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f you don’t want to meet new, upbeat tacting her via our online Crew Listings. at the West River Sailing Club (WRSC) in friends or find any interesting opporAside from the amazing offshore opGalesville, MD. Afterwards, they mingled tunities such as sailing to the islands portunities, Shannon has made lasting with club members, which led to invitaor doing overnight races, then it’s probably social connections. “Kristy Vandenberg tions to crew on boats. That spring, they best if you skip SpinSheet’s Crew Listing and I were both invited on a day sail by a took a learn-to-sail seminar at WRSC in parties, Start Sailing Now seminars, and SpinSheet Crew List skipper and became a 15-foot Albacore dinghy, and shortly other sailing networking opportunities. immediate best friends,” she says. “I even thereafter, one of the fleet boats went up Such events are filled with curious, fired-up dated people that I met through the online for sale. They bought it. They sailed their people. If you don’t like that, you’re better Crew Listings and the annual party. Some- new boat all season with pointers from the off doing something less ambitious. times I wonder how different my life would fleet. Now, they are sailors. It does take a dose of courage and be now if I hadn’t signed up. The opporGetting out the door, elbowing your energy to attend any event requiring you to tunities I’ve found and the people I’ve met way out of your comfort zone, and sportsport a nametag. Even ing a nametag may mean for someone like me you need to caffeinate, who did not inherit a but these four sailors and shy gene, such events many more will tell you to require a self-pepit’s worth the effort. It’s talk—you’ll have fun spring, after all. Might as once you’re there—and well plant some seeds. maybe a cup of coffee If mixing it up a bit to jumpstart the engine. and finding new sailing Then, I consider some opportunities sound apof the people I’ve met pealing, we know of a few over the years. easy ways to try in April. Two years ago, I was First, turn to page 51 for doing a two-hour volinformation on our free unteer stint at a fundCrew Listing parties in raiser at the Annapolis Hampton (April 3) and Maritime Museum. It Annapolis (April 18). One was the kind of festive, hour before the Annapolis beautiful, late summer event, a group of experi“Sometimes I wonder how different my life would be now if I hadn’t signed up,” evening that makes enced sailors will hold a says Shannon Hibberd, shown here on her first bluewater sailing trip. certain men wear loud Start Sailing Now Q&A Hawaiian shirts. I was for new sailors. The free standing at a table by the door selling raffle have truly changed my life.” rum drinks, beer, and live music start flowtickets. Someone handed me a free rum In April 2009, Keith Scala could have ing at 4 p.m. If you miss the “real-time” drink. I was chatting with other volunteers stayed home and napped on a Sunday event, sign up for our free online service at and passersby and met a woman named afternoon—especially considering the before the best spring sailing Shannon Hibberd. Wide-eyed, she said, chillier-than-beach-party weather. Instead, passes you by. “You work for SpinSheet?” She couldn’t he drummed up the courage to go to Turn to page 17 to read about the wait to thank me for all the great friends SpinSheet’s Crew Listing party, where he launch of our 2010 Start Sailing Now she’d made through our online Crew Listmet Idarae Prothero and Richard Ewing, guide. If you already sail, pass it along to ings and party. who own the Beneteau First 42 Molto someone you know who wants to get into Before her Crew Listing experience, Bene. They asked Keith what he was doing it. Passing the torch along is part of the Shannon had only sailed on J/80s as a J/ the following week. The next day, he was joy of the sport. Turn to page 80 for book World student. After she met Glenn Byus on a plane to St. Thomas for an eight-day author Nicholas Hayes’s article “Sailing at our Annapolis Crew Listing party, she’s delivery back to Annapolis. At print time, Mentors: Not All Old Men.” According been sailing on his J/105 Tuition for two Keith was gearing up for the St. Thomas to Hayes, sharing your sailing knowledge years. Not only does she race in the weekRolex, the BVI Spring Festival, and a few leads to “healthier, happier, more interend regattas, Wednesday night series, and Bay events with his good friends on Molto esting and meaningful lives.” Now that’s frostbite races, she’s also done a delivery of Bene. something to shoot for this spring. And a Bavaria 42 from Maryland to St. Thomas One more quick story. With a dream of you don’t have to wear a nametag. in the U.S. Virgin Islands and back the sailing, Amy and Tom Ryan came to my next season, thanks to another skipper con- Start Sailing Now seminar in March 2009

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hanks to Cindy Wallach for her lovely article (March) on the “Top 10 List for a Winning Marina.” She hit the nail on the head. I find marinas a bit of a mystery, as far as a business model goes. They all seem to want to proclaim themselves the “premier marina” where customer service is so important to them. The evidence of “premier” is usually just the word in their advertisement. The “unparalleled customer service,” all too often, are empty words. Liveaboards like myself (and Wallach) face another set of challenges with marinas. The feedback, request, or complaint of a liveaboard not infrequently results in a refusal to offer a new contract at the end of a contract period and sometimes immediate expulsion from the marina. Because of this, many liveaboards are reticent to ask for or say anything. So I skulk about, keep my head down, and try to keep a low profile. I pay my money. I keep my boat and dock area neat and tidy. I go out of my way to be friendly, respectful, and extraconsiderate of everyone around me. I bring

it to the attention of the management when I notice a vessel with a line chafing through, sitting unusually low in the water, or such, just in case they want to know… I would like to see readers have a forum for discussing what we can do about concerns with marinas. Carolyn Sienkiewicz Baltimore, MD


In Search of Friendlier Marinas

found the article on Marinas in the March issue particularly timely. I picked it up in our Inner Harbor marina’s office, recently taken over by a local investor group. New management sent out letters saying they planned on turning our marina into the premier marina in the Inner Harbor with first-class service and accommodations. Since that letter came out, they have literally removed all amenities available to slip holders and the 25+ full-time liveaboard boaters. The nice little lounge area we had has been given to the on-site coffee shop for its expansion. Today, we found that our book exchange shelves containing over 200 books, many hard cover, are gone.

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ome of us write the articles, and others make them look good on the page. Our new production assistant and photography editor, Sara Proctor, came in to help us with “the look.” 14 April 2010 SpinSheet

As a kid growing up in Howell, MI, she thought of sailboats as “what you see in the background in movies.” She moved to Baltimore as a scholarship student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she graduated with a BFA in general fine art. After a year of teaching kindergarten, she decided to move to a town more like home and landed a job as an event planner for an Annapolis apartment complex. Not being a one-job woman by any stretch of the imagination, she did freelance design work, started to photograph regattas (see, and continued to make and show her fine art. Over the next few years, Sara began to crew on J/80s, starting on Angry Chameleon, and eventually joined the Eastport YC (EYC), where she met “a bajillion people.” She says, “It’s like a second family for me.” She’s also been lucky enough to crew on larger boats ranging from the

I like Wallach’s item number one the best: customer service and appreciation. I introduced myself to the new marina manager the first day he was in house, almost two months ago. He has yet to acknowledge me when we pass in the office or on the dock. Every one else I have talked to has had the same experience with him. The rest of the staff is not much more cordial than he is. We knew rates would go up and that was digestible, but taking away all the things that made this a community, while treating us as if we are an inconvenience is hardly an ideal business plan. After living here for almost five years, it is with regret that we, as well as many others, will be leaving for more boater-friendly marinas in the area. It is sad that full-time liveaboard boaters are finding fewer marinas willing to accept them, but incredible that this marina is treating all the slip holders solely as revenue generators. Captain Vern Noren Baltimore,MD

10M Beneteau L’Outrage to the 72-foot Donnybrook. “The thing I love about sailing is that everyone has their professional lives and their own thing. Then they come together for sailing. It’s a common denominator,” she says. Sara started full-time at SpinSheet on February 1 and jumped into a computer design class at the community college the same week to help her master our software for designing ads and doing page lay-out. She is SpinSheet production manager Cory Deere’s right-hand man. “I couldn’t ask for a better person to teach me than Cory. He’s so patient. I’ve learned so much, more than a year of college. I feel like I’m picking up so many skills I couldn’t figure out on my own… and I don’t have to wear a suit.” As well as sailing and doing her own artwork, Sara does a good bit of volunteer work at EYC, such as photographing events, helping with logos, or working on committees. She loves living in a sailing town. “You can go sailing every night or every weekend.” Sara’s natural creative talents and great attitude have already made a difference in the magazine, and we loved her first cover shot in March. We look forward to many more. Welcome, Sara! ~M.W.

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he entire “kids” section in February was a great read! I’m sure many, many kids from all over the Bay will enjoy seeing their yacht club featured and/or their name in lights. Most of the other magazines tend to focus on the elite few, and you see the same names over and over again. SpinSheet did a great job on capturing the fun of sailing for kids in all levels. Mary Buhl Fishing Bay YC, Deltaville, VA

Note on No Discharge


e received a number of letters last month on Maryland’s proposed “No Discharge” legislation (Senate Bill 513, House Bill 1257) and how it would relate to recreational sailors. The legislation proposes that the Bay become a No Discharge Zone—including treated discharge from Type I and II MSDs. A representative from SpinSheet attended one of the Maryland State Senate hearings. At the time of print, the issue still had not been voted on. We will keep you posted on the progress of this proposed bill. Read details at (March 4). ~M.W.

On page 84 of the March issue, the photo of Travis Weisleder’s J/105 Lucky Dog team was incorrectly attributed to Shannon Hibberd. Lori Pierelli took the photo.

Department of Corrections:

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I Know How To Sail How Can It Help Me? As we launch our third edition of SSN in April, we understand the impact it has had in the past couple of years and how it can be a tool for even the most experienced sailors among us. We created the program to make the process of learning to sail easier for our readers—or so we told ourselves. We actually launched our new sailor guide in part to make our day-to-day lives in the SpinSheet office easier. Since our first issue of SpinSheet 15 years ago, we’ve received regular phone calls from potential sailors who want to know how to get started. It’s one thing to get such phone calls when you’re a start-up business fired

and what not to wear, secrets about the “culture” of the sport (such as it being better to listen more than you talk on a sailboat), first steps to trying sailing for free, a primer on sailboat types, and ideas on how to find clubs and sailors and choose the best sailing school. There’s even a little philosophy in there about sailing as a passion and making lifelong friends. If you are already an experienced sailor, SSN is a helpful instructional guide to keep on your boat for newcomers—or better yet, to give to them before they step onboard. It’s a jumpstart program to give to your girlfriend or boyfriend, spouse, or cousin who wants to get into sailing but isn’t sure where to begin. If you’re already a skilled sailor, it contains solid ideas on how to branch out into racing or cruising or finding new sailing friends and even potential volunteer opportunities.

“If you are already an experienced sailor, SSN is a helpful instructional guide to keep on your boat for newcomers.”

t should be obvious why newcomers to sailing would be interested in a new sailor guide called Start Sailing Now (SSN), but why should you care? You started to sail a long time ago. So what? If one of the following applies to you, then our new sailor guide can help: • You have had guests on your boat who know nothing about sailing. • Your girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, neighbor, or coworker—someone you care about—wants to try sailing. • You wish you had more people to crew for you. • You have an interest in growing the sport. • You sail from time to time but wish you had better access to boats and new sailing friends. • You’re a racer who would like to meet cruising friends or vice versa.

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up about sailing; it’s another one to get them when you have a dozen employees, myriad events to attend, and multiple publications to churn out 12 months per year. We’re not saying that the “How do I get into sailing” call is bothersome. We are in business because people are in love with the idea of sailing as much as we are. But it has become challenging to give quality answers to the question by phone with so much background noise. We figured if we put our best answers on paper and on the Internet, we could give new sailors more effective answers all day long. SSN was born. SSN is a 25-page guide for new sailors with a glossary of 22 essential sailing terms, ideas about what to wear

It’s not just for newbies. It’s a tool for all of us. Since its debut, SSN has become a “program” as much as a 25-page guide. SpinSheet’s editor, Molly Winans, has given nearly two dozen new sailor seminars—some solo, some with a panel of regional sailors, such as the one planned one hour before our Annapolis Crew Listing Party at 3 p.m. April 18 (see page 51). Please invite the “would-be” sailors in your life to this free event. Pick up SSN for free in select locations where potential sailors hang out, click to it at, or call us at (410) 216-9309 to have a copy sent to you.

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Free Spring Events for Sailors in Annapolis and Deltaville

f you love to look at new sailboats, take rides on sailboats, talk about sailing with experienced sailors, and hop around Annapolis (with someone else driving) with your whole family–including your mom–all for free, then you will enjoy the Annapolis Spring Sails event May 8 and 9. The sailboat dealers, finance and insurance specialists, sailmakers, schools, and community sailing groups of Annapolis have banded together for a city-wide open house, with four separate hubs on Spa and Back Creeks, to which you may travel via free shuttle service via Land Rover during Mother’s Day weekend. Besides the one-on-one time for asking dealers specific questions about boats, there will be free demonstration sails for the whole family, interactive mini-seminars such as knot-tying, a drawing for a two-day charter on a 42-foot Jeanneau from Annapolis Bay Charters, and a Saturday night Drinks by the Bay party to benefit Annapolis Community Boating and Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB). To learn more, visit

Southern Bay sailors can inspect, compare, and select boats from among more than a dozen major boat lines Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 and 2 during Deltaville Dealer Days. Annapolis Yacht Sales South ((804) 776-7575), Chesapeake Yacht Sales ((804) 776-9898, Gratitude Yachting Center

((804) 776-7056), and Norton Yachts ((804) 776-9211 will each feature open houses over the weekend. There will be a grand prize drawing of a week-long Sunsail Flotilla Charter in the British Virgin Islands. To learn more, call individual dealers or visit

Two free events for sailors who like to climb around new boats and take free boat rides: Deltaville Dealer Days May 1-2 and Annapolis Spring Sails Event May 8-9. Shown here are visitors to a previous open house on the docks of J/Port Annapolis, which will be one of four “hubs” in the Annapolis event. Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Boating Club

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n support of SpinSheet staffer, Amy Gross-Kehoe, who has been fighting brain cancer since fall 2009, Team SpinSheet will walk and run in the 13th annual Washington, DC Race for Hope, a 5K presented by Cassidy Turley May 2 at 9 a.m. Last year, this event raised two million dollars to support brain tumor research, specifically for the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. There are two ways you can help. The best way would be to join us in running or walking the race itself. There is a $35 registration fee for those who sign up before April 27 or a $50 race day entry fee. This is a kid-friendly event with a Fun Run component. The second way to participate is to send a donation to support Team SpinSheet. Donate online or by mail to: Race for Hope—DC, P.O. Box 95066, Newton, MA, 02495-0066. Even a $10 donation would make a difference in supporting brain cancer research. The website is confusing (at the time of print), so we recommend a Google search for “Race for Hope DC” or an e-mail to the organizer at If you are not among the 1000 friends Amy has on Facebook, you may be wondering how she is doing. Working her regular hours full-throttle in our advertising department at SpinSheet, on the afternoon of this writing, Coach Kehoe is messing about in boats with high school kids in the sunshine.

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Team SpinSheet is running and walking the 5K Race for Hope DC to support fellow staffer Amy Gross-Kehoe (shown here at the BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup 2009 in a pink visor) in her battle against brain cancer. Photo by Sara Proctor/SpinSheet

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as Outstanding Marine Wizards at the with two tickets. Awards will be presented n Thursday, June 10, Eastport YC (EYC) is planning to celebrate the Cotillion. Do you know a Wizard? Who on June 10 at the party. Look for a panel of marine industry and the wizards is such a creature? Marine Wizards are local judges you know, including Spinthose guys and gals who work in the local Sheet’s Mary Ewenson. who keep our boats humming at the EYC Spring Cotillion, which is also set to This event will further serve to be a fabulous send-off for the crews support the marine industry by who will be departing the following benefitting EYC Foundation’s day for the 17th biennial Annapolis Marine Skills Training (MAST), a program to support education to St. Georges Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR). This is one cotillion that will for local individuals in the marine not require fancy new clothes! EYC industry. “EYC has always been the is having another of its great outdoor tradesman’s yacht club,” says Susan block-style parties. Like most EYC Nahmias, chair of EYC sponsorship bashes, the party will have terrific coordination. EYC Foundation’s MAST will support technical trainlive music and tons of yummy food. ing for young people entering the Drinks will include traditional CotilThe Sunny Isle Blues Band at EYC’s Spring Cotillion in 2009. lion rum punch, compliments of Wes trade as well as continuing education Photo courtesy of EYC Wilke, other rum drinks, beer, wine, and training for seasoned profesand soft drinks. The fun begins at 5 p.m. marine industry and have the skills and sionals. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the know-how that are admired and desired Is your business interested in sponsoring the event? If so, your name and logo with door. Order forms will be available at the by the rest of us mere mortal boat owners. EYC website in April, and beginning in To nominate your favorite go-to person for a link to your webpage will be included on the Spring Cotillion Sponsors page of May they can also be picked up at the EYC all things nautical, visit and bar and other ticket outlets. Cotillion bucks look for the “Our Events/Spring Cotillion” and the member-only Friends can also be purchased in advance and used tab. Click on “Nominate a Wizard.” You’ll of EYC pages. Contact Nahmias at (410) in exchange for food and drink. find a nomination form and instructions. 990-9001 or via sponsorhip.eyc@eastportyc. Nominations are currently being acNominations are due May 15. Winners org. by Beth Crabtree cepted for individuals to be recognized will receive an invitation to the Cotillion


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et ready for a rewarding family project designed to get you and yours out on the water in your own Optimist Dinghy. Annapolis Family BoatBuilding is gearing up for its eighth annual event over the long Fourth of July weekend. Working as a team at 222 Severn Avenue in the Eastport section of Annapolis—site of the former Trumpy Boatyard—families build their own boats supported by knowledgeable and helpful volunteers. Building will culminate in a launching Monday, July 5 at 4 p.m. in Spa Creek. The boats come with official International Optimist Racing Dinghy equipment, so they are qualified to race in Opti events, if racing is your style. This program is designed with the intention of bringing together families from various social and economic backgrounds, who might not generally have a chance to interact. But the program isn’t about labels; it’s about people. Joe Cater, who has been involved from the start, reminds us that sailing is a family activity, and if we think back, most of us got into sailing through our families. He also encourages us to think outside the traditional family. “Families come in all ages, configurations, and structures. If we take a look at sailing, it is about families and close associations. Annapolis Family BoatBuild-

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ing is about getting more families into sailing through owning their own boat.” And like firsttime home owners, most first-time boat owners go on to own other boats, as the love of sailing grows. In an effort to reach more families, this year Annapolis Family BoatBuilding is reaching out to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Sea Scouts. The cost of the program is $1650 for the complete boat kit, which includes sails, floating bags, and hardware—a really good deal compared to the cost of a new, fully-outfitted, ready-made Opti. However, if cost is prohibitive, help is available. For families who can contribute $300, scholarships are offered for the remainder of the expense. Project hours are Friday July 2 from 2 to 6 p.m.; Saturday July 3 and Sunday July 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday July 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers and donations are always welcome, because both help keep costs down. Annapolis Family BoatBuilding has no paid staff. If you can’t work the whole weekend, that’s no problem. Come for just one day or just a few hours. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. To register or for more information, call (410) 263-1413, e-mail annapolisfamilyboat@comcast. net, or visit

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DOCKTALK Make CRAB’s Wishes Come True


ur friends at Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), whose mission is to make the thrill of sailing a reality for physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals, need some help this spring. Do you have a few hours a month to help maintain boats and docks or volunteer with people? CBAB could use your help. If lack of time is a factor, the organization also seeks donations of equipment such as the following: A regular VHF radio Three hand-held VHF radios Two long-shaft, two-horsepower outboards A marine CD player/radio A small pickup truck An inflatable dinghy and an outboard to fit Sails for Freedom 20s (the fleet boats) with sponsors’ logo/artwork To learn how you can help through volunteer work or donations, visit crab-sailing. org, e-mail, or call (410) 626-0273.

Our friends at Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), who share the joy of sailing with physically and mentally challenged sailors, are seeking equipment donations and volunteers. To learn more, visit Photo of the 2009 CRAB Regatta by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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ombustive Control Systems (CCS) of Annapolis is touting the green benefits of its new inline fuel treatment solution called the Fuel Valencer, which is designed to destroy contaminants and particulate matter inherent in diesel fuel. Though the exact mechanism by which the diesel particulates are removed remains a trade secret, Fred Janson, national director of sales for the product, tells SpinSheet that each CCS Valencer contains multiple, high-impact gauss-field chambers that obliterate (to less then two microns) the particulate matter inherent in diesel fuel. In turn, this reduces unhealthy and sooty exhaust smoke, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide exhaust emissions. In CCS’s own tests, engines fitted with the Valencer showed up to a 33.3-percent and 19.9-percent reduction in carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, respectively. The company manufactures models for 100- to 1500-horsepower engines Janson says that in addition to reducing toxic emissions, CCS Fuel Valencer can greatly reduce exhaust smoke, enhance engine oil life, increase the life of fuel filters by up to eight replacement cycles, and greatly reduce the need for expensive fuel additives. Annapolis skipper Rod Jabin has a Cabo 35 fitted with twin Caterpillar 3126s and two CCS Fuel Valencers.”The most amazing thing we’ve noticed is that the fuel filters look brand new even after being run for 100 hours. The filter bowl and entire assembly look as clean as when they came out of the box. It’s obvious that the Valencer is removing the particulate matter from the fuel before it reaches the filter,” Jabin says.

Annapolis Sailing Fitness Welcomes Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer


nnapolis Sailing Fitness (ASF), which specializes in sailingspecific athletic training, has hired Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer as an exercise program consultant, who will co-design sailing fitness and nutritional routines. An All-American Collegiate Sailor at the University of Hawaii, Vandemoer campaigned for three years in the 470 class; competed in the World Cup circuit as well as crewed in multiple fleet and match racing keelboat events; was nominated for the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year 2008/2009; and has coached the U.S. Naval Academy and Stanford University sailing teams as well as many junior teams. Currently, she is pursuing a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics with Team Tunnicliffe. Annapolis Sailing Fitness owner Harry Legum says “Molly’s experience and passion for the sport will benefit many sailors from Opti kids to Olympic hopefuls. Her experience as a sailor and coach will be a huge asset.” Among ASF’s clients are Olympic Gold Medalist, 2008/2009 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year/2009 ISAF Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe, 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year/Americas Cup Tactician Terry Hutchinson, the USNA Dinghy Sailing Team, and numerous competitive and casual sailors... and Team SpinSheet! For more information, contact Harry Legum at (410) 570-6121 or

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s experienced past owners of a Valiant 40 and 42, the owners of RogueWave Yacht Sales of Annapolis are pleased to announce that they’ve become authorized dealers of new and used Valiants, often referred to as the original performance cruisers. Specializing in bluewater cruising boats, RogueWave’s owners have sailed, sold, surveyed, and delivered Valiants many times over, making them particularly well-suited to explaining the boat’s benefits to customers. To learn more, contact Kate Christensen and Bernie Jakits at (410) 571-2955 or e-mail

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The Biggest West Marine on the Bay Opens


he largest specialty retailer of sailing and boating supplies and accessories, West Marine celebrated the grand opening celebration of its newest and the area’s most expansive store in Middle River, MD in March. The new store, comprised of more than 17,000 square feet, is situated at 8641 Pulaski Highway in the Centre at Golden Ring, at the junction of the Baltimore Beltway (695) and Route 40 (Pulaski Highway). Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Bay Bridge Boat Show

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Island Packets, daysailers, Weta Trimaran, Hobie Cats and kayaks, Sunfish, Lasers, and other sailboats will be there. Inside the expanded Active Outdoor Living section, you’ll find in-water demos of small boats, kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, stand-up paddle boards, inflatables, and small sailboats from the likes of the American Sail Company, Backyard Boats, C.D. Outdoors, Chester River Kayaks, Maritime Solutions, Mercury, and Savage River Works.

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Why Should I Go to the Bay Bridge Boat Show?


ell, after this winter, don’t we all want to check out new clothes for the sailing season? Compared to the big shows in Annapolis in the fall, this one is smaller and generates excitement as we return to the water. You can see the Show all in one day and not feel as if you’ve missed anything or fallen prey to information overload. Because the boats are docked stern in, it’s easy to check out new boats. You’ll delight in crawling all over shiny vessels, while showing off those socks you didn’t burn this spring. Who doesn’t like seeing new sunglasses, electronics, gear, and boating stuff? Need a lift… as in a boat lift? You’ll also find jewelry, tools, electronics, tenders, and much more. Add to the mix the fact that it’s spring, on the water, in a great location, with hot food, icy beverages, and music. If you own or sail on a boat, you’ll find something you have to have at the Bay Bridge Boat Show April 22-25. Sure the Bay Bridge Marina and Kent Island will rock with more than 26 April 2010 SpinSheet

—by Ruth Christie 400 new and brokerage boats, mostly powerboats. But, you’ll also luck into great deals on small sailboats, dinghies, kayaks, and sailing equipment and accessories, and have access to sound advice from the pros and free fun seminars. If all this doesn’t get your motor running, then you just might not be the sailor we thought you were.

Showtimes April 22-24, Thursday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 25, Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The day-long Take the Wheel Workshop offers beginners the chance to learn about and actually demo a displacement trawler and other sweet boats. Hosted by the Annapolis School of Seamanship, the workshop costs $149 per person or $200 per couple. Fees include a two-day Boat Show pass, morning seminars, afternoon on-thewater boating, a continental brunch and lunch, a wine tasting social hour, as well as all educational materials. Preregister now at During the Show, the all-new Rendezvous Package for clubs includes marina accommodations for up to four nights, six tickets into the Bay Bridge Boat Show, a Friday night party at the pool bar and grill, door prizes, and special gifts for all. For more details, call (410) 268-8828.

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These are first come, first served, so plan your time wisely. Friday through Saturday, grab a seat for Janie Meneely’s take on cruising the Bay (11 a.m.) and buying and chartering a boat (4 p.m.), Ann Miller’s insights on keeping your boat looking new (noon), John Martino’s thoughts about getting a captain’s license (1 p.m.) and marine diesel basics (2 p.m.), and C.D. Dollar’s secrets of fishing the Bay (3 p.m.). On Sunday, the last seminar begins at 2 p.m. You can again thank Chesapeake Bay Magazine and Annapolis School of Seamanship for providing these must-see seminars.

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Kids’ Sailing


Marylanders Win Brendan Awards

iggs Brusnighan, Wayne Carter, and Laura Rossi (right) were among those recently honored for their roles in the 2009 Brendan Sail Training Program for Youth with Learning Differences in Annapolis (BSTP). In her third year in the program, eighth-grader Rossi of Annapolis earned the No-Guts-No-Glory Award for sportsmanship, dedication, and character. Sixteenyear-old Brusnighan of Severna Park won the Arthur Birney Award for advanced sailors who are committed to the program and sport; he is a junior instructor for the program. Ninth-grader Wayne Carter of Lexington Park earned the Jerry and Kathryn Wood Award for truly embodying the spirit of Brendan: sail, be safe, and have fun. Adam Werblow received the Molly Mahoney Award for contributing the most as a volunteer to St. Mary’s BSTP; Linda Macpherson earned the Daniel Gottlieb Award for the parent most generously going above and beyond to help the program; and Linda Kessler Muldoon received the Valerie M. Hill Award for the volunteer who contributed most significantly to BSTP overall. Now in its 27th year, BSTP conducts eight-day sailing camps in Annapolis and Southern Maryland every summer. Founder James P. Muldoon of Washington, DC and chairman of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees, started the program at the Annapolis Sailing School’s facilities.

Photo op during 2009 BSTP awards ceremony (L-R): Tim Dowling, owner of the Annapolis Sailing School; Laura Rossi; BSTP founder James P. Muldoon; Riggs Brusnighan; BSTP donor Arthur Birney; Wayne Carter; Lee Tawney, BSTP supporter and director of the National Sailing Hall of Fame; and Adam Werblow, director of the waterfront and head varsity sailing coach at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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Don’t Sleep on CBYRA’s FCS


unded solely by tax-deductible donations, CBYRA’s Fund for Chesapeake Sailors (FCS) provides grants to member sailors involved in campaigns for the Olympics and National and International regattas and championships. Each grant is intended to provide partial or full financial support for CBYRA members to compete in ladder, area, championship, and other regattas or campaigns. If you are chosen, your payment comes after you complete the event, and you’ll need to collect receipts as you go. The deadline for competitors to apply in writing is at least two months prior to the event. It’s not an essay contest, but you’ll need to write about your sailing and racing résumé, summarize your sailing goals, and describe why you need the grant. You’ll also need a letter of recommendation for one of your coaches, a CBYRA member, or a CBYRA recognized class. So, get cracking.


Kids Set Sail 2010!

ids ages seven to 14 are invited to join Kids Set Sail (KSS) this summer, which uses a fun combination of games and drills to teach sailing concepts. By the end of a fun-filled week at KSS, juniors will be adept at maneuvering a small boat, know how to tie a knot or two, and be pro treasure hunters. Oh, and KSS also teaches young people the educational components behind how boats function and important life skills, such as teamwork, decision-making, and respect for our environment. KSS is one of the community sailing and maritime education programs of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation (NMHF) in Washington, DC. Founded in April 2000 by local business and community leaders, NMHF offers youth several types of sailing opportunities, including high school racing, after school learn-tosail programs, and schooner education activities. KSS offers eight week-long sessions from June 21 to August 13; register now by e-mailing


Think You’ve Got Spirit?

BYRA’s junior sailors will again vie for the Corinthian Spirit Award this year. Members of the Libby family, past winners, and reps from each CBYRA region will review nominations and submit a winner for acceptance by CBYRA’s Executive Committee. Attention coaches, yacht club junior directors, parents, and other sailors: submit your nominations by December 1.


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een Solo—Trying to beat her brother Zac’s record and become the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland from Thousand Oaks, CA set sail on Wild Eyes, a custom Open 40 racer, January 23 ( Good Will—Through May 16, The SailingChannel will provide a portion of its sales from its new 38-minute HD video, CUBA: Forbidding… Forbidden, to support youth sailing programs in Florida and Cuba. Filmed on the Severn River, the video features advice from Canadian Wally Moran about sailing to Cuba.

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here are times when some mariners find themselves in peril and in need of assistance from others. We all hope we do not fall into this particular category, but if we do, it is quite comforting to know there are fellow mariners among us who will drop what they are doing and immediately come to our aid. At the Old Point Comfort YC (OPCYC) Commodore’s Ball held January 23, members recapped the 2009 season and recognized the superior seamanship of two individuals who came to the rescue of an injured mariner without hesitation. The award citation reads: “The Commodore and Board of Officers of the Old Point Comfort Yacht Club take pleasure in presenting the Order of the Broken Tiller to Pat and Rob-

ert Williamson, first mate and skipper of the sailing vessel Sun Lion, for exceptional personal leadership and initiative in support of a fellow sailor during a medical emergency while on a cruise on the Port Tobacco River, a tributary of the Potomac River, on September 8.” At 7:30 a.m. that day, while getting underway after a peaceful night at anchor, the skipper of an accompanying vessel accidentally severed the bone of one of his fingers. Pat and Robert immediately sprang into action to assist the stricken sailor and his crew. Pat boarded the injured sailor’s vessel and immediately assessed the overall situation, including the injury, the condition of the injured sailor, and the state of the first mate.

She calmed the injured sailor and first mate, secured their boat, and provided emergency medical care for two hours until paramedics arrived. Through the whole ordeal, she kept a calm head about her, cleansed and covered the wound, and kept the hand elevated to keep the injured sailor from losing more blood and going into shock. She remained onboard the stricken vessel for the duration of the incident and cleaned up the boat after the injured sailor and first mate were taken ashore by paramedics to emergency services. She was instrumental in getting the stricken vessel secured and safely at anchor. She remained on the boat until the injured sailor and first mate returned from shore. Then, she helped them get settled and comfortable, with food and water. Robert immediately called the USCG and remained in contact with them for an hour relaying emergency and medical information. Though he had two large vessels to deal with, he was able to secure the stricken vessel in the middle of the river and maintain position until emergency medical personnel could transport the injured sailor and his first mate to a land-based medical facility. Robert was then able to disengage Sun Lion from the stricken vessel and successfully anchor both vessels. After emergency medical procedures were performed ashore, Robert launched a tender, searched for, and retrieved the injured sailor and first mate from a heavily wooded shore. The professional response of Pat and Robert, including their knowledge of medical and boat handling procedures, and selfless concern for the welfare of a fellow sailor, his first mate, and his vessel averted further injury, prevented a potential medical catastrophe, and ensured the safety of the vessel. Their acts serve to inspire all who know them and are commensurate with the finest traditions of cruising sailors. Their actions reflect great credit upon themselves and the OPCYC. For more information about the club, visit

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Sails on the Skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark Tilghman Island, MD. With captain Wade Murphy, Jr.

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the Way a raw Bar Should be... oysters, clams, crawfish, shrimp, mussels, snow crabs and oyster shooters


SpinSheet Crew Listing Party [South] Marker 20, Hampton, VA. For Southern Bay clubs, sailors, and sailing organizations. Party to find crew and boats to sail on this season.

3-May 1

Maryland Safe Boating Course 9 a.m. to Noon. Five consecutive Saturdays. Tri-State Marine, Deale, MD. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary “Herring Bay” Flotilla 23-7.

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HMAT Bounty, with Lt. William Bligh commanding, Departs England for Tahiti, 1789


Otter Breakfast No, not literally. 9 a.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

6-May 18

America’s Boating Course 7 to 9 p.m. Seven sessions. Chantilly High School, VA. Hosted by Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron. $40.


Pride of Baltimore II’s Kick Off Celebration 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Slainte Irish Pub and Woody’s Rum Bar and Island Grill, Baltimore.


Ospreys on the Rebound 7:30 p.m. Captain Salem Avery Museum, Shady Side, MD. Guest speaker Melanie Lynch.


Annual Privateer Day Fells Point. Swashbucklers Soiree, costume party, re-enactors, mock battles, kids programs, live music, specials at local watering holes, goodies of all kinds from vendors on the square, and the Fearless ship.

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Annual River Clean-Up Hosted by the Patuxent Riverkeeper.


Emergency Management at Sea 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Annapolis Elks Lodge #622, Edgewater, MD. Hosted by Chesapeake Area Professional Captain’s Association.


Green Life Festival 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Historic Savage Mill, MD. Media personalities, music, food, green demos, shopping, and family fun.


Potomac River Watershed Cleanup 9 a.m. to Noon. All over the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.


Project Clean Stream 2010 9 a.m. to Noon. All over the Bay and its watershed. Hosted by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.


Rock and Roast Party Annapolis Maritime Museum. Live music with Too Big to Fail and live and silent auctions. $50. Benefits Box of Rain Foundation and Annapolis Community Boating.


What Boat Is Right for Me? 10 a.m. to Noon. West Marine on Hillsmere Drive in Annapolis. Taught by Annapolis School of Seamanship. Free seminar.


Marine Electrical Systems Class Annapolis School of Seamanship. For the full course schedule for May and April, visit


Maryland Boatbuilders and Dealers Expo Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, MD. See custom boats and the Marylanders who make ’em. Sportfishers, hydroplanes, trawlers, Jon boats, sailboats, equipment, and gear. A boat swap benefits Cambridge Main Street. $5. PropTalk is one of the sponsors.


Open House and Free Boat Show! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crusader Yacht Sales Inc., Port Annapolis Marina. Deals on new and used boats, exhibits, life raft demos, expert advice, food, and door prizes.


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


Olin Stephens, Yacht Designer, Is Born in NYC, 1908

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America’s Boating Course 7 to 9 p.m. Lake Accotink Park, Springfield, VA. Hosted by Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron. $40.


Vice Admiral Edward “Old Grog” Vernon Orders Daily Rum Ration Diluted with Water, 1740 Sacrilegious!

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Opens, 1964

In the Annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge, the Cambridge Boat Sinks, 1859

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Tax Day

30 Years and Still Going Strong! Noon. Tiki Bar, Solomons. “Mai tai” suggest going to opening day?


Bull and Oyster Roast 6 to 9 p.m. Hutchins Park, Havre de Grace, MD. Food, music, raffles, and auctions. Benefits Skipjack Martha Lewis.


Betterton Beach Cleanup 9 a.m. to Noon. Betterton Beach, MD. Food, beverages, and free T-shirts for those registered by April 9. [Rain date: April 18.]


Free Splicing Seminar 10 a.m. to Noon. West Marine, 113 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis. Festures rigger Julian Richards.


Nautical Flea Market and Cookout 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Young’s Boat Yard on Jones Creek near Baltimore, MD. Sales on at least eight Catalinas, Pearsons, and other 22- to 30-footers, not to mention great food. Hosted by North Point SA.


The Biggest Little Poker Run Ever! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salt Ponds Marina, Hampton, VA. Bring your dinghy, kayak, or other small boat to this sevencard event to benefit the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Organized by Colonial Sail and Power Squadron. $20.

Upcoming Classes

Electrical System Basics April 10-11 Marine Diesel Engines April 17-18 (Level II: April 19-20) Marine Weather May 1-2 (Level II: May 3-4) Basic Navigation & Piloting May 8-9 USCG Captain’s License Master/OUPV: Start Apr 6, May 10

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Flares for Life Noon to 4 p.m. Old Suffolk Campus of Tidewater Community College. Dispose of outdated flares and fire extinguishers and get a vessel safety check as you enjoy prizes, food, and drinks.


Opening Weekend for 74-Foot Schooner Woodwind 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Depart from Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Nancy Hammond’s Woodwind print given away on each cruise.

17-May 29

Boat Building by the Bay 9 to 11:30 a.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum. Hosted by Box of Rain. Help disadvantaged teens April 17 and 24 and May 15, 22, and 29. Volunteers welcome.



SpinSheet Crew Listing Party [North] Annapolis Maritime Museum. Start Sailing Now seminar at 3 p.m.; waterfront party to meet and greet, dance, and be merry at 4 p.m.! Find crew and/or a boat to sail on this year.


Annapolis Singles Cruise 10 a.m. to Noon. Sail, brunch, and show off your trivia knowledge onboard the Schooner Woodwind in Annapolis. The fun is part of Annapolis in Love April 1618. $55.

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CBYRA Crew Training Seminar Annapolis YC.

Earth Day on the Square 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Leonardtown, MD.


East of Maui Annual Spring Windsurfing Swap 8 a.m. to Noon. Used gear gets bought, sold, or traded in time for spring cleaning.


Open House Tartan C&C Yacht Sales, Port Annapolis Marina.

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FreeSail 2010 Sundays. Hosted by Annapolis Community Boating.


Safe Boating Course 6 to 10 p.m. Delaware State Fire School, Dover. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 12-05.

19-May 10

Boating Safety Class Four Monday evenings. Hosted by the Patapsco River Power Squadron. $35.

19-Oct 23

Build Your Own Boat Classes Seven, 5.5-day classes at Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis.

21-May 12

Boating Safety Class 7 to 9 p.m. Four Wednesdays. Jacobsville Elementary, Pasadena, MD. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 22-01.


Bay Bridge Boat Show Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, MD. Boats, pros, demos, seminars, gear, apparel, and more. New this year is the “Take The Wheel Workshop.” For the full scoop, see page 26.


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Tour Camp Tockwogh 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Worton, MD. April 18 and May 16.

Mayflower II Sets Sail from England To Retrace Her Namesake’s Route Across the Atlantic, 1957

Must be booked before April 15th, 2010. Work can be performed anytime during the 2010 season.


Open House 2 to 4 p.m. North East River YC, MD.


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DelMarVa Birding Weekend Guided trips by foot, kayak, canoe, or boat.


S&S Designed Schooner Brilliant, Now at Mystic Seaport, MA, Is Launched in NYC, 1932


Salisbury Festival Riverwalk Park, Salisbury, MD.


Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival Ocean City (MD) Convention Center.


WineFest in St. Michaels Celebrate the Chesapeake and help local charities. Savor wines from eight countries, local brews, Bay foods, international specialties, sales, promotions, music, arts, shopping, harbor tours, and more.


After a Series of Mishaps with the Pneumatic Caisson Base, Point No Point Light First Shines, 1905


Children’s Day and Earth Day Celebration Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Tie knots, build boats, do crafts, clean the river, and enjoy lunch and live music.


John Paul Jones on Continental Sloop of War Ranger Captures HMS Drake, 1778 Home Team: 1. Brits: Zip.

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Joshua Slocum Departs Boston on the Sloop Spray, 1895 Thus began the first solo circumnavigation of the globe. He completed the loop June 27, 1898.


Leukemia Cup Wine Tasting and Kickoff 6 to 9 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum. Benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. SpinSheet is a sponsor.


Nanticoke River Shad Festival Vienna, MD. Boat rides, music, local food, arts and crafts, exhibits, fun, and games for kids.


Oxford Day People and pet parades; music and Bay critters; arts and crafts; flower basket competition; a 10K run and 5K fun walk; kids’ Olympics and other fun; seafood, Civil War, USCG, and model boat demos; bake and plant sales; wine tastings; free skipjack rides; ferry rides; and more.


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Treasure Our Waters Cruise 0 a.m. to Noon. Annapolis Maritime Museum. Cruise and learn in honor of Earth Day. Arrh Mateys! 2 to 4 p.m. Truxtun Pool Parking Lot, Annapolis. Search for a chance to win great prizes and giveaways! $10.


Lighthouse Cruise 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Board the 74-foot Schooner Woodwind in Annapolis and tour up to three different Bay lighthouses.


After 32 Takes, the Beatles Record Octopus’s Garden, 1969

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William Roue Is Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1879 He designed the world-famous Schooner Bluenose.


Onboard Weather Forecasting Class 7 to 9 p.m. Oyster Cove Community Room, Kent Island, MD. Hosted by Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron.


Wednesday Night Woodwind Match Race 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Be onboard when Woodwind Schooners race each other.

Severn SA Spring Series Spring series and tune-up racing for J/22, J/24, 505, Star, and Soling fleets.

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Severn SA Spring Series and Star Invitational Spring series for Lightning fleet and Star Invitational.

National Hairball Awareness Day!?

Replica Baltimore Clipper Pride of Baltimore II Is Launched in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, 1988

30-May 2

Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival Havre de Grace, MD. Live auction, exhibits, retriever demos, carving competitions, and more.

28-May 4

Maryland Safe Boating Course 6:30 p.m. April 28 and 30 and May 4. Taylor Avenue Fire Station, Annapolis. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 23-1.


Almayer’s Folly, Joseph Conrad’s First Novel, Is Published in London, England, 1894


Save the Coconuts at Boatyard Bar & Grill Full Moon Party A full moon and a blue moon. This calls for an extra coconutty party! Fundraiser for local breast cancer awareness organization with live music and drink specials.

April Racing

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DISC Cherry Blossom Regatta

Charleston Race Week IRC, PHRF, one-design, and sport boats.

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Eastport YC Star Wars

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AYC Spring One-Design Regatta SMSA Sharp’s Island Race HdGYC Pink Moon NASS Spring Race

Annapolis NOOD Regatta Kick off spring sailing season at the Sperry Top-Sider Annapolis National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta.

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Postponed: CRAB Spring Event Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating’s (CRAB) event has been postponed thanks to the generosity of the Spring Sails Event, which will host a May 8 event to benefit CRAB and Annapolis Community Boating.


Guided Canoe Trip James River National Wildlife Refuge, Prince George, VA.


Nautical Flea Market and Craft Sale Rebel Marina, Norfolk, VA. Benefits Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Education Program. (757) 580-6022


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


Deltaville Dealer Days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open Houses/Boat Shows at several dealerships. Grand Prize is a Sunsail BVI Charter.

Open House Chesapeake Harbour Marina. Annapolis Yacht Co., Crusader Yachts, David Walters Yachts, East Coast Yacht Sales, Interyacht, Intrinsic Yacht and Ship, Martin Bird and Assoc., North Point Yacht Sales, Oxford Yacht Agency, Schulz/Shannon Boat Co., Selene of Annapolis, Walczak YBS, and more. (410) 268-1622


Solomons Maritime Festival Calvert Marine Museum. Bay food, music, bird callers, retriever trials, model boats, craft demos, kids’ fun, and more.


Exhibit: Don Covington’s Wood Sculptures Chestertown, MD. Covington re-uses scrap wood from boatbuilders and artisans.


America’s Boating Course 9 a.m. to Noon. Three Saturdays. Oyster Cove Community Room on Kent Island, MD.

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American Wetlands Month


Sails in Cambridge

1-Oct 31

Lady Patty Sails Tilghman Island,


1-Oct 31

Chesapeake Lights Lighthouse Tours Tilghman Island, MD.

1-Oct 31

Sails on the Schooner Alliance Three sails daily. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, VA. (800) 979-3370


Chesapeake Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

2-Oct 24

Water Taxi Cruises/Fun 1 to 11 p.m. Saturdays; 2 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Middle River near Baltimore. Tours, wine tastings, evening cruises, Irish music cruises, and more.


America’s Boating Course 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays. Oyster Cove Community Room, Kent Island, MD. $25.


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Oyster Day Go on. Don’t be shellfish. Share your favorite recipe. SpinSheet loves Oysters with Crab Imperial.


Pedro de Menendez de Aviles Sails into the Bahia de Santa Maria, 1561 Who cares? Bahia de Santa Maria is Spanish for the Chesapeake Bay.


Seafood Festival! Chincoteague Island. Clams, oysters, fritters, fried fish, spoon bread, Frenchfried sweet potatoes, grilled chicken, music by Midnight Country Express, and more. $45.

5-Sep 30

Water Taxi to Baseball 5:50 p.m. Alexandria, VA. Ride the river to a Washington Nationals baseball game! $20 for a round trip; $12 one way.


No Pants Day Take dress-down Friday to a whole new low!


Crab Feast: Art on the Half Shell 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Urbanna, VA. Local artists’ paintings, woodwork, photography, and more!


CRAB/ACB Spring Sails Event Party Hosted by Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating and Annapolis Community Boating.


Annapolis Spring Sails Event Sailboats, open houses, and spring! Various locations, including Annapolis Sailyard, Annapolis Yacht Sales, Bay Yacht Agency, Crusader Yachts, North Point Yachts, Performance Cruising, Sail Annapolis, Tartan C&C Yacht Sales, and Tidewater Marina.


Piney Point Lighthouse Celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Piney Point, MD. Lighthouse tours, exhibits, demos, food, and Potomac River Wade-In on Saturday.


MD/DNR Boating Safety and Certification Course 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 8 and 15; 6 p.m. review and test May 17. Eastport/Annapolis Neck Branch Library. Hosted by Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron.


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Mother’s Day River Paddle Noon to 3 p.m. James River near Richmond, VA.

Open House Tartan C&C Yacht Sales, Rock Hall, MD.



Dominion Riverrock Brown’s Island, Richmond, VA. Kayaking, death-defying air dogs, Mud Run, freestyle biking, James River Scramble trail run, mountain biking, and much more.


OkoumeFest 2010 Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis and Matapeake on Kent Island, MD. Open House, shop tours, demos, food and drink, and deals on small boat kits, supplies, and gear. Saturday fun includes craft judging, awards, and fine food.

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Preakness Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore.

Coconut Ball 6 to 10 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum. Live music by Tiki Barbarians and silent auctions. Helps fight breast cancer.


Kent Island Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Stevensville, MD. Tours, food, displays, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, entertainment, and more.


Smithsonian Open House on the Bay 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD. Boat rides, hay rides, and more. Free parking and shuttle.


Welcome Back to the Beach Day 2 to 6 p.m. North Beach, MD. Sack races, egg tosses, hula hoop contest, tug of war, music, ballet, and more.


Blue Angels Show Andrews Air Force Base, MD.


CRAB Cup Hosted by Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, a non-profit that gets challenged people out on the Bay.


Day on the Bay to St. Michaels 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Cruise the Bay from Annapolis and enjoy fresh seafood, boutique shopping, historic sites, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.

National Bike to Work Week


Harbor Party! 6 to 10 p.m. Cape Charles, VA. Great live music, hot food, cold drinks, and fun for the whole family. The Schooner Virginia is expected to moor in the harbor for the event.


Maritime Model Expo 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. See radio-controlled models powered by steam, battery, and wind. Kids’ activities, displays, and more.


Virginia Safe Boating Course 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Chesapeake Yacht Sales, Deltaville Yachting Center, VA. Lunch will be provided.


Warbirds Over The Beach 1 p.m. Virginia Beach. Flyovers hosted by the Military Aviation Museum.


USNA Commissioning Week Annapolis.

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Heeere’s Johhhnny, 1980 The Shining is released.

SailFree with CRAB Hosted by Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating.


Spring Family Canoe Trip 1 to 3 p.m. Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton, MD. Paddle down the creek and shoot herons, eagles, ospreys, squirrels, and other Bay critters with your camera. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs provided.


Blue Angels Demo Cruise 1 to 3 p.m. Annapolis. See Blue Angels soar over the Severn.


Maryland Safe Boating Course 6:30 p.m. May 26, 28, and 31. Taylor Avenue Fire Station, Annapolis. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 23-1.


Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar and Grill, Eastport. Lunar chili, Jamaican wings, $1 oysters, yum! Live music!

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Blue Angels Over Annapolis and Middle Bay.

Tea Party Festival Chestertown, MD. Tea toss reenactment, colonial parade and crafts, cocktail parties, raft racing, street performances, local food, 5K and 10-mile run, and more.


Merrimac Memorial Regatta 10 a.m. City Park in Portsmouth, VA. Dinghy racing and lunch courtesy of Portsmouth Boat Club.


Soft Shell Spring Fair Noon to 5 p.m. City Dock, Crisfield, MD. Fresh local seafood, arts and crafts, Waterman’s Hall of Fame Awards, live entertainment and more all for free.


Chessie Makes the Big Screen, 1982 7 p.m. Love Point, Kent Island, MD. Robert and Karen Frew videotape a humped sea creature with a footballshaped head.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day at Fort McHenry 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore.


Annapolis Nautical Flea Market Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Expanded food court with beer, wine, and music and deals on boats, hardware, equipment, electronics, tackle, diving gear, artwork, and more.

May Racing

Southern Maryland SA Spring Invitational PCRC Big Boat Regatta Tred Avon YC Spring Fling

Eastport YC One-Design Classic Regatta Glenmar SA Tune-Up Regatta

Sailing Club of the Chesapeake Annual Spring Regatta


Down the Bay Race Racers sail 120 miles from Annapolis to Hampton, vying for the Virginia Cruising Cup. downthebay


Gibson Island Yacht Squadron Love-Swan Point Cup

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Rock Hall YC Opening Day


Miles River YC Annapolis to Miles River Race and Back

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where we with Kim Couranz


Step Back in Time

trip to Oxford is a great Chesapeake sailing experience. We love the annual traditions of the big boat races to Oxford, the one-design regatta featuring a host of dinghy classes, and festive log canoe races. And cruisers have much to enjoy up the Choptank and Tred Avon Rivers as well—a quiet town full of mariner-focused amenities. Because host clubs and marinas are so well organized and welcoming, many visiting sailors don’t get much farther than the bar at the Tred Avon YC (TAYC). But it’s just as much fun to explore Oxford from the dry side of things—that is, by land. From your boat, flip flop on down the main drag of Morris Street and explore nooks and crannies on the side streets. Or arrive from outside town by car, but be sure to obey the speed limit signs. There’s always someone at a TAYC regatta who gets nabbed by the vigilant radar guns of the Oxford police force. Accept the fact that life (not just the cars) in Oxford moves at a little slower pace, and relax. “That’s what’s so great about Oxford,” notes Susan Campbell of Campbell’s Town Creek Boatyard and chair of the Oxford Business Association. “It’s always the weekend in Oxford.” Oxford merchants support the “step back in time” that a visit to their town provides. The Oxford Market (203 S. Morris Street) features a mini-grocery; high-quality beer, wine, and liquor; and a deli with fantastic sandwiches. Finish your meal off with one of their homemade cookies. It’s a perfect place for some light reprovisioning for Chesapeake cruising—or just getting the racing crew set for the day with some turbo sammies. Last summer, a coworker (thank you Howard!) introduced me to my new favor-

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ite place in Oxford: the Scottish Highland Creamery (314 Tilghman Street, around the building from the main entrance at Schooner’s). While the big classics of ice cream flavors are on the menu, be sure to step out of the box and try something dif-

business that is participating in the program, and the business contributes to a Talbot County charity. Details on participating businesses and which charities are benefiting each month are available at the association’s website ( With so much to do in town, a regatta weekend won’t give you enough time off the “It’s always the weekend in Oxford.” water to really enjoy all of Oxford. Take a break from spring commissioning work. What better day to visit Oxford by land than on a day when the whole town turns out to welcome you? This year’s edition of Oxford Day is Saturday, April 24. The town-wide event features a parade down the main drag; family activities Photos by Elizabeth B. Wrightson in Oxford Town Park; 5K and 10K road races; an open house ferent. It will be at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory, wonderful. Being which is celebrating its 50th anniversary; a bit of a flowery and much more. The Oxford Museum is kind of girl from time to time, I decided scheduled to reopen that day as well. to try the lavender ice cream with chocoCampbell also notes that Oxford’s Fourth late sprinkles. Yum. The Creamery closes of July fireworks are a perennial draw, and for the winter, but is scheduled to reopen that they’ll be starting a new tradition with as the weather warms past the ice cream outdoor movies on the town soccer field this threshold in early April. June. Not much stays open late in Oxford, so As welcoming as the residents are on if you’re not staying on your boat, be sure Oxford Day and those big regatta weekends, to plan ahead for a cozy place to rest your I’m sure they’re not too sad to see the visihead. I remember tenting “back in the day” tors leave—and the calm return. near TAYC for Snipe regattas, but that tradition has gone by the wayside. No matter; I’ve graduated to the bed and breakfast All About Oxford experience anyway. There are so many to Town of Oxford: choose from! In addition to larger places Oxford Business Association: like the Oxford Inn and Robert Morris Inn, online sites can help you find some Oxford Day: other fun places to call home for a night or Oxford area bed and breakfasts: two (or more). Easton is not too far, either. In addition to its relaxed pace, Oxford also charms with its sense of community. “We love our location and the small-town About the Author: Kim Couranz is an Anliving. Everyone looks out for each other; napolis resident who writes on Bay-related it’s a close community,” says Campbell. topics. A member of Severn SA, she enjoys That community spirit is evident in the racing on one-design boats including her Oxford Business Association’s “Oxford Laser. She welcomes story ideas or questions at Gives Back” initiative. Patronize a local


Proceeds from this event will benefit the Box of Rain & Annapolis Community Boating Box of Rain is a year-round program designed to inspire and encourage Annapolis area youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to gain self-esteem and to develop life skills that lead to positive contributions to the community. The means to success are based on a variety of maritime experiences which include sailing, boating, water safety, environmental and cultural studies as well as learning trade skills. Through mentoring programs, with caring community leaders and professionals, relationships are established which nurture social skills, vocational interests and civic responsibilities. Box of Rain was formed in May 2003 to honor the memory of Lee Griffin. Lee’s life and passion for sailing and his community is celebrated in this program designed to teach life building skills through maritime experiences for local youth-atrisk, targeting kids 9-14 years old. Box of Rain Board of Directors: Anne Harrington – Chairman, Julie Winters – Secretary, Ed Seidel – Treasurer, Larry Griffin, Patrice Johnson, Jack Morkan, Tom Spiegel, Jean Tullier, Nan Walker, Regan Weaver, Frieda Wildey Box of Rain is a 501(C3) non-profit organization. Annapolis Community Boating is a community-based, not for profit organization that provides boating education and access for the residents of Anne Arundel County.

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Baltimore Beat

with Stephanie Stone

Pride II ’s People


s you read this, the Pride of Baltimore II should be on her way

one for synthetic. Traditional cotton to or in Baltimore, fresh from her sails stretch a lot, and winter’s repose, during which her minions as Captain Jan Miles inspected, cleaned, repaired, and generally succinctly puts it, “No fussed over her like the queen bee she is. sailor wants stretch.” This season she’ll take in the Great Rigging on tradiLakes, all five. It’s a voyage planned around tional boats couldn’t tall ship festivals put on by the Ameriwithstand the load of can Sail Training Association to support non-stretch sails, but education under sail. Of course, there will the rigging on Pride be a “campaign of challenges,” a.k.a. races II can. Score two for for the dozen or so vessels, including two synthetic. square riggers from Germany and HolBut here’s the rub. Synthetics are slipland. In fall, Pride II has visits planned in pery. If you have ever stepped on a sail on a Montreal, Boston, and NYC, before arrivwet deck, you know slippery. When Pride’s ing home in time for the Chesapeake Bay crew goes aloft to reef, or forward on a Schooner Race. plunging bowsprit, slippery is not an opI talked with some of Pride II’s connection. As a compromise, her sails are made tions. Here’s what’s up. of durable, non-absorptive Dacron thread, In the Sail Department. To make sure but are woven like canvas. Captain Miles Pride II is ready to crush the competition, sums it up, “We feel slipperiness is dangersecond mate Emily Hallwood is repairous, so we go to a lot of trouble preserving ing sails. Traditional sails have a bolt rope non-slippery rather than worrying too around the perimeter that takes most of much about stretch.” the load; the cloth of the sail acts only as a In the Food Department. Sail issues foil. Emily’s work consists of “re-seaming” pale in comparison with the complexi(restitching seams—by hand!) and “roping” ties posed by modern eating. “The crew (re-attaching the bolt rope). works hard and eats a lot,” Captain Miles The clews of the headsails really take tells me. “Twenty years ago, it was meat and potatoes. Now there are political/ a beating, Emily tells me. When Pride II emotional/ healthy sides to “She’s like an insect,” says Captain eating.” Sounds Trost. “She’s in her cocoon in winter, complicated. Then I talk with travels elsewhere for metamorphosis, Amanda who’s and then back to her place of origin.” been onboard two weeks. This is her first professional gig, and between planning and tacks in light air, the crew drags the sails preparing three meals a day, she’s running across the forestay. Still, these sails last. full throttle. One challenge is cooking meat Emily reckons that in the 22 years Pride II for the crew. She’s a life-long vegetarian, has been at sea, she’s had three or four sets so she doesn’t taste what she cooks. “How of headsails. Sails that get less use, like the main gaff topsail, might last 10 to 15 years. does that work?” I ask in disbelief. “Well,” she says, “I have a taste tester, and I get a Eat your hearts out racing skippers. lot of feedback.” I bet. I also learn that the sails on Pride II are In the Captain’s Department. I talk with a mix of old and new. Here’s the problem: Captain Jamie Trost for the first time. He Traditional cotton sails hold moisture and fills me in on Pride II’s spring schedule. get moldy, and synthetics don’t. Score

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Emily Hallwood “re-seaming” and “roping” the Pride of Baltimore II’s sails. Photo courtesy of Pride II

She spends her winters under shrink wrap in Canton. On the cozy deck under the wrap, crew scuttles about, dodging spars and tools and tins. Around the third week in February, she’s roused from her berth on Clinton Street. Spars are repositioned, but not rigged. Pride II motors down to Portsmouth for her annual haul out for maintenance caulking of the hull. Rigging proceeds above decks. By the end of March, she leaves Virginia for sea trials up the Chesapeake en route to Baltimore. “She’s like an insect,” says Captain Trost. “She’s in her cocoon in winter, travels elsewhere for metamorphosis, and then back to her place of origin.” “Were you an English major?” I ask. “As a matter of fact, I was,” he says. Captain Trost tells me that the co-captaincy on Pride means two-on, two-off so that captains don’t burn out. This way, the captaincy stays consistent, and it’s easier to attract crew. “Pride has a good rep in the tall ship fleet,” he says. This is echoed by Emily: “She’s known for being a slightly stricter vessel,” she says. “She has high expectations for the crew. She’s tight and clean, and she takes care of you when you sail her hard.” Sail her hard, then, we’ll be rooting for you. About the Author: Stephanie Stone sails J/22s in Baltimore and beyond. Send comments and story ideas to

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Anticipating the Springtime


by Andy Schell

here is no end to the sailing season Woodwind and Woodwind II are laid up, the Woodwinds do over the course of the in South Florida. Therefore, there usually side-by-side, 150 feet of sleek hulls summer—sailing from the Marriott dock is no beginning either. In midin need of green bottom paint. We rip in Annapolis Harbor four times per day, February, Mia and I sailed the 40 miles the shrink-wrapped winter covers off with from April right on through October and from Miami to Pompano Beach offshore in fervor. Two by two, we coat the bottom of covering enough miles on the Bay over a stiff northerly, riding the choppy seas of each boat with antifouling; it takes a mithe years to have circumnavigated three the Gulf Stream north. It was downright raculous team effort to get the work done times—the experience of the spring season cold by Florida standards—I was wearin one day. is virtually identical. ing my winter foul weather jacket and a Once back in the water, Captain Ken What I’m getting at is that while Mia winter hat, complete with earflaps—but we Kaye leads the charge to essentially put the and I came down to South Florida from were sailing, something only the heartiest boats back together again. Wooden boats Annapolis in November for a specific Annapolis sailors could have said in midrequire an incredible amount of work to purpose—getting our boat ready to cross February, especially this year. keep them in the Bristol condition that the the Atlantic, a cruise I’m still having difBut then again, there is something to be Woodwind Schooners are in, and having ficulty wrapping my brain around—I’ve said for the winter hibernabeen experiencing a twinge tion most northern sailors of jealously thinking about endure. Taking advantage my friends up north and the of an unseasonably warm excitement that surrounds day in January to get out the spring season. on the water; enjoying a By now, the new Woodsteaming mug of coffee wind crew has undoubtedly in the cabin of a sailboat experienced much of the warmed by the stove and same excitement and hard the company of friends; the work that I enjoyed for three feeling during a late-March years. The boats are probably day that the sun might be back in the water, getting just slightly warmer than ready for their first sail of the day before, announcing 2010. Likewise, my dad, my the coming of spring, the best friend, and countless coming of sailing season. other sailors in Annapolis For the second straight and on the Bay are getyear, I serendipitously ran ting their own boats ready, into my old Woodwind experiencing the same friend Pete Horner in Ft. anticipation. Hard work with a smile, the trademark of the Annapolis-based Schooner Lauderdale (where everyone Meanwhile Mia and Woodwind’s crew. Photo courtesy of the Schooner Woodwind in the sailing industry seems I continue the work on to end up at one point or other, some more two boats offers twice as many challenges. Arcturus in anticipation of than others, in our case). He’s been traversAs the days grow longer and warmer, a May departure for Bermuda and beyond. ing the globe on a 130-foot schooner and the pace becomes faster, the crew working The weather remains constant. We never just returned from New Zealand after now not to complete a refinishing project took the sails off this year, never winterized crossing the Pacific from San Diego. We’ve or put together a new battery box, but to the engine. It’s been enjoyable for sure, been spending the past week reminiscing ready the boats for sailing. Sails are passed but I can’t help but feel that something is down from the loft at the workshop, arduabout our days crewing on the Woodwind missing. To quote a favorite movie line, ously hauled down to the boat and bent in Annapolis. “Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t on. The crew applies fresh coats of varnish Pete remembered, “Growing up in Balas sweet.” to the mahogany trim on deck. They put timore, springtime sailing on the Bay was lifejackets and emergency equipment back like sudden freedom from a dark, gloomy About the Author: Andy Schell has in their proper places, unwinterize and test winter prison. This year in particular, I changed his course since he wrote this arthe engine, and go out sailing to train the imagine.” ticle. He has postponed his trans-Atlantic new crew and sort out anything they may During the three seasons that I worked crossing and is regrouping and refilling the have overlooked. cruising kitty by working on the Schooner for the Schooner Woodwind, I came to In short, making the Woodwinds ready Woodwind. Learn about Andy’s teaching know and enjoy the excitement surroundfor sail is no different than what the thouand find his blog via ing the start of sailing season. Springtime sands of boat owners on the Chesapeake is a call to arms of sorts for the Woodwind experience each year. While many of their crew. 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Bay People


by Chris Charbonneau


ehind the U.S. Naval Academy being afraid of confrontation and gates, among the neatly pressed for intentionally making his stuuniforms of Midis and stately halls dents uncomfortable. Students can of the grounds, you might not expect to count on him to take an opposing find one of the most outspoken critics of view to liberal or conservative ideals the Chesapeake Bay’s restoration programs. so that their emotions spur their Howard Ernst, associate professor of pointellect. However, in his Environlitical science, looks more like a John mental Politics course, he says most Grisham lawyer than a crunchy nature of his students are hopeless optilover, but his new book Fight for the mists who believe environmental Bay: Why a Dark Green Environmental resources and unfettered economic Awakening Is As much as Ernst enjoys life on the water, Needed to Save the Chesapeake he is frustrated by the “ecological Bay is a manifesto to all of the Bay’s zombie” the Chesapeake has become. special interest groups and their supporters to effectively growth can coexist without enviengage the political system for meaningful ronmental protection. Ernst chalchange. Still, Ernst insists that he is not an lenges them to ask whether they environmentalist, an activist, or a lightning can be a conservationist and a free rod; he’s an academic. marketeer at the same time when Ernst grew up near the sugar canes history has shown that industry, left of the Everglades in Southern Florida to its own accord, will do what is in and came to the Mid-Atlantic to attend its economic interests and not what college. After finishing his PhD at the is best for the environment. Ernst University of Virginia, he came to teach at admits that some students leave his the Academy in 2000. Working and living class unswayed, but others leave so close to the Chesapeake, Ernst, his changed. wife, and their three children have grown When Ernst talks about the to enjoy the Bay life; cruising on their political playground, you feel as Boston Whaler or skirting the shoreline if he should have a John Madden chalkboard so that you can follow the plays in kayaks. Each summer, Ernst and an old friend head out to camp along the banks of and strategy of the game. This is exactly why Ernst is an academic. He knows the the Bay. As much as Ernst enjoys life on game and is trying to coach a strategy to the water, he is frustrated by the “ecologithe underdogs. He explains the players’ cal zombie” the Chesapeake has become positions, where in between the elected ofbeneath the water’s surface. ficials and the general public are the special Ernst originally set out to write about interest groups that recruit candidates, how the Bay was the model of watershed restoration projects, but he soon discovered fund the candidates campaigns, and hold them accountable. Environmental interest it was not the model of success he had groups like CBF fail to take any position assumed. As a follow-up to his 2003 book in the game. Instead, Ernst sees them as Chesapeake Bay Blues, Fight for the Bay remaining in the stands, using a strategy of is even more polemic as he calls out the educating the public about the problems Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), the in hopes that technology and/or the free region’s largest and most beloved environmarkets will bring about change. mental interest group, for being ineffectual Ernst says the public is educated and because of its refusal to engage in electoral supports change, but the public is being politics. “No one is losing his or her job, duped not by politicians, but by environand no one is being elected because of the mental groups. Such groups don’t call out environmental community. As long as that the politicians who campaign saying they is the case, they [environmentalists] are are for cleaning the Bay, but are funded by going to be irrelevant,” Ernst says. polluting industries and consistently vote Ernst brings the same blunt honesty to against meaningful regulation. Ernst points the classroom where he is known for not 48 April 2010 SpinSheet


to the Maryland League of Conservation Voters as the only organization that is effectively working to hold elected officials accountable, yet enjoys far less support than CBF. As Ernst gains more attention, he knows that writing books and teaching Midshipmen will not be enough to change Maryland politics or to restore the Bay. Understanding that the future may require him to communicate his message through several mediums, he is enrolled in a digital photography and video course and is contributing to a new documentary for the 100-year anniversary of the Severn River Association. People are listening to what he has to say. His influence could be seen later this year as the political pep rallies get louder for upcoming elections. To learn more, visit About the Author: Chris Charbonneau and his wife Kate are Annapolis-based sailors and entrepreneurs. Learn about their sailor-friendly reusable bags at

A SAILOR’S MARINA by Joe Slavin of the Dickerson Owners Association


Frank Sherman on the Battleship USS Alabama as a Bos’n Specialist in Deep Sea Diving Submarine Rescue.

Bill and Frank on Irish Mist.

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f you travel to Deale, MD, you will find on the eastern shore of Rockhold Creek Sherman’s Marina, a small friendly, family-like operation with a mixture of some 35 sailboats, powerboats, and houseboats. Michael Brown in his 2005 article on “Deale, MD” in understated it when he said, “Sherman’s Marina does not have a swimming pool, but it does have Frank Sherman, which for my money, is more than a fair trade. He is an energetic, friendly soul whose speech still carries the hints of his native Boston.” I have been sailing for some 60 years and got to know Frank five years ago when I moved my 35-foot wooden Dickerson Ketch Irish Mist from a more expensive marina in Galesville, MD to nearby Deale. I found Deale to be a friendly and sheltered harbor with its many boat yards, marinas, and restaurants. Frank—who runs his marina pretty much by himself—was able to squeeze me in so I could get a slip. During morning coffee discussions, I found out that after leaving the Navy, he built his own transportation firm and settled in Deale almost 40 years ago. Frank saw plenty of action in World War II as a Bos’n Specialist in Deep Sea Diving Submarine Rescue on the Battleship USS Alabama in Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s South Pacific Fleet. Now in his early eighties, Frank keeps active with his World War II shipmates as a “Plank Owner” of the USS Alabama. Almost every day, you can find him—even in the snowy winter months—working on his marina and checking on the boats. He is a unique laid-back person who really cares about his tenants and looks after their boats as if they are his own. Over the Christmas holidays, my wife Arlene and I were driving to Rhode Island when I received a call from Frank saying, “Joe, your de-icer is not working. Where are the keys to the cabin?” After removing snow that had blown in under the canvas, Frank and his friend Bill Ford, who works with Frank, hoisted the de-icer out of the water and removed the plastic bag it picked up that caused the circuit breakers on my boat to trip. After fixing the de-icer, Bill—who was on the houseboat next to my boat—noticed that the de-icer was still not working properly. It would start and then stop almost immediately. They went down to the boat and found that the thermostat was blown. Many people would have left it at that and called the boat owner. Not Frank. He purchased a new thermostat—with temperature and time cycling—and installed it. When I returned from New England and went to check on the Irish Mist, everything was working perfectly. What a terrific example for others to follow. If there is an Award for the Outstanding Marina Owner it should be given to Frank Sherman. Thanks so much, Frank and Bill!


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

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

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

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Feathered Harbingers of Spring

by Janice F. Booth

small groups. Their sleek, long bodies are boldly colored—orange and black for the hooded merganser. And their heads are among the handsomest among waterfowl. They remind me of Egyptian pharaohs, with long, “hammerheads” crested with bold colors and markings, punctuated by long, slender, red bills. You can’t miss them even from a distance! And speaking of bills, you’ll have no problem identifying the scoters, shovelers, and ruddy ducks by their amazing bills. The scoters and shovelers don’t usually come inland or up the Bay, except now when they’re A surf scoter--now that’s a beak to remember! Photo by Charlie Long preparing to migrate north. They gather in huge flocks and “dabble” along the shallows. Now, dabbling refers to tails up and bills fter a long, cold winter, we’re all original GPS. Birds rely on the sun’s posidown—nibbling the grasses that grow just more than ready to tear off the tion, the earth’s magnetic field, and visual beneath the surface. The shovelers’ wide, shrink wrap, fold up the tarps, and landmarks to direct their course. Even flat beaks give these ducks the appearance of get our vessels shipshape for the sailing seasmells or olfactory clues can help birds find Jimmy Durante (for any of you old enough son. We’re not alone in our enthusiasm for their way. to remember Jimmy Durante’s distinctive getting back on the Bay, out in the creeks, Since many of you, patient readers, are proboscis). The scoters’ bills are shorter and and onto the rivers. Our feathered friends going to spend a lot of time in boatyards orange with large bumps, à la Stallone in are also returning from winter hideaways, and on docks launching your boats, let me “Rocky.” Ruddy ducks are much cuter and making their way up the coast to the Chesa- offer a modest guide for Birdwatching: more common to the Bay; their beaks are peake Bay and down from the Great Lakes Migratory Waterfowl. blue—yes, Wedgewood blue. Adult and even the Arctic regions. males have handsome, round, rustyAnnapolis and the Chesapeake “The Bay and its tributaries are the red bodies and white heads topped Bay are smack dab in the middle of the north-south migratory flyway. equivalent of JFK Airport, the hub by black hoods ending at those blue bills. Amazing. The Bay and its tributaries are the of the action for migrating birds.” And lest we overlook an amusing equivalent of JFK Airport, the hub visitor hanging out with the ducks, of the action for migrating birds. you’ll probably see the American You have a good chance of seeing some pretty remarkable, even rare birds. You may have already noticed the arriv- coot. They’re really not ducks, but members of the hen-like rail family. The coot’s Many of the birds that stop over in the Bay al; small groups and large flocks of ducks, body resembles a smooth, dark gray or have flown from as far away as Brazil and usually keeping their distance offshore. black boulder, its head punctuated with red Argentina, as well as Florida, where the The graceful tundra swans and snow eyes and a short, pale beak. They are gutsy, “snowbirds” aren’t limited to white-haired geese are amassing to leave the Bay, their muscular guys, unruffled by other birds or retirees. winter home, for the northern reaches of No wonder our feathered friends are tired Canada. (You can recognize the indigenous humans as they dabble in the shallows, 50 or 60 in a flock. You can’t miss their distinctive and hungry. Migrations may take anywhere tundra and trumpeter swans by their black chortle—more like the sound of tinny, toy from a few weeks to months. Usually the bills, while the invasive mute swans have trumpets mixed with clucking hens. spring migration takes less time than in the yellow bills.) Well, I hope these fellows keep you fall; the birds you’ll see now are coming The eider, buffleheads, and merganser amused during your work breaks at the home to mate, so everybody’s in a hurry to ducks are favorite sightings; their appearyard. Keep in mind, soon you’ll be joining grab a partner and feather that nest. (Come ance is striking. The common eider males them, back on the water again, with a fair to think of it, that is not too different from are splendid, large ducks. Their dramatic breeze filling your sails… and perhaps some our own spring mating game.) Pilots have black-and-white coloring is set off by a seagulls and ducks astern. reported seeing migrating geese flying at yellow bill that sits like a nose-plate on a an altitude of 29,000 feet. It’s not uncomknight’s helmet. You’ll probably see the About the Author: Janice F. Booth writes mon for migrating waterfowl to maintain eiders feeding among flocks of the more and teaches when she’s not hanging around altitudes of 500 to 2000 feet. And at those common buffleheads—distinctive for their boats with a pair of binoculars at the ready altitudes, they’re often traveling at speeds compact bodies and bobbing black heads for birdwatching. between 40 and 70 miles per hour. crowned with white wedges. One wonders how these birds, traveling Keep a look-out for the mergansers; at such speeds and heights find their way to hooded, common, and red-breasted. They their summer homes? Well, they have the usually keep to themselves, in pairs, or


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Eye On the Bay The Birds of Spring


fter a warm winter as far south as South America, the regal, fish-eating raptors known as osprey (Pandion haliaetus) fly back to Chesapeake Country for the summer. In the SpinSheet office, receiving the first reader photos and osprey sighting reports are harbingers of spring and sailing season. This year, we heard bird sighting reports as early as March 12. SpinSheet editor Ruth Christie won the one-dollar bet she has every year with her husband Jim when she spotted her first osprey outside their home on Cadle Creek the week of St. Patrick’s Day. While talking to sailing school students about their experiences for the article “No Experience Necessary” on page 55, we had an e-mail conversation with former Sail Solomons student Pam Kaplan. As well as sharing her positive experiences learning to sail, she also shared these stunning osprey photos. If you have clear, high-resolution photos reflective of life along the Bay to share with readers, send them to ~M.W.

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on your own? Many schools do; some even introduce you to the teaching staff if you hether you’re an experienced tour the facility. Ask if the instructors are have sailing clubs for cost-effective pracsailor looking to become more ASA and/or U.S. Sailing certified. Do they tice while meeting new sailing friends. specialized in one area or a have U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s licenses? Ask About Customization. Many schools newcomer to the sport, the last thing you Are they good listeners and friendly people offer customized sailing courses, including want to do is spend money going to a as well as “experts?” courses for women, couples, or families. sailing school that doesn’t fit your needs Tailored courses may also focus on specific Expect Business Sense. Sailing schools or your learning style. In an effort to help are businesses, and if you hope to develop skills like docking, racing, or even just bereaders focus on finding the right sailing a relationship with one, school, we asked longtime be sure you’re comfortsailing instructor and Sail able with its style. Were Solomons founder Captain your inquiries responded Lisa Batchelor Frailey to promptly and courtewhat kind of research poously? Did the school tential students should do provide the information before signing up for any you needed to make a sailing school on the Bay good course selection? or beyond. Here were her What sort of flexibility sound words of advice: will you have for reCheck the Credentials. scheduling, in the event American Sailing Associaof emergencies or foul tion (ASA) or U.S. Sailing weather? schools offer internationDo Your Homework. ally recognized certifiAsk for former student cation programs. Each references. Sailing is an organization promotes exciting and inspiring “Outstanding Schools and sport, and newcomInstructors” right on their ers tend to have strong websites. Ask yourself feelings about how they how “far” you’d like to learned. If a school hesigo in your sailing. Would tates to provide happy you eventually like to customers’ contact buy or charter a boat on J/World Annapolis students consult a nautical chart to learn that the Chesapeake information, there may your own? If so, choose a Bay is shallower than they think... Photo coutesy of J/World Annapolis be a reason for it. If a school that offers the full school does not have references for you, gamut of sailing certifications. Don’t select ing a good crewmember. Would you like a we recommend not writing the check. lesson on your own boat? Just ask. the sailing equivalent of a junior college if See Shoreside Resources. Dockside you’re after a master’s degree. To find comprehensive lists of sailing resources; availability of meals and lodgCheck Out the Boats. Many schools schools with certified instructors, visit ing; size, type, and condition of boats; and start initial training on small, tiller-steered and To contact safety and maintenance of boats. These keelboats, allowing you to get a feel for Frailey, e-mail basic sailing skills and building confidence. items may be addressed by a personal visit to the school to include a tour of the facilFor more advanced courses, progressively ity and boats, if not a demonstration sail. larger and more complex boats should be Meet the People. Top schools post instrucused. Will the school offer rentals or charters for practicing your newly learned skills tor biographies on their websites and gladly

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No Experience Necessary by Amelia N. Smith

When choosing a sailing school, you may want to stop by its open houses or take a demonstration sail to check out the boats and staff before making your decision. Photo courtesy of J/World Annapolis


n a year, we went from knowing nothing to being comfortable on our own boat, and we’re pretty cautious people,” says Sue Knapp. “I’d been on a sailboat once before we started our lessons.” Couple Sue Knapp and Mark Ramsdell started sailing as a retirement project. They had plans for a little boat, but ended up buying a Jeanneau 39. When they bought it, they wrote into the contract that they would have to learn to sail it. “The real message is: here we are, 60 years old, and we don’t know how to sail,” says Mark. So, they found Sail Solomons, which Captains Andy and Lisa Batchelor started in 2007.

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“What I liked about Sail Solomons and their teaching style was that they sat down with us and laid out how to get from novice to sailing our own boat. We had a plan,” says Sue. “By the time you’re 60 years old, you’re kind of set in your ways,” says Mark. “They have the ability to explain something five different ways until you get it and understand the concept... They very clearly want every student to be a huge success.” Over the course of two years, Sue and Mark progressed from introductory lessons to cruising the Bay. “When we cut loose and went off with a high level of confidence, boy it was really amazing,” says Mark. “Being on our own and feeling comfortable and really enjoying it—to me that was the biggest memory,” adds Sue. You don’t have to buy a boat to get out on the water. After moving from Chicago, Indre Biskis found herself taking walks at Belle Haven Marina in Alexandria, VA and found it was a great place to go. Before long, she realized there was no place she’d rather live than a block away from what she

describes as, “the most beautiful place in the Washington, DC area.” Home to the Mariner Sailing School, the marina’s Flying Scots showed Indre that “there was so much more about sailing that [she] liked constantly unfolding.” Following lessons, Mariner students can take the boats out on their own. Out sailing with two friends, Indre remembers watching as a big gust of wind came, and the boat started to heel. With one friend struggling with the jib sheets, the other on helm kept repeating, “butt... butt.” But what? While the boat spun in circles, her friend finally shouted, “You’re sitting on the sheets!” It’s a safe atmosphere with fun instructors whom Indre says you befriend. She’s taken review lessons, cruising courses on the Chesapeake Bay, and navigational compass courses. “Once you’ve taken the lessons, you can rent the boats.” And if there is no one to sail with, they have a list where you can find and meet new people to sail with.

Alan Ho, who had no previous sailing experience, was sailing J/80s soon after he found J/World Annapolis. “It seemed to be a fun place and had the best boats for the experience... I got a lot of sailing time and have gone back repeatedly because it’s two students with one coach,” he says. With a lot of hands-on sailing from day one, he’s taken courses on basic keelboat, racing strategy, advanced racing, and spinnaker, and then raced on Thursday nights to reinforce what he’s learned. “All the coaches are very helpful, and they really do want to make sure everyone has a great time,” he says, appreciating their cruising and racing experience and knowledge of the finer points of sail trim. Even getting the boat ready and putting it away were teaching moments for the coaches. With his experiences at J/World Annapolis, Alan purchased a Tartan 28 and sailed it back to his house with the help of a coach. He hopes to take a multiday cruising class with his wife. 

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Lessons quickly transformed into cruising vacations and racing for Colin McLaughlin, who grew up powerboating on the coast of Maine. Last January, he stumbled across a bareboat chartering website that eventually led him to the Chesapeake Sailing School. He says, “The temperature never got above 40 degrees, and it never stopped raining. We were soaking wet and freezing cold the whole time and still had a blast.” They accommodated his schedule and limited time constraints so that by October, he was sailing a Lagoon 410 S2 in the British Virgin Islands for his birthday. As the only one onboard with sailing experience, Colin took his friends for a week-long voyage, even entering in the local Foxy’s Cat Fight Sailing Regatta. Considering that five months prior he had never touched a sail, Colin says he did quite well. With his lessons, he can demonstrate to charter agencies his experience and has also helped others in passage making, taking a boat from the Caribbean to Bermuda and then to Massachusetts. This year, he’s booked to compete again in Foxy’s Cat Fight on a Lagoon 44 and plans to eventually purchase his own boat.

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Even one weekend can be fun and educational. Bernie Schultz was the winning bidder for Annapolis Sailing School lessons during a charity auction at Annapolis YC. She had gone out sailing with her family several times, but despite having an “expert sailor” husband, she says she really didn’t know anything. With two people in her class, she felt it was an incredibly personalized experience. “I think it’s something everyone should do,” says Bernie. “My husband could have taught me, but I wanted to get that experience myself... It’s invaluable to have that independent party give you the instruction.” Whether you want to sail as a lifestyle, go cruising, take your friends racing in the Caribbean, spend the weekend on the water, or just gain a new skill, taking adult sailing lessons on the Chesapeake Bay is a sure way to build confidence, gain experience, and feel safe aboard any sailboat, even your own.

A Sampling of Sailing Schools for Adults Annapolis Sailing School— Baltimore County Sailing Center— Bay Bridge Sailing School, Stevensville, MD— BaySail School and Yacht Charters, Havre de Grace, MD— Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Community Sailing Program, St. Michaels— Chesapeake Sailing School, Annapolis— Downtown Sailing Center, Baltimore— Fairwinds Sailing School, Annapolis— J/World Annapolis— Mariner Sailing School, Alexandria, VA— Maryland School of Sailing and Seamanship, Rock Hall, MD— Norton’s Sailing School, Deltaville, VA— Premier Sailing, Irvington, VA— R&R Charters and Sail School, Chester, MD— Sail Solomons— Upper Bay Sailing School, Worton Creek, MD— Womanship, Annapolis—womanship The Sailing Academy, Tracy’s Landing, MD— For more information about choosing the right school for you, click to SpinSheet’s new sailor guide Start Sailing Now at Also visit and

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Charter Notes

Chartering the Chesapeake 2010

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f you’re itching for a little Bay-cation, and you don’t have a boat of your own, there are increasing numbers of options on the Chesapeake. Times remain tough, tight, tentative—choose your adjective—which has made the option of chartering a boat even more appealing and more widespread. Use a boat for a day, a weekend, a week, and then give it back to someone else who does the maintenance, pays for the insurance, and deals with it in the winter. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Before potential charter sailors filter through the various options available, they may want to study this brief glossary of commonly used terms in the world of chartering. ~M.W. Air conditioning: a little machine that makes cramped spaces on big charter boats bearable in August on the Chesapeake. Whether or not it is necessary is up for some debate. See page 64 and decide for yourself. Bareboat charter: a captain-free boat rental experience. Most companies ask that you have experience at the helm of larger boats and/or some sort of certification such as American Sailing Association (ASA) or U.S. Sailing bareboat certification.

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Blender: an appliance that fits into all boats with power sources in which you can batch up frozen concoctions to help you hang on. We recommend asking if a charter company supplies these or if you need to BYO Blender. Boat rental: you give someone money, and they give you a boat for a set number of hours. They probably don’t offer any instruction or frills (or they would probably refer to themselves as a charter company). Captain: a man or woman who has earned a U.S. Coast Guard certification after logging many hours under sail or power on the water and passing a big, tough test. Such certification gives one a higher level of knowledge than your average Joe. Do question one who chooses to attach this moniker to his or her name without having taken the test. Charter: Can be used as a noun or a verb. A nicer way to say “rent a boat” or “boat rental.” You give them money, and they give you a boat for temporary use. Captained charter: You pay money, and you get a boat equipped with a licensed skipper to make sure you don’t wreck it. You may take advantage of this person’s expertise or just kick back with a drink in your hand and let him or her do all the work. (see Blender.)

Credit card: a 2” x 3.5” plastic card with embossed numbers and your name on it, which is all you need to charter a boat in most places. Day charter: a boat rental which lasts anywhere from an hour to eight hours. Dinghy: a little boat with oars or a little engine, which you tow or put up on deck of your big charter boat. It may cost extra. If you plan on anchoring in remote places rather than staying at a dock at marinas, it may be worth it for the sake of exploration. They’re fun, too. Fractional sailing: a word marketing specialists invented for sharing a fraction of the costs of a boat with a few other people. It’s not really a rental; it’s not really ownership. The word was an attempt to remove the idea of “time share,” which may have unappealing associations. But it’s the same thing. Provisioning: it’s cheaper if you buy your own groceries or provision a boat yourself. If you’ve never done this before, ask an experienced sailor or charter agent for advice about how to maximize space.

Vacation in Our Backyard


ave you ever driven across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and looked down at all those beautiful sailboats gliding across the glistening Bay? Have you ever imagined yourself standing at the helm of a large schooner chatting with that magnetic special someone as if you were in that scene from “Wedding Crashers” with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams? Wind in your hair, sun on your face, glass of wine in your hand, no sound but the soft splash of the water on the hull, your favorite Norah Jones CD playing on the stereo… Thankfully the charter sailboat options for scratching such itches are as numerous as the tastes of anyone who has ever dreamed of sailing on the Bay. Everything from large group excursions with live music to lazy intimate afternoons lying on the deck in a quiet cove can be yours with a phone call, some cash, and a short wait for warmer weather. Now is the time to start your research and planning; there are sailing adventures waiting for nearly every budget and level of experience, and these can be found at dozens of locations around the Chesapeake Bay.

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Choosing a charter often requires trade-offs; the two primary considerations being your budget and your sailing experience. There is a large range to the cost of chartering a sailboat on the Chesapeake. Generally, the smaller and older the boat, the less expensive it is to charter. Catamarans are typically more expensive than monohull sailboats, but they offer relatively greater stability, speed, and space. Many boats offer amenities, such as a generator for running an air conditioner and a dinghy for getting ashore, which can add to both the enjoyment and the cost of the experience. If you have never attempted sailing, but think you would like to try, a good option is a two-hour sailing tour with a larger group on a crewed schooner. For those of you who already have the bug, the following guidelines will help you navigate your way toward true pirate’s treasure: sail time.

Bareboat or Crewed/Captained A bareboat charter (one without a hired captain) is little different than renting a car: some proficiency is expected of the operator who is responsible for the craft and the crew. Usually those who already own a boat or have good boat-handling and navigation skills qualify comfortably. The bareboat


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Charter Notes charter companies will be happy to familiarize you with the boat when you arrive, but they will check out your skills, even if you are a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain or possess an American Sailing Association (ASA) 104 certificate for bareboat chartering. So, expect some initial observation, as it is their job to ensure your safety; and don’t be anxious about being perfect in an unfamiliar boat; they will know the deep difference between faulty concept and unrefined execution. There are many reasons for employing

a captain, and even accomplished sailors often choose this more relaxing and stressfree option: no worries about navigation, vessel maintenance, finding anchorages or the best waterfront crab house. Captains oftentimes also provide instruction, and many charter companies offer qualified instruction and certification as part of their enticement to charter their boats. Captains cost anywhere from $200 to $400 per day, but they can make the difference between a frustrating, even harrowing experience, and a totally relaxed and enjoyable time on the water. On the other hand, many enjoy exercising their navigation skills and being in command of their own destiny. For this captain, however, the biggest reason for choosing a bareboat is the added privacy. Maybe it is my

puritanical New England heritage, but I’m a lot more comfortable skinnydipping with a friend in the moonlight when there is no one else around.


Once you’ve established your budget, it is time to consider your itinerary. Do you want quiet time, the big city, picturesque villages, small towns, or a little of each? Do you want to be sailing two hours a day or 10? Most charter companies will provide you with all the information you need, so don’t hesitate to pepper them with questions, and be prepared to let them know what you seek. Spend some time with a chart of the Chesapeake. Use the Internet to research potential ports of call, but be open to suggestions from those who know the area. Also, while it is important to think about the destinations you would like to visit, be prepared to be flexible, because the wind doesn’t always blow the way you might want it to; and heck, it wouldn’t be an adventure if there weren’t a few unexpected challenges.

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Sailing charter companies on the Chesapeake come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some are large four-star establishments; some may be compared to an elegant bed and breakfast, while others are more akin to a Days Inn. The age of the boat (or fleet) and the amenities provided distinguish the offerings. Depending on your preferences and budget, a smaller, newer boat with air conditioning may be preferable to a larger vintage yacht without. It is really up to you. You will get an initial sense by checking out the companies’ websites. Then it is best to call and speak to the proprietors, describe your intentions, and get them to provide you with a quote and whatever additional information you seek. These efforts will provide you with a good indication of the professionalism and level of service you should expect. Some companies will only charter their boats with captains, but most offer bareboat chartering. Choose the company that is right for you, and set your expectations accordingly. Regarding your choice of boat, some are built for comfort, and some for speed. Many of the newer model cruising boats offer a good mix of each, with most charter boats erring on the side of comfort. A few companies on the Chesapeake offer catamarans; while these are often a tad more expensive, they are both fast and stable and may be the right choice if one of your crew is uncomfortable with the lateral roll of a monohull.

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Charter Notes Some boats are tricked-out with flat-screen televisions, as well as surround sound, microwaves, gas grills, diesel generators to provide air conditioning and heat, and freshwater showers on the transom to wash off after swimming. Typically, you get what you pay for, but don’t go paying for something you won’t use or need. Air conditioning, for example, is seldom needed when swinging at anchor on the Chesapeake as the boat is usually nicely cooled by the night air flowing through the cabin. (Editor’s note: this air condi-

Lighthouses, creeks, rivers, charming ports-- the Bay is a wonderful place to explore by charter boat.

tioning comment is debatable. Consider your charter company’s recommendations carefully in August on the Chesapeake.)

Provisioning Sail charter companies on the Chesapeake usually leave provisioning up to you. Some charter company websites have links to

food catering companies from which you can obtain prepared meals. This is a good idea if you don’t like spending your vacation time cooking in cramped shoeboxsized galleys (kitchens). Many newer boats now have decent refrigerators, but before you bring that half-gallon of ice cream, beware that freezer space is usually extremely limited, if any exists at all. Regardless, it is best to think “ice-box” when contemplating provender. So start making your plans, and make sure you wave when we cross wakes this season. See y’all soon!

A Sampling of Chesapeake Sail Charters Annapolis Bay Charters Annapolis (800) 991-1776 Blue Crab Charters Rock Hall (410) 708-1803 C&C Charters Grasonville (800) 733-7245 Chesapeake Sailing Charters Deale (704) 244-9829 Classic Sail Charters Annapolis (571) 331-6241 Fair Wind Sailing School Worton Creek (866) 380-7245 Getaway Sailing Baltimore (410) 342-3110 Haven Charters Rock Hall (410) 639-7140 Lets Go Cruising Annapolis (410) 263-1818 Liberte the Schooner Annapolis (410) 263-8234 Sail Away Charters Tangier Island (434) 293-3114 Sail Selina II St. Michaels (410) 726-9400 Sailing Ketch Pintita Baltimore (410) 435-2078 Sailing Vessel Seanchai Galesville (301) 503-1101 Schooner Woodwind Annapolis (410) 263-1981 Skipjack H.M. Krentz St. Michaels (410) 745-6080 South River Boat Rentals Edgewater (410) 956-9729 Tred Avon Yacht Sales Oxford (877) 226-5080 There are private charter companies listed every month in the Classified Ads on page 96.

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Land and Sea Adventure Photos and story by Cindy Wallach


he Chesapeake Bay is famous for the hundreds of beautiful, protected gunkholes where sailboats can drop their hooks and spend the night. For some folks, lowering the anchor is the last physical activity of the day aside from 12-ounce curls and chip-dip crunches. But if you’re looking for some adventures that get you off the boat, away from the antique shops and pricey restaurants, and closer to nature, you don’t have to look very far. Harness Creek Tucked up the South River not far from Annapolis, Harness Creek offers the best of everything for a land-sea adventure. Anchoring here is snug and protected with good holding throughout. Once you're ready to take the dinghy ashore, your best bet is to avoid tying up at the Quiet Waters dock, and just beach your dink nearby the dock and tie it up to a tree. A quick walk up the bank, and you'll find yourself on one of the many miles of beautiful, forested trails that wind through the 340 acres of Quiet Waters Park. Quiet Waters has something for everyone, from kayak rentals to a dog park and dog beach to a huge playground for the little ones. The six miles of trails are popular with joggers and bikers and offer off-trail exploring too. If you’re Chesapeake Bay Sailing

feeling athletic and artsy, you can explore the park's sculpture gardens and art galleries. A favorite in the summer time is the Saturday night concert series. Free music under the stars, all just a leisurely stroll from the anchorage in Harness Creek.

Rhode River

The Rhode River is a popular anchorage for day trippers and overnight cruisers alike with plenty of elbow room and amenities just around the corner in the West River. But did you know that your federal tax dollars are hard at work right along the shores of the Rhode River? The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is 2650 acres of protected wilderness and home to top scientists conducting ecological research. As such, the golden rule

here is leave only footprints. Don’t bring in trash, pets, or food beyond basic water and snacks. You can’t tie up to their dock, but you can mindfully land your dink just beyond the dock along one of the sandy banks. This will leave you right on one of the many hiking trails throughout the property. If you are there during business hours, seek out the Reed Education Center where guests are asked to sign in and trails maps are available. Then the place is yours to roam, from deep woods to wetland trails, there are endless natural treasures here. If you time it right, you can sign up for one of the many public education programs offered, from guided sunset canoe trips to seining for fish with a Smithsonian scientist to bird watching. Plan your trip by checking out SpinSheet April 2010 65

Land and Sea Adventure continued... A Geocache Tip for Adventurers Here are some clues to a fun geocache right near Harness Creek in Quiet Waters Park. Name: Bight’s Overlook Lat/Long: N 38° 55.903 W 076° 30.580 The Basics: The cache isn’t too well hidden, but is covered. It is off-trail, but not too much. The cache is a small Rubbermaid container with a blue lid. Initial contents were: Log book + Pen (pencil in there too in case) Mini Soldier Set of 150 Four snowman stickers Three jumbo dice Hot Wheels car Set of 52 cards Four AA batteries Golf ball

Hint: Look for a tree with a nest and four

trunks. Don’t forget to bring some treasure to leave behind, and log your find on the geocaching website. Have fun!

watching, as well. With more than 270 species of birds, this island is like an avian amusement park. During migratory season, they’re here by the tens of thousands. So, grab your binoculars and your walking shoes and head ashore.

Wye Island Another gorgeous gunkholing adventure is the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area. Anchor out in Dividing Creek, and sailors are welcome to go ashore on the island to explore six miles of nature trails. This is a fabulous place to have a close encounter with nature from the flying to the four-legged variety, including the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel. Consider getting a hold of a Wye Island NRMA trail guide before venturing out, and be mindful of the poison ivy!

Other Adventures…

Hart-Miller Island

It's a boat-access only state park, just outside the hustle and bustle of Baltimore. Hart-Miller Island is comprised of 244 acres south of Middle River. With restrooms, picnic areas, camping areas, boardwalks, and a fabulous 3000-foot stretch of sandy beach, it’s a very popular spot. But it’s not just the locals who like to explore here: it’s a hot spot for bird

Hiking and nature walks are not the only adventures to be had while anchoring out on the Chesapeake Bay. Have you ever tried treasure hunting? Sailors have all of the equipment needed to get started already onboard: a GPS and love of exploring. It’s called Geocaching, and here’s how it works: let your fingers do the walking over to before heading out on your boat. Sign in (for free), and then type in the area you plan to sail or anchor in. Then voilà, all of the hidden caches, or treasures, will be listed with latitudes and longitudes and some clues. Print out the ones you want to find, gather some trinkets from your junk drawers or the dollar store to trade, and sail on over to the site.

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Cruising Club Notes


As Some of You May Know…

ur sister publication, PropTalk Magazine, was without an editor for our January-March issues. During that hectic period, the whole crew here took on extra work to produce both magazines each month. Yay team! The other good news is that Gary Reich is now at PropTalk ’s helm, and Sara Proctor is our new photo editor and production guru, working closely with Cory Deere, our art director, on both magazines. What does all this mean for you? Well, for starters, I can guarantee a fresh focus on keeping this a fun, must-read section of SpinSheet. And, if you don’t like how we’ve edited your pieces, or worse: we fail to print your Club Notes all together, please know two things: (1) it’s definitely not personal, and (2) we’ll make things right in the next issue. On that note, check out the Glenmar Sailing Association’s March and April news below. Apologies for omitting your news last month. As you may know, we love sharing all of your stories. —Ruth Christie/

On GSA Schedule?


lenmar Sailing Association (GSA) members are pleased to announce that we remain solvent and operational despite the best efforts of our Board of Directors at the January budget meeting. As we prepare for our 63rd season of racing and cruising on the Chesapeake Bay, we can’t help but wonder how we have so much fun. Our annual January cruisers party was a smashing success; the beer was cold, and the food was smokin’ hot. Depending on which way the wind blows, we’ll spend two weeks sailing somewhere around the Patuxent for our annual cruise. Preparations for Northern Bay Race Week (NBRW) have begun earlier than usual this year; the guy who ran it since it was started 20-something years ago has decided to retire, can you believe this guy? George Culbertson, we miss you! Recently, after the usual very important monkey business meeting, we enjoyed an in-water boat maintenance presentation by Ken Barrick of Off the Wall Scuba. After our Thistle and Portsmouth racers gathered for their usual February bacchanal at the fleet captain’s home, only minor repairs were needed. That fleet continues to grow, and the fleet captain has expressed concern about next year’s party. Now meeting regularly, someone on our NBRW committee just realized we planned NBRW and the club’s annual two-week cruise to start on the same weekend. OK, so who’s going to cook the hot dogs and hamburgers for the racers? Just another Glenmar crisis. If you live, work, or play on the northern end of the Bay and are looking for some sailing fun, check out GSA. We are only a little bit crusty, grouchy, and cheap ( —by Paul Rybczynski

Springing into Action


t is officially spring, and we’re eagerly awaiting the Chesapeake Bristol Club’s (CBC) (right) annual Spring Luncheon. Peter Bittner and Marty Keegan are organizing the event, which marks the opening of our 36th season. So, be it by land or by sea, old timers, newcomers, and everyone in between are invited to come join the festivities April 25 at Pirate’s Cove Restaurant and Marina in Galesville, MD starting at noon (cbclub. info). —by Deb Coons

Enough Shoveling


fter several delays due to snow, the Chesapeake Corinthian Sailing Club (CCSC) (below right) held our annual winter party February 19 at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia, MD. Last year’s cruise captains received awards, and Andy Monjan presented the Commodore’s Award to Jan and Hank Zerhusen. We discussed summer cruising and made plans to finalize the 2010 cruising schedule at a club picnic at Hammock Island on Bodkin Creek in early May. CCSC sails to popular destinations on the Chesapeake Bay and then rafts together at day’s end for refreshments and socializing ( —by Adrian Flynn

CBC’s snowman made another surprise appearance during our Winter Doldrums Party-North at the home of Janet and Bruce George. His sign (“Winter’s for the birds!”) pretty much expressed everyone’s take on this year’s wintery weather.

What’s the Buzz, Tell Me What’s a Happenin’


uring the spring captain/crew meeting of the Barnacle Cup Racers (BCRs) (below left) at Fitzies Irish Pub March 26, we discussed lower Potomac River race course marks and signals, PHRF racing, procedures for an occasional staggered start (slowest boats first), and a possible long-distance race. Racing runs from April through Halloween near historical St. Clements Island. We are planning a special Wounded Warrior Sailboat Race on Memorial Day weekend where we take some of our heroes from Walter Reed and Bethesda hospitals, include them as crew, and enjoy a day on the water with them ( —by Robert “Buzz” Ballard

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Precision Owners: Save These Dates


wners of Precision sailboats are again prepping for the second annual Precision Rendezvous/ Chesapeake Bay June 17-25. The Sailing Emporium in Rock Hall, MD will serve as party central, with a cruise planned to Annapolis for food and fun hosted by Backyard Boats ( —by Pete Weihermuller


Lots of Regattas

ortsmouth Boat Club (PBC) sailors added a new race to our annual Barnacle Regatta on the Elizabeth River. The brainchild of commodore Bob Old, the Lady Barnacle Race June 26 will get the ladies on the tiller. Members braved the cold chill to usher in the spring Equinox with a hearty ole Sock Burning (below); navy bean soup and a bit of rum warmed us up while Casey Garns’ original PBC Sock Burning Poem delighted the crowd. During our March general membership meeting, Captain Nick Alley, former skipper of the Schooner Virginia; Dave Wilbar of SailTime; and Denise Muncher, the new chairperson of the Portsmouth Committee for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, spoke about the push to form a Community Sailing Organization to be headquartered at Nauticus in downtown Norfolk. As always, members were very keen on helping out in any way that we can. Don Wade even suggested that we have a tie in with the Community Sailing folks and our very own Merrimac Memorial Race May 29 at Portsmouth’s City Park, which heralds any-dinghy-will-do racing season in Hampton Roads, VA. Spring racing begins April 16 (! —by Jonathan Romero

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES Seventeen-Foot Weekenders


embers of the Chesapeake Catboat Association (right) met March 6 at the Severn Inn for the annual meeting, which was well attended. People from all over the Chesapeake area came to hear what was in store for the new season and renew old and initiate new friendships. With displays, slideshows, catboat-related books, as well as photos of past events presented for all to see, the event identified what we hope will be the best season for the organization. We also gained two new members who have brought their Nonsuch 22 sailboats into the fold, and Steve Flesner was recognized by the national catboat organization for his service. During the meeting, commodore Marc Cruder recognized Steve’s wife Lois for her ability to put up with our roving ambassador’s treks in search of catboats, catboat builders, and those who associate themselves with these unique crafts of the Bay. How many 17-foot sailboats are taken on weeklong cruises of the Bay? Not many ( —by Butler Smythe

Marc Cruder recognizes Lois Flesner for putting up with her husband’s travels for the Chesapeake Catboat Association.


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reetings from Man O War Cay in the Abacos! The editors of the Alberg 37 Owners Association are currently on sabbatical in the Abacos aboard our 1975 Alberg 37 Yawl Shearwater. It’s been cold and windy down here, but guess we won’t get much sympathy from the folks up north, as we periodically check on the Bay’s weather. April brings the start of our long trek back north to Kinsale, VA ( —by Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

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lthough the snow cancelled Sailing Chavurah’s December General Meeting and Chanukah Party, cruise director Alan Karpas planned our Two-Week Summer Cruise. This year, we will head north of the Bay Bridge to anchorages in the Magothy River, Middle River, Still Pond, Worton Creek, Back River, Emory Creek, and Back Creek. We’ll also stay at the following marinas: Haven Harbor, Sailing Associates, Tidewater Marina, and Great Oaks Marina. Our Fourth of July activities will grace Havre de Grace, MD ( —by Andrea Landis



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Stranded in St. Thomas? You Poor Dears


ew donations to the Downtown Sailing Center’s (DSC) Cruising Program include a C&C 30 and a Hunter 33. Boat managers are hard at work with volunteer crews getting them ready for the new sailing season. The boats will support an expanded Accessible Sailing program with an expected start in April. This winter saw an expanded education program sponsored by operations director Steve Maddox; courses in knot tying, splicing, and diesel engine basics were well attended. Plans are in the works for a series of courses in the spring designed for potential cruising skippers and first mates; they will likely include docking, anchoring, on-the-water maneuvering, and navigation. Some 22 DSC members fended off the winter blues by organizing charters to the Virgin Islands and Grenadines. One of the lucky groups who were sailing catamarans around St. John and points west was stranded in St. Thomas for a few extra days during Baltimore’s snow of the century this winter ( —by John King

All Are Welcome


hesapeake Bay Sabre Association (CBSA) (right) members welcomed the boating season during our annual spring membership meeting March 21 at the West River Sailing Club in Galesville. CBSA announced the 2010 rendezvous schedule, which is available at Sailing coach and Quantum sail designer, Barry Gately, gave a special presentation on tactical racing and sailing; many CBSA members race their fast boats in fun regattas around the Chesapeake Bay ( —by Julie Phillips-Turner


Opening Day!

uring the North Point SA’s spring meetings on the first Wednesday of the month, commodore Bill Kline reviews the racing schedule. April 7 brings the Rules of Racing meeting. April 17 brings Opening Day at Young’s Boat Yard near Baltimore, including a Boat For Sale Show, nautical flea market, and cookout ( —by Charlie Rouse

Feb-Brew-Ary Fun


he winter snows couldn’t keep a group of intrepid Stingray Harbour YC members from a Land Cruise February 19-21. We journeyed to Easton, MD to tour a winery and brewery in St. Michaels and ate our way through Easton. Saturday night had the creative group writing a new anthem for the yacht club to be previewed at Opening Day Ceremonies April 17 in Deltaville, VA, home of the club on Broad Creek (stingrayhyc. com). —by Pat Anderson

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Polar Bears Set Sail?


Alice and John Saxelby hold on tight as their Tartan 27, Magic, heels waaay over during the Calling All Tartans Regatta last June. The CBTSC Regatta will be held over the Fourth of July weekend in Annapolis, when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tartan Yachts.


April Sun Brings May Fun

hy not take a break from your spring boat work for a free tour April 9 of Hart-Miller Island, a popular destination for boaters and birds near Baltimore? The state is restoring this island as well as Poplar Island near Knapps Narrows, which Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) (above) members toured last year. Mark your calendars for the Early Bird Cruise May 15-16 with Peter and Cathy Kreyling and the Memorial Day Cruise with Chuck and Sue Gladding. Happy sailing to you all (! —by Grace Holt

Let us show you the ropes

ight members of the Chesapeake Hobie Island Group enjoyed— and passed with flying colors— a Boating Skills and Seamanship class taught at Backyard Boats in Annapolis by the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-1 in November. On New Years Day, three of our more hearty members took part in the second annual Adventure Island Polar Bear Sail. The water and air temperatures were in the mid 30s, with the winds around 10 knots out of the northwest. Outfitted with dry suits and wetsuits, Glenn Hartwell, Al Kubeluis, and Jim Lay ventured out onto Spa Creek and the Severn River. The sailing was good, and they had great seats to watch the Annapolis YC’s Hangover Bowl. Activities planned for the spring kick-off included the March 20 spring Equinox sail. We met at noon at Backyard Boats and were on the water in time to celebrate the arrival of spring at 1:32 p.m. EDT. April 10 marks the first race of the season; it will include two races across the Bay to Matapeake State Park and back. The after-race meeting will be at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport ( fleet940. com). —by Glenn Hartwell

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fter many months of repairing damage to the Tartan 34 Classic Association’s website from hackers, Tom Hart has brought it back up again; is now open for business, with countless photos of T34Cs (right); news from across the United States, Canada, and Europe; a new classified section; and three very active forums. The General Discussion Forum is filled with postings, including an invitation to tour the Tartan factory and the ever-popular question of how to back up your classic. If you need advice on improving your galley or installing a bow roller bracket, visit Projects and Photos, where owners describe and illustrate their DIY jobs. The Tech Forum is a place where questions find answers, sometimes within an hour of being posted. Only members can post a message to the forums, but it is easy to join our association right on the site, and then you’re good to go. —by Grace Holt

Four T34Cs raft up in Dunn Cove on a glorious May morning. All flying the distinctive Tartan 34 Classic Association burgee, they came here from ports in New York, North Carolina, and the Chesapeake. The association brings owners together on the water or online at Photo by George Duffie

Looking High and Low


n February 19, Cat sailors from the West River Catamaran Racing Association (WRCRA) descended on an unsuspecting Annapolis for an endless happy hour. The revelry continued during the WRCRA/F15 Awards Party March 20 at the Fleet 15 Club Reserve in Galesville, MD. New this year was the High Point/Low Point Award for the Best Sailor of the Year ( —by Keith Chapman

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uring the Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron’s (KNSPS) 17th annual Change of Watch at Café Sadó on Kent Island, MD (below, right), Ralph Bernard—commander of USPS District 5—installed commander Marty Lafferty, executive officer Jim Del Vecchio, educational officer Richard Radlinskistown, treasurer Al Watson, and secretary Thomas German. Incoming administrative officer Peter Minott was given his oath of office during the March membership meeting at the Kent Island YC. Retiring commander Ken Treadwell thanked those who served on his Bridge and as committee chairmen for the past year; welcomed past commodore Fred Chew and his wife Tricia who represented the Kent Island YC, commander Bob Frenz and his wife Dorothy of the Miles River Sail and Power Squadron (MRSPS), past commander Frank May and his wife Mary Jo of MRSPS, and commander Ken Hesterberg of the Cambridge Sail and Power Squadron; and recognized nine past KNSPS commanders and Miriam Stevens, a long-time USPS member and Lafferty’s mother-in-law. April 28 brings KNSPS’s two-hour weather seminar at the Oyster Cove Clubhouse, and May includes two three-session basic boating courses. For more details and to schedule a vessel safety check, visit the squadron’s booth at the Bay Bridge Boat Show this April ( —by Karen Wimsatt

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Students attending the Camden Promise Charter School sand and glue their rudders during the Cooper River YC’s after-school classes this winter. During the sessions, students have built model sailboats and learned the points of sail, the no-go zone, and parts of sailboats before taking sailing lessons at the club ( Photo courtesy of Marcella Ridenour

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indjammers of the Chesapeake will host bluewater cruiser and author Beth Leonard April 17 at 8 p.m. at the Severn School ( —by Leah Duer Alfriend


Season Opener

pril 14 marks the season opener for the Wanderlusters Sailing Club. This non-profit organization offers hands-on sailing and instruction on the Bay on a 27-foot Catalina sloop and a 30-foot Beneteau sloop ( —by Patrice Shannon

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hesapeake Bay Triton Fleet sailors’ spring brunch will be held at the River Watch Restaurant and Marina in Baltimore April 18. By then, the Tritons will be launched and the snow, we hope, will be melted. The fleet will enjoy last season’s sailing stories and plan the upcoming season’s racing ( —by Kristin White

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Raft-Up Fever

lub Beneteau C hesapeake Bay (CB2) (above) members enjoyed the 10th Spring Luncheon and Annapolis Pub Crawl. The raft-up season will begin with the Cinco de Mayo Raft-Up May 8. The club’s BOLD adventures include the DelMarVa Circumnavigation beginning Memorial Day weekend and concluding at the Beneteau Rendezvous in Deltaville, VA the following weekend. Mid-summer brings the BOLD trip to Maine. Our summer fun includes a meeting of the Northern and Southern Fleets in Solomons; the three-club raft-up tournament at Fairlee Creek; the College Tailgate Raft-Up; Hard Crab Derby Days in Crisfield, MD; community service projects; and many more fun things to do. We still remember the quote from a powerboater who dinghied over to our raft-up in Fairlee Creek last year to state, “You sailboaters sure know how to have fun (!” —by Kevin McKibben

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A Class Act

nnapolis Naval Sailing Association members have been busy updating our training plans for 2010 and working out course schedules. This included meeting with prospective students to determine the best dates and times for the classes. Our first class March 14 focused on first aid and CPR. Our Senior Crew Course will start April 10, and our Watch Captain Course should start in April or May. We are looking at other possible courses during 2010 ( —by Tom Warrington

Waiting for the start signal, Rachel Wagner is about to challenge Rick Hanson during NERYC’s Raingutter Regatta Junior Sailing fundraiser/social February 20. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Wagner

Looking Forward


he Jewish Navy ushered in spring burning “sox” to mark the end of a very long winter and celebrate the beginning of boating season. April is a “by” month; by next month, boats should be cleaned, launched, and ready to go. We will look forward to on-the-water activities and the times we will raft up, enjoy the sunset, and while sitting around the cockpit sharing good food and good company, ponder the speed of dark. For more information about us, contact —by Adiva Sotzsky


Fun for Everyone

t’s been a long, cold, snow-filled winter. It’s been hard for those of us who love to be out on the water. But, have heart; spring is here! It’s that time of year again. Time to get your boat race ready! Believe it or not, sailing season is here. The Southern Maryland SA’s Frostbite races began March 7. The winds were light, but it was a beautiful day to be out on the water or to view the 1 p.m. starts from the rock wall near the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory’s pier. Frostbite races continued every Sunday throughout March. April 10 brings our Opening Day Flag-Raising Ceremony/Potluck Brunch, April 14 marks the start of Wednesday night races, April 15 brings the Commodore’s Potluck Dinner, April 24 features the Sharps Island Race, and May 7 is the start of Thursday night races. We have something for everyone: cruising, racing, social events, and seminars. Come by for Friday happy hours (5 to 8 p.m.) at the clubhouse and meet the members. Hope to see you out on the water soon (! —by Sandra Leitner 76 April 2010 SpinSheet


The Best Kept Secret on the Upper Bay!

orth East River YC members (above) are having a Spring Open House April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Family memberships run $600 per year. Don’t miss this chance to find out more about our cruising, racing, and summer learn-to-sail program for kids. Bring the whole family. We are conveniently located in northern Maryland and close to the tri-state area ( —by Sharlene Wilkins —News by Kathleen H. Knust and photo by Wesley Bramble During the Rock Creek Racing Association’s annual Awards Banquet at the Maryland YC February 21, John Anderson received the fifth annual Oak Harbor Cup for his sportsmanship and contributions to the club, and Kathleen H. Knust (shown right with Larry Vanzano) received recognition for winning the Chicks Rock Series. The tune-up race is set for April 14, and Wednesday night races run from April 21 to October 24 (


Racing, Learning, and Selling

or Old Point Comfort YC sailors, April 10 brings the start of the Yankee Station Spring Racing Series. On land, the “Pointer” Maritime University will be at the Fort Monroe Recreation Center near Hampton, VA April 17 at 9 a.m. Bob and Joan Gonsoulin of Williamsburg, VA will present “Converting the Middle Ground Lighthouse to a Second Home,” which focuses on purchasing and converting an historic lighthouse in the Southern Bay. This light marks a small rise in the center of Hampton Roads that became a hazard as ships drew more water. Later that same day, don’t miss the Dock Sale at the clubhouse from 3 to 5 p.m. For news of members going above and beyond the call of duty, see page 30 ( —by Michael Turner

Ain’t It Exciting?


pril marks the start of Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Association’s on-the-water season. Bob and Elaine Leigh will lead the Early Bird Cruise to Ridout Creek April 17-18. Albergers will then be well represented in the annual Sperry-Top Sider National Offshore One-Design (NOOD) Regatta April 30-May 2 off the Severn in the Bay. The NOOD is the most popular regatta of our season, and we have been involved with this event every year since its beginning in 1999. That same weekend, cruisers and racers will gather Saturday in Lake Ogleton for our Spring Rendezvous at the Bay Ridge Club for a Used Boat Gear sale, a major cookout, and the famous Alberg Bar. New sails will be measured, and the summer spirit will prevail ( —by Rolph Townshend

The Birth of a Network


Spring is in the AIR! Time to burn those socks & prepare for warmer weather. Make Annapolis Athletic Club your way of life and get results!

ew for 2010, we are starting up the Chesapeake Family Cruising Network (CFCN) and seek cruisers (or want-to-be cruisers) with kids who are interested in joining a free online network of like-minded families. Attend the April 18 SpinSheet crew listing party at the Annapolis Maritime Museum if you have a family but no boat, or have a boat big enough to allow another family to get a taste of Bay cruising ( pneumatos@7mcs. com). —by Steve Codor


Happy Birthday

hesapeake Catalina YC (CCYC) members have been busy; 2010 marks our 30-year anniversary. In February, Mike and Bev Davis—who are part-owners of The Winery at La Grange in Haymarket, VA—gave us a tour of the facilities and hosted a wine tasting of all the current selections. We then headed for Carmellos and Little Portugal Restaurant in Old Town Manassas for dinner. During our spring member meeting this March, we finalized the 2010 schedule, and as a surprise, we roasted members Walt and Sue Dennison in special recognition of their many contributions to CCYC since it began in 1980. During our annual Brunch at Sam’s on the Waterfront in Annapolis April 10, we will celebrate 30 years of fun and sailing as veteran members review the club’s history. Then, we will head for our boats to begin the final preparation for spring launching and making sure we’re ready for the first on-the-water event. The Icebreaker May 1 at Quiet Waters Park on Harness Creek is come-by-boat or comeby-car and really gets the season started ( —by Michael Davis


Ah Spring!

he Corinthians Annapolis Fleet wishes everyone a happy spring, labor-free boat commissioning, and many fine days on the Bay this sailing season. Our first on-the-water event will be the annual Spring Fling April 17-18, commencing with a race/cruise from Annapolis to Galesville. Cocktails, lies, exaggerations, and simple truths will precede dinner at Pirates Cove Restaurant. We look forward to sharing the Bay with you this season ( —by Tom Berry Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Helping an Elf

ick Carrion (right) delighted about 70 members and guests of the Wilmington Sail and Power Squadron with his Elf restoration stories this past January. Members raised nearly $200 for Carrion’s Classic Yacht Restoration Guild (wilmingtonpowersquadron. org).

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unter Sailing Association Station 1 (HSA) members brunched at the Federal House Restaurant February 21. John Norton, president of Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard, delighted us with a boat restoration presentation, namely a 1968 Cheoy Lee Luders 36. Our Shakedown Raft-Up North will be on Mill Creek off Whitehall Bay April 24-25. Shakedown Raft-Up South will be held on Saint Leonard Creek near Vera’s White Sands Restaurant May 1-2. On another note, when SpinSheet last left Wind Rose, HSA’s Carl and Sue Reitz were enjoying the Bahamas. Keep an eye out for them on the Bay this summer and ask them about their cruise ( —by John Deutsch

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The Days of Wine, Rum, and Dancing


uring the Back Creek YC’s Commodore’s Ball at the Kent Island YC January 30, Mike Lange and his Boogie Express drove members to dance after dinner and drinks to welcome new officers: commodore Richard Sanger, vice commodore Bill Falk, rear commodore Steve Bacon, fleet captain John Loving, treasurer Mary Bowie, secretary Betsy Beyer, and Board of Governors JJ Sullivan and Dale Schulz. During our Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner hosted by Juliana Nedd and JJ Sullivan February 20, fine Italian food was perfectly paired with several vintages. March 20’s Caribbean Nights hosted by Rosie and Ron Gollehon at President Point in Annapolis featured favorite foods and beverages from the Bahamas, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Martin, and the Virgin Islands and Calypso music by Jamie Ritter ( —by Otto Hetzel


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or Magothy River SA sailors, Wednesday night racing begins April 21. Yea! Our April 8 membership meeting will be at Hellas Restaurant at 6:30 pm. After a delicious buffet dinner, a speaker will tell us about boat prep, always a topic of interest. The cruisers and junior members eagerly await the annual Sock Burning Party and Cruise April 24, which attracts new members, juniors, racers, and cruisers alike. The cruisers’ Cinco-de-Mayo party will be May 1 ( —by Peggy Poe

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Sailing Mentors: Not All Old Men

by Nicholas Hayes


family time. Americans still generally think strategy, craft, justice, and skill (among f you ask longtime sailors to exother things) is the real source of Telemasailing might be cool and interesting to plain their attraction to the activity, chus’ strength and intellect. learn. They just can’t find someone to lead they’ll say that they love the feeling The only thing that good mentoring dethem to it, and many don’t take the time to of freedom, or the competition (if mands is the confidence of experience. You do it themselves. they race), or the time with friends who don’t have to be old. You don’t have to be This doesn’t mean that there is a shortsail, or the constant challenge. But if you a man. You don’t have to be rich or a hero age of folks who could mentor another in probe more deeply to understand what or a professional. You just have to have sailing. It means, instead, that very few of underlies the strength of their passion, been there, and you have to want to return us are doing it. So what is a mentor, and most sailors will explain that they were led to help someone else go there, whether how does one start mentoring? to sailing by someone whom they respect, the destination is a who took the time to place or a feeling or help with sound advice a skill. This doesn’t and hands-on training suggest that a menas they learned. Most tor must have the longtime sailors learned same innate talent to love to sail from a or be as polished as mentor: a grandmother, an apprentice. The a dad, a close friend or a mentor only needs camp counselor. Indeed, to understand the people who are lucky basic environment to have found a mentor and the signals in anything—sailing, within it. Most imsinging, career—are portant, the mentor often also people who needs to be able to have found ways to live apply the lessons healthier, happier, more from one aspect of interesting and meanlife to another. This ingful lives. means that nearly And it’s a two-way all the 2.6 million street. Mentors benefit active sailors in the in precisely the same United States today way. It seems that if we It seems that if we are privileged to find a protégé (a daughter, niece, or neighbor) with whom qualify to mentor are privileged to find to share the things we love to do, we too lead healthier, happier, more interesting and meananother in sailing, a protégé (a daughter, ingful lives. Photo by Terry Duncan starting now. It niece, or neighbor) with also qualifies nearly every parent who can It’s ironic that the character in Homer’s whom to share the things we love to do, we “Odyssey” named Mentor, and from whom distinguish between port and starboard. too lead healthier, happier, more interestHomer’s treatment of old man Mentor we get the word, is an old man with little ing and meaningful lives. isn’t ironic only because of its literary twist. to offer. Perhaps to sidestep the myth that One of the key findings from the Indeed, it is especially telling that even the act of mentoring is the dominion of research for my book Saving Sailing is in Greek mythology, mentoring is just as gray-haired gurus, the goddess Athena that the absence of mentoring is directly takes Mentor’s likeness as she guides young powerful across genders and classes as it correlated to the decline in participation is across generations. Indeed, mentors are Telemachus into and through a challengin sailing; which is better explained as a the bravest people among us. No matter decline in devotion to group free-time pur- ing life. In fact, Mentor isn’t the mentor at where they come from, they share their all. Athena, goddess of wisdom, strength, suits made worse by crushing pressures on

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own contagious, authentic enthusiasm for life. Like Athena, mentors sidestep strong social pressures that inhibit mentoring, like the false notions that: 1.) We should have others do our parenting for us. 2.) We can teach as well from a distance as we can in person. 3.) We can’t find the time to help another find good things in life and find good things in life for ourselves in the process.

Mentors use their own strengths as levers for teaching. For instance, a mom who hopes to inspire a child to learn to love music through performance doesn’t have to be a great player herself. Instead, she needs to be roundly familiar with music and able to inspire improvement. This is why, in my view, sailing schools, clubs, and community centers should vigorously move toward intergenerational sailing instruction and programming, if they hope to re-create a strong foundation for mentoring in sailing. Mentoring on the West River But it can also happen on just one boat and in ways that are est River SC (WRSC) members Peter quite surprising. I am privileged Duncan and Bob Robinson know to sail with many mentors each a little something about mentoring and summer. Our boat is crewed by bringing people of all ages into the sport no less than three K-12 school of sailing. “Both of us believe that sailing teachers, all women, ages 28 to is learned experientially,” says Duncan, 60, each of them so enthusiastic who is the Albacore fleet captain. He about sailing as supplemental knows that to grow a fleet—or even hold education that they draw many the numbers steady—it’s important to constantly invite new people into the fold, others into it each year. My teen rather than just try to recruit sailors from daughters, Kate and Elizabeth, other fleets. lead friends to the activity all With welcoming newcomers in mind, summer long. Kate teaches the WRSC Albacore fleet has created an incentive and training program. New sailors Peter Duncan on the docks must become provisional members of the at the WRSC Albacore fleet’s club and pay a $25 fee (the total is about learn to sail program. Photo by Terry Duncan $300, less than a weekend sailing class at a commercial sailing school). Robinson and Duncan teach a learn-to-sail program on borrowed fleet boats. “We get them out on the water. We let them get stuck in irons and help them get unstuck,” says Duncan. He credits Robinson as the one with amazing skills at teaching beginners by setting them free and not “micromanaging.” If the new sailors grow comfortable with sailing as the season progresses, they can buy a share in one of the boats, which they are able to use during fleet activities. The WRSC Albacore program has no age restrictions. As the 15-foot Albacore is a great couple or parent-child boat, those combinations of crews are common. There have been teenagers and a kid as young as nine in the program. Duncan learned to sail with his dad and has sailed with all three of his kids, so integrating kids into the program is perfectly natural to him. To learn more, visit or e-mail Duncan at


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seven- and eight-year-olds in the summers, and some of her students have recruited their parents to learn to sail. I may be among the most experienced onboard, but I learn from each of them every time we sail together. If Athena could pretend to be a wise old man to share what she knew, anyone can pretend to be a wise old man. Do you love sailing? Do you fondly recall the person or the people who helped you find the love? Then it’s time to share it. Use your passion to inspire the next generation of apprentices so that they can become mentors themselves. And watch it take on a larger and longer meaning for everyone involved. About the Author: Deeply concerned about the decline of sailing and other “life pastimes,” Milwaukee, WI-based sailor Nicholas Hayes researched and wrote the book Saving Sailing. He’s going to take some time off traveling to speaking engagements this summer to sail with his wife Angela and their daughters Kate and Elizabeth on their B-32 Syrena. To share ideas, e-mail him at

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Chesapeake Racing Beat


First and second place winners in the 2009 CBYRA High Point standings, Peter Scheidt’s J/35 Maggie crew and the Sagerholm/Christofel Aunt Jean team, both shown here at the NASS Race to Oxford last fall. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

More Winners

he Chesapeake Bay YRA (CBYRA) honored its 2009 High Point winners in a late February ceremony at Herrington Harbour South. In the March issue of SpinSheet, we listed the Handicap Division winners and mentioned the special awards. CBYRA also recognized the scorers: Steve Swenson in the Junior Division, Class representatives for One Design, Charlie Husar for Cruising One Design, Tim Layne in the Multihull Division, Richard Griner for PHRF Regions I to III, and Tom Roberts for PHRF Region IV. The Race Committees of the Year were the Baltimore County SC for running the USA Junior Olympic Festival; Hampton YC for running the OD 75th National Championships; the Southern Maryland SA for running the Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge; and Eastport YC for running the Melges 24 World Championship Regatta. Here are the One Design and Cruising One Design winners for 2009 as reported by CBYRA. Congratulations to winning skippers, crews, and race committees. Stay tuned to the May issue of SpinSheet for Junior Division winners and the first reports of racing on the Bay. Here we go again!

Denis Seynhaeve’s Mopelia team scored second in the J/105 one-design division in 2009 CBYRA High Point rankings. The Lewis and Salvesen Mirage crew captured first. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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CBYRA High Point Standings (by Division) Class

Place Skipper One-Design Division Albacore 1. Barney Harris 2. Peter Duncan 3. Lloyd Leonard 4. Daphne B. Byron 5. Rolf Zeisler Chesapeake 20 1. Ted Weihe 2. Bob Blomquist 3. Clay Taylor 4. Jay Addison 5. Maury Niebur Comet 1. Wick Dudley 2. Elliott Oldak 3. Ed McLean 4. Tim Godlee 5. Andy Wood 6. Harry Duffy 7. Reed Rogers 8. Sandy Downes 9. Peter Tasi El Toro 1. William Schneider 2. Geoff Schneider 3. Carol Jones 4. Hank Muma 5. Noon Khachirlyaphan Hampton OD 1. Mark Wheeler 2. Randy Stokes 3. Eddie Wolcott Charles McCoy, Jr. 4. 5. Ed Cassidy 6. Billy Van Buren 7. Bill Carnell 8. Trevor Pardee J/22 1. Jeff Todd 2. Richter/Peters 3. Alon Finklestein 4. Joe Linehan 5. T & J Sizmann 6. Kathy Parks 7. Brad Julian 8. Goscha/Millar Laser 1. Brady White 2. Ray Wulff 3. Jon Deutsch 4. Margaret Podlich 5. RJ Bay WRSC 6. Eric T. Johnson 7. Matt Schofield 8. Jeffrey Caruso Star 1. John Vanderhoff 2. Tom Price 3. Keith Donald 4. Elliott Oldak 5. Bobby Lippincott 6. Ben Fransen 7. Sam Hopkins Laura Beigel 8. 9. Kris Wilson


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Shown here at the J/24 East Coast Championships, Brent Ellwood’s J/24 Sane Asylum took top honors in 2009 CBYRA High Point standings. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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Barry Moss’s J/35 Bad Company crew at the SCC Spring Regatta. The team placed third in CBYRA High Point Standings for 2009. Photo by Al Schreitmueller/SpinSheet

Jonathan Adams’ Alberg 30 Laughing Gull, shown here at the start of the 2009 Annapolis to Miles River Race, scored third in CBYRA High Point Standings for the season. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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ather up a few friends who are seeking boats to crew on or crew for their boats and invite them to come with you to SpinSheet’s Crew Listing Parties April 3 in Hampton, VA and April 18 in Annapolis. It’s true that these are great parties for socializing, but don’t forget to bring a pen, a pad of paper, and some business cards to get some serious sailing business done. One hour before party time at the Annapolis event (3 p.m.), a panel of local sailors will conduct a Q&A for new sailors looking to get into the sport of sailing this summer. The waterfront party, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum (723 Second Street in Eastport), features free Mount Gay Rum, Otter Creek Beer, soft drinks, and live music by the High Tide Steel Drum Band, who have played at our parties for 14 years. The Virginia event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Marker 20 (21 East Queens Way in downtown Hampton). Southern Bay sailors are billing the event as a combination networking event and sock-burning. Will there be flames in the bar? This could get interesting… To learn more, see page 51. Sign up for our free online crew listing service at If you already have a crew listing on, make sure to update it before party time.


Fisher Wins J/22 Midwinter Championship

fter nine races completed over a three-day event, Annapolis sailor Greg Fisher secured a victory at the J/22 Midwinter Championship, March 11-14, beating his closest competition by 10 points. Sailing with wife Jo Ann, daughter Martha, and Jeff Eiber, the team sealed the standings with a bullet in Sunday’s first race. They finished with 29 points, followed by John Loe (39), Max/Jake Scott (64), and Chris Doyle and Glenn Darden (tied with 67). Conditions on Lake Pontchartrain, LA were beautiful for the regatta’s conclusion with winds at about seven to eight knots, clear skies, and warm temperatures. After Fisher won the first race, Flip Wehrheim won the final race of the 39-boat regatta. For complete results, visit 88 April 2010 SpinSheet

atch racing is coming to Annapolis! Whether you’re an Olympic hopeful or just interested in learning, Annapolis Community Boating (ACB), in partnership with the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) and Eastport YC, invites you to enjoy the great sport of match-racing sailing in a fun, relaxed environment.   On Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m., kick off the season with an introduction to the Annapolis Match Racing program at the NSHOF building (the old DNR building) at City Dock.  This meeting will outline all the details of this inaugural program. Representatives will be on hand to answer your questions and accept registrations. Immediately following, there will be a Rules Seminar led by Jeff Borland, an international umpire, who will be reviewing the racing situations, applicable rules, and interpretations of this exciting sport. 

From there, every Monday night from April 19 to May 24 will be spent training and racing close to shore of this spectator-friendly venue. Teams will race on ACB boats. Each Monday night will begin with a skippers’ briefing on shore to outline the goals of the session. In addition to match racing, there will be hands-on opportunities for members to learn about race committee duties for these high-speed short courses and to learn on-the-water umpiring. Racing, match-racing drills, classroom lectures, and cocktail party debriefs are on the calendar for those who join. Come on down to be part of the action or to cheer for the racers. Membership is $100 for the season and open to the public. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact ACB president Lorie Stout at or (410) 703-8248.

A Sailing Festival: Northern Bay Race Week


he Glenmar SA’s (GSA) Northern Bay Race Week, scheduled for June 26 and 27, is a sailing festival and regatta with a great party at the Middle River YC on Saturday after racing. Starts will be offered for the following classes: multihull, PHRF A, B, C/D, non-spinnaker, Corinthian, and a special non-sanctioned cruiser class.

This is a Wild Card event for CBYRA High Point. The Northern Bay offers uncluttered waters and fair winds at this time of year. The racing is always open and competitive. Please plan to join GSA for this annual regatta now in its 23rd year. The party on Saturday includes free food and a cash bar. Racers can dock for free at the Middle River YC.

Snipe National Championships Coming in August


t’s not known as the windiest week of the year, but you never know on the Bay. August 13 to 20 will definitely be exciting and fun, as Snipe sailors from all over the country descend upon Annapolis for the National Championship Regatta out of Severn SA. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, email If you are willing to provide housing for out-of-town sailors, contact bhetherington@


Hats Off to Laser Frostbiters

n the February edition of SpinSheet, we interviewed a handful of hard-core Laser sailors, who race from late November through late March. Here are the top 10 results from an impressive 52-boat fleet out of Severn SA (SSA) in Annapolis. Congratulations on toughing out another winter on the Bay. The Laser Sunshine Open at SSA is on April 24 and 25. Registration is open at 1. Gavin O’Hare 2. Eric Reinke 3. Bryan Fishback 4. Hal Whitacre 5. Christopher Brady 6. Luke Shingledecker 7. Matt Cottrell 8. Peter Young 9. Aaron Gerratt 10. Charlie Pugh

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A Spring Fling: The Annapolis NOOD Regatta You know it’s spring on the Chesapeake when… It rains, and you put on all of your foul weather gear. Then the wind dies, the sun comes out, and it’s so muggy, you wish you had worn shorts. Then, you wake up the next day braced Light air racing on the J/105s at the 2009 edition of the Sperry Topagainst the wind and Sider Annapolis NOOD Regatta. This year’s event will unfold April 30 cold. The sun comes out. through May 2 out of host club AYC. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet The wind turns fluky. Repeat cycle. Experienced Annapolis NOOD ou know you’re a racing sailor when… Regatta competitors know the drill and You can say, “I’m sailing in the expect a variety of weather challenges. NOOD,” to a friend, and neither of Entries are rolling in at the time of you laughs or notices it may sound strange print, with the Farr 30s and J/80s takto non-sailors. The Sperry Top-Sider ing the lead with the most registrations. National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Teams have signed up from as far away as Regatta, held this year April 30 to May 2, Toronto, Canada, Marblehead, MA, and has become a spring tradition on the Bay Chicago, IL. At the 2009 edition of the to kick off a long, eventful season.


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The Three-Legged Race to Bermuda by Carrie Gentile


t’s all about securing a decent parking spot at the yacht club,” says Annapolis J/35 skipper Bruce Artman about his inaugural race in the 18th bi-annual Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR). His goal is to race hard and aggressively to the dock and then kickback in Bermuda for a short vacation. This year’s installment of the BOR begins June 11 just off the Eastport YC in Annapolis and finishes 753 nautical miles later near St. David’s Head on Bermuda. Race organizers estimate about 30 boats will be on the starting line. “I’m hoping for an upwind beat or even a downwind run, anything but a reach,” says Artman, who races his J/35 T-Bone in the local one-design fleet. “She doesn’t perform at her best on a reach.” So far, T-Bone is the smallest boat entered in the race, besides the Mini 6.5. Artman raced in the 2009 Annapolis to Newport race and used it as a dress rehearsal for the 2010 BOR. “We tasted defeat in the Annapolis to Newport race, and it was bitter and unacceptable.” T-Bone has benefited from Artman’s care in preparation for the race. He cleaned out the fresh-water system, reinforced the standing rigging, purchased new sails and a secondary bilge pump, and rented a life raft. “I want to avoid anything stupid from going wrong,” he says. The race course to Bermuda can be broken down into three legs, with most boats finishing in four to six days. The first is the 125-mile inshore leg down the Bay. “It’s usually a beat down the Bay, and sailors must be mindful of the shoals and commercial traffic,” said Beth Berry, one of Eastport YC’s BOR organizers and racers. According to Alex Zahl, the race safety director, this leg offers a benefit over the Newport to Bermuda race because it allows crews to establish their watches and ensure the equipment is working properly before heading offshore. “This is where the fleet begins to separate,” says Artman. He said he is happy to have racers with Governor’s Cup experience to help with tactics on this leg. “This Chesapeake Bay Sailing

leg can have a big impact on the rest of the regatta.” The second leg requires navigating the Gulf Stream, which has been likened to sailing in a washing machine. Racers can encounter light winds punctuated by powerful, fast-moving cells bringing breeze and lightning. The Stream itself is often lumpy because of the interaction of the four-knot current and wind. Artman will be studying the Stream movements to better predict the currents and weather through the Gulf Stream and its eddies. “The big question will be how far north to go to capitalize on the eddies,” he says. The third leg is the 300-or-so-mile stretch to Bermuda that varies from very light winds to stormy squalls. “The race doesn’t get the respect it deserves,” says BOR Chairman Mary Ann DeGraw. Although the venerable Newport to Bermuda or even the Marion to Bermuda races may overshadow the BOR and garner more media attention, the BOR is a formidable bluewater race that attracts top-notch area racers and experienced

cruisers. And, the number of competitors has increased over the years. The race boats will be equipped with transponders this year to allow people to track their progress via the event website, Artman was steadfast in prepping his crew for emergency situations. Race rules require half of the crew to attend a sanctioned Safety at Sea course, but Artman required attendance by his whole crew of seven. “I don’t want the first time they see the life raft inflated being on the open sea.” Perhaps even more adventurous than sailing to Bermuda through the Gulf Stream is doing so with a half-dozen teenagers. Captain George Kain, a high school social studies teacher and founder of the York-Adams, PA Sea Scouts chapter, has raced with handful of co-ed Sea Scouts on a Mason 43 Cutter Ketch in the last three BORs. The Sea Scouts work with Kain over the year to prepare for the race, including training on the ketch throughout the year and sailing to various locales around the Bay. A few have raced on the 1979 ketch from Marble-

At sunset in the Atlantic, Joe Duehmig has the helm as he stands watch with Glyn Livermore. Photo by Mark Duehmig/

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head to Nova Scotia with Kain. The young adults take turns trimming, and a few of the more experienced are able to take the wheel and become watch captains. But for most of them, this is the farthest offshore they have been. “It’s so much fun and it’s rewarding to work with these kids,” says Kain. “They’re really motivated.” He does admit he and the crew may lag behind the competitors in tactical skills; as he says, “We lack proper interpretation of the impending weather.” They’re like ski patrol—everyone’s ahead of

them. They’re the last ones on the hill… Our goal is not to win, but to get there safely and in time for the Friday fish fry at the yacht club.” Kain says the Scouts that race with him are always well-behaved, but he recalled an incident during the last BOR when the ketch was slammed by a microburst in the middle of the night. Water was coming in over the winches. “One of the male Scouts was catapulted off his bunk and landed in the next bunk that was occupied by a female Scout. I don’t know which one was more shocked.”



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Like many BOR racers, Kain and his crew consider this trip an adventure vacation—combining a highly tactical sail with a few days on the handsome island. Kain and the Scouts will stay for a few days, take advantage of freshwater showers at the hotel, and hang out at the pink sands and blue-green waters of Horseshoe Bay before sailing back to Annapolis.

A Year for Thrashing Back to Bermuda


he 100-year-old, biennial Newport Bermuda Race—known to some as the Thrash to the Onion Patch— unfolds June 18 off Newport, RI. The historic 625-mile ocean race, organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda YC, usually lasts three to six days, as competitors cross a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean known for its challenging weather, especially when it comes to the currents of the Gulf Stream. The fleet has five divisions to allow seaworthy boats of many sizes and types to be raced fairly and aggressively for an array of trophies awarded in Bermuda at an elegant ceremony at Government House, the residence of the governor of this tropical island. At print time, 175 boats had registered for the event. Among the Chesapeake contingent are Henry Morgan and his J/42 Dolphin crew. It’s the 50th anniversary of Morgan’s first Newport to Bermuda Race. (Look to the May issue of SpinSheet for more about his longtime crew.) Also in the mix will be High Point winner Doug Jurrius and his Cal 40 Belle Aurore team, Jim Muldoon’s Donnybrook crew, and three J/120 teams: Jim Praley’s Shinnecock, Richard Born’s Windborn, and Greg Leonard’s Heron. Two U.S. Naval Academy teams will compete: the TP 52 Invictus, skippered by Midshipman Peter Gibbons-Neff and the Navy 44 MKII Swift, skippered by Midshipman James Prieto. Peter GibbonsNeff’s Farr 395 Upgrade team and Hal Conrad’s Morris 40 Shearwater crew will also make the trip. For a complete history of the race and entry details, visit

with Molly Winans

Linda Ambrose


o I really want to wait until I’m retired to see the world by sail, or do I want to do it now?” That was the question Annapolis sailor Linda Ambrose asked herself when a wonderful opportunity presented itself. She went for it. A native of the Boston area from a non-sailing family, Ambrose started sailing in high school with a boyfriend’s family and knew she loved it right away. After she had worked in the footwear industry and applied to graduate school, a friend asked her if she’d like to come down to St. Maarten and help out as a chef and mate on a day charter trimaran for awhile. Two weeks led to two more weeks, and then the weeks turned into years. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Ambrose sailed 17,000 nautical miles on yacht charters and deliveries, owned and lived aboard a 37-foot CSY in St. Maarten, sailed across the Atlantic, and lived in the Mediterranean by working in Greece and Turkey on a private yacht for a year. Over the years, she worked as a charter cook, mate, a charter company sales and marketing representative, and a crewed yacht manager. She got her first taste of race committee work helping with the Heineken Regatta. When she realized it was time to get back to the mainland, Ambrose moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where she started to race in earnest. A few years later, homesick for New England (but not the cold weather), she found her way to Annapolis, which was “a happy medium.” After 17 years in the charter business, her career evolved into regatta/event planning, which made her a good fit for her position of five years as Annapolis YC’s regatta manager. Of many boats Ambrose has raced on, the one common denominator is that most of them start with a J: the J/105s Blonde Attack, Inigo, and Java; J/80s Dancer and Jammin’, the J/35 Touch of Grey (in Chicago and Northern Michigan); the J/109 Rush; and for the past 10 years, the J/120 Euro Trash Girl. Her racing career runs the full gamut from Wednesday night series to Key West Race Week and from frostbite racing to a memorable win at the Annapolis to Newport Race (class, fleet, and navigator awards on Euro Trash Girl 2005). Of her regatta management work at AYC, Ambrose says, “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned what I don’t know.” What’s involved behind the scenes at a big regatta? Chesapeake Bay SailingAPSLTD.COM


“There’s a lot of administrative work to make sure sailors’ information makes its way to the race committee. Their equipment has to be ready. They need to be fed and watered. You have to take care of trophies and functions… and the idea is for it to be seamless for both the racers and the race committee. Sponsorship fulfillment is also high on the list.” SpinSheet: Who are your sailing mentors and friends? Nicole Weaver, Jonathan Bartlett, Kevin Ryman, Jim Konigsberg, Chris and Carolyn Groobey, Jeff Riedl, and Marty the Flamingo. What was your most memorable sailing day in 2009? At the Baltimore Sail for Kids Regatta, we were late for the start. We had no sailing instructions, only a handful of racers onboard, and only a general idea of where the start and finish were. It was windy, and we started passing boats. It’s nice to be in front, but not as much when you don’t know where you’re going… We won. Do you have a favorite sailing venue? It’s a toss up between Key West (for the party atmosphere) and Block Island (beautiful New England. It’s relaxing—the antithesis of Key West) for race venues and the Whitsunday Islands in Australia for cruising. If you had advice for a young sailor, would it be any different for a girl than for a boy? A good sailor is a good sailor. I’ve sailed with a female skipper for 10 years. She’s as competent as anyone out there. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t own or drive your own boat. What sports teams do you follow? The New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. I’m semi-out-of-the-closet as a Ravens fan. What music is on your iPod? Marc Broussard, Amos Lee, Cracker, Cake, and Dave Matthews. What television shows do you like? I’m a Law and Order and CSI junkie and hopelessly addicted to the Food Channel and NBC News. Do you have any non-sailing passions? Hiking—I hiked in Deer Valley, UT and Red Rocks, NV in 2009. Biking, walking my chocolate Lab, Wrangler, and cooking. I’m a bookworm, too. What sailing gear do you depend on? Sperry Top-Sider Figawi sailing shoes, Gill salopettes, Maui Jim sunglasses, About Faces Sunblock, a Stohlquist PFD, and Home Depot Garden gloves ($5). What’s your favorite position on a race boat? Pit. Kevin Ryman taught me to speak up and respect the position. I like being part of the transition in between sail changes. Is there anything you haven’t achieved on the water you’d like to? I’d like to do a delivery to the Pacific—the Galapagos and Marquesa Islands are two places I’ve always wanted to see by arriving on a sailboat.

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Crew Doesn’t Have To Be a Four-Letter Word by Chuck O’Malley, Doyle Chesapeake Sailmakers


a desire to learn and compete, you can teach ll along the Chesapeake, boatyards are The next step is to identify key team memhim or her the skills. bustling as you frantically prepare your bers and to empower them. On a boat up to Now how do you find these people? That’s boat for the upcoming racing season. 25 feet, you may get away with one key team actually easier than you may think. Some great The bottom is done, instruments are tweaked, member, but as the boat gets bigger, you will avenues to explore are sailing schools, which running rigging is ready, and new sails are on need more key players. On a typical 35-foot are full of potential crew members who have the way. This is going to be the year! You finalize boat, two key players will be needed to build a already shown their commitment and desire to your schedule, e-mail your crew list, and anxreally strong team. For example, on a 35-foot acquire sailing skills. Talk to the teachers at the iously await their replies. boat, I would look for a bowman as a key player, sailing schools. They can point you to students A week passes, then two, with little response and I would empower him to train and run his with the best potential. Another great source from your crew. You e-mail out another plea and bow team consisting of the mast, the pit, and a is to reach out to some of the local junior prothen start working the phones. The season starts utility person. I would also look to have a primary grams. You may really hit a home run here. Most in a month, and you don’t have crew for the first trimmer be a key person in the cockpit, also of the kids in junior programs are being coached race let alone the season. Call after call, you are empowered to train and run the cockpit crew. by very talented sailors. They have more time met with the same series of frustrating excuses, Using this method of delegating, the helmsman “work commitments,” “family obliis free to drive and focus on doing gations,” and “moved on to other “The season starts in a month, and you don’t his job well. boats.” Suddenly, all your energy The final step to building your have crew for the first race let alone the season. and excitement about a season full team is practice. You can’t expect to Call after call, you are met with the same series of of promise begin to fade before the see consistent performance from a frustrating excuses, ‘work commitments,’ ‘family team without practice. Schedule at first sail has been set. Is this scenario a familiar one? Putobligations,’ and ‘moved on to other boats.’” least two days of time on the water ting a crew together is hard work with your full team, and focus on and the least enjoyable aspect of our execution of the fundamentals. Tackon the water than those of us who have to work sport. But this year, it’s going to be different. ing, gibing, sets, and take downs. This is what for a living and quite often have friends and This year, you’re going to take a whole new look our sport is about at the most basic level, and parents who sail. Take the same approach. Meet at how to put your crew together. You’re going these skills must be mastered as a team. Spendthe coaches and ask if they have any kids who to build a team, and here’s how you’re going to ing some time practicing outside of racing will would like to sail on bigger boats. do it. help newer crew members develop their skill set Finally, another great source is crew listing The first step is to figure out what you’re lookand will help all the crew function as a team. parties, such as the SpinSheet Crew Listing ing for in a crew member. I have maintained for Once you have your team, continue to build Parties in Hampton April 3 and in Annapolis April years that what I look for in a crew member is: camaraderie. Attend after-race parties as a crew. 18, and crew databases, such as spinsheet. attitude, commitment, desire, and skill set— Schedule off-season events to keep the crew com. When you meet new people, talk with them in that exact order. That is to say that a crew together and socializing with each other. Have about their sailing skills and their past experimember with a great skill set but a poor attitude the crew offer ideas on what could be done to ence, but focus on their attitude. Remember, is worthless, or one with a great skill set but no better prepare the boat for the next season. you are looking for that combination of attitude, commitment is useless. The simple fact is that Make a point to show your crew how much you commitment, and desire. if you find a potential crew member with a great appreciate their efforts. attitude, who can commit to a schedule and has

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$ 62,000 $ 74,000 $ 65,000 $ 130,000 $ 55,000 $ 64,700 $ 84,000 $185,000 $169,000 $179,000 $134,950 $129,000 $ 98,900 $144,000 $129,000 $190,000 $190,000 $239,000 $375,000 $249,000 $250,000 $190,000

37’ Beneteau 373 ‘06 Furling main, air cond, 40HP, autopilot, inverter, 2 jibs, dinghy & engine, windlass & wash down, winter cover, $145k, photos & specs at 410-440-9607 email J l b a k e r 0 5 @ a o l . c o m

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. $36,000,, (301) 9742620.




PO Box 100 • Marina RD • Deltaville, VA 23043 Fax: 804-776-9044 • Email:

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





Loaded, bow thruster ,extensive electronics, vacuflush heads, low hrs, mint cond., plus winter cover. Priced to sell at $159,900. Visit Http:// com/photos/huntersailboat Call Bob: (610) 248-1367.




43 Alden Cadence 1993. Beautiful custom boat. Local. Call Frank Gary 410-703-4017



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




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• Deltaville, VA 23043 804-776-7575 • • Annapolis, MD 21403 410-267-8181 • Beneteaus, Beneteaus, Beneteaus!! All sizes and prices available. Great selection available in Annapolis. Call Dan Nardo, your Beneteau man for any info 410-2678181 or dan@annapolisyachtsales. com

30’ Sea Sailer Motorsailer ‘65 Gorgeous classic in Teak.

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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 $279,000 including options, instruments and commissioning. Tate or Robert at (410) 505-4144 or info@santacruzannapolis. com

J/105 ’98 has earned a welldeserved reputation as the largest class of cruiser/racer sailboats in the US. This boat is immaculately kept and professionally maintained. New instruments and sails in ’07, new jib for ’10. Offered for $94,500 Robert at (410) 562-1255 or Robert@

Top to bottom $260K restoration in ’99. Well maintained. Only $44,500. Check out pics and specs at www., then call Jonathan (804) 775-7575





Excellent example of popular Beneteau 323. Classic mainsail, RF genoa, AP, new chart plotter, dodger, bimini, upgraded 3-blade max prop. $87,000. Call Charles (410) 267-8181 or

34’ Catalina Mark II ’05 Well cared for cruiser, heat & air, furling main, autopilot, dodger / bimini, winter cover, immaculate interior. Asking $127,500 Call Paul at (410) 267-8181 or 36’ Beneteau 361 ‘00 Asking only $97,900! RF main & genoa, dodger, bimini. She is clean and on land until sold. Bring any reasonable offer. Call Dan (410) 267-8181 or dan@ 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 40’ C&C 121 ‘02  Very

clean performance cruiser with great 2 cabin layout. Deep draft and ready to go fast!!! Stunning blue hull & gorgeous cherry interior. $179,900 Tim (410) 267-8181 or

40’ New York ‘78 Classic IOR raceboat now used for cruising. Could be great bluewater boat for those who appreciate performance. $69,000. Details at www.annapolisyachtsales. com Call Jonathan (804) 776-7575 for the scoop!

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

45’ Wauquiez Centurion ‘05

Deltaville, VA


Annapolis • 410-263-6111

The pinnacle of grace, beauty, style and speed. Truly a sailor’s dream boat. Incredible 3-cabin teak interior. Well equipped and ready to go!!! $297,500 Tim (410) 267-8181 or Tim@

30’ Catalina ’09 Wing keel. 21-

46’ Hunter 460 ‘02 Bluewater

33’ Pearson ‘74 Low hrs Perkins

hp Yanmar dsl. Selden furling mast. Folding leather wrapped wheel. Electric windlass. Bimini/dodger/connector. Cockpit cushions. $104,998. (804) 7769898 or

equipped deep draft boat with all the goodies. Must sell soon! Asking $184,900. Check out pics and specs at, then call Jonathan (804) 776-7575.

dsl. Good sail inventory. Upgraded canvas, rigging, electronics & interior cushions. Sleeps 7 w/enclosed head & full galley. $24,600 (804) 776-9898 or

57’ Beneteau 57 Center Cockpit ’04 Built by Beneteau

35’ Catalina ’09 Wing keel. 30-hp Yanmar dsl. Reverse cycle AC. Furling mainsail. Ultraleather. Folding wheel. Bimini, dodger, connector. Full electronics. $189,499. (804) 776-9898 or

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

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41’ Morgan ‘83 Nice Out Island that is ready for cruising or liveaboard. Spacious inside & out with loads of storage. Dinghy davits, dinghy & outboard. $69,000 (804) 776-9898 or

Tartan 4300

C&C 115

Quality Boats for Sale 43' Tartan 4300 - 2010..........NEW 41’ Tartan 4100 1996 ....... 235,000 41' Tartan 4100 c/b 1996..PENDING 40’ Tartan 40 1988 .............. SOLD 40’ C&C121 2004............. 249,000 38' C&C 115 2009 .............. SOLD 38’ C&C 115 2007 ........... 199,000 38' Tartan 3800 1996 ....... 149,000 37’ Tartan 3700ccr 2008 .......NEW 37’ Tartan 3700 2007 ....... 239,000 37’ Tartan 3700 2005 ....... 259,000 37' Tartan 3700 2000 ....... 190,000

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C&C 110 2004 ........... 159,000 C&C 110 2000 ........... 120,000 Tartan 3500 1997 ....... 127,000 Beneteau 343 2006 ........ SOLD C&C 1980 c/b ................CALL Tartan 3400 c/b 2008......NEW Tartan 3400 2006 ....... 169,900 Bavaria 32 2005 ............ 99,000 Beneteau 321 1997 .........CALL C&C 99 2004.............. 124,000 C&C 99 2004.............. 129,000 Quest 30 1996 ............... 79,000

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34’ Catalina ’01 Schaefer in boom furling, air, nice canvas, 4’3” draft, refrigeration, bimini top, chart plotter, AP. $98,000, bayharborbrokerage. com, (757) 480-1073. 34’ Prout Catamaran ‘94  Strong well built cat, ’01 Yanmar dsl, in mast furling for mainsail, dingy on davits, good ground tackle, ready to cruise $99,000 bayharborbrokerage. com, (757) 480-1073.



RogueWave 31’ Pacific Seacraft ’04 Fantastic bay boat. AC, windlass, refrigeration, color chartplotter, B&G instruments, AP, canvas, much more. 183 hrs- Like new $160,000. (410) 2690939,

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Excellent cond., teak bulkheads, rubrail, new standing rigging, AC, epoxy barrier coat on bottom, 2008 canvas, cruising spinnaker, 3’9” draft, full winter cover. This is a very nice Pearson 35. Perfect for the Chesapeake Bay $39,000 Bay Harbor Brokerage (757) 480-1073.

38’ C&C Landfall ’84 Solid capable cruising boat. 4”11” draft. new canvas, epoxy bottom. New dark blue paint job. $59,000 bayharborbrokerage. com, (757) 480-1073.

37’ Pacific Seacrafts Three amazing examples of this famous Crealock design. ’87 asking $129,000; ’93 $149,000; ’95- $172,000. All have extensive recent upgrades. 410-269-0939, 41’ Sceptre ’89 Pilothouse Cruisers will appreciate the hull/deck tooling, modified fin-keel w/protected rudder/prop, and storage for cruising gear, and spares. $179,000 Crusader Yachts (410) 269-0939.

Chesapeake Bay Sailing Kate and Bernie of RogueWave specialize in high quality, bluewater sailing vessels! We are now a dealer for Valiant Yachts. We’ll be celebrating at the Annapolis Spring Sails Event May 8-9.

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

31’ Pearson ’88 Yanmar 18 hp,

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Y A C H T V I E W. C O M Boats for Sale: 21 Elor 6.5 meter (1985) a Paul Elvstrom design very seaworthy. 12 sails including 4 spinakers. Newly upholstered. $1,200 22 Hunter (1984) keel model. 2 Mains, r/f jib, 8 hp Electric start Longshaft 4cycle Tohatsu ob, autohelm. Good condition $2,000 23 Spirit (1979) Keel/cb sloop. Pop-top cabin (6’2” standing headroom) Main,Jib, Genoa, Stove, anchor, 9.9 hp long shaft Evinrude OB, EZ Loader dual axle trailer (boat weighs 2800 lbs) $2,500 23 Pearson (1982) Cat-rigged model of which only 40 were made! Great sailor; good cond. Sail condition is average. $2,000 25 Hunter (1977) Good cruiser for the Bay. Average condition. Main, jib, genoa. Honda 8hp OB. $1,900 25 Pacificana (1975) Traditional style sailboat, with long overhangs and low freeboard. O/B. Main and roller furling jib. Fresh bottom paint. Sound boat. Ready to sail., $1,500 25 Whitby (1964) New standing & running rigging, rudder, toe rail, life lines, reinforced stanchions, much more. Fresh bottom paint. $5,000 27 C&C 27 (1971) w/Atomic 4, Main, R/F Genoa, Jib, Bimini. $4,500 30 Tartan (1975) Atomic 4. Recent Main & 150 RF Genoa. 135 jib, working jib, and storm jib; 2 spinnakers. Wheel and AP, Dodger, small inflatable dinghy, ground tackle. $8,000 26 SeaRay (1989) Overniter w/454 ci Mercruiser Bravo rehubbed w/stainless prop, recent risers $6000

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@,

RF, dodger, shoal draft, $29,900, www., (410) 827-9300.

34’ Hunter Sloop ’87 Yan 27hp, RF, AC, AP $36,500, www. (410) 827-9300.

Catalina 30 ‘85 Perfect

family starter – large interior, private v-berth, large cockpit, inboard dsl many recent upgrades, cruising galley, wheel steering, – ready to sail away! $20,000 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 Email:

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 $ 39,900 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:,,

36’ Catalina MKII ’96 Univ. 30hp dsl, radar, inverter, R/F $88,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300 37’ Hunter 376 ’96  Yanmar dsl, RF, AP, AC/Gen, new listing $82,500, (410) 827-9300. 40’ Hunter ’95  Yanmar 50hp, elect., self-tailing main, full batten main w/Dutchman, Air, AP, inverter $129,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300.

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@

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: tony@

36’ Catalina ’94 Very clean, full main, RF 150, dodger, bimini, Air/Heat, windlass, “L” shaped dinette $72,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@,

25' Schock Harbor '08 Classic beauty and ideal day sailer. The almost new custom built has all the details done right for single handed sailing. A blast to sail and will always be admired in any harbor. Offered at $109,000. Contact Ken at (410) 2802038 or ken@northpointyachtsales. com.

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

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

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

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



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

28’ Cape Dory Sloop Volvo DSL, tiller $18,500 28’ 1986 S2 DSL, wheel steer, shoal draft, RF, bimini $ 15,500 30’ 1984 Seldelmann 30T Yanmar 13hp DSL, RF, shoal $ 14,500 31’ 1983 Dufour 3800 Volvo dsl, wheel. Call/OFFERS 31’ 1988 Pearson Yanmar 18hp, RF, dodger, shoal draft $29,900 34‘ 1987 Hunter sloop Yanmar 27hp dsl, RF, AC, AP $36,500 36’ 1979 Islander Freeport 36, Plan A, Perkins DSL, R/F $ 33,900 36’ 1996 Catalina MK II Univ 30hp DSL radar, inverter, R/F $ 88,500 37’ 1996 Hunter 376 Yanmar DSL, RF, AP, AC/Gen $ 82,500 40’ 1995 Hunter Yanmar 50hp, A/C, AP, Inverter $129,500 40’ 1984 Lancer CC Excellent liveaboard, cruise equipped $ 64,900

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

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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

38’ Hunter ’06 Bronze Penny This nearly new yacht has in-mast furling, 40HP engine, anchor windlass, ST60 Knot/Depth, ST60 Wind, refrigeration, AC/Heat, stereo w/CD, TV/DVD, AP, GPS/chartplotter, bimini, dodger, connector. $169,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211, www. Hunter


Aquadoc Generator, AC/heat, in-mast furling, upgraded eng 54hp Yanmar, inverter, AP 6000, ST60 wind, freezer, cockpit cushions, Supreme shades, dinette table/leaf, TV/DVD, 3 burner stove w/ oven, quiet flush head system, bimini, dodger & connector, $190,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211, www.

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




Alcyone 8KW Gen, ST60 wind, ST60 Tridata, A/C, GPS, davits, dinghy, two tvs/dvds, cockpit cushions, bowthruster, Autopilot ST7001+, RayMarine chartplotter RL70+. $249,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804 )776-9211 www.nortonyachts. com

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Hunter 456 ’05 Persystence AC/Heat, apparent wind machine, Eco Flush heads(2), VHF at the helm, InMast furling, GPS/radar, AP 6000+, bow thruster, Sirius Sat weather; Lifetag system; 100 amp alternator; Link 2000; spinnaker; Kato davits, Avon Rover RIB dinghy; Mercury 9.9 HP 2 stroke OB; LOADED $250,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211 www.nortonyachts. com

27’ Cape Dory ’79 PRICE REDUCED Adriana 8 HP Yanmar dsl. RF, Quantum Sails Price Asking: $9,950 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457, 30’ Catalina ’84 <> Roller furling w/150% genoa, bimini, dodger, A/C, 25 H P Universel dsl, Asking :$24,950 Call Regent Point Marina@ (804) 758-4457,

31’ Hunter ’85 Outrageous 18 HP Yanmar dsl, GPS/chartplotter/sounder, Many features. Asking: $14,950 Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457,

30’ Sabre Sloop MkIII ’93 The 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 RF, Fully battened main, ST winches, bimini, and more. Great cruiser or club racer. Asking $53,000 OBYS (410) 226-0100.

31’ Tartan Sloop ’90

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

34’ Pacific Seacraft Crealock ’90 Sound Harbor Great sea going vessel, radar, chartplotter, AP, Ref. Clean 2 owner boat, many extras, Asking $105,000 Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457

45.5’ Bristol Aft Cockpit Sloop ’80 One of only 5 aft cockpit 45s built, Daring is a lovely and well maintained vessel. Excellent blue water cruiser w/shoal draft for the Bahamas. 2 strms, 2 heads, refrigeration, radar, GPS, heater, holding tanks, liferaft, elec windlass, elec and manual ST winches, Hood seafurl RF and much more. This is a lot of boat! Asking $167,500 OBYS (410) 226-0100.

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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,

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Hallberg Rassy 39 Sloop ’00 Lovely Frers design that sails like a dream. Well equipped for offshore work. $329K RogueWave at (410) 571-2955 or visit us at www.

Valiant 42 ’95 There is a reason Valiant sets a standard in blue water sailing. This rare pullman layout has the aft head and more storage. Ready to go w/radar, chart plotter, and comforts of AC. $295K Call RogueWave at (410) 571-2955 or visit us at www.

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

32’ Catalina ’98 Very clean and ready to sail. $69,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 35’



$119,000 Call for details. Associates (410) 275-8171.

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35’ O’Day ’87 $37,000.

A great cruising boat. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

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 @ 804-758-4457,

38’ Morgan 382 ’81 $50,000 Completely equipped for offshore cruising. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

40’ Palmer Johnson ’78 Valiant 50 ‘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

35’ Pearson Sloop ‘81 This is an honest and comfortable family cruiser. Shoal draft of 3’9” is great for gunk-holing in the Chesapeake. Universal dsl engine, shore power, RF, 5yr old main w/Dutchman system, wheel steering & much more. Asking $31,000 OBYS (410) 226-0100.

32’ Contessa ’07 This boat will melt your heart. Built in England by Oyster. No expense spared. Finest aged mahogany and the best shipwrights. She cost over $350K to build. A must have perfect gem. $175K Call RogueWave at (410) 571-2955 or visit us at www.

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 or at Port Annapolis Marina!

28 Bristol Channel Cutter ’95 Sam L Morse, Lyle Hess BCC28 equipped to the max for world cruising complete refit in 07 stem to stern, new rigging, new electronics, diesel heat, water maker! Call RogueWave at 410 571-2955 or visit us at

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

50’ Gulfstar ’77 World

cruiser! Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

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52 Little Harbor ‘95 Exquisite fresh water yacht, three private staterooms, the last one built by Little Harbor, fully equipped for cruising with extensive sail inventory, raced very lightly with impressive record! $945K Call RogueWave at 410 571-2955 or visit us at

35’ C&C 35 MkIII ’84 Price reduced to $41,900 on this great buoy racer, performance cruiser! Loaded w/’gear and in great shape! (410) 6399380, 37’ Hunter 37.5 ’92 

Fast, roomy and attractive. Perhaps the most sensible layout ever for a 37’ boat including a walk in shower and tons of galley space. She has been lovingly maintained. $78,000 Call Ben at (410) 639-9380

38’ Cabo Rico Cutter ’85

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

Beautiful “B” Layout, light and airy. Costa Rican built capable cruiser, Loaded with gear and ready to go… $99,000 Call us:(410) 639-9380, www.

40’ Hunter 40.5 ’97 Complete with dinghy, OB, davits, two zone A/C, innerspring mattress, plenty of room in a great sailing, extremely clean and affordable yacht! …..$111,900! (410) 639-9380,

47’ Beneteau 473 ’03 Three words best describe this boat: speed, comfort, and beauty. This boat has been professionally maintained and is in absolutely bristol cond. Ready to take you anywhere in the world. $279,000 Call Ben at: (410) 639-9380, www. -Tartan C&C Yacht Sales Annapolis (410) 263-6111

SOLD - We’ve Sold Out of Many of Our Listings And have buyers awaiting the right boat. Contact us today for a professional evaluation of your boat and advice on listing & selling your well loved boat today! (410) 263-6111 office, ask for Scott Dodge or Mike Titgemeyer.

30’ Quest by Holby Marine ‘96 Vela - Two owner boat that has been updated nicely and professionally maintained. Sprit, a-sails, recent awlgrip, hull deck & racing bottom. New triad trailer, ready to race inshore or offshore. Still has capability of water ballast for single/double handing. – Call Mike Titgemeyer (410) 703-7986 or - asking $79,000 – Make an offer! Trades consider Albin 28 or similar...

C&C 99 ’04 BZing Race and Cruise equipped. Lovingly cared for by original owner. Many updates, newer sails, AP, rig, epoxy hull & Transferable warranty - asking $129,000 Contact Mike Titgemeyer - mike@tartanccanapolis. com or 410/703-7986 cell - This is a great value over 180k to replace her. Two boat owner, Offers encouraged!

36’ C&C 110 ’04 Wild at Heart One owner. professionally maintained and updated. Dodger, AP, Epoxy hull, carbon rig - 5’ draft - great sailing boat for the bay. Open layout, cherry interior, Volvo saildrive! Asking $159,000 - Call Mike Titgemeyer to get aboard. (410) 703-7986. In Annapolis at Port Annapolis

36’ C&C 110 ‘00 Relentless Deep keel, race or cruise equipped. Freshwater boat located in MI. Original owner, great cond., Owner ready for offers...Contact Scott Dodge (410) 7030263 or - Asking ONLY $120,000 or make an offer today!

Too Late to classify Catalina Capri 16.5 ‘95 1-800-960-TIDE

306 Hunter ’02

Lightly used, less than 100 engine hrs! Battened sail, lazy jack system w/stack pack. 110% furling jib. Raymarine ST60 knot/depth/ wind. A must see! $58,000. Call 800699-SAIL or 800-960-TIDE. Go to www.

29 Chaparral Signature ’05 Lots of custom features including a 10K custom hard top, salon upgrades. Twin Volvo 270hp gas engines w/very low hours. Extended warranty on boat and engines until 2010. Like New! $68,500. All reasonable offers encouraged. Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime







hrs, A/C. Many upgrades in ‘06 & ‘08 including: canvas, washdown, outboard lift, electronics, autopilot, GPS. $118,000. Call 800-699-SAIL or 800960-TIDE. Go to www.tidewatermarina. com.

41DS Hunter ‘08 Take advantage of over $15,000 savings on last ‘08 41’ in stock! Equipped with A/C, in-mast furling, 54hp eng. upgrade, inverter & more. Call 800699-SAIL or 800-960-TIDE. Go to www.

41’ Meridian 411 ‘03 Flybridge Sedan Sake Maru lift kept, beautiful condition, only 411 hours on Cummins 370 hp diesels, 600 on generator. Spacious layout for cruising or living aboard. Inventory includes Onan 11kw Generator, docking on command system, full canvas, bridge auto pilot, Radar and Color GPS plotter and more. $199K Reduced below all recent comps to $199,000 for immediate sale! 100’s of Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime









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complete. Includes wiring harness, trans and prop.In storage for a very long time. Excellent cond., runs great. Can demo & deliver locally. $750 (302) 684-5277

Indian Landing Boat Club. Located on the Severn River. Weekly summer sessions. Age 7 to 15. June – August. Professional Instructors. Visit: to register.

model! Kept ready to sail. Raymarine electronics and cruising pkg, shoal keel, furling mast & more. Call 800699-SAIL or 800-960-TIDE. Go to www.

380 Hunter ‘00 Only 700 engine

1988 Yanmar 8 hp dsl


365 Dufour ‘07 Save over $40,000 on this new display


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. (410) 9231400 or (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/ cell anytime.

41’ Morgan Classic ‘88 Adastra is well outfitted with generator in full sound enclosure, AC/Heat, chart plotter, 2 sets interior upholstery, fully battened main, new running rigging, windlass. Creature comforts include flatscreen TV, DVD, WiFi antenna and cockpit bug screens. A must see! $100,000. Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell



Sighs Matter! Do you 'sigh' in exasperation that your marine electronics don’t work like they’re supposed to? Next time, look for the NMEA® quality symbol on your dealer’s door—it matters to us that your job is done right.

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


Chesapeake Bay Sailing


$4000 -- Good cond., new sails, new cover, new running rigging. Optional slip at Washington Sailing Marina. Trailer, outboard. Call JP at (571) 7238455 for more info.






416 Morgan Ketch ’82 “Midnite Sun”, recent upgrades include Fischer Panda 8KW genset, Raytheon Plotter, GPS, Autopilot, Inflatable 10’6” RIB w/15hp Yamaha, 2 zone air conditioning, 6’5” headroom! A must see and coming to Annapolis April 1. Reduced to 77K. over 100 photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime.

For your nearest NMEA dealer, use our dealer locator at:

National Marine Electronics Association 800.808.6632 • 410.975.9425

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Lochner Law Firm, P.C. Todd Lochner, Esq.

Sail all season on our boats for less than the cost of a slip! Catalina 25 Pearson 30 Cape Dory 36 Jeanneau 40 Starting at 1500 per season

(410) 867-7177 20 Min. From the DC Beltway Docked At Herrington Harbour North

Proctor in Admirality, Maritime Law Association

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Service Yard For Lease: Southern Chesapeake Bay/ Rappahannock River. 40-ton lift. 2 high-bay service buildings (60ft x 60ft each), woodworking, fiberglass and mechanical shops, offices. Currently used for boatbuilding and marine service. Long term lease available. Great opportunity to take over an established, reputable yard. Contact owner: jcd990@gmail. com or (804) 815-1453. Classic Sail Charters Towing and Salvage Company - Annapolis -  BoatU.S. licensee for sale. Owner retiring. In business since 1983, profitable 4 boat turnkey operation with good working relationship with Coast Guard, harbor master, & competitors. Must have captain’s license with towing. Reply to

Don’t Own….. Just Sail.



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

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. Nice 27’ Ericson for Charter Charter in four, eight, or twenty-four hour increments. Very reasonable rates. Berthed at Kent Island. Direct access to the Bay. Sailing instruction available. Call Capt. Tom (410) 6430169. R & R Charters  Crewed day, weekend, and weeklong charters, leaving from Kent Narrows. Also available certified ASA sail classes. Contact Capt. Dave at (570) 690-3645,,

CREW Offshore Passage Opportunities # 1 Crew Networking Service since 1993. Sail for free on OPB’s Call 1-800-4-PASSAGe for free brochure/membership application. Need Crew?

DELIVERIES Unlimited sailing: from $175 per month


Sail or power, professionally captained. Full planning services, outfitting and provisioning. Reasonable rates. 410-745-2454.

Chesapeake Boating Club 410-280-8692 Spring Special! - $49 per person. Afternoon or Sunset Cruises (2-6 guests; 2-4 hours) 2008 Catalina 42 MKII Captain Tony Ireland • USCG Licenced ASA Certified Instructor • Member CAPCA (571) 331-6241•

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,

Experienced Ad# LMS-109 Deliveries AdUSCG Licensed Captains Size: 2.304”W x 1.0”H 02/04/10 • Delivery Prepared by Ad Collaborative (215) 242-2005 • Charter • Training • Power or Sail

Anywhere between Florida, Maine 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,

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Deliveries, Instruction, Owner-Assisted Passages, sail or power. Local, coastal, Gulf, Caribbean. Three experienced USCG licensed captains. Outstanding references. Insurance approved. (443) 2434925,

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

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

M Yacht Services, in Annapolis, MD is growing and in need of additional experienced sailboat riggers and fabricators. As the area’s premier yacht rigging and spar building company, we offer competitive wages and benefits. Please email Richard Krolak @ rich@ For more information got to


Get Paid To Sail! The Woodwind schooners are hiring crew. Sailing knowledge necessary and must work thru 10/31. Fun people, avg. $12/hour, and lots of great sailing. FT only. Download application @ www.

J/World Is Looking For a few great sailing instructors. If you’re an experienced sailor who enjoys working with people as well as sharing your love of sailing while getting paid, we should talk. J/World Annapolis is looking for full and part-time coaches with the right stuff to teach all course levels. Call (410) 280-2040 and ask for Jeff to learn more or forward your resume to Riggers Wanted  Need a great job? Atlantic Spars & Rigging is looking for experienced sailboat riggers to join our staff. We offer competitive pay, benefits, & vacation. Send resume to or call (410) 268-1570.



Index of Display


Accent Graphics............................. 79 Alexseal.......................................... 39 Anchorage Marina........................... 18 Annapolis Accommodations............ 85 Annapolis Athletic Club................... 77 Annapolis Bay Charters................... 63 Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard............ 10 Annapolis Marine Art....................... 29 Annapolis Performance Sailing........ 87,93 Annapolis Sailing Fitness................. 49 Annapolis Sailing School................. 28,59 Annapolis School of Seamanship..... 33 Annapolis Yacht Sales..................... 7,97 Atlantic Spars & Rigging.................. 79 Bacon & Associates........................ 4 Baltimore Marine Center.................. 13 Bay Bridge Sailing School............... 57 Bermuda Ocean Race...................... 89 Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard................... 37 Beta Marine..................................... 79 Blue Water Sailing........................... 56


BoatU.S........................................... 19,21 Boatyard Bar & Grill........................ 32

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,

HELP WANTED Assistant Marine Ops Manager Seasonal position. Must have strong understanding of all boat Systems and be able to handle sailboats in close quarters. Should have strong communication skills (both verbal & written) and be customer focused. Must be able to manage small stuff. Job runs until November 15. Captain’s license a plus, but not required. Salaried position. Captains Wanted Ed Kane’s Water Taxi is accepting applications for the 2008 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. Established Annapolis Yacht Delivery Company Seeks USCG licensed captain for local, coastal & Caribbean sailboat deliveries. Please send sailing resume including license grade & issue date and details of sailboat delivery experience to No phone calls please.

Box of Rain...................................... 43 Brick Companies............................. 24




CBYRA............................................ 94 CCS Valencer.................................. 16 Center Dock Marina......................... 101 Chesapeake Marine Railway............ 20 Chesapeake Rigging....................... 74 Chesapeake Sailing School............. 59 Coastal Climate Control................... 11 Colorwheelz.................................... 78 Coppercoat USA............................. 37 CRAB.............................................. 100 CRAB - Doubler for Sale.................. 90 Crusader Yacht Sales...................... 98 David Virtue.................................... 25 Defender Industries......................... 29

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Deltaville Boatyard.......................... 30,31

Complete Underwater Services APOLIS DIVIN NN Bottom Paint Removal • Gel-Coat Safe Chris Stafford 800-901-4253

Diversified Marine........................... 73 Down the Bay Race......................... 91


Downtown Sailing Center................ 59 Eastport Bodyworks........................ 55 EYC Spring Cotillion........................ 47 Fair Wind Sailing School.................. 58,61 Fairview Marina............................... 66 Fawcett Boat Supplies..................... 6 Gratitude Marina............................. 71 Hartge Yacht Harbor....................... 71 Hartge Yacht Yard........................... 37 Haven Harbour Marina.................... 73 Herrington Harbour......................... 64 Holiday Hill Marina........................... 25


• 24 Hour Emergency Service • Salvage • Hull Cleaning • Propeller Sales and Service • Zinc Replacement • Mooring Installation • 410-251-6538

SM Scandia Marine Services Mobile Marine Service S Complete 25 Years Experience - Power & Sail ABYC Certified



443.496.0854 Call NOW for Commissioning Specials! • General Maintenance & Repair • Marine Systems • Rigging • Custom Carpentry • Electrical Systems • Electronics Install • FG Repair & Modification • Custom Design & Fabrication

Hotwire Enterprises........................ 24 IMIS................................................. 40

J. Gordon & Co................................ 36 J/World............................................ 59,67

Landfall Navigation.......................... 111 Latell Sails....................................... 85 Latitude 39 Marine Services............ 36 Let’s Go Cruising............................. 61 Leukemia Cup................................. 62 Lippincott Marine............................ 101 Mack Sails....................................... 66 M Yacht Services............................. 5 Mariner Sailing School..................... 56


Hull Cleaning and boat services Zincs, Props & Salvage

Keith Hopkins

Call for quote 443-790-8827

Up The C re e k Diving

Helix Mooring Authorized Installer


Mooring Installation & Service Underwater Maintenance & Repair

Martek Davits.................................. 79

Spring Commissioning Specials

MD Boatbuilders Expo..................... 69

Diversified Marine Service. Inc.

Nilsen Insurance & Financial........... 70


Nor’Banks Sailing/ WETA................. 27 North Point Sailing Association........ 39 North Point Yacht Sales................... 15 North Sails Chesapeake.................. 3

Chesapeake Bay Sailing

EASTPORT YACHT SALES Brokers for Quality Power & Sail

410-903-1830 Winter Storage in Annapolis •35 ton Travel Lift •Bottom Jobs & Hull Painting •In Water Slips to 60’


Romanoff Invention Service, Inc. Marine Division Member ABYC

Boat Design, Boat Remodels, Custom Woodwork 443-845-8331 REAL ESTATE

Inner Harbor EAST Marina............... 77

K&B True Value............................... 22



Deltaville Dealer Days..................... 20



Index of Display Advertisers

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 Contemporary 140 Sq.Ft. Waterfront Offices available. Lookout to the channel from your desk. Wi Fi, shared conference room and reception area available. Simply Stunning. Call Marc @ (410) 299-3406.


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

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Index of Display Advertisers


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


North Sails Direct............................ 89 Norton’s Sailing School................... 58


Norton’s Yacht Sales....................... 98

West Systems • MAS Epoxy

Ocean Options................................ 70 Pettit Marine Paint Vivid................... 2,82 Planet Hope..................................... 28 Port Book........................................ 78 Portside Marine............................... 63

Bacon Sails

Potomac Sailmakers........................ 34

Marine Supplies

Quantum......................................... 112


Profurl/Wichard............................... 23

Refrigeration Parts Solution............ 79

Porpoise Sailing Services New Custom Sails New & Used Surplus Sails New & Used Roller Furling Systems



Trade • 800.507.0119


Regent Point Marina........................ 73 RogueWave Yacht Brokerage.......... 99 Sail Solomons.................................. 57 Sailrite Enterprises.......................... 75 Sarles Boatyard Yacht Sales, LLC... 75 Schaefer......................................... 27 Screwpile........................................ 95 Shipwright Harbour......................... 69 Singles on Sailboats........................ 74 Southern Bay Race Week................ 84 Spring Cove Marina......................... 24 Spring Sails Event........................... 45 Stur-Dee Boat.................................. 79

Your online source for quality pre-owned sails!

T2P.TV............................................ 90 Tartan C&C Yachts.......................... 99 Tidewater Yacht Service Center...... 34 UK-Halsey Sailmakers..................... 9 20Min. From DC Beltway

At Herrington Harbour North

Up-N-Out......................................... 79 US Sailing........................................ 72 West Marine.................................... 35 West River Rigging.......................... 85 White Rocks Marina & Boatyard...... 67 Winch Buddy LLC............................ 23 Womanship International................. 55 Yacht View Brokerage..................... 100 Young’s Boat Yard........................... 79

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North East River Yacht Club Modern, Floating Marina Upper Bay. Slips Available. Convenient to N. Maryland, tri-state area & I-95. ph: 410 287 6333

North East River Yacht Club

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor East Marina


Transient & Monthly Vacation Rates

Upper Bay Area



Repair Yard DIY or Subs. Solomons, MD

(No (No Boat Boat Tax) Tax)




Full Service Repair Bottom Paint and and Maintenance Spring Commissioning


DIY friendly!

(Lower (Lower Bay) Bay)

15’ Up to 60’ Deep-Water Slips On the Magothy. One river north of Annapolis. Easy access to marina by Route 100. North Shore Marina (410) 255-3982.

28’ - 38’ Slips Power & sail, cozy, intimate MD Clean Marina in protected Deale harbor, excellent boating & fishing, free Wi-Fi & pumpout, 30 mins. from DC. (410) 867-7919,

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


27,000 lb. Fork-Lifts

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


700 Mill Creek Rd. • Arnold

55-Ton Travel-Lift

20’ - 40’ Slips, Pier 4 Marina 301 4th St., Eastport, across from Annapolis Yacht Club. Keep your boat where the Hinckley and Sabre dealers keep theirs. Electric, water, & showers. (410) 990-9515. www.

Slips up to 50'

ALWAYS below Annapolis rates!

Bell Isle

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

Hampton, VA (757) 850-0466

Offshore Swan Sailing Program May - St. Maarten to Newport. June - Bermuda Cruising Rally with Tania Aebi. Sail NY to Bermuda or back. From only $1400 Call 1-800-4-PASSAGe or visit

25 Ton Lift!

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

Dry Storage to 36 feet.



28’ - 40’ Deep Water Slips On Middle River/Hopkins Creek. Easy access off Rt. 702. Gated parking, rest rooms. Hilltop Marina (410) 780-3773, 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,

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

SURVEYORS ACCURATE YACHT SURVEYS Power and Sail. Pre-Purchase, Insurance claims, Finance, Corrosion. SAMS & ABYC accredited. 410-745-2454.

Ad# LMS-109 Surveys Ad Marine Surveyor 410-330-8564 Size: 2.304”W x 1.0”H 02/04/10 Chesapeake Prepared 242-2005 SAMSby & Ad Collaborative (215) Bay Region

ABYC Member

Bill Love

Power & Sail

ABYI Marine Surveyors, LLC Sail & powerboat surveys, big or small. Contact Derek Rhymes, NAMSCMS and SAMS A.M.S. (410) 268-4404 or toll free (866) 608-4404. 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,


Sailboat Trailers & Cradles

Custom-built & fit

Viking Trailers 724-789-9194

Don’t Pay Annapolis Rates Winter storage $3/ foot/month. $90 minimum. $12/foot HWBL. In-water storage open and covered up to 50 feet LOA. Fullservice BY or DIY. Spring Commissioning, sail & battery storage, variety of services: brightwork, ask us! 7-foot depth. 30-Ton TraveLift. (804) 472-3955, Sailboat Slip Mill Creek Near Cantlers. Easy access Whitehall Bay. Water electric bubbler. Up to 32 ft. 4-5 ft deep. (301) 518-0989. 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.

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CHESAPEAKE CLASSIC City Point in 1865 he deep-water port of City Point, VA sits on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers. During the Civil War’s last 10 months, City Point’s wharf was full of anchored schooners and federal artillery. Its strategic location deep in the heart of the Confederacy—only 20 miles from Richmond—ensured a key role in America’s Civil War. City Point and the Appomattox Plantation served as the Union Army’s headquarters for General Ulysses S. Grant during the Siege of Petersburg from June 9, 1864 to March 25, 1865. In less than 30 days in May of 1864, Grant’s Chief Quartermaster General, Brevet Major General Ingalls, created a supply depot never before seen in military history. Huge supply and repair depots and several hospitals were built. A vast fleet of ships stretched as far as the eye could see. During that siege, City Point was one of the busiest ports in the world; 10,000 workers supplied 125,000 Union troops and 65,000 animals. Eight huge wharves extended along the banks of the James River for over half a mile. A city of warehouses and support buildings was built to service the more than 200 vessels that arrived daily from the north. City Point soon became crowded with barracks, stables, repair shops, a large bakery, numerous stores, and a prison for Union troops (aka the Bull Pen). A railroad was repaired and extended to carry material to soldiers in Petersburg. What’s really interesting is that on August 9, 1864, a tremendous explosion rocked City Point. It barely missed injuring Grant, who at the time was sitting outside his headquarters tent on a high bluff above the depot. Grant said, “Every part of the yard used as my headquarters is filled with splinters and fragments of shell.” Different observers said, “Such a rain of shot, shell, bullets, pieces of wood, iron bars and bolts, chains, and missiles of every kind was never before witnessed. From the top of the bluff, there lay before me a staggering scene, a mass of overthrown buildings, their timbers


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tangled into almost impenetrable heaps. In the water were wrecked and sunken barges. A canal boat packed with saddles was directly beside the ammunition barge. The explosion sent those old cavalry saddles flying in every direction like so many big-winged bats.” A barge loaded with ammunition had exploded, detonating 30,000 artillery shells and more than 75,000 rounds of smallarms ammunition. Fortythree people were killed instantly, and 126 were wounded; some accounts say that 300 people died. The wharf was almost entirely destroyed, and the damage was put at $2 million. (After the war, it was confirmed that the explosion had been an act of sabotage by Confederate Secret Service agent John Maxwell, who had smuggled a time bomb aboard the ammunition barge.) The explosion didn’t much hinder the Union war effort; within just nine days, City Point’s supply depot was back to full operation! Grant was able to amass his forces, move quickly, strike hard, and increase his combat effectiveness. These strategic advantages eventually led to the surrender of General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate Army. Later, in 1914, the DuPont Company began developing City Point, building a dynamite factory and then a gun cotton factory during World War I. In 1923, City Point became part of Hopewell. Products as diverse as the first automatic dishwasher, the first Kraft paper and cardboard boxes, china, and artificial silk have been manufactured in Hopewell. Now, the wharf buildings have all disappeared, along with all the docks. A pleasant walking tour with outdoor storyboards highlights 25 historic homes and structures, including Appomattox Plantation and the well-preserved Weston Manor. Hopewell also boasts a city marina, museums, riverside parks, sculptures, and several shops, restaurants, and hotels. This photo of City Point in 1865 is part of selected Civil War photographs. It came from a wet, plate glass negative. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress








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Get You From Point A to C and Back Again Quantum Sails Design Group is conveniently located in Annapolis and services the Maryland area from the Baltimore Harbor to the Eastern Shore. We offer a vast array of Sail Maintenance and Services to help our customers get the highest performance out of their sails year-afteryear. Call today to learn more about our Spring Sail Services that are specifically designed to prepare your sail for the upcoming Summer Sailing Season. Quantum Sail Design Group â&#x20AC;˘ 951 Bay Ridge Road Annapolis, MD 21043

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