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lively, timely sailing coverage. We do make mistakes. We strive to correct them promptly and always appreciate your gentle remindWhile visiting my old friend Mary’s little white house in Coners and corrections. necticut last Sunday, my liveaboard friend called to say that his With the Shark guys and other unsung sailors in mind, we will boat had been T-boned at a mark rounding during the Annapolis post stories and photos that didn’t quite make it into the magaYC Frostbite Series. Mary explained to her husband that the zine during the 2012 season on our Bay Sailors blog at spinsheet. skipper was rattled because it was more than having a boating accom through the holidays. Feel free to send untold stories, 400 cident. It was like wrecking his house. Without skipping a beat, her words or fewer, with high-resolution photos to molly@spinsheet. husband said, “That’s why I don’t race this place.” com to share. To make our needs clearer moving forward, we have Although the moment of impact felt dramatic—a crew posted a “How To Get Into member who was jolted SpinSheet” page at spinsheet. off the combing to the seat com with updated specifics bruised her tailbone—and the about story length, photo size, possibility lingers of deeper and other important details. structural damage than the four-inch toerail dent and hull crack below it, the collision aftermath has unfolded in a Three SpinSheet friends have calm, efficient, and gentlebeen chosen among six nomimanly manner. The skipper nees for the Old Pulteney and whose boat hit the other filed US Sailing Maritime Heroes an honest report of the inciAward. dent and accepted responsibilFounder of Chesapeake ity. In one friendly phone call, Region Accessible Boating the skippers worked through (CRAB) Don Backe, who ##The Shark Nationals at Put-in-Bay YC in August. a plan for estimates and severed his spinal chord in a Photo courtesy of Jerry Pattenaude payment. It’s so nice when car accident more than 25 years grownups come to the game. ago, has dedicated his life to giving physically and mentally challenged people access to sailing and the joy that it has brought to him. SpinSheet readers enjoy several CRAB stories per year and make the Boatyard Bar & Grill At least once per month, usually the week the magazine hits the CRAB Regatta the lighthearted, late-summer sailing tradition it docks, I receive a note from someone that says, “Why didn’t you has become. print my story?” Often, the reader-contributor assumes I did Marcus Asante, the 2001 founder of the Baltimore-based not find it important enough for print, which is rarely the case. Universal Sailing Club, an African-American sailing club, has Ninety-eight percent of the time, the challenges include page been committed to bringing more diversity into sailing. Through space and overload. the club and youth outreach, Asante has used a hands-on apBack in August, when four Southern Bay sailors—Jerry proach for teaching basic sailing, maritime studies, and marine Pattenaude with crew member Joe Lieberman and John Cobb trades to kids who had never been on boats or known sailors. with his crew Trey Cobb—went to the 50th Shark Nationals in Last spring, SpinSheet sponsored Rachael Miller’s visit to Put-in-Bay, OH, the former team won and asked if I would like Annapolis to showcase her Rozalia Project for a Cleaner Ocean’s something about it for SpinSheet. I said, “Sure,” without specifyrobotic trash picker-upper (an ROV or remotely operated vehicle) ing that “short and sweet” with a high-resolution photograph with the goal of cleaning up marine debris at the National Sailing would be preferable. When I received Pattenaude’s 850-word Hall of Fame’s docks and educating young people about cleaning article (a little long) and photos (a little on the small side), I set up waterways. In 2012, Miller’s Rozalia Project removed more it aside to be edited. It quite simply got buried, twice, which is than 435,000 pieces of marine debris, weighing 75 tons, from the entirely my fault. Gulf of Maine to the Chesapeake Bay to Lake Michigan, with I apologize to Pattenaude and his fellow Shark sailors; to Betty 8300 participants of all ages. Caffo whose June Hospice Regatta report was slow to make it Readers may click to to cast their votes into print (see page 70); and to others whose stories accidentally until December 16. Congratulations to the nominees—you are all get blown overboard or eaten by the office dog. As proud as we heroes to us! are of SpinSheet’s professional evolution, we still are a small staff of human beings shuffling and clipping hundreds of news snippets per month. Please know that we try our best to provide pertinent,


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ust after Hurricane Sandy blew through, during a short window of fair weather before another nor’easter was predicted to hit, I spent the day doing the chores that go along with hauling out a 27-foot sailboat for the winter. It was a team effort, with friends and family pitching in. As dusk fell, my youngest son and I trudged up the steep banks of the Severn River carrying the last of the cushions to their winter storage spot. “Well, I guess this marks the end of another season,” my son said wistfully. “It sure was a good one,” he added. I asked him to name a highlight, thinking he might recall his week at sailing camp, crewing with me in Annapolis YC’s Wednesday night races, or taking

out the dinghy by himself. But instead, he recalled a simple day when one of my friends and her son joined us for a few hours on our Cape Dory. At that moment, I realized I’d been so intent on getting everything off the boat and motoring her to the marina before the next storm, that I’d hardly stopped to reflect on the highs and lows of the waning sailing season. So, lately, I’ve been reminiscing about the intentions I set last spring, some of which I’ve kept and others that slipped away. At the beginning of the season, we challenged readers to share the joy of sailing this season. Who did you introduce to sailing this year? What are your favorite memories? What intentions will you carry over to next year?

Sometimes, those of us who sail regularly forget that there are many people who live nearby for whom an invitation for a daysail is a really special treat. When sailing guests express their thanks with words like “cherished, special, incredible, and memorable,” we are awakened to their perspective. After motoring to the marina on that cold haul-out day, I thanked the friend who had joined me. She replied poetically, “It was one of those days when you feel moved to be doing something you love with someone you care about. The fresh air felt good, and the sunshine was just right.” On my way home, I noticed the clouds rolling in as I crossed the Severn River Bridge; I’m glad the boat is tucked in for the winter.

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Beth Crabtree says, “For Outrageous, we need to: sand off old peeling varnish on teak and go au natural; replace broken covers for two instruments; fix the cabin’s electrical outlets; repair a tear in the mainsail cover; fix the anchor chain’s opening from its storage compartment (getting parts for 35-year-old boats can be ‘interesting’); and have someone evaluate cracks in the cockpit floor where the tiller is attached; either they are from normal wear and tear or a strong weather helm, which leads us to the final item: new sails, because stretched out, wornout sails can cause a weather helm.” Charlie Iliff says, “Many items on our to-do list have been around since August 2011 and will probably wait until spring. The boat starts and runs from marina to marina with the list conveniently ‘forgotten.’ We have yet to address issues with the generator, holding tank vents, bilge pumps, deodorizers, air conditioner/heat system, dinghy, rear rail, running light boards, bimini, compass and autopilot, AIS transmitter, drawer slides, stereo system, generator, and other things. Don’t ask about our list for spring.” A friend [who shall remain nameless] says, “A crack in the deck allowed water into our sailboat’s core. But opening it up, replacing wet wood, letting it dry, refiberglassing it, and matching the non-skid pattern remained undone. Selling a boat is the ultimate repair; suddenly, the to-do list no longer worries you! Is that what they call ‘deferred maintenance?’”

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new chapter in the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) began this summer when VOR CEO Knut Frostad announced that competitors in the next edition would sail new one-design highperformance boats designed by Annapolisbased Farr Yacht Design. And more VOR buzz was created when the first team to confirm an order for one of the new boats was an all-female team. The all-woman team is the first of its kind to compete in a dozen years. SCA, a Swedish company and the world’s second largest hygiene (yes, it’s what you think) and forest company is backing the team. SCA says 80 percent of their consumers are women, so supporting an all-woman team is a logical fit. The team’s efforts will be managed by Richard Brisius, co-founder of Atlant Ocean Racing, a group that boasts plenty of prior experience with the VOR. New rules permit each all-female team to race with 10 team members, two more than traditional teams. In addition to the two extra crew members, the new boat design is expected to allow the women to compete on a more level playing field. The new 65-foot Farr design may provide some mechanical advantages that benefit sailors with less strength, and the design may be such that certain maneuvers are more easily completed with ten crew members. The yachts will be built in boatyards in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and Italy, and will be used for the next two editions of the VOR. Safety, reliability, and cost considerations all went into the design of the new boat, but the vessel is also being billed as a racer’s boat with great performance potential and an appeal to the eye. Perhaps shifting to one-design will open the doors for more competitors in the next race. It would be exciting to see eight or more teams competing in the next VOR, which begins in 2014.

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SpinSheet’s Holiday Wish List 2012


e asked SpinSheet staffers, writers, and photographers what they wished for this holiday season. We bet you can’t read through the list without finding items from your own wish list.

yy Twelve knots on the beam, warm sunshine, good friends, plenty of time, and nowhere particular to go. Eric Vohr

yy I wish for more affordable transient slips, especially in places like St. Michaels and Baltimore. I wish for comfortable temperatures, fair breezes, no nettles, and no rainy weekends during the 2013 sailing season! Jean Korten Moser

yy My Port Wing working as before after surgery. Merf Moerschel

yy Good health and good cheer for friends and family. Tracy Leonard

yy A floating winch handle. Steve Gibb

yy This year’s wishes: a liveaboard boat and a windlass for our existing boat. Franny Kupersmith

yy A Purple Martin bird house, bicycling gloves for winter and summer, and thin tires for my new bike. Lucy Iliff

yy I’m definitely hoping for a new off-shore foul weather jacket. Joshua Rosenthal

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yy Murphy the Racing Beagle would like to have for every 2013 race day on the Chesapeake Bay breezes at 11 knots gusting to 12. Lin McCarthy

yy I simply wish for continued good health and the time to enjoy and share with so many great friends. Oh, and maybe some good caulk and a person more proficient at applying it than me, to keep my good old boat in good health as well! Bob De Young

yy My wish for the holidays is a new camera with faster lens for shooting regattas. And underwater casing. And a healthier Bay. Shannon Hibberd

yy My wish is for people to stop treating the Bay like their own personal toilet. From elected officials to some of us culpable sailors, let’s all strive to be better stewards of this wondrous but fragile estuary. Steve Allan

yy I wish for adventure and health and joy and wonder. Two new camera lenses would be nice, too, you know, to capture all that adventure. I also wish for an early spring! Cindy Wallach



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yy A rigging knife that doesn’t rust… A charter trip somewhere awesome (Greek Isles, perhaps?) with my crewmates from Poco a Poco. New spray pants. Another warmish frostbiting season. Better health for the Bay. And lot of time around the fire with family and friends this holiday season. Laura Lutkefedder

yy A nice string of 70-degree days next mid-summer. Al Schreitmueller

yy Having more time on the boat with my husband and kids to explore the Bay. Increasing my kids’ interest in learning how, where, when, and why we go places via boat and in helping to maintain the boat… Stocking stuffers: a new generator; a replaced headliner; a fixed vacuum-flush head; a “good-looking” solution for getting the dinghy and its motor on and off the boat; and new inflatable life vests for the family. Ruth Christie

yy I wish for a pair of Adidas sailing shoes. Also for a new paddleboard. Mary Ewenson

yy A Bamboo water bottle, a Gro Pro Hero 3, and a Bote SUP. Zach Ditmars

yy A box of chocolates would be fine. Sebastian Watt

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What Sailors Know: A Book Review


By Beth Crabtree

hose of us who’ve been sailing a while, know that often the events that transpire on a boat are a metaphor for life. Recently, I stumbled upon the insightful analogies captured by the late Richard Bode in his book First You Have To Row a Little Boat. First published nearly 20 years ago, the book has been rereleased this year, with a forward by Jeffrey Zaslow, co-author of the bestseller The Last Lecture. Bode’s book features 182 pages of sailing stories and life lessons, which will make you stop and think. Bode, who passed away in 2003, learned to sail as a child. He wasn’t a product of a yacht club junior sailing program, and he didn’t have a father who passed down his love of sailing. Bode’s parents had died while he was still a child. So his dream of sailing was nurtured with the support of his non-sailor guardians and a few salty watermen and by his inclination to be true to himself.

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Mostly, Bode sailed alone, absorbing lessons that he would draw upon during key turning points in his adult life. Throughout the book, Bode makes artful analogies about tacking, gybing, becoming becalmed, or being stuck in irons and how those sailing maneuvers teach us to negotiate life’s challenges. Tack too soon, and you’ll waste energy with useless motion. Keep your heading too long, and you’ll move too far from your objective. Running with the wind? It seems so easy, but Bode warns readers to watch out for the dreaded accidental gybe. I enjoyed the book and found it to be a thought-provoking, yet easy read. It reinforced my belief that learning to sail teaches children self-reliance and selfconfidence. If you’re looking for some winter reading for yourself or a stocking stuffer for your favorite sailor, I recommend this insightful book.

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Farewell to Friends Constantine G. “Gus” Koste, Jr. (1941-2012)


onstantine G. “Gus” Koste Jr., 71, died at home on Thursday, October 25, after a battle with cancer. Born in Denton, MD, Koste graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1959, attended Franklin and Marshall University until 1962, and following a car accident and long recovery, completed his studies at the University of Maryland. Among the diverse career paths he pursued were working for the Navy in a protein enzyme research lab (which led him back to the Eastern Shore), expanding retail businesses, and starting restaurants, such as the Court Street Pub, Bullbrier’s Saloon, and Schooner’s Landing. In 1997, Koste focused on his food brokerage businesses, Tidewater Marketing and Exclusive Sales. Koste’s great love was sailing, and he began his sailing career in one-design dinghies, such as Penguins, Lasers, Comets, Hamptons, 420s, and 470s on the Shore. He sailed on the Log Canoe agic for 12 years. Over the years, he cruised the Chesapeake in a series of sailboats that included his Kings Cruiser 28, a Jeanneau 41, his Carter 41 Regatta, and his C&C 34 Tenacious, and also cruised in the Greek Isles and the Caribbean. At the time of his


Charles Gomez (1934-2012)

harles L. Gomez, 78, a 40-year resident of Annapolis, died November 6 at his home of natural causes. Born on October 6, 1934 in Denver, CO, Gomez had a life that was changed by his parents dying in a car accident when he was 14. According to longtime friend Jack Johnson, who wrote his eulogy, this event “shaped his character” by giving him a sense of responsibility for his three younger brothers and sisters, a love of family, and a sense of determination. Not wanting to burden his aunt and uncle, who had taken him in, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard following high school graduation, served for 20 years, and retired a Lieutenant Commander. His love of water led him to Annapolis, where he was a yacht broker for more than 20 years. When he was not working, Gomez pursued his passions for skiing and sailing. “He could ski, no matter the weather,” says Johnson. “I remember one time his impeccably groomed little mustache had icicles hanging from it in the freezing rain, but he was out there… He loved and lived an active outdoor life.” He was a member of the Eastport YC, a past commodore of the Annapolis Naval SA, and a board member of the Anchorage Follow us!

death, he was restoring Dauntless, a McCurdy & Rhodes 44 and former Navy racer, with plans to cruise aboard her. Koste participated in almost every Chesapeake Bay race on his Sloop Regatta, always with a loyal crew. He enjoyed Block Island Race Week, Charleston Race Week, and the Onion Patch Series and crewed in the 2007 Fastnet Race. His offshore racing began as a crew in a SORC race off Miami in 1976. He sailed as a crew in his first Newport Bermuda Race in 1982 and in 1997, captained his first of many Annapolis to Newport Races and finished first in class. He captained eight Newport Bermuda Races from 1998 to 2012, finishing second in class in 2000 and fifth in class in 2006. In addition to sailing, he loved motorboats, restoring many boats, including his favorite, a famous racing boat that he named Black Sheep. Koste joined the Tred Avon YC (TAYC) in 1982 and served as commodore in 1995. He became a member of the Storm Trysail Club in 2009 and was just elected as a member of the Cruising Club of America. He was a former member of the Miles River YC. A memorial service and celebration of Koste’s life will be held at a later date. Friends may make memorial contributions to: TAYC Junior Sailing Program, 101 West Strand, P.O. Box 337, Oxford, MD, 21064, or the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD, 21601-3805.

Community. “He was a nicest person I have ever met,” says Gomez’s wife, Denise Hanna-Gomez. “He lived his life with grace, dignity, and determination. It was an honor to be his wife. The outpouring of support from the Annapolis and sailing community nationwide has been incredible.” Charles was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Gomez. He is survived by his wife, Denise Hanna-Gomez whom he married in 2004; one son, Michael (Joy) Gomez of Severna Park, MD; four daughters, Cheri (Mark) Dickens of St. Petersburg, FL, and Jackie, Molly, and Emily Hanna of Annapolis; two sisters, Carmen Moreno of Denver, CO, and Dee Conaty of Michigan; and three grandchildren, Christopher and David Dickens and Marie Johnson-Gomez. Friends may make memorial donations to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD, 21401. SpinSheet December 2012 25

Chesapeake Holiday Destinations

Holiday Haunts and Happenings


##The uniquely warming glow of a boat parade. Photo in Annapolis by Dave Gendell

##Frostbite racers. Photo by Al Schreitmueller

by Ruth Christie

t’s so cold, your fingers and toes have long since grown numb. Your scarf and hat combo is letting icy air onto your neck and down your back. But no matter, your friend’s boat is just coming into view across the glowing harbor, full of 30 or so boats all illuminated and decorated for the holiday parade of vessels. So, you bravely stomp your feet and clap your hands to bring them back to life and haphazardly readjust your failed scarf one more time. Your gloves hold your camera in a wobbly sort of way, as you’ve lost all real control of your fingers in the winter evening’s chill. Snap, focus, snap… you’re the proud owner of a few shaky photos showing blurry lights atop a sailboat. Now you can go inside and grab a cup of hot cocoa. Mmmm. That chili smells good, too. With your duties as respectful crew member and unofficial photographer done, it’s time to enjoy the delightful processes of getting warm by the fire and being part of a holiday party with good friends. That’s what the season begs us all to do. Take a look at and you’ll find a bazillion holiday events going on all over Chesapeake Country that you can take part in. Here are a few of the bigger events you’ll not want to miss and why: On December 1, illuminated boat parades will invade Alexandria, Baltimore, Colonial Beach, Hampton, Tall Timbers, and Yorktown. December 8 brings the razzle-dazzling fun to Annapolis, Norfolk, Richmond, and Solomons. December 31 brings a lighted boat parade to the waterfront in Portsmouth. And the granddaddy of them all? Why, the waterskiing Santa and his elves of course, on the Potomac near National Harbor December 24! December 1-2, Fells Point goes all out for its “Olde Tyme Christmas” with holiday shopping, music, eats, Santa, and more.

##It’s all about the kids. Photo courtesy of Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau

The whole month of December features lights displays and holiday celebrations on grander scales in Annapolis, Cape Charles, Chesapeake City, National Harbor, Ocean City, Virginia Beach, and other big cities in Virginia and in Washington, DC. National Harbor adds an ice-laden extravaganza for kids of all ages. Then there are the open houses, oyster roasts, holiday song-fests, midnight madnesses, bird counts, first night parties, polar bear plunges, and more to contend with in Bay ports all over the place through the beginning of 2013, including Alexandria, Annapolis, Crisfield, Easton, Havre de Grace, Irvington, North Beach, Port Deposit, Reedville, Reston, Rock Hall, Snow Hill, St. Michaels, Trappe, Vienna, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.

##Winter off Galesville. Photo by Mark Talbott

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When you’re out and about this winter, keep an eye on the water. Chances are good that you’ll see crazy frostbite racers doing what they do best: extending the sailing season well beyond all reason.

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Olde Tyme Christmas Fells Point.

100 Miles of Lights Bright lights in big cities all over Virginia. Grand Illumination  Central Park, Cape Charles, VA. Lights on the Bay 5 to 10 p.m. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center. $12 per car.

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McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach Between Second and 34th Streets, Virginia Beach, VA.

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Christmas on the Potomac! Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD. Enjoy ICE! DreamWorks’ “Shrek the Halls.”

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Winterfest 5 to 11 p.m. Chesapeake City, MD. This Victorian Christmas celebration on both sides of the C&D Canal features a blizzard of holiday light, spectacular lighted displays, music, Santa, shopping, and more.

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“Oysters and Oldies” Christmas Oyster Roast Roanoke Farm, Heathsville, VA. $30. Alfred Thayer Mahan Dies in Washington, DC, 1914 The U.S. Navy Rear Admiral wrote “The Influence of Seapower Upon History.”

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Christmas Carts and Carols Parade Irvington, VA.

Holiday Barrel Tasting 6 to 9 p.m. Dove Valley Winery, Rising Sun, MD. Live music, keepsake wine glass, barrel tasting, and light fare. $15.

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Holiday House Tour Port Deposit, MD.

Midnight Madness St. Michaels. Shopping, sales, holiday spirits, carolers, prizes, and more. Nautical Holidays Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, VA. Holiday ornament craft making. Oyster Roast 1 to 6 p.m. Watermen’s Museum, Yorktown, VA.

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Mount Harmon Yuletide Tour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mount Harmon Plantation, Earleville, MD. Keep Tabs on Santa with NORAD 

The USS Alfred Is First Vessel To Fly the Grand Union Flag, 1775 John Paul Jones hoisted the flag, which was the precursor to the Stars and Stripes.

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Trappe Christmas Tour 1 to 6 p.m. Trappe, MD. Benefits Rural Life Museum. $10. The Clipper Ship Oriental, the First American Vessel To Carry Tea from China to England, Arrives at the West India Docks in London, England, 1850; Joseph Conrad, British Author of Allegorical Sea Tales, Is Born in the Ukraine, 1857; and “The Toll by the Sea” Becomes the First Successful Technicolor Motion Picture, 1922

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Holiday Party Podickory Point YC, Annapolis. Hosted by Marine Trades Association of Maryland. Holiday Taste of Snow Hill Snow Hill, MD. Eat, shop, sip wine, listen, and breathe in the holiday spirit. $50. International Workboat Show Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.

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Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, MD. The Munitions Ship Mount Blanc Explodes After a Collision in Nova Scotia, 1917 A large section of Halifax is destroyed.

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Pageant of Peace and National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Washington, DC. Tree lighting December 6 at 5 p.m.

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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The Japanese Navy Attacks the U.S. Base in Pearl Harbor, HI, at 7:55 a.m. EST, 1941

Fundamentals of Waterfowling Workshop Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.

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Christmas in Crisfield Crisfield, MD. Kids’ fun, shopping, home tours, parade, and more. Christmas in St. Michaels

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Sipping & Supping for the Holidays 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tours on four consecutive Thursdays. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Williamsburg, VA.


Bluegrass Festival 6 p.m. Old Firehouse on Green Street, Snow Hill, MD. Benefits Lower Shore Land Trust. $25.

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Figgy Pudding 5K Fun Run Fells Point.

Open House Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Rock Hall, MD. Celebrate 50 years with the refuge.


Santa Swim 2012! 10 a.m. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa, and Marina, Cambridge, MD. Bring a new toy for the Salvation Army to deliver to disadvantaged kids. Benefits the Care & Share Fund.


The Great Clipper Ship Sea Witch Launches in New York City, 1846; and the Beach Boys Release Their First Single, “Surfin,” on Candix Records, 1961

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Christmas on Cockrell Creek Reedville Fishermen’s

Star Party/Laser Light Nights Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, VA. Hanukkah 

Mystery Tea 2 to 4 p.m. Vandiver Inn, Havre de Grace, MD. Benefits Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy and Skipjack Martha Lewis. $35.


The First Supercarrier, USS Forrestal, Launches in Newport News, VA, 1954

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Patrick O’Brien, Author of the Aubrey-Maturin Sea Novel Series, Is Born in England, 1914 Geminid Meteor Shower 

A Chesapeake Christmas Annapolis Maritime Museum. Features Janie Meneely, Paul DiBlasi, William Pint, Felicia Dale, Jennifer Cutting, and Steve Winick. $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

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Santa Speedo Run 11 a.m. Annapolis. Benefits Toys for Tots.

Aquarium Educationand Fish Feeding Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Bass Pro Shops, Hampton, VA. Learn about fish in a 19,000-gallon tank.


Fish Feeding Frenzy 11:15 a.m. Weekends. Bass Pro Shops, Hanover, MD. See the fish tank turn into a feeding frenzy as kids learn about and help feed trophy large mouth bass, catfish, bluegill, small mouth bass, and other critters.


A Chesapeake Christmas 3 to 5 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, MD. Seasonal songs from Calico Jack, William Pint, Felicia Dale, Jennifer Cutting, and Steve Winick. $15.

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Christmas Bird Count Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Rock Hall, MD. Coastal Navigation Seminar 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. J/World Annapolis. $225. Dr. Seuss’s TV Cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Airs for the First Time on CBS, 1966 For the 2000 movie, a Navy SEAL taught Jim Carrey torture-resistance techniques because he felt so horribly confined and uncomfortable in his latex costume.

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J. M. W. Turner, Painter of Ships and Seascapes, Dies, 1851

Luminaria Night Celebration 5 p.m. Vienna, MD. See more than 1500 glowing luminarias lining the streets of Vienna, thanks to Vienna Heritage Foundation and Chicone Ruritan Club.


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HMS Warrior, the First Seagoing British Warship Made of Iron, Launches, 1860 Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Row 8 to 10 a.m. Williams Wharf, Mathews, VA. Waterskiing Santa and Friends 1 p.m. National Harbor, next to the Wilson Bridge in Maryland. Christmas Day 

Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport.

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New Year’s Eve Celebration City Dock, Annapolis. Free fireworks and family fun. New Year’s Eve “Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends.” ~Tom Waits

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Laser Frostbite Racing Severn SA. Sundays through St. Patrick’s Day. Gaboon Race  Hampton YC, VA.

USA Junior Olympic Festival/ Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta Coral Reef YC, Miami, FL.

Town Crawl, Rockfish Drop, and Fireworks Rock Hall, MD.

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A Ball Is Dropped for the First Time in New York’s Times Square To Mark the New Year, 1908

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Atlantic General Hospital Penguin Swim 11:30 a.m. on. Princess Royale, Ocean City, MD. Benefits Atlantic General Hospital Foundation.


Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Noon to 12:30 p.m. Bethany Beach, DE.

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North America Begins To Split Off Laurasia, 50 Million Years Ago Polar Bear Plunge  North Beach, MD. Start of Year-Long Harriet Tubman Centennial 2013 Celebrations The Julian Calendar Takes Effect for the First Time, 45 BC 

Virginia Polar Dip 2 p.m. Reston Community Center, Reston, VA. Benefits Camp Sunshine. Camel-Wrestling Championship? Selcuk, Turkey.

The Union’s Star of the West Leaves with Supplies for Beleaguered Fort Sumpter, 1861 Robert Carter Files for a Patent for His Body-Mounted Sail Assembly, 1998 

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ABBRA’s Boatyard Business Conference B Ocean Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Hosted to celebrate American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s (ABBRA) 70th anniversary.

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Providence Boat Show Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI. Association of Marine Technicians National Marine Expo Ormond Beach, FL. Keelboat Team Racing Summit Held at the Eastport YC.

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Dana Dillon Memorial New Year’s Madness Race Hampton YC and Old Point Comfort YC, Fort Monroe, VA. Hangover Bowl Annapolis YC’s celebratory New Year’s Day Race. The second part of the regular frostbite series begins in February.


Ice Bowl Severn SA’s 13-mile dinghy race up the Severn River, around St. Helena Island, and back.

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New Year’s Day Race Seaford YC, Yorktown, VA.

Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race The feeder race for Quantum Key West Race Week sponsored by SORC and the Lauderdale YC.


Quantum Key West Race Week Racing begins on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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“Pure Sea Glass” Lecture Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Bring your favorite sea glass shards for help determining their age and origin by expert Richard LaMotte.

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Charleston Boat Show Charleston Area Convention Center, SC.

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Polar Bear Plunge and Plungefest Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Don’t miss the “pee-wee” contest, costume contests, live music, and more. Hosted by Maryland State Police to benefit Special Olympics Maryland.

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Chesapeake Bay Tide Tables

December 2012 Tides


ChesApeAke BAy Bridge-Tunnel


1 03:04 AM SAt 07:56 AM 01:43 PM 08:30 PM

0.2 0.8 0.0 1.4



03:26 AM Sun 08:25 AM 02:39 PM 09:12 PM

-0.1 L 0.9 H -0.3 L 1.4 H

1 12:58 AM SAt 06:11 AM 12:29 PM 07:14 PM

0.2 L 0.8 H -0.1 L 1.2 H


01:24 AM Sun 06:53 AM 01:08 PM 07:53 PM

0 L 0.7 H -0.4 L 1.2 H

1 03:05 AM SAt 09:34 AM 03:51 PM 09:54 PM

0.1 2.8 0.2 2.2



03:52 AM Sun 10:18 AM 04:40 PM 10:47 PM

-0.5 L 3.1 H -0.4 L 2.6 H

2 03:40 AM Sun 08:38 AM 02:25 PM 09:07 PM

0.2 0.8 0.0 1.4



04:15 AM Mon 09:23 AM 03:40 PM 10:03 PM

-0.1 L 0.9 H -0.2 L 1.3 H

2 01:39 AM Sun 06:53 AM 01:09 PM 07:51 PM

0.2 L 0.7 H -0.1 L 1.2 H


02:14 AM Mon 07:55 AM 02:06 PM 08:42 PM

-0.1 L 0.7 H -0.3 L 1.1 H

2 03:44 AM Sun 10:10 AM 04:29 PM 10:33 PM

0.2 2.7 0.2 2.2



-0.3 L 2.9 H -0.3 L 2.5 H

3 04:17 AM Mon 09:23 AM 03:10 PM 09:46 PM

0.2 0.8 0.0 1.3



05:03 AM tue 10:23 AM 04:45 PM 10:53 PM

-0.1 L 0.9 H -0.1 L 1.2 H

3 02:20 AM Mon 07:40 AM 01:53 PM 08:29 PM

0.2 L 0.7 H -0.1 L 1.1 H


03:04 AM tue 08:59 AM 03:05 PM 09:31 PM

-0.1 L 0.8 H -0.2 L 1 H

3 04:26 AM Mon 10:49 AM 05:09 PM 11:16 PM

0.3 2.6 0.2 2.2



4 04:54 AM tue 10:11 AM 04:01 PM 10:29 PM

0.1 0.9 0.1 1.3



-0.1 L 0.9 H 0.0 L 1.0 H

4 03:03 AM tue 08:31 AM 02:41 PM 09:09 PM

0.1 0.7 0 1.1



03:54 AM Wed 10:04 AM 04:07 PM 10:20 PM

-0.1 L 0.8 H -0.1 L 0.9 H

4 05:12 AM 0.3 L tue 11:30 AM 2.5 H 05:53 PM 0.2 L

5 05:33 AM Wed 11:03 AM 04:59 PM 11:14 PM

0.1 0.9 0.1 1.2



06:36 AM -0.1 L tHu 12:30 PM 1.0 H 07:07 PM 0.1 L

5 03:46 AM Wed 09:28 AM 03:35 PM 09:51 PM

0.1 0.8 0.1 1



04:44 AM tHu 11:11 AM 05:10 PM 11:10 PM

-0.2 L 0.8 H 0 L 0.8 H

6 04:30 AM tHu 10:30 AM 04:36 PM 10:36 PM

0 0.8 0.1 0.9



-0.2 L 0.8 H 0.1 L 0.7 H


-0.1 L 0.9 H 0.1 L 0.9 H


6 06:12 AM 0.0 L tHu 11:59 AM 1.0 H 06:08 PM 0.2 L 7

05:50 AM Wed 11:26 AM 05:55 PM 11:43 PM

21 Fri

12:32 AM 07:20 AM 01:36 PM 08:20 PM

0.9 H -0.2 L 1.0 H 0.1 L

12:03 AM 06:53 AM 12:57 PM 07:26 PM

1.1 H -0.1 L 1.1 H 0.2 L


01:22 AM SAt 08:02 AM 02:38 PM 09:28 PM

0.8 H -0.2 L 1.1 H 0.2 L

8 12:55 AM SAt 07:35 AM 01:55 PM 08:44 PM

1.0 H -0.1 L 1.2 H 0.2 L


02:12 AM Sun 08:43 AM 03:35 PM 10:28 PM

0.7 H -0.2 L 1.1 H 0.1 L

8 06:04 AM -0.2 L SAt 12:36 PM 1 H 06:47 PM 0.2 L

9 01:50 AM Sun 08:20 AM 02:54 PM 09:56 PM

1.0 H -0.2 L 1.4 H 0.2 L


0.7 H -0.3 L 1.2 H 0.1 L

9 12:17 AM Sun 06:53 AM 01:37 PM 07:52 PM


0.9 H -0.3 L 1.5 H 0.1 L



02:46 AM Mon 09:07 AM 03:50 PM 11:02 PM


03:44 AM 0.8 H tue 09:58 AM -0.4 L 04:46 PM 1.6 H

03:03 AM Mon 09:24 AM 04:25 PM 11:21 PM

03:53 AM 0.6 H tue 10:05 AM -0.3 L 05:09 PM 1.2 H


12:07 AM Wed 04:41 AM 10:46 AM 05:49 PM

0.1 L 0.6 H -0.3 L 1.2 H


12:01 AM Wed 04:41 AM 10:51 AM 05:41 PM

0.0 L 0.8 H -0.4 L 1.6 H


12:48 AM tHu 05:26 AM 11:27 AM 06:25 PM

0.1 L 0.6 H -0.3 L 1.2 H


12:55 AM tHu 05:37 AM 11:45 AM 06:34 PM

0.0 L 0.8 H -0.4 L 1.6 H


01:25 AM 06:10 AM 12:08 PM 06:59 PM

0.0 L 0.6 H -0.3 L 1.2 H


01:47 AM 06:33 AM 12:42 PM 07:28 PM

0.0 L 0.8 H -0.4 L 1.6 H


01:59 AM SAt 06:52 AM 12:48 PM 07:32 PM

0.0 L 0.7 H -0.3 L 1.2 H

02:37 AM SAt 07:29 AM 01:40 PM 08:20 PM

0.0 L 0.9 H -0.4 L 1.5 H


02:32 AM Sun 07:33 AM 01:29 PM 08:06 PM

0.0 L 0.7 H -0.2 L 1.2 H


-0.1 L 0.7 H -0.2 L 1.2 H



diFFerenCes Sharps Island Light Havre de Grace Sevenfoot Knoll Light St. Michaels, Miles River


03:05 AM Mon 08:14 AM 02:11 PM 08:41 PM

High –3:47 +3:11 –0:06 –2:14

Low –3:50 +3:30 –0:10 –1:58

H. Ht *1.18 *1.59 *0.82 *1.08

32 December 2012 SpinSheet

L. Ht *1.17 *1.59 *0.83 *1.08

Spring Range 1.5 1.9 1.1 1.4

05:33 AM 12:15 PM 06:14 PM 11:59 PM

05:49 AM -0.1 L tue 12:03 PM 2.6 H 06:26 PM -0.2 L


12:42 AM Wed 06:52 AM 12:57 PM 07:20 PM

2.5 H 0.1 L 2.4 H -0.1 L

5 12:03 AM Wed 06:04 AM 12:16 PM 06:40 PM

2.2 0.4 2.4 0.2



01:43 AM tHu 07:58 AM 01:55 PM 08:14 PM

2.4 0.2 2.2 0.0


6 12:55 AM tHu 07:03 AM 01:07 PM 07:32 PM

2.3 0.4 2.4 0.1



02:45 AM 09:03 AM 02:55 PM 09:07 PM

2.4 0.3 2.0 0.1



2.4 0.3 2.3 0.0



03:44 AM SAt 10:04 AM 03:54 PM 09:57 PM

2.4 0.3 1.9 0.1


01:52 AM 08:07 AM 02:04 PM 08:26 PM


06:22 AM -0.2 L SAt 01:16 PM 0.9 H 07:15 PM 0.1 L



12:48 AM Sun 07:11 AM 02:11 PM 08:12 PM

0.6 H -0.3 L 0.9 H 0.1 L

8 02:52 AM SAt 09:12 AM 03:05 PM 09:23 PM

2.6 H 0.2 L 2.3 H -0.1 L


04:37 AM Sun 10:58 AM 04:49 PM 10:44 PM

2.5 0.3 1.9 0.1


0.8 H -0.2 L 1.1 H 0.2 L


01:36 AM Mon 07:57 AM 03:00 PM 09:04 PM

0.6 H -0.3 L 1 H 0.1 L

9 03:53 AM Sun 10:15 AM 04:09 PM 10:20 PM

2.8 H 0.1 L 2.3 H -0.3 L


2.5 0.2 1.9 0.0



01:11 AM Mon 07:44 AM 02:36 PM 08:54 PM

0.8 H -0.3 L 1.2 H 0.1 L


02:22 AM tue 08:42 AM 03:44 PM 09:50 PM

0.6 H -0.3 L 1 H 0.1 L


3.0 H -0.1 L 2.4 H -0.4 L



02:07 AM tue 08:36 AM 03:33 PM 09:52 PM

0.7 H -0.4 L 1.3 H 0.1 L


03:06 AM Wed 09:26 AM 04:24 PM 10:32 PM

0.6 H -0.4 L 1 H 0.1 L



03:03 AM Wed 09:29 AM 04:27 PM 10:48 PM

0.7 H -0.5 L 1.3 H 0.1 L


03:48 AM tHu 10:08 AM 05:01 PM 11:12 PM

0.6 H -0.4 L 1 H 0 L


0.7 H -0.5 L 1.3 H 0.1 L


0.6 H -0.4 L 1 H 0 L


04:56 AM 0.7 H 11:17 AM -0.5 L 06:12 PM 1.3 H



0 L 0.7 H -0.4 L 1.3 H


05:16 AM 11:33 AM 05:41 PM 11:25 PM


04:49 AM Mon 11:10 AM 05:33 PM 11:44 PM

03:59 AM tHu 10:23 AM 05:20 PM 11:41 PM Fri

12:33 AM SAt 05:54 AM 12:12 PM 07:03 PM


High Mtn Pt, Magothy River +1:24 Chesapeake Beach –1:14 Cedar Point –3:16 Point Lookout –3:48


04:30 AM 10:48 AM 05:37 PM 11:52 PM

05:12 AM 0.6 H SAt 11:28 AM -0.4 L 06:11 PM 1 H


12:30 AM Sun 05:54 AM 12:08 PM 06:46 PM

0 L 0.6 H -0.3 L 1 H


-0.1 L 0.6 H -0.3 L 1 H

01:09 AM Mon 06:37 AM 12:49 PM 07:20 PM

Low +1:40 –1:15 –3:13 –3:47

H. Ht *0.88 *1.12 *1.33 *1.37

Spring L. Ht Range *0.88 1.0 *1.14 1.1 *1.33 1.4 *1.33 1.4

04:53 AM Mon 11:16 AM 05:11 PM 11:16 PM

05:51 AM 3.2 H tue 12:13 PM -0.3 L 06:11 PM 2.5 H

05:25 AM Mon 11:45 AM 05:38 PM 11:29 PM

06:09 AM 2.6 H tue 12:27 PM 0.1 L 06:21 PM 2.0 H


12:11 AM Wed 06:48 AM 01:06 PM 07:02 PM

0.0 2.6 0.1 2.0



12:11 AM Wed 06:47 AM 01:08 PM 07:08 PM

-0.6 L 3.4 H -0.4 L 2.6 H


12:51 AM tHu 07:26 AM 01:42 PM 07:40 PM

-0.1 L 2.7 H 0.0 L 2.1 H


01:06 AM tHu 07:41 AM 02:02 PM 08:03 PM

-0.6 L 3.5 H -0.5 L 2.6 H


01:29 AM 08:02 AM 02:16 PM 08:18 PM

-0.1 L 2.7 H 0.0 L 2.1 H


02:01 AM 08:34 AM 02:54 PM 08:58 PM

-0.7 L 3.4 H -0.5 L 2.6 H


02:07 AM SAt 08:37 AM 02:51 PM 08:55 PM

-0.1 L 2.7 H -0.1 L 2.2 H

02:56 AM SAt 09:26 AM 03:47 PM 09:52 PM

-0.6 L 3.3 H -0.5 L 2.6 H


02:45 AM Sun 09:12 AM 03:25 PM 09:32 PM

-0.1 L 2.7 H -0.1 L 2.2 H


-0.1 L 2.6 H -0.1 L 2.2 H



diFFerenCes Onancock Creek Stingray Point Hooper Strait Light Lynnhaven Inlet


03:24 AM Mon 09:47 AM 04:01 PM 10:10 PM

High +3 :52 +2 :01 +5 :52 +0 :47

Low H. Ht +4 :15 *0.70 +2 :29 *0.48 +6 :04 *0.66 +1 :08 *0.77

Spring L. Ht Range *0.83 2.2 *0.83 1.4 *0.67 2.0 *0.83 2.4

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Tidal Current Tables

Baltimore Harbor Approach (Off Sandy Point) Slack Water Maximum Current

0103 0720 1243 1854

-1.0 +0.5 -0.5 +1.0


0143 0803 1330 1937

-1.0 +0.5 -0.4 +0.9


0223 0847 1422 2023

-0.9 +0.5 -0.4 +0.8

0303 0931 1518 2113

-0.9 +0.6 -0.4 +0.7

0451 SAt 1006 1509 2217 Sun 0529 1056 1556 2256 Mon 0605 1148 1650 2336


tue 0639 1242 1752

5 0017 Wed 0713 1337 1903

0345 1017 1618 2207

-0.8 +0.7 -0.5 +0.6


0100 0747 1432 2020

0428 1104 1720 2306

-0.8 +0.8 -0.5 +0.5


0146 0822 1525 2139

0512 -0.7 1151 +0.9 1822 -0.6








0234 0900 1616 2252 0326 0940 1706 2357

Mon 0420 1024 1754

0007 0558 1239 1921

+0.4 -0.7 +1.0 -0.7

0108 0647 1326 2016

+0.4 -0.7 +1.1 -0.9

0207 0736 1415 2108

+0.4 -0.7 +1.2 -1.0

0054 0517 1111 1841

0303 0828 1503 2157

+0.4 -0.7 +1.3 -1.1


0144 Wed 0615 1201 1927

0356 0920 1552 2244

+0.4 -0.7 +1.4 -1.2



0230 tHu 0714 1254 2013

0447 1014 1641 2331

+0.5 -0.7 +1.4 -1.2


0538 +0.6 1109 -0.7 1731 +1.3

11 tue



0313 0813 1348 2058


SAt 0355 0913 1446 2144

0017 0629 1205 1822

-1.2 +0.7 -0.7 +1.2


0013 0602 1242 1926

+0.4 -0.7 +1.0 -0.8


0117 0655 1332 2022

+0.4 -0.7 +1.1 -0.8

0004 Mon 0435 1032 1757

0217 0746 1420 2112

+0.4 -0.6 +1.1 -0.9


0059 0533 1115 1839

0312 0835 1505 2158

+0.4 -0.6 +1.1 -1.0

0146 0627 1158 1920

0402 0923 1548 2240

+0.4 -0.6 +1.1 -1.0

0229 tHu 0719 1240 1958

0448 1008 1629 2320

+0.4 -0.5 +1.1 -1.0


0308 0808 1323 2036

0531 1053 1710 2359

+0.5 -0.5 +1.1 -1.1

0344 0855 1407 2113

0612 +0.5 1137 -0.5 1750 +1.0


Sun 0337 0947 1711




-1.1 +0.8 -0.7 +0.9

0238 0905 1508 2105

-1.1 +0.9 -0.7 +0.8


0003 0646 1325 1913

0327 0959 1614 2205

-1.0 +0.9 -0.7 +0.6


0053 tHu 0731 1427 2031

0417 1054 1720 2309

-0.9 +1.0 -0.7 +0.5


Mon 0520 1118 1650 2316


tue 0603 1221 1759




0239 0902 1621 2301


0150 0812 1405 2008


0144 0816 1526 2148


-1.2 +0.7 -0.7 +1.1

Sun 0437 1015 1546 2230

Slack Water Maximum Current

0509 -0.8 1149 +1.0 1826 -0.7

0103 0720 1304 1914


Chesapeake Bay Entrance

Slack Water Maximum Current






0418 0942 1453 2149

Mon 0450 1029 1543 2226

0036 0652 1222 1830

-1.0 +0.6 -0.5 +1.0

0112 0731 1309 1912

-1.0 +0.6 -0.5 +0.9

All times listed are in Local Time, Daylight Saving Time has been applied when appropriate. All speeds are in knots.

0003 0649 1257 1957

0329 0932 1618 2209

-1.2 +0.9 -1.1 +0.5

0045 Sun 0729 1332 2038

0409 1009 1658 2251

-1.1 +0.8 -1.0 +0.5


0126 Mon 0811 1405 2119

0455 1049 1745 2337

-1.0 +0.7 -1.0 +0.5


0549 -0.9 1134 +0.6 1832 -1.0



0211 0859 1438 2201


Slack Water Maximum Current


0039 0624 1331 1854

-1.6 +1.5 -1.7 +1.0


0135 0717 1422 1949

-1.7 +1.6 -1.8 +1.1


0228 0812 1510 2043

-1.8 +1.6 -1.8 +1.1

0319 0904 1558 2135

-1.8 +1.5 -1.8 +1.1


0043 0718 1324 2003

0412 0956 1651 2229

-1.7 +1.4 -1.7 +1.1


0141 0817 1412 2058

0512 1051 1748 2326

-1.5 +1.2 -1.5 +1.0


0241 0919 1502 2155

0618 -1.3 1149 +0.9 1846 -1.4

Wed 0340 1003 1637 2153 tHu 0431 1054 1726 2249 Fri


SAt 0620 1235 1910

0024 0645 1223 1917

+0.5 -0.9 +0.6 -1.0

0110 0741 1313 2004

+0.5 -0.9 +0.5 -1.0

Fri 0526 1201 1701

0200 0842 1411 2058

+0.6 -0.9 +0.5 -1.1

8 0018 SAt 0627 1306 1759

0259 0949 1520 2156

+0.8 -1.1 +0.5 -1.2


9 0106 Sun 0724 1406 1857

0357 1049 1621 2251

+1.0 -1.2 +0.6 -1.4



0157 Mon 0819 1459 1957

0448 1144 1712 2344

+1.2 -1.4 +0.8 -1.5


0535 +1.4 1237 -1.6 1802 +0.9

Wed 0305 0953 1514 2247



0416 1056 1602 2330



0249 0912 1549 2056

0524 1144 1818 2346




Wed 0348 1028 1555 2253 tHu 0501 1141 1652 2352

21 Fri

0610 1256 1748

0026 0722 1248 1940

+0.9 -1.2 +0.7 -1.2

0124 0829 1349 2037

+0.8 -1.1 +0.5 -1.1

0231 0942 1504 2140

+0.7 -1.0 +0.4 -1.0

Slack Water Maximum Current


0050 SAt 0711 1407 1840

0353 1047 1620 2236

+0.7 -1.0 +0.4 -1.0


0144 Sun 0808 1503 1928

0450 1141 1708 2323

+0.7 -1.1 +0.4 -1.0


0233 Mon 0856 1548 2015

0528 +0.8 1229 -1.1 1746 +0.4


0003 0602 1312 1824

-1.0 +0.8 -1.1 +0.5


0042 0638 1350 1906

-1.1 +0.8 -1.1 +0.5


0120 0717 1422 1948

-1.1 +0.9 -1.2 +0.6

0157 0757 1451 2029

-1.2 +0.9 -1.2 +0.6


0233 0834 1520 2106

-1.2 +0.9 -1.2 +0.6


0310 0909 1551 2143

-1.2 +0.9 -1.2 +0.6


0348 0944 1627 2220

-1.2 +0.9 -1.2 +0.6

tue 0317 0938 1623 2059 Wed 0355 1014 1659 2141 tHu 0431 1049 1732 2222

28 Fri

0508 1123 1809 2303

SAt 0543 1158 1847 2346 Sun 0622 1231 1923 0028 Mon 0702 1303 2000

All times listed are in Local Time, Daylight Saving Time has been applied when appropriate. All speeds are in knots.

Current Differences and Speed Ratios Secondary Stations Baltimore Harbor Approach

Time Differences

Min. before Flood


Min. before Ebb

Speed Ratios Ebb



Secondary Stations Chesapeake Bay Entrance

Time Differences

Min. before Flood


Min. before Ebb

Speed Ratios Ebb



Cove Point, 3.9 n.mi. East







Chesapeake Beach, 1.5 miles North







Sharp Island Lt., 3.4 n.mi. West







Chesapeake Channel, (bridge tunnel) +0:05






Thomas Pt. Shoal Lt., 2.0 n.mi. East







Stingray Point, 12.5 miles East







Pooles Island, 4 miles Southwest







Smith Point Light, 6.7 n.mi. East







Turkey Point, 1.2 n.mi. Southwest







Point No Point, 4.3 n.mi. East







Corrections Applied to Baltimore Harbor Approach

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December 2012 Currents


Slack Water Maximum Current

Hurricane Sandy

What If?

by Jean Korten Moser


e finally talked about it Monday evening, October 29, as we watched the Weather Channel’s dire predictions about Hurricane Sandy, which had morphed into a superstorm due to pass directly over our heads during the night. “You know, there is a very real possibility that when this is all over, we could be boatless,” my husband said, voicing what we had been thinking about all weekend as we feverishly hurricane-proofed our 38foot sailboat, hauled our 22-foot center console, and tied our dinghy securely to a higher rack. I suddenly felt sad. It was as if discussing the worse-case scenario would make it come true. “I know,” I said mournfully. We fell silent for a few minutes, contemplating the situation. Then I brightened. “So what kind of boat would we buy next?” I asked. We are always looking for the next boat—the boat we’d buy if we won the lottery; the boat we’d buy if we downsized; the boat we’d buy if we wanted to explore North America by powerboat. Scanning the listings on YachtWorld, I found three 38-foot sailboats that we could probably afford if we lost our Caliber 38 in the storm. There was also a much newer 35-footer with extra tankage for extended cruising and several older 33s that were reasonably priced. But maybe it was time to try a high-performance racercruiser like a Sabre. I found listings for several 362s and 38s and made a short list of boats to go see, should the need arise. While I was surfing the Internet on my laptop, my husband was searching for

boats on his iPad. I was surprised to find he had been searching for Nordic Tugs and Down East-style boats, only to be disappointed to learn that the boats in our price range were small and old. Our friends Steve and Nancy also had the “what if” conversation. “If something happened to our boat, would we buy another one?” Nancy asked Steve. The rest of the sentence, “or would we get out of boating?” was unspoken. “Absolutely!” was Steve’s immediate response, and she breathed a sigh of relief. Other boaters in our marina had the discussion as well. “It would be an opportunity to buy a new boat without having to sell the old one first,” one guy commented. His buddy said, “It certainly opens up the realm of possibilities. What kind of boat do I want at this point in my life? And how do I want to use it? Or do I want to go in another direction entirely? I’d have to really think about that one.” Here are some steps you can take to significantly reduce the chances of your boat being damaged in a storm: Location, Location, Location Move your boat to a safe location well in advance of the storm. A couple of days before Hurricane Sandy came through, we moved our boat from one marina, where we were more exposed to the elements, to another that offered great protection in all directions.

To Haul or Not To Haul BoatU.S. recommends at least hauling smaller, open boats and boats with low freeboards. Several years ago, our center console

dangerously filled with water during a bad storm when the bilge pump failed. We now pull her if severe weather is predicted. Tie It Up Our boat rode out Hurricane Sandy tied with 11 dock lines—double bow and stern lines and three spring lines—to keep it centered in the slip. We positioned chafe guards in places where excessive rubbing was likely and also put out fenders, knowing they could be rendered useless in high winds and an excessive storm surge.

Take It Off Take it all off: canvas, sails, outboard, Lifesling, dinghy, gas can, grill, and anything else that could blow off deck in winds of 70 to 100 miles an hour or more. Items that can’t be removed should be lashed down securely.

Get Off the Boat When you have done everything you can possibly do to make the boat secure, leave. A friend who remained on his boat during Hurricane Isabel saw the docks submerged and the dock lines dangerously close to floating off the pilings, while the debris in the water precluded running the engine. He and the boat survived, but his BMW 5 Series sedan, which was parked in the flooded marina parking lot, did not. For more tips on how to prepare for a hurricane, go to and download “The Boater’s Guide to Preparing Boats & Marinas for Hurricanes.” About the Author: Jean Korten Moser is a freelance writer and U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain who sails out of Rock Hall, MD.

##NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon with data courtesy of the NASA/NOAA GOES Project Science team.

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Photographing OPBs (Other People’s Boats) by Steve Allan


ne of the many skills that I have failed miserably to make a living at is the art of photography, particularly sailing photography. In spite of that I have, both in my digital and dinosaur-era print collection, dozens of photographs of other people’s boats under sail. Not because they were boats that I recognized, but just because I was tooling along on a nice sailing day when another boat hove into view and I had the presence of mind to hit the shoot button on the camera if I wasn’t busy with some other task at the time. Besides, I just like taking pictures, so why not while away the time photographing pretty boats on the Bay? More often than not, I end up shooting boats I know in my part of the world. If the shot is anywhere near decent, every effort is made to contact the skipper and get an e-mail address to surprise him with a photo. Every boat-owning sailor alive wants a framed photo of his or her boat hanging in the office, den, or foyer. I just figure it’s a nice thing to do, a simple gesture of kindness with no expectation of compensation. Out of it, in at least one instance, I have reaped an even better reward: enduring friendship. On the other hand, if it were me on the receiving end, I’d be digging into my wallet for a Franklin with such lightning speed the bill would be on fire before it ended up in the hands of the altruist. That’s how it once occurred to me that I might make money at this—maybe even enough to quit the day job once and for all and with it all the appurtenances of a lubberly life ashore. But alas, that dream of an idea soon vanished with the reality that I couldn’t sell water in the desert, much less boat photos to sailors. The more I thought about it, the creepier it became, this idea of guilt-based marketing, like the dreaded but irresistible office

rounds of Girl Scout cookies, high school football team chocolate bars, and volunteer fire company boots at intersections. Worse than that, I started to feel like one of those urban squeegee kids who nail you at a red light with a window wash, followed by a gnarly stare if you don’t come up with a dollar before the light changes. I finally decided I couldn’t go through with it. That turned out to be a good thing. When something you do aboard your boat is a commercial enterprise, it changes the whole nature of the sailing experience. It becomes work, I tell myself. I don’t want sailing to be work beyond the work it takes to run the boat. Then again, any work on a boat has to beat sitting in front of a computer in some dreary office tower. Maybe I need to rethink this. As for the one photo of my boat under sail, while I appreciate the fellow sailor who took it and sent it to me, it’s not the beating to weather, bone in her teeth, rail-burying shot I’d like to have. It’s a lame downwind moment, under headsail alone, and the only reason I’m overtaking the photo boat is that I had a whisker pole deployed and he didn’t. Lacking the equipment, expertise, and exceptional artistry of SpinSheet’s Mark Talbott or Dan Phelps, I just try and get a decent shot, filling the frame if I can, using light to my advantage, and trying hard not to get stinkpotters, power lines, or containerships in the background. If you read this far and expected informed technical tips for successful picture taking on the water beyond that, let me leave you with these useful nuggets: the horizon should be horizontal. Dial up the resolution. And don’t drop the camera over the rail. Here’s my offer to anyone in the vicinity of Middle River on the Upper Bay: I might already have a photo of your boat that I’m willing to give you. Gratis. If you can reciprocate with one of me going hard to windward, I’ll probably pay you for it.

About the Author: Single-handed cruiser Steve Allan sails his Laguna 26 sloop, Annie’s Rose, out of Middle River and is a member of the Frog Mortar YC and the Northern Chesapeake Cruising Club. Follow us!

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The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race 2012

Schoonering Down the Bay Life Aboard Mystic Whaler by Jeff Holland

Thursday, October 11 at 2 p.m. Off Hackett’s Point, South of the Bay Bridge near Annapolis e were about to take part in the most astonishing spectacle that nobody’s ever seen… We, the crew of the Mystic Whaler, crossed the starting line first and held the lead for several minutes straight at the start of the 127-nautical-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR). The wind was blowing a stiff 2.5 knots out if the northeast, and we were bucking a raging flood current of 0.3 knots, so there’s an almost mathematical certainty that we were actually making way, until a cheer rose from the guests aboard Woodwind II as her sister ship, Woodwind I, swept by us in the light air. The desultory cheers from the Woodwind only pointed out what a sparse crowd this spectacle attracted. The spectator fleet was grievously outnumbered by the 37 entrants in the race fleet. This is probably just fine with most of the skippers in the fleet, who often complain that there are too many pesky spectator boats…


Friday, October 12 at 1:30 a.m. Near Plum Point, MD knock at the door of my little cabin woke me at 1:30 a.m., and a gentle voice gave instructions to meet on deck in 15 minutes and to “bundle up.” I layered up and climbed the companionway to a blaze of stars. The main masthead pointed toward Orion. We were just off Plum Point, still slogging back and forth. I got to steer and stayed on course by keeping the three stars of Orion’s belt between the mast and the shrouds. Yes, you can steer


by the stars. Of course, we still had compass, radar, GPS, VHS radio, smart phones with weather apps, and even a satellite tracking system that identifies approaching vessels; but you can still steer by the stars, and it’s a delight when you get to do just that on such a night. Along about 4 a.m., the red crescent moon rose over the Eastern Shore along with a brightly shining Saturn. The wind shifted to the west and around to the north, and what had been a pleasurable reach turned into a lurching downwind run. It was still dark when our watch ended at 6 a.m. with the brightly lit LNG terminal at Cove Point in sight. After a civilized breakfast of an elegant baked egg casserole, grits, and toasted English muffins, I did a little better at helping with the dishes and hit the bunk hard. Let me describe heaven: it’s disguised as one of the cabins aboard Mystic Whaler. I had one all to myself, and it was quite comfortable in a snug sort of way that is so appealing in schooner accommodations. You squeeze in through a narrow door. There’s handsome white bead-board paneling accented by oak trim. There are over/under bunks, each wide enough for two very cozy people and perfect for one large sailor to stretch out to read, write, and sleep. Each cabin has a little sink and mirror. Take two steps out to the head and shower shared by five other cabins. There’s room to change clothes but not much else, and any inclination toward claustrophobia is offset by an opening porthole and an overhead skylight that let in plenty of light and air. After a refreshing sleep, I came up on deck to a clear blue sky and a cool breeze and got my bearings. We were near Point No Point, just north of the mouth of the Potomac. Lunch was a hearty lentil stew, and supping on that by the warmth of the wood-burning stove in the great room was a treat. 4:30 p.m. North of Windmill Point, VA y watch was to start at 6 p.m., but along about 4:30 p.m., we heard one of the schooners in the fleet report over the radio that there was a man overboard two miles east of Windmill Point. We checked our position and were 4.3 miles north and on the same side of the Bay, hugging the western shore. As we listened to the VHS radio transmissions, we learned that one of the crew of the schooner Cuchulain was in the water and unconscious. We could see a sailboat and a powerboat running en route to assist. Captain John turned on the engine, and we motor-sailed toward them, but before we were halfway there, we saw the powerboat speed off for shore. They had managed to get the poor guy aboard, but they couldn’t revive him. The Coast Guard released the Whaler from duty, and we resumed the race. Later, we learned that the man, Steve Case of Racine, WI, became the first fatality in the race’s 23-year history. He was one of the seven crew members aboard the 44-foot steel-hulled Schooner Cuchulain (pronounced “Coo-K-who-Lin”), owned and skippered by Bill Durkin of Pasadena, MD. The best guess is that the boat gybed in a shifting gust of wind, and the swinging boom


##The author with the Schooner Mystic Whaler in the background in Portsmouth, VA, after the 127-nautical-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.

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hit Case in the head and knocked him overboard. This was the eighth race for Cuchulain, and she took second in Class C last year, so you can’t put this accident down to inexperience. It was with a grim nod to fate. With a keener appreciation of running a tight ship with sound safety precautions, we got back on course. Just a few minutes later, the same wind shift that must have hit Cuchulain hit us, blowing from the north at 18-20 knots. With the sails reefed and trimmed for a run, our watch went below to the great room and scarfed down a delicious poached salmon that deserved much better attention before rushing back up to take the deck. We were passing Wolf Trap Light, and that meant there were just a few hours left in the race. There we were, wing-on-wing, surfing down the four-foot waves at 8.5 knots, preventers rigged on both the main and the fore to keep us from gybing. As the sun went down, the wind picked up. At 7 p.m., the captain ordered the jib to be struck, and by 8 p.m., it was blowing 22-25 knots. It was a real Chesapeake sleigh ride. We could see the string of lights that marked the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel off to port, and the lights of Norfolk and Newport News spread across the horizon to the south. There was little other traffic—we sighted the Sultana’s bare poles bobbing ahead, but not many other vessels braved this weather. I watched for the once-every-10-seconds white flash of the Thimble Shoals Light

and spotted it among the shore lights far ahead. We got there fast. We were surfing down six-foot waves on a broad reach at 10 knots when we passed right by the Thimble Shoals Light at 9:32:10 with a lapsed time of just over 37 hours. What had started with a whimper ended with a bang. When my watch ended at 10 p.m., I headed below and didn’t wake up until morning. The Whaler had motored into the Elizabeth River and tied up at High Street Landing in Portsmouth by 1 a.m. I never heard any of that commotion. ##The crew reefs the sails aboard the 110-foot Schooner Mystic Whaler. Photo by Jeff Holland

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The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race 2012

Changing Perspectives on Racing by Aram Nersesian


012 was the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) that makes me want to do more races. For years, I have decided each year that I had run my last race. I would beat up my boat just a little bit too much, spend too much money and time in preparation, and listen (and participate) a little too much to all the scuttlebutt and scandal about ratings, attitudes, and pettiness. At least for a while, I thought, I’d give it a break. Perhaps take a casual two-week cruise on the Bay to actually visit some of the places that I zoom past in the dark during the race. But, this year was different. I’m not sure how. It’s just a feeling I came away with. Not before the race. There was the same pressure to get things done, prep, and stock the boat, make expensive repairs, and take the time away from other important life issues. Once I got to Baltimore, this year, I felt something had transformed. First of all, my friend and crew member Craig came early from Colorado to help with the prep and delivery. The camaraderie felt good, and the assistance was welcome. Then, there was the long walk out to the end of the dock at the Baltimore Marine Center (BMC). What I thought would be a drag turned out to be rather delightful. I got to see all the boats each time I made the 10-minute walk in and out. I was parked near my friend Glen on the beautiful Mistress, also next to “Duncan the Great” on Adventurer. I got to help Woodwind in with her lines, seeing her movements up close, ##Heron passing When and If during the which is always awe Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. inspiring. I got to say Photo courtesy of Aram Nersesian “hi” to my brothers on Prom Queen, each time in passing. Something, this year, lessened the weight of responsibility that I always felt about the safety of my crew and boat. Not that we’re not safety conscious; we are and take that very seriously. But, I felt more settled in than ever before, that we knew what we were doing and were good at it. I knew I could relax a bit. I enjoyed, more so this year, seeing my friends and acquaintances that I only encounter once a year at this event. It meant more, in a warmer, calmer way. I gathered more energy from it, allowing myself to feel the warmth. The race was easier. Light air at first, building through the night, but never exceeding 22 or so on the nose, not much more than an enjoyable breeze on my boat. Yes, a bit of pounding down 38 December 2012 SpinSheet

south, but that helps you stay awake through the night. Then a spinnaker run to the finish. What more could you ask? This year’s race itself was indeed easier, more pleasurable, less stressful. I also finally learned how to shuck an oyster with reasonable grace and managed to eat my full of the slimy little suckers. And, on the trip home, Heron rafted with Prom Queen, Adventurer, and Libertate in Indian Creek, and we shared an evening of good food and loads of fun, filled with the rawest of jokes and the best guitar playing (Duncan!) and songs. I think what really made this race very special for me was something that I didn’t do and will regret for the rest of my life that I failed to carry out what my heart-of-hearts was screaming for me to do. In the final miles of the race, we were a good 10 to 15 minutes ahead of Prom Queen. Both vessels had spinnakers up, and we were racing for the finish. On my boat, we covered every single hole where air could get through, coming up with some very creative ways to hang extra canvas and gain an extra knot, but there was Prom Queen, tenaciously right behind. After 130 miles and all kinds of conditions, we were still virtually side-by-side. What I wanted to do, and I casually mentioned this to my crew, was to drop the chute, round up, and make my way back to windward to Prom Queen, round up again, then come in together, calling in the same time to finish. This action, this gesture, would have honored my friends on Prom Queen for their tremendous efforts during the race. It would have honored our friendship, and it would have thumbed our noses to the idea that winning is everything. Coming in second or third… who cares? Who will remember? But, turning around, coming in together for the sake

of friendship and admiration; that would have been the stuff of legend. Alas, I didn’t do it. I was not on my boat alone and could not follow my personal whims. Out of respect to my crew who worked hard to bring the boat down the Bay in the shortest of times, I allowed us to finish fast and take second place. But, just the fact that I thought about turning around, just the fact that I put the ideas of friendship and camaraderie and fun ahead of winning (even if just in my mind) made the difference for me. The whole thing, the whole event, felt better to me. And that feeling was 100 times better than prized clocks on mantles, names on perpetual trophies, and first-place accolades. Sure, in the future we’ll still race to win. But, I have experienced a perspective shift that will make that more fun, and at the same time, less important. So, unforeseen and extenuating circumstances notwithstanding, I will see you all next year. And watch out! You’ll never know what crazy ideas I may come up with next! About the Author: Aram Nersesian has raced Schooner Heron in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race 15 times. She has taken many seconds and thirds and placed first in Class A twice and Overall Winner in 2001. But who’s counting?

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##Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race president A. L. Roper awards Schooner Woodwind captains and father-anddaughter team, Ken and Jennifer Kaye, first in Class A, line honors, and first in corrected time. Photo by Jeff Holland

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Holiday Gift Guide


you were to make the mistake of asking friends of the SpinSheet program what’s on their lists for Santa, you’d get an earful. To make sense of all this neediness, we narrowed down the scope to present—for your enjoyment—some of the gifts we and our buddies desire this year.




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e a docking pro… or at least look like one. With a Robship Hook & Moor Boat Hook, you place the eye of dock line in the carabiner, reach down and pull the hook through the cleat or mooring eye, bring the dock line back toward the boat, and secure the line’s eye on the cleat. Sweet! Starts at $150 /


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by Molly Winans

Charter Notes

Stereotypes vs. Reality

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands

##Our Dufour 40 Thoxa VII was moored beyond the palm tree to the right, at about one o’clock, in the anchorage in Leverick Bay.


fter three decades of sailing and 10 years of writing about it, it was a little embarrassing to admit that I was a Virgin Islands virgin… until last month. As we landed on Beef Island in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to charter a 40-foot Dufour through Dream Yacht Charter, my head was stuffed with stereotypes from years of reading and editing charter stories. A part of me felt jaded, as if I’d been there, done that, and was too cool in advance to lug home a Willy T shirt. Then, we landed. I walked into the tropical air to a new land that both fed and modified the pre-packaged, glossy images in my head.


The Fab Four

ood luck finding a BVI charter company website that doesn’t mention the top four stock images of sailing in the Caribbean: palm-fringed white sandy beaches, steady trade winds, line-of-sight navigation, and crystal blue waters. What struck me as I experienced the fab four was how much more spectacular the visceral experiences were than the brochure descriptions. All of the beaches we saw were as breathtaking as the marketing material photos, but if I had to beam myself back to one, I would choose the beach in front of the remote Cow Wreck Beach Bar and Resort, a tiny cluster of villas and watering hole on Anegada, which was only ahead of my second favorite, the nearby Loblolly Beach, for one reason: conch shells. Not only are the resort’s pathways and gardens lined with conch shells, but also, every swimmer who steps on something and investigates it pulls up beautiful white coral chunks and full-sized pink conch shells. Upon seeing a picture of that amazing beach, my niece commented, “That is my dream land.” It’s everyone’s dream land. Follow us!

##A quiet morning at Leverick Bay on North Sound in Virgin Gorda. That morning, we realized that we were the only sailors around who felt compelled to put lifejackets in their dinghies.

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Charter Notes Speaking of fantasies, find me a Chesapeake sailor who doesn’t pine for steady breeze and line-of-sight navigation. Our average breeze for the week was lighter than the typical daily 15-20 knots I’ve read about; apparently that trend starts in December and persists through summer. We did not complain about our weeklong, steady eight-15 knots. Several one-tack-only sailing days made for true relaxation. Intellectually, I knew what line-of-sight meant, but the freeing feeling of being able to pick a point and sail straight for it without bracing for the ol’ mud bump was surreal for me, as it would be for any Chesapeake sailor trained to keep a maniacal look-out for shoal and channel marks. When a friend told us he had navigated his entire trip with a placemat he had bought at the airport, I only fully grasped the truth in it when we did the same. (But don’t forget your binoculars; they make for good anchorage spying and turtle spotting if nothing else).


Island Time

took the famed “island time” stereotype to mean more than “vacation slow time,” namely lousy, slow service; that was slightly inaccurate. We were blessed with terrific, even timely, service almost everywhere we went—although sometimes, it proved challenging to find someone who would take our cash. Our trip started after a white knuckler van ride up, down, and all around to a funky little nine-room hotel nestled in the lush green hills above Josiah’s Bay, Tortola, called the

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The crew at Dream Yacht Charter in Maya Cove seemed too busy for island time. The docks were bustling with people cleaning boats, fueling, docking, provisioning, dealing with German clients with lost luggage, and briefing sailors on charts. The manager, Yann Leboyer, and customer service representative, Jana Barry, efficiently walked us through the paperwork and the systems on our clean, new-looking boat. Upon learning that we lacked charcoal for the grill, an inverter for charging phones, and an iPod wire, they lent us all we needed, including snorkel masks and fins, and even threw off our lines for us as we traveled, carefully, through the wellmarked reef-side channel into the true-toits-reputation crystal blue yonder.


##We knew when we saw so many swimmers pull up conch shells that the ones lining the gardens at the Cow Wreck Beach Bar and Resort on Anegada were not imported. Photo by Michael Jewell


aking up our first morning at Great Harbour on Peter Island to a dozen pelicans dive-bombing for fish along the rocks and entertaining us as we ate a leisurely breakfast. On that first day, jumping into the water, stunningly blue and salty, donning my snorkel mask, and noting that the rocks near our mooring—not a “famous” snorkel spot, just some rocks—were teeming with colorful tropical fish. And then, the delight of watching a sea turtle gently swim by. Every turtle who swam by underwater or popped his head above the surface as if to say “hi,” was a wonder. The two men dancing with their shorts around their ankles on deck of a big catamaran circling the Willy T Floating Bar and Restaurant were also surprising, but of the “wish I had a mind eraser” variety. Other unexpected details: how tricky it was to locate Advil, Benedryl, sunblock, and eek—ice! Our motto: bring it or buy it as soon as you see it. Don’t assume you’ll have other chances at your next anchorage. The BVI are not “convenient” as we know convenient; sparsely stocked “markets” may test your sense of humor. Bugs. After three locals at separate places told us that the bugs don’t bite, even as sailors around them slapped mosquitos and no-see-ums on their necks and legs at sunset, my partner said, “Maybe the bugs don’t bite the locals.” Note that we were there pre-season and in lighter air, so maybe the situation improves in the windier winter. My advice? Learn to love bug spray. One surprise was how Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge arrived later than we expected. We were naïve enough to think that we’d passed Sandy as she Follow us!

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Charter Notes swirled toward the northeast and we headed for San Juan, PR. Four days later, 10-foot swells arrived. When we turned out of the channel protected from the weather by Tortola to head toward Virgin Gorda’s North Sound, we realized that our charter company manager’s warning about storm swells was spot on. Surfers on the west and north sides of Tortola had been rocking it for two days. Along with the swells came rip tides along the shore, crashing waves at popular snorkel spots we had to avoid, such as the Baths, the Norman Island Caves, and the Dogs, and a few humbling lessons on currents to remind us that we weren’t in Annapolis anymore. We ate sandwiches while safely moored and watched a few crazies struggle in the surf to swim up to the beach at the Baths (with a red flag flying), while getting absolutely pounded by waves near the rocks. We feared for their noggins on the rocks (they did make it safely back to their big catamaran with puny brains intact). My advice to new charter sailors would be to listen to your charter manager’s weather briefing closely. When in doubt, play it safe, or at the very least, call the charter company’s staff and take advantage of their local knowledge.


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he village of Morne rests at the top of a mountain in the green interior of St. Lucia. One Sunday a few Decembers ago, my wife Mia, our friend Suzana, and I made an accidental visit there and enjoyed part of an island culture I had assumed didn’t exist there. Rodney Bay Marina, where more than 200 yachts participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) are berthed each year, is typical Caribbean tourism at its worst. Restaurants serve “western” food at ridiculous prices, taxi drivers continually bark for your business, and locals remain virtual slaves to the visiting yachts. I was working for ARC then, as I will be this year by the time this goes to press (this will be our fourth year in a row spending the Christmas season there). I had just completed the 0200-0800 graveyard shift, and we had the morning off. The plan was to have no plan. We agreed that if anyone wanted to turn in at any time, simply to say so. We stopped to buy drinking coconuts not five minutes outside the marina complex. I will never tire of coconut water—it comes in its own container. The guy on the street hacked a few open with his machete, and Mia and I drowned them in a few large gulps. We made a left turn off the main road as soon as we could and quickly found ourselves high atop the island in the village of Morne. Little more than a few

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houses on the hills lining each side of the road, Morne is a family village, and we had stumbled upon a family party. Chicken was roasting on several grills, a man behind a bar was distributing Piton Lager beer, and the family was playing music. Incredible music, actually. About a dozen or so St. Lucians, all related, banged away on metal chairs, bamboo poles, plastic barrels, and bongo drums, while another was tooting a conch horn and a woman sang the lyrics in Creole. They called themselves ‘The Secret Band,” and I was happy to be in on it. Several generations of the Morne village family were present, from the smallest baby to old men with no teeth. The music continued with new members joining and leaving the band at will. Even the little ones had a go. We ate grilled curried chicken, fried bread, and fish cakes. We drank beer. A teenager opened a dozen coconuts with his machete, and we drank the water, with rum. The party continued into the afternoon. We were invited by one of the younger guys to go for a trip down to the beach, on the Atlantic side, where he would show us around to the Carib Indian ruins that lay among the palm trees, the first settlement on St. Lucia. Once beyond Morne, the dirt road began its descent to the beach. The little Daihatsu bounced along on the rutted and rocky path, but managed well enough. To our right, a valley opened up, at the bottom of which stood a small pig and banana farm, 1000 feet below us. To the left, cows and goats grazed on the steep hillsides. This was the St. Lucia that ARC participants were missing, and I was okay with that. At the beach, which was volcanic black sand, dwarfed on two sides by enormous cliffs, the Atlantic surf pounded on the sand. Debris from passing ships had washed up on the shore. Bookcases, old bottles, even a telephone pole were strewn about the ground. We hiked beneath

##The Secret Band and their family in the village of Morne, high atop St. Lucia.

the cliff on the southern side along a barely discernible path through a grove of coconut palms. Soon the remains of a large Indian “church” appeared out of the trees. An enormous tree had grown right up through one of its walls, betraying the age of a rather mystical place.  After our walk, I helped Lloyd (our village guide) load the two bookcases into the back of our car—he was going to fix them up and use them for his house, which I thought was a grand idea. Similarly, the grills back at the village were made from old propane and gas tanks cut in half and hinged, mounted on legs made from rebar. The kettles they boiled their pots on were old car and truck wheels, mounted in a similar fashion as the grills. Upon our return to the mountaintop and Morne, I expected Lloyd to announce his fee for our afternoon tour. Instead, he called to his two kids, who appeared holding a machete and more coconuts, and he offered us another drink. He was incredibly proud of his family, of the house he built with his own hands, and of the village life where his entire extended family lived close together on the top of that mountain.  I arrived into Morne with the initial impression that I was an intruder, “stealing” photographs and somehow tainting an otherwise pure atmosphere. I wondered if there was anything I could give to those people to make their lives better. But the villagers at Morne want for nothing. They are quite obviously far happier than any western family I›ve encountered, my own included. Their happiness comes not from things or money, but from togetherness and passion. Passion for their land, their music, and for each other. I left thinking instead how the world might be different, if we all had the same attitude about life. SpinSheet December 2012 49

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t the end of the cruising season this year, we lingered for as long as possible in Siracusa’s Grand Harbor in Sicily, one of our favorite ports in the Mediterranean. We relished being at anchor and making trips ashore with the dinghy to shop in the colorful local market, wander the narrow alleys of the ancient city, or catch a late lunch in one of the city’s outstanding but reasonably priced eateries. We planned to store Gyatso for the winter at Marina di Ragusa, a large, relatively new marina on the south coast of the island. While making the 50-plus mile run from Siracusa, my husband David heard a subtle but sudden change in the sound of the engine. We were making good time motoring and motor-sailing, so we just throttled back a bit. A short while later, after rounding the southeastern tip of ##Siracusa’s colorful market. Sicily in very light winds with only 27 miles to go, the engine alarm Capers, olives, or sun-dried sounded. The oil pressure was low. We shut down the engine and tomatoes anyone? continued under sail while we tried to figure out what was wrong with our usually reliable Yanmar. We could see the breakwater of the large commercial harbor in We spent the evening discussing our options. One option Pozzallo about four miles away and prayed the light wind would hold was sailing to Malta 50 miles to the south where we had enough to see us into the anchorage just outside of the inner harbor. engine work done before. Continuing on to Ragusa, 15 miles We figured it was better to anchor where we could get help if we to the west was another. As is always the case in this kind of needed it rather than try to finsituation, we figured a good ish the passage in light wind. sleep was what we “I believe that we have travel angels night›s When the engine cooled, we needed. We awoke the folwho help us along the way.” found that the oil level was low lowing morning and ran some but there was no obvious leak. tests on the engine. It started David took the dinghy ashore to see if there was a mechanic and to up and ran as reliably as ever, so we knew we had enough time buy more oil in case we needed it to finish the passage. to get into the harbor again. Dragonfly delayed their departure, Ashore, the prospect of finding a mechanic to help us looked hoping for a southwest wind to come up so they could sail and bleak. These things can take days and days, time we thought would not motor. We decided to follow their lead and sail with them be better spent in a major yachting center nearby. We had been to Ragusa. We both set sail mid-morning and began a long underway or at anchor for more than a week and were also looking but pleasant day of sailing to windward in eight to 12 knots. forward to having access to water and electricity again. We tacked together along the south coast of Sicily, requirWhile David was ashore, another boat arrived in the anchorage. ing that we cover almost twice the rhumb-line distance. The I explained the situation to Ann and David on Dragonfly and found seas were calm, and although I was somewhat stressed about out that they planned to sail to Ragusa the following day. They ofwhether the wind would hold, we sailed right up to the harbor fered assistance and checked in with us later that evening. All was entrance well before sunset. The marina’s RIB was standing fine. We were safely anchored, and the weather was clear and calm. by as we entered the harbor. We ran the engine one last time We made a plan to check-in with them again in the morning. to arrive safely in our winter berth. Soon after tying up and

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shutting down the engine, we were welcomed into port by cruising friends, new and old. I was so relieved to complete another cruising season without a major mishap. I believe that we have travel angels who help us along the way. When Dragonfly appeared in the anchorage, I took it as a sign and paid close attention to the message of help and encouragement they offered. David looked at the situation more practically, searching for the lesson in the midst of circumstances. We both came to the same conclusion. Like many other long-distance cruisers, we had come to rely so much on our engine to get us to places we wanted to go. This is especially true now that we are cruising only part time. We realized that we need to be driven less by schedules and destinations and go where the wind carries us, even if it takes longer to get there. I am feeling more relaxed about the end of our season. If we can’t sort out engine problems next spring, I know that a good mechanic is just a day sail away in Malta. The prevailing wind in the Strait of Sicily can carry us there. About the Author: Annapolis sailor Lisa Borre cruised full-time for five years with her husband aboard their Tayana 37 cutter Gyatso, visiting the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Black Seas. The couple now cruises part-time in the Med and recently published a cruising guide called The Black Sea.

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he hasn’t been on edge like that since the Wednesday night races years ago. I can see her keel.” Yup, that’s our Merit 25... Problem is, she’s still in her slip. One of her lift supports is cracked, and she’s precariously leaning against two and a half pilings in an ugly manner. If you look closely, you can see her teeter-totter gently in the wind... Hurricane Sandy reminded us that even though we properly prepped most things beforehand, simply raising Lucille in her lift didn’t get the job done when the winds blew. Thanks to helpful insights from neighbors and Southern Bay racer Lin McCarthy, my husband is now thinking of the logistics and expenses of a barge and crane operator and “creative cradling.” Yes, of course, we got away super lucky, compared to our brothers up north and in the Caribbean. We are very thankful for that. It’s good to put things in perspective. As many Bay clubs change their watches, let’s look forward to good weather for the coming sailing season. By December 10, send your Club Notes, high-resolution photos, Club Directory updates, and wonderful winds and spectacular seas all through 2013.


Hot Stew and Cider. Yum!

embers of the Alberg 30 One-Design Association rounded out our sailing season with the “Die Hard Cruise/Raft-Up” on Broad Creek off the Magothy River. Host Bob Leigh served homemade beef stew and hot mulled cider to all participants. Picture Night, during which we will share member-produced videos and a potluck dinner, will round out the 2012 cruising and racing season. —by Jim and Barb Palmer /


##A great ESSA gathering as usual.

Bahamas Bound

he Hunter SA (HSA) (below) will culminate the year with our Parade of Lights Party in a two-room suite at the Annapolis Marriott December 8. As we write these notes, three HSA boats have gone south for the winter. Fela sits in Charleston’s Ashley River Marina and will continue to Florida in the next month or so. Second Option and Two Morrows sit on either side of the St. Mary’s River; Two Morrows is at Cumberland Island, GA, and Second Option is in Fernandina Beach, FL. They will meet in Fernandina Beach and then sail together to southern Florida and the Bahamas late in December. —by Carl Reitz /

##During the U.S. Sailboat Show, David Marlow, owner of Marlow-Hunter, shared his design philosophy with HSA members Mike and Tina Meegan. Photo by Toni Knisley

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Winging It

n October 21, the Bivalve Fleet of the Eastern Shore SA (ESSA) gathered for the final sail of the season. Under the production teamwork of John and Janine Motsko, Judith Stribling, and Dave Gooch, eight boats shared a glorious afternoon of sailing on the Nanticoke River and then a garden party at “Boonies” to enjoy drinks, pizza, and wings (courtesy of Bob Gordon) (above). The weather was great, the “sea stories” were predictable, and laughter was plentiful. We agreed that it was sad to face the end of another wonderful season and pull our boats out for the winter. Watch for those discount specials on paint, sandpaper, and running gear during the next few months. Also, the Racing Rules of Sailing will change January 1. If anyone needs an ESSA hat or new ESSA yearbook, contact me by e-mail or phone; I should be available between island Margaritas. —by Bruce Franz /


Hitting the Ground Running

uring the North Point SA’s awards dinner November 10, more than 30 plaques were presented to the winners and runner-ups for the four series of races, overall season winners, and winners of the Annual Harry Young Cup Race in September. We then installed the new club officers. New commodore Lou Reyman said his first order of business is to increase membership in the club and promote more active participation of club members. —by Charles Rouse /


embers of the Jeanneau Sailboat Owners Group held our last raft-up for the 2012 sailing season October 20 in Shaw Bay (below). What a great turnout! Seven Jeanneau boats were present, including two new member boats. Our theme was football, and the tailgating was plentiful. If you own a Jeanneau sailboat, check out our website. —by Gabe Fontana /

Back in the Saddle Again

e-established after a 13-year hiatus, the Potomac River Yacht Racing Council (aka Barnacle Cup Sailing, Dahlgren YC, Dangerfield Island Sailing Club, Middle Potomac SA, Northern Neck SA, and Quantico YC) promotes interclub racing and competition on the Potomac River. The council established the Potomac River Championship Series. Each club designated one of its regattas to apply to the series plus the Governors Cup Potomac leg, making it a seven-race series. The best four races for a boat were scored for the championship, and spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes were established. In the spinnaker class, Denis Bessette (Shadowfax) took first, Buzz Ballard (Rambleon) captured second, and Martin Howell (Truculent Turtle) sailed into third. In the non-spinnaker class, Woody Morris (What Boat) took first, Bob Donaldson (Evergreen) sailed into second, and Tom Cordell (Movin) captured third. —by Denis Bessette



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The Salty Dawg Rally Is On!

hile returning from the Bahamas and other southern islands last spring, members of the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) developed a rally for cruisers making the long passage south to travel together for safety and companionship. October—always a good time to sail and head south—saw the start of the Salty Dawg Rally (SDR) out of Hampton, VA, with more than 60 boats heading to the Bahamas, the Virgins Islands, and beyond (below). Several members of the Old Point Comfort YC at Fort Monroe helped cruisers from numerous continents. Joan and Greg Conover, Curt Morris, and Eileen and Michael Turner provided host services, weather information, classroom presentations, and radio checks and took visiting cruisers on countless runs for food, beer, and marine supplies, even taking one person to the hospital. After numerous happy hours, potluck dinners, and delays from Hurricane Sandy and a nor’easter, all SDR members were underway and heading south by November 9. —by Eileen Turner / / ##Simone Lingemann and her daughter Kim will sail to the Virgin Islands aboard their 45-foot catamaran Romone, with her husband Ron, father-in-law Bernhard, and dog Skipper, all from Germany.

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artan 34 Classic Association (T34CA) members wound up the 2012 sailing season October 13-14 with our cruise to Havre de Grace, MD. Regional captains David Bourdon of the Chesapeake Region and Peter Coggins (below) of New York and New Jersey organized this wonderful event. We explored the Concord Point Lighthouse, toured the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum and Duck Decoy Museum, walked the boardwalk to see the Skipjack Martha Lewis, and spent cash on sidewalk art and curiosities. At Saturday’s dinner after a warm welcome by the mayor, we listened to Rafe Weber, the grandson of Gabby Hayes, tell stories from earlier days in Havre de Grace. On Sunday, we toured the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal Lock House and opened the impressive lock ourselves. After a festive steak and wine cookout, we headed to our home ports, promising to visit again soon. —by Grace Holt /

##On September 15, Peter Coggins sailed his Tartan 34 Classic, Frolic, from Oceanport, NJ, to host a party of the T34CA at Havre de Grace. Six weeks later, “Frankenstorm Sandy” hit the Jersey Shore and decimated marinas there, including Frolic’s slip. In her dock at the Coggins’ condo in Havre de Grace, Frolic safely rode out the storm. Photo by Bob Kelshaw

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Happy Holidays

alesville Memorial Hall was the site for our year-end business meeting. The Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) (below) elected our new board, with Don Reynolds as commodore and Greg Shields as vice commodore. Over drinks and eats, we swapped stories and recalled adventures from the just-completed sailing season. Over Labor Day weekend, regatta participants raced and partied at the Maryland YC on Rock Creek. The Antique Boat Show brought us to Reedville, VA, in September, where we enjoyed the traditional hospitality of the Keith/Frasers and the Walkers. The Goose Cruise to Baby Owl Cove off the Choptank River featured a full moon and plenty of geese. We took a lunch break together at the U.S. Sailboat Show and joined T34CAs on a cruise to Havre de Grace. Although the year featured early spring heat, mid-summer scorching, and a close call with Superstorm Sandy, it was a very good season. We wish everyone good sailing ahead in 2013. —by Grace Holt /

##Pirates Scott and Matt Nichols and who is the mystery pirate?

C ##CBTSC kids Mary El, the Lawson’s granddaughter, and Brad, grandson of the McFarlands, joined Bob McFarland, Becki Lawson, and Peggy McFarland on a dinghy ride to a beach up the Rhode River for swimming, paddling, and splashing fun. Photo by Darlene Forte


lub Beneteau Chesapeake Bay members (above) dusted off their pirate costumes of years past and attended the Pirates and Winches Raft-Up in October hosted by Scott and Matt Nichols at the popular Magothy River anchorage off Holland Point. The weather was perfect, and all enjoyed a fall weekend with great food, music, and a few cocktails. This was the last raft-up of the season, and 2012 drew to a close with November’s Fall Luncheon. —by Jeanne van Hekken /

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he Dickerson Owners Association (DOA) was proudly “present for duty” at the Good Old Boat Regatta October 6 just off Annapolis. The skipper of the pristine 1969 Dickerson 35 Rainbow must have misread the race instructions however, as he made it the “Good Old Crew Regatta.” Captain John Freal selected four Dickerson captains (and DOA members) to join him as crew (below). And even though John was the youngest (by a good margin), the average crew age easily qualified for Social Security. By every bystanders’ account, Rainbow was one of the prettiest of 42 entrants with ample freshly finished brightwork and new sails flying from every spar. And the “seasoned crew” did a respectable job getting her around the 7.26-mile course before a frontal passage and very stiff breezes made newer boats pound their crews’ dental work loose. Rainbow just dug in, and we could almost hear the stripplanked hull beg for more. It’s really hard to match the combination of a beautiful boat, sailed by old friends on our priceless Chesapeake Bay. —by Barry Creighton / ##(L-R): Barry Creighton and Joe Slavin (front row) and Jeff Stephenson, Malone Williams, and John Freal (second row).

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nnapolis Sail and Power Squadron (ASPS) members will again collect Toys for Tots (below) during our Dinner Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Annapolis December 6. Everyone is welcome; reserve your spot by calling (410) 263-8777 ($29 per person). The cash bar will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. All Toys for Tots donations should be unwrapped and suitable for kids up to age 14 years. Santa will host our fun gift exchange; bring a gift valued between $10 and $15. Learn more about our fun activities and class offerings on our website. —by Linda Sweeting /

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Aren’t Sailors Always Hungry and Thirsty?

embers of the Magothy River SA (MRSA) wrapped up an active season of racing with our annual trophy party at the Gibson Island Boat House. More than a hundred hungry and thirsty sailors gathered on a beautiful October evening to share tall tales and toast the winners (below). Cruisers met at the Maryland YC (MYC) for a final cruise dinner November 3. Hurricane Sandy scared away even the hardiest sailors, and no cruisers sailed to this final cruise of the season, but 30-some members and guests enjoyed a delicious menu at MYC. The Wine and Cheese Party at the Belvedere YC December 6 marks the last of our yearly meetings during which we elect our new officers. On December 8, we have a room at the Annapolis Marriott for the Parade of Lighted Boats. MRSA invites sailors on the Magothy to join us. —by Peggy Poe /

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he Chesapeake Bristol Club (CBC) embraced fall at Bruce and Janet George’s waterfront home on Cadle Creek on a gorgeous Indian Summer day. Our Oktoberfest feast included grilled wurst, Shirley’s famous red cabbage, Bruce George’s German potato salad, Clary’s sauerkraut, luscious Black Forest cake, and of course, some splendid German beer. New members Jerry and Lynne Hoot came by their boat, Albetross. As darkness fell, everyone moved inside and tackled a clever multiple-choice Oktoberfest quiz. Thanks go to Pete Madden for organizing the end-of-season luncheon at Café Bretton in Severna Park, MD; it was a perfect setting for our last gettogether of 2012. On November 3, CBC members enjoyed fine French wine and cuisine and installed new officers (above): commodore Bob Clopp, vice commodore Val Taliaferro, rear commodore Chris White, secretary Logan Hottle, treasurer Dave Burka, and trustees Nancy McCabe and Marty Suydam. Norm Bogarde, Shirley Kennard, and Ted Reinhold will continue their membership, publications, and web page duties. Our club welcomes owners of all makes and models who enjoy sailing the Bay. —by Marty Keegan /

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or our “Fallout before Haulout” October 20, 18 boats with 34 crew members from the Annapolis Fleet of the Corinthians raced/cruised from Annapolis to the Miles River. Twelve boats entered the informal pursuit race organized by race officer and fleet lieutenant, Mary Yancey. First place went to Julian Bigden on Mojo, with Dick Tudan a close second on Willoway (below), and Brian Warman on Melody II capturing third place. After the race, crews and additional members who arrived by land yachts enjoyed a sumptuous dinner at the Miles River YC organized by fleet historian, Trevor Layne. —by Michael Upton / ##Dick Tudan’s boat Willoway races to the Miles River.

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uring the annual meeting of the Back Creek YC November 4 at the Fleet Reserve Club in Annapolis (right), we began planning the new boating year and elected new officers to be installed at the Commodore’s Ball January 26: commodore ##BCYC treasurer for the past John Loving, vice commodore five years, Mary Bowie, briefs members at our Bill Kranzer, rear commodore annual meeting about our Bob Higginbotham, fleet solid financial condition. captain Guy Collins, secretary Bonnie Hetzel, treasurer Mary Bowie, and board of governors Terry Bidnick and Colin Soucy (who will join Shay Collins, Ted Edmunds, Jamie Ritter, and Mary Ross). Bill and Geraldine Falk on Tug for Two, Bill and Karen Kranzer on Quaich, John and Pam Loving on Compass Rose, Colin and Chris Soucy on Fandango, and John and Maddie Yates on Indy headed south this November. The captains, all military veterans, celebrated Veterans Day November 11 at Wrightsville Beach, NC. On December 6, we plan to join Annapolis Midnight Madness events. December 16 brings our Holiday Brunch at Oyster Cove Villa in Grasonville, MD, hosted by JJ Sullivan Jr. and Juliana Nedd. —by Otto Hetzel /

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Out with the Old… In with the New


tingray Harbour YC (SHYC) members took time out from preparations for Hurricane Sandy to celebrate the end of the season October 27. Below, the Tides Inn in Irvington, VA, was the scene of our annual meeting to elect 2013 officers, thank outgoing officers, and end 2012. Many of us headed back to the Stingray Harbor Marina in Deltaville, VA, to ride out the high tides and winds as Hurricane Sandy blew through that evening. We’ve had a great year and look forward to new sailing adventures in 2013. —by Pat Anderson /

Rough and Ready


uring the recent Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association (CAPCA) meeting, U.S. Coast Guard senior chief Corbin Ross described the work of Coast Guard Surf Stations at coastal inlets. With specialized qualifications, a “Surfman” needs to be able to operate rescue boats in surf and heavy breaking seas, challenging and dangerous tasks. Ross also recommended ways to negotiate inlets in very rough conditions. Our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. —by Sally Smith /

So Long, Boating Season... See You Next Year


he Colonial Sail and Power Squadron’s fourth and final rendezvous at York River Yacht Haven this September featured a public winterization seminar with master mechanic Ron Austin, who presented tips and best practices for many different kinds of engines, as well as water systems, air conditioners, and generators. The Boys and Girls Club of Queens Lake and Yorktown, VA, provided refreshments and smiling faces to help make it a truly memorable event. That night on the pool deck, our potluck featured grilled steak and plenty of desserts. December brings our holiday progressive dinner. —by Mike Stiglitz /

##SHYC’s outgoing commodore Warren Vassar (R) greets the newly elected commodore Chris Cornelissen.


Happy Birthday, Manny!

t was a beautiful autumn weekend, a date generally reserved for Sailing Chavurah’s “Goose Cruise,” the weekend that closes our raft-up season with a cruise to watch the magnificent migration of Canadian geese. But, this year, Chavurim traveled to Forked River, NJ, to celebrate the 80th birthday of Manny Lindenbaum, a long-time member and active sailor with his wife Annabelle aboard their 38-foot Hunter Tikkun Olum. What a party! Around 150 guests of the Lindenbaum’s cried out “Surprise” as Manny walked into an ocean-side restaurant with long-time leadership Chavurah couple, Naomi and Gene Novak, with whom Manny and Annabelle often sail aboard the Novak’s 50-foot Waiquiz, Cappriccio.—by Steve and Kay Permison /


##CYC’s dinner guests.

“Seasons Greetings!”

or members of the Southern Maryland SA, December brings the Solomons Christmas Walk, our Holiday Party, meetings, a Commodore’s Dinner, a New Year’s Eve party, frostbite racing, and of course, Friday happy hours at the clubhouse in Solomons. —by Sandy Leitner /



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Family-Style Cruising earn about the Chesapeake Family Cruising Network for fun raft-up and rendezvous news all year long. —by Steve Coder /

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The Club Doesn’t Look a Day Over 109


elebrating its 110th year, the Corinthian YC (CYC) located near the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River held a Hickory Smoked Prime Rib Dinner October 20 (above). We enjoyed a great dinner, with great company, and welcomed new member, Jim Godey, owner of the Dennis Point Marina & Campground. Many bivalves were sacrificed during our annual Oyster Roast November 10.


Youth and Collegiate Sailing Focus by Franny Kupersmith


e are already almost finished with the 2012 Fall Intercollegiate SA (ICSA) sailing season! By the time this issue goes public, most college sailing teams around the country will be de-rigging their fleets of 420s and FJs, hauling dinghies out of the water, and putting masts and rudders away for winter hibernation. Oh my! Boat work—how I miss that crucial bonding aspect of college sailing… but not so fast, as we still need to recap on the Fall ICSA National Championships. While most of us associate the ICSA Championships with just the spring events (Women’s, Coed, and Team Racing), three very important championships happen each fall: the LaserPerformance/ICSA Singlehanded Nationals in both the men’s and women’s classes and the ICSA Match Race National Championships. However, as it overlaps with a printer date, we will sadly miss out on the final results of ICSA Match Race Nationals until next month…

Singlehanded Nationals

The 2012 LaserPerformance Singlehanded National Championships took place in sunny Long Beach, CA, over the weekend of November 2-4. The University of Southern California Sailing team hosted the event at the U.S. Sailing Center. The top 18 men and women singlehanded sailors from around the country gathered to compete in the three-day event. The racing for both fleets was located off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, which offered spectacular viewing for all teams. The overall conditions for the weekend proved to be in typical California style, with beautiful sunshine and afternoon breezes. Although the sailors began each day with an onshore postponement due to lack of breeze, by afternoon, racing was in full swing. Sailing in Laser Radials, the women competed for the Janet Lutz Trophy, while the men raced in Laser Full Rigs and competed for the Glen S. Foster Trophy. The sailors competing at the event had each earned their respective universities a spot in the championships by previously qualifying in their home conferences, therefore truly making the event exciting and full of stiff competition. ##Photo by GTS Photos /

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In the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate SA (MAISA) region, we had Laser Radial representation from Georgetown University (GU), St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMC), and the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), and men’s Laser Full Rig representation in the former of the three colleges. These three MAISA schools had an excellent performance in the women’s division, finishing in the top 10 of the event, with Mimi Roller (SMC) finishing second, Mary Hall (USNA) finishing fourth, Nancy Hagood (GU) finishing fifth, and Catherine Shanahan (SMC) finishing in ninth. Roller has had a great season thus far, which continued throughout this event. According to the SMC Varsity Sailing Coach, Adam Werblow, “We are so proud of Mimi. She spent last year campaigning to compete at the Olympic Games, which she did. . . And now she had a beautiful performance to once again land on the podium at the ICSA National Championships.” Boston College won the women’s event with Erika Reineke (‘16) securing first place on just the second day of racing and finishing the event with just 25 points. SpinSheet December 2012 59

Youth and Collegiate Sailing Focus



Juan Maegli of the College of Charleston (CofC) won the Glen S. Foster Trophy, followed in second by GU’s Chris Barnard, and in third by Kieran Chung of Stanford University. Maegli represented Guatemala in the 2012 Olympic Games, where he finished seventh. The CofC senior plans to campaign to sail again in the 2016 Games in Brazil. Maegli and Reineke, the winners of both the men’s Glen S. Foster Trophy and the women’s Janet Lutz Trophy, will now be invited to compete for the U.S. Sailing O’Day Trophy, which is the National Singlehanded Championship for all sailors in the United States.

Match Racing Nationals

The 2012 Match Racing National Championships took place over the weekend of November 16-18 at the Ft. Worth Boat Club located on the shores of Eagle Mountain Lake just outside of Ft. Worth, TX. The racing was held in J/22s, and sailors competed for the Cornelius Shields, Sr. Trophy. The trophy was named in honor of the Larchmont, NY, sailor who was not only one of the most well-known of his time but also an early, major benefactor and supporter of college sailing. The event is a three-day competition in the standard Match Race format. To attend the event, teams must have qualified their schools in their respective conferences. Ten teams from

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around the country will compete at the event. Representing the MAISA district will be the SMC Seahawks and the GU Hoyas. Good luck to all teams as we head into the last round of fall championships!

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all means serious sailing on the Chesapeake, and racing sailors look forward to layering up and getting out in the fresh fall breeze and nailing just a few more good starts before the sky goes grey, the leaves fall, and we face the bittersweet yet inevitable haul-out. Although the tail end of hurricane season tends to bring us at least one week of somber preparation for what fury may or may not come our way; this year’s big storm had a wide enough cone of warning to cut a number of important championship regattas short. As the following regatta reports will show, Bay sailors made the best of the calm before the proverbial storm—and we acknowledge

our fellow sailors further north who were not spared Hurricane Sandy’s wrath (see page 72). Through the holidays, ‘s “Bay Sailors” blog will highlight some of the photos and racing story snippets that did not make it into the print magazine in 2012. Feel free to contribute photos and short stories (less than 400 words) that reflect what the 2012 season meant for your crew. As incentive to drive sailors back down memory lane of the season, we are offering a 40-percent discount on all Photo Gallery purchases on if you use the code “SPLICED” through December 15. Happy holidays!

##A Farr 400 in the lead with Annapolis-based bowman, Greg Gendell, forward on the rail. Photo by Dan Phelps

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Storm Trysail Braces for the Storm The IRC East Coast Championships 2012


ith the impending threat of Hurricane Sandy on sailors’ and regatta organizers’ minds, the Storm Trysail Club’s (STC) 2012 IRC East Coast Championship and One Design Regatta was contested October 26-27, a shortened two-day format to enable competitors to prepare their boats and homes for the storm. Friday’s racing commenced with a 29.6-nautical-mile distance race and continued through Saturday with four inshore races for IRC, Farr 30, and HPR (High Performance Rule) Divisions. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) sailed its newly acquired TP52 Flying Jenny 7 to victory in IRC 1 and HPR, which dual-scored all sport boats between 38 and 52 feet. The team also took IRC Overall honors. Annapolis sailors David and Sandra Askew donated Flying Jenny 7 to the USMMA Sailing Foundation just two weeks ago. “I’m extremely proud of our crew being able to step on a new boat and sail it so well against some very tough competition,” says the foundation’s president

##Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Newport-based IRC 50 Interlodge placed second in the HPR class five points behind USMMA’s winning TP 52 Flying Jenny 7. Photo by Dan Phelps

##A pair of J/Boats at the IRC Championship. Photo by Dan Phelps

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Ralf Steitz. (Stay tuned to SpinSheet for news about Askew’s next adventure). Just one point behind Flying Jenny 7 was defending IRC East Coast Champion Marc Glimcher (New York, NY) aboard his Ker 40 Catapult, the sleek red boat first seen in Annapolis Harbor last summer and last fall at the U.S. Sailboat Show. In IRC 2, Phil Lotz’s Newport, RI-based Swan 42 Arethusa and Ken Colburn’s Dover, MA-based Swan 42 Apparition showed off some match racing skills on Saturday, with Lotz winning by a hair, one point ahead of Colburn. In IRC 3, the J/109s battled it out, with Paul Milo’s Vento Solare posting a bullet in the final race, which pushed the team ahead of fellow Annapolis sailor Bill Sweetser’s Rush by a half point. In the Farr 30 Class, Annapolis YC commodore and STC member Kevin McNeil took first place in Sea Biscuit, with a fivepoint lead on Brad Kauffman’s Mummbles.

##The Canadian team on a Farr 30 pulls ahead of Brad Kauffman’s Mummbles. Photo by Dan Phelps

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J/24 Fleet Crowns a New East Coast Champion


##Rossi Milev and his crew from Port Credit YC in Ontario, Canada, captured third place among 34 competitors during the J/24 East Coast Championships off Annapolis. Photo by Dan Phelps

##Former J/24 World Champion Tim Healy and his crew on 11th Hour Racing took top honors in the Hillman Capital Management J/24 East Coast Championship Regatta October 26-28. Photo by Dan Phelps

##Hillman and his crew, assembled at the last minute, placed second on the borrowed J/24 Domo Arigato. Photo by Dan Phelps

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hirty-four competing boats, from as far south as Florida and as far north as Ontario, descended upon Annapolis and host club Severn SA (SSA) for the 34th edition of the Hillman Capital Management J/24 East Coast Championship Regatta October 26-28. What is scheduled as a Halloween regatta in hopes of attracting stiff fall breezes was contested in mild temperatures, with shifty breezes ranging between five to 15 knots— with the looming threat of Hurricane Sandy. Although Sunday’s racing was canceled, SSA’s race committee was able to score seven races, enough to crown Tim Healy and his 11th Hour Racing team 2012 J/24 East Coast Champions. Having recently placed second at the World Championships in Rochester, NY, the former J/24 World Champion skillfully managed the shifty conditions and posted no finishes south of fourth place among 34 competing boats. Mark Hillman and crew placed second on Domo Arigato. The skipper says, “We were grateful that Sumio Shimoyama lent us his boat. Barbara Gold and Steve Lopez, J/24 owners from New Jersey, were kind enough to step up and sail with us upon hearing that I had no crew... Wilson Stout did a fantastic job on the bow. Eric Reinke, my ‘trimmer for life,’ with whom I have been sailing for 36 years, and I were the only two people on the boat who had sailed together before.” “On the way out to the start, we were sorting out the boat and who would do what onboard,” says Hillman. “We had a shaky first race, but after that became consistent. We were able to win two of the eight races by remaining calm and patient and understanding that we weren’t going to push ourselves with aggressive maneuvers since we had no experience together. It was a remarkably fun and low-key day. I guess that after doing no racing all year, I was just happy to be on the water!” Rossi Milev (Ontario, Canada) and his team on Clear Air placed third. Hillman, whose company Hillman Capital Management has sponsored this event for several years, marvels that the J/24 class attracts top talent from all over the world. “The boat may not be fast by today’s standards, but it’s a stable and fair platform for international competition. The older, slower design makes the racing very tactical, but the sail plan and handling characteristics make it possible for a sharp team to gain a boat speed advantage if they work very hard at it. I enjoy that balance.” Competitors were grateful for Mark Waters and his SSA race committee’s efficiency and “delicate balance” of fitting in quality races yet allowing adequate time for storm preparation. The SSA clubhouse renovation did not interfere with tent party merriment, including Dark n’ Stormies, crab soup, and a fresh oyster bar. Besides epic games of flip cup and corn hole, the tent party’s highlights included a raffle of 50 items and a free Quantum mainsail won by Peter Bream.


J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championships

urricane Sandy shortened the J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championship Regatta, scheduled to unfold out of host club Annapolis YC (AYC) October 27-28, to a Saturday-only event. But competitors made the most of a three-race day on the Bay in 10-12 knots from the northeast under sunny skies. Pete McChesney, who is no stranger to winning this event as he did in 2011, posted three straight bullets with his Mystery Machine team, including his wife Margaret, Shane Zwingelberg, Scott Snyder, Stan Welle, and Lisa Simpkins. McChesney attributes his victory over the 11-boat fleet to getting lucky and finding clean lanes at the start. “Coming off the starting line, there were always three to five boats that were really close. We did manage to round the weather mark first in all three races, so that made the second beats a little easier, because we didn’t have to work to find clear air.” Other than hearing rumors of an interesting collision that McChesney’s crew did not see, for his team, it was “a cool crisp, sunny, beautiful fall sailing day” without incident. Jim Konigsberg and his crew on Inigo placed second, with Donald Santa’s Santa’s Reign Dear in third. AYC’s race committee did a terrific job by all accounts, and crews dined at the club on Saturday night before heading home to prepare for the storm on Sunday.


##Pete McChesney and his experienced regular crew posted three bullets in three races during the 2012 J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championships. Photo by Dan Phelps

##Shortened to one day due to Hurricane Sandy, the J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championship Regatta brought 11 competitors together October 27. Photo by Tom Donlan


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J/70 Fall Brawl Lives Up to Its Name


##Tate Russack’s Diesel crew proved victorious at the first big event for the J/70 class, the Fall Brawl, November 3-4 off Annapolis. Photo by Al Schreitmueller

##Twenty-one teams competed in the first J/70 Fall Brawl on a blustery fall weekend. Photo by Al Schreitmueller

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he first substantial J/70 regatta, the Fall Brawl, unfolded November 3-4 off Annapolis on a truly “brawly” Saturday afternoon followed by a windy Sunday. Twenty-one boats from the Chesapeake, Illinois, Rhode Island, and North Carolina competed in the event, which was hosted at the Eastport YC (EYC). Saturday’s steady 20 knots of breeze with gusts in excess of 25 knots were “a push for some of the competitors,” says David Malkin, skipper of Mission Impossible, who also works for North Point Yacht Sales, local dealer for the new one-design class. “Boats were reporting 16 and 17 knots of boat speed. It was a lot of fun!” Annapolis sailor Tate Russack and his crew on Diesel took top honors and were followed in second and third place by Henry Filter’s Wild Child team, also from Annapolis, and Richard Stearn’s Chicago-based team on Tylishan. When asked how his team fared in Saturday’s trying conditions, Filter says, “My crew, Steve Podlich and Nick Moreau, did an outstanding job! Saturday was a super wet, cold, and blustery day... Our goal was to get around the race course with no major errors. We did that in the first two races, but in the third race, I misjudged a port starboard duck and fouled another boat, resulting in a 720 to exonerate ourselves. Total operator error on my part.” Filter’s losing a spin halyard (with a four-point lead in the regatta overall) on Sunday and subsequent DNF did not dampen his spirits or his enthusiasm about competing in the J/70. “The class and the local fleet are off to a phenomenal start. We have more than 20 boats in the Annapolis fleet, with many more on the way… I have sailed sport boats with asymmetrical kites off and on for roughly 10 years. The J/70 is an exciting and thrilling boat to sail, but more importantly, it is very manageable. It should have an appeal to a wide range of ages and skill sets. So, for those on the fence, I would urge them to give it a try and come play with us!” Filter and others commended EYC for its outstanding race committee work. “The sailors were all very grateful, especially considering the frosty conditions on Saturday,” says Filter. “The fact that volunteers would give up their Saturday to go freeze their butts off on a windy, cold, wet day in November speaks for itself. Thank you, EYC!” Click to for complete results.

##Will Keyworth, shown here debuting his new J/70 PaPa Whellie at the Boatyard Bar & Grill CRAB Regatta in August, also competed in the Fall Brawl. Photo by Dan Phelps


J/35 Mid-Atlantic Championship Regatta

he weather was not as dreary as regional J/35 sailors have come to expect at their Mid-Atlantic Championship Regatta, hosted at the West River SC (WRSC) October 26-28. According to regatta chair and skipper of Bump in the Night, Maury Niebur, northeasterly winds were light and variable for Friday’s distance race—11 miles for the short course and 17 for the long course—and sailors enjoyed mostly sunny skies. Good 11- to 17-knot sailing breeze and chillier air rolled in for Saturday’s racing. Frank Gibson acted as PRO for the WRSC race committee. At Saturday night’s dinner at the clubhouse, competitors voted unanimously to cancel Sunday’s racing to prepare for Hurricane Sandy. ##Aunt Jean and team posted nothing lower than a second-place finish in five races and earned the 2012 J/35 Mid-Atlantic Champion title. Photo by Heidi Bay

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##The 5O5 Plane Insane was hosted by Severn SA October 20-22 off Annapolis. Click to for complete results. Photo by Dan Phelps

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‘Round the Lights Race It’s Not Over ‘til It’s Over Story and photos by Lin McCarthy


##Mike Klopf and crew of Swamp Rat, avoid the Thimble Shoal Light balcony as they round.

##Neil Ford, Lis Biondi, and friends negotiate Thimble Shoal Light and determined fishermen in their J/24, Rocket J.

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he annual ‘Round the Lights Race (RTL) is especially intriguing to Southern Chesapeake Bay racers, both those of the competitive bend and those of the “most the time I’d rather cruise” school. The race requirements state that competitors must round the Thimble Shoal Lighthouse and the Middle Ground Lighthouse before returning to the start-finish line at Mill Creek under the shadow of the historic Chamberlin Hotel. Here’s the rub: each skipper and crew must decide which light to round first and from which direction. Thimble Shoal Light stands off Ocean View, just inside the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel that links the Eastern Shore to Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Middle Ground Light stands at the confluence of the James and Elizabeth Rivers, within sight of Craney Island, the Newport News Shipyard, and the Norfolk Naval Base carrier and submarine piers. It is fair to say that the mouth of Mill Creek, the start-finish line, is sort of mid-way between the two lights and across the entrance channel from Fort Wool. For days, and for some racers, months before race day, most of the participants fondle current tables, noodle wind predictions, and smooth creases from previous RTL results. There are as many choices as there are variables multiplied by two. And, no one knows until the end of the race who is the most savvy. This year RTL had more than one surprise in store. The majority of the fleet (37 of the 41 who started) was enticed to Thimble Shoal Light first. They fell prey to the tantalizing breeze and a chance to ride the just beginning flood current back into the harbor after rounding the light. Similar to the hare and the tortoise tale, the Thimble Light believers had a lovely ride out and part of the way back. Surely they felt validated and vindicated as they encountered the four who had marched to a different drummer, the Middle Ground Light musician. Event chairman Jeff Rogers put it best: “In the first half of the race, this [going to Thimble Shoals Light first] looked like the right thing to do. The leaders going each way crossed in Hampton Roads not far from the carriers at the Naval Base, exchanging taunts as they passed, each telling the other that they had gone the ‘wrong way.’ But, about an hour later, the wind died completely, and what had been the ‘wrong way’ looked better and better.” In fact, those who had rounded Middle Ground first were able to inch their way to Thimble, slide around the lighthouse, and ride the remaining flood back into Mill Creek to finish. Meanwhile, those who left Middle Ground light for last ended up having to wait for the current to ebb (out of the harbor) to float back to Mill Creek and then faced the new problem of finding a way into Mill Creek against that same ebbing current. When all was said and done, the four tortoises of Middle Ground Light finished an hour and one-half ahead of the first of the Thimble Shoal hares. Of the 41 boats that started, 15 stuck it out to the finish, overcoming current, vagaries of the wind, shoals, and channels, and RTL mysticism. The first to finish the 2012 RTL was NY 36, Jonathan, owned by Bill Gibbings; second was Harry Tenney’s Roberts 43, Margarita; third Christian Schaumloffel’s Hobie 33, Mirage; and fourth CT Tiller’s J27, Boogity 3. The first of the “wrong way” boats to finish was Ben Weeks’ and Michele Cochran’s J/29, Rumble.

The Quest for Key West


re you tired of weather “experts” telling you it’s going to be a cold winter? You are not alone. Chesapeake sailors count the days until they point their bows—or truck and trailer bows— south to the Conch Republic for Quantum Key West Race Week (KWRW) January 20-25, 2013. Among Chesapeake entries already confirmed at print time are several of the usual suspects: Washington, DC-based sailor Tapio Saavalainen on his Grand Soleil 37 Kalevala II, John and Linda Edwards’ Solomons-based Farr 30 Rhumb Punch team, and Annapolis sailor Bill Sweetser on his J/109 Rush. Also from the Solomons area, Charles Engh and his GP 42 Stray Dog will be on the scene. After a good run in 2011 into 2012, Jim and Julia Graham, Annapolis (formerly California) sailors, will be back in action on their Soverel 33 Renegade. Usually forming a strong Chesapeake presence, J/80 sailors are building momentum on the entry list, with Bert Carp on USA 11 signed up along with several J/World Annapolis J/80 entries. J/ World offers a unique opportunity for students to glean racing skills real time at KWRW. The J/70s making their debut at KWRW is the big news for the Chesapeake sailors who have caught the bug. Among devotees gracing the entry list two months before the event were winner of the recent J/70 Fall Brawl, Tate Russack on Diesel, Carolyn and Chris Groobey on Jungleland, Cole and Jim Allsopp on Moxie, and Paul and Kathy Parks on Sundog. Visit for more information.


##Photos by Walter Cooper

Southern Racing 2013

hen the weather outside is frightful at home, you can count on Chesapeake sailors to find places with palm trees where they can keep their racing skill honed. Here are some of the most popular racing venues for Bay sailors. If you are a Chesapeake sailor traveling to a tropical regatta this season, please let us know. Send short articles and/or photos to for consideration. What we cannot fit into the print publication may fit in a blog.

yy Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, Jan. 16-18, yy Quantum Key West Race Week, Jan. 20-25, yy ISAF World Sailing Cup (Miami, FL), Jan. 26-Feb. 2, yy Pineapple Cup (Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to Montego Bay, Jamaica), Feb. 8-15, yy RORC Caribbean 600 (Antigua), Feb. 18-22, yy St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles), Feb. 28Mar. 3, yy International Rolex Regatta (St. Thomas, USVI), Mar. 22-24, yy BVI Spring Regatta and Festival (Tortola, BVI), Mar. 25-31, yy Charleston Race Week (Charleston, SC), Apr. 18-21, ##Photo by Molly Winans

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Finish One Season and Begin Another by Lin McCarthy


##Phil Briggs (yellow jacket, at the helm) brings his J/36 Feather to the starting line in the 2011 Gaboon Race. Photo by Lin McCarthy


n the Southern Chesapeake Bay, sailors, racers in particular, are reluctant to let go of the current racing season and at the same time, anxious to begin the new one. This fact is supported by two wintertime races: the Gaboon and New Year’s Madness. The Gaboon (2012 marks the 35th rendition) is always run on the first Sunday in December. The date is after club and area racing awards have been determined, announced, and in most cases, presented. The big-boat racing season is fini, and this race is frosting on the cake. Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring anyone who has ever asked, “What’s that racing stuff all about?” The Gaboon is an old-fashioned good time on sailboats. About one month after Gaboon comes the New Year’s Madness Race—always on January 1. Again, this is really just for bragging rights, but many declare it the beginning of the new racing season. The winner gets to enjoy tongue-in-cheek, top of the fleet status until the spring thaw. Both the Gaboon and the New Year’s Madness Race are pursuit or staggered start races, and both begin in the Hampton River off Hampton YC (HYC). The Gaboon finishes at HYC, and the Madness Race finishes at the Old Point Comfort YC (OPCYC). The Gaboon is the product of a Phil Briggs brainstorm, 35 years ago, and the idea for the New Year’s Madness, which began in 2000, came from beloved racer Dana Dillon, who passed a few years ago from a brief battle with a serious illness; the race carries his name as a memorial regatta. HYC organizes the Gaboon and is co-sponsor with OPCYC of the Dana Dillon Memorial New Year’s Madness Race.

Havre de Grace YC Helps “Win” Funds for Hospice

his race was far less about winning than about contributing to a foundation that helps people live with quality and die with dignity in their final days. The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation held its annual Regatta on June 2 in partnership with the Havre de Grace YC. The amazing weather and the race provided a beautiful backdrop to an event that raised a record-breaking level of needed funds. Five classes of boats participated. First-place winners were: Dick Weber’s Big Bug (Daysailer), Chuck Sheet’s Bad Habit (J/24), Martin Hoover on Nova (NS-C), William Woodford on Latika (NS-D), and Al Caffo’s Summer Semester (Spin). The perpetual trophy shown in the picture is on display at the Senator Bob Hooper Hospice House in Forest Hill, MD. The overall winner of the race, Summer Semester, will represent the club at the national hospice event in St. Petersburg, FL, the following spring. Editor’s Note: We apologize to HdGYC regatta organizers for letting this terrific news remain hidden in an e-mail folder. Thank you for all you do for Hospice! ~MW

T ##EYC’s winning team racers: Dave Malkin, Gavin O’Hare, Chris Chadwick, Harry Benson, Guillaume Seynhaeve, and Chris Gafney.

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##(L – R) Betty Caffo, Dave Thompson, Betsy Kimmel, and Captain Al Caffo of overall winner Summer Semester.

EYC Victorious in Team Racing

he Chesapeake keelboat team racing summit held in January of this year bore fruit October 21 when the Tred Avon YC challenged the Eastport YC (EYC) and Fishing Bay YC to a team race in their Ideal 18 keelboats. The venue was perfect with flat water and a race course adjacent to the long dock making team change-out easy and fast. With sunny blue skies and shifty winds at five-10 knots, a triple round robin of nine races was held in about two hours. In the end, EYC was victorious with the team of vice commodore Dave Malkin with Chris Gafney; Chris Chadwick with Guillaume Seynhaeve; and Harry Benson with Gavin O’Hare. Tred Avon finished second, and Fishing Bay YC in third. Keep an eye out for the growing sensation of keelboat team racing—a great way to connect generations, have fun, and inspire competition and camaraderie in 2013!

The Icy Puffer, a Penguin Tradition by Charlie Krafft


or the past 24 years, the premier regatta in the Penguin Class has been an informal end-of-season event, hosted at a private home. When most non-frostbite sailors have their boats put away and are raking leaves, the Penguins are out there having one last fling. The tradition started when Bill Lane, Jr. convinced his parents to host a small Penguin event from their home on the Upper Miles River. One of the traditions of the event was that there was a mandatory crew race that counted in the overall score. This was done to give the crews a chance to drive, but also to keep the purpose of the event in perspective. This was a community-building event. The entry fee was a contribution to the potluck, and given the confined nature of the Upper Miles, the spectators had easy viewing of the race course. After 15 years of the Upper Miles Penguin Frostbite Regatta or UMPFRs, the Lane residence was sold and that venue was lost. However Kim Corkran and her family stepped up and offered the use of their home, Mi Desea in Trappe, MD, on Island Creek, so the tradition was continued. Renamed the Icy Puffer or ICPFR (Island Creek Penguin Frostbite Regatta), this event has consistently seen the best attendance of any Penguin event in the world. This year was no exception with 20 boats competing. The weather couldn’t have been nicer, with 60-degree temperatures; however, the wind was fickle. Consistency was hard to come by. Third-generation Penguin sailor Jeff Cox with crew Aidan Loeser on Bill Lane’s White Knight was the exception and


##Photo by Charlie Krafft

sailed a very consistent regatta to take the win. Adison Parish sailing with her dad, Andrew, won the crew race by capitalizing on a beautiful port tack start and hanging on as the hot shots who chose not to let their crews sail and took a one-minute delayed start, were unable to catch her. The oldest combined age (undisclosed) went to longtime Penguin sailor John Wright and his wife Karen. John Majane, sailing single-handed, was recognized as the oldest Penguin sailor (~78); and Dylan Wagner (six), sailing with his dad Will, was the youngest crew. The top junior team of Read Beigel and Sasha Boles also finished third overall, which was quite an accomplishment given the depth of talent and experience at the event. The fleet boasted five female skippers, and Susan Taylor and Jennifer Sturmer were recognized as the top female team in their borrowed boat with a current news cycle name, Holly and Selena, The Rejected Ones (think CIA and Justin Bieber). Seven of the boats were sailed by father-son, father-daughter, or motherdaughter teams. The regatta was a tribute to the Corkran family matriarch, Lucille, who passed away the day before the event. Next year will be the 10th and final year for the ICPFR. It promises to be the biggest and best yet. Visit for complete results.

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In the Wake of Sandy

by Kim Couranz

’m not a Jersey girl, but I have some great Jersey shore memories. I remember dancing way too late at the Down Bay regatta at Little Egg Harbor YC. I remember riding the roller coaster at Seaside Heights; it was the last roller coaster I have been on. I remember seeing a perfect blue near-sunset sky, punctuated only by airplane contrails, from the deck at the Surf City YC (SCYC) on September 8, 2001—and then only three days later, thinking that perfect sky would never be the same. And I definitely remember some screaming reaches in classic Barnegat Bay seabreeze. But dancing, sunsets, and sailing aren’t much on the minds of SCYC—while the parking lot/boat storage area saw some “carpeople at the Jersey Shore these days, or those further north up nage”—may have only had a few inches of water in the building. the coast. Superstorm Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ, But other locations felt a bigger impact: the Sayville YC (Long around 8 p.m. on Monday, October 29, as a post-tropical cyclone Island) was to host the 2013 Thistle National Championship, but packing maximum winds of 80 miles per hour. Wind may have has notified the Thistle Class that, due to damage to their facilibeen the least of many worries; the force of water packs a wallop. ties, they will not be able to do so. Storm surge, But sailing is not the especially north of the priority now. People center of Sandy’s rotahave lost homes and tion, literally moved lives. If you are moved and crumpled homes. And many residences that weren’t comto help, funds and supplies are needed. The American Red Cross pletely destroyed sustained substantial damage; those that simply has been on scene from the get-go; see to replace drywall due to flooding are the lucky ones. In donations to donate online. Note that you can choose to donate to New York City, where the a fund that directs your dogeography of the shoreline nation to where the need is concentrated the storm greatest or to a specific Red surge, results were devastatCross chapter. If you choose ing, with power outages and to donate via another chartunnel and subway flooding ity, do your research before crippling the transportation hitting “contribute” or make system for days. The south that phone call to ensure shore of Long Island and they’re a solid charity. other parts of the southern Hurricane Sandy also New England shoreline caused the cancellation of were not spared. NOAA’s more than 300 blood drives. National Geodetic Survey To make up for lost ground, did flyovers of shoreline visit and areas affected by Sandy consider donating. ##The foot of Main Street Annapolis the day after Tropical Storm Isabel to help with the response As the weather turns and in 2003. Those of us who remember it well can only imagine how much effort. Visit storms.ngs.noaa. stays cold, many people who worse it could be with pounding surf. Photo by Dave Gendell gov/storms/sandy to see aerial lost much or all during the photos. storm need to stay warm. Dinghy sailors—a tight-knit family—immediately thought of A quick online search will turn up ways for you to donate warm our friends who saw the onslaught of Sandy’s might. For sailors clothing, hats, and gloves for people who need them. here on the Chesapeake, this hits close to home. Many of us At affected yacht clubs and sailing schools, when the time is remember the historic flooding from Tropical Storm Isabel in right, work will begin to get sailing back on track. The timeline September 2003 and imagined how much worse it must be for will be different for each, as the range of how these facilities were those directly on the ocean, with punishing waves. We got wet; damaged is big. As spring arrives, perhaps they’ll have work party they got wet and pounded. days—I can picture carloads of Chesapeake sailors driving north The bulk of Isabel passed us here on the Chesapeake overto help. Dinghies may have been damaged, so if you’re hosting night; early the next morning, I went down to my sailing club a regatta here on the Chesapeake next summer, be extra sure to and waded into the parking lot. The surge was still high, and offer boats to borrow. Junior programs may have extra needs, too. occasional swells came through, bumping some of the remaining The bottom line is that these sailors are our friends, and it’s always boats on dollys or trailers together. There was substantial drywall good to ask friends how you can help. and dock repair to be done, and individual boat owners had some work on their hands. But with Sandy, it’s different. I wish I could write an article Besides, do you know of an organization that helps laying out more specifics about how we can help our sister sailing survivors of Superstorm Sandy? Write to with clubs up along the shoreline of the northeast. Some may have ideas. We will post them to and to not been greatly affected; for example, initial reports are that

“We got wet; they got wet and pounded.”

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Chesapeake Racer Profile by Molly Winans

Joni Palmer


ow does one become a serious sailor when she grows up in Columbus, OH? Quite naturally, as Joni Palmer, daughter of relocated Long Island Sound sailors proved. After sailing with her parents on an Interlake dinghy, Palmer went through the junior sailing program at the Leatherlips YC (named for a Shawnee Indian chief) starting at age eight and sailed Thistles, Lightnings, Snipes, Penguins, OK Dinghies, and Lasers throughout her youth. As a college sailor at Miami University of Ohio, at a time before the titles were separated by men and women, she was the second woman ever to be named an All-American Collegiate Sailor.

Her passion for sail training led her to the Newport Harbor YC in Newport Beach, CA. She coached the sailing team at the University of California at Irvine and Newport Harbor YC for a few years before being recruited by the San Diego YC to run the first year-round junior sailing program in the country, which she did for six years. “After a while, people would call me and ask about how to set up and run such a program,” she says. To start her own sailing consultancy seemed a clear next step, so after a decade in Southern California, Palmer relocated to Annapolis, a place she had loved since sailing there in college. She became a consultant to U.S. Sailing and other organizations and advised on sailing programs, gave on-the-water racing clinics, conducted regional sailing program seminars, orchestrated the National Sailing Programs Symposium, and became the executive director for the U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association, which she took from a little Florida organization to a nationwide force. During this period of time, Palmer met her husband, Ray Gauthier, who was acting as a sailing judge for the Optimist National Championships in Texas. A few months later, he traveled to Annapolis to measure the beautiful wooden Snipe he built. A mutual friend suggested they sail together in the National Championships, and after three days of sailing, the rest is history. In 1999, the U.S. Naval Academy invited her to join its sailing staff. She has worn and continues to “wear a lot of hats” for the program. In addition to her many administrative duties, she is the director of basic sail training, which includes running the Plebe (freshman) summer sailing program and training its 35 Ensign instructors to train the 1200 newly reported freshmen. When asked what may surprise someone about working with Midshipmen and Ensigns, Palmer says, “It’s absolutely amazing working with these remarkable young men and women; they are incredibly smart, self-motivated, respectful, physically fit, and eager to learn. They care about what they do, strive to be the best, and are amazing leaders.”

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Last month at its annual meeting awards dinner in San Francisco, CA, U.S. Sailing presented the 2012 Timothea Larr Award to Palmer for her outstanding lifelong contributions to the advancement of sailor education. While giving back to the sport of sailing, Palmer has always stayed in the game by competing in many Rolex regattas with Margaret Podlich, Kim Couranz, Lisa Pline, and Jill Bennet. She twice won US Sailing’s Women National Championship, the Adams Cup, and numerous Thistle, Lightning, Snipe, J/22, J/24, and Flying Scot regattas. With a dream in mind of retiring to a lake house one day, 12 years ago, Palmer and her husband explored Deep Creek Lake in the mountains of Western Maryland and fell in love with the place. “The next weekend, we bought a cottage next to the Deep Creek YC. It’s the most compulsive thing we’ve ever done and the best thing that’s ever happened to us.” The couple travels to Western Maryland most every weekend. “We love the Bay and used to sail a lot on our Tartan 34 here... but it is good to get away from where you work. In summer, it’s 15 degrees cooler at Deep Creek Lake, with no humidity, no jellyfish, and no mosquitoes,” she says. “And onedesign racing is in full force!” Every weekend, they race with the other 48 Flying Scots or 25 Lasers. “Sailing is social at the lake. It’s not a full weekend commitment to race; you can still fit in family and friends,” which differs from the time-consuming competitive scene in Annapolis, says Palmer. “I invite a few kids to go racing and say, ‘Here, take the tiller… the candy-cane-colored line is the spinnaker sheet. Let’s go have some fun.’ Sometimes the kids are young and bring their stuffed animals, who take naps on the packed spinnaker. Ray has a pirate flag on his spinnaker, and I have a big bear on my spinnaker. The kids shoot water guns, laugh, and have fun while racing. That’s what my husband and I do every weekend.” The couple’s motto: “It’s not about winning; it’s about being out on the water with your friends... Now there are 25 kids who race Lasers on the lake. When we started, there were none. We’re really proud of that.” SpinSheet December 2012 73

Biz Buzz

yy New owners, Tim Wilbricht, Chris Humphreys, and Rob Taishoff would like to thank the Annapolis boating industry and community for the warm reception and support they’ve received since taking ownership of Annapolis Yacht Sales (AYS). “We will uphold the tradition of the AYS name and everything this company stands for. Our top focus is the quality of service and products we bring our customers, who are part of the AYS family. We want to thank them for continuing to make AYS a successful dealership and brokerage house.”

yy Working with its customers, North Sails (below) recently donated $5800 to the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT). The money is the result of a twomonth-long sales initiative during which a percentage of all sales was donated to the non-profit organization during this year’s U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis. The program encourages customers to recycle their old sails while saving money on new ones.

yy The results of the 2012 Interlux Waterfront Challenge are in. Sea Scout Ship 41 won the challenge and received $20,000 for developing O’Tumbler, a vertical wind turbine that circulates oxygen-rich water to help stimulate the growth of plankton and provide a food-rich habitat for fish. Among three regional winners (receiving $4500 each), you’ll find the South River Federation in Edgewater, MD, for organizing volunteers to remove trash from the South River, a key tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

yy In 2012, Dennis Point Marina & Campground in Drayden, MD, upgraded the playground; re-stained the pool deck; established discount programs for campers and slipholders; created a marine and campground store; renovated the outdoor deck, restaurant, and docks; purchased kayaks, bicycles, an event tent, two rental cabins, and new pool furniture; and installed an outdoor movie screen, a nature trail and community garden, a business center, an activity pavilion, a recreation area, a fishing pier on the freshwater pond, and grill areas.

yy Alex Bourelly and Jane DeLashmutt are the newest members of the Chesapeake BaySavers Foundation Board. Based in Annapolis, the nonprofit organization works to restore the Bay’s health through legislative efforts, community outreach, and hands-on, environmental education programs for Maryland youth.

##Jane DeLashmutt

##Alex Bourelly

yy In a new partnership with Clear Yacht Interiors of Bridgeport, CT, the Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth, VA, has streamlined a range of services to fully refit yachts, including technical installations, paint and repair services, interior design, and custom build-outs.

yy John Kermet recently was promoted from vice president of sales, marketing, and service to chief operating officer at Seakeeper in California, MD.

Non-Profit Roundup: Changing Places yy The Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) in Baltimore recently welcomed David Minges as its executive director. DSC provides quality education and life-enriching programs that promote self-esteem and teamwork through sailing for youth, people with disabilities, and those with limited opportunities.

##(L-R): North Sails’ Jonathan Bartlett, Jana Davis (CBT’s executive director), Molly Alton Mullins (CBT’s communications director), and Mike Coe

yy The Town of Port Deposit and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services have installed a new, 300-foot floating dock on the Susquehanna River at Marina Park in Cecil County. The dock provides slips for up to 20 boats 26 feet and longer. 74 December 2012 SpinSheet

yy Jeff Holland has left the Annapolis Maritime Museum to re-establish his public relations and consulting business, and the museum is searching for a new executive director. Holland began at the waterfront museum as a volunteer in 1996, took it on as public relations client, and became its executive director in 2005.

yy Founder Don Backe of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) has become the director of strategic planning and the special advisor to the board of directors. In addition to searching for a new executive director, CRAB has formed a strategic planning committee to increase services over the next five years and renovate and expand its boats. Send your Bay business soundbites and highresolution photos to

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The deadline for the Brokerage and Classified sections is the 10th of the month prior to publication (December 10 for the January issue). Contact Lucy Iliff for advertising, (410) 216-9309 or

WANTED Wanted: 27’ Trimaran F-Corsair $20,000 to $30,000 range,, (717) 887-5852

DONATIONS Donate Your Boat to the Downtown Sailing Center Baltimore’s Only 503c Non-profit Community Sailing Center. Your donation helps us run our community based oureach programs. Contact Traci at 410-727-0722 Donate Your Boat And help teach at-risk teens to sail. (202) 478-0396,


24’ Wavelength 24 ‘84 Want to fill up your trophy case? Fun, fast, and easy to sail, proven race record! Clean Wavelength 24, with good sail inventory and many extras $7500. Chris Cal 25, CL2 Proven Winner Ready to race, full suite of sails, w/never-used racing main&chute. Too many extras and upgrades to list. Slip fees thru 2012. $6,500 (703) 430-1712. 26’ Bristol ’73 Classic Great sailing sloop. H. Herreshoff design. Thousands in upgrades since 2003. Electric start Honda 9.9, cabin cushions, Raytheon inst., teak hand rails, standing rigging, hatch AC. Asking $7,500 OBO (703) 764-1277 J-80 ’94 With trailer & outboard, in Northern Bay. (freshwater) PHRF and one design sails. Boat, trailer & sails all in good cond. Reduced to $24,500 (610) 715-7808.

29’ Hunter 290 ’00 Comfortable cruiser perfect for the Bay as first boat or move-up. Easy to sail, singlehand or with family. Auto-pilot, SS arch, dodger, bimini. $38,900 Call Kirk Wilson at 410 639-7111, cell 614 989-7775 or for more info, or to list your boat. 30’ Catalina ’91 Awesome Bay Boat! Excellent Cond., Tall rig, wing keel, fully battened, RF 155% genoa, bimini, fresh bottom paint, comfortable roomy interior, GPS, wheel, depth, speed, wind (410) 940-8867, $28,500 J30, Hull #148, $10,000 Hull #148 is a former North Americans winner. She is for sale with multiple suits of sails, racing and cruising gear. She needs some paint and love. The rest is there. (202) 340-1352

29’ Beneteau First 29 ’85 Racer/cruiser, roller furler jib, UK racing sails, spinnaker, all lines aft, autohelm, speed/ depth, Volvo diesel, 2 anchors, grill, lots of extras. $15,900. Details and photos - (202) 330-3213

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35’ Young Sun Cutter ’83 Perry designed double ender, Yanmar dsl, radar, Aries vane, water maker, dodger, classic blue water cruiser. Hampton, VA Price Reduced. $59,500 (407) 488-6958. 37’ Heritage West Indies Swing keel ( 7’ to 3.5’) draft. Blue Water boat. 1977 Oldie but goodie. Built to sail, ready to cruise. Solar, Auto pilot and much more. $38,000 OBO, (443) 569-1274.

2006 DUFOUR 34 3-cabin performance cruiser. Beautiful teak decks and professionally maintained since new. Full battened mainsail, Raymarine electronics incl. autopilot and chart plotter. Asking $129,000 Please contact Harold @ Annapolis Yacht Company 410-268-7171 or

30’ Newport ’82 $14,500 furling jib, lazyjack main, spinnaker with pole & reaching strut, dodger & bimini, wheel with cover, 5” draft, Universal 11 hp, just washed and waxed, fresh bottom paint, single owner. (410) 279-4956. 32’ Island Packet ‘92 No expense spared or compromised when equipping this Island Packet. Call for complete listing 410-908-9727 Located in Vero Beach, Fl. ready to cruise. $127,500 Bill Yates, 35’ Cal Sloop ’80 38-hp Westerbeke ’99, Avon dinghy + 9-hp OB, Sleeps 5, refrigerated ice box, 6” Ritchie compass, Raymarine Auto-helm 400, ST-50, ST60 at helm NAVTEC. Many Interior upgrades, spinnaker + 2 sails, $28K (703) 527-7657,

28’ Dufour ’79 Built sailboat w/Inboard Volvo dsl. sleeps 5, great family cruiser, $7,500, Berthed at Mears Annapolis,, 202- 669- 9804. picture on request. (202) 669-9804 28.5’ Hunter ’86 $12,000 Many recent improvements (i.e. new rigging, port holes). Easy to sail! Good condition. Please call for details. Boat located at Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, MD. Cell 410 725-1026.

35’ Pearson Sloop ‘70 GPS/VHF, dodger/bimini, roller headsail, rubrail, 23 HP diesel. Sleeps 6. Hull AWLGRIP 2006. Deck AWLCRAFT 2011. Also new 2011 mainsail, propeller, engine mounts, heat exchanger. $19,900 crew396@aol 443-534-5243

35’ Island Packet 350 1999 Serious cruiser with AC, good canvas, Frigoboat refrig/freezer, screens & winter cover $139,900. Call Kirk Wilson, cell 614-989-7775 or for more info or to list your boat.

40’ C&C ‘81 7 Ft Draft and double spreader rig deliver upwind performance, Yanmar 30, Rod Rigging, Antal Mainsail track & cars, Harken roller furling, Lewmar ST genoa and halyard winches, 8 line stoppers, Ockam instruments, Quantum main & genoa, spinnaker, carbon pole. Stored on the hard for 4 yrs, Needs TLC, Located Solomons MD. $24,000. Call Bill 610-724-2935

Dufour 385 ’05 Owner’s Version 2 cabin/1head boat w/many recent upgrades. AC/heat, HD radar, E-80 plotter, Icom VHF with ram mic, dodger/bimini, teak decks, & much more. Asking $149,000 Please contact Harold @ Annapolis Yacht Company 410-268-7171 or

42’ Endeavour CC Sloop ‘86 Fully equipped w/radar, chartplotter, autopilot, 2 factory installed A/C units, Doyle stack pack, clean low hr 62-hp Perkins and much more. Currently on the hard in Baltimore for bottom paint and detailing. Below market value at $79,900 Call 443-838-7141 or email me at,

GRAND SOLEIL 40 '07 Very lightly used high performance cruiser with a great equipment list. Price has been reduced for a quick sale, replacement cost is $450K and asking price is only $295,000. Call Harold @ Annapolis Yacht Company 410-268-7171.

47’ Leopard ’03 Very clean, meticulously maintained, 2x100-hp Yanmar, genset, water maker & much more. Call for more info and photos. (443) 768-8395.

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41’ Hunter 41 AC ‘06 Fabulous cond.! Generator – low hrs, 2 TVs, 80A alternator, Garmin GPSMap 4210, custom bed covers/cushions, separate fridge/ freezer. Well priced at $169,000. Deltaville, VA. Call Jonathan 804-436-4484 or Grand Soleil 40 '03 Head south in speed, comfort & style on board this Italian beauty. Lightly used & extremely well priced at $199,000. Please call for complete details and viewing instructions. Harold @ Annapolis Yacht Company 410-2687171

2007 X-41 One Design One owner, constantly upgraded and incredible sail inventory make this a rare find in US brokerage market. Carbon mast and boom + B&G instrumentation for a turn key race and cruise-ready X-Yacht. Asking $300K Contact Harold @ (410)268-7171 or cel (619) 840-3728

AMEL MANGO 53' 1988 Incredibly strong and simple to handle offshore cruiser. This one has been around the globe and is ready to go out again! Asking $229,000. Contact Harold @ Annapolis Yacht Company 410-2687171.

2008 GRAND SOLEIL 54 by Luca Brenta. Very well equipped fast offshore cruising yacht built by the famous Italian yard Cantiere del Pardo. $799,000. Please call Harold @ Annapolis Yacht Company for complete details 410-268-7171 or e-mail

• Deltaville, VA 23043 804-776-7575 • • Annapolis, MD 21403 410-267-8181 • BENETEAU 42s7 1995 Well maintained 2 cabin version w/many recent upgrades. New #1('12), #2 and #3 plus 2 reachers ('11), new furler, running rigging, bottom paint, vacu-flush heads, fridge compressor, etc. Best price in US asking $125,000. Contact Harold @ Annapolis Yacht Company 410-2687171 or


DUFOUR 44 PERFORMANCE '05 Huge sail inventory and cruising amenities make this a true fast cruiser. Shoal keel version expands the cruising ground from the Chesapeake to Florida. Asking $270K Contact: Harold @ Annapolis Yacht Company 410-268-7171 or

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37’ Beneteau 373 ‘07 Very clean and very well equipped Beneteau 373…she is the perfect Bay Cruiser for weeklong stays with family and friends. Contact Tim at 410-267-8181

43’ Beneteau 43 ’11 The perfect boat for cruising the Bay and your longer term plans to sail the Caribbean. She is mint and well equipped! $249,000 Please contact Tim at 410-267-8181 45’ Benford Custom ’04 Steel Cruising Boat - Designed by Jay R. Benford, built by Howdy Bailey - Blue Awlgrip hull - Custom cherry joinerwork. Reduced to $599,000 Paul Rosen 410-267-8181 45’ Hunter 45 CC ‘08 Wonderfully maintained and presented example of the desirable Center Cockpit cruising yacht, w/full canvas cockpit, genset, washer/dryer, lots of upgrades. $289,000. Contact Keith 410-267-8181 or 45’ Nelson Marek ‘84 Fast, w/LOTS of custom features making it cruising friendly, including custom S/S & cabinets, sensor alarm, radar, solar panels, more. $99,000. Deltaville, VA. Call Jonathan 804-436-4484 or 47’ Beneteau 473 ’06 2 cabin/2 head. Ready to go!! On land. Spotless throughout and well maintained. Asking only $259,900! Sail to the Islands this fall. Contact Dan at 410-267-8181 or 54’ Hylas 54 ’98 Fresh Blue Awlgrip – Custom Teak Interior – Professionally maintained – Equipped with all the extras – Romany Life will turn heads in any port – Asking $598,000 Contact Paul Rosen 410-267-8181

41’ Beneteau 411 ’99 Ready for blue water sailing or cruising The Bay. Original owner retiring - anxious to find someone who will appreciate this great boat.Reduced to $124,900. Contact Keith 410-267-8181 41’ Beneteau 411 ’02 Very clean & nicely equipped, including Airco., windlass, AP, radar, and more. Priced at $147,000. Call now to schedule a showing. Contact Bob Oberg at 410-267-8181 or

42’ Bavaria 200 Model aft Cockpit Cruiser She has very low hrs and is in very nice cond. Radar, AP, chart plotter, dinghy & OB, just hauled & hull waxed & bottom painted this German built & engineered boat is very sharp. $143,700 757-480-1073

7078 Bembe Beach Rd., Annapolis, MD 21403

32’ C&C ’99 - Two Available - 2004 / 2006 Both race and cruise equipped, and ready to go on the family cruise or around the buoys. Epoxy hulls and Carbon Rigs / Poles - Asking $115,000 / $119,500.

32’ Island Packet '90 Price reduced REDUCED AGAIN!-Cutter, Heat/AC, refrigeration, autopilot, wind, speed, depth, bimini, dodger, stereo, Maxi-prop, Harken furler, dark green hull. Now $64,900. K e n @ C r u s a d e r Ya c h t s . c o m 443-223-8901 35’ Catalina 350 ’04 Pristine cond., meticulous care, AC/heat, furling mainsail, new radar/chartplotter, solar panels, many other custom features and recent upgrades. $135,000 410-269-0939

38’ Cabo Rico 38 ‘88 High-quality displacement cruiser w/all the amenities…this salty but modern boat is ready for her next adventure…she is beautiful. Contact Tim at 410-267-8181 38’ Sabre 386 ‘04 New to market, won’t last long! Excellent cond. w/ Airco, autopilot, chartplotter, more. Asking $270,000. Stevensville, MD. Call now to schedule a showing - Bob Oberg 410-267-8181 or

40’ Catalina ’02 Big cockpit w/easy access w/twin wheels. Equipped for real cruising w/great electronics, and a RIB w/20-hp Honda 4-strokeOB, davits & beefed up electrical capacity, she is ready for a trip down to the Bahamas now. $159,000

33’ Hunter ’07 This Hunter 33 is in excellent cond. She has had her prop tweaked to provide 6.75 boat speed & she has a new North Gennaker to provide great light air performance. Her upgraded Balmar alternator& additional batteries allow plenty of juice. There is a custom full cockpit enclosure for late fall cruising. She easily cruises with 2 couples & has been prepped by a very knowledgeable owner so she is really ready to cruise. $89,900 www.bayharborbrokerage. com 757-480-1073 36’ Catalina ‘00 Excellent cond., new North sails, new Harken furler, Air, new dodger, nice electronics, perfect bottom $99,000 757-480-1073

37’ Pacific Seacraft ’99 Loaded for cruising! Monitor wind vane, MaxProp, life raft, radar, chartplotter, AP, SSB, Pactor modem, A/C, solar panels, refrigeration, watermaker. $197,500 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 38’ Ericson 380 ’98 Well equipped, great performance – coastal and offshore. A performance cruiser built to last with beautiful lines. $154,900 410-269-0939 40’ Pacific Seacraft ‘96  ROCKIN’ CHAIR. Standout Crealock design. Meticulous care; many upgrades including Lighthouse windlass, full cockpit enclosure, AIS, cutter rig, twin furlers, 7 sails, etc. $284,000. 410-269-0939

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’07 ’08 Hunter 45 CC 2 from $259,000

’02 ‘04 Hunter 420 from $149,900

2003 Beneteau 331 $74,000

’10 ’11 Beneteau 43 2 from $229,900

’98 ’99 ’02 Beneteau 411 4 from $114,900

1988 Cabo Rico 38 $107,500

2000 Caliber 35 LRC $110,000

1999 Island Packet 350 $165,000

20 Harbor 20 ’11 ..................................... $36,500 22 Azure 220 ‘08.................................... $33,900 22 Marshall 22 ‘90 ................................. $35,000 23 Caribiana 23 ‘09 .............................. $29,000 26 Island Packet 26 MKI ‘82 ................. $19,500 26 Nonsuch 26 ‘86 ................................. $37,000 26 Nonsuch 26 ’84 .................................. $34,900 26 SeaRay 260 ‘02................................. $29,900 28 Bristol Channel Cutter 28 ‘87 ........... $99,900 29 Ocean Yacht Super Sport 29 ‘90..... $50,000 30 Baba 30 ‘83 ....................................... $44,900 30 Beneteau First 30 ‘11.......................$124,900 30 C&C 30 ‘88 ‘89 2 from .................... $47,000 30 Cruisers Yachts 300 Express ‘03 ...... $59,900 30 Custom Gaff Rig Schooner 30 ‘59 ... $37,500 30 Hunter 30 ‘88 ..................................... $27,500 30 Siedelmann 30T ‘85 .......................... $17,900 30 S2 9.1 30 ‘85 .................................... $23,500 31 Beneteau 311 ‘01 .............................. $59,900 31 Camano Troll 31 ‘02 .......................$110,000 31 Gozzard 31 ‘96...............................$109,900 32 Beneteau Oceanis 321 ‘95 .............. $39,000 32 Beneteau 321 ‘97 .............................. $54,900 32 Beneteau 323 ‘04 ‘05 2 from .......... $74,900 32 Catalina 320 ‘00 ............................... $72,500 32 Grand Banks 32 ‘88 ........................$117,000 32 Island packet 32 ‘92.......................... $89,900 32 O’Day 322 ‘87 .................................. $24,000

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Beneteau 331 ‘03 .............................. $74,000 Endeavour 33 ‘84 ‘86 2 from .......... $24,900 Tashing Mason 33 ‘86 ...................... $69,000 Beneteau 343 ‘07 ............................$108,900 C&C 34 ‘79 ‘85 2 from .................... $26,500 Cal 34 ‘70 .......................................... $38,500 Egg Harbor Golden Egg 34 ‘90 ...... $79,900 J-105 34 ‘00....................................... $74,900 Westerly Seahawk ‘85 ...................... $55,000 Allmand 35 ‘82 .................................. $26,000 Bayliner 3587 MY Aft cabin ‘97 ...... $59,500 Beneteau 350 ‘89 ‘93 2 from .......... $46,900 Beneteau 351 ‘95 .............................. $69,900 Bristol 35.5 ‘79................................... $59,000 Caliber 35 LRC ‘00 ..........................$110,000 Hunter 35.5 ‘90 ................................. $49,900 Hunter 356 ‘03 .................................. $98,500 Island Packet 350 ‘99 .....................$165,000 Regal Commodore 3560 ‘05 .........$129,000 Schock Sloop 35 ‘01 ......................... $62,500 Tartan 3500 ‘92...............................$109,000 Beneteau 36.7 ‘04 ‘06 2 from ......... $90,000 Catalina 36 ‘87 ‘90 2 from .............. $47,900 Hunter 36 ‘05 ...................................$116,500 Pearson 36 ‘89................................... $64,900 Sabreline 36 ‘99 ‘04 2 from...........$165,000 Sabre 362 ‘94 ‘96 ‘01 3 from ......... $99,000 Beneteau 373 ‘07 2 from................$149,900

37 Four Awinns Excalibur 37 ‘03.........$127,900 37 Hunter 37.5 ‘95 ................................. $77,900 37 Hunter 376 ‘97 .................................. $85,000 37 Moody 376 ‘88 ................................. $89,000 37 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342 ‘06 ................. $95,000 37 Sea Ray Express 37 ‘99 ..................$105,000 38 Beneteau 381 ‘98 ‘99 2 from .......... $85,900 38 Cabo Rico 38 ’88 .............................$107,500 38 Hunter 380 ‘ 00 ................................. $98,500 38 Sabre 38 ‘85 ...................................... $79,500 38 Sabre 386 ‘04 .................................$270,000 38 Wauquiez Hood 38 ‘84 ‘86 2 from $79,900 39 Beneteau 393 ‘02 2 from................$119,900 39 Pearson 39 ‘89................................... $88,000 40 Beneteau 40 ‘09 ..............................$214,900 40 Beneteau 40.7 ‘01 ...........................$169,900 40 CS 40 ‘89 ........................................... $99,000 40 Delphia 40 ‘06 .................................$179,900 40 Jeanneau 40DS ‘03 .........................$175,000 40 Palmer Johnson NY 40 ‘78 ............... $57,000 40 Hunter 40.5 ‘95 ................................. $89,000 40 X-119 40 ‘92 ...................................... $84,900 41 Beneteau 411 ‘98 ‘99 ‘02 4 from .$114,900 41 Hunter 41 AC ‘06 ............................$169,000 41 Lord Nelson 41 ‘87 ........................$174,000 41 Morgan 41 ’90 ................................... $89,000 41 Whitney Carib 41 ‘69 ....................... $49,900 42 Beneteau 423 ‘03 ‘06 2 from ........$175,000

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Hunter 420 ‘04 ................................$189,900 Hunter Passage 420 ‘02 .................$149,900 Jeanneau 42 DS ‘06 ........................$205,000 Sabre 42 ‘89 ....................................$149,000 Swan 42 ‘81.....................................$164,000 Beneteau 43 ‘10 ‘11 2 from ...........$229,900 Hatteras 43 ‘76 Double cabin .......... $49,900 Pan Oceanic 43 ‘81 .......................... $84,500 Schucker 436 Motorsailer ‘79.......... $77,000 Beneteau 440 ‘93 ............................$155,000 Navigator 4400 ‘03........................$225,000 Reliance 44 ‘92 ................................$198,500 Custom 45 ‘04..................................$599,000 Hunter 45 CC ‘07 ‘08 2 from .........$259,000 Morgan 45CC ‘94...........................$154,900 Nelson Marek 45 ‘84........................ $99,000 Beneteau 46 ‘07 ‘08 2 from ...........$279,900 Hunter 460 ‘00 ................................$189,000 Leopard Catamaran 46 ‘09............$699,000 Tartan 4600 ‘ 93 ‘95 2 from ..........$269,000 Venus 46 ‘81 ...................................... $94,000 Beneteau 473 ‘01 ‘06 2 from ........$219,900 Beneteau 47.7 ‘04 ...........................$240,000 Beneteau 49 ‘07 2 from ..................$350,000 Beneteau Mooring 505 ‘02............$165,000 Horizon Steel Pilothouse 50 ‘96 .....$245,000 Hylas 54 ‘98.....................................$598,000 Nexus 600 Catamaran ‘10 ........ $1,360,000 Franz Maas 76 ‘74..........................$399,000

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41' Tartan 4100 '98 Blue hull. Owners carefully equipped for passage making, but only did limited coastal cruising and Chesapeake Bay exploring. $195,000. 410-269-0939

36’ Sabre Keel/Centerboard ’86 Exceptional Cond.- New canvas, Raymarine C90, Pilot, a must see boat! $74,900 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:, 40’ Catalina 400 ’06 Loaded and clean – In-mast, bow thruster, E120 plotter/ radar, Air/Heat, full canvas $225,000 Call Tony Tumas: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve),, 40’ Ta Shing Baba 40 ’84 Loaded - New Yanmar , new sails, Air/Heat, full canvas, refrig & freezer, water maker - $ 165,000 Call Tony Tumas: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve),

42’ Hunter 420 ’03 Center Cockpit w/ enclosure; Luxurious owner’s stateroom aft w/ centerline queen berth; AC/heat, genset; Furling main & genoa; dinghy & motor. Spectacular condition. $179,000 410-269-0939

27’ Pearson 27 ’89 Wheel Steering, Private Aft Cabin - Clean $15,900 Call Tony Tumas (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Email:, Web: 34’ Pearson ’90 Beautiful! Heat/Air, Newer Canvas, Cruising Spin, Dinghy and more $54,500 Call Tony Tumas (443) 553-5046 (day or eve),, Web: 36’ PDQ Capella LRC ’00 Twin Inboard Yanmars! Loaded - Full enclosure, Air/Heat, plotter/radar, pilot, dinghy w/ davits $165,000 Call Tony Tumas (443) 553-5046 (day or eve),

45’ Hunter 456 ’06 In mast furling, generator, 2 zone air, Raymarine E120 radar/plotter, pilot $255,000 Call Tony Tumas: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), 46’ Beneteau ’08 As clean as they come! In-mast, gen set, enclosure, Air/ Heat, E120 w/radar, pilot $304,000 Tony Tumas : (443) 553-5046 (day or eve),

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30’ Catalina ’85 Dsl, Tall Rig, dodger $25,000 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300.

32’ Dufour ’07 325 Grande Large, 19hp dsl, wheel, RF, dinghy $124,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 39’ Beneteau Cyclades ‘07 3 unusually large and spacious cabins, swim platform, twin wheels, modern fractional design, ideal for a good-sized family or a group of friends, a fast boat with stylish and bright interior. Asking $95,000. 800-672-1327

40’ Hunter ’95 Yanmar 50-hp, elect., self-tailing main, full batten main w/ Dutchman, Air, AP, inverter $99,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 43’ Jeanneau Deck Salon ’02  Yanmar 75-hp dsl, A/C, RF, wing keel, 5’2” draft $183,900 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300/

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40’ Leopard 40 ‘08 Speed on the water and easy handling are top features, earning 'Boat of the Year 2005' from Cruising World. Large cockpit with outside dining area, protected by a functional hard-top bimini. One of the newest Leopard 40s on the market. Asking $249,000. 800-672-1327

New 38’ Leopard 39 ‘12 Available immediately. From the same molds as the BOTY award winning Leopard 38, the Leopard 39 has improvements like large, forward opening portlights for excellent cabin ventilation. 800-672-1327

New 38’ Leopard 39PC ‘12 Hull Available immediately. Innovative, efficient, spacious yacht great for the great Loop, an exciting midsize catamaran feeling like a much larger yacht. 800-672-1327

29’ Bayfield ’84 Yanmar dsl, 3’6” draft $26,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300.

30’ Lippincott ’83 Yanmar dsl, Roll furl, shoal draft $19,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300.

Annapolis Landing Marina 980 Awald Drive, Suite 400 Annapolis, MD 21403 (410) 280-0520

36’ PDQ Capella ’99 Twin Outboards, Extended hard top, custom Arch, wind generator, full canvas, SSB, radar, pilot $175,000 Call Tony Tumas (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Email:,

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39’ Beneteau Oceanis 393 ‘06 Serious bluewater cruiser w/full AC in all cabins, large 56hp Yanmar, 3 large cabins & a decent owner’s suite w/setee and private head. This is a great cruising yacht. Asking $119,000. 800-672-1327

26’ Catalina ’92 Sloop, 9.9 -hp OB, Roll furl $9,950 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300

42’ Beneteau Oceanis Center Cockpit ‘05 Spacious, with aft deck and huge master cabin with 2 settees and a vanity, easy to cruise (in mast furling) passage maker. The offset helm position opens up the cockpit space and improves sail visibility. Huge engine compartment. Asking $129,000. 800-672-1327

30’ Nonsuch Classic 1984 New listing! Many upgrades including new canvas and new cushions. Windlass, davits, swim platform, Raymarine radar/GPS/plotter, marine A/C-heat, and electric head. Asking $59,900. Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or 33’ J 100 ’05 Perfect Chesapeake Bay racer/daysailor. Major price reduction makes this boat even more attractive at $84,900 Come talk to the original J Daddy Paul Mikulski for an appointment. Call direct 410-961-5254, 34’ J 105s Come talk to the J Boat Experts and see why this is the best One Design boat on the Chesapeake Bay. We have many available and would love to show them to you. Call 410-280-2038 J 34c ’90 Looking for a great value for a great cruising design? Shoal draft, solid ABS certified construction & overall good con. make this the boat to consider. $53,900 Contact Paul Mikulski, 410.961.5254


2006 OCEANIS 523

“Merci” 5 Cabins /5 Heads Located St. Martin, FWI Asking $229,000

2006 OCEANIS 473

“Teranga” 4 Cabins /3 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $139,000


“The White Rose” 3-4 Cabins / 2 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $120,000

2008 LEOPARD 40

“Island Time” 4 Cabins /2 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $249,000

2006 CYCLADES 50

“Joyce Smith” 4 Cabins /4 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $195,000

2005 LEOPARD 47

“Never Say Never” 4 Cabins /4 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $289,000

2008 LEOPARD 46

“Seaquester” 3 Cabins /3 Heads Located St. Petersburg, FL Asking $559,000

2008 LEOPARD 43

“Kokomo” 4 Cabins / 4 Heads Located St. Vincent Asking $285,000

2007 CYCLADES 43

“Gemini” 3 Cabins /3 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $120,000

2006 LAGOON 410

“Zanmi” 4 Cabins /4 Heads Located St. Martin Asking $245,000

2004 LAGOON 380

2007 CYCLADES 39

“Desert Wind” 3 Cabins /2 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $99,000

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“Holly Molly” 4 Cabin / 2 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $185,000


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44’ Gulfstar CC ‘81........................................$95,000 44’ Tartan 4400 ‘08 & ‘07 ..........$525,000 / $585,000 43’ Mason ‘79 ................................................$95,000 42’ Catalina 42-3 ‘89 .....................................$92,500 42’ Endeavour CC ‘85 ...................................$85,000 42’ Hunter 420 ‘03 .......................................$179,000 41’ Bristol Aft C ‘87.....................................$152,900 41’ Hunter 41DS ‘05 ....................................$167,500 41’ Tartan ‘74.................................................$75,000 41’ Tartan 4100 ‘98......................................$195,000 41’ Lord Nelson ‘83 ....................................$125,000 40’ Bristol ‘76 ..............................................$100,000 40’ Endeavour CC ‘84 ...................................$79,500 40’ Pacific Seacraft ‘96 & ‘98 ............ from $284,000 39’ Catalina 390 ‘02.....................................$135,000 38’ C&C 115 ‘11 ...........................................$239,000 38’ Ericson by PS ‘98 .................................$154,900 37’ Pacific Seacraft ‘87 & ‘99 .................... INQUIRE 37’ Tartan Classic ‘81 ...................................$56,500 36’ Catalina ‘87..............................................$49,000 36’ Frers ‘87...................................................$50,000 35’ Custom Steel PH ‘95.............................$100,000 35’ Express 35 ‘86.........................................$60,000 35’ Ericson 350 by PS ‘98 ..........................$129,000 35’ Catalina 350 ‘04.....................................$135,000 34’ Express 34 ‘87.........................................$47,000 34’ C&C 34 ‘80 ...............................................$33,000 34’ Najad 343 ‘84 ...........................................$75,000 34’ Pacific Seacraft ‘87 & ‘90 ...$110,000 / $139,000 32’ C&C 99 ‘06 & ‘04 ..........................from $115,000 32’ Catalina 320 ‘95.......................................$54,000 32’ Island Packet ‘90....................................$64,900 31’ Pacific Seacraft ‘94 & ‘06 ...$115,000 / $150,000


34’ Tartan 1986 New listing! 2nd generation S&S model; masthead/double spreaker rig; Scheel keel 4’6” draft; 27 hp Yanmar; RF genoa; self tailers; sleeps 6. Priced to sell at $45,000. Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or

J 42 ’98 Shoal draft & excellent cond. Rare offering of lightly used, flag blue edition. New sails, canvas, complete new bottom, tons of gear, many spare parts, excellent recent survey. $249,000. (410) 961-5254. 36’ Modified NY 36 (1981) 1st to Newport and 1st to Halifax (2009). Race ready with excellent sail inventory and equipment (Custom keel, Carbon Fiber Mast, Ockams,radar & more).PHRF rating 108 (114 w/ furler). Price reduced: $33,000 Call David Cox 410-310-3476 or 37’ B&C ’05 Grand Soleil Win races in style. Extra tall rig & deep keel make this Grand Soleil an outstanding performer in PHRF and IRC. ORC cat 1 certified. Beautiful Italian crafted teak interior w/full cruising amenities. $239,000 Contact David 410-280-2038 or


Kayaks 12’. Roto-moulded PVC. Single seaters, with double-paddles. Blue color. @$150 Rowing Shell 16’. Sliding seat; oars. Good condition. $500 1985 Laser II 14’. Good condition. Trailer also in good condition. $500 1963 Pearson 20. Classic daysailor which needs restoration. Sportsman trailer in very good condition. $1,000 1984 Hunter 22. Fixed keel. Roller-furling, auto-pilot. Nissan 2-cycle outboard. $500 1985 O’Day 23. Main, 2 Jibs. Good Condition. Nissan 9 HP. $1,500 1983 Catalina 25. Main, roller-furling jib. 4-cycle o/b. Good condition. $2,500 1979 O’Day 25. Yamaha 8 hp o/b. Clean and ready to go. $2,000 1966 Pearson Ariel 26. Beautifully restored and in turn-key condition. Complete sail inventory in top condition, some brand new; new lazy jacks. Nearly new Mercury o/b. $6,500 1977 C&C 26. Good condition. Inboard diesel. $5,000 1979 O’Day 28. Keel model. Roller-furling jib. Tiller steering. New Yanmar diesel engine. Turnkey condition. $4,500 1984 Islander Bahama 28. Turnkey condition and ready to sail. $6,000 1977 Hunter 30. Keel model. Wheel steering; main, genoa. Yanmar diesel. Sound and good condition. $5,500 1979 Catalina 30. Wheel steering. R/F jib. Stove, microwave, stereo, TV. Freshly painted bottom. Detailed, interior and exterior. Universal diesel. $5,000

POWERBOATS 1974 Penn Yan 242 Cuddy Cabin. 350 Volvo duo-prop. Beautifully restored. $12,000

All boats are sold “as is, where is”.

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40’ J120 ‘98 North Point Euro Trash Girl for sale. Very competitive boat in the ocean & on the bay. The Class is looking into forming a J 120 class here on the bay to race One Design! Call to learn more. 410-280-2038

46’ J 46 ’00 Full Deck is spectacular!. Long range cruising at its best w/this fully equipped & well cared for J46. Priced to sell at $389,900. Call Paul Mikulski 410-961-5254,




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36’ Hunter ’08 Captain’s Lady is a oneowner 36 that has been meticulously maintained. Equipped with In-Mast Furling, Raymarine C80 GPS/Plotter, AutoPilot, AC/Heat, freezer & much more. $149,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 7769211, 36’ Hunter ’05 Flamingo is a twoowner cruiser with in-mast furling, AC/ Heat, Refrigerator, Autopilot, DVD/ TV, GPS, and much more!! $125,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804)776-9211,

37’ Peterson ’85 Classic racer/cruiser. Fast and comfortable. Top level care. New electronics and lots of sails plus much more. Two boat owner says SELL. Now offered at $44,500. You need to see this boat! Contact David at (410) 280-2038 or Cape Fear 38 ’02 Major price reduction. A winning race record & a comfortable cruising interior. Shoal draft w/A-kites make this an easy boat to have fun with. $119,000. Contact David (410) 280-2038 or

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386 Hunter ’04 Grace is a beautifully maintained cruiser. She’s equipped with TV,AC/Heat, Autopilot, GPS, Spinnaker, Yanmar 40HP/500 hrs, new bottom paint in 2012, & MORE! $129,700, Norton Yacht Sales, (804)776-9211, 410 Hunter ’01 Simple Pleasures is a beauty! She’s loaded w/space and equipped with 2 heads & showers, 2 air conditioners, VHF/radio, autopilot/GPS & more! $134,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804) 776-9211, 45CC Hunter ’01 Boomerang is a beautiful yacht equipped with AC/ Heat, TV/DVD, GPS, Autopilot, Plotter, Zodiac 6 person life raft, a gorgeous spinnaker, & much more! $189,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804)776-9211, 49’ Hunter ’08 Water Music is an exquisite one-owner yacht w/incredible storage, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, Bose system, life raft, In-Mast Furling & more!! $335,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804)776-9211,

30’ J-92S ‘06 Like new! Kept on lift, New North Main ’12, 13HP Volvo eng, nice electronics, and a bonus for this boat is she comes with a dual axle trailer! $80,000 OBYS 410-226-0100 30’ S-2 9.2 Sloop ‘77 Nice starter boat w/many amenities for little out of pocket. Yanmar dsl engine, Wheel steering, Autopilot, roller furling etc. Asking $16,500 OBYS 410-226-0100

37’ Beneteau Envision ’83 Ideal live-aboard. Rare center cockpit pilothouse design ketch. One of only a few made, Set up for major cruising, Duel helm stations, 3 cabin layout, 2 heads. $54,500 PRICE REDUCED. Call Regent Point marina @804-758-4457 37’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey ’02 Ricochet Clean, Well Cared for Ready to go. A/C heat pump, autohelm, radar, chartplotter, bimini, dodger & much more. Priced @ $114,950 Call Regent Point marina 804-758-4457 Visit us at the



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35’ Camper Nicholson Sloop ‘72/95 7 years to completely rebuild this vessel from stem to stern. She is “Stunning” and well worth seeing! Asking $49,500 and looking for offers. OBYS 410-226-0100 40’ C&C ‘79 Proven racer, comfortable cruiser. Too many upgrades to mention. Recent survey appraised her at $51,175 but only asking $44,000. Survey available to buyer. OBYS 410-226-0100

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Regent Point Marina Full Service Yacht Repair Facility. See our website for details of Winter Wet or Dry storage specials. Call Regent Point Marina Boatyard @ 804-758-4747. 29’ Bayfield ’86  Well built big little boat. Great interior design & shallow draft, ideal for the Bay. Private head w/ shower forward, nice galley, privacy partition for the 2 aft berths, a Must See, 16-hp Yanmar, cutter rig. $25,500 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457 30’ Catalina ’88 “Only for You” Priced to sell. Great Bay cruiser, shoal draft, Very clean, roller furling, 21-hp Universal Asking:$20,900 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457 www.regentpointmarina. com 30’ Catalina ’85 Mariso Nice family cruiser, roomy accommodations, H/C pressure water, RF, Priced To sell @ $19,900 Call Regent Point Marina 804758-4457 31’ Irwin Citation ’83 Tolume Yanmar 15-hp dsl, wheel steering, large quarter berth, enclosed head, U-shaped galley, dinghy w/ 1.5-hp OB, Owner must sell bring all offers. Asking: $14,900 PRICE REDUCED, Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457 33’ Hunter 336 ’97 Final Mischief” Furlex roller furler, dodger, bimini, 2-hp Yanmar dsll, Huge cockpit great for family sailing. Asking: $54,900 Call Regent Point Marina 804-758-4457

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Cape George 31 ’89 This beautiful traditional boat is brilliantly restored with new bottom, new rigging, new sails, and new canvas. Sought after and rare, she will knock your socks off. If you like a BCC, come see this! $179K 410 571-2955

Hans Christian 38 ’88 Great cruising boat. Safe and solid with many serious upgrades in excellent condition and ready to cruise with radar, solar panels, wind generator, everything you need. $129K 410-871-2955

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Hunter ‘06.................$ 9,900 Tanzer ’87 .................$ 9,900 Hunter ‘02.................$ 27,000 Hunter ‘79.................$ 9,997 S2 8.6 ’85 ..................$ 14,900 Newport 86 ..............$ 17,500 Hunter ‘00 ................$ 42,000 Morgan ’72 ...............$ 6,999 Catalina 79................$ 19,000 Hunter ‘80.................$ 14,500 Hunter ’81.................$ 15,000 Hunter ‘86.................$ 30,000 Allmand ‘80...............$ 17,000 Hunter ’06.................$ 70,000 Pearson ’89...............$ 43,000 Hunter ‘05.................$ 89,000 Hallberg Rassy ‘76.....$ 49,900 Hunter ’83.................$ 33,000 C&C 84 .....................$ 32,900 Hunter '05.................$130,000 Hunter ’05.................$125,000

36 Hunter ’08.................$149,000 37 Irwin Ketch ‘76..........$ 49,900 376 Hunter ’96.................$ 70,000 376 Hunter ‘97.................$ 72,000 376 Hunter ‘97.................$ 84,000 38 Hunter ’06.................$132,000 38 Hunter ‘09.................$149,000 380 Hunter ’00.................$ 99,900 380 Hunter ‘02.................$119,000 380 Hunter ’02 Sloop ......$109,900 381 Beneteau ’98 ............$ 94,900 386 Hunter ‘04.................$129,700 405 Northwind ’86 ..........$ 85,000 41AC Hunter ’07.................$179,000 410 Hunter 01..................$134,000 426 Hunter ‘03.................$169,000 45CC Hunter 01..................$189,000 460 Hunter ’00.................$159,000 460 Hunter ‘02.................$144,000 49 Jeanneau ’05 ............$249,000 49 Hunter 08..................$335,000 97 Marina Dr. • Deltaville, VA 23043 • 804-776-9211 • 888-720-4306

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Valiant 42 Raised Salon ’92 A real special Valiant with raised salon, lovely bright live aboard home anywhere in the world. New Yanmar, Leisurefurl mainsail, dodger, bimini, davits, Electric winch, new sailing instruments. $179K 410-871-2955

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28’ Alerion Express ’99 Nicest one around! ...asking $59,900 410) 6399380, 37’ Island Packet 370 ’04 Spotless and setup to cruise! Dinghy included! All new electronics in ’12 Loaded! ...Asking $280,000 (410) 639-9380, 38’ Hunter 386 ’03 This Hunter has it all! New electronics August 2012! Northern Lights genset! Reverse cycle air! Loaded! ONLY 350 hrs! Super clean and ready to go!...NOW $128,000 (410) 6399380, 42’ Sabre 426 ’04 42’ SABRE 426 ’04 Stunning example of this high quality yacht, call for details....Offered at $345,000 . (410) 639-9380,

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Saga 43 ’95 If you like sailing fast you will love Bob Perry’s performance cruiser. This is a sailor's sailboat rigged right, proven voyager. Two beautiful cabins and an extra quarter berth. $179K 410 571-2955

19 Hp DSL, Wheel, RF, Dinghy $124,500

28’ 1986 Cal Westerbeke DSL, Shoal Draft, RF............... Call/OFFERS 29’ 1984 Bayfield Yanmar DSL, 3’6” Draft ...................................$20,000 30’ 1985 Catalina DSL, Tall Rig, Dodger .......................................$25,000

Alden 44 ’84 Timeless classic sailing vessel. Owner completed Atlantic loop several years ago. This is one to invest some effort and a little money and you will have a yacht. $159K 410-871-2955

30’ 1983 Lippincott Yanmar DSL, Roll Furl, Shoal Draft ..........$19,500 34’ 1989 Hunter 34 Yanmar, RF, Shoal Draft ...............................$33,900 36’ 1996 Catalina 36 Yanmar, Air, Dinghy, w/ Davits..................$88,500 43’ 1982 Endeavor 43 CC Ketch, Bow Thruster, Loaded...... $119,500

34’ Catalina ‘02 Air/heat, chartplotter, autopilot, spinnaker, dodger/bimini, full enclosure $84,900. Call 443-209-1110 or go to 36’ Catalina ‘03 Air/heat, Garmin GPS, electric windlass, custom North bimini/ dodger, etc. $113,800 Call 443-209-1110 or go to

30’ 1977 Ranger Univ. Del 25 HP, RF, Dodger, Bimimi ...............$25,000 34’ 2001 Motorsailor Kubota 50 HP, One-Off ...........................$39,500

320 Catalina ’98, ‘99, ‘04 3 to see at Havre de Grace in great condition and with many options from $56,900. Call 443-209-1110 or go to

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NEW 36 Hunter ‘11 A/C, in-mast furling, electric windlass, dodger/bimini, Raymarine 6002 autopilot, C90 GPS and much more $185,000. Call 443-2091110 or go to 380 Catalina ‘00 Air/heat, chartplotter/radar, autopilot, spinnaker, in-mast furling, dodger/bimini, etc. $132,000 Call 443-209-1110 or go to NEW 39 Hunter ‘12 A/C, in-mast furling, electric windlass, 22” flat screen TV with Bose upgrade, ST60 knot/depth/wind, Raymarine C90 wide GPS and much more $225,000. Call 443-209-1110 or go

200 Slip Full Service Marina at Kent Narrows Routes 50/301 Exit 42 (410) 827-9300 fax (410) 827-9303 40’ 1995 Hunter Yanmar 50hp, A/C, AP, Inverter $99,500

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410-923-1400 • 443-223-7864 BoatSmith, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

John Kaiser, owner of Yacht View Brokerage LLC, Is offering complimentary dockage, electric and weekly professional cleaning for all Power and Sailing yachts from 20’ to 75’, until sold! A USCG 100 Ton Master with 25 years of experience, John has built a strong reputation nationally for excellent service and incredible listing to sale time(Usually less than 45 days!). John’s clients have often purchased multiple boats through him and many have become lifetime friends. Contact John Kaiser to request a referral to his most recent satisfied Sellers and to discuss listing your beautifully maintained yacht! Email:, Cell: 443-223-7864, Office: 410-9231400, Website:

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34 O'Day 1983 The "Adventurer" is well kept. Refrigeration, Hot Water Shower and much more! Includes bottom coat in 2013, and Baltimore Harbor slip from April to June. Call 443-810-8366

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Space for Lease Eastport 2nd floor / view of the bay. (443) 336-2694.

Christopher’s Fine Foods, Churchton, MD Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Severn House Full Service Slip In Eastport. 40’ slip w/14’ bean, 7’ depth. $375 monthly or $4,000 yearly. (410) 591-4422. Call (410) 591-4422.

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C HESAPEAKE CLA SSIC Precious Memories of ‘My Dickerson Years’ by Nettie Hastings

##Master boatbuilder Preston Brannock builds a two-sail bateau for Paul Rybon. Photo by Gail Dean


t began a year ago. I noticed I had missed two calls on my office phone that left no message. The third call I connected with the caller, and my unknown journey back in time went something like this: I was invited to a trip down memory lane by this stranger, Joe Slavin. His voice of sincerity captivated me as a great rush of energy surfaced as he shared his hope in me contributing to a Dickerson Owner’s Rendezvous anniversary to honor my beloved Uncle Preston Brannock; to revisit the past of a great era and share the stories that made these masters of wood so passionate about their love of building these magnificent vessels, the Dickersons. Many an e-mail, many a thought gave me great joy in sharing all I could of Uncle Preston’s talents. My Uncle Preston came from a large family with a rich heritage of watermen and boatbuilders. His grandfather Moses Geoghan was a boatbuilder on Taylors Island in the early 1900s when Maryland’s Eastern Shore was famous for building skipjacks, bugeyes, and other classic sailboats and watercraft. Preston and his older brothers Norman and Dewitt and even his brother’s son Dan Brannock were skilled craftsmen who built wooden and fiberglass sailboats and workboats for Dickerson Boatbuilders in Church Creek and Trappe, MD. Preston—who built boats for 50 years—could build a wooden boat by eye, a skill not common today. He told me, “I like working with wood better, but fiberglass is a better boat. I be-

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lieve it will last longer.” I recall sitting with Uncle Preston at the table at nights in 1980 as he drafted cross-sections of the Dickerson boat design created by his friend designer Ernie Tucker. Preston was an artist and a cartoonist in his younger days, so putting his thoughts on paper came naturally. He continued drawing naval vessels while serving in our second World War. It helped him relax. Sam Webster—a co-worker and friend of Preston whom I had not seen for many years—told me, “Preston was ‘a marvel in time motion’—the most efficient craftsman I have ever seen.” He was a perfectionist. If he did not like work done by another, he would stare at it, raise his cap, and sigh… After the other carpenter had left for the day, Preston would remove the entire floor of a workboat and replace it. It was now done ‘Preston’s way.’ In June 2012, I joined the 45th Dickerson Owners Rendezvous, a celebration honoring Dickerson Boatbuilders. As I sailed with commodore Bill Toth in the parade of boats, I felt that God stirred our Choptank River water’s by hand that day for our perfect ‘moment in time’ as my Tom, my Uncle Preston, Sam, and I shared a sail together. During the rendezvous dinner, I was humbled when boatbuilder Paul Rybon gave me his collage honoring Uncle Preston. Thank you, Dickerson owners. We are forever grateful. You caused many hearts to enjoy a shared passion, and those hearts smile.


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