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68 Up at the Peake: The Upper Bay

Sailing Scene

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49 A Mad Scientist’s Guide to

Being a Better Friend to the Bay by Cindy Wallach

24 Anchoring Out for the Fourth of July 26 Fathers’ Day Gifts 45 Sailing Alone But Not Quite Around the

World by Andy Schell 46 Goodbye to My Last Boat by Brendan Donegan 52 Cool for Cats: Eye on the Bay by Wendy Daunheimer ON THE COVER: Despite the May showers, Peter Kou, Project Director for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), prepares for a day of sailing in CRAB Cup at Annapolis YC. A full report of this regatta will be in the July SpinSheet. Photo by Mark Duehmig/

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71 Chesapeake Racing Beat: NOOD Regatta, J/24 Worlds, Annapolis to Newport, and more...

89 Annapolis Performance Sailing Spotlight: Chip Thayer 90 CBYRA Traveler

78 Fast Sailing: the High School and

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What the HUll?

ast July, I was lucky enough to take photographs of the start of the Sail for Kids Regatta from the sunny top deck of the Baltimore Harbor Light, in front of which the boats start their annual race to Baltimore. Other than the fact that I was on top of a 100-year-old lighthouse, mid-restoration, nothing else about the day was unusual. The light to moderate breeze felt good, especially from the “lantern deck” 55 feet above the water. On land, it was hot. Boat names and crew’s faces came into focus as they passed close by the light with a smile and wave. As the first start drew near, a multihull passed by—a sleek, spaceship-like thing. Then, another one. It wasn’t an unusual race start. Boats mulled about, tacked, passed again, and waited for their moment to cross the line. Along came another multihull, then two. Trimaran, catamaran. I thought it was the same four boats rotating by, but then I started to count. There were 14 multihulls in the race. Fourteen. More boats than in any other class. I always walk the docks at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, including the ever-expanding multihull “village.” I get press releases and follow sailing trends all day long. Somehow, that moment on the lighthouse deck brought the multihull trend into my backyard and the forefront of my mind for the first time. Much like when one of your friends buys the first Prius you’ve ever seen, and then every third car on the road is suddenly a Prius, I see multihulls. Truth be told, I see spaceships. Floating condos. I have yet to experience one and so still only have their looks to go by. This spring, SpinSheet’s production manager Cory Deere took a charter vacation with his family on a 47-foot catamaran through Footloose Charters out of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. It was his first trip to the islands as well as his first catamaran adventure (read more on page 54). That he could adjust a line in 20-knots of wind and then come back to an unspilled drink was a revelation for him. Chesapeake Bay Sailing

Eastport YC member Pete Chambliss and his wife Janie first encountered multihull sailing on a charter in St. Martin. Pete says, “We were surprised by how stable it was.” In 2003, the couple bought a Fountaine Pajot 43 called Dreamweaver, which is docked at their home on the Severn River. Citing easy boat handling, especially as the couple sails into their 60s, Pete says, “If you’re doing long distance cruising, at the end of the day you’re not as tired because the deck stays flat. You don’t spend a lot of time bracing yourself. You also don’t waste so much money on spilled drinks.” Anyone who sails on the West River knows that not all catamarans are floating cocktail party platforms. Some fly by so quickly, you don’t know what the heck they are. Keith Chapman, the “minister of propaganda” for the West River Catamaran Racing Association (WRCRA, wrcra. org) sails a Nacra 20, one of two one-

design classes, the other being the A-Cat, racing out of West River SC. Along with the nearly 30 cats at the club, other racing cats are welcome to join open-class handicapped races on Tuesday nights. Chapman says, “It’s a vehicle for someone to bring even an old Hobie from the backyard and join in to see if they like it. We like new sailors if anyone wants to come out and play.” Chapman just returned from the Tybee 500 Extreme Catamaran Race, a six-day, 500-mile race from Islamorada, FL to Tybee Island, GA (See page 52). After a rocky attempt in 2007—family flu, don’t ask—Chapman and Alec Daunheimer finished their first race May 16. Still buzzing with excitement, he says, “There were days when we hit 19.5 knots, and it was kind of grueling to be doubletrapped and flying the spinnaker that many days in a row.” Although we were on the phone, I could hear him smile, even as he described how bruised his rear end was and how strange “re-entry” into life felt after such an exhilarating experience. The extremes in the multihull world aren’t so different from the monohull one. Some sailors have the need for speed and a certain self-flagellation; some like to sip rum on deck undisturbed by bothersome waves. Surely, there are sailors in the middle of the spectrum. It seems as if multihull sailors have a twinkle in their eyes when they talk sailing. You get the impression they don’t care if you think they sail spaceships or condos; they’re not going back. It’s intriguing. This summer, I’ve resolved to try both lazily cocktailing on a fat cat trampoline and (yes, I am scared) racing out on the wire. I promise to report my findings from the foreign land of hulls… as long as you multihull sailors promise to stay in touch with SpinSheet by sending us photos and stories about your cruising and racing adventures up and down the Bay.

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SpinSheet Readers Write…


Grazie, Molto Bene

olto Bene sends a huge thanks for this year’s SpinSheet Crew Listing Party April 19. As always, great party, great people, and we always find valuable crew members. This year’s party was our savior! Molto Bene went to the Caribbean for the winter, and it was time to come back home to the Chesapeake. Last-minute cancellations had left us without crew—life happens! We were not looking forward to the 1400-mile trip with just the two of us, but we could do it. We asked everyone if they wanted ocean time and everyone said, “Yes, but…” they had racing, life, jobs, surgeries, always something. We kept asking at the Crew Listing Party, and we found our needed crew. Keith said, “Yes.” He got on a plane with us two days later and proved to be a very valuable and fun crew member. The eight-day, 1400-mile passage was a great experience for us all, and with one more talented SpinSheet crew member, a safe and pleasant trip! Thanks SpinSheet for introducing us to Keith! Richard Ewing and Idarae Prothero Molto Bene Annapolis



on Horton, Phil Barbalace, and Mike Wall prepare to sail north with the Atlantic Cup Rally from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands to Annapolis May 3. To learn more about the event, visit carib1500. com. Photo by Joe Kiparski Editor’s Note: Lately we’ve received a number of photos of far-flung Bay sailors holding up their copies of SpinSheet with stories about how they shared the magazine with distant sailing friends, old and new. We love this trend! Keep the photos and stories coming! ~M.W.

SpinSheet Spotlight:

Molly Winans


eet SpinSheet’s “new” editor, Molly Winans. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Molly sailed as a kid on Lake Erie with family friends and learned to sail as a teen during summer camp in Michigan. There, she met her first love, an E-Scow. After a junior year in Paris, she graduated from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and earned a Masters from the University of Rhode Island. On a whim, she settled in historic Annapolis (20 years ago this fall) and began making friends… fast. A wrong turn on her first week here led to a spot on the Boat Show crew and an eight-year stint as a weekend instructor for Annapolis Sailing School, where she met SpinSheet’s founding editor, Dave Gendell. In between “real jobs” teaching English and French at George Washington University and Anne Arundel Community College and in sales for marketing and publishing firms, she wrote free-lance articles for local magazines. In 1996, her first SpinSheet

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y morning ritual on the day the new SpinSheet arrives involves a long breakfast at a local deli, where I read cover to cover about local events and the adventures of fellow sailors… Now, the time has come for our

article earned her the promise of a T-shirt. Molly began writing regularly for SpinSheet in 2003, became a full-time editor in 2006, and took the top editor position in January 2008. “I always wanted to be a writer but was unsure how to make it a career. I’ve been very lucky,” she says. “Working here is a match in every way. My professional experiences trained me for the job, and my passion for sailing, writing, and teaching came together here.” In her spare time, Molly bikes, walks, reads, and paints. The first public showing of her artwork will be at Art Between the Creeks June 5. “So much information comes at me all day long; it’s sometimes hard to focus. Painting has been therapeutic, taking me out of the ‘thinking zone’ and into the ‘visual zone.’” She also volunteers at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Annapolis Community Boating. “Loving a job can change your life. I look forward to getting into the office, I enjoy walking home from work and seeing my friends along the way, and I love getting out on the water. Being on the trapeze again last year on a Chesapeake 20 was a rush! I plan on sailing with the class more this summer. I’m never sailing as much as I want to.” Thanks, Molly, for being SpinSheet’s skipper. —Ruth Christie

SpinSheet editor Molly Winans with her three nieces, Annika, Britta, and Mia, on spring break in April.

own adventure. This summer, our family (my wife, and our five-year-old daughter, and I) will be moving aboard our Bristol 45 Rachabel for a year-long adventure. Summer in the Bay and this fall, the ICW, Bahamas, and points south. We are actively looking to touch base with other cruising families with young children (ages four to seven) who are also planning to head south with the snowbirds this fall. Please feel free to contact me:   PS: I’m so glad SpinSheet will be online, so we won’t miss an issue! Chris Neumann and Family Annapolis

The Name Game, Take #18 Last month, BoatU.S. came out with its annual list of Top 10 Boat Names (and What They May Tell You About the Boats’ Owners). BoatU.S., shorthand for the Boat Owner’s Association of the U.S., the national advocate for recreational boaters, has been tracking boat names since 1991. We here at SpinSheet have been tracking its list for 14 of those years. We

must admit that the 18th annual list reads much like the 17th annual list, featuring such boat names as Seas the Day, Summer Daze, Aquaholic, and Wind Seeker. They’re cute

What We Meant To Say… When his mother called to say, “Congratulations, Mr. Hamilton” to Alex Harrison in regards to his promotion with Hanse Yachts U.S., we learned that we had spelled his name incorrectly on page 24 of the May SpinSheet. We apologize to Mr. Harrison and his mom for the mistake. At least we got his e-mail right: ~M.W. In her “Where We Sail” column in March, Kim Couranz offered a SpinSheet T-shirt to the first reader to send a digital photo of the first 2009 Osprey sighting. Rege Becker sent this beauty on March 8, a week earlier than last year’s winner. He writes: “We were out sailing on the Patuxent River near Solomons Island and saw our first Osprey. It was dining on freshly caught fish, sitting on daymark #11, just north of the Route 4 Bridge.”

names, but (yawn) we’ve been down this creek before. After reading the list and a bonus list of humorous boat names, including at least one or two to make you smile or wince (O-SeaD and Stocks-and-Blonds), it occurred to us that we know Bay sailors and our readers pretty well. We can do better than that! Please send us your favorite or your funniest Chesapeake Bay sailboat name—preferably with a digital photo of the boat itself—by July 10, and we’ll send a SpinSheet T-shirt to the top three best Bay boat name contributors. ~M.W.

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Dock Talk School’s Out for Summer: Sailstice 2009 by Ruth Christie


Happy hour on the West River, Solstice 2008. Photo by Greg Sapp and Scott Robinson

enders and mooring lines, check. Appetizers and anchors, check. Guest list and ice, check. These are the tricks of the raft-up trade you’ll need on the longest day of the year. Not to be outdone by celebrations in other parts of the globe, the Chesapeake Bay’s waters will be hopping with raft-ups, regattas, and parties to celebrate the Summer Sailstice June 20-21. The fun event is all about celebrating freedom, nature, and adventure! From Havre de Grace to Alexandria, VA, sailors will flock to rendezvous with their friends on the Severn, South, Patuxent, and Potomac Rivers, as well as other parts of the Bay. “Official” events have been planned by various clubs (Singles on Sailboats, Sailing Chavurah, and Flying Scot Fleet 42 in the South River, to name a few), yacht clubs (Baltimore YC, Georgetown YC, Lord Calvert YC, and Maryland YC, for starters), and other groups, including the Mariner Sailing School in Alexandria, VA and Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy, Inc. in Havre de Grace. But, other unofficial raft-ups and parties will crop up; they always do. It’s a great excuse to get away from it all in the summer sun. Sailing with friends, summer breezes, and prize-laden parties. Happy hours and treasure hunts, food and music, regattas and contests, swimming and games… See anything you like? The event’s mothership, the main event website (, provides an almost

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Womanship and Annapolis Bay Charters (ABC) will host a Father’s Day BareBoat Prep Fest at ABC. ABC’s Scott Farquaharson and Womanship’s Suzanne Pogell will introduce you to bareboat chartering prep from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Four free, handson sails led by Womanship’s USCG licensed instructors will embark from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-register at

Womanship and ABC have each donated a boat and an instructor to help lead Annapolis Community Boating’s free sails from noon to 4 p.m. at Annapolis City Dock.

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endless array of “what-to-do” options. Enter for a chance to win one of more than 300 sailing prizes, including a one-week Moorings charter in the BVI, cool sailing gear, fame and glory, and more. is hosting a bunch of contests, including best photo, best story, biggest and best event, most crew, longest distance sailed, and largest fish caught under sail. You can also support the “Around the Americas” adventure of the conservation group Sailors for the Sea by pledging funds for every mile they sail during the Summer Sailstice weekend. Be creative; it’s your party. To learn more and sign up, visit Also see page 57 for our cruising clubs’ plans for the Sailstice, and send your stories and photos from this year to

Solstice fun off Galesville 2008. Photo by Greg Sapp and Scott Robinson

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New Coalition for a Cleaner Chesapeake


are we hope? On May 20, more than 50 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of members and activists from throughout the Chesapeake watershed launched a new coordinated campaign to push for stronger federal action on restoring the Bay. Opportunities to improve water quality at the federal level include implementing President Obama’s recent Executive Order related to Chesapeake Bay restoration. “It’s exciting to see federal-level action to protect the Chesapeake Bay that complements the extensive local efforts by coalition members,” says Eliza Smith Steinmeier, executive director of the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper. “Our hope is that our strong coalition voice will drive policy changes and increased enforcement in the Bay region.” “Each day, dirt washes off of construction sites into our local streams and rivers, choking the life out of our waterways. Bay grasses, blue crabs, fish, birds, frogs, and other river critters suffer the consequences of sediment pollution. To help, you can get some training and volunteer for Get the Dirt Out Chesapeake led by the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, in partnership with the Jones Falls Watershed Association,” adds Steinmeier. Learn how to identify and report construction pollution to your local Waterkeeper June 2 at the Herring Run Watershed Association in Baltimore and June 18 at the Center for Watershed Protection in Ellicott City, MD. Both sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. For more details and to register, visit


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DOCKTALK These Two Have a Lot of (Reusable) Baggage


f you’ve ever felt strange taking your Whole Foods reusable shopping bag into Trader Joe’s or found yourself not even thinking about taking a reusable grocery bag with you while shopping at West Marine, two Annapolis sailors have come up with a solution for you. Kate and Chris Charbonneau recommend easily stowable Joey Totes. Working much like light windbreakers that are stowable in their own pockets, the lightweight bags come in two sizes (a large can fit four shoeboxes in it; a small, two shoeboxes). Both sizes can hold a couple of totes so that lugging three reusable bags around only requires one scrunch-able pouch about as long as a dollar bill. With the annoyance of “loud” logos on grocery bags in mind, the Char-

bonneaus designed the bags in a quiet slate grey with a small logo. “Our message is less about convincing people to use reusable bags and more about getting people who already use them to quit forgetting them,” says Chris, who admits the idea was spawned by the couple going to the grocery store and too often leaving their trove of reusable bags at home. The neutral color and logo should make the bags easier to take into a clothing or marine store to further cut down plastic bag use. Joey Totes are made of rip-stop nylon, common in outdoor apparel, durable enough to carry more than 35 pounds each. The rugged material will last for years, ensuring the replacement of thousands of plastic bags in each bag’s lifetime.

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team of aspiring naval architects and systems engineers at USNA participated in the fourth annual Sailbot Competition May 11-13. The event merges cutting edge robotic engineering with tried-and-proven sailing dynamics with a goal of developing a small, autonomous craft that is fast, navigationally accurate, and able to set sail on its own. The Midshipmen faced a challenge developing a boat that thinks for itself and automatically responds to conditions. Over the course of two years, the students designed and built rigs, sails, keels, rudders, and hulls; solved stability and down flooding problems; developed robust control systems; and went from theory and towtank experimentation to actually launching two autonomous sailboats. The competition featured five boats from three schools from the United States, Canada, and England, two of them from USNA, which captured first and second. “The event was an improvement over last year,” says Paul Miller, event chair, who

teaches naval architecture at USNA. “The boats were significantly improved—more durable, faster, better able to handle weather. The event ran more smoothly from a race committee perspective, as well.” The USNA team is headed to Portugal in July for the Robotic Sail Championships. Next


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DOCKTALK Box of Rain Kids in the News


elow, BOR kids and their brand-new vessels made a big splash during the Peace Canoe launch May 17 at AMM as part of Boat Building by the Bay, a project of BOR, AMM, and the EYC Foundation. Several Saturdays this spring, two teams of 34 local kids and volunteers were immersed in wood and raw materials, tools and electrical cords, gloves and safety glasses, and sawdust and snacks making and painting the Peace Canoes, with leadership from George Smith (in the bow in the background). The canoe kits were donated by Chesapeake Light Craft. The program gave the kids important life skills, including team-building, cooperation, and problem solving, but more importantly, it was fun! The canoes have a new home at Sarles Marina and will be available for participant and public use (


bove, Box of Rain (BOR) kids and volunteer Casey Graves of Kadey-Krogen Yachts (middle) at the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) April 19, after docking Brimstone and Redwing, two of Outward Bound’s new Hurricane Island 30s. The boats are part of the Outward Bound program in Baltimore, which has teamed up with Box of Rain, Jobson Sailing, Kadey-Krogen Yachts, and NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Office to showcase the boats all over Annapolis. Wendy Jordan, Outward Bound’s course director, made a cameo appearance with BOR kids during SpinSheet’s Crew Listing Party April 19 on the museum’s grounds (


Free Sailing Program Overbooked!

fter two weeks of offering free Sunday sails at the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) Sailing Center, Annapolis Community Boating’s programs are overbooked through June 14, with 134 people participating, most of whom are first-time sailors. Sixty people set sail during the Maryland Maritime Heritage Festival May 2. Limited by the boats it can muster, the program is made possible by local organizations, including NSHOF, Annapolis Sailing School, Box of Rain, Brendan Sailing, Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating, Chessie Jr. Racing, and Outward Bound.

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Save the Date

ock Hall’s Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend rolls into town August 8-9. Plenty of anchorage, dockage, and raftup space will be available so you can enjoy the music and mayhem, racing dinghies, costume contests and prizes, grub and grog, fun for pets and kids, and more. Stay tuned. bluecrabcc@aol. com,

Bringing Andrew Doria Back to Life


oth named Andrew Doria, a traditional wooden boat shipyard and a full-scale replica of a Revolutionary War ship, will be built along Havre de Grace’s historic waterfront. The more than 74-foot-long replica will bring an armed brigantine that was one of the first four ships of the Continental Congress back to life. With a copy of the Declaration of Independence onboard and flying the Continental Congress or Grand Union Flag in Holland

in 1776, the ship was one of the first vessels to represent our newly independent colonies. In 1777, she joined the fleet of boats scuttled in the Delaware River near Philadelphia to avoid capture by the British. Forty shipwrights, carpenters, blacksmiths, and other skilled tradesmen and volunteers will build the ship over the course of three years using many traditional and modern methods with master shipbuilder Allen C. Rawl. The vessel will feature two masts to carry more than 8000 square feet of sails, 14 cannons and other armaments, and a crew of 10. The shipyard will have docents and will welcome visitors. The non-profit Andrew Doria—The First Salute, Inc. focuses on finding and recovering the original ship’s remains, building a fully operational replica, and promoting awareness of the ship’s historical significance during the Revolutionary War. To learn more and to make a donation, visit

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• Cruising Packages Above: Future boat owners celebrate in sunny style during the Grand Opening of the Fawcett Avon, Zodiac, and Honda Showroom at 207 Chinquapin Round Road in Annapolis April 18. For more information and showroom hours, visit • The Annapolis Maritime Museum has teamed up with neighboring Horn Point Harbor Marina to offer public transient dockage at the museum’s new docks. Up to six slips are available on a daily, nightly, and weekly basis. To book a slip and support the museum, contact Horn Point Harbor Marina manager Rob Fettus at (410) 263-0550 or

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DOCKTALK • Below: Sail Solomons Sailing School and Charters, owned by captains Lisa and Andy Batchelor, recently was recognized as an Outstanding School for 2008 by the American Sailing Association (ASA). Lisa says, “We strive to provide an exceptional sailing experience, which includes quality instruction and topnotch boats and facilities. We’re glad that our students recognize this, and we appreciate their efforts in completing the ASA surveys.” In its third season, the school offers a full range of ASA certification courses; tailored, private instruction; specialized courses; a sailing club; bareboat charters; and now daysails on the 57-foot, French-built, Schooner Heron. A regular class winner in the Chesapeake Bay’s annual schooner race, Heron is owned and operated by Captain Aram Nersesian. To learn more and see the full course schedule, visit


ay sailors: save time, sail more, and trick onlookers. This carbon fiber boom looks like real wood. Cool! SummerWind, a John G. Alden-designed 100foot schooner built in 1929 (above), sports a brand-new “old look.”

• The Truxtun Park boat ramps in Annapolis have been revamped and are now open for business, with a new fee structure and toll-collection device. Truxtun Park joins Sandy Point State Park as the only public boat ramps in town. (The Tucker Street Boat Launch in West Annapolis is open to Annapolis residents only and has no parking or restrooms.) • The Sassafras River Association (SRA) recently elected new officers for two-year terms, including president John Burke, vice president Charlotte Staelin Ph.D., treasurer and co-founder Ellyn Vail, and secretary Joan Zellers. SRA is a tax-exempt, non-profit, watershed restoration and advocacy organization. • The Severn Riverkeeper Program is raising money to support installation of innovative stormwater control systems on the Severn’s major tributaries. The goals are to reduce polluted stormwater flow, dramatically improve water quality, and make the Severn safe for swimming and fishing. To learn more and make a donation, visit

Lisa and Andy Batchelor (above) of Sail Solomons Sailing School and Charters were recognized as an Outstanding School for 2008 by the American Sailing Association, thanks to their students.

Heron, a 57-foot Schooner, is the newest member of the Sail Solomons charter fleet.

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Bands Sand in


To benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

June 13, 2009 5 – 10:30 p.m.

An evening of cool drinks, groovin’ live music, tasty food, and an auction of Chesapeake Bay art.

Party is on the beach, steps away from the Bay at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center (CBF Headquarters) in Annapolis, Maryland. Bands: S.T.O.R.M. and Misspent Youth Tickets: $100 per person

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Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest non-profit organization dedicated solely to Saving the Bay, its rivers, and streams.

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DOCKTALK • Tom and Melinda Lippincott recently opened a full-service sailboat and powerboat brokerage company, Salt Yacht Brokerage Company, LLC, at the Haven Harbour Marina in Rock Hall, MD. Tom says, “Whether you are thinking about purchasing for the first time or the 10th time, moving up or down in size, selling, or just looking for advice, give us a call at (410) 639-9380.”


elly Bacon (far right) recently joined the mid-Atlantic sales crew at the Annapolis office of the Trident Funding Corporation. (LR): Lynda Kemppainen and Jane Tayman welcome Bacon to the team, which specializes in marine financing.

• The Yacht Basin Company in Annapolis and the Annapolis City Dock have been designated the 110th and 111th certified Maryland Clean Marinas. Combined with 24 smaller facilities designated as Clean Marina Partners, Maryland now boasts 135 certified facilities. Let’s keep the trend going, Maryland. You too, Delaware and Virginia. cleanmarina

• Drop something valuable into the drink? Worried about your hull? Want a racing smooth bottom? With more than 20 years of experience as a certified diver in Maryland, John Davis has opened up a new mobile dive business. Commander Dive Service provides equipment and evidence recovery services, repair work, marine/insurance surveys, prop and shaft cleanup, and hull inspections for damage, blistering, and integrity. (410) 971-4777 • Based in Alexandria, VA, BoatU.S. Towing Service recently created a new on-the-water towing and assistance program for rental boat clubs. Club members receive the same 24-hour services as BoatU.S. members. • To focus on other great boat shows, the National Marine Manufacturers Association has discontinued the Virginia In-Water Boat Expo & SailFest, which had been slotted for September 18-20 in Norfolk. All the more reason to hit the Annapolis boat shows October 8-12 (sail) and 15-18 (power) with your buddies.

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ith twice as many attendees as last year, Deltaville Dealer Days May 2-3 made Deltaville hum with yard sales, sidewalk sales, and the Working Waterman’s Weekend at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. Above, Deltaville dealers draw the winner of the grand prize, a Moorings charter in the BVI (L-R): Skip Madden, Gratitude Yachting Center; Carolyn Schmalenberger, Norton’s Yacht Sales; Lew Grimm, Chesapeake Yacht Sales; Anne Hutchings, Annapolis Yacht Sales South; and Tom Shoemaker, Tartan C&C of Virginia. Not shown: David Brown, Brown’s Marine. Judith Miller of Charlottesville, VA is BVI bound! Save the date for the next Deltaville Dealer Days: May 1-2, 2010.

• Ever onward and upward… and sideways. After 25 years of repairing and restoring fiberglass boats, Tommy Solomon Yacht Services in Edgewater, MD has expanded operations as a national installer of bow and stern thrusters. The new company in Annapolis, Bow Thrusters of North America, offers a complete series of 12V/24V electric and hydraulic thrusters for any vessel, large or small. Solomon also matches chemical hull properties for compatibility when fiberglassing thruster tubes into hulls. Ken Krasko of Engineered Marine Systems, Inc. of Annapolis handles the electrical side of the work. • This May, the City of Annapolis and Market House Ventures, LLC agreed to return control of the property known as the Market House to the City of Annapolis. The parties have been working for several months to resolve the litigation that began December 2007, and they have reached an amicable resolution: a mutually agreed upon eminent-domain proceeding. The City and Market House Ventures can now focus on defending the remaining claims of the subtenants. What’s next for the Market House? Stay tuned.

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• New from Antal: low-friction, aluminum, rigging rings for barbers, furling leads, back-stay bridles, turn buckles, lazy jacks, and more. Available on the Bay at Annapolis Performance Sailing, Annapolis Yacht Sales and Services, Chesapeake Rigging, Madden Mast & Rigging, North Point Yacht Sales, North Sails, Quantum Sail, and UK Sails. • The Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore recently received accreditation as a U.S. Sailing Certified Keelboat School. DSC is a community sailing center that strives to make the joys of sailing accessible to everyone, regardless of age, income, ability, or disability.

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In 2008, Josh Richardson and Rendy Lomax from Daffin Marine Service raced into first place in MRYC’s CBR. John Leipke and George Luddington followed closely before disaster struck.


ulling back the curtain, we asked our friends and cruising clubs to give us a peek at their Independence Day traditions on the water. Here’s what popped up. SpinSheet’s Amy Gross-Kehoe says, “Growing up on Long Island Sound, we would sail to Oyster Bay, anchor, and watch fireworks that rich people had for their private parties. For the past couple of years while we lived in California, we’d sail to St. Francis YC’s Tinsley Island for a giant raft-up in the NorCal Delta. We packed the weekend with poolside Gin Fizzes, bocci ball, Laser racing, big campstyle dinners, s’mores by the giant bonfire, dancing to the oldies, and family fun!” Some of SpinSheet’s writers were quick to respond, as well. Dan Phelps says, “We typically go up to see the Sherwood Forest fireworks on the Severn; they return this year on July 3. It’s a bit lower key than some of the chaos at the big town shows.” Fred Miller adds, “For a number of years in a row—in the mid-1970s, when Shady Side still had its own budgeted fireworks display and I was madly in love with a certain woman—we’d row out in her little flatiron skiff and watch the (fairly brief) show from the water. One year, we took 24 June 2009 SpinSheet

The beautiful red cardboard craft crewed by John Leipke and George Luddington didn’t survive MRYC’s 2008 CBR. Photos by Bowie Rose

fried chicken and champagne with us and read Jack Kerouac’s words about mad people and fireworks in On The Road. After Shady Side stopped having fireworks, we switched (back) to the Annapolis show.” Gina Godfrey says, “Here on the Southern Bay, we celebrated last July 4th with the ‘locals.’ We had huge raft-ups (sail and power) at Willoughby Spit. The area reminded me of Annapolis Harbor during Blue Angels flyovers and Independence Day celebrations up there. The difference? While anchored in the middle of the spit, we could all see the fireworks from Fort Monroe, Ocean View, Waterside, and Virginia Beach. What a blast!” Deb Coons of the Chesapeake Bristol Club (CBC) says, “Our Fourth of July cruises traditionally include fun races, fireworks, and food. In 2008, the holiday happy hour featured a culinary contest with awards for the Most Patriotic Food and Drink. The winning drink was Warren and Carol Johnson’s Patriotic Shooters cocktail with layers of Crème de Cassis and Blue Curacao topped off with cream. Ken Coons took home CBC’s coveted food prize with his Fourth of July Shrimp. Yes, shrimp liberally coated with red and blue food coloring (with one-third left plain)

made it a delicious (if a bit creepy) tri-color winner. This year, more fun for foodies will close out the holiday weekend, including Janet and Bruce George’s Commodore’s Breakfast aboard their Bristol 35.5 Bristol Cream III.” Adiva Sotzsky notes, “For the last several years, the Jewish Navy has sailed from ‘port to port’ to enjoy various fireworks displays. We have often started at Rock Hall, MD with a pre-event picnic and joined other boat clubs to ‘Ooh and Ah’ over the Rock Hall Display. On the following day, we set sail for the western shore for dinner at a local restaurant and to watch a plethora of pyrotechnic displays from various communities. As usual: always good company, great events, and a lot of food.” Patricia Barbis says, “The Miles River Yacht Club (MRYC) has organized a St. Michaels fireworks display for 60 years. Safety is a big consideration, with permits required from the State Fire Marshal and USCG. Before the fireworks July 3, we’ll have fun activities for kids, a crab race, and a cardboard boat regatta (CBR). Boats made of cardboard, duct tape, waterproofing sealer, and paint vie for unique cardboard trophies.” Send your fireworks stories and photos to

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Sailing right into the geek zone… Download the Wind Meter from Apple iTunes to dad’s iPhone, and he’ll sing your praises all season long. The application converts the decibel reading from the “wind noise” on the phone’s microphone to a wind velocity reading— This is a little out there, but… To keep dad’s happy bubble floating on downwind sails, get him ISTEC’s Parasailor. The winged mid-section panel automatically deploys when the sail is set, and voila! The sail becomes a self-tending, self-stabilizing spinnaker. Now, what salty dad wouldn’t see the beauty in that?—

In the red light district… Weems & Plath’s seven-inch LED Divider has a red light built into each leg so dad can see what he’s doing when the light is low. The tool is both a compass and divider—

Sperry Top-Sider’s new anti-shock and anti-vibration shoes are just the ticket to get dad to the post-race raft-up party in comfort and style. ASV Solution shoes are designed to absorb and disperse shock and vibration caused by constant wave pounding. Traction, flexibility, quickdrying materials, internal drainage, and antimicrobial properties are among the foot-friendly features—

Alan James Robinson brings sailing boats, pets, people, and whatever you want to life on colorful nautical canvases. Commission a chart for dad now — Photo of Robinson and PropTalk models, Gwyn and Claire, by Joe Evans/SpinSheet

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Hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club - 6:00 p.m. Get your weekend underway at the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) with fellow Leukemia Cup Regatta sponsors, registered captains and crew. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and there will be live and silent auctions. Captains can also pick up their race packets during this event. Known for its luxurious accommodations, and perfect location directly on Spa Creek, there is no finer place than AYC to kick off the 2009 Regatta Weekend.


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Join us for a Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) sanctioned high point race on the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay, hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club (EYC). Over 100 boats in eight classes are scheduled to compete, all vying for the coveted Leukemia Cup!

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Farewell to Friends Gerry Trobridge, Shipsmith 1915-2009


lthough Gerry Trobridge was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1915, we here in America did not really get to know him until Melbourne Smith laid the keel and built the topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore at the Baltimore Inner Harbor in 1976-77 and hired Trobridge as the “shipsmith.” Trobridge had all the necessary abilities and skills at forging, machining, and welding metal. He set up a forge and his anvil right there alongside the vessel and made all the custom metal items such as the pintals and gudgeons for the rudder, the straps for the caps of the masts and the bowsprit, the winches, strops for the blocks, chainplates and hooks. At home in Glenelg, MD, Trobridge had a machine shop where he turned the sheaves for the blocks and created the deadeyes of rosewood with which to set up the shrouds and the standing rigging. When he was not busy at the forge, he would bore the deadwood for the propeller shaft and fit bearings and the packing glands for the shaft. All of this he did with a wonderfully pleasant and infectious attitude, in spite of the heat of summer and the record cold of the winter of 1976-77. Where did he develop these skills? In Johannesburg, where he served various apprenticeships during the early 1930s and then was employed at metalworking. He had thoughts about building an 28 June 2009 SpinSheet

ocean-cruising boat, but with the outbreak of World War II, Trobridge enlisted in the South African Army, fighting in the deserts of North Africa until the collapse of the German and Italian forces there. He then enlisted in the British Army and spent the remaining years of the war fighting in Italy. He was discharged as a Sergeant Major. All of this time, he was carrying the plans for an ocean- sailing ketch to a Hanna design. Back in Johannesburg in 1946, Trobridge started to build a 36-foot ketch of steel in a lot next to his parents’ home. The ketch was named White Seal for a favorite Rudyard Kipling tale of a seal that roamed the world looking for a safe place to live. In the early 1950s, he sailed with friends towards North America through the West Indies and then on through the Great Lakes, where he met and married Marie Hickey. They continued on the cruise having two children, daughter Tracy and son Tom, completing the circumnavigation at South Africa in 1959. He was the first South African to sail around the world. But the “Apartheid” politics of South Africa were not to his liking. The family sailed again for the United States, where they settled on a small farm at Glenelg, and Trobridge worked locally as a machinist. White Seal was then sold. Then we get back to the Pride of Baltimore, which was launched in 1977, and Trobridge was on board for the trial trip to Bermuda and then on to Nova Scotia.

Interested in sailing again, he built another steel ketch, Confidence, which was launched in 1984. In semi-retirement, Trobridge continued to serve as a shipsmith for many more historical vessel recreations: Lady Maryland, Pride II, Californian, Susan Constant, Niagara, Federalist, the skipjacks Minnie V. and Anna McGarvey, and the steam tug Baltimore. With the passing of his wife Marie in 1996, Trobridge sold his ketch Confidence and bought a modest sized camper named Confidence, and continued to cruise throughout North America. He had said, “I have seen all of the oceans of the world except the Arctic Ocean, but I am not going to sail there.” Trobridge, however, could not reach the Arctic Ocean by road because of swamps in Canada but did get close enough to be flown there in a light plane so that he could wade into his last ocean. He drove just about everywhere else on this continent, avoiding the big cities. He kept a log just as he did when sailing. At age 90, Trobridge gave up driving but continued to travel by train. At age 94, Trobridge finally wore out. A celebration of his life was held at the farm on April 25. He would have been disappointed, however, because we ran out of beer. His ashes are to be launched into the headwaters of the Patuxent River, which flows through his farm. He will make his last passage to the sea. by Fred Hecklinger

Robert Germain Scharf 1925-2009


obert Germain Scharf, a resident of Annapolis since 1982, died Saturday, April 18, at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 83. Born on April 28, 1925, in New York City, he grew up in the New York area and attended the Wittenberg School in Ohio and Brown University. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1944. As a young man, he lived for a time in pre-Castro Cuba, before returning to the New York area, eventually settling in Stamford, CT. His work as a yacht broker took him to Fort Lauderdale, FL, in the 1970s, where he worked for Fitzsimmons-Huckins. Although he briefly pursued other career paths, he always returned to the marine trades. After moving to Annapolis, he worked as a broker with Scandinavian Yachts and Omega Yacht Sales & Charters and was a partner in Annapolis Marine Propulsion, Inc. After retiring from the marine trades, he worked for the City of Annapolis as a drawbridge tender on the Spa and Weems Creek bridges until his full retirement two years ago. Scharf was an early member of Eastport YC, joining the club when he first moved to

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Annapolis. He served the club in many capacities, including as Commodore in 1993 and as chairman of the Race Committee for several years. He devoted hundreds of hours to the Building Committee in 198991, helping to plan the development of the club’s new property on Sycamore Point. He also volunteered as a fleet leader for many years in the EYC Parade of Lights and was very active in regatta management, serving on race committees not only for EYC, but also for Severn SA, the Naval Academy Sailing Association, and the Columbus Cup match racing regatta in Baltimore in the early 1990s. In one year during this period, he served more than 200 days of race committee duty at various events. Scharf and his Alura 30 Cormorant were well-known fixtures on local race courses, but he also traveled in pursuit of his interest, serving on the race committees for Key West Race Week and the 1996 Olympic Games in Savannah, GA. Locally, he served as a key player or Principal Race Officer for a wide range of events, including the Leukemia Cup, of which he took charge in its second year; the Solomons Island Invitational; and numerous regional, national, and world championship events. He was valued for sharing his knowledge

and experience with many of the current generation of area race officials. In addition to boating, Scharf’s interests included cars and collecting guns and knives. He was a talented and accomplished cook. In younger years, he enjoyed a wide range of athletic pursuits, including playing polo. A skilled storyteller and dapper bon vivant, he was known for his sardonic humor and great generosity. Scharf is survived by his former wife, Janice B. Leyton of Scarsdale, NY; sons Jonathan Leyton of Morgantown, WV and Jordan Scharf of Annapolis; daughters Dana Scharf of Crownsville and Carla Carroll of Stamford, and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his former wife Jean I. Scharf of Stamford and by his daughter Robin, who died in 1962 at the age of five. A celebration of Scharf’s life was held on May 9 at EYC. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations to a phantom boat fund-raising campaign in his name for the Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta on June 13. Checks payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society can be sent in care of EYC, P.O. Box 3205, Annapolis, MD 21403, marked “Scharf.” by Nancy Noyes

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he sun is out, and summer is finally here… that means it’s time for Bands in the Sand! If you like fun, sand, music, art, and helping to save the Chesapeake Bay, this party is for you. Bands in the Sand is a SpinSheet-sponsored, fun-filled party offering plenty of things for Bay-lovers looking to have a good time. Warning: if you don’t like mingling, going barefoot, summer sunsets, or dancing in the sand to live music, this party is not for you. Bands in the Sand visionary and Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) trustee, Dick Franyo says, “I always looked longingly at the beautiful beach and said to myself, ‘Boy, that’s where a great fundraiser event for CBF should be held.’ But, it means bringing in generators and cables for power, a professional stage and big sound system, a licensed captain to run people in from their

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anchored boats, cooking food and serving drinks for 1000 right there in the sand, and on and on. Well, it’s our fourth year for the event, and it gets better!”  The evening starts when you take off your shoes and drop them off at the shoe dock. From there, while your toes dig into the sand, there are many options to choose from for what to do next—grilled food and, of course, plenty of big rum drinks to quench your thirst. After all, what’s a party on the sand without fun beach drinks? Live music of two different genres will also be playing throughout the night. The first band, S.T.O.R.M., plays reggae music to warm up the crowd. The second band, Misspent Youth, is from Catonsville, MD and rocks the beach—we have proof in last year’s dancing photos!

If you don’t like dancing, or even if you do, there will be silent and live auctions of Chesapeake Bay art. The proceeds will benefit CBF, which is dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Previous events have raised money (more than $100,000) and awareness, according to Franyo. Whether you come by boat or come by land, just come! Bands in the Sand promises to be an awesome time with a few hundred friends for a good cause. The event is June 13, rain or shine, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. The party is located on the beach at CBF Headquarters, the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, in Annapolis, MD. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (410) 268-8816. by Michelle Bosserman

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Fun 5 p.m. Discovery Village, Shady Side, MD. West/Rhode Riverkeeper Chris Trumbauer and Discovery Village will lend single and tandem kayaks, paddles, and life vests on a first-come, first-served basis every first and third Thursday evening of the month. Cool!

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Summer Programs Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD. Fun educational canoe paddles and hikes through Maryland’s wetlands for families.


U.S. Navy Captures Last Enemy Man of War, 1944 Captain Daniel Gallery and his task group capture U-505, now on display in Chicago.


Leukemia Cup Art on Fishing Bay Fishing Bay YC, Deltaville, VA. The fun is part of lead-up events for the 2009 Leukemia Cup.


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Blackbeard Pirate Festival Hampton, VA. Family fun, with sea battles, living history displays and demos, tall ships, treasure hunts, sea chanteys, strolling entertainers, and fireworks.


Annual Westover Lawn Party 3 to 7 p.m. Westover, Charles City, VA. Music, auctions, seafood bar, kids’ activities, and more to support the James River Association.

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Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor Washington, DC. Great food, wine, beer, music, and fun to benefit Share Our Strength and Erikka A. Hayes Foundation in Prince George’s County.





Clean the Bay Day 2009 9 a.m. to Noon. Join Marylanders and Virginians in removing unhealthy debris from Chesapeake waterways. Operation Overlord (D-Day) Begins Liberating Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1944 Thank a vet today.


Wade-In Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, MD. Food, games, and prizes. FREE Admission. bayrestoration. org,


Wine “Feastival” Noon to 4 p.m. Wine Cellars, Annapolis. Premier wines, fine cuisine, live music by the Unified Jazz Ensemble, auctions, wine sales, and more to benefit Save The Coconuts and the Wellness House of Annapolis and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. $50.


Celebrating the Rappahannock River Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg, VA. Whitewater MidAtlantic Canoeing and Kayaking Championships, Rappahannock River Easement Celebration, Paddle for a Cause, and Scout Challenge Race. (540) 907-4460

Potomac River Gala 4 to 7 p.m. Alexandria City Marina. Potomac Riverkeeper’s party on the Paddleboat Cherry Blossom, with wine, beer, appetizers, and live and silent auctions. $75; $125 per couple. Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio 7 to 9 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Annapolis. Taught by Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron.

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USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety Course 7 to 10 p.m. Annapolis Fire Department, Taylor Avenue. June 8, 12, and 15.


Onboard Weather Class 7 to 9 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Annapolis. Taught by Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron.


Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Inventor of Aqua-Lung and Noted Ocean Explorer, Is Born in St.-Andrede-Cubzac, France, 1910

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CBYRA Junior Coaches Clinic Annapolis YC.,


Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport. Thursday night and a full moon: two good reasons to get out of the house!


Junior Team Racing Clinic USNA.


KadeyKrogen Open House 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Port Annapolis Marina.


Potomac River Festival 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Colonial Beach, VA. Pet parade and contest, land and boat parades, carnivals, music, dancing, arts and crafts, food, concerts, beer and wine, and fireworks.

The Calvert Maritime Museum welcomed guests with opened arms May 2 for the Solomons Maritime Festival. The live music, playful otters, classic boats, hands-on activities, lighthouse tours, boat rides, and antique engine displays delighted the crowds ( Photo by Jim Christie

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Bands in the Sand 5 to 10:30 p.m. Misspent Youth and S.T.O.R.M. roll into the Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis. $100. For more details, see pages 21 and 30.


Havana Night Cruise 7 to 9 p.m. Havre de Grace, MD. Sail on the Skipjack Martha Lewis while enjoying Cuban-infused appetizers and drinks organized by the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy. Reservations required; other dates available. $40.


Landscape with the Bay in Mind 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. “First Stop for the Bay Symposium” will introduce best practices for landscaping areas critical to Bay health.


Rhythm on the River 5 to 8 p.m. Hartge Yacht Harbor, Galesville, MD. Enjoy live music, food, beverages, and a silent auction on artwork, a sea kayak, a private plane ride for two, and more. $35. Proceeds benefit the West/ Rhode Riverkeeper’s waters.


South County Festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Herrington Harbour North Marina, Tracys Landing, MD. Games, activities, live music, contests, demos, exhibits, arts and crafts, beer and wine, endless food, and more for the whole family.,


South River Sojourn and Wade-In Paddle, picnic, and watery fun.


Splash & Dash Beach Party 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Jetty Restaurant, Grasonville, MD. Beach party with Chesapeake Whalertowne for its Boston Whaler customers. $5.


Womanship Passage around Delmarva Peninsula Womanship Sailing School celebrates 25 years with the challenge of the legendary 435-mile passage around the Delmarva Peninsula.


Great Chesapeake Bay Swim Squeeze into that Speedo! Swim the 4.4 miles from Sandy Point Park to Kent Island to support the Maryland Chapter of the March of Dimes.


Magothy River Day 4 to 9:30 p.m. Dobbins Island marine concert and annual wade-in.


St. Mary’s Crab Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown, MD. All things crabby, a car show, demos, country music, and dancing.

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Tour the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Boats leave Annapolis Maritime Museum docks at 8 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. Alternating Sundays. $70.

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Mom n’ Me: Seining for Fish Parents and leaders don waders and seine fish and tiny Bay creatures for kids ages three to five years to learn about.


Patuxent Sojourn Camping and kayaking expedition from King’s Landing Park to Drum Point in Calvert County.

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Free Concerts 7 p.m. Thursdays. Captain Herbie Sadler Waterman’s Park, Annapolis Maritime Museum. Talented locals sing sea songs by the Bayside. Free. Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.


Historic River Concert 6:30 to 10 p.m. Live folk and blues music on the lawn of Mount Calvert overlooking Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Benefits the Patuxent RiverKeeper’s waters. (Rain date June 20.)


USS Kearsarge Sinks the Confederate Commerce Raider Alabama in English Channel Near Cherbourg, France, 1864


Maryland’s 375th Birthday Celebration Historic St. Mary’s City, MD. Tall ships, music and other entertainment, and activities in 17th-century style at Maryland’s first colony and capital.


Classic Wooden Boat Festival Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. More than 100 vintage vessels vie for top honors in various categories. Seminars, nautical flea market, maritime artists/craftsmen and vendors, kid’s fun, and classic crafts for sale.

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River Concert Series Friday Nights 7 p.m. St. Mary’s College Campus, St. Mary’s City, MD. Jeffrey Silberschlag directs the Chesapeake Orchestra. Free.


Be a Pirate for $5 Annapolis Harbor’s Sea Gypsy sails seven days a week, six times a day through Halloween.


Cape May Harbor Fest Fisherman’s Memorial service, bonfire, stories, songs, marshmallows, seafood, entertainment, arts and crafts, demos and displays, a scallop cook-off, a kayak and canoe regatta, ecotours, and more.


Potomac Heritage Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge, VA.


Public Paddle on the John Smith Trail 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chester River/Bogles Wharf Landing, MD. Sultana Projects provides the canoe; you pack your picnic.


Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, VA. Enjoy the Tall Ships Kalmar Nyckel and Schooner Sultana, BBQ, seafood, smoothies, old-fashioned sodas, and more.


Backyard Boats Open House Annapolis. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Backyard Boats welcomes Chesapeake Hobie Island Group members. Floating dockage, refreshments, and fun!,

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Father’s Day Take dad sailing in Solomons, St. Michaels, the Sassafras, and beyond.


Teen Boat Building School 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Teens learn how to make their own canoe.

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Safe Boating Course 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Anchorage Marina, Baltimore. Taught by Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron.

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Fostering the Future Cruise 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Alexandria VA. Cocktails, dinner, tunes from the Nautical Wheelers, and views of the Potomac onboard the Paddleboat Cherry Blossom to benefit the Fund for Alexandria’s Child.


Leukemia Cup Junior Sail-AThon Fishing Bay YC, Deltaville, VA. Get kids hooked on sailing and raise money for the battle against leukemia.


Gwynn’s Island Festival Mathews, VA. Family-style chicken dinner, live music, pet parade for prizes, arts and crafts, food vendors, kids’ games, square dancing, golf-putting contests, displays, and more.


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C&D Canal Day! 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chesapeake City, MD. Music, food, raffles, kid’s fun, and crafts to celebrate three decades of Canal Days! Raft up in the harbor or park for $10 in town.

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Tilghman Island Day Food, collectables, trot line baiting and crab picking contests, hard crab racing, fireman’s parade, and more on island time.

June Racing


Snipe Women’s National Championship SSA, Annapolis.


Annapolis to Newport Race Start Race feeds competitors north for Annapolis to Newport Race, New York YC Annual Regatta, and Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week.


Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 Start Teams set sail on their 950-Nm leg from Galway to Goteburg.


Laser Radial and 4.7 District Championships SSA, Annapolis.


Ted Osius Memorial Regatta Sailing Club of the Chesapeake.


EYC/AYC Leukemia Cup Annapolis.,

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J/22 World Championship Lake Garda, Italy. Great boats, competition, and venue. Worth the trip!


Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9 Start Teams get the jump on their ninth leg, 525 Nm from Goteborg to Stockholm.

May 2 brought an Open House at Sail Solomons with sleek boats, good info, cool displays, a nautical flea market, and fun boat tours, not to mention hot cheesy burgers and cold beverages ( But, no rain! Photo by Ruth Christie




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Snipe USA Junior National Championship Pensacola YC, FL.


Storm Trysail’s Block Island Race Week Hundreds of sailors competing in PHRF and one-design classes, take over this small island, formerly known as New England’s toughest penal colony.


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Volvo Ocean Race Final Start Teams bust out for their 10th and final leg of the 37,000-Nm race, heading 370 Nm from Stockholm to St. Petersburg.


Laser North American Championships Lasers, Radials, and 4.7s. Out of Buffalo Canoe Club just over the border in Canada.


U.S. Sailing Youth Championship Indian Harbor YC, Greenwich, CT. Follow local Chesapeake Bay youths who compete for the top honors at the United State’s most prestigious youth regatta.

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SSA Summer Series

Flying Scot Regatta Rappahannock River YC, Irvington, VA. Racing and Saturday night dock party.


GSA Northern Bay Race Week Glenmar Sailing Association, Phoenix, MD.


2009 Transpac Race For those who want to escape Los Angeles for Hawaii.

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River Concert

Nights 7 p.m. St. Mary’s College Campus, St. Mary’s City, MD. Jeffrey Silberschlag directs the Chesapeake Orchestra. Free.

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National Boating Day

Osprey Banding Trip 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A guided tour to Jug Bay off the Patuxent River to see the over 30 Ospreys and a few Bald Eagles that live there. Reservations required.


Independence Day Fireworks Sail to these hot spots: Annapolis (; Baltimore (; Chesapeake Beach, MD (; Crisfield, MD (; Havre de Grace (; Onancock, VA (; Norfolk, VA (festeventsva. org); Rock Hall, MD (; and St. Michaels ( See page 24. Send photos to

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Free Lunchtime Concerts Noon. Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis City Dock. Organized by Annapolis Maritime Museum.


Cardboard Boat Regatta 6 p.m. Miles River YC, St. Michaels. Crafts made of cardboard, duct tape, waterproofing sealer, and paint layers vie for cardboard trophies. Stay for St. Michaels Independence Day Fireworks display. For more details, see page 24.


Norfolk Harborfest Hampton Roads’ largest dock party with waterside festival fun, entertainment, and fireworks. Free!


Choptank River Festival Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, MD. Music, a carnival, canoe jousting, and a tug-of-war.


Norfolk Harborfest Celebrate the grand opening of renovated Town Point Park, Norfolk, VA. Live music, a Parade of Sail, pirates, tall ship tours, competitions, fireboats, wine samplings, build a boat fun, Tug Musters, demos, kids’ activities, summer picnic fare, fried Twinkies, and more.


July 4th Shady Side-Style Captain Salem Avery Museum. Concert, parade, baking contest, and more.


Mom n’Me Blue Crabs and Crabbing Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Kids ages three to five years will meet a live blue crab, learn about Bay critters, and then go crabbing! $5 per preregistered kid.


Full Moon Party Howl under the full moon with your friends at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport.


James River Runoff Rundown Traverse the entire 340 miles of the river, from the headwaters at Iron Gate to the mouth at the Chesapeake Bay. Organized by James River Association.


Leukemia Cup Gala Whether you are racing or watching, wrap up a great day on the Bay with the 2009 Leukemia Cup Gala, hosted by Fishing Bay YC.


Music at the Marina 7 to 8:30 p.m. Breakwater Marina, Woodbridge, VA. Outdoor summer concert at Leesylvania State Park. Free. dcr.virginia. gov/state_parks/lee.shtml


Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival 4 to 10 p.m. St. Clements Island Museum, Colton’s Point, MD. Come early for a boat ride to St. Clements Island!


Pirate Invasion Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, Havre de Grace, MD. Pirate camps, high jinks, and gala.


Watermen’s Heritage Celebration in Yorktown 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watermen’s Museum, Yorktown, VA. Workboat races, seafood, artists, crafts, exhibits, and more. Free.


Build Your Own Boat Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis. David Fawley will help you build a 14-, 16-, or 17-foot Shearwater Kayak.


USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety Course 7 to 10 p.m. Annapolis Fire Dept., Taylor Avenue.


Dog Days of Summer 1 to 5 p.m. First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach. Bring your pooch on a leash for dog demos, a canine fashion show, crafts, exhibits, and more. Remember: it’s their day, not yours!


St. Clements Island History and Heritage Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Clements Island Museum, Colton’s Point, MD. Bring your camera and picnic lunch and enjoy scenic views, lighthouse tours, and kids’ games. (301) 769-2222,

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Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival Norfolk. Carrie B Bayou Cruise on a replica Mississippi Paddlewheeler will feature Louisiana Artists sharing their stories.

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U.S. Sailing Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship Hampton (VA) YC hosts the prestigious “Ida Lewis” this year.


BCYA/MRSA Annual Race to Baltimore Baltimore City Yacht Association and Magothy River Sailing Association. Benefits Baltimore’s Downtown Sailing Center.


Leukemia Cup Regatta Hosted by Fishing Bay and Stingray Harbour YCs in Deltaville, VA. Exciting races, fun, good food, entertainment, auctions, and more all to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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A Swan Dive Into the Muck

t’s heating up out there. And with water temperatures climbing comfortably into the 70s in June—even in the northern reaches of the Bay—a quick dip in the water while the boat swings on

overflow of domestic sewage or nonpoint sources of human and animal waste: lazy people not picking up after their dogs, cows pooping in streams, and strong rains overwhelming sewage treatment plants.

anchor after a day of cruising or an “accidental” capsize on a dinghy on a toasty and breezeless afternoon can be quite refreshing. But what do you get along with your cooldown? Not to put too much of a damper on your fun, but you might want to check out what joins the fish and crabs in the water before you jump in with both feet. We hear about how low levels of oxygen, especially in the heat of summer, make life tough for Bay critters. When it rains, sewage and contaminated stormwater can flow into streams and rivers and on into the Bay. How does that affect the water you’re about to jump into? Well, sometimes the answer is that you gotta look out for, ahem, number two. Fecal coliform are a group of bacteria, including Escherichia coli, which are associated only with the fecal material of warmblooded animals. Elevated fecal coliform levels have been associated with typhoid fever, viral and bacterial gastroenteritis, and hepatitis A. The presence of fecal coliform in the water indicates that the water has been contaminated by human or other animal feces. Nice. How does this yuck get into the water? It can occur as a result of the

There’s also some naturally occurring toxic fun to add to the mix. “Blooms” of algae carpeting the water’s surface are frequent summertime sights in the Bay and its tributaries. While algae are just small plants, thanks to overenrichment by nutrients (think overuse of backyard and agricultural fertilizers), these blooms can run rampant. Most algal blooms are relatively benign (well, except for the part where the plants first shade the waters so grasses can’t readily grow, and then die and use up oxygen in the decomposition process). However, certain species of algae can produce chemicals that are toxic to people and animals, causing respiratory issues, gastroenteritis, skin irritation, allergic responses, liver damage, and neurologic symptoms, such as tingling fingers in humans. Smaller animals can take a bigger hit, as evidenced by some fish kills. Less than two percent of the 700 species of algae in the Chesapeake are believed to be able to produce toxic substances—but it’s still something to consider. Along a similar vein, Pfiesteria piscicida is a dinoflagellate—a free-swimming, one-celled organism. Most dinoflagellates are not toxic, and Pfiesteria (fi-steeree-uh) usually exists in a nontoxic form.

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Be Aware of What You’re Getting Yourself Into…


f you’re headed to the beach, pick one where water quality is monitored frequently. Visit the Natural Resources Defense Council at, and click on “Testing the Waters” to see how your state and beaches rate. Check with your county and state authorities to verify if there are any beach closures. In Virginia, check BeachMonitoring. Maryland counties generally post advisories; check Health/beaches_healthdepts.asp to link to information on your local area. Wait two days or so to swim at a beach after a heavy rain. It may take a few days for the nasty stuff to get “flushed” downstream. Be especially prudent if you have scratches or cuts. Don’t add to the problem: make sure small children wear swim diapers. Pick up after your pets and properly dispose of their waste. Minimize fertilizer use in your yard, and support farmers who do the same for their crops.

But sometimes it can release a toxin into the water; scientists believe this may be triggered by proximity to schooling fish. People exposed to Pfiesteria toxins via the air, water, or fish at an outbreak can experience skin irritation, confusion, shortterm memory loss, and other neurological impairments. In aquatic life, harmful algal blooms and Pfiesteria can cause lesions and fish kills. You can help by reporting fish lesions or fish kills to state authorities so they can track and learn from such events and warn the public of any danger. In Maryland, call (877) 224-7229 and press 2; in Virginia, call (888) 238-6154. The bottom line is that swimming in contaminated water can make you sick— and often you can’t see that the water is contaminated. Most often, the water is fine… but I’d rather be safe than sorry!

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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hey say the very first race Why do they do it? “Because it keeps us Like rockstar fighter pilots—or teenagers between sailboats took place in touch with the racers and with racing.” in the cafeteria—after the races, they sit shortly after the second one was Endlessly affable and good natured, Anne together at the club, hoist a few, however launched. But, you and I know differsays her favorite part of RC work is the cabriefly. “We’re good, and we know it,” says ently. Those two early crews needed yet maraderie. Many experienced RC members Anne Borland. “We’re a team, so I guess a third, fully indifferent, party. Thus, the bring with them some level of racing backwe think that way.” Race Committee (RC) was born. ground. “If you’re a racer to start with, you This stuff can run in families. Anne and As long as I have been Jack’s son, Jeff Borland, is around sailboats and racers certified as a National Race and people of that persuaOfficer by U.S. Sailing, the sion, the operations of the national governing body RC have been a mysteriof sailboat racing. With ous part of the landscape. thousands of hours of race Specialists in their craft, management to his credit, trained and certified, they he would understand what stand behind the curtain, motivates someone to work so to speak, making it all on a race committee; so I happen, setting the stage asked him. for the racers themselves “There are two types of to perform. people that do it—racers For the longest time, who want to give someI wondered what makes thing back and those who these people tick—these are looking for a way to get course-setters, rules out on the water and do experts, and keepers of something. On top of that, colored flags, with their these are usually people who shotguns and air horns. are into organization. The Where do they come first group are people who from? What in the feel they need to give back world could possibly or who have been on the “There are two types of people that do it—racers who motivate one to endure want to give something back and those who are looking wrong side of bad RC work long rolling hours at and know they can do better for a way to get out on the water and do something.” anchor, questionable (or at least think they can). prepared lunches, and The others enjoy helping limited head facilities? Oh, there are exknow a lot about how the courses are set and out and love the water and watching racceptions: large, prestigious races provide what conditions are preferred,” says Anne. ing. They get a kick out of being a part of far better amenities for the RC than the Most RC types eventually move toward a it.” Now why didn’t I think of all that? thousands of weekly around-the-buoys specialization or two, it seems. She is what’s and point-to-point races. But, there is known as a recorder, the person who writes U.S. Sailing ( oversees various some deprivation involved. down sail numbers, finish positions, reports levels of race officer certification. If you’re in“These things happen on weekfrom mark boats, and significant events durterested in race committee work, contact U.S. ends, after all,” says Anne Borland, an ing the race. The record of what happened Sailing, the Chesapeake Yacht Racing Associaexperienced member of the Eastport YC and precisely when is useful not just for tion (, or your local yacht club. (EYC) RC. “So you’ve really got to want determining finishing order, but it’s vital in a to do it, I guess, to give up prime time.” protest room. It’s the data string that occurs About the Author: Fred Miller spends too Six years ago, she and her husband Jack right out there on the water. much time working on his 41-foot ketch, came to the RC at this club as experiNewer members naturally learn from the Julie Marie. Past commodore of the Eastport enced racers, having campaigned Light“old hands.” On-the-water experience melds YC, Miller enjoys reading and gazing vacantnings for 35 years, north of Pittsburgh, with club training events, and a skilled core PA at Pymatuning YC. of talent evolves and develops its own energy. ly at the pretty boats and the pretty waters. Contact him at There is a nuance of clique-iness about it. 44 June 2009 SpinSheet

Sailing Alone, But Not Quite Around the World by Andy Schell

I dream about a wind vane.


o the single-handed sailor, his autopilot is the most cherished member of the crew. Robin KnoxJohnston on his epic non-stop round-theworld voyage in 1968 became personal friends with his wind vane, dubbing him “The Admiral,” cheerfully watching his silent mate sail him halfway round the world. Hal Roth regarded his Hasler vane as the single most important piece of gear on his boat, writing “[my] vane does not complain, get tired, become bored, or require endless cups of coffee and sandwiches. The magic helmsman needs no oilskins, never flies into a rage or tantrum, and cheerfully steers at 0300 as well as at high noon.” I let the April morning drift by, debating with myself whether or not to leave the dock in my 35-foot yawl Arcturus. There was a small-craft warning forecast with wind gusts up to 25 knots, but from the north, the correct direction for a southerly course for Oxford, my destination. At one in the afternoon, in full foulies, I cast off while my dockside neighbors at Sarles Boatyard wished me luck and watched, beers in hand, from the dry comfort of their enclosed cockpit. With some quick hands and fancy footwork, I hoisted all sail in Annapolis Harbor while Arcturus steered herself into the wind. Despite the forecast, an easy north wind was blowing, and we sailed on a fast reach past Horn Point, waving at a soggy group of students aboard the Skipjack Stanley Norman, who were headed for home. Once round the “1AH” (Annapolis Harbor) marker, I eased the sheets and pointed the bow south. The wind remained steady. We coasted along at four knots on a flat sea. I scrambled around the cockpit trying to rig the mizzen spinnaker, my

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favorite sail, while the boat left drunken swerves in her wake. Once set, the sail gave us an extra half-knot and must have looked beautiful on the horizon. The sailing was wonderful, a nice long broad reach under full canvas, a straight shot on the port tack from Thomas Point to Knapp’s Narrows—only Arcturus re-

we rounded up. Staysail flogging like mad, Arcturus heeled to starboard; from the corner of my eye, I spotted a bottle of olive oil that had tipped sideways on the stove emptying its contents onto the cabin sole, slowly creating a greasy mess. Abeam of Poplar Island, we (Arcturus and I) heaved to so that I could drop the mainsail when the wind crept up and swung to the east. I was quite pleased with myself for the maneuver—in lieu of an autopilot, there is no other way to reef with control. It worked to perfection. The jib and mizzen pulled us along nicely at 5.5 knots until I dropped all sail to enter Knapp’s Narrows. I re-set the same combination once in the Choptank, and close-hauled, Arcturus finally sailed herself at 5.5 knots in flat water. I was busy planning to navigate Irish Creek, a plan which was abruptly aborted when we ran aground in the Photo by Andy Schell narrow entrance. I felt lucky to quired constant attention to maintain even get off in the waning daylight and didn’t an erratic course. I was experiencing the bother with a second go at it. frustration Knox-Johnston must have felt I dropped the hook in Town Creek just when “The Admiral” finally died someacross the way from Schooner’s Restaurant where in the Southern Ocean. After sawing and commenced my writing while enjoying away his faithful crewmate and watching a warming glass of wine. Unlike Knoxhim sink into the sea, Knox-Johnston Johnston and Roth, I wouldn’t be forging was forced to sail Suhaili by hand until he into the night under sail on the open sea. learned to trim her precisely enough to Though I will someday experience it, at hold a course on any point of sail. Roughly that moment, I could scarcely comprehend 5000 miles later, in the mid-Atlantic as he the anxieties of the single-handed ocean charged for England and for home, he’d sailor. I’d just endured an exciting afterfinally figured it out. I didn’t have that kind noon alone on the rainy, foggy Chesapeake of time. and was too exhausted to enjoy dinner. Attempting to make lunch was a fire Outside, the wind hummed in the rigging, drill. I hopped down below before sudstretching Arcturus to the end of her nylon denly being clotheslined, remembering anchor rode, and the rain fell with increasI’d still been lashed to the stern rail by my ing vigor on the coachroof. I crashed out harness. Down again to get lunch fixin the vee-berth just after sunset, visions of ings, only to come up and discover we’d autopilots lingering in my head. gybed. Thankfully the wind was moderate About the Author: When he’s not deliverdespite the forecast, for the mainsail was ing sailboats or writing about his travels, horribly tangled with the staysail. A gust Andy Schell lives in Annapolis on his yawl of wind would have torn the small sail to Arcturus. E-mail him story ideas at andy. pieces. Once back on course, down the companionway I descended again. Now SpinSheet June 2009 45

Saying Goodbye To My Last Boat

by Brendan Donegan

I took up the sport again with great passion, finding that all those sights, sounds, and smells were deeply imprinted in me.

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ay back in 1940, when I was only six months old, my father baptized me in the ways of the sea. As with all my other five siblings, he carried me in a Moses basket on board Gull, a gaff-rigged cutter, out and around Daunt Rock Lightship, four miles off the entrance of Cork Harbor on the south coast of Ireland. I came from a well-established sailing family. My grandfather took third in the first Fastnet Race in 1925 and also founded the Irish Cruising Club. My mother’s brother, Denis Doyle, participated in the Fastnet 17 times and continued sailing until the weekend before his death in his eighties. My eldest brother Jim was involved in initiating and expanding Cork Week at the Royal Cork YC in Crosshaven. It was an idyllic childhood. But the dancing suddenly stopped. My father drowned in a sailing accident when I was seven, and I spent my teenage years far inland in a boarding school. I never sailed again until I was well into my thirties. By then, I had settled in Maryland with my wife and three children, and a friend introduced me to the Chesapeake Bay. I took up the sport again with great passion, finding that all those sights, sounds, and smells were deeply imprinted in me. Within two years, I participated in the Annapolis to Bermuda Race in my 26-foot Albin Vega. A surprise ocean storm knocked the feathers out of me. As a navigator on other boats, I sailed many times to Bermuda and Newport, RI. Eventually, I sought a larger boat. I found a 37-foot Porter and Haylett, a solidly built English sloop. She had crossed the Atlantic on her own bottom, and the owner had brought her to the Chesapeake Bay just as he was posted to Saudi Arabia by the oil company he worked for. I renamed her Nora Barnacle after James Joyce’s mistress-then-wife, even though I knew such an act could augur bad luck. I wanted to honor my favorite writer. Nora Barnacle served me well, taking my family and friends to Nantucket and

muda and twice to the coast of Maine. She was sea-kindly and was at home in a good blow in the open ocean. On that second trip back from Maine, I sensed that the karma of the boat, at least that of the engine, was moving out of alignment with my own karma. Off Atlantic City, NJ, the wind died, and the engine refused to start. Ghosting south towards Cape May in the dying breeze during the night, we ended up becalmed seven miles from our destination. Throughout the starlit night, I sat at the useless helm listening to the low hum of air conditioners ashore three miles away. Round about in the slick calm waters, dolphins snorted as they wondered about the red keel stalled within their community. As the graying dawn arrived, I pondered what my grandfather would have done in these circumstances. I had read in one of his logs that he had a favorite trick to get engineless Gull into harbor. Lifting the dink on davits over the side, he would strap it to the stern quarter with a 4.5-horsepower outboard for pushing the boat along, calling the whole arrangement “gum-boil.”

While the crew slept, I tossed the inflatable dink over the side and tied her on, fitting her with my two-horsepower outboard. The noise of its starting brought the crew on deck. I explained what I was going to do, but they pointed out that I did not have enough fuel to get me to Cape May. The sounds of mutiny filled the air. One of them called a tow service. I was defeated by my uncooperative boat. As we were towed ignominiously in between the breakwaters at Cape May, I waved to other boaters, but no one waved back.

Next season, the engine went further downhill, dogged by cooling system problems. The following season wasn’t any better. One day, the engine overheated, and steam filled the cabin. I got home by throwing potable water over it to cool it. My health went down as well. My balance declined, and being diabetic, I had occasional hypoglycemic events. My wife asked that I not go sailing alone. I had hit bottom. Oscar Wilde famously said as he lay dying in a run-down hotel in Paris, “Ei-

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Saying Goodbye To My Last Boat continued

ther this wallpaper or I have to go.” As I intended to stay around for a while, the boat had to go. My wife’s reaction to my sudden decision to get rid of the boat I so loved was that I was going through a belated mid-life crisis. I reminded her that she accused me of the same affliction when I bought my first boat nearly 40 years before. I first considered donating it to a non-profit organization, but from a more practical point of view, the tax advantage would be minimal. After a frugal life, I was relatively asset rich but income poor, living on mainly Social Security. I next offered it to my three kids, but to no avail. I even threatened to disinherit the ones who would not take it, but they resisted. I then offered it to a nephew in Ireland on condition that he come to pick it up with my help navigating home. I could then end my sailing career with a period rather than a comma. Again, no takers. Selling was the only option left. Setting the price was my first consideration. With the market down and selling an unknown British-built boat, I knew that she could not command a high price. I had bought her at a very low price 12 years before and had gotten immense value out of her during that time. More importantly, I felt that I was parting with a dear adopted child. Who could put a price on that? I decided to put her up for sale at just over half her market value for quick sale. I had no desire to go through

a protracted labor and delivery. I decided to advertise her on Craigslist. She got three offers in 15 minutes, 25 in all. One offered to take her as a down payment for a house in North Carolina, and another wanted to swap her for a bright yellow motorcycle of unknown vintage. The first person who came to see her was an astute fellow. He already knew about Nora Barnacle. He reminded me of myself 30 years earlier. He fell in love with the boat, and I knew, even though he did not say it, the price. A deal was done. I had a mechanic check out the engine before I turned it over. As I stood at the dock and watched her stern light fade away in the dark, I had mixed emotions: sadness to see her go and relief that my days would no longer be filled with hours with my nose in the bilge. I knew, however, that I would still go sailing with friends. The sea would never leave me. When salt water is infused in my veins, it’s impossible to flush it out just by selling my last boat. About the Author: Although he has not sailed since he sold his boat, Brendan Donegan has taken up painting sailboats in watercolors. He says, “It keeps me in contact with the spirit of sailing, and, obliquely, with water.”

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Smart and Cheap Cleaning Solutions

Instead of...

by Cindy Wallach

Are you tired of the word green? So are we. Instead of getting tangled up in eco-buzzwords, let’s do something. Here are five easy, cheap steps to making a difference on the Bay starting today…

A friend who was born and raised on the Bay told me a story recently. When he was a boy 40-some years ago on Harness Creek, there was so much seaweed, they had to constantly pull it off of their oars as they paddled along. And there were so many crabs that he and his little friends were constantly jumping around to avoid them as they waded into the creek. The one word he used to describe the Bay back then was “alive.” I can count on one hand the number of living crabs my son has seen the past five years (though the dead ones rack up on fingers and toes), and we live aboard full-time. Talk about a wake up call. If you’ve got the salt running through your veins, then it’s time you get some green in your heart, especially when it comes to sailing on the Bay. Greening up your sailing attitude is easier than you think. So get to it.

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Don’t pass gas

Passing fuel into the Bay that is. What To Do: Know the capacity of your fuel tank, and don’t rely on the automatic shut-off at the pump. If your boat holds 50 gallons and the pump reads 49, stop there. Remember fuel expands on warm days, so either fill up on your way out to the Bay or only fill up part way on your way back to your slip. Feel for the air pressure, or buy one of those warning whistles you can install in the fuel line that sounds when your tank is nearly full. Carry an absorbent pad to wrap around the fuel nozzle after filling up. Why Do It: Did you know that even a few drips of fuel can devastate marine life in the Bay? All of those drips from all of us boaters really add up. Chemicals present in fuel react with sunlight and become up to 50,000 times more toxic, killing plankton and other species critical to a healthy Bay. The top layer of the water is called the “microlayer,” and the oil, fuel, and goop that float there are killers. Ninety percent of the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab larvae feed there, and it’s a nursery for rockfish. When you spill, you kill.

+ Bleach, use Borax + Detergent/Soap use Elbow grease + Scouring Powders use Baking soda or rub area with one half lemon dipped in Borax, then rinse. + General Cleaner use Baking soda and vinegar or lemon juice combined with Borax paste. + Deck Cleaner use One part vinegar to eight parts water. + Floor Cleaner use One cup vinegar plus two gallons of water. + Window Cleaner use One cup vinegar plus one quart warm water. + Aluminum Cleaner use Two tablespoons cream of tartar plus one quart hot water. + Brass Cleaner use Worcestershire sauce or paste made of equal amounts of salt, vinegar, and water. + Copper Cleaner use Lemon juice and water or paste of lemon juice, salt, and flour. + Chrome Cleaner/Polish use Apple cider vinegar to clean; baby oil to polish. + Stainless Steel Cleaner use Baking soda or mineral oil for polishing, vinegar to remove spots + Fiberglass Stain Remover use Baking soda and salt in a wet paste. + Mildew Remover use Paste with equal amounts of lemon juice and salt or white vinegar and salt or diluted tea tree oil. + Drain Opener use Dissemble, use plumber’s snake, or flush with boiling water plus one quarter cup baking soda and one quarter cup vinegar + Wood Polish use Olive or almond oil (interior walls) + Head and Shower use Wet area and brush thoroughly with baking soda.

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Smart and Cheap Cleaning Solutions Continued

Be a Mad Scientist

+ Rug/Upholstery Cleaner use Dry corn starch sprinkled on and vacuum. + After-Cleaning Cocktail One part rum mixed with 2 parts fruit juice. Add ice. While baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and vegetable oils are far less harmful than bleaches, scouring powders, or detergents, they are still toxic to marine life. Use cleaning products sparingly and prevent discharge into the water (e.g., plug scuppers and use a hand pump to transfer soapy water to a bucket for disposal ashore). Never dispose of any cleaning products down the thru-hull drain; dispose of them on shore. (source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources Clean Marina Initiative cleanmarina/Guidebook/ts1vesselm.pdf )

Boat cleaning products not only have misleading labels, they are all pretty darn bad for the Bay, so choose carefully. What To Do: If buying from the marine store, look for labels that say “biodegradable,” “phosphate free,” and “nontoxic.” Use these sparingly, because even the non-toxic ones are harmful to marine life. Wax your boat to keep the surface dirt from sticking. Avoid detergents that contain ammonia, chlorinated solvents (bleach), petroleum distillates, and lye. Stock the boat with household kitchen items for interior and exterior cleaning. They sometimes require a little extra scrub on your part, but think of it as your work-out for the summer to burn off all those aft deck cocktails. Why Do It: Did you know that detergents we use to clean our boats will destroy the natural oils on fish gills and make it harder for them to breathe? We don’t want asthmatic rockfish! You’ll not only save some money by passing on the store bought cleaners, you’ll save the Bay!

Rinse With Water

All you need is a rinse. What To Do: Next time you come back from a day on the Bay, try washing down your boat with just fresh water and a lot of elbow grease. Go to the hardware store and buy a fancy $10 nozzle that gives you control of the spray and different settings. Most dirt and dust will come right off with a good fresh-water-only rinse and scrub. Why Do It: To avoid all of the toxic soup discussed above

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Divide and Conquer We all recycle at home. Why not keep up the good habits underway? What To Do: Even the smallest day sailor has space for an extra small trash bag or little box for recyclables. Too often, boaters march from the dock to the dumpster with one big trash bag— garbage, plastics, bottles, cans, and all. If your marina doesn’t recycle, bring it home and toss it in your bin. Better yet, try to reduce the trash you create on board. Switch to cloth napkins. Invest a few bucks in some plastic containers you can reuse for food rather than putting snacks in plastic baggies that get tossed in the landfill—or more likely than not, end up overboard in the wind.

Make an effort to strip the packaging off your prepared food items before you bring them aboard. But most of all, pick it up! If you see trash on the shore line, grab it and dispose of it properly. When it’s floating by, grab the boat hook and do some manoverboard practicing while you fish it out. Why Do It: Most of us aren’t heartless enough to toss garbage in the water, but accidents happen. All it takes is a gust and a heel, and suddenly, you’re part of the problem. I have seen first hand marine life swimming through plastic bags. It’s about as sad as it gets.

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Do we really even have to discuss this issue? If you’re not using a holding tank or shore-side facilities, may you get stung by a thousand sea nettles and pecked to pieces by a flock of angry osprey. Green boating isn’t exactly a secret. There are organizations in every regiondedicated to helping recreational sailors protect thewaters we love to play on. It doesn’t even cost more It’s just a matter of deciding to do it andmaking it a habit. The fish will thank you. The osprey will thank you. Your fellow Sailors will thank you. And maybe oneday, your children’s children will have a chance to describe the Chesapeake as “alive.”

About The Author Cindy Wallach has lived aboard for 10 years, currently on a St. Francis 44 catamaran on Back Creek with her husband and four-year-old son. Experienced cruisers, the family sails locally while they prepare for a 2010 departure for more long-term cruising. Cindy’s goal is to never experience winter again.

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Team Pirates of the Chesapeake/Velocity Sailing 6: Keith Chapman (skipper), Adam Domanski (ground crew), and Alec Daunheimer (crew).

Tybee 500 fleet lined up after the finish of leg one from Islamorada to Hollywood Beach, FL.

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wo West River Catamaran Racing Association (WRCRA) members, skipper Keith Chapman and his crew Alec Daunheimer, hauled their Nacra 20 to Islamorada, FL in the Keys for the six-day, 500-mile-long Tybee 500 Extreme Catamaran Race May 11-16. The conditions were great with a few full double-trapeze, spinnaker days. “There were days when we hit 19.5 knots,” says Chapman, who says that they were “smoking along” at 1617.5 most of the time. Due to a short spinnaker line, they couldn’t always double up on the trapeze. “We’d get in to find that the others with both crew Tybee 500 fleet lining up for start of leg two from Hollywood, FL to Jupiter Beach, FL.

on the wire had hit 22 knots!” A little bruised and sore at the time of print, when he was adjusting to real life after his adventure and long drive home, Chapman was still excited. “We saw a lot of turtles—procreating turtles, too—porpoises, rays, flying fish (we didn’t get hit), some identifiable fish, and lots of pelicans. The water, especially from the Keys to Miami, is so clear and just emerald green.” It was Chapman and Daunheimer’s first completed Tybee 500. We doubt it’s their last. ~M.W.

Light wind conditions made it difficult for teams to break through the surf.

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Jeff LoSapio of the WRCRA and skipper Todd Hart of NC come in hot off the water at the end of day two.

Tybee 500 fleet lining up for the start of leg four from Cocoa Beach to Daytona Beach, FL. Keith Chapman and Alec Daunheimer of Pirates of the Chesapeake completing leg one of the Tybee 500 in Hollywood, FL.

Sailors being a superstitious bunch, many teams such as the Pirates have daily rituals for good luck.

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Charter Notes

Catting Around the BVI

by Michelle Bosserman


n April, while many were still dealing with the cold weather in Annapolis, SpinSheet production manager Cory Deere, Melanie Arena, and their daughter Megan were sailing in the beautiful waters of the British Virgin Islands. The family island-hopped on a 47-foot catamaran provided by Footloose Sailing Charters. The trip began with a relatively bumpy start. After flying into San Juan, Puerto Rico their flight to Tortola was cancelled. Determined not to become stressed, they caught a small jet flight carrying only a few passengers that took them to the charter company. After the slightly frightening experience of flying in a small plane through stormy weather,

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Catting Around the BVI continued they rested at the dock overnight. Despite missing their original flight, they ended up making it to their destination earlier than those on the rescheduled Tortola flight. Now their trip and exploration of the BVI really began. Starting in the main harbor of Road Town, the capital of Tortola, they sailed their way to all the little nooks and beaches of the BVI. With three people on board, the catamaran wasn’t difficult to sail due to simple “line of sight” navigation and stunningly clear waters. With the stern lights on, fish of all different brilliant types

and colors were visible in the sometimes shallow waters. The 47-foot cat (with a four-foot draw) provided plenty of space for three people and was easy to maneuver even in the steadily windy weather averaging 25 knots. Along with Tortola, Cory’s favorite spots included Sandy Cay and Jost Van Dyke. Sandy Cay, an uninhibited island located between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke, gave them a chance for a little snorkeling with shockingly few people around. Cory was amazed at how few boats there were in

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some areas that were easy to sail to and still held the same beauty. In any vacation get-away, the object is to have as much fun as possible with the least amount of worry. A BVI trip doesn’t seem complete without visits to the island bars. Much like the boardwalks by any popular beach, these famous bars are lined up and filled with tourists aimed at having a good time. Many of the famous bars in the BVI, like Willy T’s, Foxy’s, and Sydney’s Peace & Love, offer a relaxed feel. In Cory’s experience, there are generally two different bar scenes in the BVI: resort and non-resort. Although both have the same atmosphere and clientele, it is clear upon arrival which ones are the more expensive resort ones and which ones are the non-resort ones. There is definite truth behind the phrase “island time,” as Cory can tell you. Time, it seems, moves much slower in the BVI. If taking a trip to the BVI, just be aware it’s not the East Coast way of life. Seemingly simple maneuvers such as making change may take a lo-ong time. But why complain when you’re sailing in paradise? To learn more about Footloose sailing charters, visit

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hen the weather calls, pick up the phone. The Bay’s waters, clear skies, and summer-like temps April 24-27 were hard to resist. Who cares if our hull needed elbow grease or our pantry was empty? It was a chance to return to the relaxing routines of whimsical weekenders. After work on Friday, we anchored off the Rhode River’s islands. A deep pink sunrise gave way to brilliant summer sun as we cruised to the Wye River. Turtles outnumbered our co-anchors on Dividing Creek off Wye Island on Saturday. We sat in T-shirts and shorts, put our feet in the water, and hatched a plan. On Sunday, Eastern Shore hospitality, cool tiki beverages, and crab imperial at the Crab Claw Restaurant beckoned us to stay the night at St. Michaels Marina. So, we did. After playing hooky from school, work, and boat prep, we returned home Monday afternoon covered in fluorescent green pollen. Refreshed and ready to plan our next escapade, we’re waiting for the next weather window. —Ruth Christie/


Celebrating Flag Day

une 13-14, the Jewish Navy will raise the club flag and proudly display our American flags as we celebrate Magothy River Day. We will raft up in Broad Creek on Saturday and head for Dobbins Island to anchor for a great outdoor party and concert Sunday. Plans are underway for our July events, which will, invariably, be accompanied by good food, fireworks, and great company. We are also exploring the addition of an “educational” trip to our summer line-up of events. Given that there is much work being done on the reclamation of the Bay, we will expand our definition of “oyster” beyond that of people who sprinkle their conversations with “yiddishisms.” If you are interested in learning more about the Jewish Navy or in joining us for summer sailing events, contact —by Adiva Sotzsky


June 19 brings the 72nd running of the 12-nm Down River Race for all classes on the Chester River, June 20-21 is RHYC’s One-Design Invitational Regatta, and June 25 features RHYC’s Junior One-Design Regatta for Laser Radials, C420s, and all Opti fleets (rockhallyachtclub. org). —by Connie Ranney

Seventy Years… Wow!

he 70th annual Potapskut Sailing Association’s Overnight Race will be June 27, with multiple PHRF and one-design starts. All of the racers are invited back to the PSA clubhouse on Black Hole Creek regardless of the hour they finish (we’ve had boats finish at 4 a.m.) for a hearty, hot breakfast cooked by yours truly and friends (mikewingate@, —by Mike Wingate



Lasers and Lightning... Ouch!

uring their Opening Day Regatta May 9, the Rock Hall YC (RHYC) hosted five races for 14 Lasers and three Lightnings competing in gorgeous spring conditions. Everyone had a great time! We had four Junior Laser Radial sailors, as well.

RHYC’s Laser sailors (minus Roger Link) enjoy the sunny Opening Day Regatta this May.

Cruising to Dun Cove

earson Sailing Association sailors will have our first on-water event over Memorial Day weekend at the Maryland YC. Members will come by boat or by land and enjoy the yacht club’s facilities. June 20-21, we will have our traditional Dun Cove Race. This joint event with the Rhode River Boat Club includes a race or cruise to Dun Cove and a raft-up. Look for sailing instructions in early June at —by John Martin


June Is Bustin’ Out All Over

unter Sailing Association (HSA) capped off National Safe Boating Week with our Memorial Day Weekend raft-up in Shaw Bay with USCG Auxiliary’s courtesy vessel safety checks, June 13 brings us to Baltimore’s Camden Yards to watch the Orioles versus Atlanta Braves, June 20 features a Summer Solstice raft-up on the Choptank and an excursion into Cambridge, MD, and July 4 means we will sail around the middle of the Bay to catch the best fireworks we can find ( —by Carl Reitz

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Junior sailors jockey for position at the start of MRYC’s 2008 Junior Regatta. Photo courtesy of Patricia Barbis

Another Trip to Cambridge


orthern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron members will rendezvous in Cambridge over Memorial Day weekend. Stay tuned for more news ( —by Frank Shults

Miles of Summer Fun



Herring Bay Shenanigans


his May, the Herrington Harbour Sailing Association got into full swing in our regular Wednesday Night Series, practiced the Starting Sequence during our On-the-Water Tune-up Clinic, and held our first Regatta. The cruisers held back-to-back cruises on Memorial Day and the next weekend for new members. June brings our Sharpe’s Island Race at twilight, other regattas, and cruises on three successive weekends, starting with the Full Moon Cruise, moving to the Father’s Day Cruise, and ending with the Race Cruises. On June 27, HHSA will host its fourth annual Summer Invitational Regatta, sanctioned by CBYRA and sponsored by Integrity Yacht Sales. The regatta on Herring Bay is open to Cruising OneDesign classes and PHRF handicap and Corinthian classes. The après race activities will be at Herrington Harbour South Marina, featuring food, drink, a live band, and awards ( —by Keith Morgenstern and Keith Mayes

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t the Miles River YC (MRYC) in St. Michaels, kids ages eight to 16 years old will get to sail Optimist Sailing Dinghies, Lasers, and 420s; enjoy some pool time and picnics; some end-ofseason regattas; and a day on big cruising sailboats. The Junior Sailing Program, led by Diana Mautz and Becky Ness, includes three two-week sessions between June 15 and July 31 for offspring of members and non-members. All participants can race in MRYC’s Junior Regatta August 3. Last year, the program had 60 beginning and 40 returning junior sailors; about 70 of them competed and placed in regional regattas around the Bay. Because so many younger siblings begged to join the fun, MRYC launched a new half-day sailing program, Sea Kids, for kids ages six and seven years. The new program includes three one-week

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n May 9, several members of the West River Sailing Club (WRSC) posted a watch in the middle of the Westfield Annapolis Mall along with several of their boats to talk about sailing and how easy it can be for anyone at any age to get into the sport. Several dozen mall-goers, especially kids, had a chance to check out Optis, Lasers, 420s, and Albacores up close. Parents learned about the club’s extensive sailing school programs for adults and children, including summer sailing camps for kids ages six years and up. On May 30, WRSC took the experience back to the clubhouse in Galesville, MD for an Open House. Whether your family would like to cruise, race, or just knockabout on the water, joining a sailing club gives you more than a waterfront clubhouse and grounds to enjoy. It instantly gives you like-minded friends who will help you enjoy the Chesapeake Bay and everything that sailing has to offer ( —by Dan Walker

Up the Potomac a Piece


arnacle Cup Racers held our first Barnacle Cup Race of the 2009 season May 30 near the cross on St. Clements Island, the site of the settlers’ first landing in Maryland in 1633. We race on the second and last Saturday of each month from Memorial Day to Labor Day. These events always feature raft-ups and cocktails afterward; everyone is welcome. This summer, we will hold the second annual Leonardtown Wharf Waterfront Celebration Regatta in the town of Leonardtown, MD. The St. Mary’s Ryken High School sailing team will take on challenging high schools to defend their title. A keelboat PHRF race series will be held around the buoys in Breton Bay, with a results meeting at the Olde Leonardtown Pub afterwards. We hope to grow this into a special annual event. September 12 brings a skippers’ meeting at the Wharf. For more details about our events, call (888) 5600213. —by Robert “Buzz” Ballard Bob and Shawn from the Barnacle Cup Racers sail into the sunset.

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Obsession, Opti Mystique, Perseverance, Rave, and True Love. Two new members, David Emsellem and Lenny Kinland, joined the group. On June 20, Sailing Chavurah will sail south to Norfolk. We will repeat a stop in Solomons for the Fourth of July for Water Games and Relay Races followed by a holiday BBQ ( —by Andrea Landis

Just sailing in the rain… Sailing Chavurah members (L-R) Marty Landis and Steve Permisson on Opti Mystique raft up on Cinco de Mayo.


Cinco de Raino?

ailing Chavurah weathered the rain to raft up on Old Man’s Creek off the Magothy for our Pre-Cinco de Mayo Cruise. Twenty-five sailors met Saturday night for a Pot Luck Mexican Feast held on Hideaway. Other boats that made it to the raft-up were Alliance, Mishigas,


Every Morning You Greet Me…

he Kent Island Racing Fleet came out of hibernation and launched its racing program, including the Wednesday night series for the Edelweiss Cup, weekend races, the famous RunWhat-You-Brung Regatta, and a Frostbite series for the more tenacious of you ( —by Chris Bardwell-Jones


Bring Your Own Sunshine

west wind at 11 knots and lots of very heavy gusting (+20 knots) under the threat of “scattered nastys” holding to the south were the backdrop for a slightly shortened first second-Saturday series race of the season May 9 for the Choptank Sailing Association. At one point, Nancy, Jim, and Sam on Mystery had to sever their jammed furling line to free their headsail. John, Ken, and Andy on Hearts Content steadily plowed the course with a paucity of tacks, just overstanding a little too much to finish a close second behind Fran and Bruce on Windsong. So, in spite of all the aches and pains and boatyard tweaks and twinges mustered by the early season shake-downs, racing has returned to the Choptank near the Cambridge Marina. Send your “Heads up, here I come” and “I’m back” notices to crewmates@choptanksa. info. Check out the rest of the story at

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hether your goal is to become more comfortable on boats or to make new racing friends, we can help. For 12 years, SpinSheet’s free Crew Listing service has been connecting new and seasoned sailors to boats and crews on the Chesapeake Bay. Here’s the deal: sailors of all levels go to and register under “Crew Listings.” Everyone from salty skippers to brand new sailors signs up. Just like the lottery, you have to play to win. The most successful crew and skippers are those who sign up early in the season (now) and log in as much detail as possible about their previous experience (if any) and what kind of sailing they hope to do this season.

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Winging It on the West River

elcome back to West River Catamaran Racing Association (WRCRA) racing! I look forward, as always, to seeing who shows up for this race and who is the most prepared for the story starts here, with me. It was impressive to watch the “As” smoking out of the harbor on Friday! Nice to see the crew at the club on weekends. I will see you

Tuesday nights, yes? Good. Channel 69. Make our 20th season one to remember ( This May, Alec Daunheimer and I (the Pirates of the Chesapeake catamaran sailing team) raced in the Tybee 500 Extreme Catamaran Race from Islamorada, FL to Tybee Island, GA. It was like boot camp for distance racing cats. For photos, see page 52. —by Keith Chapman


Summer School

he Cooper River YC (CRYC) offers advanced sailing classes to everyone with some basic sailing experience. The eight-session course runs for four weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Each course will begin on June 2, June 30, and July 28. The club’s fleet includes Precision 15s, Lasers, and Sunfish. On Independence Day, the annual two-day William Flowers Regatta for GP-14s, Lasers, Sunfish, and open class will be held at CRYC. On July 4th, fireworks sponsored by the Camden County Parks can be viewed from CRYC and the surrounding area. —by Marcella Ridenour

A Meeting of Minds

O WRCRA boats joined the two-day West River Sailing Club Spring Regatta, including A-Cats, Nacra-20s, 505s, and Contenders. Photo by Wendy Daunheimer/

n June 22, the Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association (CAPCA) will welcome guest speaker Randy Renn and his presentation “Marine Surveyors: An Industry in Transition.” On July 27, the group will welcome Suzan Zellers, executive director of the Marine Trades Association ( —by Ken Binnix

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Six Years Shy of Fifty

The Roaring Twenties


he Chesapeake 20 Association fleet is back at it again, racing its Spring Series on the weekends in the West River with other WRSC fleets, including Flying Scots, Nacras, and ACats. Under the direction of Peter Tasi and Pam Taylor, progress is steady on the Annapolis Maritime Museum exhibit which opens with our Worlds June 19. Clay and Pam Taylor, Peter Tasi, Laurence and Suzanna Hartge, and I are well along into planning the layout, graphics, etc. Pam has arranged for an intern, Dan Lozano, a student at Marymount University, to help us. Thanks to Sally and Burt Sachse, Serenade will be featured between our exhibit and that of the Hartge family. If you have a favorite C20 picture for our album, please send it to me. We’ll set up the exhibit June 8 and 15. Our goal is to raise the visibility of Chesapeake 20s and recruit other sailors including those interested in joining us, buying new or used glass boats, or restoring one of our classics ( —by Ted Weihe


hesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Association members just published our 44th fleet Handbook listing all of 197 members, photos of the last season, the plans for the 2009 season, Bylaws, past trophy winners, and all of the other information one would need as a member. We published the first of these books in 1965 when the association was formed. Seven Alberg 30s hit the sunny start line in the three-day NOOD Regatta April 24, with T. C. Williams in Argo taking a solid first place. June 6 will find the fleet in Luce Creek with hosts Vicky Lathom and Barry Miller. That same weekend, the racing fleet will also participate in the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake’s Ted Osius Memorial Regatta. In mid-June, we will send several members to Toronto, Canada to compete with our sister fleet in the 44th running of the International Syronelle Regatta. The month will end with the Annual Children’s Cruise to Broad Creek in the Magothy River ( —by Joan Hamilton and Rolph Townshend

Sail the Summer Away


fter an Open House at the North East River YC April 19, the club has settled into the Saturday spring series and looks ahead to Thursday night races beginning June 11 and the North East River YC Invitational Race and Party (a CBYRA Region 1 sanctioned event ) July 25. The club’s weekly Summer Camps from June 22 to August 3 are open to kids and teens ages six to 18 years ( —by Sharlene Wilkins

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Apparently, It Takes a Whole Year to Celebrate 35 Years

n 1974, Bristol boat owners Jerry Caswell and Ken Ketcham, along with Bristol broker Al Jacukiewicz, hatched a plan for a Bay Bristol club. One successful membership drive later, and the Chesapeake Bristol Club was launched. For 35 years, CBC has flourished while its membership has morphed into a diverse flotilla of 26 designs in addition to beloved Bristols. Several early members, including five original plank owners, remain on the rolls today. The reason for CBC’s longevity? It doesn’t take itself too seriously. Cruising and socializing have always been at the

heart of the club’s mission. Racing is often on the agenda, but for the fun and learning experiences it affords. Club members have shared many adventures over the years, including our signature Sunflower Raft-Ups, cruises on the Bay and north to New England, and charters in the Caribbean. Other traditions are food-related events, such as our annual Crab Feast, Oktoberfest, and Baltimore Harbor Cruise. CBC will celebrate our 35-year history with a Nautical Black Tie Dinner June 12 at Herrington Harbour South. The event is open to Bristol owners and anyone who loves sailing ( —by Deb Coons

The Sunflower Raft-Up is always on the minds of Chesapeake Bristol Club (CBC) sailors, who celebrate 35 years in 2009. Photo courtesy of CBC

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Thanks for a Great 2008, Piankatank

he Wilton Creek Cruising Club (WCCC) elected new officers during its January 2009 meeting, including commodore Jim Dusek, vice commodore Stan Coloff, and fleet captain Jim Coling. Retiring commodore Tom Feigum and his wife Trudy, who served as secretary and social chairman, received a digital picture frame for their six years of service to the club. In 2008, Coloff organized a weekly activity called Race-evous. From May to September, 18 boats, 40 members and guests, and onlookers from shore met weekly on the Piankatank River to sail and party with pizza on Thursdays.

Three member couples left last fall for other parts of the world: Jack and Laurie King returned to Europe to board their sailboat after giving a pictorial of their adventures at the January 2009 meeting. Jim and Connie Coling headed south to Key West and then the Bahamas. Peg and Terry Ziegler traveled the ICW, then went onto the Bahamas. Cruises for 2008 included a Shakedown in May to the Tides Inn on the Rappahannock, a long weekend get-a-way in June to Fleets Bay, then Onancock, and a final foggy cruise of the season in September to Portsmouth and Elizabeth City. The club has a lot of fun, and the schedule for 2009 looks like another winner ( —by Tom Feigum

Here’s Mud in Your Pie!


lub Beneteau Chesapeake Bay kicked things off April 19 with a raft-up seminar at the Eastport YC and our annual Spring Luncheon at the Chart House, with salmon, crab cakes, prime rib, salads, vegetables, and scrumptious desserts of cheesecake and the infamous mud pie. After reports from the board of directors and a review of the raft-up and special event schedule, we recognized past commodore Jeff Taylor and past secretary Holly McKibben for their service and agreed to move the luncheon up a month next year. Thanks to Cynthia Pyron and Al Nahmias for arranging the seminar and meeting room, respectively.

McKibben’s Grey Goose again hosted the annual Cinco de Mayo Raft-Up, which brought 13 crews to the calm waters of Swan Creek despite the rain. Decorated boats and great food punctuated the weekend, including rotisseriecooked seasoned pork carnitas, salsa, chips, jalapeno and chili cheese dips, crevasses, margaritas, and lively tunes. The bulk of the rain held off until the cigars were gone and the lights were out. Thanks to Chris Zebekel for dinghying revelers to and from their various rafting pods. —by Kevin McKibben

Strawberries and Ice Cream!


e race and cruise; that’s for sure. But the Magothy River Sailing Association also knows how to party and eat. The annual June Picnic and Strawberry Social June 6 at Ed and Peggy Poe’s house on Black Hole Creek will celebrate the club’s 35th anniversary on the river. Members come by land and sea for burgers and hot dogs as well as delicious potluck dishes. And nothing can compare with the strawberries and ice cream dessert that tops off the evening! Right after the picnic, MRSA cruisers will head to the Miles River and then celebrate Father’s Day in Round Bay on the Severn ( Wednesday evening races on the Magothy are in full swing. The May Spring Classic attracted racers from all over the Bay and culminated with a raft-up in Broad Creek with cruisers and racers alike. MRSA’s Junior Training Program at the Grachur Club will be June 15-26. The twoweek sailing camp for boys and girls ages nine to 16 years includes a comprehensive training program for beginners to advanced sailors as well as a weekly racing program.

MRSA’s Junior Training Program at work.

Thanks to MRSA parents for helping with boat maintenance, daily supervision, and race management. For more details, visit —by Peggy Poe

Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay’s Cinco de Mayo party up Swan Creek. Photo by Holly McKibben

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Forty-Third Festivities


ickerson Owners Association members are having our 43rd annual Rendezvous June 19-20 in Oxford, MD on the Choptank. For more details, contact Dick Young at (717) 738-9009 or —by Dick Young

Turning a New Leef?


ew Castle Sailing Club sailors are organizing the Frank Nelson Charity Regatta, BBQ dinner, and live auction to benefit the March of Dimes July 25. The event is open to all classes of centerboard and multi-hull sailboats under 22 feet long. We daysail on the Delaware River off Battery Park, New Castle, DE, just south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge (newcastlesailingclub. org). —by Kathy Leef

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he non-profit Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron’s Yard Sale will be June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1131 Old County Road in Severna Park, MD. Proceeds will fund the group’s free safe boating classes to the public. —by Carl Tucker


n May 2, the Back Creek YC’s (BCYC) Kentucky Derby and New Member Party at the Naval Station in Annapolis featured mint juleps, a hat contest, and a long-shot winner. On May 15, a Social Hour was held at the Annapolis home of Wally and Molly Stone, and the next day, BCYC Ladies and friends attended a safe boating seminar taught by the Annapolis Sailing and Powerboat Schools. The Memorial Weekend Cruise May 23-25 brought members to the Lankford Bay Marina off the Chester for grilled food, a catered dinner, trolley trips to Rock Hall, MD, and Bocce Ball and Horseshoes competitions. We incorporate our July 4th celebration into our annual Club Cruise. This year, starting June 26, we will work our way up the Chesapeake to find fireworks and Fourth of July festivities in Rock Hall (, —by Otto Hetzel



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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Catch a Wave and You’re Sitting on Top of the World…


hen touring Poplar Island this April with guides Robin Armetta and Andrew Franklin, we were encouraged by the large numbers of cormorants and other wildlife there. Now, Tartan 34 Classic Association sloops are catching wind and waves from the North Sea to Lake Champlain and our own Chesapeake Bay. For updates, photos, gift ideas, and a tech forum, visit our new website: We preserve these lovely classics and share our joy of sailing them with other owners wherever they may be. To join us, contact Chris Crighton at Happy sailing to all! —by Grace Holt Skipper Chuck Gladding makes it look easy as Lady Meadow, his Tartan 34 Classic, heels way over in the Tartan Regatta last year. Chuck and Sue are hard to beat, but if you sail a T34C you are welcome to try during the 2009 Regatta June 20. We hope to see you there.


Somewhere, Beyond the Bay…

hesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) sailors are joining WRSC sailors on their clockwise Delmarva circumnavigation June 6-13 to see what lies beyond the Bay. All Tartan sailors are invited to the Regatta June 19-20 at the Tilghman-On-Chesapeake (TOC) YC. Friday features a get-together at the marina, and Saturday includes two round-the-buoy races on the east side of Tilghman Island in the Choptank and an awards dinner at the TOC clubhouse. This annual event offers some serious competition among friends and brings out the best of our diverse fleet of Tartan yachts, from the Classic 27s to the glamorous 4600s. For more details, call David Branning at (410) 886-9849. To register, visit —by Grace Holt


Miranda, Gene Gottschalk’s Tartan 30, flies in the Magothy River. Join us at our June 20 regatta, and catch this sweet sloop if you can! Photo by Ed Poe

Boosting a Move

n April 25, Captain Randy Williamson’s stories and picture/ portraits brought members of the Beneteau Owners and Others Sailing Together (BOOST) along as he and his crew prepared for their trip to the Caribbean. Randy and his wife, Susan, have cruised the Leeward and Windward Islands for many years. Afterwards, we dined on the outside deck at the Fleet Reserve Club, did some summer planning, and watched the bold and the beautiful maneuver their way through Ego Alley. The Annapolis Yacht Sales Beneteau Green Rendezvous May 29-31 at Camp Letts in Edgewater, MD was a return to childhood memories of camp days with no worries, just interacting with the environ-

ment with friends. BOOST members shared sea stories and good food and danced to lively music in the meeting hall. Mark your calendar for these BOOST raftup parties: Park Creek off the Magothy June 13-14, Old Man Creek off the Magothy July 11-12, Lake Oglethorpe near Eastport August 15-16, and Kent Narrows Marina and Inn September 12-13. One group will sail to Maine in late July and return late August, and another will go south to Norfolk for about 14 days in mid-July, visiting Williamsburg, VA along the way ( Beneteau owners, come join us; we take time to meet, greet, and eat (gerryhunter1@comcast. net). BOOST members monitor Channels 9, 68, and 72. —by Myrna Gibson


Auld Lang Syne?

he Chesapeake Ericson Owners Association will hold a fourth annual Raft-Up June 20-21 ( —by David Auld

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he Flying Scot Fleet 42 Summer Solstice Regatta will sail out of the Selby Bay Sailing Center in Edgewater, MD June 20-21 (, fs42. org). —by Gene Kendall 66 June 2009 SpinSheet

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Supporting Navy sailing for nearly 42 years, the Annapolis Naval Sailing Association (ANSA) had a Skipper Checkout/Recertification April 18. Member training is in full swing, with several courses starting up this May (above). We offer a range of sailing opportunities, including club operations sails/day cruises, dinner cruises, weekday evening cruises, moonlight cruises, and member chartered sails. Join us by visiting Reduce your carbon footprint by sailing with us. —by Tom Warrington


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altimore Beat started in 2004 when SpinSheet’s founding editor Dave Gendell twigged that there was sailing life north of Annapolis that deserved some spin. I was teaching at J/ World around the corner and stopped by with some ideas scribbled on the back of an envelope. We talked, and here we are. All this while later, we’re still beating our way up the Bay against wind and tide. It’s understandable that the Upper Bay doesn’t get a lot of coverage, given that Annapolis is the sailing capital of the galaxy. The irony is that I—who live at the head of the Bay—haven’t sailed here much. The sailing I have done was mostly on a Hobie 16 my boyfriend and I launched out of Havre de Grace (by the Amtrak bridge… tricky). We got blasted by squalls coming down the Susquehanna, ran aground on the flats off Havre de Grace, and set off on heroic passages across the head of the Bay to the Bohemia and Sassafras. And, being multihull newbies, we did a lot of swimming in the process.

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The flats were the occasion for one of my more embarrassing maritime moments. We’d just bought the Hobie and knew we needed to practice capsizing for when it happened for real. On a sunny, five-knot day, we ventured out onto the flats with this intention. I was helming and kept finding excuses to go a little farther… no, a bit more… over there. My boating experience to date consisted of big boat offshore deliveries: it just didn’t seem right to capsize a boat on purpose. Both rudders kicked up. By the time we finally grabbed the shrouds and hauled her over, we had worked our way so far onto the Flats that we found ourselves standing calf high in water. That tells us one thing about sailing in Havre de Grace: stay in the channel where you’ve got about seven feet of water. Havre de Grace YC (HdGYC) sails here at the mouth of the mighty Susquehanna River, which has been gathering momentum from its headwaters in upstate New York. Commodore Shirley Marley says the cur-

rent through the race course can run up to three knots, depending on how many gates are open at the Conowingo Dam just upstream. In Baltimore, when the breeze craps out in summer, we just sit and roast; in Havre de Grace, you can be on your way out to Spesutie Island. To further tune your racing acumen, there’s lots of barge traffic en route to the quarry up river. It’s not uncommon for two or three to traverse the course of an evening; one is often moored in the middle, leading, says Shirley, to that fateful decision: “Which side do we take?” HdGYC sails out of Tidewater Marina. Tuesday night is Lightning night; Thursdays, there’s racing for Stars, J/24s, and spin and non-spin classes. A spring Hospice Cup benefits the local hospital; the Havre de Grace Invitational pulls boats from the North East River, Georgetown, Glen Mar, and Middle River. The fall Any Ole Boat Series is what it says. Across the flats and up the North East River, the North East River YC (NERYC)

“The race starts off Turkey Point and traverses the channel that tankers and car carriers from the C&D Canal ply, proving beyond a doubt that Upper Bay sailors are every bit as nuts as their Annapolis and Baltimore brethren.”

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off Turkey Point and traverses the channel that tankers and car carriers from the C&D Canal ply, proving beyond a doubt that Upper Bay sailors are every bit as nuts as their Annapolis and Baltimore brethren. If you sail south from Turkey Point, you’ll soon see Grove Point at the mouth of the Sassafras River. In a land of twisty tribs, this river runs an unusually regular east-west course, about 10 miles into the Eastern Shore to the town of Georgetown at Route 213, the “back way” to the shore if you are starting from up here. Here is the home of the Georgetown YC whose intrepid members also sail on courses that cross the shipping lanes. Okay, I am chicken, but I have ridden on a car carrier coming out of the C&D Canal. Let me tell you folks, you look way little down there. But then, you may remind Baltimore sailors of playing dodge ‘em with tugs and tankers, and you’d be right. Further south on the western shore is Glen Mar YC, the origins of whose name I have yet to discover. The big boat contingent sails out of Middle River. The dinghies sail out of the Baltimore County Sailing Center, just inshore from Hart Miller Island, the raft-up-swimaround-party-hardy-mostly-motor mecca in summer. I had one of the most surprising experiences of my sailing life racing with these folks: in close quarters at the windward mark rounding, the helmsman who had rights actually waved me ahead. Fresh from racing in Annapolis and Baltimore, where skippers come into the mark with their incisors dripping blood, I nearly fell off the boat in astonishment. Nice. So, you Upper Bay sailors, send me your story ideas. We need to stick up for our part of the water. New member Dobbs Fryburger racing his boat Whimsey in the NERYC Spring Series. Photo by Sharlene Wilkins

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fter three days of competitive sailing out of Annapolis YC April 24-26, Brian Keane of Weston, MA was named the overall winner of the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in Annapolis, the third stop in the nine-event nationwide series for the past decade. Keane and his Savasana team, including Annapolis crew members Paul Murphy and Mike League, were one of 30 competitors in the J/105 boat class, which was considered by race officials as the most competitive fleet of the regatta. Keane finished with one of the largest margins of all 18 fleets with a 16-point lead over his next closest competitor, Cedric Lewis’s Annapolisbased Mirage team. By taking the top spot in the most competitive fleet, Keane was awarded a fleet trophy and the overall title in the 265-boat regatta. Lewis gives Murphy credit for providing the local knowledge to the Savasana team to facilitate the win. Murphy says, “With the winds out of the south, there’s a little bit more wind offshore. Although there was an adverse current, staying east in better wind helped.” When it comes to conditions, “It was mostly cold and light,” says Lewis, who, as many competitors did, commented on the ripping ebb current and its challenges. The Mirage crew appreciated the race committee work by EYC and enjoyed the overall ambiance of the regatta. “Everyone was happy to be back on the water,” Lewis says. As the overall winner in Annapolis, the Savasana crew will be invited to participate in the NOOD Regatta Chesapeake Bay Sailing

Sail #152, Andrew Cole’s Andante, and #244, Tim Williams’s LinGin, scored second and third respectively in the Alberg 30 fleet, which was won by T.C. William’s Argo team at the Annapolis NOOD Regatta April 24-26. Photo by Dan Phelps/ SpinSheet

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1. USA1296 2. Stingwray 3. Annie

Jeffrey Siegal Robert Wray Gary Jobson/Gary Gilbert

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Tim Healy Will Welles Chris Larson

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Jimmy/Mike Praley Erik & Marty Lostrom Timothy Bloomfield

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John Anderson Martin Casey Tom Walsh

1. Solid Layer 2. Hot Toddy 3. Shark Sandwich

Chris Doyle Jeffrey Todd David Kerr

1. Savasana 2. Mirage 3. Dog House

Brian Keane Cederic Lewis/Frederik Salvesen Arthur Libby

1. Seefest 2. BLITZ 3. Phone

Ira Perry John Amyot Jay Weaver

1. USA-90 2. Bebop 3. Big Kahuna

David McConaughy Bob Rutsch & Mike Costello A. Lawrence Christy

1. Dragonfly 2. Rocket 3. Church Key

Chris Johnson Jon Morris Chris Chadwick

1. UKA UKA racing 2. Rock N Roll 3. Gannet

Lorenzo Santini Argyle Campbell Othmar Von Blumencron

1. Pegasus 2. KA’IO 3. Foxtrot Corpen

Peter Firey Art Silcox James Keen

1. ACT II 2. Infringer 3. Primal Scream

Geoff Atkins Ole Haaland Steven Stollman

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Art Libby’s J/105 Dog House team finished third, just after Cedric Lewis’s Mirage crew at the 2009 Annapolis NOOD Regatta. Brian Keane’s Savasana topped the J/105 fleet and the trophy for winning the most competitive fleet. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet




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Robert Wray’s Stingwray team posted three bullets and second place over all in the 18-boat Etchells fleet at the Annapolis NOOD Regatta April 24-26. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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1. Aunt Jean Jerry Christofel 2. Maggie Peter Scheidt 3. Bump in the Night Maury Niebur

Peter Scheidt’s J/35 Maggie crew scored second, just three points behind Jerry Christofel’s Aunt Jean team, who won the class at the 2009 Annapolis NOOD Regatta April 24-26. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

Championships in the British Virgin Islands in November to compete aboard Sunsail 39s against the overall winners from each stop in the NOOD Regatta series. Five Annapolis sailors captured fleet titles of the 17 other individual fleet trophies. Mike and Jimmy Praley in the Cal 25 Upchuck won their class for the third year in a row. Jim Praley, who races with his son, noted that 12 of the 15 competitors were High Point winners, making for healthy competition. When asked if anything funny or interesting happened in the regatta, Praley says, “In a venerable class like the Cals, our philosophy has been to put good sails and a good bottom on the boat and not worry too much about the finish work. If you see the boat, you’ll understand why it’s named Upchuck. While that system has always worked in the past, on Friday, it seemed like the boat was breaking up around us—teak trim falling off and halyard stoppers breaking, culminating in the forward hatch coming off in the bow woman’s hands when she opened it for a set, prompting the immortal question, ‘What am I supposed to do with this?’” Apparently, it did not hinder the team’s success. Satisfied with the overall regatta, Praley adds, “I thought it was fabulous to have that many boats out for a single Chesapeake event, and it bodes well for our sport in times like these.”

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Bill Sweetser’s Rush crew clinched top honors in the J/109 fleet, followed by Steve McManus’s Mischief crew (Severna Park, MD) in second and Mike Brown’s Saykadoo team (Yardley, PA) in third. Jerry Christofel’s Aunt Jean crew wrapped up

first in the J/35 class, with Peter Scheidt’s Maggie team and Maury Niebur’s Bump in the Night crew in second and third. EYC member Chris Johnson snagged top honors in the J/80 fleet on Dragonfly. Rod Jabin and crew trounced the sixboat Farr 40 fleet, posting five bullets and three seconds. The Sundance crew led by Gary Beer (Washington, DC) scored third in the fleet, of which the local contingent is growing and thriving. Robert Wray’s Stingwray crew scored second in the Etchells fleet, with New

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York YC skipper Jeffrey Siegal in first. Gary Gilbert and crew on Annie, including Gary Jobson— who claims the skipper did the sailing, and he’d only take credit for support—took third. Tuning up for the J/24 World Championships the next week, Annapolis pro Chris Larson placed third in his class on Downtown Annapolis Partners and proved the next week that it was an effective warm-up exercise (see page 75). Severn SA member Othmar von Blumencron, who ended in third of 21 in his Melges 24 Gannet, even with a new crew configuration, says, “We had very good competition, and it was a good start to the season. It can be tricky this time of year. We made the best of the conditions.” Art Libby, who scored third in the J/105 class with his Dog House crew summed up the spirit of this event, the first major regatta of spring: “One thing that has always been important to me is that everyone has a great time. As soon as we leave the dock, the music is always on relaxing everyone, making us that much more ready when we have to put on our game faces… John Lizewski (mast) had more energy than we have ever seen on Dog House. He was always there with a joke or some random act such as jogging on the bow, which certainly kept us entertained. We awarded him the Energizer Bunny award for his efforts.” Libby characterized his crew work as “flawless,” the parties as “too short,” and the race committee work as “awesome.” Now, that’s the way to launch sailing season. For complete results, visit Editor’s Note: At print time, we heard about the death of Etchells sailor Robert Wray. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and the sailing community.

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The Fabulous Friday Shuffle at the J/24 Worlds

A sunny, steadily breezy Friday saved the week at the 2009 J/24 World Championships off Annapolis. Photo by Mark Talbott/SpinSheet


clubhouse due to torrential rain, the regatta upsets through the fleet. With a secondith 79 boats representing 17 coungot under way the next day with two wet place finish in that race, by the end of tries, including 15 U.S. states, the the day, AYC member Tony Parker and and difficult races in light, shifting wind 2009 J/24 World Championship, his Bangor Packet team—including Dave held April 30-May 8, out of Annapolis YC and showers. The wicked ebb current Schoene, Geoff Ewenson, John McCabe, (AYC), was a colorful and exciting affair. It which would mark the entire week was a factor. Both Z and black flags were used and Mattie Farrar—stood in first place might have been a bit more exciting early in the week if the wind had been as willing as patience grew short for the day’s second overall; though the worst-race throw-out and final race. In the end, these flags would that would come into play once five races to participate as the competitors, or as Principal Race Officer Sandy Grosvenor’s prove decisive in the overall results. had been completed had not yet become a On Tuesday, racing was impossible factor in the overall scoring. crack Race Committee team was. due to a complete lack of sailable breeze, On Thursday, the breeze looked more On hand were several past J/24 World promising, but an afternoon thunder squall Champions, including AYC member Chris and Wednesday’s lone race was marked by spotty air, which produced some serious threw a monkey wrench into the works, Larson, who won the title in 1996, returning to J/24 racing after a long absence, plus the 2008 Cham1. Bruschetta, Mauricio Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6-1-[63/20%]-11-16-4-3 = 41 pion, Italian Andrea Casale, 2005 2. National Sailing Hall of Fame, Chris Larson, Annapolis, 2-22/ZFP-[43]-6-3-3-11 = 47 winner Anthony Kotoun from 3. Carrera, Matias Pereira, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 8-14-17-[29]-2-1-6 = 48 the USVI, and Brazilian Mauri4. Clear Air, Rossi Milev, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, [23]-5-6-10-12-5-14 = 52 cio Santa Cruz, who won in 2006 5. Bomba Charger, Anthony Kotoun, St. Thomas, USVI, 7-2-[80/RAF]-32-11-7-2 = 61 and 2007. Regional and national 6. Paraloc, Will Welles, Portsmouth, RI, 14-7-22-[26]-7-25-10 = 85 talent from around the world also 7. Mookie, Peter Levesque, Tiverton, RI, 10-31-9-9-20-8-[33] = 87 abounded. 8. Fiamma Gialla, Andrea Casale, Genoa, Italy, 21-9-8-5-[44]-40-18 = 101 Following Opening Ceremo9. Bangor Packet, Anthony Parker, Washington, DC, 5-22-2-52/40%-[56]-23-5 = 109 nies on Sunday, May 3, which 10. Three Bond, Tetsuya Matsunaga, Kamakura, Japan, 12-3-23-35 = 109 had to be moved indoors at the

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sowing confusion and a 150-degree wind shift into the final leg of what would be the day’s only race. It was enough to briefly put Casale, from Genoa, at the top of the heap. Grosvenor and her team called for an earlier rendezvous for the last day of racing in hope of more breeze and three races. Though the early start might not have been entirely necessary, the breeze did appear and stay, bringing the regatta to a nailbiting finish with three good races before the wrap.

With the vital worst-race throwout in play once the sailors had completed the day’s first contest, standings shuffled quite a bit, and as Larson and his National Sailing Hall of Fame team finished third in that race, they took the lead by the narrowest of margins, tied on points with Canadian Rossi Milev and his Clear Air crew. With a third-place finish in the next race, Larson and his team, which included Dave Hughes, Moose McClintock, Steve Frazier, and Curtis Florence, pulled ahead a bit more, establishing a two-point lead over Santa Cruz and his Brazilian team on

Bruschetta, who now found himself winning the tiebreaker with Milev and setting up the final race as a breath-taking contest to see who would emerge at the top of the highly competitive fleet. In the end, Santa Cruz and the Bruschetta crew, with a third in the seventh race to Larson’s 11th and Milev’s 14th, came away with a third J/24 World Championship, making him the second-most successful J/24 skipper in class history (Ken Read still holds the record with six titles) and the first non-U.S. sailor to win a Worlds in this country. by Nancy Noyes and Linda Ambrose

Annapolis pro Chris Larson and crew on the National Sailing Hall of Fame captured second in the 79-boat J/24 World Championship Regatta held out of Annapolis YC May 4-8. Maricio Santa Cruz’s Bruscetta team from Brazil took top honors. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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Fast Sailing:

The High School and Collegiate Sailing Scene 2009 A Hotbed for High School Racing by John Yeigh Did you know that the Chesapeake Bay is a national hotbed of high school (HS) racing? Indeed, the Chesapeake supports

programs for more than 25 schools. Further, the Severn School won the national HS fleet racing championship last year, and Severn’s Joe Morris also won a national individual championship in the fall of 2007. However, this year, two Southern Bay teams may be the Chesapeake’s strongest.

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The Annapolis area is host to as many as 12 schools, with about 10 of them training at Annapolis YC (AYC) and Severn SA (SSA), while two sail at their own facilities. The Southern Bay normally supports eight to 12 high schools, some from as far away as Richmond. They mainly race out of the Norfolk YC or the Christchurch School in Urbana, VA and sometimes utilize local collegiate facilities. In the middle of the Bay, the Southern Maryland SA (SA) of Solomons sponsors three high schools, and the Washington, DC metro area currently has three schools participating. These schools are part of the MidAtlantic region for HS sailing (, which encompasses about 60 schools from New York to Virginia. Our HS programs vary from a lone sailor to as many as 35 sailors, with many having sufficient participation to support both varsity and junior varsity teams. The racing takes place in both the coldwater spring (March through mid-May), for which drysuits are de rigueur, and warm-water autumn (September through mid November), which requires wetsuits by the end of the season. The training varies from none to several days each week after school, with most regattas to qualify for national championships taking place on weekends. HS sailing includes three basic formats: double-handed fleet racing (Mallory Championship), double-handed team racing (Baker championship), and singlehanded fleet racing (Cressy Championship). The regattas involve a multitude of races with boats typically rotated among teams to eliminate any bias from a fast or slow boat. The courses are usually set within the harbors to enable quick changeovers during rotations as well as shore-side viewing. The host club sets up all boats identically, and sailors may not adjust the standing rigging. For the double-handed fleet and team racing, the Club 420 and Flying Junior (FJ) are commonly used. For the single-handed racing, the Laser is used in both the full and Radial configurations.

The races are set up to last only about 12-15 minutes. Due to the extremely short courses, a premium is placed on crews that have particularly strong starting abilities as well as boat-handling capabilities, boat-onboat tactics, consistency as there are no throw-outs, and rules knowledge. The boats are never very far apart, so collisions, hitting marks, relatively friendly protests, on-water debates of right-of-way rules, and penalty turns (exonerations) are commonplace. Spinnakers and trapezes are not utilized in HS racing. If you see a spinnaker or trapeze, the kids are likely participating in one of the summer racing venues supported by the yacht clubs. The summer racing format is quite different from HS racing in that the courses are often much longer, rigging adjustments are allowed and encouraged, the kids often sail their own boats tweaked for personal preferences, and straight line boat speed is more critical. The Club 420 ( is by far the largest class of double-handed boats raced by older teens, although FJs, I-420s (souped up 420s), JY 15s, and 29ers are also raced.


Fleet Racing

n double-handed fleet racing, each HS competes with two full crews nominally labeled A and B divisions. Substitute crews are allowed and are often optimized by using lighter crews in light winds and heavier crews in fresher breezes. The ideal number of races is equal to the total number of boats in a regatta such that every A and B division team would race once in every boat. Regatta organizers normally try to achieve a minimum of eight rotations if the winds cooperate. The winning HS team has the lowest combined score for divisions A and B over whatever number of races are completed. Since no organization has sufficient boats to host all Mid-Atlantic or even Chesapeake high schools, the regions sponsor regattas to qualify for national events. The mid-Atlantic region held its final qualifier at Kings Point in New York on April 18-19. Our Chesapeake contingent absolutely dominated this regatta by taking the top six of 20 places. Christchurch and Norfolk Collegiate were a very close 1-2, followed by Severn, Broadneck, Annapolis, and Archbishop Spalding. Four other Chesapeake high schools also qualified to race in this event—Severna Park (12th), Walsingham Academy (16th), Maury (17th), and Gunston Day (19th).

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Farrar. Harry and Kelly achieved an amazing average score of third place out of 20 boats across all 18 races they sailed with their worst finish a seventh.

Special congratulations are in order for the top three schools (see sidebar)— Christchurch, Norfolk Collegiate, and Severn—as they qualified for Nationals held in St. Petersburg, FL May 8-10. According to Coach Randy Stokes of Norfolk Collegiate, “We have a tremendous rivalry with Christchurch. They have provided us with a great and exciting season, and we are both better teams for it. We had another tough battle with them at Kings Point, and while we were very proud of our team’s performance, the victory congratulations belong to Christchurch.” The top individual boat in this regatta was sailed by Harry Scott and Kelly Ortel from Annapolis HS and coached by Mattie


Team Racing

n double-handed team racing, two HS teams consisting of three boats compete in an elimination series which is typically a best of three races. The goal is to achieve a total finish score of 10 or less in each race. Thus, placings of 1, 4, 5 = 10 will beat 2, 3, 6 = 11. However, the team with boats sailing in second or third will try to help their sixth-place boat to move up by hindering the competitors in fourth or fifth. Likewise, the boat in first may try to hinder the competitors in second or third to help their fourth- and fifth-place teammates. Team racing is quite tactical, as the two sets of teams work together within the rules to obtain the combined winning score.


Single-Handed Racing

he single-handed racing is more a showcase of individual sailor talent, and thus does not reflect any HS “team” aspect. As is the case in the double-handed events, a series of qualifying regattas lead to the national championship which takes place in the fall. Look for further coverage of HS racing in upcoming issues of SpinSheet. In the meantime, if you see a bunch of kids roll tacking in Annapolis, Solomons, or Hampton Roads harbors in identically-outfitted boats with the big colorful numbers (typically one-20) on the sails, take time out for a good look as you may be watching the makings of a future Olympic or Rolex champ. However, keep in mind that the skilled Chesapeake HS sailors may be hard to differentiate from our collegiate racers from schools like Navy or Old Dominion—but that’s another story for four years hence…

About the Author: John Yeigh is a long time Chesapeake racer based in Annapolis. When not car-pooling to his kids’ sailing or other activities, he occasionally races a Tripp 26—quite often with a bunch of HS (and younger) sailors as crew.

Bracket Busting: Middle-Atlantic College Sailing Rules the Intercollegiate National Semi-Finals


The winning Georgetown Hoyas at the ICSA Semifinal National Championship in Boston-held at the same time as the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover festivities in May. To read about the high school and collegiate sailing scene, turn to page 78. To read about the VOR, go to page 82. Photo by Ellen Hoke

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oisting mainsails and hiking out inches over the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay in late February may not everyone’s idea of fun, but for the thousands of college sailors participating in one of the fastest growing segments of the sport, it is the norm. The hard work and dedication of these sailors are paying off here as more of our local teams will vie for the national title this June than any other district. At the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s (ICSA) National Semi-Finals, the new gateway to the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship, all eight of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) teams qualified to move on to the national championship. In a reaction to the growth in level of competition, in 2008, ICSA changed the format of its national championship to a two-tiered event. Through MAISA’s 18-team Conference Championships (the “America Trophy”) the top eight of 18 teams moved on to the ICSA National Semi-Final where the eight MAISA teams

by Amy Gross-Kehoe were seeded into the 36-team field at the two 18-boat Semi-Final regattas. Under the old system, only four teams would have made it to the Nationals. This year’s Semis were hosted by New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) at Harvard and MIT in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race’s (VOR) Boston Stopover May 2-3, where sailing fans were also treated to an incredible spectacle of collegiate racing. Using 18 boats from each host school, two separate regattas were held on Boston Harbor off the Fan Pier, in the shadow of the VOR boats. The event was sponsored by Puma Racing. When the dust settled after two days and eight races on each course in light to medium air, the top nine teams in each fleet started planning trips to head off to San Francisco for the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship June 1-3 hosted by Stanford University and St. Francis Yacht Club. Top dog in MAISA is number-tworanked Georgetown, defending Coed National Champions. The Hoyas won the

Eastern Semi-Final regatta with a seven point cushion over NEISA’s Tufts University. Annapolis native Evan Aras sailed B-Division at the Semi-Final. Earning third at the same Semi-Final was perennial powerhouse St. Mary’s, whose team roster features many locally-grown sailors including Team Captain Teddy Hale of Annapolis and crews Jennifer Chamberlain of Chestertown and Sarah Flowe of Severna Park. Earning seventh at the Eastern SemiFinal was the US Naval Academy. “Our location here on the Severn River provides us with what I consider the best sailing venue in all of college sailing,” says firstyear Head Coach Ian Burman. “We can set a race course within a minute sail of our basin or set up in many other great spots depending on the conditions.” The nail-biter finish at the Eastern Semi belonged to Norfolk’s Old Dominion University (ODU), which edged out University of Vermont in the last race for the ninth and final berth to the National Championship. Head Coach Mitch Brindley admits to drawing much talent from local Chesapeake Bay sailors, “Two of our key players are locals from Hampton. Mikey Brown is one of our B-division skippers and team

captain. He is joined by senior starting crew, Jaci Finney.” Mitch adds that these sailors are also contributors to their community through sailing. “Off the water, Mikey and Jaci have been involved in organizing the team’s support for the Special Olympics through the Polar Plunge and our team’s Sailapalooza fundraiser for Operation Smile.” The long ODU roster boasts some other Bay sailors, including Patty O’Bryan of Hampton; Ashley Brusso of Portsmouth; Wilson Stout and Morgan Wilson of Annapolis; Jessica Milligan of Chesapeake; and Ashley Pellerito of Chester, MD. In the Western Semi-Final, the top MAISA team was fifth place Hobart/William Smith (HWS) of Upstate New York. While they don’t enjoy the mild sailing conditions of the Chesapeake, HWS does enjoy the talents of numerous Bay sailors, including Captain and A-Division skipper Austin Kana and brother Patrick of Easton. Head Coach Scott Ikle cites the local infrastructure for preparing great college sailors, “Sailors coming from the programs in the Chesapeake Bay understand the balance between academics and athletics, making an easier transition into college sailing.”

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Right behind Hobart, New York Maritime earned sixth at the Western SemiFinal. The Keelhaulers boast many Bay sailors, including John Burke of Warwick; Keith Gleason of Hollywood; and Danielle Meeker of Alexandria. The Washington College Sho’men earned eighth at the Western Semi. Although a young program, going Varsity in 1997, the college has made the commitment to building a strong program out of its Chester River location. Currently, the only homegrown Bay sailor on the Sho’men roster is Catonsville’s John MacLellan. Follow the performance of these eight local teams at as they battle the other 10 top teams in the country at the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championships. The event will be sailed on the San Francisco Cityfront June 1-3. About the Author: A SpinSheet staffer, Amy Gross-Kehoe is new to Annapolis, but has been involved with college sailing since her days at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Most recently she was Conference Commissioner of the Pacific Coast College SA and currently serves on the executive committee of ICSA.




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Light Air and Lobster Pots at the Boston VOR Stopover


Photos and reporting by Al Schreitmueller

nnapolis sailor and SpinSheet photographer Al Schreitmueller took a road trip to Boston for the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover (VOR) festivities May 8-9 for the In-Port Race and practice. A two-time VOR race committee member and threetime spectator for the Chesapeake In-Port Races in years past, Schreitmueller’s no stranger to the scene. “There were only about 400 boats out there, as opposed to the 3000-4000 spectator boats we had on the Bay,” he says. “The issue is that many of their boats don’t go in until Memorial Day—ours are in much earlier. The magnitude of the crowd, on the water, was so much bigger here. We have more space here, too. The space between Fan Pier and Logan in Boston is pretty narrow, and the boats move quickly. It was foggy, too. It wasn’t as spectator-friendly.” On the upside, Schreitmueller noted that the shoreside festivities at Puma Race Village were on par with those of Baltimore: festive ambiance, nice pavilions, interesting exhibits, good parking capabilities

(better), and many kid-friendly activities such as an RC boat pool. Light and shifty air, fog, a snagged lobster pot, restarts, and a penalty turn marked Saturday’s race action, following a more exciting, windier day for Friday’s practice. The boat that loves light air, Telefonica Blue, won both races by more than a minute. The race was quite disappointing for Newport, RI native Ken Read on Puma Ocean Racing’s il mostro, who’d certainly hoped to score higher than a sixth overall for his homecoming. He says, “If we were to write a script for a condition where our boat performs in front of a home crowd, this would have been last on the list.” By the time this issue of SpinSheet hits the docks, the Volvo boats will have landed in Galway, Ireland, where the rain, fog, and wind are a part of daily life. Check out the action at Downloadable VOR photos are available for purchase for $10 each on SpinSheet’s Photo Gallery at

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The 475-mile, biennial Annapolis to Newport Race used to be run from Newport to Annapolis until racers decided in the mid-1950s that the former was a more satisfactory combination.

t print time, 51 entries have been accepted after having fulfilled all the initial requirements to enter the 475-mile, biennial Annapolis to Newport Race, which starts on June 5. The race consists of 120 miles down the Bay and then an eastward turn, with Newport, RI as the destination. Six additional teams are “in process” and will have their entries reviewed as they complete their information. Strict guidelines for offshore safety for both the vessel and its crew are enforced by the committee, and past offshore sailing experience by both skippers and navigators are an important part of the application process. Classes include PHRF, IRC, and Double-Handed entries, and some familiar names are already on the scratch sheet, including Jim Muldoon (Donnybrook), Henry Morgan (Dolphin), and five entries from the U.S. Naval Academy. The largest boat to enter in the history of the event is Rambler, a 90-foot maxi competing in the IRC Class. Click to the Annapolis YC online racing page ( for more information, and you’ll be able to follow the entire race by checking out the race tracker link, which will be up and running beginning on the day of the start, one week after this issue of SpinSheet hits the docks.

Henry Morgan’s J/42 Dolphin crew at the start of the 2007 Annapolis to Newport Race.

Peter Scheidt’s Maggie team at the 2007 start of the Annapolis to Newport Race.

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Lifejackets and safety harnesses aren’t optional in offshore racing as the Annapolis-based Windborn crew demonstrates at the start of the 2007 Annapolis to Newport Race.

Our overall winner was Evan Lewis from Ontario, Canada. He was followed by Raul Aguayo of the Dominican Republic in second and Kevin Shockey (Old Dominon University) in third. First Apprentice Master and sixth overall was Todd Hiller (Annapolis YC). First Master and seventh overall was Andy Roy (CAN). First Grandmaster was Roger Link (West River SC). First Great Grandmaster was SSA’s own John Gebhardt. The first junior and 15th overall was Tom Ramshaw (CAN). First woman and 22nd overall was new SSA member Ashley Love.

We had four on-the-water judges keeping the racing fair and enforcing rule 42. Special thanks to Hugh Elliott, Tom Hudson, Donna Hobbs, and Judy Hanlon for their valuable judging. Thanks also to our sponsor Zodiac for providing a 15-foot RIB for our judges to zoom around in. Thanks also to our outstanding Race Committee headed by PRO Mike Waters and VC Rod Mitchner for doing an amazing job keeping a very competitive fleet in line and to all our wonderful volunteers who helped with registration, dolly patrol, boat-moving, and skipper packets.

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lthough the weather was not exactly perfect, the 2009 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship May 2-3 in Annapolis was a blast! We had 84 boats registered, with competitors from as far away as Wisconson, Ontario, the Dominican Republic, and more than six U.S. states. Following two races on Saturday in overcast conditions with a light breeze, we enjoyed a fabulous steak dinner and frosty beverages, catered by Severn SA’s (SSA) own David and Betka Yates of Dark and Stormy’s Cafe. The breeze was much better on Sunday in the 10-12 knot range, unfortunately accompanied with chilly rain. The starting line was challenging with numerous general recalls despite the scary black flag. We enjoyed very competitive and exciting racing. Cold, wet sailors warmed up by the fire and enjoyed a burger and chicken sandwich buffet. Raffle prizes were plentiful thanks to our fabulous sponsors: SpinSheet, Boatyard Bar & Grill, APS, Helly Hansen, Colie Sails, West Marine, and Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Women’s Snipe Nationals June 1-2

T It’s also important to note how hard we worked to collect recycling and to use biodegradable cups for the keg and recycled paper for skipper’s packets. We should qualify for bronze certification from the Sailors of the Sea Clean Regatta Program. For those of you with Radial rigs, don’t forget to register for the Laser Radial/4.7 Atlantic Coast Championship June 6-7 at SSA. by Dorian Haldeman

Ramrod Wins Chesapeake Farr 40 Fleet Spring Regatta


he newly formed Chesapeake Farr 40 Fleet held its inaugural Spring Regatta over the weekend of May 16-17, in Annapolis. Rod Jabin’s Ramrod, the top U.S. boat at the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, dominated the competition, winning all but one race in the seven-race series and the overall regatta. “These new Farr 40 owners are coming on strong,” says Jabin. “We had to fight all the way, and they are just going to get better as this season goes on.” Kevin McNeil’s Nightshift—formerly Steve Phillips’ world champion Le Renard—was the only other boat to win a race. McNeil’s team finished in second place over Prebin Ostberg and Bud Dailey’s Tsunami, which was one point behind in third. The Storm Trysail Club’s Chesapeake Station hosted the event, while Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard hosted the awards party on Sunday. By starting races each day at 1 p.m., the fleet enjoyed optimum Chesapeake Bay wind conditions. With unusually steady breeze direction each day, the race committee was able to get in a full schedule of seven races. For more information about the Chesapeake Farr 40 Fleet Spring Regatta, contact Dick Neville at (410) 353-0477 or visit

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he Women’s Snipe Nationals will unfold at Severn SA (SSA) June 1-2, directly following the Colonial Cup Invitational (May 30-31) for the same class, which is an optional event for Nationals competitors, yet one they’re certainly welcome to compete in. Sunday night is reserved for a see-thecourse cruise. Following Monday racing, there will be a Bayside regatta dinner and Tuesday, appetizers and drinks with the awards ceremony. Housing and charter boats are available for visiting skippers, for which contact information is on the website: Cool Stoutgear event merchandise for the event is also available online. Among local sailors competing are SpinSheet writer Kim Couranz, SpinSheet staffer Amy Gross-Kehoe, Holly O’Hare, Jody Palmer, Liz Hall, Julie Sitzmann, and Lisa Bartel.

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month before the 2009 StormTrysail Club sponsored Block Island Race Week June 21-26, 158 entries were registered, and event sponsors anticipated another 20. The regatta will welcome IRC, PHRF, and One-Design classes, as well as including the inaugural J/122 North American Championships, the J/109 East Coast Championships, and the Farr 30 East Coast Championships. As well as starts for the J/105, J/80, J/120, Swan 42, Farr 40, Beneteau 36.7, and J/44 classes, there will be a start for sport boats, new this year. A boatload of Chesapeake Bay boats are registered. Among them are: Dave Askew’s J/122 Flying Jenny VI, Jay Corcoran and Matthew Marcy’s J/105 Hiawatha. An exciting adventure for a group of young Annapolis sailors, the Chessie Jr. Racing Team will compete on the J/105 Team Storm Trysail. On the scene will be Dennis Seynhaeve’s J/105 Mopelia, Ed Tracey and Tim Polk’s Omega 36 Incommunicado, Bruce Gardner’s Beneteau 34 L’Outrage, Brad Kaufmann’s Farr 30 Mummbles, Gary Jobson’s NYYC Swan 42 Mustang,

and Preben Ostberg and Bud Dailey Jr.’s NYYC Swan 42 Tsunami. The Farr 40 class will be packed with local talent, including Larry Bulman and and Jeff Scholz’s Yellow Jacket, Kevin McNeil’s Night Shift, Rod Jabin’s Ramrod, Austin van Olst’s Sea Wolf, and Gary Beer’s Sundance. Other Bay sailors who will be in on the action are Bill Sweetser’s J/109 Rush team, Ken Endicott’s crew on a Navy 44MkI Swift, and Josh Hinshaw’s Farr 53 Tomcat team. Find regatta documents and more information at


One Day Makes a Difference: Annapolis Leukemia Cup June 13

he festivities for the 17th annual Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta will begin with a Sailor’s Launch Party at Annapolis YC at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 12, for sponsors, registered skippers, and crew. Participants may pick up race packets and also enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live and silent auctions. Race action for the CBYRA-sanctioned event on Sunday will be launched out of host club Eastport YC (EYC) with a rendezvous at 11 a.m. More than 100 boats are registered in eight classes, including a new junior regatta class. Racing will be followed by dinner, dancing, and awards at EYC—a bash known as one of the club’s best, complete with an all-you-can-eat buffet, Mount Gay drinks, live music, and hundreds of sailing friends. The party is complimentary for registered fundraisers and $30 for crew and the general public.

On-the-water and shoreside spectators gather along with racing sailors to watch the log canoes at Tred Avon YC’s annual Oxford Regatta August 7-9. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet


Oxford Regatta, a Sailing Tradition

ark the calendar now for the 78th annual Oxford Regatta, August 7–9, sponsored by the Tred Avon YC (TAYC) and the Chesapeake Bay YC. The Oxford Regatta is in a class of its own, featuring PHRF racing, one-design boats, and the glorious log canoes. Whether you are participating or just coming to watch, it promises to be one of the best on the Bay this summer. For more information, call TAYC at (410) 226-5269 or


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Chip Thayer


orn in Indianapolis, IN and raised by a family of sailors mostly in New England and New Jersey, Annapolis sailor Chip Thayer says, “I was born in October, so I missed that season. I’ve been sailing every season ever since.” He first set sail on a 14-foot, gaff-rigged catboat, a Cotuit skiff, off Cape Cod and has sailed in numerous class divisions ranging up from there, from Delta to PHRF, as well as having done race committee work for nearly 50 years. A career move with DuPont in Delaware in the 1960s led Thayer to the Chesapeake Bay. He, his wife Joan, and their three kids sailed a Columbia 30 on the Northern Bay, where he also acted as Race Committee Chair for the Columbia SA in Havre de Grace. The Annapolis racing scene drew in the couple in the early 1970s, and they raced their C&C 34 Rampage steadily for 18 years. “Shortly after joining Annapolis YC (AYC), I wrote a letter asking if I might join the race committee, which is what you did in those days,” he says. He may or may not have known what a long committee career he would have ahead of him. Although he lives in Delaware and is “retired,” he’s been the race committee chair at AYC for 17 years, which, in season, is a fulltime gig with many hours of winter preparation. When asked if committee work gets in the way of racing itself, he says, “It turns out that if you’re still actively racing, you see things on a committee boat youbuilt can’t see when The Log Canoe Mystery, in 1932 of fiveyou are on a race boat. You get a logs chance in Oxford, the Miles Riverand in which side of the race course is to racing see theonweather better September, 2006. Photo by Don Biresch, better. You see things at the start and mark roundings you couldn’t see from another perspective. It makes you a better racer.” AYC’s Wednesday Night Series is run by its own committee—Thayer’s 80 volunteers handle weekend regattas. At the time of print, he was recovering from back-to-back Sperry Top-Sider NOOD and J/24 World Championship Regattas, both of which required his coordinating 28 AYC committee members on the water each day. Is race committee work sometimes thankless? “The winners thank us,” he says (and laughs). “As the race committee, we’re supposed to be invisible. If we do our jobs well, racers can just focus on racing.” SpinSheet: Who were your sailing mentors? Newbold Smith gave me opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. When it comes to race committee work, Gaither Scott, Ron Ward, and Jack Lynch. Do you have a favorite sailing memory from 2008? The Opti Team Trials were really fun. The kids were great—the best of the best. It was a challenge because of the trapezoidal course. It took a lot of resources to keep it square… to say nothing of 200 boats crossing the line.


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Do you have a place on the Bay that makes you remember why you love this place? There’s a place we love to anchor up the Wye River. You can’t see any shore lights or any other boats. Do you have a memorable sailing story you’ve told over and over again? We got hit by lightning once. We had just anchored up the Sassafras, and I was in the companionway. When the lightning hit, I said, “Gee, that was close!” The next day, the electronics were all blown out. What kind of music do you like? I’m a child of the 60s, so folk music. And Jimmy Buffett. Do you have any non-sailing passions? I’m an old converted hockey player turned ice dancer. While we were closing on our (Maine lobster) boat, we were competing in Lake Placid, NY doing a dance called the “quickstep,” which is how we named the boat Quickstep. What sports teams do you follow? Growing up, I followed the New York Giants. Now I follow the Philadelphia Flyers and Eagles. I’m a big NASCAR fan, too. What piece of advice would you give a young racer? Enjoy when you do win, and don’t bother yourself when you don’t. You’ll do a lot of both. Don’t be hard on yourself; learn from it. What gear do you depend upon? Henry Lloyd foul weather gear and Kaenon sunglasses. Is there anything you haven’t accomplished yet on the water you’d like to? I’ve always wanted to do a trans-Atlantic. I still haven’t done one. What boat would you buy if you won the lottery? A 36- to 38-foot lobster boat. I like the New England heritage, and they’re great sea boats and pleasant-looking.

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Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, JUNE 2009

Junior News


by Junior Division Chair, Dave Houck

very year, the sailing season begins in December at CBYRA, as dozens of volunteers get ready for the upcoming season on the Bay. While the majority of races occur from June through August, every year it seems that more junior sailors stretch their racing into the early spring and late fall months. And some are out there all winter long! The Junior Division Committee consists of me, Dave Houck (Chair), Bill O’Malley (Past Chair), Steve Swenson (Scorer), David Tunnicliff, Dave Schoene, Chuck Parry, Fredrik Salvesen, and Jenny Benson. Together, we organize the annual calendar, work on the website and Junior e-Newsletter, and generally promote clinics and races throughout the Bay. Our committee goals for 2009 are to improve communication, increase participation, and recognize junior sailors for their accomplishments and sportsmanship. Since December, the Junior e-Newsletter (which highlights sailors, clinics, and regattas) has gone out frequently (you can sign up to receive it free at In January at the annual CBYRA Awards Ceremony, more junior sailors than ever were recognized for their Corum Cup High Point performances. Speaking of High Point, we’ve simplified the complex scoring system for 2009, which is clearly posted on our website, and we have a great sponsor: Corum. Beginning in 2008, Corum became the sponsor of the CBYRA Junior High Point, and the Corum Cup was founded. The winners of Laser Radial, Club 420, and Optimist classes all received trophies and jackets described by the kids as “awesome,” and the Laser Radial and Club 420 winners received scholarships which their colleges can take advantage of someday. We are always looking for ways to improve sailing for kids on the Bay, and we’d love feedback. Please send suggestions to juniors@!

Junior Sailor Spotlight: Kendall Swenson, age 12, Fishing Bay YC What were you doing the first weekend in May?


ver a dozen CBYRA Opti sailors were competing in the USODA Team Trials, this year held at Noroton YC, Darien, CT. As you may know, sailors must qualify to attend Team Trials through high finishes at USODA events around the country. This is the most competitive Opti regatta in the United States, and 211 kids from all over the country competed for berths on a few international teams. Racing was held over four long days, and the competitors got in 12 races total. The conditions on Long Island Sound were “foggy and soggy,” with competitors seeing shifty breezes from four to 14 knots. Rain, water temps around 50 degrees, and maximum air temperature in the low 60s made for grueling conditions and long days. The current on the sound also provided challenges. The top Chesapeake finisher was Kendall Swenson, who finished in 20th place overall. As a result, Kendall will represent the United States at the IODA North American Championships in the Dominican Republic in July. Kendall (who, incidentally, was the 2008 CBYRA Girls High Point Champion) was fourth overall among girls. She posted four top 10 finishes during the regatta, including a first-place bullet. She says, “I was so excited when I heard that horn!” Kendall has been a member of the USODA National Development Team and now has earned a berth on the USODA National Team, where

she will practice four times each year at different venues around the country. This experience taught Kendall the importance of physical preparation. Her training schedule for Team Trials included running three or four times per week, plus lots and lots of leg and stomach crunches. Kendall also believes that her experience racing in large fleets at events such as the Orange Bowl Regatta and the USODA Valentine’s Day regatta helped her get off the starting line better. Kendall’s goal before Team Trials was “to qualify for North Americans.” All of her hard work and training have certainly paid off, and she is “very excited” to be on the U.S. Team. Thanks to her spectacular performance, Kendall has a lot of travel planned for this year, including a trip to Cabrillo Beach YC in California for the USODA National Championships. Nonetheless, she still intends to compete frequently on the Chesapeake Bay this summer—look for her on the water!

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27’ Hunter ’79 Attractive, clean and in good cond. Diesel runs well. Ready to sail. $7,500 See photos on YoungsBoatYard. com, (410) 477-8607. 27’ Hunter ’79 Shoal draft, low hrs. ’96 Yanmar 1GM10 diesel, like-new sails, bimini, depth, interior needs work. Motivated seller, price reduced to $3,500. All offers considered. (410) 9392320 or 28’ O’Day ‘86 Well maintained, Universal dsl, sleeps 6, head w/ holding tank. Ready to sail for the weekend or the week. $22,000, (717) 201-6973. 28’ Sabre ’73 Very good cond., 3 sails, Harken RF, lazy jacks, AP, depth & knot meter. Extremely well built classic sailboat, fixed keel, tiller, spinnaker gear. $9,000. Middle River, Call Lee (570) 650-5360. 29’ C&C ’85  Exceptionally good cond., low engine hrs, many upgrades, $23,900, (804) 3642960. 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. $9,000. Call (410) 353-6688. 30’ Catalina ’88  Tall rig, wing keel, good cond., well maintained, low engine hrs, $23,900 (443) 546-3242, (240) 380-5340 (c), 30’ Catalina ’81  One owner, exceptionally fine cond., new sails, new dodger, many upgrades. Dinghy w/motor. Sleeps 6. A pleasure to sail. Sailing lessons included. A Must See! $24,000 (301) 262-4985. 30’ Dufour ‘69  Has 7 sails, Yanmar dsl inboard. In the water, ready to go. $9,500 (410) 287-5471.

Pearson P-30 Equipment-Excellent sail away cond., rigged for single hand sailing, AP, VHS radio, stereo radio, depth sounder, KM/T Garmin GPS (hard wired to steerage). Compass (2), Lazy Jacks, slab reefing, 150 RF genoa, spinnaker. For complete list of gear, upgrades, cond., extras, please call Mr. K. at (202) 332-0961 or email at Price $8,600. 30’ S2 ’85  Center cockpit, 3’11” draft, 2 double & 2 single berths, Yanmar 3 GM dsl, RF, dodger, bimini, tender, etc. SO MD $19,900 (301) 481-6399. Cape Dory 330 ’88 Cutter Full keel ready to Cruise. Excellent cond., Engine in warranty. See for yourself. Lying Annapolis. $65,000 obo. Call 410-7575759 or Email: cd330forsale@ for details. 33’ Hunter ’05  FRESH WATER SAILBOAT relocated to Solomons. Extremely well maintained! In Mast & Jib Furling. Yanmar 29-hp, 250 engine hrs. Owner upgrades: electronics, winches, engine, other. $89,500 by owner, (216) 401-0535. 33’ Raider - Cherubini Design Cruiser/Racer, shoal keel, Yanmar dsl,Lewmar winches,Edson wheel, 5 sails. Strong & fast - Flyer available $17,500. (717) 632-5266. 34’ Schock 34PC ’88 Reduced to $25K obo. A Nelson/ Marek design w/excellent handling characteristics. Shoal draft (4.5’ Hydrokeel). A tri-cabin layout provides the utmost in cruising comfort and style. D: (301) 995-4845, n: (410) 394-0390; email: Tartan 34C ’74  Sloop rig, spinnaker, sleeps 6, dark blue hull, Atomic 4. Ready to go. Kent Island. Reduced to $15,750. Can see Blue Macs on (410) 643-6666.

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35’ Bristol Sloop ’76 Offshore capable cruiser, 38-hp Yanmar, 550 hrs, RF, wheel steering, propane stove/oven, hot/cold pressure H2O. $23,900. Joe Vansant (302) 856-7313 (day), (302) 227-7084, 35’ Young Sun Cutter ’83 Perry designed, double ender, Yanmar dsl, radar, Aries vane, water maker, dodger. Classic bluewater cruiser. Hampton, VA $65,000. ahaleva@, (407) 488-6958. Etchells 365  Includes extra sails, trailer, 2 gear boxes & ladder. Raced at AYC. Priced to sell. $7,500 (410) 263-6322.

Wauquiez Centurion 40S ’04 is an elegant performance cruiser with quality of workmanship above that of any other production boat. She is amazingly fast having won the Governors Cup. Offered for $225,000. Tate or Robert at (410) 505-4144 or

37’ Tartan 37 ‘82 Nicest on the market today! New chrome over bronze opening ports, new forward hatch, remanufactured salon hatch. Bright work highly varnished & deck is spotless. Asking $83,500. Charles Gomez @ (410) 267-8181 or charles@

Passage 42 ’97 large two master cabin design with center cock and stainless steel arch. Perfect for relaxing at the pier or underway. Many extras and equipped for off shore sailing. Offered for $159,000. Tate or Robert at (410) 505-4144 or

40’ Beneteau Oceanis 400 ‘93 Andiamo is a well maintained example, equipped to cruise the Caribbean or the Chesapeake Bay. Great value at $124,900 Call Paul Rosen (410) 267-8181 or

• Deltaville, VA 23043 804-776-7575 • • Annapolis, MD 21403 410-267-8181 • 41’ Beneteau 413 ‘00 For Sale or Co-ownership. One owner; impeccably maintained; 3-cabin layout 2 heads; 50hp Yanmar Diesel; Slipped on Back Creek Annapolis, MD; Ralph Johnson (571)276-3568

33’ C&C MKII ’85 Cruising comfort takes the fast lane. More space, more speed than any yacht in her class. Standard equipment list of outstanding value, and proven racing ability. Asking $42,900. Call Dave (410) 267-8181 or


33’ Hunter ’04 Cleanest, best equipped Hunter 33 on the market! Equipped with A/C & heat, A/P, chartplotter, dodger & bimini and much more. Only 324 hrs on the engine, shows like new!! REDUCED $89,000 Call Denise at (410) 267-8181 or e-mail denise@

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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 and Race Ready. New instruments and sails in 07. Offered for $93,000 Robert at (410) 562-1255 or Robert@ Santa Cruz 37 ’08  Sail Magazine’s “Sail Boat of the Year”. A cutting edge performance sailing boat with full interior including bunks for 6. Demo boat Sail-a-way price of $329,000 including options, instruments and North sails. Tate or Robert at (410) 505-4144 or 92 June 2009 SpinSheet

34’ Aloha 10.5 ‘84 Popular Brewer design built in Canada. Solid boat that will go anywhere. A/C and Dickerson heater. Davits, Cockpit cushions, Windlass etc. $39,900 in Deltaville VA. Call Jonathan at (804) 776-7575 or jonathan@ 37’ Beneteau 373 ‘07 Immaculate cond. Lightly used, fully loaded w/electronics & all the amenities that earned this popular design Boat of the Year. A must see boat! $149,900 Call Dave (410) 267-8181 or dave@

44’ Beneteau Center Cockpit ‘95 Powerful Farr design w/awesome aft suite including bath! Preferred 2 cabin model. In mast furling, AP, heat/air and more. $142,500 DeltavilleVA.Call Jonathan at (804) 776-7575 or jonathan@ 44’ Gulfstar 44 Cockpit ’80 Nicest, best equipped Gulfstar 44 on the market. Perfect live aboard or Caribbean cruiser. Sharp blue hull, gorgeous woodwork. All the electronics needed to sail you anywhere. Call Tim (410) 267-8181 or 46’ Tartan 4600 ’95 and ’96 Two gorgeous Majestic Blue Tartans in Annapolis. Choose the layout that you like best. Both boats are equipped with generator, A/C, Electric winches and more. From $290,000. Charles Gomez at (410) 267-8181 or Charles@ 47’ Beneteau 473 ’04 (2) from only $229,900. All well maintained and equipped. All on land in Annapolis.All motivated sellers.Bring offers. Call Dan at (410) 267-8181 or 49’ Wauquiez Centurion ‘92 Capriccio is a rare shoal draft, 3 cabin version of the Wauquiez Centurion 50. New mainsail, new Yanmar 75hp diesel, new max prop. Lots of great cruising gear. For details, call Denise (410)267-8181 or denise@

65’ Kanter / Bedford ’87 Custom aluminum pilothouse sloop built by Kanter Yachts of Ontario Canada. Well equipped & maintained. Estimated replacement cost is 2.3 Million. Great value at $495,000 Call Paul Rosen (410) 267-8181 or

34’ Prout Catamaran ’94 cutter rig ’01 Yanmar dsl, cruise equipped, Island ready. Bay Harbor Brokerage (757) 4801073 39’ Grand Soleil ’85  Very well built, offshore capable, many upgrades including rebuilt dsl and new cushions $105,000 bayharborbrokerage. com (757) 480-1073. 40’ Tartan ’88 Dark blue hull, air & generator, 5’6” draft, excellent cond, $150,000 bayharborbrokerage. com (757) 480-1073. 44’ Brewer ’88  Center cockpit fully equipped cruising boat. in mast furling, generator/ air ready to go south $175,000 (757) 480-1073.

27’ S2 ’86 Well maintained, low hrs on dsl. $12,000. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059 . 30’ Catalina ’93  Tall rig fin keel with walk thru transom, super clean and well maintained $37,500. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059. 30’ Hunter 30T  Walk thru transom, new cushions, new Harkin RF and more. $36,900. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059.



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1992 Island Packet 32 $99,900

Albin Gatsby Edition 28 '01 Albin 28 '93 Bristol Channel Cutter 28 '87 Cape Dory 28 '81 C&C 30 '88 C&C 30 MKII '91 Catalina 30 '87 '89 O'Day 30 '81 Bristol 31.1 '85 Catalina 31 '03 Dehler 31 '89 Beneteau First 32 '81 Halvorsen Island Gypsy 32 '03 Island Packet 32 '92 Judge Downeast 32 '02 Mabry 32 '07 Alerion-Express 33 '08 Beneteau 331 '04 C&C 33 MKII '85 Fjord 33 Motor Sailor '72 Hunter 33 '04 Tartan 33 '79 Aloha 10.4 '84


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356 Hunter ‘04 In Mast Main furler super clean and well maintained $124,900. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-705. 36’ Islander ’72  RF, Yanmar dsl, radar, new cushions, chart plotter. $25,000. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059.

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41’ Tartan 4100 1996 ....... 235,000

35’ Tartan 3500 1997 ....... 135,000

40’ Tartan 40 1988 ........... 149,900

35’ Tartan 3500 1995 ....... 119,900

40’ C&C 121 2000 ........... 199,000

35’ Tartan 3500 1994 ....... 125,000

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34’ Beneteau 343 2006 ..... 119,000

38’ C&C 115 2005 ........... 190,000

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34’ Tartan 3400 2007 ....... 185,000

37’ Tartan 3700 2007 ....... 239,000

33’ Tartan 33 1981 ............. 29,900

36’ C&C110 2005............. 163,000

32’ C&C 99 2004.............. 135,900

36’ C&C 110 2000 ........... 110,000

28’ Tartan 28 1985 ............. 38,000

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44’ Pacific Seacraft ‘93 A proven blue water cruiser! Water maker, SSB, wind vane, genset, dinghy, solar, wind generator, radar, autopilot, much, much more $340,000 Crusader YS (410) 2690939 Pacific Seacraft 31 & 40 NEW Immediate Delivery Full Warranty. Legendary US built bluewater cruisers designed by W.I.B. Crealock. Priced to sell NOW! Crusader Yacht Sales (410) 269-0939

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51’ Bristol ‘87 CC 51.1 w/ Gorgeous interior! 3 cabins, Lg. aft stateroom. A/C, GENSET, Sea Frost, Bow Thruster, PWR. winches, Furling main, RF genoa. Blue hull! $389,000. Crusader YS (410) 2690939

33’ Bavaria ‘06 AIS 32 mile radar, weather fax, wind generator, solar panel, CARD radar detector, refrigeration, Tsunami software for the globe, Trans Atlantic veteran $89,000 Crusader YS (410) 2690939 33’ E-Sailing DaySailor ’07 Encore is the product of a collaboration between sailmaker Robbie Doyle and Jeremy Wurmfeld (former S&S designer). Long & voluminous cockpit, tiller steering, carbon spars, laminate sails, and Yanmar saildrive. Call for special pricing Crusader YS (410) 2690939

Kate and Bernie of RogueWave specialize in high quality, offshore capable sailing vessels! Bring us your well loved, high quality, blue water boat. Let us help you find your dream boat! Come see our office at Port Annapolis Marina. Call today for your appointment!

35' Bristol 35.5 '82 Great example of a Bristol classic! Radar, Chartplotter, Autohelm, refrigeration & more. Nice and clean $54,900 Crusader Yacht Sales (410) 269-0939

30’ Catalina ’89 Tall Rig “L” shaped interior, newer sails (Main, 150), RF, dodger, bimini, plotter, clean and ready to sail $ 29,000 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 5535046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@greatblueyachts. com 35’ Hunter Legend 35 ’88 Very clean, new sails 2001, new GPS, AP, knot, depth, flat panel TV, Carry-on Air, dodger, bimini many recent upgrades, exceptional cond $45,250 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@

Beneteau 361 ‘01 Excellent cond. - in mast furling, chart plotter, pilot, air / heat full canvas. $ 109,900. Call Tony day or evening for complete details 443-553-5046 email: O’Day 37 ’82  Many recent upgrades, very clean, New main, new RF, New transmission, Engine upgrades, New interior cushions, Unique split cabins with 2 heads $39,000 Visit for complete details & photos or Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: ( 800) 276-1774 or email:

28’ Bristol Channel Cutter ’80 One of the easiest boats to sail just got easier with the addition of a Shaffer roller furl/reef boom. Bronze self tailing winches and a new Monitor vane steerer. Yanmar3GMF and refrigeration 119K Hartge Yacht Sales (410) 867-7240 or 32’ Pacific Seacraft motorsailer ’93  4’ draft, generator w/AC, anchor windlass, radar, AP, $100K Hartge Yacht Sales (410) 8677240 or 37’ Crealock ’90  Classic offshore cruiser by Pacific Seacraft. Cutter rig, recent sails, AC, refrig, single sideband, Autopilot and hard dodger. $155. Hartge Yacht Sales (410) 8677240 or

42’ Whitby Ketch-Cutter ’86 This is one of the last built (hull #329) at Kurt Hasen’s yard in Canada. Everything you could want ( generator: air etc ) and in great cond. 127k Hartge Yacht Sales (410) 867 7240 or

40’ Hunter ’95 Yanmar 50hp, elect., self-tailing main, full batten main w/Dutchman, Air, AP, inverter $129,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300.


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30’ S2 ’80 Dsl, wheel, shoal, RF, $13,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 30’ Seidelmann ’84  30T, Yanmar 13hp dsl, RF, shoal $14,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 36’ Moody ’82  Motorsailer, sloop, Volvo 62hp, RF, AP & $51,000 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 36’ Catalina MKII ‘96  Univ. 30hp dsl,radar,inverter,R/F $88,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300

19’ Trophy ‘02 Brand New 2009 130 HP ETEC Evinrude. SS Prop. Complete re-rig. $28,500. Call Matt at (410) 533-6946. Luhrs Tournament Sport Fish 340 ‘86  Twin dsl, outrigger, hard-top. $32,500. Call Matt at (410) 533-6946. 43’ Columbia ‘71  Worldcruiser. Newer mast rigging & sails. Perkins dsl. Great roomy liveaboard. Fast sailor. $34,950. Call Matt at (410) 533-6946.

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

2000 52 Hinckley Sou'wester very custom and set up for short handed sailing plessure. Beautiful inside and out. Special value sale.

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

1987 43 Shannon ketch Shows exceptionally well inside and out. Solid traditional construction. $299,000

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

2000 40' Catalina twin pedestal steering, 2 cabins, a/c very well cared for and priced right. $144,900

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

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

See full specs and photos at 2003 58' Alden cockpit motor yacht with 3406E Caterpillar power. Very custom "one off" sailors power yacht. Just arrived in Annapolis. Propose $695,000

1999 C & C 110 shoal draft, a/c set up for quick cruising. New to the market $107,500

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410-742-6795 ♦ 443-944-3322 30‘ 1984 Seidelman 30T Yanmar 13hp dsl, RF, shoal draft $14,500

30’ 1969 Cal / Jensen Atomic 4, tiller


30’ 1980 S2 dsl, wheel steer, shoal draft, DF

$ 13,500

31’ 1983 Dufour 3800 Volvo dsl, wheel. Call

$ 23,500

34‘ 1980 Gale Force Yanmar 38hp, full keel, cutter rig 36’ 1979 Islander Freeport 36, Plan A, Perkins DSL, R/F

SOLD $ 33,900

36‘ 1982 Moody Motorsailer, sloop,Volvo 62hp, RF, aft cabin $ 51,000 36’ 1996 Catalina MK II Univ 30hp dsl, radar, inverter, R/F $ 88,500 40’ 1995 Hunter Yanmar 50hp, A/C, AP, Inverter

$129,500 Boats for Sale: 15' Designer’s Choice daysailer (1993) Main, jib, free trailer. $900 17' Waverider trimaran/kayak (1997) Lightweight performance craft. A single seat rocket ship. $1000 22' Hunter 22 (1984) keel model. 2 Mains, r/f jib, 8 hp Electric start Longshaft 4cycle Tohatsu ob, autohelm. $2000 23 ft Spirit 23 (1979) Keel/cb sloop. Main,Jib, Jenny. Stove, anchor, 9.9 hp long shaft Evinrude OB, EZ Loader dual axle trailer (boat weighs 2800 lbs) $2800 25' Cal 25 (1970) Recent Main, Genny, w.jib, Spinnaker, Bimini, s/s grill, 9.9 hp OMC Yachttwin OB. In sound condition, ready to go $1500 27' C&C 27 (1971) w/Atomic 4, Main, R/F Genny, w/jib, Bimini. Clean, ready $6000 30' Cape Dory Cutter (1983) Volvo MD 2, Wheel, Main, jib & staysail. Structually sound. Woodwork needs attention. $12,000 30' Catalina 30 (1984) Wheel, Diesel, R/F. Turn key. $16,000 Coming in: 30 ft Frers 30 (1987) Diesel, racing sails. Call POWER BOATS 17' Ebb Tide (1986) 4-cyl Mercruiser I/O boat cover & trailer $1500 34' Chris Craft Crowne 34 (1995) twin 454 ci Volvos straight drives, 338 hrs. Available for long term charter

(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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Sunfish & Sunfish/ Phantom Both boats are complete. The Sunfish/Phantom has a Sunfish hull and Phantom rig & sail. Sunfish $600. Sunfish/ Phantom $400. Contact Norris at (410) 742-6795 or (443) 9443322 or 32’ Ericson ’77  roller furling genoa, wheel steering, 4’ 11” draft, Yanmar dsl engine, 2 burner gas stove, refrigerator, Signet electronics, great condition, $17,900 Norris C. Howard, Yacht Broker, (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or 36’ Mariner ’81  pro-furl genoa, wheel steering, Perkins dsl auxiliary, propane stove & oven, refrigeration, AP, inverter, electronics, and equipped for long range cruising, $47,900 Norris C. Howard, Yacht Broker, (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or 38’ Heritage ’76  roller furl genoa, pedestal steering, Perkins 50hp dsl, mainsail, genoa, hank-on cutter sail, radar, loran, GPS, VHF, depth,Great coastal cruiser $24,900 Norris C. Howard, Yacht Broker, (410) 742-6795 or (443) 9443322 or

J/30 '79 and '81 Both in good condition. Great racer for one design on the Bay. Offered starting at $22,000. Contact David at (410) 280-2038 or

J/105 ’98 Known for performance, one-design racing and fantastic short handed daysailing. The owner of this boat has taken excellent care and it shows almost as new. Offered at $99,900. Contact Paul Mikulski at (410) 280-2038 or

C&C 115 ’06 is a wonderful cruiser racer. This is in like new cond. and has a long list of options. She is painted claret red and is ready to go for you to enjoy. Offered at $239,000. Contact Ken at (410) 280-2038 or

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Pearson 39 Yawl ’77 is a particularly handsome boat, accented by her sweeping sheer line, tumblehome topside and dainty reversed transom. She offers solid construction, great cockpit and a large, sensible interior with unusually generous storage throughout. Offered at $ 54,900. Call David Malkin @ (410) 280-2038 or email at

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


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J/ 120 ’ 94 NEW PRICE! Antares has a white hull w/red boot stripe, and buff two tone decks that are in great cond. Some of the features are Carbon mast, factory rebuilt NKE instruments & updated AP, Furuno radar, tan canvas, propane stove, refrigeration. Offered at $179,000. Contact Paul Mikulski at (410) 280-2038 or

Beneteau 423 ’06 is in superb cond. and has a comprehensive inventory. Totally equipped for cruising and built for any sea w/comfort & amenities second to none. No options left out including AC, gen set, flat screen TVs, AP linked w/radar & chart. Don’t miss this superb chance to purchase a beautiful 423 for a great price! Offered at $249,000 Contact Ken at (410 ) 280-2038 or

Beneteau 461 '00 Two cabin cruiser with traditional exterior lines complement an incredibly spacious, bright and well-ventilated interior. Offered at $189,900. Contact Ken Comerford at (410) 280-2038 or


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(410) 533-6946 36’ Allied Princess Cutter ’79 This is a very rare and desirable Cutter Rig. Courtship has been loved and well maintained. This is a wonderful extended cruising vessel. She is well equipped and ready to go. $48,900 OBYS (410) 226-0100. 37’ Tartan Sloop ’82 This is a lovely vessel that has been nicely maintained. Her hull has been awlgripped flag blue, the canvas looks to be in very nice cond., and her electronics are typical for the Chesapeake Bay.This is a wonderful sailing vessel and makes for a great cruiser or club racer. Asking $62,900 OBYS (410) 226-0100.

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37’ Tayana Pilothouse ‘83 Extremely capable offshore cruiser. Bob Perry design, displacement of 22,500 lbs, Perkins 42hp dsl, dual steering stations from pilot house & cockpit. She is nicely equipped & can cruise at a moments notice. Asking $99,900 OBYS (410) 226-0100. 52’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey ‘97 Exceptional vessel w/3 private sleeping cabins & 3 heads. This vessel has never been a charter boat but would make a great one or just a family cruiser where everyone has their own space. She is easily handled by two and is equipped with all ones cruising needs from her electronics to her Generator for AC/HT. The Chesapeake is no problem with her Torpedo keel giving her only 6’ draft yet still the performance of the deep draft model. Asking $335,000, OBYS (410) 226-0100.

35.5 Hunter Legend ’88 Ladybug 27 HP Yanmar dsl, A/CHeat Pump, Ref, Auto Helm, RF, dodger, bimini, Many features. Asking: $49,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-7584457, 36’ Cape Dory Cutter ’79 PRICE REDUCED! Pelican’s Perch 50 hp Perkins, dodger, bimini, H/C pressure water, big sail inventory: Asking $43,900, Call Regent Point Marina (804)-7584457, 36’ CS Merlin  Tortoise Revenge Fully equipped A/C Ref, 28 HP Yanmar dsl, good sail inventory. Owner in Europe. MUST Sell, bring reasonable offers. Asking $54,950 Regent Point Marina (804) 7584457

Durbeck 38 ‘82 Serious bluewater cruising boat. Refit in 2005-7, she is a simple expensive boat that can take you away for $79K . Big 38! Rogue Wave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955. Fast Passage 39 ‘00  This is the last Fast Passage ever built. Beautiful two stateroom boat. Great engine access. Outrageously low hrs and use! A rare opportunity. Reduced $229K RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955. Shearwater 39 ‘91  Made famous by the voyages of Itheca, this is a real boat. If you have $200K plus and want to sail, buy this boat. Great boat! Great equipment. Perfect. RogueWave Yacht Sales. (410) 571-2955.

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View boats online 30’ Cape Dory Intrepid 9M Verdandi One of only 50 built, stable and fast, Well maintained, 4 sails, 15 hp Yanmar dsl, New Lewmar 40 ST winches, Ready to sail away. Asking: $14,900 Call Regent point Marina @ (804) 7584457 30’ Catalina ’87 Prelude 23 HP Universal dsl, fully equipped, very clean, ready to go, Asking: $24,900 Call Regent Point Marina @ (804) 7584457 32’ Seaward Eagle ’03 with Trailer Unique Retracting Keel System, New Harken Roller Furler, Many Extras, Boat Can Be Relocated, Asking: $91,990 Call Regent Point Marina @ (804) 7584457,

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Rogue Wave is a unique brokerage firm dedicated to helping sailors spend their hardearned money wisely on high quality, ocean-going vessels of substance and character. If you want a good solid boat, or you want to sell your blue water boat, call RogueWave (410) 571-2955 for an appointment and VISIT US at www.RogueWaveYachtSales. com or at Port Annapolis Marina! Think Beyond the Bay! Morris Justine 36 Cutter ‘90 Classic Chuck Paine design. New full batten mainsail and Doyle stackpack, all lines led aft, easy to sail, wonderful! Responsive! Reduced $159K Rogue Wave Yacht (410) 571-2955. Tayana 37 Ketch ‘88  Very nice. Lightly used. No teak decks. New Schaefer in-boom furling Quantum full batten mainsail, electric winch, new dinghy, low engine hrs. Only $99K Rogue Wave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955.

27’ Catalina ‘88 A great buy at $13,900. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 32’ Kirie Elite ’84  at $19,900 she is listed way below market value. Call Sailing Associates ( 410) 275-8171. 33’ Pearson ’86  Pearson quality, great cruiser, very clean boat. $38,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 36’ Squadron ’82  Boat is in pristine cond. Price reduced to $54,900. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 37’ Hunter ’96  This boat feels like a much larger sailing vessel than 37 ft. $89,900. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 37’ Irwin CC ‘78 Furling main, AC, many upgrades $38,000 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

42’ Endeavour Center Cockpit ’85 This world cruiser has many recent upgrades. At $109,000 she is a good value. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 46’ Morgan ’85  Fast, centerboard aft cockpit sloop. Many upgrades including AC. $128,500 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

30’ Lippincott ‘83 Lots of upgrades, newer Yanmar, electronic and sails…solid! …$24,500 Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, 35’ C&C 35 ‘84 mkIII Very well equipped and maintained, loads of sails, baltoplate bottom, Fast yet set up to cruise comfortably…$56,000, Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, 35’ Caliber 35 ‘93  Proven capable, stout cruising boat, Radar, Chart plotter, B&G autopilot…Takeoff! $79,000 Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, 35’ Tartan 3500 ’98  Beautiful ready to cruise Tartan 3500, air, davits, radar and more…$149,000 Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380, 36’ C&C 110 ‘05  Shoal draft version, great performance cruiser or buoy racer. Less than 60 hrs!... $163,000 Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 6399380, 45’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45 ‘05  Excellent cond., making money in a successful charter operation on the Upper Bay…. $299,000 Contact: Tom Lippincott (410) 639-9380,

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

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

Tartan 3400 – 2007 & 2008 Two to Choose from 2007 is very lightly used, owner is going power and wants her sold, asking 179k - 2008 is new dealer demo... management says it must go - Call for Details on boats boats - Great opportunity compared to new order!!! (410)263-6111 or any of our brokers, Tom L, Scott, Mike or Tom S

Tartan 3700 – 2008 Dealer Demo, needs a good home. Excellent incentives on this boat only, Hull # 143. Located at our Annapolis Office. Test Sails available. Management says she has to go. Give us a call to find out what an excellent opportunity she is! Call any of the offices / Brokers for details.

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

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




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C&C 115 ‘05 INFRINGER Well equipped for racing or cruising. New 3DL inventory and original Doyle inventory, faired foils, new saildrive, refer, autopilot and more. Located here in Annapolis – Contact Scott Dodge listing broker asking $190,000 (410)263-6111 or

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

43' Eastbay HX '06 one owner T/500 Yanmars, the best of everything and stunning condition. Annapolis $595,000 (410) 268-1611

34' Kaiser Gale Force ´81 Otter is a beautifully maintained and constantly upgraded yacht. Rare to the market, the Gale Force 34' is a heavily built and semicustom offshore sailing yacht built in Wilmington Delaware by Kaiser Yachts. $89,900 Photos @ (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/cell anytime

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

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Beneteau 367 ‘03 Shallow Draft version of Farr Design Team’s Boat of the Year. 3 Cabin with Air Cond. Lightly used fast and fun. Call Chris at Walczak Yacht Brokerage Service 410-268-1611 or email


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41’ Bristol ’82 Valkyrie is a very well maintained and recently upgraded Bristol 41.1, shallow draft, centerboard, center cockpit. Upgrades include all electronics, 60 HP Yanmar diesel with stainless shaft, a Vinylester barrier coat and a re-varnished interior! Recent survey $145,000 Photos @ (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/cell anytime

24’ Cal Quarter Ton ’68 keel, 9.9-hp electric start OB, extensive restoration, Sea Scouts, $1200 obo, others avail, Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805, Steve Nichols (703) 472-3145, sailnichols@ 27’ O’Day ’73 Keel sloop, good cond., 15-hp ’02 Yamaha, new standing rigging ’94, new running rigging ’03, sails good, mains’l new, tall rig, lead keel shoe, inflatable dinghy, fast in light air, Sea Scouts, Reduced! $2,900 obo, Doug Yeckley (410) 326-4291, (C) (410) 6106895, douglas.yeckley@comcast. net, Steve Alexander, (301) 6460805, 27’ Catalina ’76 Keel Sloop, good cond., 9.9hp OB good cond., main & jib good cond., Sea Scouts $2,900 obo. Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805, or Doug Yeckley (410) 326-4291,




27’ Catalina ’85 Dsl, RF, selftailing winches, all lines run to cockpit. New main ’08, bimini. Just detailed and waxed. Absolutely gorgeous. $11,000 obo (703) 9633496. 27’ Coronado ’73 keel, roomy, 15-hp Johnson. Just serviced. Price slashed to $1,400 obo, Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805 28’ Edel (Canada) ’81 Rebuilt 20-hp Mitsubishi dsl, good sails, RF, Sea Scouts. Price cut to $2,900 obo, Doug Yeckley (410) 326-4291, C (410) 610-6895,, Steve Alexander, (301) 646-0805, stevedalex@ 29’ Ranger ’72 inbd dsl, RF, full set of sails-good, Sea Scouts. Price slashed to $1,900 obo, Doug Yeckley (410) 326-4291, C (410) 6106895,, Steve Alexander, (301) 646-0805, stevedalex@msn.

30’ Catalina ’80 Tall Rig Dsl, engine & drive train replaced, wheel steering, new bottom paint, RF genoa, Sea Scouts, Price slashed to $12,900 obo, Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805,, Steve Nichols (703) 472-3145, sailnichols@ 31’ Allmand ’82 Main, roller genny, spin, bimini, custom interior, AL/EL stove, shower, 5 selftailing winches, CQR $21,500 (eve) (215) 248-5498, lying Rock Hall.

13’ Hobie Wave Catamaran ’03 Great cond. Fast & Fun $2,700 (443) 223-5058






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Accent Graphics..............................67 Annapolis Accommodations...........73 Cruisair 12000 BTU Reverse Cycle AC Unit For sale along with SMX control. Unit still has a 1 year warranty remaining. Asking price: $1500. Call: Chad Jones (443) 758-5342. Marine Moisture Meters  For fiberglass and wood. Non-destructive, simple to use and understand. Electrophysics, Tramex Skipper Plus, and Sovereign meters in stock. J.R. Overseas Co. (502) 228-8732, www.

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SURVEYORS ABYI Marine Surveyors, LLC Sailboat & powerboat surveys, big or small. Contact Derek Rhymes, NAMS-CMS and SAMS A.M.S. (410) 268-4404 or toll-free (866) 608-4404. 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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CHESAPEAKE CLASSIC Beauties from the West: the Chesapeake 20s by Heather Ersts


here are times in life when you know you are witnessing history. Last June brought the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) such an event. It had been 30 years since the West River’s Chesapeake 20 fleet raced in Annapolis and since the fleet’s first CBYRA-sanctioned race. Designed and built primarily by the Hartge family in Galesville, MD, Chesapeake 20s are unique to the region and the oldest one-design fleet on the Chesapeake Bay. The sailboat emerged in the 1930s with the boat’s designs evolving until 1938 when the class was somewhat formalized and the boat’s design, sail area, and length fixed. But really, how much can you formalize a fleet originating with a group of sailors whose club was called “Our Own Damn Yacht Club” (OOYDC), whose sole purpose was to be faster than the next guy? The boats are quite pretty with beautiful lines and a generous sail area, requiring one crew member to be out in a trapeze in a good breeze and effectively catching the alltoo prevalent light wind of Chesapeake summers. The original construction of the boats is a two-parent blending of traditional Chesapeake Bay workboat construction and high-end 19th-century, BaltimoreGermanic piano-making. Older boats were constructed of cedar, which gives them a wonderful smell, and have the surprise of a very delicate and beautifully constructed drawer built into the interior. A favorite of families to day sail and race, the boat has an impish character, which is captured in their names: Gay Lady, Vanity, Stormy, Mermaid, Mischief, and Frolic. The class was most popular from the 1930s through the 1950s, with racing continuing through World War II and results being reported to the troops in the field in the weekly Galesville Home

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sail—something he later admitted he’d always wanted to do. The day had a magical feeling—history in the making—echoed by the amazing rainbow that embraced the fleet as they sat tied up at the AMM’s docks at the end of the day. The Chesapeake 20 fleet returns this June to AMM for their Worlds Competition June 19-21. An exhibition about the Hartge boat-building family, the Chesapeake 20 fleet, and the development of recreational sailing on the Chesapeake Bay will open on Friday, June 19. For more details, click to About the Author: Heather Ersts is the curator and volunteer coordinator for AMM. E-mail her at volunteer@

News. The ease of fiberglass sailboats caused the Chesapeake 20 class to struggle in the 1970s and 1980s. A renewed interest in these beauties has enabled a resurgence of their popularity with a dedicated active small class of 25 boats, of the (approximately) 100 built, racing regularly on the West River. Last June, the Chesapeake 20 fleet raced in Annapolis for the first time in three decades with an All-Star Race and 15 boats on the line, topping the all-time high Annapolis number of 14 boats from 1942. Guest skippers from the West River YC, Annapolis YC, Eastport YC, North and Quantum Sails, and SpinSheet witnessed the return of venerable Chesapeake 20 sailors such as Will Keyworth and Jack Lynch and stalwart Chesapeake Bay sailors such as Stuart Walker, out for his first “20”

Photos courtesy of Ted Weihe/ Chesapeake 20 Association

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