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48 Hooked on Summer Cruising 2010

by Cindy Wallach and SpinSheet Cruising Club Members

41 Alone Across the Atlantic: Part II by Andy Schell 42 Sharing the Bay by Nicholas Alley 44 July Fourth in Oxford... Brilliant by Elizabeth B. Wrightson 46 The Delights of Daysailing by Warren Milberg 81 How to Not Screw Up Your Race to Solomons by Paul Murphy 87 How an Ugly Boat Made Good by Rick McGregor 89 Bizz Buzz: Chesapeake Marine Industry News ON THE COVER:

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Editor’s Notebook with Molly Winans

Five Friends, One Boat, and Max


ven if you love your job and excel at it—even if and maybe especially if you’re a sailing editor or something equally as outdoorsy in theory—there are weekday moments when you are at your desk, wearing long sleeves to weather the artificial chill, alone in the harsh realization that it’s a stunning, summer day, and you’re stuck indoors. You appreciate and need this job, but you don’t want to be stuck indoors. Butt in chair. Stay. You’re a grown up. It’s your job. Act productive. You should be out messing about on your boat or other peoples’ boats, washing your car, walking in the park, lounging on the porch with your feet up… anything but tapping on computer keys. It’s not fair. As your parents probably told you and as you may have told your kids, life is not fair. This is where happy hour comes in handy. Last week’s spontaneous happy hour plan began with a Facebook post. Volkswagen enthusiasts may remember how the company ramped up its television advertising campaign in the mid-1990s. Among the memorable ads was one depicting a group of young people driving to a party in a Cabrio convertible under a starry sky and a full moon to the tune of Nick Drake’s song “Pink Moon.” That the songwriter died at age 26 of an anti-depressant overdose and wrote rather somber music doesn’t detract from the joyful feel of the ad itself, in which the Cabrio crew arrives at the party, looks at the rambunctious party scene, glances at one another in silent agreement, and backs out into the moonlit night to drive around in peace. At 9:21 a.m. on a sunny Friday, I heard the song “Pink Moon.” Knowing a few friends would comment on the song, which remains fairly obscure, I posted the opening lyrics on Facebook: “I saw it written

and I saw it say, Pink moon is on its way.” Two minutes later, my friend Chris Charbonneau posted a comment to say that he thought we should go out on the boat with wine and cheese to listen to the song. By 10:57 a.m., we had a second motion for a floating happy hour. By 6:30 p.m., we had five friends, a couple of bottles of wine, a

“…life is not fair. This is where happy hour comes in handy.”

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cheese tray, and a lifejacket-clad dog named Max on the well-loved 1980 Tanzer 24 Winola. We were cheerfully creeping along under sail in about three knots of breeze. When the wind fizzled enough to have us drifting backwards, we gave in and dropped the hook right there in the harbor. Winola was not born beautiful or fast, yet she has been a platform for beautiful moments among friends for many years. My friend John Burke bought her nine years ago for $2000 (including a few months’ slip fees), taught himself to sail on her, and even lived aboard for six months in between job and travel stints. (Burke is 6’3” tall. The Tanzer 24 has 5’9” of headroom. You could call this camping.) When Charbonneau moved to town a few years

later, he and Burke became fast friends and co-owners of the boat. Charbonneau has taken a couple dozen out-of-town friends (from his seemingly endless supply) sailing on the boat and even proposed marriage to his wife Kate onboard. You wouldn’t want to have five friends and a dog, even a short-legged Corgi like Max, cramped in Winola’s cockpit in a gale, but in three-to-zero knots in the harbor, we were happy summer campers with good cheese and olives and slightlybetter-than-boxed wine. It doesn’t take much to erase the memory of clicking on the keyboard at your desk. A few hours with funny friends watching the sky turn from blue to pink to dark and starry will do. A quiet, “put-put-put” tour of the closest creek may help, and if you throw in a final beer and some chicken wings at the local pub before you call it a night, more than just the work day may be forgotten. It’s easy to get wrapped up in waiting for ideal conditions before you get out on the water. You think you need a bigger, sleeker, more spouse- or kid-friendly boat. You need new sailing shoes. You have some rule about not going out when the forecast only calls for five knots. You only have a few hours. No matter. Go sailing. Being able to get out on the water for only a couple hours is one of the true privileges of those of us who live along the Bay. Get out there. Even if the wind peters out, and you spend an hour at anchor enjoying the night air, my four friends and Max and I re-discovered in one enchanted summer evening that a not-so-sexy old boat is every bit as good as a yacht for memory making. Summer will be over in the blink of an eye. Don’t let this delicious season pass you by.

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SpinSheet Readers Write… Thank You, Race Committee


’ve just completed reading “Big Breeze, Great Party,” your report on Charleston Race Week. I smiled reading John Yeigh’s comment, “I wouldn’t want to sit in one of those little mark boats in those conditions.” I was a race officer on the weather mark boat on John’s course. I laughed for two reasons. There was no possibility of sitting on our boat… especially since the other weather mark boat almost sank and had to return to the inner harbor. In fact, one of the local volunteers on our boat nicknamed the job “Deadliest Catch, Without the Ice.” The other reason I laughed is that as John was thinking his thought, on our boat, we all said, “I’m glad I’m not trying to keep one of those Tripp 26s from broaching in this [insert your own expletive].”

I’d like to thank the writers and editors of SpinSheet for prominently noting the contributions of those from Annapolis with whom I had the pleasure of working on race committee (RC) for that event. It is a testament to the excellent organization of Charleston Race Week that they draw RC from many locales. A group of us left skiing in Ottawa and traveled a few hundred miles just to make sure the racers had fun and quality racing. Okay, the sun and great party had something to do with it. It always gives me a “warm fuzzy” when racers acknowledge the contribution of volunteers serving on RC, whether it is a smile, a wave, and a “Thank You” as they sail by on a finish or in a fine publication such as SpinSheet. Greg Dargavel Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

SpinSheet Spotlight:

Ken Hadley T

o go from selling beer to selling advertising for a sailing magazine isn’t such a huge leap after all, says SpinSheet’s newest full-time staffer, Ken Hadley. It’s all about making new friends. Ken hails from Middlebury, VT, where he grew up a competitive ski racer. He sailed with his parents on Lake Champlain on a Chrysler 22. “My parents were not very good sailors,” Ken says and laughs. “Both were captains on the boat and always yelling at each other. They called me the ‘white knuckler.’ I told them, ‘There’s a reason for it.’” After moving to Colorado and being a ski bum for a few years, he got “serious” and got into the beer industry, where he worked for distributors and brands such as Wild Goose and most recently Otter Creek (of Middlebury). He moved to Annapolis 17 years ago. SpinSheet became acquainted with

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Just Wear It Just a reminder that life jackets are required on non-motorized vessels, including canoes and kayaks for everyone. It is highly recommended that all wear their life jackets while underway. Additionally, the new Maryland law states that all children under the age of 13 must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket (type I, II, III, or IV) while underway on a recreational vessel under 21 feet in length on Maryland waters. This includes sailboats, motorboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowboats. For further information, go to Caryl P. Weiss U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Annapolis

him when we were seeking a new beer sponsor for our annual Crew Listing Party about a decade ago. Faithful Crew Listing Party goers know him as the one who wore the name tag that said, “Beer Guy.” Ready to make a career change after 18 years in the beer industry, Ken started with the SpinSheet and PropTalk team in June. Since he’s begun working for us, people have commented, “First you sell beer. Now you work in the sailing industry. How do you find these cool jobs?” You know you’re a real Annapolis local when you meet your wife at Davis’ Pub, as was the case with Ken and Rosemary 13 years ago. They have two adopted sons, Ben (four) and Sam (three). On weekends, they like to go to the neighborhood beach and to a family cabin in West Virginia. When it comes to what he loves about life on the Chesapeake, Ken says, “I’ve got to have mountains or water. There’s something about the water that’s peaceful and relaxing. We aren’t too far from the mountains. There are hills in West Virginia.” Life at SpinSheet is agreeing with Ken. “I like the non-corporate feel of the place. It’s family oriented, and there are good, friendly people here. I like the view.” Welcome to the SpinSheet team, Ken! And we forgot to ask—have you maintained your beer connections? ~M.W.

A Numbers Game

Please inform Jerome Zukosky [“Pilgrim on Land: A Cruiser Walks Away from the Liveaboard Life,” February issue] to observe one secret for being able to sail into your 70s and beyond: as your own years increase in number, you must decrease the LOA numbers of the boat you sail. Incidentally, I enjoyed this well-written story from a journeyman journalist even though it was touched with sadness. Jack Sherwood Annapolis

Where Are the Chesapeake 16s?

to fit our header and footer. Direct questions to SpinSheet’s July 2009 cover shot by Dan Phelps

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When we used this photo (right) for Cindy Wallach’s article “Good Guest, Bad Guest” on page 44 of the June issue, we meant to include a caption to explain that these sailors weren’t really lazy guests. They had just sailed the 70-mile overnight race from Annapolis to St. Mary’s City and deserved a nap. For the scoop on the 2010 edition of the St. Mary’s Governor’s Cup Regatta, turn to page 82. Photo by Al Schreitmueller/SpinSheet

When I was a kid in the 1950 to 1960 era, I sailed with a gentleman on Sunday mornings on the West River. We sailed a boat called a Chesapeake 16. It was quite fast and low to the water. We won many races in her. I was wondering what happened to these boats? I never hear about them in SpinSheet’s Racing News, so I thought I would ask… Captain Rick Talbott Via E-mail Our friends at the West River SC have included a history of the fleet on the Chesapeake 20 website ( Stay tuned to the August issue of SpinSheet for more. ~M.W.

Department of Corrections In her article about the BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup on page 76 of the June issue of SpinSheet, Nancy Noyes noted that the event’s opening ceremonies were conducted at the Susan C. Campbell Park at Annapolis City Dock. We changed the middle initial to “B,” as we have incorrectly in the past. The woman for which the park was named was Susan Claire Campbell. Our apologies to Noyes and Campbell-Chambliss. ~M.W.

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DOCKTALK Long summer days allow for more time to explore and enjoy the many rivers along the Chesapeake Bay. This pretty sunset shot was taken along the Chester River. Photo by Mitch Keiler

Trust Paddle, which will be Saturday, July 10, starting at the Patuxent 4-H Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, and paddling to Jackson’s Landing, with a stop at Mt. Calvert Historical and Archeological Park. For $70, participants get equipment, a guided tour, boxed lunch and snacks, and return shuttle service. Reservations must be made by calling (410) 424-4000.


River Scoop by Beth Crabtree


ummer’s here, and there’s no better place to spend a lazy afternoon than on the Bay or one of its tributaries. Helping us enjoy our rivers to the utmost through education, advocacy, and recreation are 16 Riverkeepers who are a part of the worldwide umbrella group, WaterKeeper’s Alliance. We want you to get out and enjoy our rivers, so we’ve put together a sampling of summer happenings on a few of the Bay’s tributaries.

Baltimore Harbor and Patapsco River

For most of its length, the Patapsco River is a moderate river through a valley, but the last 10 miles are a tidal estuary, including the Baltimore Harbor. The Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper is hosting a series of workshops called “Get the Dirt Out Chesapeake” to teach individuals to identify and report construction pollution. Workshops will be held July 29, 6:30 to 9 p.m., and August 28, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the

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waterkeeper’s office in Baltimore. Reservations are required.

Severn River

The Severn River Association has been selected by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to lead the Marylanders Grow Oysters program. The Severn has been designated as a sanctuary for oysters, which filter the water. Residents along the Severn can receive free cages and spat from the DNR and grow oysters on community or private piers. In addition, the Severn Riverkeeper partners with Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center and the Annapolis Maritime Museum to educate children about the health of the river. To get involved, visit or


The Patuxent Riverkeeper maintains a moderate fleet of kayaks and offers a variety of periodic day trips, such as the Land

The Choptank River Eastern Bay (CREB) Conservancy is planning a triatha-boatathon. Participants will run, bike, and paddle along the Miles River. Drew Koslow, Riverkeepr for CREB, says, “We want to raise awareness that the way we live on land influences our water quality.” Learn more about the “Get the Dirt Out” program, oyster restoration, and septic upgrades at And if you find yourself further inland, the Choptank River Heritage Museum in West Denton, MD, has numerous ongoing programs including paddling water trails, skipjack preservation, and much more.


The Sassafras River Association (SRA) is sponsoring the first Sassafest and WadeIn, Saturday, July 17, at Betterton Beach in Betterton, MD. It’s free and open to the public with paddle races, wade-in, live music, and delicious food and drinks. Environmental exhibits include Scales and Tails and Adkins Arboretum. SRA also provides advocacy, education, and pollution assessment. Welcome to the new Sassafras Riverkeeper, Jamie Brunkow! Do you have river news or events you think would be of interest to SpinSheet readers? Please write to

National Hospice Regatta Unveils 2010 Painting


he National Hospice Regatta Alliance (NHRA) recently unveiled a dramatic new oil painting by noted artist Willard Bond. “Fantasy Regatta” depicts young sailors racing dinghies with commemorative sails as they approach larger sailboats ahead. It accurately reflects NHRA’s motto, “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” Proceeds from the sale of Bond’s inspiring painting will benefit NHRA and 25 local charity regattas, including several in the Bay area. In Annapolis, the September 25 Hospice Cup will be raced on the Bay to benefit six Hospice locations. Now in its 29th year, this event has raised more than seven million dollars since its inception. The painting selected this year by NHRA is particularly appropriate for the Hospice Cup, since last year saw the successful debut of a junior regatta. This year, it will be an all-day event for young sailors, with instruction in the morning followed by afternoon racing on the Severn River. Whether they race regularly or just enjoy sailing, all sailors should consider participating in the Hospice Cup, which

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Willard Bond’s “Fantasy Regatta” is the signature image for the 2010 Hospice Cup Regatta.

includes a Hospice Class, a non-spinnaker class that organizers say is a “perfect race to get a feel for sailing in competition.” To prepare novice racers, an information event will be held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Thursday, September 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. Eva Hill, Commodore of the Chesapeake Bay Sabre Association and a strong supporter and volunteer, states, “Although there are lots of worthy causes we as sailors can support, Hospice is one that actively courts cruising sailors. Also, Hospice is a cause that most of us will probably see the

benefits of in our lifetimes—if not personally, then among our families and friends.” Tickets are $250 for the full day of events, including a view of the race from a luxurious spectator boat followed by a shore party from 3 to 8 p.m. at Atria Manresa with an open bar, exciting live auction, great music, and an awards ceremony for racers, including juniors. Tickets for the shore party only are $150. For information, tickets, volunteer information, and racing registration, visit ~by Beth Crabtree

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Photographers: Snap To It ummer on the Bay provides plenty of ways to have fun. Think about sharing your stories by entering a photo contest. Here are two so far this season:

Maryland’s DNR—Student, amateur, and pro photographers may enter the annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Take some photos that celebrate Maryland’s natural beauty and submit up to three of them before September 1. Photos will be judged within six categories, including birds, floral, insects, outdoor recreation, scenic, and wildlife. Winners will be announced September 30. Winning entries will be featured in the winter issue of the Maryland Natural Resource Magazine as well as on the front cover of the 2011 DNR Calendar. The best overall photo wins the grand prize of $500, a 2011 Maryland State Park Passport, a lifetime subscription to the DNR’s magazine, and five copies of DNR’s Calendar. For more details about prizes and such, visit SpinSheet—Why not enter the 2010 SpinSheet Summer Cover Contest? All you need to do is send one to three high-resolution, digital, vertical photos. If you shoot the winning image, you’ll enjoy unparalleled fame and fortune, as your work will grace the cover of our August issue in print and online. We love shots of happy sailors, pretty sailboats, iconic and ironic Bay scenes, and kids and puppies in action. Send your entries to by July 10. Capture life at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, and you just might win DNR’s contest. Photo by Gary Reich/SpinSheet

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See Sultana’s John Smith Shallop at NSHOF


ultana Projects’ John Smith Shallop has completed the 60-mile voyage from Chestertown across the Chesapeake Bay to Annapolis and the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF). The Shallop will become the centerpiece of a six-month, in-water exhibit about the history of John Smith’s 16071609 voyages on the Chesapeake Bay and the National Park Service’s new Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Built by Sultana Projects in 2005, the John Smith Shallop is a 28-foot replica of the small boat used by Captain John Smith to explore and map the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. Today, the John Smith Shallop continues to travel to sites around the Chesapeake Bay, serving as a roving ambassador for the John Smith Trail. NSHOF’s Lee Tawney says, “We are investigating whether American Indians sailed; otherwise, John Smith was one of the first people to sail American waters, making him an important part of our

sailing past; the replica Shallop embodies that history. To promote the John Smith waterway trail, the boat will be on display and will occasionally be sailed.” The exhibit was organized by Sultana Projects in partnership with NSHOF, The Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail, and the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. The Shallop was crewed by a dedicated group of volunteers from Sultana Projects, which oversees the upkeep of the vessel.

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Building More Than a Boat

here’s a new canoe in town thanks to a bunch of kids and volunteers and supplies from the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM), Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation, Box of Rain (BOR), Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC), and Eastport Yacht Club Foundation. Over the winter, as part of the Boat Building by the Bay (BBbtB) project, nearly 30 local kids learned how to build CLC’s Northeaster Dory. Directed by George Smith and helped by a bunch of new and veteran volunteers, the kids carefully crafted the vessel in the Barge House of the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport. It was a much more intense project than last year’s two Peace Canoes, but the same amount of love and devotion was used to complete a lovely vessel. The boat was launched May 22 with awards, paddling fun, and a sun-soaked cookout party on AMM’s beach. Maurice says, “This year was definitely different, because we did not have to do any stitching last year. The Dory looked

Congrats are in order. May 22 saw the launch of Boat Building by the Bay’s new Dory at Annapolis Maritime Museum, thanks to the hard work of many local kids and volunteers.

‘tight!’ The stitching hurts your fingers, but ‘no pain, no gain.’” Crystal adds, “I had fun building the Peace Canoe and Dory these last two years; I was so glad neither of them sank.” Tim and Gretchen Cusack bought the dory as well as a few massages during an April 10 fundraiser. Tim says, “We are excited to use the boat with our young children. Several of our friends are involved with BBbtB, and as members of this community, how could we not help support them and this important program? BBbtB gives impressionable kids something positive they can latch onto and grow from.

During the launch, we were delighted to see them paddle the boat they built; it was heartwarming. And 100 percent of the money goes right back into BBbtB.” Never one to rest for long, BOR’s Kelsa McLaughlin says, “This year, our summer program welcomes 40 students! In July, we’ll have kayaking, sailing, swimming, fishing, rowing, and other activities for the kids. We’ll even have a boat-related scavenger hunt and fitness and art activities. Our students will visit several maritime museums in the area as well as the NSHOF and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. To learn more about donating and volunteering, visit”

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What the Heck Is a Dinghy Poker Run?


imply put, dinghy-powered poker runs are perfectly good excuses to get out on the water and party for a good cause. A bunch of friends and families register and plunk down some change, converge on a dockside watering hole, and board their dinghies on sultry Bay days. They then proceed to rumble through a nautical course and meet back up at five stopping points, including marinas, dock bars, and dockside restaurants. During each stop, crews perfect the fine art of staying hydrated and staving off hunger, while captains collect envelopes containing playing cards. At the end of the tour, captains return to the watering hole of origin and play their hands during a grand finale and prize-laden party. Then, everybody heads home with photos, tall tales, and fine memories. Basic equipment includes a non-leaking dinghy, a well-behaved engine, skimpy bathing suits, cool beverages and light snacks, sunglasses and hats, and cameras and sunscreen. Water balloons and cannons are mandatory. All’s fair in love and war; the bigger the bucket, the better. These events morph into stress-free cruises punctuated with doses of controlled mayhem. People get to stretch their legs, have a little fun, relax, and tour fun spots the Bay. Here are two Bay events that raise money for and increase awareness of charitable causes. Send your tasteful dinghy poker run stories and photos to Middle River Dinghy Poker Run July 31 brings the 10th running of this dinghy poker run at the Red Eye YC near Baltimore. Captains meet July 30. The fun benefits the Norris Lane Foundation in Joppa, MD, which provides financial assistance to students wishing to further their educations.

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Atlantic Cup Rally participants celebrate the 850-mile passage from Tortola, BVI, to Bermuda in May. Photo by Steve Black/Cruising Rally Association

Snowbirds Rally Homeward with Atlantic Cup


he 18 sailboats in this year’s Atlantic Cup offshore sailing rally from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to Bermuda departed in brisk northeast winds for the 850- mile passage in May. Sailors enjoyed two days of reaching winds before high pressure filled in, and they began to motor. The Atlantic Cup is an annual event sponsored by the Cruising Rally Association (CRA). It provides friendly competition, shared weather information, crew lists, and twice-daily radio chats to boats returning to the United States and Canada from their winter cruising grounds.

Special Delivery, a Taswell 58 sloop, sailed by Bill and Diana Quinlan of Jacksonville, FL, was first to finish and the Overall Handicap Winner for the event. The Quinlans are veterans of seven previous rallies and are past winners of the Caribbean 1500. Gil Smith and his crew on Joy For All, a Farr 50, were the second boat to finish in Class 1. Class 2 was won by an all-English crew aboard the Island Packet 485, Pelekan, sailed by owners and Atlantic Cup veterans, Drs. Tom and Jos Hollway. Second place in Class 2 went to Colin and Kathleen Kilgour from Toronto, Canada. The Kilgours, including their children Mitchell, Gillian, and Clair, took top honors in the Caribbean 1500 last November.

The Atlantic Cup fleet was hosted in Tortola by Nanny Cay Resort and Marina. The ralliers received a warm welcome and awards dinner at the St. Georges Dinghy and Sports Club in Bermuda at the end of the rally, and most departed for the eastern seaboard of the U.S. within 48 hours of arrival. The fleet was divided into three divisions. In addition to the Rally Class, there were two Cruising Classes. Four boats entered the Cruising Class to enjoy a cruise in company to Bermuda. Three others sailed together directly to the United States from Tortola in eight to nine days. All classes received the same safety, weather, and communication benefits. With wireless transponders on each yacht (sponsored by Davenport & Company, LLC), positions were broadcast via the satellite network six times each day, every four hours. Each boat’s track was displayed on the Caribbean 1500 website (carib1500. com) using software customized to incorporate features from Google Earth. CRA returns to Nanny Cay later this year with the 21st running of the Caribbean 1500, slated to start November 1. For more information on future rallies and seminars, visit

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eaders may remember Pterosail Trike System’s CEO John MacTaggart from the 2009 U.S. Sailboat Show and the subsequent SpinSheet Editor’s Note he inspired. In an effort to showcase his green technology—a combination of sailing, cycling, and solar technologies—and to do something that has never been done before, MacTaggart will sail and cycle across the country starting in July. The 30-year-old chief of this family-and-friends venture, MacTaggart has multiple long Pterosail (pronounced terra-sail) trips across Iowa and throughout the country under his belt. A lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves (who was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2008) and an engineering graduate from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, MacTaggert is up to the 3092-milelong task and looks forward to going through terrain similar to the “breathtaking” landscape he experienced in Afghanistan. Features of the Pterosail of particular interest are the solar panels, which store power for pedal assistance for when the wind peters out. The solar panels also charge cell phone and GPS devices and work as sun protection for the cyclist-sailor. The recumbent bike and sail configuration serves as an ideal frame for a Native American-inspired teepee, which sleeps six and is convenient for self-contained adventure and camping. The Pterosail cross country trip will depart from San Diego, CA, July 1 and following a seven-legged (approximately 425-miles-long per leg) trek, is slated to end August 29 in St. Augustine, FL, with not one stop near Chesapeake country—what’s up with that? We do love the spirit of the adventure, though, and hope such green sailing technologies and potential commuting options spread to our region sooner rather than later. To follow MacTaggart’s adventure and learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit

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Practicing at Old Dominion University (ODU) (L-R): Shannon Wilkins and Katrina Williams. Wilkins, a product of the North East River Yacht Club Junior Program, and Williams brought home a third from the ICSA 2010 Women’s National Championships for the ODU Sailing Team. Photo courtesy of Sharlene Wilkins

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ara Morgan Watters [Oxford] and Elizabeth Dudley [Queenstown] (next page, top right) are fresh back from the Inter Collegiate Sailing Association ICSA (College) National Championships in Wisconsin May 25-28. A Seahawk

from St. Mary’s College, Watters earned Women’s All-American Honors, while teammate Ted Hale [Annapolis] led his team to a repeat national title at the APS/ICSA Team Racing National Championship and an All-American Honorable Mention.

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Local sailors who took part in the USSDT Clinic June 16 at AYC (L-R): Scott Houck, Ian Stokes, Ludovicco Belli, Kaylee Schwitzer, and Kyle Comerford.

(L-R): Sara Morgan Watters and Elizabeth Dudley

Dudley sailed for the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Champion Boston College Eagles. More locals earning All-American Honors were Annapolitans Joe Morris sailing for Yale and Evan Aras sailing for Georgetown. Two Cougars from the College [Charleston], Christina Murray [Annapolis], and Katie Weaver [Davidsonville] earned All-American Crew honors. Congrats to our outstanding sailors!

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What’s in an Acronym? Turns Out: A Lot

ay 29-June 1 brought Olympic coaches, national and local pros, and local junior sailors to AYC for a U.S. Sailing Development Team (USSDT) Clinic. Forty-eight talented athletes have been named to USSDT, a new, youth pipeline team created to help young athletes acquire the skills necessary to

launch successful campaigns and compete at the Youth World and Olympic level. In addition to receiving elite-level coaching, guidance, and mentoring, USSDT members benefit from joint educational opportunities with U.S. Sailing Team AlphaGraphics members and other top young sailors from across the country.

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Junior Match Racers Head West!

uring the inaugural year of the Balboa YC Youth Match Race Clinic and Regatta, Annapolis YC (AYC) sailors Jack Ortel, Brady Stagg, and Helmsman Mike Carr practiced for two weeks prior to the event, sparring against Tucker Thompson, Brendan Healy, and Jay Kehoe. After flying to Los Angeles to compete in the May 14-16 event at the Balboa YC, Team AYC was treated to outstanding hospitality. The club welcomed them with food and classroom space, and members opened their homes for lodging. Team AYC worked on boat handling

and basic starting tactics and some boat speed on Friday. The opening match pitted them against Newport Harbor (the eventual winner). After losing a tough match, Team AYC quickly regrouped and worked hard to win most of its matches that day, losing the final match to Kings Point (the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy [USMMA]). Going into Sunday, Team AYC was tied for second in a virtually unbreakable tie with King Harbor YC, San Diego YC, and USMMA (all with two losses). Newport Harbor YC and Mission Bay YC each had one loss and were tied for first.

Racing was tight and very competitive. Sunday brought AYC a tough series of matches, racing San Diego, King Harbor, and Mission Bay. The AYC boys lost a nail biter to San Diego YC and then crushed King Harbor YC, only to face a strong Mission Bay team (who placed fourth in the Governors Cup the previous year). Drawing an even start, Team AYC hit a bad set of waves, which dropped them back to lose another close race. During the awards ceremony, Team AYC members were surprised to find that they had won the Nick Scandone Sportsmanship trophy. They were nominated by their competitors and unanimously voted on by the umpires. The main reason the boys won was their openness to asking questions about rules and sailing strategies in front of the group. Quite honestly, that’s pretty tough for teenage boys! And, before the opening match, Team AYC notified Team Newport Harbor YC that its halyards were twisted and would not hoist the spinnaker. All and all, the event was a huge success for the team heading west and finishing fifth! Send kids’ news to

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etter late than never… When the Chesapeake Bay division of America’s Boating Club (ABC) —which welcomes sailors and powerboaters alike—kicked off its season April 17, SpinSheet took notice. Sure, we mentioned it in a spring installment of Club Notes. But, that didn’t do justice to the many fun photos from the Southern Bay event that we received. To rectify the situation, here’s a quick recap of the event and some of the visuals that help tell the story.


Deltaville The blue team To mark the first of more than 45 planned events, the Colonial and Virginia Beach sail and power squadrons launched a poker run April 17. The event helped support the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s efforts to understand how to save our wonderful Chesapeake Bay. Running out of Salt Ponds Marina in Hampton, VA, 30 vessels enjoyed warm breezes and calm water and visited seven locations to collect their five-card hands. Shannon and Rusty Woods of Hampton, VA, collected first prize (a classic foosball table) in their classic folding boat with the loudest five-horsepower Craftsman outboard ever manufactured. Second place won a sit-on-top kayak with all the accessories. Third place went to Mike Randall running a 20-foot center console, winning a Dooney and Burke purse/wallet combo. In all, we raised more than $3000. A total of 3400 members in 36 squadrons make up ABC’s Chesapeake Bay division. It was a great opportunity for skippers to make good use of their often neglected dinghies. To learn more about ABC’s many plans for 2010, visit

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7 to 10 p.m. Departs from Annapolis City Dock. Cracked crabs and Wednesday racing.

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The Naval School in Annapolis Gets a New Name, 1850  Becomes U.S. Naval Academy.


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Big Band Night 7 to 10 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Enjoy The Rhythm Doctors while watching fireworks.

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Movies on the Dock 9 p.m. City Dock, Crisfield, MD. July 3, 17, and 31, and August 14. Free!


Fireworks Cruise! 6:30 p.m. Depart Annapolis Waterfront Marriott. Enjoy live entertainment and fireworks on the Schooner Woodwind.

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Freedom Fest and Fireworks Crisfield, MD.

Second Continental Congress Declares 13 American Colonies Independent of England, 1776


Deck Party 7 to 10 p.m. Baltimore. Food, live music, tours, cannon firings, fun, and fireworks onboard the Constellation.


Fireworks Cruise 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Mt. Washington, MD. Harbor cruise to fireworks; DJ and snacks included and cash bar.


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Kent County Watermen’s Day 1 p.m. Rock Hall Bulkhead, MD. Most Patriotic Workboat, Anchor Toss, and Workboat Docking Contests. Cash prizes, food, music, and dunking booth.

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Stars in the Sky 6 to 10 p.m. Victory Landing Park, Newport News, VA. Food, rides, vendors, music, and fireworks. Free parking.


Two Free Skipjack Sails Noon and 1 p.m. Onboard Nathan of Dorchester in Cambridge, MD.

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The Bikini Debuts During a Fashion Show in Paris, France, 1946 John Paul Jones Is Born in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 1747 First International Tall Ships Race Launches from England, 1956

UNELKO Corporation Launches Rain Repellent for Aircraft, 1970 UNELKO later developed Rain-X for consumers.

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Yacht Builders John Trumpy and Sons Move to Annapolis, 1947

Blackbeard Pirate Festival Hampton, VA. Pirates, parties, ships, battles, jugglers, musicians, kids’ rides, puppet shows, fireworks, and more.


Leukemia Cup Regatta Stingray Point Marina, Deltaville, VA. Benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Battle on the River Sturgis Park, Snow Hill, MD. Noon. Canoe jousting fun! Music by Bad Mojo, prizes, food, and beverages.

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Royal Yacht Britannia Is Scuttled in the Solent, 1936 All in accordance with the will of late King George V.


Harbor Party! 6 to 10 p.m. Cape Charles, VA. Lively music, hot food, cold drinks, and fine family fun.


Sharkfest! Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Fish face painting, marine games, crafts, fossils, and mural painting.


James River Runoff Rundown Run entire 340-mile length of the James to benefit the James River Association.


Taste of Cambridge and Crab Cook-Off 5 to 9 p.m. Cambridge, MD. Vote for top crab dishes by local chefs as you enjoy live music, crab pickers, crazy contests, and more.

Lawnmower Races Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace, MD. Kids’ activities, ice cream eating contest, lawnmower and sack races, face painting, food, and car show.


Guided Nighttime Canoe Float 7:30 to 10 p.m. Fredericksburg City Dock, MD.

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Open House Point Lookout Lighthouse, Scotland, MD.


Paddle Sports America Course West Marine, 163 Jennifer Road, Annapolis. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary. (410) 384-7753;


Pirate Gala 7 to 11 p.m. Susquehanna Museum, Havre de Grace, MD. Party with pirates. Dancing, beer, wine, food, auctions, and fun.


Safe Paddlecrafting Course 6 to 10 p.m. Delaware State Fire School, Dover. Taught by Flotilla 12-05 of USCG Auxiliary. $15.



America’s Safe Boating and Piloting Courses Sassafras Harbor Marina Activity Center, Georgetown, MD. Hosted by Northeast River Power Squadron. (302) 456-3445,

Maryland Boating Safety Course and Certification 6 to 9 p.m. Truxtun Park Recreation Center, Annapolis. $25.



Log Canoe Racing  Hosted by Chester River Yacht and Country Club.

Beans and Franks Day

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Crab Feasts on the Queen 7 to 10 p.m. Departs from Annapolis City Dock. Crack crabs and watch Wednesday night racing.


Pirate Invasion Susquehanna Museum, Havre de Grace, MD.


Eratosthenes First Proposes System of Latitude and Longitude for a World Map, Third Century BC

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Crab Ball 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Michael’s Café Raw Bar & Grill, Timonium, MD. Live music, dancing, cocktails, beers, crab cake eating contest, and award-winning crab cakes. Benefits League of Dreams.


Hilda Crockett Begins Providing Home-Cooked Meals and Lodging to Tangier Island Visitors, 1939


Jesse’s Paddle Pocomoke River Canoe Company, Snow Hill, MD. Paddling, prizes, food, music, friends and more. Benefits Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Log Canoe Racing Hosted by Rock Hall YC.


Marine Diesel Engines: Level II Course Annapolis School of Seamanship.

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Hands-On Flare Demos West Marine, Solomons. July 17-18 and August 28-29.

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Mystery Fox/Pig Creature Lurks Near Baltimore, 2004

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Bell Bottoms on U.S. Navy Personnel First Described in Print, 1813


J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake 12:30 to 4 p.m. Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD. All-you-can-eat crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, and watermelon. A $40 donation gets you admission, a mug, and a mallet with customized logo as supplies last.


Skipjack Sail The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Skipjack Stanley Norman sails from 5 to 7:30 p.m. out of Annapolis.


Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport. Food and fun punctuated with live music by D’Vibe & Conga.

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USS Constitution Leaves Boston on Her First Voyage, 1798

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Karl Heinrich Klingert Invents First Diving Suit, 1797

Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp Independently Discover a Rock Star of a Comet, 1995 Hale-Bopp was the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, and one of the brightest seen for years.

Keel of HMS Victory Is Laid in the Old Single Dock in Chatham, England, 1759 She was Nelson’s last flagship.


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Mari*Fest 2010 Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Enjoy Bay foods and beverages, music, dancing, living history demos, crafters, boat rides, sailing races, raffle, and kids’ activities, including a cardboard boat race. Free!


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“Sail for Kids” Race to Baltimore Starts off Baltimore Harbor Light.

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Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse Classic Southern Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta

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Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge Three days of great summer racing in Solomons, hosted by Southern Maryland SA, sponsored by SpinSheet.

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CCV Moonlight Triangle Race

CRYC Corsica River Race and Back Corsica River YC’s annual regatta and race back hosted by Magothy River SA.

Pony Swim Chincoteague, VA. Benefits Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

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Get the Dirt Out Chesapeake Workshops Hosted by Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper and Waterkeepers Chesapeake. Identify and report pollution July 29 and August 28.

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Eastbound Span of Chesapeake Bay Bridge Opens, 1952

First Chincoteague Pony Penning Held to Benefit Local Fire Company, 1925


Chesapeake Folk Festival Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Live music, demos, and crafts. Included with museum admission; food and boat rides are extra.


Creek Critters Day Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, Portsmouth, VA.

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Whitney Smith Coins the Term Vexillology, 1957 Refers to the scholarly study of flags.


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Integrity Yacht Sales Summer Invitational Annual Herrington Harbour SA Summer Invitational.


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National Water Quality Month

Mount Vernon Ghost Walks 7 p.m. Saturdays. Baltimore. Haunted history hikes. Yikes!


Galileo Galilei Invents First Water Thermometer, 1593 Name droppers Gabriel Fahrenheit and Andrus Celsius make their marks in 1714 and 1743, respectively.


Basic Coastal Navigation 7 to 9:15 p.m. Six Monday and Tuesday sessions. Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD. (410) 808-4878


Benedictine Monks Invent Champagne, 1531 The unfortunate beverage became popular as a “boat-christening fluid” as the 19th century closed.

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USCG Is Founded as Revenue Cutter Service, 1790

Celebration of Life Cancer Gala 7 to 10 p.m. Rod ’N’ Reel Restaurant, Chesapeake Beach, MD. Dance and dine to help fight cancer.


Tangier Island Homecoming Festival Tangier, VA. Games, food, music, and dancing.


Annie Oakley Wild West Festival Cambridge Waterfront. Celebrate her 150th birthday with live music, costumes, beer and wine, re-enactments, arts and crafts, pony rides, great food, and more.

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Ghost Walks of Historic Chestertown 8 p.m.


Beach Party on the Square 4 to 9 p.m. Leonardtown, MD. Live music, sand volleyball, games, antique cars, entertainment, face painting, exhibits, amusements, crafts, fire truck hose downs, and food.


Blessing of the Combines?! Snow Hill, MD. Combine parade, antique tractors, music, petting zoo, games, food, and tractor pull. (410) 632-3838

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Open House Point Lookout Lighthouse, Scotland, MD. Ancient Egyptians Invent Flip-Flops, About 4000 BC

Gustav Brunn Develops Secret Recipe for Old Bay Seasoning in Baltimore, 1939

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Robert Lee Forrest Bequeaths His 365-Acre, Defunct Java Dairy Farm to Smithsonian Institution, 1964 The Rhode River property’s varied habitat makes it a perfect site for ecological research.


In the Wee Hours of the Morning, Residents of St. Michaels Hoodwink the Brits, 1813 Forewarned of an attack, townsfolk hoist lanterns up the masts of ships and in the treetops. British cannons overshoot the town.


USCG’s “Suddenly in Command” Class 9 a.m. to Noon. Deltaville Yachting Center.


Havre de Grace Seafood Festival Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de Grace, MD. Chesapeake waterfront fun with food, artisans, entertainment, charity auction/ raffle, and more.


Log Canoe Racing Tred Avon YC.


Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend Rock Hall, MD. Dinghy flotilla, beach party, live entertainment, pirate cruises, treasure hunts, costume contests... you get the arrrh-dea.


Seafood Festival at Tydings Park Havre de Grace, MD. Seafood delicacies, charity raffle and auction, artisans and crafters, and more.


Alexander MacRae Launches MacRae Hosiery Manufacturers in Australia, 1914 The company became known as Speedo in 1928.


Perseids Meteor Showers The lightshow comes courtesy of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Most of the dust in the cloud today is around 1000 years old.

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It’s Friday the Thirteenth, So Don’t Start a Cruise Today Part of the lore behind triskaidekaphobia says that witches in ancient Rome gathered in groups of 12; the 13th was believed to be the devil.


Taste of Downtown Hampton/Cook-Off Hampton Public Piers, VA. Food, contests, live entertainment, and more food at local restaurants.


EYC’s Annapolis Dinghy Poker Run From Eastport YC to Spa and Back creeks. Hosted by Deans Yacht Services to benefit Johns Hopkins Childrens Center.


Gary Larson Is Born, 1950 Millions grew to love “The Far Side” and its cows, mad scientists, and such.


Seafood Feast-I-Val 1 to 6 p.m. Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, MD. Food, crafts, prizes, and displays. Free parking! Benefits Cambridge Rescue Fire Company.


Shoremen from Maryland’s Eastern Shore Sail to Baltimore on a Bay Schooner, 1898 They open a small chandlery in Fells Point, which today is know as the Vane Brothers Company.

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Navy Buys Hammond’s Inheri-

Richard Bach’s Book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Is Published, 1970 Reviewing the 1973 movie adaptation, Roger Ebert said, “This has got to be the biggest pseudocultural, would-be metaphysical rip-off of the year.”

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1909 Today, the property is known as Greenbury Point near Annapolis.

Scott Kirby and Dave Edmisten in Concert 4 p.m. Southern Maryland SA, Solomons. Presented by Solomons Holiday Inn. $20.


Cove Point Lighthouse Is Automated, 1986 The beacon is controlled from Baltimore, nearly 64 miles away.

Bayfest Noon to 6:30 p.m. North Beach, MD. Arts and crafts, live music, food, and beer.

Caroline Summerfest  Denton, MD. Free arts and entertainment celebration, music, kids’ fun, crafts, food, street performers, and river cruises.

Fiore Wine, Jazz, and Art Festival Noon to 6 p.m. Pylesville, MD. Wine, jazz, art, grape stomping, food, and more.


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Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival Noon to 6 p.m. National Harbor, MD. Enjoy great crabs and beer along the Potomac with live music, arts, and crafts.


Fossil Field Festivities Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

Peter Markus Invents “Mae West,” 1928 Mae West was the nickname for first inflatable life preserver.

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Inventor John Fitch Makes First Successful Trial of a Steamboat on the Delaware River, 1787


Live Music in Oxford’s Town Park 3 to 5 p.m. The Chesapeake Steel Drum Band from Annapolis, MD will perform. Free.

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Ride the Wind Day Cal Ripken, Jr., Is Born in Havre de Grace, 1960

Mr. Potato Head Is Born, 1960 Hasbro’s creation replaces the need for kids to ask mom for real spuds.


Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport. Food, fun, and live music by D’Vibe & Conga.


Boatyard Regatta and the Battle of the Chesapeake for CRAB Eastport. Family fun pursuit start regatta, music by Misspent Youth, and party at EYC with host Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport.


Log Canoe Racing During Tred Avon YC’s Heritage Regatta.


Harry Pidgeon Is Born, 1869  He was the second person to sail single-handedly around the world.

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Last Concert for the Beatles, 1966 Candlestick Park, San Francisco. “Long Tall Sally” was their last song.


Old Dominion Boat Club Poker Run Alexandria, VA. Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Cape Charles Cup

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Snipe National Championship Regatta Severn SA hosts Snipe sailors from all over the country compete.


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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Governor’s Cup Yacht Race St Mary’s College, MD. A 70-mile overnighter from Annapolis to St. Mary’s.

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York River YC Admiral’s Cup J/22 Mid-Atlantic Championships

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where we by Kim Couranz

Can Rocky and Dingo Save the Gulf Coast?


t’s summer blockbuster movminiature stair steps. ie season, and I know we’d Someone had gotten A brave owner took shears to all like to see a Hollywood to Rocky with the hog Rocky for the hair ending to the oil spill in the Gulf shears. I confirmed this donation effort... of Mexico: Oil Magically Stops with my hostess. She Pouring from Gulf Floor! But had indeed secured instead it seems the oil spill is a contribution to the more like a set of sequels—each hair boom effort from one in turn getting worse than its Rocky. predecessor. Blowout preventer? Please remember: No! Containment dome? Not so Rocky is a cat. Can you much! Top kill? Not working! imagine the resolve Diamond saw? Can’t cut! …and with which one must so on. attempt to give a cat a I recently spent some time haircut? But the threat down in Louisiana to support to the Gulf’s ecosystem some oil spill response efforts as and economy are so part of my “day job,” and instead great, residents in the Dingo donated of staying at a large chain hotel, region are willing to be some hair for a I opted to track down a similarly fully clawed by unsus“hair boom.” priced bed and breakfast. My pecting feline contributhinking was that for such a tors to the effort. chunk of time, I’d rather stay While the catassomewhere a little more homey, “At that point, the concept of “hair booms” trophe in the Gulf has and I’d rather the cost of lodgwas still a hot topic, as Gulf residents were arisen over the course ing stay in the Gulf area—allooking from all angles at how to combat of just a few short ready challenged by fishery cloweeks, we face related the oily menace.” sures and slowdowns in tourism challenges here in our thanks to the spill—rather than Bay that have evolved corporate headquarters somewhere else. over decades, perhaps centuries. As in the that hair booms mostly just suck up water And what a good decision that was. Gulf, many of the issues facing our Bay rather than oil, and tend to sink, so they’re Not only did my B&B hostess pack me a are due to human actions and loom over not as effective as other more traditional breakfast to go each morning (for I was up environment and economy alike. boom material. But still people were eager and out the door way before any standard I wonder if it’s like the old adage about to pitch in, so a hair drive was held, and B&B breakfast time), but we enjoyed some animal “hair” wasn’t to be left out. frogs and boiling water: drop a frog in discussions about the spill and its effects boiling water and he’ll surely know he’s in She arrived at the church with her each night as I returned to the house. A a bad situation, but put a frog in a pot of long-haired dingo mix, ready to contribute longtime New Orleans resident, she moved the end result of Dingo’s summer shave room-temperature water on a stove and outside of the city more than 10 years slowly heat it to boiling, and he doesn’t leftovers to the effort. But the line was too ago. She still mourns for the city of New realize it until it’s too late. Our rhetorical long; she left and went straight to her local Orleans that was before Hurricane Katrina, feed store, where she purchased a pair of water here in the Chesapeake is boiling— though the resilience of the residents are we the frog, or are we the chef who can hog shears. Dingo got his summer cut at inspires her. With the Saints’ Super Bowl turn down the stove? home—though a little more uneven than win, everyone thought the region was back And—are we willing to shave our cats to a razor might have enabled—and the hair on track. Until April 20, that is. save our Bay? went to the effort. I learned that the weekend before I arA few days later, I enjoyed some takeout About the Author: Kim Couranz is an Anrived, her church held a collection for hair. dinner on the front porch of the B&B as napolis resident who writes on Bay-related At that point, the concept of “hair booms” the sun set, and the resident cat, Rocky, topics. A member of Severn SA, she enjoys was still a hot topic, as Gulf residents were came to see if he could talk me out of racing on one-design boats including her looking from all angles at how to combat any of my fried oysters. I did a doubleLaser. She welcomes story ideas or questions the oily menace. Unfortunately, it turns out take: Rocky’s back fur was punctuated by at

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Bands Sand in


Saturday, June 19, 2010 5 – 10:30 p.m.

Party is on the beach, steps away from the Bay at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center (CBF Headquarters) in Annapolis, Maryland. Bands Misspent Youth n S.T.O.R.M. n O’Malley’s March TickeTs $100 per person or 410/268-8816 Benefitting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation June 19, 2010 $10,000 Great Blue Heron sponsors

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door,” these boards combine the stability of a funboard and the speed of a modern planing design. “They are 100 centimeters by Aimée Poisson wide, but they will rip up to almost 30 he resurgence of an old familiar juniors. Longboards including the Mistral, miles per hour,” raves Michael Paramore, one design is bringing sailors to the Kona, and classic Windsurfer are designs local windsurfing enthusiast and one-deBaltimore area in search of speed, in the tradition that caused a boom in the sign racer. Mark Bandy, owner of the local adrenaline, and fun. Small boat sailors have number of sailboarders during the 1980s. board shop, East of Maui, was thrilled with long enjoyed the liberty of car-topping These larger buoyant boards, also known as the outcome of the event. “It’s great to get their gear and heading off, in search of “funboards,” are capable of sailing in lighter out on the course after taking some time ideal conditions. Boardsailors (often known breeze and are ideal for teaching, cruising, off,” says Bandy, after winning the Formula by the brand name Windsurfer) share this and goofing off at the beach. TechnologiClass event. East of Maui stocks boards, freedom as they easily strap their boards to cal developments caused this board to fall gear, and apparel for sailors in all board the roof of a car or pile multiple rigs into out of fashion as the sport experienced the classes and skill levels. the family minivan. rise of smaller planing boards. Though the In addition to donating proceeds from While the number of boardsailing newer models of boards are great for an the Gerry Brown Memorial Regatta to enthusiasts on the Chesapeake Bay has Hopkins, BABA used the event as an opdiminished since the 1980s, a dedicated portunity to present BCSC with a donaband of diehards is working to rejuvenate tion of two new Bic Techno Boards. This the sport through education, promotion, new equipment is available for public use and competition. The Bay’s sailboarding and is intended to allow junior sailors to contingent is often seen at places such as practice between clinics and prepare for reRocky Point Park, Miami Beach Park, and gattas. The Bic Techno is the International Gunpowder State Park, seeking refuge Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) approved in the North Bay’s relatively uncrowded board for juniors and is sailed at the local, waters and flat open channels. These athregional, and international levels. This year, letes are the ones who are eagerly rigging the Bic Techno will be included at the their sails as gale force winds approach Junior Olympics Chesapeake Open, along and the rest of the waterfront community with the traditional junior classes. is running for cover. With lightweight Sailors looking to get started will find planing boards and comparatively large sail options for rentals, lesson, and available areas, windsurfers are capable of screechgear in the area. Ultimate Watersports in ing at speeds that water the mouth of Middle River provides lessons for kids and most performance sailing enthusiasts. Still, adults and has an assortment of gear availmany events also include classes able to rent. BCSC offers week“These athletes are the ones who are for the more laid-back longboard long windsurfing camps designed eagerly rigging their sails as gale force classes and even juniors, making to teach windsurfing basics to winds approach, and the rest of the water- kids ages 10 to 17. More expesailboarding one of the Chesapeake’s most easily accessed sailing rienced juniors can benefit from front community is running for cover.” activities. advanced racing instruction at The Baltimore Area Board Sailing Asadrenaline-injected joyride, they require BCSC’s Racing Development Clinic. This sociation, known as BABA, is a network heavy wind to move forward. four-day intensive racing clinic is coached of Northern Chesapeake Bay windsurfers The most exciting class at the Gerry by Britt Veihman, owner of North Beach with a common goal to promote the sport Brown Memorial was undoubtedly the Windsurfing. The workshop leads up to the of windsurfing through programming, clin- Formula Class. These larger, lighter boards U.S. Sailing Junior Olympic Chesapeake ics, and events. BABA has long been the are available from a variety of manufacturOpen, hosted by the Rock Hall YC. This backbone of the boardsailing community ers and require winds ranging from seven event marks the introduction of windsurfin the Baltimore area and is now reaching to 25 knots. The most notable design ing to the CBYRA junior calendar. out to new members, sailors, and juniors to feature of the Formula class is the width About the Author: Aimée Poisson is the help give windsurfing the push it needs to of the board, which can measure up to one director of BCSC. Send Baltimore Beat ideas make a comeback. meter. Appropriately nicknamed the “barn to her at BABA held its annual season opener, the Gerry Brown Memorial Regatta, at the Local Boardsailing Opportunities Baltimore County Sailing Center (BCSC) Baltimore Area Boardsailing Association— in late April. This event raised money Baltimore County Sailing Center— for the John Hopkins Medical Center East of Maui— and kicked off a season of activities for Junior Olympics at Rock Hall YC— the windsurfing community on the Bay. The event featured classes for longboardNorth Beach Windsurfing— ers, Formula Racers, novices, and even Ultimate Water Sports—


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Alone Across the Atlantic, by Andy Schell

Part Two


y phone rang the other night while “The whole idea of doing a trans-Atlantic Matt refuses to refer to the Gambian locals I was relaxing in the cabin of Arcalone was to challenge myself, and I didn’t as impoverished. “They simply lead a different turus. It was Matt Rutherford, the want to follow 200 boats.” Matt’s ambition lifestyle, and wealth, to them, is not defined young Annapolitan whom I’d met recently led him ultimately to Gambia, a miniscule by material things. I was ‘Tabasky’ one eveand who had just completed his second country on the African continent, so small, ning at a local ceremony, the guest of honor, single-handed trans-Atlantic voyage. Fitit’s virtually swallowed up by surrounding and was asked to kill the goat, which we’d be tingly, he was calling me from the deck of Senegal. eating that night. They gave me a knife that a 42-foot Bavaria, having just entered the “Gambia the country exists because of looked as if it was from the 1930s. I couldn’t mouth of the Chesapeake after delivering Gambia the river,” Matt explained to me. tell which was the sharp side.” the boat north from Puerto Rico. In AnThe Gambia River snakes for over 200 Jan left the boat at the Laman Lodge, napolis, Matt operates Endurance Yacht miles inland and is bordered by the country the last stop on Matt’s Gambia adventure. Deliveries with Simon Edwards. For After motoring for 200 miles, nearly Matt, sailing isn’t a lifestyle; it’s life. the length of the entire Chesapeake “Few of us make it farther than He was excited to hear if the on a river no wider than the Severn, Thomas Point on a given weekend… Matt reached the end of the naviarticle I’d written about him was out yet. I’d written about the first leg of gable Gambia, which consisted, quite Gambia might as well be the moon.” his solo trans-Atlantic for the June isanticlimactically, of some low-slung sue of SpinSheet—about the gales he power lines. weathered off Nova Scotia, the wet passage of Gambia, which stretches only a few “I had to leave anyway. I was down to $35 across the North Sea to mainland Europe, miles to either side of it. Matt decided to and had an ocean to cross,” Matt recalls. He and the cheap dockage he scored in Amexplore it. scored some eggs (!) from the locals, along sterdam while he flew home to restore Alfa To me and many other Annapolis and with some potatoes and onions, and set out. Romeos to replenish his cruising kitty. Chesapeake sailors, Matt’s cruise to this Compared to his northern route to Europe, “My ultimate goal was to make it to point has gone far beyond most of our this leg was a breeze—taking 27 days to cover Iceland,” Matt told me during our April wildest dreams. Few of us make it farther more than 2800 miles, Matt only once had conversation. “Bad weather forced me than Thomas Point on a given weekend, to put the second reef in the mainsail and south, so I sailed straight for England and I’m quite content, for the moment at caught so much mahi mahi that he was makinstead. With Iceland no longer an option, least, anchoring out in Spa Creek, only ing jerky out of it by drying it in the rigging, I set my sights on Africa.” about 200 yards upstream from Sarles amassing over 10 pounds of the stuff. Those who sail the “typical” Atlantic Boatyard, where I keep Arcturus. Gambia He left his boat in St. Thomas and got circuit generally stay to a well-worn trademight as well be the moon. right back to work, hitching a ride with wind route, stopping in Bermuda and the Matt found a willing crewmember in Simon on a new Lagoon 38 that they were Azores en route to Europe. On the return his new German friend Jan, whom he delivering north to Annapolis. After two voyage, most make the jump from Las Pal- met on the beach in Morocco. “Jan was a solo trans-Atlantic voyages, Matt decided he mas, in the Canary Islands, which though weird dude (he was cycling all the way to needed a break from his boat—so he went off the coast of Africa, actually belong to South Africa— from Berlin), but we got sailing. Of course he did. Spain. Matt found his way there and ran along, and it was fun having someone other into the departure of the Atlantic Rally than myself to talk to. He rode the entire About the Author: Andy Schell is a profesfor Cruisers (ARC), where more than 200 200 miles up the Gambia with me. We sional captain and writer. He operates Father boats and their crews were celebrating their would wake up to the sounds of birds and & Son Sailing with his dad in Annapolis. imminent departure. From there, the ARC monkeys on the shoreline and the greetings Check out his new book, Travels in Foreign crews set forth for St. Lucia, 2800 miles of locals in dugout canoes. To them, we Countries, at away in the Caribbean. Matt didn’t follow. were “Tubob”—white men—but they were “I needed more adventure,” he said. incredibly friendly.”

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Sharing the Bay


e have all been there: a beautiful afternoon, you are drifting along, and that small dot on the horizon becomes a full-sized container ship bearing down on you at 25 knots and blasting his horn. As he passes close enough to you that you can hear the hum of the engines and see that the draft marks really are six inches tall, you change your underwear, and ponder the age old question “Is there a better way to share our waterways with other vessels?” The sad reality is that even in this age of modern electronics, collisions between vessels do occur, and close calls happen every day. Commercial vessels are growing larger and faster, and recreational vessels are growing more numerous every year. When collisions occur, every one loses. The recreational boater loses the boat and possibly his or her life, and the professional loses his or her license and livelihood. Often the problem is one of communication and/or expectations. The ship, tug and barge, or passenger boat expects to be able to use the channels and have predictable behavior from the surrounding vessels. The recreational vessels expect to use the waterways without fear of being run over. The reality is we have to work together to make this happen. Some helpful ideas: 1) Review and follow the rules of the road. This doesn’t mean “red, right, returning” or “sailboats always have the right of way.” The navigation rules of the road are explicit and apply to everyone. It is your responsibility to know and follow them. They are available at most nautical stores and online ( 2) Be predictable. Make your course changes early and obvious. It is hard to avoid someone who is swinging back and forth so his lights look like a Christmas tree or who is headed straight at you and alters course at the last minute. 3) Communicate. Turn your VHF radio to channel 13 and 16. Many VHF radios 42 July 2010 SpinSheet

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have duel watch, so you can listen to both. Commercial vessels monitor channel 13 to make passing, overtaking, and meeting arrangements. They also make “security” calls to let others in the area know their location and intentions. Listen and you can learn a lot about the traffic in your area and impress your friends. It is much easier to stay out of the way of that tug if you know where he is headed. If you do call a vessel on channel 13, be concise and short, saying

something such as, “I am the white sailboat with the blue awning southbound off Thomas Point Shoal Light. I am planning to run outside the green buoys.” 4) Don’t assume. Don’t assume that the other vessel sees you, has you on radar, will or can give way, can maneuver as well as you can, or isn’t broken down. 5) Be understanding. What is the other vessel trying to do? How limited is its maneuverability? Tug boats towing can be run over or capsized by their barges. Ships take a long time to slow down and stop. Sailboats are restricted in what courses

they can sail. Many boats have visibility problems. Consider what the other vessel is going through and what you can do to avoid a bad situation. 6) Avoid the shipping lanes. Stay out of the main shipping channels unless you have to be there. Stay to the right or even run outside the buoy lines if you can. Cross the channels at right angles and as quickly as possible. Many shipping channels have auxiliary or secondary channels for small craft. 7) Read the chart. There are many areas that are particularly busy or dangerous and are marked as such, including pilot boarding areas, restricted traffic lanes, etc. 8) Avoid being “That guy.” A) “The deep-draft sailboat” sailing down the middle of the shipping lane at four knots not hearing the ships calling him on the radio. B) “Rodney” roaring straight at you, passing five feet down the side, and waiving hello as you roll to death. C) “I think I can make it” crossing ahead of another vessel so closely that you disappear beneath the bow. D) “The racer” holding your course until the last minute so you can get the wind shift as it bounces off the side of the ship. E) “Fish until I die” getting three more casts in before moving out of the way of the tug bearing down on you. Some other things to help: tugs and tows transiting the Bay generally run the western shore; ships generally run the “deep water” on the Eastern Shore. Commercial vessels will generally run straight line routes “point to point,” such as Bay Bridge to Thomas Point, to #83 buoy, to #78 buoy, to Cove Point, Smith Point, and along the 76º10’ longitude line to Thimble Shoals and Norfolk. About the Author: Nicholas Alley started his sailing career teaching at the Annapolis Sailing School in the early 1980s and has since operated traditional wooden vessels and sail training schooners and inland and coastal tug boats on the Chesapeake and beyond.

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The Fourth of July in Oxford…Brilliant! by Elizabeth B. Wrightson


Cattle were said to be roaming the empty Creamery. Depending on the humidity, a lenty of people who grow up in streets. These days, it can still be considered a slow stroll around town can be just lovely, small towns can’t wait to bust out and hit the bright lights of the waterman’s town, but it is mostly a destina- with historic homes dotting the streets and lots of well-kept, white-picketed yards. The tion for boaters and weekenders looking big cities. Not so for Oxford natives. They Oxford-Bellevue Ferry is a fun ride too, to escape Washington, DC, maintaining a tend to either stay put or tear back as often teeny population hovering around 700 with- running from the end of the main street as possible. One of the best times to flock running through town, Morris back is on the Fourth of July “Boatyards and marinas are plentiful, as is dock space at resStreet, across the Tred Avon River when everything stands very still during the day, save taurants, but many prefer just to drop anchor off The Strand, to the even tinier town of Bellevue, the flapping of flags and a nice little tuck-in just past the ferry dock with a small beach, with even less to do. If you are interested in a little bunting, but the water and mallards to feed, and a lovely view of well-kept homes.” history lesson, across from the skies light up at night with rather large town park is the Oxhundreds of running lights and brilliant fireworks thanks to the Tred out a streetlight to be found. The only traffic ford Museum, formerly Bringman’s Soda Fountain. Over 2500 artifacts trace the Avon Yacht Club. This year’s fireworks will congestion is the occasional mother duck shuttling her chicks across the street and the town’s history from Indian encampments be held July 3. Oxford was founded in 1683, and in 1694 line of cars leaving town after the fireworks. to its current status as a fantastic boating destination. Oxford is still not a town with much Anne Arundel (now Annapolis) and Oxford Bicycling is a great activity. The roads hustle or bustle, so if you don’t have a boat were selected to be the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Until the or porch to perch on, you may have a rather are flat with bike paths, and the scenery is very peaceful. But boating reigns supreme long, hot day ahead of you. There are resend of the American Revolution, Oxford taurants on the water to grab a crabcake and in this part of the mid-shore. It is an easy was a big deal as an international shipping beverage, such as Pier Street and Schooners day trip for most folks on the Bay since it’s center surrounded by wealthy plantations. Landing, and ice cream being scooped out at located just south of Easton and tucked up Once the war was over, however, the town off the Choptank River due east across the the Oxford Market and Scottish Highland shuttered up and fell into deep disrepair.

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Bay from Chesapeake Beach. Boatyards and marinas are incredibly plentiful, as is dock space at restaurants, but many prefer just to drop anchor off The Strand, a nice little tuck-in just past the ferry dock with a small beach, mallards to feed, and a lovely view of well-kept homes. Walking to restaurants from here is no problem. For the Fourth (on the Third), The Strand is a good spot to watch some fantastic fireworks, as is the park. The Tred Avon YC is members-only, so unless you belong or have a friend who does, it is private. The fireworks are shot from a barge right off the club, so anywhere on the water in the vicinity is a great spot. Over the years, the display has vastly improved from the days in my childhood where one firework fizzled at a time with a little too much lag time between fizzles. Now it is a rather full-blown event with folks coming from miles around to bob in the dark rafted up next to friends for quite a show, including Eric Clapton. Occasionally, you can squeeze two or three shows in during the

entire weekend since nearby Cambridge, St. Michaels, and Easton all try to schedule their shows on different nights. I have seen some pretty large shows in the big city and a few small-town affairs, but nothing has quite the pull every year as Oxford does. Nothing quite says Independence Day like a little colonial town that has slept for many of its years but wakes up on the Fourth with quite a show. Get there early enough to beat the other boats to a prime spot, as it gets crowded. In fact, once the sun sets, the river starts to resemble a small city with all of the nav lights twinkling, quite the opposite of what it really is in the daylight—a small little town time came very close to forgetting. About the Author: Elizabeth B. Wrightson was born and raised in Oxford, now lives in Annapolis, and races on anything from a C&C 110 to a log canoe every chance she gets. At print time, she was en route to Bermuda on a Swan 51.

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The Delights of Daysailing


here was a time in the distant past when I really didn’t care much for daysailing. Going to all that trouble to drive a nearly 100mile round trip, from my home in Virginia to the marina in Maryland, and then back again to take my boat out for a few hours just didn’t seem worth it. Driving 100 miles to sail a 20-mile circle from Deale, around Poplar Island, and then back again really seemed questionable to me at the time. But times they are a’changing.  What I really cared about back then was racing. Having started my sailing “career” racing Snipes, Lightnings, and a number of other one-designs, I sort of grew out of

open cockpit racing when I bought my first “racer/cruiser” (or was it a “cruiser/racer?”). I have to admit, it was a challenge to keep up with all the three- and four-letter racing committee and racing union formulas. And then there were all those arcane handicapping rules. But it was fun. Eventually, I realized I was slowly going broke trying to keep up with my sailing pals and colleagues who were spending me into near bankruptcy with all the latest “go-fasts” that they, and I, just had to have.  At that point, sailboat racing began to seem like another way to compete in a world already too full of competition. Sailing was supposed to be relaxing, right? Screaming “starboard” or “mast abeam” as other boats threatened to remove gelcoat from my boat was losing its attraction for me. 46 July 2010 SpinSheet

by Warren Milberg

But since those halcyon days, I’ve gotten older and mellower. Now, I just like to sail. Whether it’s only for a few hours, a weekend mini-cruise, or a longer trek to some distant port, just sailing the boat gives me all I want. I have to admit that not all those racing juices have withered away. Whenever I spy another boat generally going in the same direction, the “race” is on. One of my favorite daysailing delights is to get behind some Sunday sailor, quietly creeping up on him from astern, and then passing him to windward. I always chuckle when I see the captain of the vessel being overtaken jump up and start grinding his winches—and molars—as he sees me ease past him. One must take his pleasures wherever they are found. While I have multiple and redundant forms of communications on my boat, I hardly ever use them unless it’s to get emergency weather reports or to assist other boaters. When I toss the last dock line onto the pier and start pulling away from the marina, I feel like I’ve stepped into another world. I like the idea of disconnecting the umbilical cord that connects me to land, even if it’s only for a short daysail.  Sailing isn’t hard to explain from a technical standpoint. Most non-sailers can understand how a sailboat operates, and the vectored forces at work to keep it moving in the direction one desires, in a relatively short time. What is much harder to convey to a non-sailor are all the physical and mental skills the captain of the boat must learn, refine, employ, and often re-learn, to get the most out of the sailing experience. Take, for example, the common sailing situation in which we need to sail the boat from “A” to “B” with a rising wind coming from “B” and with significant tides

running across our chosen path. Further complicating this picture is the shoal in the middle of the course and lots of other sailand powerboats criss-crossing one another in the vicinity. Sort of like Annapolis Harbor on Father’s Day. Perhaps the first decision to be made is what combination of sails needs to be flown. Should the main be reefed before the wind rises too high? How about furling up the genoa or changing down to a smaller headsail if your sails are the hankon variety? Once you’ve made that decision and physically implemented it, what’s the “best” course to navigate? Do you want to pinch upwind to get closest to your objective or foot off to gain speed? And how about that shoal? Do you have too much draft to get across it directly? Am I on a rising or falling tide? Either way, what are the alternative routes considering the wind direction and tidal strength? Finally, a few other boats in the area look like they may be on a crossing path with me. Who is burdened and who privileged? Is he on a starboard tack? Who is closest to the wind? What are the chances that they know, and follow, the COLREGs? And is that powerboat going to change course a few degrees to pass me astern, or should I take evasive action now? How to optimize all these factors? While reading books about sailing is certainly helpful, and I have a family room library bristling with everything from Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around the World to all the Roth/Chichester/Pardey books ever written, nothing takes the place of experience. Getting out there on the water, for whatever reason or duration, all adds up to useful experience in deciphering this Rubik’s Cube we call sailing. While daysailing may not have all the challenges inherent in racing or even long-distance cruising, it does provide a very useful and enjoyable venue to hone all your boating skills. So get out there and do it. About the Author: Warren Milberg is a longtime contributing writer for SpinSheet. He sails, races, cruises, or otherwise enjoys his Hunter 28.5 CrewZen out of Herrington Harbour North, in Deale, MD. He invites comments at

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unkholing is such a dirty word. If you break it down, gunk means a greasy substance and holing sounds like something you do when you are cramped in a small space, hiding like a trapped animal. It sounds like mud and sweat and small spaces. It sounds like a compromise rather than a goal. “The crew couldn’t find an open marina, so they gunkholed for the night.” Or, “We had to gunkhole all the way down the Bay.” Or, “He just wasn’t pulling his weight at the office, so we gunkholed him.” The initiated know that gunkholing is one of the things that makes the Chesapeake Bay the best place to sail this time of year. The proper definition of gunkhole is “a small, sheltered cove for anchoring small watercraft.” And the origins of the word are as cloudy as the gunk our anchors bury themselves in. But one thing is clear: gunkholing isn’t something that happens on just any body of water. As the largest estuary

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in the United States, the Chesapeake has endless places to tuck your boat into and drop your anchor. Just looking at a chart, you can see the twisty tentacles of creeks and rivers that trail out from the Bay like a giant sea nettle. There are places to explore the woods, places to beach comb, places to dinghy ashore for crabs, places to go shopping, places to have a drink and hear live music, places to explore history, places to party, and places to be alone. And there is no shortage of gunk either. The Chesapeake is famous for that chocolaty mud that sucks in our anchors and either holds them tight as can be, or glides them across the bottom like a slipn-slide refusing to bite. We have devised a half dozen ways to rinse the mud and clay and, well, gunk off of our anchor and chain. Dipping buckets alongside while slowly motoring away from the anchorage, saltwater wash down systems, awkward

sponge contraptions; none of them really do the work well enough. The person on the bow always ends up needing a change of clothes. Other places with clear waters and sandy bottoms may have sweet little anchoring spots too, but the gunk is purely Chesapeake to me. I remember coming back from a year of cruising and entering the waters of the Bay. The best part of our crab-pot-infested homecoming was how easy it was to find a place to tuck into for a few nights and relax. We savored a few days in Reedville, VA, with nobody else around but our little boat and the working fishermen. It was just like a vacation at the end of our year-long vacation. Walking the row of Victorian houses on the main street and exploring the quirky Reedville Fishermen’s Museum was made all the sweeter by being able to dinghy the calm path back to our boat and sleep soundly in the sheltered waters of Cockrell Creek. After the I-95 experience

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that is the Intracoastal Waterway or ICW, it was just what the doctor ordered. Sometimes we tend to return to the same old places again and again. We love the Rhode River with its surrounding nature preserve and the little island my son has claimed as his own. We have worn a beaten path to Harness Creek as a place to drop off friends who can’t spend the night or meet up with folks attending the free Saturday night summer concerts at Quiet Waters Park. But the nice thing about being in gunkhole central is the ability to pick a new place with no advanced planning whatsoever. If the winds are finally in our favor, and the sailing is too good to stop, why not keep going? There will always be some place to drop the hook for the night around the next bend.   Of course, not every anchorage on the Bay is solitary and serene. And when you’re dropping the hook around other boats, there are some basic rules of etiquette to keep in mind. Go slowly, allow for elbow room in all directions, and be friendly to your neighbors. The calculations for scope and tackle may seem like a precise science,

but there is a salty art to it all as well. When you and your crew are screaming at each other while trying to bury the hook, trust me, the whole anchorage knows. I have seen anchor droppings that end in marriage counseling and heavy drinking. Talking it over before entering the place you want to anchor and coming up with a loose plan can prevent a lot of heartache and drama. Remember that anchorages are temporary communities. Think about that when you set your stereo volume, light up your cigars, or leave your forlorn dogs on deck. The worst example of gunkholing manners I ever encountered was last year in St. Michaels. It was a crowded holiday weekend and spaces were tight. We inched into shallow waters loving our three-foot draft and found a place on the outer edge of the bustling anchorage. As we were circling, dropping, and setting, the trawler that was soon to be our neighbor watched in silence. Securely holding, we cut the engines and prepared for a lovely evening on the town. While we were lowering our dinghy, the neighbor hollered out to us.

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“Excuse me, but you can’t anchor here. I am saving this spot for some friends. You really need to move.” Last rule of etiquette, it’s a body of water, not a middle school cafeteria. The thing I love most about gunkholing on the Bay is the feeling of being away no matter how close to home waters we may actually be. Feeling our way through shoaly waters, scanning the shoreline for inviting dinghy landings, listening to the wild quiet of a Chesapeake gunkhole on a moonlit night; it all awakens the senses in a whole new way. Gunkholing is such a negative word for such a fabulous experience. Sure, it’s a dirty job bringing up the anchor after a night or two buried in Chesapeake ooze, but the bliss of swinging snugly in one of the myriad of anchorages on the Bay makes it all worthwhile. About the Author: Cindy Wallach has lived aboard for 12 years, currently on a St. Francis 44 catamaran on Back Creek with her husband and six-year-old son—Happy Birthday, Zach! Click to Cindy’s blog at  

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rable rendezvous and raft-ups, they delivered big time. Here are some of their fun recollections: Carl Reitz says, “Andrew Benjamin of Tally Ho roasted me (Windrose) for over-grilling the chicken in Marsh Harbour, but he ate every scrap of it.” Andrew is quick to counter with, “Of course I ate every bit of it. I had not seen meat in a week!” Carl and his wife Sue and Andrew and his wife Vanessa are members of the Hunter Sailing Association. Photo by Carl Reitz

Frank Shults says, “We do a rendezvous on land, not water. An ad-hoc group of boaters (sail and power) on C-Dock at Herrington Harbour North get together at the start of each season to kick off another great year on the water. This year, it was on Memorial Day weekend.”

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Grace Holt recalls, “Aaaah. The morning after… Twenty-two Tartan Bay sailors shared food and rum at their first raft-up of the season, and there was not a ripple on the water. That was one heck of a party. Seen below on Whitehall Creek are Braveheart, Lady Meadow, Maeve, Puts ‘n Calls, Something Special, Squander, Umami, Wendolene, and White Bird.”

Pat Brabazon says, “Each year during the Fells Point YC’s raft-up rendezvous, usually held in Swan Creek, everyone relaxes and has a great time (L-R): Mast Confusion, Air Ride II, Watershed, Celebration, and Motley Crew.”

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Brabazon recalls, “A tradition began last year when the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Schooner Association and friends staged their first rendezvous outside of St. Michaels. Swimming, eating, shanty singing, and just being with friends created fond memories. We hope to make this an annual event.”

such as blind dinghy racing and appetizer Harry (“Sut”) Anderson says, “The sharing. For several years now, we’ve also Wilmington Power Squadron has a week-long summer cruise every year, enjoyed ‘Dinghy and a Movie’ night. One of the powerboats reverse-projects a movie usually attended by 20-25 boats, both onto a bed sheet, and everyone arranges power and sail. We alternate each day their dinks behind the boat to see the between marinas and anchorages, with sail movie. Popcorn and candy are passed and navigation contests in between. At around, and we all enjoy a fun movie under each anchorage, we haveSpinsheet special fun events July 2010:Spinsheet 10_05 6/11/10 4:43 PM the stars and on the water!”

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pinSheet asked our Cruising Club friends if they had any packing tips for weekenders, and here’s what they had to say:

Norm Bogarde, the Chesapeake Bristol Club’s (CBC) Sunflower Raftmaster for 14 years, says, “In 1992, I suggested that we retry the Sunflower Raft-Up after a long hiatus. For the first rendezvous, I hauled six chilled melons in insulated boxes to the party. We continued with fruit-flavored themes for several years. The Banana Party was a hoot; members are still talking about it. We later switched briefly to colors. The Blue Party welcomed the Blues Brothers and Blue Beard, and the Pink Party turned into a Flamingo Party. We finished up with general party themes, including the costume-laden Wild West Party. A standout in everyone’s memories has to be Fred and Linda Hixon’s wedding and reception on an almost 100-degree day in August 1988. The bride, groom, and preacher cruised to the raft-up by boat. Ah, the good old days!”

• Use over-sized plastic zip-top bags to pack similar foods together in the reefer or freezer. I place all meats in one bag; all frozen vegetables in another bag; and all lunch meats, cheeses, and associated sandwich condiments in one fridge basket. This makes it more efficient to just grab the appropriate bag or basket and immediately close the cold box to preserve the cool. ~ Eileen Turner • Use the pails for recycling used bottles and cans, since we can put the covers on the pails and stow them in a lazarette until we get to shore to empty them. We are avid recyclers! ~ Turner • Always wear clothing (i.e., shirts, pants, and hats) with sun protection built in. We find them on deep discount in the outlet stores after the boating season is over. UVA and UVB protective sunglasses with side protection (either wrap-around lenses or extra-wide temple pieces) help keep out the glare and damaging rays. ~ Turner • Keep a minimum of clothes; pick a few colors that go with everything such as black, white, and tan; then mix and match. ~ Joann Barker • Have a fishing pole, crabbing lines, and chicken necks. ~ Jen Campbell Varnum

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Eye On the Bay

A wind-free, stress-free afternoon on the catamaran Majestic. Photo by Cindy Wallach/SpinSheet

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n beautiful summer days such as these, you can’t help but look around you and say, “This is the life!” From a rowing shell passing along the seawall at sunrise to the teenagers windsurfing across the creek in the late afternoon, from weekend cruisers rafting up in a creek to Wednesday night racers hanging out in the cockpit toasting the race and the season at sunset, the SpinSheet team witnesses scene after scene of people playing on and along the Bay. Here’s to you sailors, kayakers, fishermen, boardsailors, motorcruisers, water taxi drivers, tourists, and the rest of you who live and love life along the Chesapeake. You’ve kept us in business for 15 terrific years, and we couldn’t do it without you and your enthusiasm. Sail on! ~M.W.

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The AlphaDog crew put on quite a show at the 2009 “non-start” of the Leukemia Cup Regatta off Annapolis. The guy in the black shorts did a backflip and landed himself a spot on the cover of the July issue. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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Beer, Rum, Cheese, Bread by Debbie Gosselin


his winter, we joined two couples from Annapolis and Joliet, IL, on a 43-foot Moorings catamaran in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. The place hadn’t

changed a lot in the 20 years since I last visited. The Caribbean has been experiencing a severe drought, so we topped off our tanks.

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Saturday morning, we provisioned at the colorful, lively, and well-stocked outdoor market in Castries. Because we had planned to eat most dinners ashore, we bought local pumpkins (large orange squashes that make great soup), bay leaves on branches, fresh herbs, limes, lettuce, bananas, callaloo, pineapple, grapefruit, you name it. For a gardener and foodie like me, it was heaven! We then picked up everything else (beer, rum, cheese, bread, beer, and rum) across the street at a grocery store. The trip was one-way, so we could avoid going up wind. After our chart and boat briefings, we headed to Anse des Pitons, less than 10 miles south. There are now moorings at the Pitons! No more putting out the stern anchor and tying your bow to a palm tree on the beach. A fancy resort has since replaced the legendary elephant on the beach. That night, the dinghy outboard died and the pull-cord broke. Our first big dilemma: dinner without a dinghy. After a call to Moorings, we decided to have it fixed in Bequia and ate on the boat that night. After dark, we noticed red glows high up in the Pitons. It was so dry and brown that small fires were burning on the steep slopes; they waxed and waned with the breeze. After a 55-nm motor sail on Sunday to Bequia, we visited Tyrone at Caribbean Diesel, who disabled the kill switch. Professional, knowledgeable, and a great resource, Tyrone billed the Moorings directly, making it painless for us. We went ashore for drinks at Frangipani and a great dinner at Gingerbread where we were treated to a local band’s great bluegrass music. Bequia remains hospitable, beautiful, and welcoming; we rented motorbikes in Admiralty Bay and toured the island. Next day we visited Mustique, the upscale private island with virtually no amenities except for Basil’s Bar on the beach. Moorings here are expensive, but they allow you to sleep well; so well that we didn’t

Crystal blue waters beckon on a cruise that started in St. Lucia. Photo by Debbie Gosselin

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hear the bat attack that night. We woke up to partially eaten bananas and guano all over the main salon. I have never heard of this in all my years of island cruising. We then settled into a series of lazy motor-sails to recharge the house batteries as well as our own. We swam with turtles in Mayreau, Tobago Cays. In Chatham Bay, we dined at Jimmy Shark Attack’s place. While dinner was expensive, the rum punch was effective. Every night, we would lie on the trampoline forward, look up at the infinite stars, and enjoy the breeze. Throughout the Grenadines, boys in small, wooden, V-shaped, deep-draft boats greet you as you enter the harbor. They help you find a mooring; take your anchor; sell you fish, lobster, or pastries; get you cabs, and do whatever you need. They were more helpful than pestering and left us alone when we didn’t need anything. We cleared customs into Grenada at Hillsborough Bay and ventured south to Tyrell Bay for the night. It only takes the crew of one charter boat to make the night of the small restaurants along the harbor. The boat boys compete for your promise to dine with them. We chose a small, exquisitely clean little veranda right on the beach. We had to dip our feet in a dish of water before walking on to the varnished floor; that was special. The goat curry and fresh fish were good. The next day we made our final stop in St. George’s, Grenada. We had travelled from 14 to 12 degrees south latitude, pretty close to the equator. We docked at Pt. Louis Marina, a very nice facility; Selwin Maxwell and marina staff were great hosts and represented the Moorings well. Grenada is still significantly scarred from Hurricane Ivan (the remnants of which made for such an exciting race to Oxford a few years ago), and their nutmeg crop has not returned. But, it is still beautiful, and St. George’s is worth exploring. We had beautiful sails and saw lots of big turtles and some interesting birds. It’s a great break from the winter!


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Is It July Already!?


hanks are in order to all our loyal Club Notes reporters. They have packed July with more fun than usual; take a look. By July 10, send me a funny title, a 150-word story, and one high-resolution photo with a caption and credits for our next issue. No need to send me bon bons this month. —Ruth Christie/

Quite a Delightful Corsica Cruise


hesapeake Corinthian SC (CCSC) sailors spent the three-day Memorial Day weekend in the Corsica River on the Chester River (below). The weather was dry and sunny with cool nights and no bugs. Hank and Jan Zerhusen on Octavia served as cruise captains. They were joined by George and Jutta Alberts on Breezing Up and John and Kay Baker on Courtney Too. With little opportunity to sail, they enjoyed the weekend with cocktails, dinghy rides, and swims in the cool waters of the Corsica. CCSC’s July cruises will include an extended cruise over the Fourth of July holiday for fireworks on the Choptank, a tour of Poplar Island, and explorations of the Southern Chesapeake Bay. CCSC is a small sailing club with cruises to popular destinations on the Bay throughout the sailing season. To learn more, email —by Adrian Flynn


Yes, But Who Led Them to Leadenham?

he first raft-up of the year for Catalina 34 Fleet 12 took place May 29-30 in Baby Owl Cove off Leadenham Creek off Broad Creek in the Choptank River (below). Of the six participating fleet boats, two (Apache and Third Star) traveled two days to attend the event. The weather cooperated, and several of the boats were able to sail across the Bay to the Eastern Shore rendezvous. The evening was pleasant with a slight breeze to keep the flying critters off the hors d’oeuvres prepared and shared aboard Silver Girl, Linda and Jack Dunnigan’s new boat. She was duly initiated into Fleet 12 with a champagne toast in the spacious cockpit. The six crews caught up on happenings since the last cruise and are looking forward to the remaining get-togethers on the Bay in 2010 ( —by Rich Freeman

The many colors of a successful raft-up. Silver Girl is the newest platform for the Catalina 34 Fleet 12 party.

A memorable Memorial Day raft-up for CCSC.

A BOOSTer dinghy ride.

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Where Did June Go?

or BOOSTers, after a raft-up near St. Michaels during Memorial Day weekend, we gathered for our traditional raft-up at the home and dock of Vuki and Arif Hodzic on Snapper Creek June 19-20 (see left). The food was outstanding and seemingly endless, as members contributed their specialties to the feast. Saturday night’s entertainment by the talented and versatile band, The Sandbox Kings, was the magic touch, with everyone joining in to sing along, dance along, and laugh along. Sunday morning, we gathered on the decks to share coffee and sweet rolls before departing. Many thanks go to the Hodzics for their warm and generous hospitality. The two-week cruise proceeded from the Hodzics’ raft-up to visit Fairlee Creek, Swan Creek, Chestertown, and the Corsica River. Then it was on to Mill Creek, the West River, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels for the Big Band Concert and July Fourth fireworks! If you sail a Beneteau or enjoy cruising with Beneteau owners, join us at There’s no cost to be part of the fun, and there are no required activities or agendas. See you on the Bay! —by Myrna Gibson


All Eyes on the Prize

wenty-one boats in four classes enjoyed six- to nine-knot breezes during the Upper Chesapeake Hospice Regatta June 5, including members of the Havre de Grace YC. The Day Sailor class won top honors with Gunti Wisenberger skippering his Star Boat F2 to best overall corrected time. Wisenberger received a perpetual trophy (right), newly designed by local artists who own the White Rabbit Gallery and on display at the Upper Chesapeake Residential Hospice House, the construction of which the regatta supported. Other class winners included Martin Hoover (non-spin), Al Caffo (spin), and Chuck Sheets (J/24). As partygoers gathered for a silent auction and live music, food was a major ingredient in the event’s success, with several regional restaurants offering their finest. Among them, Bruce Clark of Laurrapin Grill also donated dinner aboard a local sailboat with an overnight stay at the Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD. All participants enjoyed a winning evening, but the patients and families who will have a beautiful and caring facility will surely benefit the most ( —by Betty Caffo The original, handmade trophy for the Upper Chesapeake Hospice Regatta June 5.

Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay members show off their best castaway costumes (L-R): Kelsey Brown, Sue Brown (club secretary), Gerry Hunter, and Mary Fisher.

Yes, But Where Are the Professor and Ginger?


lub Beneteau Chesapeake Bay members and other Beneteau owners gathered for the Beneteau Rendezvous hosted by Annapolis Yacht Sales (AYS) South at the Deltaville Boat Yard this May. Everyone enjoyed fun happy hours and delightful dinners, great seminars with hosts Jonathan and Ann Hutchings, tours of the Deltaville Maritime Museum on Pirates Day, pool and nap time, the costumed Castaway Happy Hour (above) and Buffet, music by Jumbo Lump Daddy and The Backfin Boys, and Sunday morning coffee served at AYS before departure for home ports ranging from Norfolk to Havre de Grace. Come July, the ladies will fly their undergarments from halyards during the Chicks Only Raft-Up, and the Southern and Northern Fleets will raft up near Solomons July 10. In August, we will sail to Inner Harbor East Marina for the Orioles/White Sox Game and enjoy Little Italy or Fells Point, and we will head to Fairlee Creek for the second annual Three Club Golf Tournament and Backward Dinghy Race (cb2. org). —by Kevin McKibben Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES A Rousing Rendezvous Weekend


nnapolitan Corinthians know how to pick weekends for a raft-up. The same weather has followed them to Clements Creek on the Severn for the third consecutive year: strong, gusty, shifty air from the west and northwest. Twenty boats were scheduled to leave home ports for a noon rendezvous at Clements May 8. Seven boats arrived. Richard and Sandra Allen’s Dragon Lady wisely stayed ahead of the strong weather by arriving Friday afternoon. The remaining six participating boats staggered arrivals throughout the day, with exhilarated members and guests aboard, having won the challenge thrown by the wild wind and chopped seas. Winds were in the low 20-knot range, with gusts reaching 38 knots. Although quite protected, Clements Creek still allowed the breeze to funnel through with some strong flurries, keeping everyone on their toes while the party progressed. Four skippers spent the night, and all remaining participants enjoyed a fine repast and complementing beverages aboard David Hornbach’s Eau de Vie. Sunday morning the wind continued to roar, and the raft gradually broke up before and after breakfast. The question remains: what will the weather bring next year ( —by Tom Berry


Happiness Is a Sizable Summer Crustacean

om and Kay Assenmacher of the Alberg 37 International Owners Association hosted a crab feast June 1 for the Alberg 30 Association’s Annual Memorial Day Cruise to Washington, DC (below). Alberg 30 Association members rafted up in the Yeocomico River, adjacent to the Assenmachers’ dock. ( —by Tom and Kaye Assenmacher


Well, “Wye” Not?

errington Harbour SA (HHSA) sailors are rolling through the summer with a schedule full of opportunities for racers, cruisers, and folks who aren’t sure what side of the line they’re on. Memorial Day weekend saw several HHSA burgees in Weems Creek and others in Hampton after the Down the Bay Race. Regular weekend cruises were augmented with a double-handed race and the summer barbeque, as well as Wednesday night racing and the Sharp’s Island Race. Last year’s Wye River Cruise and Crab Feast will be repeated July 17-18, while many of the racin’ types will spend the weekend in Solomons with the Eastport to Solomons Race and the ever-popular Screwpile Regatta. Don’t miss HHSA’s Integrity Yachts Invitational Regatta out of Herrington Harbour North July 31-August 1 ( —by Joe Laun


More Fun in the Bay Sun

niversal SC (USC) sailors had a fun cruising rendezvous at Fairlee Creek on the gorgeous Eastern Shore over the Memorial Day holiday (below). Several USC sailboats converged on Great Oak Marina from Baltimore and elsewhere on the Eastern Shore. Other members and friends arrived by car for a Sunday cookout. A couple of friends decided to become members of the club. The club—which draws most of its membership from the mid-Bay area—continues to attract African-Americans into the sport of sailing. Benefits of membership include a cruising schedule, a listserv, online education and information programs, and other attractions. For more details, see us on Facebook or at —by Baxter Smith

First mate Barbara Palmer hoists a big one during the Albergers’ Crab Feast June 1 up the Yeocomico River.


Back on the Water, Life Is Good!

he Back Creek YC (BCYC) celebrated Memorial Day weekend by cruising to the Maryland YC (MYC) off the Patapsco with hosts John and Pam Loving and J. J. Sullivan and Juliana Nedd. The weekend featured a fire-fighting demo by the Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Department, an “open boat” party to introduce J. J. and Juliana’s new Jeanneau 37, Beaujolais (right), MYC’s barbecue beef and pork dinner, French Trivial Pursuit, a Bloody Mary Breakfast/Old Book Swap hosted by Ted and Pat Edmunds, Show and Tell (winners were the manual trash compacter and clip-on dock step), the Pirate Night Dinner/Gift Exchange, and great sails home. Our annual cruise in June—Taste of the Bay: Fun, Food, and Floating—took us to parties and raft-ups full of food, libations, and friends in Solomons, up the Little Choptank River, at the Cambridge YC, in LaTrappe Creek off the Choptank, and to Knapps Narrows for a Bocce Ball Tournament and farewell dinner featuring Tilghman Island Barbecue with pit beef and chicken ( —by Otto Hetzel 60 July 2010 SpinSheet

USC members party off Fairlee Creek this Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Eric J. Harris

Open boat party for BCYC’s newest member vessel, Beaujolais. Photo courtesy of J. J. Sullivan

Speed Has its Drawbacks


hat other group of misfits would show up in droves to go splash around the river May 18 in an air temp of low 50s and a water temp of 61 on a cloudy and rainy evening? Eleven boats from the West River Catamaran Racing Association did just that to race in great breeze. Several sailed well, another did some off-course sightseeing, one experienced some spinsheet entanglement and disentanglement exercises and string and pulley problems, a skipper flipped, one had a clash of the Titans thing going on, and another worked on his capsize recovery technique after aggressively challenging the laws of physics ( —by Ed Mills

It’s a Big Party, Baby


n September 24-26, the Seven Seas Cruising Association will host its 24th annual Annapolis Gam at Camp Letts in Edgewater, MD. Our Gam attracts several hundred people each year. Many attendees will be in Annapolis prepping their boats to sail south for the winter ( —by Judi Mkam

Boats, Buddies, and Baseball… Sweet!


he Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Association’s Summer Cruise will get underway July 1, heading north to Worton Creek under the leadership of Bill Carter. The ultimate destination is Brigantine Lagoon in Atlantic City, NJ, with stops in Chesapeake City, Cohansey Creek, and Cape May. The cruise will end July 11. The following weekend, the gang will cruise to Baltimore Harbor to attend an Orioles game Saturday night. This cruise has been an annual club event for many years, and those who can’t go to the game by boat attend by car. For more information, contact joanrolph@verizon. net. —by Rolph Townshend

About Half as Wide as They Are Long


he Chesapeake Catboat Association’s annual cruise officially started May 30 from Ponder Cove on the Rhode River after six Catboats and a 1906 Bugeye Yacht met for a cookout and a gathering of other catboaters. Among the catboats was Shoveler (right), a wooden 25-footer that Mike Crawford

recently acquired “well up” for the trip ahead. Six catboats departed for the Magothy, Severn, South, and West Rivers as well as Rockhold Creek. We are a special group able to cruise the Bay in all sorts of weather in boats that range in size from a Marshall 18 to the 25-foot classic. Next up is the Patuxent River Shootout from the Calvert Maritime Museum over the July Fourth weekend, with a race off Solomons. This will be a new venue for us and should be a great time; a special treat will be the mooring facilities the museum has offered to us. For information on the season’s events, catboats for sale, and other news, see —by Butler Smythe


CCBA’s Caerulean III and Shoveler (L-R) await the start of the Catboat cruise. Photo by Dave Bleil

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Up a Lazy (Idyllic) River


ewish Navy sailors plan to take advantage of Bay breezes during July. We will rendezvous on the weekend of July 17-18 in a pleasant anchorage on the upper Magothy. Members will raft up, enjoy the scenery, and share good company and good food. With a cookie in each hand, we will pay homage to our version of a balanced diet, and inspired by the Whippoorwill totem pole, we will practice our knot-tying talents, focusing on speed and accuracy. For more information about the Jewish Navy and joining us for this relaxing weekend, contact —by Adiva Sotzsky


Honest… There’s a Kayak Under Me


ailboats, powerboats, parasailors, and commercial ships joined me and my kayak Flatpick for Memorial Day fun on the Bay (below). What, no submarine? I think this wave was caused by some boat that went by half an hour earlier. During the Annapolis Nautical Flea Market at the Navy-Marine Stadium May 29-30, I joined Chris Jensen and Dale Halms of our USCG Auxiliary and handed out cases of information, including the new Maryland state boating regulations on life jackets, as well as information on public education classes and vessel safety checks ( —by Caryl Weiss

Somewhere… Beyond the Bay

he New Castle Sailing Club is organizing the 22nd annual Frank Nelson Memorial Charity Regatta July 17. The regatta is open to all non-keeled sailboats under 22 feet and is conducted under the Portsmouth Handicap rules. We will sail in the Delaware River off Battery Park near New Castle, DE. Racers will register at 9 a.m., meet at 10 a.m., and race until 3 p.m. so they can attend the BBQ dinner, awards ceremony, and live auction to benefit the Delaware Chapter of the March of Dimes ( —by Kathy Leef


Safety in Numbers

uring June, several Choptank SA boats—including Nomadic, Seascape, and Wampu—rafted up, dived to clean their props and bottoms and replace zincs, and then enjoyed a “surface picnic” (


Photo by Maggie Gibbons

This Is a Real Wye Opener

unny skies and cool breezes blessed the Chesapeake Bay Sabre Association’s (CBSA) first 2010 boating season rendezvous during Memorial Day weekend. Hosted by Jerry and Christine Cully, more than 25 boats and 65 members and guests celebrated the holiday with a traditional American cookout at a lovely home on the Wye River (below). CBSA invites Sabres, Sabreliners, and enthusiasts to join us for upcoming events, including the CBSA and West River Sailing Club Crab Feast on the West River July 10 and dinner and rendezvous at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Marin Center August 14 ( —by Julie Phillips-Turner

More than 25 sailboats and powerboats joined CBSA for the first 2010 rendezvous on the Wye River May 29.

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We’ve Only Just Begun…

pring for the Northern Star Hunter SA (below) has been very busy, full of unseasonably warm weather. We have already held four great raft-up events and two cruises, and the summer has only begun. During the annual spring race May 30 at the mouth of the Patapsco, five boats vied for bragging rights for the upcoming year. Narsilion took first, Jo-Lin-Dy captured second, and Silent Running grabbed third. In June, two boats cruised to Block Island, and 12 boats sailed the DelMarVa circle route. We are all looking forward to the kids’ raft-up over Labor Day weekend, the club picnic at Tidewater Marina, and a fishing tournament toward the end of September ( —by Eddie Sabol

The Mount Gay Rum-sponsored Rain Gutter Regatta during the 2007 Hunter Back2Bay Rendezvous at Zahniser’s Yachting Center in Solomons. Photo by Eddie Sabol

I Can See for Miles and Miles…


he boats of Tartan 34 Classic Association sailors (right) are part of the 50-year history of Tartan Yachts. From their factory in Grand River, OH, these boats have traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Our association brings owners together on the web at t34classic. org and in regional rendezvous and events. The Chesapeake Bay is home to many of these beauties, and we are making plans now to welcome Jürgen Mohrmann when he arrives here next spring. —by Grace Holt


Since 2004, when Jürgen Mohrmann shipped Rubicon, hull #1 of the Tartan 34 Classics, to his home port in Hamburg, Germany, she has been racing and cruising the Elbe River and throughout the North Sea. Starting July 6, Jürgen is sailing her back here; we’ll welcome her next spring near the end of her adventure before she returns to Hamburg. Follow her progress at

Gearing Up for JOs

uly is busy for the Rock Hall YC, which will host the Junior Olympic Sailing Festival July 9-11, the Log Canoe Regatta July 17-18, and the Optimist Green Fleet Regatta and Clinic July 22 (rockhallyachtclub. org). —by Mark Schneider

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Charis makes a splash. Photo by Lynn Ritger

Summertime, And the Livin’ Is Easy…

he West River Sailing Club (WRSC) (below) held its traditional Memorial Day Cruise and Raft-Up in the Wye River. The tradition spanning more than a decade featured 19 boats with 47 crew attending, fiddle and pipe playing at sunset, and a gourmet Sunday brunch. The WRSC Cruising Fleet has an extensive on-water cruise agenda to a variety of destinations, starting with the Early Bird Cruise in April and concluding with the Frost Bite in November. For the Albacore fleet, summer means learn-to-sail and learn-to-race clinics, growth of the shared boat program, some race committee work on Bay races, fine sailing, off-site regattas, Friday series races, weekend regattas, Bay cruises, and boat maintenance and commissioning projects. Members are in the middle of their Extended Summer Cruise and will flock to the Land/Sea Cruise July 3 and Crab Feast July 10 ( —by Pat and Joe Casey and Peter Duncan WRSC’s Wye River raft-up.

MRSA’s Spring Classic racers in the Magothy.

A Well Now, There’s No Need for 1000 Words, Is There?


bove, the McCrillis family’s 1957 Alden yawl Charis heads back to the Norfolk Naval Station marina after finishing a BBSA Willoughby race in early May. The 42-foot, wooden classic often finishes surprisingly well against her more modern competition. Dick McCrillis is the Norfolk Naval Sailing Association’s commodore ( —by Dick McCrillis and Tim Dull

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On a Roll… A Hot Dog Roll, That Is

fter an action-packed June (above), highlighted by the annual picnic and our fully subscribed junior training program, Magothy River SA cruisers will begin July with the traditional July Fourth cruise to the Choptank River. A new club favorite is the Dog Day Afternoon July 17, which pairs kids from our junior training program and their families with our cruisers. After a short cruise in the Magothy, we will raft up in Eagle Cove for swimming and hot dogs. The kids get a chance to practice their newly learned skills on larger boats. Capping off July is the Corsica River Race/ Race Back/Cruise July 24-25, a favorite of both cruisers and racers. MRSA racers continue with the Wednesday night races in July. The all-new multi-hull start is a feast for the eyes! July 10 brings the annual Race to Baltimore, co-sponsored by MRSA and BCYA ( —by Peggy Poe


A Great Sailing Deal

embers of the Annapolis Naval Sailing Association (ANSA) have been busy training and sailing every chance we could. One of these chances was during the Naval Academy Blue Angel flyover. Fantasea, our primary sailboat, had to be pulled out of the water for needed repairs; this made us miss some excellent sailing days on the Bay. We have recovered and have some great sailing activities planned. The Fourth of July features a Solomons Cruise with a possible raft-up. We will have a Women on the Water (WOW) Sailing Class the third weekend of July, and our monthly potluck dinner/meeting—with our annual Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony—will return the fourth weekend. We have a lot of fun during our meetings, maintenance days, sailing events, and training classes. If you want to have some fun, do some great sailing, and receive some excellent training, please join us ( —by Tom Warrington

Assuming New Roles

Misty Water-Colored Memories…



hirteen Catalina 36 Fleet 3 boats recently enjoyed the Wine Tasting Raft-Up in the West River off Galesville, MD (right). Contrary to tradition, our raft did not drag this year. For our late-July to earlyAugust cruise to Washington, DC, and back to Lake Ogleton, anyone can join for all or part of the cruise. Since Catalina has replaced the popular C-36 with the new C-375, we want more C-375 owners to join us. We joined Fleet 3 in the mid-90s with our young kids. Fleet 3 adopted them, and they grew up on the Bay with many great friends. They are now in college and still part of the wonderful Fleet 3 family. One of the best things we did as a family was our “boat time.” My Mother’s Day gift this year was a framed photo of both kids in the dinghy many years ago. Don’t miss the fireworks in Oxford on July 3 and the Day of Absurdity in Swan Creek. Onboard, we monitor VHF Channel 72; give us a holler and come join the fun ( —by Sally Jack

What, Pray Tell, Is a Geezer Squeezer?


nd, where can we buy one? Southern Maryland SA members continue to enjoy their Friday night socials and dinners at their clubhouse overlooking the Patuxent River. They are cruising to the St. Mary’s River July 2-5, Oxford July 9-11, and “where the wind blows them” July 30-August 1. In addition to some fine evening races on Wednesdays and Thursdays, racers are gearing up for the Stars and Stripes Race July 3, the Vice Commodore’s Cup July 9, the Eastport race to Solomons July 16, and the Screwpile Regatta July 18-20. August will bring more of the same, including the Governors Cup August 6-7, a crab feast and Geezer Squeezer August 14, a concert by Scott Kirby and the Patuxent River Regatta August 15, the Commodore’s Dinner August 19, the Mixed Couples Cruise August 21-22, a cruise to Annapolis August 27-29, the Hospice Summer Challenge August 28-29, and more ( —by Sandy Leitner

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Quite civilized… Catalina 36 Fleet 3 samples wine and appetizers up the West River.

ose Anna Kurkowski is the new vice chair of the Downtown Sailing Center’s (DSC) cruising program and will continue as events leader. Bill Kautter is the new leader of the cruising education team and has taken over coordination of year-round cruising education activities. DSC is seeking someone to lead boat management activities. If you are interested, contact cruising@downtownsailing. org. —by John King

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CBC newcomers David and Terri Hansel (center) are welcomed by membership director Norm Bogarde and commodore Pete Madden (L-R) with the gift of a club burgee during the Wye Island Memorial Day festivities. Photo by Ted Reinhold

A Boatworks student and CRYC instructor sail a Skerry during the first boat launching this season on the Cooper River.

You Make It; You Sail It


ooper River YC (CRYC) members provide sailing instruction for students in the Camden, NJ, Urban BoatWorks program. During the spring, the sailing instruction is after school, and this instruction is followed by eight all-day sessions in June. Students spent the winter building, sanding, stitching, epoxying, and painting double-ended Skerry sailboats. The first launching of two sailboats was June 2 (above). CRYC has several free outreach programs, and we embrace everyone who walks through our gates and welcome all of them to the sport of sailing (cryc.clubexpress. com). —by Marcella Ridenour


Sliding into Summer

he annual Memorial Day weekend festivities at Wye Island marked a great start to the season. New Chesapeake Bristol Club (CBC) members David and Terri Hansel (above) made quite a splash on their first club outing—winning first place in the wooden boat class in the infamous Wild and Wacky Dinghy Boat Races. The annual Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise to Lankford Creek June 30-July 5 promises a (very) long weekend of festivities with cruise leaders Marty and Joyce Suydam. Dick and Anne Segermark will host the shoreside party at the Sailing Emporium for the Rock Hall fireworks display. Expect at least one Fun Race, too. On July 17-18, we will meet in Mill Creek for the club’s annual Sunflower Raft-Up with Raftmaster Mike Nathans and Marcia Goldstein-Nathans. According to cruise social directors Dick and Natalie Boecker, it’s going to be a “Holiday Sail-E-Bration!” Pick a holiday, dress up you and your boat, and bring a special holiday dish or libation to share. The Sunflower RaftUp ends with the beginning of a Where the Wind Blows Cruise July 19-23. Invariably, the wind ends up right on the nose, so cruise directors Elinor and Tom Adensam will make final plans at the last minute ( —by Deb Coons

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Chesapeake Racing Beat The Wind Gods Delivered at Southern Bay Race Week


outhern Bay Race Week (SBRW) delivered all that was expected . . . and more. High tension racing and great parties immersed in trademark Southern Bay hospitality were the order of the day throughout the regatta. Then, there was the perfect sailing day, with a steady 10 to 15 knots out of the west southwest on day two, followed by a buster-bluster on the final day. One boat reported a gust of 38 knots, and most verified gusts in the mid-30s and high 20s in the lulls. Gear and racers were tested for sure, and for sure, they came through fine. There was close competition on both circles among the 75 boats racing in 10 fleets. In many cases, the fleets’ top dogs were not determined until the final day. When all was said and done, Rumble, Ben Weeks and Michele Cochran’s J/29, captured the Black Seal Cup (Boat of the Week), turning in a string of 1-1-1-1-1-1-2 in the highly

Story and photos by Lin McCarthy

Black Seal Cup winner, Ben Weeks’ and Michele Cochran’s J/29 Rumble, leads the way around the leeward mark.

Bob Archer’s Bad Habit (Pearson Flyer, 31222) threads her way between Ben Cuker’s Callinectes (Cal 30-3, 15477) and Wairere, Pete Hunter’s Thompson 30 (51171), leaving the leeward mark.

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SBRW Boat of the Day Awards Day

East Course


West Course



Ben Weeks & Michele Cochran

Bob Fleck

Sponsored by: Winters Sailmakers (Dan, Sam, and Bret Winters)



Midnight Mistress

Cal Huge

Jake and Pat Brodersen

Sponsored by: North Sails Hampton (Kenny Saylor)




Craig Wright

Larry Bryant

Sponsored by: Doyle Sails Hampton (Jimmy Miller) 2010 SBRW Fleet Winners PHRF A-1

Sledd Shelhorse

Meridian 2


Bob Fleck



Dave Eberwine

Sea Star


Brendan Drinkwater

Number 2


B.Weeks and M.Cochran



Jake Brodersen

Midnight Mistress


Mike Austin

Moving On


W. Boatwright

Puff Card


Mike Veraldi



Larry Bryant


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Sea Star, David Eberwine’s J/36 (winner of the PHRF A-2 fleet) feels the pressure from the U.S. Naval Academy’s 44s, Integrity and Defiance.

competitive PHRF B-1 fleet. Rumble is well known from her J/29 class racing days and now sails out of Yorktown, VA. Another Yorktown boat, Mike Austin’s Moving On (Beneteau F8), won the PHRF B-2 fleet. Also, from out of the greater Hampton Roads area, Bob Fleck’s S2 7.9 Horizon trampled the PHRF C-1 fleet; Fleck finished 14 points ahead of his nearest competition over eight races. Bob and Lisa Fleck make their home in Hardyville, VA. Bottom line: the racing, the parties, the SBRW “Tender Love and Care” of racers, their friends and families, the race management, the awards, the food, the docking and accommodations, and the hospitality got raves from the participants. And, as promised, two racers had their wedding at the regatta, after Saturday’s racing. Everything in perspective, as it should be! SBRW 2011 will be held June 3 to 5 in Hampton. Mark it down. Y’all come!

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Mother Chessie Having Some Fun: the Down the Bay Race

by Lin McCarthy


Heron (#53520) crosses the finish line in Hampton and wins the Virginia Cruising Cup on corrected time (0:22:25:07 corrected; 24:09:40 elapsed). Photo by Buddy DeRyder

Meridian 2 (USA 3) take line honors at the finish in Hampton (23:06:18 elapsed). Photo by Buddy DeRyder

t was the stuff race legends are made of. And, goodness knows, in 60 previous years of Down the Bay Races, there have been plenty of memorable rides. However, the 2010 61st running of the 123-mile, non-stop gambol down the Chesapeake from Annapolis to Hampton may top the cake. Racers experienced excited anticipation, dashed optimism, full doses of mandated determination, finish line relief, and days later, “Omigod, we did it!” pride. The early week pre-race weather forecasts had ginned up talk of chute-shredding spinnaker runs (20+ knots out of the north, northEast) and visions of records danced in everyone’s head. However, by start time late Friday morning, Mother Chessie was having some fun—very light air, but enough to start. Then, as the boats moved down the track and night grew nigh, Chessie sent heavier air on the nose, with a dash of threatening thunderstorms. The race was a challenge of grand proportions. Hurtling currents and swirling winds kept skippers and crew hustling and navigators rolling the dice. Provisioning that had been made with the primary consideration of weight limits, began to look scant by dawn Saturday, and mutiny may have been discussed on the rail. When all was said and done, of the 36 boats entered, 31 started the race, and of those 31, 24 finished. The first boat to cross the line was Sledd Shelhorse’s (Hampton/Virginia Beach) Farr 36, Meridian 2, who made the trip in 23 hours, six minutes, and 18 seconds. Greg Leonard’s (Bowie, MD) Heron (J/120) made the trip in 24 hours, nine minutes, and 40 seconds and corrected to take overall honors and the 2010 Virginia Cruising Cup. Everyone one who raced has a story to tell—a Down the Bay Race story—and all are part of the history and the lore. The 2011 Down the Bay Race, the 62nd, will start in Annapolis on Friday, May 27, Memorial Day weekend. There will be even more history made.

2010 Down the Bay Award Winners Virginia Cruising Cup Winner—



Greg Leonard (SSA), Bowie, MD

Line Honors—

Meridian 2

Farr 36

Sledd Shelhorse(HYC), Hampton/Virginia Beach




Greg Leonard (SSA), Bowie, MD


Family Tradition


McConaughy/Behm (HYC), Hampton,VA



Bene 30

Brad Miller (FBYC), Hanover, VA



Bene 45

Bob Howell (OPCYC), VA Beach, VA

NOTE: Hampton YC and Storm Trysail Station Chesapeake cooperate to run the Down the Bay Race for the Virginia Cruising Cup.

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A Sunny Finish at Miles River


lthough a glassy start made competitors in 136 boats wonder if it was going to happen at all, the 2010 Miles River YC (MRYC) Annapolis to Miles River Race eventually unfolded in light five-knot southerly breezes that continued, nearly fizzled, and surprisingly gained momentum for a sunny 10to 12-knot finish off St. Michaels. The Iliff family on Muskrat in PHRF A1 had an exceptional day. Charlie Iliff says, “I’d like to say, ‘It was just one of those races where everything went right.’ In the interest of accuracy, however, it would have to be, ‘It was the race where everything went right.’ That’s right, the only race in the memory of anyone on the boat where every tack led to a gain. Of course, only half the crew has been racing for 50 years or more.” Iliff credits his son-in-law, Geoff Ewenson, the “de facto tactician,” for keeping an eye on the larger boats’ positions and spotting a westerly

filling in on Eastern Bay. “We gybed for it, across a dead spot…That gybe was later referred to as the ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ move. It took us to the finish still ahead of a couple of the A0 guys and five minutes ahead of second place Blofish in A1,” says Iliff. “If we’d lost, we’d definitely have

blamed it on Geoff, so we’ll have to credit him with the win. We will concede that he made at least six lucky calls in the same race. The rest of us rode along through a couple of seasons worth of smiles.” Find full race results at

Annapolis to Miles River Race Top Finishers Alberg 30

Tim Williams


Cal 25

David Hoyt


Catalina 27

Mark Elert



Robert Mock



Bob Putnam

Better Mousetrap


Charles Kohlerman

Medicine Man


Gary Spesard



Michael Brennan



Nick Iliff



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David Shiff



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Beautiful Gesture, Indeed! Beau Geste Shatters Bermuda Ocean Race Record


arl Kwok and his crew onboard the Farr 80 Beau Geste, including Annapolisbased pro Gavin Brady, beat the previous 752-nautical-mile Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) record by nearly 19 hours and finished in an elapsed time of 66 hours, 22 minutes, and 41 seconds, beating the 2008 record of 85 hours. As reported in the June issue of SpinSheet, Beau Geste is the first to attempt— now to succeed—in finishing back-to-back Bermuda races, starting with the biennial BOR and wrapping up with the Newport to Bermuda Race. Rumor has it that the crew completed the BOR, bought 20 pizzas in Bermuda, and headed right out for Newport for the June 18 start. In between ocean races, Beau Geste will be docked at Tidewater Yacht Service Center in Baltimore for the next year and a half. Race coverage for both Bermuda races will be in the August issue of SpinSheet. Find full results for the BOR at and downloadable photos of the start at the Photo Gallery on Beau Geste just moments after the start of the 2010 Bermuda Ocean Race, photo by Sara Proctor/Spinsheet

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Shown here at a light air start off Annapolis, Idarae Prothero and Richard Ewing and crew on the Beneteau First 42 Molto Bene sailed to a win in their division at the 2010 Bermuda Ocean Race. Photo by Al Schreitmueller/SpinSheet

Michael Brennan and his team on the RP 45 Sjambok won their division at the 2010 Bermuda Ocean Race from Annapolis to Bermuda. Photo by Al Schreitmueller/SpinSheet

Bermuda Ocean Race 2010 Results Division 1 1. Michael Brennan


Reichel-Pugh 45

2. Karl Kwok

Beau Geste

Farr 80

3. Dan and Wendy Schneider

American Flyer

Farr 395

Division 2 1. Idarae Prothero and Richard Ewing

Molto Bene

Beneteau First 42

2. Emil Frost


Navy 44 MKII

3. Bruce Artman



1. Larry Vazzano

Wharf Rat


2. James Haynes

Southern Sky


3. Bob Fox



Division 3

Division 4 1. Thomas Stokes

Free Spirit

Pearson 36

2. Jeffrey Gilmore

Maureen Elizabeth

IP 40


Pearson 39

3. Michael Lehmkuhl

Double-Handed Division 1. Diane Reid

One Girl’ s Ocean Challenge

650 Mini

2. Robert Cummings



** Results are provisional at print time and are subject to change. Changes will be reflected in the August issue of SpinSheet.


Peter Gibbons-Neff’s Farr 395 Upgrade, shown here at the start of the 2008 Newport to Bermuda Race, was sailing at a 6.8-knot pace within 200 nautical miles of Bermuda at print time. Friends and family were able to track progress of both Bermuda races this year thanks to good website race-tracking software. Photo by Mary Ewenson/ SpinSheet

Not Much Thrashing…Newport to Bermuda Race

t print time, the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race was unfolding in mostly light and variable breezes, a slow ride for the historic race known for its churning seas and thrashing conditions en route to the Onion Patch. Nearly 200 boats are entered in this 100-year-old “original” offshore race, with a number of Chesapeake boats and scores of regional sailors crewing in the event. The first boats were finishing at print time for this issue; reporting from Bay sailors who competed in the event will be in the August issue. For results, visit Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Leroy Wins BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup


Claire LeRoy’s crew clinches a win! Photo by Sara Proctor/SpinSheet

Liz Bower pre-feeds the guy on Anna Tunnicliffe’s team. Photo by Sara Proctor/SpinSheet

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by Carrie Gentile

or the second year in the row, French match racer Claire Leroy won the 20th annual Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup held in Annapolis June 1 through 5 off Eastport YC (EYC). Leroy and her team beat American Genny Tulloch by a narrow three-to-two margin in the finals of a regatta dominated by stiff competition and muggy, shifty conditions. The current Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and Olympic gold medal sailor, Anna Tunnicliffe, placed third. Leroy and Tulloch swapped turns winning races in the finals, vying for first place. Leroy won the fifth and final race for the overall win. Tulloch, a U.S. Sailing Team Alphagraphics skipper, came from behind in the second race to defeat Leroy. But, Leroy was able to win the other three races for first place. “Genny was sailing aggressively. She was hard to beat,” says Leroy. The French skipper held the top position in ISAF Women’s Match Racing for five years before recently slipping to number two, where she is currently ranked. Unlike last year’s regatta, which was riddled with light and fluky winds, competitors had ample pressure and fluctuating breeze. “Claire and I were very close throughout the competition,” says Tulloch. “It was all about who got to the shifts first. Tulloch was sailing with a new team during the Cup. “We definitely got a lot better, and our communication improved throughout the four days.” Leroy said she was having trouble with some of the starts, which are crucial to these short windward/leeward races. She and her team caught a favorable wind shift on the final race that gave them the edge over Tulloch and her team. Leroy’s team consists of Elodie Bertrand, Marie Riou, and Claire Pruvot. “The wind was really shifty and puffy, which made it difficult. But my team has been practicing and maintained our focus and called good tactics. It was a good day sailing to be able to beat such great competitors like Barkow and Tunnicliffe,” says Leroy. The top four finishers all had moments of brilliance and led at various stages of the four-day event. U.S. Olympic sailor two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Sally Barkow, who placed fourth, has won this event three times and was leading after the round-robin competition with a 16-2 record. Tunnicliffe earned the Gay Lynn Memorial Trophy for the best performance by a first-time Santa Maria Cup competitor. She led the event after day two with a 10-one record. Ten of the world’s top-ranked woman match racers competed in the 2010 BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup. The teams raced 15- to 20-minute windward/leeward races in a headto-head competition. They raced two round-robins, so each team raced every other team twice before the semi-final and final round. All crews competed on equalized J/22s, which rotated among the teams. Although she is a relative newcomer to the match-racing sport, Tulloch has risen quickly to compete with these top-

Claire LeRoy’s winning crew. Photo by Sara Proctor/SpinSheet

notch racers. She was a member of Roy Disney’s Morning Light team, who sailed the 2007 Transpac on a TP 52. “I like to mix it up,” say Tulloch, referring to skippering big boats as well as smaller keelboats. “I try to keep an open mind and use the skills I’ve learned on big boats to help make me a diversified sailor.”

(L-R) Liz Bower, Debbie Capozzi, Molly Vandemoer, and Anna Tunnicliffe. Photo by Sara Proctor/SpinSheet

Women’s match racing is debuting at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. Barkow, Tulloch, and Tunnicliffe are now campaigning to represent the United States in the women’s match racing discipline on the newly designed Elliot 6-meter. Leroy is also hoping to gain the French entry for 2012.

About the Author: Carrie Gentile is an Eastport-based freelance writer and liveaboard, who co-owns a Cal 25 with her boyfriend and races J/22s on Thursday nights. When she’s not sailing or working as a legislative policy analyst, she plays rugby with a local women’s club. Send story ideas to

The Chesapeake Bay Women’s Challenge 2010


n its sixth year, the Chesapeake Bay Women’s Challenge offers the chance for female Bay skippers and sailors to shine. Race organizers are striving to make this year’s all-female skippers’ race, slated for July 31, the biggest yet. Typically, about 20 boats enter the one-day regatta, which pits women against women in either a windward/leeward or navigational course. This year, Eastport YC (EYC) is changing the format to give any three boats entered in the same class their own start. “The goal is to get more women out on the line and to have the races more evenly matched,” says Beth Berry, the race chair. Eventually, she would like to see this regatta tie in with the BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup to form a women’s race week in Annapolis. Hosted by EYC, the Chesapeake Bay Women’s Challenge is a one-day regatta for PHRF, cruising, and one-design divisions. Following the regatta are a party and silent auction, with all proceeds to Chesapeake Bay Sailing

benefit the Anne Arundel County chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). EYC is adding a spectator boat for the event; onlookers can pay a small fee, which will go to CASA, to watch the race up close. The Challenge has always been an allfemale race, but organizers are modifying the “women only” rule this year to attract more boats. One male is allowed onboard, but he is not allowed to crew or coach. The regatta consists of three windward/ leeward races for PHRF and one-design boats, and a 14-mile course navigated around government marks for cruisers. Last year’s race attracted 20 entrants who raced in breeze that built to 20 knots. “The spirit of the regatta is to draw more women to the sport and to allow female skippers the opportunity to take the helm,” says Pam Morris, who co-owns the J/30 Bump. Morris has raced in the Challenge since its inception and has placed first and taken a few second and third place finishes throughout the years. Each year, she invites newbies to come and race with her to

by Carrie Gentile

expose more women to racing. Last year, the J/35 Aunt Jean took first place in its division and won the Roy Smith Memorial Trophy for best overall performance. Co-owner Joanne O’Hara says her crew was a mix of experienced racers and cruisers who had never been around a race course. “The crew who had never raced before loved it,” says O’Hara. “The more experienced crew responded quickly to situations and helped teach those who had not raced before.” The post-race festivities include live music and a silent auction with cool items such as hotel stays, sailing gear, and even a plane ride. The Challenge raises money for CASA whose mission is to advocate for abused and neglected foster children who are in the juvenile court system in Anne Arundel County. For more information, go to or the regatta’s Facebook page, “Chesapeake Bay Women’s Challenge 2010.” Or you can contact Berry at (202) 256-9245. SpinSheet July 2010 77

2010 Solomons and Screwpile Special


EYC Solomons Island Invitational July 16-17 SMSA Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge July 18-20

f there is any five-day stretch of races and parties that sailors from the Upper Bay to Norfolk look forward to year after year, it’s the one launched off Annapolis July 16 at dinnertime as 150 boats begin the 55mile journey to Solomons, where many of these crews are joined by even more racing friends for three days of around-the-buoys racing. In the years that SpinSheet has been involved—this is our 15th—when we ask competitors what they enjoy about either race or the set of both events, their answers always include one word: camaraderie. Besides the fact that the mouth of the Patuxent River is a spectacular place to sail and Solomons, a charming, welcoming community, the regattas form a racers’ summer reunion we look forward to all year long…


Three Decades of Solomons Races

his year will celebrate the 30th running of the fabulous Solomon’s Island Invitational Regatta. The race history started 30 years ago with Eastport YC’s (EYC) idea to have a point-to-point race to get the Annapolis fleet down to Solomons. A tradition was born. Many of the competitors began to stay down in Solomons for the Southern Maryland SA’s Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge that began 17 years ago. The

Keith Mayes’ Jubilee at the start of the 2009 EYC Solomons Island Invitational. Photo by Mark Talbott/ SpinSheet

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roughly 55-mile Solomons Race begins at the mouth of the Severn River and ends at the mouth of the Patuxent River. The EYC race committee (RC) finish boat anchors in the dark and awaits the finishers, who may show up at any time. The weather is always unpredictable in the middle of summer. Conditions have varied from the mildest of winds, when competitors have had to set an anchor to avoid drifting backward, to wild thunderstorms with extremely exciting conditions. One year, the fleets all sailed well and were closely bunched, making for a wild finish in the dark. In the 14th race in 1994, one competitor reported turning at Tolly Point and only having to make one tack the entire race. This year’s race will have 13 fleets gather at Triton Point July 16, with the first start at 6:45 p.m. for the overnight race down the Bay. The starts will proceed at five minute intervals for this historic race. Solomons, located near the mouth of the Patuxent River, will be the recipient of about 150 boats that will start arriving around 2 a.m. if the winds are kind. The real celebration will begin at 6 a.m. as the racers start to converge on the Holiday Inn Select to enjoy traditional Bloody Marys, grab some food, and swap stories. Many thanks to the sponsor Stolichnaya for making sure the drinks are great! Water taxi service will allow crews to come and go from Calvert Photo by Jim Christie

Marina’s transient slips during the day, connect with other racers, and check out the race results. Tunes will begin around 1 p.m .and continue through the awards party. The race awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Come celebrate this 30th year! Register for this year’s event and be part of EYC’s anniversary celebration of this fun distance race by clicking to If you’ve never done an overnight race, this is a great one to enter, with a beautiful destination and lots of fun. We are looking forward to seeing all competitors and hearing your race stories.


Screwpile in Style

ailors love to nickname stuff, so the Southern Maryland SA (SMSA) Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge is usually referred to as simply the Screwpile. The question of the hour right now is, “Are you going to Screwpile?” If so, you’re in for a spectacular event July 18 to 20. Now in its fifth year at the Holiday Inn Select (we’ve almost erased that hot parking lot party of 2006 from memory), the regatta is a well-oiled machine on and off the water, with the

Saturday: Little Creek, VA to Cape Charles, VA

social action revolving around the pool and courtyard, just steps from the docks. Competitors familiar with this regatta were not at all surprised when CBYRA awarded the Screwpile Regatta race committee with its Handicap and Cliffs, Current, and Camaraderie are the three Cs of sailing in the Cruising One-De- Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge. Photo by SpinSheet sign Race Committee of the Year. Extremely well-run Tuesday) will follow each day’s hard race circles are a long-time hallmark of racing at 6 p.m. the event, which draws highly qualified North Sails and Southern Spars have RC members from Fishing Bay YC, partnered with Sailing Weather Service Annapolis YC, Hampton YC, Rhode to provide free weather forecasts all River BC, Herrington Harbour SA, Na- three days of the event. Daily e-mail val Academy SA, Solomons Island YC, forecasts before 7:30 a.m. will include and Southern Maryland SA. forecast discussion, detailed wind table, The 25th Hour Band will play at the hedge, and the outlook for the day. opening party following Sunday’s racing, Find the subscriber link and registration so get your dancing flops ready. Daily information and entry lists for the event awards and live music (Round Midnight itself at and The Screwpilers on Monday and

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THE Cruising event for serious Racers!

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Explore Solomons N38° 19’ 22” W076° 27’ 30”


or sailors and spouses seeking a break from the Screwpile Regatta racing and tent party madness, Solomons has more to offer than its quaint and quiet waterfront suggests. Especially for visitors willing to drive a few miles or rent a boat, bike, or paddleboard... Cliff Walk. Last summer, MSNBC voted Calvert Cliffs State Park as one of the top 10 shelling beaches in the country. Although you can’t climb on the cliffs anymore, you can hunt for fossils on the beach of the 1400-acre state park with plentiful hiking trails—only a few miles away from regatta headquarters. html ‘SUP, Dude. Within walking distance of the Holiday Inn Select, Patuxent Adventure Center rents bikes—including tandem bikes—kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Call (410) 394-2770 or visit

Happy Birthday, SpinSheet!


he first issue of SpinSheet hit the docks September 1, 1995. What better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary than to have a cake and SpinSheet tattoo party at the Screwpile? We’re on it. Come by and swap stories and get your crew photo taken, all “tatted up,” tastefully, of course. Thank you for your many years of loyal readership. Let’s party!

Keep on Wining. Solomons Island Winery offers an award-winning selection of white and red wines and is open for tours and tastings from noon – 5 p.m. on weekends and during the week by appointment. Closed on Monday. Call (410) 394-1933 or visit solomonsislandwinery. com. Chill Out in the Museum. Visiting the screwpile-style Drum Point Lighthouse, which is restored and furnished with early 20th-century furnishings permanently exhibited at Calvert Marine Museum, is an easy walk and an appropriate side-trip for Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge sailors. Rent a Boat. Solomons Boat Rental offers rental options ranging from a 15-foot center-console powerboat to a pontoon boat. Hit the Links. Chesapeake Hills Golf Club is a public, 18-hole course, located seven and a half miles from Solomons. Walk It Off. Wooded trails, a fishing pier, and a broad public beach popular among sharks teeth hunters await

you at Flag Ponds Nature Park, which is just up the road from Calvert Cliffs. Bask in the Garden. Visit Annmarie Garden, a sculpture park and arts center, on a 30-acre property with walking trails and activities for kids, two and a half miles from Screwpile regatta central. Mansion Hop. The Sotterley Plantation, a national historic landmark—older than Monticello and Mount Vernon—is the only tidewater plantation in Maryland open to the public. The plantation is less than 10 miles from Solomons. Drive Down. Have you been to St. Mary’s City lately? Maryland’s first capital is only about a 30 minute drive. Click on Beyond it is Point Lookout State Park, well worth the trek. dnr.state. pointlookout.html Eat, Drink, Be Merry. A number of restaurants are staying open on Monday just for visiting racers. See our Screwpile Daily for restaurants and phone numbers.









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How to Not Screw Up Your Race to Solomons 


he Eastport YC (EYC) Solomons Island Invitational has two courses. Smaller boats sail a more direct 44-mile route to a closer mark; larger boats sail a 55-mile course to Hoopers Island Lighthouse. Because the short course is a simpler course, this article is tilted toward the long course. The rhumbline from Tolly to James Island is 184 degrees by 25 miles and then 172 degrees by 16 miles to Hoopers. Typically, the wind direction is southeasterly (SE), south-southeasterly (SSE), or southerly, which means a beat to James Island. After skirting the Eastern Shore, you bend 12 degrees to the left. Tactically, think of this as a beat to James Island followed by a very long offset leg.   On Friday July 16 in Annapolis, the current is northbound from 5 to 11 p.m., with

by Paul Murphy

a southbound ebb until dawn Saturday. At Solomons, the current stops running north at about 8 p.m. and runs south until 2:15 a.m. Water again runs north until 8 a.m. If it’s a slow race, at least you’ll have a favorable tide pulling you toward the finish in Solomons. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a brisk westerly/ northwesterly breeze and finish closer to midnight than dawn. (The trick with these infrequent treats is to bring your own libations, because it’s hours until the bar opens at dawn). Check your tide tables. Depending upon the wind velocity and speed of your boat, the current can be your friend or foe. The point when the adverse current begins to soften and begins to carry you south will significantly affect whether you want to avoid or embrace the deep water.

If Going West of Shipping Channel… a.k.a. The Short Course


n port tack, the closer to the western shore you sail, the shiftier the wind. Be patient and wait for a right-hand puff, but stay alert and tack to starboard pretty quickly.

Don’t be passive; don’t use the “five minute rule.” Do take the right-hand shift and tack to starboard. If you’re doing the short course, you can dig deeper into the western shore.

If SE or SSE…

If Southwest or SSW…

t is not a lopsided beat; you’ll be spending more time on port. If there is a favorable southbound current, stay in deep water near the shipping channel. This corridor is about 1.5 miles wide. Be attentive; you’ll have plenty of nighttime port/starboards. If there is an adverse northbound current, you have two choices: sail slightly west of the current and work the random shifts to stay west of the deep water. Or, be assertive, hugging the Eastern Shore to avoid adverse current.  The farther left the breeze, the more likely hugging the Eastern Shore will pay off. If the wind is quite east, you may find nice port lifts along the flat Eastern Shore (the old weather shore adage). It’s completely dependent upon the current window, but Rob Michaelson offers this tidbit: if you’re near the Choptank and the current chart (‘Be Current) says it’s beginning to ebb, then by sailing aggressively east, you’ll catch the early ebb coming out of the Choptank, while the water is still adverse west of Sharps Island. As long as you don’t stumble into a fish-trap, you could do very well. Dave Askew points out the traps are listed on DNR website (and at and that fishy smell may be emanating from more than your bowman.

he long course becomes a lot simpler if the wind is west of 225 degrees, because it’s simply a one tack beat to the James Island area. With the wind at 210 to 240 degrees, it’s primarily a starboard tack. Some sailors like working west, feeling they get a bit of a lift and more breeze. While this can happen (lots of small differences can happen on the Bay), Chip Carr reminds us not to simply over-stand the “bend,” with the fleet to leeward laying James. Carr and Michaelson also identify another losing move; having to tack to port to clear James as the fleet 300 yards west of you rumbles by. The winning move is to nail the lay-line to James—and that is why tactical navigators are so coveted by good sailors. 


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If There Is a Thunderstorm…

hunderstorms usually last 15 to 30 minutes, blow 25 to 40 knots (enough to get anybody in trouble), and move at 15 to 20 miles per hour. If the storm looks larger or isn’t a typical grey/black color, it could be more violent. Rain tumbling off of the leading edge is another indicator of a bad one. We all can see the storms approaching. What we don’t know is how long they’ll last. After a storm passes, the wind usually returns to the prevailing direction. Three thoughts: As Terry Lomax does, track the storm’s approach and depth, using the Internet, the iPhone application called Elite Weather, or a hand-bearing compass. Keep foul-weather gear in a garbage bag on deck so that crew members are not scrambling below putting on jackets; this is the time to pull away from the fleet, not fiddle.  If in a westerly or northwest breeze, sail high and fast on starboard above the rhumb line, thus reaching the T-storm breeze first. Murphy wrote this article with a little help from his offshore sailing friends: Rob Michaelson, Chip Carr, David Askew, and Terry Lomax. About the Author: A longtime Annapolis racer, Paul Murphy is an insurance specialist by day.

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Gov’s Cup Goes High Tech

or the first time, the annual St. Mary’s College of Maryland Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, which starts off Annapolis on Friday, August 6 at 6 p.m., will be tracked live by GPS. The 70-nauticalmile-long overnight race—now in its 37th year—is known as a challenging, tactical race during which racers prepare for a wide



variety of conditions ranging from thunderstorms to doldrums, all with expected current challenges and fish nets to dodge. The Kattack GPS system, free to all racers, will display the race in real time, continually tracking the location of each boat by name throughout the race, so you will be able to follow it online. One can watch the racers’ strategies, pause the race, zoom in and out, show boat speed, distance traveled, and more. As boats begin to cross the finish line, sailors and the public are invited to a post-race party that goes on all day and into the evening Saturday, August 7, with food and live entertainment. The Nautical Wheelers play from noon to 4 p.m. on the lawn, and following an awards ceremony (for photography contest winners and racers) and private skippers’ dinner, Joe Bachman and the Crew will play from 7 to 11 p.m. Party entry is free. Racers can register by July 30 at


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A Gem at the Top of the Chesapeake

wide smiles were all on the race course. Reynolds Her-Rey-Knot in the cruising orth East River YC (NERYC) held its June Invitational with 32 competOther class winners include Gill Louw class. Full results can be found at neryc. ing teams. North East, MD, is simply and Sharlene Wilkins’ First Love in PHRF com. What an “outsider” doesn’t see by reading the results is that all an odd exit on I-95 for many classes were won by families travelers—in fact the town and racing together. In winning its club are worthy gems at the top of the Chesapeake. This the largest class, the Adairs’ government mark distance race C&C 32 crew featured three generations of that family and has become a highlight for three racers younger than eight serious racers and cruisers from years old, with Helen providCBYRA Region One clubs, ing ace “lookout” skills. including Glenmar SA, Havre de Grace YC, Georgetown The race committee was Racing Fleet, Chesapeake SA headed up for the third year and Chesapeake Multihull in a row by Brooks Zerkel, who hails from Fishing Bay Association. With sunshine YC. The pig roast party, with and steady south winds of 10 to 15 knots, conditions were its carnival-like atmosphere with free beer, a rum tent, optimal. live music, and tables on the Winners of PHRF A were lawn, it was a short trip for the Hanson family in their 150 sailors up the Northeast new J/109 Rosalita, the same River back at NERYC. Event Hansons who smoked everyWith sunshine and steady south winds of 10 to 15 knots, sponsors were West Marine, one in the 2009 Governors conditions were optimal for the NERYC June Invitational. Harken, Walden Rigging, Cup in a J/80. Non-spinnaker Photo by Al Schreitmueller/SpinSheet APS, Doyle Chesapeake Sails, PHRF N and Cruising and SpinSheet. B, Charles Paris’ Luminous in PHRF C, (we’ll rate what ‘ya got) made up half the by Al Schreitmueller Drew Adair’s Aurora in PHRF N, and Joe fleet, and families with lots of kids with

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St. Mary’s College Clinches ICSA/APS Team Race Nationals


ver the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend, the top 14 schools in the nation were in America’s Heartland racing for the 2010 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship title on Lake Mendota, WI. For St. Mary’s College, it was a reversal of fortune from 2009, when the Seahawks lost this championship on a tie breaker with Boston College, to come back and win this year’s contest on a tie breaker with the same team. The win marks the fifth time the Seahawks, a proven powerhouse in this sailing format, have captured this unique championship, which pits each college’s three-boat team against another’s in a round-robin series of matches. The competition starts with the 14 teams divided into two groups; the first hurdle for the teams was finishing top four in their group. In Group 1, St. Mary’s (6-0), Tufts (5-1), Yale (4-2), and College of Charles-

ton (4-2) moved on to the Gold Round. From Group 2, Boston College (6-0), Georgetown University (5-1), the U.S. Naval Academy (4-2), and the University of Wisconsin (3-3) progressed to the Gold Round. At the conclusion of the Gold Round, also known as the “elite eight,” the “final four“ race to determine the champion. The goal of the championship is to have the top four teams meet each other three times, which also allows for a tie breaker. This year’s event was a light air contest, and credit goes to the race committee for giving the sailors every opportunity to get races completed especially on the penultimate day of the championship (Sunday, May 30) when competitors were out sailing at 9 a.m. and finishing up about 8 p.m. “When teams make the ‘elite eight,’ each team is capable of beating everyone else,” explains Adam Werblow, head varsity sailing coach at St. Mary’s. “There is no easy win. Every team has worked damn hard to get here, and they’ve accomplished a lot by the time they get to the championship

round. That’s what makes it fun. There are simply no gimmes once you get into the elite eight… What helped us is that we have a team who has worked together for a very long time. This team has been perfecting the skills of team racing and Bill Ward (varsity sailing coach) has been exceptional on coaching the details of how to team race well. The level of consistency that they’ve had is remarkable.” On the water for St. Mary’s were senior skipper Ted Hale (Annapolis.) with junior crew Frances Kupersmith (Alexandria, VA), junior skipper Michael Menninger (Newport Harbor, CA) with senior crew Kelly Wilbur (Ipswich, MA), and senior skipper Jesse Kirkland (Warwick, Bermuda) with junior crew Madeline Jackson (Bainbridge Island, WA). For the last race of the championship, senior skipper Mike Kuschner (San Francisco, CA.) sailed with Kupersmith, and Hale sailed with Wilbur. Final standings for the final four: St. Mary’s 12-5, Boston College 12-5, Georgetown 10-7 and Charleston 9-8. Complete results are available

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Top Notch: The Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta


ishing Bay YC (FBYC) and Stingray Harbour YC (SHYC), co-hosts of the 12th edition of the Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta, are preparing for the grand finale of the 2010 Leukemia Cup series of events which takes place over the weekend of July 9 to 11 in Deltaville, VA. The Leukemia Cup Auction is scheduled for Friday evening, July 9, at SHYC at the Stingray Harbor Marina. Live music, crab cakes, liquid refreshments, and both a silent and live auction are on tap again for this marquee event, which the public is encouraged to attend. Racing activities to be officiated by FBYC will unfold on Saturday and Sunday, July 10 to 11, with a gala on Saturday evening at SHYC. The Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta is approaching the milestone number of $2 million raised and is typically honored as one of the top fundraising regattas in the nation each year. Online entries are due before Thursday, July 8 at 1800 at For more information, contact Laura Boone at (804) 627-0400, ext. 24, or Also, visit leukemiacup. org/va or

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by Rick McGregor


y wife Margaret and I are three years young to the Northern Chesapeake Bay racing scene. She is the ultimate ground crew, while I handle the onboard duties. We snowbird in our native New Orleans, LA, and spend the balance of our time in the charming waterman community of Havre de Grace, MD. Our first year on the Bay, we purchased an older but locally popular sailboat, a Capri 25 named Agent Orange. She had spent most of her life racing on the Northern Bay, had a good track record, but had been raced hard and showed it. My new-found crew and friends helped me to put the boat in order. However, budget realities meant she was to remain her scarred and ugly orange self. After getting T-boned in our first season, we didn’t even bother to include cosmetics in the repair. I had to negotiate with my nostalgic crew to change the boat name, and we settled on Double Agent. This gave me the opportunity to someday change the boat color while still retaining some of the original name. In 2009, we finally decided to venture beyond the Thursday night races and hit the Bay regattas. Our modest boat size put us in the PHRF C/D racing class. We made the 25-mile water trek down to Middle River for Northern Bay Race Week. We had an exciting series against local skipper Steve Culfogienis and Cookie, trading leads with every race. Other Bay races followed. In the Georgetown Racing Fleet Bay Jam, held near the mouth of the Sassafras River, we finished in a whisper of breeze. Our confidence in our boat and selves steadily increased. Chesapeake Bay Sailing

CBYRA Annapolis Race Week (ARW), held on Labor Day weekend, was at the top of my bucket list. With a sturdy following breeze, we sailed our humble boat the 50 miles to arrive at the heart and soul of sailing in the United States and maybe the world, Annapolis. We were all first-timers, and we felt proud and privileged to participate in this world-class event. With the sun setting and our adrenaline pumping, we extended

our already long delivery day by practicing spinnaker sets and take-downs in the long shadow of the Bay Bridge. What followed were three magical days of parties, socializing, and solid racing. Lining up for our first race, we were met with some cat calls as to our “odd and ugly” appearance. We proceeded to kick butt. I experienced some of the best racing in my life, particularly challenged by talented local Frederick Caison driving Defiant. Ultimately, the overall top trophy came down to the last day, the last race, the final 50 yards, and with every trick tried. The gods nodded our way, and we won by a few seconds. At the final evening party, our respective crews hugged each other with the feelings of mutual respect and under-

standing that only comes from doing battle in the pit against a worthy foe. Our entire crew stood jubilantly and proudly for our “gold medal” at the final awards ceremony, representing our distant yacht club. What a feeling! The last act of the season for us was the return trip from Annapolis, in heavy weather on the nose. Our outboard quit early, so we tacked for 15 hours up the Bay against tide and wind. This was yet another test of our resolve and seamanship. Fortunately, my young crew looked upon this as a grand adventure, a totally positive event… further proof of the benefits of youth and innocence in the face of overwhelming odds. I had my quick-dial ready for a BoatU.S. rescue, which thankfully was never called, because real sailors don’t mayday. Plus, I did not have the insurance. We celebrated our successful delivery at 2 a.m. by cooking steaks, toasting each other, and feeling profoundly thankful for the entire ARW experience. The new season is here, and we are going to do it all over again. Here is my wish list for year 2010: one, please, more boats come out and race… remember those great feelings as a kid? They will return. Two, may all crews and boats be safe and sound. Three, may all skippers find above-average crews, and if not, bring enthusiastic newcomers to the sport. And four, may I please have a road-worthy boat trailer!? P.S. I’m okay with the old paint job for another year. About the Author: Rick and Margaret McGregor share their time between New Orleans, LA, and Havre de Grace, MD, where they sail the Capri 25 Double Agent. SpinSheet July 2010 87

by Molly Winans

Lin McCarthy W

hen the idea of celebrating a milestone in Southern Bay sailor Lin McCarthy’s life started to circulate among her

friends, most of them made the same statements. “We have to do something for her,” and, “Lin is going to kill you.” Did you ever notice how some people who efficiently get things done in life retreat from the spotlight? Allow us to re-introduce you to Lin “Gets Things Done” McCarthy, who is a sailor, sailing writer, race committee member, racing clinic organizer, and APS Chesapeake Racer Profile alumna, along with her husband John, from SpinSheet’s November 2007 issue. McCarthy is the author of the subscription e-mail newsletter Southern Bay Racing News You Can Use (SBRNYCU), the source for Southern Bay Racing news—even for SpinSheet’s editors. The first week of July marks the newsletter’s 500th edition. The McCarthys met at William and Mary College, married,

One of Lin’s Southern Bay friends and race committee team members, Kathy Barber, says, “Lin is always upbeat, even at 3 o’clock in the morning waiting for the Down the Bay Race Boats to show up. She remembers everyone’s name. She always has a smile. We all are aware that without her, it would take 10 of us to do half the job she does. Nobody is as organized. We owe the calendar of racing to her; without her starting that process and her e-mails in September, most of us would be oblivious to when races are… She is not going to be pleased that we are trying to recognize her. She is only really happy when things go well, and she can fade into the background. She is the heart, the soul, and the backbone of all we do in the area and for that, we owe her and should recognize her. She epitomizes the Corinthian spirit in our sport.” Here is what some other Southern Bay sailors have to say about Lin:

moved to Rocky Mount, NC (where John was head basketball coach, the winningest on record at North Carolina Wesleyan),

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and successfully for five years, logging 100 races per year.

among the most cheerful, levelheaded, energetic, and competent people I have ever met.

“We were looking for a sport we could do together, as a

From SBRNYCU to acting as Region IV Sanctioning Officer to being John’s sounding

couple,” says John. “Sailing, then racing, was an immediate

board and confidante, she does it all—yet graciously. For her efforts, we’re truly

connection.” In the early 1990s, the couple purchased Sugar


Bear, a J/33, in which they raced just as successfully. Due to back troubles, John had to retire from racing in the early 2000s, a tough decision for a racing-crazy couple, and they eventually sold their beloved Sugar Bear. To dive headlong into race management was natural for the couple, who have become just as passionate about making sure others enjoy the racing experience as they did themselves. They are fully engaged in all levels of race management on the Southern Bay (and at the Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge), including organizing and running the Murphy Clinic, a tremendously successful program for new and inexperienced

“Lin McCarthy has been the best friend that sailing in the Chesapeake Bay and other venues has ever had. She tirelessly gives of her time and talents preparing for races, serving on race committees, and reporting on local and other sailing events in the weekly newsletter she publishes and distributes through e-mail. She is approaching her 500th edition which is quite a feat.”

~Dick Boykin, Hampton YC

Congratulations on the 500th edition of SBRNYCU, Lin! Thank you for the passion you pour into our sport, for the many articles you’ve written over the years for SpinSheet (see pages 67 and 72), and for not killing your fellow race committee officers for celebrating your success behind your back. To subscribe to SBRNYCU, e-mail


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trailer, sailing cond., Sea Scouts, $1400 obo, Steve Alexander, 301-646-0805,, Joel David 703587-9920,

equipment. 9.9-hp Harken 4-stroke, high thrust, long shaft electric start, Harken R/F, dodger/bimini. Too much to list. Well maintained in very good cond. $4,000 Phone (410) 754-8533.

12’6” Bauer 12 Sailing Dinghy Roomy 6’ beam, room for 4

27’ Hunter ’83 This boat has had everything upgraded or replaced! Yanmar 1GM10 w/250 hrs., 155 genoa w/ Furlex furler, main w/3 reefs, many upgrades, dodger, bimini & connector, new hatches & ports, standing rigging, traveler, rigid boom vang, refrigeration, includes in-hatch AC. This boat is ready to sail away! $17,000 obo Call (302) 836-3678 or email

22’ Catalina ’78 Swing keel sloop,

26’ Columbia ‘75 Sloop rig w/nice

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

15’ Precision Day Sailor, Trailer ‘06 $5900 obo. Rarely used, excellent

16’ Doughdish F6, Herreshoff 12 1/2 Classic Gaff main, jib &


Donate Your Boat And help teach at-risk teens to sail. (202) 478-0396,

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condition. Roller jib and main, retractable keel. -David 443-352-0132.

Old but sound, rigid transom, 8-hp capacity, no leaks, includes foot pump, patch kit, carry case, oars, valid title. $375 Call Jim 410-827-0054 or


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30’ Catalina ‘78 Tall Rig RF, 27’ C&C ‘74 Westerbeke 20B dsl (<250 hrs); Edson wheel; 2 Danforths; roller-furling jib; lazy-jacks; v.good main w/Slab-reefing, drifter, genoa, working jib; bow & stern pulpits w/lifelines; NEW vhf, CD player/speakers & boxed knot meter; all furnishing; many extras. On lift 6+ years; St. Mary’s City, MD $7,000 obo (301) 862-4535 or

27’ Cape Dory ’81 #200 Orig Yanmar dsl runs great, Furlex roller furling, Autohelm, DF, all 4 sails in nice cond., full keel, classic lines by Carl Alberg, solid, stable & seaworthy, 3rd owner, docked in Mayo, $12,000. (301) 520 7375 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, douglas.yeckley@

wheel, DR, KM, totally rebuilt Atomic-4, 100 hrs, oversized winches, upgraded interior cushions, fresh bottom paint, new head, new batteries. $12,500 obo. Payments, lessons available. (410) 318-9432.

30’ Tartan 30 ’72 Ready to sail with 4 sails and fresh bottom paint. Water tight and very well maintained. Great sailing boat with many extras including Awlgrip® and holding tank. Asking $16,000. Located Middle River. Check out photos & specs at www.boatquest. com boat ID #111655 or call Paul (978) 772-0018.

31’ Cal ’82 Roller-furling genoa, main w/lazyjacks, bimini, partial winter cover, wheel, depth finder, head w/ shower and hot & cold pressure water, AC, VHF, CD/AM/FM, dsl, cng twoburner w/oven, all safety equipment. Boat is in good cond. $12,500 Call (443) 949-7094.

31’ Hunter ‘84 Roomy sloop. Good shape. Sail or live aboard. Full galley. Refitted head. New: thruhulls, bimini, dodger. 2 staterooms sleeps 7. $18,000. See DC Craigslist/For Sale/ Boats. Phone (571) 490-1816.

35’ Young Sun Cutter ’83 Perry designed, double ender, Yanmar dsl, radar, Aries vane, watermaker, dodger. Classic bluewater cruiser. Hampton, VA. Asking $65,000., (407) 488-6958.

32’ Bayfield 32C ’87 Beautiful yacht, Gozzard design, in water, ready to sail, new Harken furler, traveler, running rigging, new genoa and main by N/S, many extras, Helena or (434) 249-3430. 32’ Westsail ’74 Legendary seagoing cutter, professionally finished, good cond., Volvo dsl, rare opportunity!, bargain!, Sea Scouts, $27,900, Steve Alexander, 301-646-0805,, Joel David 703-5879920, 34’ Bristol Sloop ’76 Westerbeke dsl w/AP, mahogany interior, RF, main, centerboard, draws 4’6”. $15,000 Trade for smaller sail or power considered. (c) 410-804-5333, (h) (410) 255-2254, (w) (301) 669-5202. gregbaker0226@ 34’ Schock 34PC ’88 Reduced to $19,5K obo. A Nelson/Marek design w/excellent handling characteristics. Shoal draft (4.5’ Hydrokeel). A tri-cabin layout provides the utmost in cruising comfort and style. D: (301) 995-4845, n: (410) 394-0390; email: rudymr@



Sabre 426 Sloop ‘06 Commissioned 2007. Loaded, 55hp diesel, 5’ 2” keel, Generator, AC/heat, Ray electronics, Harken furling, Frig./Freezer, Propane Galley, Dodger, Bimini, Excellent value. $399,000. Call: Jim Osborne (410) 693-3311.

38’ 8” Bristol k/cb ’85 Excellent bay & blue water cruiser. Full compliment of sails & electronics. Very well maintained $115,000. Contact Ken @804-462-7528 36’ Sabre ’86 combines classic elegance with contemporary styling and performance. Her interior layout is designed to allow comfort when cruising and efficiency when racing. Centerboard up 4’ 2”, down 7’ 9”. New Raymarine instruments & autopilot; new Doyle 150% jib; new bimini, dodger, connector, sun screens; engine driven & 12 volt refrigeration, inverter, chart plotter. $77,000 Photos & specs call (443) 223-0290 or

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. $35,000,, (301) 9742620.


40’ Bayfield ‘83 Bayfield40  ’83 Beautiful cond., new standing rigging, new sails, new canvas w/full enclosure, new upholstery.  Davits, windlass, A/C, radar. picasajfk   $104,500  johnfknightjfk@, (717) 598-6290.   65' Caribe Custom Catamaran '99 -- 4 queen staterooms + crews qtrs; 31-ft beam; 99-foot mast; 2 X 100 hp Yanmars; recent sails; lying St. Croix; $100,000's in upgrades; cost $3.5 million. Try $999,000. Call Rick Casali for details 410-279-5309 or 41’ Hunter ’01 Fully equipped and well maintained. Fifty % co-ownership $78,500. Located in Oxford. Call Hank (484) 680-2312 or






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46’ Hunter ‘02 Deep draft boat for offshore passagemaking, genset, solar, watermaker, davits, liferaft, full enclosure etc. etc. $184,900 neg. Deltaville VA. Call Jonathan 804-776-7575

222 Severn Ave. Annapolis, MD


more than you expect 31’ Island Packet Cutter ’86 A great cruising yacht that is at home in the Bahamas or the Bay. Shoal 4’ draft goes just about anywhere. Priced at $52,500. or call (410) 626-2851

35’ Columbia ’79 Boat has beautiful dark blue hull. Built before manufacturers found out how light they could make them. Spacious interior & well equipped. Priced to sell at $35,000. See pics and specs at or call 410-626-2851.

38’ C&C Landfall ’82 The C&C 38 are dry sailing performance oriented cruisers with a turn of speed when needed. This is a substantial and quality built boat. If you are in the market for a quality cruiser you need to see Wise Craic. Asking $49,900. See pics and specs at or call 410-626-2851. ,Wise Craic. Asking $49,900. See pics and specs at www. or call 410-6262851.

41’ Hunter Sloop ‘06 This 2 cabin model has furling main, full electronics, heat, air & much more. Asking $189,000 See pics and specs at or call 410-626-2851.

Annapolis Ya c h t & B o at 100 Severn Ave., Annapolis

410·505·4144 J/105 ’98 has earned a well-deserved reputation as the largest class of cruiser/racer sailboats in the US. This boat is immaculately kept and professionally maintained. New instruments and sails in ’07, new jib for ’10. Offered for $94,500 Robert at (410) 562-1255 or Santa Cruz 37 ’08 Sail Magazine’s 2009 “Sail Boat of the Year”. A cutting edge performance sailing boat with full interior including bunks for 6. Priced just lowered at $269,000 including options, instruments and commissioning. Tate or Robert at (410) 5054144 or

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France, commissioned, maintained by AYS. One owner yacht. Ready to sail. All the extra equipment you would expect. $689,000 Paul Rosen 410-2678181,

Great selection available in Annapolis. Call Dan Nardo, your Beneteau man for any info 410-267-8181 or

26’ J 80 ‘94 Clean boat with no issues, outboard, cruising and racing sails, no trailer. $25,000 neg. Deltaville VA. Call Jonathan 804-776-7575

27’ Hunter ’05 Very clean cruiser. Great 2 cabin layout. Perfect pocket cruiser for the Bay, in turn key cond.…sail her away today!!! $49,900 Call Tim (410) 267-8181 or

28’ Bristol Channel Cutter ‘81 True Blue Water Cruiser for a couple or a solo sailor. Asking $119,000 Paul Rosen 410-267-8181 or paul@

30’ Nonsuch Ultra ‘87 Cat rigged fun on the bay! Amazing space for 30’. Clean boat! $64,900 Near Deltaville VA. Call Jonathan 804-776-7575

33’ Hunter ’05 Like new Hunter 330, she has a very roomy interior… least expensive 330 on the market in the US…she is clean and ready to sail…call today! Tim (410) 267-8181 or

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@

34’ Catalina ’00 Wing keel, AC, Raymarine AP, depth, speed, dodger and bimini. This is the mk II model with the big cockpit with perch seats and the big aft cabin.$88,000 (757) 4801073.

36’ PDQ Catamaran ’92 Just

41’ Beneteau 411 ‘01 (2 Cabin) A/C, dsl heat, great live aboard. Bring reasonable offer. Asking only $149,900 Call Dan Nardo for any info 410-2678181 or dan@annapolisyachtsales. com 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,

CS 30 We were so excited to view this boat that 3 of our brokers photographed her and we were certainly not disappointed. She is a lovely blue water boat that is very versatile. Being a sloop rig she will point true & take you anywhere w/her fin keel. Stable, sturdy & sleek, she is priced for a quick sale. She is extremely clean & well maintained. An excellent family cruiser that needs to be back in the water as soon as possible. $24,900 Boatshed Annapolis 703-855-4408

back from a winter in the islands she is well equipped and ready to go. All new electronics ’08 & ’09, sails ’00, canvas ’08. Yanmar dsl, wind generator, solar panels. $134,000 bayharborbrokerage. com, (757) 480-1073

40’ Catalina ’96 Twin wheels, big cockpit, air, 5’6” draft, up to date electronics, custom rubrail, optional furling staysail, nice aft cabin, 2 heads. $135,000, 757-480-1073

53’ Amel Super Maramu ’93 Very well equipped and well cared for, this boat is ready for a big trip. She has everything you need to cross an ocean including safety gear. $285,000 (757) 480-1073

40’ C&C ’79 & ’80 Both in very good cond., well equipped w/centerboards. Great sailing boats, comfortable lay-out, many upgrades. Battened mains, roller furling genoa, spinnaker gear. From $54.500. Charles (410) 2678181 or charles@annapolisyachtsales. com.

43’ Elan Impression 434 ’05

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57’ Beneteau 57 Center Cockpit ’04 Built by Beneteau


35’ Freedom ’94 A well-balanced boat that is easy to manage with an electric halyard/mainsheet winch. To tack simply put the helm over. $110,000 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 www.

36’ Prout ’05 Custom Built in England cutter rig w/3 roller furling sails, Raymarine 6000 autopilot, E-120 chartplotter and radar, AC/heat, Twin Volvo diesel! Recently reduced: $199,000. Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

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42’ Jeanneau DS ‘07 Superb condition! AC/heat, refrigeration, flat screen TV, leather interior, chartplotter, autopilot, wind/speed/depth, windlass, in-mast furling, much more $269,500 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939, www.



2010 Beneteau 34

2010 Beneteau 46

2007 Wauquiez 41PS $268,000

2005 Wauquiez Centurion 45 $297,500

1985 Wauquiez Pretorian 35 $74,900

1985 Beneteau First 456 $128,000

Schock 22 '07.................................$33,000.00 Hunter 27 '05 ................................$49,000.00 Bristol Channel Cutter 28 '81.$119,000.00 Bristol Channel Cutter 28 '87.$124,900.00 Aloha 28 '83...................................$24,500.00 Bristol 29.9.....................................$29,900.00 C&C 30 '88 ....................................$49,500.00 Custom Gaff Rig Schooner '59..$37,500.00 Sea Sailor 30...................................$44,500.00 Nonsuch 30 '87 .............................$64,500.00 O'Day 30 '81..................................$12,500.00 Pearson 303 '84.............................$27,900.00 Beneteau 31 '08...........................$119,900.00 Acadia 32 '03................................$112,500.00 Beneteau 321 '97 ..........................$65,000.00 Beneteau 321 '97 ..........................$59,900.00 Beneteau 323 '04 ..........................$79,900.00 Halvorsen Island Gypsy 32 '03.$189,900.00 Hunter Vision 32 '91....................$39,900.00 Beneteau 331 '03 ..........................$88,900.00 C&C 33 MKII '86 ..........................$39,900.00 Hunter 33 '04 ................................$89,000.00 Hans Christian 33 '92 ................$109,500.00

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X Yachts 332 '02.........................$129,000.00 Beneteau 343 '07 ........................$119,900.00 Beneteau First 10R '07 ..............$129,900.00 Beneteau First 10R '06 ..............$132,000.00 Catalina 34 MkII '01......................$89,000.00 Pearson 34 '84...............................$37,900.00 Westerly Seahawk '85 .................$74,500.00 Beneteau 351 '87 ..........................$69,500.00 Hallberg-Rassy 35 '72...................$44,900.00 Tartan 3500 '04...........................$179,900.00 Wauquiez Pretorian 35 '85 ........$74,900.00 Albin Trawler 36 '79 ....................$69,500.00 Bayfield Cutter 36 '87..................$87,900.00 Beneteau 361 '00 ..........................$99,500.00 Beneteau 361 '00 ..........................$97,900.00 Cheoy Lee 36 '69..........................$69,900.00 Gozzard Cutter 36 '87 ..............$119,000.00 Monk 36 '05 .................................$249,000.00 Pearson 365 '81.............................$38,500.00 Lord Nelson Victory Tug '86...$194,000.00 Bristol 38.8 '86 ............................$119,000.00 Pearson True North 38 '04......$299,900.00 Pearson True North 38 '02......$249,000.00

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1984 Wauquiez Hood 38 MKII $99,900

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Wauquiez Hood 38 MKII '84.....$99,900.00 Beneteau 393 '02 ........................$149,500.00 Beneteau 393 '03 ........................$139,000.00 Beneteau First 40.7 '00..............$149,000.00 C&C 40 '80 ....................................$59,500.00 C&C 40 C/B '79 ............................$54,500.00 Catalina 400 '95...........................$128,500.00 Hunter 40.5 '95 ...........................$109,500.00 Palmer Johnson NY 40 '78 .........$69,000.00 Hanse 400 '06..............................$179,900.00 Hinckley Bermuda 40 '63..........$115,000.00 Sabre 402 '03 ...............................$289,900.00 Beneteau 411 '01 ........................$149,900.00 Lord Nelson 41' 1987 .............$174,000.00 Sigma 41 '83 ...................................$89,500.00 Wauquiez PS 41 '07 ...................$268,000.00 Beneteau 423 '03 ........................$182,900.00 Beneteau 423 '03 ........................$200,000.00 Sabre 425 '94 ...............................$219,000.00 Sabre 426 '05 ...............................$389,000.00 Elan Impressions 434 '05...........$280,000.00 Young Sun 43 ' 78.........................$39,999.00 Beneteau 44.7 '05 .......................$259,900.00



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Island Packett 44 '92 ..................$239,000.00 Morgan 44 CC '90......................$124,900.00 Beneteau First 456 '85...............$128,000.00 Fuji 45 '74 .....................................$119,500.00 Hunter 450 Passage CC '98 .....$134,900.00 Howdy Bailey 45 '73 ..................$164,900.00 Wauquiez 45S '05.......................$297,500.00 Beneteau 461 '01 ........................$169,000.00 Hunter 46 '02 ..............................$184,900.00 Tartan 4600 '95...........................$255,000.00 Tartan 4600 '96...........................$324,900.00 Beneteau 473 '02 ........................$219,900.00 Beneteau 473 '03 ........................$250,000.00 Beneteau 47.7 '04 .......................$249,900.00 Beneteau 47.7 '04 .......................$298,500.00 Marine Trader M/Y 47 '90........$169,000.00 Beneteau 50 '07...........................$585,000.00 George Buehler '02....................$119,000.00 1987 Gozzard Cutter 36 Ocean Alexander$119,000 50 '79 ...........$150,000.00 Beneteau 57 CC '04...................$689,000.00 Nexus 600 Catamaran '10.... $1,360,000.00 Franz Maas 76 '74 .......................$595,000.00

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Leopard 38 - Hull #103 Sale Price $359,000 The Leopard 38 is the newest addition to the Leopard Catamaran litter of exceptional cruising catamarans and has earned multiple 2010 awards in the import and cruising multihull categories from the international sailing press. Leopard 38, hull #103, is the last one available for 2010. Her sale price of $359,000 includes a long list of upgrades such as:       

Larger Yanmar engines Sony and Raymarine electronics package Air conditioning Solar panels Bowsprit and flat top main Additional water capacity In-water delivery from Cape Town to East Coast U.S.A.

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35’ Beneteau First 35 ’84 3 Cabin model, Beta 28-hp dsl - new ’95, new RF, new pilot, many upgrades. Call Tony Tumas’s cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), office: j800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:, 50' Beneteau '00 Owners Version - highly desirable 2 cabin, a/c, roller furling jib and main, Generator '07, Power winches, swim platform, twin helm. $235,000. (410) 269-0939

ing, Air/Heat, C80 plotter/radar, AP, full canvas, refrigeration, freezer, exceptionally clean! $109,900 Call Tony Tumas cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email: tony@greatblueyachts. com,, www.

40’ Hunter ’85 Custom interior, 28’ Beneteau First 285 ’89  New Raymarine C80 plotter/radar, da-

29’ Hunter 29.5 ’94 New Raymarine electronics – wind, knot, depth, pilot, full batten main, spinnaker w/retractable pole, full canvas $36,900 Call Tony Tumas cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:,,

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35’ Hunter 356 ’03 In Mast Furl-

36’ PDQ Capella 36 ’00 New Raymarine electronics – wind, knot, depth, pilot, full batten main, spinnaker w/retractable pole, full canvas $36,900 Call Tony Tumas cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:, www.greatblueyachts. com,

Volvo 22hp dsl, main, 140 RF, Kevlar 130, knot, depth, - FAST, FUN Ready to Sail! $18,500 Call Tony Tumas’s cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:,

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vits, Walker Bay dinghy, Air/Heat and much more $58,500 Call Tony Tumas cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email: tony@greatblueyachts. com,

45’ Hunter 45CC ’06 Beautiful Center Cockpit, full island berth aft, private suite forward, In Mast, 2 Zone Air/ Heat, Panda generator, E120 plotter/radar w/repeater below, Pilot, full canvas and much more $285,000 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email: tony@greatblueyachts. com,

Kate and Bernie of RogueWave specialize in high quality, offshore capable sailing vessels! We are proud to be dealers for Outbound and Valiant Yachts. We sell only blue water ocean going sailboats. We want to sell your high quality, blue water boat. Let us help you find your dream boat! By Appointment Only! Any time.

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52 Little Harbor’95 The last Ted Hood Little Harbor 52 ever built, maintained to the finest yacht standards in perfect condition all amenities, all perfect. $945K

30’ Sabre 30 ’86 Sabre quality and performance, new main ’06, spinnaker, genoa, jib, RF, knot, depth, wind -all new electronics ’06, pilot, VHF, bimini $34,900 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:,, www.

32’ Hunter ’02 Very clean, full main,

Tayana 52 Center Cockpit, ‘88 Great Bob Perry design and perfect three-stateroom family voyager equipped with everything and ready to sale south this winter. Turnkey $334K

222 Severn Avenue Building 7, Suite 3C Annapolis, MD 21403 (410) 280-0520

Valiant 42, ‘95 Great opportunity to own a Valiant 42 with many custom features, lightly used, low hours, all amenities, complete sail away package and a great price $295K

RF, dodger, bimini, Air/Heat, $75,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@,

33’ Offshore Cat-Ketch ’87 Twin Wishbone rig w/staysail, Universal dsl, pilot, dodger - ultimate in solo sailing! $29,900 Call Tony Tumas’s cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), office (800) 276-1774 Email: tony@

43’ Beneteau Cyclades ‘05 located at the Chart House in Eastport area of Annapolis. Priced for immediate sale $140,000 Contact Trip at (410) 280-0520

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NorSea 27 ’95 ..................$79K Bristol Channel Cutters! Bristol 31.1 ...................... $45K Contessa ’07 .................. $175K Endurance Cutter ..............’89K Tayana ’85 ..................... $137K Valiant Espirt ’79.............. $89K

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Tashiba ’97 ...................... $219 Valiant ’95 ..................... $295K Custom Norseman ........ $369K Ted Brewer Custom ......... $299K Vagabond ’84 ................ $179K Hylas CC ’03 ................... $495K Valiant ’02 ..................... $519K

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36’ Catalina MKII ’96 Univ. 30hp dsl, radar, inverter, R/F $88,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300

Hunter 376 1996 Yanmar DSL, RF, AP, AC/Gen New listing. $82,500

37’ Hunter 376 ’96 Yanmar dsl, RF, AP, AC/Gen, new listing $82,500, (410) 8279300.

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S2 Univ. DSL, RF, wheel $ 17,500 Seldelmann 30T Yanmar 13hp DSL, RF, shoal $ 14,500 Dufour 3800 Volvo dsl, wheel. Call/OFFERS Hunter sloop Yanmar 27hp dsl, RF, AC, AP $29,900 Catalina MK II Univ 30hp DSL radar, inverter, R/F $ 88,500 Hunter 376 Yanmar AC/Gen, NEW LISTING $ 88,500 Hunter 376 Yanmar DSL, RF, AP, AC/Gen $ 82,500 Hunter Yanmar 50hp, A/C, AP, Inverter $109,500 Lancer CC Excellent liveaboard, cruise equipped $ 58,500

37’ Hunter 376 ’98 Yanmar, AC/ Gen, RF, AP. New listing $86,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300.

J/105 '03 Gringo. Rigged and ready for racing. The bottom has a full race finish by Waterlines. Very clean low use boat will be a good J 105 Class racer Price Offered at $107,000. Contact Ken at (410) 280-2038 or

40’ Hunter ’95 Yanmar 50-hp, elect., self-tailing main, full batten main w/Dutchman, Air, AP, inverter $109,500 Lippincott Marine (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

200 Slip Full Service Marina at Kent Narrows Routes 50/301 Exit 42 (410) 827-9300 fax (410) 827-9303







Sailboats for Sale: Contender One Design 18. A hot planing sloop of Australian design with sails and trailer . $1500 22 Hunter 22 (1984) Keel-model. 2 Mains, roller-furling jib, 8 hp electric start Longshaft 4-cycle Tohatsu OB, autohelm. Good condition. $2,000 23 Pearson (1982) Cat-rig Good condition. Only forty cat-rig Pearson 23s were made. This boat is great for beginners up to seasoned sailors. $2,000. Cal 25 (1970) Recent Main, Genoa, Jib. 9.9 hp OMC Yachtwin OB, electric start. Cabin needs clean-up; ready to sail. $1,200 25 Macgregor (1984) Swing keel. R/F Jenny. New Mercury 9.9 four-cycle OB. Boat is very clean. With trailer. $3,500. 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) Folkboat design, modified by Carl Alberg. 98% prepped for round-the-world voyage. New standing & running rigging, rudder, toe rail, life lines, radio and antenna, reinforced stanchions, and much more. Fresh bottom paint. $5,000

Alerion 28 ’01. Are you looking for a great Day boat to sail in style? Boat is located at Bert Jabin’s yard and is ready for someone to start enjoying her. Offered at $69,900 If you have been thinking about this boat you need to Call Paul at 410-280-2038 ext 11. Or Email at



30’ J/30s ’80 & ’84 The ’84 has been fresh water sailed her entire life and has all the go fast gear to make her a contender. In addition she has a number of nice cruising options including RF & a dodger. Offered at $27,000. Contact David at (410) 280-2038 or

30 Hunter (1977) Keel model. Yanmar Diesel, Wheel steering. Main, and Genoa. Sound and above average. $8,000. 30 Tartan (1975) Atomic 4. Recent Main & 150 Roller Furling Genoa. 135 jib, working jib, and storm jib; 2 spinakers. Wheel steering and autopilot, Dodger, small inflatable dinghy, ground tackle. Everything works. Sound boat. $8,000

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

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Cape Fear 38 ‘02 A winning race record and a comfortable cruising interior. Shoal draft with A-kites make this an easy boat to have fun with. Offered at $155,000. Contact David at (410) 280-2038 or

34’ J 34C ‘88 This J 34c is a New Listing and will provide elegance and comfort at any speed. Great performance oriented cruiser! She is in great shape and priced to sell quick, offered at $79,000. Owner has purchased another boat. Please Contact Paul (410) 280-2038 ext 11 or Email at

41’ Tartan 4100 ’03 Good Night Moon is a fine example of this legendary Tim Jacket design. She is equipped with all of the right gear to make sailing easy for the single handed cruiser and has all the comfort for cruising the Bay. Good Night Moon is lying in Downtown Annapolis and is easy to show, Please call Ken Comerford to schedule a showing at (410) 280-2038 ext 12 or Email


35’ Camper Nicholson Sloop ‘72

J 42 ’00 She is a proven Racer Cruiser that will appeal to the sailor looking for a boat to race and cruise. She has White hull that has just been polished and that creates a beautiful classic look. Offered at $249,000. Contact Paul at (410) 280-2038 Ext 11 or



804-776-9211 Marina RD • Deltaville, VA 36’ Hunter ’09 What-A-Ride. This beautiful 36 was delivered new in July of 2009. The owners must sell due to a relocation. Priced significantly below what they paid for the boat new. Existing warranty transferable until July of 2010. $149,900 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211 38’ Hunter ’06 Bronze Penny This nearly new yacht has in-mast furling, 40-hp engine, anchor windlass, ST60 knot/depth, ST60 wind, refrigeration, AC/Heat, stereo w/CD, TV/DVD, AP, GPS/chartplotter, bimini, dodger, connector. $164,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211, www.nortonyachts. com

Hunter 460 ‘01 Sweet N’ Slow is a stunning beauty with a solid, extraordinary performance package and all the comforts of home below. This professionally maintained yacht is equipped ready for the sea. $215,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211, www.

Jeanneau 49 Sun Odyssey ‘05 This beautiful sailing yacht has everything you will need for long term cruising. Accommodations include 3 double cabins, 2 heads, AC/Heat, refrigerator & freezer, Tridata ST60, E-80 Nav and E-120 helm, AP St6000+. $299,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211,

Cubera’s owner has rebuilt her from stem to stern over the last 7 yrs. New engine & transmission, decks removedrecored-reglassed & completely awlgripped cabin-decks-and hull. Painted mast , new boom & more. She is outstanding and in “Turn Key” cond.! Don’t pass this beauty by! Asking $70,000 OBYS 410-226-0100.

40’ Custom Bugeye Rigged Ketch ‘78 She was built by John Swain, Master Boatwright of the Schooner Sultana. She is 33’ on deck and draws 2’6” with her board up and 5’ with the board down. She underwent a restoration from 1995-1998. She is a lovely cruising vessel and is asking $26,000.00 OBYS 410-226-0100

47.7’ Beneteau First ‘02 This has to be the nicest vessel we have had the pleasure of listing. She is in Showroom cond. from stem to stern. The owners have been meticulous in their care of this vessel and it shows. She is clean, neat and well organized for extended cruising. Most of her life has been on Lake Champlain (3 month season) and then Dry stored on land and fully covered. One would have to buy a new boat to compare and then she would not have all the equipment this one has. Asking $345,000 OBYS 410-226-0100

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S-2 9.2 ‘84 1984 S-2 9.2 C “Hog Tied” 30 foot center cockpit cruiser, double cabins with 6’3” hdrm, 13-hp Yanmar dsl Asking $19,950 call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457, www.

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25’ Cape Dory ’78 “Doo Dah Day Quantum Sails, RF, 2004 6 HP Four Stroke OB, Great Day Sailor, Clean in very good cond., Price Reduced: $7,950 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457,

34’ Pacific Seacraft Crealock ’90 Sound Harbor Great sea going

MK III was the last design Sabre did of the 30 footer. Only 309 hrs on her 2004 Westerbeke dsl engine. Blue Moon is clean and in sail away cond. Harken FR, Fully battened main, ST winches, bimini, and more. Great cruiser or club racer. Asking $53,000 OBYS 410-2260100


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30’ Catalina ’84 <> Roller furling w/150% genoa, bimini, dodger, A/C, 25hp Universal dsl, Asking :$24,950 Call Regent Point Marina@ (804) 758-4457,


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35.5 Hunter Legend ’88 Ladybug 27 HP Yanmar dsl, A/C-Heat Pump, Ref, Auto Helm, RF, dodger, bimini, Many features. Price Reduced: $39,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-7584457,

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. $68,000 Call Ben at (410) 6399380

36' Monk Classic Trawler '85, Single 225hp Lehman, recent Generator and Air conditioning, new Vacuflush heads and being fully commissioned for summer! Located on land in Annapolis for your survey! Ask $109,900.00 Over 100 Photos @, John Kaiser 443-223-7864

28’ Cape Dory ’78 Great starter boat at $14,900. AC. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. Rogue Wave Specializes in High Quality, Ocean-going vessels of substance and character. We are proud to be a dealer for Valiant Yachts. If you want a good solid bluewater boat, or you want to sell your cruising boat, call RogueWave at (410) 571-2955 for an appointment. VISIT US at www. or at Port Annapolis Marina!

28’ Bristol Channel Cutter 28 ’01 Sam L Morse One of the most beautiful we’ve ever sold! $179K Call RogueWave, (410) 571-2955 or visit us at www.RogueWaveYachtSales.

32’ Contessa ’07 A gem! A beautiful boat to just sail the Bay! Built in England by Oyster. No expense spared. Finest aged mahogany and the best shipwrights. She cost over $350K to build. $175K Rogue Wave Boats (410) 571-2955.

37’ Valiant 37 Cutter ’79 Own a wonderful, great sailing, well built boat. Perfect single hander and capable of the bay, the oceans, and the world. Low hrs, Furuno radar, Navman plotter, Flat screen, 500 amp hrs of batteries. $89K, Call (410) 571-2955. 42’ Norseman Custom 42 ’05  This incredible custom Bob Perry cutter is now an incredible deal. She has everything! Everything new in ’05. $369K, RogueWave YS (410) 5712955.

50’ Valiant ’03 Leisurefurl and bow thruster, this fresh water vessel, very lightly used, is offered as a serious price! $519K Call RogueWave at (410) 571-2955 or visit us at www.

30’ Catalina ’87 $29,900 Nice, clean boat. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 31’ O’Day ’86 $22,900 Ready to go. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

32’ Catalina ’98 Very clean and ready to sail. $69,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

32’ Catalina ’93 Very clean. $61,900 Sailing Associates (410) 2758171.

35.5’ Hunter ’93 One owner boat, priced to sell at $59,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 35’ Island Packet ’89 $119,000 Call for details. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

37’ Alberg ’68 In excellent shape $39,900 Ready to go. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

38’ Morgan 382 ’81 $44,900 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.

50’ Costa Mesa ‘74 At $47,000 a great ocean cruising boat. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

great shape! $47,000 (410) 639-9380,

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41’ Beneteau 411 ’00 Complete and loaded, low hrs, radar, Air, Recent electronics Bristol cond. $143,000 (410) 639-9380,

46’ Warwick Cardinal ’85 Performance cruiser from the drawing board of New Zealander Alan Warwick …just back from the islands!... asking $135,000 (410) 639-9380, www.




410-923-1400 • 443-223-7864 New Annapolis Listings Needed ASAP We are sold out AGAIN! Complimentary deep water Annapolis dockage for new listings up to 75 feet, sail or power. Free detailing and weekly washdown. (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/cell anytime.

47’ Grand Banks Eastbay Flybridge ’06 **JUST ARRIVED IN ANNAPOLIS!** Commissioned new in ’08 w/current and extended Caterpillar warranties till ’12 on her C-12 705-hp dsls which cruise her at 26K and top at 31K! She is in flawless cond. and has a current survey to confirm her pedigree as one of the highest quality yachts available. She features all the highest quality cruising inventory including a wireless yacht controller which will operate her bow & stern thrusters in concert with her engines to give her owner total control of her motion from anywhere on the yacht. Please feel free to contact his agent John Kaiser @ 443-223-7864 to review her original purchase details and all of her current owners upgrades and additions! She is the finest and most fully equipped Eastbay 47’ available at half her replacement cost! Over 100 current photos @

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33’ Pearson ’88 Shoal draft, New Sails! New to market and in

52 Tayana ’95 Three-stateroom bluewater cruiser fully equipped and ready to go anywhere. $349K Call RogueWave at 410 571-2955 or visit us at

40’ Fortuna Island Spirit 401 ‘06 “SIYAYA” Big Roomy Performance Catamaran, Loaded with Gen set, radar, Air and more!... Great Condition! $345,000 (410) 639-9380,

34’ O’Day ’83 Estate Sale, Universal Diesel, very clean and just had hull waxed, bottom stripped and painted and interior detailed. All reasonable offers encouraged! Must sell! Asking $24,900 Located in Annapolis . 63 photos on my website! . John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime.

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16’ Custom, gaff-rigged All wood, many accessories, trailer w/new tires. Asking $750 (410) 686-1355. Cruise and Snooze Sailing and overnight B&B packages. Mid-week specials.

33’ Pearson ‘72 Flag blue, AWLgrip, Yanmar 3 GM 30 F dsl, VHF, GPS (2), depth (2), speed, AP, refrigeration, custom teak & black walnut interior, holding tank w/pump, 3 water tanks, dodger, bimini & connector, 4 sails, 4 deep cycle batteries, 10' Avon, $18,000. Call (410) 749-6948.

30’ Pearson Cruiser/Racer. Very good cond., well loved/cared for; has Atomic dsl to install to replace gas engine. Extras include: Stainless Steel winches, roller fuller, bimini. $6,980 Call 757-423-1708.

1982 Bristol 45.5 $259,000

1988 Deerfoot 61’ $349,500

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30’ Pearson ‘73 Sailboat For Sale Located in Deale MD. Boat is in sound condition with a 3-hp engine. $8,500 Call John with any questions: (540) 220-0294. Asking

26’ Pearson ‘76 New: Honda 8-hp, main, furling system, interior, cushions. Autohelm. In water ready to go. $4,990 (717) 891-1827.

2007 Island Packet 48’ $675,000

1989 Tartan 40’ $159,000

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CHARTER R & R Charters Crewed day, weekend, and

For a Fraction of the Cost!

• John Barber • Willard Bond • John Stobart • Patrick O'Brien

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

week-long charters, leaving from Kent Narrows. Also available certified ASA sail classes. Contact Capt. Dave at (570) 690-3645, renolldh@epix. net,

RumBob Charters Catalina 40, daily, weekly,

or weekend charters w/captain. Leaving from mid Chesapeake Bay. Contact Capt. Bob at (717) 818-2893 or visit www.rumbobcharters. com

CREW Offshore Passage Opportunities Need Sea

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DELIVERIES Experienced USCG Licensed Captains

• Part or Full Time Deliveries • Charter • Instructional • Power or Sail Anywhere between Maine, Florida or Bahamas

Captain Bob Dunn, Deliveries, Charters, check outs. Don’t have time to get boat to the yard? Call me. 4 hr minimum. (410) 279-0502,


Beautiful fast sailing 2004 Bavaria 36' sailing yacht available for bareboat in the Northern Chesapeake.

3 private cabins, sleeps 6. Full electronics, AC

call 410-708-1362 or see

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Unlimited sailing: from $175 per month

Chesapeake Boating Club 410-280-8692 Lady Sara Charter Services 37’ sailboat.

Crewed half and full-day charters out of the Magothy River. Licensed captain. Call Captain Paul (410) 370-2480,

J/34 Daily, Weekly, or Weekend Charters Bareboat or w/captain. Sleeps 6, dsl, nice

galley. Great boat for cruising the Chesapeake. Annapolis (410) 266-0963, (443) 994-1553.

Deliveries, Instruction, Owner-Assisted Passages, sail or power. Local, coastal, Gulf, Ca-

ribbean. Three experienced USCG licensed captains. Outstanding references. Insurance approved. (443) 243-4925,

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 simon@ Sailboats in Motion USCG Delivery captain,

Tim Kohl. Deliveries anywhere in the North East. office: (203) 483-7930, cell: (203) 2339709.


HELP WANTED M Yacht Services, in Annapolis, MD is growing

and in need of additional experienced sailboat riggers. As the area’s premier yacht rigging and spar building company, we offer competitive wages and benefits. Please email Richard Krolak @ For more information go to



Marine Repair, Installation & Restoration Company Now taking applications for: elec-

tronics, electrical, mechanical, carpentry, Marine spray painter, fiberglass/gelcoat & maintenance technicians. Knowledge of shipboard systems required. Rapid advancement opportunity. DMS INC (410) 263-8717 Annapolis area,


Marine Technician We are a growing rigging

and marine services company in need of a highly experienced installation and service technician. We offer competitive wages and benefits. This individual must have in depth knowledge of marine electrical and mechanical systems. Carpentry and other skills are a plus. Must have a clean driving record. Please email your resume to




Riggers Wanted Need a great job? Atlan-

tic Spars & Rigging is looking for experienced sailboat riggers to join our staff. We offer competitive pay, benefits, & vacation. Send resume to or call (410) 2681570.

Sailmaker For production\service staff UK An- Raft Six person Revere offshore Commander vacuum packed valise, 10 mos. old, ins. ’til ’09, list $2,795. First $1,795 takes it. (302) 540-7566. Life

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, Mast Mate Climber 50 feet long, only used

once, complete with sail slides, originally $395 – offered at $275. Call (410) 730-9129, Columbia, MD

HELP WANTED Bookkeeper Wanted For Annapolis Yacht Sales

service division. AP, AR, data entry, knowledge of boats an advantage. Full time, benefits. Email application to sue@annapolisyachtsales. com.

Captains Wanted Ed Kane’s Water Taxi is ac-

cepting applications for the 2010 season. Seasonal FT and PT positions available, weekend availability a must. Master’s license required. You must like working with the public. Contact Zach Rogers at (410) 563-3901 or

napolis. The position is full time year around; competitive wages based on experience and benefits. Please Call David Gross 410-2681175 or

Yacht Broker Wanted Well established Yacht Brokerage in Annapolis is looking for experienced Salesperson. Applicants must have a strong selling background and be capable sailors. Send resume to

Yacht Brokerage Seeking EXPERIENCED Salesperson Responsible for selling new and

pre-owned yachts, acquiring listings and prospecting at boatshows and marinas. Send resume in confidence to 312 3rd St., #102, Annapolis, MD 21403

INFLATABLES 10.8’ Dynous Inflatable Dinghy Three air

chambers plus inflatable keel. Non-skid floor. Asking $850. Located Cambridge, MD (410) 221-0776,


2007 Yamaha 4-hp Long Shaft W/Auxiliary Tank Less than 5 hrs operating time. $800 (410) 957-3831.

For Sale: 2005 Yamaha Outboard motor With

auxilliary tank- 4-stroke- 15-hp. Garage kept , used only 1/2 dozen times. New $3,200. For sale $1,000. (443) 618-8461.



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Learn Celestial Navigation With SpinSheet writer Andy Schell. Next workshop June 1113 at Sarles Boatyard in Eastport. To see all of Andy’s sail-training programs, purchase his new book and register for the workshop, visit or call (484) 2693358.

Fairview Marina Is Hiring Experienced and motivated individuals for the following positions: Life guard/pool operator (summer), yacht carpenter/fitter, and certified mechanic, and experienced yacht broker. Send resumes to

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Annapolis Bay Charters.......................57 Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard................13 Annapolis Performance Sailing......69,88 Annapolis Sailing Fitness..................107

Annapolis Yacht Sales...................16,93

Atlantic Spars & Rigging......................66

refrigeration and isotemp water heater parts

Bacon & Associates..............................4 Bands in the Sand...............................39 Bay Ridge Laundromat........................20


Marine Engine Sales, Parts & Service 410-263-8370


Shaft/Prop cleaning and service Hull inspection/cleaning Search and Recovery


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Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard.......................30 Blue Water Sailing School...................73 Boatshed.............................................97 Boatyard Bar & Grill.............................28

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

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Bay Shore Marine................................30

Campbell’s Boatyards.........................45 Cape Charles Cup...............................79 CBYRA................................................86 CCS Valencer......................................15 Chesapeake Marine Railway...............32 Chesapeake Sailing School................24 Coastal Climate Control........................8


COG Beer Can Build a Boat................56

C ALL M ARC @ (410) 299-3406


Coppercoat USA.................................32

CRAB Boatyard Regatta.....................43 Crusader Yacht Sales.........................99 David Virtue.........................................59 Davis’ Pub...........................................59 Defender Industries.............................51

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Deltaville Boatyard.........................26,27 Diversified Marine................................51



Rigging & Metal Fabrication

Doctor LED..........................................34

with Mobile Service

East of Maui........................................16

Annapolis 410-268-1570 Herrington Harbour 410-867-7248

Eastport Body Works...........................83

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Fair Wind Sailing School.....................34


Fairview Marina...................................22 Fawcett Boat Supplies.........................25 Forespar..............................................21

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Governor’s Cup...................................71 Harken.................................................85 Haven Harbour Marina........................45 Herrington Harbour..............................33

Porpoise Sailing Services

Horizon Charters.................................17

New Custom Sails New & Used Surplus Sails New & Used Roller Furling Systems

Hospice Cup........................................50 IMIS.....................................................36 Inner Harbor EAST Marina..................59 J. Gordon & Co....................................52 J/World................................................73 Lippincott Marine.................................96 Long & Foster Annapolis Eastport.......22

West Systems • MAS Epoxy

Hinckley Yacht Services......................49



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Marine Supplies

Mack Sails...........................................52 M Yacht Services................................31 Martek Davits......................................66 Martin Bird & Associates.....................99 Maryland Marina..................................35 Moorings - Leopard Catamarans.........94

20Min. From DC Beltway

At Herrington Harbour North

Nilsen Insurance & Financial...............82 NMEA..................................................66

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North Point Yacht Sales........................9

CALL CAP’T KEN 410-228-0674


Catamaran Slips Available 40ft & 50ft

North Sails Direct................................49

Baltimore Marine Center

Norton’s Yacht Sales...........................97

Kevin McGuire 410-674-8888

Patsy Ewenson....................................65

Basic Keelboat Basic Coastal Cruising Bareboat Chartering Coastal Navigation Pier One Road Stevensville, MD 410 739 4432

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Annual slips for year-round fun! Call 410-625-1700

Solomons, MD


Short Walk to: Movie Theatre 17 Restaurants Whole Foods Liquor Store Retail Shops Harborplace Aquarium Fells Point Little Italy

Be A Part of The Island

Offshore Swan Sailing Program Real Ocean

Seatime. Sail Offshore Aboard a Swan Nov 1st to 18th 2010. 11th Annual NARC Rally. Great boats, Professional skippers. Very reasonable. Small crew means lots of wheel time. Fun!! or (631) 423-4988.

Summer Sailing Camp - Indian Landing Boat Club. Located on the Severn River. Weekly

summer sessions. Age 7 to 15. June – August. Professional Instructors. Visit: to register.


40’-70’ deepwater slips with floating piers in the heart of Solomons Island. Call Solomons Yachting Center today.

Very Protected • Trailer Boat Storage �• Public Boat Ramp Expert Fiberglass Repair •� Professional Awlgrip Services

Looking for a quiet place to spend the summer boating? We have boat slips and campsite right off the Potomac River. Great fishing, boating and camping in a protected harbor. Slips ups to 50’ now renting. Call 301-994-2288

20’-36’ Slips Young’s Boat Yard Inc., Jones Creek, Patapsco River. Deep, protected slips at

ALWAYS below Annapolis rates!


700 Mill Creek Rd. • Arnold


DIY friendly!

reasonable rates. 15-Ton open-end TraveLift. Friendly atmosphere with personal attention. Wed. night racing., (410) 477-8607.

28’ - 38’ Slips Power & sail, cozy, intimate MD

Pro Valor Charters...............................57 Profurl/Wichard....................................19

Sailrite Enterprises..............................61 Screwpile Regatta...............................47 Singles on Sailboats............................35 Stur-Dee Boat......................................66 Sunfish Regatta...................................80 T2P.TV................................................84 Tacktick...............................................10 Tidewater Yacht Service Center..........44 TrawlerFest..........................................29 Tred Avon Yacht Club...............44,63,83

Clean Marina in protected Deale harbor, excellent boating & fishing, free Wi-Fi & pumpout, 30 mins. from DC. (410) 867-7919,

UK-Halsey Sailmakers..........................7

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,

West Marine.....................................2,20

40’ Slip, Back Creek Electric included, depth

8’-plus, 13’ beam, no liveaboards, no pets, $4,000 for the year. (410) 271-0112.

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Premiere Racing....................................5

RogueWave Yacht Brokerage.............95

Eastport, across from Annapolis Yacht Club. Keep your boat where the Hinckley and Sabre dealers keep theirs. Electric, water, & showers. (410) 990-9515.


Full Service Repair Bottom Paint and and Maintenance Spring Commissioning

Portside Marine...................................63

St. Mary’s Yachting Center

20’ - 40’ Slips, Pier 4 Marina 301 4th St.,


Planet Hope.........................................24


Magothy. One river north of Annapolis. Easy access to marina by Route 100. North Shore Marina (410) 255-3982.

Slips up to 50'

Pettit Marine Paint Vivid......................67


15’ Up to 60’ Deep-Water Slips On the

25 Ton Lift!

North Sails Chesapeake........................3

Vane Brothers.....................................84

West River Rigging..............................63 White Rocks Marina & Boatyard.........61 Womanship International.....................44



Deep Water, Protected Slip @ Private Residence For rent. Location is Cockey Creek on

ABYI Marine Surveyors, LLC Sail & powerboat

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-Ton TraveLift. (804) 472-3955, www.

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

the Magothy River. Twenty to 40 foot power or sail. $200 per month. (410) 439-2460.

Modern, Floating Marina - Upper Bay Slips up to 50 feet available. Convenient to N. Maryland and tri-state area and I-95. North East River Y/C, ph: (410) 287-6333.

Slip for Rent Slip for rent on Chesapeake’s

Rhode River. 15’ wide, 6’ MLW. Water. Power. $3000/year. Contact Tim: (703) 850-0735 or

surveys, big or small. Contact Derek Rhymes, NAMS-CMS and SAMS A.M.S. (410) 268-4404 or toll free (866) 608-4404.


Sailboat Trailers & Cradles

Custom-built & fit

Viking Trailers 724-789-9194

Slip For Sale - Magothy Marina 32’ by 12’2” Fresh docks, onsite fuel, pump-out,

heads, showers, swimming pool, launching ramp, and ice. Secure parking. Power and water at slip.(410) 975-9881.

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 www.oldbaymarina. com

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Kelsey 1994-2010

hown here at our first “real” office on Spa Creek about 10 years ago with her owner, publisher Mary Ewenson, SpinSheet’s founding office dog, Kelsey, died on June 17. She led a long, happy, healthy life and was well-loved through her last day, on which she ate steak for breakfast and lunch. We will miss her. Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County at Photo by Dave Gendell

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Maximize your time on the water this summer with Quantum Service. It’s never too late to perform an annual tune up on your sails, and now with Quantum’s 5 Day Service Guarantee you don’t have to miss a single weekend of sailing due to sail maintenance issues. Quantum Service offers restitching services for your seams, suncovers and webbing before they fail due to harmful UV ray degradation – keeping you on the water longer.


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Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Chesapeake Bay Sailing