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38 The Yawl Arcturus Discovers Her Soul by Andy Schell 40 All Paws on Deck by Carl Butler 46 Eye on the Bay Spring Prep

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.

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Let’s splash these girls! March is a month of scrubbing, sanding, painting, and scrambling to get boats back into the water before that first perfect sailing day. Look for ideas on how to prepare your boat better for splash day in our Smell the Thaw: Spring Commissioning section on page 42. Photo by Mark Deuhmig/

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Editor’s Notebook with Molly Winans

dear sox,


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

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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

SpinSheet Spotlight:

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.

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 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

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.




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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 We’ll add back issues of the magazine as time allows.

Spring Checklist:

 Burn Socks  Make project list for boat  Go to Fawcett Boat Supplies  Electrical System  Mechanical System  Plumbing System  Rigging  Safety Equipment  Bottom Paint  Cleaners and Waxes Stop by our new

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 Last month, we created a quickly-growing SpinSheet group on 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

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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. /bay/tribstrat

Photo courtesy of Ray Weaver of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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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,,


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

PlungaPalooza 2009!

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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 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.”,


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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.

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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,

• 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.

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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.

• OK. There are lots of moving parts here, so pay attention. Fawcett Boat Supplies in Annapolis recently bought, 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 (

• 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.

• 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. • 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 • 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,

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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@

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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. 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, Send Dock Talk items to

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Watch VOR coverage on Maryland Public Television. Visit 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 For directions, visit; for more information than you could ever digest on the VOR, visit

Watch VOR coverage on Maryland Public Television. Visit for showtimes. Photo by Dave Kneale/VOR

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Whale Watching Excursions Tag along with humpback and fin whales on their winter commute off Virginia Beach. (757) 385-3474,


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.


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


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,



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,


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!


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,


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.


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.


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.

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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,


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,


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!





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,

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Green Beer Races 11 a.m. St. Eastport Democratic Club. Benefiting the Annapolis Maritime Museum.


U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar Rockhall YC, MD.,

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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.


Ocean Sailing Seminar Annapolis. The Cruising Rally Association gives you the skills to make offshore passages safer, more comfortable, and more fun.,


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,

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.


J/World Annapolis’s New Racing Rules Seminar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. J/World Annapolis. (800) 966-2038,


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.


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.



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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.


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,

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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,


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, 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).

AYC/U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar Annapolis YC., 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.


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.


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,


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).


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.


Radar & Electronic Navigation • March 7-8

Basic Navigation & Piloting • April 25-26

Marine Diesel Basics • March 28-29 • April 18-19

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Nathaniel Bowditch, Sailor, Mathematician, and Astronomer, Born in Salem, MA, 1773


U.S. Congress Authorizes Construction of Six Frigates for the U.S. Navy, 1794


USS Constellation Sails from New York for Ireland with Supplies To Relieve Potato Famine, 1880


J/World Racing Clinic Bald Head Island Sailing Club, NC. (910) 457-7245, jbarry@,


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 or


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,


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,


“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,

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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,


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.,


Annapolis in Pink! Along with Washington, DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival, why not visit Anne Arundel County? Go online to find special coupons and offers at

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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,


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,


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,


Safe Boating Course Chantilly (VA) High School. Eight-session course offered by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron. $48 for registration and materials.,

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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.

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Acura Miami Grand Prix Organized by Premiere Racing, Inc.


Audi Etchells World Championship Melbourne, Australia.


Olympic Classes Regatta Long Beach Alamitos Bay YC, Long Beach, CA.


Laser Midwinters West California YC, Marina del Ray, CA.



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,


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,


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,


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.


Leukemia Cup Auction Hosted by Fishing Bay YC.


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,



Safe Boating Course Lake Accotink Park, VA. Eightsession course oered by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron. $48. runis_320@,


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.

Squadron Boating Course McLean Community Center, McLean, VA. Eight-session course oered by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron. $48.,

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!)





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.

USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety Course 7 to 10 p.m. April 13, 17, and 20. Annapolis Fire Department, Taylor Avenue. (410) 409-2998, ngardner@


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.


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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,


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,





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,

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,

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,


SpinSheet Crew Listing Party! 4 to 6 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum. Connect with captains, crews, and boats, and enjoy a beverage and a view. New sailors: don’t miss the lively panel discussion at 3 p.m. More details coming in the April SpinSheet.

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,


Build Your Own Boat Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis. Geoff Kerr will help you build an 18-foot Annapolis Wherry.


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,

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Bay Bridge Boat Show Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, MD. Boats, spring, and the Bay. It doesn’t get better than that.

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Boating Course 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Baltimore. Boating essentials presented by the Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron on eight consecutive Thursdays. (410) 2826464,


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.

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Oxford Day! Celebrate life on the Eastern Shore with a pancake breakfast, a parade, a dog show, hay rides, a 10k race and 5k walk, lots of live music, arts and crafts, and more!


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,

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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 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@

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Chesapeake Rambler with Fred Miller

Careful Out There

“’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.”

Photo by Mia Karlsson


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

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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

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 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.

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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

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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

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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 ( to stay on track. You can even print out lists from the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association ( 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., and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has forms on the web ( 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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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.

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Spring Commissioning

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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 New—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 Boss—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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Retreats—A growing trend has been for Bay marinas to gear up to be destination resorts. For example, the 70-acre Mears Great Oak Landing o Fairlee Creek on the Upper Bay now o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 Coast’s largest marinas. Chesapeake Bay Sailing



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.

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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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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 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...

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It can be a long walk to do some laundry or take a hot shower, but there are benefits to living in a marina.


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plugging in the microwave. But I do know now that when re-filling the water tank, if it makes a loud hollow “thud,” it is close to capacity. Soon, I can close the valve and turn off the hose. Six months later, I am still surprised each morning at the graceful sunrise over the Eastern Shore and expansive view of the Chesapeake Bay. But what excites me most is knowing that, just like turtles, we can take our house with us. Most of the time, I literally am enjoying all the comforts of home, with the added benefit of being gently rocked to sleep at night. I have heat, air conditioning, two heads, cable television, a shower, cupboards, a microwave and oven, a comfy bed and couch, a nice aft deck, a barbeque grill, and a spare bedroom. But two weeks ago, when the temperature was hovering at 10 degrees, we lost the use of reverse cycle heat and the use of our head. I wore long johns, flannel pajamas, wool socks, and a wool cap to bed. I had to run down the dock with a flashlight for

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marinas 2009 continued... a midnight trip to the marina head. Our reverse cycle air conditioner/heat system can’t perform once the Bay water hits 32 degrees. We had purchased small ceramic heaters just for this scenario, but we had to learn frugality and juggle the wattage to be able to plug in more than one space heater. We are now cozy and warm again. As for a working head, we either must wait until the Annapolis pump-out service re-opens in March, or, because of a sketchy thru-hull, haul the boat out to install the LectraSan. One of the best bits of living at Horn Point Marina is the communal dinners and sense of neighborhood. Every Sunday evening, all the live-aboards gather in the courtyard to eat a dinner usually prepared by the marina manager and his wife. Sometimes it is simple, hearty food like chili, chicken stew, or steak. But, more often, they cook us gourmet meals that I love with names that my boyfriend cannot pronounce. I imagine it sounds like this to Chris: “Tonight we’re having a galette of sea chortle, layered with wattle and woozle leaves. I’ve tenderized the meat, seasoned it with disheveled spices, and baked it on sun-ripened stucco.”

Like a neighborhood cul-de-sac, we celebrate each other’s birthdays, have Superbowl parties, keep an eye on each other’s boats when someone goes out-of-town, borrow books, and even carve pumpkins together. We hang Christmas lights on our boats, trade recipes, and borrow tools from each other. I knew I would have to be ruthless about throwing stuff away or giving it away. I have learned to live with fewer items of clothing, fewer books, and in general, just less stuff. Actually, I love the simplicity of having less, buying less, and creating less waste. I have grown accustomed to innocuous smells that sometimes surface—mostly from the bilge or head. We can enjoy one of the hallmarks of modern civilization and have a pizza delivered to our slip, but we can’t get mail delivery. I fought with the bureaucratic Motor Vehicle Administration when they told me I couldn’t use a post office box as my address on my driver’s license. I have made a mental note of where the ladders are along the bulkhead in case I fall in. In case of strong winds, I know to secure an extra set of lines around the boat.

I keep foul weather boots and a jacket in my car in case I come home with groceries, and I have to sprint across the courtyard and down the dock to outrun a storm. Although I have a three-burner princess stovetop, the burners are too close together to cook more than one, maybe two items at once. I have learned to love my crock pot and bread maker. The small daily inconveniences are a pittance to pay for living on the Bay, having a glass of wine in the evening or coffee in the morning, or watching the Thursday night races from the eisen-glassed-in aft deck year-round; the mallards greeting me each morning from the beach; listening to the wind and the soft tapping of the halyards; and knowing I can go on vacation and never leave home. About the Author: Carrie Gentile is an Eastport-based freelance writer. She owns a Cal 25 with her boyfriend and races on J/22s on Thursday nights in Annapolis. When she’s not sailing or working as a legislative policy analyst, she plays rugby with a local women’s club. Send story ideas to

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Cruising Club Notes Where Are We Going?


hat’s what everyone is asking nowadays about the economy… or lack thereof. For us lucky enough to have the Chesapeake Bay as our playground, we have a much better use for that question. Where are we going to sail this year, and where will the raft-up parties be? Like all good sailors, our cruising clubs are busy weaving together their social sailing schedules for fun this season. They will make good use of their countless days on the Bay. Why, you might ask? Because they are in on a carefully guarded secret: every time you point your bow into the sun, the Chesapeake welcomes you back like an old friend. Each sail is a new adventure of your own making. All we really need to know is: we are going sailing. Soon.—Ruth Christie/

Stories of a WorldClass Solo Sailor indjammers of the Chesapeake are having their last winter lecture of the year at the Severn School March 7 at 8 p.m. Miranda Merron will share her experiences racing boats from International 14s to Open 60s. She has soloed the Artemis Transat and placed first in the Class 40 in the Fastnet Race ((410) 533-4396, —by Leah Duer Alfriend


Sweet Sixteen! hesapeake Bay Triton Fleet members enjoyed a fantastic get-together and brunch in Essex, MD December 7. The fleet presented awards for 2008, elected new officers, and planned the 2009 sailing season. Members are busy preparing their boats for warmer weather and are looking forward to another great get-together in the spring as well as a 16-event sailing season ( —by Kristin White


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he Seven Seas Cruising Association has kicked off a comprehensive online Equipment Survey, populated with data from more than 1000 completed surveys from one of the toughest test beds around: liveaboards and cruisers. The numerical data and anecdotal commentary cover all the systems typically used on boats today (rig, stoves, electronics, sails, and so forth). Members can query the database about bottom paint ratings before purchasing paint for the spring ritual or collect anecdotal comments about the friendliness of a user interface before choosing a new chart plotter. The database grows daily; SSCA gains hundreds of new members each year. For $50 in annual membership dues, you get access to the Equipment Survey, free e-zine subscriptions (Blue Water Sailing and Ocean Navigator), a free Practical Sailor CD published exclusively for members, and more ( —by Jack Tyler



n dog years, that is. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Seafarers YC of Annapolis. After enjoying the Commodore’s Night February 7 and our Mardi Gras at Martin’s Crosswinds February 21, we look forward to the Flag Raising Ceremony May 17. Captain Heyward Burrell has lined up a busy cruising schedule, including a Predicted Log Contest in June and a Rendezvous with other members of the Chesapeake Boating Alliance in July. The formal celebration of our 50th anniversary will be a Dinner/ Dance at Martin’s Crosswinds in September. Mainstays of the club’s summer season include Friday Happy Hours, the Summer Youth Program (a camp for disadvantaged youths aged seven to 14 from Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties), and the Auxiliary’s Luau. Captain Ed Walker, Dr. Mel Wyche, and Joe Jenifer have established a challenging training schedule for members ( —by Ed Morris

Getting High? bove, members of the Pentagon Sailing Club (PSC) sail a Pearson 39 Just Us near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel during a cruise out of Annapolis last November. Clockwise from upper left: Alane Couch (in the dark gray jacket), Rick Robey (at the helm), Vince Ferrer, Bob Cox, and Bob Howe. PSC’s 2008-09 Winter Training Program is well underway; we have had some terrific classes on the Rules of the Road, Celestial Navigation, Sail Trim, Coastal Navigation, VHF Radio Procedures, and Large Boat Systems. Remaining classes include Anchoring, Rafting and Raft-Up Planning, and CPR and First Aid Certification. PSC is getting ready for the 2009 sailing season with the first of five planned Basic Sailing Classes on the Potomac River beginning April 23 and the initial Chesapeake Bay sail planned for April 25. The big annual PSC Memorial Day Raft-Up May 23-25 will include an overnight in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. July will bring a bareboat charter cruise in the British Virgin Islands and a possible bareboat charter in Puget Sound ( —Story by Don Hupman and photo by PSC member (and fearless mast climber) Jill Roberts


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hether your goal is to become more comfortable on boats or to make new racing friends, we can help. For 13 years, SpinSheet’s free Crew Listing service has been connecting new and seasoned sailors to boats and crews on the Chesapeake Bay. Here’s the deal: sailors of all levels go to and register under “Crew Listings.” Everyone from salty skippers to brand new sailors signs up. Just like the lottery, you have to play to win. The most successful crew and skippers are those who sign up early in the season (now) and log in as much detail as possible about their previous ex-

perience (if any) and what kind of sailing they hope to do this season. To enhance the clicking-for-crew component, sailors gather in person every year for SpinSheet’s Crew Listing Party, set for Sunday, April 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum beach in Eastport. Newcomers to the program need to register online before the party. Crew Listing veterans know the drill—old information will be deleted by the spring-cleaning

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We will launch our 2009 Start Sailing Now program with a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with local sailing personalities. The free event for new sailors will be held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum at 3 p.m., just before the party. Our brand new 2009 Start Sailing Now guide—to help new sailors get into the sport—will be available for free at the party and distributed at outdoor outfitters and other likely new-sailor hangouts in late April.

date of April 19, so it’s important to click to and update your sailing information for the 2009 season. Free beer, new sailing friends, sailing talk, SpinSheet staff bartenders, free rum, welcoming skippers with boats, a beach with a dock, live music—can you think of any reasons not to participate? Click to and register to sail more often in 2009.

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Big Deal! uring the Jewish Navy’s February meeting, we gathered for a roundtable discussion. Hadar Susskind, director of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, provided up-to-date information regarding the government’s Economic Recovery Program, faith-based initiatives, and the impact of the Gaza conflict. On March’s second Sunday, we will welcome Daylight Savings Time and the approach of the boating season. Since we will soon prepare to launch our boats, Donna Morrow, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, will share information regarding the state of the Bay and what we can do to clean green during spring maintenance activities. Since the Jewish Navy meanders to a different drummer, on March 8, we will pay homage to the gefilte fish, which lacking fins or tails, swims with great difficulty. Come and hear our boating “shpiel.” Sockless wonders we will reveal as we celebrate and welcome boating season. If you are interested in participating in customs unique to the Jewish Navy, contact —by Adiva Sotzsky


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ur February Seminars were a huge success and he Shearwater Sailing kept everyone busy every weekend. Members Club recently held its 2009 of the Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 AssociaCommodore’s Banquet tion are now working on their boats and preparing at the Severn Inn in Annapolis. them for the upcoming season. The first Mini-Cruise The winter chill did not deter will be in April (, the festive occasion by all, with —by Joan Hamilton and Rolph Townshend discussions of sailing plans for the Just As We Suspected: upcoming year. We also honored Northerners Love To Eat commodore David Hoyt, who was elected to serve another term as mack dab in the middle of the Pennsylvania heartland, the Blue Marsh Sailing Association the club’s fearless leader. Hoyt is has spent the winter making plans for the sailing an accomplished Bay sailor in his Pearson Triton and Cal 25. Just season. To stay connected, we have monthly social this last year, he won the Good activities, such as trips to Longwood Gardens, the Yuengling brewery, and Harper’s Ferry, and a GPS car Old Boat Regatta and finished in rally. Our shakedown event is the annual Sail to Bern- first place in the 2008 High Point ville for trailer sailors (it’s a picnic, really). Other clubs Award in the Cal 25 Class, one of are great at racing, but we excel at eating. Our first ma- the most competitive fleets on the jor outing for all club members is our Spring Cruise on Bay. We will again sponsor the Twilight Race, the Hospice Cup, the Chesapeake June 12-14 near the Miles River and St. Michaels. Care is taken to ensure enough time for and the Good Old Boat Regatta, along with social activities for all happy hour, or Foursies, as some in our group call it. You know, just a little beverage and snack before din- interested sailors to enjoy ( —by Jim Tompert ner. If you want to join up with us that weekend, just



hail the Blue Marsh Sailing and Eating Association on VHF. Someone will call back ( —by Kristel Adair

Summer Sails Events for Kids his year, the North East River YC (NERYC) is dramatically expanding its junior sailing program. With our fleet of Optis, Lasers, and Sunfish, we are extending our summer sail camp schedule, and we will run four-day learn-to-sail camps each week from June 22 through to August 3. Registration is open. For our full list of fun cruising and racing events, visit —Story and photos from last year’s NERYC kids camp courtesy of Sharlene Wilkins


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Learning a Thing or Two n January 24, 98 members of Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay and a dozen other boat owners gathered at Annapolis Yacht Sales (AYS) for a day of training. We all enjoyed the seminars detailing engine maintenance, general boat maintenance, and understanding our marine instruments, not to mention the donuts, pastries, coffee, hot tea, Holly McKibben’s infamous turkey chili and baked beans, and Larry Hulcher’s hamburgers and hot dogs. Thanks to owner Garth Hichens and his staff at AYS and Karl of Karl’s Marine Engines for an excellent experience. Afterwards, the club elected its new commodore, Mike Everett. The annual Annapolis Pub Crawl March 13 (NEW DATE) starts at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille in the Marriott at 7 p.m. and meanders toward Maryland Avenue. The club and AYS are preparing for the 2009 Beneteau Rendezvous May 29-31 at Camp Letts in Edgewater, MD, with the themes Summer Camp and Green Boating (think: 80 boats, environmentally friendly ghost stories, and s’mores) ( —by Kevin McKibben


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Tell Them Where To Go… Really! he Choptank Sailing Association’s Bridge (a steering committee, actually) met in January to establish the 2009 season and consider racing rules and regulations, including handicapping and scoring, rule changes, and countdown systems. We welcome comments and suggestions and would especially like to hear from crew. All ideas sent to us receive the group’s attention and a written response. In the meantime, think warm breezes and get ready for the 2009 season (choptanksa. info). —by Andrew Counts


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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Sailing into the Big Three Oh ound Bay Sailing Association members have finalized their racing and social calendar for the upcoming season. Nearly 80 members will celebrate the club’s 30th anniversary this year with a shore-side Birthday Bash following the annual Linstead Cup Regatta June 2021. The Linstead Cup is a pursuit race from Linstead to the Severn River Bridge and back. Special guests this year will include past commodores and other members from the inaugural 1979 racing season who will be honored at the post-race party. The 2009 racing season consists of 48 races held on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. We also compete in a variety of other weekend racing events locally and on the Chesapeake Bay. Typically, more than 20 boats make the Wednesday night races. We focus on helping new racers get started, and many of us are willing to help with getting a boat rigged and out racing. Socials are key events for the club; raft-ups after each Wednesday Night Series with pizza ordered in have generated many lasting friendships (roundbaysailing. com). —by Penny Zahn


Hatching a plan? Members of the Annapolis Naval Sailing Association volunteer to get down and dirty as they prep their club boat for the season.

The A Team he Annapolis Naval Sailing Association’s (ANSA) annual training class sign-up session was February 28, just before our monthly Potluck Social (business meeting). March kicks off our training for the season with senior crew and watch captain courses, and we are considering adding piloting and navigation classes sometime this year. We also will de-winterize our large boat, weather allowing. March 14 brings a special team of volunteers to perform general boat and more technical maintenance on our club boat. If you want to know more about maintaining and sailing a boat, come join us ( —by Tom Warrington


Recognizing Greatness or the Hunter Sailing Association (HSA), winter included reelection of our officers to a second year (below), recognition of special members, and our rousing Winter Brunch with speaker Jim Muldoon, skipper of the 73foot rocket ship Donnybrook and former president of the U.S. Sailing Association. Perrian Upton is our 2008 Member of the Year, and Dennis Frankle is our Sailor of the Year. Treasurer Kim and Dale Seastrom received the continuing service award for their contributions over many years to HSA. Dick Parry received special recognition for organizing and conducting USCG Auxiliary Vessel Safety Checks during HSA’s annual Memorial Day Weekend Safety Raft-Ups. In March, we will celebrate the equinox by burning our socks during the Shipwreck Party at a private residence in Virginia, and then launch our sailing season ( —by Carl Reitz


Lucky Devils! They Get To Go to the Tides


uring the General Meeting and Chanukah Party in December, Sailing Chavurah elected the following officers for a two-year term: commodore Irv Schaeffer, vice commodore Andi Landis, secretary/treasurer Steve Permison, cruise chairs Alan Karpas and Ruth Berman, and social chairman Terry Woodside. Woodside is planning an off-water event for the end of March: our Spring Fling at Peddler’s Village near New Hope, PA. He joins Karpas and Berman in planning the two-week Southern Cruise from the end of June through July 4. All ports of call and anchorages will be south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, including Solomons, Norfolk, and the Tides Inn off the Rappahannock River (sailingchavurah. com). —by Andrea Landis

Officers align to chart HSA’s course for 2009 (L-R): secretary Lois White, vice commodore Perrian Upton, commodore Will Dennehy, immediate past commodore Greg Guthman, treasurer Kim Seastrom, and fleet captain Dennis Frankle. Photo by Mari Dennehy

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Sparkle Plenty?

he 2009 sailing season for Chesapeake Catalina Yacht Club cruisers hasn’t started yet, but we’re keeping busy with activities ashore. Our January event was our fourth annual Game Night at the home of Al and Vicky Lohman, who added an Asian Cookout to the games; everyone brought a dish to share for plenty of food and fun. February 21 is a Member Meeting at Doyle Chesapeake Sailmakers for a presentation on sail care and repair, followed by dinner at The Rockfish Restaurant in Eastport. During the annual Brunch at Hellas Restaurant in Millersville, MD this March, we’ll talk about the rest of the 2009 schedule and firm up the sailing dates. Then members will head for their boats to begin the final preparation for spring launching and to make sure they’re ready for the first onthe-water event. The Icebreaker on May 2 at Quiet Waters Park on Harness Creek is a come-by-boat or come-by-car event that really gets the season started ( —by Michael Davis

fter 10 years online, the Mariner Yachts Owner Group (MYOG) upgraded its website ( to include social networking capabilities, greater functionality, and more user friendliness. To learn more and request your invitation into the group, email tory@sparkleplenty. info.



On the Fritz?


hether you know all the sailing lingo or not, come on out to support our newbies. Fritz Werner (shown right) and Smitty Howard gave the Chesapeake Sailing Association a wonderful demo and lesson on some basics of sailing, including wind on the sails. It was so nice to see some of our members who can not always join us, especially David Kew, past commodore. We want to thank them for taking

the time to join us, and hope members will participate more in the future. All members are invited to training sessions ( —by Leona S. Bloomfield

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES It’s a Good Thing...

The Keys to Their Success

he Downtown Sailing Center presented awards to Davin Baker, Stacey Callow, Lynn Egan, Barker French, Steve Gross, Kris Kris and Jen, Donald Lawson, Nolan North, Oliver Thorndike, Kristen Valentino, Curt Weist, and Dudley Whitney during our annual Meeting January 24 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI). Honorees received totes made from recycled sails provided by Sea Bags in exchange for our worn-out sails. February events featured duckpin bowling to benefit the 2009 Sail For Kids event and a meeting of the Cruising Committee, during which newly appointed co-chairs Whitney and Weist were introduced. March brings two diesel mechanic classes taught by Chris Oliver (aka The Diesel Doctor) and our annual Kick-Off Meeting March 15th at BMI ( —by Curt Weist

hesapeake Bristol Club (CBC) members kicked off their 35th anniversary season with dinner and a performance of “The Fantasticks” by the Bay Theatre Company in Annapolis January 15 (below, clockwise): Prue Clopp, Bruce George, Carol-Ann Hall, Janet George, and Bob Clopp. CBC’s Winter Doldrums Party, North and South, has morphed into a month-long celebration. Valentine’s Day saw Ned and Fayla Sherrer welcoming fellow CBC snowbirds to their winter home in Port Orange, FL. In Fort Myers, FL, Warren and Carol Johnson joined Peter and Margaret Madden and other CBC members who winter down there. Elinor and Tom Adensam met with Ted and Carol Reinhold at Herbie’s Roadside Restaurant in Marathon, FL to plan the annual CBC Marathon Doldrums Party March 6, which will include cocktails at the Adensam’s followed by a Keys Dinner at the Dockside on the edge of Boot Key Harbor. Also on March 6, CBC North will enjoy a hearth-warming Louisiana beef stew at Hunter and Shirley Kennard’s Annapolis home.


Like a Duck Out of Water



ebruary only looks dull and lifeless on the outside. Inside the hearts and minds of members of the Herrington Harbour Sailing Association (HHSA), we are preparing in countless ways for the upcoming season. There were hints of this undercover acCBC’s Planning Meeting March 15 at the Bay Ridge Civic tivity: bottom sanding and painting, a little maintenance here and there, Association Club House will feature traditional fried and just browsing through a chart or two, and of course, the many seminars roasted chicken, appetizers, and other shared goodies. Newthat we attend, such as the one we enjoyed February 2 with the Severn comers are always welcome ( —by Deb Coons Sailing Association’s Brent Ostbye. No off-season is complete without a land cruise, so HHSA went to Galesville, MD for a little mid-winter cheer. In March, we will stop hiding this passion for the water, as our boat preparations reach a fever pitch so we can start splashing. During our General Meeting March 21, we will align our efforts to make 2009 a great sailing season ( —by Keith Morgenstern

Balls, Bars, and Brunches agothy River Sailing Association (MRSA) members welcomed 2009 with the annual Commodore’s Ball at the Double Tree Hotel in Annapolis. A highlight of an always fun gala event was a big win by the Baltimore Ravens on a TV in the bar nearby and an amazing turn-out of 12 past commodores (below). February activities included a Race Planning meeting and a winter party on Valentine’s Day. March blows in with three important events for MRSA. The Gibson Island YC has invited our racers to participate in the New Racing Rules Seminar with speaker Butch Ulmer of UK Sails March 6. March 11 brings us to the Belvedere YC for a race committee refresher class. On March 22, we will hold our annual March Brunch at Windows on the Bay at 11 a.m. with a speaker from the USCG ( —by Peggy Poe


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Below, a dozen of the Magothy River Sailing Association’s past commodores dazzled during the annual Commodore’s Ball at the Double Tree Hotel in Annapolis.

Keeping a Legend Alive

Noodling It Through

ebruary brought the catboaters of the Catboat Association (CBA) back to Groton, CT to mingle and meow about everything catboat. CBA’s 47th meeting brought six Chesapeake Catboat Association members north, along with a display assembled by Steve Flesner (roving ambassador, shown below). The display chronicles the boatbuilding skills of Maynard Lowrey. He met an untimely end on the Eastern Shore this past summer, but his nine Lowrey catboats (all built in Maryland) live on. The display will grace the Tilghman Waterman’s Museum in the near future. It contains photos of Lowrey’s boatyard on Knapps Narrows and workshop on Tilghman Island, all nine of the catboats he built, and the building of two Fenwick Williams 16s, Catnipper (1998) and Pyewacket (2008). The owner of Chessie Cat (1980), a Fenwick Williams 21, says the boat is up in Southeast Harbor, ME undergoing repairs. Lowrey used to say “You tell those folks in New England we build catboats down here.” He will be missed by the catboat community and many others ( —Story by Maria and Butler Smythe. Photo courtesy of Steve Flesner

he Rock Hall YC (RHYC) will host the U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar March 14. March 28 at 1 p.m. will bring a Sailing Seminar, during which Jon Wright, past America’s Cup sailor, and Rob Pennington from North Sails will take questions on sail trim and show a movie from Key West Race Week. At 6 p.m. that night, the club will have a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the RHYC Sailing School; first-class service and entertainment are promised ( —Connie Ranney




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A Chocoholic’s Delight

fter new officers were installed during the Back Ceek YC’s (BCYC) seventh annrual Commodore’s Ball January 24 at Loew’s Hotel in Annapolis, JJ Sullivan and Juliana Nedd


stew, pork loin, and desserts, all with a hint or tinge of, or loaded with, chocolate. March 6 brings our Friday Happy Hour in Annapolis; March 11 ushers in another popular Mid-Week Dinner at an Annapoli-

hosted our ever-popular Red Wine and Chocolate Dinner February 21 in Epping Forest. Sullivan, the club’s unofficial sommelier, expertly paired selected red wines with a menu of paté, French bean

tan restaurant; and March 21 welcomes our Spring in the Islands social event with food and decorations keyed to an Island Theme. Our boating season will start with a Season Kickoff April 18. One of the high points of

our boating season is the Week-Long Club Cruise to the Northern Chesapeake Bay for sail and power from June 27 to July 5, with Fourth of July fireworks, of course (, —by Otto Hetzel

Above, new BCYC officers for 2009 (R-L): commodore John Oberright, vice commodore Richard Sanger, rear commodore Bill Falk, fleet captain Steve Bacon, treasurer Mary Bowie, and secretary Betsy Beyer. Photo by Viola McAvey

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A Frostbite Cruise? How Dare They! chedule your free Vessel Saferty Check with the Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron during Safe Boating Weekend May 15-16 in Canton/Fells Point. Passing inspection is great, but failing gets you a discount coupon to West Marine to prep for the next inspection. We will practice for our District 5 Navigation contest June 26-27, and July 10-12 bring us to Sue Creek. Also in July, Top Gun Cruisers will head to Cape Charles, VA and perhaps Cape Fear, NC. Our Commander’s Cruise in August will visit Kent Narrows, the Chester River, and Haven Harbour Marina for our annual Crab Feast in Rock Hall, MD. The season wraps up in September with two short trips to Chesapeake City and St. Michaels. Our Frostbite Cruise to the Baltimore YC is capped perfectly with a Halloween Party at October’s end ( —by David Seidenman


Sailing Friends and Family

or the Chesapeake 20 Association, sailing starts May 3 with the Tune Up Sail and continues with many races and regattas through September. On a sad note, longtime Annapolis resident and C 20 racing pioneer, John Kramer, 88, died on January 17 at his home in Naples, FL. He will be interred at Arlington Cemetery later this spring. Kramer with his father and two brothers launched today’s round-bottom Chesapeake 20 class. He even hand selected Stormy, the first Chesapeake 20 registered with the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties ( —by Ted Weihe


When Opportunity Knocks


group of Internet people ( met for the first time at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport February 7 to plan a Delmarva circumnavigation. It was a nice day, so some of us went for a sail. Above, Don lets the autopilot earn its keep. —by Moe Giguere

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Charter Notes

Island Hopping Eva’s Favorite Anchorages

by Eva Hill


or sailors, the West Indies are not a single destination, but dozens of different landfalls, each with their own personality, amenities, and vibe. Having been lucky enough to have sailed in many of the cruising areas of the islands where charter boats are available, I offer my list of favorite anchorages.

Hopetown, Elbow Cay, Abacos This string of jewel-like islands strewn across the Bahama Bank is my favorite sailing destination, and the pocket-sized settlement of Hopetown is my favorite place to spend time on the hook. The har-

bor itself is virtually land-locked, and the sticky bottom gives great security in a blow. The settlement has the look of a New England village whose houses have been painted by happy children run amok in a crayon box. A candy-striped lighthouse presides benevolently over the scene. A small collection of shops and restaurants meets a sailor’s need for provisions and entertainment, while the beach lover need only walk over the ridge to find an endless ocean beach with booming surf and pinkish sand.

Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau, Grenadines Though remote, sometimes roll-y, and occasionally crowded, Saltwhistle Bay on Mayreau is the kind of Caribbean beach I dream about. It’s a creamy golden crescent of sand, embracing a sandy-bottomed turquoise sea, bordered by palms; to double the pleasure, there is a breezier mirror image of the beach on the other side. A small hotel on the beach ensures that no one goes hungry or thirsty here. A not-too-strenuous hike up the hill affords panoramic views of the Tobago Cays and other islands of the Grenadines.

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ocated on the northern tip of Antigua in Hodges Bay in the BVI, Sunsail’s Club Colonna Beach Club is offering specials through April. Balmy trade winds attract sailors to the crystal blue waters, lined with palm-fringed beaches. The club boasts Italian-style, red-roofed buildings, mostly waterview rooms and villas, tropical gardens, a pool, two private beaches (for sunbathing or volleyball), an open-air beach restaurant and cocktail deck, and new Kids Club and spa facilities. To learn more, visit

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orizon Yacht Charters is offering SpinSheet readers an exclusive offer for the month of May. Book 10 nights and pay for only seven or charter for seven nights for a 20-percent discount. Horizon Yacht Charters has four stunning bases to choose from: BVI (Antigua and Barbuda), Grenada and the Grenadines, and St. Martin. Contact or visit For an all-inclusive charter, Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada invites novice or experienced sailors for seven nights in May onboard a luxury three- or four-cabin monohull or catamaran with absolutely nothing to worry about. Included in the $850 per person package are an experienced skipper, all meals onboard, customs and immigration fees, cruising permits and taxes, fuel, water, snorkel equipment, mobile telephone… and ice! Prices are based on full occupancy. Contact Jacqui at with the reference “maymadness.”

Coco Point, Barbuda If Saltwhistle Bay is a bit too crowded for one’s taste, a bumpy sail from the sister island of Antigua and careful threading through patch reefs will provide the intrepid and resourceful sailor with access to an island which seems like one giant beach. And it’s an exquisitely endless, powdery, untrammeled, and empty beach at that, with only the sound of the wind, sea, and wayward goats as company. Though there are a few excruciatingly private and tiny resorts on the island, they will not entertain the few sailors who visit, so you must be prepared to entertain yourself.

Grand Case, St. Martin

In contrast to the more “beachy” anchorages, the village of Grand Case in St. Martin offers delightfully cosmopolitan pleasures. Photo by Eva Hill

In contrast to more “beachy” anchorages, the village of Grand Case in St. Martin offers delightfully cosmopolitan pleasures. On the French side of this Dutch and French shared island, Baie Grand Case is wide and roomy; although, winter swells can make it a bit uncomfortable for anchored sailors. Though the beach is pleasant enough, the attractions lay a few yards inland. This slightly decrepit fishing village that appears to be pulled straight from the Mediterranean is one of the gastronomic capitals of the Caribbean. The dining ranges from cheap lolos serving island-style grub, to waterfront bars where dozens of languages are heard, to haute French cuisine featuring escargot, foie gras, and frog legs flown in on Air France. Grand Case offers a warm welcome and lively atmosphere.

When seeking one of the many waterfront bars for which the BVI in general, and Jost Van Dyke in particular, are justly famous, I like to sneak away from the well-trod Great Harbour where Foxy holds court and inexperienced charterers try to anchor on an unfriendly bottom. Instead, I head to Little Harbour, a snug anchorage with mooring balls, and three great bars—Harris’s Place, Sidney’s Peace and Love, and Abe’s—offering food and drink. There’s no beach here, but I’ve often had the company of sea turtles and dolphins, as well as many friendly and like-minded fellow travelers. About the Author: Eva Hill is a corporate lawyer at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Baltimore. She and her husband Rick sail their Sabre 38 Calypso out of Annapolis. Eva is Vice Commodore of the Chesapeake Bay Sabre Association. Her e-mail address:

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Chesapeake Racing Beat Amazing Racing: 2008 High Point Winners


very winter, the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) honors the top racers of the season. Here are the 2008 PHRF winners to be followed by One-Design and Junior High Point results in the April issue of SpinSheet.

Reg io n 1 , P HRF A 1. Kokomo Express

Brett Sorensen


2. Bad Medicine

Narlin Beatty


3. Kristany

Glenn Harvey


Reg io n 1 , P HRF B Barry Bilson

1. Expresswave


Reg io n 1 , P HRF C Dan Miller

1. Knot Bobs


Region 2, PHRF A 1. Incommunicado



2. Ultra Violet

David Prucnal


Reg io n 2 , P HRF B Mark Wagner


1. Caribbean Soul

David McAleer


2. Boreas

Mike Mullarky


3. Finn

Andrew Eyring


4. Bella Donna

Angelo Guarino


1. Gael Force Region 2, PHRF CD

Reg io n 3 AW, P HRF A0 1. Stray Dog

Charles Engh


2. Narrow Escape

Ben Corson


3. Altair

Tom Johnson


4. Donnybrook

James Muldoon


5. Yellow Jacket

Bulman/Scholz/ Winston


Reg io n 3 AW, P HRF A1

Bruce Gardner and his crew on the Beneteau 10M L’Outrage took second in CBYRA region 3AW for PHRF A3. Screwpile 2008 photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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1. Endorphin

Erik Wulff


2. Mulligan

Gordon Fronk


3. Dame Blanche

Othmar von Blumencron


R egion 3AW , P HRF A1

Reg io n 3 AW, P HRF B

4. Chain Shot

Lee + Pauline Jerry


1. Still a Gorilla

J + G Latrobe


5. Flying Jenny

David Askew


2. Problem Child

Brian Jones


4. Pamlico

R & K Muller


3. Hurricane Kelley

John Stefancik


5. Yard Dog

Jim Carkhuff


4. Ego Tripp



6. Downtime

Ed & Molly Freitag


5. Little Shanty

Rick Palleschi


7. Amadeus

Jack Yaissle


6. Fast Company

Barry Moss


8. Valkyrie

David Andril


7. Blaze Star

Pat + Amy Teeling


9. Equilibrium

Robert Dunsky


8. Wreckless Abandon

Dave Lauser, Jr.


10. Upgrade

P & D Gibbons-Neff


9. Northern Dancer

George Benisek


11. Sea Biscuit

Dorsey Owings


10. Radio Flyer

Dennis Hannick


12. Windborn

Rick Born


11. Labyrinth

Keith Mayes


13. Infringer

Ole Haaland


12. Torch

William Ljungquist


14. Hedonism

Nick Iliff, Jr


13. Joie de Vie

Bruce Ogden


15. Magic Dragon

David Poff


14. Ovation

Mathew Tove


16. Lanakai

David Kim


15. Moovin

Richard Sharoff


17. Squeezeplay

Gregg Brinegar


16. Evil Waves

Michael Madden


18. Making Waves

Miller/Praley Syndicate


Reg io n 3 AW, P HRF CD R egion 3AW , P HRF A2

1. Odyssey

David Shiff


1. Air Mail

Tom Carrico


2. Dancing Bear

David Sliom


2. Saykadoo

Steve McManus



Stephen Bowes


4. Diamond in the Rough

Jim Mumper

3. Apparition 4. Molto Bene

Richard Ewing


5. Far Fig Newton

D + S Nielsen


5. The Fish

Bill Shinn


6. Defiant

Frederick Caison


8. Scrimshaw

Charles Deakyne


6. Spice

Brad Parker


7. Mountain Lion Eater

George Prout


Reg io n 3 SE , P HRF A R egion 3AW , P HRF A3

1. The Riddler



2. Flossie

H. Gibbons-Neff Jr


1. (unnamed purple boat)



3. American Flyer

D + W Schneider


2. L’Outrage

Bruce Gardner


4. Regatta

C. G. Koste


3. Kestrel

Albert Holt


5. Phone

Jay Weaver


4. Remedy

Bert Carp


6. Rock Lobster

John Kriz


5. Contraire

Stephen Schaub


7. Foxtrot Carpen

Jim Keen


6. Wildfire

Heidi & Dan Bay


8. Priority One

Ron Spicuzza


7. Bzing

Ken Karsten


9. Jammin

Terry Reese


8. Ego Tripp



9. Tiburon

Bill Carleton


10. Incognito

Greg Robinson


11. Relentless

Frank Albert


12. Spirit

John Gregg


13. Sailient

Thomas Neel


14. Goin Postal

Bob Turner


15. Ippon

Sean Gallagher


16. Rag Trade

Nathan Gorenstein


18. Warrior

Jeff Hodor


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Reg io n 3 SE , P HRF B 1. Smoky

Richard Zantzinger


Reg io n 3 SE , P HRF C 1. Big Time

Mike Rajacich


2. Restless

Eric Crawford


3. Run

Matt Simington


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Reg io ns 1 - 3 , P HRF N

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1. Summer Semester

Al Caffo


2. Witches Flower

John Sherwood


3. Albar V

Allen Keiser


4. First Look

Arthur Crowley


5. Iretsu

Terry Wanner


6. Krugerrand

David Troyer


7. Shazam

J + M Driver


8. Smokin’



9. Great Escape

Jim McCutchan


10. Kolohe Anakalia

Robert Yoho


11. Willet

J + M Detweiler


12. Vite

Paul Taylor


13. Vixen

Jeff Taylor


14. Ovation

Matthew Tove


15. Kind Duck

Robert Zouck


16. Pilot Error

Ken Huston


17. Goldfish

Bob Lawrence


18. Gitana

Lee Carroll


Reg io n 4 No r th, P HRF A Bermuda Ocean Race Committee, c/o Eastport Yacht Club, P.O. Box 3205, Annapolis, MD 21403

1. Correyvreckan

David Clark


2. Wavelength

Rob Whittet


3. Chilcoot

Alex Alvis


4. Loose Cannon

Scott Strother


5. Voodoo 2

Leroi Lissendon


6. Flying Colors

Richard Payne


Reg io n 4 No r th, P HRF B C 1. Schiehallion

Brad Miller


2. Shenanigan

Miles Booth


3. Neried

Eric Powers


4. Morningtide

Russ Collins




Reg io n 4 No r th, P HRF N 1. Checko

Don Barfield



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Mike Dale


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Reg io n 4 So uth, P HRF A 1. Cash Flow

Lloyd Griffen


2. Feather

Phil Briggs


3. Sea Star

Dave Eberwine


4. Voodoo 2

Leroi Lissenden


5. Cyrano

Bob Mosby


6. Flying Colors

Richard Payne


7. Valkyrie

Carl Peterson


8. Treaty of Ghent



6. Incentive

Ronald Lewis


9. Meridian 2

Sledd Shelhorse


7. Surprise

Robert Thomas


10. Chilcoot

Alex Alvis


8. Schiehallion

Brad Miller


9. Rocket J

Bert Johnson



Bill Peach


Re gi on 4 Sout h, P HRF B

Reg io n 4 So uth, P HRF C

1. Bad Habit

Bob Archer


2. Gremlyn

Greg Cutter


3. Callinectes

Ben Cuker


1. Virginia H II

Andy Armstrong


4. Independence

Graham Field


2. Midnight Mistress

Jake Brodersen


5. Virginia H II

Andy Armstrong


3. Impulse

Tom Peddy


6. Five Speed

Eric Schwab


4. Checko



7. Ganar

David Bouchard


5. Black Widow

Leo Wardrup


8. Midnight Mistress

Jake Brodersen


6. Halaha

Jeff Rogers


9. Fat Bottom Girl

Bobby Whitehouse


7. Faith

Jerry Lotz


10. Jezebel

Bob Old


8. Ali-Ru

John Lones


9. Prevail

Mark Shaw


Reg io n 4 No r th, P HRF No n- Sp inn a k e r

Re gi on 4 Sout h, P HRF C 1. It’s White



2. Spray

Bumps Eberwine


3. Roundabout

Alan Bomar


4. The Hunter

Justin Morris


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Key West ‘09

The C&C 115 Primal Scream team--led by Annapolis YC member and Key Biscayne, FL resident, Steven Stollman-started the week with a bang and carried the momentum through until the regatta’s end, capturing first in PHRF 1. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

Dave Chinea was on the winning L’Outrage crew in the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West “feeder race” and then crewed on the Annapolis-based J/105, Tenacious. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

Annapolis sailor Kristen Robinson took a third at Acura Key West Race Week January 19-23 with the J/80 Angry Chameleon crew. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

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Scott (tactician) and his dad, Bob Gitchell (shoreside support), of the Annapolis J/105 Tenacious team. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

Happiness is a great Wednesday on the race course at Key West. John Edwards, skipper of the Farr 30 Rhumb Punch, and his son-in-law, Annapolis sailor Tom Weaver, and crew picked up the pace and captured first in class by the end of the 2009 event. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

With Annapolis YC member Steven Stollman and his crew on the C&C 115 Primal Scream in first, shown here, Pete Hunter’s Thompson 30 Wairere crew capture second in PHRF 1 at Key West 2009. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

Key West provided a week of tight racing for Annapolis sailor Brad Kaufmann, who took four bullets and finished second overall on Mummbles. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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Racing News It was a tough day on the water for a bunch of Annapolis sailors on Sjambok, but that didn’t stop crew members Jane Cox and Ari Schragger from relaxing for a beer on the docks. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

The Annapolis crew on Anema & Core took a handful of seconds and thirds over the course of the week, eventually ďŹ nishing fourth in the grand prix class at the 2009 event. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet


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Need a place to stay for Key West Race Week 2010? John Edwards of the Solomons-based Farr 30 Rhumb Punch says, “Our shoreside crew is just as important as the team. They get up at 6 a.m. to make us lunch and make sure we’re ready to go.” (L-R) MaryAnn McKinney, Laura Stanley, Sandy Leitner, and Linda Edwards. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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Dormant for a decade, the Down the Bay Race from Annapolis to Hampton, VA will return in 2009 (May 22) and act as a feeder race for Southern Bay Race Week (May 29-31). Rumor has it that Hampton sailor Sledd Shelhorse, skipper of Meridian II (shown here at last year’s Screwpile Regatta), has already signed up. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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Murphy’s Rules Racing Clinic— Take Two


ore than 90 Southern Bay racers met January 24 at the Murphy’s Rules racing clinic hosted at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. John McCarthy led the filled-to-capacity seminar that included racers from more than 12 Southern Bay yacht clubs and sailing organizations. “It was a great day, and this group in particular made it a lot of fun,” McCarthy says. Southern Bay Racing News You Can Use is sponsoring a second session of this seminar at Hampton YC on March 21. Topics will include basic right-of-way rules, rule changes on obstructions and mark roundings, new definitions, and a special section on collisions, protests, and liability. A limited number of spaces remain available. For information, please contact Lin McCarthy at (757) 850-4225 or e-mail


Block the Date for Block Island

biennial Bay sailor favorite, the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week, presented by Rolex, is set for June 21-26. The five-day regatta for both handicap PHRF, IRC, and one-design he rumors are true: the Hampton and one-design classes will serve as the inaugural North YC and the Storm Trysail Club classes with five boats or more will American Championships for the J/122 class and the East compete. Plans are brewing for a are co-hosting the 60th running Coast Championship for the J/109 class. social event at Annapolis YC on of a much-loved, long-dormant disAs well as the anticipated classes, such as J/105, J/80, Thursday evening, with the first tance race, the Down the Bay Race Swan 42, Farr 30, and Farr 40, there will be a sport boat for the Virginia Cruising Cup. Start- warning on Friday morning at 10:30. class in 2009. Potential competitors should give organizers ing at the Severn River in Annapolis Hampton YC will host a party and early indicators of interest (with an entry deadline of June awards ceremony on Saturday night. 1). on May 22, the Friday prior to Memorial Day Weekend, and sailing A few Southern Bay boats have The regatta will be the first major championship for already entered. Are you in? to Hampton, VA, the 120-mile race the J/122 class, and expectations are high. “I expect the For details, click to: will serve as a feeder race for Southcompetition to be intense,” says Annapolis sailor David ern Bay Race Week (May 29-31) or e-mail Askew, skipper of Flying Jenny VI, who won his class at and a practice race for the Annapolis Block Island in 2007. He notes that at last summer’s J/122 to Newport Race (June 5). class event at the New York YC Race Week, many of the boats were new to their owners. He says, “I expect this year to be much tougher. I’m sure many have plans to improve their games. I know I do.” t’s that time of year again—time all experience levels—including Farr 30 skippers Brad Kaufmann (Mummbles, Annapoto connect with sailing friends, novices—are encouraged to have a lis) and John Edwards (Rhumb Punch, Solomons) will be old and new. Whether they climb look and register. When signing up, on the scene, both warmed up from strong performances onboard your boat, or you sail on be sure to be as specific as possible at January’s Key West Race Week and April’s Annapolis theirs, we all need friends and crew. about the type of sailng you have NOOD Regatta. If you haven’t familiarized yourself done and the type of sailing you A hundred and eighty boats, 1500 sailors, and more with our online Crew Listings, now would like to do. than 100 volunteers will converge on the little island, 12 is the time to start. For more information, visit miles southeast of Rhode Island, which can only be and click on the Crew SpinSheet’s electronic Crew cessed by boat, plane, or ferry. Three fleets on three race Listings link. Stay tuned for the Listings are designed to match up courses will vie for individual class trophies, and there will April issue of SpinSheet for more on boat owners with crew by experibe a traditional around-the-island distance race with an our “real time” Crew Listing mixer ence and by preference for sailboat option for a second one. on April 19. racing, daysailing, and cruising on For Notice of Race and online registration, visit blockislanthe Chesapeake Bay. Sailors of For more information, visit



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arvard will host the 2009 InterCollegiate SA (ICSA) Coed Dinghy National Championship Western Semifinals, and MIT will host the Eastern Semifinals May 2-3 at the Volvo Race Village on the Fan Pier in Boston, MA during the only U.S. Stopover of the 37,000-nautical-mile, round-the-world race.

ICSA National Championship Semifinals To Be Held During Boston Volvo Ocean Race Stopover Multiple Chesapeake sailors are contenders for this event—such as team members from Navy, St. Mary’s, Old Dominion University, Georgetown, and Washington College. Qualifiers will be held in April. What will make the event even more appealing will be that competitors may roam freely along the Volvo Race Village and the waterfront during the competition. Visit ICSA’s website at

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We’re Not in Key West Party

Rather than get jealous of their friends who were racing at Key West Race Week, Annapolis sailors got even... sort of. The We’re Not in Key West Party at the Boatyard Bar & Grill January 22 was a hit, as always. Photo by Rachel Engle/SpinSheet Classes for PHRF A, B, C, NS-1, and NS-2 , One-Design classes, and a special Cruising Class. Ya’ll come on!

Jenn Hines and Greg Brennan were not in Key West, but they made the best of it in Eastport. Photo by Rachel Engle/SpinSheet

Annapolis sailors Dave Sliom (left), Mystery Man (middle), and Gregg Baldwin (right). SpinSheet’s Rachel Engle was not sailing January, but she was sporting her Mount Gay hat anyway at the Boatyard Bar and Grill’s We’re Not in Key West Party. That’s the spirit!

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Icy, IC, No Matter—Mid-Winters at SSA


hat is the recipe for a great regatta in the middle of a very cold winter in Annapolis? If you’re an InterClub or IC sailor, it’s simple. Invite snowed- and iced-in sailors from fleets in Rochester (NY), Manhasset Bay (NY), Hyannis (MA), Larchmont (NY), Winthrop (NY), Scituate (MA), and Metedeconk River (NJ) to balmy, 25- to 30-degree Annapolis for the collegiate-style MidWinter InterClub Dinghy Championship. Keep the costs low and the gemutlichkeit high with crock pots of hot soup, a keg of beer from the local fleet, and Saturday dinner at Severn SA (SSA). Held on January 24 and 25 at SSA, the regatta attracted some of the best sailors in the northeast. Two-time national champs John and Molly Baxter, former Olympic silver medalist Steve Benjamin, and local 505 ace Jesse Falsone are just examples of the who’s who of top IC and summer one-design sailors attracted to this regatta.

The races were organized in collegiate A/B format, and each fleet sailed six races over the weekend. Saturday’s breeze built to 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon. Gusts as high as 29 resulted in a half dozen or so capsizes in B Division and convinced PRO Alex Stout to order that further competition be held around the beer keg on the SSA deck.

Winners of the 2009 IC Mid-Winters (L-R): John Baxter, Molly Baxter, Danny Pletsch, and Emily Whipple. Photo by Christina Hammock

As well as being a sailor’s guide to life on the Chesapeake, SpinSheet rolls into an effective glovewarming holder, an absolute necessity for IC sailing in January. This is a typical winter scene by the hearth at SSA. Photo by Christina Hammock

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Racing News Sadly, the big breeze blew out overnight causing a one-hour postponement Sunday morning. Good race management by Stout and the race committee allowed each fleet to get in three races before the 2:30 deadline. Careful, conservative sailing paid dividends in the tricky northwest breeze on Saturday and the steadily left-shifting, lighter air on Sunday. For example, the final A division race on Sunday featured an 80-degree left shift, which successfully scrambled the fleet, confusing even some of the best sailors. Consistent sailing by the Larchmont team of John and Molly Baxter and Danny Pletsch and Emily Whipple allowed them to win the regatta by 13 points without winning a single race and without winning their respective divisions. From Manhasset Bay, Kevin Morgan and Kelly Mockridge teamed with Pedro Lorson and Mimi Berry to finish with a 19-point lead over third-place finishers Will and Katie Welles, who teamed with Garth Reynolds and Danyell Tirelli. In addition to the top five awards, Annapolis sailor Falsone (who was in the fourth-place team with his crew Erika Seamon and B team Simon Strauss and Rosanne Pytowski) was awarded the Edward du Moulin Memorial Trophy by the Manhasset Bay Fleet for his unstinting contributions to IC racing over the past decade. Falsone was the prime mover in the establishment of the Annapolis IC fleet during the 1990s and has been instrumental in shifting the fleet to team racing this year. It is safe to say that without his efforts, there would be no InterClub Dinghy sailing in Annapolis. Thanks to Falsone and Ian Mutnick who organized the regatta, to Stout and all of the race committee and scorers, and to SSA for a great regatta. by Paul Hull

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Charleston Race Week, Bigger and Better

illed by Outside Magazine as America’s Dream City, Charleston, SC draws boatloads of Bay sailors on their annual pilgrimage for Race Week, a rite of spring before kicking off sailing season in earnest at home. The 14th edition of the premiere one-design, PHRF, and IRC regatta, set for April 16-19, is breaking its own record with 157 boat entries (at the time of publication) and more than 1000 sailors from as far as Canada, Florida, and of course, a dozen from the Chesapeake Bay.

For three days, harbor and offshore courses will be run out of the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mt. Pleasant, SC, where shore-side activities will be held in the evening. As the Low Country is known for its spring fronts and interesting currents at the junction of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers and the Atlantic Ocean, sailing is tricky and challenging even to the most competent skippers and tacticians. The regatta was founded by the Charleston Ocean RA, now in partnership with the South Carolina Maritime Foundation; profits from the event will benefit the Spirit of South Carolina, a classic tall ship used for educational purposes. To learn more, visit

Photo courtesy of Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Morris Island Lighthouse, a familiar Charleston landmark and beacon for beachcombers and sailors. Photo courtesy of Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

CBYRA Racing Schedule for 2009


t may not be easy to find (at the time of print), but if you scroll down on the first page of and read carefully, you will find the “Updated” 2009 schedule of CBYRA-sanctioned racing events on the Chesapeake Bay in regions one through three. The Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta will unfold April 24-26. The much-anticipated J/24 World Championships will be held May 3-8. Both events will be hosted by Annapolis YC. To learn more, visit

A rite of spring many Bay sailors consider the launch of sailing season, the Sperry Top-Sider Annapolis NOOD Regatta will be held April 24-26. Photo from the 2008 edition by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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Bay Sailors at U.S. Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR


our hundred forty-four sailors from 41 countries in 10 Olympic and Paralympic classes converged in Miami January 25-31 for U.S. Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, which is a mainstay on the winter circuit for sailors campaigning in the next Olympic Games. Georgetown graduate Andrew Campbell placed fourth in the 31-boat Star class and third American overall, earning a place on the U.S. Sailing Team Alpha Graphics. Annapolis sailor Geoff Ewenson and his Ohio-based crew Skip Dieball (pictured here) took eighth in the Stars. Joe Morris, also from Annapolis, came in ninth (fourth American) in the 470 men’s class, while in the Finn class, Bryan Boyd scored 13th (third American) in the 30-boat fleet, also making the U.S. Sailing Team Alpha Graphics. Olympic gold medalist and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Anna Tunicliffe (a Florida native and Old Dominion University graduate) captured first in Laser Radials. Bay sailors Bo McClatchy and Alden Shattuck were on the scene with respectable finishes in the 61-boat Laser class. To learn more, visit

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Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, March 2009

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s Executive Vice President, I would Decorum (formerly Show Dog). Heather was one For those who could not attend, it was quite the like to congratulate all of the award of seven nominees, who were carefully reviewed event. Comments such as, “This was the best awards recipients, and thank all of those by the board. Congratulations, Heather. presentation I have been to since the mid-1990s,” who participated in the High Point Awards The second new award was the Corum Cup. came often and were welcomed. Estimates for the Ceremony at Gibson Island YC. It is what Along with a perpetual trophy, which will travel to turnout were close to 250 attendees, all comfortably makes the all-volunteer effort that goes into the recipient’s yacht club, winners also receive accommodated by the great staff and management at a year-long event rewarding for the board scholarships, special Corum Cup jackets, and Gibson Island YC. They have consistently performed members, scorers, take-home trophies. and staff. To those The winners of this of you who work so year’s trophies hard each year to and awards were: make this happen, sailors Scott Houck I thank you for all and Jack Ortel, your efforts. from Annapolis YC, A lot of work and Alex Jacob and goes on behind the Kyle Swenson from scenes long before Fishing Bay YC. the celebration At a time when begins and reaches most companies are a fevered pitch, cutting out much even into the last of their corporate hours before we giving programs all get to enjoy Corum, U.S.A. has the results. To really come through the mathematical for the juniors geniuses program here in the Richard Griner mid-Atlantic. Their (PHRF scorer), minimum fiveBruce Bingman year commitment (PHRF President to supporting During the CBYRA High Point Awards ceremony February 7 at the Gibson Island YC, Corum Cup and CBYRA the Corum Cup trophy winners enjoy their new jackets (L-R): Kyle Swenson (Fishing Bay YC, Laser Radial), Garrett representative to and the attached Cameron (CBRYA Executive Vice President), Erin Jacob (accepting for brother Alex Jacob; Fishing PHRF), and Charlie higher education Bay YC, Optimist), Scott Houck (Annapolis YC, Club 420), and Jack Ortel (Annapolis YC, Club 420). Husar, I give my scholarships is an “This year, we are recognizing more junior sailors than ever before, including the top 10 finishers in special thanks for a incredible boost to Optis, 420s, and Laser Radials; the top five girls in each class; and the winners of the Opti White, Blue, mountainous effort. the sailors receiving and Red fl eets,” says David Houck, chair of CBYRA’s Junior Sailing program. Harrison Hawk, Sammy These gentleman the awards and to Stagg, and Ian Stokes qualified for U.S. teams for the USODA Mid-Winters; and Patrick Floyd earned a work tirelessly, the juniors program berth on the U.S. team to the Lake Garda, Italy regatta in April. Photo by Carolyn Houck behind the scenes at CBYRA. I would as volunteers like to thank Corum combing through endless pages of data, President Michael Wunderman, along with Corum for this celebration and deserve the recognition for which are ever-changing, to determine who representatives Lisa Delane and Knych Keller, their efforts. will be the next awardees. They do this with special thanks to Joy Tarbox for making it all Two new awards were presented this year. The with little gratitude, as literally, days before happen. Shawn Hadley Memorial Trophy, which recognizes the event, new data comes in and changes “Foredeck with a Winning Spirit” in memory of a wellFore more CBYRA news and the preliminary 2009 everything they have worked on. Again, loved Annapolis bowman, Shawn Hadley. The recipient racing schedule, visit Thank You. was Heather Dodd, who sails on Peter Rich’s J/24


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David Flynn s the lone sailor in his family, while growing up in Huntington, NY, David Flynn describes his untypical, “anti-pro-sailor upbringing.” However self-driven and self-taught, the “bug” bit Flynn at nine years of age when an Australian friend of his parents took him sailing on the Sassafras River on the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Back in the days when such freedoms were not uncommon, the grown-ups turned him loose to explore in a dink during cocktail hour. He was hooked. “I was always romantically attracted to the sea and sailing,” he says, remembering charts covering the walls of his bedroom. His first sailing job was renting out Newport 16s—and eventually teaching—at Columbo Sailboat Rentals on the south shore of Long Island. Although he attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut as a track runner, he discovered that he enjoyed practicing sailing for club regattas more than running. Practice, he did. After college, he earned his six-pack captain’s license and headed to Captiva Island for two years to work for Offshore Sailing School, where he had what he considers his only “formal” training, learning as he taught beginner, cruising, and racing courses. His errant golf ball landing on a beach blanket led him to his future wife Melanie. After a couple of years running boats and doing sailing seminars with Bill Gladstone (now head of North Sails’ North U.) for Flynnstone Services, Flynn and his then-girlfriend, now-wife moved to Annapolis. For more than a decade, he worked for Scott Allen, initially as Horizon, as Doyle Sailmakers. In 1993, Flynn joined Sobstad, soon-to-splinter Thethen Log Canoe Mystery, built in 1932 of five logsinto in Oxford, racing the Miles River in director, a position he held until Quantum Sailon Design, as marketing September, 2006. Photo by Don Biresch, becoming special projects director recently. Flynn’s “first induction” to professional racing was on the IOR 50 in its heyday in the late 1980s. Winning the 50-foot Series World Championships in Nassau, Bahamas remains a bright and exciting memory. Throughout his career with Quantum, Flynn has specialized in offshore one-design programs. As well as having competed in every major regatta on the Chesapeake and having won other regattas Bay sailors flock to, such as Block Island Race Week, Key West Race Week, and Newport to Bermuda and Annapolis to Newport Races, Flynn has been part of wining teams at five SORCs, a Trans Atlantic Race, and a Fastnet Race. He has won North American Championships in One Design 35s, One Design 48s, Mumm 30s, J/44s, and J/30s, among others. Flynn’s Bay sailing is limited to a few regattas a year, one of them the Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge he enjoys sailing with Sledd Shelhorse on the Farr 36 Meridian. He’s looking forward to the re-incarnation of the Down the Bay Race from Annapolis to Hampton in May. Little known fact about this seasoned pro—Flynn and his wife enjoy cruising the Chesapeake and hope to do more of it together in the future.



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SpinSheet: Who are your sailing mentors? Bill Gladstone, Steve Colgate, Jim Ellis, John Bertrand, Terry Hutchinson, Neil McDonald, and many others. I’ve been fortunate to sail with many of the luminaries of the sport. Who do you consider your best sailing buddies? A core group of us sailed every race on the Bay together for more than a decade: Robert Ranzenbach, David Krebs, Robbie Fooks, Jim Ellis, and Ron Peterson. What are your favorite racing venues? Key West, San Francisco, Sydney Harbor, Port du Cervo (Sardinia), and Cowes (Isle of Wight, UK). Do you have a favorite place on the Bay? Tucking up the Wye River. Is there a racing day you remember as “the” glory day? Winning the Trans Atlantic Race in 2004 on Zaraffa, a Reichel Pugh 66. There were escort boats, spectators, fire boats spraying water, and champagne… After a long 13-day race, it was all kind of a surprise. What kind of music do you like? I’m a jazz fanatic. What sport teams do you like? I’m a basic sports junkie, but the New York Giants are the only team I really follow. What are your non-sailing passions? I play squash four or five times a week. Golf is my latest thing. Cooking. What gear do you depend upon? I’m pretty much a Patagonia poster child. Musto, too. Maui Jim and Oakley sunglasses. Is there any advice you find giving your clients over and over? Watch what you’re pulling on. Is there anything you haven’t achieved on the water you’d like to? One, race iceboats. Two, race landsailers. Three, multihulls. Anything that really scares you a lot.

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24’ Cal Quarter Ton ’68 Cruising Sloop, keel, 9.9hp electric start OB, extensive restoration, Sea Scouts, $1200 obo, others avail, Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805, Steve Nichols (703) 472-3145, sailnichols@ 26’ Colgate ’05 Original owner. Excellent cond., no collisions. Bottom kept painted & cleaned. Full set sails & spinnaker. Racing keel. Yamaha 4 stroke 4hp. Norfolk, VA $29,500. (434) 466 -9377. 26’ Pearson ’77 Cruising / Racing Sloop Clean inside and out, well-maintained keel boat. 9.9 HP Johnson Sailmaster electric start OB motor, VHF, depth meter. Philadelphia area. Asking $4,500. (267) 679-2115. 27’ C&C MKIII ’76 Very good cond. Fantastic design Wheel steering. Quantum sails and spin. Furlex furl. Reliable A4, Very clean, new upholstery. $8,950 (410) 8298941 27’ Catalina ’85 Dsl, RF, selftailing winches, all lines run to cockpit. New main ’08, bimini. Great cond., Slip until April. $11,000 obo (703) 963-3496. 27’ Catalina ‘76 Dinette, 8hp Yamaha, clean interior, completely rewired, new head/holding tank, barrier coated, rigging upgrades, good main, new 110% jib $2,500 obo (410) 293-6631, heuer@ 27’ Coronado ’73 Cruising Sloop, keel, roomy, 15-hp Johnson. Just serviced. Price slashed to $1,400 obo, Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805 27’ Hunter ’79 Attractive, clean and in good cond. Diesel runs well. Ready to sail $7,500 See photos on, (410) 477-8607.

27’ Soling ‘69 by Abbott Excellent cond., new main sail & jib, 2 older spinnakers w/pole, upgraded hardware, speed log, compass, Barney post, w/trailer. $4,500 (570) 961-2828, (570) 650-1717. Cal 28 ’88 New sails, Yanmar 2GM20F, excellent cond., sails wonderfully, $23,500, call (443) 995-2311, full details at http:// 29’ Cal 2-29 ’77 Keel Sloop Very clean. RF genoa, wheel steering, dsl, new electronics. Sails like new. $6,900 Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805, stevedalex@msn. com or Steve Nichols (703) 4723145, Olson 29 ’85 The Riddler $22,500 - Great sail inventory: Main, spinnaker, #1, #4 new this summer. Great cond. Drysailed past 4 years. Own a proven winner. (240) 298-4225.

34’ Gemini Catamaran ’08 Used 3 months. Brand new cond. Absolutely loaded. All manufacturer available options, plus the following: Raymarine GPS chartplotter, Xantrex battery monitor, Lewmar windlass, cockpit speakers, cable TV connection, extra AC outlets/fans/lights, battery charger, upgraded AGM batteries, isolated starting battery, charger, flatscreen TV/DVD, $174,900. Email: Phone: (757) 721-5760. No brokers. 34’ Schock 34PC ’88 Reduced to $25K obo. A Nelson/Marek design w/excellent handling characteristics. Shoal draft (4.5’ Hydrokeel). A tri-cabin layout provides the utmost in cruising comfort and style. D: (301) 9954845, n: (410) 394-0390; email:

30’ Alberg ’66 Dsl, race ready, all sails. $16,000. Call Center Dock Marina Donations at (410) 952-6656 30’ Catalina ’80 Tall Rig Dsl, engine & drive train replaced, wheel steering, new bottom paint, RF genoa, Sea Scouts, Price slashed to $12,900 obo, Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805,, Steve Nichols (703) 472-3145, 32’ Rhodes Chesapeake ’65 Classic, heavily built fiberglass cruising sloop, beautiful lines, good cond., 30-hp Gray Marine gas, RF genoa, Sea Scouts, Reduced to $3,900 obo, Steve Alexander, (301) 646-0805, Tartan 34C ’74 Sloop rig, spinnaker, sleeps 6, dark blue hull, Atomic 4. Ready to go. Kent Island. Reduced to $17,500. Can see Blue Macs on (410) 643-6666.

34’ Tartan Classic ’76 Beautiful shape, Awlgrip, Volvo dsl, new electronics & new sail $30K firm (202) 321-1774 Peter, or (202) 256-9856 Tony 34’ Tartan ’68 Yanmar dsl, furling jib. New gelcoat, portholes, thru-hulls & sail covers. Davit w/ an 8’ dinghy, AP. $18,000. (757) 854-0686.

36' Beneteau 361 ‘03 Boat is in Excellent condition. Westerbeke Dsl, A/C $89,900 (877)4132756

37.5’ Hunter Legend ’87 $57,000 New 2004: interior cushions, batteries, AP, Queen size mattress, 5” foam pad in front cabin, hot/cold water pump, barrier coat, CNG stove converted to propane. Equipped w/AC/Heat, instruments at wheel w/Seatalk, XM radio, radar. A great boat that’s in excellent cond. wbcatoe@aol. com, (828) 260-2666. 380 Hunter ‘99 Very anxious to sell. You pay what I owe. Complete electronics, davit, tender and outboard. One year slip fee paid for Haven Harbour Marina. $89,000. (410) 353-3292.

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38’ Sabre 386 6 ‘06 Like new Sabre 386 performance cruiser, flag blue hull, meticulously maintained, thoroughly equipped. Full electronics, many high quality options. Bright cherry interior. Fast, comfortable and fun. $295,000 (703) 474-7174

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32’ Island Packet ’91 This yacht is in perfect cond. She has heat and air, AP and full instrumentation. The varnished teak looks like a new yacht as does the interior. Reduced to $94,900 See specs & pics at or call (410) 626-2851. 36’ Cape Dory ’90 An extremely nice yacht with brilliant teak and recent (2006) upgrade of her extensive electronics. No blisters. Owned by maritime professional. Reduced to $129,900 See pics & full specs at or call (410) 6262851. 38’ Catalina 390 ’01 Extras include dink with O/B, davits, heat/air, stow-a-way main and full electronics. Asking $135,000. See pics and full specs at www. or call (410) 626-2851.

33’ Beneteau 331 ‘00 Very clean and well equipped boat. Our trade-in and we are motivated! Make an offer! Reduced to $76,500. Deltaville VA. Call Jonathan (804) 776-7575 or jonathan@

37' Hanse 370 ‘08 Shallow draft keel, Cockpit table, Anchor windlass, Delta Anchor w/galvanized chain, Folding prop, Hot water shower-stern, Porto Fino Leather saloon, SIMRAD autopilot, GPS/chartplotter, wind instrument, 50amp charger, Sprayhood w/SS frame & window. Located here at our office. Available for private viewing and test sail. (410) 268-4100

39’ Beneteau ‘90 Yacht needs some TLC as owner has relocated. Sat on the hard for 2 yrs. Not all that bad and priced right at $59,900. See specs & pics at or call (410) 626-2851. 39’ Corbin PH ’80 This “factory finished” model has vinyl ester bottom, dsl heater, solar panels & full instrumentation. She will make a good live-aboard or world cruiser. Reduced to $82,000. See pics & full specs at www.adventure-yachts. com or call (410) 626-2851. 40’ Pearson ’79 This yacht has good electronics and a great sail inventory. She is priced to sell at $42,499. See specs and pics at or call (410) 626-2851. 42’ Catalina ’04 She has great electronics, furling main, heat/ air and genset. A great buy at $209,900. See specs and pics at or call (410) 626-2851.

40' Hanse 400e ‘09 Beautiful mahogany interior Shallow draft, Twin wheels, Electric halyard winch, Folding prop, SIMRAD NX40 8" chartplotter, IS20 wind, SS cockpit table, CD/MP3/FM radio w/speakers in saloon & cockpit, Electric anchor windlass w/remote, Hot water shower, 2 additional batteries w/50amp charger, Available for private viewing and test sail. (410) 268-4100

30’ Pearson 303 ‘89 This is a very nice, well equipped 303. Immaculate below with great toys. Asking $33,900. Don’t miss a great opportunity to buy a gorgeous, fast, fun pocket cruiser. Call Tim @ (410) 267-8181

33’ Beneteau 331 ‘00 This is a shoal draft model with the desirable lead keel. She is in perfect cond. and well equipped with RF main, A/P, dodger, bimini & connector plus more. Call Denise (410) 267-8181 or denise@ 33’ Hunter ’04 Cleanest, best equipped Hunter 33 on the market! Equipped with A/C & heat, A/P, chartplotter, dodger & bimini and much more. Only 324 hrs on the engine, shows like new!! $92,000 Call Denise at (410)991-8236 or e-mail denise@ 35’ Tartan 3500 ’97 and ’04 Choose from two of the cleanest Tartan 3500s on the market. Great 2 cabin layout equipped with A/P, refrigeration, flat screen TV & more. Two from $129,500. Charles Gomez at (410) 991-8605 or 37’ Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37 ‘94 Cloud Messenger is a one owner boat that has been meticulously maintained and continually upgraded. Ready to cruise. Exceptional value at $169,900 Paul Rosen (410) 267-8181 38’ Beneteau 381 ’99 Reduced - Asking only $99,500. Original owners did a wonderful job of keeping her up to date and maintained. You won’t find a better example of this performance cruiser. Anxious owners. Call Dan (410) 267-8181 or

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39’ Beneteau 393 ’04 Owners moving up, fully loaded with heat and air electronics, two cabin two head layout, classic main for superior sailing performance, TV. A MUST SEE. Asking $167,000. Call Dave Sill (410) 267-8181 or 42’ Beneteau 423 ’04 Absolutely gorgeous performance cruiser. Amazingly equipped for offshore sailing and racing. This well cared for boat is ready for her next bluewater adventure. $196,000 Call Tim (410) 267-8181 46’ Beneteau 461 ’99 Sea Witch is a well-maintained and equipped example of the Oceanis 461 design by Bruce Farr built by Beneteau USA. Great value at $184,900 Paul Rosen at Annapolis Yacht Sales (410) 267-8181 46’ Tartan 4600 ’95 and ’96 Two gorgeous Majestic Blue Tartans in Annapolis. Choose the layout that you like best. Both boats are equipped with generator, A/C, Electric winches and more. From $295,000. Charles Gomez at (410) 267-8181 or Charles@ 50’ Steel Cutter ‘02 George Buehler design, recently completed. Oak interior. Superb go anywhere boat, also suited for day charter operations. $149,000 neg. Deltaville VA. Call Jonathan (804) 776-7575 or jonathan@

32’ Sabre ’85 Centerboard 3’8” draft, nice quality and very clean, waxed and bottom painted August. $48,500. bayharborbrokerage. com, (757) 480-1073 40’ Fountaine Pajot catamaran ’07 Brand new boat. 4 stateroom model. Owners have been relocated. $385,000 (757) 480-1073 92 March 2009 SpinSheet

40’ Tartan ’88 Dark blue hull, air & generator, 5’6” draft, excellent cond, $150,000 (757) 480-1073. 44’ Brewer ’88 Center cockpit fully equipped cruising boat. in mast furling, generator/ air ready to go south $175,000 (757) 480-1073.

20’ – 44’ Pacific Seacrafts New or used – this is the place to come: we are known world-wide as the premier broker for Pacific Seacrafts. See the new PS 31, at our dock – in stock and ready to go. Also in stock: PS 40. Check our website for complete listings. Crusader Yacht Sales (410) 269-0939

27’ S2 ’86 Well maintained, low hours on diesel. $17,000. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059 . 30’ Catalina ’78 Atomic 4, roller furling, well kept below $14,000 . Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 2857059. 30’ Lancer ’81 New Yanmar dsl, new canvas, and fresh bottom paint 18,000.00. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059. 36’ Islander ’72 RF, Yanmar dsl, radar, new cushions, chart plotter. $28,000. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059.

33’ Bavaria ‘06 Nearly new cond., Proven Atlantic crossing. Propane, refrigeration, wind generator, beautiful mahogany interior. Replacement over $150,000. Asking $99,000 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 35’ Westerly Oceanquest ‘97 CC with 2 staterooms, feels like a 40 footer, Yanmar, inverter, Autohelm, VHF, RF Genoa, lazy jacks, lead keel. $134,900 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

37’ Pacific Seacraft ‘96 ANDIAMO. Very sharp – brightwork, new awlgrip, Cruise equipped w/SSB, watermaker and more! Asking $179,000. Also ’02 PS-37 Asking $219,000 (New replacement over $400,000) Crusader Yacht Sales (410) 269-0939 40’ Pacific Seacraft ‘98 Two remarkable cruise equipped yachts. Varnished interiors, AC/ heat, extra sails,. From $335,000, (replacement over $600,000) Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 42’ Passport Cutter ‘87 Bluewater cruising equipped. Pullman layout with GRP decks! Located in Annapolis. Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 www. 49’ Wauquiez Centurion ‘91 Proven circumnavigator, perfectly equipped for your next blue water passage. Over $100,000 improvements and up-grades. $224,900. Crusader YS (410) 2690939

45’ Freedom ’88 Center Cockpit Wing Keel, exceptional condition and fully equipped for coastal cruising. Fresh sails, electronics, & mechanical systems. Crusader Yacht Sales (410) 269-0939

51’ Bristol CC ‘87 Gorgeous, proper yacht for the Bay and beyond. K/CB, Genset, RF headsail, Hood Stoway, Radar, SSB, Rev. Cycle. A/C., light Teak interior $410,000 Crusader Yacht Sales (410) 269-0939

29’ Hunter 29.5 ’94 LOADED! Full batten main, furling 135%, cruising spinnaker w/retracting pole, full electronics with repeaters – new ‘04: knot, depth, wind, AP, inverter, full canvas – a must see! $ 36,000 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@ 30’ Catalina ‘89 Tall Rig “L” shaped interior, newer sails (Main, 150), RF, dodger, bimini, plotter, clean and ready to sail $ 29,000 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 5535046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@greatblueyachts. com

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2004 Beneteau 393 $167,000 $154,500

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Pearson True North 34 '09........................ ......379,000 Sabre K/CB 34 '84........................Reduced........44,900 Sabre 34 MK II '88........................Reduced........74,900 Beneteau 35s5 '90......................................... ........59,900 C&C MK III 35 '87........................................ ........51,900 Contest 35s '90............................................. ........89,000 Tartan 3500 '04............................................ ......215,000 Tartan 3500 '97.............................Reduced......129,500 Wauquiez Pretorian 35 '85 ........Reduced........74,900 Beneteau 361 '99 '01 '02................4 From........94,900 Beneteau 36.7 '03 ......................................... ......117,900 Cheoy Lee 36 '69.......................................... ........69,900 Howdy Bailey Marine Metal 36 '85........... ........79,900 Sabre 362 '01.................................Reduced......225,000 Sabre 36CB '85..............................Reduced........85,000 Beneteau 373 '04 '07.......................2 From......119,900 Jeanneau 37 '00 .............................Reduced........84,900 O'Day 37 '84.................................................. ........47,000 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37 '94 ................ ......169,900 Pearson 37 '83............................................... ........59,900 South Seas 37' 1992 ..................................... ........35,000 Beneteau 381 '98 '99 '01................4 From........99,500 Caliber 38 '91 ................................................ ......139,900 Beneteau 393 '02 '04.......................2 From......144,900 Catalina 400 '95.............................Reduced......145,000 O'Day 40 '87..................................Reduced........59,900 Palmer Johnson NY 40 '78 ......................... ........69,000 Hanse 400 '06................................................ ......215,000 Hunter 41 AC '04 '06.....................2 From......185,000

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Beneteau 423 '04 ..........................Reduced......196,000 Beneteau ST 42 '06 ...................................... ......385,000 Halberg Rassey 42 '84.................................. ......189,000 Sabre 426 '08.................................Reduced......519,000 Whitby 42 '82................................................ ......115,000 Whitby 42 CC Ketch '80............Reduced........79,000 Albin 43' Trawler '79 ...................Reduced........99,900 Jeanneau 43DS 43 '01.................................. ......219,900 Jeanneau 43 DS '05.......................Reduced......280,000 Wauq. Amphitite Ketch 43 '82.................. ......129,000 Young Sun 43 ' 78......................................... ........59,900 Gulfstar CC 44 '80.......................Reduced......129,000 Fuji 45 '74 ....................................................... ......119,500 Hardin CC 45 '80 ......................................... ........98,000 Howdy Bailey 45 '73 ....................Reduced......145,000 Beneteau 46 '07............................................. ......349,900 Beneteau 461 '99 '01.......................2 From......184,900 Bowman CC 46 '73...................................... ........99,000 Hunter 46 '02 ................................Reduced......199,000 Tartan 4600 '95............................................. ......295,000 Tartan 4600 '96............................................. ......355,000 Beneteau 473 '02 '04 '05................4 From......229,000 Beneteau 47.7 '04 ............................2 From......284,900 Marine Trader M/Y 47 '90.......................... ......189,000 Beneteau 50 '00............................................. ......299,000 George Buehler '02...................................... ......149,000 Ocean Alexander 50 '79 .............Reduced......220,000 Moody 54 ‘03................................................. ......625,000 Franz Maas 76 '74......................................... ......750,000

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34’ Hunter 340 ’00 Full batten main, cruising spinnaker, reverse cycle Air/Heat, AP, knot, depth, wind, bimini, refrigeration – light usage, very clean $74,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. 35’ Hunter Legend 35 ’88 Very clean, new sails 2001, new GPS, AP, knot, depth, flat panel TV, Carry-on Air, dodger, bimini many recent upgrades, exceptional cond $45,250 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email: Beneteau 361 ’04 Excellent Cond! furling main, AC / Heat, GPS/Plotter, Inverter, bimini, dodger – very clean – available for demo sails! $127,900 Call Tony at (443) 553-5046 or (800) 276-1774 day or evening or visit,

37’ Hunter 376 ’96 Full batten main, reverse cycle air/heat, refrigeration, radar, AP, knot, depth, wind, GPS, full canvas – new ’04, Inverter, High output Alt. $89,000 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email: tony@ O’Day 37 ’82 Many recent upgrades, very clean, New main, new RF, New transmission, Engine upgrades, New interior cushions, Unique split cabins with 2 heads $39,000 Visit for complete details & photos or Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 5535046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 or email: tony@

12 1/2’ Doughdish (Herreshoff 12 1/2) ’81 12 1/2 Doughdish ( Herreshoff 12 1/2 ) ’81 by Edey & Duff . Marconi rig with main, jib & spinnaker. Been stored on shore last 10 years 16k. HYS (410) 867 7240 or 30’ Seasprite ’84 Luders design by C.E. RF. Brightwork just $37,500 HYS (410)

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32’ Pacific Seacraft motorsailer ‘93 4’ draft, generator w/AC, anchor windlass, radar, AP, $100K Hartge Yacht Sales (410) 867-7240 or

37’ Crealock ’90 Classic offshore cruiser by Pacific Seacraft. Cutter rig, recent sails, AC,refrig, single sideband, Autopilot and hard dodger. $155. Hartge Yacht Sales (410) 867-7240 or dick@

30’ C&C Mark II ’88 Highly sought model! Yanmar dsl, sleeps 6, Garmin GPS/plotter, stereo/4 speakers, deck shower, bimini, wheel, furling, 5 sails. Immaculate! $59,000. Tim, (443) 989-8900, 37’ Hunter Legend ’89 Yanmar 30hp dsl, centerline owner’s berth, new int’r cushions, radar, AC, jib furl, Dutchman main, 5 sails, canvas, safety gear, moderate wing keel draft, excellent sailer. $59,000. Tim, (443) 9898900,

NEW AT WALCZAK YACHTS 2004 56 Cabo Rico cutter Light of Dawn fully found with state of the art equipment and shows as-new. Unbelievable value $795,000.

1981 50 Hinckley Yawl Ghost gray topsides, three cabin layout. Prettiest profile in the harbor. Very motivated seller aasking $360,000

1987 43 Shannon ketch Shows exceptionally well inside and out. Solid traditional construction. $310,000

1993 38 Cabo Rico Shows like a 2003 model. Absolutely stunning condition inside and out. Owners moved up. One of a kind. $177,000

1999 47 Bristol aft cockpit Raven last example built and maintained to perfection. Opportunity to own a very special boat. $529,000

1994 Little Harbor 40 with full refit in 2006 including new motors. Great ride and very pretty at a cheap price. $249,000

2003 43 Saga Bandit 2 cabin 2 head with island queen berth in the bow. Owner delivered here to be sold. Asking $287,000

2000 39 Krogen trawler Growler One owner, stabilized, bow thruster and always cared for. Best priced K-39 in the country $395,000

See full specs and photos at 2007 36 Monk trawler Trunk cabin 2 stateroom, 2 head. 80 hrs on elec. single Cummins. Bow thruster, generator, A/C, Raymarine E120 $289,000

2005 34 American Tug Patriot Games properly cared for extra clean, priced right. Easy to see on Spa Creek. Low hours, single Cummins $319,000

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40’ Open ’01 Perfect for solo or short-handed ocean voyaging. Water-ballasted, composite w/ carbon rig, very cool paint job. Super clean, loaded w/electronics, really nice & ready to go! $165,000. Tim, (443) 989-8900, 41’ Hunter ’06 As new cond, transferable warranty! Spacious cockpit, very comfortable, stylish interior. In-mast furl, jib furl, gen, ‘08 canvas, ‘08 bottom, A/C, radar/ plot, freezer, fully loaded! New boat without the wait! Tim, (443) 989-8900, 60’ Open 60 ’89 - ’98 Several available. All upgraded, new gear. Perfect for breaking into open class racing! Ready to go! From $169,000. Tim, (443) 989-8900,

28’ Cal ’86 Sloop Westerbeke, dsl, shoal draft, wheel, RF $19,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 30’ S2 ’80 Dsl, wheel, shoal, RF, $18,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 30’ Seidelmann ’84 30T, Yanmar 13hp dsl, RF, shoal $14,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 36’ Moody ’82 Motorsailer, sloop, Volvo 62hp, RF, AP & $51,000 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 40’ Hunter ’95 Yanmar 50hp, elect., self-tailing main, full batten main w/Dutchman, Air, AP, inverter $129,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300.

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15’ 4” LuCraft ‘73 Center console boat w/built in fishing rod holders & bimini, 1996 50 hp Johnson OB w/power tilt, 12 volt battery, and 18 gal gas tank. Equipped w/depth meter, speed, temperature gauges, galvanized trailer w/spare tire, VHF marine radio, fender, dock lines, anchor & rode, console cover, boat cover, bilge pump & USCG package. Only $3500. Norris Howard, Yacht Broker, (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or nhowardboats@aol. com 32’ Ericson ’77 roller furling genoa, wheel steering, 4’ 11” draft, Yanmar dsl engine, 2 burner gas stove, refrigerator, Signet electronics, great condition, $17,900 Norris C. Howard, Yacht Broker, (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or nhowardboats@aol. com. 33’ Carver Mariner ‘84 Sleeps 6, private captain’s quarters, 2-zone AC, Galley has a 3 burner range, refrigerator, & oven, enclosed head w/full shower, hot water, toilet & wash basin, enclosed fly bridge, GPS, radar, depth, fish finder, swim platform, TV & stereo, and twin 350 hp engines w/low hrs. This boat is in great cond. and offered at a great price of only $23,000. Norris Howard Yacht Broker (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or 38’ Heritage ’76 roller furl genoa, pedestal steering, Perkins 50hp dsl, mainsail, genoa, hankon cutter sail, radar, loran, GPS, VHF, depth, Great coastal cruiser $24,900 Norris C. Howard, Yacht Broker, (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or nhowardboats@aol. com.

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Gulfstar Sailmaster`84 $449,000 Bristol `87 $410,000 Antigua `86 $194,900 Gulfstar Sailmaster `84 $198,000 Wauquiez Centurion `91 $224,900 Beneteau 461 `00 $199,000 Freedom `89 $225,000 Passport `87 $149,500 C&C shoal `88 $99,000 Pacific Seacraft `98 $349,000 Pacific Seacraft `98 $335,000 Passport Cutter `84 $139,000 Beneteau Oceanis 381`00 $119,000 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey `97 $92,000

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8,450 25,000 29,500 14,900 27,500 17,950 13,500 30,000 33,000 25,000 27,000 85,000 25,000 69,000 29,000 44,900 74,000 65,000

37' Pacific Seacraft `96 $179,000 37' Pacific Seacraft `02 $219,000 36' Westerly Corsair `88 $89,900 36' Pearson `82 $54,900 35' Beneteau 352 Oceanis `98 $88,000 35' Jeanneau Sun Odyssey `06 $139,900 35' Wauquiez Pretorien `86 $69,000 35' Westerly Oceanquest `97 $134,900 34' Moody center cockpit `86 $52,000 34' Kaiser Gale Force `80 $89,000 34' Pacific Seacraft `95 $139,900 34' Pacific Seacraft 2 from $89,900 33' Bavaria `06 $89,000 24 PS Dana or Flicka from $43,900


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J/105 ’98 Known for performance, one-design racing and fantastic short handed daysailing. The owner of this boat has taken excellent care and it shows almost as new. Offered at $110,000. Contact Paul Mikulski at (410) 280-2038 or J/105 ’93 Pre Scrimp top-of-theline J105 ( Hull # 58 ). Nexus NX2 electronics & Raymarine ST4000 AP, full inventory of Ullman/Skelley Sails & blades faired make this a well prepared boat. It is ready to go & hard to beat the value that this boat offers. Offered at $73,900. Contact Ken at (410) 280-2038 or C&C 115 ’06 is a wonderful cruiser racer. This is in like new cond. and has a long list of options. She is painted claret red and is ready to go for you to enjoy. Offered at $239,000. Contact Ken at (410) 280-2038 or Ken@ Pearson 39 Yawl ’77 is a particularly handsome boat, accented by her sweeping sheer line, tumblehome topside and dainty reversed transom. She offers solid construction, great cockpit and a large, sensible interior with unusually generous storage throughout. Offered at $ 54,900. Call David Malkin @ (410) 280-2038 or email at David@ Beneteau 423 ‘06 is in superb cond. and has a comprehensive inventory. Totally equipped for cruising and built for any sea w/ comfort & amenities second to none. No options left out including AC, gen set, flat screen TVs, AP linked w/radar & chart. Don’t miss this superb chance to purchase a beautiful 423 for a great price! Contact Ken at (410 ) 280-2038 or 96 March 2009 SpinSheet

J/42 ’00 Lightly used and stunningly beautiful w/carbon mast, standard keel, B&G’s, water maker, custom canvas and all the right factory options make this a very desirable boat for you to consider for serious cruising. Offered at $279,000. Contact Paul at (410) 280-2038 or Paul@ ASA Sailing School

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Hunter 340 ’00 Jus My Imagination is a lightly used vessel with only 411 hrs on the engine. In-Mast furling, refrigeration, selftailing winches, and an interior that shows little use. $74,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211


35.5’ Hunter ’90 This boat is equipped with an Auto helm 4000WP Autopilot, ST60 Depth, Voyager Loran, Kenyon VHF and a handheld GPS, sleeps 7 people. $65,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211 Hunter 356 ’03 Escapade AC/Heat, AP, ST60 machine, ST60 depth/knot, bimini, dodger, connector, electric windlass, inmast furling, refrigeration, cruising spinnaker, Raymarine C-80 chart plotter and GPS at helm, $125,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 7769211 Hunter 380 ’02 Inspiration This boat is a fantastic cruiser and ready to sail. In-mast furling, refrigeration, depth, speed, wind, GPS, A/C, Heat, generator, bimini, dodger, connector and cockpit cushions. $140,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211

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31’ Southern Cross Cutter ’80 This is a wonderful pocket cruiser. Though she is simple and lightly equipped she is priced so that she can be outfitted with the latest gear. Lovely canoe stern, full keel and offshore capable. $23,500 OBYS (410) 226-0100. 35’ Pearson Sloop ’81 This is a lovely example of a Pearson 35. She has been well maintained and would make anyone a wonderful family cruiser. 24HP Universal dsl eng, 4yr old Scott Mainsail, Hood Seafurl roller furling headsail etc. Solid mahogany interior instead of formica, and upgraded cushions for a warm inviting interior. $36,000 OBYS (410) 226-0100. 37’ Tartan Sloop ’82 This is a lovely vessel that has been nicely maintained. Her hull has been awlgripped flag blue, the canvas looks to be in very nice cond., and her electronics are typical for the Chesapeake Bay. This is a wonderful sailing vessel and makes for a great cruiser or club racer. Asking $62,900 OBYS (410) 226-0100. 37’ Tayana Pilothouse ’83 Extremely capable offshore cruiser. Bob Perry design, displacement of 22,500 lbs, Perkins 42hp dsl, dual steering stations from pilot house and cockpit. She is nicely equipped and can cruise at a moments notice. Asking $99,900 OBYS (410) 226-0100.

View boats online 25’ Catalina ’85 Pop-Top fixed keel model, 9.9 HP Johnson OB, Auto-Tiller, great starter boat, Asking $8,300. Call Regent Point Marina@ (804) 758-4457 www. 30’ Cape Dory Intrepid 9M Verdandi One of only 50 built, stable and fast, Well maintained, 4 sails, 15 hp Yanmar dsl, New Lewmar 40 ST winches, Ready to sail away. Asking: $14,900 Call Regent point Marina @ (804) 7584457 30’ Catalina ’87 Prelude 23 HP Universal dsl, fully equipped, very clean, ready to go, Asking: $24,900 Call Regent Point Marina @ (804) 758-4457 31’ Cape Dory Cutter ’84 A/C ref, AP, H/C Pressure Water Asking $40,000 Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457 32’ Seaward Eagle ’03 with Trailer Unique Retracting Keel System, New Harken Roller Furler, Many Extras, Boat Can Be Relocated, Asking: $91,990 Call Regent Point Marina @ (804) 7584457, 33’ Hunter 336 ’97 Fractional Rig with Roller Furling, Bimini and many extras, 27 HP Yanmar, H/C Pressure Water, Heat/AC. Asking: $56,500. Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457, 35.5 Hunter Legend ’88 Ladybug 27 HP Yanmar dsl, A/CHeat Pump, Ref, Auto Helm, RF, dodger, bimini, Many features. Asking: $49,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457,

36’ Cape Dory Cutter ‘79 Pelican’s Perch 50 hp Perkins, dodger, bimini, H/C pressure water, big sail inventory: Asking $45,990, Call Regent Point Marina (804)-758-4457, 36’ CS Merlin Tortoise Revenge Fully equipped A/C Ref, 28 HP Yanmar dsl, good sail inventory. Owner in Europe. MUST Sell, bring reasonable offers. Asking $54,950 Regent Point Marina (804) 7584457

Rogue Wave is a unique brokerage firm dedicated to helping sailors spend their hardearned money wisely on high quality, ocean-going vessels of substance and character. If you want a good solid boat, or you want to sell your blue water boat, call RogueWave (410) 571-2955 for an appointment and VISIT US at www.RogueWaveYachtSales. com or at Port Annapolis Marina!

Sunward Center Cockpit Ketch 48 ‘89 Perfect family voyager S&S designed, American built, three stateroom, wonderful center cockpit, completely equipped, ICW friendly, voyager. JUST REDUCED! RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955. Deerfoot 62 ‘85 Awesome! Amazing ocean voyager conceived and built by Steve and Linda Dashew. The perfect ocean voyager . Water tight bulkheads fore and aft, amazing engine room, modern construction. Sail fast! RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955.

32’ Kirie Elite ’84 at $19,900 she is listed way below market value. Call Sailing Associates ( 410) 275-8171. 33’ Pearson ’86 Pearson quality, great cruiser, very clean boat. $45,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 36’ Aluminum Custom built by Kesteloo Was sailed across the Atlantic from Holland. Are you looking for a proven blue water boat for less than $60,000? Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

Fast Passage 39 ’00 This is the last Fast Passage ever built. You saw here at the boat show in 2000! Compare to a Valiant 39. JUST REDUCED BY 60K! $239,000 (410) 571-2955 Dufour 45 Classic ’98 Modern, sleek, fast, fun, and low maintenance, this 3 cabin 2 head layout is a great family boat for the Caribbean voyage you are planning. $199K JUST REDUCED! RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955.

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Tartan 4600 1996 ....... 269,000 Jeanneau SO 45 2006..299,000 Endeavour 42cc 1986..139,900 Tartan 4100 1996....... 241,000 Tartan 4100 1996 ....... 235,000 Tartan T.O.C.K. 1976.. 69,000 Tartan 40 1988 ........... 149,900 C&C 121 2000 ........... 199,000 C&C 115 2005 ........... 190,000 C&C CB 1985............... 72,000 Tartan 37c 1980 ............ SOLD Tartan 3700 ccr 2008 .....CALL C&C 110 2005 ........... 163,000 Catalina 36 MK II 1999. 103,000 C&C 110 2000 ........... 125,000 C&C 35 Mk III 1984.... 56,000 C&C35 Landfall ........... 39,500

35’ 35’ 35’ 35’ 35’ 34’ 34’ 34’ 34’ 33’ 32’ 32’ 32’ 30’ 30’ 30’ 28’

Caliber 35 1993 ............ 79,000 Tartan 3500 2000 ....... 184,000 Tartan 3500 1998 ....... 149,000 Tartan 3500 1995 ....... 129,900 Tartan 3500 DK 1994 125,000 Tartan 3400 2008 ...........CALL Tartan 3400 2007 ....... 174,900 Catalina 34 1987 ......... 47,900 Beneteau 343 2006 ..... 119,000 Cherubini Raider 1979..20,500 C&C 99 2004.............. 135,900 Catalina 320 2001 ........ 79,900 Catalina 320 1993 ........ 62,000 Tartan 3000 1984 ......... 26,000 Lippincott 30 1983 ....... 26,000 Mumm / Farr 30 1997 .. 58,000 Ericson 28+.................... 17,500


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36’ Squadron ’82 Boat is in pristine cond. Price reduced to $59,900. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 37’ Hunter ’96 This boat feels like a much larger sailing vessel than 37 ft. $92,900. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 40’ Palmer Johnson ’78 Traditional ocean racer, ready to go. $59,900 Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 42’ Endeavour Center Cockpit ’85 This world cruiser has many recent upgrades. At $109,000 she is a good value. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171

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46’ Morgan ’85 Fast, centerboard aft cockpit sloop. Many upgrades including AC. $128,500 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. C&C 115 ‘05 INFRINGER Well equipped for racing or cruising. New 3DL inventory and original Doyle inventory, faired foils, new saildrive, refer, autopilot and more. Located here in Annapolis – Contact Scott Dodge listing broker asking $190,000 (410)263-6111 or

Steven Uhthoff Marine Surveys POWER & SAIL PRE-PURCHASE & INSURANCE SURVEYS CONSULTATION 410-263-8980 • Annapolis, MD • 443-336-3560 cell

“We have received the report and are very impressed with the depth of information. I really appreciate the time you took with both the actual survey and answering of questions from both my wife and me. You run a first class operation and I will recommend you to anyone that asks.” Troy M., Severn, MD

30‘ 1984 Seidelman 30T Yanmar 13hp dsl, RF, shoal draft $14,500

28’ 1986 Cal Sloop, westerbeke dsl, shoal draft, wheel, RF 30’ 1969 Cal / Jensen Atomic 4, tiller 30’ 1980 S2 dsl, wheel steer, shoal draft, DF

$ 19,500

Catalina 320 Two Available – Cruise equipped – Great for day sailing or a week with the family! Well equipped ready to go – 1993 asking 62k & 2001 asking 79.9k Call Tom Lippincott for more details (410)639-9380

Beneteau 343 ’06 Our Trade. Bimini, AP, Air & More. Freshwater /Lightly used – New bottom paint, ready to cruise in comfort! asking $124,000 – Make an offer – MUST GO SOON! Call Mike Titgemeyer (410) 263-6111 or

SOLD $ 18,500

31‘ 1978 Ryder Southern Cross double ender, tiller. Call $ 28,500 31’ 1983 Dufour 3800 Volvo dsl, wheel. Call

$ 23,500

34‘ 1980 Gale Force Yanmar 38hp, full keel, cutter rig

$ 89,900

36’ 1979 Islander Freeport 36, Plan A, Perkins DSL, R/F

$ 39,500

36‘ 1982 Moody Motorsailer, sloop,Volvo 62hp, RF, aft cabin $ 51,000 40’ 1995 Hunter Yanmar 50hp, A/C, AP, Inverter 98 March 2009 SpinSheet


Tartan 3500 ‘00 Has it all! Air, Windlass, Dodger, Bimini, Autopilot, Radar Plotter. Just needs a destination. Very clean, well cared for and ready to go. Owner is going power, great opportunity! Listing Broker - Mike Titgemeyer (410) 263-6111

290 HUNTER ‘00 - ‘01 Two to choose from. Both w/Raymarine electronics. One has only 240 engine hrs; the other features canvas & hot/cold cockpit shower. Starting at $54,900. Call 800960-TIDE or 800-699-SAIL. Go to 320 Catalina ‘99 A/C, Simrad wheelpilot, Horizon C170 chartplotter/GPS, ST50 knot/depth/wind. Dodger, bimini & connector. Very nicely maintained. $78,500. Call 800960-TIDE or 800-699-SAIL. Go to 34’ Catalina ‘83 Raymarine ST-60 wind, tridata knot/ depth, ST4000+, chartplotter/ GPS, 110% genoa, Hood 915LD furler, new interior upholstery. $26,500. Call 800-960TIDE or 800-699-SAIL. Go to 380 Hunter ‘01 A/C, Raymarine electronics, Autohelm AP, VacuFlush head, dodger, bimini & connector, anchor windlass & wash down. $109,500. Call 800960-TIDE or 800-699-SAIL. Go to


42' Hinckley F/B Sedan '95 Galley up, 2 cabins, cherry interior and single Cummins 400. Nice opportunity at reduced price $297,000 Call Frank Gary (410) 703-4017

28’ Legacy 2002 Blue Chip is a lightly used pampered picnic boat with Yanmar diesel. Sky Blue Awlgrip topsides with toast canvas (410) 268-1611

38’ Eastbay HX ‘01 Secret World One owner hardtop model. New listing priced right and very well cared for. T/375 Cats under factory warranty. Clean as a pin! $329,000 Call Bill Walczak (410) 353-4712

40’ Catalina 400 MKII ’00 2 Cabin/2 Head complete w/ Heat/Air Bimini-Dodger GPS and Chartplotter. Clean Yanmar 56 Hp low hrs. Best Price in North America! Call Chris for details. (410) 268-1611

44’ Hinckley Talaria ‘00 T/Yanmars with Hamilton jets. Only 790 hours. All systems updated and serviced as needed. Dry sailed most of her life. $650,000. Call Frank Gary ( 4 1 0 ) 7 0 3 - 4 0 1 7

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30' Sabre MK-II ’83 Notre Dame III is a shoal draft 4' version. Nicely-maintained. Perfect for cruising the Bay and her tributaries. Recent surveys available! $31,500 Photos @ (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/cell anytime

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35’ Bristol Sloop ‘76 Offshore capable cruiser, 38hp Yanmar, 550hrs, roller furling, wheel steering, propane stove/ oven,hot/cold pressure H2O. $23,900 Joe Vansant (302)8567313 (day) (302)227-7084

Boats for Sale: 14' Solar Sailors (2), 1993, 1995. $1900 each, TPI built Gary Hoyt design. Good lake resort boat for guests. Buy both - get trailer free 15' Designer’s Choice daysailer (1993) Main, jib, free trailer. $900 17 ft Hobie Adventure Island Kayak/Trimaran sailer (2007) Lightweight performance craft. A single seat rocket ship.. Call 22' Hunter 22 (1984) keel model. 2 Mains, r/f jib, 8 hp Electric start Longshaft 4cycle Tohatsu ob, autohelm. $2000 25' Cal 25 (1970) Recent Main, Genny, w.jib, Spinnaker, Bimini, s/s grill, 9.9 hp OMC Yachttwin OB. In sound condition, ready to go $2000 27' C&C 27 (1971) w/Atomic 4, Main, R/F Genny, w/jib, Bimini. Clean, ready $6000 30 ft Cape Dory Cutter (1983) Volvo MD 2, Wheel, Main, jib & staysail. Structually sound. Woodwork needs attention. $12,000 30 ft Morgan 30 MkII (1973) Atomic 4, recent Awlgrip on hull, 10 bags of sails. $5000 30 ft. Tartan 39 (1975) Atomic 4, Main, R/F jenny $4500 33 ft Pearson 33 (1971) Atomic 4, wheel, R/F 3 sails. Ideal K/CB for the bay. Very decent for her age. $9000 POWER BOATS 17' Ebb Tide (1986) 4-cyl Mercruiser I/O boat cover & trailer $1500 24' 4Winns Vista 238 (1989) 260hp OMC I/O cockpit & camper cover

(410) 626-0273 For more information on these and other boats call Don Backe, (410) 626-0273. Proceeds from these sales support Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), a not-for-profit group which provides sailing opportunities for people with disabilities. CRAB accepts boat donations.

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Delivery and Instruction at the Same Time Seven-time ASA Outstanding Instructor will help you move your sailboat and offer additional training at the same time. Contact Captain Keith at (570) 956-5024 or Delivery Captain Local and long-distance, sail and power. Twenty years experience with clean insurance-approved resume and references available. Recent trips include Chesapeake: from Long Island, to Bermuda, from Miami, to Caribbean and trans-Atlantic. Contact Simon Edwards – (410) 212-9579,


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ASA Certified Sailing Instructors Needed to teach at Herrington Harbour. Contact The Sailing Academy at (410) 8677177.


Marine Repair, Installation & Restoration Company Now taking applications for: electronics, electrical, mechanical, carpentry, Marine spray painter, fiberglass/gelcoat & maintenance technicians. Knowledge of shipboard systems required. Rapid advancement opportunity. DMS INC (410) 263-8717 Annapolis area www., www. Sailboat Rigger Work at the best known rigging and spar shop on the Chesapeake. Full-time, year-round position, full benefits. Call Tom at Chesapeake Rigging Ltd./Annapolis Spars (410) 268-0956 ext. 103.



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HELP WANTED Fun in the Sun and Good $$! Dock staff & Customer Service Reps needed for Annapolis Marriott dock. FT & PT. Boating and customer service experience a plus. (410) 263-7837 Download application @ www. Get Paid to Sail! The Woodwind schooners are hiring crew. Some sailing knowledge necessary. Fun people, avg. $12/ hour, and lots of great sailing. FT & PT. (410) 263-7837 Download application @ www. Getaway Sailing in Baltimore is interviewing and hiring experienced sailing instructors for our 2009 season. Applicants must be outgoing, patient, and knowledgeable. Please call our office (410) 342-3110 or email for more information. Competitive salary. J/World Is Looking For a few great sailing instructors. If you’re an experienced sailor who enjoys working with people as well as spending your days on the water while getting paid, we should talk. J/World Annapolis is looking for full and part time coaches with the right stuff to teach all course levels. Call (410) 280-2040 and ask for Jeff to learn more. Rigging Salesman/Estimator - must be able to go aloft. Send resume to crl@ or call (410) 693-7500. 102 March 2009 SpinSheet

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Office Space Available Mears Point Marina, Grasonville. 8 beautifully finished individual offices, main conference area, bathroom, kitchen, and storage / server room. The 2,000 sq ft space could be divided into 2 separate 1,000 sq ft offices. Contact Penny Shanks (410) 827-8888

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FREE Membership To the Women’s Sailing Connection www.womensailing. com. Professional women teaching women throughout the US & Canada. Find a women’s seminar using the new 2x2 Micro-Method and Sailing Wind Wheel www.sailingwindwheel. com. It makes learning to sail a breeze. Offshore Swan Sailing Program Sail a Swan (46, 48, 56) from St. Maarten, Bermuda, Newport, May 9th to 24th. 1500 miles offshore. All inclusive super low price $2300. Since 2000. Call 1- 800 - 4-PASSAGe or visit 104 March 2009 SpinSheet

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20Min. From DC Beltway

At Herrington Harbour North




20’ - 40’ Slips. Pier 4 Marina 301 4th St., Eastport, across from Annapolis Yacht Club. Keep your boat where the Hinckley and Sabre dealers keep theirs. Electric, water, & showers. (410) 990-9515.

Why Pay High Annapolis Baltimore Rates? Slips $1,250 - $2,200 YR. Land storage $110 monthly. Haulouts $8.50’. Minutes to Bay and Baltimore Beltway. Old Bay Marina (410) 477-1488 or

30’ - 35’ Slips Available Annapolis City Marina, Ltd. in the heart of Eastport. Includes electric, water, restrooms with showers, and gated parking. Give us a call at (410) 268-0660,


40’ Slips Available In a new sailboat exclusive marina in the heart of Canton, Baltimore. Well sheltered. Transients and liveaboards welcome. Includes water, restrooms, showers and parking. $3600 per year. Getaway Sailing (410) 342-3110 or info@ Sailboat Slips Mill Creek Near Cantlers Easy access to Whitehall Bay. Water, electric, bubbler. Up to 32 ft. 4-5 ft deep. (301) 518-0989. Slip for Sale up to 36 Feet In the heart of Annapolis on Spa Creek, Pool, clubhouse, laundry, 5 bathrooms, liveaboards welcomed, parking. $59,500. (443) 995-1266.

Accredited Marine Surveyor Capt Jon Sheller, AMS, Established 1980, serving MD/ DC/VA, SAMS & ABYC accredited. Power & Sail, Gas & Diesel. Pre-Purchase, Insurance, Finance, Corrosion (410) 349-7016, jons2011@aol. com All Boat & Yacht Inspections, LLC Sailboat & powerboat surveys, big or small. Contact Derek Rhymes, NAMS-CMS and SAMS A.M.S. (410) 268-4404 or toll-free (866) 608-4404.


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Custom-built & fit Viking Trailers 724-789-9194

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BJ Nibeck 410-320-6055 (2) 34-Foot Slips for Sale In Spa Creek Marina in beautiful Eastport! Call BJ @ (410) 320-6055 Long & Foster RE. Visit my website @ 15’ up to 60’ Deep- Water Slips on the Magothy. One river north of Annapolis. Easy access to marina by Route 100. North Shore Marina (410) 255-3982. 20’ - 35’ Slips Young’s Boat Yard Inc. Jones Creek, Patapsco River. Deep, protected slips at reasonable rates. 15-Ton open-end TraveLift. Friendly atmosphere with personal attention. Wed. night racing. (410) 477-8607.

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hese photographs are of a unique, little vessel, Federalist, which was built in Maryland in 1987 in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. This 15-foot miniature ship, with three masts with square sails on each one, is a recreation of a similarly sized ship built in 1787 in celebration of Maryland’s ratification of the Constitution. The 1787 Federalist was then mounted on a wagon frame and pulled behind two white horses as part of a large parade through the streets of Baltimore. The 1787 Federalist was later sailed by Joshua Barney (a locally born naval hero of the Revolutionary War) from Baltimore to Mount Vernon, where she was presented as a gift to George Washington. On June 9, 1788, Washington noted in his diary, “Captn. Barney, in the Miniature Ship Federalist—as a present from the Merchants of Baltimore to me—arrived here to Breakfast…”

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In a letter of thanks, Washington graciously accepted “this specimen of ingenuity, in which the exactitude of the proportions, the neatness of the workmanship, and the elegance of the decorations (which make your Present fit to be preserved in a Cabinet of Curiosities) at the same time that they exhibit the skill and taste of the artists, demonstrate that Americans are not inferior to any people whatever in the use of mechanical instruments and the art of shipbuilding.” The trip of the 1787 Federalist from Baltimore to Mount Vernon was reenacted in June 1988. The newer model has since been used in various educational programs and spends most of her time fully rigged and resting comfortably in the Rotunda of the Maryland State House in the heart of Annapolis’s Historic District.

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