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44 Genetic Defect or Lifestyle Choice? Wintering Aboard by Tony Ireland

24 Southern Baywatch: Hampton Roads by Ruth Christie

36 1200 Miles and Counting by Andy Schell 40 2010 Sailing Resolutions ON THE COVER:

37 Two Weeks Before the Mast:

Adventures of a Crew Trainee on a Square Rigger by Philip G. Gallman 6 January 2010 SpinSheet

Bruce Gardner and his team on the 10M Beneteau l’Outrage won their class in the 2009 Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race and took second at Key West Race Week. The crew will be back for action in the 2010 editions of these popular regattas. To read our preview, turn to page 57. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

IN THIS ISSUE CRUISING SCENE 46 Charter Notes: Fish Out of Water by Eva Hill 48 Cruising and Sailing Club Notes

RACING BEAT 56 Chesapeake Racing Beat: Key West Race Week 2010, the Gaboon Race, Planning a J/80 Worlds Campaign, and More


69 Annapolis Performance Sailing Spotlight: Arnis Baltins

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Dockside Digs

ou wake up snug and I’m from Vermont, so we love warm under a down the snow,” she says. With two comforter. The wind is big dogs to walk, Gentile is no gusting, probably up to 20 knots, stranger to slippery docks in foul you think, based on the whistling weather. For traction in footwear, sound, the rock of the boat, and she’s partial to Salomon snow the squeak of fenders against the clogs. side when you rock. It’s dark in Tony Ireland, another liveahere, darker than usual. You’ve board sailor and new writer for slept in, as you do on SaturSpinSheet, who wrote “Genetic days, and in this warm nest, you Defect or Lifestyle Choice? Winhave no concept of time. As tering Aboard” (page 44) says, “I you awaken, the memory comes thought Saturday was going to be back to you—a weather forecast, a day of books and pay-per-view, a storm, a real whomper. The but while I was at CVS buying snow-covered port holes and milk, the guy in front of me in hatches tell the tale. The blizzard line was buying a long Santa hat of 2009 has begun. and shared his plans to participate Hundreds of liveaboard sailors in the Speedo Run...” Ireland had in Chesapeake country woke up to check out this quirky, humorto this scene on December 19. ous charity event, involving about By 10 a.m., it had snowed nine 40 Santas in Speedos from various inches in Annapolis, and the running (and drinking) clubs, steady dump of snow would go on who run up and down Main all day and deep into the eveStreet to the cheers of the crowd, A liveaboard at Annapolis City Dock, Sarah shovels off her deck ning accumulating another foot. which was rather slim, as the with a dust pan. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet SpinSheet writer Cindy Wallach blustery blizzard did not let up for woke up in “what felt like a cave” on her a moment. Ireland enjoyed the spectacle strappy contraptions of woven rubber and St. Francis 44 catamaran with her husband metal slip over your shoes, as old-fashioned and the pub crawl following the event with Doug Vibbert and five-year-old son Zach. a bunch of other friendly neighbors. roller skates or crampons would, and act She was thrilled that their makeshift tarp With the exception of a few of them as “snow tires for your feet,” according to over the cockpit worked well enough that noting how stepping off a boat to a skinny Wallach, who’s convinced that YakTrax they could open the companionway door. finger pier is daunting in snow, I tried and should be as mandatory for winter dock The first step to escaping the cave is to failed to get Ireland and the other liveasafety as lifejackets and the buddy system. shovel your way out of the cockpit “very boards to give me negative nuggets about Once the decks and docks are shoveled carefully,” says Vibbert. “Gingerly,” notes their life onboard, even during a blizzard. I and salted, and a few extra space heaters his dockmate. Liveaboards use shovels— asked, “Isn’t it tricky to shovel the slippery are in place, what’s left to do in a blizpreferably plastic so as not to scrape the deck?” I pushed on, “Must have been a zard? “A lot of baking,” says Wallach, who deck—or dustpans (and we heard one rough day… It’s got to be cold down there.” admits that a full blizzard day at home in a rumor of a “southern-belle-style” shovel act cave with no natural light was making her It’s not that bad, they tell me. You figure with a pewter serving tray). Some shovel it out. Plug in more space heaters. Throw “a little kooky.” She and her family filled the whole deck; others, such as a couple of their day melting chocolate, baking muffins down some more salt. Bake cookies. Party the cruisers living at City Dock this winter, and bread in the shape of a sun for the with your slip mates. Even Wallach, who only shovel a path out of the cockpit and despises winter and is counting the days solstice, burning candles, and drinking tea, let the sun do the work. A few noted that before she can visit family in Hawaii this maybe with a dash of rum. the difficulty arises when the path you’ve month, had a happy blizzard weekend. Carrie Gentile, another SpinSheet writer cleared freezes. Going into the icy drink, If you’re looking for lighthearted comand sailor who lives on a trawler with her especially when you’re alone, lifejacketless, pany with someone who likes to talk about boyfriend, Chris Sullivan, cross-country and lacking easy access to a swim ladder is sailing, invite a liveaboard sailor to share skied through Eastport, made chocolate beyond uncomfortable; it’s deadly. hot toddies and stories by your fireplace and peanut butter buckeyes, napped, and Some liveaboards at the Annapolis one night this winter. Your hospitality will shared homemade soup and hot buttered Landing Marina have an ingenious solube greatly appreciated—and maybe reciprum on her neighbor’s boat in celebration tion to the traction issue: YakTrax. These of the storm. “Chris is from Michigan, and rocated with a day sail come spring. 10 January 2010 SpinSheet

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SpinSheet Readers Write… The Big, Invisible Kahuna


he boat on the cover of the November issue is my J/30 Big Kahuna. The crew from left to right are Tom Miller, Andy Elder, Sara Mahood, David Hampton, and Dave Chinea. Not shown but on board that day are Chris Junge, and you can just see the top of my white hat in the background. Just my luck, my boat makes the cover t! d Still Ho s Old an 40 Year of SpinSheet, and I am t Show— oa ilb Sa The U.S. not in the picture. For ! ng ci g Fall Ra me Amazin Ti Out of those of you who have rd A Slice oa Onb Turkey r Sailors not been to Hawaii, a Gifts fo Kahuna is a Hawaiian witch doctor and the ve of r the Lo BigFoKahuna Boatis the an Old nd headSowitch uthbou doctor. g Cruisin Larry Racin’ Christy ers SchoonAnnapolis CHE








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just wanted to let you know that the bottom picture on page 64 of the December SpinSheet is actually the Beneteau 36.7, ShockWave, owned by Jeff Caruso (the boat I race on). You have it captioned as the J/122 Catapult. I’m sure that’s the picture you meant to put in there since they were third, and well, we weren’t. Lori Pierelli Annapolis

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eet SpinSheet photographer, Al Schreitmueller. A native of Hartford, CT, who moved to the Washington, DC area in his early teens, Al started sailing when he was “a little weed whacker” with his Uncle Frank on a Sunfish. He met his wife Betsy, a fourth generation Annapolitan, while the two of them were working on MBAs at the University of Maryland. The couple and their friends, Rod Coleman and his future wife Leslie, both fellow Terps, sailed on the Tartan 27 Allegra every weekend in the early 1980s. His next boat was an Alberg 30, “which is why Betsy married me,” says Al. But it wasn’t easy. The marriage proposal—25 years ago this year—involved a “Marry Me” sign on a jib stashed in a car trunk for months, a herniated disc, a break-up, assistance from a future father-in-law, a grandmother (named Gretchen, as was the boat) and her ring, a weird reason for raising a storm jib on a light air day, and finally a “Yes.”

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The Schreitmuellers have owned a J/30, a J/22, a Dyer 29, and currently a J/40 called Lark. Although he’s no stranger to the big boat racing scene on the Bay and beyond (offshore racing to Newport and Bermuda) and can often be spotted on the deck of an Annapolis YC race committee boat, Al did quite a bit of weekend cruising in 2009 and is wrapping up his year-long stint as commodore of the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake. Photography has been Al’s passion for more than four decades, the fruits of which he’s shared with SpinSheet for more than four years. 2009 was an exciting year for his fine art photography, as he won four contests and expanded his gallery presence to include the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Chesapeake Bay Heritage Gallery, Whitehall Gallery, Bella Photo Art and Framing Gallery, and the Captain Avery Salem Museum. Besides rising early to capture dawn light on City Dock and moonlighting as an ice skating rink guard at Quiet Waters Park, what does Al love about life along the Chesapeake? “In my later life, I’ve understood how interconnected things are and the value of each of those connections. I think the sailing community here on the Bay epitomizes that idea.” Al loves SpinSheet, and we love him— his photos, his stories, and his contagious laugh. Happy 2010 and Happy Anniversary to the Schreitmuellers! ~M.W.

I Jaye Lunsford on Cinderella in the Exumas. Since she and her husband Dan were featured in a cruising article in SpinSheet in October, the couple has been heading south and creatively spending their extra “boat bucks” by rebuilding the carburator on the outboard (twice) and buying an unlocked cell phone and local SIM card, a handheld chartplotter (they’re “addicted”), a “really awesome” titanium skillet, a nice LED Davis light for the cockpit, and a bigger anchor. Dan says, “We sleep really soundly even when its blowy out... smugly reading the Annapolis weather forecast (high of 35!) and looking around at the blue skies and sunshine here.” Photo by Dan Lunsford


Melges 24 World Champion Comes Home

just returned from the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup (Tenerife to St. Maarten) aboard Beau Geste and the Melges 32 Gold Cup (Fort Lauderdale, FL) with Shakedown to see the great December cover of SpinSheet! I really appreciated you taking notice and giving the event such importance. By the way, I really like the cake cover, also. Many thanks again. Chris Larson Annapolis

This Is a Sailing Magazine?

picked up a copy of the December issue of SpinSheet and noted that you devoted a full page article (page 30) to junk mail, yet were unable to find room in a supposed sailing magazine for more than two photos of the Baltimore Harbor Leukemia Cup Regatta, which had 40 boats involved. I sent you an e-mail in April noting how a south Florida sailing magazine (Southwinds) was better than SpinSheet in covering sailing news and information. I see everything is still the same at SpinSheet; per Kim Couranz’s article, perhaps the environment would benefit if there was less SpinSheet to distribute. It is odd how the impact of other resource users is bad, except for yours. J. Anderson Frix Herndon, VA

Thank you for your feedback. We are always working on improving the magazine. We are a magazine for and by Chesapeake sailors, which is why I ask readers for the following: one, send us your ideas for articles you would like to read in the future. Two, send us the names of any racing sailors you know who write well. It takes a village to put together this free monthly. Although they don’t get rich churning out copy for us (in their spare time, during sailing season), SpinSheet writers do have more fun. ~M.W.

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f you are looking to buy a brand new sailboat, the Baltimore Boat Show (January 21-24) at the Baltimore Convention Center will not be an ideal place for it this year, as the show will be primarily power-oriented, with the exception of a couple of schools and charter companies and Gratitude Yachting Center’s Island Packets. However, sailors seeking anything from inflatables to picnic boats or general boating gear and accessories, such as GPS systems, engines, lines, lifejackets, cleaning supplies, or jellyfish nets, will not want to miss it. The Baltimore Show offers a chance to escape the cold, to entertain the family economically (free parking and free admission for kids under 15), and to dream a bit about being on the water, exactly when you need it. Besides the obvious components of a boat show, exhibitors selling their wares, the Baltimore Show is particularly good at amusing grownups and kids alike. As well as interactive fishing games—including one video game in which you’re strapped to a chair with a tension-filled fishing rod in your hand catching a feisty marlin you see on a screen—there will be self-steered paddle boats on a mini-lake for kids, fun activities with the National Aquarium, and Steve Buckley reading his latest children’s book Blackbear the Pirate. The chance to win a $250 shopping spree and the “Affordability Pavilion,” which will showcase affordable boats and financing options, will help those of us (all of us?) with smaller budgets. An innovative electric boat, antique and classic boats, and a Discover Boating center to enlighten those new to life on the water will be available for show goers, as well as the chance to talk to more than 80 exhibitors from all over the region and country. Former Orioles outfielder Larry Sheets will be there with special guest, the Oriole bird at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Spongebob Squarepants will be around to pose for photos, too. Annapolis School of Seamanship will sponsor seminars each day of the show, with a Start Sailing Now panel discussion led by SpinSheet editor Molly Winans to be

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held at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday (times are subject to change, so check the schedule posted once you are at the show). Other seminars include Diesel Basics, Collision Avoidance, Boat Buying, Family Cruising, Safe Boating, and Fishing. The SpinSheet and PropTalk team will be there every day to talk to readers and scope out the action. Please stop by and say hello. We’ve been going to these shows for many years and pay close attention to what’s new, what’s worth checking out, and which places are the best for lunch, especially just outside the Convention Center, conveniently located right in the Inner Harbor, where your restaurant, shopping, and activity choices are vast. We’re happy to share our knowledge and listen to what you have to say. Admission to the Baltimore Boat Show is only $10 per person. Kids under the age of 15 get in for free. For complete information, vist

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Fawcett Boat Supplies has long been a backdrop for sailors on Annapolis’s Ego Alley, as it was in this scene at the October 2009 Melges 24 World Championship Regatta. Fawcett will relocate out of the Historic District in January. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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Bye-Bye Ego Alley: Fawcett Makes a Move


nnapolis’s 61-year-old chandlery, Fawcett Boat Supplies, announced a move from its downtown Compromise Street location, along the vestige of water affectionately known as Ego Alley, to a new location at 919 Bay Ridge Road, across from the Giant Foods near the intersection of Edgewood Road. With a move tentatively scheduled for the third week in January, both locations will be closed for business, and the phones will be down for one week. The new property is larger than the old one with more than 12,000 square feet, making for more room for offices, outboard engine services, and inflatable boat repair. The property is also closer to many big boat yards and waterfront communities and a major thoroughfare. Stephen Ripley, Fawcett president says, “I’m sad about it. I loved the fact that there was a little bit of maritime industry downtown.

But I’m excited about the new building and excited that Fawcett will be able to control its own destiny. Our service business has been growing steadily over the last three years, and in the last year, we have added the capabilities of the e-commerce site and Chesapeake Marine Fasteners. The new building offers us greater capacity for those parts of our business as well as new retail space.” Founded in 1948 in Eastport, this marks the business’s fourth location change in its history; previous locations were on 2nd Street in Eastport and on Compromise Street, where the Fleet Reserve Club stands. Ripley doesn’t know what the plans are for a future tenant in the downtown building. He says, “I would want any business that’s going to bring more people downtown and keep either the historic or maritime character of the city.”


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eather Epkins is the the new director of marketing, communications, and partnership programs for the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), the Annapolis-based group which oversees much of Maryland’s state-wide oyster restoration efforts. She says, “Overall, many people do not realize that we are Maryland’s leader in oyster restoration and were founded 15 years ago as the coordinator of all Maryland oyster restoration partners.” Having grown up on the Magothy River, Epkins says, “The zeal I have to protect our Chesapeake Bay stems from my childhood experiences and understanding the Bay’s impact on generations to come. I feel both humbled and excited to wake up every day as an advocate for the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s worthy mission and feel at home on the ‘front lines’ of communicating why oysters are a requirement for long-term Bay health. Many people don’t realize that oysters are the Bay’s unsung heroes.” ORP works with federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profit organizations, companies, and private citizens to restore oysters. Among them: NOAA, the Army Corps of Engineers, DNR, University of Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. ORP produces and plants hundreds of millions of oysters each year and more than two billion in the last decade, and manages 1300 acres of rehabilitated oyster reefs.

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he Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) in Annapolis, Dr. Joan Gaither, and the Blacks of the Chesapeake hosted four public quilting sessions to help create the “Black Watermen of the Chesapeake” quilt, documenting the lives of people working and living along the Chesapeake Bay. Following the success of her “Journey to the White House” quilt about the president and his life, which was the fifth installment of her American Series, documentary story quilter, Dr. Gaither, launched this project. More than 180 people showed up at the first session alone to share photos and stories of their hardworking families and communities; more than 450 people attended the quilting sessions and 200 came to the dedication ceremony at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in December. “We’re still getting calls from people who want to quilt,” says Genevieve Kaplan at BDM. The quilt is now in Connecticut launching its national tour and will return to Maryland in March for display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. BDM is a 25-year old museum in Annapolis dedicated to preserving Maryland’s African American Heritage.


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To the south across Worton Creek, Andelot Farm adjoins the 632-acre Copeland Biddle easement held by MET. Directly across Smithville Road, the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) holds a 41-acre easement, and several other MET and MALPF easements are nearby. Located partially within the Sassafras Rural Legacy Focus Area, Andelot’s size, amount of waterfront, and the presence of rare, threatened, or endangered species make it a high-priority project. “Mrs. Duemling’s exceptional gift is all the more appreciated because time is running out,” says Elizabeth Buxton, MET director. “Experts predict that within 10 to 20 years, our State will be so developed that significant easements the size and environmental value of Andelot Farm will no longer be possible.” Established in 1967 and one of the most successful land trusts in the country, MET is a statewide land trust governed by a citizen board of trustees and affiliated with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). MET holds 1000 easements and has protected more than 122,000 acres across the state. As well as land conservation, monitoring, and stewardship programs, MET provides environmental education project grants through the Keep Maryland Beautiful Program. To learn more, visit

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Optimist Nationals Return to the Chesapeake Bay!

n 2010, local Opti sailors won’t have to road-trip too far to participate in the USA’s biggest National Championship. The U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association has announced that the USODA National Championship will be hosted by Fishing Bay YC (FBYC) in Deltaville, VA. It’s a two-week commitment for FBYC, who will host three separate events: the Team Race Championship (four on four), check-in/measurement July 16, and racing July 17-19. These will be followed by the Girls Championship, with check-in/measurement July 19 and racing July 20. And finally, FBYC expects to see more than 350 competitors in the Open National Championship with check-in/measurement July 20 and racing July 21-24. Whether it’s your first or fourth Opti Nationals, the event is a fun week for all, from beginners who do the Green Fleet clinic/regatta to the crowning of a new champ in the Championship Fleet (up to and including 15 year olds). Look out for Annapolis’s Maeve White who earned 10th overall and Top Girl at last year’s USODA Nationals.

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Bay Youth Sailors Accepted to U.S. Sailing Team Development Clinic


ive Bay youth sailors were accepted by resume to the U.S. Sailing Team Alphagraphics Development Team Clinic December 18-22 at the U.S. Sailing Center in Miami. Scott Houck will be sailing in the Laser Radial, while Maeve White/Madeline Alderman and Patrick Floyd/Waverly Askew will sail International 420s. USA’s Olympic coaches, current and past Olympians, including medalists, will lead this high-level clinic, along with Annapolis YC’s Waterfront Director Jay Kehoe.

Some of the action during the first high school Atlantic Coast Championship hosted by Norfolk Y&CC. Teams from the Midwest, Deep South, and Northeast came to battle with a bunch of Bay boats.

Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Adds New Event to Fall High School Sailing Calendar


nterscholastic Sailing Association (ISA)-governed high school sailing is one of the few high school sports that runs a true National Championship. Eliminations are run in each of seven districts across the country. The top 20 teams compete in one National Fleet Racing Championship each May. Similar to the ISA that governs college sailing, high schools compete without the constraints of divisions by school size. This means that small high schools compete against schools many times their population. High school sailing’s strength has grown away from the domain of the small private boarding schools and toward schools that can field 18-boat practices at local clubs and sailing centers. In fact, the big sailing powerhouses in California are primarily public. With so much access to boats and water in the Mid-Atlantic, high school sailing prowess lies in both public and private hands, with large public schools such as Annapolis

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School Score Norfolk Collegiate School.......................................... 104 Christchurch School, VA........................................... 148 Norfolk Academy....................................................... 275 Maury HS, Norfolk.................................................... 296 Deep Run, Richmond, VA . ...................................... 310 Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg, VA ............... 312 Smithfield HS, Smithfield, VA.................................. 362

High competing toe-to-toe with 2008 National Champion, Severn School. In the Southern Bay, Norfolk Collegiate and Christchurch Schools are defining a new hotbed of high school sailing; the schools finished sixth and ninth in the 2009 ISSA National Fleet Race Championship (Mallory Trophy). To build camaraderie across districts and create a national championship-type event in the fall, the Virginia ISA held the inaugural Atlantic Coast Championship (ACC) November 7-8 at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club. Though berths were allotted to each of the seven districts, travel proved difficult for west coast

teams. Sixteen teams from as far away as Chicago and New Orleans competed in the two-day event. Each team fielded an A an B Division boat, and a rotation of races was held. After two days of seven-12 knots resulting in 15 races for each division, this year’s ACC winner was hometown favorite Norfolk Collegiate School. This added to their growing trophy haul, because Norfolk Collegiate also won this year’s MidAtlantic Team Race Championship and NESSA’s Coast Guard Academy Championship in October. Norfolk Collegiate’s rival, Christchurch capped off a great season with a second at the ACCs.

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agnificent waterways, a pleasant climate, and rich natural resources. Sounds lovely! The Elizabeth, James, and Nansemond Rivers flow through a tidal basin crafted by Mother Nature, called Hampton Roads, into the base of the Chesapeake. One of the world’s deepest, natural, ice-free harbors, Hampton Roads sits between Old Point Comfort (north) and Sewell’s Point (south). For centuries,

the northernmost major East Coast port that is normally ice-free year round, except for the extraordinarily cold winter of 1917. Looking Back a Bit English captain Christopher Newport’s Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery landed on the Chesapeake’s south shore and then established the first successful English colony in the New World on Jamestown Island May 14, 1607. The early

Jonathan Romero (far right) and members of the Universal Sailing Club enjoy the sights and delights of docking at the High Street Landing in Olde Town Portsmouth.

the harbor and rivers of Hampton Roads have been ideal highways for commerce for Newport News, Norfolk, and Portsmouth; for many major shipyards; for military control of the region; for transportation; and for cruising sailors. “Hampton Roads is a prime cruising area because there are so many places to slip in and out of here. There’s skinny water in the tributaries of Hampton Roads, but expansive sailing waters at the confluence of the Elizabeth, James, and Chesapeake Bay,” says Jonathan Romero of the Portsmouth Boat Club. The area is the U.S. Navy’s chief rendezvous spot. It’s common and somewhat disconcerting to see Navy vessels, barges, helicopters, patrol boats, and submarines cruising Hampton Roads. Located only 18 miles from open ocean, the region also is

settlers created fortifications at Old Point Comfort by 1610 against potential attacks by Spanish ships or other unfriendly European forces. Important conflicts of the American Revolutionary War involved Norfolk and Craney Island at the mouth of the Elizabeth. In Norfolk, the last Royal Governor of the Virginia Colony, Lord Dunmore, departed mainland Virginia for the last time. The first naval action of the War of 1812 took place July 8, 1812, when the Bermuda Sloop, HMS Whiting—oblivious to the declaration of war by the United States—anchored in Hampton Roads. As her captain was being rowed ashore, the American privateer Dash just happened to be leaving port and seized the Royal Naval vessel. Chalk one up for the locals!

Since the 1830s, Fort Monroe on Old Point Comfort and Fort Wool on a small island near the middle of the channel have defended the entrance to Hampton Roads from the Chesapeake Bay. A young Robert E. Lee did a lot of work on the fortresses. Hampton Roads was the site of the first engagement between iron-clad vessels, the Confederates’ Merrimac (aka Virginia) and the Federals’ Monitor (a Yankee cheesebox on a raft) March 9, 1862. In a bizarre incident, President Lincoln and Secretary of War Seward’s personal reconnaissance found that troops could be landed, contrary to military intelligence at the time. This knowledge led to the fall of Norfolk and Virginia’s demise. Fort Monroe was the launching place for Union General George McClellan’s massive 1862 Peninsula Campaign, which took control of Hampton Roads, Norfolk, and the lower James River. President Lincoln and Secretary Seward met with Confederate commissioners for the Hampton Roads Conference on a Steamer near Fortress Monroe February 3, 1865; they were unable to negotiate an end to the war. The fort also is the site of the first selfcontained African-American community in the United States. In 1957, the Hampton Roads BridgeTunnel was the first bridge-tunnel complex in the world, to be followed by the area’s much longer Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel in 1963. Since 1989, Hampton Roads has been the mid-Atlantic leader in U.S. waterborne foreign commerce and has the largest, most efficient and modern coalloading facilities in the world.

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


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On the Water: Stories from Maritime America Permanent exhibit. National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.


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Real Pirates at Nauticus Norfolk, VA. See “Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship,” a 16,000-square-foot interactive exhibit with more than 200 artifacts. $18.95.


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Safe Boating Seminar 10 a.m. to Noon. West Marine, 113 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis. Presented by the Annapolis School of Seamanship. (410) 268-0129,

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Scientists Confirm: The Bay Holds More Than 18 Trillion Gallons of Water, 1972

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CBF Hampton Roads VoiCeS 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Norfolk, VA. Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS) is an adult education and CBF volunteer training program that creates a deeper understanding of Bay restoration, advocacy, and more. $30.

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


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


Rolling Stones Tribute Shows 7 and 9:30 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Celebrate the Rolling Stones Experience. $30. Beer, wine, soda, and water available, too.


Chesapeake Lights! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Presented by the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Speakers include Wayne Kirklin from the Overfalls Lightship and Jane Cox, owner of the Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse.

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Marine Electrical Systems Seminar 10 a.m. to Noon. West Marine, Annapolis. Features Bob Campbell of Marine Electrical Systems and Annapolis School of Seamanship. (410) 268-0129,


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Nautical and Wildlife Art Festival Ocean City, MD. Noted painters, sculptors, model shipbuilders, and multimedia artists will showcase their works and give demos.

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


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

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AMM’s 2010 Maritime Seminar Series 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM). Learn about Bay creatures; saving the Bay; maritime Annapolis; NOAA’s smart buoys and the Captain John Smith Trail; the Battle of the Chesapeake Bay; Baltimore’s free black caulkers and the riots of 1858; and Chief Winterhawk of the Nause-Waiwash Tribe. For fees and more details, call (410) 295-0104 or visit

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Photographer Roger Miller, who captured this shot in Annapolis Harbor, was at the Eastport YC on the evening of its annual Lights Parade December 12 signing copies of his new book Annapolis: Sailing Capital of Maryland. EYC members stay warm in winter with Chili Cook-Offs, volunteer efforts, and seminars and preparations for the big June event: the Bermuda Ocean Race. Stay tuned to the SpinSheet Calendar for future events. Photo by Roger Miller/

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Soling Ice Bowl A 13-mile New  Year’s Day race up the Severn River, around St. Helena Island, and back.


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Bermuda Ocean Race Safety Briefing 9 a.m. to Noon. Comprehensive safety briefing for offshore sailors at Eastport YC. Open to public, but RSVP by calling (410) 2630415. Marine Flea Market  7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tri-State Marine, Deale, MD Vendors and organizations will have a variety of boating equipment including boats, anchors, plumbing parts, GPS watch, deck chairs, and much more. Donate your items to the West/Rhode Riverkeeper for a tax receipt.



Lewes Polar Bear Plunge Rehoboth Beach, DE. Benefits Special Olympics Delaware.

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VoiCeS Adult Training Course 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Annapolis. Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS) is CBF’s adult education volunteer training program about the Bay the national treasure it is. $25.


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Winter Sailing Seminar Doyle Sailmakers, Annapolis.


Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport. Moody moon lights, live music from Nautical Wheelers, dancing, and local delicacies such as lunar chili dogs and full moon gumbo.


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where we with Kim Couranz

Bringing Back the Oyster


Hand tonging for oysters at the mouth of the Severn River, c. 1953. Photo by Marion E. Warren © M. E. Warren Photography, LLC

do enjoy oysters. I’ll happily dive into oysters on the half shell, oysters Rockefeller, or my personal favorite, fried oysters. I can’t put my finger on why I like the taste—perhaps it’s because of their nature that they taste like the body of water from which they come. And in the heart of wintertime, oysters are “in season” and desirable. There’s a reason oyster stuffing is on the menu for holiday meals—but not Fourth of July picnics! The old saw was to eat oysters only in months that are spelled with “r,” which came from when, without refrigeration, oysters would quickly go bad. Now we have technology on our side, but science and research have taught us that the “r” months are good for another reason: the life cycle of the oyster. Oysters spawn over the summer when the water is warmer. Because they are then focused on making more oysters—rather than on being tasty niblets—they tend to be watery and not as tasty. The oyster that is native to the Chesapeake Bay—the eastern oyster or Crassostrea virginica—is a capable multitasker. In addition to starring on dining room tables, our oysters also could be featured on an episode of “Dirty Jobs.” Because they are filter feeders, they do a good bit

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of vacuum cleaning of our Bay, sucking up the icky stuff for their benefit. All this vacuuming has left our oyster population quite a bit worse for the wear. Poor water quality means poor food for the oysters. And for a handful of decades, they have also had to combat Dermo and MSX, diseases to which our native oysters are vulnerable. Adding to their challenges, oysters aren’t the most mobile of creatures. Strike that. They’re not mobile at all. They are sitting ducks, unable to escape summertime’s “dead zones” (where oxygen levels are so low, nothing can live there) or to outrun eager oystermen. Add up these challenges, and it leaves us with drastically fewer oysters than historically populated the Bay. We’re talking less than five percent. So, what is an oyster to do? Again, with that non-mobile factor, it’s not really able to advocate for itself, highlighting its perilous situation. It is a day for great happiness when someone picks up the banner for the vulnerable oyster. Last month, Maryland took some bold steps to pave the way for strengthening the Bay’s oyster population. Governor Martin O’Malley announced elements of the state’s proposed “Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan,” a threepronged approach, which would increase

the area considered an oyster sanctuary, where no fishing for oysters is permitted; increase the acreage available to be leased for aquaculture; and clarify which areas could not be leased, the areas that would still be available for the open oyster fishery. The plan includes some pretty impressive goals, including increasing the sanctuary area from nine percent to 24 percent of viable areas. (Oysters can’t grow everywhere in the Bay—for example, they need to settle on a hard bottom surface so they don’t sink into the muck and suffocate.) That’s a pretty impressive jump, all things considered. And to protect this area, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is looking into new enforcement methods, including radars and cameras, to help catch poachers. Growing the areas that would be leased for aquaculture is perhaps the most innovative part of the plan. Oyster aquaculture, which has been quite successful in Virginia, would work in Maryland as well—providing ecological services (that vacuuming of the ick) for the time when the oysters are in the water and being a financial positive for those who undertake the effort. There are many watermen and oystermen looking for more work these days. While a desire to “retain the culture” is often voiced, aquaculture could be an effective middle ground. Nobody’s job is ever guaranteed. That much we have definitely learned over the past year. Compromise is necessary. People still would work in an outdoor, “be one’s own boss” environment, just on a slightly different project. Estimates from the governor’s office suggest that the plan could create more than 200 jobs. All in all, it’s a good step forward, both for the oysters and for humans. About the Author: Kim Couranz is an Annapolis resident who writes on Bay-related topics. A member of Severn SA, she enjoys racing on one-design boats including her Laser. She welcomes story ideas or questions at

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t’s comforting to meet someone who’s at peace with herself, even on a blustery day on an icy deck, trying to resurrect a homemade boat cover of PVC pipe cobbled together with self-tapping screws. I’m visiting Captain Linda Gunn aboard her schooner Farewell at the Anchor Bay East Marina on Bear Creek (coming from the Bay, first right after Sparrows Point). The place is tranquil and homey. The silence of marsh is broken by the drip of yesterday’s snow off tarped boats into still water, the caws of a few gulls, and the intermittent rattling of car tires on the grating of the draw bridge on Interstate 95. I find Farewell without asking—the marina is small, and she is the only blow boat around. I greet the captain and her helper, climb aboard, and sit on the foredeck while they work. I review the fitments of a traditional rig—a staysail boom here, a mainsail gaff there—and allow the peace of the marsh to salve the tumult of the highway. Strains of the project waft forward: “That couldn’t go there,” “OK, here’s eight-to-nine port,” “It’s upside down. I’m very confused,” “Well, it’s in. That’ll do for now.” Farewell is a two-masted schooner, about 40 feet on deck, almost 50 with bowsprit. She’s big enough to feel secure, small enough to be manageable. Her low freeboard portends a wet ride, and her bass belly bilge a kind one. When the work party is done, I help lash down some of the Rube Goldberg structure and talk with the captain. Linda is clad in coveralls and sports a knit cap with a sequined skull and crossbones that reflect the afternoon sun. Her ears have clusters of earrings, one of which is a very pointy saber like you’d see in a pirate movie. Then she introduces me to her cat Musket Ball. Captain Gunn is a real captain, of the Coast Guard-licensed variety. The Farewell is her home and her love. They say that converts are the most fervent zealots, and Linda is a convert to the faith of schooners. “It’s who I am,” she says. She swam competitively throughout school, but didn’t meet boats until the fourth grade when she went on a class trip on San Francisco Bay. She decided on the spot to become a marine biologist. For college, she chose Oregon State because it let undergrads do

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A Convert to Schooner marine biology, not just Schooner convert read about it. Captain Linda After college, she Gunn on the mast worked in Alaska, inspectof Farewell. ing catches on foreign fishing boats and conducting research. What was it like being a woman at sea with a boatload of fisherman? “Pretty rough,” she says simply. “You had to work twice as hard to prove yourself. A woman was something different. It ran the gamut from a lot of fun to not so much fun.” When she moved to Baltimore, Linda got a job at the National Aquarium and started volunteering on the Lady Maryland. Her conversion to schooner had begun. “I did a delivery on Lady Maryland in 1994,” she says. “I didn’t have much schooner experience, but I’d been offshore in Alaska, so I got to go to Canada with them. There was a moment during that “This is what I wanted to do,” says passage when I said, ‘This is what I need Linda simply. And still does. She has sailed to be doing—this boat thing is what I’m in every Schooner Race for the last 15 about.” years, 11 of those on Farewell—usually finMore experience came on the A. J. ishing in the top three. When she and her Meerwald, an educational schooner on the husband divorced, Linda moved aboard, Delaware Bay, and on the Minnie V in completing her conversion to schooner. Baltimore. “Captain Steve on the Minnie V Running the boat alone takes a devoted really pushed me,” she says. “He said, ‘You web of friends and a helpful marina that can do everything on this boat I can.’ He lets her do her own work. It also takes made it his mission to have me sit for the resourcefulness and a fondness for endless exam.” repair jobs. “I love this mess,” she laughs, Her first sail in the Chesapeake Bay waving at the contents of cockpit locker Schooner Race was aboard the Meerwald disgorged onto the deck. “Give me somein 1997, the year she was diagnosed with thing to fix, I’m good.” cancer. In its aftermath, she says, “This was Oh yeah, about all that pirate stuff? my Disneyworld. I wanted to sail in the When Linda’s not working at the Aquarischooner race for myself, not on somebody um, she captains the pirate excursion boat else’s boat.” The following year, Linda Fearless. raced again on the Meervald; Farewell won. About the Author: Stephanie Stone When her owner put her up for sale, Linda sails J/22s in Baltimore and beyond. and her husband bought the boat—“At the E-mail comments and story ideas to time, it was a big undertaking.”

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1200 Miles and Counting... A

by Andy Schnell

fter 1200 miles and 14 days, my fiancée Mia and I have made it to Florida on Arcturus. We’re still a long way from Sweden, our ultimate goal. Longer, geographically, than if we hadn’t left Annapolis at all. Mentally, we’re well on our way. Arcturus, our 1966 Allied Seabreeze yawl, has miles under her hull now, miles with us tirelessly manning the helm, miles sailing offshore, and many more under power on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). We’ve learned her annoying habits, embraced her wonderful traits, and have increased our “To-Do” list 10-fold. Prior to this trip, we’d never made it south of Oxford on the Chesapeake in Arcturus. Unfortunately, we were in a hurry; after one leisurely day in Oriental, NC, where a fellow Seabreeze owner, Roy Harvey, hosted us for the day, we turned south again, full speed ahead. Arcturus was putting in 70- and 80-mile days motoring down the ICW. We often never saw our anchorages in daylight, for we’d set out before dawn and drop the hook with the aid of a flashlight, well after sunset. Our engine was giving us headaches. Since I’m not much of a diesel mechanic, I decided to do what I know best—and what the boat loves the most—and sail. Mia and I re-fitted twin backstays at the dock in Wrightsville Beach, NC before heading offshore. We used new synthetic rigging, and the four splices took me only one hour while motoring down the waterway. The deadeyes and lashings that replaced the turnbuckles are old-school cool and look rather dandy on our classic yawl. We went outside at Masonboro Inlet, north of Wilmington, NC, set the jib and mizzen in a brisk northerly, and banged out 160 miles in our first 24 hours of ever sailing Arcturus in the ocean! It was a raucous ride, and the boat loved it. She was thanking us for turning off the motor and letting her stretch her legs. I’m still amazed at how effortlessly she sails, when it feels like such a struggle to make five knots under power. She’s an absolutely wonderful sailing boat. The second night we got caught out in a low-pressure system that materialized into more than the weathermen predicted (imagine that), with gusts over 40 knots. We blasted off doing eight knots with only half the jib out. The worst of the storm was 36 January 2010 SpinSheet

actually the end— Mia Karlsson ventures out into the blue yonder. the seas were huge, Photo by Andy Schell and from every direction, but there wasn’t a breath of wind. We rolled on our beam-ends for 12 hours, becalmed. Finally at sunrise a light northwesterly sprang up, and we set full sail for the last 150 miles to Fernandina Beach, FL, which we made early the third morning, sailing all the way in the inlet for fear that my engine wouldn’t make it. Miraculously, the diesel actually posed no more problems in the week it took us to do the remainder of the ICW. We arrived at our new slip in Pompano Beach, FL last night. Mia and I Finally, with the right preparation, Mia learned a lot by and I are further convinced that Arcturus doing that 300-mile hop offshore. The is a very suitable offshore sailor. She is most glaring item missing on Arcturus was a means for self-steering. I can’t wait to get incredibly fast off the wind and loves to surf. Despite the uncomfortable motion, the wind vane from Yves Gelinas. It was she handled the confused seas left over brutal hand-steering for three-hours-on, three-off for 72 hours. We met Yves at this from the low without so much as getting her decks wet. The 160 miles we covered years’ U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis— with only jib and mizzen in the first 24 his tape measure currently resides in hours was some of the best sailing I’ve had Arcturus’s bilge, after he came by during in my career. the show to measure for our vane. He still At the outset, we never actually pictured personally builds his Cape Horn vanes he arriving at our slip in Florida, for the long invented for his circumnavigation via the slog. Even dimmer was the image of makGreat Capes in his Alberg 30 Jean-du-Sud. ing a summer landfall in Sweden next year. Yves’s single-handed circumnavigation Yet after all this—1200 miles inshore and ranks right up there with Chichester and Moitessier, circling the globe with only one off—the Trans-Atlantic, which seemed a distant pipedream only two weeks ago, stop, unplanned, after a dismasting in the suddenly seems real. Southern Ocean. His movie, “Round the World with Jean-du-Sud,” is a classic. About the Author: Andy Schell and his Furthermore, I am not going offshore fiancée Mia plan to winter in Florida on again without first re-doing the rest of the Arcturus to complete her refit in warm rigging, something I knew at the outset, weather before heading to Sweden in the but didn’t take seriously. During the storm, spring. A professional captain and writer, I was practically waiting for the forestay to Andy maintains a sail training business go, and it was an unnecessarily tense night. with his dad:

Two Weeks Before The Mast Adventures of a Crew Trainee on a Square-Rigged Ship

By Philip G. Gallman


of her sails. One thing you want to avoid ut of the dark came a voice: “Wake sails on the mizzen mast, and 10 foreand-aft jibs and staysails. She can also with square sails is being caught aback. The up! It’s time for your watch.” As masts are not stayed to withstand wind set six studding sails (“stunsls”) on yard I slowly woke, I remembered that I was on a square-rigged tall ship sailing arm extensions to the yards—1250 square from forward. A strong gust with too much meters (13,450 square feet) of canvas in canvas can easily break a mast. One of the from Bermuda to Charleston, SC in the ships in our class, the Kruzenshtern (RusTall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009. Sailing 30 sails with about 200 running rigging a square-rigger has been a dream of mine lines. This gives real meaning to the term sia), broke her foremast the night of the squall and had to retire from ever since I read John Masefield’s “Sea Fever” as a kid and the race. “Stars, the Milky Way, a meteor or two, complete silence Unlike my sloop, on a took up sailing on the Chesasquare-rigger, you don’t turn peake Bay two decades ago. Now except for the boat sounds, creaks, groans, wind whistling in the rigging, the rise and fall of the deck...” into the wind to relieve wind I was fulfilling that dream, expepressure and let the sails drop riencing a little of the old time seafaring life, in the middle of the Atlantic, “learning the ropes.” (There are no ropes or roll them up with roller or in-mast furlon a boat, so this phrase must have been ing. You douse the sails with full wind and on a Bark, in a race. coined by a landlubber). By the time we no winches, which requires a lot of manI was sailing as crew trainee on the power. With 24 sails and a couple hundred Europa with 14 professional crew and reached Charleston, we had set, trimmed, lines in dark, windy, rainy conditions, about 40 crew trainees ranging in age from and doused all of them many times. something is bound to get snarled. It is 15 to 71, with over half of them being Bermuda gave the 17 ships in the race not unusual to send crew aloft to untangle women. Europa is a beautiful, three-masted a grand send-off. The first night at sea was bark with six square sails on each of the one to remember. A squall was quickly lines. With the sails doused, we waited approaching, and we needed to douse most for the squall. When it hit, we wanted to foremast and mainmast, two fore-and-aft

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The author at the helm of Europa

The route of the 2009 Atlantic Challenge

maneuver the boat to keep the wind abaft the beam for safety and keep sailing, for this was, after all, a race. This was no easy task in strong changing wind. After the squall had passed, my next

duty was standing watch on the foredeck. You don’t know what a starry sky is like until you see it in the middle of the Atlantic. Stars, the Milky Way, a meteor or two, complete silence except for the boat sounds, creaks, groans, wind whistling in the rigging, the rise and fall of the deck, splashing as the bow rises and falls, and the sounds of canvas rippling with slight changes in wind. Offshore, you have solitude and time to contemplate what it must have been like to go to sea for years at a time 100 years ago.

The two foredeck lookouts were clipped into safety jacklines at night and in rough weather. Maintaining a proper lookout is required by COLREGS (International Regulations for Avoiding Collisions at Sea) and common sense. It is especially important on a square-rigger, where forward visibility from the helm is problematic with the lowest square sails set. The helmsman steers by compass and depends on the lookout for forward visibility. The captain or mate is on duty in the wheel house, where he monitors radar, but radar doesn’t show the almost completely submerged containers, whales, and other relatively small and low stuff.

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The captain had told us that we were not as fast as the other ships in the race, so we had to try something different. We headed north of the rest of the fleet hoping to catch more wind. Since a square-rigger can only sail 75 degrees to the true wind, we were limited in maneuverability. At one point on our journey, we actually lost forward progress and thought we would see Bermuda again. When we approached Charleston harbor 10 days later, we had claimed the number two spot for our class. In honor of the race, Charleston held a three-day Harbor Fest with an air show, wooden boat building, and the chance to sail on some tall ships. I said good-bye to my crew mates and headed home. The next day, a new group of crew trainees boarded the Europa for the next leg of the race to Boston, followed by Halifax, Nova Scotia and Belfast, Ireland. About the Author: Author of Radar Reflectors for Cruising Sailboats and several sailing magazine articles, Philip Gallman lives in McLean, VA and sails out of Herrington Harbour South. A licensed captain and member of the Hunter SC Station 1, Gallman enjoys gunkholing on his 42-foot Hunter Dolly G. Visit his website:

Tall Ship Sailing Opportunities Opportunities to sail on tall ships abound; berths are available worldwide for crew, trainees, and even passengers. Sail Training International (STI) is an international non-profit organization that coordinates roughly 26 national sail training organizations. STI-organized activities emphasize sail training for youth. At least half of the crew has to be between the ages of 15 and 25. However, most of the tall ships provide active programs in education and training apart from races and parades. Some also provide cruise opportunities for all ages. The Bark Europa makes five cruises to the Antarctic during the summer. On the Chesapeake Bay, we have the Pride of Baltimore II, Lady Maryland, Sultana (Chestertown, MD), Woodwind (Annapolis), and Virginia (Portsmouth, VA).

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Sailing Resolutions W

e noticed a trend last year. When our sailing friends got fired up about something they did on the water, it made us also want to try something new—or something familiar we hadn’t done for awhile. Good vibes naturally get passed from friend to friend. Based on what we’ve heard from SpinSheet friends, staffers, and readers, here’s a list of energizing on-the-water and shoreside activities to shoot for in 2010. We’re calling them sailing resolutions and passing them on to you. What makes a sailing resolution better than a New Year’s resolution? It’s more fun to keep!


“It’s probably one of the most fun work-outs I’ve ever done. Trains the core without even trying.” Stand-up paddleboarding has gained a loyal following of sailors for another reason beyond fitness (and showing off around the neighborhood): you can do it when there’s no wind. East of Maui ( is the SUP dealer in Annapolis, and it also rents boards and offers lessons. To try it in Solomons, visit the Patuxent Adventure Center (

Take a Non-Sailor Sailing. A lot of articles recommend taking kids sailing— and of course, we think that’s a wonderful idea. It’s also a great idea just to take someone sailing, regardless of age. Would your grandfather enjoy an afternoon on the water? Do you have a neighbor or coworker who thinks your sailing sounds like a mysterious and exciting sport? Why not invite him or her for a day sail with a picnic lunch or chance to crew on a calm Wednesday night race? Sailing is always better when shared.

Have a Sail/Yak Attack. When Backyard Boats started an owners’ club for Hobie Mirage Adventure Island, also known as sail/yaks, the organizers had no idea how quickly the excitement would spread and how successful the fleet’s first race in St. Michaels would be. Sail/yaks are trimarans—a kayak with amas or arms on the side and foot peddles—that point like a Laser. Offering a wet, but stable ride up at up to 10 knots of speed in 15 knots of wind, Stand-up paddleboarding is a great coresail/yaks are popular among strengthening exercise for when there’s no non-sailing kayakers, as well as wind. Photo by Al Schreitmueller sailors seeking new, lightweight (115 pounds total), car-toppable See What’s SUP. The Stand-Up Paddletoys. board (SUP) bug has bit a few SpinSheet Buy It. It’s a buyer’s market, and it won’t friends, including our personal trainer, be forever. SpinSheet lists used boats for Harry Legum at Annapolis Sailing Fitsale on page 72 and on our website at spinness, who paddles his Laird Hamilton Could this be your year? 12.1 at dawn near Horn Point. He says, 40 January 2010 SpinSheet

Sell It. We had to throw that in there. You know the old expression about the happiest day of your life being the day you buy your boat and then again, the day your sell it. If she’s taking up yard or dock space, why not pass your boat along to someone who will find joy in her? You can sell the boat via SpinSheet at (410) 216-9309. You may also consider donating her. Organizations such as Annapolis Community Boating (, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (crab-sailing. org), and Planet Hope ( are always accepting donations. They may even come to pick a boat up.

The young crew of Rachabel in the Exumas. Photo by Chris Neumann

Swap It. The sailing gear you never wear may be the ideal gear for one of your friends. Time to throw a gear swap party! Ask guests to bring five items of sailing gear they are willing to part with… and maybe a little rum to warm up fellow swappers. New gear for free. It’s worth a try. Cast Off Your Lines. Chris Neumann, his wife Rebecca, and their daughter Rachel had been batting around the idea of tak-

Sailing Resolutions 2010 ing a cruising sabbatical for a few years. Last July, they cast off the lines of their Bristol 45 Rachabel, waved goodbye to their friends at the dock at Sarles Boatyard and Marina, and launched an adventure. Since then, they’ve traveled to New York City and north to Martha’s Vineyard, back down and around the Bay, down the In-

a few hours on a Saturday. Do you like teaching sailing? Check out your local community sailing program. They always need volunteers in everything from boat maintenance to helping disabled sailors get on the water. If you’re looking for new friends who enjoy being by the water, we say don’t wait. Go get them! Annapolis sailor Regan Weaver rejuvenating her love of sailing by taking the helm again. Photo by Photoboat/

Connect a Friend to Sailing. Give a friend our free Start Sailing Now guide, which can be found in hard copy at regional locations where sailors tend to hang out and digitally at startsailingnow. com. Bring your friend to our Crew Listing Party (slated for April 18 in Annapolis and April 3 in Hampton). One hour before party time, we will hold a panel discussion with experienced local sailors geared to help newcomers get into sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.

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tracoastal Waterway, and offshore down to Florida and the islands. In the last update, they were snorkeling and enjoying remote, wide, white, sandy beaches in the Exumas in the Bahamas… What’s your cruising dream? Is this the year you’ll take a step closer to living it?

Go Get ‘Em. As we at the SpinSheet team have learned through our volunteer experiences, you simply cannot do volunteer work without making new friends. We also know that it can be daunting to choose an organization because there are so many good ones to choose from. We recommend starting with where your heart is. Are you concerned with the Bay’s health? Why not think about the Chesapeake Bay Foundation or the Oyster Recovery Partnership? Do you like kids? Check out your local maritime museum’s educational programs. They can always use someone for Chesapeake Bay Sailing

Take the Helm. Most of us call ourselves sailors, but many of us get comfortable in the positions of first mate, crew, snack-tician, or “rail meat” and rarely, if ever, take the helm. Our friend Regan Weaver took the helm of her parents’ Farr 30 Rhumb Punch at last summer’s Screwpile Regatta, and she had a blast. “I got encouragement not only from my crew but also from my closest competitors… When I got the gun in race six, I could hear the cheers coming from boats all over the fleet. It was amazing.” The experience rejuvenated her love of sailboat racing and taking the helm. For cruisers and day sailors, it’s also empowering to change your perspective and steer for awhile. So, captains and helm-hogs give it up. Let someone else do the driving for awhile. You may be surprised by how their mood changes for the better.

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EYE on the Bay

Why Wait for Spring? Frostbite Racing Season Is On!


hey admit it—they’re not the sexiest fleet on the Chesapeake, but the Cal 25s have all the spirit and some may say, all of the fun. They get out on the water en masse in summer and winter, in rain or sunshine, and in heavy and light breeze. Cal 25 sailor Steve Cota shares his perspective from a December Sunday afternoon in the Annapolis YC Frostbite Series. We know of many frostbite racers, both in dinghies and big boats, in the Annapolis area, a few in Hampton, and a fleet in Alexandria, VA, but we know there are more out there who are not in touch. Please reach out to SpinSheet and tell us about your winter racing (and cruising) adventures. We love to hear about sailors who don’t let wintry weather mess up their fun. Send high resolution photos and stories to Photos by Steve Cota

Sean and Leo topping off while waiting for the first race of the day. The 3 Amigos at sunset in Spa Creek

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The School Bus, a.k.a. the Short Bus, crew. SpinSheet writer Carrie Gentile to the far left. The 3 Amigos crew at the start

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uis “Luccho” Miranda will always be for me larger than life. Born in Peru, he was a race car driver in his twenties. Over the years, he has married several times, with each wife more beautiful than the last. Luccho remains the life of every sunset party, as well as a successful real estate salesman, mortgage banker, and investor. He was also my neighbor and friend, and last year, he helped me through my first winter living aboard my boat at the Bay Bridge Marina on Kent Island. And I needed lots of help. There were discussions on which systems to winterize, which heaters worked best, and how to best manage power. The placement and deployment of de-icers, boarding safety, waste pump-out schedules, fresh water intake options, the value of snubbers, checking of dock cleats, and dock line maintenance were all topics of deep interest to me. In many ways, I felt like a new homeowner first learning about the furnace, air handler filters, and security alarm system. I will never forget my first haircut on Kent Island after moving aboard my 42-foot sloop. The barbershop boasted a large antique chrome and vinyl barber’s chair complete with ashtrays built into the 44 January 2010 SpinSheet

armrests. The barber himself sported an admirable toupee, and his comments when I told him I had recently moved aboard my boat were equally unforgettable: “I lived aboard my own boat for 12 years,” he said. “The air never smelled so sweet, and the coffee never tasted so good as when I lived on that damn boat.” Then he asked, “Have you spent a winter aboard yet?” For those who lack this particular genetic defect, the thought of living on a boat for any considerable time is about as remote as climbing Mount McKinley, learning Pashto, or growing a Mohawk. People actually do these things, but they are rare, and one can’t help but wonder about them. When my daughter first learned that I had rented “our” place and moved aboard my boat, she let me know in no uncertain terms that she would have been happier had I changed my sexual orientation. Thankfully, she has since forgiven me. And while there are indeed some who fit the Hollywood model (she keeps the house, and he gets the boat), the decision to live aboard is necessarily deliberate; what does one do with all that stuff? In the Annapolis area alone, there are scores of people who live aboard their

boats year round. The boats range from mega-yachts to small sailboats, making the demographics as unpredictable as the people you find sprinkling salt on the piers after a snow. When I asked Carol, a long time Annapolis resident, what she thought when she learned that someone lived aboard their boat, she said without hesitating, “How big is it?” Living aboard is hardly an Annapolis phenomenon; Luccho now keeps his boat at National Harbor in Washington, DC, as it shortens his commute to his office in Virginia. Significant populations live aboard year round on Kent Island, in Baltimore and Washington DC, and all the rivers and towns in between. A quick search of the Internet reveals stories of people wintering on boats in Toronto and all over the New England coast. Most grasp the fun one might have living aboard a boat during the summer months: million-dollar waterfront vistas, the freedom to explore places on a whim, sunbathing on the deck, gin and tonics and Jimmy Buffett as the sun sets. But why would anyone live aboard during the winter? Doesn’t it feel confined? Isn’t it cold, even dangerous? None who live aboard

during the winter will deny that there are some unique challenges. Fortunately, the communities of people who do this are particularly willing to share information on how to make life aboard both comfortable and safe. When I met Dee and John the other day, they were preparing to leave City Dock in Annapolis to make room for the annual Eastport YC Parade of Lights. They have been returning to winter in Ego Alley aboard their spacious catamaran each year for the past several years. When I asked where they spent their summers, Dee responded, “Different places.� The view from their boat includes the Christmas tree and holiday lights along Market Square, the various church steeples and domes that regularly toll their lovely bells, couples holding hands as they stroll along the piers, and that soft rosy December light that permeates this brick-paved waterfront capital on clear evenings. How do they keep warm and cozy during those long cold winter months? Fortunately, there is no shortage of advice or special gear. For heat, many who live aboard recommend oil-filled electric heaters as they are both efficient and quiet. Many are big fans of electric blankets. On some boats the walls and hatches literally drip with condensation due to insufficient insulation; thankfully, there are cures, including shrink wrapping, taping of Chesapeake Bay Sailing

portholes to create additional air barriers similar to double-paned windows, and dehumidifiers. For entertainment, most boats in this modern age are equipped with flat screen televisions, DVD players, stereos, and wireless Internet. I am most thankful for my microwave: that hot tea laced with Goslings rum is only two minutes away. Safety is another key concern. Fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, and accidental falls in the water are the three most serious risks associated with winter living on a boat. To help protect against these risks, the Annapolis Harbormaster requires two smoke detectors and one carbon dioxide detector on every boat at their slips on Ego Alley. This happens to be pretty good advice in more stationary homes as well. An accidental fall in the water, however, is probably the greatest danger unique to winter life aboard a boat. According to Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, a renowned thermo-physiologist, upon accidental immersion in cold water the body reacts with an involuntary gasp followed by hyperventilation of up to 10 times regular breathing. If one’s head is underwater during that initial deep gasp, one can inhale enough water to drown. Such sudden immersion is rare, but immersion in cold water will also incapacitate a person to the point where muscles stop working within 10 minutes, making self-rescue impossible after that period. It is therefore critically

important to keep the swim ladder lowered during cold periods. Of course, maintaining a supply of salt to treat icy piers and gangways to reduce the risk of accidents is strongly advised. Excessive alcohol consumption contributes to most fatalities associated with cold water immersion, so you should always get a friend to walk you home after too much holiday wassailing. If they should then decide to join you aboard, better yet. Winter offers some discomfort, no matter how one lives. The best idea would be to head south sometime in October and avoid it all together; for those of us who live on boats, that dream is only one job away. However, it turns out that winter life aboard a boat in the Chesapeake is easily managed with some common sense and practical precaution. That said, if you should ever meet one of these odd souls this winter, consider inviting him or her to join you for a spell by your fireplace. Not only will you be entertained with wondrous tales, but when the weather turns in the spring, you will be heartily welcomed to sun yourself on their deck and to drink their margaritas. About the Author: An avid gunkholer and USCG captain, Tony Ireland lives in Annapolis aboard his Catalina 42 Licentia. He races, teaches sailing, and runs Classic Sail Charters (

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people around me. So while I might just be dying to talk about that great little anchorage or an afternoon of perfect breeze, the people around might not care; worse, they may feel snubbed. I need to be mindful of that. We all might get a little more out of life if we remember that, abroad and at home. About the Author: Eva Hill is a corporate lawyer at Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston in Baltimore. She and her husband, Rick, sail their Sabre 38 out of Annapolis and escape to tropical anchorages in the offseason. E-mail her at

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experience at Staniel Cay, and due to my being a non-diver, I was concerned that I’d be bored or ignored by talk that was all SCUBA, all the time. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. From the moment of arrival, I encountered people, including the dive staff, who were both interesting and interested. Sure, they talked about diving; but the conversations were so far-ranging and inclusive and at times spell-binding that by the time I left a few days later, I felt like I was leaving friends behind. In a few days of travel, I was reminded that even if much of my life revolves around sailing, that’s not necessarily true for the



lthough it’s hard to imagine someone finding fault with paradise, it’s occasionally been known to happen. Recently, I read a landlubber’s review of a trip to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The reviewer complained that the other visitors—sailors—were snobby and exclusive, and that restaurants and bars were totally focused on the sailing crowd, making him feel left out. In thinking about it, while making allowances for larger crews that tend to be units unto themselves, I mentally defended the sailors and BVI hosts. After all, the BVI are—both by happenstance and design—a sailing mecca, and fellow sailors are magnetically drawn to each other. That others may feel incidentally ignored or snubbed is unfortunate, but a byproduct of the tourism focus there. I expected a similar vibe before embarking on a recent trip to Staniel Cay in the Exuma chain of the Out Islands of the Bahamas. The Staniel Cay YC (SCYC), where I stayed, has long had a reputation as being a haven for cruising sailors. What I didn’t take into account, however, was that a November visit meant that most sailors were still in the United States waiting for hurricane season to be over before crossing the Gulf Stream over to the Bahamas. Instead, we encountered guests who were most decidedly not sailors and from whom we drew blank looks when we mentioned that our “cruising” friends recommended SCYC. They weren’t quite sure what non-cruise ship “cruising” was, much less our interest in finding our clubs’ flags among the dozens of burgees hanging from the rafters. While our hosts and fellow Staniel Cay guests traveling solo or as couples were friendly and open to conversation, the larger groups—mostly pilots of private planes who also flock to the Exumas—made me feel a bit out of my element. They seemed to circle the wagons around themselves, conversing in a language totally foreign to me and appearing unwelcoming to outsiders. It was disconcerting to feel like an outsider in a place where I’d expected to be part of the crowd. All of a sudden, I knew how the BVI traveler felt, and instead of mentally defending my sailing brethren, I began to empathize with the outsider. While it may be inevitable that people are attracted to others who share their own interests, it doesn’t mean they have to snub people who don’t share the same interests. The place I visited after our few days in Staniel Cay was on the remote Bahamian island of Andros, and the resort I’d chosen was principally a dive resort. Based on my


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Cruising Club Notes All Is Not Lost… Literally


ure, the Bay sailing season is in our rearview mirrors, we’re smack dab in the middle of winter, and our boats are not returning our calls. But, just look on the bright side. Our clubs are still getting together to party and bump up their book smarts, a new sailing season is right around the corner, and if you’re lucky, you’ve got some new gear to try out this year. January brings club stories about winter-prep traditions, meetings full of food and beverages, new officers stepping up to the plate, fun cruising plans for 2010, frosty sailing adventures, and rowdy roustabouts from the past. We’ve even got a lost (and found?) story and some rivalries between states and countries. Enjoy! —by Ruth Christie/

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n November, 80 Dickerson Owners Association (below) members were asked to fill out a survey about their winterization procedures. Twenty-one completed forms came from the Mid-Atlantic area and beyond and were used to develop a check list for the club. It turns out, Dickerson owners are quite knowledgeable about winterizing their boats and give a high priority to covering them, removing and inspecting sails, and changing lube oil and fuel and lube oil filters. They also check cockpit drain hoses, close sea cocks, and winterize fresh-water systems and heads. Most are hands-on sailors who are accustomed to doing the work themselves. Yet, three Dickerson sailors decided that cruising south is the best solution to that terrible job of going on the hard, putting on canvas, and fighting the cold. D and Don Wogaman (Southern Cross) are hibernating in Oriental, NC; Bruce Franz (Hemisphere Dancer) is working his way to Florida; and Eric and Jackie White (Compass Rose) are sailing to Nassau. Compass Rose is a 1980 Dickerson 41 that was built in Trappe, MD with a long, shallow keel ( —by Bruce Franz and Joe Slavin

Come in Out of the Cold, Dear


s part of the winter lectures series presented by the Windjammers of the Chesapeake, Tania Aebi will recount her adventures since age 18 sailing around the world and her trip to the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal to the South Pacific with her two teenage sons. Come hear this fascinating tale January 16 at 8 p.m. at the Severn School in Severna Park, MD. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time ((410) 439-9340, —by Leah Duer Alfriend


Pinot Noir and Pirates? atalina 36 Fleet 3 on the Chesapeake Bay ended

our social season by meeting at a Community Center in Severna Park, MD. We ordered out the main entrée, and everyone brought an appetizer or a dessert. After the delicious luncheon, we received committee reports. Our numbers are holding near 50, but naturally, we would like to continue to grow even though Catalina no longer produces the 36. We continue to search for new members who own 36s. In reality, we are open to any new member who seeks fun-loving comradeship and seamanship. We have 14 weekend raft-ups planned for 2010 as well as a few week-long trips, beginning with our annual wine-tasting event in the West River on Memorial Day weekend and concluding with a Frostbite Cruise on the Eastern Shore (if weather permits!) in mid-October. Our spring meeting will be at Pirates Cove Restaurant in Galesville, MD March 27 ( —by Bob Halter and Ann Miller (below)

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In with the New… and the Old

ike many other clubs, the Annapolis Naval Sailing Association (ANSA) elected new officers for 2010 to manage the club starting January 1. Four officers chose to remain for another year by volunteering for re-election. The New Year will begin with two requests: that members pay their 2010 dues and indicate which types of training classes they want before the sailing season arrives. In the meantime, skippers and other members interested in gaining knowledge about boat systems and their repair will maintain the club vessel ( —by Tom Warrington

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Ann Miller and Bob Halter, Catalina 36 Fleet 3 co-captains.

A Tale of Two Davids


avid Bourdon, our outgoing

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commodore, will host an Executive Board Meeting at his house in Arnold, MD January 10 at 10 a.m. Our new commodore, David Cochran, will attend by conference call from his home in Norwell, MA. The trick to keeping members of our club together is the creative use of information technology. We have more than 100 members in 12 regions throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Each regional captain involves members in his locale with events on and off the water, and our eye-popping TCA34 Classic Cup is awarded in a different region each year to a member who wins a race there. To keep everyone current on what is happening elsewhere, we post news and photos from all regions on This site also features very Women Outnumber Men? popular forums that give everyone a chance he Universal Sailing Club wrapped up another fun season with our end-of-theto compare projects and swap ideas and a year meeting and elections. Dolly Turner (fourth from right above) was elected classified section for people looking to buy commodore. The club is the largest African-American sailing organization on or sell a Tartan 34C. We are always looking Chesapeake Bay, drawing members mainly from the Baltimore and Washington, DC arfor Tartan 34Cs to join our roster. We wish eas and also Delaware and Pennsylvania. Despite the composition indicated by the photo, sailors everywhere a Happy New Year and a the club is about half male and half female ( —by Baxter Smith sailing season of all the best winds and seas! —by Grace Holt


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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Well, If You Put it That Way…


ecember was a month of endings for the Herrington Harbour SA (HHSA): the racing season ended and a

Commodore’s Cup winner was decided, warm sunny days and pleasant cruises became unobtainable, and the days of a quick sail after work became impossible without flashlights and shoveling the snow off the deck. Luckily, every day of winter that passes brings us all closer to our desired season. To bring the 2009 season to a formal close, on January 30, HHSA will hold our annual awards banquet at the Tower Club in Tyson’s Corner and install new officers for the upcoming 2010 season. Be sure to find our highlight pictures online at —by Keith Morgenstern


Happy New Year!

he Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) (below) welcomes newcomers to our wide-ranging activities and cruises all year long. If you’ll be in Florida this winter, come to our annual Dinner/Dance evening in Marathon February 13. Contact Elinor Adensam at (443) 255-8638 or “for all the skinny as it develops,” she says. Our new commodore, Bob McFarland, will lead the Planning Meeting at Bodkin YC January 23, with happy hour at 3 p.m., the meeting at 4:30 p.m., and a potluck supper to follow. We’ll plan all our favorite annual events, from the Spring Symposium and Nautical Flea Market to our Regatta and Crab Feast. Plus, we will fill up the sailing calendar with cruises to our favorite harbors and gunkholes all over the Bay. The ice and snow won’t stick around forever, so put another log on the fire and join us as we dream about spring ( —by Grace Holt

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Bivalves and Beyond

n January 10, the Jewish Navy will gather for Sunday lunch to learn about The Israel Project and get an update on the current situation in the Middle East, as well as information relating to press coverage and accuracy in Middle East reporting. Our monthly, off-season luncheons are held at a local restaurant on the Magothy River. Reservations are required. During December, we learned more about the interplay of environmental and legislative events that have produced the current “sorry state” of the Bay. However, group members were inspired by BaySaver’s creativity and the positive results that can be produced by floating oyster reefs. This has given us all pause to reflect on the “mitzvah” of oyster farming. We appreciate that the early bird gets the worm, but realize that it is the second mouse that gets the cheese. Be an early bird, or second mouse, and make your reservation for our January luncheon ( —by Adiva Sotzsky

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fter an exciting 35th anniversary celebration, newly installed officers of the Chesapeake Bristol Club (CBC) (below) have been busy drafting plans for the coming season. Members will be able to enjoy long-standing club traditions, such as CBC’s Sunflower Raft-Up and newer programs such as the Broad Arrow trophy racing series. To help fill the time before the sailing begins, there are a couple of winter events for land-bound CBCers, including the annual Winter Doldrums Parties North and South in March. To kick off the season, we are thinking about our annual visit to the Baltimore Boat Show, January 21-24. For more information about the trip and other CBC events, visit Sailboat owners of all makes and models are always welcome. —by Deb Coons

New officers during CBC’s annual luncheon this November (L-R): treasurer Dave Burka, commodore Pete Madden, vice commodore Elinor Adensam, rear commodore Mickey Doran, secretary Logan Hottle, and past commodore Janet George. Photo courtesy of Ted Reinhold and CBC

A Place for Everything…


ecause it wouldn’t turn on, I replaced my Icom m88 this year with West Marine’s new Icom m72, the super waterproof one with an extended warranty. I used it for a few West River Catamaran Racing Association races, until the super wet Pumpkin Patch. I took it out of my vest to rinse it off and soon lost track of it. In the meantime, little by little, the m88 came back to full functioning glory. At my urging, my wife got me a new Icom m72 for my birthday. But, I never took it out of the box and kept using the m88 through the end of the season. This December, we bundled up the little ones to see the Parade of Lights in Annapolis. When I grabbed my work boots, I noticed an antenna down inside attached to the missing almost brand new Icom m72 radio. How did it get there? Enter my two-year-old. I wonder if she tried a couple of the other shoes, only to settle on the boot because it fit all the way inside. She’s not saying a (recognizable) word about it... So, if you’re missing some small sailing gear, check your shoes (wrcra-org. win2017 —by Keith Chapman


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On January 23 at the Selby Bay YC in Mayo, MD, CB2 will hold the first of several safety seminars for captains and crew interested in participating in our BOLD Event: the Delmarva Circumnavigation from Annapolis to Annapolis May 29-June 6. Experienced sailors will share their knowledge with all (contact Kevin McKibben at These events are free and open to anyone who owns a Beneteau ( —by Kevin McKibben

The Hosts with the Most

CB2 golfers during the three-club open near Fairlee Creek last August.



ure it’s cold outside, but that’s okay; just sit by the fireplace, wrap up in a blanket, and read a good sailing book that reminds you of warm waters, summer days, sails doing their jobs, and destinations ahead. That is what members of Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay (CB2) (above) will be doing this month.

Last year’s training day sponsored by the club and Annapolis Yacht Sales was such a great event, we have teamed up again. This year, the Southern Fleet and AYS will host the training day January 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coves of Wilton Creek Club House in Hartfield VA (contact Dave Bennett at

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he Rock Hall YC (RHYC) will host the USA Junior Olympics (JO) Sailing Festival for the Chesapeake Bay July 9-11. RHYC is looking forward to hosting Optimists, Laser Radials, C420s, Boardsailors, and Hobies for the JOs. With a rich history of sponsoring numerous regattas over the years, the yacht club on the Chester River provides ample space for young sailors to explore their love of the sport and water. In the immediate future, the club will welcome new members during the New Year Dinner January 16 and savor the Crockpot Cook-Off January 30 ( —by Connie Ranney

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n December 1, during the Norfolk Naval SA’s (NNSA) (below) final meeting for 2009, we all enjoyed plenty of genuine Smithfield ham with terrific side dishes to round things out. Come to think of it, my stomach is a little rounder than normal after all the feasting this week… We unanimously approved next year’s NNSA officers, including commodore Dick McCrillis, vice commodore Kent Mack, treasurer Jason Ginsberg, rear commodores John Bouma (Norfolk) and Mike Brannon (Little Creek), secretary Kent Mack, racing captain Kathy Barber, cruising captain John Peterson, newsletter editor Tim Dull, ship’s store Mike Barber, hospitality Pat Hazzard, training officer Tim Dull, historian Fred Wright, and webmaster John Peterson. Next on tap are the annual banquet at the Vista Point Club January 23 and John Hazzard’s Virginia Boating Safety Course at the Norfolk Naval Sailing Center January 19 -20 ( —by Tim Dull

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Maryland Versus Virginia?


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had a nice dinner social together at Fitzie’s Marina and Irish Pub on Breton Bay December 5. We are planning on starting the racing again in April. Some Virginia sailors from the Northern Neck are scheming to challenge us. Visit our new website at —by “Buzz” Ballard


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elected officers November 14, including president Clay Taylor, vice president Robin Hartge, treasurer Carole McCullough, and me as secretary. We announced the winners of major regattas, reviewed a draft schedule for 2010 racing, and learned about our exhibit at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Jack Lynch, former West River Sailing Club (WRSC) commodore and well-known Star racer, described his first sailing encounters in a Chesapeake 20 on the Potomac. He joined WRSC in

1954 and raced the C20, Contrary. He recalled hosing down a dress party at Indian Head YC and throwing chairs off the upper deck of the old Annapolis YC. Apparently, our early C20 racers were a rowdy bunch. Joe Kidwell described eYacht Builders, their participation in the U.S. Sailboat Show with Picardy, and plans to produce both fiberglass and cold-molded Chesapeake 20s. He is thinking about forming a Baltimore fleet; if you’re interested, contact him at ( —by Ted Weihe


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took part in the 45th Friendship International Race Series in late October with two sister fleet boats from Canada. Winds were over 25 knots for the two-day event, and there was much rain. However, everyone had a ball driving Alberg 30s through the Magothy River’s modest seas. The Potapskut SA hosted the event, and our club provided the crabs and drinks. Argo and Laughing Gull soared into first place and captured the Bruce Rankin Memorial Trophy, Solstice and Windswept breezed into second, and Rinn Duin and Shybird flew into third. During our annual dinner meeting at the Admiral Fell Inn in Fells Point, MD January 9, we will award the prior season’s racing and cruising trophies and Special Awards for the strange and unique actions of some members. This is one of the highlights of our year (alberg30. org). —by Rolph Townshend


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n November, seven intrepid Annapolis Corinthians Cruising Association Fleet members—Denise Gill, Andrew Barrett, Tom Berry, (SSCA) is organizing Julian Bigden, Cathy Stavely, Dick Tudan, and Peter monthly get-togethers for cruis- Viera—braved unfamiliar good weather for a Saturday visit to ers to meet, swap stories, trade Chesapeake Rigging in Annapolis. Collin Linehan provided an tips, and enjoy being part of the excellent low-key tour of the facilities and described what they cruising community. They will do, how it’s done, and how they and we can keep our rigging tour marine-related businesses, fit for its purpose. Thus enlightened, we retired to Squisito for dine with guest speakers, learn lunch and additional camaraderie. about cooking onboard and unSeveral Philadelphia fleet sailors joined the Annapolis fleet derway, share potluck suppers, December 6 for the annual Eggnog Party at the Kent Island and more. Cruisers’ Coffees are YC (KIYC), thanks to the generosity of KIYC members and Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the efforts of Marty and Bev Halvorsen and Julian and Jill the Leeward Market in Eastport Bigden. The record turnout included 105 members and guests! and open to everyone. On After a praiseworthy cocktail hour, the fine and hearty buffet January 23, the Annapolis area brunch had something to please everyone. Most of the guests SSCA will tour UK/Allen Sails were slip neighbors of their hosts; proves that boating is truly a to see how sails are made and neighborly activity. Outgoing fleet captain Peter Quirk said the learn some tricks about emerstate of the fleet is “great” and “it rocks.” After the awards were gency sail repair underway. You presented and officers were elected, lo and behold, the bar was must register for this free event still open ( —by Tom Berry at ( —by Sally Reuther

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dmitting that you’re a sailing addict is a good first step, and we know a few of you are raising your hands. It’s okay. You’re in good company here. Between the sailors who hop on planes or drag trailers south and those who tough it out at home, the Chesapeake Bay is home to sailors who do exactly what people assume we don’t do in winter—sail! The Key West Race Week competitors are the first of the traveling sailors to turn those of us who stay home green with envy, as they take off for their annual pilgrimage to the southernmost point this month. We’ve dedicated a section to this event, known for attracting hundreds of Bay sailors year after year (see page 57). There are more opportunities to race in tropical climes, so look to our southern racing schedule to plan an escape. It’s not too late.

Right here at home, more Bay sailors get out on the water for frostbite events every year. Chalk it up to better gear or perhaps the competitive racers’ gene (if they can do it, I can), but it’s a trend you can’t ignore if you’re standing on the U.S. Naval Academy seawall watching 100 big boats and 30 Lasers sailing in Annapolis Harbor on a winter Sunday. There are smaller pockets of frostbiters out there, too, such as the eight-boat Gibson Island 210 fleet, which has been a steady presence on the water on cold Saturdays for five years, and a fleet of Lasers out of Alexandria, VA. We here at SpinSheet would like to hear your frostbite stories and help promote your fleets. Please drop us a note at if you would like to see your fleet featured in our racing pages. Sending current, high resolution, digital photos of friends smiling on or near boats always increases your chances of getting noticed around here in any season.

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Off to a Fresh Start

number of memorable events unfold on New Year’s Day, including the Annapolis YC Hangover Bowl and the 13-mile Ice Bowl out of Severn SA, which is a race from Annapolis, up the Severn River, around St. Helena Island, and back. The Hampton YC in Virginia hosts the Dana Dillon Memorial New Year’s Madness Race and breakfast buffet. The Potomac River SA’s Laser fleet hosts its Hangover Regatta on the first as well. Later this month, Severn SA will host the Interclub (IC) Midwinters (January 24-25), which attracts a hearty bunch of northeast sailors, as it’s held during a time when most of the IC fleets do not race due to severe ice and cold. New Englanders and New Yorkers are pleased to flock to our fair Bay that weekend. Stay tuned to SpinSheet for results and stories, and in the case of the IC fleets, fun post-race photos by the fireplace.

Annapolis YC Sunday frostbite series has 100 registered boats and is scheduled through spring. Photo by Al Schreitmueller

What Happens in Key West… Race Week 2010 ............................................................................................... January 18 to 22


hen racing sailors ask you if you’re going to Key West, they almost never mean on vacation. With the promise of turquoise waters and a well-run, high-level event, if not always tropical temperatures, Key West Race Week (KWRW), presented by Nautica, attracts sailors from all over the world, a couple hundred of them every year from the Chesapeake Bay to the two- by four-mile island, known as the southernmost point of the United States. Last year, we noted that “shorter lines at the bar” would be the regatta’s theme. It was. Many sailors commented that the less crowded parties were much more enjoyable, “more energized,” according to one Annapolis sailor, and the quality of racing was not compromised, as the boats that made the trek were serious about the game. The 23rd edition of the top-notch event is shaping up to be similar to last year’s, with fewer boats than in better economic times. More than 130 boats had registered at the time of print; 15 of them are from Chesapeake country, which is the equivalent of last year’s Bay contingent at this hour. Still more Bay sailors will crew for out-of-town boats, and 20 of them volunteer for race committee year after year. Ennio Staffini and his crew on the JV 52 Anema and Core will be back in action again in the IRC division. Bruce Gardner’s Annapolis-based 10-meter Beneteau L’Outrage crew will be back, as is their tradition, after a second in class in PHRF last year and multiple awards at the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West feeder race. It’s no surprise that Annapolis sailor Gerry Taylor and his team on the Cape Fear 38 Tangent have signed up after posting eight bullets in 2009 and fending off L’Outrage in the final hour. Bill Sweetser’s J/109 Rush crew, who took a second last year, will also be in the mix. Annapolis pro and 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Terry Hutchinson will be the tactician on Jim Richardson’s Newport-based Farr 40 Barking Mad, trying to recapture the team’s winning title in the class and Boat of the

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Chesapeake Connections at Key West Race Week Race Committee Members and Shoreside Staff Don Behrens................. California, MD............ Race Committee Bruce Bingman.............. Arlington, VA.............. PHRF/staff Gretchen Bretsch............ Annapolis.................. Race Committee Wayne Bretsch ............. Annapolis.................. Principal Race Officer Becky Craig .................. Pasadena, MD .......... Shoreside Staff Jasper Craig ................. Pasadena, MD........... Shoreside Staff Fred Dersch .................. Annapolis ................. Race Committee Joy Dorethy .................. Hollywood, MD.......... Race Committee Keith Jacobs................. Leonardtown, MD....... Race Committee Danielle Moulds............. Saint Inigoes, MD....... Shoreside Staff Tom Moulds.................. Saint Inigoes, MD....... Race Committee Barbara Neville.............. Annapolis.................. Race Committee Dick Neville................... Annapolis ................. Race Committee Herb Reese.................... Lusby, MD................. Shoreside Staff Peter Sarelas................. Arnold, MD................ Race Committee Wes Saunders .............. Crownsville, MD......... Shoreside Staff Drew Scallan................. Washington, DC......... Race Committee Tom Stalder................... Annapolis.................. Race Committee Ken Stanek ................... Ellicott City, MD.......... Photographer Taran Teague................ Arlington, VA ............. Race Committee Bill Wagner .................. Odenton, MD ............ Press Officer Charley Wullschleger...... VA Beach, VA............. Race Committee

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Key West Shoreside Fun

laid-back attitude, great food, and a boatload of famous watering holes keep Key West buzzing at all hours. The shoreside center of the regatta is on Old Town Key West at the Historic Seaport on Key West Bight. The Hog’s Breath Saloon, Sloppy Joe’s, Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, the Green Parrot, and Pepe’s are all tried-and-true sailor hangouts. The Schooner Wharf Bar is also

a quick saunter from regatta headquarters, and it seems you can’t go in there without seeing a sailing friend from the Bay eating appetizers and listening to live music. Anyone who needs a breather from the bar and restaurant scene has a number of destinations to choose from: the Hemingway House, the Conch Train Tour, a tour on the glass bottom boat Discovery, the Trails of Margaritaville Tour,

and Duval Street shopping. Each afternoon as the sun sets, a crowd gathers along the waterfront at Mallory Square for the Sunset Celebration in which entertainers, such as comedian-jugglers and musicians, fill the time until the main event: the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. This celebration goes on even when it’s cloudy and is very much worth the trip for those who haven’t experienced it.

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Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) 2010 Friday, June 11, 2010 Co-hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club & St. George’s Dinghy & Sports Club

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Week award from 2008. Hutchinson says, “Race Week provides Barking Mad with the chance to check in with our competition prior to our 2010 world championship in the Dominican Republic… It’s a great way to start the New Year.” With Farr 40s from Italy, Monaco, Germany, Denmark, Canada, California, the U.S. East Coast, and the Great Lakes, this Grand Prix class boasts more entries this year than last. The J/80 Mid-Winters at Key West launch the class’s East Coast tour. As an increasingly popular one-design class here at home, J/80s from the Chesapeake will be well represented with six boats registered at print time: class president Kristen Robinson and her husband Brian on Angry Chameleon, Aaron Galvin on Blind Faith, Gary Panariello on Emotional Rescue, Jeremy Reynolds on Magic in Motion, Ramzi Bannura on Stacked Deck, and Kristen Berry on Willy T. The Melges 24 class is a sizeable one, with only one Bay boat registered at press time: David Happ and Keith Musto and the Mustgo team. Key West veteran (formerly on a Farr 40) and Annapolis sailor Rod Jabin and team will compete on the Melges 32 Ramrod. John Edwards and his

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crew on Rhumb Punch wouldn’t miss the event after such an exciting week in 2009 in which they snagged top honors in the Farr 30 class, as well as being honored (and surprised) to win the Paul Washburn Award for the Love of the Sport. Annapolis sailor Dick Neville, who has been volunteering on race committee at Key West for a decade, says, “It is a great venue. Bigger classes are not necessarily better. In fact, the competition seemed better last year with smaller classes. This

may be a result of the top teams showing up when economic times are tough… After a busy year end and start to the New Year in business, KWRW comes at the ideal time for a get away. I always look forward to getting together with fellow race committee personnel and the sailors. Race committee is similar to racing but with no hiking! We look forward to trying to earn the respect of the sailors by giving them the racing they want.” For more information, visit



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he 35th running of the 160-nauticalmile Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race will start off Port Everglades January 13 and run south to the end of the Florida Keys. In a good breeze, competitors begin to finish at dawn. The unofficial feeder Race for Key West Race Week is organized by the Storm Trysail Club and the Lauderdale YC. At the time of print, 53 boats were registered. For the first time, land-based friends and family will be able to follow the competitors online, using a complimentary IonEarth Global Race Positioning, also well known for tracking competitors in the TransPac. To learn more, visit

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The 365 Day Countdown: J/80 Sailors Shoot for the Worlds Dead Flowers Racing Team members Kristen Berry, Grady Byus, Dan Wittig, and Jeff Jordan are focused on their campaign for the J/80 World Championships in October.


n a chilly day in October with southerly winds gusting up to 25 knots, exactly one year before the start of the J/80 World Championships in Newport, RI, four friends practiced racing off Annapolis and made a pact. They committed to competing in the 2010 Worlds together.

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back seat when helping students reach their goals. Berry says, “As an instructor and coach, my job is to quickly identify the goals of the clients and leave mine at the dock.” While working with sailing club members, Byus’s job, especially with new club members, is to help such sailors feel comfortable on the boat. “The competitive aspect isn’t there for me at work,” he says. Both admit to being very excited about the prospect of sailing “full throttle” and getting “out on the edge” in a way they can’t always do with clients onboard. “We have extremely high expectations of ourselves competitively,” says Berry. The foursome has more than 20 years combined experience teaching and coaching sailing, much of it performance sailing. Last year at Key West Race Week, the crew talked about how much they missed sailing with their peers, the sailing that had nothing to do with a paycheck. The idea blossomed and was sealed later on that windy October day off Annapolis. Byus notes that the crew’s commitment to doing this event serves two purposes: personal sailing goal attainment and professional development. “Our intent is to put in the time to do well and be competitive. We want to be able to say that we tried our best with mental, physical, and boat preparation.” In the process, the crew is learning how to organize a world-championship-level campaign, which is something their customers may benefit from in the future. The greatest challenge the team faces is creating time slots for sailing together and making the necessary concessions to make it happen. “This is why we had to start a year out,” says Berry. Before the October World Championships, they intend to compete in three major events: the Annapolis NOOD Regatta in April, the Eastport YC One Design Classic in May, and the J/80 North American Championships in Buzzards Bay in September. J/World Thursday night series and weekly practices will be a regular part of the program, and with their busy weekend coaching schedules, team members will have to plan supplemental regattas as the opportunities arise. Thus far, the Dead Flowers Racing Team, as they call themselves in reference to a Rolling Stones’ song (a name they’re open to changing, particularly if they find a title sponsor), has signed on J/World Annapolis and Hyde Sails as sponsors. They are seeking more sponsors, as organizing a competitive worlds campaign is neither cheap nor simple. Among the costs are: boat charter fees, transportation costs, lodging, crew gear, and gear on the boat itself. The crew intends to replace halyards, sheets, blocks, and more. Then, of course, there is a huge amount of time involved getting in shape physically, prepping the boat, and practicing on the water. “We’ll draw on our own talent pool for coaching and outside opinions,” says Berry, who notes that members of the J/ World coaching staff—Kevin Ryman and Aaron Galvin among others—are close at hand to help in kind. It’s an exciting year for J/80s on the Bay with new boats joining the fleet in Annapolis and in other racing towns such as St. Michaels and Oxford and the class’s newly initiated recognition with CBYRA one-design High Point standings. The Dead Flowers Racing Team members are fired up about putting their skills and heads together to plan the J/80 Worlds campaign, as well as sharing the experience with SpinSheet readers. Stay tuned to spring issues of SpinSheet for updates. To learn more, visit Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Frostbiting in Penguins at the ICPFR

by Paul Hull


Nick Floyd and Jonathan Bartlett, the winners of the Island Creek Penguin Frostbite Regatta November 7. Photo by Charlie Krafft

receded by three days of steady 30knot winds with much higher gusts, an ominous forecast, and sad grey skies, the big season-ending party and Island Creek Penguin Frostbite Regatta (ICPFR) happening at all was a small miracle. While attendance was down compared to last year, 13 boats registered and 12 sailed five races in a light northerly under overcast skies with no rain. Much more agreeable conditions than the 25-knot winds served up at last year’s regatta. Kim Cochran with her sisters Beverly and Sharon began planning for this event when last year’s ICPFR ended. There is no end to the detail. Special Penguin costumes, ICPFR hats, a special course chart with appropriately re-named shoals and points, and an endless list of awards are some of the requirements for this end-ofthe-season celebration. There are oysters to be specially dredged and shucked, special dishes to be cooked, and refresh-

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ments, which must be sampled during the planning meetings to ensure that only the highest quality is served. The entire Island Creek neighborhood is pressed into service to help launch and retrieve boats, serve food and drink, and generally ensure that the party is a happy all-day affair. When Gray Benson and I rounded the wing mark, strategically placed about five feet from the dock, I noted that there were easily many more spectators offering refreshments to those who sailed close enough than there were sailors. Please note, Kim, it would be helpful if you had a larger dock for the spectators and specially equipped oyster tongs to serve drinks to the sailors as they pass. I think extra points should be awarded to those who can successfully snare a drink in the middle of a gybe. A port-favored starting line and triangular course dictated that the boats who could execute well in the first 50 yards would be successful with few other chances at redemption. Only winners Jonathan Bartlett and Nick Floyd managed consistently low scores. For the less skillful, four points separated second from eighth place. Charlie Krafft and Donna MacKenzie broke a tie for second with Read and Read Beigel, with the more talented Read at the helm as evidenced by big Read’s poor performance in the crew race. Fourth and fifth were also tied with Scott Williamson and Aubrey Barringer prevailing over Matt Lane and Patrick Firth. Last year’s International champs Mike and Rachel Hecky managed sole possession of sixth one point ahead of Grey Benson and me. Thom Bowen and Sewell Cox rounded out the top eight. Celebrity attorney Sandy McAllister and April Elliott headed up the next batch followed by new Penguin sailor and former Miss Penguin Elizabeth Wainwright sailing with the youngest sailor Caroline Benson. They were followed immediately by oldest sailor (a special award), John Majane, and Craig Taylor, and finally Patrick, Sean, and Martha Callahan. The crew race was won easily by Grey Benson over Beigel. Floyd was third and Firth, fourth. This fleet boasted very talented young crew. (Not big Read. He is talented, but to include him as young would be a stretch even beyond my immodest capabilities.) All of the usual suspects showed up to help PRO Tot O’Mara on Doug and Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Becky Firth’s committee boat. Victor DuPont handled the crash and mark boat. John Danley, Joe Balderson, and Colin Edgell made this regatta so enjoyable by launching and retrieving that I have no idea what we’ll do if their waders spring leaks. A final note: I had a lot of fun ragging on big Read in this summary, but in truth, he is doing what we all should do in Penguins. He is letting Read, Jr. sail the boat. All the time. Every regatta. Is there a better way to encourage the next generation of Penguin sailors? The winner, Bartlett, said it simply during the awards presentation, “This is the best Penguin Regatta on the Bay. Period.”

Plan Your 2010 Racing Schedule Great news--the Chesapeake Bay Yacht RA (CBYRA) has finalized and published the racing schedule for 2010 on its website. You may find it on the home page, where you can also review your member benefits and renew your membership.

race week known for its charming venue, reliable sea breezes punctuated by the passage of occasionally strong frontal systems, and strong currents, Charleston Race Week (April 8 to 11) is a favorite for Chesapeake racers. This year, organizers chose the earlier time to capitalize on the spring currents. Properly timed dates provide offshore competitors with a three- to four-knot tidal “moving sidewalk” to and from the two ocean courses, making their morning and afternoon commute an easy ride past historic Fort Sumter. The optimal tide for 2010’s running of the event takes place April 8-11, adding the additional benefit of spreading the event out from later spring regattas further north. The first 35 registrants will receive free rafting moorage for the entire event, which is a strong incentive to those who already have invested quite a bit to travel there. To learn more about the 2010 event, visit

2010 Southern Regatta Scene January 13 Ft. Lauderdale to Key West January 18-21 Key West Race Week January 24-30 Rolex Miami OCR March 4-7 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta March 4-7 Miami Grand Prix April 8-11 Charleston Race Week April 24-30 Antigua Race Week

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April 30 – May 2 Annapolis NOOD Regatta The Miami to Nassau Race, usually held in February, is being reorganized under the SORC banner and will be held in November at a date yet to be announced.

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Gaboon Time in Hampton

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32nd Gaboon Race Results: First overall and winner: John Blais, Stardancer Fleet winners: PHRF A—John Blais, Stardancer PHRF B—Rusty Burshell, Cool Change PHRF C—Mike Klopf, PDQ

A “trademark” Gaboon photo of Cyrano (Bob Mosby) crewed by Santas at the finish. Photo by Lin McCarthy

The crew of Phil Briggs’ Feather wish the boat toward the finish line as the air goes light in Hampton River. Phil is the originator and organizer of the annual event. Photo by Lin McCarthy

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pittoon rhymes with Gaboon; hence, the Gaboon Race trophy is a brass spittoon. That’s really the only connection between the Gaboon and spit. That said, it was indeed cold enough to freeze spit, even Superman’s spit, during the 2009 Gaboon Race. The air temps were well below 40 degrees and with the wind around 10 knots and out of the north at the start, first-time Gaboon-ers were big-eyed and bundled up. One of the boats racing traveled the 12 miles upwind out the Elizabeth River from Portsmouth to Hampton the morning of the race. Tony Thornton and his crew of TL Sea, a Cal 31, figured they deserved recognition for that feat in and of itself. “We’re ready to race, though. The boat is really light—we didn’t need to carry any ice for the beer,” one of the TL Sea crew announced at check-in. The Gaboon Race is an annual event sponsored and organized by Hampton YC (HYC). Phil Briggs, the visionary of Gaboon, has been the one and only event chairman for all 32 years of this Southern Bay favorite. Phil sails his J/36, Feather, in the PHRF A fleet in and beyond the Hampton Roads area. The Gaboon Race is a pursuit race or a staggered-start race. The slower boats start first, and the faster the handicap rating, the later the boat’s start. The handicap allowance is figured in at the start. Theoretically, all the boats should finish together. That seldom happens, although the finish line in Hampton River off the HYC docks can become congested. This year, the racers did just fine. There was, as Grandma used to say, “ample sufficient” wind to get around the course before real frostbite set in. And, as there has been for 32 years now, there was plenty of Irish Coffee served in the clubhouse lounge at the post-race gathering. After the race, some of the racers put away their fur-lined foulies, but most of this crowd kept them ready for the up-coming New Year’s Day races.

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Arnis Baltins


ize matters, yes, but if you tack on experience and a positive outlook, Arnis Baltins could very well be a Star skipper’s dream crew. A native Anne Arundel County kid, Baltins was too busy cruising and racing with his parents on a San Juan 28, hitching rides on log canoes, racing on 420s, windsurfing, and doing deliveries with his neighbors to get involved in a junior sailing program. After “happening upon” St. Mary’s College on a family cruise, he enrolled in 1987, majored in “economics, sailing, and rugby,” and made his way to the Ukraine for the Black Sea Regatta in 1989, where the team took second. Starting in the late 1980s, Baltins has raced on a variety of programs on J/29s, J/35s, and Shock 35s, as well as on high-level programs such as TP 52s, Maxis, and 50-footers. He started sailing Stars in 1991. Two years later, he launched into “a pretty good” seven-year run with Annapolis sailor Kevin McNeil sailing Stars and a J/35. They won numerous High Point honors in both classes and won or placed in the top three in every C-level Star regatta on the East Coast, including winning district championships. Following the Olympic trials for the 2000 games in Stars and the Star World Championships in Annapolis, Baltins had “had enough” and decided to go fishing. For four years, he fished an average of three times per week and “got to know the Bay at the mid-Atlantic bight very well.” He credits his extensive knowledge of currents, tides, and wind patterns in the Middle Bay to this experience, which has been useful in sailing. In 2004, Baltins began to sail with Annapolis sailor John White—as one of the crew known as Many Bad People—on his Henderson 30 and remains a regular onboard the unnamed purple boat. He has also sailed with Bill Kardash on the Swan 44 Aura and twice competed in the Swan Cup in Porto Cervo, Italy, placing second in 2006. In 2007, Baltins started to sail with Dave Askew on the J/120 Flying Jenny V (now the J/122 Flying Jenny VI). The crew won its class at Block Island Race Week (2007), took second in class in the Annapolis to Bermuda Race (2008), won its class in the Annapolis to Newport Race (2009), and took a second at Block Island Race Week (2009). When he’s not sailing, working in the software industry, or playing on his 23-foot Seacraft fishing boat with his wife Diane, Baltins is a volunteer coach with the Navy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team.

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SpinSheet: Who are your sailing mentors? Kevin McNeil, Jonathan Bartlett, Mike Ironmonger, John White, Steve King, and Jahn Tihansky. Do you have a favorite place on the Bay? Lately, the lower Potomac—the Yeomico River, Bloodsworth Island, and Point Lookout. Do you have a Chesapeake Bay sailing story you’ve told over and over? We were struck by lightning once on John White’s Henderson 30 when a storm blew in during Annapolis Race Week. An Albacore came by planing out of control and sank, and we picked him up and called the Coast Guard to report the sunken boat in Whitehall Bay… What television shows do you watch? Mad Men and Entourage. What magazines do you read? Seahorse, Wired, Inc., SpinSheet, and PropTalk. What are your non-sailing passions? I try to ride 130-150 miles per week on my road bike. Fishing and snowboarding. You could live in a lot of places. Why do you live here? Every once in awhile, I get a bug to go live in a “lifestyle town” like Charleston or somewhere I can be a ski bum. It’s hard to leave, though. I can launch a kayak or paddleboard from the end of my street, ride my bike most places, and rarely get in my car. No matter what you’re looking for in a lifestyle town, we have it here. What advice do you have for a young racing sailor? Go in with open eyes and be willing to do whatever task you’ve been asked to do, even if it seems menial or disgusting. Be a team player, someone who can be counted upon. People will notice and take you under their wings. No whining [laughs]. What gear do you depend upon? Dubarry boots, Henry Lloyd ocean racing smock, Camet shorts, and Kaenon sunglases. What are your sailing goals? I’d like to do another Olympic campaign in the Star class. If you won the lottery, what kind of boat would you buy? Three Farr 40s, one in Europe, one in the U.S., and one in Australia. Maybe a Melges 32 or an old TP 52…

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Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association The Traveler by Garrett Cameron, 2010 CBYRA President


ith 2009 behind us and the New Year ringing in, there is no better time to brush up and re-evaluate what we as individuals aspire to achieve both personally and professionally in 2010. On the personal front, I will simply state that my goal is to decrease my daily coffee intake. Professionally, I have much broader ambitions as the newly inducted President of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht RA (CBYRA). In less than five years, CBYRA will reach its 100-year benchmark. I want to make that celebration a great one, and I firmly believe that in this upcoming year, with an excellent executive committee and me at the helm, the goals we set for CBYRA will guarantee that when that day arrives in 2014, we can be proud of what we have contributed.

The course that I have laid before us includes two primary objectives. First, CBYRA needs to become more engaged with our members, our club members, and the communities we serve throughout the Bay region. This tactic is vital to sustaining our reputation and providing the services our members need and want. We have already kicked the year off with several new and exciting partnerships. West Marine/Port Supply, Topaz Sailing Systems, Fawcett Boat Supplies, and of course, Corum are integral relationships, which signify promise and a burgeoning of benefits to CBYRA members. Secondly, CBYRA needs to leverage the advances in technology that are so apparent in all of our daily lives. By embracing new tools, we can work

more efficiently and, pardon the pun, sail faster. Our current website is soon to be replaced by a fresher version, which will be easier to navigate to locate the resources that CBYRA is known for contributing to the sport of sailboat racing. By year’s end, the final mark is for all members to have a clear and concise picture just by “visiting.” I look forward to serving CBYRA in the capacity of president. I realize there are challenges abroad, as there are for many associations during this time. But, we are sailors, and we are known for our resilience and ability to accomplish and solve. In effect, by following the course we have plotted, CBYRA can continue to live up to its fundamental principle “Founded by Sailors for Sailors.”

Welcome Aboard to the 2010 CBYRA Executive Committee! Garrett Cameron.... President Karin Masci............ Executive Vice President Scott Sauvageot.... Treasurer Ray Wulff................ Secretary Glenn Harvey......... Region I Vice President Wick Dudley........... Region II Vice President Bill Adams.............. Region III Vice President Randy Pugh........... Region IV Vice President Garrett Cameron Penny Zahn............ Cruising One Design Division Representative Elliott Oldak............ One Design Division Representative David Houck Junior Division Representative Taran Teague U.S. Sailing Representative (three-year term) Tim Layne Handicap Division

It’s time to renew your CBYRA membership for 2010! Head to our website at to update your information or join CBYRA for the first time.

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Farewell to Friends E

astern Shore sailor Richard Dorsey Owings died November 25. He was 59. After a year-long sailing adventure with his family between Annapolis and the Bahamas, which included racing the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit with his father, at the age of 12, Owings and his family settled into farming life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. When he wasn’t growing corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, tomatoes, or spinach, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, crabbing on the Chester River, and sailing. Annapolis sailor Wilfred Keyworth remembers sailing with him as a kid. “We used to race Penguins and Hampton One Designs,” he says. “Back in those days, there was a rivalry between Eastern Shore kids and Western Shore kids—I was one of those. We had an affinity for one another.

Richard Dorsey Owings 1950-2009 After college when I became a sailmaker, he came to me to talk about buying a J/30. We started sailing together, instead of against each other, for the first time. We had more fun than should be legal.” Owings’s J/30 Sea Biscuit team competed in 12 J/30 North American Championships and placed in the top 10 in each one from 1994 to 2003, capturing top honors twice (1997 and 2000). He also owned a Mumm 30 called Sea Biscuit, in which he competed in many regattas, including taking a second at Charleston Race Week. Owings’s wife of 22 years, Gail, was a regular crew member. The couple recently a purchased a trawler named Sea Biscuit, which they planned on cruising extensively. What was he like to sail with? “He couldn’t hear very well from spending too much

time on a combine, so we used a lot of hand signals,” says Keyworth, laughing. “Dorsey was really relaxed. He didn’t care that much about winning. He just wanted to have a good time with it. He knew every rule there was. He would push every one of them to the edge, but he wouldn’t break one. He was a fair, clean sailor and a big, tall, handsome, genuine, likeable guy and one hardworking dude. He would think nothing of calling you at five in the morning.” Owings was known for inventing the Sea Biscuit cocktail, a vodka and tonic with a slice of cucumber (especially memorable, according to Keyworth, when cut with a rusty Leatherman tool). He is survived by his wife, Gail Webb Owings; two sons, Marshall Dorsey Owings of Chestertown, MD and Casey

Clinton Owings and his wife Megan of Centreville, MD; his father, Meredith Dorsey Owings of Millington; two sisters, Rebecca Owings Forney and her husband, Dennis, of Lewes, DE and Elizabeth Howard Owings of Chestertown; a brother, Samuel Sheridan Owings of Church Hill, MD; and his beloved hound dog Rosie. Photos and memories of Owings are posted on the J/30 Association blog and forum at Donations in his honor may be made to Johns Hopkins University (Dorsey Owings Memorial, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 440-C, Baltimore, MD, 21201), the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (, or the Chester River Association (

1997 J/30 North American Champions (L-R) Tony Rankin, Chris Conway, Betsy Prout, Gail Owings, Dorsey Owings, Sarah, Will Keyworth, Mitch Grieb (front), and Joe Krolak. Photo courtesy of Joe Krolak

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

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Chesapeake 20 Picardy #210 Best built and stiffest Chesapeake 20 w/an excellent race record. Completely refurbished. Up-to-date sails, trailer and cover. $17,000 to willing participant in Chesapeake 20 fleet. (703) 533-2815 24’ Rainbows Pick from a few donated boats for sale at Center Dock Marina, Fells Point, Baltimore. Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based nonprofit educational organization that teaches youths with experiential learning- “learning by doing.” (Several available) Best offers accepted. (410) 685-0295. 26’ MacGregor ’02  With trailer, easy mast raising system, used only one season, sleeps 6, enclosed head, 50-hp Honda, many extras, including full electronics. Sea Scouts, $13,900, Joel David (703) 587-9920,

The deadline for the Brokerage and Classified sections is the 10th of the month prior to publication (January 10 for the February issue). Contact Lucy Iliff for advertising, (410) 216-9309 or 26’ Ranger ‘72 Donated boat for sale at Center Dock Marina, Fells Point, Baltimore. Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based nonprofit educational organization that teaches youths with experiential learning- “learning by doing.” $2,000. www.livingclassrooms. org, (410) 685-0295. 27’ Cape Dory Cutter ‘79 Needs brightwork and canvas. Excellant structural shape. Yanmar in great shape. Sails need cleaning. $12,000. Location, Hartge Yacht Harbor. Contact: 410-721-9483 or 27’ Catalina ’74 Ready to race, with full set of North racing sails including spinnaker and 3 jibs. Faired keel, Baltoplate bottom, full instrumentation, 8-hp Yamaha OB. This boat has a distinguished one-design racing record on the Chesapeake Bay. $6,000. Call (410) 721-0322. 27’ Catalina ’76  Keel Sloop, good cond., 9.9-hp OB good cond., main & jib good cond., Sea Scouts $2,900 obo. Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805, or Doug Yeckley (410) 326-4291, 27’ Corsair Trimaran ‘89 $25,000 Call Jim (410) 544-3951

28’ Alerion Express ‘04, Excellent condition, Volvo-Penta saildrive, low hours, folding prop, 4’ draft, flag blue, full electronics, autopilot, cruising spinnaker, loaded. $89,900 Lewes, DE (302)598-5360

28’ Pearson ‘79 $7,500 Well maintained cruiser/sloop...Not a racer...or luxury liner… Functional with good looks; Perfect Bay boat for small families; Read review at revread.tpl?fno=499.49&id=119 33583313836494; Slip optional;; (703) 793-9054. Etchells USA 294  Ready to race w/trailer. New North light/ medium. Recent ($9K) of work done in 2003 by Ontario Yachts, Canada: Keel, rudder. $7,000. Call (410) 353-6688. 30’ Alberg ‘64  Yanmar 2GMF, Profurl RF, H/C pressure water, new propane Force 10 stove. Adler Barbour refrig. Lots of upgrades. Ready to go. Slip in Inner Harbor through March. $11,500. (443) 7172003, Beneteau 323 ‘05  AC/heat, AP, GPS, full set of instruments, bimini, VHF, stereo, in-mast furling and more. See it on www. $78,000. 32’ Rhodes Chesapeake ‘65 Classic keel cruising sloop designed by legendary Phillip Rhodes, RF, 30hp gas inbd, sleeps 4, large icebox, aluminum spars, teak trim, serviceable but needs some TLC, Sea Scouts, $1100 or assume $1100 yard bill and take over future payments, Steve Nichols, (703) 408-8247, sailnichols@hotmail. com, Steve Alexander 301- 6460805, Beneteau 343 ‘06  AC/ heat, AP, GPS, refrigeration, full set of instruments, bimini, VHF, stereo and more. See it on www. $110,000. 34’ Catalina ‘00  AC/heat, AP, GPS, windlass, bimini, refrigeration and much more. See it on www. $78,000 Call (410) 342-3110 or (443) 6686686.

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

40’ Cabo Rico NE Motorsailer ’99 50% or full sale. Optimum motorsailer w/rare performance under both power & sail. 9 knot speed, full cabin visibility, proven off-shore stability. Unique open space design, all on 2 nearly equal levels. Sleeps 6, owner’s cabin, guest stateroom. Elegant teak, wood joinery throughout. Fully outfitted for extensive, comfortable cruising. Professionally maintained. Boat now in outstanding Seattle cruising area. $348,000 or negotiable 50% interest. (360) 378-7145 42’ Tayana ’84 Vancouver Aft Cockpit Immaculate liveaboard ocean cruiser. Tons of storage. A must view at a bargain price: $80,000 Contact Don (410) 263-3370. In Annapolis.

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J/105 ’98 has earned a welldeserved reputation as the largest class of cruiser/racer sailboats in the US. This boat is immaculately kept and professionally maintained. New instruments and sails in ’07, new jib for ’10. Offered for $94,500 Robert at (410) 562-1255 or Santa Cruz 37 ’08  Sail Magazine’s 2009 “Sail Boat of the Year”. A cutting edge performance sailing boat with full interior including bunks for 6. Priced to sell at $299,000 including options, instruments and commissioning. Tate or Robert at (410) 505-4144 or Chesapeake Bay Sailing

• Deltaville, VA 23043 804-776-7575 • • Annapolis, MD 21403 410-267-8181 • Beneteaus, Beneteaus, Beneteaus!! All sizes and prices available. Great selection available in or near Annapolis. Call Dan Nardo, your Beneteau man for any info 410-267-8181 or dan@ 30’ Beneteau First 305 ‘85 Well maintained, excellent performing cruiser. Owner has continually upgraded her including new 140% Quantum genoa, bimini, sail cover, GPS/chart plotter, more. Asking $28,000. Charles (410) -267-8181 or charles@ 30’ Nonsuch 30 ‘87 Spacious 30 foot cat boat w/large cockpit, wheel steering and roomy accommodation below. Simple systems and sail plan. $64,500. Call Jonathan at (804) 436-4484 orjonathan@ 33’ Hans Christian ‘92  You won’t find a more recent model or HC33 in this cond. in the US. Brightwork refinished, black hull, loads of cruising gear, set up for liveaboard. Jonathan at (804) 436-4484 orjonathan@ 34’ Catalina Mark II ‘05 Well cared for cruiser, heat & air, furling main, autopilot, dodger / bimini, winter cover, immaculate interior. Asking $127,500 Call Paul at (410) 267-8181 or paul@ 34’ Gemini 105Mc ‘09 Brand new boat, owner selling for personal reasons. Set up for cruising including davits, full enclosure & more - go south this winter. Call Jonathan at (804) 436-4484 orjonathan@

38’ Catalina 380 ’03 Cleanest Catalina on the market! Fully equipped in “turn key” cond. Finest production sailboat in this size & price range in MidAtlantic. $149,900. Call Denise (410) 267-8181, denise@ 39’ Beneteau 393 3-cabin ’03  Gorgeous w/nice equipment. Unbelievably low price of $139,900. Finest 3-cabin production sailboat for this size/price range in the Mid-Atlantic. Won’t last long! Call Tim (410) 267-8181 or tim@ 42’ Beneteau 423 ’03 Asking only $182,900. This B-423 has been sailed very little, a true sailors dream. Owners are anxious. Best price on the Bay!! Call Dan @ (410) 267-8181. 42’ Beneteau 423 ’04 Offshore equipped & ready to go cruising/racing in bluewater. Well maintained by knowledgeable owner, ready to take her next owners to far off places. $196,000 Tim (410) 267-8181 or tim@ 43’ Elan Impression 434 ’05 Only Elan 434 on the market! Furling main, RF genoa, radar, chart plotter, GPS, AP. Perfect for the couple who demands performance & quality. $280,000. Charles (410) 267-8181, charles@ 57’ Beneteau 57 Center Cockpit ’04  Built by Beneteau France, commissioned, maintained by AYS. One owner yacht. Ready to sail. All the extra equipment you would expect. $689,000 Paul Rosen 410-267-8181, paul@

34’ Catalina ’01 Schaefer in boom furling, air, nice canvas, 4’3” draft, refrigeration, bimini top, chart plotter, AP. $98,000,, (757) 480-1073. 38’ C&C Landfall ’84  Solid capable cruising boat. 4”11” draft. new canvas, epoxy bottom. New dark blue paint job. $59,000, (757) 480-1073. 38’ Ericson ’85 Excellent cond., rebuilt dsl 20 hrs, 2005 sails, new upholstery, electric halyard winch, PHRF 132, great quality in an excellent sailing boat $64,000 Bay Harbor Brokerage (757) 4801073. 47’ Beneteau ’02  Like new cond., bow thruster, generator, air, in mast furling, custom rubrail, gennaker, 2 stateroom layout $214,900 Bay Harbor Brokerage (757) 480-1073. Deltaville, VA

804-776-9898 30’ Catalina ‘09 Wing keel. 21hp Yanmar dsl. Selden furling mast. Folding leather wrapped wheel. Electric windlass. Bimini/dodger/ connector. Cockpit cushions. $106,998. (804) 776-9898 or 31’ Catalina ‘05  Lightly used, well-equipped. FWC Universal 26hp dsl. Centerline queen berth. Roller furling main & 135% genoa w/whisker pole. $79,900. (804) 776-9898 or

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35’ Catalina ‘09 Wing keel. 30-hp Yanmar dsl. Reverse cycle AC. Furling mainsail. Ultraleather. Folding wheel. Bimini, dodger, connector. Full electronics. $189,499. (804) 776-9898 or 35’ Catalina ‘06 Well equipped & maintained with 35-hp Universal dsl, furling main & genoa. Heat & air. Full canvas. Windlass. Complete electronics. $149,900. (804) 7769898

41’ Sceptre ‘88 Cutter with inside steering station. Good sailing modified fin keel. Loaded with gear. $179,500. (410) 2690939 42’ Jeanneau DS ‘07 Superb cond! AC/heat, refrigeration, flat screen TV, leather interior, chartplotter, AP, wind/speed/depth, windlass, in-mast furling, much more $269,500 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939, www.crusaderyachts. com

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27’ S2 ’86 Well maintained, low hrs on dsl. $12,000. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059 . 28’ Cape Dory ’76  Well maintained, clean dsl engine, $ 19,500. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059.

35’ Hunter Legend 35 ’88 Very clean, new sails 2001, new GPS, AP, knot, depth, flat panel TV, Carry-on Air, dodger, bimini many recent upgrades, exceptional cond $42,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@ 36’ Catalina ’94  Very clean, full main, RF 150, dodger, bimini, Air/Heat, windlass, “L” shaped dinette $ 72,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@,

50' Beneteau '00 Owners Version - highly desirable 2 cabin, a/c, roller furling jib and main, Generator '07, Power winches, swim platform, twin helm. $265,000. (410) 269-0939

30’ Catalina ’78 Fin keel super clean and well maintained $15,750. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059. 356 Hunter ’04  In Mast Main furler super clean and well maintained $119,900. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-705.

39’ Jeanneau ‘07 Many upgrades. Ultraleather upholstery, AC/heat, 2 private staterooms, electric heads, furling mainsail & genoa, bowthruster, state-ofthe-art electronics. Like new. $188,000 (410) 269-0939 74 January 2010 SpinSheet

Able Whistler 32 ’86 Blue Water Cruiser, Ready to sail – Cutter Rig w/ dual furling gear, full, swing keel, very good cond., rebuilt Yanmar dsl, Refrigeration & more - $ 49,900 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@ 32’ Hunter Vision 32 ’90 Full canvas, Pilot, GPS, full main, RF jib, Air/Heat, refrigeration, Flat panel TV $ 42,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@

28 Albin '00 Creek cruising to fishing the Albin does it all. This beautiful flag blue boat has is very clean with low hours and new electronics. An ideal sailors' introduction to power boating. Offered at $81,900. Contact David at (410) 280-2038 or

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

37’ J/37C ‘89 This rare "C" Model of the J37 is the perfect performance cruiser and like all J Boats a great sailing boat in light and heavy air. Beautifully appointed interior and large cockpit. Lines are led aft for efficient short handed sailing or club racing. 5'draft for great Chesapeake sailing. Offered at $104,900. Contact Paul Mikulski at (410) 280-2038 or

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

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Hunter 27 '05 ............................$54,900 Albin 28 '93 ................................$58,500 Bristol Channel Cutter 28 '87. $124,900 Catalina 28 '92...........................$31,800 Telstar Trimaran 28 '08 ..........$75,000 Back Cove Hardtop 29 '06.. $171,900 Beneteau First 305 '85.............$28,000 C&C 30 '88 ................................$49,500 C&C 30 MKII '91 ......................$45,000 Catalina 30 '89...........................$26,000 Custom Gaff Rig Schooner '59..$44,000 Nonsuch Ultra 30 '89 ..............$75,900 Nonsuch 30 '87 .........................$64,500 O'Day 30 '81..............................$17,500 Pearson 30 '87...........................$37,900 Sabre 30 MKIII '86 ....................$59,000 Beneteau 31 '08...................... $129,900 Bristol 31.1 '85 ..........................$44,900 Dehler 31 '89.............................$33,000 Pearson 31 '87...........................$31,900 Beneteau 323 '04 ......................$84,500 Beneteau 323 '05 ......................$87,500 Halvorsen Island Gypsy 32 '03. $229,900 Mabry 32 '07 ........................... $149,900 Westerly Fulmar 32 '83...........$34,500 Alerion-Express 33 '08 ......... $235,000


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Hunter 376 '98 ..........................$88,500 Catalina 380 '03...................... $149,900 Morgan 38 '84............................$55,000 Pearson True North 38 '04. $299,900 Pearson True North 38 '02. $289,000 Beneteau 393 '03 ................... $139,000 Beneteau First 40.7 '00......... $159,000 C&C 121 40' 2000................. $189,000 Cal 40 '64....................................$33,000 Catalina 400 '95...................... $134,900 Hunter 40.5 '95 ...................... $109,500 Palmer Johnson NY 40 '78 .....$69,000 Hanse 400 '06......................... $199,900 Hinckley Bermuda 40 '63..... $115,000 Tashiba 40 '87......................... $185,000 Beneteau 411 '03 ................... $179,900 Lord Nelson 41' 1987 ......... $174,000 Sigma 41 '83 ...............................$89,500 Wauquiez PS 41 '07 .............. $290,000 Beneteau 423 '04 ................... $179,000 Beneteau 423 '03 ................... $182,900 Beneteau 423 '06 ................... $230,000 Catalina 42 '89...........................$99,900 Hunter 420 '02 ....................... $179,000 Whitby 42 '82............................$99,500 Elan Impressions 434 '05...... $280,000

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Young Sun 43 ' 78.....................$39,999 Beneteau 44.7 '05 .................. $259,900 Morgan 44 CC '90................. $139,900 Fuji 45 '74 ................................ $119,500 Howdy Bailey 45 '73 ............. $164,900 Peterson CC 44 '77 .............. $109,500 Beneteau 461 '01 ................... $199,000 Beneteau 461 '99 ................... $159,900 Beneteau 464 '96 ......................$98,000 Hunter 46 '02 ......................... $184,900 Tartan 4600 '95...................... $260,000 Tartan 4600 '96...................... $324,900 Beneteau 473 '02 ................... $219,900 Beneteau 473 '04 ................... $239,900 Beneteau 47.7 '04 .................. $284,900 Beneteau 47.7 '04 .................. $319,900 Franchini D/S 47 '02.............. $335,000 Marine Trader M/Y 47 '90... $169,000 Beneteau 50 '07...................... $585,000 Beneteau 500 '88 ................... $149,000 George Buehler '02..................$99,000 Ocean Alexander 50 '79 ...... $150,000 Beneteau 57 CC '04.............. $689,000 Kanter Yachts 65 '87 ............ $435,000 Franz Maas 76 '74 .................. $750,000

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Tartan 4400 2005 .......... SOLD Tartan 4300 - 2010..........NEW Tartan 4100 1996 ....... 235,000 Tartan 4100 c/b 1996. 225,000 Tartan 40 1988 ........... 110,000 C&C121 2004............. 249,000 C&C 115 2009 ................NEW C&C 115 2005 ........... 175,000 Tartan 3800 1996 ....... 149,000 Tartan 3700ccr 2008 .......NEW Tartan 3700 2007 ....... 239,000 Tartan 3700 2000 ....... 190,000


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C&C 110 2004 ........... 159,000 C&C 110 2000 ........... 120,000 Tartan 3500 1997 ....... 127,000 Tartan 3500 1995 ....... 119,900 Beneteau 343 2006 ..... 114,000 C&C 1980 c/b ................CALL Tartan 3400 c/b 2008......NEW Tartan 3400 2006 ....... 169,900 Bavaria 32 2005 .......... 107,000 C&C 99 2004.............. 124,000 C&C 99 2004.............. 129,000 Quest 30 1996 ............... 79,000


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39' Pearson '77 A classic K/CB yawl. This recently surveyed boat will turn heads. With AC, refer and new sails she's ready to take you to the Bahamas and beyond. A good value with recent price reduction. Offered at $49,900. Contact David at (410) 280-2038 or

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

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

Kate and Bernie of RogueWave specialize in high quality, bluewater sailing vessels! We have great offerings and great spring deals. Let us help you find your dream boat! Call today for your appointment!

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View boats online 25’ Cape Dory ’78 “Doo Dah Day Quantum Sails, RF, 2004 6 HP Four Stroke OB, Great Day Sailor, Clean in very good cond., Price Reduced: $7,950 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457, 27’ Cape Dory ’79  Auriana 8 HP Yanmar dsl. RF, Quantum Sails Asking: $14,900 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457,

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37’ Tayana Pilothouse Cutter ’83 Extremely capable offshore cruiser. She has been well maintained and upgraded appropriately. The seller has reduced her to $79,900 and is willing to listen to offers. OBYS (410) 226-0100.

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36’ Allied Princess Cutter ’79 Courtship is a lovely, well maintained & nicely outfitted vessel. Rare Cutter Rig, 40HP dsl engine, dodger, bimini, 4’6” draft etc. Excellent Bahama or island live-aboard. Asking $48,900 OBYS (410) 226-0100.

33’ Cape Dory Sloop ’81 Original owner boat that has only been sailed on the Chesapeake Bay. Draft 4’10”, Volvo dsl engine, Hood RF for head sail, Lewmar winches, mail, jib & genoa. She is lightly equipped but the Cape Dory is known for being a very capable cruiser. This is an honest vessel. Asking $33,000 OBYS(410) 2260100.

28’ Pearson Triton ’64 “Shearwater” Meticulously restored and in immaculate cond. A Real Museum Piece. Too many custom features to list. Must see to believe. Review pictures on our web page. Asking: $19,950 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 7584457. 31’ Hunter ‘85 Outrageous 18 HP Yanmar dsl, GPS/chartplotter/sounder, Many features. Asking: $14,950 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457, 35.5 Hunter Legend ’88 Ladybug 27 HP Yanmar dsl, A/CHeat Pump, Ref, Auto Helm, RF, dodger, bimini, Many features. Price Reduced: $39,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-7584457,

37’ Hunter Legend ’87 Ready to go cruising, all the extras like radar, chartplotter auto helm, AC/ HT, ref/fr, RF and much more, Asking: $57,900 Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457 www.

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

Hallberg Rassy 39 Sloop ’00 Lovely Frers design that sails like a dream. Well equipped for offshore work. $329K RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955.

Bristol Channel Cutter 28 ’95 Sam L Morse, Lyle Hess BCC28 equipped to the max for world cruising complete refit in 07 stem to stern, new rigging, new electronics, diesel heat, water maker,… Choose from several! $124K to $199K (410) 571-2955 32’ Contessa ‘07 The mold was resurrected to build this classic bluewater vessel. No expense spared in getting the finest mahogany and the best shipwrights of England. She cost over $350K to build. A must have perfect little gem of a cruiser. $175K RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955.

31’ O’Day ’86 $24,900 Ready to go. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 32’ Catalina ’98  Very clean and ready to sail. $69,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 35’ Island Packet ’89 $119,000 New Listing! Call for details. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

42 Valiant ‘95 Rare pullman layout with aft head and massive storage. Well equipped and well cared for. $295K (410) 571-2955

30’ Catalina ’87 $33,000 Nice, clean boat. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

35’ O’Day ’87 New listing $37,000. A great cruising boat. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 38’ Morgan 382 ’81  $50,000 Completely equipped for offshore cruising. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 40’ Palmer Johnson ’78 Traditional ocean racer, ready to go. $59,900 Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 42’ Endeavour Center Cockpit ’85  This world cruiser has many recent upgrades. At $109,000 she is a good value. Sailing Associates (410) 2758171.

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

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

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

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

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

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

See full specs and photos at Yacht Basin Co. 2 Compromise St., Annapolis, MD 21401 | Phone: 410.268.1611 | Fax: 410.268.0017 | Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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50’ Gulfstar ’77 World cruiser! $114,000 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.


SAILBOAT SALES LEADER Knot 10 Yacht Sales continues to grow! We are looking to take our success and expand our efforts into the Sailboat arena. To do that we need an aggressive self starter that is ready to meet the challenge and manage this new division. Experience in Sailboat sales up to 60’ desired. For the right individual this will provide a unique and lucrative opportunity. Please send resume to or contact Gary at (410) 279-2539.

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21 Elor 6.5 meter (1985) a Paul Elvstrom design very seaworthy. 12 sails including 4 spinakers. Newly upholstered. $1,200 22 Hunter (1984) keel model. 2 Mains, r/f jib, 8 hp Electric start Longshaft 4cycle Tohatsu ob, autohelm. Good condition $2,000 23 ft Spirit (1979) Keel/cb sloop. Pop-top cabin (6’2” standing headroom) Main,Jib, Genoa, Stove, anchor, 9.9 hp long shaft Evinrude OB, EZ Loader dual axle trailer (boat weighs 2800 lbs) $2,500 25 Cal (1970) Recent Main, Genny, w.jib, Spinnaker, Bimini, s/s grill, 9.9 hp OMC Yachttwin OB. In sound condition, ready to go $1,200 Pacificana 25 (1975) Traditional style sailboat, with long overhangs and low freeboard. O/B. Main and roller furling jib. Fresh bottom paint. Sound boat. Ready to sail., $1,500 25 Whitby (1964) New standing & running rigging, rudder, toe rail, life lines, reinforced stanchions, much more. Fresh bottom paint. $5,000 27 C&C 27 (1971) w/Atomic 4, Main, R/F Genoa, Jib, Bimini. $4,500 Frers 30 (1987) Racing sails. Diesel. Needs a little work. A gem for a racing syndicate startup. $8,000 30 Tartan (1975) Atomic 4. Recent Main & 150 RF Genoa. 135 jib, working jib, and storm jib; 2 spinnakers. Wheel and AP, Dodger, small inflatable dinghy, ground tackle. $8,000 31 Allman (1983) Universal diesel. Roller furling. Roomy shoal-draft cruising sloop., $12,000

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

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28’ Southern Cross ’80 Professionally built by Ryder Yachts “Archangel” is a little Gem! 120 hrs on recent Yanmar. Great shape…NOW $27,500 Call us: (410) 639-9380

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45’ Jeanneau SO ‘06 Stars and Stripe Blue 2 cabin version, LD $279,000 loaded withSOgear… Contact : Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380,

38’ Cabo Rico Cutter ‘85 Beautiful “B” Layout, light and airy. Costa Rican built capable cruiser, Loaded with gear and ready to go… $99,000 (410) 639-9380

C&C 99 ‘04 BZing Race and Cruise equipped. Lovingly cared for by original owner. Many updates, newer sails, AP, refer, GPS plotter, carbon rig, epoxy hull & Transferable Warranty - asking $129,000 Contact Mike Titgemeyer or (410) 703-7986 cell - This is a great value over 180k to replace her. Two boat owner, Offers encouraged! Bavaria 32 ‘05 Irresistible Coming in on Trade - Like New - One owner. Professionally maintained and updated. ChartPlotter,AutoPilot, Air Conditioning, Windlass, Furling Mast, Dodger, Bimini, Cockpit Cushions, TV/DVD - Add Nothing, go Cruising! Open Layout, Cherry Interior, Volvo Saildrive! Asking $107, 000 - Call Mike Titgemeyer to get aboard. (410) 703-7986.

38’ Morgan 384 ‘83 Wonderful Morgan built Ted Brewer design, lovingly cared for and ready to see the world……$ 99,000 Call us: (410) 639-9380, www.saltyachts. com

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Beneteau 343 ’06 GodSpeed -Our Trade - One owner boat that is in like new condition. Bimini, AutoPilot, Radar, Plotter, Air Conditioning, Windlass & More. Freshwater only /Lightly used – New bottom paint, ready to cruise in comfort! – Call Mike Titgemeyer (410) 703-7986 or mike@ - asking $114,000 – Make an offer! Tartan 40 ‘88 - Sweet Inshore of Offshore cruiser. Needs a good cleaning and a few updates. Beautiful Tartan quality and dependability. If you want a great sailing boat, capable of your offshore adventure, then you’ll want to take a look at this one! Contact Scott Dodge (410) 703-0263 or Asking ONLY $110,000 or make an offer today!

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

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


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

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

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

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28' Albin Flush Deck ’04 Only 506 hours use, indoor lift stored in a boathouse for the past four years! Located in St. Simons, Georgia. Priced below current comps at $95,900. 100’s of Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell

28’ Laser Hull #237 ‘87 Tiggerific is well maintained and race or day sail ready with a full inventory of racing and delivery sails. Running rigging recently updated. 10 hp dsl Bukh engine. New lifelines and cushions in ‘08. New speed, depth and wind instruments in ’04. Just hauled for bottom cleaning and re-zinc of saildrive. $18,900. Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime

29 Chaparral Signature ’05 Lots of custom features including a 10K custom hard top, salon upgrades. Twin Volvo 270hp gas engines w/very low hours. Extended warranty on boat and engines until 2010. Like New! $79,950. All reasonable offers encouraged. Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime

41’ Morgan Classic ‘88 Adastra is well outfitted with generator in full sound enclosure, AC/Heat, chart plotter, 2 sets interior upholstery, fully battened main, new running rigging, windlass. Creature comforts include flatscreen TV, DVD, WiFi antenna and cockpit bug screens. A must see! $100,000. Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime

TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY 30’ Pearson Flyer ’81 FAST! Good cond., rebuilt dsl, good sail inventory. $2,500 below lowest book value at $9,999. Call Robert (757) 876-5829,

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37’ Tartan ‘76 Circumnavigator, SSB, radar, autopilot, wind, solar, frig, ‘08 FB mainsail, Profurl, hot water, inverter. Missing centerboard, previous owner broke, removed, glassed over, still sweet sailing S&S design. 39,000 jcdefoe52@yahoo. com, (301) 974-2620

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DELIVERIES Delivery Captain Local and long-distance, sail and power. Twenty years experience with clean insurance-approved resume and references available. Recent trips include Chesapeake: from Long Island, to Bermuda, from Miami, to Caribbean and trans-Atlantic. Contact Simon Edwards – (410) 212-9579, Delivery USCG Captain and ASA Instructor. Intracoastal waterway or transport your boat by truck or tow your trailer, I-95 corridor. Call Captain Alberto (703) 8984723


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

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SpinSheet and PropTalk Seek a collegeaged writer for a winter 2009/2010 unpaid internship. Writing, sailing, and/or powerboating experience preferred. 6-8 hours in the Annapolis office per week, with an end-of-semester stipend. Send resumes and 2-3 writing samples to


Graphic Design Advertising Traffic PropTalk and SpinSheet magazines are looking for a graphic designer with excellent organization. If you have experience in Illustrator, Photoshop, DreamWeaver, and InDesign and designing print and web marketing, advertising, and promotional pieces, this is the job for you. Boating experience on the Chesapeake a plus. Send resume to No calls please.

Alexseal Yacht Coatings............... 20 Annapolis Accommodations......... 60 Annapolis Bay Charters................ 47


Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard.......... 9



Sailboat Sales Leader Wanted Knot 10 Yacht Sales continues to grow! We are looking to take our success and expand our efforts into the Sailboat arena. To do that we need an aggressive self-starter who is ready to meet the challenge and manage this new division. Experience in Sailboat sales up to 60’ desired. For the right individual this will provide a unique and lucrative opportunity. Please send your resume to garyb@ or contact Gary at (410) 279-2539.

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Annapolis Inflatables.................... 16 Annapolis Performance Sailing.. 67,69 Annapolis Sailing Fitness............. 14 Annapolis School of Seamanship... 5 Annapolis Yacht Sales............. 30,75 Bacon & Associates...................... 11 Baltimore Boat Show.................... 27

Madden Masts & Rigging in need of experienced riggers. We offer competitive wages and benefits. Please e-mail resumes to or fax (410) 280-2751.

Riggers Wanted Need a great job? Atlantic Spars & Rigging is looking for experienced sailboat riggers to join our staff. We offer competitive pay, benefits & vacation. Send resume to marc@ or call (410) 268-1570.


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Editor PropTalk Magazine is in search of an editor. Candidate must have loads of powerboat and writing experience. Must love boating and the Chesapeake Bay and be interested in attending boating events all over the Chesapeake. Management and organizational experience a must. Please send resume and letter to

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Center Dock Marina...................... 78 Coastal Climate Control.................. 8 Coastal Properties........................... 4


Coppercoat USA........................... 38 CRAB...................................... 78, 85


Cruising Rally Association........... 52

Specializing in bottom cleaning and zinc changes.

Crusader Yacht Sales.................... 79

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David Virtue.................................. 27 Defender Industries....................... 20

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MARINE SERVICES Complete Underwater Services

Diversified Marine........................ 51 Doctor LED................................... 29 Eastport Yacht Company.............. 65 Euro Marine Trading, Inc............. 63 Fair Wind Sailing School.............. 28




Deltaville Boatyard.................. 24,25



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Mooring Installation & Service Underwater Maintenance & Repair

Bosun Yacht Services, LLC For your standing & running rigging needs. Rigging inspections performed. Contact Dave at (410) 533-0458 or See www. for more information.

Fawcett Boat Supplies................... 17 Herrington Harbour....................... 31 Hotwire Enterprises...................... 18

Inner Harbor EAST....................... 52

Shrink Wrapping & Winterization Diversified Marine Service. Inc.

J. Gordon & Co............................. 38


J/World.......................................... 31 JR Overseas Company.................. 54 Kelly’s Caribbean Bar................... 61

EASTPORT YACHT SALES Brokers for Quality Power & Sail


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Landfall Navigation...................... 87

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Madden Masts & Rigging............. 54


Martek Davits................................ 54 National Hospice Regatta............. 64 Nilsen Insurance & Financial........ 59 North Point Yacht Sales................ 13 North Sails Chesapeake.................. 3 North Sails............................... 39,49

West Systems • MAS Epoxy

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North Sails Direct......................... 46

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Your online source for quality pre-owned sails!


Norton’s Yacht Sales.................... 79 Ocean Options............................... 59 Pettit Marine Paint Vivid.............. 56 Planet Hope................................... 30 Pride of Baltimore II..................... 61 Pro Valor Charters........................ 47 Quantum........................................ 88

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At Herrington Harbour North

Refrigeration Parts Solution.......... 55 RogueWave Yacht Brokerage....... 76

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Singles on Sailboats, Inc............... 62


Call for Special $$ Saving Packages

Porpoise Sailing Services


UK-Halsey Sailmakers.................... 7 Vane Brothers............................... 64


Walczak Yacht Sales..................... 77



West Marine.................................. 53



Caribbean Big Boat Racing Race aboard Swan 48 Avocation. Heineken, BVI, Antigua. Podium finish not guaranteed, but possible. New Sails!. One week includes accommodations. Discount for 3 or more crew. Call 1-800-4-PASSAGe, 84 January 2010 SpinSheet

Stur-Dee Boat Company............... 55

Tartan C&C Yachts....................... 76

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15’ Up to 60’ Deep-Water Slips On the Magothy. One river north of Annapolis. Easy access to marina by Route 100. North Shore Marina (410) 255-3982. 20’ - 40’ Slips, Pier 4 Marina  301 4th St., Eastport, across from Annapolis Yacht Club. Keep your boat where the Hinckley and Sabre dealers keep theirs. Electric, water, & showers. (410) 990-9515. 28’ - 38’ Slips Power & sail, cozy & intimate MD Clean Marina, Deale, MD. Great boating & fishing, protected harbor, free Wi-Fi & pumpout, 30 mins. from DC. (410) 867-7919, www.



28’ - 40’ Deep Water Slips On Middle River/Hopkins Creek. Easy access off Rt. 702. Gated parking, rest rooms. Hilltop Marina (410) 780-3773,

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

30’ - 35’ Slips Available Annapolis City Marina, Ltd. in the heart of Eastport. Includes electric, water, restrooms with showers, and gated parking. Give us a call at (410) 268-0660, Don’t Pay Annapolis Rates this Winter  Winter storage $3/foot/month. $90 minimum. $12/foot HWBL. In-water storage open and covered up to 50 feet LOA. Full-service BY or DIY. Winterization, sail & battery storage, variety of services: brightwork, shrinkwrap, ask us! 7-foot depth. 30-T TraveLift. (804) 4723955, Tired of Paying Too Much For crowded Solomons? Come join others who switched to the open waters of the Potomac. Deepwater slips, covered slips, Jet Ski & boat lifts, ramp. Breton Bay area, Leonardtown, MD. Combs Creek Marina (301) 475-2017, www.

SURVEYORS ABYI Marine Surveyors, LLC Sailboat & powerboat surveys, big or small, gas or dsl. Contact Derek Rhymes, NAMS-CMS and SAMS A.M.S. (410) 268-4404 or toll-free (866) 6084404. Accredited Marine Surveyor  Capt. Jon Sheller, AMS, established 1980, serving MD/ DC/VA, SAMS & ABYC accredited. Power & Sail, Gas & Diesel. Pre-Purchase, Insurance, Finance, Corrosion, (410) 349-7016, jons2011@aol. com


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

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Edmund A. Cutts Sr. (1927 to 2009)

ere in Chesapeake Bay Country, we did not know of Ed Cutts until 1964 when he arrived at Oxford, MD from New York and—with his partner John M. Case—took over the boatyard of Ralph Wiley. It did not take long, however, before we were aware that Ed was a highly competent and innovative designer and builder of small craft, both power and sail. Early on, Ed had become interested in small craft, and after a normal schooling, he enrolled in a Brooklyn Navy Yard Apprentice Program through the New York Maritime School. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he focused on learning all of the skills necessary for the design and construction of small craft. Ed found his way to City Island, NY, which at that time was a center for top-quality yacht construction. One of the yards where he was employed was that of Henry B. Nevins, where many yachts designed by Olin Stephens had been built since the 1930s. Nevins built the Stephens-designed 12-metre Columbia for the successful 1958 defense of the America’s Cup and continued to be a builder of choice for Cup defenders until 12-metres were no longer used for that competition. Ed served in all departments at Nevins and worked with Nils Halverson, the head lofts man there for many years. Ed had selected his mentors well and had a long-term relationship with L. Francis Herreshoff of Marblehead, MA, who at that time was a most respected designer of unusually attractive, light, and able sailing yachts. Among the many yachts of his design that Ed admired was the 72-foot ketch Ticonderoga. Ed later had his own business of designing and building small craft at Locust Valley, NY and then came the opportunity to take over the Ralph Wiley yard at Oxford, which became Cutts and Case, Inc. This is where Ed could really develop the type of boats for which he is known today, and he did so there for 45 years. Wood was the material of choice for construction, and Ed was ever alert to the development of adhesives and procedures that would be suitable for boatbuilding. Ed would say that if a boat was built of wood

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to his standards, there would be no development of rot in the wood. In our experience after all of these years, this was true. Early on, his boat hulls were planked with the strip-planked edge glued and nailed system, and all of the fastenings were of a respected bronze alloy. Later he found that sometimes the wood could deteriorate near some of the bronze due to galvanic action, and he decided to not use any metal at all in the construction of the hull. He developed a system that used Kevlar cords and epoxy to hold it all together. This was known as “the Cutts Method,” and the result was a strong hull with less weight. Ed had no tolerance at all for any unnecessary weight in a boat, because it interfered with the boat’s performance under sail or power. The well-managed boatyard permitted Ed and his wife, Maggie, to raise three children in a colonial era house that was right next to the boatyard itself. Although boats were his dominant interest other then his family, Ed Sr. was an active airplane pilot, a collector and rider of vintage motorcycles, and a collector of nautical hardware such as anchors, bells, and saluting cannons. He was an enthusiastic Bible student and believed that Jesus of Nazareth, besides working as a carpenter with Joseph, built and repaired boats for fishing and transportation on the Sea of Galilee. Ed observed that of the original 12 disciples, four were fishermen. Perhaps

200 persons gathered on a bright, clear, and brisk day at the Oxford cemetery November 21. Ed was laid alongside Maggie after a graveside service and military honors by the U.S. Navy. The grave site is just across Town Creek from the Cutts and Case Boatyard, where Ed can still keep an eye on what is going on. Ed was preceded in death by his wife. They are survived by their three children: Edmund A. Cutts, Jr., Linda C. Featherman, and Ronnie Cutts. Ed Jr. and Ronnie were brought up working at the boatyard, and they are going to continue to operate the yard.

Ed Cutts this summer. Photo by John Bildahl, who says, “My mom, Marilyn Bildahl, is buried in the same cemetery as Ed Cutts. They have the same view.”


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