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34 How the Recession Helped Me Buy a New Boat by James C. Brennan

32 Another Place To Be by Bill Eggert 38 Southern Baywatch: Schooner Days by Ruth Christie 39 The Angel Bids Farewell by Pete Chambliss 48 What Sailors Do in Winter 40 Excellent Gifts for Sailors

ON THE COVER: Annapolis skipper Chris Larson and his team on West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes clinched the Melges 24 World Championship title October 31 in Annapolis. Read more about this exciting, international event on page 60. Photo by Pierrick Contin/pierrickcontin.com

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IN THIS ISSUE CRUISING SCENE 50 Charter Notes: To Cat Or Not To Cat by Eva Hill 52 Cruising & Sailing Club Notes

RACING BEAT 60 Chesapeake Racing Beat: Racing Like Rock

Stars: Melges 24, J/105, J/24, J/35, and IRC Championship Regattas and More


73 Annapolis Performance Sailing Spotlight: Kevin Detwiler

74 CBYRA Traveler

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Eye on the Bay: The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race


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Fall Is Schooner Season A sunny October 14 at Fells Point in Baltimore, one day before the rain and the start of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Turn to page 36 for our Eye on the Bay photo spread of this unique annual event and to page 38 for our Southern Bay Watch coverage of the finish and Schooner Days celebration in historic Portsmouth, VA. Photo by Thomas C. Scilipoti

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Editor’s Notebook with Molly Winans


t was going to be a big hit. December 1, 2009: the unveiling of SpinSheet’s first cake cover. Look at this cake! Can you imagine seeing it on a SpinSheet cover from a distance on the rack at your marina or deli? You would have to move in for a closer look and think, Is that a painting? Or a digitally enhanced photograph or… a cake? Not just a cake but perhaps the coolest sailboat racing cake imaginable. I had envisioned the whole scene: the excitement of delivery day, the e-mail blastoff, the buzz around the docks (“Have you seen the cover of SpinSheet?”). As is often the case in the magazine business, a significant event overshadowed my plan, dwarfing the original idea to the point of silliness. On October 31, Annapolis sailor Chris Larson won the Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Melges 24 World Championship, right in his home port, which happens to be the location of SpinSheet’s world headquarters. Larson—a Volvo Round the World Ocean Race and America’s Cup veteran and former Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, whom someone in the press deemed a “serial one-design champion”—didn’t just win the six-day, high-profile, and let’s face it, pretty darned sexy international event, he won it by a wide enough margin that he and his crew could skip the final race and go sip champagne, while the others duked it out for second and third place (see page 60). So much for my cake cover. With sailing season behind us, December is a good month for reflection. SpinSheet is nothing if not a creative endeavor, and watching what emerge as “brilliant” ideas swirl down the drain is inherent to the process. Early in 2009, we had to say goodbye to our idea of a group trip to Galway, Ireland for the Volvo Stopover due to the recession. Another idea, which was deferred due to a dismasting and later, a

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Cake Walk hearted company of the Molto Bene crew. The Jubilee team was kind enough to let me tag along in the long, late-night race from Annapolis to Solomons in G N I L I A S Y A B E K A E CHESAP July. That midnight cup of coffee (and sip of rum)—followed by the surprising starry sky after the deluge—may have been the best of the year. A wild and windy Wednesday night on the Schooner Woodwind also stands out as a memorable ride this season. Thank you to the many skippers who took me sailing in 2009. As we enter into our 15th year at SpinSheet, we are no strangers to change and to rearrangement of crew members. This spring, we welcomed Emily Monaco to our team. Her positive attitude and honest approach to life have been a breath of fresh air, and she’s quickly become one of the family. We’ve said goodbye to Joe Evans, an exceptional writer and the editor of our sister publication, PropTalk, since its inception nearly five years ago. pulled back muscle, was my racing catama- We are interviewing experienced replacerans and writing about it. Maybe next year. ments, a tremendous task and one in which Sailing on Shields in Oxford and messing we will be picky. about on Log Canoes in St. Michaels were At the end of the month (here’s where pushed into 2010 as well. I choke up), we will bid farewell to our This fall, I had written on my outline: photo editor, Mark Talbott, who is leaving “December, the Do It issue.” Huh? That it us after five years to be a stay-at-home dad was on my calendar means we discussed it for his first child. We won’t just miss his as a team, yet no one remembers what the remarkable photographs and weird, quiet heck we were thinking. Do it? Do what? humor; we’ll miss his unwavering dedicaWe think it may have been some sort of tion to making this magazine better. He Nike-slogan-inspired precursor to sailing has made a huge difference. We’re having a resolutions for 2010 (as in “Charter a boat. heck of a time letting him go. Do it!”), but we have no clue. Maybe the But, we are sailors. We weather storms, Do-Over issue would have been more apadjust sails, change tacks—that’s what we propriate with baked goods on the cover. do and skillfully. We know from experiLooking back on 2009 sailing days and ence that if we stay focused on serving our interesting new friends, I feel blessed. Any- core readers, sailors who love the Chesaone who competed in the sunny Annapolis peake Bay, quality people will knock on our to the Miles River Race last Memorial Day door. We’re ready for 2010. Piece of cake. knows that Bay sailing doesn’t get much sweeter than that, especially in the lightspinsheet.com

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SpinSheet Readers Write… Thank You, Madame Mayor Addressed to Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer, this note made its way to our e-mail box… I’m writing, as a former Annapolitan, to advise you of my pride that my hometown—and its city government—is hosting the Melges 24 World Championship. This is a major coup for Annapolis and especially for the Eastport YC (my “old” club.) It adds substantially to Annapolis’s credibility as a world-class sailing venue. I am especially pleased to see that the city government recognizes the importance of this event by opting to showcase it to residents and visitors by encouraging the sailors to dock their boats at the City Dock—a highly visible venue that hopefully, will reinforce the city’s claim to the title of “America’s Sailing Capital.” Many local residents don’t have a clue about the significant contribu-

tions that sailing and boating make to the local economy. To them, it’s just a nice visual amenity to have sailboats and yachts parading by the harbor front. It’s an expected scene, naturally associated with the waterfront. I wish they would also recognize the economic impact that sailing and boating, especially world-class events like this, have on the revenues for local businesses, such as restaurants, hotels, catering services, liquor stores, boating supply stores, sailmakers, rigging shops, and those involved in the event (yacht clubs, sponsors, and associated businesses). Thanks to the city “fathers/mothers” for recognizing this fact. I want to encourage you and future leaders of Annapolis to continue to give this kind of support to our local sailing industry. Paul Warren Redington Beach, FL

So Sad To See You Go Being one of those elitist, rag-hauling blowboaters who hates powerboat wakes and their noise and smell, whose idea of out-of-control speed is seven knots… I occasionally turned the pages of PropTalk because of Joe Evans’s writing. I am saddened by his departure and hope his new employer, DNR, welcomes his sense of humor. (Hey, Joe, where are my 2010 registration stickers?) Jack Sherwood Annapolis Thank you for the note, Jack. You are not the only one who is going to miss Joe’s remarkable writing, beautiful photographs, and sense of humor. The SpinSheet/PropTalk team will miss him; although we hope his new venture brings him joy and fulfillment—and maybe some new fishing buddies. His shoes are big ones to fill, so we could use some help from our readers. If you know an experienced editor, who is passionate about powerboating on the Bay, please have him or her send a resume to mary@proptalk.com.

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SpinSheet Friends’ Holiday Wish List

Fewer rainy weekends next summer—Please! Jack Hornor, columnist and marine surveyor World peace. Mary Ewenson, publisher

My son Zach wants a new stackpack that has a rope ladder and built-in spy holes. In other words, a tree house on the boom. My husband Doug wants a low-friction mainsail track and slide system or a composting marine head, and I want new flooring from chilewichcontract.com. Cindy Wallach, liveaboard cruiser and writer

The remnants of Hurricane Ida convinced me my old first-generation Gore-Tex rain jacket is done. So, I want a Patagonia Rain Shadow jacket, but I haven’t decided which color yet! Kim Couranz, columnist Wish I hadn’t decided to redo another boat (now over 10), so I wish this one to be completed ASAP! Merf Moerschel, distributor and cartoonist

Dubarry Boots—I’ve wanted and needed them forever, maybe Santa will hook me up since I’ve been a good girl… A weekend away in St. Michaels or Oxford, or someplace else I’ve never been on the Eastern Shore… Compact but good binoculars for watching my high school team at regattas! Amy Gross-Kehoe, ad traffic coordinator

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In addition to peace on earth and more sailing time, I really wouldn’t object to a Garmin 440s Combo GPS and Sounder turning up in the cockpit this holiday season. Warren Milberg, writer Someone who wants to barter a new bimini cover with sides and back for photo/advertising services for a 25-foot powerboat. John Bildahl, photographer

The truth? I want more time to enjoy my family and my boat. I want to travel the coast of Maine by boat and then cruise below the Bay to the islands with the kids… I also want our windlass/deck seam to be fixed cheaply; that would save on a lot of marital discord… Ruth Christie, senior editor A second level on my 800 sq foot house! Emily Monaco, ad sales representative

Bose QuietComfort Noise-Cancelling headphones. There is too much noise in the world, and I would love to quietly and comfortably cancel some of it. Dave Gendell, founding editor Based on where we were this time last year, I have more than I hoped—sometimes happiness is being thankful for what you already have. Al Schreitmueller, photographer

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Dock Talk Building Confidence in Winter: New Workshop for Cruisers

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f you dream of spending winters in the islands but are not quiet ready—mentally or physically—to take that leap, Annapolis School of Seamanship’s new Cruiser’s Winter Workshop January 23-24 may be for you. Founder and president of Annapolis School of Seamanship, John Martino says, “I feel like there are a lot of sailors who want access to this information, but there’s nowhere to get it except at boat shows. Not that I’m knocking boat shows—I love them. But our workshop will be more comprehensive than that.” Held at the world-renowned maritime training and conference center, the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, MD, the workshop will bring together experienced presenters: Steve D’Antonio, technical editor of PassageMaker Magazine and owner of Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting; Ralph Naranjo, technical editor of Practical Sailor; Lee Chesneau, former Senior Marine Meteorologist for NOAA and owner of Lee Chesneau’s Marine Weather; and Martino. “I got together the big shots of the industry, and we talked about some sort of winter seminar series. It turned into one event,” says Martino. “The break-out sessions will give people more intimate

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interaction with the presenters so that it will be a two-way conversation rather than a one-way presentation.” The interactive presentations will offer a look at a variety of important cruising topics such as passage planning, marine weather, onboard systems, and collision avoidance. The weekend’s agenda includes introductory presentations for all attendees followed by in-depth break-out sessions designed to hone in on the specific needs and interests of the attendees. Participants may also tour the maritime simulation facilities at MITAGS, which is one of the leading centers in full-mission ship simulation, where ship captains and pilots from around the globe come to sharpen their navigation skills. The event includes group sessions, smaller break-out sessions, and an interactive simulator tour as well as lunch and dinner on Saturday, lodging at the MITAGS hotel, breakfast Sunday morning, and a wrap-up panel discussion with all presenters. The cost is $475 per person. MITAGS provides a free shuttle between the conference center and BWI Airport for hotel guests. For registration information, visit annapolisschoolofseamanship.com or call (866) 369-2248. spinsheet.com

Sailors Run the Rock and Roll for CRAB


ixteen Annapolis runners and seven support crew—many of them sailors—are headed to the Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon in Las Vegas, NV December 6 to support Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB). Runner, SpinSheet publisher, and CRAB board member Mary Ewenson says, “We didn’t originally set out to raise money. We were just planning an adventure for our running group—and one that would fall after sailing season, after the boat shows, and in between holidays. Then we started to consider this: if each of us asked 10 friends to donate $25 each, we could raise $6250. That sort of sum could make a real difference with an organization such as CRAB. Many of us are sailors, and we love CRAB’s mission.” As they have for many months, some for years, the runners train regularly together doing morning runs around the U.S. Naval Academy seawall as well as track, hill, and long distance workouts. On the day this issue of SpinSheet hits the docks, the group will be “tapering” or taking it easy before the big 26.2-mile trek along the streets of Las Vegas. CRAB is an Annapolis-based non-profit organization dedicated to making the thrill of sailing a reality for physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals and for those individuals whose financial circumstances preclude their participation in recreation on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. To discover one CRAB sailor’s story, turn to our APS Chesapeake Racer Profile on page TK. Any small contribution to the cause would be greatly appreciated. active.com/donate/CRAB.


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Crazy Horse Finishes First at Caribbean 1500


week of strong northeast winds The Sundeer 60 Crazy Horse, owned by Bill Departing from Hampton November propelled 54 boats in the 20th annual and Rosemary Thomas of Middletown, MD, 2 after a week of safety briefings, inspecCaribbean 1500 Rally from Hamp- finished first, completing the 1500-mile pas- tions, and social events, the boats in the ton, VA to Tortola, British Virgin Islands. sage in six days, nine hours, and 15 minutes. fleet originated from 23 states, three Canadian provinces, Germany, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. Forty percent of them were veteran ralliers, and eight of them were family boats with children onboard. Boats averaged 47.5 feet in length, most of them sloops; although there were several ketches in the mix along with a schooner and four multihulls. Boats were divided into Cruising and Rally (“fun race” participant) classes. Fifteen thousand website visitors from 59 countries monitored the boats’ progress online via the rally’s web-tracking software, which is integrated with Google Earth. The return rally, the Atlantic Cup, is slated for May 2, 2010. To learn more, visit carib1500.org.

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or sailors who are iPhone aficionados, there is yet another iPhone application to help you navigate the Bay. Boat Ramps locates boat ramp and launching facilities via an interface which gives you access to a 10,000 ramp database. All you do is enter the desired location’s zip code for a list of launching ramps. Once you locate a ramp, you may click to the built-in map application for directions. Boat Ramps requires the iPhone OS 3.0 to run and only provides boat ramp locations within the United States. Are you an iPhone- or other techsavvy sailor? If so, we would like to hear about your experiences with this application or others claiming to be helpful to sailors. Please send feedback to molly@ spinsheet.com.

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boat, but it isn’t fast enough.’ We kept the fit and finish of a true luxury yacht, but we were shooting for higher performance numbers.” According to Ranzenbach, one of the key factors in this boat’s performance is the helm station being at the maximum beam of the boat, which gives it “an exhilarating look and feel” and superior visibility compared to traditional yacht layouts. Contemporary styling with large expanses of uncluttered teak deck and stairways to port and starboard make for easy access to all areas of the exterior decks. The accoutrements of a state-ofthe-art vessel have not been ignored: an inconspicuous spa nestled on the beach deck; a large dining area, exposed or shaded by a retractable awning, on the main deck; and on the easily accessible flybridge with port and starboard helm stations, more than 40 meters of space for relaxing or sunbathing. The interior is designed to accommodate eight guests comfortably with a superb private suite for two owners complete with a lounging area, a modern bathroom, direct access to a sea terrace, and a Jacuzzi. Ranzenbach notes that one of the special features of the HPC 60 yacht design is an optional one: a hydrogenpowered fuel cell. Unlike a generator, which can be noisy, this greener fuel solution is an absolutely quiet source of power—yet another way to optimize the sailing experience. Ranzenbach and his team bring project and electrical systems engineering expertise to the table, while Mark Mills provides current yacht racing design savvy (“a natural gift for making fast, attractive boats”) and Redman Whitely Dixon offers “world class interior design and a spectacular reputation,” says the collaboration chief/instigator. “It’s a true collaboration. We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback so far.” To learn more, visit dlba-inc.com or e-mail rranzenbach@dlba-inc.com.

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Beer, Boats, & Ballads


ore than 300 party goers flocked to the Phillips world headquarters for Sail Baltimore’s signature fundraiser, Beer, Boats, & Ballads, November 13. If you’ve ever wondered where all those cool, international tall ships that sail into Baltimore for your entertainment and education come from, meet Sail Baltimore, the non-profit devoted to bringing tall ships and maritime events to the city. Well-loved for its casual atmosphere, live music, and excellent food, Beer, Boats, & Ballads gains popularity every year, this year raising more than $30,000 for Baltimore’s beloved tall ship programs. To learn more, visit sailbaltimore.org.

Alex Giles, Danielle Giles, Joe Wyatt, Suzie Wyatt, and Mike Lavin waiting for the rock band to start. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

Lucia Brockway, Ian Wing, and Kelsey Reck mulling about the silent auction at Beer, Boats & Ballads at the Phillips World Headquarters in Baltimore. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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Ben Schultz, Aubrey Schluth, and Phil Shelton at Sail Baltimore’s signature fundraiser Beer, Boats & Ballads November 13. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

Matt Horstmann, Doug Morton, Michael Hardy, and Rich Morton in the silent auction hall at Beer, Boats & Ballads. Photo by Molly Winans/ SpinSheet


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Kids Sailing by Amy Gross-Kehoe


raditional junior sailing events on the Chesapeake are growing, and new events are gaining ground, which is exciting news for youth sailors everywhere. This fall was full of junior sailing all over the Bay; many kids still haven’t put their boats away. The Annapolis YC (AYC) hosted the Halloween Howl October 24-25, marking the end of CBYRA’s high-point season for Opti sailors. To build interest, AYC moved from a one- to two-day regatta sailed on the international Optimist trapezoid course. The weather was dismal Saturday. Forty sailors registered from Virginia,

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Howlin’ at the Moon Maryland, and New Jersey. The 10- to 15-knot wind conditions allowed the expert parent-driven race committee to do six races. Everyone enjoyed the post-race chili and hot dog dinner and costume contest at AYC’s spookily-decorated Junior Clubhouse. Sunday was lighter and brighter, with four to eight knots of shifty northwesterly winds; a true test of junior skills. After eight races, Alex Hanna from Fishing Bay YC won the tie-breaker to take first Overall and in Red Fleet from AYC’s Maeve White. Full results appear at annapolisyc.org.


International 420s Return to the Bay

or the first time in 10 years, the International 420 has reappeared on the Chesapeake. Since ISAF continues to vote this tried-and-true youth boat as the double-hander for the Youth Worlds, many Americans have worked to bring the boat back into use domestically. The ultimate goal is better training and more podium finishes at the Volvo ISAF Youth World Championship. With fleets growing on the east and west coasts, it was a natural for top Bay sailors to get involved. AYC, which owns six I-420s, was awarded the U.S. I-420 Atlantic Coast Championships October 31-November 1, which drew 17 East Coast boats. “The sailors’ control and understanding of the starting line were excellent; every boat was on the line,” says the race committee’s Sandy Grosvenor, who worked the event with PRO Jim Capron. When Annapolis sailors Brady Stagg and Jack Ortel jumped into the I-420 last spring, their lack of experience showed with a 10th-place finish. They haven’t been lower than seventh out of hundreds of boats at any major national C-420 event this year. Ortel says, “These are all people we beat on a regular basis. But, most of the fleet had more I-420 experience than Brady and I. One little mistake by us meant much more than it would have in a Club 420 race.” The two will sail the North Americans in December and the Youth World Qualifiers in January. AYC teammates Patrick Floyd and A.J. Libby earned 13th at this, their first I-420 event, and plan to join Stagg and Ortel at those events. Saturday was cloudy and cool, but the 10-12 knots of breeze made the day! Competitors competed on Olympic Trapezoids with inner and outer loops and waited for the O Flag, hoping to race with Rule 42 turned off. Sunday saw lighter breezes of three to eight knots, but close tactical racing caused many lead changes. The event was dominated by Long Island Sound, New Jersey, and Florida juniors who have been sailing I-420s for a few years, including Connecticut’s Marlena Fauer and Christina Lewis. See the full results at annapolisyc.org.


Central League Fall Team Racing Champs


ailing (along with rowing) is one of the few high school sports that has a two-season schedule. For the Middle Atlantic School Sailing district (MASSA), fall plays backup to wind-delayed events in the spring, so the events are important. Annapolis YC and Severn SA (SSA) co-hosted the Central League’s Team Race Champs November 7-8. AYC hosted with race committee and 18 420s on the water. With their new bulkhead dock in place, SSA provided spectator and rotation space for the eight participating teams. Sun and 10-14 knots Saturday meant the entire first round-robin was completed in four hours. Sunday’s cloudy and damp weather put the fleet into a wind delay. As the breeze came in, six teams battled for the top three spots in line for the MASSA Fall Champs. “Team racing reinforces boat handling and strategy,” says Liz Hall, Annapolis High coach and ISAF Team Race World Champion. “It teaches sailors to communicate as in any other sports team.” Broadneck High went undefeated with 12 wins. Annapolis High, Severn School, Severna Park High, Gunston Day School, Archbishop Spaulding, Key School, and Leonardtown High took second to eighth place, respectively.

The Green team tries to break up a 1-2 for the Blue team with a gybe to starboard in Sunday’s light air during the Central League’s Team Race Champs November 7-8. Photo by Sara Proctor/sailfastphoto.com

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at Virginia Beach Festive fish, jumping dolphins, frolicking porpoises, Santa and his elves, and more. beacheventsfun.com


Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport. Lively music and lunar mayhem. boatyardbarandgrill.com


Joseph Conrad, Who Wrote Many Tales of the Sea, Is Born in Berdichev, Ukraine, 1857


Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, MD. Focus on water quality success stories. marylandwatermonitoring.org

The Anchorage (Now Known as the Admiral Fell Inn) Opens in Fells Point, 1900 Guests, mostly merchant sailors, had to be deloused to stay there. St. Petersburg Powerboat and Sailboat Show Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park. showmanagement.com


The Brigantine Mary Celeste Is Found Sailing without Crew or Captain in Mid-Atlantic Ocean, 1872


Solomons Christmas Walk and Lighted Boat Parade Art, music, entertainment, puppet shows, and boat parade (6:15 p.m. Saturday). solomonsmaryland.com


Christmas on the Creek Oxford, MD. Enjoy caroling, homemade food, scenic vistas, and family fun for the holidays. oxfordmd.net


Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Dusk. Alexandria Visitor Center at Ramsay House, VA. More than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River. (703) 746-3301 visitalexandriava.com


Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats 6 p.m. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Fells Point. Produced by the Fells Point YC, Inc. Prizes, lights, and boats. (Rain date: December 6.) Bring a toy for the Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program. fpyc.net


Hampton Holly Days Lighted Boat Parade 7 p.m. More than 30 lighted sailboats and powerboats along Hampton’s waterfront. Sip hot cocoa and cider as Santa leads the parade up the Hampton River. Free. downtownhampton.com

With 15 seconds ‘til a start at the I420 ACC’s October 31-November 1, Bay sailors Fletcher Sims/Matt Schoene (AYC-1) and Brady Stagg/Jack Ortel (51520) are liking the pin end. Photo courtesy of AYC

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Holiday Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, MD. The Friends of Blackwater’s Eagle’s Nest Bookstore will have specially priced items for sale for holiday shopping, kids’ crafts, tours, and refreshments. friendsofblackwater.org


Holiday Open House Adventure Scuba Company, Chantilly, VA. Free food, trip giveaway, special pricing on gear, seminars, and more. scubava.com

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Irvington Lighted Boat Parade Tides Inn, Irvington, VA. tidesinn.com

Lighted Boat Parade and Holiday Festival Colonial Beach, VA. The fun includes Santa’s Wonderland, a lighted boat parade, the annual Golf Cart Parade, and a Winter Festival. colonialbeach.org

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Americans Beat the Brits During the Battle of Great Bridge Near Chesapeake, VA, 1775

Hanukkah Begins

Midnight Madness in Easton Shop until 10 p.m. Special discounts, music, prizes, and holiday cheer. eastonmainstreet.com

The Body of Lord Nelson, Preserved in a Cask of Rum, Returns to England, 1805 He is interred at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Christmas in St. Michaels Town-wide party with food, beverages, Santa, a holiday parade, home tours, and more. christmasinstmichaels.org

Trying To Trade for Corn, Captain John Smith Is Captured by Indians on the Chickahominy, 1607 Smith spent a month in captivity before being released and returned to Jamestown.


Eastport YC Parade of Lights 6 to 8 p.m. Annapolis Harbor along Spa Creek Waterfront. Lights, boats, action! Fireworks display to follow. eastportyc.org


Holiday Dinner Cruises 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays. Cruise in Annapolis or Baltimore on Pintail Yachts. The fun includes a DJ, dinner, dancing, and desserts. pintailyachts.com


Massive Ice Sheets Start To Retreat and Carve Out Chesapeake Watershed, 18,000 Million Years Ago Today baygateways.net


Midnight Madness in St. Michaels Shop until you drop at midnight. Special sales, refreshments, and prizes. stmichaelsmd.org

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Racing Strategy and Tactics 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. J/World Annapolis. $130. jworldannapolis.com


Rock Hall Lighted Boat Parade and Santa’s Arrival 6 p.m. Rock Hall Harbor. Santa, lit boats, and bands! rockhallmd.com


Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade 6 p.m. Wormley Creek Marina, Yorktown Beach, VA. Boats vie for Best of Show at 7 p.m. after you enjoy hot cider and music in the glow of a beach bonfire. Free. yorkcounty.gov

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Fells Point Old Tyme Christmas Broadway Square, Fells Point, Baltimore. Santa arrives by tugboat for breakfast with revelers. Carolers, stores, and all will be full of holiday cheer, no doubt, due to the Eggnog Contest. fellspointdevelopment.com


Sail Trim and Balance 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. J/World Annapolis. $130. jworldannapolis.com

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James River Parade of Lights 5 p.m. Osborne Park, Richmond, VA. Boats, a toy parade, prizes, bonfires, and more! Sponsored by the James River Advisory Commission and Henrico Recreation and Parks. jamesriveradvisorycouncil.com


Lunch Cruise with Santa Noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. Cruise on Lady Baltimore with Santa, buffet, DJ, and holiday sing-along. spiritcruise.com




Santa Swim Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa, and Marina, Cambridge, MD. Choptank River dippers support the Care and Share Fund of Dorchester County. Trophies, prizes, and party. Bring a new toy for the Salvation Army. careandsharefund.org


Understanding the Racing Rules J/World Annapolis. jworldannapolis.com

MD/DNR Boating Safety Certification Course December 12 and 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; test December 21 at 6 p.m. Eastport/Annapolis Neck Branch Library. Offered by Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron. (410) 263-8777

Maritime Christmas 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Enjoy wine, chocolate, music, food, demos, and a 15-percent discount on everything in the museum store. hdgmaritimemuseum.org


Christmas Tea 1 p.m. Vandiver Inn, Havre de Grace, MD. Benefits the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy and the Skipjack Martha Lewis. Advance tickets run $30. skipjackmarthalewis.org

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Olde Towne Santa Arrives by Ferry! 11:55 a.m. to 2 p.m. High Street Landing, Portsmouth, VA. Enjoy the Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival, holiday carolers, and hot beverages as Santa arrives by Elizabeth River Ferry. Kids and pets are welcome. virginia.org

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First Day of Winter

Waterskiing Santa! 1 p.m. National Harbor, MD. Santa and his reindeer and elves fly on the Potomac with the Grinch and Frosty the Snowman. Sing along with the Caroling Candy Cane Kids. waterskiingsanta.com

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First Night Alexandria Old Town Alexandria, VA. Family fun, fireworks, and more. firstnightalexandria.org


First Night Talbot Easton, MD. Family fun and countdown to midnight. firstnighttalbot.com

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New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise Frank J. Hutchins Memorial Park, Havre de Grace, MD. Aboard the Riverboat Lantern Queen. lanternqueen.com


Jimmy Buffett Turns 63 Have a margarita and hope he doesn’t retire from touring!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Havre de Grace, MD. Sound your duck calls, count down for the Duck Drop, and ring in the New Year. hdgtourism.com


Royal Navy Adopts Beaufort Scale for Measuring Wind Strength and Waves, 1838


Charlottesville’s First Night Virginia 4 p.m. until past Midnight. Celebrate New Years Even with music, magic, movies, storytelling, comedy, a parade, and dancing. firstnightva.org


Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Inner Harbor. Live music, countdown to 2010, and fireworks. promotionandarts.com

Party on the Potomac! 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ring in the New Year with the Spirit of Washington. Dancing, food, and fun! dc.about.com

Watch Night: New Year’s Eve 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Falls Church, VA. Free family-friendly fun! Attractions, music, karaoke, artists at work, singing, kids’ games and activities, magic, and more! fallschurchva.gov

New Year’s Annapolis Fine family fun to ring in 2010, including stage and street performances and fireworks for kids (7:30) and grown-ups (midnight). newyearsannapolis.org

December Racing

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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race This legendary yacht race begins its 628Nm trek south along the coast of Australia. rolexsydneyhobart.com


Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta Coral Reef YC, FL. Cheer on the numerous Chesapeake Bay sailors! coralreefyachtclub.org

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Winter Luncheon Series 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Captain Salem Avery Museum, Shady Side, MD. Savor homemade soup, specialty breads, beverages, and dessert as you learn local lore. $85 for the entire series, $17 for a single luncheon. Reservations required. shadysidemuseum.org

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Winter Lecture Series Fawcett Boat Supplies, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Free seminars on maintaining diesels and repairing most everything on a boat. (410) 267-8681


Comedian Bill Cosby Serves in the Navy, 1956-1960 Among other things, Cosby says, “A word to the wise ain’t necessary. It’s the stupid ones that need the advice.”


Coastal Navigation Class 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. J/World Annapolis. $225. jworldannapolis.com


Popeye the Sailor Makes First Appearance in Kings Features Comic Strip, 1929 Olive Oyl gets upstaged again. She was a main character for 10 years before Popeye popped up.


Baltimore Boat Show Move over cabin fever. The Baltimore Convention Center will bust at the seams with boats, boats, and more boats! Feel the party atmosphere as you enjoy displays, demos, seminars, and fun for all ages. baltimoreboatshow.com


Virginia Boat Show Greater Richmond (VA) Convention Center. One-stop, wet and wild event focused all facets of watersports from family boating to fishing to sailing. Powerboats, sailboats, info from the pros, and more. agievents.com


Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport. Howl at the moon and enjoy live music by the Nautical Wheelers. boatyardbarandgrill.com


MSP Polar Bear Plunge Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Live pig races, icy plunges at 1 and 3 p.m., results, tent party, and more. Benefits Special Olympics Maryland. plungemd.com

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Dana Dillon Memorial New Year’s Madness Race Sponsored by Old Point Comfort YC and Hampton YC. Race from the bar, around the bar, to the bar. opcyc.org or hamptonyc.com

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Severn SA’s Ice Bowl Now in its 56th year, the 13-mile race takes sailors up the Severn, around St. Helena Island, and back. severnsailing.org


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Selected Chesapeake Tide Tables for December 2009

• Bay Creek Marina, Cape Charles, VA • Hilltop Marina, Middle River, MD • Lacey Marine, Forked River, NJ • Lewes Yacht Club, Lewes, DE • Lighthouse Harbor Marina, Greentown, PA • Long & Foster, Annapolis, MD • Tidewater Grille, Havre de Grace, MD • West Marine, Wilmington, NC

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where we with Kim Couranz

Lose Weight Fast


’m generally more of a “words” person. But from time to time, the “numbers” side of me takes a turn at exploring my world as well. Turns out, sometimes numbers are darn sad. Last month (October 1 to 31), I decided to see how much junk mail I received. For the purposes of my ever-so-scientific study, I defined “junk mail” as anything I received in my mailbox that I had not requested to be there, was not a bill for a product or service I had actually received or requested, or was not an old-fashioned, handwritten communication from someone I knew. Ending up with a pile roughly a foot tall, I tallied 13.2 pounds of junk mail. In just one month—not even peak holiday season catalog month! If I’m tweaking my race boat, I’d be sure to take off 13.2 pounds if I could. But then take that number, multiply it by 12 months, and the numbers reveal that in just one year, I receive some 158.4 pounds of junk mail—a good chunk more than I weigh. Let’s do a little more “fun” math. At least 24 people live just on my block. 13.2 x 12 x 24 = 3,801.6 pounds. That’s nearly two tons of junk mail for just my block every year. Two tons could seriously affect how much water even a big boat draws. And how about my city? According to the city’s web site, the projected population of Annapolis (just inside city limits) in 2009 is 38,992. So a new equation: 13.2 x 12 x 38,992 = 6,176,332.8 pounds. Golly. That’s more than six million pounds of paper that very few people are reading. True, today much of this unwanted mail is printed on paper that includes some recycled content. And paper can be recycled, so at least it’s not six million pounds of plastic. But, as sailors we know,

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if it’s heavier, it’s harder to move, even if it is primarily moved with an engine. Remember last year, when gas was up around and over $4/gallon, and people drove more sensibly and removed excess weight from their vehicles? According to the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, every extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can decrease your miles per gallon by about two percent. Having to use more fuel to go the same distance means that more pollutants end up in our air and on our roadways. These pollutants get washed into our streams, creeks, rivers, and the Bay. For “average” drivers… let’s say they get 23 miles per gallon and drive 10,000 miles each year. Adding 158.4 pounds means dropping the miles per gallon to 22.17. That means an added 16.28 gallons of gas each year. That’s if you’re driving you’re my full load of junk mail around all year long, which is unlikely, but you get the point. Think about all the vehicles that have to transport my city’s six million pounds of unsolicited stuff each year. From the source of the paper—whether that be newly harvested trees or the recycled paper plant—to the printing plant; to the mail house to get labeled; to the U.S. Postal Service, including time on airplanes as well as large and small trucks… to my mailbox. And if you take the right steps and are recycling your approximately 158.4 pounds of unnecessary paper, it gets to take a longer journey— often curbside recycling pickup to a sorting facility, and then on to paper recycling plant. As we head into prime catalog season, I’m going to work to diminish my carbon footprint with a few clicks on the computer and a handful of toll-free calls. Won’t you join me?

Easy Ways To Cut Out Junk Catalogs. Call that toll-free number and ask them to take you off their mailing list. They spend a pretty penny producing those glossy materials, so this saves them money. Credit card offers. Limit this traffic by calling 888-5-OPT OUT or visiting optoutprescreen.com. The Fair Credit Reporting Act ensures that you can opt out of receiving unwanted offers. Less mail and less chance of identity theft. National marketing efforts. The Direct Marketing Association runs dmachoice.org, is a portal to help you select what marketing materials you want to keep or ditch. DMA has realized that it doesn’t make financial sense for the 3600 companies they represent to send materials to people who don’t want them, so they provide this service to help you manage your mail. Sweepstakes and coupons. Contact the mailers of Publisher’s Clearinghouse and American Family Sweepstakes to take you off their lists. Coupon packets such as ADVO, Val-Pak, and Carol Wright will also take you off their lists. Talk with your Postal carrier. Remind them not to deliver anything to you without your address on it. The Post Office is prohibited by law from delivering unaddressed mail, so that should be an easy sell!


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hy own a boat? It’s often referred to as a “hole in the water into which you throw money.” I’m sure if the question were posed to one hundred different captains of recreational vessels, there would undoubtedly be one hundred different answers. We all have our particular, perhaps even peculiar, reasons for spending the family’s hard earned money on a small powerboat or sailboat. Oh sure, we all love the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. The boat serves as an enjoyable hobby and a means of communing with nature. Cruising affords friends and families an opportunity to renew strained relationships and to expand horizons. Noble reasons indeed. While I subscribe to similar theories, I’ve discovered another, almost overlooked, reason for boat ownership. The boat, no matter how humble, is yet another place to be. As my father-in-law would say, “another venue.” Take the case of the unfortunate landlubber. Should his children be house-bound with a case of the measles or his sister-in-law drop in for a surprise visit, he has no place to which he can retreat. He might possibly escape to the privacy of his car or while away the hours in a crowded neighborhood shopping mall, but what fun is that?

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by Bill Eggert Should the dog be in one of its unexplainable barking moods or I am in dire need of solitude, I can drive but four short minutes to my cordial marina. It’s amazing how therapeutic and rewarding a visit to the boatyard can be. One need not even have any desire to leave the slip, for just being on the boat is the goal. I usually attempt at first to do some light house-cleaning and a dabble of maintenance; however, work often yields willingly to refreshing conversation with pier-side neighbors. The afternoon is spent onboard devouring a deliciously greasy Italian submarine sandwich or browsing through old boating magazines. Scraping and painting can wait, for on such occasions, relaxation is the order of the day. I don’t have to own a vessel capable of great speed or a head-turning Cadillac of the fleet, because for me, I only need a comfortable place to be. About the Author: Bill Eggert and his wife Nancy sail their Pearson 323 Fortunata out of the West River.

Editor’s Note: We love such snippets from boat owners on the Chesapeake Bay. Do you have a short story about your boat and life on or along the water? Please share it with SpinSheet by sending it to molly@spinsheet.com.


Casting Off at Last


by Andy Schell

or a few days before our October departure, the weather in Annapolis felt Scandinavian—grey sky and blowing rain—but the idea that we were actually beginning the first leg of our enormous journey to Sweden seemed, well, foreign. Arcturus is not ready for a trans-Atlantic. I have no problem admitting that, and in fact am oft reminded of this by my more sensible fiancée Mia (from Stockholm, hence the trip to sail her home). She’s a 35-foot yawl, built in 1966 by the Allied Boat Company in Albany, NY and designed on the lines of the famous S&S yawl Finisterre. Arcturus has history. Her previous owner, Ben Weems, owned her (then Cybele) for more than 20 years, the last four years of which saw her hauled out in Oxford and refitted from keel to masthead. All the major structural work has already been completed. One peek in the cockpit lockers confirmed this on the first day we saw her. Ben also happened to be a close neighbor and closer friend with the late, legendary Hal Roth and remains so with Hal’s widow Margaret. Hal’s influence on Ben is apparent in the way Arcturus has been refitted. As we continue to make improvements ourselves, the subtle details pop up, reminding us what a remarkable job Ben did on the boat before us. Mia and I hope to repay Ben’s hard work and Hal’s ideas by sailing her, really sailing. After one last overnight stay in Ben’s Oxford house, where we slept in the guest room above his incredible library, Mia and I untied the dock lines from Sarles Boatyard and Marina in Annapolis one last time, and pointed the bow south. It was sunny on the day we left. The Bay was a mirror. I despise motoring, and unfortunately, Arcturus dislikes it even more. Our small diesel, with a lack of insulation in the galley area, chugs along making an incredible racket, to the extent that when Mia stands in the companionway, she can-

not hear me yelling from the helm, not five feet away. We can make five knots if we push her, but the throttle has an annoying tendency to slowly slip backward. Before long, we’re making three knots, and at that rate, the engine really shakes and shimmies. Defeated and accepting that we wouldn’t be sailing, I finally managed to rig a line tied to the throttle so that we could at least maintain a constant rpm and move

and quit. We drifted for an hour with the main up, actually going backward with the current, as there was still no breeze to speak of, until I finally gave up tinkering. The wind arrived with the darkness, and soon we were blasting along at six knots on a beam reach, a full spread of sail and a calm sea. We took turns at the helm, the off-watch enjoying the warmth of the kerosene heater in the cabin while the helmsman froze in the moonless night. We made marvelous time, ticking off the miles far faster than we could have under power, and we actually reached the mouth of the Piankatank before dawn. Though the channel approaching Fishing Bay looks impossibly narrow on the chart, we were able to lay the marks, one long board on starboard, then one more on port before we could bear off and run for the Bay. The wind began to fade with the coming dawn, but we ghosted into Fishing Bay under mainsail and luffed up at the dock, at rest after 22 hours of sailing. Mia and I thoroughly enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with steaming mugs of coffee and Swedish knackebrot med ost (crispbread with cheese) and then slept for the rest of the afternoon, pleased with ourselves. Arcturus was pleased too—the wind seemed to be waiting for us to give up on the engine, and when we did, our boat again proved that she’s a fine sailboat indeed. She’s still a long way from Sweden, but the lines are off and we’re under way, and that’s often the biggest hurdle.

“She’s still a long way from Sweden, but the lines are off and we’re under way, and that’s often the biggest hurdle.”

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along around four and a half knots. The notion that we would be slogging nearly 1000 miles down the ICW like this made me sick, but with a 25-year old rig that I don’t trust offshore, I’d have to live with it. We were to meet a friend in Deltaville, VA the next day, about 100 miles south of Annapolis, where we’d leave the boat for a few weeks while Mia and I delivered another boat to the Bahamas (incidentally, I’m writing from that boat’s nav table, aboard Corrina Corrina, a gorgeous Mason 44, while my boat waits). At four and a half knots, those 100 miles were about 24 hours away. With a good forecast, we decided to push on through the night. As the sun sank on the western horizon, so did our engine rpms, and soon enough the little workhorse coughed a few times

About the Author: Andy Schell and Mia plan to winter in Florida on Arcturus to complete her refit in relative warmth, before sailing for Sweden in the spring. Andy is a professional captain and freelance writer, who maintains a small sail training business with his dad. Contact Andy and follow the couple’s progress at fathersonsailing.com.

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HOW the Recession Helped Me Buy a



was sailing one day with a friend of mine who also happens to be a retired economist. As we were enjoying our sail, I asked his opinion about buying a new boat during these rather uncertain times. His response was, “Economically, there is never really a good time to buy a boat. On the other hand [a favorite phrase of economists], you might be able to benefit from lower prices given the overall economy.� For more than a few years now, I had been looking to buy a particular boat designed for a particular style of sailing. I had learned there were relatively few of these boats on the brokerage market, as their original owners tend to hold onto them very happily for many years. Every now and then when I did find a boat with real possibilities, it was either priced too high compared to a new boat, or it was too far away to invest in a plane ticket and potentially ship it back to my home on the Chesapeake Bay. This probably sounds all too familiar to many of you who might be in the market for either a new or brokerage boat. What I really wanted was a new boat, but I was put off by the price increases over the past two years, which resulted from numerous

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factors, such as the manufacturer’s move from factory direct sales to dealer distribution and the rapid rise in commodities used in the manufacturing process: resins, glass fibers, Dacron, and in particular, lead. All these materials also had to make their way to the factory when transportation and fuel costs were at their highest. Another reason to raise prices was the growing popularity of the boat itself. While I was happy the manufacturer and dealers were doing well, at the same time, the rise in market demand and rise in costs did nothing to benefit me as a potential buyer. Frustrated, I put everything on hold. This past spring brought about a notable course change in the boating industry. With little or no hope of negotiating the price over the past few boom years, it now appeared the tide was shifting. The current recession was helping the market come to me. During this same period, I received a newsletter from the local yacht dealer discussing the benefits of buying a boat in this turbulent economy. The newsletter articulated the current availability of substantial factory incentives and dealer discounts toward new purchases. Several recent sailing columns spinsheet.com

and articles made this same point about the great opportunities the current recession provided potential buyers. These articles also cited important changes being made in manufacturer distribution patterns, which are designed to trim overall inventory, while reducing the financial burden dealers incur until a new boat sells. Third-party commercial lenders loan money to the factory and dealers and hold the financing and interest on any unsold stock. The builders, of course, want dealers to buy new demonstration models as well as generate additional orders. If the demonstration models sit unsold in the dealer’s boatyard, the factory doesn’t receive new orders. Likewise, the dealers are sitting on unsold stock and paying interest on commercial loans. The factory was not building, the dealers were not selling, and we were not buying. The reduced number of commercial lenders made it harder for both builders and dealers to get loans. At the same time, consumer loans were easier to come by and were also accompanied by reasonable financing rates compared to a year ago. Yacht dealerships determined to succeed during this time of economic downturn

have seen the value in reducing their margins just to get potential buyers like me to even walk onto the boatyard. With my interest seriously piqued, it was the right moment to take another serious look. After a few e-mails and phone calls, the factory shared with me that at the end of the day, the best deal on a new boat, including a factory-direct order, would be to purchase a dealer-model from existing stock. However, the factory would also have gladly taken my custom order. This made sense given everything I had recently read on the topic. It was apparent the horizon was rapidly changing, and there was a new course being steered throughout the industry; the dealer and the builder were working together to sell their existing inventory. As it turns out, the boat I was looking for, a new demonstration model, was available here in my own back yard through Annapolis Yacht Sales (AYS). It didn’t take me long to make a follow-up call to my broker. By the next day, I was studying a quote from the dealer and comparing it to a similar quote I had received last year on a 2007 year model. After factory discounts and dealer incentives were subtract-

ed, the bottom line for a new purchase had more than cancelled out the price increases that I had observed over the past two years. Not requiring any further justification, the purchase of my new boat happened faster than another economic stimulus package. The after-sales service at AYS that comes with a new boat purchase has been nothing less than outstanding and exceeded every expectation by my experience. The current economy has provided very favorable seas for the market to shift in favor to those of us interested in a new boat purchase or for that matter, a brokerage boat. All these factors resulted in significantly lower prices and financing rates and make this a very attractive point in time to take another serious look at purchasing that boat of your dreams. About the Author: James (Casey) Brennan first began sailing in Hawaiian waters in the early 1970s. For the next 20 years, he sailed a variety of cruising boats in the San Diego Bay and offshore. Having retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, Casey and family settled in Shady Side, where he now sails his new Alerion 28 on the West River.

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EYE on the Bay

The Pride and Prom Queen Dance in Portsmouth


he Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, held October 13-17, is a Bay-wide celebration of the beauty and history of sail, from the Parade of Sail in Baltimore to the Schooner Days festivities in Portsmouth, VA, following the 127-nautical-mile race at the heart of the event. As all Bay sailors know, autumn brings the blessing of wind—and as schooner lovers remembered this year—sometimes the chill and rain to accompany the breeze. Schooners have long “raced” between Baltimore to Portsmouth, once in the interest of trade and delivering cargo quickly for the best price, now with the goals in mind of preserving our maritime heritage and encouraging preservation of the Bay, all while reconnecting and sharing some laughs with fellow sailors along the way. Forty-nine schooners signed up; 33 of them finished in this year’s 20th annual event in wet, windy, and misty conditions. The Pride of Baltimore II captured line honors with Captain Jan Miles at the helm, with an elapsed time of 14 hours, 3 minutes, and 20 seconds. Captain Roger Worthington and crew on Prom Queen won the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Perpetual Trophy for best overall corrected time. Find full results at schoonerrace.org. ~M.W.

Liberty Clipper Photo by Mark Talbott/SpinSheet Rich Trevelyan on the deck of the Schooner Woodwind. Photo by Eric Moseson

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Photo by Eric Moseson Quintessence (L) Martha White (R) Photos by Mark Talbott/ SpinSheet

Katie Fitzgerald, Jen Kaye, Scott Schopman, Erin Ryding, and JoAnna Josey at the Parade of Sail before the start of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Baltimore. Photo by Ellen Kaye

Captain Jon Krisman on the 74-foot Woodwind. Photo by Eric Moseson

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Southern by Ruth Christie

Crazy about Schooners


ailing an old wooden boat 127 miles in the fall overnight on the cold, rainy, windy Chesapeake Bay. That’s not my idea of fun, but it’s a labor of love for the countless captains and crews of nearly 50 schooners that took part in the 20th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race from Baltimore to Hampton Roads mid-October. Many of the boats return each year, and event proceeds go to Bay-friendly charities, namely the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. About 15-20 hours of racing lead to two full weekends of partying. Now, that’s more like it. Run almost completely by volunteers, the race and parties before and after celebrate schooner camaraderie among owners, captains, crews, and all participants. One of America’s oldest historic seaports and shipyards, Portsmouth, VA welcomed the schooners and their keepers October 16 for a weekend celebration, including Schooner Days, a waterfront festival. Captain Jennifer Kaye of the Schooner Woodwind/Annapolis Sailing Cruises says, “This was our 17th year doing the race; we love the competition and camaraderie. So many volunteers make this race successful for the racers, the school kids, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; they have become part of our family. We look forward to the schooner race to catch up, reminisce, and tell racing stories.” 38 December 2009 SpinSheet

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“This year’s race was probably the coldest, rainiest, and darkest race I remember. The water was so dark, except for the phosphorescence on the wave tops from the whitecaps. Woodwind took second in class and second overall and docked in the basin next to the Renaissance Hotel. We stayed until Monday, when we left for our FiveDay Adventure Cruise up the Bay. The extreme high tide was up to three feet over the docks, and we rafted with the Schooner One World. The parties were great; the tent party was jovial as always, undeterred by the weather. After the party, we had a dessert shindig aboard our boat serving Dark and Stormy flavored rum bars. After that, we got together with the crew of the Adventurer and cooked and shared a huge spaghetti dinner aboard. Everyone was in great spirits. We always serve the same food and drinks; everything about the race is about tradition,” she adds. Mark Talbott of SpinSheet says, “Portsmouth always gives us a warm welcome, and having all the schooners docked there along the waterfront is quite a sight. Just beware of the large booms across the water as the crews can’t help but bring out the cannons, especially when they arrive and leave port.” Dave Bennett of the Portsmouth Boat Club, one of four sponsoring clubs, says,

“Even though it was wet and cold, we kept warm by firing up our new pig cooker at North Landing in preparation for feeding the schooner fleet at the award ceremony, during which schooner sailors reunite annually to brag, riff, cajole, and embrace each other after a valiant race down the Bay. Before the ceremony, local middle school students eagerly climbed aboard the schooners to learn about maritime history, ecology, and life on a sailing vessel.” He adds, “With the schooners docked along the waterfront, downtown Portsmouth was abuzz with Schooner Days, including a maritime village with 18th- and 19thcentury nautical exhibits, street musicians, costumed characters, arts and crafts, free concerts, a farmer’s market, and special ‘schooner fare’ at local restaurants. I can’t wait until next year!” Kaye adds, “This year, four crew members went geocaching to explore Portsmouth on Sunday. It’s a worldwide treasure hunt that uses GPS coordinates to find treasures hidden in beautiful spots in towns and cities around the world; you log all your entries. We learned a ton about the history of the area, including the sinking of the Monitor, the first Naval Hospital, the town, and more. We had so much fun traipsing around in the rain in our foulies and enjoying some great finds. It was a fantastic day!” spinsheet.com

The Angel Bids Farewell to Annapolis


he 2009 Eastport YC Lights Patery. Once, we decided to give the Chart rade December 12 will be the last House crowd a closer look at The Angel. A parade for Dreamchaser, for many gust of wind heeled Dreamchaser over, and years better known as “The Angel.” For we lost steerage. My wife Janie was on the about 22 years, we have participated in the bow with a head set telling Neil Hansen parade with a variety of different displays, standing next to me to turn the boat now. including “The Peace Dove,” “The RainNeil calmly relayed the message: “We are bow,” “Chessie,” and “Snoopy and Charlie in full reverse Brown’s Christmas Tree.” with no steerWhat started out 25 years ago as a age. Get off wacky idea from the Crabtowne Skiers the bow now.” became a tradition for the club for 10 years About six feet and then a personal commitment from Jan- away from the ie and Pete Chambliss and a host of friends pier, the boat to create, set up, and tear down these righted, and displays, sometimes in nice weather, but we could steer most of the time in typical cold, nasty, icy, again. snowy, rainy, windy December weather. For years, The first year, The Angel entered the we have set parade, with various parts assembled by up The Angel different teams and all the parts coming or other together dockside. The holiday spirits were displays at looking over us, and The Angel flew! We won Best Christmas Spirit. Other parade participants said that we had raised the bar for all decorated boats. When the Whitbread Round the World Race came to Annapolis, and George Collins entered Chessie in the race, one of our team members said, “She is tired (held together now by duct tape “Why don’t we and prayers), and so are we.” honor her and do a 40-foot-long, fire-breathing, smokeCity Dock, which is fun for the crowd. I belching, green sea serpent?” From such have described the set-up of the displays alcohol-inspired ideas, lights displays have as moments of chaos separated by hours of grown. Chessie wore a Santa hat during boredom. During our moments of chaos, it the EYC Parade, and then, the Whitbread was not uncommon for us to get a passerby organizers asked us to set up the display to hold a line, help lift a display frame, or during the Race Festival. We did so and just add some extra muscle hauling up the decorated a second boat belonging to our wings. Many thanks to all of you dockside chief electrician, Bill Taylor, with two helpers. eight-foot diameter circles showing the As if this whole activity were not dumb route around the world. enough—on the water, in the winter, The Angel, like so many displays, acts spending hours getting set up for a twolike a sail, and yes, it has been kind of blus- hour romp around the harbor—one year, Chesapeake Bay Sailing

by Pete Chambliss

we decided to campaign the boat in Kent Island’s parade (the first Saturday after Thanksgiving), then the Baltimore Parade, and finally Annapolis. So, we did and won Best in Parade in Baltimore! They asked us to come back the next year, but told us we could not win best in Parade again with the same display. So we designed Snoopy and Charley Brown’s tree, went up to Baltimore, and took Best in Parade again. Why have we done this crazy activity year after year? We’ve been fortunate to win a host of awards with our numerous displays, which is nice, but the real rewards come when after a cold day of setting up, we see the harbor light up with dozens of displays. Then as we go by the crowded spots, down Ego Alley, past the Spa Creek Bridge, or by pier parties, we hear the cheers from the crowd. That really makes it all worthwhile. With sadness, we announce The Angel’s last flight in the 2009 EYC Lights Parade. She is tired (held together now by duct tape and prayers), and so are we. On behalf of our entire Angel team over the past 22 years of decorating, thank you for showing your appreciation as we try to brighten the holiday season for all. And a very special thanks to EYC and their dozens of volunteers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Police, Annapolis Harbor Master, and so many more for making this event possible. For more information on the EYC Lights Parade, visit eastportyc.org. Find more lighted boat parades up and down the Chesapeake in the SpinSheet Calendar on page 22. SpinSheet December 2009 39

Excellent Gifts for Sailors

by Ruth Christie

“Oh, you shouldn’t have!” Ever say that when opening a gift and really, truly mean it? As in, “Plaid moccasins with matching knee-highs. How, um, thoughtful.” This year, SpinSheet hunted down treasures that will delight all sailors. Send your worst sailing gift stories to molly@spinsheet.com; we’d love to share them.

Thumb your nose at the elements. Gill says, “The OS1 Jacket is the result of intensive on-the-water research by pro sailors. It’s made of five-Dot, four-layer, laminated fabric and full of features, including 12 pockets, an innovative chin closure system with a micro-fleece internal lining, an extra-high offshore collar and wrap around faceguard with fold-down option, an active-fit rollaway hood, and SOLAS-approved prismatic reflectors and reflective piping.” The jacket comes in red or yellow, and graphite trousers are extra. gillna.com

Your dog just texted us to say she wants this for the holidays. With a zipper on one side, the Sailcloth Dog Bed Cover fits over two kingsize pillows. (You supply the pooch and pillows.) Sail numbers differ; request a specific number online at ellavickers.com.

Yes, another bag! You can never have too many of them. Andersson Bowen’s unique bags are made with the same carbon fiber and aramid sailcloth used for grand prix yachting. These sails have seen the waters of the world, raced with the world’s great sailors, and are intended to stand the test of time. The marine hardware and soft leathers are designed specifically for you. anderssonbowen.com Blood is thicker than water. Red Water, Blue Water, Salt Water: A Novel About Sailing Away… As a Family by Todd Scantlebury takes you along as he, his wife, and their two young girls learn about themselves, their insecurities, and their family unit while cruising a catamaran in paradise. If you are thinking of chucking it all and sailing away while your kids are still talking to you, this is a must read. Scantlebury takes a long hard look at family foibles and weaves his tales of two voyages in short chapters that keep you smiling and coming back for more. In the end, what at first seemed like cramped quarters gives everyone—you included—room to grow. (928) 567-7505, amazon.com

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Miami Opti Moms, Lynda and Wendy, are continually developing unique new products, including silver and gold jewelry, burgees, apparel, dog collars, holiday ornaments, totes, magnets, and other fun gear with Opti and 420 designs. Their kids are involved with youth sailing, so Lynda and Wendy support junior sailing by bringing awareness to the sport and by donating products and/or a portion of their income to various sailing organizations countrywide. Give a gift that’s more than a gift. miamioptimoms.com

True poetry in motion. Just like your sails, kinetic copper and steel sculptures capture wind currents and make them dance. Hand-crafted by artist Lyman Whitaker, the wind sculptures are mesmerizing and interactive; fluid patterns come to life as the Bay breeze blows. They come in dozens of designs from five to 27 feet tall and can be installed alone, in small groups, or in a wind forest. The weathered color pallet of rust, brown, tan, and green are all designed to enhance your landscape and impress your neighbors. View videos of 36 different spinning sculptures at maine-art.com.

Nice! Nautical needlepoint necessities. Hand-crafted accessories from Tucker Blair—including belts, dog collars, flip flops, headbands, key fobs, polo shirts, and custom products—are designed in the United States. Whimsical designs include sailing scenes, beer and crabs, drunken anchors, skulls and crossbones, nautical flags, and more. Monograms are available, too. Put a spring in his step. store.tuckerblair.com

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came across two books that may interest you: one is about beer, the other is about sailing. Froth!: The Science of Beer and Float Your Boat!: The Evolution and Science of Sailing are by physicist Mark Denny. Judging from these books, higher education has not weighed on Denny’s liveliness one bit. Both include history that is well researched and fun. In Froth!, we learn that if an Egyptian woman took a sip of a man’s beer, they were— upon the instant—betrothed, and that Hammurabi’s Code—the oldest known set of human laws—mandated death by drowning for selling short measures. We discover that the origins of India Pale Ale in the 18th century was a function of the high price of coal, Britain’s military expansionism, cheap shipping, and low taxation. Oh yes, and the Industrial Revolution. In short, the history of beer is the history of mankind, as Denny convincingly argues.

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he strength of Froth! is that Denny is writing about what he knows and loves. Denny knows his beer outside and, even better, inside. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with Float Your Boat! The problem is that while Denny is an avid and knowledgeable beer drinker, I’m reasonably sure that he is not a performance sailor. Mother Nature speaks the language of mathematics, he tells us, and he will be our interpreter. So far, so good. But to interpret, you need to speak the language of both parties. Denny is a super-speaker of physics, but he doesn’t speak the language of sailing, at least as I know it. As a result, his explanation of the physics of sailing seems disembodied; he gets from physics to English, but from English to sailor, not so much. Back when I was trying hard to be the fastest thing on waves, I studied parts of Frank Bethwaite’s book, High Performance Sailing. A lot of it was over my head, but the chapter on sails is well thumbed, with notes in the margin such as, “Separation bubble increases with the bigger diameter mast, smaller trim angle, flatter sail.” Now, I’ve never met a separation bubble and have no intuitive reason to think there’s any such thing. But I attached

a horizontal row of telltales to the mainsail as Bethwaite suggested and studied how they behaved underway, and I understood. In most instances, after a complicated theoretical treatment of air and sail dynamics, Bethwaite says something like, “This is the logic behind the ‘leech ribbons just popping in and out’ trim technique” (page 195). Maybe I’m too concrete. Maybe if I were smarter, I wouldn’t need the onboard examples. But I do, and that’s why I’m cool to Denny’s treatment of the physics of sailing. If there is a second edition to his book, I suggest he find a co-author who is a racing sailor who can take the theory to sea. But theory is only part of Float! Most of the book is a readable history of sailing from early craft of skin and bark to the magnificent tea clippers that raced around the Horn to the final chapter on windsurfing. These are written with authority and suffused with Denny’s irrepressible wit. Both books are worth a look. My advice: enjoy the history of sailing along with a glass of froth. About the Author: Stephanie Stone sails J/22s in Baltimore and beyond. E-mail comments and story ideas to sstone@jhu.edu.

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hat do Chesapeake sailors do in winter? Sleep, eat soup, drink tea, plan escapes to the islands, ice skate, drink hot chocolate (or Irish coffee), play on the computer, nap, read sailing books, go to sailing seminars, go sailing, and reconnect with sailing friends… A combination of a few of these makes for a great winter plan. Here are a few of the ways that we Bay sailors spend the coldest months of the season...


Every year, more winter sailing seminars appear at yacht clubs, sailing schools, maritime museums, and community colleges and centers. Some cover the basics of boating safety; others can be more technical on subjects such as the science of sail trim or navigational skills. Check with your local sailing schools or maritime museums to see what winter lectures or classes they are offering. We list as many seminars— particularly those that are free and open to the public—as we can fit in the SpinSheet Calendar (p. 22) and devote the entire February issue to the subject of winter learning.


rostbite racing in boats of all sizes has gained popularity on the Chesapeake in recent years—in part due to the improvement of warm, high-tech gear to make it a more comfortable experience. We did a short interview with a diehard dinghy sailor, Ian Mutnick, to see why he races every weekend in winter. SpinSheet: Who got you into frostbite racing and on what kind of boat? In the winter 1996, a co-worker asked if I wanted to sail the next day. I found some warm gear to borrow and headed down to Severn SA (SSA) for the first time. There were more than six inches of snow on the ground, but youthful enthusiasm won out over common sense, and I had a really good time... After a few years, I bought my own boat (the Interclub or IC, an 11.5-foot-long boat with one sail and two sailors) and am still at it. What do you wear on really cold days? The base layer is standard run-of-themill long underwear. I wear a onepiece fleece farmer john suit originally designed for mountain climbing. If it is cold, I wear a fleece top over that. On my feet are a pair of warm wool socks. Then, I get into my drysuit. The suit has built-in feet and water-tight seals around my wrists and neck. On my feet (outside of the drysuit) are a pair of Chuck Taylor sneakers, two sizes too big. My hands get cold

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easily, so I wear Atlas gloves, similar to what the fisherman in Alaska wear. I can take the gloves off quickly if I need to do detailed work. The gloves are really warm and my hands have never gotten cold in them. (APS sells them). If it is below freezing, I will wear a fleece neck gator. To help keep the sun out of my eyes I sail with a visor and a fleece hat with ear-flaps and strap so it does not fly away. I never go on the water without a life jacket. The fleece-lined hand warming pockets sold me on the Astral brand. With all of this gear on, I just need to put sunscreen on my face and ears; everything else is covered. It takes about 10 minutes for me to get dressed before sailing, and I need a friend to zip up the drysuit for me. Are there things you like about frostbite racing more than regular in-season racing? In the summer to get away from the boat traffic and race, you have to sail 30 minutes to an hour to the middle of the Bay. Often it is very hot, thunderstorms are on the horizon, and you are dodging big, fast powerboats. In the winter, it is a five-minute sail to the race course. There are rarely other boats on the water to deal with. The threat of thunderstorms does not exist. And I prefer when it is 40 degrees out to baking in the summer. A fond moment? The ratio of time spent socializing to sailing is about one to one. Since you spend so much time socializing with fellow frostbite sailors, it is very easy to make friends. After racing for the day, we often have hot soup waiting for us at SSA. Have many fond memories eating soup at SSA after IC sailing.


Do in Winter Honey Do Whatever can be done in a home-based workshop is what many sailors do in winter. Come November when “unload the boat” day dawns, along with canned goods and canvas covers, some sailors take home hatches, tillers, tables, or cupboard doors, anything that can be repaired or varnished on land to keep them occupied and productive in the colder months. From what we hear, many such sailors procrastinate their boat lists until spring anyway, but it makes them feel better to have potential boat projects right there at home.

Coddle the Crew A recent Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association article recommended taking advantage of the winter months to plan crew dinners and keep the social connection alive. Whether or not you get out on the water in the colder months, there’s no need to lose touch with your sailing friends. Why not plan a monthly spaghetti dinner to talk sailing with your summer buddies? A crew that parties together in winter makes for a more cohesive team in summer.

Escape What many Chesapeake Bay sailors do in winter is escape. To read about cruising escapes to the islands, turn to page 50. To read about escaping to race in Key West, turn to page 70.

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rayed north to south, with prevailing winds being easterly, so with plenty of beam reaching, the cat’s reputed inability to point isn’t often tested. (This, of course, varies from boat to boat.) A judicious monohull sailor can cover much of the same territory with careful attention to tides and charts, but sometimes, when you’re on vacation, you just want it to be easier. For the same length, a catamaran can sleep more bodies, with more privacy and comfort, than a monohull. On larger cats, each hull can include two full-width cabins with queen-sized berths and two heads (or one really luxurious head with a proper shower), plus pilot berths and room in the saloon. For larger groups who actually want to be together instead of chartering more than one boat, this can be an optimal solution. With capacious cockpits and comfy trampolines, cats also offer plenty of room to lounge without getting in each other’s way. Those catamarans with a “galley-up” design allow galley wenches to operate at the same altitude as the crew lolling in the cockpit, so they don’t feel left out of the action. Having climbed up and down companionway steps dozens of times during a dinner at anchor, I can definitely appreciate being able to fetch drinks on the same level. Of course, for those chefs who prefer privacy and quiet to craft their masterpieces, some cats have galleys tucked in a hull. Once those drinks are fetched, the most obvious advantage of a catamaran becomes instantly evident: it doesn’t heel. Drinks need not be secured, and there is little fear of spills. Timid novices who fear the heel might be introduced to sailing on catamarans. Of course, that lack of heeling doesn’t come without a tradeoff. Rising winds don’t transmit the same feel to the helmsman, so he must make a decision to reef or drop sail based on wind indicators and other signals. Vigilance is key. As a sadly well-experienced victim of seasickness, many cat aficionados have glibly suggested that a catamaran is a cure—and for some, it is. But it is hardly a panacea. Catamarans may swing less at anchor and sail more swiftly and smoothly on certain points of sail, but messy seas can result in hobby-horsing as one hull rises and falls at different times and rates from the other, which can result in an unhappy sailor chumming the seas.


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Cruising Club Notes That Reminds Us…


hen we ask our clubs to send us their news each month, the “Out of the Office” replies often mean these people are out sailing. It doesn’t hurt that I’m writing this on a spectacularly sunny, crisp, and clear fall day. Just think: you could sail to Solomons this weekend, or Havre de Grace, or Mobjack Bay. The possibilities are endless, even if cold weather is right around the corner. Though we’d all rather be on our boats, duty has a way of taking us away from them. The good news is you can always count on our clubs to share fun memories and fantastic photos, even if they sometimes make you jealous… or hungry. Enjoy the tall tales of December. We do. —Ruth Christie/ruth@spinsheet.com

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errington Harbour SA (HHSA) members (below) were busy in November, electing a new slate of officers for the club, enjoying a Chili Cook-Off, and of course, racing. Congratulations to the new slate: Rich Griner (commodore), Tom McGarry (vice commodore), Maris Eshleman (treasurer), Arne Fliflet (racing), Al Del Negro (cruising), Joe Laun (communications), Ellen Harris (newsletter), and Ted Slotwinski (past commodore). December continues the madness with the last of the Frostbite Races, an informal Winter Solstice Party, and plans for our annual Banquet January 30 at the Tower Club in Tyson’s Corner, VA (hhsa.org). —by Keith Morgenstern

Flotillas in the Mist


arnacle Cup Racers (below) had an exciting Halloween race in windy and misty conditions; it was very spooky. Several boats dressed as pirates, and we were lucky to have a committee boat from the Northern Neck SA (NNSA) join us. The next season will begin in May, and we hope to draw more skippers from NNSA and Southern Maryland into the fold. A strategy meeting is planned for December 12 to discuss future racing on the lower Potomac River (buzz. ballard@gmail.com). —by Robert “Buzz” Ballard

Clowning around colonial style... Island Time hosted HHSA’s Halloween Cruise at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels October 31-November 1. Mystic Traveler’s hot cider and rum warmed members’ hearts and souls. Photo by Al Del Negro

It Was a Very Good Year…


ovember 7 marked the official end of Catalina 36 Fleet 3’s sailing season when we met for our Fall Luncheon/Business Meeting in Annapolis. It was a friendly social hour followed by some tasty BBQ from Adams Ribs and lively discussions of fleet business and next year’s schedule of events. While I have enjoyed my two-year tenure as fleet captain, it was a pleasure to turn the helm over to Ann Miller and Bob Halter, our new co-captains, and Sally and Bill Jack as vice captains. We will enjoy another great year of raft-ups and events, including our annual outings such as the Memorial Day Wine Tasting on the West River, Fourth of July in Oxford, Baltimore in September, 52 December 2009 SpinSheet

and the ever-popular Liars’ Cruise the week leading up to the U.S. Sailboat Show in October. In between these events, we will explore a handful of the most popular anchorages on the Upper/Middle Bay. It promises to be another good year to be sailing a Catalina 36. See you on the water (c36fleet3.com). —by Mike Harrison

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earson SA of the Chesapeake Bay sailors are looking forward to the drinks, appetizers, and desserts that normally accompany the annual Holiday Party in Baltimore December 12 (cbpsa.org). —by John Martin

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Some of the onboard action during RCRA’s Constellation Cup.

Welcome to Autumn, Bay Style


ock Creek Racing Association (RCRA) racers (right) hit the water October 17 for the 2009 Constellation Cup, which drew 13 boats in PHRF A/B. Larry Vazzano’s Wharf Rat came in third place. Brrrr. The weather was cold and wet, wet, wet (rockcreekracing. org). —by Kathleen Knust

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he Downtown Sailing Center’s End of Year Potluck will be December 13 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Dress up like your favorite character from “Gilligan’s Island” and bring a dish or dessert to share. downtownsailing.org


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nnapolis Naval Sailing Association members winterized our sailing craft. We also voted on the 2010 slate of officers during our annual meeting November 21 and are planning the annual holiday party December 12, which includes an awards banquet and the installation of next year’s officers (ansa. org). —by Tom Warrington


Yes! Looking Ahead to Spring

ailing Chavurah will meet in December in Silver Spring, MD for the annual Chanukah Party led by commodore Irv Shaeffer. Since officers have a two-year term, there are no elections this year, just some business, a fun potluck, and the ever-popular gift exchange. Next up we’ll decide where to have our Spring Fling and where to sail next season (sailingchavurah.com). —by Andrea Landis

Legends of the Fall


uring the Chesapeake 20 Association’s annual meeting and potluck dinner at the West River Sailing Club (WRSC) November 14, we enjoyed seeing the new Chesapeake 20 from e-Yacht Builders in Baltimore and

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Joe Kidwell’s presentation about his construction of a cold-molded Chesapeake 20. Jack Lynch, who has promoted one-design sailing for 50 years, discussed his extensive sailing career (chesapeake20.org). —by Ted Weihe

Fall In, Haul Out


n October 17, the Corinthians Annapolis Fleet held the ninth annual Fall-OutBefore-Haul-Out race/cruise—the last of the season—from Bloody Point to the Miles River YC (MRYC), coordinated by Trevor Layne. These intrepid skippers braved the threeday Nor’easter (in order of finish): Dick Tudan (Spring Moon), Jerry Cully (Scrimshaw), Corky Rittenbaugh (Oasis), and Joe Rocchio (Onward). Representing the Philadelphia fleet, Rittenbaugh also won the annual fleet challenge race. Showing they weren’t totally foolhardy, the boats stayed tied to the dock the next day drinking beer and watching football. Our fleet is infamous for its ability to party, and we let no one down. Gentlemen wore ties and jackets and most scrubbed up well. MRYC welcomed us with its usual warmth, and the cocktail hour and scrumptious dinner did not disappoint (thecorinthians.org). —by Dick Tudan

This Chili Makes You Dance


unter Sailing Association (HSA) sailors are looking forward to its gala at the Waterfront Marriott on the night of the Eastport YC Lights Parade in Annapolis, December 12. This annual party ends the year for our 100 Hunter owners. This year, Paul Langelier of West River Rigging made his facility available for our last raft-up of the season, the Great Chili Raft (below). Past Commodore Greg Guthman got recognition for the spiciest chili, Tina Meegan for the most unusual chili, and Kathy Deutsch for best overall. Langelier also provided the judges (his band) for the cook-off. After the feast, he got behind the trap set with his drumsticks, and the band played some great dance music (hsa1.org). —by Carl Reitz

Dancing during HSA’s Great Chili Raft-Up: John and Kathy Deutsch (foreground) and Sue and Carl Reitz (right). Photo by Minnie Gallman


Now, Go On and Git!


ickerson Owners Association (DOA) sailors (right) had a great time in late September, with a proper Irish Bar Friday night aboard my Irish Mist and a boisterous race Saturday in a 15-25 knot Southeaster followed by the traditional cocktail party at WRSC and dinner at Pirates Cove Restaurant in Galesville, MD. Irish Mist took top honors in the race followed by Parker Hallam’s 36-foot Frigate Connie. The rainy and windy weather did not discourage anyone, thanks to organizers Randy and Barbara Bruns. We abolished the title of Admiral of the Western Shore and replaced it with the title of Sheriff of the Western Shore and thankfully decided not to make next year’s competitors wear cowboy boots and hats (dickersonowners.org).—by Joe Slavin

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he end of Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay’s (CBCB) raft-up season has arrived, but there is plenty to look forward to. In January, our Southern Fleet will enjoy a training day in Deltaville. We will have several winter seminars as we prepare for some Beneteau Owners, Living the Dream adventures next season. Thanks to former commodore Jeff Taylor for hosting the Pirates and Winches Ball Halloween weekend off Gibson Island (below). Despite the gray skies and a bit of drizzle, this was one of the best sailing weekends this year. We wish all our members and friends a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you next year (cb2.clubexpress.com). —by Kevin McKibben

Despite their unfortunate acronym, DOA members enjoyed cocktails during the Western Shore Roundup (L-R): Bill Burry, David Fahmeier, Parker Hallam, Randy Bruns, Joe Slavin, Dick Clarke, Eric White, Barry Creighton, and Rick Woytowich.

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embers of the Catamaran Racing Association of the Chesapeake sailed the last buoy regatta of the year the second weekend in November and brought firewood for the club’s post-race festivities. Chris Allen and I discovered some extra beer and needed more sailors to help prevent a rift in the space time continuum, which would have happened if we had had to pour it out. At least 21 boats raced and kept warm by the fire with some beer and camaraderie (sailregattas.com/ crac). —by Mark Schneider

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resh from the WRSC’s Pumpkin Patch Regatta and Party in October and frostbite racing in November, West River Catamaran Racing Association (WRCRA) members are wowed by the actions of Adam Domanski, whom they met during this year’s Tybee as part of Team Velocity. Domanski shoved off with two other crew members on the 40-foot Piquet November 9 from Hampton, VA to sail around the world through May 8, 2012. The voyage is geared toward sharing the adventure and global themes and cultures with school children everywhere as part of the non-profit Eye of the World. You can track their progress and join in on the adventure at eyeotw.org. Piquet will visit ports in Spain, England, Panama, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. WRCRA members helped raise money for some equipment for Piquet (wrcra.org). —by Keith Chapman

After the Coursework



Southern Exposure

ecember 5 marks the launch of the Windjammers of the Chesapeake’s Winter Lecture Series at the Severn School in Severna Park, MD. Beth Leonard will share her compelling tale of dangerous seas, storm force winds, freezing temperatures, broken equipment, and more mayhem on a passage through the Southern Ocean (windjammers-chesapeake.org). —by Leah Duer Alfriend


Out with Old and In with New

orth Point SA’s (NPSA) Awards Dinner November 6 put more than 40 plaques into the hands of club members for first through third place finishes in four series of races. Charlie Rouse stepped down as commodore, and new club officers were sworn in (below, L-R): treasurer Scott Stahler, commodore Bill Kline, and race committee chairman Ryan Reitz. NPSA is located on the north side of the mouth of the Patapsco River. With three classes (spinnaker, non-spinnaker, and cruising for skippers of all levels), we are counting down the days until April 14, our first race of 2010. New members are always welcome (npsaweb.com). —by Charlie Rouse New NPSA officers for 2010.


Gone Fishin’

o, this is not a mill pond (below). It’s our own mighty Chesapeake Bay on a supernaturally calm late October day, as seen from our Tartan 34 Classic Association beauty, Aries, just south of Chesapeake Beach. Couldn’t sail, so we thought we’d catch some fish. That didn’t work out either. However, as we turned north, a breeze came up and gave us a lovely brisk sail home. It was a good way to end the season for this year, and a nice memory to keep our spirits up as we wait for spring (tca34.org). —by Grace Holt

hesapeake Hobie Island Group/Fleet 940 hosted a USCG Auxiliary Boating and Seamanship Course (with certification) at Backyard Boats in Annapolis November 7 and 14. The Coast Guard customized its Boating Skills and Seamanship course to fit well with member boats. The hands-on course covered specific questions, light navigation, weather, trailering, cutting-edge gear, and problem solving on the water. Members met afterward at a local watering hole to discuss what they learned and stay hydrated. The club will try to offer this course again in the spring (fleet940. com). —by Jean Tucker/backyardboats.com

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Blue Lips and Oyster Boys


las, for most Singles on Sailboats (SOS) sailors, the sailing season has come to an end with our Blue Lips Cruise. The first Brunch was November 21, and our next brunch is December 13 at the Doubletree Inn featuring Them Eastport Oyster Boys to enhance the holiday spirit. Fireside chats, seminars, regional happy hours, and other events will keep folks in touch. In March, we will have our annual Spring Training at Broadneck HS, which is open to everyone (singlesonsailboats.org). —by Charlotte O’Conor


Wind, Clouds, Showers, and Fog… Repeat

uring the Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club’s (CBTSC) Goose Cruise led by Don and Carol Reynolds (Puts ‘n Calls), nine boats rafted up Grays Inn Creek on the Chester to watch herons, ospreys, bald eagles, and geese. A fine windy sail on Friday turned cloudy with showers Saturday followed by sunshine with fog before dawn. Sunday morning, the wind cleared the fog and then rose to 20 knots with a nasty chop for the afternoon. The pleasure of the cruise overshadowed the homeward journey’s travails and left us looking forward to next year. We wish all Bay sailors a happy holiday season and many good days on the water in 2010 (cbtsc. com). —by Grace Holt

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hesapeake Area Professional Captains Association members look forward to Jenifer and Dane Clark’s presentation on the Gulfstream and ocean weather prediction January 25; an update on USCG Sector Baltimore February 22; and Skip Burdon, ABYC’s president and CEO, and the status and future of the industry March 22 (capca.net).

CBTSC’s Bob Keene sets off for his first, three-day, counter-clockwise trip around the DelMarVa Peninsula in Shadowfax, his Tartan 37, September 30.

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Racy News and Lollygaggers?

he Chesapeake Bristol Club (CBC) began 35 years ago with serious racing, but has aged into more of a cruising/social club. However, there’s been a renewed interest in racing; it’s a great way to fine-tune our sailing skills and have fun. With that in mind, many members took part in the second annual Broad Arrow Trophy series. While we met with the usual hazards—no wind, cantankerous crabbers, misplaced crab pots, powerboat wakes—and late starts for a few lollygaggers, most hung in. Kavanaugh’s Broad Arrow regained the trophy for another year. During the fall cruise (below), we made and raced ingenious crafts out of boat-shaped planks, dowel masts, and other onboard materials. The windy race in choppy waters featured capsizes, sinkings, gear failures, and other calamities (cbclub.info). —by Deb Coons


Launching Lunch?

ewish Navy members are looking forward to launching our annual Winter Speaker-Luncheon Series. While several members were able to “kvell” by sailing during some of the breezy days in November, others, with sorrow, winterized their boats. On December 6, BaySavers will discuss pollution on the Bay and present a unique approach for improving water quality. Our luncheon-speaker series offers members an opportunity to share boating experiences and spend time with friends, old and new. The Sunday series will continue on the second Sunday of each month throughout the winter. Each meeting will feature a speaker on topics of interest relating to the Bay and boating as well as about political issues. We may also ponder over the burning question: what is the speed of dark? For membership information or luncheon details and reservations, contact jewishnavy@jewishnavy.org. —by Adiva Sotzsky

CBC members aboard Chantey cheer on the last of the 10 small-boat contenders.

District Champs


he Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron (DSPS) took top honors during the District 5 Rendezvous in Cape Charles, VA, taking home the four top places in the navigation contest. It was then on to Nags Head, NC for the Top Gun Cruise. The annual Crab Feast in Rock Hall lived up to its excellent reputation, despite the rain. In October, DSPS captured second place during the District 5 Sail Regatta at Herrington Harbour. Members look forward to seeing everyone at the Baltimore Boat Show January 21-24. For more details and our basic boating courses, visit uspsdundalk.org. —by Jennifer Dalgarno


Their Madness Isn’t Limited to Midnight

ovember 1, Back Creek YC (BCYC) sailors (below) elected commodore Richard Sanger, vice commodore Bill Falk, rear commodore Steve Bacon, fleet captain John Loving, treasurer Mary Bowie, secretary Betsy Beyer, and Board of Governors members JJ Sullivan and Dale Schulz. The next day, Guy Collins and Terry Ritter left Hampton, VA to join the Caribbean 1500 to Tortola, BVI. During the Eastport-Annapolis Tug-of-War November

7, Jan Cort organized the successful Annapolis side. November 13, we enjoyed a Happy Hour at Mary and Richard Ross’s Swann House B&B in Washington, DC. We will dine locally and enjoy Annapolis’ Midnight Madness December 3 and 10. During Eastport YC’s Lights Parade December 12, we will be at the Annapolis Waterfront Marriott to cheer Colin and Chris Soucy (Cruise Clearance) and Dave Beyers on his Boston Whaler (gobcyc.com). —by Otto Hetzel

John Oberright conducts BCYC’s annual meeting November 1.

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Bivalves and Beans?

eautiful fall days on the Southern Bay found members of the Stingray Harbour YC (SHYC) sailing and eating. Perfect winds made for an exciting Commodores Club race September 26 followed by our annual Chili and Oyster Dinner. On October 24, we toasted another great year at our End of Season Bash with dining and dancing into the wee hours (below). We finished the year with our annual meeting in Deltaville, VA November 14 (stingrayhyc.com). —Pat Anderson

Fine dining during SHYC’s End of Season Bash. Photo by Barbara Vassar

Drag Racing Inside the Beltway


aingerfield Island Sailing Club (DISC) members reluctantly declare the end of the 2009 racing season. Our Tuesday night series runs from April to October and puts more than 30 boats on the line. Fall weekend races included our Leukemia Cup and the inaugural Cantina Cup, a fundraiser to benefit the community sailing and education programs of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation. DISC’s Fall Classic series featured terrific races within sight of historic structures along the Potomac. Gorgeous fall foliage and 12- to 18-mph winds graced the 13-mile Three Bridges Race; the 10-mile Mt. Vernon Sprint (right); and four- and five-mile races around the channel markers off Alexandria, VA. Our racing and cruising motto is: Winning the Cost/Benefit Race. Visiting boats are welcome (di-sc.org). —by Gary Hauptman

Truculent Turtle, a Lindenberg 26, shows her Italian themed kite and blooper on the downwind leg of DISC’s Mt. Vernon Sprint on Halloween.

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Chesapeake Racing Beat Melges 24 Madness

Annapolis Skipper Chris Larson Captures World Championship Title


Chris Larson and his team on West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes just after learning they captured the Melges 24 World Championship title without having to compete in the final race. Photo by Sara Proctor/sailfastphotography.com

Second place finisher overall in the 2009 Melges 24 Worlds, Zandona's Italian Joe Fly team (bow #37). Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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he 2009 Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Melges 24 World Championship (October 23-31) fell a few knots on the wind meter short of being truly “enchanted,” but it was close. “I felt like I had a guardian angel,” says regatta chair Liz Filter, who is still pinching herself over the city’s final-hour invitation to host the spectacle right on Annapolis’s City Dock for sailors, landlubbers, neighbors, and visitors to see and the fact that even the seemingly most complicated aspects of the regatta fell into place easily. “What’s going on?” was a common question buzzing around downtown Annapolis—although the local press, including SpinSheet, talked it up well in advance. Even to those of us who knew about the event and venue change (originally the boats were to have launched from the Annapolis Sailing School), who live in town, and who promoted it (see this racing editor raising her hand) were surprised and thrilled to see 51 Melges 24 teams docked in Ego Alley with sailors from all over the world—Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, Ukraine, and many states. Such public spectacles are common in sailing-crazy countries in Europe and around the world, but here on the Bay, we haven’t seen such excitement, with the exception of the Whitbread and Volvo stopovers. Now, we want more. “It was like planning an 11-day wedding,” says Filter, who coordinated 120 volunteers (not including the 45 on-thewater volunteers who fell under principal race officer Jeff Borland’s jurisdiction). “It was everything we hoped it would be.” When it comes to the wind, which was spinsheet.com

light and variable most days until the final day with double digit knots, she says, “No matter where it takes place, at every major championship I’ve ever attended, someone will say, ‘The weather is usually not like this.’ I tried to control everything, but… [she laughs].” The two-day Pre-Worlds Regatta confirmed the potency of visiting teams, as they took the three podium finish places: the reigning world and European champions from Italy, Lorenzo Bressani’s Uka Uka Racing team; Italian America’s Cup helmsman and 2001 Melges World Champion, Flavio Favini, on the Swiss-registered Blu Moon; and 2006 World Champion Nicola Celon and his team on Fantastica of Italy. There was no shortage of American talent with 2008 Melges 24 North American Champion Terry Hutchinson and team on Quantum Racing/Gill Race and the 2009 U.S. National Champion Brian Porter on Full Throttle, with 2002 World Champion Harry Melges calling the shots, also in the mix. Bill Hardesty and tactician Vince Brun aboard Events Clothing/Atlantis, shared four Melges 24 World title victories between them. Multiple one-design champion Chris Larson of Annapolis sailing West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes brought what proved to be an invaluable wealth of local knowledge to this event. Although they had their game faces on and were busy prepping for the day's racing, racers reported enjoying talking to passersby and having their photos taken by on City Dock. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

The Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Melges 24 Worlds 2009 Results 1. Chris Larson.........................USA ......... West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes........ 46 points 2. Gabrio Zandona...................ITA........... Joe Fly ............................................................. 71 points 3. Eivind Melleby ....................NOR......... Full Medal Jacket.............................................. 71 points 4. Nicola Celon ........................ITA........... Fantastica......................................................... 73 points 5. Flavio Favini ........................SUI............ Blu Moon . ....................................................... 83 points 6. Lorenzo Bressani .................ITA........... Uka Uka Racing .............................................. 85 points 7. Brian Porter .........................USA.......... Full Throttle...................................................... 100 points. 8. Carlo Fracassoli . ..................ITA........... Gullisara . ........................................................ 102 points 9. Terry Hutchinson ................USA.......... Quantum Racing/Gill Race............................... 109 points 10. Bill Hardesty .......................USA.......... Events Clothing/Atlantis................................... 119 points Corinthian Top Five Overall 1. Bruce Ayres...........................USA.......... Monsoon .......................................................... 28 points 2. Othmar von Blumencron .....USA.......... Gannet ............................................................ 28 points 3. August Hernandez ...............USA.......... High Voltage.................................................... 45 points 4. David Dabney ......................USA.......... Conejo Racing-Ocean Sailing Academy ............. 47 points 5. Christof Wieland .................GER.......... Unsponsored...................................................... 48 points

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The first morning of racing at the Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Melges 24 World Championship wasn't just exciting for the racers. It was exciting for the joggers, dog-walkers, and neighbors on our way to work, too! Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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The 14-boat Corinthian Division, in which no professionals were allowed, lived up to its reputation of fierce competition as well. Reigning North American Corinthian Champion, who is well known on the Chesapeake sailing circuit, Othmar von Blumencron on Gannet, Bruce Ayres on Monsoon, Henry Filter of host club Eastport YC on Wild Child, David Dabney on Conejo Racing-Ocean Sailing Academy, and Germany’s Christof Wieland on an unsponsored boat all secured top-10 race positions during the week. The Corinthian racers produced the “nail-biting” ending of the week with Ayres and von Blumencron tied with equal points until the final race when Ayres crossed the line only a few boat lengths ahead of von Blumencron. It would be an oversimplification to say that Larson calmly led the eleven-race regatta through to a finish; although it may have appeared that way, as he held steady for most of the week and finished with a 17-point lead and a race to spare. Italian 470 Olympian Gabrio Zandona and team on the two-time European Championship winning Joe Fly and Norway’s Eivind Melleby and crew on Full Medal Jacket remained tough enough through the final day to not let Larson rest on his laurels. Even though his performance did not include a race win, in the end, consistent scores make a difference and made it so that Larson and his delighted crew headed in early to celebrate their victory as Zandona and Melleby battled for second place in 12- to 14-knots, the windiest conditions of the series. Zandona took second in the end, and Melleby was pleased to celebrate becoming the first Norwegian to claim a Melges 24 World Championship podium finish. From the race committee perspective, Borland says, “From top to bottom, it was a fabulous event. Having it downtown was really cool. We had 30 volunteers and five boats on the water every day. The race committee outdid itself and handled some bizarre situations—a disappearing mark, strange current that made it hard to set gates, and gremlins in the gas cannon. The race committee dealt with a little bit of everything in a professional manner. Some younger sailors came out to volunteer, too, and with all the events on the water, various race committees from all the local clubs really cooperated out on the water. It was an event to die for.”

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Storm Trysail’s IRC East Coast Championship


Peter and Debbie Gibbons-Neff's Farr 395 Upgrade raced in IRC Class 3. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

Mark Glimcher's J/122 Catapult (New York, NY) took third in IRC Class 3. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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fter a three-day, six-race regatta, only three seconds separated Stephen Murray, Jr.’s New Orleans, LA-based TP 52 Decision IV from Mike Williamson’s New Castle, DE-based King 40 White Heat for the 2009 IRC East Coast Championship overall title. Decision IV sailed in IRC Class 1, while White Heat was in IRC Class 3. Overall results are calculated on average corrected speed for each of the class winners for the entire regatta. Overall winner in the end, Murray, who had previously raced in the 2007 IRC East Coast Championship, says, “This is a very prestigious regatta, with great race management and top-notch competition. We really wanted to make the commitment to win it. We came to Annapolis a month before this regatta so we could race locally, tune the boat, and improve our performance. I’m happy to say that effort paid off.” Thirty-eight yachts raced in five classes as part of the annual IRC East Coast Championship October 30-November 1. Conditions ranged from seven to 23 knots, with light rain on Sunday ahead of a cold front. This event marked the ninth year it was organized by the Storm Trysail Club’s (STC) Chesapeake Station and the fifth year it was run under the IRC rule. STC has been a strong advocate for IRC racing in the United States. Class 2 was a one-design start for six Farr 40s. Matt Beers’s (Washington, DC) Sundance won the class over Preben Ostberg/Todd Olds/Bud Dailey’s (Annapolis) Tsunami. Third place went to Kevin McNeil’s (Annapolis), Night Shift. Racing was very close, with four of the six boats scoring first in at least one race. In Class 4, Ed and Molly Freitag’s (Annapolis) Beneteau 40.7 Down Time won the class, followed by Bill Sweetser’s (Annapolis) J-109 Rush, which broke Sweetser’s multi-year dynasty in the class. Third place went to Midshipman Jason Mazzoni (U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis) on the Navy 44 Swift. Class 5 was a one-design start for seven Beneteau 36.7s, with Peter Firey’s (Vienna, VA) Pegasus narrowly defeating Jim Keen’s (Solomons) Foxtrot Corpen, with Don Finkle’s (Youngstown, NY) KA’IO coming in third. Ed Freitag says, “This is always a good regatta— when you win, it’s always fun [laughs]. There are boats in from out of town, and it’s also a good change of pace from PHRF racing. Storm Trysail does a great job running the races… It would be nice to see more local boats participating in the event in the future.” To see complete results, visit stormtrysail.org. spinsheet.com

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Magic Mystery Machine Wins J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championship


eter McChesney and his Magic Mystery Machine crew won the Chesapeake Bay Championships (October 31-November 1) by one point after a magical last leg in race five that brought them from deep in the pack to third to edge out Marty Hublitz and Eddie Hornick on Veloce. The two-day, five-race regatta hosted by Annapolis YC (AYC) unfolded in 10-20 knots of wind, strong currents in both directions, a 40-degree wind shift in the fourth race, and many lesser shifts in the other races. “There was some fog and wind on the first day, but it could have been worse,” says McChesney. “On Sunday, the wind was beautiful as a whole, and it was close, competitive racing.” The Magic Mystery Machine crew consisted of: Stan Welle (bow), John Morrison and Jay Sterne (trim), Mary Lynne Schultz (pit and “fire putter-outer”), and Susan Taylor on Saturday and Julie Sitzmann on Sunday (mainsail trim). McChesney says, “What was important to us was getting off the line well and clearing our air quickly if we didn’t. Also managing lanes up the beat, maneuvering at the weather mark, and getting around it cleanly. There was a bunch of current causing big trouble for people.”

J/105 2009 Chesapeake Bay Championships 1. The Mystery Machine ...Peter McChesney 2. Veloce ..........................Marty/Eddie Hublitz/Hornick 3. Inigo ...........................Jim Konigsberg 4. Bat IV . .......................Andrew Kennedy 5. Tenacious ....................Carl and Scott Gitchell 6. Mopelia . .....................Denis Seynhaeve 7. Santas Reign Dear . .....Donald Santa 8. SheCrab Soup ..............Will and Cyane 9. Dog House . .................Arthur Libby 10. Mirage ......................Frederik/Cedric Salvesen/Lewis

Hornick on Veloce had a great time at the event with his “ATeam” onboard: “Bobby Marinelli, who has sailed with us since 1980, and the youngsters who do all of the hard work, Liz Russo, Christina Mayor, and Nick Nastasi on foredeck (all Yankees by the way—hard to figure out how they put up with a bunch of old Southern types telling bad jokes from the eighties, but they do)… Funny weekend. Didn’t matter whether it was a southerly on Saturday or a northerly on Sunday, the left was the place to be, current or not. Sometimes we realized that’s where we needed to be and other times not. Our North Sails are working great for us, particularly the heavy air jib we used for the first time. We’re really happy with them.” The Veloce crew did have a somber moment. Hornick says, “Bobby’s dad, who brought him out sailing for the first time on the Bay, had passed away this fall. While we were sailing back in Saturday, Bobby said some simple words about his dad and spread his ashes out into the Bay. I think his dad was always proud of Bobby’s sailing achievements and would really have appreciated it.” Jim Konigsberg’s Inigo team, Andew Kennedy’s Bat IV crew, and Carl and Scott Gitchell’s Tenacious team rounded out the top five for the weekend event. As is typical in this tight-racing fleet, individual races were won by Bat IV, Magic Mystery Machine, Mirage, Inigo, and Veloce. McChesney says, “I truly believe that J/105 racing is the best on the Bay for keelboats more than 25 feet long. If people really want to learn or find out where their sailing skills lie, they should buy a J/105. The J/105 class locally and nationally is fantastic. If you think the class looks fun, ask for a ride on someone’s boat to see how good it is.” For full results and more information about the class, visit j105fleet3.org.

Following their second straight victory at the J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championships, the Magic Mystery Machine team: Peter McChesney, Mary Lynne Schultz, John Morrison, Julie Sitzmann, Stan Welle, Jay Sterne, (and Susan Taylor who is not in the photo). Photo by Walt Nuschke

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J/24 (34 boats) 1. Tony Parker........................14-2-3-1-3-1-8-10: 42 2. Ted Bartlewski ..................7-7-4-7-7-3-9-3: 47 3. Mike Ingham . ...................13-11-1-4-1-5-20/ZFP-6: 61 4. Kris Werner ......................5-21-10-10-8-7-3-1: 65 5. Zaleski................................3-9-8-9-5-17/20%-4-11: 66 6. Mark Hillman . ..................10-5-13-12-6-16/20%-2-4: 68 7. Will Welles .......................1-13-9-3-9-6-21/ZFP-7: 69 8. Chip Till ............................6-1-7-25-10-12-6-5: 72 9. Flip Wehrheim ..................16-17-15-2-4-4-8/ZFP-28/ZFP: 94 10. John Poulson ...................15-12-9/20%-11-11-14-22-2: 96

J/24 East Coast Championships Hosted by Severn SA in Annapolis October 31-November 1

Mike Murray's team at the J/24 East Coast Championships off Annapolis October 31-November 1. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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Bringing the J/35 Mid-Atlantics Back to Life


eeling nostalgic for one-design racing, is solid and recognition that the class offers was very thick. Great breeze, though, and Maury Niebur brought an old J/35 that everyone had a great time sailing. I thought a level of one-design racing hard to find was in a state of semi-retirement in that Halloween might stir up some creativelsewhere.” Charleston, SC back in January 2008. “The ity within the fleet, but he photographic Friday was the day of the 14-mile 2008 sailing season was the most fun I’d government mark race—starting at Thomas evidence indicates that only the Bump crew had in a boat in a long time,” he says. “Last Point Light, heading east, and then back was decked out in full regalia. fall at our annual fleet meeting, I suggested toward the West River—which Scheidt Scheidt says, “One of the funniest times resurrecting an event that hadn’t been run in the series was when the wind veered 40 calls “a welcome throwback to the 1970s in many years: a J/35 Mid-Atlantic Cham- and a nice change-up from the windwarddegrees in the last 30 seconds of a start pionship Regatta. I sequence on Saturday, offered up the West so much so that most of River SC (WRSC) as the fleet (at least Magthe host club with the gie’s helmsman) apparently regatta to run over the thought the leeward mark same weekend as the was the pin end of the line, IRC East Coat Chamand the entire fleet was pionship. The class OCS. As an example of voted unanimously to the great Race Commitadd the event to our tee (RC) work by West schedule.” River, after a general recall, the line was resent, and Niebur began to orthe sequence began in less ganize the event in late than 10 minutes with the November 2008 and windward and leeward recruited Paul Parks, mark changes made while a WRSC member and the race was under way. former J/35 owner as The RC was very aggressive the Principal Race Ofabout getting the races off ficer (PRO) and Hugh and overall did an outstandElliot, ISAF and U.S. ing and flawless job.” Sailing judge, to run Aunt Jean sailed an the jury and protest excellent regatta and won committee. 10 points ahead of second“We had hoped to Appropriate Halloween attire for the J/35 Bump in the Night crew. Photo by Ashley Haines place finisher Maggie. get 100 percent parThe big battle of the regatta was between leeward used most of the time these days.” ticipation from the boats that are actively Windependent, Maggie, and Bump, who raced on the Chesapeake and maybe one or There were some light spots, such as Niebur’s Bump in the Night team found. He were all tied at 15 going into Sunday. two out-of-town boats, which would have Maggie won the day wit a first and a third. watched Jerry Christofel’s Aunt Jean crew brought 12-15 boats to the line. However, Bump managed to squeak out the tiebreakfind pressure “…possibly following that due to the economy and a lack of promoer for third place with Windependent. tion of the event on my part, we only man- safe advice of ‘when looking for breeze, Sunday everyone met back at the club head for the trees.’” Aunt Jean, Niebur’s aged to get eight entries, says Niebur. after putting their boats away to polish Bump in the Night, and Barry Moss’s Bad Peter Scheidt, skipper of second-place off the keg and pick up trophies. Niebur Company finished first, second, and third winning Maggie, didn’t ‘see the lack of notes, “It was unanimously agreed upon to that day, and many stopped by the club for entries as disappointing. He says, “As an hold this event again next year. Same time, pizza and drinks afterward. event just for the J/35s, the regatta had a same station. Hopefully, with out North Saturday and Sunday brought more special feel about it that was different than Americans here in September, a few outconsistent and stronger breeze. “Saturday the other multi-fleet regattas. With the of-towners will leave their boats here and was strange, though,” says Niebur. “I don’t increase in the fleet during the past several stick around to enjoy some fall sailing.” recall ever sailing all day out in the Bay years, while some were writing off the For complete results, visit cbyra.org. and never, ever seeing a shoreline. The fog class, it felt like a celebration that the class

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Racing ‘Round the Lights in Hampton


by Eileen Turner

t was what a great race should be—challenging and exciting! Mother Nature was giving us a heavy blow, stronger than the weatherman predicted or the racers expected. And with the wind coming straight up the channel on the nose, many boats found themselves in tacking duels at the start. Sixty-one boats entered the 14th annual ‘Round the Lights Race sponsored by the Old Point Comfort YC (OPCYC) in Hampton, VA Saturday, October 24. Of those, 55 started the race, and then 40 boats and their crews braved the elements and finished. For those who are unfamiliar with this Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association-sanctioned distance race, it takes place in the southern Chesapeake Bay, rounding two lighthouses—Middle Ground and Thimble Shoals—over a course of 18.5 nautical miles. Spinnaker, non-spinnaker, and cruising classes all participate in this chase start race, where PHRF ratings determine the starting times. This year, the winds were consistently blowing from 20 to more than 30 knots over the entire course. Waves Cat's Paws in high gear at the 'Round the Lights Race. Photo by Eileen Turner and heavy spray washed over boats, many with rails in the water. These conditions proved favorable for some of the boats and created problems for others. As normally happens under extreme conditions, things broke, crews got soaked and tired, and competition was fierce as everyone implePHRF A (7 boats): mented various strategies to get around the course. 1. David Eberwine, Sea Star The first to cross the finish line and become the overall winner was Michael Turner’s 2. Christian Schaumloffel, Mirage Cats’ Paws, an Island Packet 44 sailing in cruising class. David Eberwine’s spinnaker3. Phil Briggs, Feather class Sea Star came in five minutes later and finished second overall. The last boat to finPHRF B (15 boats): ish the race completed the course less than four and a half hours from the first start time. 1. Rusty Burshell, Cool Change At the after-race party held in the OPCYC clubhouse, captains and crews devoured 2. Bob Archer, Bad Habit pizza, wings, and liquid refreshments while awards were handed out. 3. Harry Tenney, Margarita PHRF C (5 boats): 1. Justin Morris, The Hunter 2. Jack Clayton, Melantho 3. Randy Pugh, Elusive PHRF NS-1 (4 boats): 1. Leo Wardrup, Black Widow 2. Larry Bryant, Whisper 3. Dixon Wilde, Kingfisher PHRF NS-2 (5 boats): 1. Mark Poineau, See Ya 2. Steve Lundsford, Joy 3. Mark Wolfe, Orange Blossom Special Cruising Fleet 1 (10 boats): 1. Bob Howell, CYMRU 2. Jay Wright, Glory Days 3. Juan Diaz, Levante Cruising Fleet 2 (9 boats): 1. Michael Turner, Cats’ Paws 2. Steve Runals, Gypsy Lady 3. John Bouma, 3/4 Time A new perpetual trophy made from an original plank of the Middle Ground Lighthouse was won by Michael Turner, skipper of Cats’ Paws, who won the nine-boat crusing fleet 2. Photo by Eileen Turner

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We’ve Got To Get Out of Here! Key West Race Week January 18-23, 2010

We’ll Keep You in the Loop


pinSheet will have a representative in Key West distributing magazines and taking photos, so be sure to wear your best gear and break out the whitening strips—your smile may be on our online Photo Gallery come February… The January issue of SpinSheet will feature a comprehensive preview of the regatta. We’ll include ideas on what to do shoreside, and we do welcome your suggestions. The January issue will be distributed on the docks at Key West and during the Baltimore Boat Show. The February issue will have full results and a fresh-off-the-water, just-infrom-the-airport perspective. We would love to hear your past impressions of Key West, on and off the water, and see your photos. Drop us a line at molly@spinsheet.com with crew lists, photos, predictions, and commentary.

505s in Hampton

In spite of a ”State of Emergency" declared for southeastern Virginia due to a three-day nor'easter, fifteen 505s converged on Hampton, VA November 13-15 to determine their 2009 champions. Chris Behm and Jesse Falsone captured first, Tyler Moore and Geoff Ewenson (shown here) took second, and Ramsey Key and Drew Buttner placed third. Photo by Linda McCarthy

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t’s cold. It’s dark, and yes, we love the Chesapeake Bay, but wouldn’t it be nice to escape in the coldest month of the year? Boatloads of Bay sailors agree that Key West Race Week, presented by Nautica, is a world-class racing event held in the perfect season to get out of Dodge, the third week in January. One-Design, PHRF, and IRC boats are dreaming of azure waters and making reservations.“ Given the cautious outlook toward the economic recovery, we’re really pleased to hear about so many owners making plans to race with us in Key West,” says event director Peter Craig. As variety of entries adds spice to the event, in addition to having Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s new 80-foot Wally Highland Fling on the water, new this year is a 20foot sportboat class. At press time, seven different designs had been approved: the K-650, Laser SB3, Audi Melges 20, Open 570, Open 650, Ultimate 20, and Viper 640 classes.

Bay sailors are gearing up for the annual pilgrimage to the southernmost point... Key West Race Week will be held January 18-23. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

A Key West regular since 1999, Annapolis sailor Ennio Staffini and his crew on the JV/52 Anema & Core are an early entry, which bodes well for IRC competition. Other Chesapeake sailors already registered at print time include Gerry Taylor’s Cape Fear 38 Tangent crew and longtime Key West veterans (who came home last year with quite a bit of silverware from the feeder race), Bruce Gardner’s Annapolis-based 10M Beneteau L’Outrage crew. Among one-design Chesapeake sailors, as usual, Solomons sailors John and Linda Edwards on the Farr 30 Rhumb Punch wouldn’t miss this event. Signed up and fired up from the J/80 class are Annapolis sailors Kristen Robinson and the Angry Chameleon crew and Ramzi Bannura’s Stacked Deck team. Travis Weisleder’s Fishing Bay, VA-based J/105 Lucky Dog will be there, as will Annapolis sailor Rod Jabin’s Melges 32 Ramrod team. Other one-design classes expected to have healthy turnouts are the Farr 40 and Swan 42 fleets. For more information, visit premierracing.com. spinsheet.com

Tred Avon YC Penguin Frostbiters Face No Frost


he forecast for the 2009 Tred Avon YC Penguin Frostbite November 7 was exactly right as to direction and exactly wrong (I should say reversed) as to velocity. The breeze continued to build rather than diminish from the southwest. The nine competitors enjoyed one of the finest, if bumpiest, sailing days of the summer in mostly 15-knot plus wind and sunny 60 plus degree temperatures. Seven of the competitors enjoyed the skilled services of local and regional Opti and 420 aces. Patrick Floyd sailed with winner Jonathan Bartlett. Andreas Adam was with me (Paul Hull) and took great joy in beating best friend and archrival Read Beigel, who enlisted his dad Read, Sr. as crew. Hayley Crowder crewed for new Penguin sailor Elizabeth Wainwright. They sailed in a beautiful borrowed Horner, previously owned by Dick Kelly. Scott Williamson had regular crew Aubrey Barringer, a veteran of the Gibson Island program. Local celebrity attorney Sandy McAllister enjoyed sailing with 420 sailor Miriah Luffingwell. Finally, the sailor with the most Penguin experience of all, Bill Lane, had Grey Benson as crew. Only one sailor had to make do with help from a big person. Donna Mackenzie has become Charlie Krafft’s regular crew. This has proved to be an outstanding team. They won the Internationals together and sailed to a solid second place in this regatta. Bob Blomquist deserves a lot of credit for single-handing in the big breeze. He commented, after the fact, that he now has a good grip on the idea that live crew (as opposed to water bottles) would be most helpful. (Check out the local Opti and 420 fleets for enthusiastic crew, Bob.) Thanks to PRO Andrew Parrish and to Eric Crawford and Skyler Benson for a great final regatta for the 2009 season. They provided two crash boats for a great margin of safety on a beautiful fall day. Results are available on the TAYC website. tayc.com

Chesapeake Bay Sailing

by Paul Hull

A dozen Bay sailors competed among 85 racers in the Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open at the American YC in Rye, NY Columbus Day weekend on 505s, Moths, A-Cats, and more. Shown here is Mike Faber of Bowie, MD on an A-Cat. Photo by photoboat.com

In weather that was described as "wet and cold and wet, wet, wet," the 5th annual Constellation Cup unfolded in Baltimore October 17. The event is held to support the education and preservation programs of the Historic Ships in Baltimore. To learn more and find race results, visit ussconstellationcup.org. Photo by Kathleen Knust

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The Baltimore Harbor Leukemia Cup Regatta October 24. For results, visit bcya.com. Photo by Scott Taylor

More than 40 boats participated in the Baltimore Harbor Leukemia Cup Regatta October 24. Shown here dockside apres-race is the crew of Windalier, a 1962 Abeking & Rasmussen/Sparkman-Stephens yawl, owned by Thad Bench of Worton, MD. Photo by Scott Taylor

More Frigid Digits at Severn SA


Cyrano, skippered by Bob Mosby with a hearty crew of Santas, heads for the finish line in Hampton River... The 32nd Gaboon Race December 6 marks the unofficial end of the racing season in Hampton Roads. The Gaboon is an eight-mile staggered start race/pursuit race, with the boats’ starting times based on their PHRF ratings. The tone of the race, however, is reflected in the inclusive allowances. Normal crew limits are waived and, of course, the Gaboon is open to all. The race starts and finishes off the Hampton YC. To enter, please contact Phil Briggs at (757) 723-5477.

Beneteau 36.7 NAs Oct 20-24th

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ineteen boats gathered in Annapolis for the 2009 Snipe Frigid Digit Regatta, hosted by Snipe fleet 532 and Severn Sailing SA (SSA) October 4-5. A popular boat for family members to sail together, it was no surprise that a third of the boats were comprised of husbandand-wife teams with two father-daughter teams: Chloe Constants and her dad Steve and Katie Wesdyk and her dad Russ. Saturday provided all 19 competitors with relatively light but typical Chesapeake fall conditions. The shifty five to eight knots of wind and chop challenged the competitors. After a postponement due to lack of wind, racers finished three races. The day concluded with a seafood feast including fresh local crabs on the SSA porch. Sunday’s wind came from the opposite direction, starting at 10 knots and building to about 15. The first race was a windward/leeward and the second, an Olympic course. The higher winds and reaching legs of the Olympic course provided ideal planing conditions. Sailors competed in only two races because of the number of capsizes in the second race. Fortunately, everyone made it back ashore, some a little wet, but the only damage was to a few egos. After five races, Lee Griffith and Carol Merriman finished third. Local SSA sailors Eric Reinke and Bridget Creney came in second, and with five victories in all five races, Augie Diaz from Miami Florida and his crew Kathleen Tocke won the regatta. Find complete results at severnsailing.org. Stay tuned to SpinSheet for news about the August 2010 Snipe National Regatta to be sailed right here on the Chesapeake Bay. spinsheet.com

with Dave Gendell with Molly Winans

Kevin Detwiler


n 1979, after being hit by a car while bicycling and suffering a serious head injury and paralysis, Kevin Detwiler was told he would not sit up or talk again. Thirty years later, he races sailboats. Born and raised in St. Mary’s, MD where he still resides, Detwiler had the good fortune to have a father who is an engineer capable of modifying the family home for wheelchair accessibility and building rehabilitative tools at home, such as a whirlpool and pool. He was also lucky to connect with a therapeutic riding organization, then called TRY (Therapeutic Riding for Youth). Horseback riding and swimming in warm water enabled Detwiler to have much greater mobility (good motion in one arm, his neck, and torso and some motion in one leg) than the doctors had anticipated. The doctors’ predictions about his speaking capabilities proved to be wrong as well. While in eighth grade in public school, Detwiler started the Abled Disabled Club and began to speak to seventh graders about what it meant to be disabled. Over the course of four years, he gathered other local disabled people to join him in speaking to seventh graders all over the county—early indicators that he was The Log Canoe Mystery, 1932 of five a natural leaderbuilt andinteacher. He went on to graduate from logs in Oxford, racing on the Miles River in high school and earn an associates degree from Charles September, 2006. Photo by Don Biresch, County Community College. Today, Detwiler lives on his own www.dbconsultants.com/dbphotos/ next door to his parents and drives himself to work (in a customized van) as a substitute teacher in St. Mary’s public schools. About eight years ago, Detwiler discovered Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) and got hooked on sailing. “I love sailing,” he says with his signature Hollywood smile. “Sometimes you have to search for the wind. Then you catch some, and it’s the best feeling just riding the waves.” Detwiler has been racing in CRAB’s program for five years. CRAB matches sailors of varying abilities and skill levels to make for fair and safe racing. CRAB Regatta Chair Bridget Shea says, “Kevin’s great! He embodies the true spirit of Corinthian sailing. He is always willing to help out, always has a kind word for his competitors, and has worked very hard to improve his sailing and racing skills. Other CRAB racers want to crew for him. That shows that he is not only fun to sail with, but he leads by example.” Chesapeake Bay SailingAPSLTD.COM


Allen Faurot, who has been racing with Detwiler for two seasons, explains how sailing with someone who must remain in the same seat with his feet strapped down can create problems, such as getting clipped by the mainsheet during a gybe. It takes time and practice to work through the kinks as he has with Detwiler and fellow crew Kathleen Sheedy (pictured below). Faurot says, “I enjoy sailing with Kevin. We’ve done really well, especially when we’ve had a good start. That gives him confidence and an extra edge. He works at it… If you’ve already seen his smile, then you get Kevin. It’s also something else to see the love and care of his father, who helps him on the boat. It’s amazing.” SpinSheet: Who are your best sailing buddies? Everyone I sail with at CRAB and Allen Faurot. What are your non-sailing passions? I can swim all day long. What do you like to read? I just finished Christopher Reeve’s book and am reading Cat and Mouse by James Patterson. Do you have a favorite memory from the 2009 sailing season? One day was really windy. I told my friends on the dock when I got back, “Now that was a wonderful sail!” It felt so good to find the wind and just let go. It was awesome. What gear do you depend upon? My inflatable lifejacket—it’s a lot less bulky than the vests. Luckily, it hasn’t inflated yet! Also, tiller extensions are important because I can’t fully reach. I also bring my own dowel as a footrest. My dad made Velcro straps to keep my feet in place. What are your sailing goals? I want to beat Don Backe (CRAB Executive Director).

Kevin Detwiler, Kathleen Sheedy, and Alllen Faurot at the Boatyard Grill Regatta for CRAB on August 29. Photo by Roberta Mislevy Photography

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Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association Happy Holidays from CBYRA!


s the year comes to a close, we would like to thank our entire Executive Committee and all of our volunteers for their continued support and dedication to CBYRA. Your tireless efforts to help promote the sport of sailing in the Chesapeake Bay region are much appreciated. CBYRA would also like to acknowledge the induction of our new 2010 Executive Committee members. Welcome aboard! With the holidays upon us, what better way to celebrate than giving the perfect gifts to your favorite sailors? This year, CBYRA is proud to announce two new partnerships that directly benefit our members. If you are not a member now, you will definitely want to join our crew to take advantage of these exciting, exclusive offers. We have memberships for everyone, even if you are not a boat owner! Thank you to Topaz Sailing Systems and West Marine, CBYRA’s newest partners. Finally, don’t forget to navigate toward the CBYRA website (cbyra.org) to renew your membership for 2010. It’s time to order your Greenbook and update your information so that we can serve you better. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact us at any time via e-mail or by phone at our new number 410-990-9393.

$200 off the purchase of any new Topaz Sailing Dinghy, exclusively for CBYRA members, valid until March 31, 2010.

10 percent off West Marine purchases (five percent off electronics) with a Port Supply card for CBYRA members only.

Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) 612 Third Street, Suite 4-A Annapolis, Maryland 21403 • (410) 990-9393 • office@cbyra.org • cbyra.org


Farewell to Friends I

A Tribute to Sandy Malakis

t may seem like an unremarkable Annapolis story. Classy blonde from Philadelphia, PA comes to Annapolis for a weekend with her girlfriends. Gets introduced to a gregarious doctor. Falls in love. Learns how to sail. But lucky for this town, which is a magnet for people with a lust for life, a natural love for the water, and a relentless spirit of giving, Sandy Malakis became part of the fabric of our community. That was more than 20 years ago. On September 7, Sandy passed away after battling cancer for a year. The loss is not unremarkable, as the Annapolis boating community lost a great friend, a big smile, and a generous heart on that day. Sandy and her husband, Nick, a radiologist at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, were prominent on the Chesapeake Bay racing circuit for many years. Their first encounter was the race to St. Michaels on Nick’s boat—a meeting that launched a 23-year adventurous relationship. Sandy began racing with Nick on various boats and devoted herself to learning everything she could about the sport of sailing. Her first position as a novice racer was, as is typical, working the running backstays. True to her personality, Sandy studied, inquired, and read absolutely everything there was to know about running backs. She quickly advanced to other positions on the boat and eventually established herself as a competent spinnaker trimmer. After several years of sailing a Beneteau, Sandy and Nick bought a Mumm 30 named Crime Scene, a major force on the racing circuit for several years. Sandy’s passion for the sport became obvious as Chesapeake Bay Sailing

by Anne Harrington

she constantly pored over information from sailors like Garth Hichens and Rod Jabin, both technical sailing gurus. She was known for asking precise questions and taking copious notes from the top racing sailors and was passionate about the aerodynamics of sailing, as math and physics were second nature to her. Sandy soon gained confidence at the helm on Crime Scene in a competitive Annapolis fleet. One of many moments of glory was her Wednesday night race at the helm with a spinnaker ending that got the gun for a first-place finish. In addition to racing on Crime Scene, Sandy was an excellent crew boss. She made the arrangements for many races—Key West Race Week, SORC, Block Island Race Week, Newport Races, and the Mumm 30 Worlds in Hilton Head. She was known for her attention to detail, while taking care of everything from crew lodging to every piece of hardware needed for the boat. Sandy also enjoyed sailing and racing J/22s and Bytes. She competed in an ISAF regatta in Marseilles, France with Melinda Berge on a J/24 and also in two Rolex Women’s regattas. After selling Crime Scene, Sandy and Nick raced on Down Time with Molly Haley and Ed Freitag. Sandy and Nick made the switch from sail to power in 2005 and owned Siren Song, a beautiful 42-foot Sabreline. For several years, Sandy and Nick were active in the Annapolis YC Cruising Fleet and the Spa Creek Cruising Club.

Sandy and Nick enjoyed their close-knit family and a wide circle of loving friends. They traveled the world, visiting New Zealand, Europe, Mexico, and Alaska, and did several sailing vacations in the Caribbean. They belonged to two gourmet and wine clubs and loved to cook and throw parties. The Annapolis sailing community lost a remarkably bright star when Sandy passed away. She was a part of many lives, and her giving personality and great smile will be missed. We’re glad she came for more than a visit. She has left a wake of generosity and warmth that will lap the beaches of the Chesapeake for many years. SpinSheet December 2009 75



Cape Dory 28 flybridge fast trawler. 1989, 30 ft. overall. AP, single engine, bowthruster, 4 year old engine. Asking price reduced to $63K. Seriously for sale Make offer. jerry@downtownsailing.org Donate Your Boat and help teach at-risk teens to sail. (202) 478-0396, www.planet-hope.org Full Fair Market/Book Value for Your Boat 501(c) (3) private foundation seeks boat donations for use within educational programs. Fully tax deductible. Free boat surveys provided. Free hauling/transport. Also accept cars, trucks, and other items of value. Also seeking volunteer sailboat and powerboat instructors. (410) 591-9900 Maryland Maritime Foundation Needs Your Help. Through donations of boats, equipment, and other items, we provide funds for education and other opportunities to organizations and individuals. We also have boats for sale at great prices - allowing you to get on the water. (301) 5093206, director@mdmaritime.org

Contact Lucy Iliff for advertising, (410) 216-9309 or lucy@spinsheet.com. 27’ Catalina ‘85 Tall Rig Ready to sail, recent survey, inboard dsl, wheel steering, brand new RF and main. Loaded w/many extras. $10,000 obo w/tender & motor. Leave msg. (410) 9824829.

C&C 35 MKIII CB ’87 Refitted 2005/6. Awlgripped hull, deck, mast, boom. All deck fittings, rigging repaired or replaced. New cushions. Teak restored to new. Perfect cond. One owner. $68,000. Phone: (443) 521-3314.

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36’ S-2 11.0A ’82 Aft cockpit sloop. 4’8” draft. New 40-hp Yanmar dsl installed 2002. Generous storage & tankage. Well equipped & maintained. $48,000, (703) 573-7344 or sailmanles@aol.com

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37' Tartan Competently maintained by 2nd owner 30 yrs, Hard top dodger, Alder Barbour refrig, ready to go, bottom line $45,000 Call David Cox (cell) (410)310-3476 dc@bollardyachts.com


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Browse the entire selection online and at our convenient Mayo, MD location. We may have your boat! www.grabbagsailboats.com (301) 261-4079 26’ MacGregor ’02 With trailer, easy mast raising system, used only one season, sleeps 6, enclosed head, 50-hp Honda, many extras, including full electronics. Sea Scouts, $13,900, Joel David (703) 587-9920, jdavid5158@ aol.com.


Repo’d Boats For Sale

The deadline for the Brokerage and Classified sections is the 10th of the month prior to publication (December 10 for the January issue).

26’ Ranger This boat is a fast sailing boat in need of some TLC. Included are 4 sails and outboard engine. Don’t lose this opportunity. $2,000 obo (443) 871-2465

Etchells USA 294 Ready to race w/trailer. New North light/ medium. Recent ($9K) of work done in 2003 by Ontario Yachts, Canada: Keel, rudder. $7,000. Call (410) 353-6688. 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, stevedalex@msn.com 30’ Catalina Tall Rig ‘82 Bow sprit, Fin Keel. New M-18 Universal Dsl. New. Int Cushions and cockpit cushions. Very clean and sail ready. $12,900. Firm. (757) 285-5065.

40’ Cabo Rico NE Motorsailer ’99 50% or full sale. Optimum motorsailer w/rare performance under both power & sail. 9 knot speed, full cabin visibility, proven off-shore stability. Unique open space design, all on 2 nearly equal levels. Sleeps 6, owner’s cabin, guest stateroom. Elegant teak, wood joinery throughout. Fully outfitted for extensive, comfortable cruising. Professionally maintained. Boat now in outstanding Seattle cruising area. $348,000 or negotiable 50% interest. (360) 378-7145

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40’ Tartan ’89 Cruising/ liveaboard. Custom interior. Two staterooms, large galley, ref/frz, watermaker, dsl heater, full cockpit enclosure, wind generator, Doyle stackpack, davits, AP, SSB, full instrumentation. Many upgrades. $169,000 (978) 360-5998

Wauquiez Centurion 40S ’04 is an elegant performance cruiser with quality of workmanship above that of any other production boat. She is amazingly fast having won the Governors Cup. Priced at $199,000. Tate or Robert at (410) 505-4144 or info@ santacruzannapolis.com

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41' Hunter '01 Fully equipped and well maintained. Fifty percent co-ownership $78,500. Located in Oxford. Call Hank (484) 680-2312 or bwn2sum@hotmail.com 42’ Tayana ’84 Vancouver Aft Cockpit Immaculate liveaboard ocean cruiser. Tons of storage. A must view at a bargain price: $80,000 Contact Don (410) 263-3370. In Annapolis.

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J/105 ’98 has earned a welldeserved reputation as the largest class of cruiser/racer sailboats in the US. This boat is immaculately kept and professionally maintained. New instruments and sails in ’07, new jib for ’10. Offered for $93,000 Robert at (410) 562-1255 or Robert@santacruzannapolis. com Santa Cruz 37 ’08 Sail Magazine’s “2009 Sail Boat of the Year”. A cutting edge performance sailing boat with full interior including bunks for 6. Priced to sell at $299,000 including options, instruments and commissioning. Tate or Robert at (410) 505-4144 or info@santacruzannapolis.com

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Beneteaus, Beneteaus, Beneteaus!! All sizes and prices available. Great selection available in or near Annapolis. Call Dan Nardo, your Beneteau man for any info 410-267-8181 or dan@ annapolisyachtsales.com 30’ Beneteau First 305 ‘88 Comfortable racer-cruiser, has outboard motor lift, sails, spinnaker pole, shoal draft. $24,500. Call Jonathan at (804) 436-4484 or jonathan@annapolisyachtsales. com

38’ Catalina 380 ’03 Cleanest Catalina on the market! Fully equipped in “turn key” cond. Finest production sailboat in this size & price range in MidAtlantic. $149,900. Call Denise (410) 267-8181, denise@ annapolisyachtsales.com. 39’ Beneteau 393 3-cabin ’02 Gorgeous w/nice equipment. Unbelievably low price of $139,900. Finest 3-cabin production sailboat for this size/price range in the Mid-Atlantic. Won’t last long! Call Tim (410) 267-8181 or tim@ annapolisyachtsales.com

34’ Catalina ’01 Schaefer in boom furling, air, nice canvas $98,000, bayharborbrokerage. com, (757) 480-1073. 38’ C&C Landfall ’84 Solid capable cruising boat. 4”11” draft. new canvas, epoxy bottom. New dark blue paint job. $59,000 bayharborbrokerage.com, (757) 480-1073.

42’ Beneteau 423 ’04 Offshore equipped & ready to go cruising or racing in bluewater. Well maintained by a knowledgeable owner and ready to take her next owners to far off places. $196,000 Call Tim (410) 267-8181 or tim@ annapolisyachtsales.com

38’ Ericson ’85 Excellent cond., rebuilt dsl 20 hrs, 2005 sails, new upholstery, electric halyard winch, PHRF 132, great quality in an excellent sailing boat $64,000 Bay Harbor Brokerage (757) 4801073.

42’ Beneteau 423 ’03 Asking only $182,900. This B-423 has been sailed very little, a true sailors dream. Owners are anxious. Best price on the Bay!! Call Dan @ (410) 267-8181

47’ Beneteau ‘02 Like new cond., bow thruster, generator, air, in mast furling, custom rubrail, gennaker, 2 stateroom layout $214,900 Bay Harbor Brokerage (757) 480-1073.

30’ Custom Gaff Rig Schooner Offered in Bristol cond. Owned & updated by professional boat builder. 30’ on deck. 38’ LOA. Perfect for Great Chesapeake Schooner Race. Asking $44,000 Call Paul Rosen (410) 267-8181.

42’ Whitby ‘82 Chesapeake Eagle is a one owner boat in immaculate cond. Ketch rig, bowsprit, davits, dinghy, o/b. Reduced to $99,500. Call Jonathan (804) 776-7575 or email jonathan@annapolisyachtsales. com

34’ Aloha 10.5 ‘84 Popular Brewer design built in Canada. A/C, Dickerson heater. Davits, Cockpit cushions, Windlass etc. Offered at $39,900 Deltaville VA. Call Jonathan at (804) 436-4484 or jonathan@annapolisyachtsales. com

43’ Elan Impression 434 ‘05 Only Elan 434 on the market! Furling main, RF genoa, radar, chart plotter, GPS, AP. Perfect for the couple who demands performance & quality. $280,000. Charles (410) 267-8181, charles@ annapolisyachtsales.com.

36’ Beneteau 361 ‘00 Cleanest, best maintained 36’ sailboat on the market!! Furling main, RF genoa, reverse cycle heat & air, new dodger, bimini, connector, UV canvas on sails. $105,000. Denise (410) 267-8181, denise@annapolisyachtsales. com

57’ Beneteau 57 Center Cockpit ‘04 Built by Beneteau France, commissioned, maintained by AYS. One owner yacht. Ready to sail. All the extra equipment you would expect. $689,000 Paul Rosen 410-267-8181, paul@ annapolisyachtsales.com

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27’ S2 ’86 Well maintained, low hrs on dsl. $12,000. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059 . 28’ Cape Dory ‘76 Well maintained, clean dsl engine, $ 19,500. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059. 30’ Catalina ’78 Fin keel super clean and well maintained $15,750. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059. 356 Hunter ’04 In Mast Main furler super clean and well maintained $119,900. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-705.

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34’ Hunter Sloop ’87 Yan 27hp, RF, AC, AP $36,500, www. lippincottmarine.com (410) 8279300.

35’ Freedom ’94 A wellbalanced boat that is easy to manage with an electric halyard/ mainsheet winch. To tack simply put the helm over. $115,000 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 www.crusaderyachts.com 39’ Jeanneau ‘07 Many upgrades. Ultraleather upholstery, AC/heat, 2 private staterooms, electric heads, furling mainsail & genoa, bowthruster, state-of-theart electronics. Like new. 198,000. Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 www.crusaderyachts.com

44’ Pacific Seacraft ‘93 A proven blue water cruiser! Water maker, SSB, wind vane, genset, dinghy, solar, wind generator, radar, autopilot, more $320,000 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 www.crusaderyachts.com 50’ Beneteau ‘00 Owners Version - highly desirable 2 cabin, a/c, roller furling jib & main, generator ’07, Power winches, swim platform, twin helm. $265,000. 410-269-0939, www. crusaderyachts.com

Able Whistler 32 ‘86 Blue Water Cruiser, Ready to sail – Cutter Rig w/ dual furling gear, full, swing keel, very good cond., rebuilt Yanmar dsl, Refrigeration & more - $ 49,900 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email tony@greatblueyachts.com

36’ Catalina MKII ’96 Univ. 30hp dsl, radar, inverter, R/F $88,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300 37’ Hunter 376 ’96 Yanmar dsl, RF, AP, AC/Gen, new listing $82,500 www.lippincottmarine. com, (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.

32’ Hunter Vision 32 ’90 Full canvas, Pilot, GPS, full main, RF jib, Air/Heat, refrigeration, Flat panel TV $ 42,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email: tony@greatblueyachts.com 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 $42,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email: tony@greatblueyachts.com 36’ Catalina ’94 Very clean, full main, RF 150, dodger, bimini, Air/Heat, windlass, “L” shaped dinette $ 72,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email: tony@greatblueyachts.com,

J/92 '93 an extremely fast 30' racer-cruiser with asymmetric spinnaker and inboard diesel. From top to bottom she has been well cared for. Some highlights include a spring 09 bottom, new and nearly new running rigging, clean two tone decks and a bright clean interior Offered at $49,500. Contact David at (410) 280-2038 or David@


J/109 '05 This J/109 is one of the best cruiser racers on the market. The J/109 features the popular carbon fiber retractable bowsprit and asymmetric spinnaker system and a cruisable 2-cabin interior layout with standing headroom. Excellent condition and list of upgrades. Offered at $159,000. Contact Ken at (410) 280-2038 or Ken@northpointyachtsales.com

J/120 '98 Well priced and ready to race or cruise. The J 120 provides exciting performance with a PHRF of 51 and great accommodations for 6. It drives to windward as if it is on rails but yet is great for a day's sail for two. Offered at $160,000 Contact Paul Mikulski at (410) 280-2038 or Paul@northpointyachtsales.com

X-412 '02 She is a proven Racer Cruiser that will appeal to the sailor looking for a boat to race and cruise. She has a blue hull and a teak deck that creates a beautiful classic look. Offered at $247,500. Contact Ken at (410) 280-2038 or Ken@northpointyachtsales.com

31’ Pearson ‘88 Yanmar 18 hp, RF, dodger, shoal draft, $29,900, www.lippincottmarine.com, (410) 827-9300.

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. Starting at $89,000. Contact Paul Mikulski at (410) 280-2038 or Paul@northpointyachtsales.com

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J/46 '00 Excellent example of this proven blue water cruiser. She is well outfitted and meticulously maintained with carbon fiber mast, standard- 6'2" draft keel and strong resin-infused, composite TPI SCRIMP hull and deck. Offered at $429,000 Contact Paul Mikulski at (410) 280-2038 or Paul@northpointyachtsales.com

31’ Tartan Sloop ’90 Well known & well built performance cruiser. Catarina has all the right options ie. Inboard dsl, Harken RF, CNG stove & oven, wheel steering, self-tailing winches, bimini, spinnaker gear and even some new sails, new electronics & more. She is in lovely cond. and a must see. Asking $55,000 SOA (877) 267-1808.

33’ Cape Dory Sloop ’81 Original owner boat that has only been sailed on the Chesapeake Bay. Draft 4’10”, Volvo dsl engine, Hood RF for head sail, Lewmar winches, mail, jib & genoa. She is lightly equipped but the Cape Dory is known for being a very capable cruiser. This is an honest vessel. Asking $33,000 OBYS(410) 2260100. 36’ Allied Princess Cutter ‘79 Courtship is a lovely, well maintained & nicely outfitted vessel. Rare Cutter Rig, 40HP dsl engine, dodger, bimini, 4’6” draft etc. Excellent Bahama or island live-aboard. Asking $48,900 OBYS (410) 226-0100. 37’ Tayana Pilothouse Cutter ’83 Extremely capable offshore cruiser. She has been well maintained and upgraded appropriately. The seller has reduced her to $79,900 and is willing to listen to offers. OBYS (410) 226-0100.

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www.regent-point.com 25’ Cape Dory ’78 “Doo Dah Day Quantum Sails, RF, 2004 6 HP Four Stroke OB, Great Day Sailor, Clean in very good cond., Price Reduced: $7,950 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457, www.regent-point.com 27’ Cape Dory ’79 Auriana 8 HP Yanmar dsl. RF, Quantum Sails Asking: $14,900 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457, www.regent-point.com 28’ Pearson Triton ’64 “Shearwater” Meticulously restored and in immaculate cond. A Real Museum Piece. Too many custom features to list. Must see to believe. Review pictures on our web page. Asking: $19,950 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 7584457. www.regent-point.com


35.5 Hunter Legend ’88 Ladybug 27 HP Yanmar dsl, A/CHeat Pump, Ref, Auto Helm, RF, dodger, bimini, Many features. Price Reduced: $39,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-7584457, www.regent-point.com. 37’ Hunter Legend ’87 Ready to go cruising, all the extras like radar, chartplotter auto helm, AC/HT, ref/fr, RF and much more, Asking: $57,900 Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457 www.regent-point.com

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call RogueWave (410) 571-2955 for an appointment and VISIT US at www.RogueWaveYachtSales. com or at Port Annapolis Marina! NorSea 27 Aft Cockpit ‘78 Lyle Hess design, bluewater boat with trailer! $57K Rogue Wave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955.

Bristol Channel Cutter 28 ’95 Sam L Morse, Lyle Hess BCC28 equipped to the max for world cruising complete refit in 07 stem to stern, new rigging, new electronics, diesel heat, water maker,… Choose from several! $124K to $199K (410) 571-2955 www.RogueWaveYachtSales.com

Hallberg Rassy 39 Sloop ‘00 Lovely Frers design that sails like a dream. Well equipped for offshore work. $329K (410) 571-2955 www.RogueWaveYachtSales.com Valiant 42 ’95 Rare pullman layout with aft head and massive storage. Well equipped and well cared for. $295K RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955. C&C CB Sloop 44 ’88 Lovely accommodations with big beautiful aft stateroom. Well equipped. Impeccably maintained, and a great sailing vessel. $149K, RogueWave Yacht Sales (571) 2955.

Ingrid 38 Ketch ’76 Wonderful platform for bluewater cruising on a budget. New bottom, new rigging. $49K. RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955.

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30’ Catalina ’87 $33,000 Nice, clean boat. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 31’ O’Day ’86 $24,900 Ready to go. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 32’ Catalina ’98 Very clean and ready to sail. $69,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 35’ Island Packet ’89 $119,000 New Listing! Call for details. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 35’ O’Day ’87 New listing $37,000. A great cruising boat. Sailing Associates (410) 2758171.

NEW AT WALCZAK YACHTS 2005 C&C110 RENEWAL impressive list of equipment from watermaker to XM weather race or cruise. Offshore ready. $179,000

2002 Jeanneau 452 Sun Odyssey 3 Cabin 2 head layout with R/F Main and Genoa. Loaded with upgrades. Best price and condition on the market!

45.5 Bristol '90 Center cockpit, shoal draft, fresh Awlgrip blue hull, Long list of up-grades 2008. A very good cruising boat in the $285,000 range

1999 Bristol 47 Raven The last Bristol built. Aft cockpit very custom and immaculate condition. $499,000.

43' Alden '93 Aft cockpit, two cabin, fast sailing yacht. Continual upgrades, new Awlgrip, sails, long equipment list. Beautiful yacht. $379,000

1989 68' Oyster Viking IV Raised saloon, inside steering, T/dsl world cruiser. Located in Charleston, SC $679,000

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38’ Morgan 382 ’81 $50,000 Completely equipped for offshore cruising. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

31’ Catalina 310 ’04 Very low hrs, Air, loaded..$75,000 Contact: Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 6399380, tom@saltyachts.com

40’ Palmer Johnson ’78 Traditional ocean racer, ready to go. $59,900 Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

31’ Pearson ’90 Great bay boat owners move forces sale …NOW $38,900 Contact: Ben Armiger (410) 639-9380, Ben@saltyachts.com

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

35’ C&C 35 ’84 mkIII Very well equipped & maintained, loads of sails, baltoplate bottom, Fast yet set up to cruise comfortably… REDUCED! $45,900, Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, tom@saltyachts.com

50’ Gulfstar ’77 World cruiser! Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171

35’ Tartan 3500 ’98 NEW PRICE! 3500, air, davits, radar and more…$135,000 Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, tom@saltyachts.com

28’ Southern Cross A little Gem! 120 hrs on Yanmar. Great shape…NOW $27,500 Contact : Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, Ben@saltyachts.com

40’ Hunter 40.5 Legend ’97 loaded with goodies, great Chesapeake or beyond boat!...$111,900 Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, tom@ saltyachts.com 47’ Beneteau 473 ’03 Bristol Condition and loaded, Contact Ben Armiger (410) 639-9380, Ben@ saltyachts.com

17 Windrider trimaran/kayak (1997) Lightweight performance craft. Solo sailer. This is a rocket ship! $1,000 21 Elor 6.5 meter (1985) a Paul Elvstrom design very seaworthy. 12 sails including 4 spinakers. Newly upholstered. $1,200 22 Marshall Catboat (1974) Doubler Recent Yanmar 2gm 18HP dsl, less than 100 hours. Electric winch which all lines lead to. New main. Fresh varnish. Awlgripped 2006. Full keel. Excellent condition. $30,000 22 Hunter (1984) keel model. 2 Mains, r/f jib, 8 hp Electric start Longshaft 4cycle Tohatsu ob, autohelm. Good condition $2,000 23 ft Spirit (1979) Keel/cb sloop. Pop-top cabin (6’2” standing headroom) Main,Jib, Genoa, Stove, anchor, 9.9 hp long shaft Evinrude OB, EZ Loader dual axle trailer (boat weighs 2800 lbs) $2,500 25 Cal (1970) Recent Main, Genny, w.jib, Spinnaker, Bimini, s/s grill, 9.9 hp OMC Yachttwin OB. In sound condition, ready to go $1,200 25 Whitby (1964) New standing & running rigging, rudder, toe rail, life lines, reinforced stanchions, much more. Fresh bottom paint. $5,000 27 C&C 27 (1971) w/Atomic 4, Main, R/F Genoa, Jib, Bimini. $4,500 Frers 30 (1987) Racing sails. Diesel. Needs a little work. A gem for a racing syndicate startup. $8,000 30 Tartan (1975) Atomic 4. Recent Main & 150 RF Genoa. 135 jib, working jib, and storm jib; 2 spinnakers. Wheel and AP, Dodger, small inflatable dinghy, ground tackle. $8,000

(410) 626-0273 crab-sailing.org 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.

Beneteau 343 ’06 Our Trade. Bimini, AP, Air & More. Freshwater /Lightly used – New bottom paint, ready to cruise in comfort! asking $114,000 – Make an offer – MUST GO SOON! Call Mike Titgemeyer (410) 263-6111 or mike@tartanccannapolis.com

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36’ C&C 110 ’05 Shoal draft version, great performance cruiser or club racer. Less than 60 hrs!... $163,000 Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, tom@saltyachts.com

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38’ Morgan ’93 Huge center cockpit ready to go!…… NOW.$97,000! Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, tom@ saltyachts.com

C&C 99 '04 Race and Cruise equipped. Lovingly cared for by original owner. Many updates, newer sails, autopilot, refer, GPS plotter, carbon rig, epoxy hull & Transferable Warranty - asking 129,000 Contact Mike Titgemeyer (410) 703-7986 cell mike@tartanccanapolis.com This is a great value over 180k to replace her. Two boat owner, Offers encouraged!

Tartan 4400 '05 Beautifully maintained, offshore equipped and ready! Replacement costs is over 650k - Air, Genset, Windlass, Leisure Furl - can't add much more. Custom Three cabin layout. Owner has decided on the next boat, if you are serious about sailing and cruising, this is the one! Price Reduction $449,000 - Call Mike Titgemeyer to get aboard. (410) 263-6111 or www.tartanccyachts.com

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Walczak Yacht Brokerage Has a list of downeast boats and trawlers to meet the needs of those sailors drifting towards power. Contact our brokerage staff any time of the day. Call (410) 268 1611.

47.7 Bristol '87 Rare aft cockpit model, great looking, great sailing yacht with shoal draft. Flag Blue hull, new teak deck's, great two cabin interior, large salon. Good equipment. $279,000 Contact Frank Gary 410-703 4017 of Walczak Yacht Brokerage www.walczakyacht.com




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410-923-1400 • 443-223-7864 38.8 Bristol '85 Great sailing yacht in good condition, long equipment list from radar to AP, black hull, windlass to centerboard. $139,000. Contact Frank Gary 410-703 4017 of Walczak Yacht Brokerage www.walczakyacht.com

Windalier 58’ Abeking & Rasmussen 1962 $425,000

Pacific Seacraft 40 34' Kaiser Gale Force ´82 Edelweiss is a bargain! Priced for immediate sale! Well-rigged, set up to singlehand. Great shape, has almost new engine, sails, paint, rigging. On land in St. Lucia. Survey Available. $39,900. Photos @ www.yachtview.com (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/cell anytime

41' Bristol Aft Cockpit '81 Good condition Bristol with lots of equipment, and a proper asking price of $145,000 Call Frank Gary (410)703-4017 www.walczakyacht.com

48' Saga '03 aft cockpit, bluewater/ICW capable. Two cabin, large salon, inside helm and two cockpit helms. New electronics and mainsail. Loaded. $453,000 Contact Frank Gary 410-703 4017 of Walczak Yacht Brokerage www.walczakyacht.com

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Hunter 376 1996 Yanmar DSL, RF, AP, AC/Gen New listing. $82,500

35’ Pearson ‘82 Recently replaced sails, fuel tank, hot water heater, lifelines, traveler, running rigging. Raymarine C70 radar and washdown pump. $25,900 Photos @ www.yachtview.com (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/ cell anytime

28’ Cape Dory Sloop Volvo DSL, tiller $18,500 28’ 1986 S2 DSL, wheel steer, shoal draft, RF, bimini $ 15,500 30’ 1984 Seldelmann 30T Yanmar 13hp DSL, RF, shoal $ 14,500 31’ 1983 Dufour 3800 Volvo dsl, wheel. Call/OFFERS 31’ 1988 Pearson Yanmar 18hp, RF, dodger, shoal draft $29,900 34‘ 1987 Hunter sloop Yanmar 27hp dsl, RF, AC, AP $36,500 36’ 1979 Islander Freeport 36, Plan A, Perkins DSL, R/F $ 33,900 36’ 1996 Catalina MK II Univ 30hp DSL radar, inverter, R/F $ 88,500 37’ 1996 Hunter 376 Yanmar DSL, RF, AP, AC/Gen $ 82,500 40’ 1995 Hunter Yanmar 50hp, A/C, AP, Inverter $129,500 40’ 1984 Lancer CC Excellent liveaboard, cruise equipped $ 64,900

200 Slip Full Service Marina at Kent Narrows Routes 50/301 Exit 42 (410) 827-9300 fax (410) 827-9303

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410-923-1400 • 443-223-7864

36’ Sabre A really nice, well-maintained, one-owner boat, very clean. Centerboard model, draft is 4'2" up, 7'8" down. $59,900 Photos @ www.yachtview.com (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/ cell anytime

A 1974 Marshall 22 Catboat completely modified and restored in 2006. New Yanmar 2GM, sail, winter cover, trailer., CB removed, keel added, adapted for mobilty impaired to use. Beautiful.

41’ Bristol ’82 Valkyrie is a very well maintained and recently upgraded Bristol 41.1, shallow draft, centerboard, center cockpit. Upgrades include all electronics, 60 HP Yanmar diesel with stainless shaft, a Vinylester barrier coat and a re-varnished interior! Recent survey $129,900 Photos @ www.yachtview.com (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/cell anytime

Offered for sale at $30,000

Contact Don Backe to learn more about this and other boats for sale

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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. Call Captain Keith at (570) 956-5024 or homedock@ptd. net, www.jacksonsailing.com. 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, stredwards@gmail.com


20 Min. From the DC Beltway Docked At Herrington Harbour North

R & R Charters Crewed day, weekend, and week-long charters, leaving from Kent Narrows. Also available certified ASA sail classes. Contact Capt. Dave at (570) 690-3645, renolldh@epix. net, www.randrchartersandsailschool.net


CREW Offshore Passage Opportunities # 1 Crew Networking Service. Sail for free. Call for free brochure and membership application. (631) 423-4988.

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Cruisers Exchange Hard-to-find cruising gear, chart kits, guides, parachute sea anchors, STORM CHUTE storm drogues, offshore medical kits, survival gear, etc. (619) 2770593 or CruisersExchange@gmail.com or CruisersExchange.blogspot.com


Marine Moisture Meters For fiberglass and wood. Non-destructive, simple to use and understand. Electrophysics, Tramex Skipper Plus, and Sovereign meters in stock. J.R. Overseas Co. (502) 228-8732, www. jroverseas.com

HELP WANTED SpinSheet and PropTalk Seek a collegeaged writer for a fall 2009 unpaid internship. Writing, sailing, and/or powerboating experience preferred. 6-8 hours in the Annapolis office per week, with an end-of-semester stipend. Send resumes and 2-3 writing samples to molly@ spinsheet.com. Graphic Design Intern PropTalk and SpinSheet magazines are looking for a graphic design intern. If you have experience in Illustrator, Photoshop, DreamWeaver, and InDesign and are looking for practical experience designing print and web marketing, advertising, and promotional pieces, this is the job for you. This is an unpaid internship w/flexible hours. We’re willing to work with your college to set you up for college credit. Send resume to mary@ proptalk.com. No calls please. North Sails is hiring! We need experienced sailmakers for our state-of-the-art SuperYacht finishing floor at our 3DL® manufacturing facility in Minden, Nevada. Minimum of 2 years experience and references from a previous sailmaking company is a must. A fantastic opportunity for the right sailmaker(s)! Competitive salary, 401k, health insurance, paid vacation and more. To apply, send email with letter(s) of recommendation to: Jeff Holden, jeffh@3dl.northsails.com or go to http:// na.northsails.com/3dl/jobs.aspx


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Accent Graphics..............................59 Annapolis Accommodations...........72 Annapolis Athletic Club.................43 Annapolis Bay Charters..................51





Annapolis Harbor Boatyard..............9 Annapolis Performance Sailing.65,73 Annapolis Sailing Fitness...............11 Annapolis School of Seamanship...25 Annapolis Yacht Sales...............35,79 Atlantic Spars & Rigging................55 Bacon & Associates..........................5 Baltimore Boat Show......................19


Bay Ridge Laundromat...................46 Bermuda Ocean Race......................62 Blue Water Sailing..........................50


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Eastport Body Works......................45 Eastport Yacht Company................63 Fawcett............................................13




Diversified Marine..........................57


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Herrington Harbour.........................17 Hotwire Enterprises........................19 IMIS................................................28

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J. Gordon & Co...............................49


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North U...........................................44 Norton’s Yacht Sales......................80 Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Short Walk to: Movie Theatre 17 Restaurants Whole Foods Liquor Store Retail Shops Harborplace Aquarium Fells Point Little Italy

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’ - 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. www.pier4annapolis.com

Strictly Sail Shows..........................23 T2P.TV...........................................89 UK-Halsey Sailmakers......................7 Vane Brothers.................................26 Walczak Yacht Sales.......................81 West Marine....................................15 West River Rigging.........................17 White Rocks Yachting Center........21 Womanship International................42

28’ - 38’ Slips Power & sail, cozy & intimate MD Clean Marina, Deale, MD. Great boating & fishing, protected harbor, free Wi-Fi & pumpout, 30 mins. from DC. (410) 867-7919, www. rockholdcreekmarina.com


SLIPS 28’ - 40’ Deep Water Slips On Middle River/Hopkins Creek. Easy access off Rt. 702. Gated parking, rest rooms. Hilltop Marina (410) 780-3773. 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, www.annapoliscitymarina.com. Don’t Pay Annapolis Rates this Winter Winter storage $3/foot/month. $90 minimum. $12/foot HWBL. In-water storage open and covered up to 50 feet LOA. Full-service BY or DIY. Winterization, sail & battery storage, variety of services: brightwork, shrinkwrap, ask us! 7-foot depth. 30-T TraveLift. (804) 4723955, www.colespoint.com Slip Wanted for 48’ Sailboat April-June 2012, 6’ draft, 14’ beam, Annapolis area. Call (281) 492-0727. Tired of Paying Too Much For crowded Solomons? Come join others who switched to the open waters of the Potomac. Deep-water slips, covered slips, Jet Ski & boat lifts, ramp. Breton Bay area, Leonardtown, MD. Combs Creek Marina (301) 475-2017, combscreekmarina. com

SURVEYORS ABYI Marine Surveyors, LLC Sailboat & powerboat surveys, big or small, gas or dsl. Contact Derek Rhymes, NAMS-CMS and SAMS A.M.S. (410) 268-4404 or toll-free (866) 6084404. 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

Horseshoe This 1995 Chris Craft Crowne 34 is available for long term charter with option to buy. 40% deposit on $25k total. No interest remainder distributed over two years. Less than half the price of comparable boats.


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Sistership Contact Don Backe to learn more about this and other boats for sale

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Photo of J/22s racing off Annapolis by Noel White


ith 172 issues under our belt and growing strong, SpinSheet turns 15 in September 2010. Join us for a birthday celebration during the Screwpile Regatta next summer. “I never could have imagined all the changes we’ve seen and wonderful events we’ve covered over these past years,” says publisher Mary Ewenson. “We’ve met some great people. I can’t wait to see what 2010 brings.”

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Warp speed

This cruising genoa may not look revolutionary, but it is. It’s made with North’s remarkable new NorDac Radian™ warp-oriented polyester sailcloth. Radian is the world’s first sail fabric to combine superior low-stretch radial performance with the durability, easy handling and mildew resistance of non-laminated woven polyester. If you’re a cruiser looking for more performance from a woven sail, this is huge! It’s one more reason why more cruising sailors rely on North than any other sailmaker in the world.

To learn more about NorDac Radian warp-oriented woven polyester sailcloth, visit www.northsails.com/radian.aspx ABOVE: Alden 44 flying NorDac Radian furling genoa in 18 kts true wind. TOP: Electron microscope photo of Radian shows dense weave with perfectly straight warp yarns surrounded by tightly woven fill yarns. Patent pending. *Restrictions may apply. Call your North Sails representative for details.

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