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Where We Sail The South Riverkeeper Diana Muller’s approach to monitoring the river has the potential to transform how others across the Chesapeake region study and make policy decisions about the quality of the nation’s largest estuary. by Steve Gibb


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Chesapeake Bay Marinas 2013 What sailors seek in a marina and the “real” story of those who live there—the sometimes too-close yet generous neighbors, the quirky lifestyle on the docks, management challenges, and the many reasons the place feels like home. Find a couple of sailors’ takes on life on the docks, as well as the perspective of a marina manager, in this section. by Molly Winans, Tony Ireland, Steve Allan, and Michael Wagner


New Year, New Boat: Service Your New Boat Now that you have discovered, purchased, and insured the boat for you, how do you get started in making sure she runs well into the future? We asked some local experts to share some wisdom for new boat owners.



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58 Postcard from Saba by Jessica Rice Johnson

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Editor’s Note SpinSheet Readers Write Dock Talk Spring Boat Shows Winch & Kent Kids Sailing by Mark and Michelle Hayes

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90 Biz Buzz 91 Brokerage Section: 287 Used Boats for Sale 101 Classified Ads 102 Index of Advertisers 106 Chesapeake Classic: Abaco Queen

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We Invite You To Be Part of the Magazine Contribute or suggest a story: SpinSheet’s editors are always on the lookout for new writers and fresh stories. We welcome author inquiries and unsolicited contributions, as well as tips, ideas, and suggestions. All contributions should directly pertain to the Chesapeake Bay or Chesapeake Bay sailors and boats in far flung locales. We are generally not interested in “how-to” articles, log-style accounts, “worst storm ever” stories, or poetry. Direct story ideas to molly@spinsheet.com. Please be patient: We really do care about your contributions, but we receive so many inquiries that it may take us some time to get back with you. Contribute photos: We are most interested in photos showing boats looking good and people having fun on and along the Bay. Smiling, clear faces with first and last names identified, work very well. Dial your digital camera up to the “Large JPG” setting, ask your subjects to pull in their fenders, and start shooting!

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Editor’s Notebook


Molly Winans

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n early January, at a Singles on Sailboats Saturday evening fireside chat for a few dozen club members, I gave a talk about the history of SpinSheet and how readers can submit stories and photos for print publication or for our blogs. When a man in the back of the room complimented me on our exciting website that he had just perused for the first time, I may have looked a little confused. As I thanked him, uncertainty over whether he had visited the old version of our website or the new one ran through my mind. When I had departed from the office the previous evening, our

production manager and website guru, Cory Deere, had been close to “going live” with the new site. As it turns out, the kind remark was indeed aimed toward the new spinsheet.com that had launched that very day. Thanks to digital readers, who regularly give us feedback on what’s working and what’s not, and thanks to Cory, who re-created the website weaving in those suggestions, it looks terrific. Most importantly, of the many iterations of our website spanning more than 15 years, this one proves to be the most intuitive, friendly, and useful for SpinSheet readers.

Why do readers click to spinsheet.com? ##To read the digital version of SpinSheet or to find an older one in the online library. ##To read recent news about sailing and life along the waterfront on our home page blogs. ##To learn how to properly submit photos, stories, club notes, and event items to the print magazine. ##To find contact information for our dozen full-time staff members.

##To look through our listings of used boats for sale and classified ads. When a reader submits an ad to sell his or her boat, Lucy Iliff posts it online immediately. This system works so well that readers often thank us when their boats have sold days before the print magazine comes out on the first of the month. ##To search our calendar page for something new and interesting to do over the weekend. Our senior editor, Ruth Christie, updates online calendar listings regularly. If you miss the print deadline, which is the 10th of the month, we can still post your event online. ##To subscribe to SpinSheet and receive the print edition via snail mail. ##To find our full directory of sailing clubs on the Bay. If your club is not listed, or you would like to update the contact information, e-mail ruth@spinsheet.com with changes.

##To check the current wind chart on the Bay and click through our favorite weather links. ##To learn how to advertise in SpinSheet by finding rates and contact information. ##Last and certainly not least, to update your crew listing profile. Since the early days, SpinSheet has offered a free crew listing service for boat owners seeking crew and crew seeking boats to sail on. Look under “resources” and “crew listings” on spinsheet.com, and you will find the place to register your boat or crew profile as well as update last year’s version. If you have not done so yet, update your online crew listing by May 1, or we will delete it. Current listings make for better crew finding experiences. (We host live crew finder parties, too: March 30 in Hampton and April 28 in Annapolis. See page 73).

Please visit the new spinsheet.com and let us know what you think. We welcome guest blog posts, pretty photo submissions, funny or appealing sailing video, and all feedback. Send an e-mail to molly@spinsheet.com anytime.

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SpinSheet Readers Write


Too Few Eyes?

just read your February Editor’s column (“Old Boat, New Friends”), and I loved it! Too bad you couldn’t have saved it for the sailing season… too few eyes to appreciate it this time of the year.

Alan Keene Via e-mail


lthough fewer readers may pick up SpinSheet at their marinas in winter, you and other diehard readers still read the magazine carefully, visit spinsheet.com for the digital edition, write us letters, and keep our phones ringing with story ideas. Recently in an Annapolis café, a reader recognized Bob and Erin, the couple from the story you read, and hired Erin to give his daughter a guitar lesson! So, thank you and other dedicated SpinSheet fans for reading. We are here for you 12 months per year. ~M.W.

Johny Mac, the Cat Man


just read your profile on our good friend Johnny Mac (“Chesapeake Racer Profile: John McLaughlin” February). Awesome writeup. I was wondering how it would be possible to capture the essence of John in such a short space, and you nailed it. Great picture of him and his daughter! Keith Chapman West River Catamaran Racing Association

Sailing With Guests


read with interest Tracy Leonard’s article on sailing with guests (“Why Not Valentine’s Day in July?” February) and wanted to comment on it. Atlantic Sailing Experience, a charter company, sailed with more than 600 guests on the Bay for the past three years aboard the CS 40 sloop Wharf Rat. Ninety percent of them have never set foot on a sailboat. What makes for a successful sail on the Chesapeake Bay with guests? Flexibility is important for captain and guests. You don’t know what it is going to be like until you are out there, and courses or destination may need to change. Internet sites such as NOAA’s National Buoy Center (ndbc. noaa.gov), Chesapeake Bay Operational Forecast System (tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ofs/cbofs/cbofs.html), and Sailflow (sailflow.com) help the prudent captain educate guests before leaving the dock.


Guests are often asked if they are comfortable with the boat’s heel, and it can be flattened out some if they like. Richard Ewing and Idarae Prothero are also correct in reviewing safety and Man-Over-Board procedures before heading out aboard a sailboat; you can never be too safe. Guests are encouraged to help prepare sails, tack, adjust the mainsail, and move about the deck. “One hand for the ship and the other for you” is the mantra for the outing. What really makes the cruise is watching guests’ faces break into broad smiles sailing in 10-15 knots when they feel the wind’s pressure in the sails take command of 18,000 pounds as they try to hold a steady course. They are now hooked on sailing and will be back! Captain Larry Vazzano Pasadena, MD

Seeking Stories about Sailing with Mom and Dad

o you have a great story about sailing with one or both of your parents? To celebrate Mother’s Day (May 13) and Father’s Day (June 16), we will compile readers’ stories about sailing with their parents. We will start with the May issue with mom stories, move on to the June issue with dad stories, and fit anything that does not quite make it into the magazine into the “Bay Sailors” blog at spinsheet.com. Stories should be around 500 words in length and include one good photo. Send stories about sailing mothers by April 1 for the May issue and stories about sailing fathers by May 1 for the June issue to molly@spinsheet.com. What if your story is about both parents? Go ahead and send it along. We will find a place for it. ~M.W.

##In honor of Mother’s Day, send stories about sailing with your mom by April 1 for the May issue. Photo by Dan Phelps

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Birds of a Feather... by Beth Crabtree


f it’s March, it’s time to keep your eyes peeled for ospreys. As robins signal spring for those who are landlocked, ospreys herald a new sailing season for sailors. The Chesapeake region is ideal for ospreys, which like to perch on poles, raised platforms, or trees near the water. Typically, they hover over the water, and then dive “feet”-first to catch medium-sized fish, such as perch, shad, and menhaden (right), in their talons. Around the end of April, females will lay their eggs, and some time in early June, we’ll start seeing, and hearing, babies in the nests. Most sailors enjoy looking for osprey on channel or shoal markers, where a mess of sticks or other shoreline debris is a telltale that a family has set up housekeeping. Veteran sailors will warn you not to bring a boat too close to the nests. You’ll hear mama yell with short, shrill whistles. Stay clear, or she might swoop toward you! Another returning favorite is the great blue heron. A few hearty ones will stay here all winter, but most travel to warmer weather. As long as the shallow waters don’t freeze, herons wade searching for fish. They also eat small mammals. These beautiful, tall, gray birds usually live in colonies called rookeries, but occasionally you’ll find one or two living on their own. My family is fortunate to enjoy the company of one such heron, who makes his home near our sailboat slip. The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore hosts spring bird walks, March through May, that highlight migratory species and returning spring nesters. For information, call the Blackwater Visitor Center at (410) 228-2677. ~BC

##Welcome back. Ospreys return this month. Photo by Gary Reich

If you’re watching for the first osprey of the season and want to share your first sighting, e-mail the details, including date, location, and photo if possible, to: sailors@spinsheet.com

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Baltimore’s Downtown Sailing Center Receives National Award


##DSC executive director Lynn Handy receives U.S. Sailing’s award for Outstanding Community Program. Photo courtesy of DSC

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he Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) in Baltimore recently received U.S. Sailing’s award for Outstanding Community Program. Lynn Handy, the new executive director of the Downtown Sailing Center travelled to the first-ever Community Sailing Awards dinner held at the Clearwater (FL) Sailing Center, where U.S. Sailing’s Community Sailing Committee presented a number of awards at the National Sailing Programs Symposium. U.S. Sailing recognized programs from around the country for their outstanding contributions to the growth and development of community sailing in the United States. “We are the first to receive this recognition, which is an award that was previously given to two different groups, seasonal and year-round programs,” says Handy. “I think we won because we have fantastic programming, from adult classes, such as spinnaker clinics, to accessible sailing, to educating inner-city children about sailing and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). At the awards dinner, they put up pictures of what we do, and it made us realize that we really do so much and that DSC is a very special place.” This summer, DSC has many exciting programs on tap, and they’ll welcome three new access dinghies. “The accessible sailing program has lots of interest and a waiting list,” says Handy. The folks at DSC are also pleased to have received a grant from the Carmax Foundation to support their 2013 initiative to take children from the inner city sailing and teach them STEM on and off the water. downtownsailing.org

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DOCKTALK DelMarVa Rally Memories by Jim Moser


hat a wild ride!” This was my blog entry after the through to the Delaware Bay. Then, it was down the Bay, offshore offshore leg of the first DelMarVa Sailstice Rally that evening, a long run overnight past Ocean City, MD, and in 2011. We found six-foot seas and moderback into the Chesapeake at the Bay-Bridge Tunnel. Dodging tankers around midnight added some spice to the finish of ate winds, sadly mostly on the bow, but easily managed. The sail that leg. through the night was magical. The Hampton Roads YC was a wonderful host and threw a I had great crew. Two friends, and brothers, from Colorado and California came east for the fun. Mike and Pat are both expe- great party. The rally officially ended after the sail up the Bay to rienced sailors and always up Solomons. Sailors won awards, and everyone shared their stories of a for new adventures. Mike had memorable cruise. My crew and I sailed on Valinor with me the wandered the Bay a few more days year before. They brought skills before returning to our home port on learned from sailing on the San Francisco Bay and chartering Back Creek in Eastport. often in the Abacos. SpinSheet and fellow sponsors, Valinor is a Catalina 30 such as General Yacht Services and Chesapeake Sailing School, provided well-prepared for extended good planning and management of in-Bay cruising and occasional offshore sailing such as the the event, tracking about 18 boats as we made our way around the DelDelMarVa Rally provides. It was great experience, both in MarVa Peninsula. Sufficient stops and social events kept the group the preparation of the boat ##We found six-foot seas and moderate together and gave us time to share to meet all the safety requirewinds... The sail through the night was stories from each leg. I’m excited to ments and the passage clockmagical. Photo by Jim Moser be working with this year’s commitwise around the peninsula. tee and preparing Valinor now for The fleet of 18 boats left another trip around—but heading counter-clockwise this time. Annapolis heading for the C&D Canal in light air. It was a Click to delmarvarally.com to learn more and to motor-sail to the Bohemia River. We timed our passage through chesapeaketidings.com for the author’s blog and photos. the canal and rode the current making six to seven knots at times

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The Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium

t’s not every day that you gather a couple hundred yacht designers, engineers, and technical experts together to discuss sailing yacht performance prediction, fluid dynamics, or wind-heel analysis—but once every two years, that’s what happens in Annapolis. Held on odd-numbered years since 1974, the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium (CSYS), March 15-16 at St. Johns College in Annapolis, is the world’s longest running technical forum dedicated to advancing the study of the art and science of sailing yacht design technology. The two-day event attracts experts and enthusiasts from as far as Japan and Australia, who will present papers, learn about the latest in yacht design, and exchange ideas with fellow techies in the world of sailing. Some changes attendees can expect in 2013: participants will present highly technical papers (such as “Keelboat Yaw Gyradius Measurement” and “Mainsail Planform Optimization for IRC 52 Using Fluid Structure Interaction”) on Friday. Afterward, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Small Craft SC-2 Panel on Sailing Craft will meet.

Saturday’s presentations may make more sense to non-engineers: “On The Hydrodynamics of a Skiff at Different Crew Positions,” “A Wind Tunnel Study of the Interaction Between Two Sailing Yachts,” and “The Development of the New Volvo Class”—the latter by our neighbors at Farr Yacht Design—among others. In addition to attracting and presenting technical papers, CSYS has an unparalleled record in publishing papers on sailing technology and making them available to designers, students, and regular sailors. All of the original volumes have been scanned and archived and are available on CD. CSYS presents the opportunity to visit with old friends and make new acquaintances in the sailing world. Coffee breaks between presentation sessions overflow with enthusiastic sailing talk and provide a wonderful opportunity for authors and attendees to socialize. If you have an interest in sailing technology but have never attended CSYS, visit csysonline.com or e-mail csys.register@gmail.com to learn more. ~M.W.

##The Volvo Open 65, a topic of discussion at the CSYS. Copyright Farr Yacht Design, Ltd. 2012

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DOCKTALK Why Celebrate Maryland Day?


magine sailing more than 3200 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean on a wooden ship with: (1) complete strangers, (2) no cabin accommodations, (3) an onboard illness that kills a dozen passengers, and (4) an unknown, potentially hostile destination. Now think about doing all that while encountering bad weather, rough seas, and pirates. On November 22, 1633, nearly 320 carefully selected Europeans (commissioners, priests, farmers, carpenters, brick makers, and others) signed up for all of the above. Seeking religious freedom,

these brave souls departed Cowes on the English Isle of Wight on the 72-foot Ark and 42-foot Pinnace Dove in high winds. A severe storm separated the ships early on, but they were reunited in Barbados six weeks later. After successfully crossing the Atlantic in the winter, the voyagers arrived at Point Comfort, VA, February 24, 1634, to resupply and drop off some passengers. “We reached Point Comfort, full of fear lest the English inhabitants, to whom our plantation is very objectionable, should plot evil against us. Letters, however, which we

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brought from the King and Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Governor of these regions, served to conciliate their minds, and to obtain those things which were useful to us,” as excerpted from passenger Father Andrew White’s journal. On March 25, 1935, about 140 travelers landed on an island at a Native American Yaocomico village (aka St. Mary’s), celebrated a safe arrival, and began settling land purchased from the natives. Baron of Baltimore Cecilius Calvert founded the colony under a charter granted by British King Charles I. The King charged an annual rent of two arrowheads for the colony, which was called “Mary-Land” to honor his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria. The island was named after Pope Saint Clement I, patron of mariners. The Ark eventually returned to England. After transporting goods along the Atlantic seacoast, the Dove sailed for England with timber and beaver pelts in August 1635, but was lost at sea. In 1903, schools in Maryland first began celebrating the Potomac River landing of Lord Baltimore and the first Colonists on St. Clement’s Island in 1634. In 1916, March 25 officially became Maryland Day, an annual State holiday. In 1975, a replica of the Dove was built in Cambridge, MD. Today, a 40-foot stone cross on St. Clement’s Island commemorates those first settlers. And, dozens of locations in St. Mary’s and Anne Arundel counties commemorate Maryland Day with school activities, tours of cultural and heritage sites, re-enactments, and exhibitions. marylandday.net spinsheet.com

Burn Your Socks at the Equinox


f you have friends who are new to Chesapeake country and you Gather some friends around a fire, preferably on the waterfront, at would like to introduce them to the rituals and quirks of the the end of the day of the equinox. Burn your socks in a little fire, natives, consider taking them to a sock burning ceremony to propose a toast to spring with a beer (Bud, if you’re a purist), and go home by dinner time. Remember, it’s a workingman’s tradition. celebrate the first day of spring. This year’s equinox falls on March Local marine wizards work themselves to the bone in late March 20, a weeknight, which should not hinder the purest form of the and will need to rise early to get your boats ready for the muchritual: a quiet, after-work gathering in a waterfront parking lot or on a beach around a little fire pit. This anticipated 70-degree April days. year, larger celebrations may unfold Over the years, we’ve received reports and photos of sock burning ceremonies over the weekend of March 23 to from Havre de Grace, MD, to Hampbe more inclusive of our commuting ton, VA, and beyond. Although we neighbors, who may not be available at have heard word of two Eastern Shore 5 p.m. on a weeknight. events, one at a private home and one at Sock burnings have roots in the Eastport section of Annapolis, which a yacht club, we have not received many formal invitations—no huge surprise, has been home to working boat yards, as sock burnings remain low-key and boat builders, and marine railways spontaneous by design. since the early 20th century. One The Annapolis Maritime Museum version of sock-burning lore contends combined its neighborhood sock burnthat the tradition dates back to when watermen wore canvas on their feet in ing event with an oyster roast fundraiser ##Image courtesy of Guy Gauvin three years ago; the cost is $25, and it’s winter and went barefoot in summer, hence the need to burn the rank canvas. Other local historians date been a sell-out two years in a row, with live music, oyster shucking, and family fun to benefit the museum’s programs. This year’s the rite of spring to the harsh winter of 1977, after which some long-necked-Bud-drinking workers at Annapolis Harbor Boatyard event unfolds March 23 at noon (click to amaritime.org to learn more). got fed up with the long winter and their stinky, overused socks If you are hosting a sock burning event to which you would like and stoked up a fire in rebellion. to invite SpinSheet readers, send an e-mail to sailors@spinsheet.com Even though the tradition has spawned media attention in the with the details. We will share it at spinsheet.com along with your past decade, from the Washington Post and New York Times sock-burning photos on our blog. ~M.W. among others, the tendency is still to keep it simple. Keep it quiet.

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DOCKTALK SOS’s Spring Training Is On, Baby!


he 2013 Spring Training event and party hosted by Singles on Sailboats (SOS) will return March 16 to Anne Arundel Community College (101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD). Many new selections are available along with new speakers on traditional topics designed for everyone, from experienced offshore

##Classroom sessions are just one part of the multi-faceted Spring Training event hosted each year by SOS.

sailors to new sailors. Organizer Carole Jordan of J/World Annapolis says, “This training event is a great way for experienced sailors to refresh their knowledge. Just as spring training is important for baseball players, this full-day seminar is a great tune-up for the season. It also introduces new sailors to a wealth of topics that they may not have access to otherwise. In addition to gaining a lot of great information for a great price, you also meet neat people who like to sail.” Three dozen sessions will cover various topics, including bareboat chartering, basic sailing, Bay photography, boat detailing, buying and selling a sailboat, circumnavigating the DelMarVa Peninsula, communication equipment, crabpots and trot lines, diesel engine and outboard motor basics, docking and anchoring a boat, heavy-weather sailing, line splicing, lines, local lighthouse lore, marine electrical systems and refrigeration, marine weather, maritime law, medical emergencies, ospreys and eagles, sailboat rigging, rafting up, reading nautical charts, rules of the road, safety issues, sail trim, weekend and extended cruise planning, winch 101, and women at the helm. Fees for the one-day event (from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) are $50 per SOS member and $65 per non-member. Jordan adds, “I’ve helped organize this spring event for five or six times, now. I’ve been a member of SOS ever since I first moved to Annapolis. The club has given me a group of friends whom I love and enjoy sailing with. This is one way I can give back to this all-volunteer club, which has given me so much.” singlesonsailboats.org

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Ready To Launch? by Beth Crabtree

ven if your boat is still on the hard or tucked securely under shrink wrap, sailors who eagerly await that glorious first sail of the season can begin to prepare now. There’s always a list of “stuff ” that needs to be gathered at the beginning of the season, and now is the time to start assembling and organizing all those goodies. Get out the spring to do list, and add any hold-overs from last fall. Think rigging, instruments and their covers, batteries, sails and their covers, engine

repairs, bottom paint, electrical systems, holding tanks, and more. Now is the time to complete those jobs or talk to the professionals who can do them for you. Every boat needs to be stocked for the season. Whether you’re racing or cruising, most vessels have supplies that stay aboard all year. If your boat has a galley or head, they’ll have their own sets of “must-have” items. Collect everything now. Place it in a box, and keep it in a basement or garage until it’s needed.

For racers, you’ll have personal gear that you’ll carry in your duffel or backpack all season. Go through your bag now and discard worn-out or broken items. If you’re a cruiser, you’ll want to gather all the gear that racers have, plus plenty of creature comforts to make the cabin inviting. If you finish maintenance projects and collect and organize stowable items, you’ll be sailing, not running errands, as soon as the spring breezes blow.


##Gather your provisioning items now, and you can sail as soon as she splashes. Photo by Al Schreitmueller

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Keeping Teens Sailing

eople who are concerned about the future of our sport often talk about why we have loads of kids in junior programs, lots of middle-aged racers and cruisers, and a serious gap in the middle. How do we keep youngsters who’ve sailed at camps and in junior racing programs sailing through high school and into their 20s? One way is to offer exciting and interesting sailing programs geared to meet the needs of teens. For some of these young adults, high school sailing programs work just fine. But for others, for whom sailing has lost its sparkle, innovative programs run by creative and flexible adults are the key. We found three local programs that offer exciting ways to keep teens from jumping ship, so to speak. At J/World in Annapolis, Kids on Keelboats is gearing up for their third year. “We started the program because we saw teens who had sailed Optis and 420s who wanted to crew on bigger boats,” says Carole Jordan of J/World. “By moving them onto J/80s, they have a fun and exciting boat to sail. We teach only teens that week, and we make it fun for them. They learn sail trim, racing, and cruising skills.” For details on the one-week program offered in August, go to: jworldannapolissailing.com The DelMarVa Boy Scout Council offers a summer High Seas Adventure camp on the Chesapeake. Scouts can spend five days sailing the Bay, sleeping on the hook or in slips at different locations each night. Kids sail on 34- to 46-foot keelboats and learn about oceanography, astronomy, and more. Details for scouts at: doubleknot. com/high-adventure-opportunities/highadventure-sailing-on-the-chesapeake/9297 For a completely different kind of sail, the Schooner Sultana, which sails out of Chestertown, MD, offers exciting opportunities for younger teens. Kids ages 11 to 14 sail for five days and four nights, with a group of nine students and six instructors. Sailing around the Bay, the kids visit Annapolis, St. Michaels, Oxford, and Cambridge. Teens and tweens learn to handle the ship, navigate, and set sails. A good dose of Bay ecology and history is offered along the way. Learn more at: sultanaprojects.org spinsheet.com

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at Spring Boat Shows!


s this issue hits the stands, the Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show will be in full swing through March 3. But that is just one of a boatload of events that give sailors access to the boats, gear, goods, and nautical knowledge they crave. Now is the time to put spring sailboat shows in Chesapeake Country on your to-do list, right up there with your commissioning, training, and planning activities. Here are some of the bigger events on the Bay in April and May, which are right around the corner:

April 18-21

Bay Bridge Boat Show Kent Island, MD usboat.com/bay-bridge-boat-show

April 26-28

Cruiser’s University and Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show City Dock, Annapolis usboat.com

May 3-5

Fourth Annual Yacht Collection Sale Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis yachtcollectionsale.com

May 4-5

Deltaville Dealer Days Deltaville, VA (804) 776-9211

May 17-18

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Summer Fun for Five!

an you imagine walking into your favorite sailing chandlery in Annapolis and purchasing five of everything: five sets of sailing boots, five sets of sailing gloves, five life jackets, and five sets of floatation bags for five Optis? For that matter, how about buying five competitive Optis? That is exactly what Christine and Mark Levy have to do. Their five sons—Trent, Garrett, Ralph, Morey, and Quintin (below)—are all 14 years of age or younger and on the racing teams at Fishing Bay YC (FBYC)! The Levys, along with the other FBYC race team families, travel throughout the Bay racing on the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) junior racing circuit through the summer. While the boys race their Optis, Christine and Mark cheer them on from their powerboat. In addition to Maryland and Virginia, the FBYC teams make more distant road trips to regattas in New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Last year, they even

##The Levy lads. Photo by Christine Levy

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spent a week at the Opti National Championships in Sandusky, OH. It all began in 2007, when the Levys bought a second home by the Piankatank River in Deltaville, VA, as a weekend and summer retreat from Richmond, VA. They soon learned about FBYC just around the bend in the river. It was not long before the kids were swimming at the pool and starting the introduction-to-sailing classes at the club. Trent and Garrett, twins and the oldest, were only eight, and Ralph was seven, when they took their first lessons. From there, they just kept sailing. Eventually, they joined the club’s Opti Development Team (ODT), which is designed as an entry-level, race-training team. Little did they know what they were in for! Trent, Garrett, and Ralph all excelled and grew (sometimes painfully!) into star sailors, while Morey and Quintin watched from their parents’ boat. Eventually, the latter two kids too joined FBYC’s ODT and Opti Race Team, and the real travel began. During their time on the teams, the Levy boys have visited nearly every club on the Chesapeake Bay that has an invitational junior regatta. The youngest, Quintin, will sail one more year with ODT before moving to the Opti Race Team. So what is it like to sail six days a week and travel across the Bay, living for days on end in hotels, only to pack up and head to the next regatta? According to Christine, it is one of the few times her whole family gets to be together, and they love it! During the school year, the boys go to different schools and are on different teams for soccer, football, baseball, and wrestling. They get to be together during the summer and love travelling and visiting the different towns and clubs on the CBYRA circuit. Christine says, “We believe what

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we get out of it as a family is worth the time, money, and effort we put into it… and I never hear them say they are bored the entire summer! And no matter where we go, they have their friends with them from the team.” Like most youth sailors starting out in Optis, all the brothers have had their challenges learning to sail and race. For example, while sailing with ODT in 2010, they had a “little” trouble being towed out of Jackson Creek in Deltaville to practice before the start of racing. The exasperated coach, tired of “herding cats,” finally towed them out backwards! But the Levys stayed with it, and the results are now worth all the challenges. Last year, Garrett, Trent, and Ralph were among the top 25 captains (“boats”) out of the approximately 157 Optis racing in the CBYRA Corum Cup standings that were invited to race in the Hospice Cup Invitational Team Race in Annapolis in October. (Four additional FBYC Race Team members were invited, including Hannah Steadman, Jed Londry, Benton Amthor, and Boyd Bragg.) Last year, Garrett finished second at the Commonwealth of Virginia Youth Championship Regatta and third in class at the Maryland State Championships; and he won the Silver Division at the 2012 National Championships in Iowa. Trent was fifth in class at the Maryland State Championships. Garrett and Trent were third and fourth, respectively, in their class for the final standings for the 2012 Corum Cup Standing, and Ralph and Morey all posted outstanding results throughout 2012. Youngest brother Quintin is still in Green Fleet. So the next time it feels like it’s just too much trouble to take your child to a regatta, think of Christine and Mark Levy. They will be the ones trying to sort out five sets of sailing gloves and other gear before the skippers’ meeting! fbyc.net

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Coco Blanco 7 to 11 p.m. Loews Annapolis Hotel. Save the Coconuts’ annual fundraiser to fight breast cancer. Deadline for Color Maryland Green Contest for Young Artists and Poets

“Titanic” Becomes First Film To Gross More Than $1 Billion Worldwide, 1998

Free Seminar 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Port Annapolis Marine Supply. Learn from Paul Phipps of Phipps Marine and Steve Uhthoff of Annapolis Gelcoat and Fiberglass Repair.


Free Seminar: How To Use a Chart West Marine, Rockville, VA. A two-hour morning session hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.

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Seminar: Preparing for the Annapolis to Bermuda Race 9 a.m. to Noon. Eastport YC. Congress Adopts “The Star Spangled Banner” as the U.S. National Anthem, 1931 Robert Waterman, One of the Greatest Sailors in His Day, Is Born in New York City, 1808


Start of Engine Maintenance Course 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, MD. Five sessions hosted by Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron. $45 per member; $145 per non-member.

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Restaurant “Week” National Harbor, MD.

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Free Seminar 7 p.m. Fawcett Boat Supply, Annapolis. Tucker Thompson will provide T2P.TV’s greatest bloopers and blunders.


Interactive Seminar: Racing Rules 2013-2016 6:30 p.m. Miles River YC, St. Michaels. Features Charles Ulmer, owner of UK Sailmakers.


Volunteer Training Workshop Lathrop Smith Environmental Education Center, Rockville, MD. Hosted by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


Maritime Lecture Series 7 p.m. Three Thursdays. Annapolis Maritime Museum. $12.50 per session for members; $17.50 per session for non-members.


Kenneth Grahame, Author of The Wind in the Willows, Is Born, 1859 “...the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

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Harriet Tubman Centennial Launch Weekend Dorchester County, MD. Philadelphia Boat Show Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA. Progressive Insurance National Capital Boat Show Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA. Book Signing and Reception 2 p.m. St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Shady Side, MD. Meet Ann Widdifield and learn about her book “Passing Through Shady Side.”

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Eagle Festival Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, MD. Kids’ fun, tours, and more. Free Seminar 10 a.m. to Noon. West Marine, Annapolis. Julian Richards will discuss rigging tips. Free Seminar 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Port Annapolis Marine Supply. Learn from Captain John of Capt. John’s Boatbrite and Yacht Shine and Mike Montgomery of Port Annapolis Boat Services.

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Fire House Chili Cookoff 3 to 6 p.m. Nassawadox, VA. Hosted by Northampton County Chamber of Commerce and Northampton Fire and Rescue.


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National “Get Over It” Day

Pre-Season Sail Race Seminar North East River YC, North East, MD. Presented by Kristen Berry. $35 per skipper; $25 per crew member; and $15 per junior sailor. Sailing: Speed and Passion with Gary Jobson 6 p.m. Capital YC, Washington, DC. Gary Jobson will predict the outcome of America’s Cup. Enjoy scotch and a book signing. Hosted by DC Sail. $40.


USS Monitor and CSS Virginia Meet in Hampton Roads, VA, 1862 Thus marks the first action between two ironclad vessels.


Boating Safety Class 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bladensburg Waterfront, MD. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3. $25.


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Deadline for Entering Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest 4 p.m. Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD.

Boating Safety Class 7 to 9 p.m. Four sessions. Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD. Hosted by Potomac River Power Squadron. $26 members; $40 others.

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Free Seminar 7 p.m. Fawcett Boat Supply, Annapolis. Scott Noyes will discuss caring for and maintaining outboard engines.

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Free Seminar 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Port Annapolis Marine Supply. Learn from George Dunigan of Interlux Paints.


Free Seminar: Using GPS West Marine, Rockville, VA. A two-hour morning session hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.


Green Beer Races Annapolis. Hosted by Eastport Democratic Club. Benefits Georgetown East Elementary School.


Introduction to Sea Kayaking 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. West River Center, West River, MD. Hosted by Chesapeake Paddlers Association. $28. Register by March 8.


Jobs Seminar: “Working Your License” Annapolis Elks Lodge #622 in Edgewater, MD. $35 for Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association members; $50 for non-members.


Open House Crusader Yacht Sales, Port Annapolis Marina. See more than 30 new and used boats, enjoy seminars, seasonal food, and beverages.


Spring Training Seminar Arundel Community College, Annapolis. Hosted by Singles on Sailboats. See page 22.

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Understanding the Racing Rules J/World Annapolis. $125.

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St. Patrick’s Day “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” ~William Butler Yeats

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Free Seminar: Seamanship Basics (Part II) 5:30 p.m. West Marine, Boston Street, Baltimore. Learn about safety, basic navigation, and chart reading.

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West Marine Community Day West Marine, Annapolis. Five percent of all purchases that day will benefit National Sailing Hall of Fame’s Education Program.


National Goof-Off Day A guy shows up late for work. The boss yells, “You should have been here at 8:30!” He replies: “Why? What happened at 8:30?”


Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Festival Timonium Fairgrounds, MD. Pig pickin’, music, and more.


Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning Noon to 4 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum. Celebrate the coming of spring at this family-friendly feast of the Chesapeake’s most cherished bivalve with live music and waterfront fun. $25.


Free “Sail Yourself Safely Home” (SYSH) Interactive Seminar 10 a.m. to Noon. West Marine, Annapolis. Hosted by Womanship.


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Free Seminar: Using VHF and VHF/DSC Marine Radios West Marine, Rockville, VA. A two-hour morning session hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.


South River on the Half Shell 6 to 10 p.m. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville, MD. Flower show, live music by Scott Hymes and Joe Glumsic, and live and silent auctions to benefit South River Federation.


Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Art Show and Sale National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, MD.


Hunt for Hampton History Hampton History Museum, VA. Re-enactors, music, hands-on activities, and interactive displays.


Ocean Sailing Seminar O’Callaghan Hotel, Annapolis. Supported by SAIL Magazine, and focusing on ARC Caribbean 1500. $395.

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Colonists from the Vessels Ark and Dove Land on St. Clement’s Island, MD, 1634 Maryland Day

Roof Racking 101: Safe and Sound Schlepping! 7 to 9 p.m. Mounts Bay Recreation Center’s Community Room, Williamsburg, VA. Taught by David Chin, and hosted by Kingsmill Yacht Club. $25.


Start of Boating Skills and Seamanship Class 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD. Hosted by Gaithersburg USCG Auxiliary Flotilla. $89.


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Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport.

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Rhode River Canoe Excursion 9 and 11:30 a.m. Reed Education Center, Edgewater, MD. $16 per adult; $8 for kid ages six to 12 years.


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Start of “Seamanship” Class 7 to 9 p.m. Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD. Hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.


Boat Maryland Class 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Gaithersburg Senior Center, MD. Hosted by Gaithersburg USCG Auxiliary Flotilla.

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Blessing of the Fleet 5 p.m. Cape Charles, VA.

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Great Rum Punch Challenge 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria, VA. $50.

Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show Jack London Square, Oakland, CA.

Spaghetti Dinner 4, 5:30, and 7 p.m. Hosted by Rock Hall YC, MD. Benefits the club’s sailing school. Sock burning at 8 p.m.

South Carolina In-Water Boat Show Daniel Island’s Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC.

Safety at Sea Seminar U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Sailing and new powerboat component. Hosted by Marine Trades Association of Maryland.

Opening Day Fishing Bay YC, Deltaville, VA.

Rock and Roast 6 to 10 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum. Food, drinks, live music, auctions, and more. $10. Benefits Box of Rain.

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Voyage Planning and Electronic Charting Annapolis Elks Lodge, Edgewater, MD. Hosted by Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association. $115 for members; $145 for non-members.


Two Rhode River Canoe Excursions 9 to 11:30 a.m. Reed Education Center, Edgewater, MD. Each trip costs $16 per adult and $8 per kid ages six to 12 years.


Spend a Night in a Museum Two Saturdays and Sundays. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.


International Moment of Laughter Day “First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.” ~Steve Martin


Practical Marine Radar Course 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis Elks Lodge, Edgewater, MD. Hosted by Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association (CAPCA). $160 for members; $190 for non-members.


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Tiki Bar Season Opens Noon to Midnight. Solomons.

Privateer Festival Fells Point, MD. Live entertainment, tall ships, crafts and food vendors, reenactments, grog garden, pirates ball, and pub crawl.


Free Seminar: Anchoring West Marine, Rockville, VA. A two-hour morning session hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.

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International Children’s Festival Mill Point Park, Hampton, VA. Basic Marine Weather Course 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Annapolis Elks Lodge, Edgewater, MD. Hosted by CAPCA. $195 for members; $235 for non-members.

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Spring Open House 2 to 4 p.m. North East River YC, North East, MD. Tours, club and class info, and more. Earth Day

America’s Boating Course 7 to 9 p.m. Four Mondays. Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD. Hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.


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Tune-Up Race Cruising Club of Virginia, Southern Chesapeake.

InterClub National Championship Regatta Severn SA, Annapolis.

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Chesapeake Bay Tide Tables


02:46 AM 08:53 AM 03:44 PM 09:16 PM

-0.2 L 1.3 H -0.1 L 1 H


2 03:26 AM SAt 09:43 AM 04:44 PM 10:04 PM

-0.2 L 1.3 H 0 L 0.9 H


3 04:11 AM Sun 10:38 AM 05:49 PM 10:57 PM

-0.2 L 1.3 H 0.1 L 0.9 H

4 05:05 AM Mon 11:37 AM 06:57 PM 11:56 PM

-0.2 L 1.3 H 0.1 L 0.9 H


March 2013 Tides

5 06:09 AM -0.2 L tue 12:43 PM 1.3 H 08:04 PM 0.1 L

04:52 AM Sun 11:27 AM 06:31 PM 11:42 PM

12:32 AM tue 06:30 AM 01:09 PM 08:18 PM

0.9 0.1 1.2 0.3



01:26 AM Wed 07:31 AM 02:07 PM 09:11 PM

0.9 0.1 1.1 0.4



02:22 AM tHu 08:35 AM 03:05 PM 10:01 PM

0.9 0.2 1.1 0.3


03:18 AM 09:39 AM 04:01 PM 10:45 PM

1 0.2 1.1 0.3


04:12 AM SAt 10:38 AM 04:50 PM 11:26 PM

1.1 0.1 1.1 0.3



7 02:03 AM tHu 08:33 AM 03:00 PM 10:01 PM

0.9 H -0.2 L 1.3 H 0.1 L



03:06 AM 09:42 AM 04:03 PM 10:52 PM

1 H -0.2 L 1.3 H 0.1 L


9 04:05 AM SAt 10:45 AM 04:59 PM 11:37 PM

1.1 H -0.2 L 1.3 H 0 L


06:00 AM 1.2 H Sun 12:42 PM -0.2 L 06:48 PM 1.2 H



0.9 H -0.2 L 1.3 H 0.1 L


0 1.3 0.3 0.9

05:37 AM 0.1 L Mon 12:16 PM 1.2 H 07:24 PM 0.3 L

6 12:59 AM Wed 07:20 AM 01:51 PM 09:05 PM


ChesApeAke BAy Bridge-Tunnel


05:01 AM 1.1 H Sun 11:33 AM 0.1 L 05:35 PM 1.2 H


12:03 AM Mon 05:47 AM 12:25 PM 06:18 PM

0.2 1.2 0.1 1.2



12:39 AM tue 06:31 AM 01:15 PM 06:59 PM

0.2 1.3 0.1 1.2



01:14 AM 07:32 AM 01:56 PM 07:41 PM

-0.2 L 1.1 H -0.1 L 0.9 H


03:34 AM Sun 10:07 AM 04:29 PM 10:05 PM

0 1.1 0.2 0.8



04:16 AM 10:22 AM 04:29 PM 10:50 PM

-0.2 L 2.6 H -0.3 L 2.9 H


12:30 AM Sun 06:50 AM 12:47 PM 06:53 PM

2.6 0.3 2.2 0.3


2 01:59 AM SAt 08:25 AM 02:49 PM 08:27 PM

-0.2 L 1.1 H 0 L 0.8 H


04:23 AM Mon 10:59 AM 05:18 PM 10:53 PM

0 1.1 0.3 0.8


2 05:06 AM SAt 11:08 AM 05:18 PM 11:41 PM

-0.1 L 2.5 H -0.2 L 2.9 H


01:15 AM Mon 07:38 AM 01:32 PM 07:42 PM

2.5 0.5 2.1 0.4


3 02:48 AM Sun 09:22 AM 03:48 PM 09:20 PM

-0.2 L 1.1 H 0.1 L 0.8 H


0.1 1 0.3 0.8


3 06:02 AM 0 L Sun 12:00 PM 2.4 H 06:13 PM -0.1 L


02:05 AM tue 08:30 AM 02:24 PM 08:38 PM

2.4 0.6 2 0.5


4 03:45 AM Mon 10:25 AM 04:50 PM 10:21 PM

-0.2 L 1.1 H 0.1 L 0.7 H



03:03 AM Wed 09:28 AM 03:23 PM 09:38 PM

2.3 0.6 2 0.5


5 04:47 AM tue 11:32 AM 05:54 PM 11:28 PM

-0.2 L 1.1 H 0.2 L 0.8 H


04:05 AM tHu 10:26 AM 04:26 PM 10:39 PM

2.3 0.6 2.1 0.4



2.3 0.5 2.2 0.3



6 05:53 AM -0.2 L Wed 12:40 PM 1.1 H 06:58 PM 0.2 L

05:17 AM tue 11:53 AM 06:09 PM 11:47 PM

06:13 AM 0.1 L Wed 12:49 PM 1 H 07:02 PM 0.3 L



4 12:38 AM Mon 07:04 AM 12:59 PM 07:15 PM

2.8 H 0.1 L 2.3 H -0.1 L

12:46 AM tHu 07:12 AM 01:44 PM 07:54 PM

0.9 0.1 1 0.3


5 01:43 AM tue 08:12 AM 02:08 PM 08:24 PM

2.7 0.2 2.2 0


01:45 AM 08:09 AM 02:35 PM 08:43 PM

0.9 0.1 1 0.3


6 02:56 AM Wed 09:23 AM 03:24 PM 09:36 PM

2.7 H 0.1 L 2.3 H -0.1 L



0.8 H -0.2 L 1.1 H 0.1 L


02:41 AM SAt 09:03 AM 03:22 PM 09:29 PM

1 0.1 1 0.2


7 04:11 AM tHu 10:30 AM 04:38 PM 10:44 PM

2.7 H 0.1 L 2.4 H -0.1 L


01:44 AM 08:03 AM 02:44 PM 08:51 PM

0.9 H -0.2 L 1.1 H 0.1 L


03:33 AM Sun 09:55 AM 04:06 PM 10:12 PM

1.1 0.1 1 0.2




2.8 H -0.1 L 2.6 H -0.2 L


12:24 AM Sun 06:48 AM 12:50 PM 07:06 PM

0.2 2.5 0.2 2.6


9 02:45 AM SAt 09:03 AM 03:37 PM 09:39 PM

0.9 H -0.2 L 1.1 H 0 L


04:22 AM Mon 10:44 AM 04:48 PM 10:53 PM

1.1 0.1 1 0.1


9 06:15 AM 2.9 H SAt 12:22 PM -0.2 L 06:37 PM 2.8 H


01:11 AM Mon 07:31 AM 01:31 PM 07:49 PM

0 2.7 0 2.8



1 H -0.2 L 1.1 H 0 L


1.2 0.1 1 0.1



01:56 AM tue 08:13 AM 02:12 PM 08:32 PM

-0.1 L 2.8 H -0.1 L 3 H

05:32 AM 1.1 H Mon 11:51 AM -0.2 L 06:08 PM 1 H



02:41 AM Wed 08:55 AM 02:53 PM 09:15 PM

-0.2 L 2.8 H -0.2 L 3.2 H


03:26 AM tHu 09:37 AM 03:36 PM 09:58 PM

-0.3 L 2.8 H -0.3 L 3.2 H


04:13 AM 10:21 AM 04:22 PM 10:44 PM

-0.3 L 2.8 H -0.3 L 3.3 H

05:02 AM SAt 11:07 AM 05:10 PM 11:33 PM

-0.2 L 2.7 H -0.2 L 3.2 H


04:41 AM Sun 10:59 AM 05:24 PM 11:24 PM

05:08 AM tue 11:32 AM 05:28 PM 11:33 PM

05:18 AM 11:29 AM 05:42 PM 11:45 PM


12:40 AM Sun 08:05 AM 02:10 PM 08:26 PM

-0.3 L 3 H -0.3 L 2.9 H


02:31 AM Mon 08:51 AM 02:53 PM 09:10 PM

-0.4 L 3 H -0.3 L 3 H

01:19 AM Mon 06:52 AM 01:36 PM 07:33 PM

0 L 1.3 H -0.2 L 1.2 H


01:14 AM Wed 07:14 AM 02:05 PM 07:41 PM

0.1 1.5 0 1.2



01:57 AM tue 07:41 AM 02:26 PM 08:14 PM

0 L 1.3 H -0.2 L 1.2 H


01:49 AM tHu 07:58 AM 02:56 PM 08:24 PM

0.1 1.6 0 1.1



12:06 AM tue 06:19 AM 12:40 PM 06:49 PM

0 L 1.2 H -0.1 L 1 H


12:14 AM tHu 06:39 AM 01:07 PM 06:51 PM

0 1.4 0.1 1



03:18 AM tue 09:33 AM 03:35 PM 09:52 PM

-0.4 L 2.9 H -0.3 L 3 H


02:32 AM Wed 08:27 AM 03:15 PM 08:54 PM

0 L 1.3 H -0.1 L 1.1 H


02:27 AM 08:44 AM 03:49 PM 09:10 PM

0 1.6 0.1 1.1



12:46 AM Wed 07:05 AM 01:26 PM 07:27 PM

0 L 1.2 H -0.1 L 0.9 H


12:57 AM 07:26 AM 01:56 PM 07:35 PM

0 1.4 0.1 1



04:02 AM Wed 10:12 AM 04:14 PM 10:31 PM

-0.3 L 2.8 H -0.2 L 3 H


03:05 AM tHu 09:12 AM 04:03 PM 09:34 PM

0 1.4 0 1



03:08 AM SAt 09:32 AM 04:44 PM 09:59 PM

0 1.7 0.1 1.1



01:26 AM tHu 07:49 AM 02:12 PM 08:05 PM

0 1.2 0 0.9



01:42 AM SAt 08:15 AM 02:47 PM 08:22 PM

0 1.4 0.2 1



04:44 AM tHu 10:50 AM 04:52 PM 11:10 PM

-0.2 L 2.6 H -0.1 L 2.9 H


03:38 AM 09:57 AM 04:51 PM 10:14 PM

0 1.3 0.1 1



0 1.7 0.1 1.1



02:07 AM 08:33 AM 02:57 PM 08:43 PM

0 1.2 0.1 0.9



0 1.4 0.2 1



0 2.5 0 2.8

04:13 AM SAt 10:41 AM 05:40 PM 10:57 PM

0 1.3 0.2 0.9


02:49 AM SAt 09:19 AM 03:42 PM 09:23 PM

0 1.2 0.2 0.8




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

High –3:47 +3:11 –0:06 –2:14

03:54 AM Sun 10:23 AM 05:41 PM 10:52 PM




Low –3:50 +3:30 –0:10 –1:58

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H. Ht *1.18 *1.59 *0.82 *1.08

L. Ht *1.17 *1.59 *0.83 *1.08

Spring Range 1.5 1.9 1.1 1.4

05:06 AM 11:19 AM 05:26 PM 11:34 PM

7 12:38 AM tHu 06:59 AM 01:45 PM 07:57 PM





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

05:53 AM 1.3 H Wed 12:19 PM 0.1 L 06:09 PM 1 H


02:31 AM Sun 09:08 AM 03:41 PM 09:15 PM


05:26 AM 11:28 AM 05:30 PM 11:49 PM



06:00 AM 2.4 H SAt 12:06 PM 0.4 L 06:19 PM 2.4 H


30 31

05:54 AM -0.1 L Sun 11:57 AM 2.6 H 06:02 PM -0.1 L


06:07 AM 0.2 L SAt 12:06 PM 2.3 H 06:10 PM 0.2 L

Low +1:40 –1:15 –3:13 –3:47

H. Ht *0.88 *1.12 *1.33 *1.37

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

diFFerenCes Onancock Creek Stingray Point Hooper Strait Light Lynnhaven Inlet

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

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

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


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Tidal Current Tables

Baltimore Harbor Approach (Off Sandy Point) 1

Slack Water Maximum Current

Slack Water Maximum Current

-0.8 +1.0 -0.8 +0.6


0003 0618 1234 1841

-1.0 +1.0 -1.0 +0.9

0153 0821 1456 2052

-0.8 +1.0 -0.8 +0.5


0045 0701 1322 1927

-0.9 +1.1 -1.0 +0.8

Sun 0534 1246 1926

0239 0911 1553 2149

-0.7 +1.0 -0.8 +0.4


0126 0745 1410 2014

-0.9 +1.1 -0.9 +0.7

0017 Mon 0625 1345 2032

0331 1007 1655 2252

-0.7 +1.0 -0.8 +0.4

5 0118 tue 0724 1445 2135

0432 1108 1757 2359

-0.6 +1.0 -0.8 +0.4

0208 0829 1458 2101

-0.8 +1.0 -0.9 +0.6


0539 -0.6 1212 +1.0 1858 -0.8

SAt 0546 1240 1916

0251 0914 1548 2151

-0.7 +1.0 -0.8 +0.5

0034 Sun 0629 1329 2013

0337 1001 1641 2245

-0.6 +0.9 -0.8 +0.4


0126 Mon 0716 1421 2112

0427 1052 1736 2343

-0.6 +0.9 -0.7 +0.4

0224 tue 0809 1515 2209

0523 -0.5 1147 +0.8 1832 -0.7


0043 0623 1244 1928


0413 1059 1722 2243


SAt 0451 1151 1822 2326

3 4


0229 0830 1545 2230


tHu 0341 0940 1642 2320





10 Sun


0103 0648 1315 1954

+0.5 -0.6 +1.0 -0.9

0450 1048 1735

0202 0755 1415 2046

+0.6 -0.7 +1.0 -0.9

0005 0551 1153 1825

0256 0856 1511 2134

+0.7 -0.8 +1.0 -1.0

0047 0748 1354 2012

0446 1052 1704 2319

+0.9 -0.9 +1.0 -1.0

0227 Mon 0840 1451 2056

0533 +1.0 1144 -0.9 1753 +0.9

tue 0307 0929 1545 2139 Wed 0346 1017 1637 2221 0425 tHu 1104 1729 2303



0505 1152 1821 2347

16 17


Wed 0327 0907 1609 2302


tHu 0429 1008 1702 2349

0141 0724 1341 2020

+0.4 -0.5 +0.8 -0.7 +0.4 -0.5 +0.8 -0.8


Slack Water Maximum Current

Slack Water Maximum Current

+0.5 -0.5 +0.8 -0.8


0122 0758 1310 2003

0443 1017 1654 2242

-1.4 +0.9 -1.4 +1.1


0016 0645 1222 1852

0345 0915 1553 2134

-1.7 +1.1 -1.6 +1.2


0527 1109 1752

0234 0822 1436 2107


0030 0618 1208 1839

0321 0916 1527 2151

+0.6 -0.6 +0.8 -0.8


0209 SAt 0851 1350 2051

-1.3 +0.7 -1.3 +1.1


0100 Wed 0734 1259 1934

0427 0959 1629 2215

-1.6 +1.0 -1.5 +1.2

0107 Sun 0705 1304 1922

0404 1006 1615 2231

+0.7 -0.7 +0.8 -0.8


0539 1106 1748 2333

0301 Sun 0951 1436 2149

0639 -1.2 1201 +0.6 1846 -1.2


0142 tHu 0823 1336 2016

0509 1041 1703 2255

-1.5 +0.9 -1.4 +1.1


0140 0749 1357 2003

0443 1052 1700 2309

+0.8 -0.8 +0.8 -0.8


0029 0741 1301 1947

+1.0 -1.2 +0.5 -1.2


0555 1125 1740 2338

-1.3 +0.7 -1.2 +1.0


0212 0831 1448 2042

0522 1137 1744 2345

+0.9 -0.9 +0.8 -0.8


tue 0519 1209 1707

0129 0849 1408 2057

+0.9 -1.1 +0.5 -1.1

0004 0628 1315 1829

0240 1001 1531 2213

+0.8 -1.2 +0.5 -1.2

0359 1103 1641 2317

+0.9 -1.3 +0.7 -1.3







Mon 0406 1059 1538 2254

0243 Wed 0914 1539 2120

0600 +1.0 1222 -0.9 1827 +0.7


0022 0638 1307 1911

-0.8 +1.1 -1.0 +0.7

0100 0719 1353 1956

-0.8 +1.1 -1.0 +0.6

8 0219 Fri 0828 1505 2046

0140 0803 1442 2045

-0.7 +1.1 -1.0 +0.6

SAt 0317 0919 1550 2141

0225 0850 1533 2138

-0.7 +1.1 -1.0 +0.5

0316 tHu 0957 1629 2159

29 Fri

30 SAt

31 Sun

0351 1042 1721 2239 0429 1130 1814 2323 0513 1220 1909



7 0113 tHu 0731 1413 1942


0015 0550 1246 1819

-1.5 +1.0 -1.5 +1.0


0109 0739 1433 2006

-1.6 +1.1 -1.6 +1.1


0300 0828 1515 2052

-1.6 +1.1 -1.6 +1.2

Sun 0509 1103 1731 2330 Mon 0557 1144 1811

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

0500 +1.0 1156 -1.4 1732 +0.9



0223 0913 1410 2059


0304 SAt 1006 1445 2144

0646 -1.1 1213 +0.6 1823 -1.1


0024 0739 1304 1911

+0.8 -1.0 +0.4 -0.9

0115 0831 1357 2001

+0.7 -0.8 +0.3 -0.8

0541 1312 1704

0207 0928 1455 2054

+0.5 -0.7 +0.3 -0.8


0040 Wed 0645 1415 1826

0308 1038 1618 2158

+0.5 -0.7 +0.2 -0.8


0142 tHu 0740 1506 1935

0429 1134 1727 2308

+0.4 -0.8 +0.4 -0.8


0531 +0.5 1213 -0.9 1809 +0.5

Sun 0348 1101 1520 2235


Mon 0438 1207 1603 2334

19 tue


0240 0829 1544 2037

Slack Water Maximum Current


0003 0609 1248 1843

-0.9 +0.6 -1.1 +0.7


0051 0643 1323 1916

-1.1 +0.8 -1.2 +0.8


0138 0720 1401 1953

-1.2 +0.8 -1.4 +1.0


0225 0801 1441 2031

-1.4 +0.9 -1.5 +1.2


Wed 0615 1146 1823

0310 0845 1521 2111

-1.5 +1.0 -1.6 +1.3

0034 tHu 0701 1224 1903

0353 0929 1601 2152

-1.6 +1.0 -1.7 +1.4


0119 0750 1306 1949

0438 1013 1644 2235

-1.6 +1.0 -1.6 +1.4


0206 SAt 0842 1350 2038

0526 1059 1732 2321

-1.6 +0.9 -1.5 +1.3


0622 -1.5 1150 +0.8 1828 -1.4

SAt 0329 0913 1615 2133 Sun 0411 0953 1644 2222 Mon 0451 1031 1714 2307 tue 0531 1108 1748 2350



0254 Sun 0938 1439 2131

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

Current Differences and Speed Ratios Secondary Stations Baltimore Harbor Approach

Time Differences

Min. before Flood


Min. before Ebb

Speed Ratios Ebb



Secondary Stations Chesapeake Bay Entrance

Time Differences

Min. before Flood


Min. before Ebb

Speed Ratios Ebb



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Sharp Island Lt., 3.4 n.mi. West







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







Stingray Point, 12.5 miles East







Pooles Island, 4 miles Southwest







Smith Point Light, 6.7 n.mi. East







Turkey Point, 1.2 n.mi. Southwest







Point No Point, 4.3 n.mi. East







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Where We Sail

by Steve Gibb

How South Riverkeeper Science May Transform Future Decisions


he South River Federation’s Diana challenges faced by the South River. This a property owner granted. But the effort is Muller uses data as a shield to acceptance may herald a new era in dataa multi-year intervention involving lots of protect Chesapeake Bay water intensive and more evidence-based water bulldozers, trucks full of sand and gravel, quality. As the riverkeeper, her approach quality assessments based on the tireless and permitting all supported by more than to monitoring the river has the potential work of people like Muller, her intern $1 million in funding from DNR and the to transform how others across the ChesaKatie Geiger, and her corps of volunteer Fish and Wildlife Service. peake region study, assess, and make stream watchers. The data is also being The South River Federation is also policy decisions about the quality of the used by the U.S. Environmental Protecfocused on Broad Creek and just received a nation’s largest estuary. tion Agency Chesapeake Bay program. permit to restore the Davidsonville WildMuller, who has more than 20 years of Similar efforts may be expanded to other life Sanctuary. The creek has high ammonia laboratory experience in microbiology and western shore rivers and ultimately, the and bacteria levels and low dissolved oxychemistry, has established 22 monitoring whole Bay watershed, Muller says. gen levels in summer, conditions which will stations in the tidal areas of the South Muller’s monitoring has unfortunately have to be addressed before volunteers can River; that includes creeks and streams as revealed that some of the South River’s do plantings and other restoration work. well as seven mainstem stations in “tidally best gunkholes and anchorages are Muller also highlights data showing influential” tributarthat “hypoxia” or the “The monitoring her organization conducts for the ies. Currently, the “dead zone” in the South River only has South River is unprecedented in quality and quantity.” Bay affects more than one monitoring stajust the “trench” in tion that makes it into the State of Maryimpaired. Many a Bay sailor has holed the bottom water of the central Bay but has land’s water quality assessment reports. up in Harness Creek, which features one been found in the entire water column at But Department of Natural Resources of the western shore’s curliest and most levels of concern as a result of stormwater, (DNR) scientists have checked and reprotected gunkholes. Monitoring has septic systems, and sewer discharges. She checked her work over the last three and shown that water quality concerns, some recommends patience when it comes to the half years and have now agreed to fold the related to septic-use in area residences, nutrient problems in the Bay, not because South River Federation’s science into the are worrisome. The riverkeeper is curaction is not warranted now, but because it official state assessment. rently working with the community to can take agricultural applications 20 years This is a first. So far, no other noninform and educate it about the benefits to flush out into tidal regions where the governmental organization’s data has been of transitioning from septic systems. chemicals remain active for years. accepted by DNR. For its 2014 departBut the impairment there is minor The real test of her work, she says, is ment “integrated report” on Bay water compared with Church Creek, another to build a quality-assured and qualityquality impairments, Muller’s extensive gunkhole west of Harness but also on the controlled dataset of the South River that database will provide a much more north shore. Muller says “almost nothing is “legally defensible” by March 1. EPA detailed picture of the conditions and lives” in the creek except jellyfish, which pollution caps on waterbodies—known as thrive on the nutrients that wash in from Total Maximum Daily Loads—are being the many parking lots and strip malls challenged in court by the Farm Bureau along Route 665, a major thoroughfare and other stakeholders. Lawyers on all to Annapolis. Muller says that 37 persides are watching as this and other new cent of the land in this area is pavement, information enter the picture. Through which allows rain to quickly rush into Muller’s work—and efforts by her oceanthe creek carrying petroleum, nutrients, ographer husband who works at the Naval and chemicals and undercutting soft Academy—the data manifested to support sediment. assessments of the South River could have Church Creek is a restoration priority; a transformative effect. The monitoring her the South River Federation is collaboratorganization conducts for the South River ing with Smithsonian Environmental is unprecedented in quality and quantity. Research Center and U.S. Naval AcadThis rich information base has the potenemy scientists to do a “before and after tial to enhance critical Bay decisions for study” of a large restoration effort underdecades to come as the evidence base for way in the creek. The South River Fedmore nuanced public policy debates, court eration will install “step pools” to slow reviews, and regulatory decisions greatly ##The South Riverkeeper Diana Muller has stormwater and re-plant white cedars in expands. established 22 monitoring stations in the the area under a conservation easement southriverfederation.net tidal areas of the South River.

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Setting the Course for Matt Rutherford’s

by Andy Schell


hen he first brought up the idea, he was all over the place, grasping to solidify that which had been spinning in his mind when he was out there by himself for all that time in little St. Brendan. Matt Rutherford wanted to start a nonprofit, and he wanted to explore the never-before-sailed-through corner of the Northwest Passage called M’Clure Straight. It would set yet another first in a sailing world which, since his return from his non-stop solo trip around the Americas, is just about out of them…

Almost. The recent Vendée Globe winner, a young, first-time competitor, François Gabard circled the globe in a new single-handed record of 78 days, sailing a hair over 28,000 miles past the Great Capes in doing so. Rutherford covered almost exactly the same amount of miles in St. Brendan to circumnavigate the Americas, setting his own record, recently ratified by the Guinness Book of World Records, in 309 days. When three guys on a boat called Beezlebub, a boat very similar to Rutherford’s Albin Vega, beat him to M’Clure Straight last summer, his idea evolved into just transiting the Northwest Passage and collecting scientific data along the way. The main objective was to visit a series of scientific wells that had been dug by oil companies to monitor permafrost readings; the data hadn’t been checked for more than 10 years. His plan was to sail as close to the shoaling, desolate coast of northern Alaska as his then-imaginary boat would take him and launch an expeditionary party in a very real flying dinghy (they exist—look it up) to go ashore and collect the physical data. And then that got scuttled too when

he found out someone had just been there, done that. But by then, Rutherford’s Ocean Research Project (ORP) had become a legitimate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It was happening; it just needed a viable direction. Meanwhile time was ticking, and Rutherford’s friend Jamin Greenbaum, a well-connected polar scientist, could only commit to joining the expedition if it sailed in summer 2013. Rutherford needs Greenbaum for the Arctic adventure. So, he went to Florida in December and bought Ault, the friendly-looking 42-foot steel ketch, named for the destroyer his grandfather served on in World War II, with one of those Egyptian eyes painted on the grey bows to ward off evil spirits, and sailed it north to the Chesapeake in the winter waters of the Atlantic. He is the proud owner of his third boat now, and another $40,000 in debt. As I write this on the eve of February 1, Rutherford’s ORP is finally finding that direction, and things are happening in earnest. Port Annapolis Marina signed on to help with the project. Ault now occupies a transient slip on G Dock, her spars getting a refit and her deck splayed wide open underneath the shrink-wrapped cover. Rutherford and some friends took a sawzall to the coachroof, the only piece of the boat made of plywood (and rotten, of course), and the rebuilding is under way. In late January, we had our third board meeting at ORP’s de facto headquarters on

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Cornhill Street in the Historic District of Annapolis, right in the shadow of the State House. Rutherford announced that he’s reluctantly abandoning the idea of heading to the Arctic in 2013 and focusing on a project in the Atlantic instead. He will study the Atlantic Garbage Patch, the seldom-discussed sibling of the infamous one in the Pacific. Ault will spend upwards of 75 days sailing in the mid-Atlantic, between Bermuda and the Azores, where weather and currents conspire to corral the world’s plastic waste in our neighboring ocean, collecting data and filming for the first of a series of documentary films. Departure is set for early May, before hurricane season hits. At this point, Rutherford deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his endeavors. He’s done everything he has ever said he would, and then some. This new project is easily his most ambitious endeavor. It involves other people, for one. The setback of not being able to tackle the Arctic this year could be considered his biggest failure. But it hasn’t fazed him. He just switched gears and is off and running again. It will be fun to see where he ends up. To learn more, visit oceanresearchproject. org or “like” the ORP Facebook page for updates on local fundraisers. SpinSheet March 2013 37

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“Thunk... kerplunk.”The sound of a cell phone dropping from a pocket, bouncing on a deck, splashing, and sinking into the dark water. “Awwww #^%$#%.” The sound of the owner of said cell phone. Thinking about lost calls, forgotten numbers, missed texts, and worst of all, the seven or eight hours of upcoming frustration sorting out the terms of the next contract with a hungover store clerk or someone in a distant call center. “Splash, gasp, laugh, and holler!” The sounds, a short few hours later, of said cell phone owner, lost phone forgotten for the time being, entering the water to cool off between sailing races. Have you experienced such a day of loss and re covery? Or witnessed it? It’s a common modern weekend sailing story. Day-to-day disappointment and

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stress turned to joy in the course of a few sunny hours spent sailing. The contrast is striking; a lost phone conjures dark feelings, and a summer sail and swim erases them completely. I think it’s evidence of an important sailing storyline. Let’s explore why it happens. We’ve been told that the cell phone connects us to something, and while it may seem counter-intuitive, it might also be said that the cell phone is disconnection in the extreme. While we anticipate human contact through it, the contact is, in reality, more absent than present, more fleeting and frustrating than fulfilling. Why do we stare at our phones anticipating tweets in buses or in line at the grocery cashier? Often, I find, I’m tethered to the screen, awaiting seven or eight inconsequential, usually misspelled

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words. I reply with something equally cryptic (and undoubtedly more flawed grammatically) and then step off the bus or shuffle forward in line. Imagine a future with no eye contact, no complete sentences, where no person can sense a change in the direction of the wind, or where nobody has an outdoor adventure to remember together. Sailing, on the other hand, is both materially untethered and socially connected at the same time; freeing and encompassing in both large and small bursts. When the phone goes kerplunk and sinks to the bottom, the buzzing and beeping are silenced, leaving all other things feeling more real. Face down postures turn face up. Thumbs must do more than type. Dock lines are let loose. Crewmates haul halyards and trim sails to get things started. The boat heels over, and everyone plays some role in flattening it out. Some spy the water surface to find more wind. The driver heads down. The trimmer eases. Later, the spinnaker needs setting and the pit crew tails, while the mast team jumps. At the end of the swim break,

the swimmer needs a hand climbing back aboard, and his or her crewmate gives it. The social and natural connections are so obvious and real that they are often durably memorable, in harsh contrast to the forgettable grocery aisle tweet. Furthermore, while sailing satisfaction may come from winning a race, more often than not, it comes from feeling the breeze, sensing a shift, teaming on a task, inventing a new game, or doing a cannon ball into the water to douse the rest of the crew. For most of us, our richest, deepest and happiest experiences will happen while touching nature with friends in these ways. To veteran sailors, the experiences I describe may seem normal, routine, and obvious, but for Facebooking non-sailors—well, how could they know them at all? The fact is: they can’t. And the phone, Twitter, streaming YouTube videos, or sailing simulators will never be surrogates for the actual outdoor group experience. You simply gotta do it. A couple of years ago, America’s Cup promoters told us that they

planned to break promotional ground and find new sailing fans among “the Facebook Generation.” After all, there are 500 million subscribers to the service, so sailing ought to benefit somehow from clicks and tags. I wish them luck, but don’t have high hopes. In the end, Facebook is the place where I tell you about me. Maybe you’ll read it. Maybe you won’t. It’s a self-centered instant gratification machine. It’s where one can hold a phone at arm’s length to snap a quick image proving position in the grocery line. It’s the world’s largest repository of puppy pictures, or in a best case, where friends tag friends in photographs from the night before. But it’s not where people get together and do. That happens offline, on boats, outside, in company. So while the sunken phone might have been useful in getting the people to the boat, after that, it’s arguably better in the water than out. Except, of course, for the fact that in, it leaves plastics, chemicals, and heavy metals in the silt. Perhaps it would have been better to just turn it off and stow it.

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hen you consider how much you have invested in your sailboat, it makes sense to consider the place where you dock as an ongoing investment. Since the marina you choose will require proof of boat ownership, insurance, and credit worthiness, it makes sense for you to do your due diligence as well. Call and find out what will be required of you as a slipholder. Scout out a few places to visit. Walk the docks. Meet the manager. Ask for references. Get a feel for the ambiance. Talk to the liveaboards if at all possible; they see a complete picture of how the place functions in all hours in all seasons. Here are 10 important factors to weigh in with your decision in a marina: Location. Consider the marina’s proximity to your home, the grocery store, and the open Bay. Sailors’ priorities differ. Some may seek a slip that offers the fastest route possible to the mouth of the river; others prefer staying within walking distance of restaurants—or as in the case with at least one sailor we know, a favorite pub. Within the marina itself, does your new slip offer a view? How easy will it be to get in and exit when motoring? When carrying duffel bags and groceries, how far will you have to walk from the car? Facilities. Some marinas offer showers, washers and dryers, picnic tables and grills, pet amenities (should include a pet waste plan), electric carts, lighted piers

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and walkways, safety equipment (ladders, fire extinguishers), fueling and waste pumping, access to boat maintenance, dinghy docks, swimming pools, snack bars, pubs, restaurants, tennis courts, and putting greens. As a basic guideline, expect marinas with more amenities to charge more. Bathrooms. Although they certainly fall under the category of facilities, in the world of marinas, bathrooms speak volumes. A friend recently noted that visiting the bathroom of any marina will give you a good indicator of the overall vibe and condition of the place. Many sailors, especially daysailors (dare we say especially men?), may leave the marina at the day’s end and do not care about the rest rooms or the show-

ering facilities. Those who plan on spending the night at the marina may find the condition of the rest rooms critical to comfort. If you think that you, your crew, spouse, kids, and any guests you invite on your boat may require higher end bathrooms, think about it. Security. Knowing that your boat is safe when you are aboard and when locked alone in her slip puts your mind at ease. Assess the neighborhood. Ask the marina what protection systems they have in place. Ask other slipholders, especially liveaboards, about their experiences. Management. You are visiting a marina and considering it as a home for your boat. How have you been treated so far? Was the spinsheet.com

staff professional on the phone? Has anyone who works there smiled at you and been helpful answering your questions? You are a potential customer, after all, and one who would pay a substantial sum to stay there. If the customer service is lacking from day one, how do you think you will be treated later in the relationship? Noise. Many of us have sailboats so that we can escape the noise of daily life. Is your slip located in a quiet place, or might you hear a disc jockey playing loud Jimmy Buffett at 1:30 a.m.? It’s worth knowing in advance.

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Parking. Does the marina offer ample parking for you—and your guests? Docks and Pilings. As a liveaboard friend says, “Lumber and fresh paint are inexpensive, simple ways to make an impression on potential slip holders.” If the docks and pilings seem shabby and shaky, do you really want to keep your sailboat there? Could you, a guest, or a child potentially fall through the docks? If so, walk away. Trash Plan. On a sunny summer day, when many of the marina’s slip holders will head out to the Bay or stay on deck working on their boats, quite a few bags of trash and recycling will be generated by the day’s end. Does the marina have adequate dumpsters and recycling bins? Does the marina have recycling bins? Clean Marinas. Certified Clean Marinas usually post signs and fly flags, as they have worked hard to earn the distinction. To learn more, visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina in Maryland; virginiacleanmarinas.com in Virginia; and cleanmarinadc.org in Washington, DC. Follow us!

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Community and Character

A Liveaboard Sailor’s Perspective by Tony Ireland


they visit. After some time, when histories my tender failed, for example, someone orn and raised in New England, showed me how to remove and clean the I had been steeped in a social and circumstances have been shared over broth that had always assumed drinks while enjoying the sunset, or while carburetor. When I quit my day job for sharing food at the numerous community a spell, another showed me how to use a that “good fences make good neighbors.” cookouts, they also get to know you, and pressure cooker. So, it took me rather longer than most to One of the things I like best about become accustomed to the unique lifestyle you them. Annapolis and other waterfront towns is of living aboard a sailboat in a marina. “My God that sounds horrific,” you Looking back now, however, it is difficult may think, but like most things, there is a the lovely demographic diversity of these trade-off. There is always someone there communities. Corporate titans and hedge to imagine enjoying living anywhere else. fund managers When tied up in a slip, there are “By their openness, people dedicated to the truth live in the comfortably share drinks and happily no fences. One’s open, and through the exercise of their courage to live in the discuss all things domain is limited nautical with engito the hull and deck open, they become free from fear.” ~Dr. Scott Peck neers, mechanics, of one’s boat, and captains, carpenters, and school teachers. to help tie up your boat, always someone neighbors are literally just a few feet away. It is the sea and survival that bind all, and inviting you for drinks or dinner, and Everyone who also lives aboard knows most marinas, especially those that allow your business—all of it. They know how always help when you need it. Maritime MAGAZINE live-aboard tenants, reflect and embrace often you clean your boat, what kind of people, I have learned, are notoriously this unique diversity. car you drive, how well you handle your willing to offer free advice (sometimes Living aboard in a marina is to be part annoyingly so) and some labor (when boat, how much and what you drink, who B O A Tyour I N Gfriends A T Iare T S (by B Ename), ST they have the time). When the engine on of a very close and very open community. and how often

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Of course, characters abound, and quirky is the norm. But as there is no hiding of anything, no means of maintaining a façade, there is no veil for the jumbled mix and mess of virtue and vice we all schlep around. When weekenders arrive on Friday evenings, there are those who are cheered, and those who must maintain a safe distance from such a motley and mixed bag. One theme common to all marinas, and one of the first topics that binds the community of tenants, both weekenders and live-aboard, is marina management. Everyone has some gripe or some story of absurd mismanagement. Whether it is the frequency of cleaning the common areas, the suspect billing, shoddy maintenance, or some new irrational and poorly communicated restriction, management always takes the brunt. The topic is a wonderful conversation starter, and some marina management teams provide a never-ending source of new material. That is not to imply that all marinas are created equal. They are as diverse as their tenants in their levels of service, maintenance practices, and amenities. The restrooms in some marinas are worse than those at a college football stadium,

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while others are cleaned several times a day and feature showers with multiple spray nozzles. Some offer courtesy cars, while others are so absent, they can’t provide a taxi. Some offer swimming pools, laundry services, free pump-outs, restaurants, and nightlife, while others barely provide usable piers to tie up one’s boat and finger-piers so wobbly you feel as if you are walking on a tight-rope. Some offer glorious open views of the Bay, while others offer a view of the dumpsters behind the restaurant. If

you are new to a marina and want to start a conversation, raise a question about an issue related to management. You will find immediate companionship. The one exception in my limited experience is River Dunes Marina in Oriental, NC. We had to stop there to wait for Hurricane Sandy to pass while travelling south on the Intracoastal Waterway. They were astonishingly superior in amenities (even had multiple pristine Jacuzzis by the pool) and customer service (marina

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Chesapeake Bay Marinas 2013 and usually represent exceptions to othbrought her joy, and it was a joy to eat her managers should be required to stay there crabs among a good, albeit eclectic, group. a few days), but in this case, I believe the erwise very well-maintained vessels. Who But when the owners decided it was time exception proves the rule. else has the time? to upgrade the docks and restaurant, they Regardless, one of the premier joys of Liveaboard tenants are often given the living in a marina is this: if you don’t like doubled the slip fees so the rates were comimpression by management that they are your neighbors, or the restrooms are not parable with marinas in Annapolis. Needa bit of a pain in the tail and are typically less to say, it wasn’t a difficult charged an extra fee of about $100 per month for the privi“There is little space to store shoes, and decision to move to Annapolis and avoid the bridge traffic. A lege. When the water stops, everyone knows your business.” few phone calls, a short ride the electricity goes out, or a serviceably clean, or you want a shorter across the Bay, and all was accomplished in pier is missing a board, invariably, it is a commute, or you don’t like the weather, a few hours. liveaboard who brings this to their attenNo, living in the open is not for evtion. Many marinas don’t allow any liveyou can always move—no brokers’ fees, no eryone. There is little space to store shoes, aboard tenants that are not paying higher closing costs, no open house “parties,” no transient fees. Such typically are surroundmoving vans, nada. Just power up the enand everyone knows your business. On the gines, slip the lines, and try someplace else. other hand, once you have adjusted to it, it ed by high fences and charge double the A couple of years ago, I was staying at can be wildly amusing, and one has more usual rate. Likely, there is a perception by freedom to choose an alternative course. the actuaries of heightened liability with a marina on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It liveaboard tenants, although we are contin- was a lovely place with manicured grass, a ually adjusting the lines of boats for absent Tiki hut by the pool, a work-out facility, About the Author: Tony Ireland floating docks, and a great party crowd on owners to keep them from smashing into runs Classic Sail Charters in Annap‘A’ dock. During the season, it was not docks when storms brew. Granted, there olis and is cruising the Caribbean on are some liveaboard tenants who don’t take unusual for us to have weekly dock parties his Catalina 42 Licentia. He wrote complete with fresh crabs and gallons of very good care of their space, and some this article from a slip at Compass beer. One of the weekenders was a fanatic boats are so packed with stuff they should Point Marina in St. Thomas, USVI, crab hunter, and she could be seen most be considered for a special segment of the where he is “researching” winter evenings stalking the docks with her crab “Hoarders.” But such behaviors are hardly charter venues. net and bucket. It was just something that limited to the compulsively marine crowd

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he City of Boston once ran a series of public service announcements extolling the virtues of city living, while conveying the message that it was safe to live to Boston again. Each spot presented a lighthearted scenario where you had to accomplish a certain task in the city and the same thing in the suburbs, such as find a mariachi band or move a couch. Invariably, the suburbanite fumbled through the Yellow Pages (in the pre-Google era) and stood flustered on her front lawn, while her city counterpart simply rounded up her neighbors and threw a party afterward. They were clever and funny, but poignant in illustrating that city life offered what suburbia didn’t: the camaraderie and convenience of having everything and everybody close at hand. The tagline was “Boston: It’s all right here!” Marinas are a lot like city neighborhoods in that sense. Often crowded, sometimes raucous places, the best ones

by Steve Allan are perhaps a little messy, too, and liberal with the rules. Like the one I’m in. The one I proudly call “my marina.” It isn’t mine, of course. I don’t own my slip. I just rent, but I care about the place enough to take offense when anybody trashes it, literally or figuratively. Far from being just a place to keep the boat, a marina presents a whole neighborhood with its own unique identity that you can be part of.

I haven’t always thought of it that way. I keep the boat in the same place where I bought it, in the same slip, even. The marina seemed okay at the time, but I was more concerned about the hole in the water I was buying. It was late in the season, and the sale price included two months’ worth of slip fees. I didn’t pay much mind to whether I would like the place or not.

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Chesapeake Bay Marinas 2013 There was a lot to like. Electric and ect. Quite often, so much time is spent crew in exchange for a few beers. Casual water costs are included in the slip fee; hellos quickly become acquaintances. shooting the breeze that a lot of my boat the bath and shower houses are always Bonds are born, friendships are forged, projects don’t ever get done. clean; and the staff and management are I had reason to worry about my boat often in ways unknown ashore. Nobody attentive. There’s even a chandlery onsite, the other day, but I couldn’t get to it. A seems to care how much money you and if they don’t have what you need, south wind had been blowing for a day earn, what kind of car you drive, or who they’ll order it for you. Unlike a lot of you voted for in the last election. Very or so, and high tide was forecast to reach places, a nice shady park two feet above normal. area fronts the bulkhead My lines were tied for “Marinas are a lot like city neighborhoods… on “the sailboat side,” low water. I don’t know itself an amenity worth Often crowded, sometimes raucous places, the Bill very well, but when mentioning because well, he asked me if he could best ones are perhaps a little messy, too.” there aren’t any powerdo anything, I took him boats cluttering up the up on his offer to check docks. (Actually, there are three; but things out. He called later to say that rarely have I ever had to explain whatever they’ve passed the compatibility test, and all was well. Hanging up the phone, I it is I do for a living. On the docks it just we all get along just fine). Powerboaters thought about how lucky I was to know isn’t important. seem to use the docks differently than Whenever I return from a cruise, him and how lucky I was to be in a marina sailors do, so unless you don’t mind like ours. I’ll pay him back with a beer the I have newfound appreciation for my walking the gauntlet of lawn chairs, beer next time I see him. Then again, he might marina. It’s like coming home to the coolers, and amplified music on the way need a couch moved or help finding a old house. I savor that last turn down to your boat every weekend, consider the mariachi band. the fairway, with a reward of a beverage benefits of a sail-only marina. once I’m tied up, but not before wigIt didn’t take long for neighborliness gling into a slip that’s a little narrower About the Author: Steve Allan to emerge. Like the ones depicted in the than it should be. But I appreciate the sails his Laguna 26, Annie’s Rose Boston commercials, if you need to unpeople the most. It’s great to know you out of Maryland Marina on dertake a boat project (or move a couch), can borrow tools or a box of Marine Tex Frog Mortar Creek. it doesn’t take much to round up a work or just shoot the breeze over a boat proj-

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A Club, or Just a Marina? by Michael Wagner

Sometimes, it can be in how things sound…


he question of your boat’s seasonal home is often more a question of where you want to spend time than anything else. Sure, there are always the considerations of amenities, but the sense of community is just as important. When people accustomed to the marina scene visit our club, the North East River YC, they immediately notice some subtle, yet profound differences. Beyond the pleasant blend of powerboaters, sailors, and social members, there are organized activities for all groups, ages, and interests. By nature, this creates a very engaging environment and a social fabric that makes it nearly impossible to be incognito or feel adrift. It’s a kinetic energy that plays out repeatedly throughout the season, and I’m sure it’s not much different at most clubs. Our Thursday evenings are the perfect example of the experience. It usually starts around five o’clock, as longtime friends begin rolling into the parking lot one by one and make their way into the clubhouse, greeting one another and catching up on what’s new. Within a short time, the bar in the Burgee Lounge is crowded. The noise level is elevated to a healthy roar and continues to build with each new arrival. The staff members are dashing back and forth to keep up with the drink orders, adding the sounds of glassware, fluidics, and fizz to the mix.

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Outside the noise level is on the rise too, when junior sailors begin assembling their boats for a race. There’s the clanging of spars and booms, the clunks of centerboards and rudders, and the raw sounds of unbridled enthusiasm as everyone hurries their pace to be one of the first out on the water. And of course, there’s always the parents reminding kids to put on their lifejackets or find their shoes. The next wave is a steady stream of adults hauling sails and gear bags, compar-

ing viewpoints on whether the wind is going to stay or drop, whether we’re going to get a thunderstorm or not, and what is being ordered for dinner. By this time, the Burgee Lounge is packed, with noise of a happy crowd leaking out each time a door is opened when a staff member comes out to check up on the early outside diners. The decibel level must drop a bit about 6:20 p.m. since the kids are out on the water, and the keelboat sailors have headed out on the docks; but I can’t be sure, since I’m with them. When we all come back as the sun sets, it’s nothing short of pandemonium. The Burgee Lounge is still in full roar. There’s not a seat to be had outside, so additional chairs are flowing out of the ballroom, along with food trays, silverware, and glasses. The staff are running around like crazy people trying to figure out where everyone is sitting, and it’s all being played out against a backdrop of laughter from a crowd of kids playing tag or other games on the lawn. Sometimes it’s tough to even have a conversation with someone sitting right next to you. But none of us would have it any other way. It’s community. It’s a cultural pathway for people to enjoy quality experiences with families and friends, and yes, it’s noise. It’s all part of what makes a club more than just a place to keep your boat for the season. SpinSheet March 2013 47

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Service and Maintain Your New Boat


hen it comes to boat maintenance, even the most seasoned boat owners lose track of time and sometimes ask themselves, “Did I do that last year? Or was it the year before?” Brand new boat owners are the lucky ones, as they know the battery is charged. The fuel filters are clean. The paint job is fresh. But what should a smart new boat owner do to ensure that the boat remains in good condition? What can he or she do to prevent expensive repairs whenever possible? We asked some regional boatyard owners and service experts what they would recommend and created this beginner’s guide.

Bottoms Up

Before a brand new boat owner gets started, he or she “needs to understand what’s going on below the waterline,” says George Dunigan of Interlux. Many may spend all of their money on the boat, trailer, canvas, and electronics and then skimp on prepping the bottom; Dunigan notes that it can be hazardous to do so. “A new boat owner needs to know where he’s going and the water condition so that he picks the best paint for those conditions,” he says. “Preparing the bottom with the proper anti-fouling paint is as important as the electronics you choose.” For those who

have no knowledge of the process of prepping a new boat, Dunigan recommends the Interlux website page yachtpaint.com/ usa/diy/ask-the-experts for how-to tips and video tutorials. Many sailors of pre-owned vessels begin the season with a hull cleaning. “It depends on whether your boat had been stored on the hard or in the water,” says David King of Annapolis Diving Contractors. If the boat’s been in the water, you want to have your first cleaning in spring… If on the hard, you won’t need my services until July.” King notes how boat owners tend to stretch their paint jobs for as long

as possible. “As the paint gets older and less effective, dive services become more important.” In addition to scrubbing the hull, certified divers perform a number of critical tasks, such as inspecting the hull for blistering or cracks, checking to see if throughhulls are damaged, and checking zincs. “People frequently don’t place importance on zincs [to prevent corrosion on metals below the waterline]. It could mean an $800 repair on your propeller if you don’t keep up with $15 zincs, so it’s important.” In addition to cleaning and inspecting boat bottoms, certified divers also do mooring inspection and installation and recovery services. King has been hired to find jewelry, watches, glasses, and expensive boat parts on the Bay’s bottom.

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More than three of the marine service professionals we talked to cautioned new boat owners against using service providers based solely on price. Through recommendations from your broker, boatyard manager, and experienced sailors, find service professionals who are American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) certified. Steve Madden of M Yacht Services lists four essential qualities to look for in sailing service professionals: “honesty, product knowledge, quality workmanship, and offshore experience.” Jim Wagner, president of Regent Point Marina, comments, “Get someone who is reputable, not necessarily the cheapest.” He also emphasizes that each boat owner spinsheet.com

should ask about his provider’s insurance coverage. “If the service professionals are real businessmen, they have good insurance coverage, so protect yourself by finding a reputable provider.”

Things That Break

What are the top things that break on sailboats? “Anything that is not used on a regular basis,” says Madden. Knowing what the common trouble spots are and consulting professionals to make sure you’re on track can help you avoid unan-

ticipated expenses. “Maintenance is an integral part of boat ownership that should not be ignored,” says Madden. “Establish a preventative maintenance program, and stick to it.” Tom Kicklighter of Diversified Marine Services recommends keeping a log of repairs and maintenance, which will aid in remembering the service rendered as well as help you sell the boat later. Dirty fuel tends to be the source of serious engine issues and one of the most common troublemakers. “Check and service

your fuel filters. Make sure you have spares onboard,” says Wagner. “Periodically treat your fuel with a biocide fuel additive that kills bacteria that gnaw on diesel fuel.” Wagner and others noted that a lot of sailors do not use their engines often enough to clean out such bacteria, which makes the additive even more important. Wagner’s son James, an ABYC-certified technician and the general manager of the operation, suggests that boat owners “make sure that the engine seacock is open

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Follow manufacturer’s recommendations. Keep a service log book to track services and repairs. Have certified and qualified contractors service the vessel. Check the qualifications first before contracting any work to be done. Review current customer testimonials. Haul the vessel once per year for inspection, bottom painting, detailing, and systems review. Utilize environmentally friendly products whenever possible. Re-bed all deck hardware every five years (what you can’t see can hurt you). Take occasional moisture readings of the hull, bottom, and deck for a quick overview of the core material condition. Research any equipment upgrades before purchase and installation to best meet your specific requirements. Important: Use and enjoy the boat often!

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new year and that water is pumping before they go out.” Overheating due to forgetting that is common. He also recommends paying attention to leaks and unusual engine noises as well as doing regular fuel filter changes. “Pay attention to batteries and maintain them correctly,” adds James. Marine batteries tend to live for about three years. Jim, Sr., tacked on one last maintenance item, not one anyone wants to discuss at length: holding tank service. “Once those lines get permeated with the smell, there’s nothing you can do but replace them. Make sure you keep the holding tank system as clean and empty as possible. Pump it out often.”

Life in the Sticks

See all of those masts? Well, they and the hardware that keep them up need tender loving care, too. Julian Richards, rigging specialist at West Marine’s Annapolis store, shares some specific tips for caring for your rigging. His first tip is one for the fall season. “Sailors should de-tune their rig at the end of the season. Take a couple of turns

off the turnbuckles. That takes pressure and stress off the wires.” He also recommends marking the wires before you do so. “Then in the spring, when you turn them back, it forces you to really look at the rigging. Look for rust and cracks; inspect the turnbuckles,” says Richards. “Anytime you go out for a sail, always come home and rinse off your lifelines and turnbuckles with fresh water. It will keep rust from forming. If you’re out on saltwater, do what I used to do on big boats: make a mixture of vinegar, a half cup, and a bucket of fresh water. Get a cloth and run it up and down the rigging. Wash it then with fresh water.” Although Richards thinks that turnbuckle and shroud covers are useful, he notes that sailors forget to ever remove them and the dirt underneath. “These covers are good until you leave them on for years and years,” he says. “Take them off in winter and then let snow and rain clean off what was underneath. Put them back on in summer.”

Learn More

Richards will give a seminar on checking standing running and rigging at West Marine Annapolis March 9 from 10 to noon. Find more seminars on sailboat maintenance and troubleshooting in the calendar at spinsheet. com and on page 27. Turn to an article on sail care on page 51, and stay tuned for the second part in the April issue. Three well-loved books we’ve often found on seasoned boat owners’ shelves are: Nigel Calder’s Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How To Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat’s Essential Systems; John Rousmaniere’s The Annapolis Book of Seamanship; and Charles Husick’s Chapman Piloting and Seamanship. If you have other ideas for resources for new boat owners, share them with readers via molly@spinsheet.com.

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Interview with an Expert Interview and photos by by Captain Amelia Howerton Interviewee Captain Grant Howerton has evaluated and priced thousands of used sails as a sail inspector at Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies in Annapolis.

How can the life of a sail be extended?

Remove sails from the sun as often as you can. It’s good to clean sails to get salt, rust, and chemicals off of them. Most marks and dirt will come out with a light detergent and water, but deeper stains should be left unless you prefer bright white sails to your wallet. Looking over your sails for weak or wear areas to repair is always a good idea.

What is the best way to store your sails?

In a dark dry place, such as your house, inside the boat, or fully covered with a thick material such as Sunbrella. UV rays will still penetrate the sail, even covered by Sunbrella. Mouse damage is common. Never put a sail away wet; mildew stains are hard to get out.

What are some common misconceptions?

Frequently, it’s that sails need to be serviced yearly such as an oil change on a car. It’s good to clean sails with mild detergent and water or have them lightly cleaned professionally to freshen them up when they get dirty. However, there are more than a few cleaning processes out there that will get your sail bright white, but at the cost of the life of your sail. I’ve seen extremely heavy duty storm sails from a 50-foot boat that you could tear by hand because they’ve been so aggressively cleaned.

What is the biggest mistake people make?

Leaving sails uncovered. Sun is the major killer of sails. It’s known as UV rot. The material will become brittle and yellow like tissue paper. If you leave sails up during storms and spiral tie them instead of taking them off, they will flog and shred. Roller-furled sails with several wraps can still partially unwind and tear. I’ve seen 100 cases of people not spending 10 minutes to take down sails when a hurricane or severe storm is coming—they bring in their sails in pieces. Follow us!

Other mistakes?

Surprisingly, many people roller-furl their genoa the wrong way, with their sacrificial sun cover on the inside— that’s backwards. You have to look at the sail and find the covers and make sure they’re on the outside, or feel which side of the material has been treated. Also, greasing sail slides with mechanical grease or W-D40 will collect dirt and make it worse. Use Teflonbased or other high-tech lubricants.

What irks you most about improper sail care?

##Grant Howerton at Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies in Annapolis.

The dreaded candy stripe of a rollerfurling genoa that is either not furled tight enough or has sun covers cut too narrow, revealing a strip of Dacron winding all the way down the sail; that just ruins the sail. Also, main sails strapped to the boom with no covers on.

Are there any emergency supplies you think people should carry for their sails?

Yes, spare mainsail luff slides and a matching shackle can come in really handy in a jam. When something needs to be patched up to get home, you can do a lot with a roll of Dacron sail repair tape, a big triangular needle, and waxed sail thread.

Any final words of wisdom?

Sails are very expensive and among the biggest parts of a sailboat. Care for them as though you would your engine.

About the Author: Captain Amelia Howerton has been cruising her Albin Vega 27 Velocir with her husband for the past year. They spent two years rebuilding their cruising boat and have cruised from Annapolis to the Bahamas and back. Visit velocir.com to learn about their journey.

##Sails with several wraps can still partially unwind and tear in a strong storm.

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Ready for Spring? A

Start with a Checklist

lthough the picturesque images we hold in mind when we think about sailing may come true on that perfect, sunny April day, usually, there are some not-so-romantic kinks to be worked out on the boat beforehand, preferably in March. While our neighbors may associate spring with daffodils and crocuses, sailboat owners on the Chesapeake think about sand paper and knee pads, seacocks and hose clamps. The to-do list seems endless, but with the help of a well-structured list and perhaps, the help of a professional to ensure the soundness of your work and safety of the vessel, you will reach your end goal: throwing off the lines and going sailing. Here are some helpful resources to get you started.

Spring Commissioning Checklists Among the sections you will find in a well-organized boat commissioning checklist are action items for general cleaning, hoses and seacocks, hull, deck fittings, safety equipment, electrical systems, inboard engines, head, water, galley, inboard or outboard engines, sails, masts and rigging, and trailers. ##boatus.com (search for “spring commissioning” for the current list) ##boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/spring99.htm ##deltavilleboatyard.com (click on online form for “commissioning”) ##diversifiedmarineservices.com/spring-commissioning

May I See Your Paperwork, Captain? Check for Safety Equipment ##Check your sound signaling device ##Check distress signals and expiration dates ##Check lifejackets ##Inspect life rings and cushions ##Check fire extinguishers and recharge if necessary ##Check and adjust compass ##Check navigation lights ##Check charts and replace as necessary ##Check radar reflector ##Check and replace first aid supplies ##Check bailer and hand pump

Here are links to boat registration and fishing license paperwork on the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. ##Maryland boat registration paperwork dnr.state.md.us/boating/registration ##Maryland fishing license information dnr.state.md.us/service/license.asp ##Virginia boat registration paperwork dgif.virginia.gov/boating ##Virginia fishing license information dgif.virginia.gov/licenses ##Washington, DC, boat registration documents dmv.org/washington-dc/boat-registration.php ##Washington, DC, fishing license ddoe.dc.gov/service/get-fishing-license

The Top 5 Reasons Why Boats Sink in the Springtime Courtesy of BoatU.S. ##Missing or damaged hose clamps. These clamps are often removed in the fall to winterize the engine and then forgotten about in the spring when the boat is launched. Tight spaces in engine compartments make it difficult to see some unsecured or deteriorated clamps. 52 March 2013 SpinSheet

##Spring rains. Combine heavy rains with leaking ports, deck hatches, cracked or improperly caulked fittings, chain plates, and scuppers clogged by leaves, and your boat could be on the bottom soon. ##Broken sea strainer. Glass, plastic, and bronze strainer bowls can be cracked or bent over in the winter if not properly winterized, allowing the water to trickle in when the seawater intake seacock is in the open position.

##Leaking stuffing box. If equipped, a steady drip from an improperly adjusted stuffing box (the “packing” around the prop shaft) has been known to swamp a boat.

##Unsecured engine hoses. Over the winter, freezing water can lift hoses off seacocks (valves). spinsheet.com

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igh on my list for spring commissioning is to gather the necessary evils that make up an excellent bloody mary to make the back-breaking work of painting my boat’s bottom tolerable when that first warm April weekend descends upon Chesapeake Country. Because they are friends of the SpinSheet program and tackle spring commissioning tasks every single year, we asked our club reps to share their number one spring commissioning tips with us. Enjoy reading their responses below:

Annapolis Sailors Club Lauren Anthone: “I am prepping for spring by trying to do nothing at all. You have to break your back (quite literally) to use this tactic, and it’s not as easy as it seems. Later, I’ll invite friends over to help drink all the water from the tanks; I used vodka instead of antifreeze.” Joel Aronson: “Be sure to open the raw-water intake before starting the engine!”

Vicki Hurt: “I recommend to club skippers when setting up a work party, have a list starting with projects anyone can do and ending with projects that take special skills. Be sure that for all the projects listed, everything needed to do the task comfortably, safely, and with minimal mess is already there for the volunteer crew. Have ‘weather-is-great’ and ‘weather-is-not-great’ lists so you can still work. Schedule starting and stopping times so you feel as if you can accomplish a good amount and still have time to visit with your volunteer crew.”

Willie K.: “I’m thinking that I’m going to buy a tiller that isn’t cracked into two separate pieces. Could help.”

Bill McKelvy: “As the Travelift approaches, make sure all the holes are closed and the fenders are attached.” Jim Mosher: “First, round up crew to help clean.”


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David Skolnick: “I don’t really winterize; just jug water and make a couple of visits to the fuel dock. As soon as dock water is back on, my priority is to clean up after all the birds that have ‘ahem’ targeted my boat over the winter.” Hal Wickersham: “I’m tempted to say, ‘Belong to a great sailing club (like the Annapolis Sailors Club) so you can get volunteer help in the commissioning process since it is so labor intensive.’ The only problem with that is that most of the work involves wearing special clothing (a dust-proof suit, eye/breathing protection, etc.) and using special tools that most people who don’t own a boat do not have, so I usually am reluctant to ask for help. The first thing I do each year is sand and paint the bottom. Once that’s done, then it’s mostly cleaning... all very labor intensive.”

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Carl Reitz: “Put fresh duct tape over the open end of your boom. Spring is nesting time for birds, and the small ones find sailboat homes make a nice home. Or leave the tape off, and check frequently for eggs; they keep going up in price at the grocery store.”

Tory Salvia: “At the end of the season, I change the oil, but I leave the old fuel filters in place for the winter. Then in the spring, I replace the primary, secondary, and electric fuel pump filters with fresh cartridges for the new sailing season. If you have multiseason bottom paint that you put on last season, this spring, look for a marina deal for a two-hour (or overnight) sling only haulout. If you have ablative paint, select a marina that gives you the option of a less aggressive powerwash that won’t strip the paint. Take the opportunity to change zincs, scrub and re-coat your prop, check thru-hulls, etc. After a couple of hours (or the next morning), you’re back in the water with a clean bottom for the season.”

Ed Sabol: “How charged are you and your batteries? Check out Maintenance Tips on our website to see what your battery should be reading, how to size your batteries, how to do load testing, and other topics. Then check out what our club is scheduling for the 2013 sailing season!”

Shirley Wise: “Good boat helpers are hard to find; make sure to feed them well! We have a crew (who happen to be related) who assist with our bottom painting and waxing of the topsides every year, and their ‘pay’ is in the form of a few good sails to and from the yard, and a lot of good food and beer to keep them motivated!”

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Frequently Asked Questions About Foreign Languages While Cruising by Lisa Borre


’m frequently asked about how we dealt with foreign languages during our extended cruise. I hesitate to write about this topic because my husband David and I may not be the best to give advice in this department. Although not fluent in the languages of any of the countries we visited, we’re somewhat fearless in this regard. It helps that we lived, worked, and traveled in dozens of other countries before setting out on an extended cruise. Our experience while cruising reinforced what we’ve learned in our travels to foreign-speaking lands: with the right attitude, there is little to fear. In fact, navigating through non-English-speaking countries brings an added cultural richness to the whole cruising experience.

How did you manage in non-English speaking countries?

In addition to being fearless, it doesn’t hurt that one of us (David) is a gifted linguist. With a background in anthropology, he’s studied many languages and mastered a few. Unfortunately, his fluency in obscure languages was not very helpful on our cruising route. Though rusty, his knowledge of Latin, German, Spanish, and Russian did come in handy. I, on the other hand, am linguistically challenged. One example that comes to mind is while we were cruising in Southern Europe. I brushed up on my Spanish, but would get frustrated when I couldn’t even order a glass of dry sherry while on an inland trip to Sevilla, Spain, with my sister and brother-in-law. I finally succeeded by remembering palomino fino, one of my mom’s favorites, and by pointing to a bottle of it on the shelf behind the bar. We were on our way to visit Jerez de la Frontera, the sherry wine-making region of Spain, and I realized my mistake. I was using the English word “sherry” instead of the Spanish jerez. When entering foreign harbors, we’ll often call on the radio, especially if it is recommended in a cruising guide or required for clearance formalities. We have found radio communications with local port officials to be a challenge. It’s much easier to enter a harbor or communicate directly with the harbormaster or marineros (dock hands), using hand signals if necessary. If no one appeared, we would secure the boat and go ashore to sort things out.

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##A “marinero” meets Gyatso in a rib outside the ancient Roman harbor on the island of Ventotene, Italy. When cruising in non-English-speaking countries, it’s easier to talk with port officials directly versus on the radio.

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Bluewater Dreaming continued... Did you need to know the languages of the countries you visited?

No, we didn’t need to be fluent, but we did find that learning at least the basics enhanced our experience. As with any travel to foreign countries, it helps if you can say “hello,” “goodbye,” and “thank you.” Counting skills and knowing the words for things you buy regularly doesn’t hurt either. I found that even the smallest attempts with a foreign language are usually appreciated. While visiting the French islands in the Caribbean, women in the shops had little patience for my attempts with French but seemed to appreciate my effort nonetheless.

Did you study languages while underway?

We really enjoyed studying languages in the off-season while cruising. In Portugal, we hired a language tutor. Other cruisers organized classes taught by a native English speaker, but we really liked going to “class” in Ana’s small apartment just inside the ancient walled city of Lagos. She was from northern Portugal and insisted on teaching us proper Portuguese, as it is spoken in the north. She toned down the sing-songy bom dia (good day) I had picked up on the street and taught us very practical things like how to ask for and understand directions. Ana told us that we were wasting our money to learn the language because the Portuguese would not have the patience

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to speak with us. She said they would insist that we speak with them in English even if they didn’t understand. Bolder than I, David tried to speak in Portuguese with taxi drivers and others to limited success. It didn’t matter; we enjoyed studying the language and having a glimpse at what local life was like through our interactions with Ana. We also hired a language tutor while wintering over in Italy, but regret that we didn’t spend enough time in the off-season in Turkey or Greece to learn the languages. We never had difficulty communicating in any of these countries. If something needed to be translated, the locals would find someone in the village to help out. English is so widely spoken that we’re spoiled, in a way. It has become the default language of cruisers, mainly because radio communications require a working knowledge. Whenever we found other cruisers or local people who were shy about their English language skills, we’d try to put them at ease by explaining that their knowledge of our language was much better than ours was of theirs.

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Guadaloupe, I used the French guide to navigate my way through ordering custom canvas sun awnings for Gyatso. We were desperate for relief from the tropical sun, but the local canvas makers didn’t speak English. We decided to take our chances, and I ended up pointing to things I liked in other examples of their work. When needed, we looked up a few technical terms in the cruisers’ guide. Needless to say, we were very pleased with the results, but this had little to do with my language skills. I could tell they were skilled craftsmen. We just needed to create enough understanding for me to convey what I wanted. When cruising in a country where I don’t know the language, I usually keep a pocket dictionary in my purse—right next to my point-and-shoot digital camera—because you never know when you might need it. Having a dictionary handy to look up unknown words, while finding my way around an unfamiliar town or ordering from an Italian menu, helped improve my vocabulary, not to mention my dining and cruising experiences.

##A sign in English posted next to a street sign in Greece. The author didn’t learn much Greek or Turkish while cruising, but didn’t have any difficulties navigating through these countries.



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Postcard from Saba

by Jessica Rice Johnson


fter 100 very rough miles of beating across the Anegada passage, all aboard Elcie were more than ready to stop. On approach, the Netherland Antilles island of Saba appeared both inhospitable and uninhabitable. Sheer and jagged cliffs tumbled into a dark sea. Only when a few miles off could we make out the tiny harbor at Fort Bay. Fishing boats rose and fell sharply on moorings in an open roadstead. A steep road wound its way up a ravine and out of sight, but no town was visible. With a radio call, we announced our arrival and were guided to a mooring on the slightly more protected west side of the island. Elcie was the only cruising boat in sight. The moorings are about 15 minutes from the port by dinghy. Rising just inshore of our mooring was the fabled “ladder,” for years,

the only way on and off of Saba. Eighthundred and 50 stone steps cut into the outer edge of a natural abutment switch back and forth finally reaching an abandoned customs house. Prior to the road that leads up from Fort Bay, everything came onto Saba this way including pianos, furniture, and even cattle. Sabans are known for their hard work and tenacity in getting seemingly impossible tasks done.

we began the climb up to the summit. Again, we were following a well-manicured track with hand-hewn stone steps. We joked that a giant must have built the steps, too long and too high to walk up comfortably. Calves ached and ears popped. The foliage had changed dramatically since sea level, from dry and scrubby to dense, moist, and verdant rainforest. Banana groves, citrus trees, and elephant ears hung over the path. At the top of 1064 steps, we peered out hoping for a view but saw only clouds. Feeling winded and slightly discouraged, we snacked and rested upon a rocky outcropping. Then, like magic, the clouds momentarily parted, revealing a fairy tale scene far below. Through a sunlit haze were the settlements of Windwardside and Hell’s Gate and in the distance, the islands of St. Eustatius and St. Kitts. Going down the mountain was not much easier, steep and slippery, with gravity at work. The path to Windwardside meandered past terraced gardens, more Hansel and Gretel cottages, and finally, into the village itself. It was early evening when we arrived, and many of the small shops were closed. Fortunately, we found the Saba Snack Shop still open and serving ice cream. Five of us managed to hitch a ride in the back of a pickup truck down to the port and our dinghy. In the fading light, we took the dinghy back around to Elcie, arriving just as the sun descended into the sea. The crew was pleasantly exhausted from a full day of hiking. We set our sights on water activities for the next day. Scuba diving excursions, especially deep dives, are the main attraction in Saba. Several boats brought tourists out each day to sites with names like Outer Limits, Third Encounter, and the Twilight Zone. We had no plans to dive but were eager to do some snorkeling around Torrens Point, a shallow site, about five minutes by dinghy north of our mooring. During the night, a northerly ground swell started, making the west side rolly but not untenable for Elcie and the other two boats that had arrived.

“…like magic, the clouds momentarily parted, revealing a fairy tale scene far below.”

Saba is a destination of divers but also hikers. Well-groomed tracks, used by natives long before roads were cut, crisscross the island. We made a plan to climb to the top of Mt. Scenery, about 3000 feet high, with the promise of magnificent views of the land below and the surrounding islands. Some of our group started by climbing the grueling ladder, the quickest but most strenuous way to one of Saba’s four settlements. The others went by dinghy to Fort Bay, the only place to safely leave a shore boat. Already perspiring heavily, we met at the top, which was actually the village called “The Bottom!” Wandering along narrow stone streets, we admired the compact white and green cottages with red roofs and tidy gardens. After a few blocks, we stumbled upon the Saba Coffee House. No one expected to find a delicious café latte and Internet connection in a sweet little coffee shop run by an ex-Alaskan. We reluctantly tore ourselves away, now fueled by caffeine and an e-mail fix. Past The Bottom we found the trailhead of the shaded Crispeen Track. It led us to the base of Mt. Scenery and bypassed several ring was the miles of hot road. Turning left, ##Rising just inshore of our moo s, for years, fabled “ladder,” 850 stone step . the only way on and off of Saba

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Unfortunately, it also affected the best snorkeling spot on the island. Picking up a dive buoy, we hopped in just south of Torrens Point and could see the caves and tunnels that make this area so much fun for snorkelers in settled conditions. It was too rough to enter them, so we stayed in open water. Directly beneath, a mound of fans and corals rose to about 20 feet below the surface. Two large Hawksbill turtles glided past not seeming to take notice. A spotted Moray slithered along the top of the mound and then disappeared into a crevice. Black Durgons and Parrotfish swam among the green and purple fans. It is possible to get to Saba by air, landing and taking off on a runway so alarmingly short that it requires a special type of plane and pilot’s license. I suppose one can then enjoy village life without concern for a vessel’s welfare. However, arriving by sea and spending time in the shadow of this large and fascinating rock has its own rewards. The fairy tale atmosphere and the difficulty of getting here and getting to shore make it even more enticing. Elcie’s crew decided unanimously that Saba would be a must stop on any down island cruise in the future.

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Charter Notes

Story by Eric Vohr; photos by Michaela Urban

Hopping the Caribbean Islands


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he Caribbean has always been a favorite destination for sailboat charters. And while the British Virgin Islands get most of the press, there are so many more islands to explore, you could literally spend a lifetime cruising this part of the world. On a recent trip, photographer Michaela Urban and I decided to cruise a section of the Leeward Islands that stretches from St. Martin to Montserrat. Colonized by the British and French, these islands offer a wide variety of experiences that include remote pink-sand beaches, 18th-century dockyards, French couture shopping and dining, and active volcanoes. We chartered with Sunsail, which has a large fleet of monohulls and catamarans and offers excellent support throughout the region. Our route took us from Sunsail’s big home base in Oyster Pond in Saint Marteen (the Dutch half of the island) to St. Barts, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, and back.

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You can skip Île Fourchue—a barren, horseshoe-shaped rocky island just off of St. Barts. This was recommended as a great overnight anchorage, but we found nothing except for rolling seas and a restless night. You’re better off going straight to Anse à Colombier on St. Barts (an additional 30 minutes). It’s a beautiful quiet anchorage with great snorkeling and sea turtle sightings. And since it is hard to access without a boat, it’s generally not too crowded. After visiting Anse à Colombier, you will need to enter the main port of Gustavia to pass customs. Technically, you’re supposed to go to customs as soon as you arrive in any of these small island nations, but experience taught us that the local governments are not what I would call diligent in enforcing this rule. In winter, the world’s rich and beautiful descend on St. Barts, and this little harbor is jammed full of large megayachts. But since it was June, we were

able to pick up a mooring inside the main port of Gustavia. In spite of St. Barts’ glitz and glamour, the island has retained its natural charm. We rented a scooter and spent a delightful day exploring the island’s many spectacular beaches, restaurants, and shops. It’s important to note: if you’re low on baguettes, prosciutto, and gruyère, you might want to stock up here, because good bakeries and gourmet foods are pretty scarce once you leave the French islands. One of St. Kitts’ big attractions is the 18th-century British fort Brimstone Hill. Eight hundred feet above sea level, the fort affords breathtaking views of the Caribbean, including Nevis, Montserrat, Saba, St. Martin, and St. Barts. Don’t leave St. Kitts without also visiting Mount Liamuiga, a 3792-foot dormant volcano that’s the tallest peak in the eastern Caribbean archipelago. We hiked it from sea level, and although it’s a strenuous climb, it’s well worth the effort. The upper third of the trail runs through a cool, fertile

##Sun and boats dance on the waters near St. Barts.


rainforest that’s a welcome break for the ever-present intense Caribbean sun. We also recommend dropping a hook at one of the beaches on the island’s eastern end. South Friar’s Bay has a lively stretch of colorful beach bars and restaurants. If you want a more natural and peaceful experience, go a little further east to White House Bay. Of course, depending on how soon you visit St. Kitts, this will likely all change. This end of the island has been earmarked for some major hotel and resort developments. Montserrat was one of our favorite islands on our trip. It also provided a front-seat geological lesson on what volcanoes can do when they get angry. In July 18, 1995, a huge eruption destroyed Montserrat’s Georgian-era capital city of Plymouth and displaced two-thirds of the island’s population. And only two years ago, a partial collapse of the lava dome spit out a series of pyroclastic flows. As one might expect, serious restrictions are in place on where and how you can view this part of the island, and you will have to rent a taxi to see it. Our driver was a former police chief, who was able to take us into the restricted city of Plymouth, right to the very edge of destruction. After visiting that ghost town, we ran up to the volcano observation center, from where we could see what’s left of the former Beatles manager Sir George Martin’s recording studio— a humble cinder block building that has seen the likes of Elton John, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Culture Club, and Sting. Our next stop, Antigua, is one of the most historic and beautiful islands in the chain. The jewel of Antigua is Nelson’s Dockyard—the longest continually operating boatyard in the world and the 18th-century home to a British Navy fleet under the command of Horatio Lord Nelson. Sunsail maintains a base there, so we could fill our water tanks and take a well-deserved break. Antigua is known for having some of the best beaches and anchorages in the region, so I suggest leaving time in your schedule to explore the place. Barbuda was our last stop. A couple of hour’s sail from Antigua, Barbuda is one of the most undeveloped islands Follow us!

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Charter Notes continued... in the Leewards (think endless miles of deserted pink sand beaches). We saw some great wildlife here, including numerous adolescent black reef sharks. Inside the island, you can find a big mangrove lake where locals provide guided tours to visit the famed frigate bird colonies. Once back in St. Martin, we took two days off the boat to cool down and relax before the long flight home. We rented a lovely private house called Villa Canoua. Perched on a hill overlooking Happy Bay on the northwest corner of the island, Villa Canoua has its own semi-private beach accessible via a short footpath, and it’s only a stone’s throw from one of the most popular nightspots on the island, Grand Case. The Leeward Islands were fantastic, but they merely whetted our appetite for more Caribbean charters. Guadeloupe, Dominica, and Tobago are next on our list. We’ll keep you posted.

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lan to join SpinSheet for our “Crew Listing” parties March 30 and April 28 in Hampton, VA, and Annapolis, respectively. Sailing clubs are welcome to sign up for table space to chat up all the sailors who flock to the Annapolis event, in particular. Learn more by e-mailing laura@spinsheet.com. See you there. This month, like most sailors in Chesapeake Country, our clubs are busy planning sailing adventures for the coming season, while taking part in training, dining, meeting, and sailing activities. By March 10, send ruth@spinsheet.com your Club Notes, great high-resolution photos, and the name of a trusty mechanic who knows his way around marine motors.

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he Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) Sailing Symposium will be held at the Eastport Yacht Club March 23 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.); the $30 fee covers lunch and fees. Other plans on our calendar include the Early Bird Icebreaker Cruise led by Peter and Cathy Kreyling May 11-12, and a new club activity at the Wye Island Conference Lodge and Pavilion for June 28-30. The lodge on Granary Creek is a family-friendly place with volleyball and horseshoes, a large playing field, trails, and a long shoreline. —by Grace Holt / cbtsc.org Follow us!

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Pull Up a Table…

embers of the Alberg 30 One-Design SA often gather on the Magothy River to enjoy dinner with their fellow Albergers. We affectionately refer to this raft-up as “Dinah on the Rivah.” Recently the call went out even though our boats were all winterized and in most cases on the hard. The “raft-up” (right) consisted of five tables pushed together at the Point Crab House and Grill, with 15 happy Albergers spending a couple of hours eating, exaggerating stories from the past, and looking forward to new sailing experiences during the 2013 sailing season. —by Jim and Barbara Palmer / alberg30.org ##Alberg owners enjoy “friend-time.” Photo courtesy of Michael Lehman


Bless that Groundhog!

pring will be six weeks earlier this year. The Hunter SA (HSA) (left) will hold our annual Shipwreck Party March 23 at the Kent Island YC to prove winter is over and spring has sprung and of course, to burn our socks. On April 20, we will raft up near Galesville, MD, on the West River. Even HSA snowbirds are looking forward to spring; Fela and Second Option with their 64-foot air drafts made it through all of the ICW bridges. Fela arrived at Cape Coral on Florida’s west coast after a few days in Key West, FL. Between storm fronts, Second Option is moving from one island in the Exumas to the next. Our third snowbird boat, Two Morrows, has been soaking up the Miami sunshine since before Christmas. —by Carl Reitz / hsa1.org ##During HSA’s February brunch, David Howe intrigued 33 members with his presentation of what the Institute of Maritime History has discovered about shipwrecks on the Potomac. Photo by Toni Knisley


“Bah Humbug” Be Gone!

he Annapolis Corinthians Fleet’s annual Bah Humbug get-together at the Annapolis home of former fleet captain Mary West January 20 (right) January 20 featured a plentiful potluck supper followed by a raucous gift exchange. Current fleet captain Julian Bigden welcomed nearly 30 Corinthians as they prepared to dig into the feast. This February, we learned about our members’ trip to the Galapagos Islands last season. Now, we look forward to many upcoming events. —by Denise Gill / thecorinthians.org ##Hostess Mary West welcomes attendees to the Bah Humbug event of the Annapolis Corinthians.

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Sail North, Young Man… and Ladies


he Tartan 34 Classic Association and the New Jersey/New York/Pennsylvania Tartan 34C fleets have coordinated a Welcome Home Gala for Richard Lariviere and his Tartan-34C, Indian Summer. We will celebrate his return from a round-trip crossing of the Atlantic June 1 at the Shrewsbury Sailing and YC (SSYC) in Oceanport, NJ. Lariviere will present a slide show and talk about provisioning and rigging his boat for the trip and discuss his dramatic rescue and subsequent multi-day towing of a 38-foot sailboat that had lost its rudder in the Atlantic Ocean in some rather vicious weather. Peter Coggins, regional captain for New York and New Jersey, hopes that Tartan 34 C owners in the Chesapeake will sail to SSYC. —by Grace Holt / tartan34classic.org



Rock the Halls with Catboaters?

contingent of Chesapeake Catboat Association (CCBA) members trekked to Mystic, CT, for the 51st Catboat Association annual meeting. Several catboats were on display, and booths were filled with cool catboat “stuff.” Don’t forget CCBA’s annual meeting is March 9 at the Rock Hall YC. All catboaters are encouraged to attend. Expect lively discussions on such fascinating topics as rating handicaps, future cruises, and favorite cruising libations! Also check out our new and improved website. —by David Morrow / chesapeakecatboats.org


Cracking the Cocos nucifera Code?

he Women Underway program of the Herrington Harbour SA boasts a lively group of women who meet monthly to share sailing experiences and knowledge and encourage female members to expand their roles as crew or skipper during races and cruises throughout the season. During the annual Women’s Regatta, boats with an all-women crew compete (below). Our Season Ban##Winning crew of HHSA’s Women’s Regatta. quet honored the 2012 winning crew led by Emily Manders and winners of other club races. Our 2013 cruising season started February 23, when Maris and Linda Eshleman hosted the Land Cruise at Coconut Joe’s in Edgewater, MD. An informative presentation by Jennifer and Dane Clark on weather routing and crossing the Gulf Stream was the highlight of the evening. During our spring meeting March 9 at Herrington Harbour South, rear commodore/cruising JR Larsen and rear commodore/racing Joe Laun will present plans for the upcoming season, including a cruise to Newport, RI, tentatively scheduled for May 3-13. —by Paula Grenier / hhsa.org

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Chillin’ with Chili; Bakin’ with Brownies


##Commodore Joe Zebleckes during a Winter Training seminar for Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay.

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ommodore Joe Zebleckes (left) and the newly elected Executive Committee have been busy planning the Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay activities for 2013. We held two training seminars in February and March. Steve Resweber, rear commodore of the Southern Fleet, organized a day-long winter training session in Norfolk, VA, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which featured a delicious lunch of Resweber’s homemade chili and brownies. Zebleckes and rear commodore of the Northern Fleet John McLinn prepared a much anticipated forum on “Everything Electric,” complete with hands-on materials to attack the sometimes complicated electrical problems that occur on boats. Our Spring Luncheon and first raft-up of the season will be our next events. —by Jeanne van Hekken / cb2.org


Dickerson Captains Scatter to the Wind


ith many members huddled around the fireplace, their boats either on the hard or with antifreeze running through their vessels’ veins, other members of the Dickerson Owners Association (DOA) have departed to where “the climate suits their clothes.” Compass Rose and crew Eric and Jackie White remain bouncing around the Caribbean, and Beau Soleil and the Riley family are enjoying time in New Zealand. Fellow Dickerson stalwarts and Piankatank River-based Plover owners Chris and Bill Burry are flying down under to join them. Past commodore Bruce Franz (right) aboard Hemisphere Dancer is again meandering to the southern reaches of Florida, visiting fellow members and friends along the way. All are embellishing their portfolio of sea stories to prep for our Fathers’ Day weekend rendezvous in Cambridge and Oxford, MD. —by Barry Creighton / dickersonowners.org

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##DOA’s Bruce Franz and Jeff Stephenson in St Augustine, FL.

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M ##Candy and Ben Wilson cut a rug during BCYC’s Commodore’s Ball at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis January 26. Photo by Otto Hetzel

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embers of the Back Creek YC (left) have started on an active schedule of social events leading to the boating season. JJ Sullivan and Juliana Nedd hosted the Red Wine and Chocolate dinner February 9. On March 1, former Ambassador Vern Penner will host a port wine tasting, sharing his knowledge gained from his foreign service in Portugal. A St. Patrick’s Day party will be held March 16, and our Spring Fling will be April 20. Join us now and enjoy our onthe-water Boating Season Kickoff and New Member Party May 4. —by Otto Hetzel / backcreekyc.org

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his January, the North Point SA renovated and re-launched our website. Its new flavor toward attracting ‘younger’ family-oriented members is paying off. We’ve already signed up two new cruisers and three racing crew members, all under 45 years old. Being located in Jones Creek off Old Road Bay next to Sparrows Point gives us immediate access to the Patapsco River and the Bay. We’re laid-back, no-rules, beer-can racers and weekend cruisers in the midst of a membership drive. Check out our website; you’ll like what you see. —by Lou Reymann / npsaweb.com

In a Land Farr, Farr Away…


n February 7, Britton Ward, senior naval architect at Farr Yacht Design in Annapolis, addressed more than 80 local sailors at the Miles River YC Sail Committee’s Winter Speakers Series, explaining safety and cost concerns after the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race. Farr’s new one-design was built to exacting tolerances using modern-day, computer-controlled manufacturing processes to ensure a one-design class, while dramatically reducing the overall costs of mounting a campaign. The club’s March 7 speaker will be Charles “Butch” Ulmer, owner of UK Sailmakers. —by John Gargalli / milesriveryc.org


“You Had Me at ‘Pizza’”


ruisers in the Magothy River SA (MRSA) (right) met in February to plan a busy new season with short and long cruises to please everyone. The racers met for pizza and something cold to drink, and wished they were on their boats instead of sitting around tables talking about sailing instructions. Members will meet March 24 for the annual brunch at Pusser’s Restaurant at the Annapolis Marriott. This year, MRSA’s Junior Sailing Program will be held at the Grachur Club at dates (July 8-19) later than usual due to the late dismissal of Anne Arundel County schools. —by Peggy Poe / magothysailing.com ##Past MRSA commodores at the 2013 Commodore’s Ball at the Gibson Island Club for the Magothy River SA Commodore’s Ball in late January. After new commodore Dick Paden presented his Board of Governors and handed out cruising awards, the dancing began.

A Club for All Sailors


n February 2, members of the Chesapeake Bristol Club enjoyed a fun day in Washington, DC, attending the Ford’s Theater production of “Our Town” and visiting the new education center across the street. Dinner at the Bistro D’Oc featured Provencal dishes from France. Our next event is the spring luncheon April 21 at Cafe Mezzanotte in Severna Park, MD. All interested parties are encouraged to come and meet our members. After a happy hour, guests may choose from four entrees and desert for $32 inclusive. —by Prue Clendenning / cbclub.info

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nnapolis Naval SA (ANSA) (above) members invite all to take part in training on our CSY 44 Fantasea. Classes in senior crew, piloting and navigation, watch captain, and cruising skipper begin March 2 and 9. It’s not too late! The holiday party was a rousing success, with the installation of new officers, a great dinner, and a fantastic presentation by Matt Rutherford, the first person to sail solo and non-stop around the Americas (thanks Matt!). A passing of the hat yielded a nice donation to Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating. Thanks and BZ (“well done”) to all who contributed! We have a full slate of dinner cruises, day sails, weekend trips, and full and new moon sails. —by Ron Raymond / ansa.org

Things Are Really Shaping Up…


he Potomac River Yacht Council consists of several groups of sailors coordinating racing and cruising events in the Potomac River. The Spring Skippers meeting will be April 6 at Fitzies Irish Pub on Breton Bay, MD. In addition to racing every other Saturday beginning May 11, we have several events planned for this summer, including the Leonardtown Wharf Regatta September 14, Kinsail Regatta September 21, Blessing of the Fleet Regatta October 5, “Under the Guns” Regatta October 13, and Halloween Race October 26. Our friendly PHRF races are open to all sailors with monohull sailboats over 22 feet. Come join us! —by Robert Ballard / barnaclecup.com 70 March 2013 SpinSheet

And They’re Off!


or members of the Southern Maryland SA, March means the small-boat kick-off and warm-up series, weather and intro-to-racing seminars, a commodore’s dinner, clubhouse cleanup day, business meetings, Friday happy hours, and keelboat and Laser frostbite racing. —by Sandy Leitner / smsa.com


Plan To Sail with These “Guys”

hesapeake Catalina YC members on the Schedule Planning Committee have drafted a plan for a fun year! March 23 brings the Spring Member Meeting, during which we will go over the draft schedule and iron out the final details on a few of the events. We’ll meet at the Rusty Scupper in Baltimore at noon ($35 per person). April 21 features our Flag Raising Brunch at Carrol’s Creek Cafe in Annapolis. —by Michael Davis / sailccyc.org


Matt Is At It Again

arch 9 brings Matt Rutherford to the Severn School in Severna Park, MD, as part of the lecture series hosted by Windjammers of the Chesapeake. Rutherford completed the first non-stop, solo circumnavigation of the North Americas last September. He will share his experiences and challenges during the voyage. windjammers_chesapeake.org


Plans… Plans… Plans…

ailors in the Old Point Comfort YC (OPCYC) in Hampton, VA, are gearing up for a full slate of events, including a Blessing of the Fleet and USCG inspections, raft-ups, rendezvous, cruises, HarborFest, Labor Day weekend in Fishing Bay, and more. —by Eileen Turner / opcyc.org spinsheet.com

Hey, What’s Cookin’?


he Chesapeake YC’s executive chef Drew Davidson (left) competed in the Annapolis GumboFest February 10 at the Annapolis DoubleTree Hotel to benefit the Friends of the Light House in Annapolis. Commodore John Duffy and first lady Lynne, club manager Cordell Vitkun, and club administrator Sharon Vitkun helped out. —by Monica Lovell / chesapeakeyachtclub.com ##Photo by Robin Hatfield


Congrats Are In Order… uring the annual meeting of the U.S. Power Squadrons, the Colonial Sail & Power Squadron and Northern Neck Power Squadron in Virginia and Ocean City Power Squadron in Maryland received “Civic Service” awards for 2012 for exceptional public boating safety education and service to the boating community.





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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Frostbiters Take to the Corsica River



hrough the early spring, the Corsica River YC (CRYC) hosts Lasers for our annual frostbiting tradition. Sailors come from as far away as Delaware and Pennsylvania and as close by as Centreville, MD, to sail on the Corsica River’s protected waters near Ship Point every Sunday. Having a fantastic time, everyone uses the winter to practice tactics, starts, and changes in sail trim and try things that they would not normally do during regattas to improve their overall boat-handling and racing skills. After sailing, we warm up with a hot beverage during a short debrief to discuss what worked well and not so well for the day. The only “fee” has been the occasional washing of the oyster baskets that hang from the pilings on CRYC’s pier. —by Andy Wood / cryc.org

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

unior sailors in the Sailing School of the Rock Hall YC will host a Spaghetti Dinner April 6 to raise funds to buy equipment, support sailing scholarships, and cover travel expenses for junior regattas. Last year, the juniors served more than 150 plates. This has quickly become the biggest social event of the spring for our club. The event is open to the public. The menu features spaghetti and Harry’s famous meatballs and sauce, a salad of mixed greens, garlic bread, iced tea, and dessert. Also join us for sock burning festivities that evening to celebrate spring and bare feet being just around the corner! We’ll also collect new socks to benefit the needy in Rock Hall, MD, and surrounding communities. —by Connie Ranney / rhycsailingschool.org

Hey Kids: Get Ready To Rig and Roll


nder Becky Ness’s direction and with a team of U.S. Sailing-certified instructors, the Cambridge Yacht Club offers an exciting new program that teaches all skill levels in a fun safe environment on Optis (left) and Lasers. We offer fun sails, private lessons, and three 14-day sessions starting June 24. —by Becky Ness / cambridgeyachtclub.org

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here are about a million different factors that go into making awesome, unbeatable sailors. These factors include both controllable and somewhat uncontrollable variables. For instance, while the next guy on the starting line might have a magical hole and an incredible God-given talent for keeping his position on the line, you might excel at the ability to crush him upwind by keeping your boat flat solely because you’ve got a knack for woodworking and have built yourself a hiking bench… and practice on it regularly. Now while some of these talents other sailors have may seem unfair if you were not ‘born with it,’ there are some controllable factors that can instantly boost your game and make you a more competitive force on the course. The number one way to increase you skills and your level of play is through fitness. Fitness not only keeps sailors physically on top, but it also increases our mental endurance and our ability to clear our heads after an event. Like any other competitive sport, sailing is innately linked to fitness. However, unlike soccer or lacrosse, where players will constantly run or sprint and repeatedly use particular muscles during a game, in sailing, much of our sport depends on weather. Therefore, no matter the regatta or length of an event, competitors

my college coaches have always stressed the importance of fitness and our teams’ ability to compete at the highest level, talking to Legum really put it in perspective for me. Fitness isn’t just about an individual’s performance on the water, but the act of working out with a team also really helps boost morale and creates a sense of pride and power among young sailors, which can then be translated onto the race course. Ah ha! Now I get what my former college sailing coach, Adam Werblow, meant when he called me out during my senior

“It’s about the team, it’s about bonding, and it’s about getting stronger together…”

##In dinghy sailing, we must prepare for the days when it is light and shifty, where agility, balance, and acrobatic stability are crucial.

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must always be prepared for a full range of activity and movements. In dinghy sailing, we must prepare for the days when it is light and shifty, where agility, balance, and acrobatic stability are crucial, and we must also be prepared for the breeze picking up at the end of the day, when our core, endurance, and quad power rule the races. This month, I spoke with Annapolis Sailing Fitness director, Harry Legum, about the importance of fitness in sailing performance. (I was so inspired after speaking with him that immediately following our conversation I went for a run!) While

year for missing a morning workout, due to some extensive anthropological research on human activity at the local watering hole the previous evening, to say that he would rather have me falling asleep in the plank position with my teammates at my side than not present for the 8 a.m. workout at all. It was my first and last time to ever miss morning workout again… It’s about the team, it’s about bonding, and it’s about getting stronger together and finding the balance in each other’s strengths and weaknesses to reach a higher performance level together. spinsheet.com

##Dinghy sailors must also be prepared for the breeze picking up at the end of the day, when our core, endurance, and quad power rule the races.

of your muscles. When planning for a regatta a couple months out, Legum stresses the importance of devising a goal plan, mapping out when you want to peak and when you want to help your body recover. By understanding the full scope of the goal, an individual can plan when to incorporate variety into his workout. Finding something that works for you and your body is also important, as fitness goes beyond the race course and into our daily lives for both the short term and the long term. By finding a workout or routine

that can be accomplished on the go or in the off-season, you are better prepared for when the time comes to get back in the boat. So here’s one for the readers—get out there, and get moving! Take the words of Bill Murray to heart and start with “baby steps!” Start the journey. Change is good. You, too, can shift up your norm by doing 10 pushups or 10 minutes of running. Try the little things, and inch-by-inch, you can evolve and progress toward becoming a more competitive sailor.

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At Annapolis Sailing Fitness, Legum works with local high school teams and many college teams to motivate sailors and help them get stronger. In the words of St. Mary’s College of Maryland sailing director, Bill Ward, fitness “has been a major factor in our [team’s] success over the last several years, and we are constantly trying to improve and refine our workout program.” Legum stresses the importance of fun while working out, because that can help get the kids, specifically the high school sailors, excited about fitness. Once they are excited about being there and working out together, then you can approach them about the specifics of developing a workout program and how they can individually use fitness to get ahead of the game. When asked how he prepares a workout for an entire team consisting of all sorts of skippers, crews, guys, and girls, Legum says that he tries to approach fitness on a more individualized level, working off one’s strengths and weaknesses, stating the only time that the workout tends to differ is when there is an injury. Legum devises programs that are based on a variety of weight training, circuit training, and cardio exercises that help increase one’s core strength, muscle stability, mental focus, and general speed, strength, and agility. When speaking of different workout programs, Legum stressed the importance of variety. Not only does adding variety to your workout keep your mind and body constantly engaged and challenged, but variety can also help maximize the use

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he Chesapeake Bay YRA (CBYRA) will hand out its annual High Point awards at a ceremony at the Eastport Democratic Club March 9. Here are the 2012 High Point standings for multihull and cruising one-design divisions on the Chesapeake. We will highlight PHRF divisions, junior sailing, and special awards in the April edition of SpinSheet. Stay tuned.

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##Shown here competing at Annapolis Race Week, John White and crew on his unnamed J/80 placed first in the 2012 CBYRA High Point standings. Photo by Dan Phelps

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Quantum Key West Race Week 2013 J

Photos by Shannon Hibberd ust a few more shots from everyone’s favorite January regatta… Find the race report in the February issue, still available digitally at spinsheet.com and click to premiere-racing.com for full results.

##Another hard day’s work on the rail of Tangent at Quantum Key West Race Week.

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##Must have been last call, as those who are not empty-handed are double- and triple-fisted at the party tent at Key West Race Week 2013.

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##Chessie goes to Key West... George Collins, former Baltimore sailor, chartered the Farr 400 Chessie Racing for the event and won the one-design class.


Charleston Race Week Builds Momentum


f the 234 boat registrants on the entry list for Sperry TopSider Charleston Race Week at print time, more than two dozen of them hail from the Chesapeake Bay. That the spring tradition, held April 18-21, remains popular among Bay sailors should be no surprise. Whereas donning flip-flops and shirtsleeves is de rigueur in Low Country at that time, on the Bay, we feel the chills of premature short-wearing and the need for foulies. Travelling 500 miles south proves to be great for getting the sailing kinks out as well as jump-starting the warm weather vibe soon to arrive at home. Although there are a handful of larger boats (exceeding 30 feet in length), the entries consist largely of trailerable onedesign racers, as has been the trend at this event in recent years. The new Annapolis team, still reeling from an excellent first regatta at Quantum Key West Race Week, the J/111 Team Fireball will compete in the one-design division. Still building momentum as it did at Key West, the J/70 class, numbering 43 at print time, will be well-represented by Chesapeake sailors: Kathy Parks (Shady Side, MD) on Sundog, Dave Wilbar (Virginia Beach, VA) and Vortex Racing, The Vickers/Steiner team (Crownsville, MD) on Team ACAK, Tate Russack (Annapolis) on Diesel, Carolyn and Chris Groobey (Annapolis) on Jungleland, Henry Filter (Annapolis)

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erine Evans (Annapolis) on the Melges 24 Mojito; and Travis Weisleder (Richmond) on the Melges 20 Lucky Dog/Gill Racing Team. Bay sailors competing in PHRF divisions thus far include Annapolis sailors Brett Harrison and John Yeigh on the Tripp 26 A Parent Tripp, Solomons sailors Barney Hathaway and Tom Moulds on the Olson 20 Natural Disaster, St. Mary’s sailor Daniel Rossi and his team on the Rossi 33 Bandit, and Rock Hall sailor David McAleer and crew on the Mac 30 Caribbean Soul 2. Stay tuned for more updates at charlesonraceweek.com and in SpinSheet.

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##Annapolis sailor Henry Filter and crew on the Melges 24 Wild Child at Charleston Race Week a few years back. Filter will compete in his J/70 by the same name in this year’s event April 18-21. Photo by Shannon Hibberd

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Georgetown’s Mike Callahan Named National Coach of the Year


ased on nominations from the public, U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has chosen Georgetown University’s sailing team head coach Mike Callahan as the National Coach of the Year for his extraordinary dedication to the sport of sailing and impact on the sailors he coached in 2012. Callahan coached the team to an impressive record, including an overall first place at the 2012 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship in June, with a win by A Division sailors Chris Barnard and Hilary Kenyon. At the 2012 ICSA/ Sperry Top-Sider Women’s National Championships in Austin, TX, Sydney Bolger and Rebecca Evans won A Division, and the team took an overall fourth place. In a rare occurrence for any college sports team, two of the team’s athletes were selected for the sport’s highest honors: Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, CA) was named 2012 ICSA College Sailor of the Year, and Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, CA) was named 2012 Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year. “It’s quite an honor to be selected,” says Callahan, a Georgetown graduate and former sailing team captain, who has been head coach since 1998. “A couple of things really made it quite a year: the success of the women’s and coed teams at the same time. We had amazing performances by Bolger—undefeated in women’s, which is remarkable. Barnard sailed an unbelievable season. We knew we had the talent. There are years when you go in expecting to win and you don’t. It doesn’t always work out this well. Last year, we were favorites, and


there was extra added pressure. It’s good to have that, especially at the end of the year.” Georgetown’s women’s and coed teams ended the spring 2012 season ranked number one, a ranking the coed team has maintained since. In total, six members of the sailing team were selected for All-American honors. With the school year spread over two calendar years, the team competes in multiple coed and women’s events (there is no men’s collegiate sailing) on most weekends between September and November and again between February and May. In the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA), the regional conference in which Georgetown competes, the team won the Spring and Fall 2012 MAISA Coed Conference Championships, the Spring 2012

MAISA Women’s Championships, and Barnard won the 2012 MAISA Singlehanded Conference Championship. Steve Keen (Greenwich, CT), the C420 and I420 head coach at LISOT, the coaching and training program comprised of youth sailors from the New York metro area, was named the Developmental Coach of the Year. OSC has also nominated Keen and Callahan to the United States Olympic Committee for consideration for the 2012 Coaches of the Year Awards across all Olympic and Paralympic sports. The goals of the coaching recognition program are to recognize the tremendous accomplishments and contributions coaches make to sports at all levels of athlete development and to elevate the status of coaching as a profession. ussailing.org

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##The winning Georgetown Hoyas from the 2012 Coed National Championships in Austin, TX, with Coach Callahan in the back row. Photo courtesy of Georgetown University

ratio of 15 sailors per coach, and offering a new line of challenging boats, U.S. Sailing aims to improve the competition at your club by keeping learning levels high. Sailing organizations will have options regarding the racing clinic they choose. One- or two-day clinics at the novice or intermediate and advanced levels will be offered in fleet or team

racing, including classroom instruction and on-the-water sessions. U.S. Sailing will provide clinic materials for each participant. Additional education will be offered in conjunction with the clinics in the areas of club race management and umpire training. Interested host organizations may visit championships.ussailing.org/Clinics. htm to find more details and apply. SpinSheet March 2013 83


##Coast Guard Foundation Cup co-chair Jim Muldoon (co-chair Captain Pat Stadt, USCG [Ret.] not shown) and AYC’s Chip Thayer following the inaugural 2011 race. Photo by SpinSheet

An April Overnight Race on the Bay

or the second time, Annapolis YC (AYC) will host the biennial Coast Guard Foundation Cup, an overnight distance race off Annapolis, April 27-28. “The Coast Guard Foundation Cup is a tremendous opportunity to support the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and participate in a great feeder race in Annapolis,” says Annapolis sailor Jim Muldoon, Coast Guard Foundation director and co-chairman of the event. “It is a fantastic event for sailors to gain experience before the 2013 AnnapolisNewport race later in the year.” A Chesapeake Bay YRA-sanctioned event, the Cup is open to boats with valid PHRF/Chesapeake 4P ratings; J/30, J/35, and J/105 one-design classes; and boats with valid CBYRA multihull ratings. Boats with IRC ratings will sail in their PHRF class and will be scored for both PHRF and IRC. AYC will host a mandatory skippers’ social April 26, during which captains will pick up essential race materials and learn the course to be sailed. Awards will be presented April 28.

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Preparing for Offshore Racing by MacDuff Perkins


he Annapolis to Newport Race’s Notice of Race was posted on the Annapolis YC’s (AYC) website in late January, kicking off the beginning of the 2013 offshore racing season for Chesapeake sailors. For both veteran offshore racers and new recruits alike, thus begins another year of reviewing safety equipment, updating navigational instruments, and getting boats ready for another round of inspection. Annapolis to Newport is considered a friendlier race for those breaking into the world of offshore racing; but if recent sailing tragedies in San Francisco and Newport Beach, CA, and Lake Michigan can teach us anything, it’s that serious accidents can happen anytime you’re offshore. Since AYC leaves it up to the boat’s captain to certify that the boat has reached its requirements without a rigorous inspection, it’s imperative that skippers and boat owners understand that ocean racing is not the time to skimp on your boat’s or your crew’s preparation.

Getting the Boat Ready The boat that kills it around the buoys will not necessarily do well in open water. So it’s important that sailors rethink their boat’s orientation before enlisting crew to take her out of the Bay. Ask yourself whether or not the boat can stand on her own without forcing the crew to the rail. Look at where you’ll put crew to sleep, and consider whether or not that will affect ballast. And carefully read Section 3 of the “International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Special Regulations” to make sure your boat adheres with the structural features, stability, and fixed equipment guidelines. You don’t want your dreams of offshore racing to come to a screaming halt because of a seacock that’s above the waterline or a locking companionway latch.

Beg, Borrow, or Steal

While crew members’ greatest concern may be whether or not their foulies will hold up, the skipper needs to look at the boat’s equipment and decide whether or not it’s up to snuff. Buying all of the required equipment for a race can easily exceed $20,000, often making skippers operating on a limited budget reconsider participating. Renting equipment is a great option here, especially if there’s a good chance that your fancy Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), life raft, and satellite phone will end up sitting in your garage for two or more years between races. Before you start posting on Craigslist for offshore equipment, keep a few things in mind. Have any life raft repacked by a factoryauthorized dealer who will certify the raft. If there are any issues with the raft, you’ll find out with enough time before the start of the race.

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EPIRBs are specific to each boat. If you do choose to borrow or buy a used one, make sure you re-register it through NOAA to your boat. BoatU.S. rents EPIRBs and Personal Locator Beacons for reasonable rates. Since the inception of its rental program in 1997, BoatU.S. has reportedly had 27 activations and 68 lives rescued. The fact that its rates are reasonable make this a great option for sailors who are on a budget or don’t want to fully commit to ocean racing full time. The Annapolis to Newport requires that each vessel carry some means of longrange, dependable communication such as an SSB radio, ham radio, or satellite phone. While smart phones are ingenious, they do not meet these standards. Renting satellite phones is a great option here. Remember to calculate time for shipping from the renter, to get a big enough SIM

card, and to adequately charge the phone. The use of the Internet has possibly changed offshore sailing forever; whether that’s for the better or worse has yet to be decided. Because while the newly required Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder lets crew keep track of marine traffic around them, an Internet connection allows crew to monitor the competition’s positions. Having an iPad or similar device onboard makes Twitter updates and race tracker monitoring simple crew work, but it comes with a price. Rick Born, captain of the J/120 Windborn and veteran of 10 Annapolis to Newport Races, says, “An ocean race can be a lot longer if you know positively that you’re not doing well. But it’s technology that’s here to stay, so you can fight that. We just have to accept these advances and work within them.”

##A veteran of 10 Annapolis to Newport Races, Rick Born on Windborn at the start of the 2011 event. Photo by Al Schreitmueller

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Unlike assembling a crew to race around the buoys, every member of an offshore crew plays a specific role: there’s the medic, the navigator, the galley, and the mechanic. But the most successful programs have a crew aboard who can fluctuate between positions and wear different hats. As a skipper, you need to find the middle between bringing aboard your friends and bringing aboard people who will effectively operate if conditions get real. To find a middle ground here, make sure people get educated. Safety at Sea (SAS) offers a number of programs for sailors heading offshore. This year’s Annapolis to Newport Race necessitates that 30 percent of the crew including the captain will have attended a SAS seminar within the last five years. At least one crew member on each watch will have met this guideline. In addition, have your crew get CPR certified or trained in wilderness medicine. Make sure everyone knows how to make a splint or recognize and treat hypothermia. Make sure you know who gets seasick, and decide well in advance whether or not you want to take that chance. And find someone who can cook a decent breakfast, because there’s nothing worse than five days of Clif Bars. Recent offshore sailing tragedies teach us that seamanship has to come second to none when preparing for ocean racing. You cannot second guess your preparation once you’re on the water, so it is worth everything to take the time beforehand to ensure your boat and crew are ready for the task ahead of you. Remember that the most successful ocean racers aren’t necessarily the ones who win the race; they’re the ones who race year after year after year.


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Shake Off the Rust: Springtime Drills by Kim Couranz


t has been a looong winter. I know it hasn’t been very cold or snowy, all things considered, but it still feels like forever since I’ve headed out on the Bay for a big dinghy regatta. I’m really looking forward to it! But no matter what you’ve been doing this winter—hitting the gym every day, sailing short frostbite races in the harbor, or sitting on the couch eating bonbons—the first day out each spring always includes a little (or a lot) of “shaking off the rust.” I was lucky to head south for some Snipe sailing this winter, and after four months out of the boat, it felt great to hop back in. My skipper and I made a point to get down to the regatta venue a day early to spend some time on the water before the regatta started. That made all the difference. The first day, things definitely felt a little awkward. Our confidence was not high in the big breeze. But having invested that time, when the regatta started, our boathandling and confidence were approaching “normal” again. That let us keep our focus out of the boat, which led to success. Can you get on the water, even for just an hour, before your first regatta this spring? Make an effort, and your first regatta day will go much more smoothly. This is especially true for double- or triple-handed boats: not only does each

individual need to get her moves back, but you need to remember how to work together. In your first session for the year, be sure to overcommunicate. For example, if you usually just let your crew know you’re going to tack by announcing, “Tacking!,” go through a few extra steps this time. Try, “Ready to tack?” (And yes, wait for their response.) Follow with, “Tacking in three, two, one,” to help you and your crew remember your boat-crossing coordination. For single-handed boats, go through the same process, though you don’t need to say it out loud (though who am I to stop you from talking to yourself?). Once you feel pretty good in the boat, challenge yourself a bit. Here are a few drills to help you “shake off the rust.” You can do all of these in a one-boat session (I know it’s hard to coordinate boats this early in the season):

How Many Can You Do?

Find an open area of water, and set your starting/countdown watch—start out with just one minute, and build from there if you’d like. How many tacks or gybes can you do in that timeframe? Let me clarify… how many good tacks or gybes can you do, where you come out of the maneuver with good speed? As you get started, it may help to identify points on land where you think you’ll be headed once you complete your

tack. Then you can refine from there if you need to come out lower than that to keep your momentum going.

Just Hanging Around

As crazy as it may sound, keeping your boat in the same place is a great way to make sure your boathandling is up to speed. Depending on what waves and current are doing, sometimes you actually need to go backwards to stay in the same place—a critical skill when you’re on a starting line. Find a mooring buoy or the like and luff up next to it. Use all your tools—heeling the boat, luffing, and backing the main (and/or jib) to stay in the same spot. But absolutely do not scull!

Ready, Set, GO!

For a race, after you have monitored conditions, checked the starting line, and come up with a game plan, accelerating off the starting line is the next critical step. Find a few buoys to approximate a starting line. Approach your line and slow down/luff, as if you were getting ready for a start. Give yourself a few seconds there, and then accelerate over the line. After you have done this a few times, add in a countdown watch, and work to make sure you’re crossing the line at “go” at maximum speed. This will help you remember how long it takes to accelerate.

Whoa, Trigger!

Sometimes your best maneuver heading into a leeward mark or gate is to slow down and let boats ahead of you round so you don’t get tangled up with them or so you have a cleaner exit from your mark rounding. But slowing down when you’re sailing downwind isn’t the easiest trick. Find a small buoy (avoid those hard metal government buoys!) and sail downwind toward it from a distance of at least 50 yards. Try to slow down to a crawl by the time you get there. What are your tools? Put your centerboard down. Overtrim your main.

##Can you get on the water, even for just an hour, before your first regatta this spring? Photo by Dan Phelps

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About the Author: Although she travels to enough regattas to never get too rusty, Annapolis sailor Kim Couranz will hone her skills in Snipes, Lasers, and J/22s out of Severn SA come spring. SpinSheet March 2013 87

Chesapeake Racer Tips by Molly Winans

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orn into a sailing family, with a father who was one of the founders of Annapolis’s Severn SA (SSA), and having crewed with his family at a young age, Jonathan Bartlett had a leg up on sailing long before he started teaching it at SSA as a teenager and then working at North Sails in the mid-1980s. Now co-manager with Will Keyworth at North’s Eastport office, Bartlett sails with multiple winning crews personally and professionally. Most recently, he served as tactician on Robin Team’s J/122 Teamwork for the crew’s third victory in PHRF 1 at Quantum Key West Race Week. This month, he shares some insights for Chesapeake racing sailors as they launch their spring seasons.

What are the top three things you see successful race teams do before a regatta even begins? 1) Organization. Everything comes out of that. 2) Keep equipment (including sails) perfect. 3) Practice. Can you list a few drills a sailing team can do for practice? I like to see a team practice stopping the boat and then get going again. Practice going from a dead stop to maximum speed. As Wayne Bretsch noted (in the Chesapeake Racer Profile in the January issue), so many boats end up parked at the start… Also, if you have a chance to do drills with a coach, utilize that outside set of eyes. If you go to Key West on the Melges 32 course, for example, you see so many coach boats out there. It doesn’t have to be the best coach or even a coach at all; it has to be someone observant. Video is great, too. It gives you so much basic information, such as how a boat sits on its lines. Any tips on nailing the start? Have someone set a start line, and have him watch the line as you sail to it. Get your bowman to raise his hand when he thinks you’re on the line. He’s usually a boat length off. Then practice until the bowman has it right. Is there a common mistake you see out on the race course when it comes to sail trim? Jib leads are often way too far forward. Do you have any tips on overall communication onboard? Have a crew boss, generally not the skipper or navigator. Discuss upcoming maneuvers. Delegate responsibilities, and share the workload. 88 March 2013 SpinSheet

##The J/122 Teamwork topped PHRF 1 for the third time at Key West in 2013. Photo by Walter Cooper

How do you keep the crew on the rail engaged during long legs? When there’s a good division of labor, when everyone knows what exactly their job is on the boat, it shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re not utilized as a crew member, you’ll lose concentration. Can you share a funny example or two about what not to do when racing and how it worked out? At Key West [on the J/122 Teamwork], for the second race of Thursday—the eighth of 10, and we were winning—we were over early. How can you be over early when you’re winning a regatta? It happens. The crew didn’t get upset. Team didn’t get upset. We just kept talking calmly. Nobody got rattled. It reinforces that when things go wrong, you can’t get undone about it. What do you wish more sailors would do to improve their sail trim? Ask more questions, particularly the beginners. The guys at J/World Annapolis do a great job teaching sail trim. Being coached is a big part of it. There are some really good sail trim coaches out there. What do you recommend for racing crews as they prepare for spring? Try to get going earlier. Have a crew party before you even get on the water. The sailing part of it is great, but we’re not crossing the ocean solo for the Vendée Globe. It’s important to spend time with the people you sail with. It’s more about figuring out what everyone can do as a crew in the coming season. As a crew member, what’s the best thing I can do for a boat owner? Be prepared at the beginning of a race—with your gear, sunblock, being on time, you name it. Also, when that e-mail goes out asking what races you can do, reply to it. Sailing has a problem; people are sailing less these days. Part of that problem is that it’s a pain to find crew. Owners send out e-mails to crew who have expressed interest, and no one replies. Reply to the e-mail, even if you don’t know your entire schedule yet. spinsheet.com

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yy The Downtown Sailing Center was awarded the Outstanding Community Program from U.S. Sailing. downtownsailing.org

yy Sail Solomons was awarded Outstanding School for 2012 by the American SA. Sail Solomons co-owners and instructors Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey were each named Outstanding Instructor for 2012. In related news, the American SA celebrates 30 years in 2013. sailsi.com

yy Champion sailor Tomás Ruiz de Luque is the new Optimist Team Head Coach at Annapolis YC. He will manage the Optimist Team and ensure sailors have a clear progression through the club’s learn-to-sail summer programs, learnto-race Green Fleet program, and Race Team. annapolisyc.org

yy The Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth, VA, is the new home port for U.S. rallies and other events for the World Cruising Club (WCC), including the ARC Caribbean 1500, ARC Bahamas, and ARC Europe rallies. Hampton, VA, had been the rally location for the past several years. oceanmarinellc.com

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yy World Champion sailor Tim Healy has returned to North Sails to coordinate One-Design client services in North America. onedesign.com

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yy Earlier this winter, members of the Virginia Marine Trades Association (VMTA) were busy lobbying Congress on Capitol Hill, focusing on a bill on boat titling and progress on transportation funding. vamarinetrades.org

yy Promoted to the position of vice president of sales for Weems & Plath in Eastport, sailor Drew Fleming will increase sales worldwide and focus on new business development and an increased customer base. weems-plath.com ##2013 VMTA Lobby Day attendees (L-R): Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger, Brandon Robinson, Mark Hildebrandt, Ernie Asaff, Donald McCann, and Carlton Phillips. Photo courtesy of VMTA

yy Dream Yacht Charter in Annapolis and Fun In The Sun Yacht Charters have begun an associated charter base in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. dreamyachtcharter.com

yy Designed by Farr Yacht Design in Annapolis, the new 23-foot, trailerable, one-design, sport sailing boat called “B/One” was built by Bavaria Yachts in Germany. farrdesign.com

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yy On January 8, the Marine Trades Association of Maryland welcomed new board members Tim Dowling of Coastal Properties Management; Marty Lostrom of Scandia Marine Services; John Norton of Annapolis Harbor Boatyard; and Steve White of Wright, Constable, and Skeen. mtam.org

yy Regent Point Marina & Boatyard’s newly renovated, 3500-square-foot building in Topping, VA, offers a state-ofthe-art climate-controlled environment along with advanced lighting and tools and a large-scale sliding door. regentpointmarina.com

yy Sailor Heather East is the new executive director for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) in Annapolis. The non-profit CRAB provides sailing opportunities for people with disabilities and others who would not otherwise have the opportunity to sail. crabsailing.org

yy Peter Durant is the new association manager of Sail America. He will join Lighthouse Consulting Group, the Rhode Island-based full-service association management company that handles Sail America’s operations. sailamerica.com

yy Rick Truett is the new manager of Gibson Island Boat Works, a fullservice yacht yard. gibsonisland.com

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yy With the resignation of director Vicki Petersen, the Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, MD, now seeks candidates to interview for the director position. captainaverymuseum.org

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

J30, Hull #148, $10,000 Hull #148 is a former North Americans winner. She is for sale with multiple suits of sails, racing and cruising gear. She needs some paint and love. The rest is there. (202) 340-1352 30’ Newport ’82 $14,500 furling jib, lazyjack main, spinnaker with pole & reaching strut, dodger & bimini, wheel with cover, 5” draft, Universal 11 hp, just washed and waxed, fresh bottom paint, single owner. (410) 279-4956.

35’ Pearson Sloop ‘70 GPS/VHF, dodger/bimini, roller headsail, rubrail, 23-hp dsl. Sleeps 6. Hull AWLGRIP 2006. Deck AWLCRAFT 2011. Also new 2011 mainsail, propeller, engine mounts, heat exchanger. $18,900 crew396@aol, (410)991-3241. 35’ Young Sun Cutter ’83 Perry designed double ender, Yanmar dsl, radar, Aries vane, water maker, dodger, classic blue water cruiser. Hampton, VA Price Reduced. $59,500 ahaleva@aol.com (407) 488-6958.

31’ Newport ’88 Dodger & bimini, wheel with cover, 5.5” draft, winged keel, MaxProp (folding), Universal 14-hp, grill, small dinghy, wheel steering, large quarter berth, enclosed head, U-shaped galley, stereo, recent survey; The perfect Bay Cruiser for day sailing and long weekends with family and friends. $8,500 for half share. (240) 669-6764 or mcvogel15@gmail.com

37’ Heritage West Indies Swing keel ( 7’ to 3.5’) draft. Blue Water boat. 1977 Oldie but goodie. Built to sail, ready to cruise. Solar, Auto pilot and much more. $38,000 OBO, (443) 569-1274.

32’ Allied Seawind ‘76 30 Yanmar dsl, windlass, 2 anchors, 5 sails, speed/ depth/chartplotter, CNG stove & oven, blue hull, excel. cond., $29,900 firm (410) 446-7258.

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38’ Morgan ‘81 Top cond., great cruising, new btm. paint, 5 sails, RF '07, 2 anchors, Perkins dsl (1440 hrs), new batteries, dodger, wheel steering, teak interior/oil lamps, propane stove/oven, pressure water, hot water, portable thru-hatch AC, dsl hot water heat. Lots more! In Stony Creek - Reduced to $42K. Capn Bill (410) 241-5567.

65’ Allan Wright Bluewater Ketch ‘73 Walk-in eng room with 158-hp 8LXB Gardner dsl, Hundested Variable Pitch Propeller system, two 8KW generators, 2 wind generators; 1,100 gal fuel; 720 gal water, 40 gal/hr water-maker; pilothouse steering, collision bulkheads, AC; massive storage for food & gear; chartered for 10 yrs in Caribbean; circumnavigation by family of 3. 919-260-7711, www.meridians.us


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

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

SOLD Grand Soleil 40 '03 Head south in speed, comfort & style on board this Italian beauty. Lightly used & extremely well priced at $199,000. Please call for complete details and viewing instructions. Harold @ Annapolis Yacht Company 410-2687171 harold@aycyachts.com

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

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

52’ Tayana ‘88’ Perry designed center cockpit, cruise ready, 3 cabins, elect halyard winches, Leisure Furl boom. Full enclosure, & much more. $244,900. Call Kirk Wilson 614-9897775 (cell) or 410 639-7111 ext 113. kirk@sjyachts.com for more info or to list your boat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.annapolisyachtsales.com 32’ Beneteau 321 ’95 Very clean & well equipped classic main Beneteau 321 The perfect Bay Cruiser for day sailing and weeklong stays with family and friends. Contact Tim at 410-267-8181 tim@annapolisyachtsales.com 32’ Beneteau 323 ‘04 Konza This well cared for and well equipped boat is ready to go. The owner wants any reasonable offer now! Contact Dan at 410-267-8181 or dan@annapolisyachtsales.com

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ANNAPOLIS: 800-672-1327 SOUTH FLORIDA: 800-850-4081 2006 OCEANIS 523

“Acele Et” 5 Cabins /5 Heads Located St. Martin, FWI Asking $199,000

“Caribbean Soul” 3 - 4 Cabin convertible /4 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $190,000

2006 OCEANIS 473

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

2005 OCEANIS 34

“Moon Wind” 2 Cabins /1 Head Located Tortola, BVI Asking $59,000


2007 CYCLADES 43

“Ben’s Inspiration” 3 Cabins /3 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $120,000

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

2008 LEOPARD 40

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

2006 CYCLADES 50

2007 CYCLADES 39

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


2005 LEOPARD 47

“Never Say Never” 4 Cabins /4 Heads Located Tortola, BVI Asking $269,000

2008 LEOPARD 43

“Kokomo” 4 Cabins / 4 Heads Located St. Vincent Asking $265,000

2005 LAGOON 410

“Kudu” 4 Cabins /4 Heads Located St. Martin Asking $235,000

2004 LAGOON 380

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

BROKERAGE 38’ Cabo Rico 38 ’88 High-quality displacement cruiser w/all the amenities…this salty but modern boat is ready for her next adventure…she is beautiful. Contact Tim at 410-267-8181 tim@annapolisyachtsales.com 38’ Sabre 386 ’04 New to market, won’t last long! Excellent cond. w/Airco, autopilot, chartplotter, more. Asking $270,000. Stevensville, MD. Call now to schedule a showing Bob Oberg 410-267-8181 or Bob@AnnapolisYachtSales.com 38’ Sabre 38 MK II ’93 A remarkable yacht! Meticulously maintained, spotlessly clean – this boat is flawless and ready for a new home. Asking $175,000. Contact Keith 410-267-8181 or keith@annapolisyachtsales.com 40’ Beneteau 40 ’09 Lightly used, like new, 3 cabin, furling main, reverse cycle A/C, 54 HP Yanmar (<100 hrs), dual helm, just reduced! Great value $299,900. Contact Keith 410-267-8181 or keith@annapolisyachtsales.com 41’ Beneteau 411 ’02 Very clean & nicely equipped, including Airco., windlass, AP, radar, and more. Priced at $147,000. Call now to schedule a showing. Contact Bob Oberg at 410-267-8181 or Bob@AnnapolisYachtSales.com 41’ Hunter 41 AC ‘06 Fabulous cond., generator – low hrs, 2 TV’s, 80A alternator, Garmin GPSMap 4210, custom bedding, separate fridge & freezer. $169,000. Deltaville, VA. Call Jonathan 804-436-4484 or jonathan@annapolisyachtsales.com 41’ Morgan Classic ‘91 41’ Morgan Classic ’91. Classic CC cruiser. Full enclosure & WM Dinghy (new ’12), new bruce anchor, davits, chartplotter, autopilot, aircon, 100A Balmar Alternator. $89,000. Deltaville, VA. Contact Jonathan at 804-776-7575 or jonathan@annapolisyachtsales.com 43’ Beneteau 43 ’11 The perfect boat for cruising the Bay and your longer term plans to sail the Caribbean. She is mint and well equipped! $249,000 Please contact Tim at 410-267-8181 tim@annapolisyachtsales.com

33’ Hunter ’07 This Hunter 33 is in excellent cond. She has had her prop tweaked to provide 6.75 boat speed & she has a new North Gennaker to provide great light air performance. Her upgraded Balmar alternator& additional batteries allow plenty of juice. There is a custom full cockpit enclosure for late fall cruising. She easily cruises with 2 couples & has been prepped by a very knowledgeable owner so she is really ready to cruise. $85,500 www.bayharborbrokerage.com 757-480-1073 37’ Power Catamaran Maryland 37 ’99 Fountaine Pajot Owner’s version 2 strms w/2 private heads. 3’6” draft, stable, 2 GPH at 12 knots of boat speed, A great way to cruise the bay. $145,000 www.bayharborbrokerage.com 757-480-1073

35’ Catalina 350 ’04 Pristine cond., meticulous care, AC/heat, furling mainsail, new radar/chartplotter, solar panels, many other custom features and recent upgrades. $125,000 CrusaderYachts.com 410-269-0939

37’ Fisher Motorsailer Excellent cond., new North sails, Flag blue Awlgrip hull, rock solid construction $98,500 see full details at www.bayharborbrokerage.com 757-480-1073 42’ Bavaria 200 Model aft Cockpit Cruiser She has very low hrs and is in very nice cond. Radar, AP, chart plotter, dinghy & OB, just hauled & hull waxed & bottom painted this German built & engineered boat is very sharp. $143,700 www.bayharborbrokerage.com 757-480-1073

7078 Bembe Beach Rd., Annapolis, MD 21403

45’ Benford Custom ’04 Steel Cruising Boat - Designed by Jay R. Benford, built by Howdy Bailey - Blue Awlgrip hull Custom cherry joinerwork. Reduced to $599,000 Paul Rosen 410-267-8181 Paul@annapolisyachtsales.com 54’ Hylas 54 ’98 Fresh Blue Awlgrip – Custom Teak Interior – Professionally maintained – Equipped with all the extras – Romany Life will turn heads in any port – Reduced to $549,000 Contact Paul Rosen 410-267-8181 paul@annapolisyachtsales.com

32’ Island Packet '90 Cutter, Heat/AC, refrigeration, autopilot, wind, speed, depth, bimini, dodger, stereo, Maxi-prop, Harken furler, dark green hull. Now $64,900. K e n @ C r u s a d e r Ya c h t s . c o m 443-223-8901

32’ C&C ’99 Three Available - 2004 / 2006 / 2007 ALL race and cruise equipped, and ready to go on the family cruise or around the buoys. Epoxy hulls and Carbon Rigs / Poles - Call for current price - recent reductions and motivated sellers! CrusaderYachts.com

37’ Pacific Seacraft ’99 Loaded for cruising! Monitor wind vane, MaxProp, life raft, radar, chartplotter, AP, SSB, Pactor modem, A/C, solar panels, refrigeration, watermaker. $197,500 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 www.crusaderyachts.com

38' C&C 1159 '11 NEW - Left over inventory by European Dealer. Custom hull paint, bow sprit, carbon rig, ready for fast cruising or racing. Over 300k to replace - asking $229,000 and a deal WILL BE MADE SOON! Boat is here in Annapolis Call Now 410-269-0939

40' Pacific Seacraft '96 ROCKIN’ CHAIR. Standout Crealock design. Meticulous care; many upgrades including Lighthouse windlass, full cockpit enclosure, AIS, cutter rig, twin furlers, 7 sails, etc. Reduced to $279,000. CrusaderYachts.com 410-269-0939

41' Tartan 4100 '98 Blue hull. Owners carefully equipped for passage making, but only did limited coastal cruising and Chesapeake Bay exploring. Reduced to $190,000! CrusaderYachts.com 410-269-0939

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

44' Tartan 4400 '98 Raised Salon layout. All the bells and whistles Genset, Air(3) Thruster, Furling Boom and more! Ready for extended cruising now. Recent price reduction asking $499,000 - Over 700k to replace. 410-269-0939

38’ Ericson 380 ’98 Well equipped, great performance – coastal and offshore. A performance cruiser built to last with beautiful lines. $154,900 CrusaderYachts.com 410-269-0939

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‘04 ‘05 Sabre 386 2 from $249,000

1986 Tashing Mason 33 $67,000

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

1999 Beneteau 381 2 from $85,900 20 22 22 24 26 26 26 28 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 31 31 31 31 31 32 32 32 32 32 32

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Harbor 20 ‘11 .................................... $36,500 Azure 220 ‘08.................................... $29,900 Marshall 22 ‘90 ................................. $29,000 Corsair F-24 ‘06 ................................. $44,000 Island Packet 26 MKI ‘82 ................. $19,500 Nonsuch 26 ‘84 ................................. $34,900 SeaRay 260 ‘02................................. $29,900 Bristol Channel Cutter 28 ‘87 ........... $99,900 Ocean Yacht Super Sport 29 ‘90..... $50,000 Baba 30 ‘83 ....................................... $44,900 Black Watch Express 30 ‘90............. $47,500 C&C 30 ‘88 ........................................ $49,500 Cruisers Yachts 300 Express ‘03 ...... $49,900 Custom Gaff Rig Schooner 30 ‘59 ... $37,500 Hunter 30 ‘88 ..................................... $27,500 Siedelmann 30T ‘85 .......................... $17,900 S2 9.1 30 ‘85 .................................... $23,500 Pearson 303 ‘85 ................................ $24,900 Beneteau 311 ‘01 .............................. $59,900 Camano Troll 31 ‘02 .......................$110,000 Catalina 310 ‘00 ............................... $63,500 Gozzard 31 ‘96...............................$109,900 Sea Ray Sundancer 2001 ................. $57,900 Beneteau 321 ‘97 .............................. $54,900 Beneteau 323 ‘04 ‘05 2 from .......... $74,400 Catalina 320 ‘00 ‘01 2 from ............ $69,500 Grand Banks 32 ‘88 ........................$117,000 Island packet 32 ‘92.......................... $89,900 Shannon Shoal Sailor 32 ‘02 .........$159,900

‘83 ‘85 Sabre 38 2 from $74,000 33 33 33 34 34 34 34 34 34 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 36 36 36 36 36 36 37 37 37 37 37

Cherubini Raider ‘81.......................... $24,500 Endeavour 33 ‘84 .............................. $29,900 Tashing Mason 33 ‘86 ...................... $67,000 Beneteau ST34 ‘12 ..........................$329,000 C&C 34 ‘85 ........................................ $33,500 Cal 34 ‘70 ‘77 2 from ....................... $19,800 Egg Harbor Golden Egg 34 ‘90 ...... $79,900 J-105 34 ‘98 ‘00 2 from ................... $74,400 Westerly Seahawk ‘85 ...................... $55,000 Allmand 35 ‘82 .................................. $26,000 Bayliner 3587 MY Aft cabin ‘97 ...... $59,500 Beneteau 350 ‘89 ‘93 2 from ......... $46,900 Beneteau 351 ‘95 .............................. $62,500 Bristol 35.5 ‘79................................... $59,000 Hunter 35.5 ‘90 ................................. $49,900 Hunter 356 ‘03 .................................. $98,500 Island Packet 350 ‘99 .....................$140,000 Regal Commodore 3560 ‘05 .........$129,000 Schock Sloop 35 ‘01 ......................... $62,500 Beneteau 36.7 ‘04 ‘06 2 from ......... $90,000 Catalina 36 ‘87 ‘90 2 from .............. $44,900 Hunter 36 ‘05 ...................................$114,500 Sabreline 36 ‘99 ..............................$165,000 Sabre 362 ‘94 ‘01 3 from ................ $99,000 Jeanneau Prestige 38 ‘06................$189,000 Four Awinns Excalibur 37 ‘03.........$127,900 Hunter 37.5 ‘95 ................................. $77,900 Hunter 376 ‘97 .................................. $85,000 Moody 376 ‘88 ................................. $89,000 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342 ‘06 ................. $95,000

1992 Island Packet 32 $89,900 37 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 39 39 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 42

Sea Ray Express 37 ‘99 ..................$105,000 Catalina 38 ‘80.................................. $40,000 Beneteau 381 ‘99 .............................. $85,900 Cabo Rico 38 ‘88 ............................$107,500 Hunter 380 ‘ 00 ................................. $98,500 Sabre 38 Mk II ‘93 ..........................$175,000 Sabre 38 ‘83 ‘85 2 from................... $74,000 Sabre 386 ‘04 ‘05 2 from .............$249,000 Wauquiez Hood 38 ‘86 .................$109,900 Wauquiez Hood 38 MKII ‘84 .......... $79,900 Cruisers 385 ‘06 ..............................$234,900 Beneteau 393 ‘02 ............................$139,000 Pearson 39 ‘87 .................................. $75,000 Beneteau 40 ‘09 ..............................$214,900 Beneteau 40.7 ‘01 ...........................$149,900 Delphia 40 ‘06 .................................$179,900 Jeanneau 40DS ‘03 .........................$175,000 Palmer Johnson NY 40 ‘78 ............... $54,000 Hunter 40.5 ‘95 ................................. $89,000 Hunter 40 ‘85 ..................................... $49,900 O’Day 40 ‘87..................................... $65,000 X-119 40 ‘92 ...................................... $84,900 Beneteau 411 ‘98 ‘99 ‘02 4 from .$114,900 Hallberg Rassy 41’ ‘79 ..................... $90,000 Hunter 41 AC ‘06 ............................$169,000 Lord Nelson 41 ‘87 ........................$174,000 Morgan 41 ‘90 .................................. $89,000 Rival 41 AC......................................... $80,000 Whitney Carib 41 ‘69 ....................... $49,900 Beneteau 423 ‘03 ‘06 2 from ........$175,000

2000 Hunter 460 $189,000 42 42 42 42 43 43 43 43 43 44 44 45 45 45 45 46 46 46 46 46 46 47 47 50 50 52 54 63 76

Hunter Passage 420 ‘02 .................$149,900 Jeanneau 42 DS ‘06 ........................$205,000 Sabre 42 ‘89 ....................................$149,000 Swan 42 ‘81.....................................$164,000 Beneteau 43 ‘10 ‘11 2 from ...........$229,900 Hatteras 43 ‘76 Double cabin .......... $49,900 Pan Oceanic 43 ‘81 .......................... $79,500 Schucker 436 Motorsailer ‘79.......... $77,000 Wellcraft Portofino 43 ‘94 ................ $89,500 Beneteau 44.7 ‘06 ...........................$219,900 Reliance 44 ‘92 ................................$198,500 Custom 45 ‘04..................................$599,000 Hunter 45 CC ‘07 ‘08 2 from .........$259,000 Jefferson 45 M/Y ‘86 ........................ $95,000 Nelson Marek 45 ‘84........................ $99,000 Beneteau 46 ‘07 ..............................$259,900 Cal 2 - 46 ‘74 ..................................... $89,000 Hunter 460 ‘00 ................................$189,000 Leopard Catamaran 46 ‘09............$649,500 Tartan 4600 ‘93 ‘95 2 from ...........$249,900 Venus 46 ‘81 ...................................... $94,000 Beneteau 473 ‘01 ‘06 2 from ........$219,900 Beneteau 47.7 ‘04 ...........................$240,000 Beneteau 50 ‘10 ..............................$344,900 Horizon Steel Pilothouse 50 ‘96 .....$245,000 Jefferson 52 Monticello ...................$229,000 Hylas 54 ‘98.....................................$549,000 Burger 63 ‘61 ...................................$239,000 Franz Maas ‘74 ................................$299,000

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BROKERAGE 42’ Hunter Passage 42 ‘90 62-hp Yanmar, Gen Set, 2 zone Air/Heat, cockpit enclosure, new electronics $89,900 Call Tony Tumas (443) 553-5046 (day or eve) tony@greatblueyachts.com, www.greatblueyachts.com

34’ O’Day ‘83 Inboard dsl, full canvas, clean interior and decks $23,500 Call Tony Tumas (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Email: tony@greatblueyachts.com, Web: www.greatblueyachts.com 36’ Catalina ‘98 “L” Interior - Full batten main, Air / Heat, C80 plotter/radar, full canvas - a must see boat! $89,900 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email: tony@greatblueyachts.com, www.greatblueyachts.com 36’ PDQ - 2 to choose from - Twin outboards ’99 $165,000 / twin dsls ’00 $ 148,500 Call for full details or visit our web site for photos Call Tony Tumas (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Email:tony@greatblueyachts.com, www.greatblueyachts.com

Annapolis Landing Marina 980 Awald Drive, Suite 400 Annapolis, MD 21403 (410) 280-0520 allen.murphy@mooringsbrokerage.com

39’ Beneteau Oceanis 393 2006, asking $119,000. Serious bluewater cruiser with full Air Conditioning, large 56hp Yanmar, 3 large cabins and a decent owner’s suite with setee and private head. This is a great cruising yacht. 800-672-1327 www.MooringsBrokerage.com

40’ Leopard 40 2008, asking $249,000. Speed on the water and easy handling are top features, earning 'Boat of the Year 2005' from Cruising World. Large cockpit with outside dining area, protected by a functional hard-top bimini. One of the newest Leopard 40s on the market. 800-672-1327 www.MooringsBrokerage.com

41’ LAGOON 410, 2005, asking $235,000. This catamaran is innovative and yet maintains the traditions of the Lagoon line from which it springs. The galley-salon area, which opens directly to the cockpit through a sliding door maintains the characteristic Lagoon conviviality with a 360-degree view. Clean interior, massively airy and light down below. 800-672-1327 www.MooringsBrokerage.com


Kayaks 12’ Roto-moulded PVC. Single seaters, with double-paddles. Blue color. @$150 1985 Laser II 14’ Good condition with trailer also in good condition. $500 1963 Pearson 20 Classic daysailor which needs restoration. Sportsman trailer in very good condition. $1,000 1984 Hunter 22 Fixed keel. Roller-furling, auto-pilot. Nissan 2-cycle outboard. $750. 1985 O’Day 23 Main, 2 Jibs. Good Condition. Nissan 9 HP. $1,500. 1983 Catalina 25 Main, roller-furling. 4-cycle o/b. Good condition. $2,500. 1979 O’Day 25 Yamaha 8 hp o/b. Clean and ready to go. $1,950. 1977 C&C 26 Good condition. Inboard diesel. $5,000. 1979 O’Day 28 Keel model. Roller-furling jib. Tiller steering. New Yanmar diesel engine. Turnkey condition. $4,500. 1977 Hunter 30 Keel model. Wheel steering; main, genoa. Sound and good condition. Yanmar Diesel. $5,500. 1979 Catalina 30 Wheel steering. R/F jib. Stove, microwave, stereo, TV. Freshly painted bottom. Detailed, interior and exterior. Universal diesel. $8,000.


1974 Penn Yan 242 Cuddy Cabin 350 Volvo duo-prop. Beautifully restored. $6,000. All boats are sold “as is, where is” Contact Karl Guerra, CRAB Program Director, to learn more and visit your next boat!


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43’ Beneteau Cyclades 43 ’06 Asking $115,000. Blue water design w/great functionality, generous interior volumes, large cockpit w/dual helm, high level of technology & craftsmanship to provide reliability, comfort & an elegant finish. Large capacities for water, fuel, personal gear & food storage, mean increased comfort & autonomy on the water. 800-672-1327 www.MooringsBrokerage.com

43’ Leopard 43, 2005 asking $255,000. This Leopard 43 maximizes space, performance and comfort. Sailed from Cape Town, South Africa on her own bottom, she features 4 spacious double cabins each w/ensuite head and shower, two single berths in the forward bows, a modern galley-up design with panoramic views, Corian work surfaces and a V-shaped saloon with seating for 8 guests, a large bathing platform with direct access to the cockpit and a functional hard top fitted as standard. 800-672-1327 www.MooringsBrokerage.com

42’ Benete Cockpit ‘05 and huge settees and (in mast furlin offset helm cockpit spac visibility. Hug Asking $12 www.Mooring

51’ BENETEAU CYCLADES 50, 2006 asking $195,000. The 16-foot beam translates to a terrific amount of space - about twice the volume of more traditional 50-footers. This space leads to a level of comfort unsurpassed in its class. Five cabins make up the accommodations, with four double cabins, generator powered air conditioning to keep you cool. Her design makes her ideal for regattas, cruising and charter. 800-672-1327 www.MooringsBrokerage.com

42’ Benete Cockpit ‘05 and huge settees and (in mast furlin offset helm cockpit spac visibility. Hug Asking $12 www.Mooring

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Dehler 29’ 1998 Rare boat to the US market. Win races and cruise in comfort. The ideal performance oriented pocket cruiser. Great cockpit and roomy interior. Nice instrument package. Cruising and racing sails. $61,500 David@Northpointyachtsales.com (410) 280-8976

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30’ Nonsuch Classic ‘84 Many upgrades including new canvas & new cushions. Windlass, davits, swim platform, Raymarine radar/GPS/plotter, marine A/C-heat, and electric head. Reduced to $45,000. Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or Rick@NorthPointYachtSales.com

31’ Beneteau Oceanis ’10 This Beneteau 31 has nearly every option available. RF sail plan, AC/Heat, full canvas, and more. Only used for day sailing. Low hours. $96,500 David@Northpointyachtsales.com (410) 280-8976 34’ J 105s Come talk to the “J Boat Experts” and see why this continues to be one of the best One Design boats on the Chesapeake Bay. We have several available and ready to go for 2013 NAs here in Annapolis. Give us a call and get the full run down. Call 410-280-2038

J109 36’ 2005 If you’re looking for a J109, Vento Solare is one of the best equipped on the market. Extensive sail inventory, very current and complete instrumentation package and new running rigging all contribute to make this one of the best values on a J/109. David@Northpointyachtsales.com (410) 280-8976

36’ Modified NY 36 (1981) 1st to Newport and 1st to Halifax (2009). Race ready w/excellent sail inventory & equipment (Custom keel, carbon fiber mast, Ockams, radar & more).PHRF rating 108 (114 w/ furler). PRICE REDUCED! $27,500 Call David Cox 410-310-3476 or davidcox@northpointyachtsales.com


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NEW & PRE-OWNED BOATS IN MANY SIZES ‘02 Hunter 380 - $110,000

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SOLD 34’ Sea Sprite 34 ’84 Luder’s design by C.E. Ryder- many new upgrades including diesel, rigging, canvas, electronics. Asking only $39,000. Contact Rick Casali rick@northpointyachtsales.com 410-279-5309

35’ Jboat ’85 Nice J35 Good equipment, Well cared for. Faired and barrier coated bottom. As most 35 go I would rate this above average. Pre-listing survey available. A great deal at $35,500 David@Northpointyachtsales.com (410) 280-8976

37’ Beneteau Oceanis ’12 This Beneteau 37 has nearly every option available for this model. RF sail plan, AC/Heat, full canvas, and more. Primarily used for day sailing, she has never been on an extended cruise. Transferable manufacturer’s warranty. $182,500 David@Northpointyachtsales.com (410) 280-8976

38’ Bristol 38.8 k/cb ’83 One owner! New sails and rigging. Many upgrades. A sailor’s proper yacht. Asking $125,000. Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309 rick@northpointyachtsales.com

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SELECTED BROKERAGE 25 Tanzer ’87 .................$ 9,900 260 Hunter ‘02.................$ 27,000 27 Hunter ‘79.................$ 9,997 28 S2 8.6 ’85 ..................$ 14,900 28 Newport ‘86 .............$ 17,500 290 Hunter ‘00 ................$ 42,000 30 Morgan ’72 ...............$ 6,999 30 Hunter ‘80.................$ 14,500 30 Hunter ’81.................$ 15,000 30 Hunter ‘86.................$ 30,000 31 Allmand ‘80...............$ 17,000 31 Hunter ’06.................$ 70,000 33 Pearson ’89...............$ 34,000 33 Hunter ‘05.................$ 89,000 34 Hallberg Rassy ‘76.....$ 49,900 34 Hunter ’83.................$ 33,000 35 C&C ‘84 ....................$ 24,000 36 Hunter ‘05.................$130,000 36 Hunter ’05.................$125,000 36 Hunter ’08.................$149,000 37 Irwin Ketch ‘76..........$ 49,900 37.5 Hunter ’96 .................$ 70,000

376 Hunter ’96.................$ 70,000 376 Hunter ‘97.................$ 72,000 376 Hunter ‘97.................$ 84,000 38 Herrishoff Cat ’85 .....$ 72,000 38 Hunter ’06.................$132,000 38 Hunter ‘09.................$149,000 380 Hunter ’00.................$ 99,900 380 Hunter ‘02.................$119,000 380 Hunter ’02.................$110,000 380 Hunter ’02 Sloop ......$102,999 381 Beneteau ’98 ............$ 94,900 386 Hunter ‘04.................$129,700 405 Northwind ’86 ..........$ 79,000 41 Morgan ’74...................$ 59,000 41AC Hunter ’05.................$169,000 410 Hunter ‘01.................$134,000 42i Jeanneau ’08 ...............$205,000 426 Hunter ‘03.................$169,000 45CC Hunter ‘01.................$189,000 460 Hunter ’00.................$159,000 49 Jeanneau ’05 ............$249,000

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40’ J120s North Point Euro Trash Girl for sale. Very competitive boat in the ocean & on the bay. Bottom just redone. Survey available, the Class is looking into forming a J 120 class here on the bay to race One Design! Call Paul to learn more. $124,900 paul@northpointyachtsales.com 410-280-2038 J 42 ’98 Shoal draft & excellent cond. Rare offering of lightly used, flag blue edition. New sails, canvas, complete new bottom, tons of gear, many spare parts, excellent recent survey. $249,000. paul@northpointyachtsales.com (410) 961-5254.

Hinckley 43’ 1981 Everything you will need to cruise from Maine to the Islands, live aboard in Annapolis or day sail. 4’4” board up draft will take you anywhere. New 08 Forespar rig, North sails, Cruisair AC and Westerbeke rebuilt. This boat is ready to go $180,000 David@Northpointyachtsales.com (410) 280-8976

Jeanneau 45’ DS 2011 Don’t miss this exquisite almost new cruising boat. From genset to electric winches, this boat has it all. If you’re thinking of a new boat, you owe it to yourself to take a look. $340,000 ($100,000 under replacement) David@Northpointyachtsales.com (410) 280-8976 46’ J 46 ’00 New Awlgrip, 9/12. Recent perfect survey. Loaded with all the right gear for long range cruising. $384,900 Paul@northpointyachtsales.com 410-961-5254

36’ Hunter ’08 Captain’s Lady is a one-owner 36 that has been meticulously maintained. Equipped with In-Mast Furling, Raymarine C80 GPS/Plotter, Auto-Pilot, AC/Heat, freezer & much more. $149,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211, www.nortonyachts.com 36’ Hunter ’05 Flamingo is a two-owner cruiser with in-mast furling, AC/Heat, Refrigerator, Autopilot, DVD/TV, GPS, and much more!! 125,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804)776-9211, www.nortonyachts.com 380 Hunter ’02 Stargazer is a wellequipped Bay Cruiser with in-mast furling, AC/Heat, refrigeration, flatscreen TV, & more! $110,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804)776-9211, www.nortonyachts.com. 410 Hunter ’01 Simple Pleasures is a beauty! She’s loaded w/space and equipped with 2 heads & showers, 2 air conditioners, VHF/radio, autopilot/GPS & more! $134,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804) 776-9211, www.nortonyachts.com 42’ Jeanneau ‘08 Fandango is a oneowner beautifully maintained cruiser equipped with AC/Heat, bowthruster, 2 heads, in-mast furling, & More! $205,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804) 776-9211, www.nortonyachts.com 45CC Hunter ’01 Boomerang is a beautiful yacht equipped with AC/Heat, TV/DVD, GPS, Autopilot, Plotter, Zodiac 6 person life raft, a gorgeous spinnaker, & much more! $189,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804)776-9211, www.nortonyachts.com

40’ C&C ’79 Proven racer, comfortable cruiser. Too many upgrades to mention. Recent survey appraised her at $51,175 but only asking $44,000. Survey available to buyer. OBYS 410-226-0100


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

30’ J-92S ’06 Like new! Kept on lift, New North Main ’12, 13-hp Volvo eng, nice electronics, and a bonus for this boat is she comes with a dual axle trailer! $80,000 OBYS 410-226-0100 35’ Camper Nicholson Sloop ’72/95 7 years to completely rebuild this vessel from stem to stern. She is “Stunning” and well worth seeing! Asking $49,500 and looking for offers. OBYS 410-226-0100 36’ Islander Sloop ‘79 Yanmar dsl eng. ,00, lovely cruising interior w/upgraded cushions, ’04 holding tank, bottom redone and much more. Asking $29,000.00 OBYS 410-226-0100.

37’ Beneteau Envision ’83 Ideal liveaboard. Rare center cockpit pilothouse design ketch. One of only a few made, Set up for major cruising, Duel helm stations, 3 cabin layout, 2 heads. $54,500 PRICE REDUCED. Call Regent Point marina @804-758-4457 www.regentpointmarina.com 37’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey ’02 Ricochet Clean, Well Cared for Ready to go. A/C heat pump, autohelm, radar, chartplotter, bimini, dodger & much more. PRICE REDUCED $98,500 Call Regent Point marina 804-758-4457 www.regentpointmarina.com

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Valiant 42 Raised Salon ’92 A real special Valiant with raised salon, lovely bright live aboard home anywhere in the world. New Yanmar, Leisurefurl mainsail, dodger, bimini, davits, Electric winch, $199K AVAILABLE!

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Tayana 52 ‘00 Three-stateroom Tayana 52 Cutter is a perfect family cruising platform. One of Bob Perry’s best, powerful and fast, cruising equipment, Leisurefurl mainsail system. $359K

28’ Alerion 28 ‘99 Great daysailer and one design fleet in Annapolis! Alwgrip topsides and deck, very clean condition $59,900 32’ Catalina 320 ‘96 One of Catalinas most popular designs! Yanmar dsl, 990 hours, inverter Asking $49,900 32’ Hunter 326 ’02 Priced below market! Super Clean! A/C, Autopilot and more, buy now winter storage is paid! Asking $49,900 (410) 639-9380, www.saltyachts.com

38’ Hunter 386 ’03 Totally set up to cruise but has hardly left the dock! Northern Lights Genset, Radar, ALL electronics NEW fall 2012! Only 339 hrs on her Yanmar! ...offers encouraged..REDUCED TO $124,000! (410) 639-9380, www.saltyachts.com

40’ Beneteau Oceanis 400 Never Chartered, Two cabin version in Bristol condition! Loaded with gear and upgrades! Asking $124,900! (410) 639-9380, www.saltyachts.com 40’ Caliber ’99 Low hr, excellent example of this world proven cruiser... asking $174,900 (410) 639-9380, www.saltyachts.com

34’ Catalina ’02 Air/heat, chartplotter, autopilot, spinnaker, dodger/bimini, full enclosure $84,900. Call 443-209-1110 or go to www.tidewateryachts.com. 36’ Catalina ’03 Air/heat, Garmin GPS, electric windlass, custom North bimini/ dodger, etc. $113,800 Call 443-209-1110 or go to www.tidewateryachts.com. 380 Catalina ’00 Air/heat, chartplotter/ radar, autopilot, spinnaker, in-mast furling, dodger/bimini, etc. $132,000 Call 443-209-1110 or go to www.tidewateryachts.com. NEW 39 Hunter ’12 A/C, in-mast furling, electric windlass, 22” flat screen TV with Bose upgrade, ST60 knot/depth/wind, Raymarine C90 wide GPS and much more $200,000. Call 443-209-1110 or go to www.tidewateryachts.com

42’ Sabre 426 ’04 Stunning example of this high quality yacht, call for details.... Price reduced to $324,000! (410) 6399380, www.saltyachts.com

34’ Etap ’01 Belgian designed and built Scout is loaded like no other - Rigged for ocean cruisingUnsinkable design, outstanding features: Watermaker, AC, Satellte phone and more: Contact Chris 443926-1278 chris@walczakyacht.com, www.walczakyacht.com 42’ Skipjack ’87 A Chesapeake Classic. Lady Helen Maintained to yacht standards- Exquisitely finished interior! Dry Bilges, Detroit dsl. Perfect for charter or family Bay cruising. Easy to see in Chestertown: Contact Chris 443-9261278 chris@walczakyacht.com, www.walczakyacht.com 43’ Saga ’03 MOONSTRUCK Loaded w/AC, watermaker, Dickinson 12,000 BTU heater, solar panels, complete electronics pkg, nice sails & rigging, dinghy w/outboard motor & davits, and more. Ready for Worldwide Cruising: Contact Frank 410-703-4017 frank@walczakyacht.com, www.walczakyacht.com

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40’ Endeavor 40 ‘84 .................................. $ 79,000 40’ Pacific Seacraft ‘98 ........................... $ 300,000 40’ Tartan 4000 ‘12.................................. $ 499,000 40’ Pacific Seacraft ‘96 ........................... $ 279,000 39’ Catalina 390 ‘02................................. $ 135,000 38’ C&C 115 ‘11 ....................................... $ 229,000 38’ Ericson (PSC) 380 ‘98....................... $ 154,900 37’ Pacific Seacraft ‘99 ........................... $ 197,500 37’ Tartan 37c ‘81...................................... $ 56,500 37’ Pacific Seacraft ‘87 ............................. $ 84,000 36’ Catalina 36 ‘87..................................... $ 48,000 36’ Frers 36 ‘85.......................................... $ 50,000

35’ Catalina 350 ‘04................................. $ 125,000 35’ Custom Pilothouse ‘95 ..................... $ 100,000 35’ Express 35 ‘86..................................... $ 60,000 35’ Ericson(PSC) 350 ‘98........................ $ 129,000 34’ C&C 34 ‘80 ........................................... $ 33,000 34’ Express 34 ‘87..................................... $ 44,000 34’ Najad 343 ‘84 ....................................... $ 75,000 32’ C&C 99 ‘04/’06/’07 ...................... from $ 99,000 32’ Catalina 320 ‘95................................... $ 54,000 32’ Island Packet 32 ‘90............................ $ 64,900 31’ Pacific Seacraft 31 ‘94 & ‘06 ... from $ 100,000 24’ Pacific Seacraft Dana ‘88 ................... $ 60,000

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43’ Swan ’85 AKELA III is a very well maintained Swan 43, Completely equipped to cruise or ocean racing. Fast & Safe. Located near Annapolis, Maryland & ready to be sailed away: Contact Frank 410-703-4017 frank@walczakyacht.com, www.walczakyacht.com 47’ Bristol Aft Cockpit ’87 BACI Ted Hood’s famous centerboard shoal draft design. Best hull design in the fleet of Bristol Yachts history. A great cruising yacht w/super performance characteristics, and ICW proof. See in Eastport. Priced to Sell: Contact Frank 410-703-4017 frank@walczakyacht.com and www.walczakyacht.com 47’ Leopard Cruising Catamaran ’03 INDIGO Rare 3 Cabin Owners version. Proven Passage Maker. Many Upgrades:(2) 100 Hp Yanmar dsls, Spectra watermaker, Hard top bimini w/ enclosure, never chartered, A/C- Heat, Genset, SSB, AIS: Contact Chris 443926-1278 chris@walczakyacht.com, www.walczakyacht.com




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

TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY 1975 Helms 25 swing-keel sloop, sleeps 4+, 1996 Mercury 8-HP LS, nearly-new Venture dual-axel trailer (book value $3200) Exterior previously restored, including blister repair, inprocess interior restoration. Includes all materials/supplies: restored bulkheads, fiberglass filled & Interlux primed, ready for topcoat, ports re-glazed, new keel brakewinch (Fulton), 2 new Johnson bilge pumps, VHF Radio, AM/FM/CD, much more $4250 443.974.5818 or kearbarb@comcast.net


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Marine Repair, Installation & Restoration Company Based in Annapolis, MD is now taking applications for the hire date of February 2012. Professional and experienced marine technicians are needed to complement our current crew. Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years experience in the maritime trades industry and knowledge of all shipboard systems. Desired skills required: Mechanical & electrical repairs, electronic installations, water makers, charging systems, inverters, navigation to plumbing, sanitation, general yacht maintenance and repair. NMEA, ABYC and marine related certifications are desired. We are in search of the best person for the job description. This is a self-managed position so experience is paramount. Tools and transportation required. References required. Diversified Marine Services Inc. Bert Jabin yacht yard. Annapolis, Maryland, 21403 (410) 263-8717.

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HELP WANTED Baltimore Operations Manager For MD passenger vessel operation. Full-time. For Opportunity Description and how to apply, go to: http://watermarkcruises. com/aboutEmployment.htm Canvas Work at North Sails Stevensville Looking for an experienced seamstress and canvas fabricator. Must be quality conscious. Good benefits. Call Chris for interview at 410-643-7381 ext 16. Captains Wanted - The Baltimore Water Taxi Is accepting applications for the 2013 season. Seasonal PT and FT positions available; Weekend availability a must. Valid Master’s License and TWIC Card required. Customer service experience preferred. Apply online at www.bwtjobs.com Dennis Point Marina & Campground, A deep water marina in Southern Maryland with the largest travel lift on the Potomac is looking for a career oriented mechanic to grow with us and eventually take over the operations (head mechanic is near retirement age). Wonderful opportunity for the right person to be his own boss and share in the profits of the operations. Requires at least 8 years relevant experience and certifications a plus. Interested parties please contact Jim at 443-223-3394. Electronics Installers Wanted - MD & NJ BOE Marine is hiring marine electronics installers for both the Kent Island, MD and new Somers Point, NJ locations. Contact Jim at 866-735-5926 or sales@boemarine.com

North Point Yacht Sales Is hiring full time sail and power yacht brokers in Annapolis, MD and Charleston, SC locations. Requirements: proven track record in yacht sales, strong client relationships skills, experience in development of sales plan and execution of plans, expertise in customer support, experience in power and sailboat market analysis, four year BS/BA degree preferred. Please send all inquiries and resumes to Ken@NorthPointYachtSales.com. Riggers Wanted - Annapolis, MD Atlantic Spars & Rigging is looking for sailboat riggers. We are a well – established custom rigging & metal fabrication business with two locations. We are looking for riggers who are organized and have a great working attitude to be awarded with competitive wages, great benefits and a career position. Send resume to marc@atlanticspars.com or call 410-268-1570. Sr. Marine Service Tech/Asst. Mgr. Kent Island based mobile serv comp is in search of SR Service Tech w/ min 10yrs exp. in engines (g/d, i/o), all marine systems, electrical, sanitation, comp & fbglss serv & repairs. Industry certs a plus. This team leading position must be clean, organized and able to troubleshoot. Competitive pay & benefits based on exp. along with immediate work. Must have valid & clean drvr’s lic. Fax resume (443) 249-8046 or email scandiamarineservices@gmail.com The Schooner Woodwind is Hiring Customer Service Reps and Dockhands. FT & PT seasonal employment. Boating and Customer Service experience preferred. Download application @ https://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/employment/

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Abaco Queen

by Fred Hecklinger


A Man-O-War Cay Built Cruising Boat

n the fall of 1953, after a summer of racing on the Bay in the Eight Meter class sloop, Hurrying Angel, I was bound down the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) departing Annapolis to arrive 18 days later at Melbourne, FL, as a paid hand on the 45-foot yawl Anchorite. At that time, there was light pleasure boat traffic on the ICW compared to that of today, and fiberglass boats were yet to arrive on the scene. At my age of 17, it was all quite new and exciting with ever-changing scenery and such things as pelicans, eagles, palm trees, dolphins, Spanish moss, and alligators. Everything was refreshing to a boy who had not previously been south of Solomons, MD. A heavy gale caught us at Morehead City, NC, as it did many fishing vessels that had been working off the coast. The harbor was packed with them and various other vessels. One vessel was distinctly different from the others in the harbor, and that was the ketch Abaco Queen that is here pictured. After talking my way onboard, I found that she had been built during 1941 at Man-O-War Cay in the Abaco Group of the Bahamas Islands by the boat builder William H. Albury. Uncle Will, as he was

known, was well respected for building pleasure boats for American yachtsmen based on the model of the commercial sailing craft that were then a common part of the scene throughout the Bahamas. At 46 feet of length on deck, she had been rigged as a ketch to please the owner, but was fitted to steer with a tiller, as were all Bahamas sailing vessels at that time. I learned that the present owner was the folk singer Burl Ives and that Abaco Queen was being delivered south by a friend of

his Joe Miron of Falmouth, MA. But we were bound south toward Florida and the Bahamas, and away we went experiencing the expected conditions along the way. Later, while at Nassau in February 1954, I again came upon Miron, who said that Ives was planning to come to Florida, where Abaco Queen was then lying at Coconut Grove, and go cruising.

Miron engaged me as a paid hand for when this was to happen. I made my way to Florida and stowed my gear onboard, and we moved the Queen around to the Miami River where I made this photograph of her. After several delays, Ives did arrive, and we made a short cruise over to Bimini and back to the Miami River. I found him to be a delightful person. He did enjoy sailing and singing. I also found that the Queen sailed in an unusually refreshing manner. She had a rather large sail plan. In later years, Ives owned several different sailing yachts, and into the 1960s was a regular visitor to Annapolis. Ives went on to seek his reward in 1995 at the age of 80, but I can hear him singing to this day. Of the Abaco Queen, I once in the 1960s saw her sailing in Long Island sound off Fishers Island, NY, and again later, at Boston where she appeared rather badly neglected. Another little tidbit of information: the small sloop at the left end of the picture was then being rebuilt and refurbished by Bert Jabin who later developed the Bert Jabin Yacht Yard on Back Creek in Annapolis.

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