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78 Youth and Collegiate Sailing

Young sailors cutting their teeth in Optis and their older counterparts kicking into overdrive in intense collegiate team-racing competition are the subjects of this month’s youth sailing section.

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We can’t think of any better way to end a work day than to hop on a boat with friends for some round-the-buoys excitement, fun, and at the end if we’re lucky, a beer.

SpinSheet photographer Dan Phelps captured this month’s cover photo during the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta 2011. The 2013 event unfolds May 3-5. Find the preview on page 81.

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IN THIS ISSUE Cruising Scene 28 DelMarVa Rally Prep Tips by Joshua Rosenthal

49 Lesson Learned by Andy Schell 58 Bluewater Dreaming by Lisa Borre Sponsored by M Blue 61 Gunkholing Around the Onion Patch by Craig and Terrie Holberger

64 Charter Notes: When Things Go Bump


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Editor’s Notebook


Molly Winans

June 22


f there were a 12-step program for frantic, over-scheduled, smart-phonesailing addicts, my beau could run buzzy lives get in the way. the meetings. I’ve written about his Frustrated with this phenomproblem before. He will turn to me in a enon, John Arndt of the mother of wide-eyed panic and say, “I haven’t been all regional sailing rags, Latitude 38, sailing this week.” This tends to be folin San Francisco, CA, decided to do lowed by a blank stare from me, a raised something about it and unite all types eyebrow, and the question, “Really?” of sailors—from the reservoir sailors of He may then recall the previous SatNebraska, to the offshore racers of New urday and Sunday he raced on an S2 and his regular Wednesday night crew gig on a Beneteau. For normal people, the math adds up to three sailing days in seven. He will correct himself, “I haven’t been sailing on my boat this week.” For a sailing addict, crewing on other people’s boats is like drinking light beer. It doesn’t count (unless, of course, you do math while sober). Given his addic##The whole world is invited. It’s free. tion plus my profession, our proximity to the water, and the ease with which he throws off his lines, England, to the windsurfers of Orfriends assume that sailing just hapegon, to the gunkholing cruisers of the pens for us. What they don’t see are the Chesapeake Bay. unromantic hours we spend rearranging “It takes an event on the calendar the puzzle pieces of our lives and plotto remind people to make the time for ting out sailing days on a shared Google sailing,” he says. He created the Sumcalendar. Two professionals with the mer Sailstice, a global event, set the usual sailing barriers—commuting, Saturday nearest to the summer solstice, family complications, work that flows June 22. The whole world is invited. It’s into the weekend—couldn’t possibly free. go cruising for 10 weekends in a season If you sign up on, without serious advanced planning. not only will you go sailing June 22, but Many cruisers, racers, and daysailors, you also qualify for prizes: a free charter who love sailing with all their hearts, week in the British Virgin Islands, a are lucky to make it out on the water Hobie inflatable kayak, an adventure one entire weekend this season. The catamaran sail, winches, sailing shoes, many masts you see at port on the suna lifejacket, and a bunch of neat swag. niest, breeziest weekends prove it. Our Sailors may also enter contests, such 14 May 2013 SpinSheet

as the best sunset photo or story, largest number of boats at a Sailstice event, largest crew, longest distance sailed, and largest fish caught. The Sailstice should appeal to loners, racers, and flotilla lovers alike; it doesn’t matter if you sail in a group—as the Sailstice DelMarVa Rally participants will (see page 28)—by yourself on a Sunfish, or with your best friend in a quiet creek. All you have to do is block off one day, June 22, and go sailing. At last year’s Sailstice, we attempted to participate in Shearwater Sailing Club’s Twilight Race off Annapolis. The wind had other plans for us and died at the start. All but one participating crew rolled up its sails and motored for shore. We heard the chatter on the radio: “Catalina 27 fleet meet at Davis’ Pub… See you J/105 sailors at the Boatyard.” My sailing addict had to chime in and announce, “We’re going to drink and drift.” And we did. We swam, told stories, killed some Goslings and ginger beer, caught the slightest of breezes for a short while, and savored a stunning sunset. Arndt appreciated my drifter story. He says, “We’re all so digitized these days, we don’t know how to be in the moment. This event gives us a chance to reconnect and be in the moment… and feel like sailors together.” Click to to sign up for one day only. June 22. I’m in. Are you?




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SpinSheet SpotLight

Duffy Perkins


hen I moved here a year ago, everyone had all this career advice for me,” says MacDuff “Duffy” Perkins. “All I wanted to do was work for SpinSheet.” A native of Charlevoix, MI, Duffy grew up sailing on a Pearson 26. She admits she wasn’t a sailing camp or junior program kid, and although her family always sailed and did Wednesday night races, she didn’t love it until later in life. She’s thankful now that her parents shut her into the V-berth to play and accustomed her to the rocking motion, as to this day, she has not gotten seasick. After college at the University of Michigan and graduate school at the University of Virginia, the Chinese and Tibetan language and religion student found herself about as far from good sailing as she could get: in the mountains of China, Nepal, and

India, where she led experiential student tours for a few years. A desire to break into the publishing business brought her to a job in Boston, MA, where she not only discovered that she preferred writing to book editing, but during the same era, she also fell in love with racing sailboats. A great experience sailing with her brother on a J/27 in Baltimore led to more exciting days competing on J/24s and Solings in Boston Harbor… and then, frostbite racing with a guy named Trevor, who would become her husband. Duffy translated her passion for writing and sailing into a job at SAIL Magazine, first as a web editor and then as a traveling reporter. When she moved to Maryland, where she and her husband have close family ties, she connected with SpinSheet to ask, “How can I get involved?” She pub-

lished a few freelance articles for us, had a baby girl named Tansley (eight months ago), did some work for local publications, and then, last month, applied for and accepted a full-time editor position for SpinSheet and PropTalk. “I love it here,” she says. “I think it’s going to be a good spring for sailing, and I’m looking forward to getting into Eastport culture.” Welcome, Duffy! Congratulations on being the fastest hire in SpinSheet history and the first to speak Chinese. This skill should serve you well as you interview racing sailors at tent parties. We’re psyched to have you as part of the family. ~M.W.

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Constants Foundation’s 1st Annual Fundraiser by Beth Crabtree


lthough the Annapolis community and beyond remains devastated by the tragic sailing accident that took the life of 14-year old Olivia Constants June 23, 2011, these days lots of good and exciting work is being done through the Foundation set up in her memory. To enhance and build on what’s already been accomplished in Olivia’s name, the first annual Olivia Constants Foundation Fundraiser will take place Saturday, May 11 at Mears Marina in Annapolis. Organizers envision the evening as “an opportunity to do a little bit more, to help those we can, in the spirit of Olivia.” The night will be filled with live music, delicious food and refreshments, a small auction, and a 50/50 raffle. But mostly, it’s an opportunity to celebrate

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the life of an extraordinary young woman and to support the Foundation’s mission, which is: To do all the good we can, for whomever we can, in the spirit of Olivia. Steve Constants, Olivia’s father, says, “As Olivia’s parents, we hear so many stories about how she impacted others in a positive way. It has been incredible to learn from these stories what kind of character she had. She influenced people by her sweet nature, and her laugh was so contagious that it made everyone feel better. Olivia’s kind-heartedness and goodness left a legacy of how to treat people. With the Foundation, we’re trying to continue that spirit and her enduring quality of character.” Constants explains, “The Foundation has been up and running for a little bit more than a year. We focus on three things. First, we award grants and scholarships. The scholarships help students pursuing college degrees, and we have a dedicated fund to help disadvantaged youth participate in sailing programs. We’ve also awarded grants to Severn River Middle School and Arnold Elementary to enhance their anti-bullying programs.” Constants continues, “Second, the Foundation is partnering with other local 501c3 organizations. We choose groups that fit with what Olivia would have liked to do, not what a bunch of parents might like. As a board, we ask

ourselves, ‘What would Olivia Do?’ We want to build on her kind-heartedness.” Finally, Constants says, “We encourage volunteerism. We’ve had groups serve breakfast on a regular basis at the Lighthouse Shelter, and we’ve supported students who’ve done food drives and other events in Olivia’s name. Our hope is that our fundraiser on May 11 will enhance our ability to make a difference in these areas of the community.” The young sailor drowned in a highly unusual accident while crewing on a Club 420 sailboat that capsized and turtled during practice on the Severn River. Olivia’s trapeze harness became entangled with the boat’s rigging, preventing her from surfacing. Joel Labuzetta, who was at the scene and had previously coached Olivia and her sister, is now the director of junior sailing at Annapolis YC (AYC). Labuzetta says, “Having a face and a name to associate with potential consequences has refocused people on safety equipment and procedures.” He adds, “The scholarships the foundation is awarding are making a really noticable difference and have had a significant positive impact with our teams at AYC.” If you’re interested in applying for a scholarship or a grant, download applications and directions from the foundation’s website. There you can also learn more about Olivia and what is being accomplished in her memory.

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U.S. Sailing Rescue Medal Awarded for Bravery on South River


he U.S. Sailing Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal Award is given annually to skippers or race support vessels who act in part to rescue victims from the water. Hanson himself was known to be fastidious in his safety measures, and they effectively saved his crew from tragedy on several occasions. The award recognizes acts of seamanship that go above and beyond the call of duty. This year, Jodee Carvalho and Adam Carper will receive the award for their courage in rescuing Richard Dreyer, an airplane pilot whose singleengine airplane suffered mechanical problems on a routine trip to the Eastern Shore. Dreyer made a crash landing on the South River, which Carvalho and Carper witnessed from the Liberty Marina in Edgewater, MD. “Thankfully, I had my raft handy, and the motor started quickly,” said Carvalho. The two set out toward the site of the crash in Carvalho’s inflatable dinghy to find Dreyer hanging on to a piece of debris, floating in the 42-degree water. They managed to pull Dreyer into the dinghy and get him back to the marina for emergency response help, and then Carvalho returned to the site of the plane crash and tied a rope and marker to the plane so that officials would know where it went down.

“Training on the job as a commercial fisherman for 20 years taught me a lot,” Carvalho said. “It’s important to be aware of your surroundings, quick on your feet and sharp in your mind. You never know what can happen at sea.” The U.S. Sailing Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal came into effect when Hanson’s 47.5-foot Sparkman and

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the music jamming, and when I looked out over the water, I felt like I was in the islands,” recalls a longtime SpinSheet reader from the Hampton area. “I think I’d like to go back again this year,” he adds wistfully. If you’re of the same mindset, get your tickets now. Although plenty of general admission tickets are available, VIP packages are already sold out. Gates open at 10:30 a.m., and the music will rock the beach from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Sunday. In addition to the concert stage with a Jumbotron, there are a large crafter village, plenty of food and drink for sale (including beer and wine), and kids’ activities. Seating is on the lawn, so bring a blanket or low-backed folding chair. If you come by boat, there is no docking at the event, and you’ll need to drop anchor 600 feet from shore (marked by buoys). You may not come ashore. Tickets cost $75 for one day, and $140 for a two-day pass. Children younger than 10 years of age are free with a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased by phone or online until May 16 at 5 p.m. After that, they must be purchased at the gate. Call (800) 514-3849. On-site parking is available for $10 per day. Parking passes and event tickets can both be purchased at: The concert benefits four local charities: End Hunger in Calvert County (a grass-roots effort partnering with 11 food pantries), We Care and Friends (providing assistance to the homeless and those in need in Annapolis), The Johns Hopkins Cleft and Craniofacial Center (treating patients with complex facial deformities), and Special Love (a Winchester, VAbased organization helping kids with cancer and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region). More information is available at:

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o, it’s spring, and we’re all gung-ho about taking the tiller, flying the kite, and grinding away. But around SpinSheet headquarters, we’ve noticed that sailors do a lot more than head up, fall off, and trim sails. There seems to be trend going on that involves running, cycling, and a few other adrenaline-inducing pastimes. Recently, we checked in with professional bowman Greg Gendell for some wisdom on the sailing-cycling connection. “My adult cycling started out as an outlet from sailing,” says Gendell. “It was a way to stay in shape for my pro sailing work. Riding a bike was also a way to clear my head and enjoy the outdoors, and it became a big part of my life.” Asked to compare the two sports, Gendell says, “In both, you need good equipment, and you need to take meticulous care of that equipment. The level of preparation is also similar; the more you know about your equipment, the better you’ll do, and having reliable equipment is paramount. In racing bikes and boats the more you know about the venue, the better prepared you will be. Paying attention to the details is key. Instead of hull and foil prep, you have your frame and wheels. In sailing, you have high-quality ropes, blocks, and a mast. On the bike you have your chain, drive train, and tires. It all adds up, the components may be different, but the concept is the same.” Gendell adds, “Sailing and riding are sports you can start early in life and keep doing late in life.”  Sailor and photographer Dan Phelps says, “I got very deep into TRX suspension training this winter. TRX (which leverages bodyweight and gravity) is great as you can take it anywhere. It may not even show up as extra weight on a distance race! I can train all of my muscle groups in a fairly short time. With kids, work, and sailing photography, clinging to a 45 minute-a-day workout program fits well with my schedule.” Cyclist and cruising sailor Crissy Fuentes heads to the Eastern Shore this month to participate in the Six Pillars, the first of several century rides in which she’ll take part this season. Fuentes rides at many different locations and is working to organize an easy ride on Sunday afternoons for women. Stay tuned, because this was just the tip of the iceberg; we haven’t yet touched on running and swimming— two more sports that are popular with sailors. Follow us!

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DOCKTALK Why Should We Care About Maryland’s Boat Excise Tax Cap?


n the month of April, the word “tax” tends to make Americans’ blood pressure rise; add the word “cap,” and you may seem some foaming at the mouth. The fight to cap Maryland’s boat excise tax cap last month and the ensuing compromise proved to be no exception to the rule of rising tax-talk emotions. Here’s why the Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM)

##Those who sell, rig, fit sails for, haul and service, rehab, and dive under big boats are excited by the prospect of bringing more big boat registrants to Maryland.

and hoards of regional marine professionals supported the boat excise tax cap. The controversy stems from the perception of giving tax breaks to the rich. I can look up Back Creek from my Eastport office window and see more masts than countable—and yes, some of those sailboat owners may be wealthy. Whether they deserve tax breaks is not my business. The next part of the equation is my business: when looking up the same creek, I can count marinas and boatyards housing dozens of people I know who sell boats, rig boats, haul and service boats, rehabilitate boats, fit sails for boats, fuel boats, and dive under boats for a living. Those are the folks who will benefit from the excise tax cap in Maryland. After much controversy and a near death on the floor, legislators compromised on the original bill (Senate Bill 90) and passed it with a $15,000 tax cap in lieu of a $10,000 cap. That there is a cap at all is cause for celebration here in a state bordered by Delaware (no tax) and Virginia (two percent tax with a $2000 cap).

Boaters must pay a five-percent tax if they buy their boats in Maryland or keep them here for more than 90 days. Now with the tax cap, rather than register their boats in other states to avoid the big tax bill (as some say they have for years), sailboat and powerboat buyers with boats worth more than $300,000 may buy and keep their boats in Maryland all season long without paying more than $15,000 in taxes. For our regional marine professionals, this will mean more big boats to sell, fix, haul, rig, and service—at least for the three years the new law will be in effect. This gives our maritime community more opportunities to thrive. MTAM’s executive director Susan Zellers says, “I am so happy we will have this opportunity to increase the number of boats that are registering in Maryland. This bill will lead to more jobs and services in the marine industry, and that’s good for all boaters. Start getting the word out now: come to the Chesapeake. We are a tax friendly state for boaters.” ~M.W.


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Commemorating the War of 1812: A Summer Full of Fun

elebrating the War of 1812 in the year of 2013 may seem like a difficult thing to do. While it is true that Americans declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812, the British naval forces did not start their raid of the Chesapeake Bay until March of the following year. For nine months in 1813, British forces traveled up the Chesapeake attacking Colonial towns and villages. Besides the port cities of Baltimore and Washington, DC, British troops were interested in the shipyards up and down the Eastern Shore and also

wanted to squash any town that showed resistance. Although casualties were low (no American militia were killed during the Battle of St. Michaels and only one died during the Raid on Havre de Grace), the battles proved to the British crown that sacking the Eastern Seaboard would not be easy business. In the two hundred years since the War of 1812, Americans have not only come to reconcile with the Brits, we’ve also come to appreciate and celebrate the history between us. And this summer towns up and down the Chesapeake will be re-enacting the

historic battles between the American and British forces. The Chesapeake Campaign is a traveling festival of reenactors, hands-on educational exhibits, performances, and interactive fun traveling through the dozens of Maryland communities that make up the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Beginning in Cecil County on April 26, the Chesapeake Campaign will kick off a summer full of commemorations, candle light tours, living history theatres, tall ships, fife and drum corps, skipjack rides, fireworks, concerts, and so much more. ~D.P.

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##Military re-enactors are on display around Maryland this summer for the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Photo courtesy Star Spangled 200

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A Sailing Town with a Pirate Problem


t’s refreshing to see a pirate festival with a local connection to a real pirate, for once. Down in Hampton, VA, the Blackbeard Pirate Festival celebrates the life and times of one Edward Teach, or Blackbeard. Hampton’s connection to Blackbeard is perhaps one of the bloodiest. After a long career spent terrorizing the Eastern Seaboard and Chesapeake Bay, Blackbeard received an official pardon from the governor of North Carolina in 1718 under the condition that he retire from piracy entirely. Perhaps not surprisingly, the negotiations did not stick, and Blackbeard was back to his antics within weeks. His favorite anchorage was Ocracoke Inlet, where he could watch ships traveling between the settlements of Virginia and North Carolina, attack them, and plunder their cargo. The governor of Virginia at the time knew this, and dispatched two ships from Hampton to seek out Blackbeard and attack him. At the time, he was having a festival himself with other notorious pirates and their crews. After a bloody sea battle, Blackbeard was slain, and his head was sent back to be presented to the governor, who later staked it at the entrance of Hampton River as a warning to all other pirates. Somehow, the pirates of 2013 aren’t afraid of a potential beheading, because they flock to Hampton each year for the Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival. On June 1 and 2, the streets will fill with re-enactors and visitors alike, taking you back to the busy seaport days of 18th century Hampton. There’s fun for both adults and kids. Be sure to check out the pirate reenactors with their street skirmishes and sea battles. There are also historicallyaccurate vendors selling all sorts of pirate treats (well, probably not the rum punch spiked with gun powder that Blackbeard preferred). There is live entertainment and children’s activities, fireworks and a lively funeral parade where participants can enjoy booty from the pirate’s sacred treasure chest. For more information on the parade and Blackbeard’s lasting legacy in Hampton, visit: ~D.P. Follow us!

##Street skirmishes are commonplace during the Blackbeard Pirate Festival in Hampton, VA

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Farewell to Friends

by Dave Gendell

Don Backe The

Unstoppable Force


on Backe, founder of and the unstoppable force behind Chesapeake Bay Accessible Boating (CRAB), passed away on Friday, April 12 after a prolonged illness. He died peacefully, surrounded by close friends and family, including his wife, Lyn. He was 77. For the past 20-plus years, Backe was a familiar sight in his adopted hometown of Annapolis. The organization he led has impacted thousands of lives throughout the region by providing free sailing opportunities to disabled and able-bodied people who would otherwise not have the opportunity. Backe liked to describe himself as a “Foreign Service Brat” who moved with his family through exotic locates through World War II and in the early years of the Cold War. “As boys in that world, we all wanted to grow up and become spies,” he liked to say. He learned to sail as a boy on a German lake, and the pursuit took him from New England, to the Pacific Northwest, and to the Gulf of Mexico. He taught sailing on Cape Cod, MA, in summers. He owned a 47-foot schooner, a Lightning, a Cal 21, and a Cal 27.

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A product of all-male 1950s Yale and having spent decades on prep school campuses as a student, administrator, coach, teacher, and headmaster, Backe’s presence was dignified, his handshake sincere if bone-crushing, his manner polite, his conversations wide-ranging and articulate, and his style preppy. Blessed with rugged good looks and broad, powerful shoulders, when wearing a blue blazer and repp tie, he might have landed in a Brooks Brothers catalog. It was a 1987 collision with an oak tree that put Backe into a wheelchair. Of course it was an oak tree. As a well-trained and gifted educator, he was quite aware of the power of a well-placed detail. He liked to add the bit about the oak tree when recounting his personal history. I can’t point out the specific tree, but I know the area around the accident site, and the old trees there are thick and strong. I am certain that the specific tree, like the man, was huge, unyielding, and timeless. Backe emerged from the accident alive but as a T-4 paraplegic, complete paralysis of the lower body and legs. He was 52 years old.

Backe was always very frank about his disability and its effect on his day-to-day life. “People don’t understand how lucky I am,” he once told a reporter. “I can get around. I can take care of myself. I do have problems, but who doesn’t?” But in the occasional deeply candid moment he could stop you cold and make you catch your breath. Once such moment came as Backe outlined his journey from the oak tree to the founding of CRAB. He carefully described how after the superficial wounds of the crash healed and the reality of his paralysis came clear, his outlook turned very dark. This dive into black despair led him to profound hopelessness and even thoughts of suicide. It was sailing that pulled him back from this dark place. Backe, like many fortunate enough to grow up with seemingly unlimited opportunities along the water, had taken the ability to go sailing, somewhat for granted: it was just always there, part of the fabric. But all that changed with the oak tree. Recognizing this darkness, concerned friends arranged to transfer Backe from shoreline to boat and get him back under

sail. That short sail began and ended on Spa Creek, and it changed everything. Backe later described, sometimes with tears in his eyes, the metamorphosis that took place that day. He used that exact word: metamorphosis. “Suddenly, it all came clear, and I knew what I had to do. It was quite a relief actually.” He was smiling by this part of the story. His first mission after rehab was at the head of the National Ocean Access Project (NOAP). A couple years later, in 1991 Backe and John Lancaster formed CRAB. CRAB is a humble organization with a big mission: “A non-profit organization dedicated to making the thrill of sailing a reality for physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals and for those individuals whose financial circumstances preclude their participation in recreation on the waters of Chesapeake Bay.” This mission is accomplished via a dedicated crew of volunteers and a small fleet of

adapted boats, based in Annapolis, at Sandy Point State Park at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A legion of people have been turned into sailors as part of CRAB’s programs. In January, after a nomination process and a count of public votes, U.S. Sailing honored Backe with its 2012 Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award. Backe’s legacy is thousands of changed lives. Of course, not everyone who steps aboard a CRAB boat experiences the same kind of metamorphosis that the strong old Yalie did in the wake of his accident. But Don’s mission, and CRAB’s, is about creating opportunity where there had been none. And sailing is the catalyst. It is astonishing to think that this deep pool of opportunity and this broad line of changed lives began with the simple act of some concerned friends taking their depressed buddy out for a daysail. It’s something to ponder as you raise sail this spring. Sail on, friend.

Sailing Opportunities for All through As he founded and led CRAB, Don Backe had an awareness that he had created something bigger than himself and often told anyone who would listen that CRAB should and would live on without him. To ensure that reality, the organization’s board of directors hired a new executive director, Heather East, earlier this year. East and a dedicated crew of volunteers will carry CRAB’s mission into the future. Preparing a fleet of adaptable sailboats and getting physically and mentally challenged individuals out on those boats—and later, racing them!—makes for gratifying work and play, as myriad volunteers have discovered over the years. CRAB welcomes volunteers and donations all year long. Visit or call (410) 626-0273 to learn how you can reach out and help—or go sailing at CRAB’s Sailfree Day May 26 or any fourth Sunday of sailing season.

##There’s nothing Kevin Detwiler (in neon hat) loves more than trading his wheelchair for the skipper’s seat on one of CRAB’s Freedom 20s. Shown here on Fiddler at the 2012 Boatyard Bar & Grill Regatta for CRAB, Detwiler won his class. Photo by Dan Phelps

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DelMarVa Rally Prep Tips

by Joshua Rosenthal


s the June 15-22 Sailstice DelMarVa Rally date surges closer, skippers are already beginning to think about how to prepare their boats for the trip. Although preparing the crew for the trip with weekend sail practice, safety classes, and e-mail vacation requests to employers takes time and energy, preparing the vessel and its ability to house the crew for the journey sometimes takes precedence over most tasks. Unfortunately, any author would find it difficult to fully explain the necessary preparations for such a trip in an entire chapter book, much less a single article, but following you will find a few tips from veteran skippers that might give you some ideas and maybe inspire you to start “prepping” early this year. Byron Bradley has sailed his Ericson 39 in such rallies for several years. He says one of the best things you can do is inspect your boat’s hull as often as possible. Bradley emphasizes, “This is something I would like to do more.” When your boat is on the hard, look over every inch of the hull for cracks or wear that could potentially become problem areas on a long trip. Having an inspection done at a local boatyard is never a bad idea. One of the last things you want is to spring a leak miles away from

your home port. Bradley also says you should take your boat out a few weekends before the rally to make sure everything is working properly. Thoroughly test the fuel in the engine, the comfortable limits of the rigging, the refrigeration properties of the icebox, and yes, even the plumbing to the head. As for planning, Bradley says you should make sure your galley is adequately stocked with nonperishables. He says, “You have to think like a backpacker or rock climber.” This means bringing as

The 2013 DelMarVa will be Bob Black’s third year circumnavigating the peninsula. Black says that considering the health of your crew is very important. Pack plenty of Dramamine and non-drowsy seasickness patches and speak with your crew to make sure there are no unknown medical conditions that may create complications along the way. Black says, “It’s a good idea to sign out the first aid kit to a crew member to make sure all first aid equipment is up to date and that he or she knows how to use all of it.” Be sure to pack plenty of generic medicine (antacid, aspirin, ibuprofen, and antihistamine) in order to deal with any issues that may come up. Remember, if you bring it, you probably won’t need it, but if you don’t bring it, you definitely will. Black and Bradley both said that the prepared skipper personally checks all wear and chafe in the sails and running rigging. Your sails specifically should be in good serviceable order. Black says, “Take your sails to a sailmaker to inspect them beforehand so that you aren’t re-sewing a sail when it’s blowing stink.” Ensuring adequate care on sails before long outings not only helps to avoid accidental rips or blowouts, but also can save a skipper big money. Inspecting sails beforehand is much less expensive than repairing them afterward or purchasing new ones if the damage is irreparable. Bradley says all skippers should personally inspect all running rigging to ensure it is in good condition. It isn’t a bad idea to take down all sheets and halyards and inspect them inch by inch. You may even want to wash them to remove all damaging grit and grime that has accumulated through use. If your lines look exceptionally worn or chafed, you might want to go a step further and replace all halyards and stays with new lines. After all, it is cheaper to ensure safety beforehand than to deal with the consequences of a line that fails at that critical moment. For more tips and advice, the 2013 Sailstice DelMarVa Rally website lists the upcoming recommended seminars for all skippers and participants. These talks should point you in the right direction to ensure a fun and safe rally for everyone involved.

Inspecting sails beforehand is much less expensive than repairing them afterward… much high-calorie, low-weight food as possible. Stay fay away from frozen meals! They are heavy, and they will easily spoil if there is an issue with the icebox. Even though there are stops almost every day, you should plan out every meal anyway and bring plenty of snacks. You’ll be surprised how much food a full working crew can eat in a day, especially when they’re on your boat 24/7. Remember, No one wants a cranky, hungry crew. Also, try to keep that food as simple as possible. Leave the spicy and greasy foods for the ethnic restaurants on shore, unless you want to further test the plumbing to the head.

##Before the happy farewell pictures, such as this one taken at the start of the 2011 Sailstice DelMarVa Rally off Annapolis, it’s important to do safety checks of the boat. Photo by Dan Phelps

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The Planet Pluto Is Discovered and Officially Named, 1930  In 2006, the ball of ice and rock was recategorized as a dwarf planet and plutoid.


Kitty Knight and Georgetown Bicentennial Re-enactments will be played out in a weekend, combined with the annual Galena Dogwood Festival. At the Kitty Knight House in Georgetown.


Paddle for the Border Paddle the historic Dismal Swamp Canal between South Mills, NC, and Chesapeake, VA.


Shoreline Trash Cleanup 10 a.m. to Noon. Huntington Park Beach, Newport News, VA. Hosted by James River Association. (804) 788-8811

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Free Seminar: Sail Trim 9:30 a.m. West Marine, Rockville, MD. Hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.




Invasive Species Plant Surveys Two Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon Join Master Gardener David Gillum for an introduction on how to identify invasive species and how to survey the species found in our native forests. At Reed Education Center



“Environmentally Speaking” Series  7 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, MD. $8 for member; $10 all others. (410) 827-6694 SpringFest  Ocean City, MD.

Attack on Havre de Grace Bicentennial Celebration Join us for the Bicentennial of Our Involvement in the War of 1812. Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival  Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, MD. Dover Days Festival  The 80-year-old event features fun for the whole family, including arts and crafts, cars, food, kids’ fun, and more. Dover, DE.


Hunt for Hampton History Re-enactors, music, hands-on activities, and interactive displays. Free. Hampton History Museum, VA. (757) 727-1610

Open House Bluewater Yacht Sales, Hampton, VA.

Yacht Collection Sale Chesapeake Harbour Marina, Annapolis. (410) 353-4712  Crabby Blues Festival  Central Park, Cape Charles, VA.

Free Boat Checks Port Annapolis Marina. Hosted by American Boat & Yacht Council.

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Kentucky Derby  Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY.

Open House Noon to 4 p.m. Zahnisers Yachting Center, Solomons. Hosted by Sail Solomons.

Solomons Maritime Festival  Calvert Maritime Museum, Solomons. Critters, crafts, culture, and cuisine.  Star Wars Day  May the Fourth be with you.

Start of Port Paloozas Noon to 8 p.m. First Saturday of each month. Port Deposit, MD. Waterfront music and fun for the whole family.  Start of the Public Sailing Season Onboard the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester Long Wharf, Cambridge, MD.

Deltaville Dealer Days Deltaville, VA. Local boat dealers open their doors and offer tours, discounts, and more. (804) 776-9211

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Middle Bay Boat Show Norview Marina, Deltaville, VA.

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Safe Boating Class 7 to 9 p.m. Bass Pro Shops, Arundel Mills Mall, MD. Hosted by Patapsco River Power Squadron. $40. (410) 757-6486


America’s Boating Course 7 to 9 p.m. Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD. Hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron. (301) 585-6698


Paul Weeks II Memorial Golf Tournament Pohick Regional Golf Course, Lorton, VA. Benefits Alexandria Seaport Foundation. (703) 549-7078

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Maryland Safe Boater Course  Middle River, MD. Hosted by Bowleys Quarters Junior Fire Brigade. $35. (410) 800-8420.


Mother’s Day “When you feel neglected, think of the female salmon, who lays 3 million eggs but no one remembers her on Mother’s Day.” ~Sam Ewing


Mother’s Day Cruise 1 to 4 p.m. 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC. Hosted by DC Sail onboard American Spirit. $30.


Cruising Season for the Wm. B. Tennison Calvert Maritime Museum, Solomons. Enjoy holiday meals and parties, sunsets, pirate adventures, Fourth of July fireworks, summer cruises, and more. (410) 326-2042


OkoumeFest: A Boatbuilder Rendezvous Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, and Kent Island, MD.

17-19 17-24  18 

Dominion Riverrock Richmond, VA. USNA Commissioning Week Annapolis.

Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure Talbot County Community Center, Easton, MD. Benefits American Diabetes Association.


Free Seminar: Marine RADAR 9:30 a.m. West Marine, Rockville, MD. Hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.


Holo Niu & Holo Tiki Chester, MD. Hosted by Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club. (410) 544-3804


Horn Point Antique Fly-In 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, MD.


Kent Island Day Historic Stevensville, MD. Parade, exhibits, food, kids’ fun, costumes, music, and more.

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Safe Boating Class 7 to 9 p.m. Bass Pro Shops, Arundel Mills Mall, MD. Hosted by Patapsco River Power Squadron. $40. (410) 757-6486


America’s Boating Course 7 to 9 p.m. Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD. Hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron. (301) 585-6698

Eco-Lifestyle Marina Resorts


Lecture on the Pride of Baltimore II National Sailing Hall of Fame, Annapolis. Features Scott Sheads. $50.


Paddlesports America Class 7 to 9 p.m. Two Tuesdays. Gaithersburg Senior Center, MD. Hosted by Gaithersburg USCG Auxiliary Flotilla.

15 15-18

Start of Salty Dog Rally Nanny Cay, BVI.

Farr 40 East Coast Championships Annapolis Yacht Club


Wednesday Night Paddles Wednesday night paddles are open paddling. Canoes, single and double kayaks are available. Annapolis Community Boating


Free PEM Talks: What is Sustainable Seafood? 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Explore the world of local, sustainable seafood. Free.



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Marine Science Day Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA.


Music on the Nanticoke 4 to 7 p.m. Vienna, MD. Explore the Nanticoke River and enjoy the music of Barren Creek at a waterfront park. (443) 239-0813


Preakness Stakes Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore.

18 18 

The Elf Classic Yacht Race Annapolis to St. Michaels.

Warrior Paddle Race VFW Post #7234, Ocean View, DE. Racers compete on one- to seven-mile courses using water paddle sports. (302) 245-8025

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Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.


Dragon Boat Festival Thompsons Boat Center, Washington, DC. (202) 333-9543


Maritime Model Expo Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.


Science on the Bay Family Days Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD. Free family events all weekend

18-24 19 

National Safe Boating Week

Guided Kayak Tour Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, MD. (410) 827-6694


Super Saturday Town-Wide Yard Sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Onancock, VA.


Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis Receive a U.S. Patent for Blue Jeans with Copper Rivets, 1873 In the fiscal year ending April 30, 2011, Americans bought $13.8 billion of men’s and women’s jeans.


Maryland Safe Boater Course Middle River, MD. Hosted by Bowleys Quarters Junior Fire Brigade. $35. Register in advance by calling (410) 800-8420.


Dry Sailing Instruction: Parts I and II 7 to 9 p.m. Two Tuesdays. Mounts Bay Recreation Center’s Community Room, Williamsburg, VA. Taught by David Chin, and hosted by Kingsmill Yacht Club. $25. (757) 258-1689

22 24 

National Maritime Day

U.S. Naval Academy Graduation Fly-Over See the Blue Angels over Annapolis.

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Potomac River Waterfowl Show Leonardtown, MD. (301) 885-0108

24-26 25 

Tea Party Festival Chestertown, MD.

Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Milton memorial Park, Milton, DE.

26 27  30 

Soft Shell Spring Fair Noon to 5 p.m. Crisfield, MD.

Memorial Day

America Observes Decoration Day, the Predecessor of Memorial Day, for the First Time, 1868


Martin Frobisher Sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada, 1578 In Canada, he mined what he thought was gold; it turned out to be iron pyrite.


Annapolis to Miles River Race Miles River YC, St. Michaels. Race back on Sunday.


Leukemia Cup Regatta Annapolis. Presented by Sun Trust Bank.

31-Jun2 Hampton YC.

Southern Bay Race Week


1 1

Benefit by the Bay  Cape Charles, VA.

Rapp-American Canoe Association Paddle Green Event  Fredericksburg, VA. (540) 907-4460

1 1

Clean the Bay Day Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Free Seminar: Paddle Smart 9:30 a.m. West Marine, Rockville, MD. Hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.


Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference Cambridge, MD.


Open House Enjoy seminars, raffles, brokerage boat tours, and plenty of beer, wine, soda, and food. (410) 690-3612


Harrison Yacht Sales Open House Raffles for canvas shop gift certificate, free short hauls, demonstrations, West Marine, fire truck and much more. (410) 827-7800


May Racing


Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Annapolis YC. Sponsored by Sailing World.

13 15-18 

Start of Monday Night Match Racing Eastport YC.

Annapolis YC.

Farr 40 East Coast Championships


Spring Race A middle distance race from Annapolis to Gibson Island hosted by Gibson Island Yacht Squadron and Sailing Club of the Chesapeake.

18 18-19  24-26 

Tune-Up Race Glenmar SA, Northern Chesapeake Bay. Spring Fling Tred Avon YC, Oxford, MD.

Down the Bay Race The longest distance race on the Chesapeake running 120 miles from Annapolis to Hampton hosted by Storm Trysail Club and Hampton YC.

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Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg, VA. (540) 710-3574



James Clark Ross Discovers the North Magnetic Pole, 1831 “Magnetism, as you recall from physics class, is a powerful force that causes certain items to be attracted to refrigerators.” ~Dave Barry



Blackbeard Pirate Festival Hampton, VA. Live entertainment, pirate camps, kids’ activities, sea battles, and more.

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Capt. John Smith Charters the “Russell Isles” in the Chesapeake Bay, 1608 One island was later named Smith Island after Henry Smith, an early landowner. Another became Tangier Island, which had been a summer retreat for the Pocomoke Indians for centuries.


Start of “Shagging on the Riverwalk” Beach Music Series Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, VA.


Norfolk Harborfest Town Point Park, Norfolk, VA. Ships, food, music, and fireworks.

7 7-9 8 

Annapolis to Newport Race  Potomac River Festival  Colonial Beach, VA.

Bay Music Festival 4 to 10 p.m. Centreville, MD. Benefits local charities. (410) 604-2100


Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Festival Richmond Raceway Complex, VA.

8 8 

National Marina Day

St. Clement’s Island Heritage Day St. Clement’s Island State Park, Coltons Point, MD. (301) 769-2222

8 8-9  9  10-Jul1 

World Oceans Day Ocean City Air Show  Ocean City, MD.

Great Chesapeake Bay Swim Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.

Safe Boating Class 7 to 9 p.m. Four Mondays. Bass Pro Outdoor Store, Arundel Mills Mall, Arundel Mills, MD. Hosted by Patapsco River Power Squadron. $40. (410) 757-6486


Beer, Boats, and Ballads HarborView Marina Pier and the Tiki Barge, Baltimore. Benefits Sail Baltimore. $65; $75 day of.

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Flag Day

Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Festival National Harbor, MD. Antique and Classic Boat Festival  Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Runabouts, racers, and yachts. $13. (518) 281-0045

14-16 14-22 

Tall Ships at Cape Charles Harbor, VA

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Bands in the Sand 5 to 10:30 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis.


Biggest Little Poker Run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dare Marina and Yacht Sales, Yorktown, VA. Hosted by Colonial Sail and Power Squadron. $20 per adult; $10 per student. (757) 880-8820

Harbor Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ. Street festival with a beer garden, live music, kayaking, food, arts and crafts, nature programs, kids’ fun, and more.

16 17-21 


Rhythm on the River 5 to 8 p.m. Hartge Yacht Harbor, Galesville, MD. Benefits West and Rhode Riverkeeper.


15 15 


RivahFest Tappahannock, VA

Washington Monumental Potomac River in Washington, DC. Hosted by East Coast Outrigger Association.


Cape May, NJ

J24 Dead Crab Regatta Corinthian Yacht Club,


Three Adventure Cruises for Lighthouse Lovers 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Calvert Maritime Museum, Solomons. (410) 326-2042

Father’s Day Skip the tie. This year, Dad would love a wetsuit.

Summer Science Camps for Kids Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, VA. One-Week Junior Sailing Summer Camps on Access Dinghies  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown Sailing Center, Baltimore. Fees per session: $344 per member; $430 per non-member.

Maryland Safe Boater Course Middle River, MD. Hosted by Bowleys Quarters Junior Fire Brigade. $35. Register in advance by calling (410) 800-8420.


First Day of Summer Act like it.


National Take Your Dog to Work Day “Dogs have owners; cats have staff.” ~Anonymous


DelMarVa Chicken Festival Byrd Park, Snow Hill, MD.

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Open House at The Moorings Yacht Brokerage and Leopard Catamarans 


St. Mary’s College of Maryland River Concert Series 8 p.m. Five Fridays. St. Mary’s City, MD


A Murder Trial Begins in West Virginia, 1897 Four weeks after her own funeral, the Greenbrier Ghost visits her mother and helps prove that her husband murdered her.


Beer Fest 1 to 6 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City Museum, St. Mary’s City, MD.


Cardboard Boat Races The Strand, Oxford, MD. Benefits Special Olympics of Maryland.


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Evening Paddles 7 to 9 p.m. North East, MD. $20 per canoe, $15 per single kayak. (410) 287-5333

Hampton Jazz Festival Hampton Coliseum, VA. (757) 838-4203

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Sassafest River Jam Noon to 5 p.m. Georgetown Yacht Basin, MD. Don’t miss the music, dinghy poker run, kayak race, and local food and drink.


Summer Sailing Program Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. (410) 745-4947



CBYRA Junior Olympics C420, Laser, Laser Radial, Opti, Opti Green, Hobie. At Baltimore County Sailing Center in Baltimore.

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Annapolis to Newport Race Start  Spectators and Annapolis YC race committee volunteers will gather to bid offshore racers farewell at noon off Annapolis.


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22 22  22-23 

Moonlight Triangle Race Cruising Club of Virginia, Hampton. Twilight Race  Shearwater SC.

Northern Bay Race Week Glenmar SA, Middle River.

29 29 

EYC One-Design Regatta Eastport YC, Annapolis.

Stars and Stripes Regatta Southern Maryland SA, Solomons.


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Chesapeake Bay Tide Tables

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


05:45 AM 0.3 L Wed 12:02 PM 1.7 H 07:19 PM 0.3 L


12:42 AM THu 07:01 AM 01:04 PM 08:12 PM

1.4 0.4 1.6 0.3



01:46 AM 08:19 AM 02:08 PM 09:04 PM

1.4 0.4 1.5 0.3



02:49 AM SAT 09:33 AM 03:09 PM 09:53 PM

1.5 0.4 1.4 0.3



03:50 AM Sun 10:41 AM 04:07 PM 10:37 PM

1.6 0.4 1.3 0.3



04:46 AM Mon 11:43 AM 04:59 PM 11:18 PM

1.7 0.4 1.3 0.3



1.8 0.4 1.2 0.3


May 2013 Tides


05:37 AM Tue 12:38 PM 05:47 PM 11:54 PM


06:23 AM 1.8 H Wed 01:29 PM 0.4 L 06:32 PM 1.2 H


12:29 AM THu 07:05 AM 02:16 PM 07:15 PM

0.3 1.9 0.4 1.2



01:02 AM 07:44 AM 02:58 PM 07:57 PM

0.3 1.9 0.4 1.2



01:36 AM SAT 08:21 AM 03:38 PM 08:39 PM

0.3 1.8 0.4 1.2



02:12 AM Sun 08:57 AM 04:15 PM 09:22 PM

0.4 1.8 0.4 1.2



02:52 AM Mon 09:33 AM 04:50 PM 10:05 PM

0.4 1.7 0.5 1.2



03:36 AM Tue 10:11 AM 05:26 PM 10:51 PM

0.5 1.7 0.5 1.2



0.5 1.6 0.5 1.3



04:24 AM Wed 10:51 AM 06:03 PM 11:38 PM


12:28 AM 06:18 AM 12:22 PM 07:22 PM

1.3 0.6 1.5 0.5




01:20 AM SAT 07:26 AM 01:12 PM 08:03 PM

1.4 0.6 1.4 0.4




02:13 AM Sun 08:38 AM 02:05 PM 08:45 PM

1.5 0.7 1.4 0.4




03:05 AM Mon 09:49 AM 03:00 PM 09:27 PM

1.6 0.6 1.3 0.3



03:56 AM Tue 10:56 AM 03:56 PM 10:10 PM

1.7 0.6 1.3 0.3



04:46 AM Wed 11:58 AM 04:52 PM 10:54 PM

1.9 0.5 1.2 0.2



2 0.4 1.2 0.2



05:36 AM THu 12:55 PM 05:47 PM 11:41 PM

24 Fri

06:25 AM 2.1 H 01:49 PM 0.4 L 06:42 PM 1.2 H

High –3:47 +3:11 –0:06 –2:14

05:21 AM 0.3 L THu 11:46 AM 1.4 H 06:15 PM 0.3 L



2.7 0.1 2.7 0.2

4 04:36 AM SAT 10:46 AM 05:13 PM 11:25 PM

2.6 0.1 2.8 0.2

2.4 0.4 2.4 0.5




03:19 AM Sun 09:36 AM 03:57 PM 10:16 PM

2.3 0.3 2.5 0.4




2.3 0.2 2.7 0.3


5 05:39 AM 2.6 H Sun 11:40 AM 0.1 L 06:10 PM 2.9 H


01:45 AM Mon 08:00 AM 01:26 PM 07:56 PM

1.4 0.6 1.2 0.2



02:38 AM Sun 08:47 AM 02:41 PM 08:48 PM

1.4 0.4 1.2 0.2



02:39 AM Tue 09:01 AM 02:19 PM 08:42 PM

1.5 0.6 1.1 0.2



03:32 AM Mon 09:48 AM 03:33 PM 09:33 PM

1.5 0.4 1.1 0.2



03:32 AM Wed 09:59 AM 03:13 PM 09:29 PM

1.6 0.5 1.1 0.1


6 12:23 AM Mon 06:34 AM 12:29 PM 06:59 PM

0.1 2.5 0.1 3



12:11 AM Wed 06:12 AM 12:14 PM 06:43 PM

0.1 L 2.5 H -0.1 L 3.2 H


04:20 AM Tue 10:42 AM 04:20 PM 10:15 PM

1.6 0.4 1.1 0.2



04:23 AM THu 10:55 AM 04:07 PM 10:18 PM

1.7 0.5 1.1 0.1


7 01:13 AM Tue 07:23 AM 01:13 PM 07:42 PM

0.1 2.5 0.1 3



01:05 AM THu 07:08 AM 01:06 PM 07:36 PM

-0.1 L 2.6 H -0.2 L 3.4 H


05:03 AM Wed 11:30 AM 05:03 PM 10:56 PM

1.6 0.4 1.1 0.2



1.8 0.4 1.1 0.1


8 01:59 AM Wed 08:06 AM 01:54 PM 08:22 PM

0 2.5 0.1 3.1



01:58 AM 08:02 AM 01:58 PM 08:28 PM

-0.3 L 2.7 H -0.3 L 3.5 H

1.7 0.4 1 0.2



06:03 AM 1.9 H SAT 12:40 PM 0.4 L 05:57 PM 1.1 H

9 02:40 AM THu 08:45 AM 02:33 PM 08:59 PM

0 2.5 0.1 3.1



02:50 AM SAT 08:55 AM 02:51 PM 09:21 PM

-0.4 L 2.7 H -0.4 L 3.5 H

03:19 AM 09:22 AM 03:10 PM 09:35 PM

0 2.5 0.1 3



03:42 AM Sun 09:49 AM 03:46 PM 10:14 PM

-0.4 L 2.8 H -0.4 L 3.5 H


03:55 AM SAT 09:58 AM 03:48 PM 10:11 PM

0.1 2.5 0.2 2.9



-0.4 L 2.8 H -0.3 L 3.4 H


04:31 AM Sun 10:34 AM 04:25 PM 10:48 PM

0.1 2.4 0.3 2.8




0.2 2.4 0.3 2.7



03:22 AM Tue 09:51 AM 05:10 PM 10:27 PM

0.3 2 0.3 1.4



0.4 1.9 0.3 1.5


05:44 AM THu 12:14 PM 05:44 PM 11:36 PM Fri

06:23 AM 1.7 H 12:54 PM 0.4 L 06:22 PM 1 H


05:13 AM 11:48 AM 05:02 PM 11:09 PM


12:01 AM Sun 06:54 AM 01:31 PM 06:55 PM

0.1 1.9 0.4 1.1



12:16 AM SAT 07:01 AM 01:34 PM 07:01 PM

0.2 1.6 0.4 1



12:56 AM Mon 07:44 AM 02:22 PM 07:55 PM

0.1 1.8 0.3 1.1



12:56 AM Sun 07:38 AM 02:12 PM 07:41 PM

0.3 1.6 0.4 1



01:54 AM Tue 08:36 AM 03:13 PM 08:58 PM

0.2 1.8 0.3 1.2



01:37 AM Mon 08:17 AM 02:52 PM 08:23 PM

0.3 1.6 0.4 1.1



02:55 AM Wed 09:28 AM 04:04 PM 10:03 PM

0.3 1.7 0.3 1.2



02:21 AM Tue 08:55 AM 03:32 PM 09:09 PM

0.3 1.5 0.4 1.1



0.4 1.5 0.3 1.3



03:07 AM Wed 09:35 AM 04:14 PM 09:59 PM

0.4 1.5 0.4 1.1




0.5 1.4 0.4 1.1


03:58 AM THu 10:17 AM 04:57 PM 10:54 PM

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03:27 AM 09:47 AM 04:08 PM 10:21 PM

02:24 AM SAT 08:44 AM 03:01 PM 09:16 PM



Spring Range 1.5 1.9 1.1 1.4




0.2 2.1 0.3 1.3

L. Ht *1.17 *1.59 *0.83 *1.08


1.3 0.4 1.3 0.3

02:21 AM Mon 08:58 AM 04:21 PM 09:29 PM

H. Ht *1.18 *1.59 *0.82 *1.08

2.8 0.1 2.6 0.2


01:37 AM SAT 07:41 AM 01:45 PM 08:00 PM


Low –3:50 +3:30 –0:10 –1:58

2 02:18 AM THu 08:43 AM 02:58 PM 09:10 PM

2.4 0.4 2.3 0.6




05:54 AM 0.6 L SAT 11:46 AM 1.3 H 06:25 PM 0.3 L

01:34 AM 07:54 AM 02:08 PM 08:17 PM




1.5 0.5 1.6 0.3


1.3 0.6 1.2 0.3

0.2 2.1 0.3 1.3

12:29 AM 06:54 AM 12:39 PM 07:38 PM


12:49 AM Sun 06:57 AM 12:35 PM 07:10 PM

01:24 AM Sun 08:06 AM 03:31 PM 08:33 PM


3 0 2.6 0.1

0.5 1.3 0.4 1.2




1 01:14 AM Wed 07:40 AM 01:49 PM 07:59 PM

04:54 AM 11:00 AM 05:41 PM 11:51 PM



05:38 AM 0.4 L THu 11:42 AM 1.7 H 06:49 PM 0.3 L



1.2 0.4 1.3 0.3



0.3 1.5 0.3 1.2

12:29 AM 06:31 AM 12:46 PM 07:09 PM

0.2 2.1 0.3 1.2

05:18 AM 0.6 L THu 11:35 AM 1.6 H 06:42 PM 0.5 L

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


12:31 AM SAT 07:15 AM 02:41 PM 07:37 PM




04:13 AM Wed 10:46 AM 05:20 PM 11:20 PM


04:28 AM Wed 10:46 AM 06:00 PM 11:27 PM

ChesApeAke BAy Bridge-Tunnel



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

03:59 AM THu 10:22 AM 04:56 PM 11:11 PM Fri

05:06 AM 0.5 L 11:16 AM 1.4 H 05:47 PM 0.2 L




05:07 AM Mon 11:12 AM 05:04 PM 11:26 PM


05:45 AM 0.3 L Tue 11:51 AM 2.3 H 05:46 PM 0.4 L


12:06 AM Wed 06:25 AM 12:33 PM 06:31 PM

2.6 0.4 2.3 0.5



2.5 0.4 2.3 0.5


12:48 AM THu 07:08 AM 01:18 PM 07:21 PM

Low +1:40 –1:15 –3:13 –3:47

H. Ht *0.88 *1.12 *1.33 *1.37

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

diFFerenCes Onancock Creek Stingray Point Hooper Strait Light Lynnhaven Inlet

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

04:16 AM Mon 10:29 AM 04:53 PM 11:15 PM

05:15 AM 2.4 H Tue 11:22 AM 0.1 L 05:49 PM 3 H


04:35 AM Mon 10:43 AM 04:42 PM 11:07 PM

05:29 AM -0.3 L Tue 11:39 AM 2.8 H 05:40 PM -0.2 L


12:02 AM Wed 06:25 AM 12:37 PM 06:42 PM

3.2 H -0.2 L 2.8 H -0.1 L


12:59 AM THu 07:22 AM 01:38 PM 07:48 PM

3 H -0.1 L 2.7 H 0.1 L


2.8 0 2.7 0.2


01:59 AM 08:20 AM 02:42 PM 08:56 PM

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Slack Water Maximum Current

-0.6 +1.0 -1.0 +0.7 -0.6 +0.8 -0.9

0021 0626 1230 1852

+0.8 -0.6 +0.7 -0.9

0120 0736 1337 1947

+0.8 -0.7 +0.7 -0.8


0215 0840 1441 2040

+1.0 -0.8 +0.6 -0.8


0307 0939 1540 2130 0355 1031 1634 2217 0441 1120 1724 2302 0523 1205 1811 2345 0605 1248 1856

+1.0 -0.9 +0.6 -0.8 +1.1 -1.0 +0.6 -0.8 +1.2 -1.0 +0.6 -0.7 +1.2 -1.1 +0.6 -0.7 +1.1 -1.1 +0.6

0027 0645 1330 1940

-0.6 +1.1 -1.0 +0.5







0333 0921 1533 2208 0438 1040 1631 2255

Sun 0538 1154 1728 2341 Mon 0632 1300 1823 7 0024 Tue 0721 1359 1914 8 0106 Wed 0807 1452 2003 9 0147 THu 0850 1541 2050 10 0226 Fri 0931 1627 2136


SAT 0305 1010 1711 2223


0110 0725 1411 2025

-0.6 +1.0 -1.0 +0.5


0154 0806 1453 2111 0240 0849 1536 2158 0331 0936 1620 2247 0427 1027 1706 2336 0527 1122 1753

-0.5 +1.0 -1.0 +0.5 -0.5 +0.9 -0.9 +0.5 -0.4 +0.8 -0.9 +0.5 -0.4 +0.7 -0.8 +0.6 -0.4 +0.6 -0.8

0025 0629 1221 1840

+0.7 -0.5 +0.5 -0.7

0113 0729 1321 1926

+0.7 -0.6 +0.5 -0.7

0159 0826 1419 2012

+0.8 -0.7 +0.5 -0.7

Sun 0344 1050 1754 2311

Mon 0425 1129 1836 14 0002 Tue 0510 1210 1919 15 0056 Wed 0600 1253 2000 16 0152 THu 0658 1338 2041 17 0250 Fri 0804 1425 2120


SAT 0345 0917 1515 2157


Sun 0438 1031 1605 2234


Mon 0527 1142 1656 2310


Tue 0613 1246 1745 2348

0243 0919 1514 2056

+1.0 -0.8 +0.5 -0.7

Chesapeake Bay Entrance

Slack Water Maximum Current


Wed 0658 1344 1834 23 0027 THu 0742 1437 1923 24 0109 Fri 0826 1525 2013 25 0153 SAT 0911 1612 2105


Sun 0241 0956 1656 2200


Mon 0333 1042 1741 2259

28 Tue



30 THu

31 Fri

0429 1129 1825 0001 0530 1217 1910 0107 0638 1307 1956 0214 0753 1400 2042

0327 1009 1606 2141 0410 1057 1656 2226 0454 1143 1745 2313 0539 1228 1833

+1.1 -0.9 +0.5 -0.7 +1.2 -1.0 +0.5 -0.7 +1.3 -1.1 +0.5 -0.7 +1.3 -1.2 +0.5

0002 0626 1314 1923

-0.7 +1.3 -1.2 +0.6

0054 0715 1401 2014

-0.7 +1.3 -1.2 +0.6

0149 0806 1449 2106 0249 0900 1538 2201 0353 0958 1630 2258 0502 1101 1723 2356

-0.7 +1.2 -1.2 +0.7 -0.7 +1.0 -1.1 +0.8 -0.6 +0.9 -1.0 +0.8 -0.6 +0.8 -0.9 +0.9

Slack Water Maximum Current


0058 0810 1340 2026

+1.1 -1.4 +0.7 -1.2


0200 0911 1447 2136

+0.9 -1.4 +0.7 -1.2

0039 0640 1332 1928

0305 1017 1610 2251

+0.8 -1.3 +0.7 -1.2

0151 0738 1430 2035

0424 1119 1730 2358

+0.7 -1.3 +0.8 -1.2

Wed 0431 1126 1647 2326 THu 0536 1230 1811





Slack Water Maximum Current


0104 0750 1228 1917

0433 0957 1605 2206

-1.3 +0.6 -1.2 +1.0

0141 Sun 0835 1306 1958

0507 1038 1638 2245

-1.2 +0.6 -1.2 +1.0


0218 Mon 0920 1346 2040

0544 1121 1716 2325

-1.1 +0.5 -1.1 +0.9


0627 -1.0 1208 +0.4 1801 -1.0





0009 0713 1259 1855

+0.8 -1.0 +0.4 -0.9

0055 0757 1349 1949

+0.7 -0.9 +0.3 -0.8

0141 0839 1440 2042

+0.6 -1.0 +0.4 -0.8

0039 0609 1242 1841

-1.2 +0.7 -1.5 +1.3


0132 0655 1332 1925

-1.4 +0.8 -1.6 +1.4

0225 0745 1424 2014

-1.6 +0.9 -1.7 +1.6


0316 0839 1516 2106

-1.7 +1.0 -1.8 +1.6


0044 Sun 0713 1223 1907

0405 0933 1607 2157

-1.8 +1.0 -1.8 +1.6


0135 Mon 0809 1322 2002

0454 1026 1659 2249

-1.7 +1.0 -1.7 +1.5


0227 Tue 0904 1423 2101

0549 1121 1758 2344

-1.7 +0.9 -1.6 +1.3

Wed 0352 0849 1554 2217 THu 0442 0941 1639 2306

24 Fri

0531 1035 1725 2354

SAT 0621 1128 1813

5 0301 Sun 0831 1521 2135

0534 +0.7 1213 -1.3 1817 +0.9


0055 0623 1300 1854

-1.3 +0.7 -1.3 +1.0


0148 0705 1345 1931

-1.3 +0.7 -1.3 +1.0


0236 0748 1425 2009

-1.4 +0.7 -1.3 +1.1


0229 0924 1538 2140

+0.5 -1.0 +0.4 -0.8


0318 Wed 1001 1528 2202

0649 -1.6 1222 +0.9 1905 -1.4

-1.4 +0.6 -1.3 +1.1

0100 Sun 0624 1354 1937

0323 1015 1636 2246

+0.5 -1.1 +0.6 -0.9



0320 0832 1502 2049


0622 1117 1800

0043 0749 1325 2011

+1.2 -1.5 +0.8 -1.3


0027 0707 1151 1837

0358 0915 1534 2128

-1.3 +0.6 -1.3 +1.1


0200 Mon 0711 1431 2033

0426 1107 1722 2346

+0.5 -1.2 +0.8 -1.0


0522 +0.6 1155 -1.3 1801 +1.0

0143 0847 1429 2118

+1.0 -1.4 +0.8 -1.2

Mon 0402 0920 1607 2226


Tue 0453 1003 1647 2310


Wed 0539 1041 1722 2350



Wed 0330 1056 1512 2209 THu 0409 1148 1605 2300 Fri

0450 1234 1720 2359

SAT 0537 1316 1835


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

0254 1007 1428 2123

Slack Water Maximum Current


0259 0759 1511 2127

THu 0410 1101 1639 2309

31 Fri

0508 1204 1758

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

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Secondary Stations Chesapeake Bay Entrance

Time Differences

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Min. before Ebb

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Sharp Island Lt., 3.4 n.mi. West







Chesapeake Channel, (bridge tunnel) +0:05






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







Stingray Point, 12.5 miles East







Pooles Island, 4 miles Southwest







Smith Point Light, 6.7 n.mi. East







Turkey Point, 1.2 n.mi. Southwest







Point No Point, 4.3 n.mi. East







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May 2013 Currents

0404 1019 1658 2320 0514 1123 1755


0114 0647 1338 2030 0223 0801 1435 2120

Slack Water Maximum Current


where we by Chuck Epes


here is a rising tide of good news about the Chesapeake Bay’s expanding shellfish farming industry. The growth of oyster and clam aquaculture businesses is evidence that a cleaner, healthier Chesapeake Bay is a boon to the economy. “The shellfish aquaculture industry in Virginia continues to grow, adding significant value to the state’s seafood marketplace,” says the Virginia Sea Grant Marine Extension Program in a new report, “Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Situation and Outlook.” Virginia leads the nation in the farming of hard clams, producing 171 million market clams in 2012 and generating an estimated $26.8 million in revenues, up nearly $1 million from the year before, according to the report. Equally encouraging is the continued health of Virginia oyster aquaculture. State oyster growers sold more than 28 million cultured oysters in 2012, a 21-percent increase over the year before. Oyster farming is also growing in Maryland, with the state taking steps to make it easier for business owners to lease Bay bottom. But aquaculture in the northern half of the Chesapeake Bay is still trying to catch up to the far larger and more mature shellfish cultivation industry in Virginia. The difference is in part due to geography, with oysters tending to grow faster in the saltier waters of the southern Bay.

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In all, Virginia’s oyster farmers received an estimated $9.5 million in revenues last year, a healthy boost of nearly $3 million, or 46 percent, over 2011 revenues. That’s proof there’s a burgeoning market for Virginia oysters, not only in the Old Dominion but elsewhere. The Virginia Sea Grant report notes, in fact, that more than half of all Virginia oysters are sold out of state. The median price per oyster continued to increase to 31 cents last year. Smaller growers (fewer than 4000 oysters sold) reported average prices as high as 95 cents, and one grower was paid $2 per oyster! These oysters are grown individually in racks, cages, and floats and sold for the “half-shell” restaurant market. The data in the new report don’t include sales of juvenile “spat on shell” oysters sold for the shucking and packing industry. Thanks to more efficient hatchery processes, however, this industry is expected to continue to expand as well. Hatcheries that produce the baby “seed” oysters—a key component of Virginia’s aquaculture infrastructure—also reported big increases in sales. According to the report, Virginia hatcheries saw a four-fold increase in oyster seed sales from 2008 to 2010, and a 20-percent spike from 2010 to 2012. Sales in 2011 were down dramatically because of still-undetermined water quality problems that stunted seed production that year.

Finally, the report found that all of this oyster growing activity generated 176 full- and part-time jobs in Virginia. While cautioning that employment numbers are still a bit sketchy at this early stage of the aquaculture industry’s life, the report notes, “There is a consistent expectation that with successful development of… oyster aquaculture, additional employment will be required to meet the greatly expanded planting and production needs.” Of course, as promising as the report is, sales today of Chesapeake oysters still pale compared to those during the Bay’s heyday in the 1880s, when oyster harvests hit a historic high of nearly 20 million bushels landed annually. That was before overharvesting, disease, and pollution crashed the Bay’s oyster population. Back then, oysters were such a valuable fishery in the Bay that watermen called them “Chesapeake Gold.” Imagine. If we can continue to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay by following EPA pollution limits and state cleanup plans called the Bay Clean Water Blueprint, what a gold mine Chesapeake oysters can be once again! For more information, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s blog, Bay Daily, at ##Oyster farmer Cameron Chalmers grows shellfish in Virginia’s Lynnhaven River. Photo by Tom Pelton/Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Sail-to-the-Sea by Nicholas Hayes


s a child, my all-time favorite book was Paddle-to-the-Sea. Remember it? Author Holling Clancy Holling takes us on a trip with a toy Indian in a birch bark canoe from a Canadian headwater north of Lake Huron, through the Great Lakes, down the St. Lawrence River, past Montreal, and onto the Atlantic Ocean. The story begins with an Indian boy, perhaps 10 years old, carving Paddle during the winter months after learning that the water in the brook near his home is destined to tumble over the land all the way to the sea. He thinks he might never make the trip himself, so he decides to send a representative in his place. Paddle has many adventures on the way to the sea. He is visited by snakes and birds. He is nearly sliced up in a saw mill and run down by ships, and he disappears for months under snow and ice during the long winter. He plummets down the falls at Niagara and slips silently past noisy, dirty cities. He soldiers on and eventually reaches the Atlantic. I need not retell the entire story. The book, a 1942 Caldecott Medal winner, is timeless and still in print. As a kid, I was spellbound by the possibility that a bold traveler could go so far with his tiny boat, never stepping a foot on shore. No roads. No trains. No traffic. No un-passable obstructions. From the first reading, I’ve been called to connected waterways and the boats that are designed to navigate them. I recall being asked, at about the age of seven, whether I wanted to go boating on a pond or canoeing on a river with my parents. Of course, I voted for the canoe and the river. What good is rowing around in a circle? Follow us!

You can work all day and not get anywhere! But on a river, even the tiny Cedar Creek near my home, one would eventually spill to a bigger river, and then to a lake, and a bigger river, and then the ocean and the rest of the world, given time. At summer camp, I preferred the spring-fed lake to the pool for swimming. A pool was for swimming laps. But you could swim to a place in the lake, like a beach or a garden of reeds, or the mouth of the creek from which water poured. And I sidestepped basic boating lessons—shunning face-backwards-see-behind rowboating in particular, which seemed so bruteforce, uninspired and inefficient—to have a chance to be on the sleeker face-forwardsee-ahead canoes and then, yes, on a boat with sails. True, sailing wasn’t canoeing, but I believed it honored Paddle’s spirit, combining a connected waterway with an infinite source of power (though you might have to wait for it). My logic was that Paddle didn’t need sails. He didn’t have to eat and could wait out the winter in the icepack. I didn’t have the luxury of being a hunk of oak. Had he needed them, Paddle would have made sails. He was resourceful that way, I thought. To this day, I feel best when I am linked to the global water cycle in the ways that Paddle taught. I have the sense that as water is animated, I can be too. I tend to

think of buoy racing and day sailing as practice for a longer voyage. The highlight of a summer is the offshore race, when I enjoy a tiny taste of Paddle’s journey. Moreover, I take a certain comfort knowing that I have an escape valve as long as I live near a navigable body of water. If things go to hell in a hand basket, I’ll just shove off. More realistically, my wife and I hope one day not to live on land at all, but to sell our stuff and live aboard. Whether we sail far or not will matter little. The trick will be the knowledge that we can. I bet you have had similar ideas. Water can go anywhere and so can we. I credit Paddle, in part, for the vision that led to this sailing life. Paddle-to-the-Sea is a book about freedom, connectedness, opportunity, and patience. It teaches the simple truth that there are great adventures and magical places here, now, and they are within our reach, given some basic choices regarding time and things. And it puts our planet in perspective. I’m lucky to have read it, or more accurately, I’m lucky my parents read it to me. It has helped set the course of my life for five decades. Today, I wonder: What are the big, aspirational stories that a child might read in 2013? Where does a child go to be inspired to explore? To simply go outside? To take worthwhile risks? To want to be on the ocean or in distant lands? To be unencumbered? To travel at night among the animals and the stars? To go where the current and the rapids take them? If you have found one, please share it with me at I’d like to read it, share it and be inspired. SpinSheet May 2013 43

Families Who Sail Together…

We asked SpinSheet readers to share stories about sailing with their mothers and fathers in honor of Mother’s Day (May 12) and Father’s Day (June 16).

Mary of Makai

by George Grisham


n 1984 my wife, our two-month-old daughter, a dog, and I moved to the Annapolis area for what I thought would be a temporary two- or three-year assignment. We never left. I had sailed before and always thought that living in Annapolis and not sailing would be on par with living in Vail, CO, and not skiing: It just wouldn’t be right. So we took up sailing and eventually bought our first sailboat: the Makai, a Beneteau 281. Right around that same time, my parents moved to Annapolis to be closer to family. My mother, Mary, always the adventurous type, loved the city with its historic charm and maritime atmosphere. She quickly took a liking to the boats. She was not, however, content with just looking at them; she wanted to be on them. So Mom started sailing when she was 80 years old. ##Mom started sailing

when she was 80.

She loved the sounds and the movement of the sailboat, especially when we were heeled over and trimmed tight. She loved to steer or rather “drive” the boat as she referred to it. She took that task seriously and was quite good at the helm. Even the boat traffic at the mouth of the Severn River on a sunny Sunday afternoon didn’t faze her. When she wasn’t on the boat, she would often ask how the boat was doing. On a typical morning I would check the weather at Thomas Point and then call Mom to see if she wanted to join us. My concerns with weather were usually met with, “You worry too much. Come on. Let’s try it.” She was always ready to go sailing. All she needed was a 10-minute heads-up, and she was at the door waiting. Like my wife, Mom couldn’t wait to shut off the engine and just hear the wind and the water. I truly believe that if the engine on our boat ever broke, neither one of them would bother to have it fixed. She loved the look of the sails, the sound of the winches, waving to the other sailors, and the seemingly wild and reckless process of coming about. In 2007, we bought a new sailboat, a little bigger of course, and I think Mom was more excited about it than anyone. I wish she had started sailing with us earlier in life, but I’m happy we sailed together as much as we did. Mom left us last year at age 89, so now the crew is short a helmsman. She is greatly missed. I can still hear her voice as she would ask, “How’s the boat?”

If you have a 400-word family sailing story, we are happy to share it with SpinSheet readers.

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Close Encounters

##Fred Hunt, Sr. on Caprice.

with Submarines by Fred Hunt


first went sailing with my parents at two months old, wrapped to the mast like a papoose on the maiden voyage of Caprice, a descriptive name. My father was United States Consul in Martinique in the French West Indies. One day, while getting a haircut, he admired boat plans shown in a yachting magazine. The barber said, “I can make that for you.” Thus our boat, a whimsical caprice. With some customization Dad wanted, she was drop-dead gorgeous with white clapboard and beautiful varnish, about 20-foot long. The barber built her for strength and used local mahogany lumber, which made her sturdy but ponderously slow and hard to man-handle on shore. Caprice was completed when I was two months old. My father had grown up around Washington, DC and Annapolis and loved everything nautical. My mother was from arid south Texas and still does not like more water than

she can drink. My father had great enthusiasm for sailing but very little actual experience. I was swaddled in a binding cloth wrapped to the mast so that my mother would have free hands for the jib and any other duties. They set off, sailed across the Fort-de-France harbor and rammed a docked French submarine. Seeing that my family was pinned by the wind to the submarine and lacked know-how to maneuver away, a French sailor jumped aboard and took us on a wonderful sail for a few hours. Caprice was later shipped to my grandparents’ home on the South River in Edgewater, MD. I apparently went out a few times (still under age three), but my memory and the stories told indicate that the ratio of time to keep Caprice’s gleaming beauty to the hours under sail (usually becalmed in humid heat with an ancient finicky outboard) was about nine-to-one. We were then overseas for several years, lived in Bethesda, MD, and at the ripe age

of seven, I was more enamored with a new outboard my grandfather bought me. Submarines provided a continuum in my sailing. At age 26, my future wife and I sailed all over the mid-Chesapeake in a wonderful old Coronado 25. One June week we sailed over to look at an anchored nuclear submarine. I had never seen anything but a World War II-sized submarine, so in maneuvering around to circumnavigate the submarine, I only left that much room. Wham! The keel banged into the submarine. Then, like my father, the wind pushed me against the submarine, so there were a few more thumps before I could tack away. (Can you imagine that in today’s post-9/11 security environment?!)

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Get Your Kids Sailing! S

ailing parents dream of the day their son or daughter can’t wait to put on a PFD and help cast the family boat off the dock for some

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quality time together. But what do you do if your child isn’t interested in sailing? What if, even worse, he or she hates sailing? Although it’s not the end of the

world, it’s pretty tough on sailors and parents alike. So before you decide to “wait until they’re older,” read our words of advice from SpinSheet

by Duffy Perkins

sailors and parents who know a thing or two about getting your kids involved. And just watch: the Junior Olympics will be just around the corner.


Get them interested in the outdoors. The thing about sailing is that first and foremost you have to love being outdoors. No one ever got into camping because they just love tents. So get your kids outside. Maybe institute evening bike rides or weekend walks on the beach. After they discover that they can have fun outside the house, you’ll have an easier time introducing life on the boat to them.


Introduce sailing without even being on the water. We’re not advocating nightly chalk talks with your 4-year old here. In fact, it’s sometimes best if you don’t present the cold hard math of sailing at all. Instead, introduce them to the literature of sailing classics. Just as your child wants to be a wizard like Harry Potter, she’ll soon want to be circumnavigating the world like Tania Aebi or Robin Lee Graham. If you’re not so hip to the sailing classics of children’s literature, never fear. We’ve compiled a great list for you.

A Summer Reading List for Kids 1. The Wreck of the Zephyr by Chris van Allsburg 2. Little Rat Sets Sail by Monika Bang-Campbell 3. First Sail by Richard Henderson

4. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

5. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi 6. Windcatcher by Avi

7. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham 8. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

9. Dove by Robin Lee Graham

10. Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi

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It’s never too early to get your kids out on the boat. A lot of new parents are nervous taking the baby out for a short cruise, but in many instances this is the best thing you can do for your child. You’ll find that your children want to do everything with Mom and Dad, and by sharing this time with them you’ll make them feel extra special. “It helps to pass the passion along as a shared experience,” says Tracy Leonard, mom to two sailors, aged 4 and 9.


Be extra flexible. If the weather doesn’t look ideal, don’t push the envelope. It’s simply not worth it at an early stage. One bad weather experience can not only put you in danger, but it can more importantly leave them with a bad memory or impression. So be smart and stick to the dock if there’s any question in your mind.


Expect to spend plenty of time “sailing” in your dinghy. If your child is old enough for his or her own boat, the time will come for you to take a step back from sailing until they’re comfortable. One of the best things you can do to encourage your child into an Opti or Sunfish is get out on the water with them in a dinghy or kayak. By staying close by you’ll make them feel safe and they’ll feel confident to take more risks. ##Photo by Tracy Leonard

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Remember that this time is not about you: it’s about them. This is one of the hardest lessons for sailors to get behind, since so often time on the water is a precious commodity due to all the other obligations of the prime sailing months. But by putting your child first, you’re creating a bank account for future sailing. If you pull out of a few races to spend time cruising with your kids, don’t sweat it. They’ll be running your foredeck within no time if you have patience.




y wife, Mia, had been following our progress since we left Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas. I would call her daily on the sat phone, and she would update our position on our website. The night before we got into Rock Hall, MD, she posted this on Facebook: “Andy and Susie Q will arrive to Rock Hall sometime tonight (maybe...?).” “The boys got a bit too excited this morning, sailing at eight knots and dreaming about dinner in Annapolis…When you start to dream about being ashore, something will happen to delay it, for sure. Will anyone learn this lesson? Of course not!” And with that, posting arrival times on Facebook joined the ranks of the banana, departing on a Friday, and whistling, as something you just do not do on a boat. Only a few hours after Mia’s prediction, we ran hard aground in the channel outside North Point Marina. We had left the Bahamas on Susie Q, a Hanse 400 that draws six and a half feet, and motor sailed out of Nunjack Channel into open water. As I trimmed the jib, I swore I could see sky through a large portion of the leech of the sail. Indeed I could—it had torn nearly from top to bottom. So we began the long repair, sewing 16 “Band-Aid” patches to try and fix it up well enough that it would make it to the Chesapeake. Andy Staus, our third crew member, who had never before been sailing, proved his mettle right off the bat. It took the two of us sewing, plus my dad stretching and holding the sailcloth, more than eight hours to mend and re-hoist the sail. It was not pretty, but it worked. We crossed the Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel after midnight on a Tuesday, and continued on up the Bay, back in familiar territory, strange only for the fact that early in the season, the first week in April, we had the whole place to ourselves, save for a couple of commercial ships. It was particularly cool to be heading back into Rock Hall with my dad on this trip. As a kid, he and my mom kept all of their previous boats named Sojourner there. It is where I grew up sailing, and I will admit to feeling a little nostalgic heading back in that direction, indeed to the same marina. My dad foolishly asked me what kind of oysters I was going to get when we got to Annapolis. “Raw or steamed?” he shouted from the cockpit before I went off watch and into my bunk. That little question sealed our fate, because we didn’t pass AnFollow us!

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napolis until about 11 o’clock at night. And then came Mia’s Facebook post, and that was that. 100 yards from the daymarks, the glowing, friendly light of the fuel dock at North Point in sight, we touched the bottom. Andy checked the tides on his iPhone; we apparently had about an hour to figure this out before high tide. We hoisted the main-

Only a few hours after Mia’s prediction, we ran hard aground in the channel… sail to heel the boat. Nothing. We shifted everything onboard to the starboard side to do the same. Nothing. Andy climbed onto the boom and swung way out over the 47-degree water in the middle of the night. Nothing. We were really stuck. Just before high tide, Andy quickly inflated and launched the dinghy and rowed out the anchor as far as it would go. It actually reached into the channel, between the marks—we were that close—and we started winching our way to freedom. Or so we thought. That didn’t work either, and only managed to get the anchor stuck in the mud. We were out of options. We went to bed. It was 4 a.m. We felt shame. Mia and the boat’s owner came down the next morning to pick us up. I rowed into the fuel dock at North Point to pick them up, and managed to get a glimpse of the comical sight: Susie Q was parked,

bow slightly raised, smack in the center of the channel. The anchor rode was stretched tight toward the marina, two empty yellow diesel cans marking its place. We had breakfast onboard and waited for the towing company to come over from Baltimore later that morning. I asked him where we went wrong. He said, “It’s just really shallow here.” After our rescue, we slowly motored Susie Q into her slip at the end of A-dock and cleaned her up after the seven-day delivery. In the slip next door was the old Sojourner, the big Irwin ketch on which I spent my teenage years with my family and which still calls North Point home. My dad noticed the old Evinrude 9.9, the motor we took to the Bahamas when I was nine, was still hanging off the stern. The trip on Susie Q was complete. Lesson learned.

##I asked the tow boat driver where we went wrong. He said, “It’s just really shallow here.”

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Havre de Grace’s

Bicentennial Bash


ike tall ships? Battle reenactments? Outdoor orchestras? Fireworks on the water? How about the idea of a whole town letting loose in celebration of two centuries of pent-up pride in staving off the world’s most powerful navy? Then why not take an early season cruise up north this year? North to Havre de Grace, MD, that is. Boning up on her past, historic Havre de Grace recalls a harrowing event at the hands of the British Navy 200 years ago this month during the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812. The town is justly proud to be chosen by the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission to kick off the Maryland Chesapeake Campaign celebration in 2013. A big May 3-5 festival is just the beginning.

by Steve Allan

With its beginnings during the Revolutionary War, Havre de Grace was the largest and most important town on the Upper Bay aside from Baltimore—so important that it was considered in the running as

now, not then. British strategy on the Chesapeake focused on pillage and plunder to scare the populace. With the Bay effectively sealed off at Norfolk, there wasn’t much the young nation could do to put a stop to this from a naval perspective. Under the command of Admiral George Cockburn, the British Navy arrived on May 3 amid attacks or threats toward Frenchtown, Bell’s Ferry, Elkton, Charlestown, Port Deposit, Georgetown and Fredericktown. Spesutie (pronounced speSUEsha) Island, just off Havre de Grace, was also captured. Although many of these remain small villages today, they were important settlements and ports back then. Too shallow for Flying the 15-star flag ships the size of the from all public buildSultana to maneuver, ings was a brilliant way Cockburn landed to get the buzz going several barges of troops among the locals. But at what is now David what the good burghers Craig Park. Using a of this town have in combination of fire, store starting this spring chaos, and Congreve will surprise and delight rockets, the British ran everybody—a three-day from house to house bash with the tall ships burning and pillag##The Concord Lighthouse, built in 1827, anchors one end of the waterfront Sultana and Pride of ing, as was common promenade where the Susquehanna River meets the Bay in Havre de Grace. Baltimore II, a full dress military practice of the reenactment of the siege day. St. John’s Church, replete with 100 British being a vestige of the reenactors, and the Columbia Orchestra’s the nation’s capital if not for the lack of a Church of England, became a mustering rendition of the 1812 Overture followed by deepwater channel. So important also that point for the invaders, and although the infireworks over the Susquehanna River off the British fleet sailed all the way from terior was destroyed, the exterior was spared. the Concord Point Lighthouse. There will Norfolk to sack it. Though overshadowed Across the river, Perryville didn’t escape be camps of American and British reenacby the 1814 Siege of Washington and the harm either. Rodgers Tavern was burned tors and a period church service to honor subsequent Battle of Baltimore, Havre de repeatedly, and the Principio Iron Furnace the hero of the day, John O’Neill. Grace isn’t about to be overlooked. Not suffered damage as well.

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As with Havre de Grace, many of these places are marking the occasion with plans of their own. All of this bodes well for the head of the Bay to emerge as an especially interesting cruising destination this year. The Bay narrows here, but the Elk, Sassafras, and Bohemia Rivers are deep and well-buoyed, and even the North East River can be traversed by boats of moderate draft. The C and D Canal carries ocean-going traffic through it and up and down the Elk that requires constant vigilance in tight quarters. Brigitte Peters, the town’s tourism and marketing manager, justifiably excited about the three-day Festival Weekend, is also pumped about the town being a jumping off spot to explore the rest of what the Upper Bay has to offer. The long entrance channel has been dredged to 17 feet to allow the Sultana and the Pride II to take part in the festival. It takes an hour for a sailboat to motor from the Bay into port, but it’s more than worth the time. After the tall ships have gone, there is still much to seduce and delight the mariner here, including an excellent maritime museum, sumptuous dining, a plethora of shops, and the skipjack Martha Lewis. Come on up and see for yourself!

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around the Chesapeake? Story and photos by Al Schreitmueller


was in Portland, ME, recently and was served some delicious oysters. I inquired about their origin guessing they were locally from Damariscotta or Camden. Proudly, the proprietor informed us they were Chincoteagues! Sometimes you have to leave

##Charles W. Morgan,

home to find out how special things are in your own neighborhood. Returning down the coast, we stopped in Mystic to check on restoration progress of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whale ship in the world and the oldest (1841) Ameri-

can commercial vessel in existence. Whaling was first documented in 6000 BC with commercial whaling ramping up in Europe in the 1600s. By 1841, whale oil was valued as the chief fuel for lamps in homes and businesses and as the key lubricant for the early industrial revolu-

tion. During the latter 1800s, kerosene and natural gas became more economical and replaced whale oil as preferred fuels, and the whaling industry declined. For 80 years, the double-topsail bark Charles W. Morgan was the mothership—a platform for sight-

ing pods of whales, launching whaleboats, and then processing and transporting whale products to port. Quentin Snediker, Director of Mystic’s shipyard affirmed the Morgan is on target for a July 21 re-launch, 182 years to the day of her original trip down the ways.

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##Rob Du tton fit s a whaleboat plank, Alexandria Seapor t.

The project is not merely restoration; the ship was entirely laser scanned and the construction methods and plans documented for historical purposes. Matthew Stackpole of Mystic described the rebuilding of the foremost part of the bow with large pieces of white and live oak totaling more than 1500 pounds. X-rays uncovered salt shelves between the frames under 52 May 2013 SpinSheet

interior planking to keep bilge-water brine from becoming diluted with freshwater in order to minimize rot. Stackpole offered that I must be proud to be from the Chesapeake area, as onethird of the whaleboats for the Morgan were being made there. As with our “Maine” oysters, I was embarrassed to say I had no idea. Two are being built in Phila-

delphia at the Independence Seaport boat shop and another at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Virginia. Others are being lofted around the country at noteworthy boatbuilding shops. Whaleboats were the thirty-foot hunting craft used for harpooning whales. Light, strong, and double-ended, they were operated by a ship’s officer and five

oarsmen. The Morgan would go to sea with roughly seven boats. The definitive book on Whaleboat design is The Whaleboat: A Study of Design, Construction and Use from 1850 to 1970 by Willits D. Ansel. His son Walt has assisted on the Morgan and hand-built a whaleboat with his father in the 1980s. Beetle Manufacturing Company plans define the vessel with each boat as having unique decorative flourishes from the local builder. There seems to be an aggregation of design peculiarities in an authentic whaleboat, such as the unique carvel-fitted planks flush with the keel timber in the first range with overlapping or lapstrake planks up the gunwhale. All work is to be completed using historically appropriate material and shipbuilding techniques and identical masts and sails. There is a thought that they may be one-design sailed one day soon. After New England, the first visit was to Independence Seaport on the Philadelphia Waterfront at Penn’s Landing. It is a remarkably easy trip from the top of the Bay, and the museum is surrounded by all manner of excellent historical maritime attractions including a tall ship, the 1892 vintage steel warship Olympia, and the World

War II submarine Bacuna. Just a short cross-river water taxi ride takes you to the battleship New Jersey moored at Camden, where one can even spend the night. Bruce Mackensie, director of Workshop on the Water, gave a shop tour with one boat nearly completed and the second with her interior mold frames up and initial structure well under way. Bruce recently discovered why the row of lapstakes were done close to the keel: the whalers would have something to hang onto when the boat flipped. Museum visitors can watch the artisans at work through large windows into the shop. Independence Seaport will be moving the boats up to Mystic in time for the WoodenBoat Show at the end of June. Seaport programs include 50 students from the Philadelphia Wooden

##Two whaleboa ts in progress at Independence Sea por t.

Boat Factory, Charter School for Architecture and Design, and Urban Promise. Finding and retaining funding for these at-risk kids programs is harder than keeping water out of a boat. Southward in Alexandria, on the south side of the foot of Duke Street is a non-descript warehouse. A small green door with green flag above marks the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. A smaller boat-shop floating exhibit is a few blocks


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the shop, the Hands-on Math courses, and specialized academics. Apprentices are paid a bi-weekly stipend after the completion of a three-week trial period and have the opportunity to earn performance-based bonuses. Academic instruction for many individuals is specifically designed to help them obtain their GED prior to graduating from the t. program. Darius Ligon, a or ap Se ia dr ar tis t, Alexan student and school teacher with a mass, es N y on ##Anth ter’s degree in education, is an integral part of the staff. The Handsnorth just beyond the Torpedo Factory. On Math Curriculum introduces the key There are numerous craft in progress concepts and skills through experiences including the Morgan whaleboat. They gained in the boat shop and training for a have finished the carvel-fitted plank on the career in carpentry and the other building whaleboat keel and are starting the range trades. Life skills coaching is a key part of of lapstrake planks with boatbuilders and the programs as well.  apprentices helping to bend them in place Howell Crim is the executive director to be marked for cutting. and is continually trying to keep all the One of the most interesting aspects of various facets of the foundation moving the foundation is the apprentice program. forward. On the plus side of the ledger, Apprentices work Monday through Friday, the whaleboat is coming along well. One of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A standardized schedule the students, Anthony Ness, has completed allows the apprentice to rotate between a fine oil painting depicting the Charles

W. Morgan, a whaleboat and prey and seascape. Whaling and whale-oil provided the basis for a good run of history lessons and classroom projects. On the problematic side, the warehouse owner has announced that the building is for sale, and the foundation will need to find a new home in the near future. Through it all, Howell keeps up a genuine smile and knows he will come up with something to keep the bow before the stern. In the meanwhile, the Morgan is on schedule with less than 90 days until launch in Mystic. The ship’s Gammon Knee, which defines the upper curve of the bow, is in the shop and being readied for refit in April. Click for updates on all the projects with excellent images of the steps of building them. We hope to see you at the Mystic Wooden Boatshow, the Morgan re-launch or perhaps at one of the Seaport boatshops soon. You never know what cool boat projects are going on in your own backyard. About the Author: Annapolis photographer and reporter Al Schreitmueller races on the J/35 Aunt Jean Wednesday nights and cruises with his wife Betsy on the J/40 Lark.


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pgrades. We asked a couple of marine systems and electronics experts what was on the minds of their customers in 2013, and this is was the top word on their list. “A lot of people are upgrading what they have now. With these older systems, it can be an uphill battle,” says Marshall Larner of J. Gordon and Company in Annapolis. Upgrade, even to the most tech-savvy sailor, translates to “cost.” Boat owners need to strike the balance between upgrading their onboard electronics for safety and long-term efficiency and investing wisely. Larner says, “With radar, for example, you have to upgrade from an analog system to digital, even if your old system still works. The new radar systems are better, but it can be a significant cost for the upgrade.”

When we checked in with regional experts last spring, their customers were modernizing their boats by equipping them with NMEA 2000-compatible systems. This is still the case, according to Mike Jones of Performance Yacht Systems or PYacht in Annapolis. National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) 2000 refers to a protocol by which all onboard electronics are compatible and may communicate with one another, regardless of manufacturer. However strange it seems to call it “new” when the target year was 2000 (and its nickname, N2K, is almost as dated as the jeans you wear to varnish brightwork), it’s still the upgrade very much on the minds of systems experts and their clients. NMEA 2000-compatible systems work with a backbone or a series of cables (costing only $50). The idea is that your wind indicator from Manufacturer X, your depth and speed indicator from Manufacturer Y, and your chartplotting system from Manufacturer Z all connect to one display. It may sound confusing to the layperson, but its purpose is the opposite of that: it’s intended to simplify your life. Follow us!

* The Buzz on Upgrades “It’s much easier for the end user,” says Jones. “You can troubleshoot your systems and fix your own sensors. There’s less downtime. The costs for technology are lower. It’s an open standard, so all manufacturers must compete on some level.”

Larner, or as noted in Furuno’s literature, “intuitive.” Jones notices more and more interest on the part of performance sailors in “really high end systems such as Bravo Racing or WTP3 (Wave Technology Processor) systems. They gain the advantage over lesser systems by being able to take into account pitch and roll into wind equations resulting in very accurate wind solutions—when properly calibrated. (The best thing you can do for any instrument system is to put in the time to calibrate it properly).” The technology in fish-finding systems has taken a leap as well. Larner notes increased interest by sport fishermen in Raymarine’s CHIRP or digital sonar technology.

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Sailors are talking about Multifunctional Displays (MFD), too. With just one display screen, sailors may do whatever they wish from monitoring their engine temperature sensors to tweaking the autopilot to studying charts. A big seller for J. Gordon is the Furuno NavNet TZ Touch MFD, which has a pinch-to-zoom feature such as the one used on an iPhone or iPad. “It’s much more interactive,” says

Speaking of iPads and other tablets, there’s some buzz among bloggers and dock-talkers at the U.S. Sailboat Show about being able to aptly perform coastal navigation with just that. Jones had a tablet PC right on his desk in a water-resistant case and explained that he used his iPad every day but has his doubts about its GPS accuracy. “It’s not a marinized GPS,” he says. “There are errors of accuracy. The iPad works well as a repeater. I prefer to use it with the vessel’s instruments for accuracy and reliability. It’s a great back-up tool.” SpinSheet May 2013 55

iPad case terms. The higher the rating, the better and most likely more expensive the case. Jones predicts that there may be direct integration with the iPad to top marine systems manufacturers in the future.

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How waterproof is his iPad case? “There’s no such thing as waterproof. It’s a water-resistant case,” Jones explains. To gauge the worthiness of the iPad case you intend to use on deck, look at its Ingress or International Protection (IP) rating. The first digit refers to protection from particles; a rating of six means dust-tight. The second digit refers to protection from liquid; a rating of five protects against water jets, and a rating of eight protects your iPad if submerged in more than a meter of water. So, an IP rating of 65 is pretty good, and a rating of 68 is as good as it gets in

Both marine systems experts we spoke to agreed that sailors could save themselves some money by discussing their electronics decisions with a professional. “The Internet is a great resource, but it’s all very opinionated. Take the information you get with a grain of salt. What works for one guy may not work for you,” says Jones, whose career has been dedicated to marine electronics since the late 1990s. Two types of customers frustrate Jones the most. “There are the ones that settle for something that doesn’t give them what they want and then the customer who gets too much, doesn’t know how to use it, and gets frustrated. Involving a professional installer, even as a consultant, can save you money, especially up front.” Larner has been working on boats since he was a kid and his father set him

up under a boat with a paint brush and said, “Get to work.” With a wide range of sailing experiences from bluewater cruising to racing, he maintains an old-school philosophy, even as someone who makes a living installing marine systems. He wished more of his customers would know that “An electronics device is only a tool. Always refer to your paper charts.” He also recommends that his customers update their electronic charts and software.

* Back to the Future

What do we have to look forward to in the world of marine electronics? Jones envisions “better refinements in radar.” A step up from 3G, Navico Broadband Radio 4G (an extended range through beam focusing) is on the market now. “I think we’ll another jump in that in the next 18 months. I think there will be more higher-end programs, such as Expedition [tactical and navigation software used during the Volvo Ocean Race]… and more software integration,” he says. “Prices will continue to drop.”

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October, and the staff at Yankee Marina was busy hauling and storing boats for the winter. The Travelift beeped from dawn until dusk. We were scrambling to launch and get underway, determined to move our new vessel south and begin cruising fulltime. After two weeks of miserable, stormy weather, we were in the process of inspecting onboard systems prior to departure when we discovered a problem. “I thought you ##The author learned filled the water to tune the radar tank last night,” I during heavy fog in early November on called out to my Long Island Sound. husband David while he was helping Adam, the boatyard’s electrician, check the electrical bonding system because some issues had turned up in the insurance survey. “I did,” he replied, explaining that he had topped it off before we went out for dinner the previous night. “Well, it’s empty,” I said while I instinctively

checked the bilge to see if 100 gallons of water were sloshing around there, but it was dry. All three of us began searching for clues to solve the mystery. It was one of the first of many head-scratching moments trying to figure out the systems and equipment I now find essential to our cruising lifestyle. Even though I had cruised extensively in our previous boat, a 1976 Endeavour 32 sloop—a boat perfectly suited to the Chesapeake Bay with a three-and-a-half-foot draft and keel-centerboard arrangement— some of the equipment on our current boat, a heavy displacement 1985 Tayana 37 cutter, seemed totally foreign to me at the time. I momentarily panicked after moving aboard, wondering how we were going to learn to operate all of these new-fangled things before leaving the dock. We had done just fine in the Endeavour without these luxuries. A bow roller was more than adequate to lift the 22-pound Danforth anchor I nicknamed the “sleeping pill” for its holding power. We cooked on a two-burner alcohol stove and used a rail mounted grill instead of an oven. I mastered the art of refrigeration, using ice blocks and a well-insulated icebox. We added a pressurized water system only a few years before selling the boat. We had an inflatable Zodiac with a high-pressure floor that rolled up and fit in the lazarette.

One of the fanciest pieces of equipment we had onboard, other than the wheel-mounted electronic autopilot, was a 12-volt air pump we used to inflate the dinghy. We managed to cruise comfortably this way for 4500 miles on the Bay and beyond. While sailing from Maine to Annapolis with Gyatso, I encountered for the first time radar, SSB radio, a chart plotter, windlass, a RIB dinghy and davits, reverse cycle heat and air conditioning, refrigeration, and a propane stove and oven. Even though these new-to-me technologies were novelties on that maiden voyage, a polite yachtsman might refer to them as “oldies but goodies” in terms of the state-of-theart marine technology available today. Our radar has a monochrome display but impressed me while learning to tune it as we navigated through ‘The Race’ at the mouth of Long Island Sound in dense fog. It picked up small pieces of floating debris being whisked past us on the tidal current. Seagulls in flight appeared as dangerous missile-like objects on the screen until it was tuned properly. The cold plate refrigeration system with an enginedriven compressor was the pride of the previous owner, but I didn’t like having to rely on the engine or shore power. For me, the whole point of going cruising is to cut ties to shore. It was the first major upgrade we made, ##Shown he re in Road To replacing it with a 12-volt air- and keel-cooled refrigerawn, Tortola, with cruising BVI, the ster gear: windv n of the au th ane, dinghy tion system powered almost entirely with two solar panor’s sailboa davits, ou tb t is loaded oard, hois t and solar pa els. David is especially pleased with its performance: it nels. makes three trays of ice cubes per day in tropical waters

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Bluewater Dreaming continued... and holds the fridge at a steady 38 degrees Fahrenheit in most conditions. The best thing about the investment was living aboard for four years and making it all the way to Greece before needing to make the first repair: a replacement fan that cost less than $200. We have since added or upgraded our equipment inventory to include AIS, Navtex (for marine weather reports and alerts), EPIRB, satellite phone, solar panels, windvane, and a life raft. All of this may seem excessive to Bay sailors, but it’s what we consider essential for long-distance cruising and not as fancy as most cruisers we know. We still get strange looks when anchoring using our manual windlass. Although an electric windlass is on our wish list, we haven’t installed a water maker or generator on Gyatso, in part because of the cost— both are serious investments—but also our desire to keep onboard systems as simple as possible. Cruising friends, especially those who have visited the Western Caribbean or circumnavigated the globe, consider a

water maker among their most important pieces of equipment onboard. We found it wasn’t necessary for any of our cruising destinations. We solved the mysterious water system leak in Maine by finding that the bottom of the water heater, another piece of unfamiliar equipment, had completely rusted out. The freshwater pump would send the water to the leaky heater and into the bilge almost as quickly as we could fill it with a garden hose. From there, the electric bilge pump emptied it overboard. (At least we knew the bilge pump and the rest of the freshwater system were working properly!) The problem was easily solved with the help of Adam, who worked late into the night before our departure to install a new one. Long-distance cruising isn’t all about sailing and navigation. We’ve had to figure out the unique marine systems and equipment that make living aboard safe and comfortable. With onboard systems for water supply, electrical power generation,

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e departed St. Georges vacant mooring next to Iota Island. Kayakafter a week of rest foling among these inshore islands was easy, lowing our breezy midand we admired the homes and explored May passage from the the rocky islands. The snorkeling around Chesapeake in 2011. We were determined these islands, though not like the offshore to explore all that the islands of Bermuda reefs, offers calm clear water with schools could offer. of bait fish, tropicals among the rocks, a Yes, I said islands. Bermuda is a colvariety of hard and soft corals, and the oclection of 181 islands, with only the major casional spiny lobster. ones connected by bridges. The inside pasFor a fun day trip, follow the small boat sage from St. Georges into the North Lagoon is possible, ##Small Boat channel mark takes you to the wreck of the Vixen. but with the tides and a narrow draw bridge we decided for the open run around Fort Catherine and the north end. This passage is wide and well-marked and frequented by a highspeed ferry shuttling tourists and locals to Hamilton and the Dockyard and, of course, cruise ships. The early June weather was ideal with a steady northwest breeze, highs in the low 80s and cool comfortable nights. We came down the well-marked, near-shore channel under channel marked by posts to Daniels Point full sail enjoying the wind that remained and the wreck of the Vixen. This route after blowing us here a week ago. Our is well-marked. Watch the water depths destination is what the locals call Paradise near Kings Point; our five-and-a-half foot Island, which is actually a group of islands draft Beneteau 35 Anduril made it without just south and west of Hamilton. Locals touching the sand, but I spent a few neradvised us of many safe and picturesque vous minutes watching the depth sounder. anchorages among these islands, which are The wreck of the Vixen lies in about 20 nearly empty during the week. feet of water with the bow sticking out of After a brief stop under Spaniard Point the water, covered in coral and fish. You to snorkel along the rocks and on a nearby can easily swim under and up into the bow wreck covered in jacks and parrot fish, to be in an underwater garden. Terrie we maneuvered past Hawkins and Nelly and I looked at each other and simultaneIslands to find a quiet cove and picked up a ously said, “Now we have really found the

spot!” The only downside is the appearance of glass-bottom tour boats, but they soon leave so that you have the wreck to yourself. On Wednesday, we went into Hamilton and were able to tie up at the seawall of the Royal Bermuda YC. After a tour of the cathedral and many beautiful parks and art galleries, we decided to stay for the Wednesday night street festival with local artists, food vendors, and live local bands and Gombey dancers. Thursday, with calm winds forecast for the day, we decided this was our shot at a safe run out to North Rock. Close examination of a large scale paper chart showed a narrow, unmarked, but navigable serpentine passage though the reef. With a close eye on the GPS and a bow watch for the dark rocks, we followed the route showing greater than two meters of water depth and arrived at North Rock in a wide spiral path. Sturdy moorings are located just inside North Rock, but access requires navigation through and around the north side of the rock. Your reward is chunky pink sand in 20 feet of crystal clear water next to towering coral reefs and clouds of tropical fish. We got back to our anchorage as the sun set and spent Friday on the hook enjoying “doing nothing.” Saturday morning, we motored over to the Royal Naval Dockyard, tied up to the free visitors dock, and had a tour of the Maritime Museum and shopping arcade without the cruise ship crowds, since the ships leave on Friday and don’t return



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ometimes—really, more often than not around here—you turn your boat around to avoid a shoal. Other times, you tack to skirt a big regatta circle or a fleet of fishing boats. And on other days, the sunnier ones, you come about to head toward open water, toward a new horizon. That’s why we are changing tacks in the Club Notes section. It’s time for a change of scenery, and we are heading for deeper water. Many of you know Ruth Christie personally if not as your friendly SpinSheet Club Notes contact on e-mail. After whipping our Club Notes into shape and making this section more fun than ever, Ruth retired last month for good family reasons. We miss her already. Because she was so darned funny and competent and because readers enjoyed her work so much, we have more club members reading SpinSheet than ever. We have more notes and pictures from clubs than we can fit in these pages! Although that’s a good problem in the magazine world, we fear that every month we only get snippets of your world. We miss the real meat of your sailing stories. Ruth’s departure gives us an ideal opportunity to safely change tacks and expand our coverage of your voyages, raft-up antics, and club histories. Go ahead, express your fears. No Club Notes change! Eeek! Change can be scary. We know. Take a deep breath. We’re here for you. SpinSheet is for and by Chesapeake sailors and always has been. In that spirit, we hope you will embrace this change designed to share more not less of your salty tales, events, and pictures. Here’s the plan: the standard 150word summary of your activities with a picture that you’ve sent to me will show 66 May 2013 SpinSheet

up on our “Clubs” page at Here in the print publication, we will feature some of the best photos we’ve received this month, a noteworthy event, a sailing or yacht club history, a 500-word story by a club member, and an interview with a club member. Does this mean that only about 10 clubs will be mentioned in the Club Notes section of the magazine every month? Yes, but they will be “featured” not just mentioned. If you think you’re club should be featured, please send me one or all of the following: yy The names and contact information of one to three interesting, dynamic club members who would be willing to be interviewed for SpinSheet. yy One to five clear, fun, highresolution photos with captions of a sail or raft-up with fellow club members. yy A 500-word story with a photo about a memorable sailing experience, preferably with club members, on the Chesapeake Bay. yy A 500-word history of your club with a clubhouse photo. If you’re a “paper” club—or a digital one as may be the case today, we’re going to have to get creative!

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If this is all just plain confusing, write to me at or call (410) 216-9309. I am willing to hear your ideas anytime. Here’s my warning label: I am new at this. I’m not new to SpinSheet (10 years as a writer, seven as an editor), but I am new to Club Notes and the unwieldy monster e-mail file you have sent me in the past two weeks. Bear with me as I find my compass in this stack of paper… Send me your 150-word club notes, a high resolution photo, and other ideas you have for future issues by May 10. Let’s have some fun with the new and improved Club Notes! See you on the water!

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Third Annual Elf Classic by Beth Crabtree


ay 18 will bring a flotilla of beautiful classic sailing yachts together as they race from Annapolis to St. Michaels in the third annual Elf Classic Yacht Race. This is an informal, no-ratings race run in the style of 1880s sailboat races. Captains will row from the Eastport YC (EYC) to their vessels in Annapolis Harbor, competing to be the first to raise their anchors and sails and get underway. After crossing the Bay, sailing up Eastern Bay, and arriving at St. Michaels down the Miles River, captains

will drop anchor and row to shore. The winner will be first to sign the race log at the Tolchester Beach bandstand on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM). Dan Walker captained last year’s winning yacht, Bull, with a junior crew of four Annapolis-area teens, plus two additional sailors “of a certain age.” Walker says “The big news for this year is that we are planning on both Bull and Bear to be racing with junior crews, and we are also working to organize a junior-led match race back to Annapolis the day follow-

ing the race. Bull and Bear are replica sandbaggers, which are operated by the National Sailing Hall of Fame. With huge sails, the boats are both beautiful to watch and exciting to sail. The race’s flagship yacht, Elf, is the Grand Ole Dame of the fleet. She’s a Lawley-built ‘30-foot’ class cutter that was constructed in 1888 and fully restored and re-launched in 2008 by the Chesapeake Yacht Racing Guild (CYRG), an organization whose members are dedicated to the preservation of maritime heritage through the mainte-

In the 1880s, yachtsmen worked half days on Saturdays in Boston and would take a train to Marblehead, starting the race when the train doors opened. The yachtsmen would run to the water’s edge, row out to their yacht, stand vertical on deck, and tip their hat before anchor and sails could be raised. Then, they would sail to their destination, anchor, and row ashore to sign in to end the race.


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nance and operation of Elf. This year, she’ll be celebrating her 125th birthday by visiting various ports of call and participating in several events. The best way to enjoy the race, besides sailing in it, is to view the 9 a.m. start from EYC and then spend the day on the Miles River or in St. Michaels. Make your way to the CBMM to see the captains row to shore and sign the race log and then stick around for the awards ceremony. Take advantage of CBMM’s annual Maritime Model Expo, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the same day. The Elf Classic is sponsored EYC, CYRG, and CBMM. Proceeds benefit CBMM. The CYRG was founded in 1982 to foster the traditions associated with American maritime culture and boat building, particularly those associated with the northeast United States and the Chesapeake Bay. Visit to learn how you can get involved.

##Elf, the flagship of the Elf Classic Race from Annapolis to St. Michaels, celebrates her 125th birthday this year. Photo by Dan McGrath

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n 1921, a group of 10 charter members founded the Miles River YC (MRYC) of St. Michaels “to develop sail, yacht, and motorboat racing on the Chesapeake Bay.” This tradition has now lasted for 92 years, with the upcoming Annapolis to Miles River Race May 25 as the latest example. This race, which has been held in its current form since 1982, has provided a weekend of distance racing and Eastern Shore hospitality for as many as 150 boats each year. It consists of the MRYC race from Annapolis to St. Michaels on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, followed by a race back on Sunday organized by the West River Sailing Club. As was the case for many yacht clubs in the early 1900s the main MRYC event in the early years was

##Miles River YC circa 1935.

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the Annual Regatta. These regattas revived Log Canoe racing on the Miles River and eventually included Log Canoes, one-design sailboats, cruising sailboats, and powerboats. MRYC was granted a Star Fleet Charter in 1932, and the Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe Sailing Association was founded in 1933. The club joined the Chesapeake Bay YRA as a charter member in 1934. After World War II, the Annual Regatta expanded dramatically, and in 1946, the club ran 69 events over a three-day period for sailboats and powerboats, with more than 2000 participating boats and 10,000 yachtsmen and spectators. Over the years, MRYC has been privileged to host numerous national championships and regional regattas. This coming summer, the club will

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##Log Canoe sailing, a longtime tradition on the Miles River. Photo by Al Schreitmueller

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##Dell Dizon found his way to new sailing friends by clicking on a Meetup group and taking a chance.

y introduction to the Annapolis Sailors Club (ASC) was through the Meetup group ( annapolis-sailors-club). I had joined the sailing group of a work friend, with all the events posted through Meetup but never near home. Until then, I had never heard of Meetup and really did not want to join; I just wanted to sail. Halfway through the season, every time I logged in, ASC would pop up. I never paid attention and just clicked on. Then one day, I clicked on ASC and browsed its site. All the events were close to home. I joined but never really did anything with them. One day, a posting came up for a day sail out of Herrington Harbor. I RSVP-ed. I had never met anybody in ASC, but I showed up. Oh, one of the requirements: sailing gloves. I had never used them before, but I was early and at the marina’s West Marine store, I bought a pair of sailing gloves. I found the slip where the boat was docked and introduced myself to Captain

Jim and the crew who were straggling in. Everybody was welcoming and very kind. We all talked of our sailing experiences so the Captain Jim could assess what our purpose would be as crew and what we could learn. Finally, we were out on the water. It was a beautiful day. We sailed south for a couple hours down the Chesapeake Bay and back. When we docked, we all talked of getting a beverage (more bonding). I thanked Captain Jim for the sail and said my first experience with ASC was fantastic and that I could not wait to meet the other members. I will never forget his response: “You have met the best. You do not need to meet anyone else.” At that moment, our organizer Vicki called and asked how the sail went. How could I lie? I said, “It was horrible. We were constantly arguing,” but she heard the laughter in the background. ASC gave me a warm welcome, and I hope to do the same to the new members. Dell Dizon ASC member since Aug 9, 2012

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ho are the members of ASC? A group of experienced sailors and sailboat owners who like to support other sailing groups, meet other sailors, learn how to fix our boats, and do sailing-related stuff out of the general Annapolis area. We are not a singles sailing club nor focused on highly competitive racing. We love cruising the Bay and beyond. We love racing for charity and the lighter side of long Bay races. Many of our members are active in other clubs, too. ASC is a great place for: skippers to meet crew for day or extended sails; skippers to meet other skippers interested in rafting up or sailing to destinations; crew seeking a variety of sailing opportunities; and sailors focused on continued skillbuilding and fun cruising.

##Brendan and Captain Jim, members of ASC, sailing on the Bay last August.

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The Prosser Trophy


he weekend of April 6-7, the Prosser Trophy Championship Regatta was held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. The event is notorious in the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate SA (MAISA) region for being one of the most intense and high-stress regattas of the season as it is the qualifying regatta for the upcoming

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Team Racing Championships held this May in Tampa, FL. Always a competitive regatta, the Prosser Trophy is a two-day event that includes multiple races where schools battle it out for just three coveted spots at the Intercollegiate College SA (ICSA) Team Race National Championships. Unlike some college sailing districts, MAISA is granted three spots in the Team Racing National Championships. While this may seem like a reasonable representation of MAISA schools at the final championships, there are always more than just three schools that could qualify. To say that competition is stiff would be an understatement. In order to prepare for the prospect of competing in three final national championships, teams have been balancing fleet racing and team racing for the past couple of months. However, I can almost guarantee that the week prior to the Prosser Trophy many of the MAISA teams focused the majority of their time and effort on team racing. As a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), I can remember practicing for the Prosser Trophy with a number of our much-celebrated alumni in an event that we Seahawks like to call the SuperStud Regatta. Alumni from around the country arrive in the small Southern Maryland town not only to relive some college glory days, but also, more importantly, to put the

Seahawk undergrads to the test on the racecourse. The SuperStud event is not the only way the Seahawks train for their qualifiers. According to captain Kayla McComb (SMCM 2013) the team has “spent the past month hosting a variety of teams over the visiting teams respective spring breaks.” Of training with other teams, McComb says that this practice “successfully keeps our team on our toes and helps us learn from one another’s successes and mistakes.” On April 6, eight teams hailing from the MAISA district of college sailing arrived at the beautiful yet notoriously chilly Hobart and William Smith venue on Seneca Lake. A total of 56 races were completed with 22 races sailed on Saturday and the remaining 34 races held on Sunday. I can practically hear the ring of my college sailing coaches Adam Werblow and Bill Ward’s voices warning their current flock St. Mary’s sailors to pack carefully and no matter what the weatherman says—bring a drysuit! In this type of event, each race can make or break a team’s final score. No team can be discounted, and each may make only minimal mistakes. Endurance is crucial for these sailors, as is the ability to approach each race with a clean slate. Focusing on the race at hand is the only way sailors can help control their team’s destiny. While these tasks may seem simple, endurance and focus can be quite difficult when the states are high and tensions are running.

The always-competitive Georgetown University Hoyas won the event and the tiebreaker with second place school, SMCM. Georgetown was able to edge SMCM out of the lead by winning both of the two school’s head-to-head matches. The U.S. Naval Academy team came in third place and will also represent MAISA alongside Georgetown and SMCM at the Team Racing National Championships at the end of the season. Congratulations to all teams racing in the Prosser Trophy and let the games begin! While it can be difficult to keep readers up to speed on each and every event, please log onto to find out how our favorite MAISA teams fair at the upcoming America’s Trophy, and the ever more challenging Semi-Finals event. Both the America’s Trophy and the following Semi-Finals event will determine which MAISA teams will represent our district in the final Fleet Racing National Championships.

As we gear up for the final qualifying events, let’s take a quick look at what we can expect at this year’s ICSA National Championships. Thanks to a very informative article by University of South Florida’s long time coach, Allison Jolly, featured in Sailing World’s 2013 “Guide to College Sailing,” readers and non-college sailors now have a fairly decent picture of what to expect from conditions in the South Florida region. The three National Championships will be sailed in FJs supplied by local Florida schools, University of South Florida and Eckerd College. Jolly explains that late spring conditions “often produce dying easterlies in the morning” which are followed by “periods of no wind until the late afternoon sea breeze fills in.” Sounds like sailors can expect to enjoy an extended lunch break while they wait for the afternoon breeze to fill in. Bring your sunscreen, and prepare for some long days!


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f you’re itching to get out on the water during the warmer days of April, you’re downright scratching at the door by the time May 1 rolls around. And as we all start our annual work of sneaking out of the office a little early on Wednesdays, it’s the weekend regattas that really get us excited. Memorial Day kicks off with the Miles River Regatta, a race from Annapolis to the Miles River YC in St. Michaels. Early enough in the season, it generally promises enough breeze to bring in a good ride across the Bay. The next day, nursing hangovers from the party at the Miles River YC’s dock, sailors race their way back to Annapolis,

getting home just in time to barbecue with the family on Memorial Day. It’s a tradition on the Bay, one that kicks off yet another season on the water, and sailors look forward to it more and more each year. New this year, a bus shuttle service offers to drive crewmembers back to Annapolis after arriving in St. Michaels and enjoying a few rum drinks. The shuttle service is just $25 per person, which is a deal when you think how much of your dignity you’ll be saving by not asking Mom to come and get you this year. The Miles River YC is beloved in that they open up their club’s restrooms and showers for racers and host a great breakfast on Sunday morning, to boot.

##Cheeks to the teak! The crew of Windependent hikes this one out. Photo by Kathy Jones

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If you’re more comfortable with distance racing, the Down the Bay Race between Annapolis and Hampton, VA, happens the same weekend. With IRC, PHRF, and Non-Spinnaker classes, this 120-mile overnight race is a great season opener for cruisers and racers alike. While it’s a great opportunity to get your crew operating on a watch system, it’s also a fun, beautiful race featuring some of the best sailors on the Bay. Memorial Day is always the warm welcome to summer, and on the Chesapeake Bay there’s no excuse for missing out on some of the best sailing the season has to offer.

##No room in there! Start of the Down the Bay Race. Photo by SpinSheet

Annapolis Prepares for Some NOODity


he Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design Regatta (the NOOD) blows into Annapolis the weekend of May 3-5, bringing together sailors who have been racing each other on a circuit that includes events in Key West, FL, Charleston, SC, and later Newport, RI. But Annapolis is very different sailing than the warm waters of Key West or the currents of Charleston. And when Annapolis puts on a regatta, the locals come out to represent their fleet. Obviously the most exciting class to carve out a presence at the NOOD this year is the J/70 class. Many of the owners have bought their boats within the last six months (or six weeks!). Chris Groobey, who owns Jungleland with his wife Carolyn, bought Hull #26 last year and took it to both Key West and Charleston. “The early buyers of the boats were very pro-heavy, in that everyone at Key West brought loaded boats and did their very best at that regatta. Now, in a good way, we’ll probably have the first regatta where we have an equal number of local and travel boats, which will be a good chance to test ourselves against a tough fleet.”

So who makes it a tough fleet? Well there’s Pete McChesney of Trouble. The St. Mary’s College alum earned All American status and went on to win the J/22 North Americans in 2003. Most recently a J/105 sailor with his wife, Margaret, this will be his first big regatta on the boat. Henry Filter is coming off a third place in Charleston on Wild Child, along with Kathy Parks and Jenn Wulff who also did well. They cut their teeth in Key West and Charleston and are returning to Annapolis to inspire the rest of the local fleet. And then there’s Rascal, with North Sails One Design Expert Will Welles and Henry Brauer, the J/70 class Vice President. Both Welles and Brauer are from New England, but look for them to make a splash on the Bay. But even for the pros this isn’t going to be a walk in the park. “I’m excited and a little nervous,” says Mark Wagner, whose boat will be delivered just time for the NOOD, “but I’m comforted by the fact that it’s going to be new for everybody else, too. The ‘experienced’ boats still only have two regattas under their belts.” Perhaps somewhat disappointingly, the J/111 class is still struggling to get off the

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ground. With only four boats registered at press time, it is uncertain the NOOD will happen for this class. This is upsetting because the J/111 is such an exciting boat to both sail and spectate. But a dozen Farr 30s will also steam into town in preparation for the World Championships later this summer in Newport, RI, as well as 25 J/80s and as many J/105s, J/22s and J/24s, and much more. There’s going to be some traffic out there, that’s for sure. While we’ll have all the results and excitement of the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD in our June issue of SpinSheet, check out for all the updates and action live from the race course. –D.P.

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The Spouse’s Guide to Regatta Season in Annapolis


hile Annapolis is definitely a sailing town, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything else to do here. Check out our locals’ guide to the best food, shopping, and sights.

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Did you have to do the early morning crew run? Now you’re up and out of the house and it’s still early morning; a perfect opportunity to head over to Bakers and Co. on Chesapeake Ave in Eastport. Their scones, ham and gruyere croissants and cookies always sell out by 11 a.m. so you’re in luck! Also, try their coffee: it’s some of the best in town.

Well, you’re caffeinated and have gotten in a little workout, so it’s time to poke around in some of the best shops in Annapolis. Just off the State House is Maryland Avenue where you’ll find all the antique, book, and curio shops you could hope for. Our favorite is Annapolis Book Store, which also sells a great selection of used books as well as a mean cup of joe.

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Now that you have your coffee and pastry, it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful Annapolis springtime weather. Start with a 2-3 mile walking tour of the Naval Academy and St. John’s College. The loop around the Academy will take you down by the water so you can see all the sailing action while getting in some exercise. Heading back through St. John’s takes you through one of the country’s oldest higher educational institutions. Just remember to bring your I.D. for entrance onto the Naval Academy grounds.

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Weeknight Warriors Monday-Friday Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay


hesapeake Bay residents take on a different personality during the summer months. You’re as likely to find a marlinspike in a woman’s purse as you are a container of lipstick. Men seem to have permanent Mount Gay Rum hat head. And the children are in PFDs so often that they forget to take them off, riding their bikes around neighborhoods

wearing the bulky vests. It’s because during the summer we all find a reason to get out on the water during the week. While weekends are used to relax, either cruising around the Bay’s inlets or staying on land and doing yard work, the weeknights are for racing sailboats. It’s big business around these areas, with clubs hosting multiple nights of

racing during the week. Restaurants even get in on it and host video viewing parties for those of us who can stand to watch ourselves on the big screen. If you’re interested in getting started in sailboat racing, there is no better place to be in the world. So check out our guide, sign yourself up as crew at, and get ready for a summer full of sailing fun. Mondays: They’re never easy, we admit this. But the Monday Night Match Racing Series as sponsored by the Annapolis Match Racing Center (AMRC) has us excited to start the week. Sonars have been donated by the Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore, and the AMRC is also promoting a Bring Your Own Boat (BYOB) event to get everyone involved.

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Weeknight Warriors (continued) Tuesdays: Head up to Baltimore for some excellent PHRF action on Tuesday nights, or hang out at Severn SA for their Tuesday Evening Series for One Design (TESOD). And for the nights that you feel like getting wet, head over to Galesville for the West River Catamaran Racing Association’s beach cat night. If you like calling tactics from onshore, the Chesapeake Bay Model RA brings its fleet over to Ferry Point Marina in Arnold for some great racing (and spectating) action.

##Getting their toes wet. Photo by Kathy Jones

Wednesdays: Annapolis Harbor on Wednesday nights is like Rio during Carnivale. But it’s not the only sailing on the Bay. Down in Hampton, the Broad Bay Sailing Association offers great PHRF racing at Little Creek. And in Galesville on the West River, Pirates Cove Sailing Club hosts PHRF action with 40-50 boats on the line.

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Thursdays: Around Annapolis we may as well call it J/Thursday, with J/World sponsoring some of the best sailing around. The fleet of new J/70s will explode this year, with 30 boats on the line as well as 22s, 24s, 80s, 105s and 109s. And they’re serious about growing the sport at J/World, offering opportunities for experienced and newbie crew alike. “Just call the office,” says Kristen Berry, director at the Annapolis office. “There are too many opportunities, too many boats, too many friends.”

Fridays: Eastport YC hosts beer can racing to call an end to every week (or start every weekend), with races happening right off the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. But if small boats put the wind in your sails, check out the West River SC’s Laser racing, which also boasts a great barbecue afterward. Up in Baltimore, the Downtown Sailing Center has J/22 and Sonar (nonspin) racing action around Fort McHenry. For a complete list of clubs, crew calls, and more, visit --D.P.

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Weeknight Racing… Yes!

Tuesday Nights at Severn SA by Tracy Leonard


uesday evening in the summer brews something special on the Severn River. That’s when Severn Sailing Association (SSA) hosts its weekly Tuesday Evening Series for One Design, affectionately known as TESOD. Kids come out to play in droves, and not just the mature ones escaping a little early from the office. Some are junior sailors getting in more practice after a day of sailing instruction at SSA’s summer programs. Some crew with their moms and dads. And some come out to show their elders a thing or two on the race course. Nan Walker, office manager at SSA and the organizing force behind TESOD, says, “TESOD is a family affair as sailors take the opportunity to see what their kids have been learning. I like the fact that parents and grandparents are sailing with kids of all ages. The helm will go back and forth between kids and adults.”

As Walker tells it, a typical summer TESOD features kids riding their bikes and skateboards to SSA wearing their PFDs, 420s filled with parents and kids, SSA instructors and youth race teams getting together for more practice, and big smiles. Amidst the junior racers and adult crew, parents and grandparents sail with their kids, against their kids, and sometimes even both. Some evenings have witnessed parent and child crew swaps in between races. Children even join their parents to help out with race committee. Some Tuesdays find as many as 50 boats on the line. The course is usually a short windward leeward course, and results are not recorded. The first gun is at 6 p.m. Races last until the wind dies or the sun sets, and sometimes, sailors can pack in half a dozen races. With its informal format and short race course, TESOD achieves something rare:

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it can be many things to many kinds of racers and gets several generations out together at the same time. It offers novice and veteran racers a terrific way to practice starts, tactics, and finishes. It provides junior sailors a chance to practice for the summer race circuit. It lets children in sailing camps reinforce skills learned during the day. And it is a low-key way for parents and grandparents to share their love of racing with the next generation. TESOD embodies sailing as a life-long pursuit. Alon and Elyse Finkelstein have sailed TESOD since moving to Annapolis 13 years ago. They sail a Vanguard 15 and started taking their four-year-old son Nathan out racing with them two summers ago. Finkelstein says, “We’ve always been about 30 pounds too light for the Vanguard, and since he weighs about that much, it’s been a perfect fit!”

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Nathan enjoys seeing his friends on the water and eating special snacks for TESOD. He thinks it’s hilarious to make the boat do 720s. And, like his parents, he likes winning. Finkelstein says, “It’s rewarding as a parent watching your child get enjoyment out of sailing. My favorite memories of TESOD with Nathan are handing the tiller over to him for a few races and helping him learn how to steer straight.” On the other hand, there’s nothing like a little perspective. Nathan says of one of his favorite things about TESOD: “I like getting splashed in the butt.” Ian and Leah Burman have sailed or helped with race committee since their son Trey was a toddler. “When he was younger, Trey loved watching the boats start and helping to call out numbers for boats over early.” Leah Burman says. “Now Trey’s favorite thing about TESOD is waving to his buddies.” She recognizes TESOD as a great platform for sharing their love of sailing. “Like many sailing parents, we’d like our kids to have a love of sailing, but know we can’t decide for them. By sailing together at

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TESOD, Ian can foster a fun, no pressure attitude toward racing.” After a sunset sail in to the docks following racing, sailors gather to barbecue hamburgers, swap stories, and play games. On a typical evening, games of ladder toss, chase, and hide and seek occupy the younger sailors who still have energy to burn. Plus, a few times a summer, SSA hosts a band to liven up the post TESOD festivities. With a good beat, food, and


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To See the Stars - Overnight Racing on the Bay


ome call them crazy. Others say they are dedicated or diehard sailors. No one calls them wimps. Sailors who face complicated car-dropping and crew-pick-up logistics, choose to sleep lightly if at all, brave shipping traffic and sneaky fish nets in the dark, wiggle their cold damp toes to keep them warm on the rail, and dodge thunderstorms all night, all to just have a Bloody Mary handed to them at the end are not in touch with their inner wimp. When you ask overnight racers about their experiences, they are bound to skip over the chill and sleep deprivation. These sailors will tell you about the stars and phosphorescence every time.

##The Governor’s Cup, which starts August 3 off Annapolis, runs 70 miles from Annapolis to St. Mary’s City. Photo by Dan Phelps

By the time you are reading this, the second biennial Coast Guard Foundation Race (April 27), a distance race of 57-178 miles (depending on weather), starting and ending off Annapolis, will have finished. The Down the Bay Race for the Virginia Cruising Cup, which covers the 123 miles between Annapolis and Hampton, starts the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, May 24. Spectators will convene off the Naval Academy seawall June 7 to wish competitors well for the 470-nautical-mile trek down the Chesapeake Bay and up to Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, the biennial Annapolis to Newport Race. The next big event, the Solomons Island Invitational July 19-20, unfolds on what tends to be a spectacular July Friday evening for racing (up to 55 nautical miles), spectating, and general merry-making on the water off the U.S. Naval Academy’s Trident Point.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland sponsors its annual 70-mile-long Governor’s Cup August 3-4 and will once again include staggered late afternoon starts off Annapolis and a Potomac River leg. Three weeks later, August 23, competitors will gather in Hampton Roads Harbor for the Plantation Light Race, which goes around Cape Charles’ eponymous light and back; the longer course stretches to 59 nautical miles. We know of even more overnight races on the Bay—the Sippy Cup, which runs from the North East River to Annapolis, held concurrently with the Governor’s Cup, comes to mind. You have got to love a race that invites newbie overnight racers to test their skills, with three fleets— regatta, sippy cup, and big gulp—after which everyone wins. If you know of other overnight races, drop us a line via We welcome your photos and stories.

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Leukemia Cup Weekend in Annapolis


ailing and raising money for good causes go hand in hand. The Leukemia Cup Regatta’s Annapolis edition, which unfolds May 31-June 1, is a shining example of this phenomenon. The kick-off party for the weekend, the Summer Gala and Auction at Annapolis YC, sold out in 2012. Food, cocktails, live music, and “seersucker and linen” summer cocktail attire will again draw a huge crowd for the Friday night event. Tickets cost $95 per person, and it’s not a bad idea to bring your checkbook, as this event’s auction items are legendary. The on-the-water action begins on Saturday with three separate events: the J/80 Fun Race for patients and families, the Chesapeake Bay YRA (CBYRA)sanctioned racing event, and the second annual Predicted Log Race. So as not to be confused with Log Canoes, know that a predicted log race is a powerboat event. Crews of each boat predict their times between marks on a pre-set course. Then, armed with nothing more than a stopwatch and a map,

they do the course and note their times. At the end, the crew who estimates their time as close as their actual time wins. It’s yet another way Leukemia Cup organizers are bringing more of the community into the fun, as well as, of course, the fundraising. Last year’s inaugural event was a smashing

success, and this year’s in on track to be one, too. For sailors, patients, and powerboaters alike, the day concludes with the Crew Party from 4-7 p.m. with food, drinks, live music, and awards at Eastport YC. Visit to learn more.

##The J/80 fun race for patients and families has become an important part of the Annapolis Leukemia Cup festivities. Photo by Dan Phelps

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lthough we enjoy on-the-water action photos, nothing beats a lively party or dock photo that reminds us what a great time we had at a regatta. We know you all walk around with smart phones in your pocket—why not make an effort to take some pictures of your crew? After a Wednesday night race, when you’re having a beverage on the boat, right there in the perfect

pre-sunset light, why not take a group picture on the boat? Please send us your dock shots, tent party shots, and anything else that says “sailing lifestyle” you think readers may enjoy. All we ask is that your photos be high resolution, clear, and clean enough for the whole family. If we print your photo, we will send you some cozies for your boat. Send photos to

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Groupie at the Bucket by Dick Franyo


y good friend didn’t have a boat for us to sail on in this year’s 18th edition of the St. Barths Bucket Regatta, so we were relegated to groupie status. But I willingly accepted the hardship duty. The last weekend in March each year, 36 magnificent mega-yacht sailboats, typically over 100 feet in length, compete in three pursuit start races and party and party. The stated goal of the Bucket is to “win the party.” Competitors sail for three days in three courses including the “around the island,” “not-so wiggly course,” and “wrong way around.” Yachts ranged in size from the sleek 24 meter Wild Horses to the 88 meter Maltese Falcon.

##SpinSheet’s man on the scene, Dick Franyo.

##J-Class boats. Photo by Herb Reese

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One of the highlights this year was the participation of five J-Class boats. Replicas included Hanuman, Ranger, Lionheart, and Rainbow, plus the 1933 Velshelda. Hanuman won every race with Netscape founder owner Jim Clark and Sir Richard Branson part of the winning crew that included local Greg Gendell as bowman. So much for the sailing; the highlight of the partying is the Friday night “Yacht Hop” where most boats Med-moored on the quay offer a different themed party experience. There’s a good flush in the harbor, so watching the partiers get off the boats is always a scene. Thanks to Jim Alsopp for the invite to Friday’s event this year. We also love hanging out at Shell Beach and its Do Brazil restaurant and the Baz Bar scene is pretty crazy. Jimmy Buffett was in town reportedly recording with Mac McAnally but didn’t join the

band at the Baz Bar with his guitar this year—darn, he dined at Eddie’s the night before we were there. And since Restaurant Entracte is right by the dingy dock on the quay, the people watching is about as good as it gets. Confession: we went to church Easter morning, of course, followed by a pretty elaborate champagne reception outside afterward. So, it’s all fun on a magical island, but it’s nice to end this year’s assignment report on a serious note. At the awards ceremony, Clark announced his donation of $800,000 to Sail to Prevail, the disabled sailing program in Newport, RI. In announcing the gift, he states, “All of us with multimillion-dollar boats should try to do something to give back to the ocean and provide opportunities for others,” publically committing to donate each year an amount equal to whatever he spends racing. Respectfully submitted, your man on the scene, Franyo.

##The shoreside scene at the St. Barths Bucket Regatta.

Southern Bay Race Week 2013

To Un-twist a Twister by Lin McCarthy


orothy and Toto got through their twister okay and woke up at home safe and sound, so surviving a tornado can be done. The folks at Southern Bay Race Week (SBRW) have been working at un-twisting the tornado that last year brought a halt to the regatta and decimated a large section of the event headquarters, Hampton YC (HYC). A full day of racing was complete, the awards presented, and the post-race party in motion, when a tornado made a direct hit on the Hampton waterfront, snatching the huge party tent away, snapping and toppling ancient trees, tossing boats in the club yard, smashing the glass front of the lounge, and rendering the business office wing uninhabitable for several months. The twister hit around 8 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2012. Miraculously, no one, not a single person, was lost or seriously injured. Neighborhoods adjacent to HYC and the downtown area were wrecked by high wind and fallen trees and to this day, owners of a few homes are still unable to return. In the gray dawn the next morning a band of “just people” carrying shovels and brooms wandered with a purpose to the yacht club grounds and docks. A man with a large crane somehow worked his way through the roadblocked, debris-covered streets and offered to help right boats and cars. Thus, began the un-twisting of the twister. On the morning after and in the days that followed restoring order and taking care of visiting racers was the priority. Getting power to boat lifts so that trailered boats could be pulled and clearing the boat storage yard of toppled boats were crucial. The Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy teams racing at SBRW spread out across the area and retrieved lost equipment and small boats. Optis, Lasers. and other dinghies had “sailed,” airborne, far and wide. A large race mark had ended up in the de-roofed business office covering the club manager’s desk and chair. The initial cleanup, supported by many friends, happened quickly. The restoration of major damage went on for the better part of a year. SBRW event chairman Jack Pope immediately initiated a “thank you for your help and understanding” letter to each skipper. The letter was accompanied by an “I Survived the Tornado” tee-shirt, visualized and designed by SBRW committee mainstays

##Close to 100 boats from the Bay and beyond race and party at SBRW each year. Photo by PhotoBoat

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##Two boats lay tangled in the dry storage lot after being knocked off stands by the 2012 tornado. Photo by Lloyd Nelson

Woody Woodcock and Buddy DeRyder. At an abbreviated wrap-up awards ceremony, organizers presented final trophies. From that point on, our focus has been on SBRW 2013. The already reasonable SBRW entry fee remains the same for the sixth consecutive year and new sponsor TowneBank supports the significant Tornado Discount for all returning 2011 and 2012 SBRW racers. Boat lift, trailer storage services, and space available rafting at HYC are still complimentary to racers. SBRW competitors receive top consideration for available slips at reasonable fees. As in the past, SBRW 2013 lives up to its hospitality for the racers theme. One very exciting change at SBRW is the new racing format. In keeping with a national trend to offer a variety of courses, SBRW 2013 sailors will race on a different venue with a different format each day of the regatta. On Friday, PHRF and one-design classes will do multiple races (triangle/windward/ leeward) in Hampton Roads harbor. On Saturday, all classes, PHRF, one-design, and cruising, will do a distance race in the Bay, starting and finishing off Buckroe. And, on Sunday, the PHRF and one-design classes will do multiple races (windward/ leeward) off Ocean View and the cruising fleet, which races only on Saturday and Sunday, will do one mixed leg race, also off Ocean View. So, the new party tent has been procured, the makings for Gosling’s Rum Dark and Stormies are on hand. Two bands, Hotcakes and Phoebus Rio, along with L.F. Edwards DJ are tuning up; PhotoBoat will be on the scene to record the action; Coral Reef Sailing Apparel regatta shirts and gear are already available for online ordering; swag for the welcome bags is accumulating; committee volunteers are hard at work; and all the elements of SBRW southern hospitality are in place. As SBRW chairman, Jack Pope, likes to say, “Y’all come racing! SBRW 2013 opens May 30 for Thursday evening at the Welcome/Check-in Party with racing Friday, May 31 through Sunday 2. For information, visit or contact Lin McCarthy at (757) 850-4225 or SpinSheet May 2013 93

Small Boats, Big Stories Capping Frostbite Season at the InterClub Nationals

T ##Falsone/Pumphrey with gorgeous Annapolis backdrop at the April 13-14 event.

## Pedro Larson from the Manhasset Bay fleet rigging up for the InterClub nationals.

##InterClub Nationals regatta chair Jesse Falsone and crew Melissa Pumphrey rigging.

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here are few ways better to spend a gorgeous early spring weekend than sailing dinghies in a national championship powered by pleasant breezes. But aren’t nationals generally toward the end of a season, you might ask? An April 13-14 national championship is most definitely appropriate when it caps off a season of frostbite sailing. The 2013 InterClub National Championship was won by Jim Bowers and Alexa Schuler of the Winthrop, MA, InterClub fleet. Bowers/Schuler separated from the rest of the highly talented fleet in nine races on Saturday and maintained their significant lead through five more races on Sunday, with a total of 48 points. With his 2013 win, Jim has captured the championship seven times. Jay Rhame/Katie Murphy (Larchmont, NY, fleet) finished second with 71 points; Paul-Jon Patin/Felicity Ryan (Larchmont) wrapped up in third place with 79 points. Six boats represented the Annapolis fleet, including top local boat of Jesse Falsone/Melissa Pumphrey. Not only did Jesse sail a solid regatta in a tough fleet, he was also regatta chair. “I didn’t plan it that way, but I guess my type-A personality is generally right for the role. I was regatta chair back in 1999 and was very proud of how we rebuilt our fleet in a few short years to run an excellent event,” Jesse explains. He also noted that most of the local fleet helped out, too: Chris Brady, Jonathan Lange, Alister Thompson, and emeritus member Alex Pline all pitched in to make it happen. Severn SA’s (SSA) race committee, headed up by principal race officer Alex Stout for the event, served up 16 races over the weekend. InterClub races tend to be short, fostering lots of interactions among boats. InterClub fleets are bit in New England—large fleets sail regularly over the winter out of Larchmont and Manhasset Bay, NY, and Winthrop—so skippers and crew alike benefit from short, active races that keep them warm! While this year’s event included 20 top-notch teams, including many familiar names from the top of past years’ championships, in other years, the fleet has been

huge. “We had about 60 in 1999 [when the championship was at SSA] and something like 45 in 2006. I’d like to see us bring our numbers back up. Larchmont has a huge fleet of ICs and they get the biggest numbers at nationals. In 1996, they had 75 at Larchmont,” Jesse notes. Jesse, who sails other boats including speedy 5O5s, has been a longtime InterClub sailor. “I did some frostbiting in Dyers while in college at SUNY Maritime shortly after moving to Annapolis and growing tired of keelboats, I decided that owning my own boat was the best way to become a better sailor and have fun. So, I bought an old InterClub not realizing the fleet was basically dormant and in need of feeding and care,” Jesse says. The boats and the fleet have kept Jesse involved for nearly two decades. “I love the competition, the racing format offering many short races per day, the close-quarters racing that challenges boathandling and tactical ability, and the opportunity to sail with and against some great folks. InterClub sailors are an eclectic mix of young and old(er),” he says. “There’s a large contingent of ex-collegiate dinghy sailors of course, but you get guys like me too—ones that grew up primarily in big boats and found dinghy sailing later in life. There are a lot of husband/wife teams too, which is excellent for the class. And the boat is really tolerant of heavier skippers, so you see a lot of bigger guys like me driving. Not many 11.5-foot dinghies can be sailed competitively by 200-pound drivers!” And speaking of weight, the InterClub class has a unique team weight rule. While many other one-design classes have weigh-ins to ensure teams weigh in under a maximum weight limit, in InterClubs, the combined weight of skipper and crew in their sailing clothes must be at least 315 pounds. If they don’t meet that minimum, they have to carry extra weight to make up the difference. Contact Chris Brady at 82brady@ for more information on sailing InterClubs in Annapolis.

Be Proud! Pride of Baltimore, Inc. announces the selection of Rick Scott as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Scott was previously the Chief Operating Officer for the Institute of Integrative Health, a Baltimore-based non-profit. Look for Pride of Baltimore II to be celebrating the bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812 at various locations around the Bay this summer.

Welcome Back Ashore Hartge Yacht Yard in Galesville, MD, announces that John Clarke, Jr., will be serving the boatyard on Tenthouse Creek as a service manager. Previously John and his wife Wendy sailed around the world on their Adams 45-foot Solent rig, Osprey.

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Knot 10 Yacht Sales has big news! Jay Porterfield has joined the team in the Kent Island office and will be heading up their new sailboat division. Knot 10 has ben successful selling power boats for years, and hopes Jay’s experience will bring boat buyers a unique experience. ##Rick Scott is ready to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 onboard the Pride of Baltimore II

And the Ayes have it! Jeff Holland has been named the executive director of the Captain Avery Museum in a unanimous choice by the museum’s board of directors. Since 2000, Jeff has been the executive director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, which he helped rebuild after Hurricane Isabel.

##John Clarke comes ashore to serve Hartge Yacht Yard as their service manager

New Kids on the Block S&J Yachts is opening three offices in Annapolis, Rock Hall, MD, and Deltaville, VA. Owners Sharon and Jack Malatich are joined by Michele Martinage, Jack Heffner, Jim Elliot, Ed Kurowski, Kirk Wilson, and Skip Madden. Go buy a boat!

North Point Yacht Sales is growing out of Annapolis. Opening new locations in Charleston, SC, and Portsmouth, VA, the brokerage is expanding into the southern Chesapeake and Southeast to bring top quality J Boats, MJM powerboats, and Dufours to more clients.

Relax, Rejuvenate, TACKING! Healing on the Bay, a new business operated by Michael Earle Campbell, helps you experience a second journey while sailing as you enjoy healthy foods and beverages, find clear reflection through mindfulness meditation, and relax in an indulgent chair massage. You’ll be renewed, revived, and never again the same!

##Set sail with Healing on the Bay for a relaxing, rejuvenating experience ##Jeff Holland, Executive Ditector of the Captain Avery Museum. Photo courtesy of the Captain Avery Museum.

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18’ Catboat Marshall Sanderling ’08 Honda 5-hp, sail like new, teak excellent, on lift in Easton $6000. New Sanderling is $40,000. (410) 822-6888. Lightning ‘67 Lippincott, Number 9852, fiberglass, mahogany seats, floorboards, trim. 3 sets of sails, SS centerboard, trailer, boatcover. Some TLC. Fun boat. $1500 OBO. Doylestown, PA

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BOAT SHARING Sailing Partnership Seeks Member: Share of a 32-foot Endeavor sailboat (1983). $2,875 buy-in and same in yearly maintenance. Flexible 6+ weeks per season. A short drive off 50. If you have some good stories to share, and can manage not to repeat them, we’d be interested in talking. Boat Share: 30’ Bristol Sloop Mayo, 4 partners: 2 weekend and 5+ weekdays a month, May to October, $1,850, No buy in, spring/fall work days, J ohn, H: 301270-2193, W: 202-552-6523. 35’ J35 ’85 For Sale - 1/3 owner/ partnership in an existing very competitive J35 one design boat &race program. Priced per 1/3 boat’s current market value. Slip in downtown Annapolis. Call 301-320-2427

21’ Freedom ‘84 North main w/ full battens, new Yamaha 4stk w/ 4ph, new bimini and new running rigging. Boat also includes: Autopilot, Blade jib, spinnaker w/ Gun mount pole, swim platform/ladder, Bruce anchor, Ritchie compass and VHF. Berths for 4, PortaPot concealed. New 2 yr bottom paint in 5/12. Asking $5000. Located Edgewater. Will deliver via water in mid-bay area. (301) 217-9705.

22’ Herreshoff Eagle ‘75 Squadren Yachts / Nowack & Williams, finberglass, CB, wheel, gaff sloop, 18-hp Yanmar, porta-potti, 2 berths, on lift, Chestertown, $16,000.

28.5’ Hunter ’86 $12,000 Many recent improvements (i.e. new rigging, port holes). Easy to sail! Good condition. Please call for details. Boat located at Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, MD. Cell 410 725-1026.

24’ Wavelength 24 ‘84 Want to fill up your trophy case? Fun, fast, and easy to sail, proven race record! Clean Wavelength 24, with good sail inventory and many extras $6,500. Chris 25’ Kirby 25 MOD ’80 VERY affordable PHRF winner. Full North 3DL inventory, VC Offshore bottom, MOD masthead chute, Yamaha 5 horse outboard, many extras. In Annapolis. $5900 757-3331423, 25’ Merit ’84 Competitive phrf racer with good spin, main and #’s 1,2&3 jibs. great 4.5 Merc o/b, self tailers, new traveler car. Located in Solomons. $5000 (410) 474-3687. 26’ Bristol ’73 Classic Great sailing sloop. H. Herreshoff design. Thousands in upgrades since 2003. Electric start Honda 9.9, cabin cushions, Raytheon inst., teak hand rails, standing rigging, hatch AC. Asking $7,500 OBO (703) 764-1277 26’ Paceship - Must Sell! Raceequipped with 4 sails, 7 winches, Yanmar. Not used in 3 years. Sound but needs cleaning. In water at Essex Marina. Owner in Florida. Call for details. $4,500. (352) 409-2810. 27’ Columbia 8.43 ’77 M,J,160G, Atomic-4, custom tri-axle trailer, excellent cond. $7,500 (609) 641-5459, 27’ Ericson ’73 Keel cruising sloop, good cond, main, jib, spinnaker, 9.9 Honda 4-stroke otbd, solar battery charger, $5500-obo. Sea Scouts, Ken Kessler,, 703569-2330, Steve Nichols

POWER Pursuit 2650 ‘89 Hard top-rigged to fishcabin cruiser-225 hrs on Mercruiser I/O$9,000. Call Lad Mills, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boat Donation Program at 410-745-4942.

SAIL 14.4’ Catalina Capri Sloop Good cond., Configured for racing or day sailing. Kick up CB and rudder. Main, jib, boom cover, trailer. $2,500 (410) 647-7294. Bull’s eye 16’ (Herreshoff 12 1/2) Triad trailer (never submerged); new running rigging; almost new Quantum sails; hull weathered but sound; anchor, life jackets, etc; summer cover; lifting sling. $4500. obo (410) 957-0361.

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Tanton IOR 1/4 ton 70s vintage IOR racer in need of new home and TLC. All bits and pieces, rigging, sails, and trailer negotiable included. High point in 96 and 97. Rating 198-204. (410) 777-8699.

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28’ Sabre ‘75 Needs work, and a new engine. Great boat for the right person. Bohemia River. $3,500. 30’ Catalina Tall Rig ’89 Shoal draft, 23hp Universal dsl overhauled ’12. 3 sails, GPS, autohelm, new batteries, new bimini, dodger, connector. Dinghy, motor, oars, Lazy Jacks Wharton. $32,500 (610) 865-3370. 30’ Catalina ’84 Tall Rig Universal 21hp, RF, bimini, lazy jacks, all lines & fenders. Well - maintained, many extras. $18,500. Contact (410) 573-1030 or 30’ Catalina Tall Rig ’85 A better maintained example you’ll not find, All equipment and systems continually replaced and updated. Complete repower in 2007 (100 hrs) Too much to print, call or email for full details. Boat is in water @ Yankee Point Marina, Lancaster VA and ready to sail. $25,000 484-553-4501 30’ Catalina ’87 Mark II Excel. cond., std rig, RF, wheel, depth, speed, wind, dodger, bimini w/bridge, Universal M25 XP dsl, at Worton Creek Price reduced to $24,900 (267) 664-7433. 30’ Catalina ’87 Tall Rig Exc. cond., limited family use only. Standard outfitting. Ready for spring sailing. Winter storage on KI. $19,000 Contact (410) 604-3692, 30’ Catalina ’82 Tall Rig Diesel, wheel, RF genoa, bimini, dodger, davits, dinghy w/outboard, Pacific blue canvas, wellmaintained. $23,500 (410) 382-6228. 30’ Catalina ’93 Tall Rig Wing keel, spacious cruiser w/low eng time, fully equipped. $34,900 (410) 713-2018 or (410) 713-2903. 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

Caliber 28 1983 Great sailing boat. New Housley sails in 2009, new 1800 watt inverter / charger 2008, microwave. New reverse cycle air conditioning 2009. New cushions in vee berth 2008. Bottom painted in 2010. Roller furling, Garmin chart plotter. Autopilot, leather wrapped wheel. Yanmar 2GM dsl. $17,500. Contact Bill Balough at 443-758-4817 or Boat is located at foot of Burnside Sreet, Annapolis.

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.


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34’ Beneteau 331 ‘02 Great Bay and coastal single-hander, deftly cruised the Bahama out islands. Draws under 5,’ roller-furling main & headsail, anchor windlass switch at helm, GPS chartplotter. autopilot; Spacious salon, twin berth forward, queen aft; head w/shower; 12-volt fridge, propane oven, microwave and 16,000 BTU Air at dock. Priced to sell $74,400. Call 215-237-6705 or email kairos.

31’ Iroquois MkIIa Catamaran 77 $13,999. Classic catamaran, weekend cruiser, strong/well built, sails fast! 18” draft w/ boards up. 4-stroke, 9-hp Yahama. On lift last 13 yrs, on Potomac River in Stafford, VA. Call Scott: 703-981-4299

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

31’ Pearson II ‘88 Commissioned 1990. Shoal wing keel. 110% and 145% foresails. New full batten main. Bimini, dodger. Raymarine depth, speed, Ray218, Raymic VHF all new 2010. Lying Rappahannock. $41,900. Peter (804) 221-7290.

33.5’ Hunter/Cherubini ‘81 2009 radar, chart plotter, auto pilot, circuit breakers, gas control, Force 10, Yanmar dsl, blue hull, good sails, replaced keel bolts, new NAV pod/helm station $25,000 obo. (443) 956-1816.

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 (407) 488-6958. 37’ Heritage West Indies Swing keel ( 7’ to 3.5’) draft. Blue Water boat. 1977 Oldie but goodie. Built to sail, ready to cruise. Solar, Auto pilot and much more. $38,000 OBO, (443) 569-1274.

Catalina 34 MKII 35th Anniversary model, 280 hrs, RF main and genoa, well maintained , In the water on Kent Island $107,000 Photos and description

37’ Hunter ’88 Legion 375 keel sloopcruiser/racer, RF genoa, wheel, inbd dsl, heat/AC, chart plotter, Sea Scouts, $29500 obo, Steve Alexander, 301-646-0805.

40’ Beneteau ‘10 Gorgeous! Mint! upgraded 54hp Yanmar, folding prop, 26,000 btu factory AC, kato davits, E80 chartplotter, full electronics, 5.3 draft, full custom canvas & window covers, windlass, 2 strm, 1 head, $215,000 407-532-1995

34’ Irwin ’85 Dodger, bimini w/ full window & screen closure, Yanmar 3GM30, 24-hp, new headsail, Lewmar delta anchor, VHF, water heater, 4’ shoal draft. Asking $28,500. In Rock Hall, MD, Contact Steve 856-685-0776,

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

44’ Hunter 44DS ’04 Commissioned in ’06, perfect family boat. Easy for a couple to sail. AP, full enclosure, AC & much more. $199,500 Kirk Wilson cell 614 989-7775 or 410-571-3605, for more info or to list your boat.

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,

40’ Beneteau 400 Oceanis ’93 in great cond. 40’ with 12’ 10” beam and a shoal draft of 4’8”. Amenities include: 2 cabin, 2 head, reverse cycle AC, water maker, inverter/charger, power windlass, GPS chart plotter, radar, SSB, full canvas, bimini/dodger, folding wheel, great cockpit, stereo. Recent wash/wax, new bottom paint. Located in Chestertown. $99,000 (630) 841-5683.

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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 $69,995 Call 443-838-7141 or email me at,

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

BROKERAGE You’re Invited to an Open House & Boat Show at Deltaville Dealer Days May 4-5, 2013!


37’ Southerly 115 ‘06 Asking: $265,000. One owner, lift-kept, fresh water boat. Andrew Smith (410) 533-5362,

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

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.

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

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NEW & PRE-OWNED BOATS IN MANY SIZES ‘02 Hunter 380 - $106,000

JUST REDUCED ’07 Hunter 44DS - $230,000

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

‘05 Hunter 36 - $105,000

JUST REDUCED ’97 Hunter 376 - $70,000

JUST REDUCED ‘08 Hunter 36 - $129,000

’08 Jeanneau 42i - $205,000

JUST REDUCED ‘01 Hunter 410 - $134,000

‘03 Hunter 426 - $169,000


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

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 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.

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Tanzer ’87 .................$ 9,900 Newport ’76 .............$ 8,000 Hunter ‘79.................$ 9,997 S2 8.6 ’85 ..................$ 14,900 Newport ‘86 .............$ 17,500 Hunter ‘00 ................$ 39,000 Seafarer ’79 ..............$ 11,000 Hunter ’81.................$ 15,000 Hunter ‘86.................$ 30,000 Hunter ’06.................$ 70,000 Hunter ‘05.................$ 79,000 Hallberg Rassy ‘76.....$ 49,900 C&C ‘84 ....................$ 24,000 Hunter ‘05.................$130,000 Hunter ’05.................$105,000 Hunter ’08.................$129,000 Irwin Ketch ‘76..........$ 49,900 Hunter ’96.................$ 70,000 Hunter ’96.................$ 70,000 Hunter ‘97.................$ 72,000

376 Hunter ‘97.................$ 70,000 38 Herrishoff Cat ’85 .....$ 72,000 38 Hunter ’06.................$132,000 38 Hunter ‘09.................$149,000 380 Hunter ’00.................$ 96,700 380 Hunter ’02.................$106,000 380 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 44DS Hunter 07.................$230,000 45CC Hunter ‘01.................$189,000 460 Hunter ’00.................$159,000 49 Jeanneau ’05 ............$239,000 49 Hunter ’07.................$316,900 97 Marina Dr. • Deltaville, VA 23043 • 804-776-9211 • 888-720-4306

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BROKERAGE 38’ Sabre ‘83 Sirah is in outstanding cond. Sabre quality. Well maintained w/ good gear including air conditioning. $74,000. Call Jonathan 804-436-4484 or

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

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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 46’ Tartan 4600 ‘95 Well-equipped & recently back from the Islands, Natrich is ready to take you back South to the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. Contact Tim at 410-267-8181 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

42’ Beneteau 423 ’03 $139,000. REDUCED! Clean, well found Beneteau CT 423 423, dealer trade-in. priced NTRA OLowest on the domestic market. Boat is in the DER C UN water, ready to cruise. 410-263-2311 Chris Bent 42’ Jeanneau 42ds ’10 $230,000 boat is loaded and shows like a new boat. All latest electronics. AC. Electric heads Full canvas , Generator. New bottom paint recently. 410-263-2311 Rudy 43’ Jeanneau 43DS ‘04 Loaded. Try $159,000 Chris Bent 410-703-5698 44’ Helia Catamaran ’13 $649,000. Demo-Well equipped. Don’t wait until fall for an ordered boat. Many custom choices available. 410-263-2311 Eric Smith 57’ Jeanneau ’11 Try $695,700. Ready for world cruising now. Loaded with first class equipment appropriate. Dinghy garage in transom. Owner’s cabin forward. A/C, Gen, etc. Contacts BYA 410-263-2311 Chris Bent

31’ Beneteau First 310 ’92 Coconut is easy and fun to sail. 4’ 3” draft. Wheel steering. Volvo dsl. Large aft cabin. Interior liner replaced. $34,900. Call Jonathan 804-436-4484 or 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 33’ Cherubini Raider ’81 Independence has an Autopilot, chartplotter and radar. Beautiful blue awlgrip hull turns heads. $24,000. Call Bob Oberg 410-267-8181 or

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. $129,900 757-480-1073

37’ Fisher Motorsailer Excellent cond., new North sails, Flag blue Awlgrip hull, rock solid construction $98,500 see full 34’ Beneteau First Class 10 ‘85  details at 757-480-1073 L’Outrage is a proven race winner. Custom trailer & new genoa await. Price 41’ Beneteau ’00 Flag blue hull, custom Reduced for a quick sale. $40,000. Call teak rubrail, inmast furling, 4’9” draft, Air, Bob Oberg 410-267-8181 or refrig., 2 strm layout w/pullman berth forward, nice swim platform, new 130% genoa. Nice clean good looking boat. 35’ Beneteau 350 ’93 Well-equipped $129,000. classic main. The perfect Bay Cruiser for 757-480-1073 weekend stays. A/C for hot days on the docks, but much more at home on the 42’ Bavaria 200 Model aft Cockpit water. Contact Tim at 410-267Cruiser She has very low hrs and is in very nice cond. Radar, AP, chart plotter, dinghy & OB, just hauled & hull waxed & 36’ Sabre 362 ‘01 Imron topsides and bottom painted this German built & Awlgrip mast in ’09, Cruisair A/C, engineered boat is very sharp. SeaFrost refrigeration, new barrier coat, $129,000 bottom paint & lifelines - Asking 757-480-1073 $175,000. Contact Keith 410-267-8181 or 37’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 ’06 3 Cabin, furling main, FischerPander genset, 16K BTU Dometic A/C, electric windlass, custom canvas, New listing $139,900. Contact Keith 410-267-8181 or 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 Aaron Moeller at 410-267-8181

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326 First Street, Suite 29 Annapolis, MD 21403

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

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. $189,500 REDUCED Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

7078 Bembe Beach Rd., Annapolis, MD 21403

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 - from $99,000 - recent reductions and motivated sellers!

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

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

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


39’ Jeanneau 39DS ’08 REDUCED $157,000. Exceptionally clean, and well maintained. Well equipped with AC, electric winch, full cockpit canvas, and much more. 410-263-2311 Chris Bent

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40’ Tartan 4000 ‘12 New Demo model, Full warranties. Ready for spring, see her at the Spring Sailboat Show! Genset, Air, radar/plotters. LED lighting, carbon rig, Epoxy hull PLUS all the luxuries of home. $499,000 Trades considered! 410-269-0939

BROKERAGE 34’ Peterson ’78 Striking Spartan lines, this racer also cruises in comfort, sleeping 8 with genoa, geneker w/ ATN sleeve, Autohelm. Interior is Kelly green and teak. Must sell : too big $26,500 443-553-5046 41’ Hunter 41DS ‘07 Many recent updates, Great layout & gear. Ready to cruise the Bay in comfort. Genset, Air, thruster, full electronics package. Serious seller - CALL NOW asking $160,000 - make an offer today! 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

49’ Jeanneau 49DS ‘07 Well equipped owner's layout w/ convertible aft cabin to a kind single. Chesapeake Bay boat, not chartered. Ready for spring sailing, this one won't last long! Asking $349,00 Schedule an appointment to see her today! 410-269-0939

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:, 38’ Catalina 387 ‘05 Beautiful - A must See - Full Batten Main w/ Antal Track, Air, Raymarine 120 plotter $149,900 Call Tony Tumas (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), 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),

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:

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Hunter 456 ’02 $179,900 Exceptionally clean!! In-mast, Air, Gen, and all the creature comforts - Call Tony Tumas (443) 553-5046 (day or eve),,

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49’ 2007 Jeanneau 49 Deck Salon............$ 349,000 44’ 1981 Gulfstar 44 Center Cockpit ........$ 89,900 44’ 2007 Tartan 4400 DS............................$ 499,000 43’ 1979 Mason 43 Ketch ..........................$ 85,000 43’ 2003 Saga 43 ........................................$ 240,000 42’ 2003 Hunter 420 CC .............................$ 169,000 41’ Hunter 41 2007 Deck Salon.................$ 160,000 41’ 1987 Bristol 41.1 Aft Cockpit ..............$ 143,900 41’ 2005 Hunter 41 Deck Saloon ..............$ 167,500 41’ 1983 Lord Nelson.................................$ 125,000 41’ 1974 Tartan...........................................$ 75,000 40’ 1976 Bristol ..........................................$ 100,000 40’ 1984 Endeavour 40 CC ........................$ 79,500

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40’ 1998 Pacific Seacraft Crealock.................SOLD 40’ 1996 Pacific Seacraft Crealock...........$ 259,000 40’ 1985 Passport 40 .................................$ 155,000 40’ 2012 Tartan 4000..................................$ 499,000 39’ 2002 Catalina 390.......................................SOLD 38’ 1998 Ericson 380 by Pacific Seacraft $ 144,900 38’ 2011 C&C 115 .......................................$ 220,000 37’ 1999 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37......$ 189,500 37’ 1987 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37......$ 84,000 37’ 1981 Tartan 37C ...................................$ 56,500 35’ 2004 Catalina 350.................................$ 125,000 35’ 2004 Catalina 350.................................$ 139,000 35’ 1995 Custom Pilothouse 35’ ...............$ 100,000

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35’ 1986 Express 35...................................$ 60,000 35’ 1998 Ericson 350 by Pacific Seacraft $ 124,900 34’ 1987 Express by Alsberg 34 ...............$ 43,000 34’ 1984 Najad 343 .....................................$ 75,000 32’ 2007 C&C 99 .........................................$ 99,000 32’ 2006 C&C 99 .........................................$ 117,500 32’ 2004 C&C 99 .........................................$ 115,000 32’ 1995 Catalina 320.................................$ 54,000 32’ 1990 Island Packet 32..........................$ 64,900 31’ 2006 Pacific Seacraft 31 ......................$ 150,000 31’ 1994 Pacific Seacraft 31 ......................$ 100,000 24’ 1988 Pacific Seacraft .................................SOLD 20’ 2009 Catalina Aero 20 (2 available!!) $ 12,000

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

39’ Beneteau Oceanis 393 ’06 Asking $109,000. Bluewater cruiser, aircon all cabins, large 56-hp Yanmar, 3 spacious cabins. Owner’s suite has setee, private head. Great cruising yacht. 800-672-1327,

40’ Leopard 40 ’07 Asking $239,000. Earned ’Boat of the Year 2005’ from Cruising World. Speedy, easy handling. Large cockpit, outside dining, hard-top bimini. Clean, ready to sail, cruiser. 800-672-1327

7330 Edgewood Road, Suite 1 Annapolis, MD 21403 46’ Leopard 46 ’07 Asking $389,000. Unmatched interior space, walk around beds, separate stall showers, excellent sailing performance, easily maintained. Strong, reliable Yanmar engines. Genset, air con, excellent stowage. 800-672-1327

51’ Beneteau Cyclades 50 ’06 Asking $195,000. 16-foot beam = terrific space-double the volume of traditional 50-footers. Comfort unsurpassed in its class. Five cabins (4 double cabins) generator, aircon. Ideal for regattas, cruising. 800-6721327

28’ Hunter ’87 Yanmar 18-hp, RF, wheel, 4’ draft $14,950 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 29’ Bayfield ’84 Yanmar dsl, 3’6” draft $20,000 Lippincott Marine (410) 8279300.

Dehler 29’ 1998 Rare boat to the US market. Win races and cruise in comfort. The ideal performance oriented pocket cruiser. Fresh bottom, waxed and ready! Nice instrument package. Cruising racing Oceanis sails. Center $61,500 42’andBeneteau Cockpit ‘05 Spacious, with aft deck 280-8976 and(410) huge master cabin with 2 settees and a vanity, easy to cruise (in mast furling) passage maker. The offset helm position opens up the cockpit space and improves sail visibility. Huge engine compartment. Asking $129,000. 800-672-1327

30’ Nonsuch Classic ‘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 $39,900. Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or

30’ Catalina ’85 Dsl, Tall Rig, dodger $25,000 Lippincott Marine (410) 8279300. 41’ Lagoon 410 ’05 Asking $235,000. Innovative yet traditional Lagoon. Galley-salon area opens into cockpit Clean interior, massively airy, light down below, with Lagoon conviviality, 360-degree view. 800-672-1327

43’ Beneteau Cyclades 43 ’06 Asking $115,000. Blue water design, generous interior, large cockpit, dual helm, high tech, craftsmanship. Reliability, comfort, elegant finish. Large capacities for water, fuel, gear & food. 800-672-1327

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30’ Lippincott ’83 Yanmar dsl, Roll furl, shoal draft $19,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 32’ Dufour ’07 325 Grande Large, 19-hp dsl, wheel, RF, dinghy $124,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300.

31’ Beneteau Oceanis ’10 This Beneteau 31 has nearly every option available for this model. RF sail plan, AC/Heat, full canvas, and more. Only used for day sailing, Shows like new, super low hrs. A great deal at $96,500 (410) 280-8976

J/105s North Point is your source for this great 35’ one design racer and day sail boat. We have a wide selection starting at $53,000 (410) 280-8976

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 complete instrumentation package & new running rigging. A great J109 value at $179,000 (410) 280-8976 36’ Sabe 362 ’96 Very nice edition of this sought after model. Aggressively priced for quick sale as owner has moved up in size. $125,000 Paul Mikulski 410.961.5254 or

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. $176,900 (410) 280-8976

38’ Bristol 38.8 k/cb ’83 One owner! New sails and rigging. Many upgrades. A sailor’s proper yacht. Reduced to $114,000, best deal on a 38.8 anywhere. Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309

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35’ Jboat ’85 Nice J35 Good equipment, Well cared for. Faired & barrier coated bottom. As most 35s go I would rate this above average. Pre-listing survey available. A great deal at $34,900 (410) 280-8976




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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. $124,900 410-280-2038

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 (410) 280-8976

J 42 ’98 Shoal draft & excellent cond. Rare offering of lightly used, flag blue edition. New sails, canvas, complete new bottom, tons of gear, many spare parts, excellent recent survey. $249,000. (410) 961-5254. 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. $330,000 ($100,000 under replacement) (410) 280-8976

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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. $129,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211,

42’ Jeanneau ’08 Fandango is a one-owner beautifully maintained cruiser equipped with AC/Heat, bowthruster, 2 heads, in-mast furling, & More! $205,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804) 776-9211, 45CC Hunter ’01 Boomerang is a beautiful yacht equipped with AC/Heat, TV/DVD, GPS, Autopilot, Plotter, Zodiac 6 person life raft, a gorgeous spinnaker, & much more! $189,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804) 776-9211,

36’ Hunter ’05 Flamingo is a two-owner cruiser with in-mast furling, AC/Heat, Refrigerator, Autopilot, DVD/TV, GPS, and much more!! $105,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804)776-9211, 380 Hunter ’02 Stargazer is a wellequipped Bay Cruiser with in-mast furling, AC/Heat, refrigeration, flatscreen TV, & more! $106,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804) 776-9211, 410 Hunter ’01 Simple Pleasures is a beauty! She’s loaded w/space and equipped with 2 heads & showers, 2 air conditioners, VHF/radio, autopilot/GPS & more! $134,000, Norton Yacht Sales, (804) 776-9211,

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24’ J-24 ’82 Awlgripped blue hull, lightly used in the last 15 yrs, dual axle trailer, 4HP outboard eng. Great starter or club racer. Asking $10,000 OBO. OBYS 410-226-0100 410-226-0100 30’ J/92S ‘06 Flag blue hull, stored on lift, New Mainsail ‘13(never used), Volvo dsl and has a trailer too! Asking $80,000 and looking for offers. OBYS 410-226-0100 36’ Islander Sloop ‘79 Yanmar ’00, holding tank and hoses ’04, main salon table ’12 and a vinylester barrier bottom. Comfortable cruiser and nice sailer. Asking $29,000 OBYS 410-226-0100

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BROKERAGE 40’ C&C ‘79 Lovely vessel that has been maintained by a very knowledegable yachtsman. Deep draft, tall rig, too many improvements to mention! Reduced to $39,900 OBYS 410-226-0100

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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: $11,950 PRICE REDUCED, Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457

40’ Challenger ‘73 Red Tail Yankee Engine rebuilt in 2012, Great live aboard go anywhere boat, ketch rig, large interior. Asking $45,000. Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457 www.

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

Seasprite 34 ’89 This beautiful traditional boat is brilliantly restored with new bottom, new rigging, new sails, and new canvas. Sought after and rare, she will knock your socks off. If you like a BCC, come see this! $59K 410-571-2955

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.

33’ Pearson ’89 Lark clean one owner boat, large aft berth/cabin, RF, large enclosed head w/ shower, wing keel design, shallow draft, 18-hp Yanmar dsl: Asking $36,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457

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

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

30’ Catalina ’85 Mariso Nice family cruiser, roomy accommodations, H/C pressure water, RF, REDUCED to $11,000 Call Regent Point Marina 804758-4457

37’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey ’02 Ricochet Clean, Well Cared for Ready to go. A/C heat pump, autohelm, radar, chartplotter, bimini, dodger & much more. PRICE REDUCED $98,000 Call Regent Point marina

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Hans Christian 38 ‘86 Classic traditional blue water boat properly equipped in great condition, water maker, solar, wind, 12v refrigeration, powerful auto pilot, and wind vane steering system. She’s ready to go! $119K 410-571-2955

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The place to buy or sell a 30’-50’ Sailboat! Tayana 42 '80 Great liveaboard and capable cruiser. Repowerd in 1997, all new electronics 2009, amenities, storage, and great pullman berth. Only $79K 410-571-2955

Valiant 42 ’00 Awesome cruising boat. Upgrades of 150K - 08! new Imron paint job, new genset, Valiant arch, solar panels, dinghy, davits, AC, Espar diesel heat, water maker! Great! $329K 410-571-2955

Alden 44 ’84 Classic sailing vessel, equipped for passagemaking. Atlantic loop veteran. Invest Reduced for you! $159K 410-571-2955

Ted Brewer 44 ’92 Powerful cruising vessel, beautiful flush, gorgeous pilothouse, fully equipped AC, heat, water maker, generator, washer and dryer, stall shower, electric toilet, new Nav Net 3D GPS Plotter! Great at 289K 410-571-2955

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100 Bourbon St. • Havre de Grace, MD 21078 443-209-1110 • Valiant 42 ’04 Newest available. Most popular layout, low hrs, light usage, new Imron topsides, fully equipped w/ generator, water maker, stern arch and hard dodger. Recent survey with essentials addressed! Reduced $349K410-571-2955

Passport 47 '02 Aft cockpit sailing machine w/ elegant, satisfying accommodations! Super clean & lightly used. Well maintained new batteries to new bottom paint to new canvas & new interior cushions! New electric winch! Great price $389K 410-571-2955

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19-hp DSL, Wheel, RF, Dinghy $124,500 Valiant 42 Raised Salon ’92 One of a kind Valiant, bright liveaboard, new Yanmar, in boom furling mainsail, dodger, bimini, davits, electric winch, new sailing instruments. $179K. 410-571-2955

Taswell 49 ’01 Wonderful, well equipped 3-strm cruiser! Completely upgraded in 08! New everything. Affordable family cruiser. Step aboard under 400K! 410-571-2955

28’ 1987 Hunter Yanmar 18-hp, RF, Wheel, 4’ Draft ..................$14,950 29’ 1984 Bayfield Yanmar DSL, 3’6” Draft ...................................$20,000 30’ 1987 Catalina Universal DSL, 5’3” Draft......................... $22,500 30’ 1986 Catalina DSL, Tall Rig, Dodger .......................................$25,000 30’ 1983 Lippincott Yanmar DSL, Roll Furl, Shoal Draft ..........$19,500 30’ 1977 Ranger Univ. Del 25-hp, RF, Dodger, Bimini .................$19,500

Saga 43 ’96 This is Bob Perry’s performance cruiser of the 90s! One owner, xcellent cond. Custom interior features with extra quarter berth. NEW price! $175K 410-571-2955

Gulfstar Sailmaster 50 '83 Move onboard today and enjoy your new home on the water. Wonderful Caribbean cruiser well-equipped and has space for everything. $179k 410-571-2955

34’ 2001 Motorsailor Kubota 50-hp, One-Off............................$35,000 36’ 1996 Catalina 36 Yanmar, Air, Dinghy, w/ Davits..................$88,500 43’ 1982 Endeavor 43 CC Ketch, Bow Thruster, Loaded...... $119,500

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ISLAND PACKET 350 2000 Most popular IP model. Very clean IP350. Fully equipped to take you away! $154,000. S&J Yachts 410-571-3605

ISLAND PACKET ESTERO 36 2010 Easy to sail. Low maintenance exterior. All the quality, comforts and capabilities Island Packets are known for! $249,000. S&J Yachts 410-571-3605

ISLAND PACKET 32 Centreboard 1996 Exceptional Condition! 3’6” Shoal draft. C/B improves performance! Recent upgrades: Air, Electronics, Canvas, Refrigeration, Stackpack, Running Rigging. $109,500. S&J Yachts 410-571-3605

TAYANA 37 1985 Classic bluewater cruising yacht. She has an eye-catching black hull and has been lovingly maintained and upgraded. $77,900. S&J Yachts 410-571-3605

MOODY 38 2002 Brand new beautiful awlgrip hull - navy blue w/ gold cavita stripe. Generator, A/C, Watermaker, Bowthruster, Davits, Full enclosure. $169,000. S&J Yachts 410-571-3605

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356 Hunter ‘02 In-mast furling, Raymarine ST60 knot/depth/wind, dodger/bimini, spinnaker, etc. $89,500 Call 443-209-1110 or go to www. 36’ Catalina ’03 Air/heat, Garmin GPS, electric windlass, custom North bimini/ dodger, etc. $113,800 Call 443-2091110 or go to www.tidewateryachts. com.

39’ Concordia Yawl ‘59 Persephone Fresh varnish/house & spars. Stored indoors for winter, recently commissioned & ready to sail. Many upgrades including Yanmar dsl, radar / plotter, MaxProp. Select trades of boats & cars considered. 443-926-1278

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. NEW 39’ Hunter ’12 Air/heat, in-mast furling, electric windlass, 22” flat screen TV with Bose upgrade, ST60 knot/depth/ wind, Raymarine C90 wide GPS, Reduced to $198,856 Call 443-2091110 or go to

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 443-926-1278,

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 2009 Catalina Independence Aero 20 Aero rig is like a jib-boom, for sailing ease, esp. single-handling. Fin keel. Boat and sails in excellent condition. Two boats available. $12,000 1984 Hunter 22 Fixed keel. Roller-furling, auto-pilot. Nissan 2-cycle o/b. $750 1985 O’Day 23 Main, 2 Jibs. Full keel. Good condition. “In Exile” Nissan 9 HP o/b. $1,500 1983 Catalina 25 Main, roller-furling. Good condition. Toshiba 8HP 4-stroke o/b in very good condition. $2,500 1979 O’Day 25 Clean and ready to go. Yamaha 8 HP o/b $1,950 1977 C&C 26 Good condition. Inboard diesel. $5,000 1979 O’Day 28 Keel model. Roller-furling jib. Tiller steering. Turnkey condition. “Motown”. New Yanmar diesel. $4,500 All boats are sold “as is, where is” See photos of boats for sale at To learn more or discuss purchase, contact CRAB at


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34’ Etap ’01 Belgian designed and built Scout is loaded like no other Rigged for ocean cruising- Unsinkable design, outstanding features: Watermaker, AC, Satellte phone and more: Contact Chris 443-926-1278,

35’ Niagara ‘86 Tardis is the sought after Encore model. Well cared for and well equipped. Attractive blue hull & solid decks. Radar, steering vane, 3 sails, windlass, & more. Frank Gary 410-703-4017

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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,

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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 and

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Southern Cross 28 1981 barrier-protected hull, Yanmar diesel, Doyle stack-pack, Monitor wind vane, re-rigged ‘04. First offer over $12K gets her. Call Brian 301-467-4173.


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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:, Cell: 443-223-7864, Office: 410-9231400, Website:


27' Jeanneau Fantasia 27 Swing Keel 1986 spacious below, 6'1" headroom. Draws 2'7" to 5'7". Tiller, Yanmar diesel, Harken furler, shore power, stainless frame Bimini, Raymarine autopilot, depth & speed gauges, VHF, stereo, full batten main, 150% dacron jib, 155% mylar jib, zephyr, storm jib, jib pole, swim ladder, anchor locker, more. Alexandria, VA. Mike at 703 403 6575 or

33’ Hunter 33 2006 Alternative III Legend Yacht Sales’ Spring Sales Incentive, was $88,000, now $85,000. Great condition with all the comforts of home. Call 443-569-4433 or email to make her yours today!

Employment Opportunity - Purchasing & Inventory Control Manager Annapolis based marine repair facility is seeking a hands on, detail oriented professional to handle the day to day purchasing and inventory control. This position requires a person with excellent time management and strong organizational skills. Responsibilities include purchasing, receiving, inventory maintenance and document control. FT w/benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Please submit your resume, including salary history to


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34’ Gemini 105Mc 2005 Southern Cross is getting a makeover with a complete overhaul. She looks just like new! Was $147,000, now $137,000. Call 410-626-2720 or email for more information.

36’ Hunter 36 2009 Legend Yacht Sales’ Spring Sales Incentive, was $159,00, now $147,990. Ready for long-term cruising and live aboard. AC, wind generator, solar panel 4amp, battery upgrade. 442-569-4433 or email 47’ Caliber Yacht Cutter Rig ‘05 Rugged, Reliable, Easy To Sail Clean, Full Enclosure, Air Cond, 2 Heads, Comfortable Berths. Call: (703) 244-0992. $445,000. Website: Email:

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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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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 or call 410-268-1570.


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HELP WANTED Electronics Installers Wanted - MD & NJ BOE Marine is hiring marine electronics installers for both the Kent Island, MD and new Point Pleasant, NJ locations. Contact Jim at 866-735-5926 or Marine Positions Available M Yacht Services , Annapolis, a large, full service marine company, is hiring additional highly experienced crew in the following fields: marine systems (mechanical & electrical), carpentry, sailboat rigging, fiberglass/gelcoat/ painting. We offer excellent wages & benefits. Applicants must have in-depth knowledge of their trade. Must have a clean driving record. Email resumes to 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

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45’ Premier Boat Slip in the Inner Baltimore Harbor for immediate sale for $25,000. Anchorage Marina, 2501 Boston Street, 21224, “A” pier #56. (410) 534-7655,


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Pride of Baltimore:

A Smart Passage up the Old Bahama Channel by Fred Hecklinger


n December 28, 1979 here in a fast passage. But we continued, on Annapolis, I was surprised but chasing the clouds along and minding pleased to receive a phone call our navigation because in some places, from Tom Norton, then director of the such as near Lobos Cay, the channel is operations of the topsail schooner Pride no more than 10 miles wide. We did of Baltimore, requesting me to proceed by not want to get over close to the coast plane to St. Thomas, USVI, and deliver of Cuba. the vessel to Key West, FL. I had been very much involved in the concept and construction of Pride during 1976 and 1977 and had sailed on her on several occasions. I duly arrived in St. Thomas on January 2, 1980, where I found Pride provisioned and the regular crew of 11 ready, and on January 3 I took over command from Captain Daniel Moreland. A friend of mine from years past, Jim Boos, happened by and asked if he could make the passage to Key West. I said yes in part because he was well known as a clever fisherman, besides being a competent seaman and a good shipmate. So at 0700 January 4, we got under way bound for Key West up the Old Bahama Channel, which is between the Greater Antilles Islands of Puerto Rico, ##Photo by Jim Boos Hispaniola, and Cuba to the south and the Bahama Islands to the north. The distance is 1050 There is something for everyone to nautical miles by chart. At this time of year, you can expect a fair breeze with do on a 90-foot topsail schooner, with minimizing chafe in the rigging, refresh northeasterly trade winds and plenpairing sails, keeping the sails trimmed ty of sunshine. It was delightful sailing for most of this passage except for one to advantage, standing watches, and day of a “norther” that found us between keeping things clean. There is, however, time for fishing, and Boos certainly the Silver Bank and the Dominican demonstrated his fishing skills. He had Republic, which compelled us to shorten sail and took away our chance of making no expensive rods or reels or things that

would corrode, but he did have a real “Cuban Yo-Yo,” a wooden spool with a good length of strong line, a wire leader, and some swivels and hooks and lures. Boos would pay this out astern, securing the inboard end with simple alarm system of a shock cord, a rag, and a tin can. When a dolphin would strike—this is the fish, not “Flipper”—and someone would shout “Fish On,” the action really started. Often we would be making nine knots or more at the time. We landed a dolphin every day of the passage, usually in the late afternoon. With 13 crew onboard, we ate them all, and there was no waste. Laurie Watson, the cook, proved herself. Most of these dolphins were maybe 10 to 15 pounds, but on January 9, in the Nicholas Channel just south of the Cay Sal Bank, we landed a Cow Dolphin (female) that measured 54 inches and must have exceeded 45 pounds. It was quite a project to get her onboard. Once onboard, she was very active, but we learned from Boos that a thimble or so of rum in the gills calms them right down in two seconds without making a mess. We arrived on January 10, 1980, at Key West and anchored off the sub base in the late afternoon. We came alongside the next morning, where I turned over the command of the Pride of Baltimore to Captain DeOrsay. The passage lasted for six days and 12 hours, with an average speed of 6.73 knots. It was a very good trip.

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