I think about Bill. Laugh all you want, if you think this is overkill. Lately, I’ve taken to wearing a marine safety whistle on a lanyard. Through the frozen months of winter, I sometimes strap on my high-mileage inﬂatable lifejacket, especially if there’s ice, knowing that near-freezing water would seriously hurt my chance of survival, in the dark, all alone. Sometimes, I arrange to call Ursula just as I leave the car and then immediately after I’m safely oﬀ the boat. All of this, as a concerted strategy, makes me feel better, and perhaps it actually reduces my overall risk. I hope so.
When I was about eight years old, I went swimming at the old Glen Echo pool with a church group and very nearly drowned. The memory is vague, but I remember being well below the surface and suddenly breathing water. At precisely the nick of time, the pool lifeguard plucked me from the proverbial jaws of eternity and pumped me out on the cold, rough concrete at water’s edge. Such experiences tend to stick with one. “Near death” and all that. Anyway, here’s where I want to go with this. It’s not enough to just whine about being careful. Because you know that already. I think that part of the solution is in your head: acknowledging that very bad things can happen and acting momentto-moment to prevent them. As the duty sergeant on Hill Street Blues would say at the end of each day’s brieﬁng, “Let’s be careful out there.” Now, somebody queue the piano music. About the Author: Fred Miller spends too much time working on his 41-foot ketch, Julie Marie. Past commodore of the Eastport YC, Miller enjoys reading and gazing vacantly at the pretty boats and the pretty waters. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Baltimore Beat with Stephanie Stone
here’s a panoramic view of Baltimore Harbor painted by Nicolino Calyo in 1836 that hangs in the maritime exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society. It features the arrival of the George Washington, a steamboat that dwarfs in size and grandeur every sail in the harbor. So why don’t we see steamboats around today, to keep the Constellation, Pride of Baltimore II, and Minnie V company? There is the steam tug Baltimore, but she’s awaiting major repairs to make her steamable. And there were a couple of turn-of-the-century steam launches—“the mosquito ﬂeet”—jetting about at last summer’s Tug Fest. I remember thinking how insouciant their skippers were to sit cheek by jowl with an oversized pressure cooker waiting to blow them heavenward. But Baltimore and the launches are all I can think of in the steamboat department. I wonder how such a signiﬁcant part of Baltimore harbor history, spanning a century from mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, vanished so completely. Because signiﬁcant it was. A photo taken from Federal Hill circa 1901 shows all the waterfront along Light and Pratt Streets was steamboat piers. Another photo (1902) shows horsedrawn buckboard wagons laden with bulging sacs backed into loading piers along Light Street. The wagons are parked wheel to wheel; the horses hitched to them are turned sideways so they do not obstruct the narrow teaming roadway. Think of it, just over 100 years ago, this was the state of trade in Baltimore’s harbor. Then think of the towering cranes at the Seagirt Terminal and massive car carriers at Atlantic Terminal across from Ft. McHenry. And that’s just for stuﬀ. There was also “people” cargo. Fortunately for us, two of them were kids, Robert Burgess and H. Graham Wood, who grew up to write Steamboats out of Baltimore (Tidewater Press, 1968). Their book is infused with the love of being aboard. With them, we feel the “periodic forward surge with each
rotation of the paddle wheels.” And listen from our stateroom berths to “the cries throughout the night of the sheep and calves one deck below...” The night boat for Norfolk left Light or Pratt Street at 1630 hours. One’s stateroom had an upper and lower berth; in the corner was a sink, mirror, towel rack, and china crock with water if the boat didn’t have running water; the window had sliding slatted wooden blinds for privacy and ventilation. Before leaving,
Chesapeake waters for more than a century. By 1939, a ride on the night boat to Norfolk cost four dollars one-way, six dollars round trip. The De Luxe Table d’Hote Dinner set you back $1.25. By the 1960s, the Bay Bridge had opened, labor costs were high, and piers and vessels were old and in disrepair. The City of Norfolk made her last run from Norfolk to Baltimore in 1962. (James Tigner, Jr., Yesterday on the Chesapeake Bay, 2007.) Steamboats went everywhere. As Tigner says, they were “the trucks and taxis of the day.” Their names bespeak their range—from Piankatank to Talbot to City of Baltimore to Virginia. The Emma Giles, gold leaf sparkling on the spokes of her paddle wheel boxes, took Baltimoreans to holiday at Tolchester Beach. For some runs, traveling in style was the MO. “Floating hotels of the most modern type” was how the Chesapeake Steamship Company advertised its two new sister ships in 1915. And what became of these beauties, and why don’t we have any in Baltimore? Even given the state of navigational aids in their day, it still surprises me how many sank, often after collisions with other steamboats. The City of Annapolis sank in 1927 after she was struck in fog by her sister ship City of Richmond. Others burned. The City of Baltimore, a 310-foot steel-hulled beauty built in 1911 for the Baltimore to Norfolk run, burned to the waterline oﬀ Seven Point Knoll. Some were sold to ports as far away as Seattle. Others were broken up. In the end, the City of Norfolk refused to surrender—she was being scrapped by a New Jersey ﬁrm when she was struck by lightening and burned to the hull. What say we bring a steamboat back to Baltimore? Are there any out there?
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the sidewheels began to turn slowly, “stirring up that singular aroma of the harbor water.” With a blast of the steam whistle, the steamboat left the dock. Steaming down the Patapsco, a white-coated waiter rang the handbell announcing dinner of “seafood, steaks, fowl.” By dusk, Annapolis was abeam. Most passengers were abed by 2100 hours, but the boys stayed up listening to the stories of the lookoutsman stationed forward in the saloon deck. Throughout the night, the boat stopped to pick up and discharge passengers and freight, often at remote stops that consisted of a shack at the end of a ﬁnger pier. After a roughly 12-hour passage, the steamboat arrived in Norfolk in early morning. The Baltimore to Norfolk run was operated by the Baltimore Steam Packet Company, known as the Old Bay Line, which started operations in 1840 and plied
About the Author: Stephanie Stone sails J/22s in Baltimore and beyond. E-mail comments and story ideas to email@example.com.
Used Boat Marketplace
lthough O’Day Boats, of Fall River, MA, failed to survive a previous downturn in our economy, the company’s 30+ years building aﬀordable daysailers and family cruisers introduced more than a few sailors of my generation to our sport. In these tough economic times, it’s perhaps ﬁtting that we take a look at the O’Day 40—still one of the more affordable family cruisers of this size and age. Introduced in 1985, the O’Day 40 is the largest model ever built by the company and remained in production until 1989. Although there are enough similarities to consider this a redesign of the earlier O’Day 39, there are enough diﬀerences that I’m focusing only on the O’Day 40 for this review. Depending on the source, design credit for the O’Day 40 goes to C. Raymond Hunt Associates or Philippe Briand. My admittedly limited investigation was not able to conﬁrm, with certainty, but I suspect both likely had a hand in the project. Hunt Associates designed nearly all previous O’Day cruising models, but the distinct European-inﬂuence of this design is certainly reminiscent of Briand’s work. In a departure from previous construction methods, the hull of the O’Day 40 is a cored composite using three-quarters of an inch of balsa, polyester resin, and biaxial ﬁberglass cloth. Decks are also composite constructed with balsa and plywood core, and structural support is provided by a combination of ﬁberglass liners, plywood bulkheads, and various longitudinal and athwartship supports. Generally, the quality of construction, ﬁt, and ﬁnish is typical of entry-level boats of the 1980s. Attachment of structural components seems to have been done well, and it’s rare to ﬁnd any serious concerns in these areas. Unless remedial repairs have been made, O’Day 40s are likely to have some degree of osmotic blistering below the waterline. And, because osmotic blisters and water permeation can be more problematic on balsa-cored composites, it is best to get a knowledgeable professional’s evaluation if blisters are present or suspected. Cracking and crazing of the ﬁberglass decks are also quite common and sometimes severe enough to aﬀect the structural integrity; so any questionable areas should also be evaluated by a professional. Chesapeake Bay Sailing
The O’Day 40 has a nicely designed deck featuring a low cabin trunk, which gradually slopes to the foredeck. Cabin sides are angled to wide side decks providing a secure footing as the boat heels. There is a large anchor locker on the foredeck and a perforated, extruded aluminum toe rail. The cast aluminum lifeline stanchions are at the rail, so lifelines do not intrude on deck space. Cockpit seating is comfortable with a deep seat locker to port and a shallow locker to starboard. There is a gate in the stern rail for access to a small “sugar scoop” transom swim deck with a folding boarding ladder that can be reached by someone in the water. This is a safety feature now recommended by ABYC standards, and O’Day was ahead of its time. The interior arrangement is fairly standard with a V-berth cabin forward followed by a port head/shower and a starboard hanging locker. The main saloon has a U-shaped dinette with a drop-leaf table to port and a settee to starboard. There is a spacious galley aft to port with a forward facing navigation station opposite. The quarter berth cabin has a large athwartship, double berth tucked under the cockpit. While there is plenty of head room, hip room is tight, and whoever sleeps aft must crawl over the head of his bunk mate in order to exit ﬁrst. Not such a good idea is the extra head crammed into the quarter berth cabin which oﬀers no privacy for users. The space would be much better utilized for storage. Auxiliary power is provided by a Westerbeke 46-horsepower marine diesel engine, which is more than adequate for a boat whose design displacement is less than 20,000 pounds. The engine is located below the companionway steps, and reasonable access is provided by removing the steps and access panels along the starboard side and aft. The O’Day 40 has a rather conservative sail area/displacement ratio of only 16.3, but is also on the light side, for a mid1980s cruiser, with a displacement/length ratio of 214. One measure of performance, U.S. Sailing’s PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) rating shows an average handicap of 114 for the O’Day 40. For comparison to other boats of the same era, her rating is 39 seconds per mile slower
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than the popular J/40 racer/cruiser and 57 seconds per mile slower than the “strictly cruising” Island Packet 38. Aﬀordability is what attracted buyers to the O’Day 40 when she was new, and it remains an attraction more than 20 years later. Presently, there are seven O’Day 40s listed for sale at the yachtworld.com website with asking prices ranging from $59,000 to $89,000. The average selling price over the last year has been $55,000. For price comparison only, selling prices of similar age J/40s and Island Packet 38s have averaged $120,000 and $108,000, respectively. I don’t mean to compare the quality of these models, but despite some ﬂaws common to most aging, entry-level sailboats, the O’Day 40 remains a lot of boat for the money and could be an excellent value, particularly for sailors capable of and willing to invest some of their own “sweat equity” in needed maintenance and repairs. About the Author: Jack Hornor, N.A., is the principal surveyor and senior designer for the Annapolis-based Marine Survey & Design Co. msdco.com
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The Yawl Arcturus Discovers Her Soul
by Andy Schell
he chances to cruise the Bay in the repair; of Miles and Beryl Smeeton, whose down meal invitations, and in this case, winter are few and far between, infamous escapades with the Horn were Mia and I were especially thankful due to sandwiched between westerly gales recorded in the classic Once is Enough; or the frigid weather that arrived with the that routinely rip through Ego Alley, of Hal and Margaret’s personal friendship steely dawn following our night at anchor. where my yawl Arcturus is hibernating. But Ben’s eyes lit up at the sight of her cruis- with the master himself, Bernard Moithe boat was game, so when my girlfriend tessier, a legend, and the inspiration for my ing again, and when he came aboard, his Mia ﬂew over from Sweden for own youthful adventures. the holidays, we jumped at the Suddenly our Arcturus had a “She is a piece of history, with a meaning I was scarcely aware of chance to go cruising, test ourselves in the frigid weather, and legacy closely related to those sailors prior to that morning. Here we learn about and sail our boat. in Ben’s kitchen, listenand adventurers who we’ve modeled were, 2009 dawned bright and ing to personal anecdotes of sunny in downtown our own dreams after.” my sailing heroes; listening to Annapolis. Mia and Ben’s stories of sailing Cybele, I prepped Arcturus, as she was then named, up removing sail covers to Maine; browsing Ben’s and stowing our stuﬀ enormous bookshelf and down below. The seeing original copies of all sun shone brightly the seafaring classics that against the backdrop I’ve devoured over the past of a surreal blue sky, few years of my young life and it was well below as a sailor. freezing. But we Suddenly, to Mia and were dressed for it— me, Arcturus represented after experiencing a more than just a boat. She Scandinavian winter is a piece of history, with last year while living a legacy closely related to in Stockholm, I was those sailors and adventurers prepared for cold. who we’ve modeled our own The breeze was dreams after. up from the northAfter breakfast that west. We set just morning, Ben drove us back the jib and mizzen, to the ferry dock, where it and with the wind had begun snowing. Gazing steady oﬀ the towards the old lighthouse starboard quarter, at the mouth of the Tred we sailed south. Avon River, I watched small Mia had the foresight to brew a big whitecaps forming on the face betrayed the same emotions of pure thermos full of coﬀee before leaving the crests of the chop. Arcturus was ready to joy and admiration that I felt when I ﬁrst dock, which we enjoyed immensely as the set sail. Her white canvas was furled neatly laid eyes on her. cold bore into our bones after hours under on her booms, big snowﬂakes swirled in He put us up in his guestroom, where sail. We made ourselves busy, hoisting the her rigging, ice hung from her bows, and we got to indulge in the strength-giving main, then dropping it again, then hoisting warmth of a hot shower. His wife had she appeared every bit the boat that will it a third time, in a deliberate eﬀort to stay someday take us around the world. prepared us a delicious breakfast, but only warm. Just before noon, with the sun in the after we guzzled three steaming mugs of I realized after that magical morning in southern sky and a clear horizon, I brought hot coﬀee, while relaxing on Ben’s couch, Ben’s kitchen that Mia and I, without a out the sextant to teach Mia a little celestial listening to his sea stories, and sharing doubt, had bought the right boat. Arcturus navigation and to give her a better aphad a soul. And on that windy, snowy some of our own. preciation of why our boat is named after January morning, broad-reaching with four That afternoon, Ben and his wife had a star. sails set towards Annapolis, towards home, invited the late Hal Roth’s widow MargaWe sailed to Oxford that afternoon ret over, as they had been close friends with her soul shone brighter than ever. at the invitation of Benjamin Weems, the Roth’s for years. I could scarcely believe About the Author: Andy Schell lives aboard Arcturus’s previous owner. He’d heard of my ears when Ben regaled us with yarns of my winter cruising plans and invited us to Hal and Margaret exploring the Paciﬁc and his yawl Arcturus. He’s enduring the Anbreakfast at his gorgeous house on the Bel- the Beagle Channel; of his 35-foot Spencer napolis winter by spending far too much time writing about adventures. E-mail story ideas levue side of Oxford. Cruisers do not turn holed near the Horn and their miraculous to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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All Paws on Deck by Carl Butler
iving aboard Sanctuary at Annapolis City Dock for the 2008-09 winter has reaﬃrmed two things for my wife Carrie and me. One, it gets darned cold here in winter! And two, Annapolitans are amazing. They will seize any opportunity to get outside and walk around the Market Square, passing by the Alex Haley statue,
But there are also couples strolling after their meals at McGarvey’s or families with small kids letting the little munchkins blow oﬀ some steam, a temporary cure for the “cabin fever” that surely infects every household during the short but bitter winters Annapolis endures each year. I always smile and shake my head whenever I see a small group wandering down
won’t keep him from regular inspections of his domain and his many subjects. He seems resigned to Sanctuary being next to the dock again after so many months at anchor; he mostly stays aboard thanks to some netting around the lifelines as well as the cold winds that dissuade him from wandering down the dock… for now. People cradling their lattes marvel at him lounging about on the foredeck, perched in the sun well out of reach (he’s one of those aloof cats) while checking out the noisy people passing by. Kids go crazy when they see him, squealing “Momma, look at the kitty!” Even adults aren’t sure they’re really seeing a cat onboard a boat. Some compose photos with the kids on the dock ﬂanking the cute little kitty cat on deck (oh, yeah, and that nice boat too). He feigns indiﬀerence but I think he enjoys the attention. Having Spike on deck is also a good icebreaker for passing strollers, the ones dying to ask those questions on their minds, “Does he like being underway?” or “Does he stay onboard?” Or they take a picture and say, “He looks just like our neighbor’s cat,” and we launch into the conversation Carrie and I both anticipate and love about “where we’re from” and “what the heck we’re doing here while it’s so cold!” I joked with one visitor that the picture he just took would cost him ﬁve dollars, and I sometimes wonder if we’ve been missing an opportunity to have Spike earn
“If I could just train the little furball to hold out a cup while looking his cuddliest and solicit contributions from some of those adoring fans.” letting the kids feed the ducks, strolling past the boats tucked into their slips, and viewing the empty mooring ﬁeld on Spa Creek and the Bay beyond the docks, where the tour boats normally berth. They do all this even when the cold seeps right through them, and the wind cuts like a knife. Oh sure, there are the unstoppable sailors from Eastport and Annapolis YCs who race around the buoys on February Sundays in the appropriately named “Frostbite Series,” the joggers who wouldn’t miss their daily endorphin ﬁx even if there were a blizzard roaring through town, and the dog walkers, some with three or four canines pulling them along on those required daily walks. 40 March 2009 SpinSheet
the dock looking at the boats buttoned up for the winter. There is seldom anyone on deck doing projects or enjoying the warm sun for them to talk to, but the strollers still point and talk and ponder a vessel’s size, where it’s been, and how anyone can sleep on that thing. It’s for them that I feel obliged to shoo Spike, our orange Tabby, out on deck whenever I hear footsteps on the dock. “Go greet your adoring fans,” I tell him. I know he understands me and is thinking, “What-Ever.” He gets cabin fever, too, and sometimes sits by the companionway and whines to get out on deck so he can drink in the sights and smells and stretch out in the sun. Even the cold and dampness
his keep for once and help us replenish the “Cruising Kitty” that will make our next journey a reality. Hmm… If I could just train the little furball to hold out a cup while looking his cuddliest and solicit contributions from some of those adoring fans. And then I realize… train Spike? Yeah, right. About the Author: Carl Butler grew up sailing and racing on the Chesapeake Bay and cruises the East Coast and the Bay with his wife Carrie and Spike the cruising cat aboard their 41-foot Soverel cutter Sanctuary. They are wintering over in Annapolis due to forces beyond their control but plan on setting sail this summer to cruise New England and then head south to the Caribbean next winter. Carl’s email is email@example.com.
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Smell the Thaw:
Spring Prep 2009 by Cindy Wallach
he checklists for getting your boat ready for spring are about as fun as inhaling ﬁberglass dust from the guy two slips down while you’re trying to have a sundowner. So let me simplify it for you. Beer, check. Snacks, check. Phone numbers of boatless friends who will do menial labor in exchange for the mere promise of a summer sail, check.
says one year he started to move a boat at the start of the season and got attacked by a protective mama duck. He also reminds boat owners that just because you stripped oﬀ your sails and took home your cushions for the winter doesn’t mean they’re critter-free. More often than not, sails and cushions that live in warm, dry garages all
You may still have your polar ﬂeece on, but it’s time to wake up and smell the thaw. Marina managers around the Bay say there are two types of sailors out there: those who see their breath while readying their boats and those who sweat it out in the yard while everyone else is on the water. The choice is yours. Jim Ruscoe, manager at Anchorage Marina in Baltimore, says folks are already busy on their boats, despite the unusually cold winter. He also warns that just because you have been away from your boat all winter, doesn’t necessarily mean your boat has been alone. Unoccupied boats are safe, dry, snug little places for fair weather critters to tuck in for the season. Check every nook and cranny inside and outside your boat for nests, eggs, and sleeping wildlife. Ruscoe
winter get carried back to the boat in the spring with furry little stowaways. Next, the real work begins. If you’re a list person, there are plenty out there that you can review to make sure you don’t miss anything in commissioning your boat for the season. Even if you’re hiring out the dirty work, you may want to surf on over to sites like boatsafe.com (boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/spring99.htm) to stay on track. You can even print out lists from the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (discoverboating.com/owning/ maintenance/startup.aspx) to help you along. But if lists make your head spin and your eyes glaze over, then here’s an easy way to break down your pre-season chores.
Don’t Sink First and foremost, you want to make sure when you splash your boat, it actually splashes and doesn’t gurgle-gurgle into the briny deep. Anyplace you can stick a ﬁnger through to the water should be thoroughly checked. Inspect all thru-hull ﬁttings, check ﬂexible hoses, and pamper your stuﬃng box and shaft. Consider a proactive replacement of overworked hoses and clamps. Better to do it on the hard or in the slip than underway in a panic. First and foremost, you want to make sure when you splash your boat, it actually splashes and doesn’t gurglegurgle into the briny deep. Photo by Cindy Wallach
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Mirror, Mirror on the Bay... Who’s the fairest out sailing today? Even if you’re casual on the aesthetics, let’s face it, winter is dirty. Four months of funk will take its toll on your gel coat, canvas, and lines. David O’Neill of Felix the Cat Charters says it’s worth hauling a bucket of hot water from the bath house for the ﬁrst dance with your deck brush. He favors Simple Green and elbow grease for the everyday grime, and Soft Scrub with a kitchen sponge for the blueberry colored bird droppings and mystery marks. Remember to rinse all of your docks lines and running rigging with fresh water, you’ll be surprised at how much goop seeps out. And don’t neglect your canvas while the topsides are getting the spa treatment. Your bimini will thank you in the next downpour. If you are of a single-hulled persuasion, then remember that the beauty of your bottom and waterline is more apparent on a gusty day. Sand, paint, wash, wax, polish... this is where those eager, land-lubber friends come in.
The Dog Ate My Documentation I’ve tried this line; it doesn’t work. A cold rainy day in the oﬀ season is a good time to make sure your paperwork is in order. Aside from registration and documentation, don’t forget your dinghy sticker and your ﬁshing license. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries lets you renew online (dgif. virginia.gov/boating), and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has forms on the web (dnr.state.md.us/boating/registration) to print and mail in. Ruscoe says that lately the Maryland DNR has been making surprise visits to marinas to check serial numbers and make sure boat papers are “in proper order.” Don’t get caught oﬀ guard. That goes for required safety equipment too. It’s not only a good idea to have the proper lifejackets and ﬂoatables on board, it’s nice if they actually ﬂoat and don’t have an eco-system of mold spores growing in them. Don’t forget a bailing device, a sound signaling gadget, navigation lights, life rings, and a working ﬁre extinguisher for when that rookie friend oﬀers to whip up dinner while you drop the hook. Chesapeake Sailing Ches Ch esap es apea ap eake ea ke B Bay ay S Sai aili ai ling li ng
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Keeping Up with the Joneses Admit it. Even if you’re not a racer, you know you want to sheet in and breeze past the boat next to you. Or at least make it to the gunkhole before sunset so there’s time to mix a nice drink. Either way, a pretty boat won’t get you anywhere without functional sails and rigging. Check your halyards for wear, go over your furling lines, and make sure all of your running rigging is free of kinks, grime, and chafe. Look over your stays for fraying and warping. Go over your rigging, turn buckles, and clevis pins for corrosion and wear. Inspect your reeﬁng points. And unless you want to spend your beer money at the chiropractor’s oﬃce, consider lubing your mainsail track and checking your slides. Of course your sails will want a day at the salon too; remember that even the clean ones can have chafe issues, so go over them carefully.
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The true sign of the season really kicking in is when you’re ready to kick back. Your boat is a ﬁnely tuned sailing machine. Now make sure you have a comfortable place to entertain all those folks you promised a day on the Bay to as they subtracted years from their life helping you sand and paint your bottom. Check your anchor light, make sure your dink has the plug in it, and see that your outboard is tuned up for the season. Check and ﬁll your propane tank. Go over the valves, and inspect the storage box to make sure it’s properly ventilated. Some items might require the eyes of a professional. Chuck
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Helton of Helton Marine Refrigeration warns that spring is a busy time of year for the marine trades, so get on the schedule early. Finally, don’t forget to do your battery maintenance and ramp up whatever your power source of choice is so that you can have the tunes going and the blender whirring at the end of the day. Chuck says, “As a marine refrigeration professional, I strongly suggest that boat owners jettison the bottles of Rosa’s lime juice that were left on board over the winter. It is absolutely impossible to make a decent Margarita with old lime juice.”
Now go sailing! About the Author: Cindy Wallach has lived aboard for 10 years, currently on a St. Francis 44 catamaran on Annapolis’s Back Creek with her husband, four-year-old son, and a gerbil. Experienced cruisers, the family sails locally while they prepare for a 2010 departure for more long-term cruising. Cindy’s goal is to never experience winter again.
Tips for Getting Your Boat Ready for the Season 1. If you had the luxury of having your vessel hauled or the next time you do, there is a job that goes overlooked by most people; through hull valves. These devices are the weakest link between your boat and the bottom of the Bay. In the event of a blown or leaking hose, you must be able to easily turn that lever. They need to be serviced once in a while by disassembling and greasing the moving parts. While the bolts are out of the fitting, put some “anti- seize” solution on the threads or “molybdenum grease” (found at automotive stores). Obviously, this is best done out of the water! Another must is to be sure that every hose connection below the waterline, needs to be “double clamped.” If there is not enough room on the hose barb for a second clamp, just put another clamp right over the first.
2. One simple item that goes overlooked in seasonal boat commissioning are hoses below decks.
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Hoses have a life span. Look for signs of small cracks in black hoses or darkening and stiffening of clear hose. In any case, if the hoses are old, why take the chance? They should not be put in the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it “ category because a failed hose can sink your boat. Even if you are one of the few that turn off all through-hull valves when leaving the boat, a buck or two a foot of hose is very cheap insurance. Don’t forget to double-clamp!
3. A little trick to cleaning your lifelines; “brush cleaner” (liquid). A little brush cleaner on a clean rag will clean most white vinyl, and that includes turnbuckle boots and fenders and the rubber bumper strip around the hull. You can find the cleaner at the local hardware or paint stores. Tips courtesy of Dave and Christine O’Neill, longtime liveaboards, cruisers, and owners of Felix The Cat Charters (felixcharter.com).
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Prepping for the Spring Splash
hen it’s tub time for the kids, I serve as the commissioner of conditioner. During the spring, I also become the commissioner of commissioning. This year, my tasks will include re-tweaking the teak, cleaning inside and out, waxing poetically and periodically, and reprovisioning to accommodate overnight trips at a moment’s notice. Luckily, the systems, engines, and electronics are not my turf, at least not yet. When we asked our cruising clubs to share their spring commissioning plans, this is what they dished out: “Sparkle Plenty, our 1980 Mariner 36 (NH) sloop, has been in the water for two seasons,” says Tory Salvia of the Mariner Yachts Owner Group. “It’s time for putting on a fresh coat of sloughing bottom paint, waxing the topsides, replacing zincs, and doing all those chores you can’t do when the boat is wet. This past season, we had our three sails inspected and repaired. Now it’s time to wash them; every three years, we have this done by one of the major lofts. The goal is to protect the stitching from abrasion while getting the salt residue and other contaminants off the sails. The sails are original cruising sails, and periodic maintenance has kept them going. We may also replace a couple of older Groco thru-hulls, the T-handle type, with new Groco lever models. It’s also time for winch maintenance and a complete rigging inspection. We replaced standing and running rigging back in 2002 and like to get it checked every two or three years. Before haul-out, we’ll commission the diesel. We changed the oil and oil filter this past December and ran the pink stuff through the system. Before starting the engine, we’ll replace the primary Racor fuel filter, the secondary fuel filter, the heat exchanger zinc, and the raw water impeller, and we’ll change the transmission fluid and the permanent anti-freeze. Our other task is to hope for a nice warm spring. Sparkle Plenty lies at Leatherbury Point Marina in Shady Side, MD.” “Spring commissioning a boat with an iron keel brings a few extra tasks,“ says Carl Reitz of the Hunter Sailing Association. “The joint between the fiberglass hull and iron keel always flexes a little. When we haul in the fall, things look pretty good. As winter progresses, some rusty water always seeps from Windrose’s (aka Ol’ Ironsides) hull-keel joint. The pros tell us this is nothing to worry about and that the joint will last several human lifetimes. Nevertheless, each spring we don the cosmetics. Some acid called Ospho removes most of the apparent rust. A tube of LifeSeal again fills the small cracks. Then a bit of sanding and bottom paint hides the rust again... for a while. The special keel tasks are, of course, in addition to waxing the hull, changing zincs, and completing those other rites of spring that are best done on the hard. Then we launch and go sailing!” —by Ruth Christie/SpinSheet
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hesapeake Bay marinas are more than facilities to merely house and service your boat and that of your sailing buddies. They are gateways to getting out on the water and destinations in their own right. Many have expansive water views; are close to restaurants, pubs, and other attractions; and are populated with fun people with similar interests. It’s not uncommon for slip neighbors to share news, stories, and a cocktail or two. Marinas are true ﬂoating communities. What better way to celebrate the promise of spring than to extol the virtues of Chesapeake Bay marinas and all that they oﬀer? This special section has notes on some great marina news, updates on Clean Marina projects, and delightful insights from one sailor’s ﬁrst year as a liveaboard. Now, slip in and enjoy.
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ll Newâ€”Due to open this summer, The Marina at Rocketts Landing in Richmond, VA will feature a dockside togo restaurant, fuel and pumpout services, access to a bike path linking Williamsburg and Richmond, and more. New Bossâ€”Paul Gapcynski (below) is the new manager of the multi-million dollar Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, VA, operated by Annapolis-based Coastal Properties Management.
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Retreatsâ€”A growing trend has been for Bay marinas to gear up to be destination resorts. For example, the 70-acre Mears Great Oak Landing oďŹ€ Fairlee Creek on the Upper Bay now oďŹ€ers a high-end, 28-room lodge, a restaurant, banquet and party facilities, a tiki bar with beach, tennis, a pool, and golf. This facility has potential to add another 400+ wet slips, which would make it one of the East Coastâ€™s largest marinas. Chesapeake Bay Sailing
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marinas 2009 continued... Rising to the Occasion—For one old girl, it’s a good thing the Chesapeake Marine Railway on Fishing Bay near Deltaville, VA boasts the only deep-water facility on the Chesapeake Bay with multiple marine railways and a 50-ton TraveLift Deep. Built in Denmark in 1948, the 114-foot sailing ketch Ring Andersen has seen more than her fair share of owners, sinkings (intentional and not so intentional), and overhauls. The Railway recently repaired her bottom after yet another dip in the drink. New Lifts—Casa Rio Marina in Mayo, MD now has two TraveLifts (15-ton and 35-ton) to go with its new deeper TraveLift well and boat ramp; a new general manager, Richard Maldeis; and a yard sail planned for the spring. Haven Harbour Marina in Rock Hall, MD boasts a new 50-ton TraveLift that can accommodate vessels up to 100,000 pounds and 20-foot beams. Smith’s Marina on the Severn River now has twin 35-ton TraveLifts.
Yankee Point Sailboat Marina oﬀ the Corrotoman River has a new Harbor Hoist 40-ton TraveLift, with a 2000-pound rated hydraulic boom for mast removal.
he Annapolis Maryland Capital YC in Eastport’s Chesapeake Landing community has signed the Clean Marina Pledge with the Maryland DNR to become a Maryland Clean Marina. The Annapolis YC Sailing Center is rebuilding its seawall and reconﬁguring the west docks with ﬂoating docks in an “F” formation. Maryland Marina on Middle River near Baltimore now oﬀers Wi-Fi service, and its popular Wild Duck Cafe’ has new owners. Paradise Marina in Deale, MD has new bath, laundry, and pumpout facilities, and plans more upgrades in the near future.
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Port Annapolis Marina recently ﬁnished a six-year job of completely replacing all of its docks and expanded its main building to include a café, a clubhouse, a laundry room, and oﬃces, due to open mid-May. Sarles Boatyard & Marina in Annapolis now will open on weekends during the peak boating season, added a drop box and blog for customer convenience, improved its yard signage, and assembled a new team to better serve its customers. Sarles will host a wine tasting fundraiser for the Leukemia Foundation April 18 and a Sarles Customer Appreciation event April 19. The channel to Jones Creek was recently dredged to 6.5 feet, which will enable Young’s Boat Yard in Edgemere, MD to haul deeper sailboats for spring commissioning. —by Ruth Christie
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what’s muck got to do with it? clean marinas and you by Kristen Berry
ing across the Bay is the sloshing gurgle Our would race Lasers, but I don’t want marinas to swim in the Bay.” I swallowed of our wind-blown wakes, it is easy to feel the would-be racer’s words like a big gulp like Al Gore’s got nothing on us. Dive in particular deeper, and we are all a little complicit have a long way to go before any green, of mid-summer Bay muck, knowing— or “blue,” moniker can be taken seriwithout really knowing—which way his big in a smudged reality that is as murky as Baltimore Harbor. ously. Here is the positive part: marinas boat discharge Y-valve was pointing. How is it that sailors have such a Some day recycled materials will be used and yacht yards are great starting points disconnect for sailors and other boaters to between “Sailing is ostensibly an environmentally conscious activity. Recontributwhat we do gardless of whether you buy into the green movement zeitgeist, as start ing more to Bay on the water conservation. and what we boaters we are all common partners in a cleaner healthier Bay…” Think about do to protect what marinas really represent: pump-outs, the quality of the water and surrounding to build our sails, our iron genoas will all be bio-diesel, plug-in jet drives, and those bottom jobs, paints, cleaners, polishes, oil, environment? It is shocking, if undeniable, diesel, gas, noxious cleaners, waxes, and rotting old boats in the weedy corners of because sailing is ostensibly an environmore. Yuck. Don’t think about it for too our marina facilities will all dissolve into mentally conscious activity. Regardless of long because you might come to the conwhether you buy into the green movement Bay grass and oyster reefs, but as with zeitgeist, as boaters we are all common most things good, there are some very dirty clusion that the problem is too much, too overwhelming, too gross to address. partners in a cleaner healthier Bay, and aspects to our passion. when the only sound our boats make tear-
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There is hope. Maryland and Virginia both have programs that are helping facilities improve using established best practices and also guiding boaters to the facilities that are addressing the biggest environmental concerns. There is plenty we as individual sailors can do to do our part to keep the Bay the treasure we all know it is. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources manages a program, the Clean Marina Initiative, that oﬀers marina and boatyard operators, along with boaters themselves, the opportunity to participate in eﬀorts to protect the Bay’s natural resources. The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards, and yacht clubs of any size that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. While their goal to qualify 25 percent of Maryland’s 600 marinas as “clean” is still just over the horizon, they are providing a service for marinas and clubs as well as an informative and useful site for boaters. Individuals can ﬁnd information about what they can do to contribute at dnr.state.md.us/boating/ cleanmarina. Virginia’s program, while similar to Maryland’s, is an oﬀshoot of a national afﬁliation of states and facilities and is part of the NOAA Sea Grant program. To date, they have more than 60 registered facilities (out of 1000 facilities in Virginia alone). Both programs are voluntary and work by exchanging endorsement by the program or state for adoption of measures that prevent or reduce pollution from traditional and non-traditional marinas, boatyards, and recreational boats. Given the shortfalls that grander Bay clean-up eﬀorts have seen in recent years, some are dubious that a voluntary program can realize meaningful results and cleaner marinas; managers of participating facilities beg to diﬀer. Manager of registered Clean Marina, Port Annapolis, Scott Tinkler says, “We are so dependent on the water and these resources that it is in our personal and business interest to keep the water and Bay ecosystem clean.” In contrast to big multi-lateral clean-up plans, cleaning up marinas is something which individual boaters can easily do and enjoy the beneﬁts of immediately. The Maryland program, now more than a decade old, has evolved from a loose collaboration between a few pioneering facilities and a state agency to an established
marinas 2009 continued... program that provides best practices and guidance for facilities and individual boaters. There is even a Maryland State Senate Bill, S. 240, which could provide signiﬁcant funding for facilities that are looking to expand their clean initiatives. More marina facilities could be green and “clean.” According to Tinkler, the steps are fairly easy, and the costs balance out. “We use available technology to stop things from getting to the water during boat maintenance and use fewer products to do the same jobs… We are dependent on the Bay for our livelihood, so we need to lead the way. That’s the responsibility of a business like ours.” The process of becoming a “Clean Marina” begins when facilities contact the state managing authority and take steps to pledge to be clean—a low barrier to entry. Increasing public interest in environmentally sensitive practices should mean that more facilities will take the simple steps to become Clean Marinas. Phoning your marina facility manager will quickly conﬁrm whether your facility participates in the program and sends a clear message that their participation is important to you. Oﬀering to dock-mates to collect and dispose of items such as old paint and varnish, batteries, and oily rags at your community clean-up day can go a long way
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marinas 2009 continued... to diminishing that little no manâ€™s land behind facility buildings and dumpsters. On their own, none of these activities will clean up the Bay water, restore oyster habitat, or buoy rockďŹ sh stocks. But the state of the Bay today is not the product of a single culprit, but rather the result of thousands of tiny indiscretions. If we ever hope to see a Bay ecosystem that is natural, healthy, sustainable, just, and economically viable, then we will all need to contribute in our own tiny way. Cleaning up our own â€œbackyardsâ€? seems like a good place to start. About the Author: Kristen Berry is a Washington, DC-based professional sailing coach and the commodore of the Ocean Conservation YC (ocyc. oceana.org). Find his blog and send him ideas at galeforcesailing.com. The first certified Clean Marina in Maryland, Port Annapolis has made many efforts, such as this drainage ditch, to prevent run-off.
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