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VOLUME 16 ISSUE 2 NERYC juniors rock! Photo courtesy of Sharlene Wilkins/ NERYC

44 The Fun of Kids’ Sailing

36 Annapolis and the ARC by Andy Schell Sailing Smarter: 37 Advice from an Aging Solo Sailor

by Warren H. Milberg

on Land: 52 Pilgrim A Cruiser Walks Away from the Liveaboard Life

by Jerome Zukosky

54 Another Cruise Begins by Carl and Sue Reitz ON THE COVER: SpinSheet photographer Al Schreitmueller took this pretty winter shot the day after the blizzard of 2009. To see more Chesapeake Bay snow scenes, turn to the Eye on the Bay on page 50.

38 Sailing on the Brain: Winter Learning

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IN THIS ISSUE CRUISING SCENE 42 Charter Notes: Learning Charters by Lisa Batchelor Frailey

56 Cruising and Sailing Club Notes

RACING BEAT 65 Chesapeake Racing Beat: Key West Race Week


Exclusive, Rolex Award Winners, Frostbite Racing, the Southern Racing Circuit, and More

74 CBYRA Traveler 75 Annapolis Performance Sailing Spotlight: David Taylor

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Editor’s Notebook SpinSheet Readers Write SpinSheet Spotlight Dock Talk Southern Baywatch Winch & Kent Boatyard Bar & Grill Chesapeake Calendar Chesapeake Tide Tables Where We Sail with Kim Couranz The Rambler with Fred Miller Baltimore Beat with Stephanie Stone Eye on the Bay: A Snow Day on the Bay Brokerage Section Brokerage Form Classified Section Index of Advertisers Subscription Form Chesapeake Classic: The Big Chill of 1977

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What Cool People Do

ccording to the NOAA website’s Thomas Point Light Station, the air temperature is 33.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The Bay, 36.1 degrees. It’s blowing nine knots out of the northeast and gusting up to 12 knots. The sky is clear and expected to remain so. Would you like to go sailing right now on a one-man, 14-foot sailboat? Two dozen Laser sailors from Annapolis say “yes.” The most obvious first two questions would be, “Why?” and, “Are you crazy?” We tend to ask those questions of anyone at the extremes of a sport. This is not professional sailing here. We’re talking about recreational, Sunday afternoon sailing. Whether we—meaning the nondinghy-frostbite-racing majority—are racing sailors or cruisers, who prefer “reasonable” weather, we shouldn’t just dismiss these hardcore frostbite sailors as crazy. They have something to teach us. There have been best-selling books on how to be happy; here’s the free, one-page cliff notes version for sailors. Do things you love, and you will make friends who share your pasSSA’s newest Laser fleet member, Charlie Pugh, in an sion. “I frostbite because the fleet is article from a 1976 issue of The Rudder about frostbite racing in Marblehead, MA. so gung-ho about it,” says Dorian Haldeman, Severn SA’s Laser fleet captain, who orchestrates the fleet’s Do something that takes you out weekly frostbite fix all winter. Charlie Pugh of your comfort zone, and you may be says, “We love to sail. We love to race. I surprised by how much fun it is. Gavin think most of us agree that a day racing O’Hare says, “We feel tougher than the Lasers on the water will beat a day in the average bear when we suit up and brave office no matter how bad the weather gets.” the elements—classic adrenaline junkie “The camaraderie is amazing,” says Ashley culture.” As a first-year frostbiter, Love Love. “Of course, there is a lot of camaraagrees, “Everyone’s out there toughing it, derie,” adds Bob Tan. and I love being a part of the stories that Funny how many times these one-man get told when everyone’s sharing their ‘This dinghy racers mention camaraderie. What day was so cold’ stories. Weather shouldn’t drives these sailors from a racing perspecget in the way of doing something you tive are the power and learning experience love.” of relying on their own skills and wits to An on-and-off frostbite racer for 20 steer, trim, and navigate their own boats years, Peter Young admits that not only effectively around a race course. That the does he not like sailing in the cold, but that friends will be there on the docks and race he’s also not an “adept” Laser sailor. He course is the underlying force that propels does it because he doesn’t have the luxury them to the sailing club in the cold. to travel to southern winter regattas as

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many of his competitors do, yet he wants to stay on his game and be competitive come summer championship season. He relates his most memorable frostbite racing experience: “One afternoon three years ago, it was snowing quite hard on the water. The snowflakes were huge, visibility was down to about 100 feet at times, and you had to clear three or four inches of snow off the deck after every race. I was smiling the whole time.” Wear what frostbite racers wear when it’s freezing, and you will be a warm, happy sailor in spring. Of course, a Gortex dry suit would be sweltering in 50 or 60 degrees and would limit maneuverability, but the other layers frostbite dinghy racers wear bode well in many sailing situations. Gortex socks and strap-on hats. A balaclava, which is a close-fitting hood covering the head, face, and neck, made out of light, high-tech fabric. Wicking base layers and fleece mid-layers. Neoprene hiking pants/ shorts, socks, or dinghy boots. (Haldeman recommends wearing dinghy boots a size larger than your shoe size so as not to cut off circulation while wearing thick socks.) Most of the sailors interviewed prefer ski gloves, thermal garden gloves (found at True Value Hardware for less than $10), or Altas Lobster Gloves (worn by lobstermen) to sailing gloves. The recycling award goes to O’Hare, who dons wool socks, covered with plastic grocery bags inside neoprene booties. Don’t be afraid to just be your cool self. Hal Whitacre says, “I love winter sailing. The harbor is free of boats, and it feels so cool to be out sailing when most folks are in watching football. The thought of capsizing keeps me paying attention. Almost sliding off the ice-covered deck keeps you on your toes, too. I did that about three times last week, laughing the whole time! ...I sailed a few times in Chicago in their Laser frostbite series. You think it’s cold here...” For more about frostbite racing, turn to page 72.

Sara Proctor captured this series of photos as Mike Beasley almost took a swim off Rod Jabin’s Ramrod at Key West Race Week. SpinSheet photographers were on the scene at Key West. Check out page 66 for Race Week coverage. And visit the photo gallery at for more photos of the action.

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SpinSheet Readers Write…


Non-Racer Chaser

reat publication! Any chance 2010 will bring an increased percentage of non-racing articles, interviews with non-racers, reviews of non-racing boats, and reviews of non-racing gear? In this rush-rush world, speed and hyper-competition are not the end-all to the Bay and Bay sailing—no need to turn sailing into an aquatic version of chasing some type of ball around some type of field. I believe a big reason sailing has been impacted by less interest from a segment of younger generations is the focus on racing, gatherings focused on racing, groups focused on racing, events focused on racing, membership drives revolving around racing-coverage of racing events, and the related push of racingrelated sponsors intertwined in same. Please consider more balance. Anonymous via


Seeking Sailing Families

noticed in the August 2009 issue (Eye on the Bay) about seven families with kids rafting up on the Rhode River. My marina, Holiday Hill, is on the Rhode River, and I have been trying to find out if there are any sailing associations for families with kids. Our kids lack for folks their own age to sail or raft up with. I am sure there must be such a group, and if not, could you post a call for those interested in such? I wouldn’t mind being the coordinator of such a group, if none currently exists. I think it would be an important thing for the sailing community. Steve Coder s/v Pneumatos II, Rhode River

SpinSheet Spotlight:

Andy Schell


he words “wanderlust” and “Andy Schell” go hand in hand. Not your ordinary farm boy from Berks County, PA, Andy grew up among tightly-knit family members, race horses, restaurateurs, golfers, and sailors. At the farm, there’s a photo of the young sailor in diapers at the stern of his dad’s double-ended Kaiser ketch Sojourner. His most significant early sailing memories are from a six-month-long family cruise from Annapolis to the Bahamas with two parents, two kids (he was nine, his sister seven), and two cats. “The adventure of it is what appealed to me the most,” says Andy. More than just a sailor, during his last golf match at Schuylkill Valley High School, Andy tied his uncle’s 30-year-old record, which still stands. Originally set-

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Connecting from Connecticut


couple of years ago, I read Chuck Coyer’s three-article series regarding the decline in sailing and his recommendations. I am curious about the follow-up and results of such efforts if there were any. Here in Connecticut, we’ve experienced a steady decline in our turnouts as well. Here on Eastern Long Island Sound, we are brain-storming for solutions, such as surveying our members. Any words of wisdom you may share will be greatly appreciated. Rich Magner Vice Commodore Mystic River Mudhead SA Mystic, CT

ting out to be a golf pro by studying in the Carolinas, he ended up graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Tourism Management, a sweet gig aboard the 74-foot Schooner Woodwind in Annapolis, and the first inkling that he could make a career of sailing. “I probably learned more in my three years there than any other time.” Winning the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race remains the pinnacle of his Woodwind experience. We met the author when he sent us a heartfelt article about his life aboard his dad’s ketch at Annapolis’s oldest boatyard, Sarles, in the summer of 2008. With his writing and traveling dreams intact and being realized one by one, Captain Schell began writing a monthly column about his teaching, deliveries, purchase of a classic yawl, subsequent refits, and adventures. At the time of print, Andy was working in St. Eustatius in the West Indies as a skipper on a dive trip and then heading back to Florida, where he and his fiancée, Mia, are refitting their yawl Arcturus for a spring Atlantic crossing to her home in Sweden. He intends to write a book about it. “For SpinSheet, I like that I can be myself and write about things I believe in. It’s fun connecting my travel tales back to the Chesapeake Bay, and it’s nostalgic when I sit down to write a SpinSheet piece. I love the honesty of the magazine and the openness and personality the staff shows. I wish all magazines operated like SpinSheet!” And we wish all writers were so professional and compelling to read about. Thank you, Andy! ~M.W.


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applaud your efforts. In particular, I think contacting those who have chosen not to participate recently is key. Polling those who are still around will only reinforce the status quo. They are still participating because for them, it’s still fun. As a result, any such survey becomes simple ego reinforcement instead of providing input for meaningful change.  I would highly recommend that you read Saving Sailing by Nick Hayes. A lot of what we are missing in the sport is very well articulated by Hayes. There aren’t many statistics, but what is there is far more scientific than anything else available.  Although there have been some efforts made on the Bay, most are not well-promoted and are structured to fail. Just in the past year though, there is some indication that reality is beginning to set in. I have cautious hope…  Short term, the biggest available source of “new blood” exists within the myriad owners groups and paper sailing clubs. Our regional organizing group, the Chesapeake Bay YRA (CBYRA), refuses to attempt to deal with any non-member group. Their

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myopia results in a loss for the sport. I suggest that you reach out to those folks and try to include them in your activities as is appropriate. Who knows, some might well want to join a yacht club with greater resources if they knew the opportunity existed.    Further, I suggest that an attempt be made to integrate your juniors into the weekend activities on adult boats. Around the Bay, the junior schedule is so intense that even if one of the kids wanted to sail with an adult program, there wouldn’t be any time slots available. It’s no wonder that most have given up the sport by the time they reach their mid-20s. The vast majority of those juniors will never be collegiate all-Americans. Because they haven’t been integrated into the mainstream, they simply fall away. It’s a great loss to the sport and for the kids.  The sad and short answer is that participation levels aren’t going to improve much with any single short-term plan. It’s a long process to undo some of the myopia of the past two decades. However, every single movement that is made to make the sport more inclusive will help. Offer

alternative types of events and see which ones work. Our biggest events on the Bay are charity events run on courses other than windward-leeward courses. I see no reason why a similar approach couldn’t work well for everything other than the very upper levels of competition.   Chuck Coyer Annapolis Stay tuned to the March issue of SpinSheet for the first of a series of articles by Saving Sailing author Nick Hayes paired with examples of Bay sailors who are working diligently to bring more sailors into the sport. SpinSheet is actively involved with growing sailing through working with community sailing programs, distributing our Start Sailing Now program (in its third year), continuing our free online Crew Listing service at, and speaking to groups, as I will on March 13 (tentative date) for “Bring a Friend into Sailing” day at the West River SC. Details to follow in the March issue of SpinSheet. ~M.W.

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Dock Talk Take the Plunge! by Carrie Gentile


t takes every bit of breath out of you.” That’s how polar bear plunger Chris Hall describes the moment he hits the 40-degree (on a good year) waters off Virginia Beach as part of Virginia’s annual Polar Plunge Winter Festival to benefit Special Olympics. Hall says at first you lose your train of thought, but eventually, your senses return and you realize how cold it really is. Intuition kicks in, and then you race to shore. For Hall, it’s a family affair. His 12-year old son Gavin has Down Syndrome and competes in the bowling and golf events with Special Olympics. “We plunge with our whole family and parents of Gavin’s friends. You get to actually plunge with the kids you’re helping, which makes it more personal.” Each year, thousands of insane, yet gracious people around the Bay take the plunge to benefit Special Olympics. In Virginia Beach, over 4000 people plunge simultaneously and raise money through pledges and sponsorships. Virginia Beach’s event and others have expanded to include a whole festival with music, food, ice, and sand sculpture competitions. As for the rules? Well, according to Jon Buzby, polar bear plunger and spokesperson for the Lewes, DE Polar Bear Plunge, there are none. (Having said that, a few years ago, a co-worker only went waist deep into the 28-degree water; he never heard the end of it.) Going on its 19th year, Buzby says his event has raised $4.5 million to date. There seems to be safety in numbers. Many participants come with a large group, donning costumes while jumping into the Atlantic waters. Others opt for traditional bathing suits and Speedos.

Organizers of Special Olympics Delaware offer these tips to prepare for the plunge: • Bring a robe—great to put on afterwards • Keep your feet covered until the last possible second • Bring extra towels, blankets, warm clothes • Plunge with a friend! The Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park, also for Special Olympics, will unfold on January 30 ( The Polar Plunge Winter Festival in Virginia Beach will be February 5-6 ( Those who want in on the fun have a second chance at the Tim’s Rivershore Polar Plunge February 27 in Dumfries, VA. The Lewes plunge takes place February 7 (

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Spring Shrink Wrap Recycling


ast year, Maryland marinas and boatyards saved 400,000 pounds of shrink wrap from clogging up landfills. Instead, the polyethylene wrap that is used to protect boats in winter was recycled to build plastic highway guard-rail blocks. Mondo Polymers, the company that picks up and recycles the wrap, says this year they will not pick up the used wrap unless the nylon straps and doors are removed. Ron Wesel of Mondo Polymer Technologies says the nylon straps tied around the bottom of the boat get tangled in the rotors of their baling equipment. And the door melts at a different temperature than the rest of the plastic and gums up the works. Donna Morrow of Maryland’s Clean Marina Program suggests posting signs where the shrink wrap is collected explaining the new rules. Contact Morrow for an electronic version of the sign explaining the new stipulations ( Mondo Polymers will collect shrink wrap for free from about mid-April through mid-June. New pick-ups will be added to the list until March 31, or until their schedule is full. Marinas and boatyards that want their shrink wrap reused can contact Wesel at or (888) 607-4790. The Clean Marina Program is hosting three roundtable meetings aimed at facilities interested in joining DNR’s Clean Marina Program. According to Morrow, participants can talk with local Clean Marina operators to get the gist of the program—the advantages of the certification, how best to begin the

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DOCKTALK program, and how to solve some of the challenges. Morrow has mailed invitations to marinas, and advance registration is requested. Or, interested facilities can e-mail Morrow at dmorrow@dnr.state. The free roundtables are from 10 a.m. to noon on three different dates: February 9 at Tidewater Marina, Havre de Grace February 11 at Oxford Community Center, Oxford February 17 at Port Annapolis Marina Yet another incentive to become a certified Clean Marina: Bunker Hill Insurance is offering certified Clean Marinas an additional 10 percent off general liability, marina operators legal liability protection, and indemnity coverage. If you’re a Certified Clean Marina, you can ask your insurance agent to contact Bunker Hill Insurance Agency, Inc.– or call (800) 645-7707. To learn about Virginia’s Clean Marina Program, visit and for Washington, DC’s program, click to by Carrie Gentile


Offshore Cruising Scoop for 2010

he Cruising Rally Association (CRA), the sailing professionals who have made the Caribbean 1500—a 1500-mile rally and fun race from Hampton to Tortola in the BVI—a fall cruising tradition for 20 years, has announced an exciting line-up for 2010. The 850-mile Atlantic Cup, which is known as the companion rally to bring Caribbean 1500 participants back home to the Bay (and beyond), will begin with pre-start festivities May 1, depart from Tortola May 2, and finish in Bermuda four or five days later. The Atlantic Cup is open to all sailors with well-founded offshore boats at least 38-feet long, even those who are not Caribbean 1500 veterans. “Over the years, we have found it best to split the return trip from the BVI to the states into two legs. In the spring of the year, two shorter weather windows seem to be more frequent than a single longer one,” says Steve Black, founder and president of CRA. “The Atlantic Cup is an organized rally from Tortola to Bermuda, complete with radio call schedules, professional weather routing, transponders, social events, and awards. The passage often takes advantage of the easterly trade winds. Then, we wait for the next weather window to leave for the second leg. At that point, smaller groups of boats head off for different destinations and informally continue the radio call-ins as they go.”

Skippers may elect to join the Cruising Class or the Rally Class for the event. Boats in the Cruising Class are not scored and participate to enjoy the adventure and camaraderie of cruising in company. Boats sailing in the Rally Class will be assigned PHRF handicaps and will compete in several classes. Awards for Rally Class participants will be presented in Bermuda. Satellite transponders are mounted on each boat and send positions to the CRA website ( During November’s Caribbean 1500 Rally, nearly 30,000 visitors from more than 50 countries watched the progress of the fleet on the website. The two other rallies on CRA’s agenda are, of course, its signature Caribbean 1500 November 1 and the Bahamas Cruising Rally, also November 1. In the meantime, the group is offering three Ocean Sailing Seminars to be held March 13 in Newport, RI, March 20-21 in Annapolis, and September 18-19 in Hampton. Turn to our winter learning section on page 38 to learn more about the seminars, and for complete information and photos of previous events, visit

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The group shot from the 2009 Atlantic Cup. Photos by Phil Barbalace

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Stave off the Seasonal Slump

t’s dark by 5 p.m. It’s cold. Spring commissioning seems a long way off. The itch to reacquaint yourself with your boat or to reconnect with the Bay and fellow sailors may have set in. Luckily, the folks at the maritime museums that are sprinkled around the Chesapeake feel the same way. These museums are offering an ever-increasing line-up of winter activities in the form of movies, events, classes, and more. The following is not a complete list of what’s on offer, nor is it a list of educational opportunities (see page 38 for our winter learning section); it’s a smattering of events to get you out of the house and perhaps connected with sailors. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels is hosting a concert by artist John Mock February 20 at 11 a.m. Mock is a landscape photographer (think wooden boats, whitewash lighthouses, quaint villages) and multi-instrument musician who has worked with such artists as the Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, and Nanci Griffith. The fee is $17 for CBMM members; $20 for non-members. Lunch at CBMM is included in the price. For more information, call (410) 745-2916 or click to Each Thursday in February is movie night at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. The museum staff has dusted off some venerable classic maritime films such as “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” starring Don Knotts (February 4) and “Boatniks” starring Don Ameche. The staff will bring in local maritime experts, snacks, and beverages. For more information, contact Anne Marie Millar at or (757) 591-7748. The Annapolis Maritime Museum has a hefty slate of seminars throughout the winter and spring; all are open to the public, including an update on NOAA’s “Smart Buoy” program. In 2007, NOAA began placing bright yellow buoys around the Bay to help mark Captain John Smith’s voyage more than 400 years ago. Sailors can tap into the buoy via cell phones for a recorded narrative of the sights and events that Smith encountered at each location. John Page Williams, author and naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will discuss the latest buoy off of Greenbury Point February 11 at the museum’s Eastport campus. Williams can offer advice on planChesapeake Bay Sailing

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Farewell to Friends Thomas Charles Gillmer, 1911-2009


aval architect and historian of ships, Thomas Charles Gillmer died December 16. An Ohio native and graduate and former U.S. Naval Academy marine engineering professor, boat designer, and author of the textbook Modern Ship Design, Gillmer was perhaps best known for designing the Pride of Baltimore, a replica of a 19th century clipper ship, in 1976 at the Inner Harbor. It was Gillmer who designed her replacement, the Pride of Baltimore II, after the original ship’s tragic 1986 sinking in a freak squall. The new Pride has watertight compartments and is longer and heavier for additional stability. Gillmer served in the Navy in the Pacific and Mediterranean until World War II began, when he began teaching naval engineering at the Naval Academy. He resigned his commission in 1946 to become a full-time faculty member, and he stayed at the school until 1967. Then, Gillmer became a naval architect and developed custom and production versions of private sailboats. In the early 1970s, he began focusing on historical replicas. According to The Washington Post, he was a “soft-spoken perfectionist.” The U.S. Navy hired him to evaluate the condition of “Old Ironsides,” the 200-year-old USS Constitution before her restoration. His last commission was designing and building a replica of the Kalmar Nyckel, which brought Swedes to the “New World” in what would become Wilmington, DE in 1638. Among his books were Simplified Theory of Flight (1941), Fundamentals of Construction and Stability of Naval Ships (1956), Working Watercraft (1972), and Sailing with Pride (1990). His wife of 62 years, Anna D. Gillmer, died in 1999. Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Ruth N. Gillmer of Annapolis; two children from his first marriage, Christina Erdmann of Denver, CO and Charles Gillmer of Reedville, VA; two stepsons, Albert Williams of Cary, NC, and Alvin Williams of Fort Myers, FL; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Laurence Woodrow Hartge, 1916-2010

t print time, we were saddened by the news of Laurence Woodrow Hartge’s death. Look to the March issue of SpinSheet for an article celebrating his life. 18 February 2010 SpinSheet

ning a Bay trip along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. For complete event listings, visit The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons has packed its winter schedule with many family- or kid-friendly events (calvertmarinemuseum. com). The noteworthy feature on their events listing is the color-coding to let parents know which ones are aimed at kids. For example, the museum is offering a family-friendly, three-hour class in toy boat building February 15. Cool, huh? Pre-registration is required; call (410) 326-2042, x 41. On Saturday, March 20, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum will encourage families to come to learn how to tie knots, build boats, and learn a bit of Bay history. Visit or call (410) 939-4800. by Carrie Gentile


A Sign of Spring for the Pride

astern Shore resident John Garlick, who last year donated his services and materials to paint the goldwork on the Pride of Baltimore II’s transom and offered to take charge of future maintenance, has become the official “keeper of the gold” for Baltimore’s goodwill ship. At downrigging time in the fall, Garlick took the name boards to his shop. He had them sanded and repainted by Thanksgiving with the final step being gold-leafing the letters

using 23.75-karat gold in lieu of the old “pretend” gold. The finished products are works of art. In addition to working on Pride II’s two name boards, John is also working on Lady Maryland’s two name boards as well as her Eagle figurehead, and all four of the name boards from Mildred Belle. He also has carved a couple of name boards for some local Eastern Shore boats and will possibly be working on a large name board for the Richardson Museum in Cambridge. Plenty of gold leafing work to keep John busy in his spare time.



Jacobs Moving Up the Ladder

he U.S. Yacht Shows are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Jacobs to be general manager of all marine related events produced by the organization. These include the U.S. Sailboat and U.S. Powerboat Shows in Annapolis, Bay Bridge Boat Show, Annapolis Nautical Flea Market, and the Annapolis Spring Sails Event.

Jacobs has worked for the U.S. Yacht Shows since 2005 when he came onboard in operations. Three years later, he moved up to managing the water portion of the shows, and then the next year, headed up marketing, which was his forte in a past career for IBM before he became a small business entrepreneur in retail. In between careers, Jacobs cruised with his wife Nancy on their Caliber 40 Aurora in the Caribbean for four years. usboat. com

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o produce a stronger event, the Virginia Boat Show— originally slated for January 11-24—and the Richmond Boat Show have been combined into a single event February 19-21 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Affinity Events, the company which runs both events, hopes to run both events separately again in the future.


ESR Moves, Lock, Stock and Barrel

n the aftermath of Fawcett’s acquisition of the property on Bay Ridge Road, Eastport Spar and Rigging (ESR) and staff are moving to Hartge Yacht Harbor at 4883 Church Lane in Galesville, MD. The new shop will be located in the western bay of the recently built “paint facility.” John Callewaert, ESR’s owner, says, “The timing for our relocation couldn’t be better in spite of the weather, and the new managment at HYH has been very accommodating. Going back to one of the premier boatyards on the Bay and moving into a new modern facility should be a new start for ESR.” ESR offers full service rigging, metal fabrication, welding, and general boat maintenance. The company will continue to service the Annapolis and surrounding areas as it has in the past. To learn more, call Callewaert on his cell at (410) 808-7380, at the office at (410) 867-6633, or via e-mail at

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n 2010, Hampton is celebrating its quadricentennial anniversary with a boatload of festivals and free events all year long. Don’t miss the pirates and racing, jazz and dancing, shows and expos, tours and contests, and food and fun. Dining and shopping, music and demos, history and culture, arts and crafts… it’s all there and more. Heck, even the circus and Disney will show up.

Other events and holiday celebrations include the Afrikan American Festival, Hampton Lit Boat Parade, Hampton On Ice, Five Alarm Festival and Chili Cookoff, Fourth at the Fort, Great Pumpkin Fall Fling and Halloween Bash, Hampton Cup Regatta, Hampton Holly Days Parade and 400th Anniversary Fireworks, Hampton Jazz Festival, Peninsula Beer Festival, and Spirit of America Festival, among a slew of others. Here are a few other things you’ll want to add to 2010’s busy social calendar:

Not Just for Kids Want to visit Greece, Brazil, or Italy, but a little short on cash? You’re in luck. April 17 brings the world of the International Children’s Festival to downtown Hampton. Kids of all ages will delight in the sights, sounds, and exotic tastes of cultures from more than 30 countries across the globe. Don’t miss the costumed Parade of Nations showcasing a breathtaking array of exquisite fabrics, bold colors, and exciting designs; the popular Dragon Head Dance; strolling classical guitarists Jim and Sylvia Kalal; the Happy Dutchmen “Oompa Band”; Toni Crowder as the “Opera Clown”; animals from around the world by Busch Gardens Animal Ambassadors; and native folk dancers, just to name a few. Three stages

will rock from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Passports to Adventure will be free courtesy of Busch Gardens. As kids visit each country, their visas get stamped. Kids who visit every country at the festival will be entered into a special “World Traveler” prize drawing for a chance to win a family four-pack to Busch Gardens. Sample exotic and tempting treats from Turkey, Italy, Japan, and more. The fun is free thanks to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Hampton Unity Commission, and Hampton City Schools. Live Long and Prosper Hampton Bay Days will welcome Godspeed from the Jamestown Settlement September 10-12. The vessel will highlight Hampton’s history as a colonial seaport and fishing village, with a strong educational focus on how people affect the Bay’s ecology. Look for the dockside replica customs house, reenactors, and Hampton History Museum programs, too. What’s Else Is There? You’ll find jam-packed schedules of events at and If you go to some of these festivities, e-mail your photos to


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Navy Week Cruises into Baltimore!

Aaron Thieme, Thomas McLeod, Dustin Wolcott, and J. G. Thomas Gardner (L-R) show off a drag racing machine as part of Navy Week fun. Navy photo by Kris Hooper


merica’s Navy will come home to Baltimore August 28-September 6 to inspire and delight you. This is outreach with an attitude! On tap will be demos by the Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team, music by rock and ceremonial bands, admirals as speakers, Navy divers, flight simulators and other interactive displays, SEAL fitness challenges, aviation demos and flyovers, and meet and greets with ship and submarine personnel. You’ll be able to meet Navy sailors and learn about the Navy’s critical mission and its broad-ranging capabilities. The Navy conducts approximately 20 Navy Weeks each year to celebrate and share its story with people across the country. The events are free and open to the public. For more details about Baltimore Navy Week, which comes in conjunction with the Maryland State Fair, contact Lt. Commander John Jeppi at and visit

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All smiles during Navy Week. Navy photo by Devin Thorpe

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Winter Luncheon Series 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Captain Salem Avery Museum, Shady Side, MD. Savor homemade soup, specialty breads, beverages, and dessert as you learn local lore. $17. Reservations required.


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Seminar Series 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM). Learn about saving the Bay, smart buoys, and local lore. For fees and more details, call (410) 295-0104.


Brown Bag Lunch Speakers Series Noon. St. Michaels Library. Dr. Herman J. Viola will discuss the Wilkes Exploring Expedition of 1838-1841. The expedition is credited with discovering Antarctica.

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Groundhog Night! 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Virginia Living Museum, Newport News. Treats, crafts, fun for children, a planetarium show, and a visit from the museum’s own groundhog. $5 for adults; $4 for kids ages three to 12.

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

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2010 International Conference of Professional Yacht Brokers Maritime Institute, Linthicum, MD.

Basic Boating Certification Course 7 p.m. Four consecutive nights. 704 West Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

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Winter/Spring Boating Safety and Seamanship Course 7 to 9:30 p.m. 13 weeks. Annapolis High School. Taught by USCG Auxiliary and Anne Arundel Community College.

Course 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia, MD. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 22-2. Minimal fee for materials.

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Watching Cruises Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach. Guided tours on select dates by Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Reserve your spot to see humpback and fin whales, sea birds, and local landmarks.

Inventor, John Ericcson Gets a Patent for His Screw Propeller, 1838


Boat Anchoring: It Shouldn’t Be a Drag 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Newark (DE) Senior Center. Hosted by the Wilmington Sail and Power Squadron. For fees and details, contact (302) 7330289 or

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Winter Seminars At Fawcett Boat Supplies’ new location: 919 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis. Six Wednesdays. Learn about AC/DC electrical systems, electrical safety and maintenance, emergency rigging and sail repair, LP systems, and inflatable boat repairs).

Polar Plunge Winter Festival Virginia Beach. Parties, costumes, music, sand sculptures, ice carvings, vendor displays, giveaways, kids’ fun, and more. Saturday plunge at 2:30 p.m. Benefits Special Olympics Virginia.


Bermuda Ocean Race Safety Briefing 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Outfitters USA Services will present a comprehensive safety briefing for offshore sailors at Eastport YC. Lunch available. Open to public; RSVP by calling (410) 263-0415.


Captain John Paul Jones Takes Command of the 42-Gun Bon Homme Richard, 1779



February Fun in Solomons Calvert Marine Museum. Boat building, bluegrass music, sea critters, Bay information, lighthouse lore, and more to celebrate the museum’s 40th birthday. Most of the fun is free.



USNA Chapel Is Dedicated, 1854

First Mate Skills 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis Sailing School. Focuses on safety.

Marine Flea Market 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tri-State Marine, Deale, MD. Everything nautical.Donate items to the West/Rhode Riverkeeper for a tax receipt, and they will sell them.


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

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Super Bowl Sunday Guess who’s on at halftime? The Who, that’s who.

Keel of SS United States Is Laid Down in Newport News, VA, 1950 This 990-footer turned heads as America’s first and last superliner.

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The Beatles Debut on the Ed Sullivan Show,1964

Three Clean Marina Roundtables Free Maryland DNR workshops: Tidewater Marina in Havre de Grace February 9, Oxford (MD) Community Center February 11, and February 17 Port Annapolis Marina.


Huge Ice Floe Breaks Screwpile Cottage of Sharps Island Light from its Foundation, 1881 Keepers Butler and Tarr drifted in the cottage for 16 hours, until it ran aground in Paw Paw Cove on Tilghman Island.

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Using VHF and DSC Marine Radio Seminar 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Newark (DE) Senior Center. Hosted by the Wilmington Sail and Power Squadron. For fees and more details, call (302) 7330289 or email

10-Mar 3

Maryland Safe Boating Course 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia, MD. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 22-2. Minimal fee for materials.


Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami Miami Beach Convention Center and Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center. See the best in boating and snap up deals on powerboats, sailboats, and accessories.

13-Apr 10

Seminar Series 10 a.m. to Noon. Four Saturdays. West Marine, 113 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis. Presented the Annapolis School of Seamanship. Free. (410) 268-0129,

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Stream Waders’ Training Sessions 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Chesapeake College February 13; Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary February 27, Oregon Ridge Nature Center March 6, and Frostburg State University March 13. Register by February 5, 19, 26, and March 5, respectively.


Maiden Voyage of Donald McKay’s Last Clipper, Glory of the Seas, to San Francisco, 1870

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Valentine’s Day Maiden Voyage of Tea Clipper Cutty Sark from London, 1870

Gary Jobson’s 50 Best Sailing Stories! Colonial Players Theater, Annapolis. Hosted by the National Sailing Hall of Fame and Sailing Center. Drinks at 6:30 p.m.; showtime is 7 p.m. RSVP ASAP to


Mardi Gras

16-Apr 20

Piloting Course 7 to 9 p.m. 10 Tuesdays. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Annapolis. Hosted by the Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron. For more details and fees, contact (410) 263-8777 or

16-Apr 20

Sail Course 7 to 9 p.m. 10 Tuesdays. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Annapolis. Hosted by the Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron. For more details and fees, contact (410) 263-8777 or


Ed Casey Youth of the Year Awards Dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park, Annapolis. Hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Live entertainment, an auction, and more.


GPS Navigation While Boating 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Newark (DE) Senior Center. Hosted by the Wilmington Sail and Power Squadron. For fees and more details, call (302) 7330289 or email

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Be a Bay Advocate 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nine consecutive Thursdays. Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis. $25 for materials.


Bay to Ocean Writers Conference Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD. Presented by the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association.


Captain Joshua Slocum Is Born in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, 1844 “Who’s he?” you might ask. The first person to sail around the world alone.


From the Shoreline 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. John Mock sings songs of the people, places, and boats of the Atlantic’s coastlines. $17 for members; $20 for non-members (includes lunch). Pre-registration required.


Coastal Navigation Course 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. J/World Annapolis.

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Annapolis School of Seamanship. For more courses, visit


Alumni Flotilla: J/World Annapolis Bareboat cruising adventure in the BVI.

20-Apr 17

VoiCeS Adult Training Course 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Easton, MD. CBF’s VoiCeS (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards) focuses on the Bay’s complex history, issues, and relationships. $25.


USCG Auxiliary Fundraiser Lunch or dinner. Roadhouse Steak Joint in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Tell your server you support USCGA.

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USS Monitor Is Commissioned in New York, 1862

Winter Sailing Seminar Doyle Sailmakers, Annapolis.


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


Maryland Colonists Sail into the Chesapeake Bay for the First Time, 1634


Night in the Museum Gala 7 to 11 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Food, costumes, lively entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, and more. $60; RSVP by February 19.


Tim’s Rivershore Polar Plunge Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant, Dumfries, VA. Dippers benefit Special Olympics Virginia. Live music, costume contests, prizes, and more.

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2010 International Conference of Professional Yacht Brokers Maritime Institute, Linthicum, MD.

February Racing


St. Croix YC Hospice Regatta St. Croix, USVI. Warm-water racing and crewing opportunities for Chesapeake sailors. Win your weight in rum and help support local hospices.


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Roger Daltry of The Who Is Born in London, England, 1944 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Racing Strategy and Tactics Seminar J/World Annapolis.


The Women of Leesylvania 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge, VA. Meet history in person with costumes, crafts, and fun. $3; $6 groups up to four.

Knowing that idle hands are the devil’s workshop, the Chesapeake Bristol Club kept busy this winter.

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March 10-17 Continued...

GPS for Mariners Course 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia, MD. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 22-2. $35. Bring your own GPS if you have one.


Tribal Belly Dance Class!? Saturday in Salisbury.


Bermuda Ocean Race Weather/ Tactics Seminar 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastport YC. Learn about weather and tactics on the Bay and Offshore. Lunch available. Free; RSVP at (410) 263-0415 or (443) 458-5537.


Understanding Sail Trim and Balance Seminar J/World Annapolis.


North U Seminars One-day trim seminars cover boat speed and boat handling. Bring your crew! March 7 in Annapolis, March 20 on the Jersey Shore, or March 27 in Philly! U.S. Sailing Member discount.


Eagle Festival 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, MD. Free fun for the whole family.


Free Winter Seminar and Open House 2 to 5 p.m. Quantum Sail Loft, Annapolis. Learn about heavy-weather sail selections, onboard sail repair, offshore yacht prep, and new sail technology. Contact Charlie Saville at or (410) 268-1161.


Amerigo Vespucci Is Born in Italy, 1451 His life was full of discoveries, explorations, and twists and turns. Controversy exists over whether he made three or four voyages across the Atlantic.


Basic Boating Certification Course 7 p.m. A.I. DuPont High School, Greenville, DE. Four consecutive nights. $25 in advance; $30 at door.


Safe Boating Course 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bladensburg (MD) Waterfront Park. Taught USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3. $25. (410) 531-3313 or (301) 261-7735


Feathers in Focus Photo Shoot 1 to 3 p.m. Shad Landing, Pocomoke River State Forest and Park, Snow Hill, MD. Photograph birds of prey in their natural setting. $10. (410) 632-2566

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St. Patrick’s Day Nathanael Herreshoff Is Born in Bristol, RI, 1848 Rudolf Diesel Is Born in Paris, France, 1858

Basic Boating Certification Course 7 p.m. McKean High School, DE. Four consecutive nights. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.


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Children’s Day 1 to 5 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Tie knots, build boats, and do crafts. $10 per family of four, $2 for each additional member, or $3 for single admission. Children under age three admitted for free.


Understanding the Racing Rules J/World Annapolis.


Ocean Sailing Seminar Annapolis. Learn “the ropes” from the Cruising Rally Association. (757) 788-8872


Captain’s Briefing: Transiting the ICW 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis Elks Lodge, Edgewater, MD. Part of CAPCA’s continuing education program. $35 for members; $50 for non-members.


Maryland Game Bird Stamp Design Contest Deadline Hosted by Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Proceeds from stamp sales go to waterfowl and migratory game bird projects and research.


Leonard Calvert and 220 Settlers Land at Blakistone Island/ St. Clement’s Island on the Potomac, 1634 Calvert’s expedition brought the first English settlers to Maryland.


Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport. Moody moon lights, live music from D’Vibe & Conga, dancing, and local delicacies.


Safety-at-Sea Seminar Annapolis. U.S. Sailing’s internationally recognized course presented by the Marine Trades Association of Maryland and USNA.

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MD/DNR Boating Safety and Certification Course 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 27 and April 3; 6 p.m. review and test April 8. Eastport/Annapolis Neck Branch Library. Hosted by the Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron. For more details and fees, contact (410) 263-8777 or


First Shipment of Beer Arrives in the Virginia Colony from England, 1607

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1 p.m. Sundays at Annapolis YC. PHRF, Cal 25, Etchells, J/22, J/80, and J/105.


Miami Grand Prix Miami Beach Marina. Since there’s still a chance for a spring snowstorm, it’s best to head to Florida for this annual event.


J/22 Winter East Coast Championship Annapolis. Hosted by Severn SA.


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where we


with Kim Couranz

ellow snow is a slightly icky conmuch crud is floating around in our air, should sell their cars or trucks and walk cept, but it’s not going to kill us. our water, and our lungs. For these are not barefoot 10 miles each way up hill to the Dogs, cats, deer, possum, cows… the pristine white piles of December 20. grocery store for provisions. I know that’s well, there’s a lot of pee involved, natuThese forgotten masses sit there innocently, just not going to happen. But minimizing rally. And pee, from whatever source, is bombarded by nuggets of yuck, turning our impact is critical, both for our Bay and generally rich in nitrogen, potassium, and more intensely grey, day by day. They are for our health. Think through your errands phosphate—all key ingredients in the fancy the grey ghosts of snowfalls past. before heading out, clustering them in fertilizer so many folks buy at the garden Of course, snow doesn’t just turn grey one trip rather than making many trips, to store. minimize the time you In fact, a study conneed to spend in the ducted in Finland and car. Park in a central described in an article part of a parking lot, in Popular Science last and walk to several year researched the stores in a mall, rather effects of using human than moving your car urine as “fertilizer” on to go to each different tomato plants. Turns store. Do you reout that the tomato ally need to go to the plants that were fertil7-Eleven for a Slurpee ized with a combinain your large SUV, tion of human urine when you and your and wood ash churned frosty beverage would out 4.2 more tomatoes fit just fine in a small than did non-treated car? plants. And yes, they And for goodness “These forgotten masses sit there had a taste-test panel: sake, don’t leave your those tomatoes were car idling. Last weekinnocently, bombarded by nuggets of yuck, just as tasty as those end, I witnessed a large turning more intensely grey, day by day.” grown with standardSUV fueling up at the type fertilizer. gas station down the Bottom line is: Yelblock, with the engine low snow is not likely running. Just this to be the downfall of our environment. as it ages. The grey is pollution manifest morning, I saw two cars parked in front (Although I’ll be sticking with non-peeon a blank slate. As these forlorn piles are of a house idling with nobody in them. Just based fertilizers in my back yard. Coffee mostly located on our roadways, pollution sitting there, spewing toxics, for no reason. grounds work well on tomatoes, too.) from car and truck exhaust makes up the Can I just open the door and turn the car Grey snow, however, is another story all bulk of the junk they harbor. off, please? Seems like there is a segment of together. Exhaust from combustion engines tosses our population who might be interested in Here in Chesapeake Land, many pollutants including toxic chemicals into knowing that… car thieves! (most?) of us delighted in the historic our ecosystem. In the summertime, it’s not These piles do serve an important snowfall of December 18-19. It took a few as evident, as it blends into the background purpose. They remind us that we need to rounds of shoveling, but the snow was light on roadways and settles into our yards find a better balance between our vehicular and dry. There were many inconveniences between our blades of (well-fertilized) wants and needs and the effects our cars as a result, but for the most part, it seems grass. Clearly, adding all this ick to our air and trucks have on our environment and we took it all in stride and noted that it and water is not good. The cars and trucks our health. The way this winter’s weather even lent a more festive holiday air to the we need to get to work or to drive to our seems to be setting up, we’ll have some days leading up to (rainy, warm) Christboat spew out carbon monoxide, nitrogen more snowfall—and more grey piles—to mas. dioxide, and sulphur dioxide. Toss in susremind us. Today, weeks after the hushed flakes pended particles, which contribute to carAbout the Author: Kim Couranz is an Anstopped falling, remnants of the storm diovascular and lung diseases. Add to the napolis resident who writes on Bay-related remain. In my neighborhood, a few piles mix substances like polycyclic hydrocarbons topics. A member of Severn SA, she enjoys of well-worn snow still stand sentinel, and benzene, which has been linked to the racing on one-design boats including her reminding me of the flaky fun we enjoyed development of leukemia and lymphoma. Laser. She welcomes story ideas or questions that weekend. These piles serve another We need these vehicles—but how at purpose—they help illustrate just how much? I’m not arguing that everyone 32 February 2010 SpinSheet


hether your goal is to become any) and what kind of sailing they hope to more comfortable on boats or do this season. to make new racing friends, To enhance the clicking-for-crew comwe can help. For 15 years, SpinSheet’s ponent, sailors gather in person every year free Crew Listing service has been con- for SpinSheet’s Crew Listing Parties, set necting new and seasoned sailors to boats for Saturday, April 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at and crews on the Chesapeake Bay. Marker 20 in Hampton, VA and Sunday, Here’s the deal: sailors of all levels April 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Annapogo to and register under lis Maritime Museum beach in Eastport. “Crew Listings.” Everyone from salty Newcomers to the program need to register skippers to brand new sailors signs up. Just like the lottery, you have to play to win. The most successful crew and skippers are those who sign up early SpinSheet has teamed up with Marker 20 in Hampton to offer a in the season (now) and log in SpinSheet Crew Listing party South on April 3. Now Virginia as much detail as possible about skippers and crew will have a party of their own. Join us on the their previous experience (if third from 5 to 7 and start your 2010 season right!

We will launch our 2010 Start Sailing Now program with a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with local sailing personalities. The free event for new sailors will be held at Marker 20 at 4 p.m April 3 and at the Annapolis Maritime Museum at 3 p.m., April 18. Our brand new 2010 Start Sailing Now guide— to help new sailors get into the sport—will be available for free at the party and distributed at outdoor outfitters and other likely new-sailor hangouts in late April.

online before the party. Crew Listing veterans know the drill—old information will be deleted by the spring-cleaning date of April 18, so it’s important to click to and update your sailing information for the 2010 season.

Free beer, new sailing friends, sailing talk, SpinSheet staff bartenders, welcoming skippers with boats, willing crew—can you think of any reasons not to participate? Click to and register to sail more often in 2010. Then e-mail with your crew stories.

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Chesapeake Rambler

Out There

with Fred Miller


any years ago, I lay on my back in the cockpit of my first cruising sailboat and stared up in awe at the annual Perseid meteor shower flying in at us on a dark August night. At anchor in a cove just off the Miles River, we were far from the nearest streetlight. The Perseids always appear to originate from within the constellation Perseus, hence the name. I have learned this just recently, but more on that later. The night sky wasn’t new to me, frankly. In the late 1950s, I’d stood in the backyard as my father pointed out NASA’s early 100-foot diameter inflatable Echo satellites, far above. Those were early lessons in the marvel of science and technology—and the unmistakable “You are absolutely insignificant, Earthling” vastness of the universe. Nothing will help one keep life in perspective quite so much as the realization, the very notion, that the starlight emanating from, say, Aldeberon (65 light years distant), or Betelguese (640 light years) left its source long, long before I was a twitch in… well, long before I was a junior sailor. Now, I confess to have largely ignored the stars for a long time, even after I started messing about in boats. I mean, the night sky was always fun to look at—for maybe about 10 seconds—in a vague and appreciative way. On several offshore deliveries, the overnight watch was one of those breathtaking skyfulla-stars events that one remembers fondly and vividly. I had learned some celestial navigation (but didn’t use it), mostly cruising the Chesapeake. Then 34 February 2010 SpinSheet

came GPS and news the Naval Academy no longer required its Middies to master celestial. The sextant became to many of us like a buggy whip or an IBM Selectric. It still worked just fine, thank you, but there were far more practical alternatives. Sailors of auld steered by the stars, but that was then; although the prudent offshore sailor still carries and knows the sextant. The sky was still up there for me, but like most people, I found terrestrial activities far more worthy of my attentions. It really is true, that most of us never really look “up.” Then, a life-changing event, out of the proverbial blue. On my birthday, just recently, Ursula presented me with a six-inch diameter telescope—“folded optics” Schmidt-Cassegrain design—with all sorts of digital bells and whistles, such as 30,000 pre-programmed sky objects, including all of the obvious ones. It was a mid-winter surprise, certainly, but what was transformative was how it has affected me and perhaps, how unprepared I was for this. I would say that my new scope has been the catalyst for my rediscovery of astronomy, but I never really studied it in the first place. Besides, I’ve got a great pair of 7x50 Steiners (same source, ahem) that are perfect for stargazing and bird-watching and picking out aids to navigation. What I discovered, as foolishly intuitive as this may sound, is how much there is to learn. Mankind has looked skyward for thousands of years, so it’s no surprise there’s a lot published and online about this subject. I’ve tripled my reading in the past eight weeks. When I’m not learning the stars and planets and an entirely new vocabulary, three or four nights a week, I’m out on the upper hot-tub deck, looking at the Moon or Jupiter or the Pleiades (which are truly amazing through binoculars, although I’d never bothered). In short, I’m spending a lot of time “looking up.” Frankly, with the low temps this winter, on more than one evening, I have wished I’d been born in April or May.

About the Author: Fred Miller spends too much time working on his 41-foot ketch, Julie Marie. Past commodore of the Eastport YC, Miller enjoys reading and gazing vacantly at the pretty boats and the pretty waters. Contact him at


ractical visionary and passionate realist, Dick Schuck runs Maryland Aquatic Nurseries in Jarrettsville. When I visit him at his nursery, the first thing he says is, “I’ll start out by showing you my pond.” It’s a little bedraggled—this being January—but it’s still striking. Dick has an aesthetic sense and a green thumb, in addition to being a successful businessman and engineer. The first thing that strikes me is that the pond is at grade (most are below) which gives it an immediacy, a “Hey, look at me!” look. It must be knock-out beautiful in summer, but the thing I’m really interested in lies to the far side, shrouded by low bushes. It’s a tank, filled top to bottom with a mass of water celery roots. The tops have died back in the cold, but the roots reach two to three feet down in an inter-woven mass that looks like spaghetti. This is the biological filter for the pond. Water from the pond is piped through this mess of roots; they suck out the nutrients and return it clean and ready for another tour of duty. This low-tech way of cleaning water is the reason I’m writing about a nurseryman in a sailing magazine. Dick makes floating wetlands that work the same as his backyard pond system: water plants draw nutrients out of water. We’ve all been drilled on how vital wetlands are for the Bay. Now, wetlands are wet land: that is, places where plants and grasses have their feet in mud. What if you could take the benefit of wetlands, and put it where it’s too deep for proper wetlands? Enter floating wetlands. Dick is self-taught in the aquatic nursery business. “I started this business in quart jars in the living room 22 years ago,” he says. Today, greenhouses stretch across the back of his property. The nursery propagates almost everything it sells. When I comment that an extra advantage is a sunny, warm, humid refuge on a frigid, blustery day like today, Dick answers, “I come out here in wintertime and sit by the fish [Koi imported from Israel] and think, ‘Boy, am I lucky.’”

Baltimore Beat with Stephanie Stone

What If?

“I’ve always been fascinated by water plants, ever since I was a little boy,” he says. “My dad loved the Bay and its tributaries. I think he took me boating up every one.” To understand exactly how floating wetlands exert their goodness on water, it

treatment of waste water. I call Eliza Smith-Steinmeier, our Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, half expecting her to dismiss the idea as a Band Aid that would mask more important interventions, such as controlling runoff from the watershed. But Eliza has a more nuanced view. “It’s a rational idea,” she says. “It provides habitat for birds and fish. But it’s got to be more than landscaping—it’s gotta work. At least it’s worth exploring.” Then she adds, “Plus, it provides an educational opportunity. This is what Baltimore used to look like.” And could again. Water plus education. As soon as I hang up the phone with Eliza, I call the Downtown Sailing Center (DSC). The thing I love about the DSC is their default response to new ideas is usually “Sure!” Dick and DSC’s Peter Hegel are already talking about the possibilities— where to put them, how big, what kinds of plants. The city being the city, I’m sure there are permissions and permits to wade through, but come spring, I’m hopeful we’ll have floating wetlands at the DSC. What if the gazillion kids who sail there see the beauty and catch the clean water bug? What if?

“This low-tech way of cleaning water is the reason I’m writing about a nurseryman in a sailing magazine.”

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helps to be a chemist, which I am decidedly not. Suffice it to say that aquatic plants need nutrients—mostly nitrogen and some phosphorous, the dual nemeses of the Bay—to grow. Some of it goes to grow the tops, some to grow the roots; nooks and crannies harbor microbes that do their part. With floating wetlands, we can get a lot of the benefit of regular wetlands in deep water where regular wetlands aren’t possible. Which brings us to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. What if we put floating wetlands there? They certainly aren’t the answer to the harbor’s so-called legacy pollution, a fancy way of saying that we’ve been abusing the Patapsco since we stepped foot here. But they can be part of the answer. They are used in the south—where there’s a year-round growing season—for tertiary

About the Author: Stephanie Stone sails J/22s in Baltimore and beyond. E-mail comments and story ideas to

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Annapolis and the ARC


by Andy Schell

oday is Christmas Day, and I’m writing from the front porch of a Caribbean hotel, drinking an espresso, and trying to ignore the din of idle chatter from the busy lobby. It’s raining hard, that tropical rain that comes down in sheets. It’s not the 20 inches of snow that I heard Annapolis had been ‘blessed’ with for Christmas this year. I’ve been in the islands for the past three weeks to work for the 2009 edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. In its 24th year, the ARC, as it’s known, is a trans-Atlantic sailing event that attracts upwards of 200 boats each fall to sail the 2800 nautical miles between Gran Canaria and St. Lucia. A team of nine of us—five Brits, a German, a Frenchman, a Portuguese woman, and I—arrived in St. Lucia on a Sunday, just as the big boats were starting to finish. The

ARC has—and they’ve mostly come on their own. Annapolis’s reputation for sailing has made it a worldrecognized haven for cruisers and racers alike. Just this fall, I met a couple from England who had crossed the Atlantic on their 39-foot sloop and had tied up in Spa Creek for a well-deserved rest. Come the U.S. Sailboat Show, there are usually more foreign flags in the harbor than American ones. Three times (1998, 2002, and 2006), we hosted the Volvo Ocean Race (formerly the Whitbread), the world’s premier sailing event. We regularly host one-design national and world championships. The local races draw hundreds of sailors out almost every weeknight, and the Chesapeake is considered one of the world’s most interesting and diverse cruising grounds. As a local, I knew all of this, of course, but took it for granted. I didn’t fully understand the global reach of our small city until chatting with a few of the ARC participants in St. Lucia. Everyone Being from Annapolis is an instant conversation knows Annapolis, whether they come starter; even though many of the people I spoke to in from Iceland, Russia, or South Africa. Most of them have visited at one time or St. Lucia didn’t consider English as their first language. other by boat. Being from Annapolis is an instant conversation starter; even though rally not only attracts a very large number of boats, but also many of the people I spoke to in St. Lucia didn’t consider a very diverse group of them, ranging from a U.S.-flagged, English as their first language. 112-foot Swan to a miniature 29-footer from England. My hope is that Annapolis continues to remain a real The first boats, including a veteran round-the-world-racing sailing city for real sailors. We must continue welcoming Volvo Open 60, made the crossing in only 11 days, but the the racers and cruisers who come from the far corners of majority of the fleet was strung out across the Atlantic and the globe to visit. We must keep the harbor and downwould arrive over the two weeks we were there. town authentic, fun, and convenient for visiting sailors and The boats were finishing in droves, and at all hours of locals alike. We must retain our quirks, be it the Maritime the day. Two-at-a-time, we manned the radio, round the Republic of Eastport or the annual Eastport YC Lights clock, ensuring that each boat received the same warm Parade. And most importantly, we have to understand that welcome and warming glass of local rum, which after three sailing is the reason that people the world over have come weeks at sea must have tasted rather wonderful. to know and love our town, and we must keep that tradiThe sheer number of boats in the event was staggering. tion alive. Perhaps more so, however, were the places they originated My fiancée Mia and I left Annapolis on our yawl from. Though the event is British-run, the ARC attracts Arcturus back in November to explore the rest of the boats from around the world, including a large chunk from world. But while the boat is in Florida and beyond, we will Scandinavia (including a crowd-pleasing 31-foot Swedish continue returning to our favorite city to sail with my dad boat crewed by three girls, all under 25), several from the and my best friend, both of who keep their boats in town. I Mediterranean countries, and even a boat from Prague in have no idea when our boat will return. But, after the ARC the land-locked Czech Republic. experience, more than ever I am proud to have “Annapolis, So what is the point of all this, and how could it posMD” emblazoned on her stern. sibly relate to Annapolis and the sailors on the Bay? AnAbout the Author: Andy Schell and his fiancée Mia are napolis is more than 100 miles from the ocean and doesn’t now in Florida aboard Arcturus refitting her before heading host the start or finish of any major cruising rallies (which to Sweden in the spring. A professional captain and writer, seem to be gaining popularity). Many of the local sailors Andy maintains a sail training business with his dad. fatherwill never venture offshore. Yet for some reason, our small town on an inland body of water has attracted over the years just as many yachts from just as many nations as the

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Advice from an Aging Solo Sailor by Warren H. Milberg


he wind had been rising all day. While hank-on (or Tuff Luff) headsails to all the other sailors who stayed in port It was now blowing more than 20 may allow the diehard racer to carry a few when the wind whistled on the Bay and knots and gusting higher. A few more square feet of headsail, I’ve found the waves were higher than the freeboard of the dark clouds overhead began to spit that whatever minor speed differential of my boat. As most Bay sailors know, and some rain. Every now and then, the bow there may be between these systems, havI’ve just come to appreciate, weather condiof the boat would bury itself in an oncoming a furler makes sailing a lot easier and tions on the Bay can deteriorate quickly. ing wave, sending rivers of green water safer. Being able to furl and unfurl a big Now I keep a sharp ear cocked to NOAA back into the cockpit. With one hand on headsail from the cockpit and to reduce sail weather radio alert messages on my VHF the tiller, I struggled into my foulies and area when the inevitable unexpected blow and have a constant fix on just how long boots just as the sun began to set. I was begins are more than worth it to me. I also it may take me to duck into a safe harbor tired from a longish solo to sit out a blow below. I now sail down and across the leave “toughing it out” to Bay from Rock Hall to others. Herrington Harbour  There are, of course, lots North, my home port. of other bits and pieces of Fortunately, I was pretty wisdom we pick up over the close to home when the years. Using spring lines to get weather really turned into and out of your slip, reefnasty. I kept thinking of ing the main at the dock, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s running all control lines back classic phrase: “It was a to the cockpit are chief among dark and stormy night.” them. I’m also looking into inAnother thought was: stalling an anchor windlass on “What am I doing here?” the foredeck to ease the chore  When the channel of hauling up the Danforth into the marina finally after a nice night on the hook. hove into sight, I turned  And then there is what the boat upwind, locked I call the “Two Knot Rule.” the tiller, and readied Like most sailing purists, I myself to head out onto the wet “You can fight, but cannot beat, used to be averse to turning on the foredeck to drop and tie up the Mother Nature. It’s smarter to go engine until I was in sight of my genoa. Slip-sliding this way and marina or my final destination. Not that, I realized just how danger- with the flow and be happier.” any more. When I can’t maintain ous this part of sailing can be at least two knots of boat speed for even when using my safety harness. That like being able to just leave the furled up at least a half hour, it’s time to turn on was about 12 years ago. Since then, I’ve sail on the forestay at the end of the day the iron genny. It sometimes seems much gotten both older and smarter about how rather than having to carry a heavy sail up harder to sail the boat in very light winds and when I sail. onto the grass and fold it. Although my than in very high winds. You can fight, but  In my younger days, I was something present boat, which I expect to keep for cannot beat, Mother Nature. It’s smarter of a hank-on headsail purist. I liked having the foreseeable future, does not have an to go with the flow and be happier. This a lot of headsails and all of them clipped in-mast or in-boom furling main, I suspect is summed up nicely by that old Kenny or hanked onto the forestay. I thought this that having one or the other would make Rogers poker witticism: “Know when to simple method of connecting sail-to-stay solo sailing for the aging sailor that much hold ’em, and know when to fold ‘em.” Sail to be superior and faultless. Then I got my more easy and safe, as well. Easier and smarter, and you’ll sail longer. Be careful first boat with a furling headsail. Wow. No safer means more fun sailing. out there; stuff happens. more crabbing out onto a wet, slippery, and  In addition to having a furling headsail, About the Author: Warren Milberg is a pitching foredeck to grapple with a wildly really watching—and paying attention flogging headsail. I have had roller furling to—the weather also makes a big difference longtime sailor and contributor to SpinSheet, and reefing headsails ever since. Sure, I in sailing smarter. Back in the day, my wife who believes that sailing is a continual learning experience. He keeps his Hunter 28.5 suppose like most sailors with furlers, I’ve used to kid me and wink at friends, when CrewZen at Herrington Harbour North, had to clear a few line jams here and there, I went sailing when small-craft advisories Deale, MD. but I’ve had no regrets about the decision or watches were already posted. She joked to go with furling systems. that they really did apply to me as opposed Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Winter Learning 2010


e write about a lot of brave winter liveaboards and frostbite racers in the winter, but here’s the truth: most of us don’t sail on the Chesapeake Bay when it’s so cold. What’s debatable is whether we are the smart or the whimpy ones… What’s true about sailors anywhere is that we don’t get tired of talking and learning about sailing in any season. There are myriad ways to keep from getting too rusty when the Bay’s cold and slushy. We list sailing seminars in all seasons in the SpinSheet Calendar (page 23) and in the Cruising Club Notes section (page 56), but in winter, there are so many of them that we’ve created this special section.

Free and Easy


h, the words “free and open to the public” are music to our ears. Such seminars or lectures are always popular, so sign up early if required, and show up early to get a good seat.

J/World Annapolis coach Kristen “KB” Berry discussing sail trim at Singles on Sailboats’ annual Spring Training in 2009. Photo by Richard A. Green/SOS

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Fawcett Boat Supplies has offered free public seminars for many years and will give a series of free seminars from now through March out of its new location at 919 Bay Ridge Road in Annapolis ( February 3 - AC/DC Electrical Systems with Andy Fegley from Yacht Electronic Systems. February 10 - Electrical Safety and Maintenance by Bob Campbell from Marine Electronics. February 17 - Emergency Rigging and Sail Repair by Chuck O’Malley from Doyle Sails and Mike Jones from Fawcett Boat Supplies. February 24 - LP Systems with Kevin Williams from Trident. March 3 - Electronic Safety Systems with Mike Jones from Fawcett Boat Supplies March 10 - Inflatable Boat Repairs with Steve Ripley from Fawcett Boat Supplies

Annapolis School of Seamanship will host a free seminar series at West Marine in Annapolis at 113 Hillsmere Drive ( February 13 - Collision Avoidance with Captain John Martino. February 27 - Get Your Captain’s License with Captain Paul Truelove. March 20 - Spring Commissioning. April 10 What Boat Is Right for Me? Quantum Sails will host a free afternoon of seminars on March 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. Topics will include Heavy Weather Sail Selections, Onboard Sail Repair, Offshore Yacht Preparation, and New Sail Technology. Members of the service department will offer hands-on instruction regarding emergency sail repair and give advice on how to properly stock your sail repair kit. Sail consultants will be available to answer questions regarding recent developments in sail technology, their impact on the cruising community, how to make the most of your sail inventory, and how to choose the right sail for the right application. The Quantum Sail Loft is at 951 Bay Ridge Road in Annapolis. Contact Charlie Saville at or (410) 268-1161. On Saturday, March 13, the West River SC invites the public to a “Bring a Friend Into Sailing Day,” for which SpinSheet editor Molly Winans will give a Start Sailing Now presentation for friends interested in getting into sailing on the Bay. Stay tuned to the SpinSheet Calendar in March for details and start times.


For a Small Fee…

or less than it costs to buy a burger and a beer at a pub, many organizations offer low-priced lectures and learning opportunities. If you tune into museums and clubs, you’ll find winter learning options galore. For example, the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) runs a Maritime Seminar Series on Thursdays at 7 p.m. from January through March. A few notable upcoming events of interest to sailors: February 4 - Maritime Annapolis: A History of Watermen, Sail and Midshipmen with Rosemary Williams. Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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February 11 - “Smart” Buoys and the Captain John Smith Trail with John Page Williams. February 18 - An Artist’s View of the Battle of the Chesapeake Bay with Patrick O’Brien. February 25 - From This Spot, You Can See 400 Years with Phyllis Saroff and John Damm March 4 - Of Crabs and Crabbers with Mick Blackistone March 18 - Go Terps! Terrapin Institute Restores Maryland’s Official State Reptile with Jeff Popp Non-members pay $15 per seminar; members, $10. We have the full schedule in the online calendar at, and details are on AMM’s website at The Shady Side Heritage Society holds a Winter Luncheon Series on Wednesdays for $17, including lunch, at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side, MD. Topics fit for sailors: February 10 - Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green Environmental Awakening Is Needed To Save the Chesapeake Bay with Howard Ernst. February 17 - Ospreys on the Rebound with Melanie Lynch. Reservations are required. (410) 2670654, Many of the sailing clubs listed in the SpinSheet Club Directory ( hold off-season seminars for members and prospective members. The Windjammers of the Chesapeake ( and Singles on Sailboats (SOS, are two examples of clubs known for their winter learning opportunities. Two remaining Windjammers seminars at the Severn School in Severna Park, MD: February 13 - Annapolis’s own Gary Jobson on the Racing Scene. March 13 - Dick and Dixie Goertemiller’s Reminiscences about Exploring the Chesapeake Bay SOS will hold its annual Spring

ing for sailors of all levels March 14 at Broadneck High School in Severna Park. The cost is $50 for non-members; $35 for members. Details will be in the March issue of SpinSheet. The best way to find such clubs and their very cost-effective seminars and activities is to read SpinSheet’s Cruising Club Notes (page 56) every month.

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vestment in staying connected to racing or cruising in the winter months, the options grow every year. The courses listed below range from $100 to $500, less than most boat parts. John Martino, president of the Annapolis

School of Seamanship, started his entire business based on the idea that sailors like to keep their minds engaged in winter. His courses now run year-round with no shortage of opportunities in winter, including courses in Electrical Systems Basics, Navigation and Piloting, Marine Weather, Captain’s License Certification, and more. Full schedules and pricing for these weekend classes as well as onboard classes are on the website at

Philadephia with Dobbs Davis (northu. com). The cost is $115 for the skipper (first registrant) and $85 for crew.

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These seminar ideas are only a sampling of what you can find on the shores of the Bay in winter. When we hear about interesting learning opportunities for sailors, we print them in the SpinSheet Calendar and anywhere else in the magazine where they make sense. If you know of an upcoming learning opportunity you have not seen in SpinSheet yet, please tell us about it by e-mailing

North U will hold a series of Racing Trim seminars: March 7 in Annapolis with Dave Dellenbaugh, March 20 on the Jersey Shore with Todd Berman, and March 27 in

The Cruising Rally Association—The organization known for its signature Caribbean 1500 Rally from Hampton, VA to Tortola in the BVI—will host three Ocean Sailing Seminar weekends created for anyone who is interested in making offshore passages: March 13-14 in Newport, RI; March 20-21 in Annapolis; and September 18-19 in Hampton, VA.

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hat do most people get from a vacation? Sore muscles from unaccustomed exercise, a few extra pounds around the waist, and a backlog of e-mail? Perhaps a disc full of digital photos, a suntan, a few postcards, and relaxed state of mind? Vacation goals are as varied as people, but with reduced vacation weeks and a tight economy, the appeal and availability of “learning vacations” have really taken off. So what kind of things can you learn on vacation? One of my favorites happened when a bad knee kept me off the ski slopes for a season—I enrolled in a “Renaissance Art in Florence” university course and spent an amazing eight days in Florence, exploring the masterpieces onsite. I’ve been hooked on “learning vacations” ever since! Whether you’re interested in learning a completely new activity or honing specific skills, there’s an option for you. Opportunities abound for sports camps, photography tours, music and arts weeks, eco-tours, SCUBA-diving, and of course—sailing vacations. This time of year, the appeal of a week onboard a sailboat in the Caribbean may be reason enough to take a learning-to-sail vacation. If you’ve got a week of vacation time, this option allows “full immersion” sailing. You’ll live and breathe sailing and gain a much greater level of experience than if you spent your time at an afterwork or weekend sailing course. A sailing learning vacation is gratifying; you achieve new skills, certifications, new sailing friends, and quite likely, a new outlook on life. When you’re sailing, you focus on the elements, the boat, and the crew; all the nagging land-stuff melts away. How liberating is that? Whether you’re a solo sailor, a couple, or a family, there are sailing learning vacations to fit. As I write this from Sint Maarten, the kids’ sailing camp sponsored by the Sint Maarten YC is weaving its way through the lagoon anchorage on the club’s Sunfish. Their parents train on Jeanneau Sunfast 20-foot centerboard sloops, enjoying the tradewinds from the shelter of the Simpson Bay lagoon. The courses are open to all, and there is no shortage of beachfront accommodations while you sail. Across the lagoon, Horizon Yacht

Charters offers week-long charters on 36to 49-foot cruising yachts with instructors onboard, either for informal instruction or ASA certification. Take a week to explore St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barts, or sail farther downwind the Leeward Chain to end your week at Horizon’s Antigua base. Most bareboat charter companies throughout the Caribbean offer sailing instruction onboard. Typically, a group charters the entire vessel with an instructor. Options abound from Puerto Rico through the Grenadines. An option popular with solo sailors or couples is a “by the berth” course, where you reserve your berth or cabin onboard instead of booking the whole boat. A number of Chesapeake-based sailing schools have boats based in the Caribbean for winter courses; some offer courses for the passages, as well. Sail Solomons offers advanced ASA and informal courses onboard their Passport 47 Zingaro, based from St. Thomas USVI and a passagemaking course for the voyage back to the Bay. From spring through fall, most Chesapeake schools offer week-long learning vacations on the Bay. Courses run from beginners to advanced, racing

and cruising. If a week is too long, try a weekend mini-vacation. With so many options, you might find the choices daunting. So, go back to first principles for choosing any sailing school or vacation destination. Check schedules, prices, and the reputation of the school or charter company. What type of boat(s) will you train on and/or live on; how many are onboard? Does the course include certification by an accredited program? Does the curriculum fit your interests and abilities? Talk with the instructor if you’re able to; you’ll be living together for a week. Bring back more than a T-shirt from your next vacation. The skills you learn and memories you make on a sailing vacation can last a lifetime. They are yours to call upon, anytime, anywhere. Whether on home waters or exotic seas, plan your sailing learning vacation now! About the Author: Lisa Batchelor Frailey and her husband Andy own Sail Solomons sailing school and yacht charters (sailsi. com), operating from the Solomons Yachting Center. They sail their Passport 47 Zingaro to the Caribbean every winter for cruises and sailing instruction.

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Kids Sailing

by Ruth Christie

Totally Awesome! The Fun of Kids’ Sailing


ids and sailboats go together like ducks and water! There are so many cool kid-friendly sailboats out there: Optimist prams, 420s, Lasers, Sunfish, Flying Scots, Open Bics, Hobie Cats, windsurfers, the list goes on and on. Sailing combines skill, dexterity, and a sharp mind to harness the wind and go where you want to go. No distractions, just some friends and the great outdoors.

What’s So Great About It, Anyway?

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Sailing gets kids outdoors and gives them an understanding and respect for the environment; when you get kids out on the water, they care more about what’s in the water. After stressful days at school, sailing can be a wonderful release for many kids. They also gain independence and a sense of accomplishment. Sailing kids have to think about gear options, safety equipment, weather conditions, how to deal with other boats nearby, weight displacement, and wind shifts. All that problem solving and planning use a different part of the brain and help kids achieve a higher level of thinking. Doing something they’ve never done before opens their minds to new experiences, gives them a feeling of success, and feeds their selfconfidence. They also will make and keep new friends. But, enough of all that. Here’s your take-home message: learning to sail is fun. That’s what brings people back to the sport day after day. There’s something new to see, learn, and experience whenever you set sail. Just like sponges, kids soak everything up and learn fast. One parent says, “Billy has had such a great time. He didn’t think anything existed that was fun in the world except for Xbox and was horrified when I signed him up for a two-day sailing course. I went 44 February 2010 SpinSheet

from being the world’s worst to the world’s best mother in two days. He had an amazing time and now wants to do more sailing. His sisters also had fun during the course; all three came home exhausted and happy at the end of each day.” SpinSheet loves to see kids sailing on the Bay, and we’d like to see many more of them. Sailing is something they can enjoy their entire lives. Here are some helpful tips to make that happen.

Where To Start?

Bay sailing and boat clubs, sailing schools and centers, community sailing programs, yacht clubs, Chesapeake schooners, charitable organizations, public schools, and camps abound; they all offer sailing programs for kids. Talented coaches all over the Bay are waiting to pass on what they know and whisk kids into the sailing life. Whether it’s one-on-one, pair-based, or team-based instruction, the training opportunities are endless and cover all skill levels, from beginners hoping for some fun in the sun to serious racers with pro careers on their minds. One junior sailing coach says, “I became a teacher because of the sailing coaches I had as a kid at camp. I always watched how they taught me things, and when I started taking on the role as a junior instructor, I found the teaching

aspect incredibly rewarding.” The junior page of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association website (cbyra. org) is a good resource for clubs with youth programs, as is the Cruising Club Directory at Many clubs in Annapolis, Baltimore, Deltaville, Norfolk, and North East, among others, have informational website pages for juniors. One family says, “With three growing boys, it is always difficult to find something new to do. The five-day sailing and three-day catamaran courses that Thomas and Oliver attended have really fired their enthusiasm for sailing. The two older boys were both proud and exhilarated to be awarded their Level 2 status on a Cat, and I know that they learned a lot while having fun and getting very wet! The boys keep nagging me to buy them a dinghy; instead, we’re looking into joining a local sailing club.” Word of mouth is often the best way to find out about a program. For example, KidShip and Premier Sailing in Irvington, VA find many students by word of mouth; younger brothers and sisters of students join the program, and often, the older sailing siblings become instructors. Many programs are sensitive to the needs of working parents and offer extended care hours, car-pooling, or in-synch adult and youth programs. The best way to find out if a program fits the needs of you and your kids is to call around, ask good questions, and ask for references from other parents so that you can learn about their experiences. You may even be able to visit the facility. Just be sure to sign up early.

She’s Special to Me!


t was my turn to drive the chase boat, a 12foot RIB that scoots around checking in on our fleet of youth-filled sailboats. I noticed some commotion coming from a small group of dinghies, so I dutifully headed over to help out. One of the young girls was giving her crewmates and instructor a particularly hard time. After surveying the situation, it seemed that Danielle was really terrified of being out on a boat and just trying to cover it up. Pulling up alongside, I coaxed her off the sailboat and onto the chase boat. She sat like a statue on the center seat clutching each side with a death grip. We motored along slowly while I explained how stable the boat was and showed her that it would not heel like the sailboat. She slowly loosened up. A few other youngsters started yelling at her in protest of her new coveted position on the chase boat. After some expletive insults, one youngster yelled, “Why does she get to ride on that boat? She’s not even special.” You

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could have heard a pin drop; the sounds of a group of kids on sailboats went quiet while all eyes were now on the two of us. I watched her countenance fall. I loudly gave my “Let’s be nice” speech, and before I realized what I was saying, I finished by blurting out, “and besides, she is special to ME!” Time froze for a few more seconds, then the commotion of sailing and kids having fun resumed, although something was different. I noticed my new first mate was confidently smiling to herself with her head held high. She helped me corral wayward sailboats, set marks, and run drills the rest of the afternoon. As I headed out to the docks the next day, there was Danielle, sitting in the chase boat waiting for me. My new first mate would not leave my side, she was my helper for the rest of the week. I even got her to go back out on a sailboat! I learned that she was telling everyone in the van on the way back to the public housing

complex where she lived that she was special to Capt. Jeff. She acted like this was the first time someone had said this to her. I have visited Danielle and the other kids in her community since her sailing camp, and I always get the biggest hug and smile from her. I did nothing to make this pre-teen special, and it was only her fear of the water that caused me to take notice. But after some time with her, I “discovered” one of the most helpful, kind, and hard-working young people that we have taught to sail. I can’t wait until spring to again have the privilege of discovering more treasures. Planet Hope is a non-profit sailing and adventure organization in Washington, DC that gives at-risk, inner-city teens opportunities to go sailing. Planet Hope offers 10 weeks of sailing camps in the summer along with classes and sailing clubs throughout the regular school year. For more details, visit

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Kids Speak Volumes

Here’s what kids have to say about summer sailing at the North East River YC (NERYC): Age 18—“Sailing is an amazing sport with endless opportunities and is definitely something more kids should start getting involved in. Not only is it tons of fun, but it allows kids to meet new people and experience awesome new adventures. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day than out on the water, soaking up the sun, and hanging out with friends. NERYC provides a great opportunity for kids to do just this. I am so lucky to have grown up sailing there.” Age 15—“Sail camp was amazing fun. I had never sailed before and enjoyed it so much I signed up


for two more sessions. I have already signed up again for this year” Age 13—“The counselors were so helpful and knowledgeable. They taught me a lot of sailing and racing tactics, and it was great to learn how to rig Optis, Sunfish, and Lasers. Now when we go to the sailing club, I can get out on the water on my own and take my friends sailing. There was something for everyone: racing for experienced sailors, younger sailors learned how to solo, and new sailors learned from experienced ones. I’m really looking forward to going back for several weeks next year, and I’m recom-


nnapolis Sailing School president Tim Dowling says, “As we plan our upcoming KidShip sailing season, which starts May 22, we have decided to extend our winter enrollment special. If campers enroll before to May 1, we will honor the 2009 prices for all KidShip courses! Last year, we introduced two new courses on our Hunter 36 aimed at older kids who sail on their family’s cruising or racing boats. We also enhanced our web presence this winter, adding an e-newsletter to keep our students up to date, and we are now on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more, visit”

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mending it to all of my sailing friends.” Age 11—“Sail camp rocks!” Age 10—“Sail camp at NERYC was the highlight of my summer!” Age 9—“I can’t wait until next year. Sailing camp is awesome. We have great fun out on the water every day.” Age 8—“I was proud that I learned to sail an Opti on my own, and I loved sailing across the river to the beach on the other side! It was fun when it got wavy and our boat was rocked around. The capsize drills were such great fun!”

Keeping It Real

Any program’s priorities should be safety, fun, and learning—in that order. Kids need to have fun before they start learning. An easy, no-pressure intro to sailing often builds more lifelong sailors than the direct line to the race course. Top on SpinSheet’s list are those junior sailing programs that go the extra mile. They offer condensed schedules in half-day formats that allow kids to participate in other sports and camps during the summer. They continuously rewrite their curricula to spice them up for teenage sailors and kids of all ages. Some even use GPS trackers, so sailors can see how they are sailing. They transition sailors from dinghies to larger boats to give them a new perspective and to broaden their skills. They integrate teenage sailors by making them volunteer junior instructors and honing their skills as they help teach younger kids. They offer a range of physical activities with a solid dose of instruction. In the end, they let kids have good clean fun. Who wouldn’t love to zoom around in a dinghy? And, don’t forget about windsurfing. The new equipment in windsurfing makes sailing fun, easy, exciting, and affordable—key ingredients if you are trying to get kids on the water and keep them excited. Got some “sponges” on your couch? Send them sailing.


Here are a few choice words from Fishing Bay YC (FBYC) junior sailors: Kyle Swenson, Laser Radial sailor, Age 16—“Fishing Bay is a great environment for sailing. You get a lot of different conditions to practice in. You can go out into the Bay and get chop, waves, and breeze and also sail in Fishing Bay and experience light, variable, shifty conditions. The club facilities are perfectly maintained, and the club always manages to attract some of the best coaches in the world. The coaches, such as Juan Carlos Romero, Luis “Dingo” Canuto, and Alejandro Cloos all have taught the junior sailors how to be good competitors and good people. I’ve learned a lot about sailing from these Fishing Bay coaches and wouldn’t be the sailor I am today without the experience I’ve been given at FBYC.” Conrad Roos, Age 14—“The sailing is fun at FBYC because there isn’t much boat traffic and you can sail in the Chesapeake or in Fishing Bay. Also, the club gets great coaches who are nice, and it is not in the middle of the city, so it is quiet.” Eric Roos, Age 13—“Sailing is fun at Fishing Bay because there is always a steady wind, and there aren’t very many boats in the channel.” Kendall Swenson, Opti sailor, Age 13—“I enjoy sailing on the FBYC race team a lot. We’re not the biggest yacht club, but we have the biggest desire to sail anywhere and any time we can. The parents are all supportive and very friendly to everyone new

and old to the club. We’re like a little family that looks after each other. The coaches are all very enthusiastic for their kids to sail well and do their best in practices and regattas. The yacht club is in the middle of nowhere, but when you get there, it’s like you’re home. The Fishing Bay kids are lucky because our yacht club has a pool, and we all play sharks and minnows after a long, hot day on the water. The regatta parties are also very fun, and I think FBYC has the best trophies! Now that our yacht club is hosting the Opti Nationals in July, I’m sure more people will discover FBYC and see why it’s so special to us.” Helen Russell, Age 12—“Sailing at Fishing Bay is awesome because you can still be a kid but at the same time, learn sooooo much about boats that most kids never get to learn such as when you have wind, you feel like you are gliding on water!” Zach Quimby, Age 11—“Learning to sail at FBYC is the best! I absolutely loved the races that they do. It is fun because the instructors are great, the courses are fun, and we have lots of time to learn. Each summer, they have a week of sailing. That is the best time to go learn at FBYC. They have different rank levels to fit what you need to learn. I absolutely love the sailing program at FBYC!”  Luke Hayes, Age 10—“I have sailed at FBYC in numerous Opti programs and raced last year on the Opti

Development Team. I have made a lot of great friends over the last couple of years who are all good sailors. I really love my coach, Coach Cori Radke.” Hugh Feehan, Age 7—“I liked the part when the boat tipped on its side. I like Cori (Radtke). I like the pool, and I liked doing the treasure hunt at the end of the whole thing.” Jeremy Herrin—“I enjoyed having Peter Strong as my coach last summer. The club and parents are very supportive of our race teams. Having great coaches and a supportive club made last summer very fun.” And, finally: when asked what she enjoyed about learning to sail during FBYC’s weekend-OptiKids session, Charlotte Patterson says, “You take a swim test in the pool. You cannot see any jellyfish in the shallow water, and you get to pick your partner.” Charlotte and her little sister, Eleanor, enjoyed sailing around their parents (in hip-deep water) on the first day without a rig while their parents pushed the Optis in a merry-go-round so they got used to steering the boats. Mom Margaret Patterson says, “Many parents volunteered, and the kids were confidently sailing away from the beach within three hours of instruction! Treasure hunts abounded on the shore of Fishing Bay.” Eleanor adds, “It’s fun to put the tiller toward trouble!”

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Luke Hayes takes Playful Porpoise through her paces at FBYC. Photo by Mark Hayes

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Eye On the Bay Photos by Al Schreitmueller

Photo by David Ostwind Photo by Al Schreitmueller/SpinSheet

The snow from Schooner’s perspective. Photo by Bob DeYoung

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Dear Snow, Thank you for your surprise visits this season to Chesapeake Country. It had been a long time since we saw much of you—and years since you made such a dramatic appearance and stuck around for so long. We love how you force us to mix it up, rearrange our plans, and go out and play with our friends and kids. We certainly hope you’ll come back and pay us a little visit or two this month. Short visits would be nice. No offense. We really do like you, but we have… other commitments. If it’s not too rude of us to just say it, it’s okay if you pop by, say, on a Saturday morning, briefly, or during Sunday frostbite races just for a little flurry hour. But would you mind getting that done in February? Yes, we know, it’s an awfully short month, but March is… booked. We’re sailors. We have boats to scrub and paint and will need a bunch of warm, dry days to get that done. Do pay us a visit soon, though, and if you are too busy traveling to New England or such, we totally understand. We’ll see you next winter. Best Wishes, Your Friends at SpinSheet

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Pilgrim on Land:

A Cruiser Walks Away from the Liveaboard Life

by Jerome Zukosky


pinSheet, like other sailing publications, tends, for obvious reasons, to favor stories that feature the pleasures of buying boats and cruising and racing them. There is often a piece about the tremendous storm that Bob and his wife Kate and perhaps their cat survived after many horrible moments with great resourcefulness. The word “dream” often appears, and so do many practical and helpful tutorials on the care and feeding of the thing that often takes on the role of the beloved, especially in men’s lives, as you can tell from the suggestive names on transoms. 52 February 2010 SpinSheet

I would like to talk now, however, about the other end of the spectrum, the part that has to do with the fading of pleasure and the loss of desire. It is the part that bears a resemblance to other aging and end-of-life moments, even though it is only the end of the boating life. But for many of us who have lived aboard and cruised full-time for many years—in my case, 18 of them—it is a similar wrenching passage. There are, no doubt, many sailors on the shores of the Chesapeake who know what I am talking about. For some unfortunate souls, the end comes suddenly and catastrophi-

cally, a medical disaster perhaps, or an accident. As one of the fortunate ones, I must say that I was surprised at what actually did take place during the last two years that ended with the sale of Pilgrim, my Tayana Vancouver 42, in Annapolis on December 31, 2009. What was surprising was how the end sneaked up. It tip-toed into my life without me understanding clearly what was happening. Just a year and a half ago, in October 2008, with able seaman and friend Michael as crew, I sailed Pilgrim from Long Island Sound to the Virginia Capes and into Hampton. Michael had a personal schedule

Little did I know then that this was a would be a foolish enterprise. But perhaps to meet (“Never promise anyone to be I ought to try. So, I did list her, at a high anywhere at any time” goes the first rule of last hurrah. And a fitting one: my seamanprice I was sure would not fetch a buyer. I cruising, which I violated). We started out ship was as good as it ever was. Pilgrim was right. I could look forward to another was well prepared, and nothing broke. ahead of a cold front and of course, sufcruising season, perhaps to Maine this time fered the consequences, which were wester- I had spent the summer months before pleasantly cruising alone on Long Island with Michael or another friend as crew for lies at 20 to 25 knots, sometimes more, for the offshore leg. A cheering thought. 16 hours. Pilgrim’s big main was tripleSound and Narragansett Bay. After MiBringing Pilgrim north on the ICW reefed and her jib partially furled and she chael departed in Hampton, I took Pilgrim alone last spring, I found myself for the alone down the Intra-Coastal Waterway flew—7.5 to 8.5 knots steadily (once I saw (ICW) to winter quarters in New Bern, first time exhausted at the end of a day of nine over the ground on the Garmin). I NC and settled in for what I anticipated motoring (with an occasional sail, includheaded enough offshore to keep the waves ing a nice one on the starboard “What was surprising was how the end sneaked up. It tip-toed into across Albequarter, so we marle Sound). were actually my life without me understanding clearly what was happening.” fairly comfortI had always anchored every night on ICW trips, both able, and the powerful autopilot did the would be a comfortable life at a very pleasant marina in the heart of town. As indeed recently and in the distant past, but this steering. time I docked at Coinjock, took a nice long When the front passed, we enjoyed it was; many sailors had arrived there in hot shower, and had dinner at the joint a near-perfect sail along the DelMarVa years past and bought houses, including in the marina. (In retrospect, I should not coast on our third day out. As the sun was a good friend and his wife who had put have been surprised: going south in the fall, many thousands of long ocean-passage setting, Pilgrim had Cape Charles abeam. I ran into strong crosswinds in Currituck miles under their keel. We doused the sails and motored up the Sound and had to pay strict attention to Hints that something was changing auxiliary Thimble Shoals channel into everything—the engine sound, the depth were at first subtle and then not so subtle. Hampton Roads. This was familiar water, sounder, the chartplotter at the helm, the I began taking a great interest in house the weather was clear, and at 1 a.m., 72 buoys behind and ahead, all the usual—and hours out, Pilgrim was at rest at a floating prices and rentals in New Bern. But, of found the anxiety level shockingly high.) dock at the Hampton YC. I was a tired but course, not for now. Anyway, given the By the time I arrived at the free tie-up at state of the boat market, selling Pilgrim happy puppy.

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Pilgrim on Land continued... Chesapeake, I decided I had better spend a day there. It would make the trip through the bridges to Norfolk less of what now seemed a great hassle. What I am describing may appear to many Bay sailors who do the ICW regularly as not particularly unusual; of course, it can be anxiety-inducing and troublesome. But this was not supposed to happen to me, who had sailed many thousands of bluewater, passage-making miles with Judith, my sailing companion—and then, I was in my late sixties. Now, in my seventies, it was different. Even cruising around the Chesapeake last summer tasted different. At anchor in the splendid nooks and crannies of the Bay or idling in Oxford or Chestertown or Annapolis during what was particularly comfortable summer weather should have been joyous. It was not. There were the niggling mistakes or forgetfulness: not shutting down the propane supply solenoid and wasting valuable amps, not bothering to secure the dinghy in its

davits—too much work!—or deciding that sailing with the jib alone was enough. Raise the main? Too much work! Something inside was whispering that this was not the way it was supposed to be. And I must confess that even now I have no real understanding of what that something was or is. Except to say that it felt as if life aboard was no longer fun. Many cruising friends have gone through this, and most often have reasonably good excuses for why they are in a condo on Spa Creek or wherever and not in Trinidad or the Azores or the other great crossroads or even in Daytona or the Bahamas this winter. Their wife or companion wants to be near the grandchildren, the bank account is shot, or the arthritis has gotten too bad. I suspect that all these folks have called it quits for reasons they no more understand than I, except that it is no longer fun. I write this from a very appealing condo apartment on Back Creek, looking

through the bare trees at Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard where I spent many months outfitting Pilgrim; before her, my Hans Christian 38T, Herman Melville, started life in 1987 down the creek at Port Annapolis. Pilgrim was relisted with a broker in Annapolis just a few months ago, and a good offer was made and accepted. Was this the right thing? Who knows? Friends advised. Plans B, C, and D were hashed over: the boat keeps your spirit and body, there is the group Singles on Sailboats... All I know is that after the buyers, a long-married couple of Bay sailors getting ready for retirement and a life aboard, made their final inspection, and we all jumped off to the dock to close the sale, I had no pang of regret. And I suppose that is the best anyone can ask for. About the Author: Jerome Zukosky lived aboard and cruised his Tayana Vancouver 42 and his Hans Christian 38T for 18 years. He is a former newspaper and magazine reporter and editor.


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Another Cruise Begins Editor’s Note: On November 2, Carl and Sue Reitz of the Hunter SA headed south on WindRose, their 40-footer. Stay tuned with SpinSheet for more news of their travels.


t was 70 degrees in the cabin last night. That’s because we roasted sweet potatoes and made meatloaf. The night before it was below 50. Why do we subject ourselves to the whims of nature? Because

before our planned departure, and Ivan and Marlene Bekey treated us the next night, the actual night of our departure. This year, the night before our planned departure, fellow Hunter owners Ivan and Marlene and Bill and Terri Ellis joined us for dinner at Café des Artistes, one of the nicest restaurants in St. Mary’s County, MD. Bill and Terri picked us up at Nancy

it is part of cruising on a sailboat. We are at it again. Four years ago, the last time we took WindRose south for the winter, we began our log in Edenton, NC. Our friends Larry and Lynn Morrow had just moved there from Virginia. As our story begins anew, we are about to meet Larry and Lynn for dinner, this time in Belhaven, NC. The starts of our cruises are beginning to sound the same. This is our third cruise south and the third time we started a day later than we planned. It rained cats and dogs until about 2 p.m. on November 1, our planned departure date from Solomons. All through the rain, we were busy down in the cabin with yet another lastminute project: installing soundproofing for the Lectra/SAN, a marine sanitation device. It’s quiet now; no need to announce to the boat and most of the world that someone had just flushed the toilet. Four years ago, Bob Smith and Chel Zalaga treated us to dinner the night

MacMeekin’s house where we left Carl’s shiny red truck for the winter. Nancy is a ski and sailing friend from Pennsylvania. Like Carl, she is a transplanted Navy Warminster engineer. Unlike Carl, she stayed in St. Mary’s County after retirement. When we decided not to leave in the rain November 1, Ivan and Marlene had us aboard their boat Victoria for a delightful dinner. We got off on Monday morning with a nice 25-knot north wind to rush us down the Bay. A few days and several new

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friends later, we met up with Bob and Chel in Elizabeth City, NC. We enjoyed dinner out with them one night and aboard Bella Sera, their Shannon 37, the next night. Are you getting the picture? Cruising is all about having dinner in a different place every night, often with good friends. We won’t dwell on the stops or the boat jargon. We have mostly been to places we visited in prior trips. One place that was brand new when we visited in April 2005 was the Elizabeth City Museum. It is now pretty much complete with a permanent exhibit of how the peoples of the Pasquotank River have lived for the past 12,000 years. Yes, they have some artifacts from circa 10,000 BC. The Odgen Nash poem The Duck is on display in the museum entrance. It is part

of an exhibit about “market hunting” for ducks. We could just picture the Turlock family from Michener’s Chesapeake being related to the North Carolina duck hunters. Follow us as we continue down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. About the Authors: Carl and Sue Reitz are avid sailors and Hunter SA advocates. They sail as often as possible out of Solomons. SpinSheet February 2010 55

Cruising Club Notes


Nice Aft! Art from the Cockpit

earning of a different kind took place during the Chesapeake Bristol Club’s fall cruise. Retired art teacher and fellow cruiser Mickey Doran gave drawing paper, blue markers, and an assignment to all the captains and crew: “Capture a part of your boat with the view beyond, using only the design element of line.” Considering that many of the wouldbe artists had rarely, if ever, taken pen to paper, the results were impressive. In fact, Doran decreed that the 14 completed works were “All great. All get an A!” One of the best was Shirley Kennard’s sketch of husband Hunter aboard their Island Packet, Bonkers Two, which Doran commended for the artist’s “fine hand and fine eye working together” (left). A video of all of the sketches and his critiques can be viewed at —by Deb Coons How Shirley Kennard captured her husband, Hunter, during a creative CBC cruise event last year.


Happy Go Lucky

n January, the Herrington Harbour SA installed new officers for 2010 at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner, VA: commodore Rich Griner, vice commodore Tom McGarry, secretary/ treasurer Maris Eshleman, cruising Al Del Negro, racing Arne Fliflet, communications Joe Laun, newsletter Ellen Harris, and past commodore Ted Slotwinski. Racing High Point awards went to Jubilee, Leap Frog, and Pachanga. Jubilee also won the Commodores Award. In February, we all begin thinking really hard about sailing again, and this starts with our Racing and Cruising Seminar Series ( —by Keith Morgenstern


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Eggs Benedict, Please

ore than 30 members enjoyed the Hunter Sailing Association’s Parade of Lights gala at the Annapolis Waterfront Marriott December 12 hosted by Up To No Good and Mission Impossible. As always, the food was fantastic, the conversation was interesting, and the dazzling array of holiday lights once again was really something to see. You know it was a good party when the last people left around 10:30 p.m. During our annual meeting January 24, we elected and installed our new officers. February 21 brings our Winter Brunch at the Federal House Restaurant in Annapolis ( —by Carl and Sue Reitz


Okay... Now We’re Jealous!

n December, Blue Marsh SA members Alex and Joan Whan chartered a 42-foot Beneteau and sailed the BVI. With Joan at the helm (below), we had a great sail off Norman Island, making our way to Marina Key at the far east end of Tortola on two very long and exciting windward tacks. To our surprise, a Thinking Big Thoughts young woman in a Zodiac appeared and aimed a telephoto lens at our boat. She he Pearson Sailing Association of the was with and randomly patrols the waters taking action shots Chesapeake Bay (PSA) enjoyed a very gratifying holiday party December 12. Dur- that sailors could never capture themselves. We have been on many Blue Marsh sails everywhere from Greece to the Lesser Antilles, but have never before caping the Spring Brunch in March at the Eastport tured such vivid images to help us remember the sail. Our photos have made lookYC, we’ll learn about sailing the 2009 Caribbean 1500 Regatta. Once a year, PSA organizes a Round ing back almost as much fun as the sail itself ( —Alex Whan the DelMarVa Rally for those interested in doing it all in one shot in May or June. If you have big ideas for other cruising events, bring ‘em on ( —by John Martin


All About Albergers

or the Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Association, our annual Saturday Seminar Program throughout February will cover racing, cruising, maintenance, and a potpourri of related subjects. We will gather at the Eastport Library on Hillsmere Drive and then have a dinner party at a member’s home (, ).—by Rolph Townshend 56 February 2010 SpinSheet

Alex and Joan Whan and friends on a Sunsail vacation.


Mama Mia, It’s Cold Out There!

t’s 2010, it’s cold as snot, and I keep having daydreams about doubletrapped spinnaker reaching... Oh well. Our 20th year was another good one for the West River Catamaran Racing Association fleet. We’re a loose-knit bunch racing open class with no committee, and we tend to keep choosing bars that close down. But for some reason, folks keep coming out and sailing their boats on Tuesday nights. Todd Berget, Keith Chapman, John Geiger, Kris Hathaway, Joe Kaiser, John McLaughlin, and Ed Mills all kicked butt last season. Members of the Galesville, MD Cat scene traveled near and far and represented the Bay well. The Alter Cup qualifier came to Galesville, and the F-16 class became poised to be the next Cats to establish a fleet presence at the West River Sailing Club. Upcoming events are the Annual Cat Sailors Invasion of Annapolis and our Awards Party. And, the 2010 season is just around the corner! Be sure to register ( —by Keith Chapman


More Power To You

he Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) welcomes power cruisers who have met liveaboard and distance requirements to apply for commodore status. SSCA meets Tuesdays for breakfast at the Leeward Market in Eastport from 9 to 11 a.m. During the Cruisers’ Dinner and Discussion at the Severn SA February 20 from 5 to 8 p.m., executive chef David Yates will cook a full-course meal and give tips for cooking delicious meals onboard. Dinner runs $15 per sailor; beer, wine, and Dark and Stormies will be available for additional cost. These events are open to SSCA members and anyone interested in learning more about SSCA and the cruising/liveaboard lifestyle. Below, world cruisers and SSCA commodores Benno and Marlene Klopper enjoy Chile on their 41-footer ( —by Barbara Theisen and Sally Reuther

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he Chesapeake 20 Association recently found Waterlous, Hull #20. Captain Dick Hartge built Galatea in 1952 and traded her to Louis (Buster) Phipps in exchange for a Roadmaster Buick; Buster had a car dealership in Annapolis. Apparently, Buster did not think much of the name and renamed her Waterlous. Buster did not race her and eventually sold Waterlous to William Loux in 1966. After that, the class lost track of her until Roger Longenecker of Reading, PA contacted us about a month ago. Roger purchased Waterlous more than 30 years ago hoping to restore her. She sailed out of Betterton off the Sassafras River. The boat is in poor condition with some rot in the aft section and very old sails. But, the sails still carry the 20 symbol and #20, the wooden mast is in good condition, and the hull appears not to be hogged. She has a slight chine, is very pretty and fast, and is unusual in design with high freeboard and narrow hull, demonstrating again that Captain Dick never stopped trying to perfect his 20 designs. Waterlous will be restored at the West River Sailing Club in Galesville, MD ( —by Ted Weihe

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lenmar SA sailors gathered in December for our 62nd annual awards and recognition party. Winning racers, both PHRF and Portsmouth, were congratulated and celebrated. Intrepid cruisers were cheered and jeered, mostly by each other. High Point trophies for the speedy and LeftHanded Golf Club awards for the needy were awarded. Despite the snow that day, 130 members and guests gathered. Everyone enjoyed the plentiful food and drink as the snow fell. We had so much fun in 2009, we’ll do it all again in 2010, only better. Especially notable is the ongoing growth of our non-spin fleet for all of the Fun Racers in our group. January brought our annual cruise planning party. The last two years have taken us to the waters of New York and Virginia. This year’s focus will be closer to home, the Patuxent River. Our cruise captain is calling it his Pax Cruise. If you live, work, or play on the northern end of the Bay and are looking for some sailing fun, check us out. We are only a little bit crusty and grouchy ( —Paul Rybczynski



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ven though we are all shivering outside, Singles on Sailboats (SOS) is warmly enjoying the off season inside with our Fireside Chats. These are regional events that feature delightful speakers in members’ homes. Regional Happy Hours keep us connected, as well. SOS also sponsors destination cruises for members and non-members alike. The next one will be in the British Virgin Islands February 6-13. Our Spring Training March 13 at Broadneck High School is open to anyone who signs up before March 5. Don’t miss this daylong seminar with great information from some of Annapolis’s top sailing, power, weather, electrical, electronics, diesel, rigging, ICW, and medical experts. We’re talking four blocks of time, 90-minute lectures in nine classrooms with 36 experts. For more details about upcoming events, check out singlesonsailboats. org. —by Charlotte O’Conor and Louise Burke


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arnacle Cup Racers (below) finished the season with an exciting Halloween race in windy and misty conditions; very spooky! Several crews dressed up like pirates, and we were lucky to have a committee boat from the Northern Neck SA (NNSA) join us. 2010 will begin in May, and we hope to draw more skippers from NNSA and from Southern Maryland. During our strategy meeting December 12, we discussed future racing on the lower Potomac River. The club will hold a planning meeting for all available skippers and crew at Fitzies Irish Pub on Breton Bay March 27 at 7 p.m. And, as a holiday present to the Barnacle Cup family, Bob Donaldson recently created the club’s website to share photos, boat information, race courses, calendars of events, messages, member email addresses, and links to other sailing sites (barnaclecup. com). —by Robert “Buzz” Ballard and Bob Donaldson

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ounded in 1953, the New Castle Sailing Club (NCSC) offers basic sailing instruction and racing clinics to its new members starting February 6. The club’s Thistle, Flying Scot, and Hunter sailboats are jointly owned, maintained, and sailed by all members. Basic training at the clubhouse runs for nine sessions on consecutive Saturdays (10:30 a.m. to noon). Basic on-the-water sailing safety instruction starts May 1. Before a new member may take a club boat out, he or she must pass a sailing test on the water and a written exam. Junior skippers are welcome, as well. Beginning March 20, NCSC will offer Thistle racing clinics to members every Saturday in season ( —by Louise Eliason


Three Feet? Holy Cow!


ur first event of 2010, the annual Valentine’s Day Celebration in Marathon, FL will include dinner and dancing for Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) members who headed south this year. Although downright cold weather has brought frozen strawberries without the benefit of a daiquiri, the party is always warm and happy. Ted and Elinor Adensam welcome all; contact them at Plans for the coming months are underway even as the sun moves steadily back into our corner of the world. Our club is the largest group of Tartan owners in the Chesapeake Bay, and we are a very friendly bunch (see right) ( —by Grace Holt

No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

here’s no “if ” about the coming of winter. It has been mercilessly cold from Florida to Maine and across the Great Lakes. So what’s a poor sailor to do? If we can’t sail, we can at least make plans for the warmer days ahead. Tartan 34 Classic Association (T34C) members (below) have been busy with our 2010 calendars, and our 12 regions have special activities lined up. Intrepid Hamburg sailor, Jürgen Mohrmann, will sail across

the Atlantic on Hull #1, Rubicon, in July. He’ll head down the coast of Europe to the Canary Islands, then west to Barbados, up the Caribbean to Miami, and back in the Bay May 2011. This journey will be a homecoming for his boat, which he bought and shipped on an ocean-going ferry from Florida to Hamburg in November 2004. We are always looking for T34Cs that are not listed in our database ( —by Grace Holt

CBTSC’s Goose Cruise brought two T34Cs (Celebration and Squander) out to play in Grays Inn Creek off the Chester River in October with the likes of Puts ‘n Calls and Orion. Chris Crighton tended to Orion’s spreaders and brought his camera. Notice how narrow the classics are compared to the two more recent models.

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Mike and Mary Swift sail their Tartan 4600, Braveheart, toward Onancock after the CBTSC Southern Cruise to Reedville last September. Sailing buddies Greg and Debby Shields report that Mike had a “suspenseful moment” when a gravel barge came within about three feet of his stern while they were rafted up in Reedville. But no harm done, and the tug operator said he wasn’t worried a bit! Photo by Greg Shields

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n January, the Jewish Navy triumphed over the blistering cold to gather amid warm company, and good food to hear about the Israel Project. We will now turn our attention back to boating on the Bay at our February 14 Speaker-Luncheon. The Maryland Watermen’s Association will provide us with a greater understanding of the life, plight, and fortitude of the Bay’s watermen. We look forward to hearing, first hand, about the issues facing the watermen and what can be done to remedy/improve the situation; reservations are required. During the winter, our Speaker-Luncheon Series gives us an opportunity to learn more about boating and the Bay, to schmooze, and to welcome newcomers. We take boating seriously, enjoying all this offers, but also set aside time for lighthearted pondering over questions such as how one knows when he has run out of invisible ink ( —by Adiva Sotzsky

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he Chesapeake Bay S2 Owners Association is one of two new clubs to enter SpinSheet’s Club Notes crew. This newly forming group will host cruises and offseason gatherings to develop and strengthen bonds among S2 owners and enthusiasts on the Bay. With enough interested members, the association may promote racing and develop an owners’ registry and knowledge base. For more details, contact Chuck Thomas at or visit groups. view. —by Chuck Thomas


It’s Showtime

ith a foot and a half plus of snow in December and more recent frigid temperatures and nonstop northwest winds gusting to 40-plus knots, this may be the winter to beat all winters. However, Chesapeake Bristol Club (CBC) members (below) have always found interesting and innovative ways to survive and even enjoy the winter months, and this year is no exception. One popular club activity has been to check out the theatrical offerings in Annapolis and beyond. Thanks to the great organizational skills of Prue and Bob Clopp, we will gather February 14 for a performance of The Rivalry at the historic Ford’s Theatre

in Washington, DC. While history may show that no love was lost between famous debaters and arch rivals, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, CBCers will celebrate Valentine’s Day watching a play that promises to detail Lincoln’s and Douglas’s disagreements with both fiery rhetoric and wry humor. After a tour of the newly refurbished Ford’s Theatre museum and the show, we’ll enjoy dinner at Bistro D’Oc nearby. Another surefire cure for the blues is our annual Winter Doldrums Party North and South March 5. March 14 brings our 2010 planning session. Now that really is starting to sound like spring (cbclub. info). —by Deb Coons

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lub Beneteau Chesapeake Bay sailors met at the Coves of Wilton Creek Club House in Hartfield, VA to attend a free training seminar hosted by the Southern Fleet and Annapolis Yacht Sales South in mid-January. We provided lunch, and Dave Bennett hosted several forums including member boat improvements and favorite gunk holes and cruising destinations. We discussed plans for the upcoming season, including a raft-up between the DelMarVa participants and the Southern Fleet while both head to the Beneteau Rendezvous in Deltaville in early June. During a lateJanuary seminar at the Selby Bay YC for the upcoming DelMarVa Circumnavigation, we learned how to inspect and prepare our boats for coastal cruising. We will kick off the season by pairing up our Spring Luncheon and Pub Crawl in Annapolis March 20. Shortly after that, we will purge our tanks, water lines, and engines of pink stuff; hoist our sails; and wax our hulls all in anticipation of another great year on the Chesapeake ( —by Kevin McKibben

A Spring in Their Steps?


eneteau Owners and Others Sailing Together (BOOST) invites Beneteau owners and other sailors who are interested in sailing camaraderie, sailing activities, and sailing safety and skills—without cost! Though the weather outside is frightful, BOOST will meet February 13 at the home of Scott and Nan Nichols for an Open House. The dress is casual, the fare is free, and the timing coincides with our love of the sea. We are eagerly awaiting our spring commissioning rituals, and we plan to share some information on new techniques to safely get underway again. We are growing and look forward to making new acquaintances and long-time friends. Still in the works is our annual End-of-February American Heart Association CPR Certification Course. We will post all that information to members shortly. For details about our events and to get on our email list, contact Dave Gibson at or Myrna Gibson at We look forward to an active and safe sailing season. Come out and join us! —by Myrna Gibson


Fred and Ginger Would Be Proud


embers of the Portsmouth Boat Club danced the night away at the Sandollar Supper Club on the Portsmouth Naval Hospital Base. The Christmas Soirée was the highlight of the recently completed sailing season as boat club members cut a fierce rug on the dance floor; it was a great way to close out the decade. Come New Years Day, we officially kicked off the 2010 sailing season by boarding our boats in our new year’s best and cruising the downtown harbor (below). Never any rest for these intrepid sailors! Next up for the members is the Dance Party and Karaoke show at the clubhouse. Sounds like fun, and maybe we will discover our very own Portsmouth Idol! We are already planning for this year’s Hampton Roads Long-Distance Sunfish Challenge September 25 ( This unique, dinghy event was a rousing success in its first year (2009); mark your calendars ( —by Jonathan Romero

Dave Bennett and members of the PBC on a frosty New Years Day sail in their finest “sailing attire.”

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES An Active Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Waste


ailors in the Annapolis Fleet of the Corinthians take no break over the winter. No siree, rest is for the wicked, not the active. Upcoming fleet events for the next few months include the Bah Humbug GAM January 23 at the home of fleet captain Mary West, the Icebreaker Dinner/Dance February 20 at the Cape St. Clair Clubhouse, and an Adkins Arboretum Tour March 27 in Ridgely, MD. These events should satisfy our social urges until we can all gather together again on our favorite body of water. If you’re interested in the Corinthians and would like to join us at one of these or any of our other events, e-mail me at —by Tom Berry


Potlucks Rule!

he Annapolis Naval Sailing Association’s new slate of officers have been busy since January 12 developing the schedule of training, boat maintenance, sailing, and other fun activities for 2010. We all look forward to our monthly potluck social/meetings. Details will be posted at when they become available. —by Tom Warrington

Might As Well Face It, You’re Addicted to Speed


oin Gary Jobson (above) and the Windjammers of the Chesapeake February 13 (8 p.m.) at the Severn School in Severna Park, MD for “Sailing: Speed and Passion.” Tickets can be purchased at the door. Or, become a Windjammer and enjoy all the lectures and our cruise weekend ( —by Leah Duer Alfriend For the Club Directory, visit Send your Club Notes, Directory updates, and chocolate bonbons to

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One Sweet Week: Key West Race Week 2010


In their 13th year in Key West, Bruce Gardner’s L’Outrage team placed third in PHRF 2. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

Many Chesapeake sailors were among the increasingly popular J/80 fleet. Photo by Sara Proctor/

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lthough they don’t get much sympathy from their families and friends at home on the Chesapeake Bay, there are years when you hear sailors complain that Key West Race Week (KWRW) was just too darned cold. The 2010 edition of the event was not one of them. “Picture perfect” was a common description of day one of the popular race week, presented by Nautica, which unfolded in 75-degree weather and steady seven- to 10-knot winds. On three racing circles, competitors from 13 countries and 21 states sailed in more than 130 boats, fewer boats and racing circles than in years past, but comparable numbers to 2009. A solid, however shifty breeze made for tactical racing and marked the week until Thursday, when the breeze became steadier and strong enough to please even the largest boat in the event, Irvine Laidlaw’s 82-foot Wally Highland Fling XI of Monaco. More than 20 KWRW race committee members hailed from Chesapeake country, including Principal Race Officer (PRO) Wayne Bretsch, who ran division three for multihulls and PHRF 2 and 3. PRO Ken Legler headed up the grand prix circle for IRC boats and Farr 40 and Melges 32 classes; and PRO Dave Brennan managed the one-design circle for Melges 24, J/105, and J/80 fleets, all of which were scoring this event as their Mid-Winter Championships as well. There were few Bay boats and sailors in division one. Annapolis pro and 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Terry Hutchinson, called tactics on Jim Richardson’s Farr 40 Barking Mad (Newport, RI), which was the 2008 KWRW Boat of the Year. After a tough fight, particularly at the SpinSheet February 2010 65

Fresh off their Melges 32 Gold Cup win in December, Rod Jabin’s allAnnapolis Ramrod crew. Photo by Sara Proctor/

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week’s end as the crew ramped up its performance, they took second place. Giovanni Maspero’s Joe Fly team, who sailed consistently fourth or better in eight of 10 races, won its first KWRW after many years of competing in a few classes. Annapolis sailor Ennio Staffini’s JV 52 Anema and Core team placed fifth in IRC 1, which was won by the Newport, RI-based R/P 69 Bella Mente. Annapolis pro Geoff Ewenson crewed for Austin Fragomen’s TP 52 Interlodge (New York, NY), which placed third in class and first of the TP 52s. North Sails of Annapolis’s Larry Leonard called tactics on the J/122 Pugwash, which took third in IRC 2; Mike Williamson’s Newport-based Summit 40 White Heat topped the class. Rod Jabin’s all-Annapolis Melges 32 Ramrod crew came in hot following their December victory at the Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta in Ft. Lauderdale and after a solid third-place finish on the first day, struggled over the course of the week. Led by tactician Gavin Brady, the crew—still quite new to the highly competitive class made up of teams from Italy, France, Britain, and 11 states—posted a secondplace finish in race nine and finished overall eighth of 22. The Chesapeake contingent was stronger in division two, especially in the increasingly popular J/80 division. Eastport YC sailor and J/80 class president Kristen Robinson and crew, who took third overall last year, finished midpack in the 19-boat fleet on Angry Chameleon. Other Annapolis sailors who enjoyed a week of racing in the class—won by Le Tigre of Ft. Worth, TX—were Ramzi Bannura on Stacked Deck, Aaron Galvin on Blind Faith, Jeremy Reynolds on Magic in Motion, and Jeff Jordan on Willy T. Among Jordan and Galvin’s crews were students from J/ World Annapolis, who were treated to nightly recaps and race analysis via Kattack software race-tracking systems on each boat. The Italians captured top honors in the Melges 24 class as well, as Lorenzo Santini’s UKA UKA Racing of Porto Civitanova, Italy won.

vid Happ and crew on the Annapolisbased Mustgo competed in the only Bay boat in the class. Brian Keane of Marion, MA and his team on Savasana must still be walking on air as they crushed the J/105 fleet, winning an impressive 22 points ahead of the second-place boat, as well as capturing the Mid-Winter Championship title. Fishing Bay, VAbased Travis Weisleder and his team on Lucky Dog placed sixth of 14 and was surprisingly the only J/105 from the Bay. It was a sweet (or bittersweet?) week for Annapolis sailor Bill Sweetser and crew of the J/109 Rush, who placed second in PHRF 2, after posting five bullets, two seconds, and a third and duking it out with the Evelyn 32 Bluto of Bokeelia, FL, a winner by only one point and the PHRF Boat of the Week. Successful Key West contender and January SpinSheet cover boat L’Outrage, sailed by Bruce Gardner and crew, took third overall this year, followed in fourth by Gerry Taylor’s Annapolis-based Cape Fear 38 Tangent team. Taylor’s team won last year’s edition after nailing a memorable eight bullets in 10 races. After completing his 13th KWRW, Gardner told Bill Wagner, press officer, known in these parts as the sailing correspondent for The Capital, exactly what he told SpinSheet: he doesn’t care what the economy does or how many boats show up; he wouldn’t miss his chance to compete in Key West. Still buzzed from last year’s class victory and winning the Paul Washburn Award, Solomons sailors John and Linda Edwards’ Farr 30 Rhumb Punch scored third in PHRF 1 with Clarke McKinney at the helm. James Madden’s Stark Raving Mad (Oyster Bay, NY) won with Marinerscove from Cork, Ireland in second. The enthusiastic sailing family and Southern Maryland SA members from Solomons handed over the Paul Washburn Award, for sailors who nurture a passion for sailing in others, to its 2010 recipients, John Storck, Jr. and his son Erik of Huntington Bay, NY. For complete results and daily recaps, visit Chesapeake Bay Sailing

Jeremy Reynolds and his Magic in Motion crew were among the Chesapeake contingent in the J/80 class. Photo by Sara Proctor/

Class winners in 2009, Gerry Taylor’s crew on the Cape Fear 38 Tangent trailed behind Bruce Gardner’s L’Outrage, placing fourth at this year’s Key West Race Week. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

Posting five bullets and sailing consistently well, Bill Sweetser’s Annapolis-based J/109 Rush team came just one point from winning PHRF 2. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

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Rod Jabin’s Annapolis-based Ramrod crew won its debut Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta off Fort Lauderdale, FL in December. Photo by Becky DaMore/


2009 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Bora Gulari won the Moth World Championships in Cascade Locks, Oregon. See article on right-hand page. Photo by Amory Ross/

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Ramrod Rocks the Melges 32 Class

ewcomers to the class, Rod Jabin and his Annapolis-based crew—Gavin Brady, Mike Beasley, Joe Gibson, Ted Kaczmarski, Kate Torgerson and Ray Wulff—won the 2009 Melges 32 Gold Cup on Ramrod off Ft. Lauderdale, FL December 6. Exhilarated by his victory, Jabin, who formerly sailed a Farr 40 by the same name, says he didn’t expect to win the three-day, eight-race event. Joe Woods (Torquay, UK) and crew on Red took second, and current U.S. National Champion Andy Lovell (New Orleans, LA) and his team on Rougarou placed third. For full results, visit

ODU graduate Anna Tunnicliffe won U.S. Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year for the second year in a row. Photo by Walter Cooper


Tunnicliffe and Gulari Earn Their Rolexes

ast month, Semaine Olympique Francaise Laser Radial Champion, Anna Tunnicliffe, and CST Composites International Moth World Champion, Bora Gulari, won U.S. Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman and Yachtsman of the Year Awards to recognize their outstanding on-thewater competitive achievements in the calendar year. The selection process involved nominations by U.S. Sailing members and votes by a panel of sailing journalists. Although she lives in Plantation, FL, we revel in the fact that the 27-year-old Tunnicliffe spent her college sailing years sailing on the Chesapeake Bay for Old Dominion University. Having won this very award in 2008, she is the first woman in 27 years to win the award in back-to-back years, a feat only accomplished by four women in the award’s 48-year history. “It’s truly amazing to win this award again,” says Tunnicliffe. “I could not have done half of my season without the help of my crew: Molly Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi, Liz Bower, and Alice Manard.” Among the (2008) Olympic gold medalist’s 2009 accomplishments were: winning gold at U.S. Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR and Semaine Olympique Francaise in France and bronze at Kieler Woche in Germany; winning the Laser Radial Women’s North American Championship in Florida; and finishing third at the Laser Radial World Championship in Japan.

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On the match racing circuit, Tunnicliffe won the Detroit Cup in Ultimate 20s and was second at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in St. Thomas sailed in IC 24s. In October, Tunnicliffe won the Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship in J/22s, and a month later, was named the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. Gulari’s leap from square one in the Moth class two years ago to winner of the World Championship as nothing short of remarkable. Gulari says, “The Moth is so fun that it’s attracting people that have never had any interest in dinghies, and it’s bringing people back to dinghies who thought they were done getting wet.” Gulari’s sensational year included a win of the Harken McLube Moth Pacific Rim Championship and second-place finishes at the Moth U.S. National Championship and U.S. Pacific Coast Championship. He was a member of the winning teams at the Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 1, the Muskegon YC One Design Regatta, and Bayview YC North Channel Race (the last two in Melges 24s). He captured first-place finishes at the Sperry Top-Sider Detroit NOOD, the CYC Race to Macinac, Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race, and the “Super Mac” (Port Huron to Chicago) Race aboard Phil O’Niel’s Natalie J. Gulari’s need for speed also saw him take a turn in the Viper 640, placing second out of 40 boats at the North American Championship. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Gulari came to the United States as a toddler with his sailing and windsurfing parents. From his late start in dinghies during college at the University of Michigan, Gulari went directly into the crew position in a 49er campaign taking aim at the 2004 Olympics (unsuccessful in the end). His team’s best performance was a victory at the class’s North American Championship in 2001. Gulari raced Melges 24s and was considering going back to his windsurfing 70 February 2010 SpinSheet

roots with an Olympic campaign when he read an article by Rohan Veal about the foiling Moth, which led to a fascination with this new technology. For a speedobsessed sailor, the Moth seemed like the next logical choice. Gulari put a deposit on a Moth having never seen the boat in person. In September of 2009, Gulari set a new speed record—30.31 knots in a Moth—breaking the previous speed record of 27.9 knots, which had been held for almost three years. Gulari and Tunnicliffe will be honored and presented with specially engraved Rolex timepieces during a luncheon February 26 at the New York YC in Manhattan.


AYC Changes Fall Series Format in 2010

n 2010, the Annapolis YC (AYC) Fall Series will undergo a major change. Although surveys have helped, the changes are based more on conversations with sailors and best guesses at what might better serve the multiplicity of competitor groups. The new format will still provide each competitor with three days of racing in this prime time on the Bay, but with a major difference: the series will start with a distance race for all classes on the first Saturday in October. The race will be scored with a 1.5x weighting factor in the series, giving boats not optimized for “sausage racing” a better chance in the series. On the second weekend, the J/30s, J/24s, and PHRF B and PHRF C boats will have two days of drop-mark racing. On the third weekend, the J/35s, J/105s, and PHRF A0, PHRF A1, and PHRF A2 boats will sail drop-marks on both days. In addition, the non-spinnaker boats, PHRF N, will be given a start in the distance race on the first weekend. AYC hopes this format will provide some relief to those tired of only doing windward-leeward courses and be more attractive to the traditional racer-cruisers, as it will be easier for boats coming from outside Annapolis Harbor to assemble crew and eliminate the conflict with the U.S. Sailboat Show for the big boats. The Fall Series has long been one of AYC’s signature events. It was established in 1940 as a series of races run on the first three Sundays in October and was CBYRA-sanctioned two years later. In 1967, the schedule was changed, and that format

remained unchanged through 2009. The change for 2010 will add a new dimension with different skill sets required for success. AYC hopes provide some new excitement and fun to a great event.

Dana Dillon Memorial New Years Madness Race 2010

by Michael Turner, with input from Dennis Miner and Jeff Rogers


n January 1, some hearty souls braved the elements, competing in the annual Dana Dillon Memorial New Year’s Madness (NYM) Race co-sponsored by the Old Point Comfort YC (OPCYC) and Hampton YC (HYC). This is the first race of the New Year in the Hampton Roads area, and it honors one of the Southern Bay’s most superb sailors and racing skippers, who originated this race. The late Dana Dillon was the 37th Commodore of OPCYC, a member of HYC, and skipper of Amarylyn, which he raced quite successfully in Southern Bay CCV and Hampton YC races. Dillon liked to race on New Year’s Day so that he could state for one day that he had raced every day of that year! After Dana crossed over to Fiddler’s Green, the race was renamed in his honor. This year, the weather gods were kind to the 14 boats that assembled for the NYM race. The rain at the very end of 2009 gradually left the area, leaving a thin overcast sky with the sun trying to peak through on the first day of the new decade. Temperatures were in the low 40s with the winds out of the north at five to 10 knots. (A day later, and the crews would have had to contend with temperatures in the 20s and 15- to 20-knot winds!). After crews enjoyed a hearty breakfast at HYC, the race got off on a downwind start with an ebbing tide. The north wind allowed the spinnaker boats to pop their chutes just prior to crossing the start line. The NYM race is mercifully short, just under six nautical miles out of Hampton Creek, around the Hampton Bar, and then finishing at the OPCYC docks. This being a typical pursuit race, each boat had a separate start time based on its PHRF rating. Even though Stardancer had the last start time, John and Beverley Blais surged past their fellow competitors to take the overall win for the event; a feat they also accomplished in the 2009 race. They were awarded the Amarylyn Award (named for Dana Dillon’s boat) for their victory.

Following the race, skippers and crews slowly drifted into the OPCYC clubhouse for a bountiful and crowdpleasing post-race feast of chili, grilled cheese sandwiches, black-eyed peas, and some wonderfully warm Irish Coffee and Glühwein. For complete results, visit

The young one at the helm... Now this is smart racing in any season. AYC Frostbite Series photos by Al Schreitmueller/SpinSheet

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

CBYRA Announces High Point Winners


t Herrington Harbour South February 27, the Chesapeake Bay YRA (CBYRA) will announce the High Point winners for the 2009 racing season. Nominations for the Shawn Hadley Foredeck with a Winning Spirit Award are due at CBYRA ( by February 12. Stay tuned to the March issue of SpinSheet for award highlights and tips from regional winners. To learn more about High Point standings or the upcoming sailing schedule, visit

Stardancer, Feather, and Flying Colors enjoying a spinnaker run at the Dana Dillon Memorial New Year’s Day Race. Photo by Jean Brzozowski

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Laser Frostbiting 2010

SpinSheet asked a bunch of Severn SA Laser sailors about their love of frostbite racing. Peter Young may have summed it up when he said, “We’re not (completely) insane!” Here’s what the others had to say:

Why do you do it?


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ou will find that only seriously expert sailors will venture out all winter in rain and snow in a 14-foot Laser. I enjoy the challenge of competition in one-design boats where money cannot buy your way to the top of the fleet, and you must rely solely on your own wits and capabilities to steer, trim, and navigate around the course…” “The winter temperatures bring with them their own challenges. Several sailors found their Laser mast wells filled with frozen ice and were feverishly boiling hot water to melt the ice, chipping with screwdrivers, and even reverse core drilling to pull the ice from the mast step well. Once on the water, main sheets were slushing up and clogging the main sheet blocks. Ice on the floating dock made launching and recovering boats equally interesting. Frostbite Laser sailors meet each weatherrelated challenge with the same deliberation and thought that goes into each race. The weather is simply another challenge to the overall experience.” Charlie Pugh “The Laser fleet is a great bunch of people… I also sail on big boats in Annapolis in the summertime, but frostbite sailing with the Laser fleet is by far my favorite sailing. There is just something about being able to do everything (sail trim, tactics, and boat speed) yourself. It is a great sense of accomplishment and a phenomenal learning experience. It is also a low-cost barrier to entry. You don’t need to find crew, and you can easily transport your boat anywhere out of town. All around, the best way to sail one design.” Dorian Haldeman

What is frostbite racing like at its best?


here’s nothing like a sunny 45- to 50-degree day racing a Laser just off the Naval Academy with little or no boat traffic.” Bob Tan

What’s frostbite racing like at its worst?


t is really cold and really windy, and you are not ‘in the groove,’ despite working as hard as you can, the racing is not clicking. You have capsized more than once, are getting cold, and are losing dexterity, making it harder to pull off great tacks and gybes. Then, you notice that you cannot ease the mainsheet, outhaul, or vang due to ice buildup on the lines…” Ali Meller

What experience was memorable this year?


was on race committee last Sunday and loved helping people get warm cups of water to melt the ice in their mast steps, suit up in dry suits, and figure out the best gloves to wear to handle lines and knots that literally froze mid air. One boat had about 10 three- to four-inch icicles all around the bow of his boat that grew with every bow dunk!” Ashley Love

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am still pouting over the fact that half Anyway, CBYRA. We’ve got so much tems. We’re working with SpinSheet and of Annapolis fled into the warm weather to talk about here! Tons of great ideas, the Boatyard Bar & Grill. U.S. Sailing is embrace of January’s Key West Race new partnerships, and fresh initiatives, energetically collaborating with us for the Week, and I didn’t. Okay, maybe I am as well as making sure we take care of upcoming year and additional member slightly exaggerating but somehow, on our members and member clubs. There benefits. The calendar is rapidly filling up this cold day, it helps me to for 2010. Then bam—it’s Annapolis justify my own emerging feelings Race Week. Wow. Deep breath. I Heather Dodd won the first Shawn Hadley Foredeck With a of internal disharmony. Here I have a lot to do! Winning Spirit Trophy at the High Point Awards ceremony sit at a desk, and something is I am starting to feel better. I’ve in 2009. Nominations for this year’s award are due to definitely wrong with this picture. psyched myself up over the posCBYRA by February 12. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet Instead of being sun-kissed and sibilities that 2010 has in store. wind-burned, I am sun-deprived Last fall, I joined CBYRA amid and pale and have no ticket swirling rumors of everything under stub to prove that I ventured out the sun and now, I am proud to of Annapolis to join the sailing say it was the best decision I could frenzy in the Sunshine State. I am have made. CBYRA is a fantastic staring at a blank white screen organization backed by an almost mimicking the layer of snow that 100-year history of serving ChesaI just brushed off my car. Are you peake Bay sailors. Every day, I am kidding me? surrounded by friends and exciting Regardless, to divert a serious new challenges and opportunities gloom and doom crisis, I have to make this association be all that decided to focus on all the posiit can be. I know, it sounds cliché tives surrounding me—all of the and shame on me for quoting the “CBYRA” positives surrounding Army in a Navy town, but it fits. me. Personal information and CBYRA is and should be the “go print mix about as well as rum to” place for all of our regions’ and soap. sailors. The wind is howling outside, the halyards on the boats in the creek are clinking and clanking, and I have emerged out of gloom and 2010 Membership Renewal Time Is Now. doom danger. It feels as if CBYRA Nominations for the Sean Hadley Award Are has hoisted its main, assembled Due by February 15. a great crew, and is backed by High Point Award Ceremony Is Scheduled for promising gusts of wind. I am Saturday, February 27 at Herrington Harbour. are discounts with West thrilled to be onboard! Please visit our website at to learn Marine, Fawcett Boat SupSo, come join the fun. Stop by the ofmore information about these and other upcomplies, Chesapeake Rigging, fice, give us a call, or send us an e-mail. ing events. and Topaz Sailing SysIt would be great to hear from you!

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ome sailors seem to have a more prominent give-back gene than others. A Hampton, VA native, David Taylor learned to sail at the Hampton YC (HYC) junior program and on his father’s Columbia 10.7 and J/24 (one of the first dozen made). He got back into sailing more seriously when he was home on breaks from his studies at Radford University. With a bunch of years under his belt racing locally and at out-of-town regattas on his J/24 MidMorning Buzz, a few years ago, he bought his Andrews 27 Wham Bam. Taylor has raced and crewed on a variety of boats, ranging from the Hampton One Design he owns with his brother Steve to the Cal 39 Glory Days on which he was the watch captain twice for the Annapolis to Bermuda Race (2002, 2004) and once on the Annapolis to Newport Race (2005). As skipper, he’s won his class (J/24) and taken second (Andrews 27) at Southern Bay Race Week (2006, 2007), and as crew, he’s competed in numerous regattas on various boats including a Pearson 30, Hobie 33, J/105, J/24s, and Cal 39.  A member of HYC and the Cruising Club of Virginia (CCV), Taylor was the CCV treasurer for three years, its vice commodore for two years, the youngest commodore in the history of the club for two years, and now a member of the CCV board of directors for two years. He is also involved in CCV’s crew training program. “I don’t think I’ve held a job as long as I’ve been with the organization,” says Taylor.  “I’ve learned a whole lot about sailing by sitting on the other side of the desk. It’s been interesting to learn the organization and structure behind the scenes. You can actively strive for improvement and help to grow the sport. We’re lucky. Our membership in the Southern Bay has been pretty steady, but we still face the challenge to get new people into sailing.”  In an effort to match skippers with willing, available crew—for both racing and cruising—Taylor has volunteered to organize SpinSheet’s Southern Bay Crew Listing party April 3 at Marker 20 in downtown Hampton. We are very grateful for his planning and look forward to meeting more Southern Bay sailors. Look to the March issue of SpinSheet for details; sign up for our e-mail updates at the bottom of the home page at

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SpinSheet: Who are your mentors? Ben Owens, John Blais, and Mike Nestor.  Who are your best sailing buddies?  Tom Dixon, Jay Matteson, Dave Ashcom, John Lenard, Tom Fitzsimmons, Tom Wood, Tim Fallaw, Steven Taylor (my brother), and John Taylor (my dad).  What special place on the Chesapeake reminds you why you want to live here? Definitely the Lower Bay. My first job out of college had me traveling for three and a half years. When you leave it, you really do realize how nice this place is. I couldn’t live anywhere land-locked.  Can you relate a scary sailing experience? During the second Bermuda trip, someone forgot to secure the bow hatch, and we took on water. Seeing the life raft bag floating around the cabin while screaming through the Gulf Stream, at night, upwind in 30 knots of wind, was disconcerting.  What sports team do you follow? The Carolina Panthers.  Do you have a favorite watering hole? A few of the bars in downtown Hampton: Marker 20, Goodfellas (for blues bands), Goodies, and the Tap House.  Do you have any non-sailing passions? Not really. As soon as sailing season is over, I start planning next year’s sailing season.  Oh and my girlfriend, Maria!  Do you have a routine on the day of a race? Get down to the boat, get ready. Do a pre-drill for the crew about the race and ask, “What’s everyone doing today?” You never have 100 percent consistency in crew, so it’s good to talk it through.  Do you have advice for a young racing sailor? Hop on as many different boats as you can. You really learn a lot from other boats. Keep an open mind. Once you quit learning, you get stuck. Keep learning. Also, don’t get caught up with the need to always be on the flashiest ride. Egos can kill the sport.  What gear do you depend upon? Gill dinghy boots. When I am on someone else’s boat and get to do bow or sail dinghies, good dinghy boots are important for keeping your feet planted to allow you to pay attention to more important things. Do you have a dream purchase when it comes to boat gear? To build up my sail inventory—starting with a new light #1.  What boat would you buy if you won the lottery? I’d stay in one-design boats in the 24- to 30-foot range. Maybe a traveling Melges 24/32 program.  Who am I kidding? Bring on the TP 52!

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Donate Your Boat And help teach at-risk teens to sail. (202) 478-0396, www.planet-hope. org Full Fair Market/Book Value for Your Boat  501(c) (3) private foundation seeks boat donations for use within educational programs. Fully tax deductible. Free boat surveys provided. Free hauling/transport. Also accept cars, trucks, and other items of value. Also seeking volunteer sailboat and powerboat instructors. (410) 591-9900 Maryland Maritime Foundation  Needs Your Help. Through donations of boats, equipment, and other items, we provide funds for education and other opportunities to organizations and individuals. We also have boats for sale at great prices - allowing you to get on the water. (301) 5093206, BOAT SHARING

30’ Bristol Sloop in Mayo Ten-yr-old partnership of 4 has a rare opening. Sail 2 weekends & 5 weekdays monthly May - Oct. for $1,700 per yr with no buy-in. Work days: 3 spring, 1 summer, 2 fall. Contact John: jruthrauff@, (202) 552-6523 (day), (301) 270-2193 (eve.). Will train but demonstrated sailing experience required. 76 February 2010 SpinSheet


Cape Dory 28 flybridge fast trawler. 1989 "a sailor's powerboat" 30 ft. overall. With a single engine, bowthruster, AP and a 4 year old engine installation, this boat is manuverable, economical to operate and dependable. Reduced to $63K asking. Offers sought. SAIL

Repo’d Boats For Sale 410-255-3800 We Need Sailboat Listings!!!!! Last beneteau was under contract in 5 days and we just sold our last sailboat listing. Competitive commission structures and knowledgeable staff will move your boat!! Visit us online at www. or call (866) 7355926 to get your boat listed and sold. 24’ Rainbows Pick from a few donated boats for sale at Center Dock Marina, Fells Point, Baltimore. Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington-based nonprofit educational organization that teaches youths with experiential learning-“learning by doing.” (Several available). Best offers accepted.www.livingclassrooms. org, (410) 685-0295.

The deadline for the Brokerage and Classified sections is the 10th of the month prior to publication (February 10 for the March issue). Contact Lucy Iliff for advertising, (410) 216-9309 or 26’ MacGregor ’02 With trailer, easy mast raising system, used only one season, sleeps 6, enclosed head, 50-hp Honda, many extras, including full electronics. Sea Scouts, $13,900, Joel David (703) 587-9920, jdavid5158@ 26’ Ranger ’72  Donated boat for sale at Center Dock Marina, Fells Point, Baltimore. Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based nonprofit educational organization that teaches youths with experiential learning-“learning by doing.” $2,000. www.livingclassrooms. org, (410) 685-0295. 27’ Cape Dory Cutter ’79 Needs brightwork and canvas. Excellent structural shape. Yanmar in great shape. Sails need cleaning. $12,000. Location, Hartge Yacht Harbor. Contact: (410) 721-9483 or 27’ Catalina ’76  Keel Sloop, good cond., 9.9-hp OB good cond., main & jib good cond., Sea Scouts $2,900 obo. Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805, or Doug Yeckley (410) 326-4291, 28’ Pearson ’79 $7,500 Wellmaintained cruiser/sloop... Not a racer... or luxury liner… Functional with good looks; Perfect Bay boat for small families; Read review at pl?fno=499.49&id=1193358331 3836494; Slip optional; rsturm@; (703) 793-9054. Beneteau 323 ’05  AC/heat, AP, GPS, full set of instruments, bimini, VHF, stereo, in-mast furling and more. See it on www., $78,000. Call (410) 342-3110 or (443) 6686686.

32’ Rhodes Chesapeake ’65 Classic keel cruising sloop designed by legendary Phillip Rhodes, RF, 30-hp gas inbd, sleeps 4, large icebox, aluminum spars, teak trim, serviceable but needs some TLC, Sea Scouts, $1100. Steve Nichols, (703) 4088247,, Steve Alexander (301) 646-0805, Beneteau 343 ’06  AC/heat, AP, GPS, refrigeration, full set of instruments, bimini, VHF, stereo, and more. See it on www., $110,000. Call (410) 342-3110 or (443) 6686686. 34’ Catalina ’00  AC/heat, AP, GPS, windlass, bimini, refrigeration, and much more. See it on www., $78,000, Call (410) 342-3110 or (443) 6686686. 36’ S-2 11.0A ’82  Aft cockpit sloop. 4’8” draft. New 40-hp Yanmar dsl installed 2002. Generous storage & tankage. Well equipped & maintained. $38,000, (703) 573-7344 or sailmanles@ 37’ Tartan ’76 Circumnavigator, SSB, radar, AP, wind, solar, fridge, ’08 FB mainsail, Profurl, hot water, inverter. Missing centerboard, previous owner broke, removed, glassed over, still sweet sailing S&S design. $38,000, jcdefoe52@, (301) 974-2620.

41' Hunter '01 Fully equipped and well maintained. Fifty percent co-ownership $78,500. Located in Oxford. Call Hank (484) 680-2312 or

42’ Tayana ’84 Vancouver Aft Cockpit Immaculate liveaboard ocean cruiser. Tons of storage. A must view at a bargain price: $80,000 Contact Don (410) 263-3370. In Annapolis.

cockpit, wheel steering and roomy accommodation below. Simple systems and sail plan. $64,500. Call Jonathan at (804) 436-4484 orjonathan@

42’ Beneteau 423 ’03 Asking only $182,900. This B-423 has been sailed very little, a true sailors dream. Owners are anxious. Best price on the Bay!! Call Dan @ (410) 267-8181.


33’ Hans Christian ’92 You won’t find a more recent model or HC33 in this cond. in the US. Brightwork refinished, black hull, loads of cruising gear, set up for liveaboard. Jonathan at (804) 436-4484 orjonathan@

43’ Elan Impression 434 ’05 Only Elan 434 on the market! Furling main, RF genoa, radar, chart plotter, GPS, AP. Perfect for the couple who demands performance & quality. $280,000. Charles (410) 267-8181, charles@

34’ Catalina Mark II ’05 Well cared for cruiser, heat & air, furling main, autopilot, dodger / bimini, winter cover, immaculate interior. Asking $127,500 Call Paul at (410) 267-8181 or paul@

57’ Beneteau 57 Center Cockpit ’04 Built by Beneteau France, commissioned, maintained by AYS. One owner yacht. Ready to sail. All the extra equipment you would expect. $689,000 Paul Rosen 410-267-8181, paul@

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410·505·4144 J/105 ’98 has earned a welldeserved reputation as the largest class of cruiser/racer sailboats in the US. This boat is immaculately kept and professionally maintained. New instruments and sails in ’07, new jib for ’10. Offered for $94,500 Robert at (410) 562-1255 or Robert@santacruzannapolis. com Santa Cruz 37 ’08  Sail Magazine’s 2009 “Sail Boat of the Year”. A cutting edge performance sailing boat with full interior including bunks for 6. Priced to sell at $289,000 including options, instruments and commissioning. Tate or Robert at (410) 505-4144 or

• Deltaville, VA 23043 804-776-7575 • • Annapolis, MD 21403 410-267-8181 • Beneteaus, Beneteaus, Beneteaus!! All sizes and prices available. Great selection available in or near Annapolis. Call Dan Nardo, your Beneteau man for any info 410-267-8181 or dan@ 30’ Beneteau First 305 ’85  Well maintained, excellent performing cruiser. Owner has continually upgraded her including new 140% Quantum genoa, bimini, sail cover, GPS/chart plotter, more. Asking $28,000. Charles (410) -267-8181 or charles@ 30’ Nonsuch 30 ’87 Spacious 30 foot cat boat w/large

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34’ Gemini 105Mc ’09 Brand new boat, owner selling for personal reasons. Set up for cruising including davits, full enclosure & more - go south this winter. Call Jonathan at (804) 436-4484 orjonathan@ 36’ Gozzard Cutter ‘87 Rare opportunity to own a well maintained Gozzard 36. Cruising equipped, engine replaced in 2000, recent sails, nice canvas & more!! Near Annapolis. $119,000. Call Denise (410) 267-8181 or denise@annapolisyachtsales. com. 39’ Beneteau 393 3-cabin ’03 Gorgeous w/nice equipment. Unbelievably low price of $139,900. Finest 3-cabin production sailboat for this size/price range in the Mid-Atlantic. Won’t last long! Call Tim (410) 267-8181 or tim@ 42’ Beneteau 423 ’04 Offshore equipped & ready to go cruising/racing in bluewater. Well maintained by knowledgeable owner, ready to take her next owners to far off places. $179,000 Tim (410) 267-8181 or tim@

34’ Catalina ’01 Schaefer in boom furling, air, nice canvas, 4’3” draft, refrigeration, bimini top, chart plotter, AP. $98,000,, (757) 480-1073.

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804-776-9898 29’ C&C ‘85 Racer/cruiser meticulously maintained. Enclosed head, sleeps 5. Many cosmetic upgrades. Ready to enjoy! $24,900. (804) 776-9898 or info@cysboat. com. 30’ Catalina ’09 Wing keel. 21hp Yanmar dsl. Selden furling mast. Folding leather wrapped wheel. Electric windlass. Bimini/dodger/ connector. Cockpit cushions. $106,998. (804) 776-9898 or 35’ Catalina ‘09  Wing keel. 30-hp Yanmar dsl. Reverse cycle AC. Furling mainsail. Ultraleather. Folding wheel. Bimini, dodger, connector. Full electronics. $189,499. (804) 776-9898 or 45’ Starratt & Jenks ‘77 Fullkeeled, Blue water cruising yawl with 62-hp Perkins dsl. Rare, Morgan-designed racer/cruiser. $39,900. (804) 776-9898 orinfo@

38’ C&C Landfall ’84 Solid capable cruising boat. 4”11” draft. new canvas, epoxy bottom. New dark blue paint job. $59,000, (757) 480-1073. 44’ Brewer ‘88  Equipped for extensive cruising, center cockpit, in mast furling, cutter rig, generator, air, 5’3” draft, rebuilt dsl $150,000 (757) 480-1073.

31’ Pacific Seacraft ‘04 Fantastic bay boat. AC, windlass, refrigeration, color chartplotter, B&G instruments, AP, canvas, much more. 183 hrs- Like new $160,000. (410) 269-0939,

47’ Beneteau ’02 Like new cond., bow thruster, generator, air, in mast furling, custom rubrail, gennaker, 2 stateroom layout $214,900 Bay Harbor Brokerage (757) 480-1073.

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37’ Pacific Seacrafts Three amazing examples of this famous Crealock design. ’87 asking $129,000; ’93 $149,000; ’95- $172,000. All have extensive recent upgrades. 410-269-0939, 41’ Sceptre ’88 Cutter with inside steering station. Good sailing modified fin keel. Loaded with gear. $179,500. (410) 2690939

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

32’ Hunter Vision 32 ’90 Full canvas, Pilot, GPS, full main, RF jib, Air/Heat, refrigeration, Flat panel TV $ 42,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@ Hunter 33 ‘06  Beautiful cond. – loaded; in-mast furling, air/heat, upgraded 29hp Yanmar, bimini, AP, chart plotter, Mariner package and much more - $ 94,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 Email:tony@greatblueyachts. com 36’ Catalina ’94  Very clean, full main, RF 150, dodger, bimini, Air/Heat, windlass, “L” shaped dinette $72,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@,

31’ Pearson ’88 Yanmar 18 hp, RF, dodger, shoal draft, $29,900,, (410) 827-9300. 34’ Hunter Sloop ’87  Yan 27hp, RF, AC, AP $36,500, www. (410) 8279300.

31’ Cal ’83 Proven Sailor with offshore capabilities, Clean: New Yanmar dsl (’06), Full cruising galley, wheel steering, barrier coat, 9’ dink w/ 3.5hp OB – ready to sail away! $24,900 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 Email:tony@greatblueyachts. com

25' Schock Harbor '08 Classic beauty and ideal day sailer. The almost new custom built has all the details done right for single handed sailing. A blast to sail and will always be admired in any harbor. Offered at $109,000. Contact Ken at (410) 280-2038 or ken@northpointyachtsales. com.

28' Alerion ‘01 Outstanding performance under sail and is specifically designed to be easily single handed. Very well priced for quick sale. Offered at $69,900. Contact Paul Mikulski at (410) 280-2038 or

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

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

36’ Catalina MKII ’96 Univ. 30hp dsl, radar, inverter, R/F $88,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300 37’ Hunter 376 ’96  Yanmar dsl, RF, AP, AC/Gen, new listing $82,500 www.lippincottmarine. com, (410) 827-9300.

J/109 '03 This Deal Will Not Last... PRICED TO SELL. This J/109 is one of the best cruiser racers on the market. The J/109 features the popular carbon fiber retractable bowsprit and asymmetric spinnaker system and a cruisable 2-cabin interior layout w/standing headroom. Offered at $154,000. Contact Ken, (410) 280-2038 or

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

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

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Beneteau 331 '03 .............. $88,900.00 Beneteau 331 '01 .............. $78,000.00 C&C 33 MKII '85 .............. $39,900.00 Hans Christian 33 '92 ... $109,500.00 Beneteau 343 '07 ........... $129,900.00 Beneteau First 10R '06. $132,000.00 Catalina 34 MkII '01.......... $94,900.00 Catalina 34 MKII '05...... $127,500.00 Gemini 105mc 34 '09.... $170,000.00 Hunter 34 '83 .................... $26,000.00 Pearson 34 '84................... $34,900.00 Beneteau 350 '88 .............. $55,900.00 Beneteau 351 '96 .............. $76,900.00 Contest 35s '90................. $89,000.00 Hallberg-Rassy 35 '72....... $59,000.00 Tartan 3500 '04.............. $187,500.00 Tartan 3500 '00.............. $144,000.00 Wauquiez Pretorian '85 .. $74,900.00 Albin Trawler 36 '79 ........ $69,500.00 Bayfield Cutter 36 '87...... $92,500.00 Beneteau 36.7 '03 .......... $104,900.00 Beneteau 361 '00 .............. $99,500.00 Cheoy Lee 36 '69.............. $69,900.00 Gozzard Cutter '87....... $119,000.00 Pearson 36 '86................... $64,900.00


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Elan Impressions 434 '05. $280,000.00 Young Sun 43 ' 78............. $39,999.00 Beneteau 44.7 '05 .......... $259,900.00 Morgan 44 CC '90......... $139,900.00 Fuji 45 '74 ........................ $119,500.00 Howdy Bailey 45 '73 ..... $164,900.00 Beneteau 461 '01 ........... $199,000.00 Beneteau 461 '99 ........... $159,900.00 Beneteau 464 '96 .............. $98,000.00 Hunter 46 '02 ................. $184,900.00 Tartan 4600 '95.............. $260,000.00 Tartan 4600 '96.............. $324,900.00 Beneteau 473 '02 ........... $219,900.00 Beneteau 473 '04 ........... $239,900.00 Beneteau 47.7 '04 .......... $284,900.00 Beneteau 47.7 '04 .......... $319,900.00 Franchini D/S 47 '02...... $335,000.00 Marine Trader M/Y '90. $169,000.00 Beneteau 50 '07.............. $585,000.00 Beneteau 500 '88 ........... $149,000.00 George Buehler '02....... $119,000.00 Ocean Alexander 50 '79 $150,000.00 Beneteau 57 CC '04...... $689,000.00 Franz Maas 76 '74 .......... $750,000.00

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



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38’ Hunter ’06 Bronze Penny This nearly new yacht has inmast furling, 40HP engine, anchor windlass, ST60 Knot/Depth, ST60 Wind, refrigeration, AC/ Heat, stereo w/CD, TV/DVD, AP, GPS/chartplotter, bimini, dodger, connector. $169,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211, www. Hunter 41 ’06 Aquadoc Generator, AC/heat, in-mast furling, upgraded eng 54hp Yanmar, inverter, AP 6000, ST60 wind, freezer, cockpit cushions, Supreme shades, dinette table/leaf, TV/DVD, 3 burner stove w/oven, quiet flush head system, bimini, dodger & connector, $190,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211, www.

Hunter 456 ’02 Alcyone 8KW Gen, ST60 wind, ST60 Tridata, A/C, GPS, davits, dinghy, two tvs/dvds, cockpit cushions, bowthruster, Autopilot ST7001+, RayMarine chartplotter RL70+. $249,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804 )7769211 Hunter 456 ’05  Persystence AC/Heat, apparent wind machine, Eco Flush heads(2), VHF at the helm, In-Mast furling, GPS/radar, AP 6000+, bow thruster, Sirius Sat weather; Lifetag system; 100 amp alternator; Link 2000; spinnaker; Kato davits, Avon Rover RIB dinghy; Mercury 9.9 HP 2 stroke OB; LOADED $250,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211 www.

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

35’ Pearson Sloop ’81 Centerboard vessel with a shoal draft of 3’9” is great for the Chesapeake, Bahamas or keys. She has wonderful all around comfort and ease in handling. Universal dsl engine, RF headsail and updated Dacron main w/Dutchman system. Asking $31,000 OBYS (410) 2260100. 37’ Tartan Blackwatch ’69 Though called a Blackwatch she does not have the wood cabin sides; she is all fiberglass. Centerboard design with 3’10” draft with her board up. Recently awlgripped blue hull, Yanmar dsl engine. Lovely, traditional design. Asking $29,500 OBYS (410) 2260100. 37’ Tayana Pilothouse Cutter ’83 Extremely capable offshore cruiser. She has been well maintained and upgraded appropriately. The seller has reduced her to $79,900 and is willing to listen to offers. OBYS (410) 226-0100.

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27’ Cape Dory ’79 Auriana 8 HP Yanmar dsl. RF, Quantum Sails Asking: $14,900 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457, www. 31’ Hunter ’85 Outrageous 18 HP Yanmar dsl, GPS/chartplotter/ sounder, Many features. Asking: $14,950 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457, 35.5 Hunter Legend ’88 Ladybug 27 HP Yanmar dsl, A/CHeat Pump, Ref, Auto Helm, RF, dodger, bimini, Many features. Price Reduced: $39,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-7584457,

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Featured Brokerage Bristol Channel Cutter 28 ’95 Sam L Morse, Lyle Hess BCC28 equipped to the max for world cruising complete refit in 07 stem to stern, new rigging, new electronics, diesel heat, water maker,… Choose from several! $124K to $199K (410) 571-2955 32’ Contessa ’07 The mold was resurrected to build this classic bluewater vessel. No expense spared in getting the finest mahogany and the best shipwrights of England. She cost over $350K to build. A must have perfect little gem of a cruiser. $175K RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955. Hallberg Rassy 39 Sloop ’00 Lovely Frers design that sails like a dream. Well equipped for offshore work. $329K RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955.

50' Valiant '03 Incredible offering, lightly used, in-boom furling. Gorgeous $850K new for $559K. RogueWave Yacht Sales, (410) 571-2955

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Other sizes and custom boats available

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30’ Catalina ’87 $33,000 Nice, clean boat. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 31’ O’Day ’86  $24,900 Ready to go. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 32’ Catalina ’98  Very clean and ready to sail. $69,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

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38’ Morgan 382 ’81 $50,000 Completely equipped for offshore cruising. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 40’ Palmer Johnson ’78 Traditional ocean racer, ready to go. $59,900 Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 42’ Endeavour Center Cockpit ’85  This world cruiser has many recent upgrades. At $109,000 she is a good value. Sailing Associates (410) 2758171. 50’ Gulfstar ’77 World cruiser! $114,000 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

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35’ Island Packet ’89 $119,000 New Listing! Call for details. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

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35’ O’Day ’87 New listing $37,000. A great cruising boat. Sailing Associates (410) 2758171. 42 Valiant ‘95 Rare pullman layout with aft head and massive storage. Well equipped and well cared for. $295K (410) 571-2955

62' Gulfstar Sailmaster `84 $395,000 58' Abeking&Rasmussen Yawl `62 $425,000 53' Mason `84 $349,000 51' Bristol `87 $389,000 49' Wauquiez Centurion `92 $295,000 45' Morgan Nelson Marek `85 $84,995 44' Pacific Seacraft `93 $320,000 42' Jeanneau `07 $269,500 41' Morgan OI 416 $84,000 40' C&C `91 $135,000 40' Hinckley Bermuda Sloop `80 $269,750 39' Jeanneau `07 $188,000 39' Southern Cross `82 $97,500 38' Ericson 38-200 `89 $83,250 37' Delphia `06 $120,000 37' Pacific Seacraft 3 from $129,000 36' Hunter `07 $149,900 36' Heritage West Indies ‘77 $45,000 35' Bristol ‘82 $59,900 35' Freedom Yachts `94 $115,000 35' Island Packet Packet Cat `93 $139,000 35' Westerly Oceanquest ‘97 $134,900 34' Kaiser Gale Force `80 $89,000 28' Bristol Channel Cutter `84 $135,900 26’ Nonsuch ‘95 $50,000

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

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


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Boats for Sale: 21 Elor 6.5 meter (1985) a Paul Elvstrom design very seaworthy. 12 sails including 4 spinakers. Newly upholstered. $1,200 22 Hunter (1984) keel model. 2 Mains, r/f jib, 8 hp Electric start Longshaft 4cycle Tohatsu ob, autohelm. Good condition $2,000 23 Spirit (1979) Keel/cb sloop. Pop-top cabin (6’2” standing headroom) Main,Jib, Genoa, Stove, anchor, 9.9 hp long shaft Evinrude OB, EZ Loader dual axle trailer (boat weighs 2800 lbs) $2,500 23 Pearson (1982) Cat-rigged model of which only 40 were made! Great sailor; good cond. Sail condition is average. $2,000 25 Hunter (1977) Good cruiser for the Bay. Average condition. Main, jib, genoa. Honda 8hp OB. $1,900 25 Pacificana (1975) Traditional style sailboat, with long overhangs and low freeboard. O/B. Main and roller furling jib. Fresh bottom paint. Sound boat. Ready to sail., $1,500 25 Whitby (1964) New standing & running rigging, rudder, toe rail, life lines, reinforced stanchions, much more. Fresh bottom paint. $5,000 27 C&C 27 (1971) w/Atomic 4, Main, R/F Genoa, Jib, Bimini. $4,500 Frers 30 (1987) Racing sails. Diesel. Needs a little work. A gem for a racing syndicate startup. $8,000 30 Tartan (1975) Atomic 4. Recent Main & 150 RF Genoa. 135 jib, working jib, and storm jib; 2 spinnakers. Wheel and AP, Dodger, small inflatable dinghy, ground tackle. $8,000 31 Allman (1983) Universal diesel. Roller furling. Roomy shoal-draft cruising sloop., $12,000 (410) 626-0273

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37’ Hunter 37.5 ‘92 Fast, roomy and attractive. Perhaps the most sensible layout ever for a 37’ boat including a walk in shower and tons of galley space. She has been lovingly maintained. $78,000 Call Ben at (410) 639-9380 www. 38’ Cabo Rico Cutter ’85  Beautiful “B” Layout, light and airy. Costa Rican built capable cruiser, Loaded with gear and ready to go…$99,000 Call us:(410) 6399380, 38’ Morgan 384 ’83 Wonderful Morgan built Ted Brewer design, lovingly cared for and ready to see the world……$59,000 Call us: (410) 639-9380, www.saltyachts. com 47’ Beneteau 473 ‘03  Three words best describe this boat: speed, comfort, and beauty. This boat has been professionally maintained and is in absolutely bristol cond. Ready to take you anywhere in the world. $279,000 Call Ben at: (410) 639-9380, www. --

C&C 99 ’04 BZingRace and Cruise equipped. Lovingly cared for by original owner. Many updates, newer sails, AP, rig, epoxy hull & Transferable Warranty - asking $129,000 Contact Mike Titgemeyer - or 410/703-7986 cell - This is a great value over 180k to replace her. Two boat owner, Offers encouraged! Beneteau 343 ’06  GodSpeed -Our Trade - One owner boat that is in like new cond. Bimini, AP, radar, plotter, cond., windlass & more. Freshwater only /Lightly used – New bottom paint, ready to cruise in comfort! – Call Mike Titgemeyer (410) 703-7986 or asking $114,000 – Make an offer! Tartan 40 ’88  Sweet inshore of Offshore cruiser. Needs a good cleaning and a few updates. Beautiful Tartan quality & dependability. If you want a great sailing boat, capable of your offshore adventure, then you’ll want to take a look at this one! Contact Scott Dodge (410) 703-0263 or Asking ONLY $110,000 or make an offer today!

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32’ Bavaria ’05 Irresistible Coming in on trade - Like new - One owner. Professionally maintained and updated. Chartplotter, AP, AC, windlass, furling mast, dodger, bimini, cockpit cushions, TV/ DVD - Add nothing, go cruising! Open layout, cherry interior, Volvo saildrive! Asking $107, 000 - Call Mike Titgemeyer to get aboard. (410) 703-7986.

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

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

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36' C&C 110 '05 Don’t want to overspend to start a racing or cruising program? Renewal has sharp lines stunning blue and maxed out with sails and gear to race or cruise. You’ll be impressed. Get a head start this Spring with a sweet C&C 110! Call Chris 443-926-1278,,

45.5 Bristol '90 Great designs and quality construction lasts and lasts. Make sure you see our Bristol Yacht listings. Constantly upgraded. Why purchase a lesser/newer yacht for the same money? Contact Frank Gary @ (410) 7 0 3 - 4 0 1 7 , or go to

43' Alden '93 Do you want beauty, accommodation, or great sailing capability? Get all 3 by owning this fantastic local Annapolis yacht. Contact Frank Gary @ 410-703-4017, or go to

47.7 Bristol '87 Rare aft cockpit version. Great design. It is time to make a deal. Are you a buyer or shopper? If a buyer, contact Frank Gary @ (410) 7 0 3 - 4 0 1 7 , or go to




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

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



41’ Meridian 411 ‘03 Flybridge Sedan Sake Maru lift kept, beautiful condition, only 411 hours on Cummins 370 hp diesels, 600 on generator. Spacious layout for cruising or living aboard. Inventory includes Onan 11kw Generator, docking on command system, full canvas, bridge auto pilot, Radar and Color GPS plotter and more. $20K Reduction to $199,900! 100’s of Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime


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

Wanted: Private Dock Slip in Miles River/St. Michaels area for 46’ sailboat with 6’ draft. Call Bob (917) 841-5117. SLIP WANTED Annapolis Area, 48’ Sailboat, 6’ Draft, 14’ Beam. April – June. (281)492-0727 Photo by David Ostwind






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For a Fraction of the Cost!


Sail all season on our boats for less than the cost of a slip! Catalina 25 Pearson 30 Cape Dory 36 Jeanneau 40


DELIVERIES Endurance Deliveries Local and long distance. Twenty-one years experience with clean insurance approved resume. Local references. Recent trips include: Beneteau 54 to Caribbean, Fleming 55 M/Y to Key Largo, Hinckley B 40 from SW Harbor to Key Largo. Please call Simon Edwards (410) 212-9579 or email


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20 Min. From the DC Beltway Docked At Herrington Harbour North R & R Charters Crewed day, weekend, and week-long charters, leaving from Kent Narrows. Also available certified ASA sail classes. Contact Capt. Dave at (570) 690-3645, renolldh@epix. net,

CREW Offshore Passage Opportunities # 1 Crew Networking Service. Sail for free. Call for free brochure and membership application. (631) 423-4988.

DELIVERIES Experienced USCG Licensed Captains • Delivery • Charter • Training • Power or Sail

Anywhere between Florida, Maine or Bahamas

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

Unlimited sailing: from $175 per month

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SpinSheet and PropTalk Seek a collegeaged writer for a spring 2010 unpaid internship. Writing, sailing, and/or powerboating experience preferred.Send resumes and 2-3 writing samples to

Sail Instructors Needed For North East River Yacht Club’s junior sail program. NEYRC junior sail program runs for 10 weeks starting in mid-June. NERYC runs an easy going learnto-sail program for beginners to intermediate level sailors, with some racing. Visit our website for club information and contact Rick at www.ricksailscnc@hotmail. com if you have an interest.

Event Sales with Schooner Woodwind Sailing Cruises. Sell private charters, group sails, and more. Professional computer skills a must, F/T salary with benefits. March 1 Start Date. Detailed job information online employment.asp



Fun in the Sun and Good $$! Dock staff & customer service reps needed for Annapolis Marriott dock. FT & PT. Boating and customer service experience a plus. (410) 263-7837. Download application @

Annapolis Bay Charters..................42 Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard............9 Annapolis Inflatables......................26 Annapolis Performance Sailing.73,75

Annapolis Yacht Sales...............13,79




Bacon & Associates..........................5 Bay Bridge Sailing School..............41 Bermuda Ocean Race......................41 Blue Water Sailing..........................28 Boatyard Bar & Grill......................23 CBYRA...........................................74 Center Dock Marina........................80 Chesapeake Sailing School.............45 Christchurch....................................45 Coastal Climate Control....................8

MARINE SERVICES Shrink Wrapping & Winterization Diversified Marine Service. Inc. 410.263.8717 Complete Underwater Services APOLIS DIVIN NN



Watermark Tours, Charters, and Cruises is seeking a Seasonal Operations Manager at our Baltimore location for the 2010 season. Annapolis positions available as well. For more information, visit www. 86 February 2010 SpinSheet

Annapolis Athletic Club.................62

Annapolis School of Seamanship...39


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

Annapolis Accommodations...........69

Annapolis Sailing School................47

Madden Masts & Rigging In need of experienced riggers. We offer competitive wages and benefits. Please e-mail resumes to or fax (410) 280-2751. Fairview Marina is hiring experienced and motivated individuals for the following positions: Life Guard / Pool operator (summer), Yacht carpenter/fitter, and Certified Mechanic. Send resumes to


Annapolis Sailing Fitness.................4

Get Paid To Sail! The Woodwind schooners are hiring crew. Some sailing knowledge necessary. Fun people, avg. $12/ hour, and lots of great sailing. FT & PT. (410) 263-7837. Download application @ www. J/World Is Looking For a few great sailing instructors. If you’re an experienced sailor who enjoys working with people as well as sharing your love of sailing while getting paid, we should talk. J/World Annapolis is looking for full and part-time coaches with the right stuff to teach all course levels. Call (410) 280-2040 and ask for Jeff to learn more or forward your resume to

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• 24 Hour Emergency Service • Hull Cleaning • Zinc Replacement • Propeller Sales and Service • Mooring Installation • Salvage and Towing

Colorwheelz....................................64 Coppercoat USA.............................28 CRAB.........................................54,82 Crusader Yacht Sales......................81 David Virtue....................................17 Deltaville Boatyard....................20,21

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Diversified Marine..........................61


Up The C re e k Diving

Helix Mooring Authorized Installer


Down the Bay Race........................69 Downtown Sailing Center...............47 Eastport Yacht Company................17

Mooring Installation & Service Underwater Maintenance & Repair

R&D DIVING Specializing in bottom cleaning and zinc changes.

Fairview Marina..............................57

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Rigging & Metal Fabrication with Mobile Service Annapolis 410-268-1570 Herrington Harbour 410-867-7248

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Fawcett Boat Supplies..................2,57 Herrington Harbour.........................19 IMIS................................................30 Inner Harbor EAST Marina............62 J. Gordon & Co...............................63 J/World............................................39 Landfall Navigation........................91 Mack Sails.......................................59 Madden Masts & Rigging...............64 Mariner Sailing School...................46 Martek Davits..................................64 Moorings - Footloose......................43 Nilsen Insurance & Financial..........58 North Point Yacht Sales..................24 North Sails Chesapeake...............1,27 North Sails Direct...........................63 North U...........................................29 Norton’s Sailing School..................40 Norton’s Yacht Sales......................82

EASTPORT YACHT SALES Brokers for Quality Power & Sail


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


Winter Storage in Annapolis •35 ton Travel Lift •Bottom Jobs & Hull Painting •In Water Slips to 60’


REAL ESTATE Waterfront, water view, water privileged, whatever. Expert handling from search through settlement and all the pesky little details in between. (410) 703-2350 (410) 972-4090

Your online source for quality pre-owned sails!

Contemporary 140sq.ft. waterfront offices available. Lookout to the channel from your desk. Wi Fi, shared conference room and reception area available. Simply Stunning. Call Marc @ (410) 299-3406

Patsy Ewenson................................19 Pettit Marine Paint Vivid................65

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Index of Display Advertisers


West Systems • MAS Epoxy


Planet Hope.....................................26 Quantum..........................................92 Refrigeration Parts Solution............64

Bacon Sails

Regent Point Marina.......................61


Marine Supplies

RogueWave Yacht Brokerage.........83 Sailrite Enterprises..........................57 Singles on Sailboats........................59

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Steven Uhthoff Marine Surveys......80 Caribbean Big Boat Racing Race aboard Swan 48 Avocation. Heineken, BVI, Antigua. Podium finish not guaranteed, but possible. New Sails! One week includes accommodations. Discount for 3 or more crew. Call 1-800-4-PASSAGe,

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Vane Brothers.................................53

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White Rocks Marina & Boatyard...25


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SLIPS Baltimore’s Inner Harbor East Marina

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15’ Up to 60’ Deep-Water Slips On the Magothy. One river north of Annapolis. Easy access to marina by Route 100. North Shore Marina (410) 255-3982. 20’ - 40’ Slips, Pier 4 Marina  301 4th St., Eastport, across from Annapolis Yacht Club. Keep your boat where the Hinckley and Sabre dealers keep theirs. Electric, water, & showers. (410) 990-9515. 28’ - 40’ Deep Water Slips  On Middle River/Hopkins Creek. Easy access off Rt. 702. Gated parking, rest rooms. Hilltop Marina (410) 780-3773, 28’ - 38’ Slips Power & sail, cozy & intimate MD Clean Marina, Deale, MD. Great boating & fishing, protected harbor, free Wi-Fi & pumpout, 30 mins. from DC. (410) 867-7919, www.



Don’t Pay Annapolis Rates this Winter Winter storage $3/foot/month. $90 minimum. $12/foot HWBL. In-water storage open and covered up to 50 feet LOA. Full-service BY or DIY. Winterization, sail & battery storage, variety of services: brightwork, shrinkwrap, ask us! 7-foot depth. 30-T TraveLift. (804) 4723955,

20’-36’ Slips Young’s Boat Yard Inc. Jones Creek, Patapsco River. Deep, protected slips at reasonable rates. 15-Ton open-end TraveLift. Friendly atmosphere with personal attention. Wed. night racing. (410)477-8607.

Tired of Paying Too Much For crowded Solomons? Come join others who switched to the open waters of the Potomac. Deepwater slips, covered slips, Jet Ski & boat lifts, ramp. Breton Bay area, Leonardtown, MD. Combs Creek Marina (301) 475-2017, www.

ABYI Marine Surveyors, LLC Power & sailboat surveys, big or small, gas or dsl. Contact Derek Rhymes, NAMS-CMS and SAMS A.M.S. (410) 268-4404 or toll-free (866) 6084404.

30’ - 35’ Slips Available Annapolis City Marina, Ltd. in the heart of Eastport. Includes electric, water, restrooms with showers, and gated parking. Give us a call at (410) 268-0660, Why Pay High Annapolis or Baltimore Rates? Slips $1,250 - $2,200 YR. Land storage $110 monthly. Haulouts $8.50 per foot. Minutes to Bay and Baltimore Beltway. Old Bay Marina (410) 477-1488 or


Accredited Marine Surveyor Capt. Jon Sheller, AMS, established 1980, serving MD/ DC/VA, SAMS & ABYC accredited. Power & Sail, Gas & Diesel. Pre-Purchase, Insurance, Finance, Corrosion, (410) 349-7016,


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ater works in mysterious ways… especially when you have 18 inches of it frozen as solid as a 10-year-old fruitcake. Several bone-chilling winters in the Bay’s rearview mirror are memorable, largely because of the power of ice. At times, ice has completely put the brakes on all types of transportation on the Chesapeake’s waters. More ominously, ice floes have been known to sweep away Bay vessels, lighthouses, piers, and people.

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Which brings us to walking on water— ice, actually. Never a good idea. When the whole Bay froze in 1780, horse-drawn carriages crossed from shore to shore as far south as Cape Henry. In January 1857, one guy walked 20 miles to and from Norfolk to dine with the captain of an ice-bound steamer off Craney Island. Another wise guy built a pub on the frozen Elizabeth River to serve drinks and oysters to people passing by between Portsmouth and Norfolk. What were they thinking?

During the winter of 1976-77, Bay temperatures did not go above freezing for nearly 60 nights in a row! The Chesapeake froze so hard that big chunks of Maryland and Virginia were declared federal disaster areas. Everyone living on the Bay was helpless against the elements. Ice lifted pilings and piers out of the water and blanketed cockpits. Helicopters had to supply Smith and Tangier Islanders with essentials. So, if you think this winter has been bad on the Bay, think again.


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USODA National Championships Girls

2nd: Holly Tullo (J Sail) 3rd: Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (J Sail) 5th: Kathryn Booker (J Sail) Boys 2nd: Christopher Williford (J Sail)

USODA New Englands Girls 1st: Allison Surrette (J Sail) Boys 2nd: Harry Koeppel (Bluemagic)

USODA Midwests Girls 3rd: Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (J Sail) Boys 5th: Harry Koeppel (Bluemagic)

IODA North Americans Boys 1st: Christopher Williford (J Sail)

New Jersey State Opti Champion Boys Jonathan Lutz (J Sail)

Connecticut State Opti Champion Girls

Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Bluemagic/J Sail)

UK Nationals Girls

1st: Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Bluemagic/J Sail)

Noroton Girls Regatta 2nd:

Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Bluemagic/J Sail)

Noroton Team Race Championships 1st:

LISOT/Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Bluemagic/J Sail)

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