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The following victory list represents a fraction of the racing success North Sails customers enjoyed in 2008. To show our appreciation, we are offering a FREE North Racer Hat to every North customer who finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a North American regatta in 2008, whether or not they are listed here. See below for details! Acura Key West Race Week Farr 40… 1, 2, 3 J/105… 1st Melges 32… 1, 3 Mumm 30… 2, 3 IRC 1… 1, 2, 3 Swan 42… 1, 2, 3 IRC 2… 1, 2 J/80… 3rd PHRF 1… 1st PHRF 2… 1, 2, 3 PHRF 3…1st PHRF 4 …1st PHRF 5…1st Acura Grand Prix Farr 40… 1, 2 Melges 32… 1, 3 IRC 1… 1, 3 IRC 2… 1, 2, 3 Newport-Bermuda Race Class 1… 2nd Class 2… 2nd Class 4… 3rd Class 5… 1, 2 Class 6… 2nd Class 8… 1st Class 10… 3rd Whitebread XV Div 1A… 1, 3 Div 1B… 1st Div 2B… 2nd Div 2C… 1, 3 Div 3A… 1st Div 4A… 1, 3 Div 5B… 1st ECSA Season Champs… 1, 2, 3 Manhasset Bay Fall Series IRC 1… 1, 2, 3 IRC 2… 2nd PHRF 4… 2nd PHRF 6… 2nd American YC Fall Series IRC 1… 1, 3 IRC 3… 2nd Swan 42… 1, 2, 3 J/24… 1st J/122… 1st J/120… 1, 2 J/109… 1st Ida Lewis Distance Race IRC… 1, 2, 3 PHRF… 1st Vineyard Race IRC 0… 1, 2 IRC Super 0… 1, 2, 3

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Section 4… 3rd Section 5… 1, 3 Section 6… 1, 2, 3 Section 7… 2nd Section 8… 1, 3 Section 9… 2nd T/10… 2, 3 Turbo… 1st Suncoast Race Week Overall… 1, 3 Pacific NW Big Boat Regatta Class A… 1st Columbia Gorge One-Design J/24… 1, 2, 3 Melges 24… 1, 2, 3 Oregon Offshore Class A… 1, 2, 3 Class B… 1, 3 Class C… 2, 3 SYSCO Spring Series Class A… 1, 2, 3 Class B… 1, 2, 3 M24X… 1st C2… 2nd J/24… 1, 2, 3 Cal 20… 1, 2, 3 PYC Centennial Class A… 1, 2, 3 172… 3rd J/24… 1, 2, 3 Cal 20… 1, 2, 3 SYSCO Summer Series Class A… 2, 3 Class B… 1, 2, 3 M24X… 1, 2 C2… 2nd J/24… 1, 2, 3 Ranger 20… 2nd Cal 20… 1, 2, 3 Cruise… 1, 2 CYC Summer Series Div 1… 1st 172… 1st Melges… 1, 2, 3 Div 2… 2nd Merit 25… 2nd J/24… 1, 2, 3 Cal 20… 1, 2, 3 Cruising… 2nd RCYC Summer J/24… 1, 3 Cal 20… 1, 2 24X… 1st Cruise… 3rd PYC Winners Invitational

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65 Key West Special by Molly Winans

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20 Snowflakes and Seminars by Molly Winans 36 Greening Up Your Act by Carrie Gentile 38 Reflections of a Sailor by Andy Schell 39 What We Need Is a Rainout by Eva Hill 40 Pod People by Chris Ferro ON THE COVER: Ego Alley on ice. If this doesn’t make you cold all over, we don’t know what will. To keep your burr buzz going, turn to page 42. Photo by John Bildahl/

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IN THIS ISSUE CRUISING SCENE 53 Cruising & Sailing Club Notes 62

Charter Notes: Sailing St. Lucia by Leslie Toussaint

RACING BEAT 65 Chesapeake Racing Beat: Key West,


Rolex and High Point Awards, and Solings

73 Annapolis Performance Sailing Spotlight: Lorie Stout

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Waiting on Spring

That’s what we do in Chesapeake country in this short, cold month, but why not enjoy the wait? In celebration of winter, we’ve compiled fun activities for sailors and their families in the SpinSheet Calendar on page 26 and interesting sailing- and Bay-related workshops and classes on page 21. For more wintry photos, see our Eye on the Bay photo spread on page 42. Next month, we’ll start thinking about burning our socks and cleaning up our boats in time for splash day... Photo by Mark Duehmig/

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

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Waiting on Ice

ith a frigid presidential inauguration on the horizon, planners in Washington, DC weren’t too happy about the plummeting temperatures on January 15. Five men in St. Michaels were thrilled. The “Turkey Gang,” as labeled on a handwritten sign on their reserved table at the Carpenter Street Saloon, meets for lunch every Thursday, turkey special day. In this season, they pray for a deep freeze. “It’s such a sickness,” says Mike Keene, who lives just down the road in Claiborne, MD on the Eastern Bay. “When the ice comes in, no work gets done around here. Five years ago, we were out on the ice everyday for about three weeks.” The iceboats that link these enthusiasts arrived in St. Michaels in the great freeze of 1977, when the DN World Championships took place on the Miles River. For details about the boat itself, turn to page 34 for Fred Miller’s Chesapeake Rambler column. It suffices to say here that the 12-foot DN, the largest iceboat class in the world, has a typical performance of two to four times wind speed. That means you can travel at 20 knots in a five-knot breeze. The C-Street gang quotes their iceboating buddy, January Winter— yes, it is his real name—who says, “Sailing the DN is like being strapped on your back on the hood of a Corvette, while going 60 miles per hour on the freeway.” Diana Mautz came into the saloon carrying a plaque she’d retrieved from the bottom of a trash box at the Miles River YC from the 1977 DN Championships. “It was so festive, it was like the Fourth of July at the club,” she remembers. “Everyone in the whole community put a sail on whatever they could find, even inner tubes, and people were ice skating. We used Christmas trees as race marks. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen it so festive around here.” She tells the story of a bunch of German

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iceboaters, who stayed at her house for the event. She let them carry on and behave badly in German for a few days before busting their chops and admitting that she spoke their language. She remembers them wearing lines with grips and ice picks on the ends (ice or bear claws, they’re called) for climbing out of holes.

Photo by Mike Keene

Mautz is one of the 10 or so who still have iceboats in their garages. Although she doesn’t sail it, the fond memories of the DN regatta 32 years ago stick with her. “I just can’t part with the boat,” she says. “She lets us crash it, repair it, and return it,” says Keene, as the gang downed Cheetos, bar popcorn, and no-frills turkey sandwiches. They estimate eight to 10 iceboats still stored in garages around St. Michaels. Their friend January Winter had the legendary worst crash. Afterwards, the boat no longer resembled a boat of any kind. Winter emerged from the wreckage in the ice hole wet and bloody with a big grin on his face. Jim Richardson says, “It’s hard to see a hole in the ice when you’re down that low. I tried to warn him, but you can’t hear anything when you’re going that fast.” Richardson had his own wicked crash a few years back when taking what they claim is irresistible, that one last lap. “I was cold, and I think my brain got frozen. I

thought I was turning, but I went straight, ran up on shore, and broke my tooth.” Does he wear a mouthguard now? “A football helmet,” he says. His iceboating and summer weeknight racing crewmate, Kirke Harper adds, “Iceboating is a contact sport.” What’s it like to sail on an iceboat? They all agree that your eyes water. “Ice spray comes up in your face,” says Harper. “Your feet get cold, and it works its way up your legs and whole body to your neck,” says Renny Johnson. “Then adrenaline kicks in, and counters it,” says Keene. These guys are sailors. A couple sail Stars, Keene sails log canoes, and a few crew on a 30-foot Pearson for weeknights and Saturday regattas. “You don’t have to know how to sail to iceboat,” one of them says. “Is that why you do it?” Keene asks. They laugh. When the ice comes—which did not happen at all in 2008—they hold an ice festival in Claiborne. They build a fire in one of those portable pits on the ice, and Keene rolls out an Oriental carpet runner for the kids to strap on their skates. If someone fears walking on the ice, they can be pushed out on lawn chairs. Then of course, they sail on it. The C-Street gang has been meeting for turkey Thursdays for five years. They wait for ice. When it comes, they sail like madmen, crash, patch the holes late night, and sail again the next day, if the ice holds strong. As for the festive nature of this rugged pastime, Keene says, “Ice does that. It brings out communities.” You can only iceboat on ice, so they wait. Being closest to the water from his house, Richardson makes the call. When it comes to ice (and he really was just referring to iceboating), he says, “Every day is a gift. You never know when you’re going to get another day.”

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Lighthouse Love

hank you for the article and pictures about the Greenbury Point Shoal Light on the Chesapeake Classic page (December 2008). The seventh grade students at my school, Magothy River Middle School, had just presented a check for $2640 that they raised in a walka-thon to the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society to help preserve lighthouses on the Bay. Your page 94 went under my document camera the next day in class to show the students that this is what will happen to the remaining lighthouses without their support. We are already planning on next year’s event to help keep the lights shining on the Bay.   Ms. Joanne O’Hara Magothy River Middle School Arnold, MD


f you ever hear a burst of laughter coming from the SpinSheet office, our senior editor Ruth Christie is probably in on it. Born in Granville, NY, she met her husband Jim at Gettysburg College. The couple moved to Washington, DC and spent their weekends sailing on the Bay in a Hobie cat. They moved up to a bigger cat and then to a C&C 27 called Mon Amour, which they raced on the West River. Although Jim continued to race for a handful of years, Ruth was seven months pregnant with Nicholas (now 11) for her last race. By then, the couple had moved to a home on Cadle Creek off the Rhode River. Their second child Laura (now 7) was born. Never quite content to just look at the water, they discovered that they could travel more quickly to kid-friendly destinations by powerboat. On a Renken 21, the Christies learned to navigate the old-fashioned way with compasses, charts, and binoculars and grew comfortable traveling long distances. Ruth and her family walk the walk when it comes to exploring the Chesapeake. Last year alone, they traveled in their Legacy 40 Coquina up the Magothy, Chester, and Corsica Rivers; to Havre de Grace, Cambridge, Oxford, and St. Michaels; and on a weeklong trip to the Potomac, to Crisfield, and to Chesapeake Bay Sailing

Seeking Opinionated Sailors Have you read something you like recently in SpinSheet? Did one of our articles or photos prompt you to call an old friend to remember a sailing story? Did you go to an event you found in our Calendar? Do you read SpinSheet cover to cover or randomly? What keeps you coming back for more? We love the letters we receive, but we want more. Do you have an opinion about SpinSheet? Please share it with us by writing to

Madness, Mistress… What’s the Difference?

Hampton, VA sailor Jake Brodersen was brave enough to climb his 50-foot mast to retrieve a halyard and snap a picture in between races at last summer’s Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge (where the crew went on to place first in class).

Broderson was kind enough to send us this photo, and then we printed the name incorrectly. His C&C 35 Mk-III is called Midnight Mistress, not Midnight Madness. Apologies to the skipper and crew. Thanks for sharing this cool photo. ~M.W.

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the Tides Inn in Irvington, VA. In 2009, they are planning trips up the Sassafras River and to Annapolis, Tilghman Island, and Solomons among others. An editor and writer for her entire working career, Ruth landed a job here on the SpinSheet/PropTalk crew after telling us in an interview that she was a “kickass” editor. We believed her and still do. “What I like about this job is that most of the time we spend at work is devoted to fun stuff. I get to do things like look up the plural form of Dark and Stormy and do research on places we want to visit anyway,” she says. “I like the creative environment.” Around the SpinSheet/PropTalk offices, Ruth is known for her eagle eye, deadly pen marks, vast

knowledge of Bay rivers and crab houses, and—above all—delightfully twisted sense of humor. She makes herself laugh so hard she cries on a regular basis. When it comes to being fun to work with, Ruth wrote the manual. We love having her on our team.

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Dock Talk

A Tale of Two Rivers

by Ruth Christie


ow we live on the land directly affects the health of our waterways. This is true now more than ever before. Just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean the people who love and take care of our Bay waters are asleep at the switch. For everyone, winter is the perfect time to make plans and prepare for the upcoming sailing season on the Chesapeake. And, that’s exactly what the South River Federation and Sassafras River Association are doing, except they have much bigger things in mind with longer term goals. These are just two of the many groups all over the Bay that get people involved and focus on saving our waters for future generations. After you give thanks for these keepers of our rivers, think about your local waters and how you can help clean things up. Then, grab your friends and get moving; it’s now or never.


Everybody Wins!

ow, how could winning a trip to France help out the South River? “Oysters Alive returns this year with silent and live auctions to benefit the South River Federation. You’ll learn about successful oyster restoration projects on the South River, mingle with local luminaries, and enjoy a fantastic night of fun, oysters, drinks, and live music by the Rob Levit Trio,” says Diana Muller, the South Riverkeeper. For your bidding pleasure, the auctions will include vacations in France and Cape Cod, dinner at local restaurants,

SRF board members during last year’s Oyster Alive event (L-R): Kathleen Liedy, Chris Trumbauer (now the West/Rhode Riverkeeper), and Kincey Potter president during last year’s Oysters Alive event. Photo courtesy of SRF’s Cindy Wallace

works by local artists, specialty gift baskets, and much more. With 500 members and volunteers, the South River Federation is a non-profit, grassroots environmental organization that protects, restores, and celebrates the South River and its ecosystem. Tucked within this mission is a growing movement to create a new mindset about the behavior and involvement of every person who impacts the South River. The party venue for the February 28 Oysters Alive is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis from 7 to 10 p.m.. 12 February 2009 SpinSheet

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A New Kind of SWAP Meet

n addition to being a beautiful river to sail and live on, the Sassafras serves as habitat to many rare, threatened, and endangered species, including bald eagles. The whole watershed has its share of toxic algae blooms, bacteria-based beach closures, loss of fish and crab habitat, and sediment-clouded streams. On January 7, the Sassafras River Association began its major undertaking for 2009: assembling the core team for the Sassafras Watershed Action Plan (SWAP). “SWAP will be a comprehensive, science-based analysis of the Sassafras River watershed in cooperation with the Kent and Cecil County governments, several Maryland State agencies, the State of Delaware, and several colleges and universities,” says John Vail. “SWAP is the roadmap for our future. It will be a scientifically robust, comprehensive analysis of the Sassafras River watershed. The end result will be a prioritized list of the specific actions that must be taken to clean up our river,” says Kim Kohl, the association’s executive director. “The restoration projects we develop for the Sassafras watershed must be implementable and cost effective as we move forward. That’s what SWAP will tell us,” adds Sassafras Riverkeeper Kascie Herron, who will develop major portions of the plan. On January 27, the Sassafras River Association hosted a meeting to hear what SWAP stakeholders—the people who live, work, boat, swim, fish, and kayak on the

Sassafras—have to say about restoring the river for generations to come. “We will incorporate what we’ve learned from this and other meetings into SWAP. We are committed to completing the plan by this time next year,” Kohl notes. The Sassafras River Association is a private, non-profit watershed protection and advocacy organization that works to preserve the Sassafras River watershed. With the ultimate goal to remove the Sassafras River from the State’s list of polluted rivers, members are engaged in a wide range of activities, including advocacy, education, and watershed assessment and monitoring.

Volunteers pull up boatloads of invasive water chestnuts in Turner’s Creek in Kent County in July 2008. Photo courtesy of John Vail and the Sassafras River Association

Kascie Herron, the Sassafras Riverkeeper, makes her rounds during the summer of 2008. Photo courtesy of John Vail and the Sassafras River Association

DOCKTALK Sell Your Old Gear at the Nautical Flea Market!


ou bring the sailing gear, and the U.S. Yacht Shows will bring the buyers. Sell your boat and sailing paraphernalia during the Annapolis Nautical Flea Market May 23-24 at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. We’re talking boats on trailers, sails and sailing gear, accessories, apparel… you name it. Hosted by the U.S. Yacht Show, this new show will hit town on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (This is a flea market for owners, not brokers.) For more details about reserving your space, parking, tickets, and setting up “shop,” contact Sheila or Bonnie at (410) 268-8828 or

February Brings EPIRB Changeover


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Meet the Author of Oliver’s Surprise


arol Newman Cronin will be at the Annapolis Bookstore (68 Maryland Avenue) February 12 at 7 p.m. to meet and greet locals and sign copies of Oliver’s Surprise: A Boy, a Schooner, and the Great Hurricane of 1938 (see November 2008 SpinSheet). This 100-pager tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who travels back in time to 1938, just before the Great Hurricane hits, a storm he has been studying in school. Set in coastal Rhode Island, the book brings the sounds and sights of a small boatyard and an old schooner to life with anecdotes, illustrations, and storm stories. Cronin is a lifelong sailor who represented the United States in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and won a bronze medal at the Yngling Worlds the same year. She grew up cruising and racing in Woods Hole, MA, was a member of the sailing team at Connecticut College, and is a member of the Severn SA, among other affiliations. Cronin has won many national and international titles in Snipes, J/22s, and J/24s and on the women’s match racing circuit. She will talk about how the story started as a Christmas gift for her 11-year-old nephew in 2007 and grew into a novel.

Longing to feel closer to his favorite grandfather, Oliver skips school on a sparkling September afternoon and hides out on a tired schooner. Transported back to 1938, he must decide what to do before the dangerous hurricane he’d been studying in school hits.—Excerpt from Oliver’s Surprise: A Boy, a Schooner, and the Great Hurricane of 1938 by Carol Newman Cronin Chesapeake Bay Sailing


Farewell to Friends David Barnes, 1959-2009

nnapolis sailor David Barnes (49) passed away on January 10. An active member of the Severn SA (SSA), Barnes raced various boats from Vanguard 15s to J/105s and cruised on his Pearson 30 Sunstruck. Fellow sailor Kris Wilson says, “He did prefer cruising, but it’s worth saying David was no slouch when it comes to racing. He did foredeck, and he was good at it.” Professionally, Barnes was a landscape architect, with degrees from the University of Virginia and Tulane. He taught graduate-level landscape architecture courses at Morgan State University in Baltimore and had a private design practice. According to friends, he was considering a PhD program, as he was passionate about teaching and wanted to take it to the next level. Barnes donated his time and knowledge to projects such as restoring and maintaining the native plants at street-end parks in Eastport, one of his favorites being the First Street Park next to SSA. He renovated his house a few blocks away, which included a solarium room filled with tropical plants. Wilson says, “I don’t know how he did it or if he had some special juice, but he could always get his orchids to bloom. It was spectacu- Photo by Rege Becker lar. He could give you the full Latin name for all of his plants. He was brilliant that way.” A skilled cook, known for his mole sauce, Barnes enjoyed cooking southwestern food and traveling to New Mexico, among other warm places around the world from Africa to Peru. He thrived in the humid months of summer, and in the winter, he kept the heat up high in his Eastport house, in which he lived with his two beloved cats Cato and Clouseau. “More than anything, David was the central point for people to meet other people. All kinds of people connected through him,” says Rege Becker, a friend who raced and cruised with him often. Due to the flexible nature of their jobs, the duo managed to sail during weekdays and enjoyed calling their friends during the work day to rub it in. He says, “David would do anything for you. He was always there.” On the blog set up for photos and memories of Barnes ( Becker writes, “If there is a heaven for sailors, David is at the wheel of a Santa Cruz 52, heading to a palmlined atoll.” A memorial service will be held on January 31 at 1 p.m. at SSA, First Street at Spa Creek in the Eastport section of Annapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anne Arundel County SPCA at by clicking on the “donate” tab. —M.W.

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DOCKTALK Engaging the Next Generation: AYCF Grants


his past December, the Annapolis YC Foundation Board of Directors approved grants to 12 teams, individuals, and organizations who are dedicated to growing the sport of sailing through the eyes of young sailors. Amateur competitors who earned grants included Courtney Alexander and Kaylee Schwitzer, Scott Houck and Jack Ortel, Lindsey Gibbons-Neff, Joe Morris, Katie Scheidt and R.J. Bay, and Fletcher Sims and Brady Stagg. Other grantees included the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s boatbuilding program with the Box of Rain; Severn SA’s Spring Sailing Program; AYC’s Skip White Bring Your Own Sails Clinic; U.S. Sailing’s instructor trainer courses for junior sailing staff at AYC and SSA; and AYC’s high school teams Interscholastic Sailing Association fees. “This year, we received more applications than ever before. Sixty-one applicants in 2008 totaled more than $190,000. If we had more money in the budget, we would have made more and larger grants,” says John White, Foundation vice-president. “We hope that the fabulous response we had during this grant cycle will encourage donors as they consider their annual contribution to the Foundation. There is a great need in our community, and we must rise to the occasion to meet it,” adds Ward Anderson, who oversees the annual fundraising campaign. Mail your tax-deductible contribution to: AYCF, PO Box 908, Annapolis, MD 21403. There are four application deadlines each year; the next one is February 15.

You don’t see this every day! “We did this paint job [below] for Jeanneau America on a Jeanneau Sunfast 3200. She’ll travel to boat shows all over the country. We put gray, black, and red paint on and then sealed it all with a clear overcoat,” says John Norton of the Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard.

• It takes a lot of

courage to start a boatbuilding enterprise in any market, particularly at a time when the economic news is sour. In September 2008, Janet and Robbie Doyle, Tracey Fitzsimmons, Joe Kidwell, Carl Persak, and Jeremy Wurmfeld launched e Yacht Builders, LLC in Dundalk, MD near Baltimore. Kidwell says, “I grew up in Northern Virginia, and spent weekends on Mobjack Bay. I have been working and boating on the Chesapeake Bay since I was five years old. To help pump new blood into the boating industry, we offer custom projects and production models, including 33and 44-foot sailboats and a 35-foot powerboat (” Read more about e Yacht Builders in the March SpinSheet.


Optimists Team Trials 2008. Photo by Dan Phelps

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• Noyce Yachts in Annapolis recent-

ly appointed five yacht sales associates for new and used boat development. Tom Knoedler leads the team that now includes Rick Casali, Art Howard, Marcio Sadler, Bob Williams, and Bill Yates. Noyce Yachts is the flagship office for Tayana Sailing Yachts and the mid-Atlantic dealer for President Trawlers.

Want To Sail Offshore? Here’s How

t college, we used to call no-brainer courses “boat courses.” But, there’s another type of boat course that should be on your “to-do” list if you’re lucky enough to be planning an offshore passage. Learn from the pros at the Cruising Rally Association (CRA). The Ocean Sailing Seminar gives sailors experts in communications, heavy weather sailing, mechanical/ electrical systems, offshore safety, and sailing handling. The interactive 2009 Ocean Sailing Seminar comes to Annapolis March 14-15 and Hampton, VA September 19-20. This year, CRA’s Atlantic Cup leaves May 3 from Tortola’s Village Cay to the St. Georges Dinghy & Sport Club in Bermuda. The popular Caribbean 1500 Rally leaves November 2 from the Bluewater Sailing Center in Hampton to Tortola. If you’ve sailed through CRA’s courses and rallies, drop us a line about your experiences (

Now’s the time for a Dave Ramos of Chesapeake Performance Models (CPM) in Stevensville, MD has added EC12s (above) to his line of ready-to-sail boat models, including CR914s and Star 45s. In addition to offering CPM 505 sails and custom designs and paint jobs, CPM is also a U.S. sales and service center for the popular RMG SmartWinch. SpinSheet’s Mark Talbott says, “The East Coast 12-meter models are beautiful, majestic boats based on classic racing yachts. Their larger size (nearly six feet tall) and weight give them a grace and more realistic motion through the water. For the most part, they have been only available as empty hulls and decks to be built by the modeler. But, now CPM offers ready-to-sail packages for these popular boats.” Check Club Notes for news about the Chesapeake Bay Model Racing Association’s Sunday races in Annapolis. Photo courtesy of David Ramos of CPM at

• New staff and website for 2009 for

Shady Side Rural Heritage Society. Susy Smith, chair, and Laurel Fletcher, part-time executive director, have joined Roberta Dorn, Beth Denniston, Connie Halkovich, and Loretta Garte at the helm. For more information, visit the society’s new website at or call (443) 607-8277.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 9 a.m. until 1

You are invited to attend a free Ocean Racing Forum presented by the Bermuda Ocean Race Committee and Eastport Yacht Club at Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis, Maryland in preparation for the next BOR on June 11, 2010. The forum features a panel including skippers and crew who have sailed the BOR one or more times. There will be a Q & A session after presentations by panel members. Audience participation is encouraged.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

BOR Skippers’ Reception from 6:30 ‘til 8:30 p.m. at the Eastport Yacht Club Join us after the Saturday session of Safety at Sea at the USNA. Talk to other skippers who have sailed the race or are interested in racing in 2010.

RSVP’s are necessary! To RSVP or get information, call Mike McEwen at 443-254-3276, the EYC BOR Hotline at 410-263-0415, or e-mail EYC is located at 317 First Street, Annapolis, Md. 21403 Those without EYC Parking Stickers should park in the lot across the street or risk being towed!

Topper International in the United Kingdom recently chose Annapolis-based Topaz Sailing Systems, LLC (TSS) as the exclusive U.S. distributor for the entire range of Topper performance sailing dinghies. TSS owners Peter Cook and Karen Morris say, “With a range of 13 hulls, this line of easy-to-sail boats offers versatile gennaker rigging options, fast performance, and fun for sailors of all skill levels. Providing room to grow, these dinghies can be customized for many different uses, from teaching beginners to accommodating serious racers.” Cook adds, “I grew up in England, where asymmetrical sailing dinghies were all over the place. When I first came to the United States, I was amazed at the lack of these boats. We are particularly excited about introducing this boat line to North American sailors. It will revolutionize peoples’ perspective of sailing.” Photo courtesy of

• The Moody 45 Classic by Hanse

Yachts made her world debut this past January. Company reps say, “With timeless elegance, she features traditional hinged oval windows, highgloss mahogany above- and belowdeck, rattan doors to the saloon, quilted leather cushioning, generous pantry storage, and a wide range of other standard specifications. She’s a true gem in her class.” On the Chesapeake, you can find Hanse Yachts and trawlers at the Annapolis Sailyard Inc., Send DockTalk Items to

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Rebirth of the Caleb

W. Jones


pprentices and volunteers of the nonprofit Coastal Heritage Alliance (CHA) in St. Michaels are completely restoring the 44-foot, 55-year-old Skipjack Caleb W. Jones at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The goal is to make her heavier and more durable so she can once again dredge for oysters and teach kids about the Bay. “She was partially sunk when I got her,” says Mike Vlahovich, master boatbuilder and CHA’s founder, so you can imagine the work that has been needed to replace rotten wood all over the structure. Vlahovich and his team have already spent a year working on the vessel and have their sights set on relaunching her this Labor Day. Michael Sullivan, who owns the Caleb W. Jones, was drawn to restore her because his great-grandfather had worked on the water and had a skipjack. Named for its original owner, a Smith Island waterman, and built in Reedville, VA, the skipjack is one of the last ones ever built. Vlahovich says. “In a way, the boats are easy to save; it’s preserving the culture that’s a much bigger job.” To learn more about helping CHA preserve the skills, stories, and vessels of commercial fishing and oystering families on the Chesapeake Bay, visit The working Oyster Dredging Skipjack Caleb W. Jones gets a much-needed facelift. Photo courtesy of the Coastal Heritage Alliance

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Snowflakes and Seminars: Staying Connected to the Bay in Winter

by Molly Winans

like crazy and stretching out our time on the Bay as long as we comfortably can, late fall and the holidays are upon us. We ring in the New Year, clean out our closets, go back to the gym, and resume some sense of order. When the sun starts to set a little bit later each night, and Groundhog Day rolls in, the itch to get back on the water starts in earnest. Luckily, life isn’t as sleepy in Chesapeake country as one may expect. If you stand on the waterfront and look out at the open Bay, it sure does look quiet, but if you tune in a little, you’ll learn that there are multiple seminar and lecture opportunities to connect you with sailors and the Bay, ramp up your skills, keep your brain warm, and get your internal gears moving in the right direction before splash day.

Free and Easy


ailors tend to hang out with sailors on sailboats and on land in all seasons. We plan sailing vacations, read sailing books, and search sailing magazines for new ideas and potential new boats. If we’re not messing about on sailboats, we may be wandering the aisles of local chandleries, dreaming about the season when we can start again. Do we ever get sick of it? Not really. True—there is a sense of relief linked to the end of a busy season. After sailing

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Anyone who reads the paper or his own mail knows that the world is a tough place right now. Even if it weren’t—we admit it—there’s nothing we sailors love more than the phrase “free and open to the public.” The best place to find sailing lectures and seminars is in the SpinSheet Calendar, both on page 24 of the current issue and online at Here are a few of the items we pulled out for this special seminar section. Two sailing clubs in particular are holding noteworthy, free seminars for sailors. The first of the West River Sailing Club’s (WRSC) Winter Panel Discussion

Series attracted an enthusiastic crowd of 65 on a rainy January day in Galesville, MD. The next discussion will be held the weekend this issue of SpinSheet comes out, on Saturday, January 31 at 1 p.m. SpinSheet’s editor, yours truly, will discuss our Start Sailing Now program and how new sailors can get into the sport with minimal investment. If you have a friend who’s ever said, “I’d like to learn how to sail someday,” bring him or her along with you. On February 7 at 1 p.m., North Sails’ Jonathan Bartlett will discuss “Racing Strategies and Tactics” at WRSC. For information on and directions to both seminars, visit; call (301) 906-1505; or e-mail The Eastport YC (EYC) in Annapolis also hosts a Winter Panel Series for both racers and cruisers. The remaining schedule: February 2- Volvo Ocean Race Update by Tom Weaver February 16- America’s Cup Recap (speaker TBA) February 23- Contemporary Match Racing by Jeff Borland March 9- Contemporary Team Racing by Gavin O’Hare March 16- Catamaran Sailing/Solo Passages by Bob Schnabel/Gale Browning For more information and directions to EYC, visit

»Not Free, But Close

If you tune into museums and clubs, you’ll find a myriad of winter learning options. For example, the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) runs a Maritime Seminar Series on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from January through April. Although there are sailing-specific seminars such as the one held in January on the History of Sailboat Racing in Annapolis, many of them would be of interest to any history lover who lives on the Chesapeake.

A few notable upcoming events:

February 12- Chesapeake Wildlife: Stories of Survival and Loss by Pat Vojtech February 19- Smugglers, Pirates, and Nelson’s Blood: A History of the Rum Trade by Cliff Long February 26- Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 and the Bay by Christopher George March 5- Ospreys on the Rebound by Melanie Lynch Non-members pay $15 per seminar; members, $10. We have the full schedule in the online calendar at, and details are on AMM’s website at The Shady Side Heritage Society holds a Winter Luncheon Series on Wednesdays for $15, including lunch, at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side, MD. Two fun family topics this month:

Spring Training for sailors of all levels on March 14 at Broadneck High School in Severna Park, MD. The cost is $50 for non-members; $35 for members. Details will be in spring issues of SpinSheet. The best way to find such clubs and their very cost-effective seminars and activities is to read SpinSheet’s Club Notes (page 53) every month.

»Worth the Investment

For those willing to make an investment in staying connected to racing or cruising in the winter months, the options grow every year. John Martino, president of the An-

napolis School of Seamanship, started his entire business, which is now year-round, based on the idea that sailors like to keep their minds engaged in winter. When he was in yacht management, Martino had a diesel engine out back under a tarp, which sparked an idea. He decided to draw up a business plan for teaching Introduction to the Diesel Engine in the then empty classrooms of the Annapolis Sailing School back in 2003. The plan was so successful, he grew his own business, taking over the classroom space and offering a wide variety of year-round classes, such as Electrical Systems Basics, Naviga-

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels keeps busy year round, and February is no exception, especially on its Saturdays for Kids. The 10 a.m. – noon. timeslot is for four to six year olds; 1 to 3 p.m. is saved for seven to nine year olds. Upcoming themes are “Winter Lights: All About Lighthouses” on February 7; “Click! Click!: Taking Pictures of the Bay” on February 14; and “It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me: Swashbucklers on the Chesapeake on February 21. Registration is required. Many of the sailing clubs listed in the SpinSheet Club Directory ( hold off-season seminars for members and prospective members. The Windjammers of the Chesapeake ( and Singles on Sailboats (SOS, are two examples of clubs known for their winter learning opportunities. SOS will hold its annual

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tion and Piloting, Marine Weather, Captain’s License Certification, and more. Full schedules and pricing for these weekend classes as well as onboard classes are on the website at J/World Annapolis holds indoor winter classes on Navigation, Sail Trim and Balance, Racing Strategy and Tactics, and Understanding the Racing Rules ( Racing sailors looking to learn the new racing rules may consider North University’s U.S. Sailing Rules Seminars held February 28 in Hampton, VA or March 8 in Annapolis ( These seminar ideas are only a sampling of what you can find on the shores of the Bay in winter. When we hear about interesting learning opportunities for sailors, we print them in the SpinSheet Calendar and anywhere else in the magazine where they make sense, such as the CBYRA Racing Rules Seminar held on February 21 at Annapolis YC, which we mention in the Racing section on page 74. For year-round learning on the Chesapeake Bay, SpinSheet is always the best place to start.

“So many oceans... so little time,” reads Bob Angle’s slogan as he wraps up his Winter Seminar on Bluewater Hitchhiking at the West River SC in January. WRSC’s seminars are free and open to the public ( Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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Lewes (DE) Polar Bear Plunge 1 p.m. Atlantic Sands Hotel.

Maritime Traditions Demo 2 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Experience firsthand some of the traditional skills and crafts of the Chesapeake Bay region! Experts demonstrate seat caning (no, it’s not corporal punishment!), rope tying, sail mending, oystering and crabbing, boatbuilding, and more. Free to members and with regular paid museum admission.

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Groundhog Day At daybreak, brave, misguided souls will make the 123rd trek to Gobbler’s Knob to see what that shadowy character Punxsutawney Phil and his handlers have to say about winter.


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DSPS Boating Course 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Anchorage Marina, Baltimore. Boating essentials presented by the Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron (DSPS) on eight consecutive Tuesdays. (410) 282-6464,


Hey, Sailor! Come Skate with Us 7 to 9 p.m. Quiet Waters Park. Fleetfooted SpinSheet staffers and other Chesapeake sailors will celebrate our second favorite form of water: ice. Come out and skate with sailors. Chances are good that post-skating we’ll caravan to a local watering hole to continue the sailing chatter. $1 off the already low $6 admission for anyone who mentions SpinSheet Magazine.


Winter Lunches in Shady Side Continuing for three Wednesdays, the Shady Side (MD) Rural Heritage Society’s Winter Luncheon Series will feature homemade soups, specialty breads, beverages, and desserts as well as a speaker on various historical and cultural topics at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum. In succession, Patricia N. Gross will reveal Shady Side lifestyles, Chris Judy will open up about oysters, and Barry Kessler will fish for family fun. Each lunch/lecture runs $15. (410) 267-0654,

4-Apr 8

Boating Skills and Seamanship Course 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Severna Park (MD) High School. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 22-10, this course covers general maintenance, safety, trailering, boat handling, boating courtesy, laws and regulations, navigation, and more. (410) 384-7753,

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5-Apr 2

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Seminars 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nine Thursday evenings. McNasby’s Oyster Company Building, Eastport. Jim Jackson presents Sermons at Sea; Pat Vojtech tells stories of survival for Chesapeake wildlife; Cliff Long recounts tales of smugglers, pirates, and the history of the rum trade; Christopher George discusses the War of 1812 on the Bay; Melanie Lynch presents “Ospreys on the Rebound”; Larry Chowning provides the history of wooden deadrise boatbuilding; Janie Meneely presents Chesapeake stories and songs; John Wennersten tells of the Oyster Wars of the Chesapeake; and Heather Ersts closes the series with ways to beat the heat at parks along the Chesapeake. $10 for members; $15 for non-members. (410) 295-0104,


Full Moon Party! Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport.

5-Mar 26

DSPS Boating Course 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Baltimore. Boating essentials presented by the Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron (DSPS) on eight consecutive Thursdays. (410) 282-6464,

5-May 7

USCG Auxiliary Winter 2009 Boating Safety and Seamanship Course 7 to 9:30 p.m. Annapolis High School. An intensive Thursday night course. Register with the Anne Arundel Com-munity College by calling (410) 777-2241 or visiting

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Friday Free Friday/Heritage Concert 5 to 8 p.m. Free admission to the Calvert Maritime Museum in Solomons. Also free is the museum’s Heritage Concert Series on First Free Fridays through March. February 6 features the Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, sponsored by the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium. (410) 326-2042 x41,


Special Olympics Virginia Polar Plunge Between 6th and 9th Streets, Virginia Beach. Since 1993, the festival has raised close to $4 million for Special Olympics Virginia. Enter the costume contests and take the Extreme Team challenge; you could win awards for the most money and the most plungers. The festival area opens at 10 a.m., and the actual Plunge is at 2:30 p.m. As always, EMS, police, and Navy dive teams from around the state will help keep plungers safe.


Bermuda Ocean Race: Racing Forum 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A panel of skippers and crew who have sailed more than one Bermuda Ocean Race will answer questions about next year’s race, scheduled for June 11, 2010. Hosted by Eastport YC. Free admission.


Carol Newman Cronin Book Signing: Oliver’s Surprise 7 p.m. Carol Newman Cronin will be at the Annapolis Bookstore at 68 Maryland Avenue to sign and give a short presentation about her book for young adults, called Oliver’s Surprise.


Clean Marina Roundtable 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Solomons. Meet the program staff and talk to managers of Clean Marinas near you. Operators of certified Clean Marinas will attend a roundtable and network with those considering joining the program. For an invitation, contact Donna Morrow at


Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami Beach Convention Center, FL.


Jazz Concert 8 p.m. The Mainstay, Rock Hall, MD. Amazing jazz and pop with guitarist Frank Vignola, with Gary Mazzaroppi on bass and Vinny Raniolo on guitar. $20.


U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar Keyport (NJ) YC.,

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Valentine’s Day

Basic Navigation and Piloting 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis School of Seamanship.


U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar Hampton (VA) YC.,


Preservation Workshop 1 to 4 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Get expert advice on how to care for your family treasures for future generations. $20.

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Coastal Navigation 105 Course 6 to 9 p.m. SailTime Sailing Center, Willoughby Harbor Marina, Norfolk, VA. Ed Darling teaches this seven-night, ASAcertified course for sailors and powerboaters. Bring your navigation tools. $425; YC members get a 10-percent discount. Limited space is available. (757) 480-SAIL x7245,


Marine Diesel Engines Level II 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis School of Seamanship.

America’s Boating Course 6 to 10 p.m. USCG Station, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Hosted by the Delaware River Power Squadron for people who sail and power. (215) 779-5849, (267) 250-2474


Racing Rules Seminar with Terry Hutchinson! 9 a.m. to noon. Annapolis YC. Join local sailor and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Terry Hutchinson, and veteran judge Joe Krolak as they explain the changes in the new Racing Rules of Sailing. Bring your own new rule book, but you’ll get a copy of the Handy Guide to Racing Rules. $35 for members; $50 for non-members. Register with CBYRA by February 16.


2009 Yacht Brokers Association of America International Conference Maritime Institute, Baltimore. Learn, meet-and-greet, and grow. Great educational and networking event with professional development and recertification opportunities for professional yacht brokers.


America’s Boating Course 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. USCG Station, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Hosted by the Delaware River Power Squadron for people who sail and power. (215) 779-5849, (267) 250-2474


“Night in the Museum” Gala 7 to 11 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Watch as the museum transforms itself over night! The museum comes alive with specialty foods and live entertainment all for a great cause: the museum’s educational programs and outreach activities.


South River on the Half Shell Presents: Oysters Alive 7 to 10 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis. Fun, food, drink, oysters, and live music by the Rob Levit Trio all to benefit the South River and the South River Federation. Bid on items such as vacations in France and Cape Cod, dinner at local restaurants, works by local artists, specialty baskets, and much more. Auction donations are being accepted. $50 per member; $70 per non-member; $75 at the door.


On the right track during Planet Hope’s sailing camp last July. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bowen


Annapolis Restaurant Week Annapolis’ finest restaurants join together for an awe-inspiring, multi-course meal event.


Build Your Own Boat Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis. Geoff Kerr will help you build a Chesapeake 17LT.

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Rock Hall Expo 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rock Hall Fire House, MD. Bring out the tourist in you. Enjoy the offerings from more than 50 businesses, including sailing establishments, restaurants, gift shops, B&Bs, and more. (410) 639-7483,


Marine Electrical System Basics 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis School of Seamanship.

U.S. Sailing Racing Rules Seminar Presented by North U Hampton Roads, VA. Get an earful from top experts in the field, including Understanding the Racing Rules author Dave Perry; “Learn the Racing Rules” DVD creator David Dellenbaugh; America’s Cup Chief Umpire Brad Dellenbaugh; America’s Cup Champion Peter Isler; North U Director Bill Gladstone; and international champions such as Todd Berman, Dobbs Davis, Andrew Kerr, Steve LeMay, and Geoff Moore. Focuses on newly adopted 2009-2012 Racing Rules of Sailing.

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Marine Diesel Basics 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis School of Seamanship.

28-Mar 1

U.S. Sailing Advanced Race Management Seminar The Barnegat Bay YRA, NJ.,

February Racing


Pineapple Cup Classic 811-Nm race from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Montego Bay, Jamaica.


Casa de Campo Race New distance race from Fort Lauderdale, FL to La Romana, Dominican Republic. Sponsored by the Storm Trysail Club, Premiere Racing Inc., and Casa de Campo Marina.






Laser Master’s Midwinters East Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL. Laser Radial Women’s North Americans Lauderdale YC, FL.

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St. Pete Sperry Topsider NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg YC, FL. Club 420 Midwinter Championships U.S. Sailing Center Martin County, FL. club420. org


Laser Midwinters East Clearwater Community Sailing Center, Clearwater, FL.


as well as any one design class that would like to compete with 5 boats or more.

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Preservation Workshop 1 to 4 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Get expert advice on how to care for your family treasures for future generations. $20.

3-Apr 30

USCG Auxiliary Courses 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Seneca Valley High School, Germantown, MD. The Gaithersburg USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-08 is hosting three safe-boating courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Boating and Seamanship, Sailing and Seamanship, and Basic/Advanced Navigation. For fees and to pre-register, contact (202) 263-4898 or Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Friday Free Friday/Heritage Concert Admission to the Calvert Maritime Museum in Solomons will run you $0 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. As part of the museum’s free Heritage Concert Series on First Free Fridays, March 6 brings the Fathers & Sons Barbershop Quartet and The Patuxent Pearls. These concerts are sponsored by the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium. (410) 326-2042 x41,

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U.S. Sailing Racing Rules Seminar Presented by North U Annapolis, MD. An intensive full-day program taught by top experts in the field, including Understanding the Racing Rules author Dave Perry; “Learn the Racing Rules” DVD creator David Dellenbaugh; America’s Cup Chief Umpire Brad Dellenbaugh; America’s Cup Champion Peter Isler; North U Director Bill Gladstone; and international champions like Todd Berman, Andrew Kerr, Dobbs Davis, Geoff Moore, and Steve LeMay. Focuses on 2009-2012 Racing Rules of Sailing.


Basic Boating Certification Course 7 p.m. Alexis I. duPont High School, Greenville, DE. Hosted by the Wilmington Power Squadron for people who sail, power, and paddle. (610) 444-5155, (302) 733-0289,


America’s Boating Course 6 to 10 p.m. USCG Station, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Hosted by the Delaware River Power Squadron for people who sail and power. (215) 779-5849, (267) 250-2474


St. Patrick’s Concert 7 p.m. Captain Salem Avery House, Shady Side, MD. Concert features Maggie Sansone on the hammered dulcimer accompanied by Sue Richard on the Celtic Harp and Peter Brice on the Irish button accordion. Desserts and coffee. $15 members, $20 non-members. Proceeds benefit the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society. (410) 867-4486, 28 February 2009 SpinSheet

Gulls & Terns: Talk & Hike 9 to 11 a.m. Impress your friends when you tell them that “Seagull” is actually a Ring-Billed Gull. Your guide from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD will teach the tricks to distinguishing among the species of gulls and terns found on the Chesapeake Bay. Bring binoculars. Pre-register by calling (301) 238-2737. $4 per person, for ages 10+.




America’s Boating Course 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. USCG Station, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Hosted by the Delaware River Power Squadron for people who sail and power. (215) 779-5849, (267) 250-2474





U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar Rockhall YC, MD., Ocean Sailing Seminar Annapolis. Presented by the Cruising Rally Association, this intensive two-day seminar is designed to make offshore passages safer, more comfortable, and more fun.,


J/World Annapolis’s New Racing Rules Seminar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. J/World Annapolis. (800) 966-2038,


U.S. Sailing Youth Championships Resume Applications Due The top youth sailors in the country are invited to apply for this annual event, held June 25-30 at Indian Harbor YC in Greenwich, CT.

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St. Patrick’s Day Go green!

St. Paddy’s Day Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport. Magically delicious Irish food and beer, free St. Paddy’s glass, and meet-and-greets with barkeep and pub owner for the day: the legendary Jeffery P. Maguire!


Nathaniel Herreshoff Is Born in Bristol, RI, 1848 Capt. Herreshoff designed and built every America’s Cup defender from 1893 through 1920, and the shipyard he once ran built the 1930 and 1934 defenders. In all, that’s eight matches and one-third of America’s Cup history.


Basic Boating Certification Course 7 p.m. Thomas McKean High School, Wilmington, DE. Hosted by the Wilmington Power Squadron for people who sail, power, and paddle. (610) 444-5155, (302) 733-0289,

First Day of Spring Lose the socks, and find the flip-

AYC/U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar Annapolis YC., Sea Scout’s Nautical Rummage Sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. College Park (MD) United Methodist Church, 9601 Rhode Island Avenue. Items to be sold include sails, anchors, boat hardware, ropes, marine stoves, life jackets, and a 16-foot sailboat with a trailer. The sale will benefit the Sea Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Region. For more details, call Steve Nichols at (703) 472-3145 or Steve Alexander at (301) 646-0805.


J/World Racing Clinic Bald Head Island Sailing Club, NC. (910) 457-7245,,


2009 Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Safety at Sea Symposium 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Sanctioned by U.S. Sailing and moderated by Captain John Bonds USN (Ret.) with help from Howard Lesley, Henry Marx, and other great speakers. $115; includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and a certificate of attendance. U.S. Sailing members receive a $5 discount. Register at www1.ussailing. org/Enrollment/SelectRegistrant.aspx. View agenda at


Bermuda Ocean Race Skippers Reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hosted by the Eastport YC and planned for after USNA’s Safety at Sea Seminar. Meet and talk to skippers who have sailed the race or are interested in racing in 2010. To RSVP, contact Mike McEwen at (443) 254-3276, BOR hotline at (410) 263-0415, or

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Canoe Excursion Morning paddle along the shores of Muddy Creek and the Rhode River in Edgewater, MD to learn about the many tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Seek out wildlife with your guide from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Includes basic paddling instruction. $12 per adult; $6 per kid ages six to 12 years. (301) 238-2737,

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Maryland Day

Maryland Day Mother/Daughter Tea 1 and 3 p.m. Two seatings at the Captain Salem Avery House in Shady Side, MD. Free admission. Register by March 20. (410) 867-4486,


Children’s Day at the Museum 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Havre de Grace (MD) Maritime Museum. Bring the whole family for a day of maritime fun! Learn to tie knots, build boats, play like a sailor, and create crafts. Moon Bounce and kite flying. $10 per family of four ($2 for each additional member), or $3 for single admission. Children under age three years admitted for free.

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where we with Kim Couranz


Cold-Blooded and Crabby

or a short month, February sure a swim leg starting and finishing at Anblue crab population problems solely on can seem endless. With all the grey napolis City Dock. Thanks to a regatta, overharvesting by watermen. Do you hop in skies, chilly temps, and darkness, I I ended up being out of the country and your car or truck—rather than walk, bike, or end up spending some quality daydreamunable to participate. In retrospect, those take public transportation—every time you ing time, planning for upcoming summer 1.5 kilometers were likely longer than my need to run out for just a few items, thereadventures both on the water and off, and doggy paddle would have appreciated. fore producing more exhaust and sending sharing laughs and meals with more toxins into the Bay? good friends. Of course, here on “My theory is: if fingers are being used for You don’t get to say that if the Chesapeake, thinking about pointing, those fingers are usually too busy to be only the government did good meals gets me to thinking more to regulate wastewater doing things. That’s what the Bay really needs.” treatment plants, the Bay about crabs. Why no crabs in Februwould be healthy again. ary? And why does crab season Oftentimes, the governhere on the Chesapeake run from spring ment needs to mandate comthrough fall… but not winter? As coldmon sense, because in our blooded animals, blue crab metabolism wacky 21st century world, (and thus activity) slows down as the water too often “it’s the right temperatures drop. As they sense a cold thing to do” gets overrun by snap coming, “it’s too hard to do” or “it’s crabs buffer too expensive to do.” If the themselves from health of the Bay is imporsudden changes tant to you—and you sail in temperature the Bay, so it is, right?—let by burrowing your local, state, and federal into the botelected representatives know tom and using But I was they need to enable change to help the Bay. the mud as a also quite Push them to enact legislation setting strictblanket. (Me, relieved er environmental standards and regulations I prefer flanto have and create economic incentive programs nel and down, an excuse to encourage individuals and businesses to with internal application of hot chocolate.) not to swim in—and likely ingest a fair do right by the Bay. Let them know you Where they choose to overwinter depends amount of—Bay water in the late summer. support funding programs that give governon gender: Jimmies tend to head for the If I didn’t want to spend less than an hour ment and private programs all the resources deeper water of the main stem of the swimming in Annapolis Harbor, why and tools they need to restore and protect Chesapeake in both Maryland and Virginia would a crab want to live there? the Bay. Ask them what they are doing in waters; sooks prefer the higher-salinity So, how do we remedy the bad water their personal lives to help the Bay. environment of the lower Bay/Virginia issues? A lot of finger-pointing is going on We are all to blame. We all need to waters. these days, including lawsuits that eat up change. Let’s get to it. Next steps: A recent Chesapeake Bay Foundation time, energy, and resources that otherwise Contact your elected officials—find report points to “bad water” for the decline might be used toward actual Bay restoraout how at of the blue crab population in the Bay, tion. My theory is: if fingers are being detailing how poor water quality and overused for pointing, those fingers are usually Check out the Chesapeake Bay Foundaharvesting contribute to a lack of crabs. For too busy to be doing things. That’s what tion’s “Bad Water and the Decline of Blue those of us who spend plenty of time on the Bay really needs. Instead of sitting Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay”: and in the Bay, the nearly 20-page report back and blaming someone else for doing merely reiterated what we already know. something wrong, or not doing enough, The water in the Bay is in bad shape thanks we each need to look at the decisions we About the Author: Kim Couranz is an Anto a variety of inputs and stresses, most make and the actions we take every day. napolis resident who writes on Bay-related of it thanks to development related to the For example, do you overfertilize your topics. A member of Severn SA, she enjoys ever-increasing population and our wants lawn (most do), causing excess nutrients racing on one-design boats including her and needs. to wash into the Bay, fueling algal blooms Laser. She welcomes story ideas or quesA few years back, I had registered to that lead to dead zones, which kill the tions at participate in a triathlon that opened with crabs’ habitat? You don’t get to blame the 32 February 2009 SpinSheet

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Chesapeake Rambler

Ice Age


hink it’s cold out there? You don’t know from icicles, pal. You may be tired of wearing multiple layers, but believe it or not, winters have gotten much warmer on the Chesapeake, lately. It’s all relative, yes, and “lately” may need a little defining. Thirty years ago, all the creeks and many of the rivers here routinely froze over. I saw somebody drive a red Volkswagen Beetle up and down Back Creek and out onto the Severn. The state had to send an icebreaker to help the watermen get to their oystering grounds. And some Chesapeake sailors took up iceboat sailing, just for some midwinter fun. In many parts of the world, iceboating is a big wintertime sport. Yah, sure. On this continent, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Canada come to mind. “Hard water sailing” distinguishes this from the easy, comfortable “in season” stuff most of us take for granted. There are lots of designs with several active owners’ associations. One-design classes with constraints on sail area and building specs promote racing. Early in 1978, Annapolis lawyer Fred Delavan and I went in together on a used DN iceboat, and he later built one from scratch. The progeny of a 1937 design competition sponsored by the Detroit News, this simple-to-build, one-person craft offers big fun in an affordable package: 12 feet long, 60 square feet of sail, and plans with patterns by mail. It was all his idea, frankly your Honor, and by the time he floated the idea, Delavan had already found a second-hand DN up on the Middle River. So, the conversation pretty much amounted to talking me into the partnership. I’d never heard of a 34 February 2009 SpinSheet

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DN, and never sailed on frozen water, but sailing’s sailing, right? Not. On a sunny, breezy Saturday, we cartopped her and put her together on frozen Round Bay, up the Severn, where several other iceboats had been launched. I (and my feet) have never been so cold—or so terrified. Even wearing the motorcycle helmet and a zip-up snowmobile suit, a little voice said…

point spiral into a blurred cackling Hunter Thompson Fear-And-Loathing routine. Think of a bowling ball delivery from the hand of God: the vessel accelerates quickly to three or four times wind speed, sometimes more. Do the math, Bunkie. You’re used to six knots? Imagine 40 or 50 or more. Tacking downwind is when the real speed happens. A gybe in 18 knots of breeze is truly a Wild Thaang. Oh, and watch for those patches of soft water (iceboats do not float well) out in the middle, coming up pretty fast now at maybe 50 feet per second, all while you’re scraping across a surface that’s anything but smooth as ice. Back in the day, the DN Nationals were held at the Miles River YC in St. Michaels, and more than 50 boats showed up. There were Yankees and Nites and Skeeters, too. Until several years back, there would be at least a week or two of good ice up on the Bush River, but it hasn’t been cold enough, lately. Today, the dean of Chesapeake iceboating waits patiently. Bob Stine of Black Dog Boat Works in Denton had been racing DNs long before we got involved. “I (and my feet) have never He’d sail on the West River, off Gibson Island, wherever been so cold—or so terrified.” there was clear ice—and still wants to. “My trailer’s loaded and ready,” Stine says. Understand that very little you have experienced on a “soft water” vessel will About the Author: Fred Miller spends serve you here. There’s a sail and a helm, too much time working on his 41-foot but similarities largely end there. Sideslip ketch, Julie Marie. Past commodore of the is controlled with file-sharpened metal Eastport YC, Miller enjoys reading and runners, not a keel. With sufficient heeling gazing vacantly at the pretty boats and moment, one of the three blades will leave the pretty waters. Contact him at the surface. Physics and geometry at this

Baltimore Beat with Stephanie Stone

Sailing in Winter

“Mary Whitridge in a Gale.” Image courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society


hile we were out on the water in the fall, trying to suck the last goodness out of Bay breezes before our digits froze, the folks at MdHS (that’s Maryland Historical Society) were hard at work indoors. Good thing too, because now that sailors are bereft of the real sea, we can visit 201 West Monument Street and enjoy a blast of sea in a very cool exhibit called “Maryland’s Maritime Heritage: From Fells Point to the World.” For those of you who think the historicals are too straight-laced for your tastes, some of the laces may be getting looser. The opening for the exhibit featured Annapolis’s own band, Them Eastport Oyster Boys. The invitation encouraged “nautical dress… socks optional.” Annapolis (Cal 36) sailor Carol McClees, the new associate curator of maritime collections, may have a hand in this. For me, the visit was like coming home and going away in equal measure. At the entrance, Heselius’s life-sized portrait of my old friend Ann Bond Fell greeted me. Next to her is a full-length depiction of her husband Edward, decked out in finery meant to impress. As a standalone, old Ed would warrant some note; in comparison with Ann, he has the panache of a door jam. I am drawn back to her calculating regard, a perfect marriage between a unix database and a bear trap. Had I been Ann, I would have hidden that portrait in the attic like Dorian Gray—it says way too much. Around the corner from Ann and Ed, I meet another old friend, Thomas Boyle, Esquire, Commander of the Private Armed

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Brig Chasseur. That’s how he signed the proclamation by which he single-handedly placed (and enforced) an embargo on the entire British Isles during the War of 1812. Cheeky. Chasseur was called “the Pride of Baltimore” (sound familiar?), and she kicked butt during the war, engaging in legal piracy under letters of marque signed by President Madison. And pirate she did, capturing 80 ships by the war’s end, a quarter of them of superior size and firepower. Her special haunts were the Caribbean where she ran down merchantmen carrying sugar, molasses, indigo, and cotton—and, on a good day, rum and Madiera wine. A single haul could be worth 150K and a new vessel for the fledgling American navy (whose unspoken motto appeared to be, “It’s easier to steal ‘em than to build them.”) I’m walking around the exhibit with Director of Communications Anne Garside, and I’m surprised when she points out Captain Boyle’s portrait and proclamation as her favorite part of the exhibit. Judging from her plummy British accent, it’s clear whose side her people were on during the “unpleasantness.” “Yes,” she adds, “the Brits don’t talk much about the War of 1812.” I wonder why. The exhibit also features a depiction of Mary Whitridge in a gale—the sail plan baffles me and occasions a call to Captain Jan Miles of the Pride of Baltimore. The next day, he and I stand for an hour in a fresh breeze in the Canton parking lot beside a shrouded Pride and discuss the intricacies of sailing clipper ships: “What’s with those sails?” I ask. “Are they trying to generate a slot effect?”

Captain Miles is very patient. He tells me that 19th century sailors didn’t know the slot effect—they knew hanging canvas. “Sailors of modern-day boats don’t have the lexicon to analyze what they are seeing on these ships,” he says. Yep, that would be me. It’s a whole new world. For example, check out those tidy clew ears on the yards of the square sails; for sailors of yore, tight clew ears were a mark of seamanship, much as a tidy flake on the main is for us. Thanks, Captain Miles. The best new friend I meet at the exhibit is a fabulous View of Baltimore by Nicolino Calyo (1836). Talk about a busy harbor. There are 30 boats underway inside Fells Point and hundreds more covering every inch of shoreline. Most are bow-to, lined up like hungry piglets, with a second tier poking their noses in for a teat. The steamboat George Washington of the Union Line to Philadelphia is at the center of the large canvas. The merriment of the passengers on the upper deck—hailing or dancing or both—belies the grim demise of sail betokened by the advent of steam. OK, sailors, what are those pilings in the foreground, draped with red cloth? Also check out Work and Play on the Bay, a rotating exhibit that currently features, among other Bay specialties, a gun fully nine feet in length—one blast killed dozens of ducks. If you are kid-encumbered, they can tong for oysters out of a cutaway dinghy while you peruse. The next big maritime news at the museum is the bicentenary exhibit to celebrate the War of 1812. The gov has appointed a committee to figure out the particulars, and there’s talk that it may be Bay-wide (think the hoopla surrounding the quadrennial anniversary of John Smith’s arrival in Baltimore). Call Carol McClees at (410) 685-3750, x384, for particulars. Did I mention there is free and ample parking? About the Author: Stephanie Stone sails J/22s in Baltimore and beyond. E-mail comments and story ideas to

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“Surely, we know sailing is an inherently green activity, but it can tarnish the environment.”

Green Up Your Act

by Carrie Gentile


rsula Loucks sailed her Saga 43 over 6000 miles—mostly in the Western Caribbean—without ever disturbing her surroundings with the sound of a diesel motor. When she purchased the boat, Loucks immediately traded the conventional diesel motor the boat came with for a Solomon Technologies hybrid motor system. “It’s so quiet, and when working properly, it can operate 60 percent more efficiently than conventional motors,” says Loucks. The terms “energy efficient,” “green,” and “eco-friendly” are ubiquitous these days. Surely, we know sailing is an inherently green activity, but it can tarnish the environment. Consider this: the average American uses 300-700 plastic bags each year, and many of them end up in our oceans and waterways. From reusing plastic grocery bags to installing an electric propulsion system that uses far less fuel, the following ideas can help mitigate the damage we do to our favorite sailing gunk holes.

Reducing Fuel Consumption

A hybrid motor system—using an electric motor solely powered by batteries that are charged from a DC diesel generator—has a list of virtues, but it may not be for everyone. At least, not yet. The benefits include better fuel efficiency, greater range, less emissions into the environment, lower weight, and quiet operation. But many feel the technology must be improved before it can be truly marketable. 36 February 2009 SpinSheet

“I don’t think the technology is quite there yet,” admits Loucks, who had to replace the entire hybrid system twice in six years. “It’s not for everyone,” says Nigel Calder, author of Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual. “At this stage, these systems require a lot of user interaction. Users must enjoy learning and being challenged by managing all the components, or else it won’t work effectively.” Loucks agrees. On her journeys, she found it impossible to locate anyone who could work on a hybrid system. Not to mention that the motor needed 12 4D heavy batteries to power it, and each battery weighs about 100 pounds. But Calder is optimistic about the future of this technology. Calder and other leaders in electric marine propulsion are working together on an EU-funded project to refine hybrid-electric propulsion, including adding an automated control system. “A central controller that can work with all the different technologies involved in the system will make it much more user friendly and increase its efficiency,” says Calder. Using renewable sources of power such as wind and solar to charge boat systems will minimize the amount of time required to run engines to charge batteries. A new company based in the Eastport section of Annapolis has launched a new dimension to solar panels by not only building them, but renting them as well. “We’re the only company that we know of that rents panels by the month,” says

Nick Phillips, co-owner of Chesapeake Nautical. The company is renting the panels primarily to owners who want to keep their boat batteries charged while in storage. Nick is also building panels to spec for owners who want to use solar energy to power their DC systems.

Reducing Oil and Fuel Spillage

Most of the fuel that spills into waterways is not from catastrophic accidents. The majority comes from every day sources such as refueling, engine emissions, and oil leaks. Use drip trays and pans when changing fluids. Keep motors finely tuned to increase fuel efficiency, reduce consumption, and discharge fewer pollutants into waterways. Prevent boat repair waste from contaminating storm water runoff. Prevent gasoline and diesel fuels from entering the surface waters and creating toxic slicks in the water. Never top off tanks when fueling.

A Sea of Plastic

According to the international ocean conservation group, Oceana, humans have always tossed waste into the ocean, but marine organisms broke it down in a relatively short time. Unfortunately, our quest for convenient packaging over the past 50 years or so created a class of plastic products that are immune to even the most rapacious bacteria and therefore, do not biodegrade. Despite the era of recycling, only three and a half percent of plastics are recycled in any way throughout the world. There is

a pile of plastic the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean. At the least, re-use plastic water bottles or plastic grocery bags that find their way onto the boat. Better yet, use your own tote at the grocery store, and use a reusable water bottle.

Green Cleaning

Most detergents contain phosphates, which can cause algal blooms and oxygen depletion, suffocating to aquatic life. Products used on boat hulls and decks can also contain chlorine, ammonia, potassium hydroxide, and solvents as well as other chemicals, which can affect the way wildlife feeds, breathes, and breeds. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommends using nontoxic soaps. Stores like West Marine carry marine soaps that do not harm the environment. The Maryland DNR website has posted a list of advice on how to sail or boat without harming the Bay ( Local resident, environmentalist, and sailing coach Kristen Berry created a website, Ocean Conservation Yacht Club, that offers tips and advice on how to sail green and how to get involved in conservation (

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

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Reflections of a Sailor

by Andy Schell


ately I’ve been passing the winter mornings at my local café in Annapolis, writing, dreaming, and reflecting on my life as a sailor. I wake up before the dawn, and it’s always a chore getting out of my sleeping bag and climbing out of the V-berth of my beautiful yawl Arcturus, partly because it’s very small, but mostly because it’s freezing cold. My tiny electric heater is no match for the wintry air on a cold night. Luckily for me, the Hard Bean Café, overlooking Annapolis Harbor, is one of my favorite coffee shops in one of my favorite towns in the world, where I can go to read and write or just sit and dream (not to mention enjoy some coffee). I go and I daydream about old sailing adventures and scheme up new ones. Outside the Hard Bean, I can watch the sailboats in Ego Alley as the sun slowly rises in the distance, casting a surreal glow in their rigging, and I feel at home. I savor the quick saunter from Arcturus, docked a short way down the street in Market Slip. The frigid air wakes me up. Arriving back home is the tough part about cruising. Once under sail, time does not exist, until I realize I’m out of it. Suddenly I’m home again, and my usual routines come

back so quickly and effortlessly it feels as if I’ve never left the dock in the first place. At once, the adventure is over, and I’m just Andy. My daily excursions to Hard Bean help bring some of the old me, “Captain” Andy, back. The town of Picton, New Zealand is situated at the southern terminus of the Marlboro Sounds, an awe-inspiring stretch of water on the northern tip of the South Island, ideal for cruising. The water is deep right to the shoreline. Mountains rise to 3000 feet straight out of the water and are painted green with subtropical rainforest. High-altitude parrots occasionally come down from the glaciers further south to investigate the rocky beaches and secluded coves. The first time I experienced the Marlboro region was back in 2004, as a young skipper on my first charter. A friend of mine and I booked a 28-foot, Herreshoffdesigned sloop from Compass Charters in Picton. It was the first time that I’d ever chartered a boat without my father along, and looking back, I’m surprised the folks at Compass allowed it. My friend Lindsey and I spent three days exploring the waters Captain Cook first discovered hundreds of years before. I managed to lose the boat’s anchor the first night out, forcing us to search for moorings the next two nights. We explored inland on foot, traversing a snaking river punctuated with roiling waterfalls, surrounded by lush rainforest. I learned some

seamanship skills than can only be taught by experience and was simultaneously surprised by my skill and humbled by my beginner mistakes. After our short-lived cruise, Lindsey and I headed to the local café, a stone’s throw from the pebbled beach that overlooks the marina where Southern Endurance was tied up. We sat at the café in Picton on the waterfront. We drank coffee and admired the scenery that we’d just explored under sail, while I recorded my thoughts in my journal. I reflected on our cruise, one which would mark the beginning of my life as a sailor. And I dreamed about where that life would take me. Five years later, as I sit at the front windows in the Hard Bean and sip my coffee, I can see the masts of my own boat, Arcturus, and sometimes the path that led me here seems like a dream itself. About the Author: Annapolis sailor Andy Schell is spending the winter months writing about his adventures and planning new ones, while living aboard and fitting out his yawl Arcturus. E-mail him at, and read more at

“Arriving back home is the tough part about cruising. Once under sail, time does not exist, until I realize I’m out of it.”

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What We Need Is a Rainout

by Eva Hill


y cousin and his wife, like me, are refugees from the foul weather of our Chicago childhoods. While I headed southeast, they ended up for a time in Boulder, CO. When asked about her experience in Boulder, my cousin’s wife said she was exhausted. A childhood filled with bad weather taught her to make the most of every good weather day, so she’d hike, explore, run, work out, and do things outdoors whenever it was nice outside. Trouble was, the weather in Boulder was almost always good, and she couldn’t justify taking a break. I can empathize, because I often feel that way about our sailing season. From the end of April through October, most of our weekends are devoted to our sailing lifestyle. On Friday nights, my typical routine is to go straight from my office in Baltimore to our marina in Annapolis, make several stops en route to pick up provisions, get the boat ready for weekend habitation, and then move on to the evening’s entertainment. The rest of the weekend is usually filled with sailing-related activity and socializing, often including bad-foryou food and drink and less-than-optimal sleep. By the time we get home on Sunday afternoon, my husband Rick and I are scrambling to buy groceries, pay bills, and do laundry—the bare minimum to keep our weekday life afloat while neglecting many other things (many of which, like lawn mowing, I’ve outsourced over the years). Instead of feeling rested after the weekend, I feel like I’ve survived a car accident. For better or worse, I’ve become more tolerant of iffy weather for sailing weekends. It usually takes a good tropical storm or nor’easter to derail my weekend plans. So, as the calendar fills up, and as the

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“Instead of feeling rested after the weekend, I feel like I’ve survived a car accident.” weather stubbornly refuses to be apocalyptic most weekends, I find myself running out of steam as the season goes on. Rick always offers to cut back, but we’re really having too much fun. Who can resist having a four-year-old boy declaring that he’s had the best day of his life on your boat (even though the next day he’ll do something else that inspires such hyperbole)? Who wants to miss out on that perfect night at anchor, where the stars in the sky are matched only by the bioluminescence in the water? What about that miracle sail with perfect wind and flat seas to Baltimore or St. Michaels? Or that raft-up with your favorite people in the Wye River? Neither Rick nor I really wants to give any of that up. On occasion, we call a rainout—one instigated by a deliberate decision and not by Mother Nature. There are some people who don’t “get” that our summers are spoken for, so we take time off and grudgingly attend their first communions, weddings, family reunions, or business functions. Sometimes, one of us gets sick enough that sailing won’t cure it. I’ve even been known to stay home to watch the Wimbledon or U.S. Open finals, but having a DVR and imposing a sports news blackout until I can watch the recording usually allow me to get around that one. Amazingly, on those weekends, chores get done at a less frenetic pace, clothes aren’t chosen to coordinate with my boat shoes, and I manage a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed (not bunk!). Monday, though no more welcomed, arrives a bit more gently. Winter becomes the ultimate rainout, or snow day. Since the boat gets hauled, put up on jack stands, and—this year— shrink-wrapped, sailing is out of the question unless a crazy friend and crazy warm

weather conspire to allow that to happen. Aside from the rush of holidays, the empty squares on the calendar that are the weekends between November and April are opportunities to make up for the lost weekends of summer. Neglected terrestrial friends once again come to the fore. Home improvement and maintenance projects have a chance of being completed. I get to clear stuff out of my basement or attic and go to the dump (one of my not-so-secret delights, as I find it cathartic). But after a few weeks of purposeful land-based activity, we run out of projects. Summer sailing imposes a structure to our non-working time, and during the winter, we feel at least an initial urge to maintain some structure to our weekends. On Saturday mornings, I’ll map out an action plan in which all of our chores and projects get tackled systematically. But as the winter wears on and projects get completed, a sort of aimlessness takes root. Unaccustomed to unscheduled time, I find it difficult to enjoy purposeless down time; I feel guilty just kicking back and reading or channel surfing. And so, as an officer of the Chesapeake Bay Sabre Association, and a member of another cruising club, I start plotting the next summer’s adventures and filling in squares on the spring calendar. Thus, even though at the end of every sailing season Rick and I promise to cut back, the vicious cycle starts anew. And once again, come July, I’ll need a rainout. About the Author: Eva Hill is a corporate lawyer at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Baltimore. She and her husband Rick sail their Sabre 38 Calypso out of Annapolis. Eva is Vice Commodore of the Chesapeake Bay Sabre Association. Her e-mail address:

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Pod People

Users (and I use the term with the full knowledge of its “druggie” undertones) can let the iPhone wake them in the morning or lull them to sleep at night with the sounds of a gentle rainstorm or crashby Chris Ferro ing waves. One iPhone app will play the sounds of a sailboat at anchor, just in case store.” So many people, from all around your sailboat at anchor doesn’t really sound the world, are so in love with the iPhone like you’ve always wanted a sailboat at that they spend God-only-knows how anchor to sound like. There are flashlight long tinkering in their parents’ basements apps that light up the night or play a flick(or redirecting the assets of major software ering flame for a romantic dinner (with you development corporations—it’s hard to tell and your iPhone). Some will even flash a sometimes) writing applications that run red and white SOS or a message in Morse only on the iPhone. code to summon help. This means that you can download A first-aid app explains how to resusthousands of “apps” that do so many things citate a drowning man or treat a variety of you’ll drop to your knees and thank the wounds. Another teaches knots and splices. heavens for allowing you to live in these Another is a full-featured race countdown magical times. And “magical” really is the timer, which can deal with rolling starts. operative word here. The technology has There are apps with cooking instructions, gotten so far beyond my meager ability to yoga lessons, language courses, books, understand it that I’m beginning to think news, and of course, thousands of games. Steve Jobs is actually an alien from the I’m sure time travel and a death ray are future sent to save humanity (or conquer right around the corner, though we may it—once again it’s hard to tell). have to amend the racing rules of sailing With the (Rule 42.2 (f): iPhone, I can “One iPhone app will play the sounds No death ray). connect to All of these of a sailboat at anchor, just in case the greatest are on top of technological your sailboat at anchor doesn’t really the iPhone’s revolution more mundane sound like you’ve always wanted a in human functions as a sailboat at anchor to sound like.” history: the telephone, iPod, Internet. camera, and Through Wi-fi or the 3G network, I can emailer; so if you long for simpler days see traffic cameras and plot my course from then just ignore the urge to pay your bills home to boat—after checking live dopor buy stocks and sit back, relax, and listen pler radar and video weather forecasts, of to music or watch some “Scooby Doo.” In course. The device knows where I am at all the meantime, I’ll be watching the latest times, so it can show me the tide inforleg of the Volvo Ocean Race as it’s magimation from the nearest station or wind cally beamed from the other side of the measurements from the nearest NOAA planet into my little box of miracles. Don’t buoy. With Google Earth, I can zoom in call me a sailor, for I am now an iSailor. on my destination and see what to look Look! Off the port beam! Was that a white for when I get there or find anything from whale? restaurants and bars to the number of trees in your backyard, which is a little creepy. About the Author: Chris Ferro lives in AlThere are even nautical chart apps that allow me to use the iPhone as a backup GPS exandria, VA and sails his Seidelmann 30T Vita Brevis out of Deale, MD. He travels for unit. While not quite as feature-rich as a a living, but always comes back to his favorite dedicated chart-plotter from a company place in the world: the Chesapeake. like Garmin, it’ll do in a pinch.

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all me iShmael, or at least that’s what you could call me since I got my iPhone—if my name was really Shmael, of course. But call me anything you like, just don’t take away that crazy little gadget that has quickly become my new best friend. Even Captain Ahab’s obsession with white whales seems a little apathetic compared to the passion of some of us iPhoniacs. I know, I know, iPhones are so powerful, sleek, sexy, and trendy that all the really cool people are going back to beepers. But I love my iPhone. I’m not even one of those people who needs to run out and get the next best thing just because it’s new. But I had to have the new iPhone. It’s different. It’s so advanced and useful that it can actually be helpful to us as, that’s right, sailors. Any old phone can call a towboat or that waterfront restaurant to make reservations, and the world is full of “smart” phones and PDAs, and some phones even have the same GPS technology that the iPhone 3G has for locating you and what’s around you. What really sets the Apple smartphone apart from the rest is what’s called the “app

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Have gear, will travel. Chris Neumann and Chris Charbonneau enjoy the quiet of winter sailing. Photo by John Burke

The Beauty of Mid-Winter


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friend who is a Florida native says he doesn’t like northern winters, because after the leaves have fallen, it looks as if a forest fire has ravaged the land. He has never experienced winter as we know it on the Chesapeake Bay. He sees the stark trees but misses the subtle colors, the surprising first glimpse of skim ice on a creek under a crystal blue sky, and the calm beauty of a gaggle of geese on a beach or a cluster of empty mooring balls in a harbor.

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A lot of sailors are happy to end this short, wintry month before it even begins, but there are many who savor the quiet, the downtime, the chance to bundle up and sail for an afternoon on the open Bay, and yes, even the nap-perfect, grey days. We invite readers to share their Chesapeake Bay winter memories, both written and photographic. We here at SpinSheet are waiting with our cameras for one good snow storm‌ What good memories have you captured this season? Please send winter memories to ~M.W.

John Burke relaxes on an early-winter, mid-week daysail on his Tanzer 24 off Annapolis. Photo by Chris Neumann

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Kids Sailing

Photo courtesy of Richard Thomas for the Indian Landing Boat Club

Turning Kids on to Sailing

by Ruth Christie

Learning to sail is fun. That’s the long and short of it. “Sailing is physical, but it’s a thinking kid’s sport. It’s like chess on the Sure, sailing fosters self-confidence, problem solving, and teamwork; is good for the soul; gets kids outdoors; teaches valuable skills; and has countless other benefits. But, it’s the fun factor that brings people back to the sport day after day. Whether on a dinghy or a big boat, each sail is an unpredictable adventure like no other. There’s something new to see, learn, and experience every time.

water. Even when they’re not racing, sailing gives kids a base from which to make decisions and determine their own actions. It gives them an opportunity to spread their wings and learn independently,” says Amy Gross-Kehoe. In addition to helping the SpinSheet office out this year, Gross-Kehoe just happens to be the Chair of the U.S. Sailing Youth Council, USODA National Team Coach, and 2000 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year. She knows of what she speaks.

Getting Started Talented school and college coaches such as Gross-Kehoe are waiting to pass on what they know and whisk kids into the sailing life. Whether it’s one-on-one, pairbased, or group instruction, the training opportunities are endless and cover all skill levels, from beginners hoping for some fun in the sun to serious racers with pro careers on their minds. Among the options for kids programs are clubs, sailing schools, community sailing programs, and camps. Most of the sailing programs at yacht clubs are open to the public. The trick is to sign up early enough to reserve a space. The junior page of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association’s website ( is a good resource for clubs with youth programs, and many clubs have an informational website page for juniors. Baltimore is a hub for community sailing programs with both 44 February 2009 SpinSheet

the Downtown Sailing Center and the Baltimore County Sailing Center offering junior programs. Sailing camps abound, such as the overnight, multi-activity offerings at YMCA Camp Letts on the Rhode River or YMCA Camp Tockwogh on the Bay in Worton, MD. There also are team-based training options on bigger boats. For example, Chessie Jr. Racing/Team Tsunami is a charitable organization that gives middle and high school age children the opportunity to learn how to enjoy handling and racing a J/105. Many programs are sensitive to the needs of working parents and offer extended care hours, car-pooling, or in-synch adult and youth programs. The best way to find out if a program fits the needs of you and your kids is to call around, ask good questions, and ask for references from

other parents so that you can learn about their experiences. “Any program’s priorities should be safety, fun, and learning—in that order. Kids need to have fun before they start learning. Word of mouth is often the best way to find out about a program. We are so spoiled; there are so many options on the Chesapeake Bay for youth sailing! There are many more programs around that focus on sailing and seamanship instead of racing. Don’t be afraid to start your kids in a non-racing program. An easy, no-pressure intro to sailing often builds more lifelong sailors than the direct line to the race course,” says Gross-Kehoe.“ Here’s what other people in the know have to say about sailing programs for kids:

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“Every time kids learn a new skill, they earn a feeling of success. That begins a chain reaction that leads to selfconfidence,” says Matt Barstead, waterfront and high ropes director at YMCA Camp Tockwogh in Worton, MD. “This community is founded on creating positive, lifelong friendships and having a safe, fun time. Among our many annual events, our Cleanup Weekend March 27-29 is your chance to help improve our facilities and spruce up the campus for the upcoming season.” Happy campers during the CBYRA regatta at Indian Landing at the head of the Severn River July 22, 2008. Photo courtesy of Richard Thomas for the Indian Landing Boat Club

Planet Hope offers sailing camps for disadvantaged kids from the Washington, DC area. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bowen of

“This year, in addition to launching a website this spring, we have added basic boating classes for canoeing, kayaking, and rowing to turn more kids into confident and safe boaters. When you get kids out on the water, they care more about what’s in the water,” says Anne Thomas program coordinator at the Indian Landing Boat Club. “Sailing can be an expensive sport, especially if you’re a boat owner, and in this area, water access is getting pretty problematic. So, it’s exciting that a growing number of less-expensive, environmentally friendly vehicles—such as kayaks, canoes, and rowboats—are coming to the forefront as ways to get people on the Bay,” adds Thomas. (410) 349-4997, “We teach kids and teens and their families at the Tides Inn near Irvington, VA, using 30-footers, Optimists, Sunfish, and Lasers. Premier Sailing also offers keelboat


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courses on J/24s for sailors seeking new challenges. The choice of classes depends on what kind of sailing you intend to do after your course, how old your kids are, and how much time you wish to spend with the kids. Many of our students tell us they liked capsizing their boats the best,” laughs Arabella Denvir, who owns Premier Sailing with her husband, Phil. “KidShip at the Annapolis Sailing School is more than a sailing camp with basic and advanced courses for kids ages five to 15 years. We focus on letting kids have fun and make new friends. Our classes on 14-footers, Lasers, and 420s are relaxed, risk-free, and noncompetitive. Each week, kids participate in activities and games that include shark overboard drills, races, picnic day trips, pizza parties, and ice cream at City Dock,” says KidShip director Jed Kling. “New this year are two week-long ‘crash courses on cruising’ for teens on our Hunter 36,” adds Kling.

“Sail1Design provides private youth coaching at events for fleets and individuals. This year, we have a new venue in Severna Park, MD, launched an interactive E-newsletter, and will host clinics for kids interested in boat handling and collegiate style sailing and racing. We are also going over how the new racing rules for 2009-2012 will affect youth sailing and one-design racing,” says Tom Sitzmann. “Our clinic boats now sport GPS trackers, so we can email participants discs that record and display their boat motion. It’s a great training tool, especially for team racing. Sailors can see what they’ve done right or wrong, and there’s no disputing the evidence,” laughs Sitzmann.

members, and their ship,” says founder and executive director Dawn Santamaria of Sisters Under Sail, which owns and operates the Unicorn. “My daughter set sail with some apprehension and doubt mixed with a love for the water. She found strength and bravery she didn’t know she had. She is more confident and has more selfesteem. This school year, she has attempted new activities, experienced a deeper level of friendships, and believed in herself. The sailing experience was a pivotal point in her life and couldn’t have come at a better time in her adolescence,” says parent Melinda Wilp. Can you see your daughter at the helm of a 118-foot tall, 150-ton steel ship?

“We’ve begun offering overnight programs as well as day sails for teenage girls on the Schooner Unicorn. Although we’re based in New Jersey, we’ll be in Baltimore toward the end of June. With four daughters, I know first-hand that sail training, specifically for young girls, builds self-esteem and confidence and teaches responsibility and respect for themselves, their fellow crew

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“Christchurch School sailors Josh Greenslade ‘09 and Blake Burgess ‘11 have been recognized with All-State first team sailing honors, and Matt Lawler ‘09 and Jono Dill ‘10 were named to the All-State second team! In addition to our regular curriculum and other athletic programs, the Christchurch School offers summer camps for kids ages nine to 15 years on Club 420s, Force 5s, Lasers, and Lightnings on the Rappahannock River,” says Randal Brown, CCS’s director of development. “Getting a position as a junior sailing instructor is a great way to fine-tune your sailing and teaching skills. Many instructors are college kids who are learning as much about teaching and having a job as kids are learning about sailing. Youth sailing programs—EYC’s Summer Program ( and KidShip (, for example— are always looking for enthusiastic instructors to join their teams. Take the initiative, and call your local schools and clubs to see what’s possible,” says Gross-Kehoe.

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Love on the Bay by Molly Winans

With that great Hallmark holiday, “V” Day, around the corner, we decided to find a few Chesapeake Bay sailors who found that love and sailing go hand in hand.

A Family Affair


e didn’t start sailing until we were in our late 30s,” says Anne Borland. She and her husband Jack met at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. By the time they started sailing Lightnings on Lake Arthur not far from their alma mater, they had two sons, as did the other couple who owned a boat with them. Self-taught sailors, the Borlands started to race in the early 1990s out of the Pymatuning YC (PYC), also in western Pennsylvania. “At the time, it was the second largest Lightning fleet in the country,” says Anne. “It took us a year until we passed a boat. We were the laugh of the club. We cut the tiller back to make room for drink holders in our Lightning.” The Borlands taught junior sailing for many years, and Jack was the commodore for three years at PYC. Anne laughs and says, “We were trailer trash in the summer. We all brought our trailers. It was like having a cottage at the lake. It was a great way for the kids to grow up. There were so many families around; if the kids were getting into trouble, someone knew it.” Non-resident members at the Eastport YC for many years, eight years ago, the Borlands moved to Annapolis, where their son Jeff—an active umpire and judge on the racing scene—has lived for 25 years. Their younger son, Tim, is also an Annapolitan, racer, and race committee member. Although she’s retired from racing, Anne can be found volunteering her time and the couple’s Mainship 30 E’s Wake for 50 February 2009 SpinSheet

EYC race committee a dozen weekends per season. A race committee regular as well, Jack continues to race on Wednesday nights in Annapolis on his Etchells with Jeff. Two years ago, the whole family, including Jeff’s and Tim’s wives, Sharon and Patti, traveled to Bermuda to celebrate Anne and Jack’s 50th anniversary. As a family, the Borlands have given back hundreds of hours to the sailing community, and when you see them out on the water, usually together, they’re always smiling.

Soul Mates

“I consider myself the luckiest woman in the world,” says Portsmouth, VA sailor Gina Godfrey. “It’s not every day that any of us find a true soul mate. I met my husband in 1996 while he was stationed in Washington, DC at Coast Guard Headquarters, and I was living on my Pearson 33 Lovely Woman at Port Annapolis Marina. We hit it off instantly. Steve was racing in and around Annapolis, and I was cruising looking for my soul mate. In 1997, Steve was ordered to report to Key West, FL for a three-year tour. Was I going to leave my family and friends and sail off to Key West with my boyfriend? You need to ask?” “So, I packed up Lovely Woman and took her to Key West, where we spent three of the best years of our lives enjoying the romantic sunsets, eating lobster, and sipping champagne, generally cruising and

Southern B ay sailors G ina and Stev found love e Godfrey on the Bay . Photo by Fred Miller

playing hard. We were married at the Court House in Key West in 1998. From Key West, we sailed to Steve’s new assignment in Norfolk, where we sold Lovely Woman and bought our Pearson 385 Gina Marie. The next tour took us to Annapolis for two years. From there, we sailed back to Norfolk and the beautiful Southern Bay, where Steve retired from the Coast Guard and where we have lived, cruised, and played for the past four years. We still enjoy romantic sunsets, but with Southern Bay cuisine—eating crab cakes, munching on hush puppies, and sharing a pitcher of beer. Something about Old Bay and champagne just doesn’t cut it!”

Race the One You’re With

Two days after Hampton, VA native and U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) graduate, Julie Sitzmann met her future husband Tom, he asked her to crew on his J/24 for a Wednesday night race. Then she raced with him on a Thursday night and then for weekend races. Soon, she was traveling to Maine to cruise with his family. Both of them were sailing coaches at USNA that summer. Tom was a civilian coach, and

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Julie was in the Navy, so their season together would end when she left for flight school in October. For the next few years, the couple managed their relationship long distance. Julie flew to meet him at J/24 regattas, and they competed in the J/22 Worlds and various championship regattas together. Competitive sailing continued to be a strong link. When they were married, Tom moved to Maine where Julie was stationed and where, conveniently, his family lived. Eight years and two kids later, the couple is still sailing togeth-

er. “We haven’t raced together for a couple of years,” says Julie; although, they’ve both continued to race. Tom coached her team two years ago for the Rolex Women’s Regatta. Julie says, “The neat part about sailing for us is that we do it together and support each others’ racing separately, too.” Both grew up cruising, and recently, they’ve been cruising as a family on their J/33. When cruising past regattas started to drive them crazy, they bought a J/22, which they plan on racing together this year. After nine years in the Navy, Julie now is a government contractor for Oceaneering International. Tom is a history teacher at the Severn School, where the sailing team he coaches won the U.S. National Dinghy Championships last year. He is also the co-founder of the sailing job site They have two children, JT (four years old) and Annie (four months old). “Sailing has been a big part of our relationship,” says Julie. “We hope it’s a big part of our family life, too.”

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A little summer sailing school crush goes a long way, as Alex and Lorie Stout have learned.

(about) 14 years ago. “There was a meeting there for Annapolis liveaboards, and we went to have a drink with the group. We were the only two without a boat.” On their first date, she says, “I knew I could trust him because he said he loved the book Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi.

Then, we bought a cruising boat together, moved aboard for three years, got married, went cruising, came home, had a baby, moved on to a bigger boat, and here we are living aboard and preparing to go cruising again. The couple lives on a 44-foot catamaran with their four-yearold son and a gerbil. “You really have to love boats and each other to live aboard full time for 11 years.”

Life, Love, and Little Boats

Lorie and Alex Stout met when she was a teenaged sailing student at Severn SA (SSA) in Annapolis, and he was her instructor. Knowing that he couldn’t ask her out until she was no longer his student, he honored that and waited for SSA “graduation.” They dated throughout college, married soon thereafter, and had two sons, Wilson and Bryan.

The Stouts have sailed competitively both together and against one another in Snipes. “He has a different level of competitiveness,” says Lorie. “He is competitive in the moment, in sort of waves. I wake up competitive and stay that way.” As well as being crew partners, Lorie and Alex have been business partners for many years. Their business, Stout Gear, provides promotional products such as coffee mugs or baseball caps--anything that can be customized with a logo (such as the SpinSheet tattoos we give kids at boat shows). The Stout kids, Wilson and Bryan, have both been very competitive dinghy and keelboat racers for many years and are both on the sailing team at Old Dominion University. It may be an interesting challenge to count the number of trophies on the Stout family wall or the number of times sailing comes up during an ordinary dinner conversation at their Annapolis home. As the Stouts have proven, a summer crush and a shared love of sailing can go a long way.

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

h good, it’s February. If you have little wonders at home, that means that half-way through the month you’ll be cleaning up itty bitty scraps of construction paper your thoughtful progeny have no use for as they carefully cut and craft crisp red hearts to delight you and your refrigerator. It also means you’ll be poring over chart books, Bay guides, and calendars pinpointing the races, regattas, and rendezvous you don’t want to miss this season. It’s that chance to look ahead that carries us through the long dark winter months and all this blasted cold. When you work with words all day long, as we do at SpinSheet, your mind can wander off into random territory. For example, did you ever think about how important one little letter can be to the meaning of a word? Well, omitting the “l” out of public can make a public affairs specialist’s blood run cold. And if you kick the “s” out of sailing, you completely change the tone of stories about our favorite sport. What we’re getting at is that February is just one little month that we must hurdle to get closer to spring and a time when we can kick the “r” out of heart and make an “s” out of ailing. Can’t wait to see you on the Bay this season! —Ruth Christie/


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ontinuing a 44-year pattern, the Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Association will hold its traditional Saturday Seminar/Speaker Series followed by a dinner party at a member’s home. This year, the Cruising Seminar (February 7) and the Racing Seminar (February 14) will be at the Eastport Library. A Potpourri of Subjects (February 21) will be at the Annapolis Library, and the Maintenance Seminar February 28 will be at the Broadneck Library (, —by Joan Hamilton and Rolph Townshend


bove, Sally Hoover Casale, the daughter of the Chesapeake Catboat Association’s (CCBA) late commodore Bill Hoover, helped First Lady Laura Bush re-christen the USS Intrepid during its re-dedication, ribbon-cutting ceremony in New York City this past Veterans Day. Casale’s grandmother had originally christened the famed carrier. During the Steering Committee Meeting at Davis Pub in Eastport this past November, members discussed past and future events over lunch and a few beers. They even made a side trip to Blue Water Marina to see Bob Orem’s Marshall 22. Orem’s son, Chile, is readying that catboat for sale. The 47th annual Catboat Association Meeting February 6-8 in Groton, CT will feature tours of the Mystic Seaport Museum’s watercraft collection. CCBA’s annual Meeting will be at the Severn Inn in Annapolis from noon to 4 p.m. March 7 (RSVP by February 7 to Marc Cruder at (410) 9879616 or —by Butler and Maria Smythe Editor’s Note: Connie Ranney (RHYC) is the first and last person to win SpinSheet’s coveted, yet elusive, Award for Brevity for this February’s Club Notes (to the right). Send us your mailing address, Connie, and we’ll mail you a SpinSheet T-shirt. Many thanks! Chesapeake Bay Sailing

t press time, one of the Hunter Sailing Association’s (HSA) 100 boats is at the Marathon Boat Yard in the Florida Keys, and another is in Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas. During its annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Federal House in Annapolis, HSA elected and installed officers for 2009 and announced the coveted Sailor of the Year and Member of the Year award honorees. On February 22, HSA will return to the Federal House for its educational Winter Brunch. Learn about the speaker and make reservations at —by Carl Reitz

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he Rock Hall YC will host the U.S. Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar on March 14 ( —by Connie Ranney

Above, HSA had a mini-rendezvous at Herbies, a restaurant in Marathon, FL. Sue and Carl Reitz (right) visited Key West liveaboards Millie and Wayne Morris (left) and then met snowbirds Lynn and Larry Morrow (center), who had their Hunter in Marathon en route to the Bahamas.

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Making History

he Chesapeake 20 Association recently launched a website with more than 150 historic documents and even more photos at, which also provides current racing calendars and club news. Chesapeake 20s represent one of the most historic classes on the Bay dating to the early 1930s. The website follows the life of our fleet of nearly 100, mostly wooden boats built by Captain Dick Hartge of Galesville, MD. There is a nearly complete race record from the early 1930s and dozens of historic articles on events and pioneers, including original 1940 plans and promotional fliers—when a standard C20 cost $450 and the deluxe version ran $500. The minutes of the class organizational meeting and constitution, formed at the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) in 1939, are also online. Lots of wonderful historic photos show 20s docked at AYC and racing in the Miles River and near Washington, DC during the President’s Cup. If you have old family albums or articles about Chesapeake 20s, contact or call (571) 2285939. —by Ted Weihe

Mermaid is first in a line of C20s at the Annapolis Maritime Museum during this past summer’s All Stars and Nationals.


Happy New Year and Happy Dreaming

hank goodness our boats provide us with worthy subject matter for our time spent daydreaming in these winter days of doom and gloom in the news. While I would really like to be thinking about installing that new Plotter/Radar/GPS system, it looks as if that will have to wait another year. I guess I will be happy to spend my time contemplating our cruising and raft-up agenda for the coming season, the new anchorages we must explore, restaurants to sample… In November, Catalina 36 Fleet 3 met at The Federal House in Annapolis to do just that, with great food and drink. The tradition on Memorial Day will continue with our ever-popular Wine Tasting gathering on the West River. Several other interesting events are also taking shape. Our membership roster currently includes about 55 boats. To promote new membership, we will offer one year of complimentary membership to any Catalina 36 owner who would like to give us a try ( —by Mike Harrison 54 February 2009 SpinSheet


Back to School

atalina 34 Fleet 12 held its Fall Meeting and Rendezvous November 22-23 in Easton, MD at the Calhoon Marine Engineer Beneficial Association (MEBA) Engineering School. Designed for USCG-licensed deck and engineering officer training for the Merchant Marine, the school is home to one of the most advanced bridge simulators, which is run by 75 computers. After a social hour, fleet captain Rich Freeman recapped some of the events of 2008 and outlined several of the planned cruises for 2009, and Lee Brown (shown above), the school’s system engineer, gave a brief history of MEBA and the school. The bridge simulators can realistically depict 10 ship bridges in just about any body of seawater in the world and under most weather conditions. Brown loaded the simulators with a 99-foot patrol boat and a 300-foot freighter and allowed members to operate the vessels in a simulated Baltimore Harbor. The visuals out “the windows” and the sound effects were amazingly realistic! Although the floor of the simulators remained level and still, the motion of the graphics made it feel as if you were on the water in a rolling vessel. Brown then loaded an 800-foot cargo carrier in the primary simulator with a sailboat in front of it in the Chesapeake Bay. This clearly showed why we need to be very aware of commercial vessels, both their direction and speed. It was eye opening to see how long it takes for a large vessel to change course and adjust its speed to avoid a sailboat. After a Chesapeake-style supper, members overnighted in MEBA’s dormitories, swapping technical notes, sailing stories, and notable family events. We headed home the next morning after a wonderful breakfast. Everyone looks forward to the Spring Meeting and Rendezvous in Solomons. —by Rich Freeman

Nacras unleashed on the West River. In 2009, the fleet will once again bring Tuesday night open-class catamaran racing to Galesville, making it the place for your fix of beach cat action. Photo by Leanne Berget

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aren Mitchell—a cancer and spinal cord injury survivor— brings courage and enlightenment to people all over the world. On February 7, she will describe sailboat racing for the physically challenged at the Severn School in Severna Park as part of a series of lectures hosted by the Windjammers of the Chesapeake. Aided by Annapolis’s own Don Backe of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, Mitchell will describe her many solo and team races in the Paralympic Games and international competitions. March 7 will bring Miranda Merron’s stories of solo world racing ((410) 5334396, —by Leah Alfriend


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uring the West River Catamaran Racing Association’s (WRCRA) Awards Party this January, members recapped the 2008 season. Ed Mills captured top honors in the Spring and Summer Series, and Joe Kaiser took the Frostbite Series. The fleet moved from its long-time home on Church Lane in Galesville, MD and took over a new watering hole, Thursdays at Steamboat Landing, when the Topside Inn closed. Cat sailor Pat Stadt brought his new USCG cutter Bertholf to Fells Point; member Andy Her-

bick’s maritime photographs were displayed in Baltimore; and the fleet scored a feature article in Chesapeake Bay Magazine, including commodore Roger Holmes on the January 2009 cover! Look for F-16s—the boats to beat—as the next cat to apply for status at the West River SC. Our recent NOP (Notice of Party) specifically dictates that the members must wear their fleet colors and attend the sixth annual Catsailors Invade Annapolis event January 23 at the Federal House Bar and Grill in Annapolis, starting at 9 p.m. sharp. —by Keith Chapman

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et’s talk about flares for a moment… Your boat can’t get her USCG sticker without having up-to-date flares. With a 46-month shelf life, many flares are now sold in fourpacks, rather than three-packs. And, it’s a big No No to put expired flares in the trash or to light them off in nonemergency situations. This all makes for a Catch 22, doesn’t it. To help, the Nansemond River Power Squadron obtained a USCG permit to host the first annual Flares for Life at Bennetts Creek Park (a water park) in Northern Suffolk, VA. On February 28 from noon to 4 p.m., sailors can bring their old/expired flares and flare guns and learn how to use them properly. The squadron will also perform free vessel safety checks for trailer sailors, and the Suffolk Fire Department will show the right way to use various fire extinguishers. Hot dogs, sides, and drinks will be provided for a small donation. For more details, call Ron Murphy at (757) 647-6909. —by Donnie Weaver and Ron Murphy



wenty members of the Pearson Sailing Association had a lovely holiday party December 13 in Annapolis. The club looks forward to the Spring Brunch at the Double Tree Hotel in Annapolis April 6. After that, we will plan our cruising calendar for the season, fit out our boats, and hit the water ( —by John Martin


some members will visit seven Caribbean islands aboard the sailing vessel, the Royal Clipper. Early March will bring a repeat of last year’s successful Winter Doldrums Parties North and South held in Annapolis and Marathon, FL. CBC always warmly welcomes newcomers ( —by Deb Coons

Thirty-Five and Counting…

aking news for the Chesapeake Bristol Club (CBC) in SpinSheet’s January issue and elsewhere was club member Tom Trump’s win in the recent Caribbean 1500 serving on the crew of Elusion, a Hallberg-Rassy 49 ketch owned by Kirt and Gayle Schuldt. On CBC cruises, Trump constantly wows members with his single-handing skills aboard Cape Doctor, his Southern Cross 35. With winter weather making Bay sailing unappealing, members had a “Fantastick” 35th anniversary event enjoying one of the world’s longest running musicals, “The Fantasticks” performed by the Bay Theatre Company in Annapolis January 15. From February 13 to 21,

And the winner is… CBC launched its 35th year with a logo contest. Mickey Doran and Shirley Kennard contributed to the winning design (above). If you have fun ideas for using the logo or for more club celebratory events, call commodore Janet George at (443) 203-6900.

This Will Make Your Head Spin!

embers of the Blue Marsh Sailing Association (BMSA), located near Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County, PA, stay active all year long. In November, the Commodore’s Ball brought everyone out for dining, dancing, the installation of new officers, awards, and other fun. The monthly general Membership Meetings feature virtual cruises, presentations on boat repairs and upgrades,

and various sailing/trivia games to keep the fun alive. Monthly social events include January’s mid-winter trip to Longwood Gardens and a tour of the DuPont Mansion; February’s tour of the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, PA with dinner to follow; and March’s land cruise to Harper’s Ferry, the Baltimore Inner Harbor, or the Pocono Mountains.

For the past several years, the group has hosted a GPS Rally in April to keep members’ navigation skills sharp. As the weather warms, there will be camping and kayaking trips to enjoy. Geocaching (GPS-based treasure hunting) will also be included this year. Of course, our favorite activities will be our Spring and Fall Cruises and Vagabond Trips to various destinations on the Chesapeake Bay ( —by Joe Rutolo

BMSA racing teams gather for the Skipper’s Meeting at Blue Marsh Lake just before the group’s annual Turkey Race at the end of October 2008.

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They’re Just Being Social

On the first and third Sundays of the month, the

uring November, members of the Annapolis Naval Sailing Association learned the ins and outs of thru-hulls during the Potluck Social. January 24 brought the first Potluck Social of the year, featuring fun, food, and a short training session. The group’s 2009 schedule of new sailing events and innovative training sessions will show up at in early February. Train with us, and become a better sailor. —by Tom Warrington

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uring the early part of the winter, members of the Jewish Navy gathn January 24, members of the Back ered for lunch and learned about Creek YC donned tuxes and gowns several Bay programs designed to and attended the Commodore’s Ball at Loew’s Hotel in Annapolis with dinner, dancing, encourage clean waters. For the February 8 Speaker/Luncheon, we a fun silent auction, and installment of new officers. If you want to enjoy a variety of activities will take a brief respite from Bay with friendly people heavily into boats and cruis- and boating matters and hear about the current issues in Israel and ing, join us. We do not have a long waiting list discuss U.S./Israel relations. Hadar and are not expensive. We do have experienced club and cruise organizers, outstanding members Suskind, executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, with both sailboats and motorboats, and a great will be the featured speaker (resertime at every event., vations are required). —by Otto Hetzel


Our winter events continue to provide new and seasoned members with the opportunity to stay connected with boating buddies. This schmoozing time also generates ideas for the boating season. Discussions at events can be thought provoking as well as humorous. One of our recent puzzlers was attempting to determine why there is a light in the refrigerator but not in the freezer. If you are interested in learning more about the Jewish Navy, offering solutions to the freezer light puzzler, meeting our members, and participating in our activities, contact us at, and join us at our next luncheon. —by Adiva Sotzsky

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he holidays and winter doldrums add unwanted ballast. How do four pounds at Thanksgiving and four pounds at Christmas add up to 12 pounds? Oops! Forgot the fourday New Years weekend. I wonder what other Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay members have been doing this winter. On the right, during a two-week trip to Peterman Island off Antarctica, our treasurer, Christy Tinnes says, “I sat down quietly, and this little gentoo penguin just walked up to me and visited for a while. It was an incredible experience!” Thanks to décor designer Frank Florentine, Tinnes’ Beneteau Carolina Girl won Best Medium Sailboat during December’s EYC Parade of Lighted Boats. The Everetts and Hunters are awaiting the delivery and commissioning of their new Beneteaus.

Weight worries aside, we are the largest Beneteau club in North America, and our events are always well attended. Training Day hosted by Annapolis Yacht Sales January 24 featured seminars on electronics and engine and boat maintenance, a bountiful lunch, and bylaw business. We’ll host another workshop in February or

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he Glenmar Sailing Association is preparing for 2009 with our usual winter meetings to discuss our cruising and racing schedules, including a two-week cruise to Virginia waters. During our February 24 General Membership Meeting at the Middle River YC, CBYRA’s John Sherwood will describe the history of sailboat racing on the Chesapeake. Our other hot planning topic is that our sister organization, the Baltimore County Sailing Center, will host the CBYRA Junior Olympics in 2009. Glenmar is getting geared up to ensure that all of the junior racers enjoy both good racing and a good time. Spring can’t get here soon enough! —by Paul Rybczynski


espite the cold wintery winds blowing up the Patapsco, the Downtown Sailing Center has kept busy planning for 2009’s sailing season. Members are stepping up to the annual Capital Campaign challenge, hoping to raise $20,000 by March 15. We continue to focus on better teaching, increased safety, and more enjoyable sailing. Above, Theresa Marshall (L) volunteered her time to teach several classes on rebuilding winches. The goal is to have class participants service winches on all of our J/22s and Sonars this spring. Opportunities exist for members to learn to teach, become CPR and First Aid certified, and take the U.S. Sailing Keelboat Certification class this spring. Steve Maddox, DSC’s director of operations, recently returned from the National Sailing Programs Symposium in San Diego with some great ideas to continue enhancing DSC’s programs ((410) 727-0722, —by Curt Weist

espite all the cold weather and hoop-la surrounding the Presidential Inauguration, the Herrington Harbour Sailing Association (HHSA) was able to sneak in its annual Awards Banquet at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. With about 100 party-goers in attendance, we reminisced about the 2008 season and cheered the arrival (soon!) of the 2009 sailing season. Officers were sworn in to lead HHSA for another year of fun and excitement. Coming up in February, in addition to preparing our boats in the cold for the summer fun, HHSA will hold the first of two Sail Trim seminars that are free for all to come. Details such as time and location are online at —by Keith Morgenstern

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he Shearwater Sailing Club salutes fleet captain Chris Rogers who, along with co-owners Steve Cota and Leo Cecarrelli, won the Best Small Sailboat award in the Parade of Lighted Boats in Eastport. Their Cal 25’s (Three Amigos) rendering of an Old Bay Christmas featured “Crabs 4 Christmas” and a dancing box of Old Bay Seasoning. Our annual Commodore’s Banquet will be February 21 at Phillips Seafood in Annapolis ( —Jim Tompert


agothy River SA members elected new officers December 11 at the Belvedere YC and welcomed new members Mike and Kathleen Albert and their Luders 33, Encantada. The group then started 2009 off right with the annual Commodore’s Ball January 10 at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis. Members donned their finest winter holiday garb, including tuxes, tails, and suits.

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lthough the Catalina 27 Fleet 8 had limited representation in the first AYC Frostbite Series, it is well on the way to keeping up the social side of the schedule. February bringsthe annual Awards Dinner, and a seminar on the new racing rules is planned for March. The International Catalina 27 Association National Championships will return to Annapolis during the 2009 CBYRA Race Week September 5-7. If you want to start sailing now (blatant pandering to SpinSheet’s editor intended), the Catalina 27 is a great way to get out with friends and family (and keep your rump out of the water). With more than 6600 boats built, there is one for sale in almost any local boatyard or marina. Fleet 8 is part of a network of owners who are more than happy to help new folks find answers to even the strangest questions. Come join us for the fun; stay for the competition! To learn more, contact the fleet captain at peter.zahn@ or visit —by Peter Zahn

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Above, Tom Walsh carefully weighs his options in the Game of Greed (or Yankee Swap, in more genteel circles) during Catalina 27 Fleet 8’s annual Holiday Party in December with hosts John and Pat Potvin.

This Tartan 37, Spirit II, sails on the Chesapeake Bay with Ade and Louise Chwastyk. The Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club is the largest Tartan club on the Bay. What do Tartan sailors do in the cold, dark days of winter around the Chesapeake? Many of us read and write about the boats we love so much, including George Colligan’s 2004 Tartan 34 Classic Association Yearbook, the T34 Classic Owner’s Companion, and Tartan 37: A History and Celebration (,, —by Grace Holt


elow, more than 20 sailboats joined the Instead of Football Race on the Neuse River in Oriental, NC January 1. The Tartan 34 Classic Association (TCA34) will meet in early February to plan our 2009 sailing season. All Chesapeake Bay Tartan 34 owners are invited to a Spring Fling in April to celebrate the end of winter. We continue to add previously unknown hulls to our roster, thanks to alert spotters and our network of sleuths. We keep in touch with Tartan 34 Classic sailors all over the place (tca34. org). —Story by Grace Holt and photo by Deane Holt


Farewell to Friends Hugh E. Kabler 1916 - 2008

ong-time Bay racer and cruiser, Hugh E. Kabler, died on November 30 in Easton, MD. He was 92 years old, and until earlier this summer, raced Saturdays and Wednesday nights on the Miles River. Widely viewed as the dean of Miles River PHRF racing, Hugh began sailing in Baltimore after he returned from World War II, when his father-in-law gave him and his wife, Carol, a 22-foot Stout Fella, a wooden daysailer. That gift launched a 62-year sailing adventure. Hugh, then a sailor of limited experience, took along a more experienced friend to pick up the Stout Fella at Sandy Hook, NJ. They set out for the Chesapeake Bay with charts, a compass, and a couple of blankets. A dense fog, rain, heavy chop in the Delaware Bay, and a balky engine made the trip to Baltimore memorable. Hugh and Carol raced the Stout Fella into the sixties. In 1952, they won their class in the Annapolis to Oxford race using a spinnaker Carol had fashioned from a mattress cover and some old bedspreads. They were running dead last just outside Oxford, when an isolated squall catapulted them and their makeshift sail into the lead. From that day on, Hugh never withdrew from a race. In 1967, Hugh purchased Inka, a 1965 Triton, and later formed the Chesapeake Bay Triton Fleet (CBTF), which still celebrates the annual Annapolis to St Michaels race with a cruise to and picnic at the Kabler home on Tilghman Creek. He raced on the Magothy until 1973 when he and Carol moved to the St. Michaels area. Finding no active racing community, Hugh began stopping sailors on the Miles River to ask them to help form a racing club. The result was the Herring Island Sailing Fleet (HISF), which currently has about 50 members and has added Sunday jib and main-only races and a wounded vet sailing program. Today, several former Inka crew members have their own boats, and many more are scattered throughout the St. Michaels sailing fleet. Their knowledge and love of racing and cruising are a living memorial to Hugh. At HISF’s 2008 Awards Dinner, Hugh’s grandson, Mike Kabler, skipper of a J/24, presented the first annual Hugh Kabler Inka Award for the Most Outstanding Performance of the year. —by Kirke Harper

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Hugh was quite proud of Inka and always tried to make her go faster than the other Tritons. Two years ago, the CBTF set up a secret rendezvous on a Friday night with four boats at Hugh’s pier, so that we might enter a HISF race against Inka. The smile on Hugh’s face as he worked through the fleet to get past all the Tritons was dazzling! —by Dan Lawrence

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Charter Notes

Sailing St. Lucia by Leslie Toussaint


“As soon as Ziggy picked up the mooring ball, an armada of peddlers hawking shells and trinkets paddled towards us in dugout canoes. Several passengers opted to stay onboard, but I took their arrival as my cue to jump ship.”

et me be perfectly clear: this is not a story about sailing. This is a story about vacationing, where there just happens to be a sailboat. When my husband planned our honeymoon to the west coast of St. Lucia, he wanted a romantic setting that allowed for blissful hours of doing absolutely nothing. I, on the other hand, am one of those active types who can’t sit still, and I was determined to get in some time on the water. Fortunately, our lodging, Stonefield Villas Resort, offered a complimentary sunset cruise, which I decided to take advantage of immediately. I eagerly donned my Annapolis Race Week cap and my boat shoes and wondered if I should have packed sailing gloves. 62 February 2009 SpinSheet

The hotel sent us down the hill to neighboring Jalousie resort. Our vessel, a Gibsea 43 called Eveready, was idling about 50 feet away from the beach, her first mate, Ziggy, prepared to ferry us over in an inflatable dinghy. Captain Andrew of Mystic Man Tours collected our shoes as we got onboard (so much for packing nonmarking soles), and gave a brief speech about tacking, heeling, and lifejackets. Shortly thereafter, we were underway. As we left the bay nestled between St. Lucia’s famous Piton Mountains, I recalled the words of a salty friend who spent several years cruising the Windward Islands: “It blows like stink down there all the time!” I looked around at my fellow passengers, many who had never been on a sailboat before and chuckled at the thought

of the “thrill ride” that lay ahead. However, things did not quite develop in that manner. For one, the main was completely blown-out. Even worse, it was reefed, despite having a mere two knots of wind. Captain Andrew turned off the motor and unfurled the jib, which was also blown-out and had a badly luffing leech. I asked if he was going to take the reef out of the main, and he looked at me like I was nuts and gently said “No.” I gathered from the way things were going, input from the passengers was not appropriate, so I bit my tongue as he pointed the boat on an upwind course and trimmed the jib for a reach. The other passengers were busily snapping pictures of the thrilling views and enjoying the balmy Caribbean evening. Meanwhile, I was despairing

that we would ever experience “real” sailing, and wondered what Captain Andrew had against a fully-hoisted mainsail. Fortunately, Ziggy distracted me with a rum punch and some fried plantains. The sun was starting to set, and I reasoned to myself that it would be too difficult to really sail a boat with this many inexperienced people spread out all over the deck. I decided to relax and start up a conversation with one of my fellow passengers. She and her husband, experienced sailors from Boston, MA, were equally dismayed with the poor sail trim and lack of boat speed. We wondered if things would be different if we hired the boat for a full-day, private charter. Bad sails aside, if we could just get out of the wind shadow of the Pitons, surely we could catch some good air. By now it was completely dark, and we were pulling into the bay at Jalousie resort. Steel band music greeted us from the beach, and the rum punches were starting to take effect. The mood on the van ride back to Stonefield was merry, and we recruited another couple to join us on our private cruise. Early Wednesday morning, the six of us rendezvoused at Eveready’s slip in

Jalousie Beach, nestled between Petit and Gros Piton. The white sand was imported, because most of the sand on St. Lucia is volcanic and dark grey in color. Photo by Leslie Toussaint

downtown Soufriere. Captain Andrew and Ziggy greeted us with big smiles as they helped us aboard. I didn’t bother wearing sailing shoes, and I even risked wearing my fancy sunglasses that I would never take on a typical outing in the Chesapeake. I did pack my summer-weight foul-weather jacket. My hopes to get in some sailing were dashed when I saw that the winds were still light, even off-shore. The main was still reefed. At one point we tacked, and I no-

ticed the lazy jib sheet tangled on a block. I offered to free it, but Captain Andrew waved me away. Ziggy cranked up the tunes, which consisted of Bob Marley anthems mixed in with a handful of 80s R&B hits by artists, such as Wham and Michael Jackson. “Mrs. Boston” and I looked at each other as if to say “is it going to be like this all day?” “How about some cold beers?” she asked Ziggy. “Oh, we don’t serve those until after we go snorkeling,” he explained.

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Now he had everyone’s attention. It was 11 a.m. Lunch was probably another hour away, which put snorkeling and the subsequent beverages at roughly four hours in the future. It’s one thing to float aimlessly in light air while listening to bizarre pop music; it’s quite another to be denied libations when you’re on vacation and clearly not expected to perform any crew-like duties. Taking note of our complaints and unyielding expressions, Captain Andrew nodded, and Ziggy hurried below to get the beverages. After another hour or so of drifting northward, the wind was completely dead. We had given up caring about the wind now that we had our hands wrapped around some icy Pitons, St. Lucia’s quite passable

Barbara Cowan (a.k.a. Mrs. Boston), the author, and her husband, Matthew Watchinski looking happy even after discovering it doesn’t “blow stink” down there all the time.

golden lager. Lunch was starting to sound appealing. Captain Andrew fired up the engine. As we motored into our lunch destination, Marigot Bay, we were heartened to see a well-equipped (read air-conditioned) yacht club and marina facility. Our captain had something a little more “rustic” in mind. He pulled up alongside an abandoned dock, complete with peeling paint and a wall calendar from 1994. “JJ’s Paradise—Happy Hour from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily,” read the sign. Captain Andrew pointed us down a boardwalk that led through a dilapidated mangrove swamp, littered with plastic cups and empty bottles. The place had a creepy, fun-house feel to it, but eventually we stumbled upon the main entrance, where Ziggy directed us across the street to a dining facility. 64 February 2009 SpinSheet

Lunch was a choice of fricassee, chicken or kingfish, served with a salad, macaroni and cheese, roasted potatoes, and rice. Despite our misgivings, both dishes turned out to be quite delicious. They also came with a complimentary rum punch. After lunch and some confusion with diners and wait staff about making change, a thunderstorm rolled in, and rain began to fall steadily all around us. After a particularly close flash of lightning, followed by a threatening rumble that practically knocked the dishes off our table, Ziggy appeared. “It’s time to go back,” he said gesturing towards the mangrove swamp. “Captain says the storm is breaking up, and we can go now.” Rain was still pouring down, which gave me some small measure of joy, because I could

Paradise wouldn’t be so lush without the rain. Photo by Leslie Toussaint

actually use at least one piece of sailing equipment on this trip, my foul-weather jacket. When we got back to the boat, the clouds were clearing, and the mouth of Marigot Bay was sunny. Unfortunately the storm didn’t bring any wind, and JJ’s Paradise had taken up a precious two hours of our charter. Captain Andrew throttled up the engine and beat a hasty course south to our snorkeling destination. Anse Cochon, a little cove with a marine preserve along the coastline, was partly cloudy when we arrived, making for excellent snorkeling conditions. As soon as Ziggy picked up the mooring ball, an armada of peddlers hawking shells and trinkets paddled towards us in dugout canoes. Several passengers opted to stay onboard, but I took their arrival as my cue to jump ship.

The water was delightfully warm, and the visibility excellent. I finned my way towards the coast, popping up occasionally to see how Eveready was faring against the welcome party. Soon enough, Carnival II, a huge catamaran party boat teeming with college-aged tourists, arrived. Captain Andrew was spared from any further dealings with the shell merchants, as they suddenly had a captive (and eager) audience for their wares. I spent about 45 minutes floating around, admiring corals and tropical fishes. Occasionally, the silence was broken by the blast of a horn. I thought it was the party boat, until I realized that it came from the conch shells. The

Departing Marigot Bay with sunny skies. Photo by Leslie Toussaint

vendors were blowing them to demonstrate their utility as noisemaking devices. Once everyone was safely back onboard, we continued southward to Soufriere. Our day was drawing to a close, and I lifted a Piton in a toast to my husband. “It’s just like Annapolis. We’re sailing, we’re drinking, and there’s no wind.” He looked at me and said, “Yeah, just like Annapolis... except for the island.” About the Author: Leslie Toussaint is a freelance writer, living in Columbia, MD. She got her start sailing on the Bay in a Cape Dory 22 as a teenager, and is a frequent competitor in CBYRA regattas. Her email address is

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Acura Key West Race Week—It’s a Ten!

espite financial jitters and an historic presidential inauguration in the middle of it, a couple thousand sailors, race committee members, and media pros gathered from all around the country and Europe in southern Florida January 19-23 for the 2009 edition of Acura Key West Race Week presented by Nautica. In what ended as the kind of steady, 10-race week that gives Key West its reputation as an outstanding race venue, 13 classes competed in three divisions. All three racing circles were visible from the popular Southernmost Point Monument, where video-camera-wielding tourists had no idea that there weren’t always that many sailboats on the horizon. As always, there was an impressive showing of Chesapeake sailors in the mix on race and race committee boats. They call 68 degrees “cold” in Key West, but most Bay sailors took off from home in 20-degree-weather and needed all their weather gear just to get to the airport. As for how the regatta compared to past events, Annapolis sailor Bill Sweetser shares other sailors’ sentiments when he says, “I sensed no change in the atmosphere at the regatta other than it was widely known that boat registrations were down from prior years. The parties were great and seemed to be more energized than last year.” On the water, Division One included two IRC classes, S42s, Farr 40s, and Farr 30s (formerly known as Mumm 30 and M30). John and Linda Edwards of the Solomons-based Farr 30 Rhumb Punch crew had a memorable Key West experience even before they started racing. At the Sunday night skippers’ meeting, they won the new perpetual award, The Paul Washburn Award for the Love of the Sport. The award will be given annually at the skippers’ meeting to recognize Key West participants who have obvious passion for the sport and growing it and who show true sportsmanship on and off the race course. “I was totally surprised,” says John, noting that they’ve certainly won a few awards over the years— Governor’s Cup, Screwpile Regatta, and Key West twice. “I think this is the most significant award we’ve ever won,” he says and points to his heart. “This one

Annapolis sailor Gerry Taylor and his team on the Cape Fear 38 Tangent got eight bullets on topped their class in the 10-race Acura Key West Race Week January 1923. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

The Annapolis-based Mummbles crew, skippered by Brad Kaufmann, won four races and second overall in the 10-race Key West Race Week. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

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Pete Hunter’s Wairere crew captured second in PHRF 1 at Key West Race Week 2009. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/SpinSheet

Huge fans of the venue, longtime Key West veterans Bruce Gardner and crew on L’Outrage took home a pile of silverware from the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West feeder race and then sailed to second in class. Photo by Shannon Hibberd/ SpinSheet

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feels the most connected.” Linda agrees and says, “It’s such a personal award and for us, a family award. I’m sorry our kids, Patrick and Regan, couldn’t be here.” Sad as they were to be without the kids, the Rhumb Punch crew hung in there in tight competition, despite a broken spinnaker pole on day one, and captured first in class. The skipper says, “The mountain got a little higher, but we dug in that much harder. By Thursday, we smelled blood and our game was on fire. All we had to do on Friday was keep the Canadians on Kinetic behind us. The best way to do that was to get to the top mark first. Job done. Time to start the preparations for next year.” With an impressive record, including four bullets, was Annapolis sailor Brad Kaufmann and his crew on Mummbles. Noting the tight racing, Kaufmann says, “The last day moved Mummbles from fourth to second and Rhumb Punch from second to first with a one-point difference between fourth and first, respectively. The race committee did a great job in Division One. Crew work on both boats was stellar along with the race conditions.” In the eight-boat grand prix class, with four competitors from Great Britain, one from Russia, one from Massachusetts, and two from Annapolis, Ennio Staffini’s Anema & Core crew sailed well all week with a handful of seconds and thirds and finished fourth, as the British TP52 Ran proved it was well-named and took first. The Italians on Mascalzone Latino topped the Farr 40 class, also one with international flair with entries from Denmark (His Highness the Prince of Denmark at the helm), Turkey, California, Ohio, and Illinois. Last year’s Boat of the Year, Newport-based Barking Mad finished third—after three solid days and what was clearly a rough day four—with owner Jim Richardson as skipper and Annapolis pro Terry Hutchinson as tactician. PRO Wayne Bretsch of Annapolis managed Division Three, which included four PHRF classes and J/80s. Annapolis YC member and Key Biscayne, FL resident Steven Stollman and his crew on the C&C 115 Primal Scream won the PHRF 1 class, having started the week with an exceptionally strong few days. Pete Hunter’s Wairere (Thompson 30) crew came in second and returned home to Kill Devil Hill, NC with at least one memorable, hairy wipe-out story. In PHRF 2, Robert Armstrong’s J/100 Good Girl got so many bullets that they might as well have played musical chairs just for kicks and still strolled away with a first. Sweetser and his crew took second in class on his modifed J/109 Rush. Sweetser says, “Good Girl and ManO-War [third-place finisher] were fast and well-sailed, and it was a constant battle to finish in the top three.” In the J/80 class, there were four Annapolis entries as well as boats from as far as Texas, Sweden, and Great Britain. Annapolis sailor Kirsten Robinson took a third in class with the Angry Chameleon team.

In PHRF 3, Annapolis sailor Gerry Taylor and his Cape Fear 38 Tangent crew started and ended the week with first-place finishes and six more in between. Bruce Gardner and team on L’Outrage breathed down Tangent’s neck all week snagging the only two remaining firsts and finishing second in class. David MacAleer’s Rock Hallbased Caribbean Soul II crew took fourth in PHRF 4. One design classes, Melges 32s, Melges 24s, and J/105s comprised Division Two. The J/105 class suffered a marked drop in attendance this year with a slim but serious batch of contenders remaining on the scene in the 13-boat fleet. Fifth-place finisher Tenacious with Annapolis sailors Carl and Scott Gitchell and crew was the only Chesapeake boat. Not only did these Key West Race Week regulars bring their parents along for shore support, but the Gitchells lugged two dozen bundles of SpinSheet and two large boxes of SpinSheet T-shirts for 1250 miles as a helpful gesture. The SpinSheet team thanks the Tenacious team for their kindness and loyalty to the program. A veteran of Race Week for more than a decade, Linda Edwards notes the tent, house parties, and camaraderie that are integral to the Key West racing experience. “It brings about a sense of love for each other and our newly formed friendships with other teams. Everyone has their own story, and you have to appreciate what racers go through to get to this premiere event.” For complete results and race reports, click to


The J/109 Rush and its Annapolis crew with Bill Sweetser at the helm fought a constant battle to stay in the top three and took a second overall in its class at Key West ‘09. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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rganized by SORC Management, which includes members of Storm Trysail and the Lauderdale YC, the 34th annual 160-mile sprint to the Florida Keys, known as an unofficial feeder race, started on January 14 and ended the next day. Roger Sturgeon’s STP65 Rosebud/Team DYT took line honors with an elapsed time of 13 hours, 56 minutes, and five seconds and won IRC A. Annapolis sailor Michael Brennan and his Sjambok crew captured second. The Annapolis-based Beneteau 10M L’Outrage took home most of the silverware by winning four awards: first in class, first in fleet, oldest boat (1983), and the navigator award. Skipper Bruce Gardner says, “We had a very good crew. We were over early and still had a great start.” Gardner attributes his win to great crew work, a welltimed gybe, and the fact that he has a “new” 1983 boat, including a new rig, boom, sails, and refared bottom and foils. The L’Outrage crew included Dave Chinea, Jon Hilbert (who showed up on crutches and fared well on his sprained ankle), Kenny Saylor (tactician), Fred Lewis (navigator), Stuart Forrest, and Lisa Clayton (shore support). The team hung Hilbert’s crutches on their door in Key West. They think it adds new meaning to the expression “PHRF.” For results, visit Chesapeake Bay Sailing

The Solomons-based Rhumb Punch crew--(L-R front) Clarke McKinney and John Edwards and (L-R back) Joe Szymanski, Geoff Rhodes, Tom Weaver, and Shawn Stanley--had a stellar Key West Race Week 2009 capturing first in the Farr 30 class. Photo by Molly Winans/SpinSheet

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Racing News

Icing on the Cake

Hutchinson Wins Rolex Yachtsman of the Year 2008


n case you haven’t heard, Annapolis pro sailor Terry Hutchinson is on fire this year, and the sailing world has rewarded him for it by naming him Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, an honor for which he’s been short-listed four times. After an amazing run as tactician for Emirates Team New Zealand in the 32nd America’s Cup, Hutchinson launched 2008 with wins at Acura Key West Race Week and Acura Miami Grand Prix regattas as tactician aboard Jim Richardson’s Newport-based Farr 40 Barking Mad. Although more recently known as a tactician, Hutchinson went back to his roots at the helm, racking up four major victories on Quantum Racing’s TP52, winning four regattas in a six-regatta series and capturing the Audi MedCup overall, followed one month later by an outstanding performance topping the class at the TP52 World Championships. Established in 1961 by U.S. Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. since 1980, the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards recognize outstanding on-the-water competitive achievement of individuals in one calendar year. The selection panel noted that Hutchinson’s performance stood out from the other eight competitors not only in the number of great achievements but in the variety and size of classes and venues in which he took victories. Following his success in the Med— really, within days of arriving home from Europe jet-lagged—Hutchinson won the Melges 24 North American Championships last October, eight months after he’d won the same class at the Sperry Top-Sider St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta. Let’s not forget his performance as he topped the M30 class at the Annapolis NOOD

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Regatta last April. This excellence in multiple classes was noted by the selection panel, as well as Hutchinson having “redefined himself” as a top-notch skipper. An exceptional sailor since he was a kid, Hutchinson is a product of the junior programs at the West River SC and Severn SA. Honing his skills in high school by practicing with the Naval Academy dinghy team, by the time he arrived at Old Dominion University (ODU), the Southern Anne Arundel County native was a well-formed and intensely competitive dinghy racer, who went on to become an All American sailor all four years and twice College Sailor of the Year. After sailmaking stints in Michigan and Newport, RI, Hutchinson moved back to Annapolis with his wife Shelly in 1996 and worked at Sobstad and Quantum before striking out on his own as a pro sailor. The 40-year-old Hutchinson is now based in Harwood, MD with his wife and three children. At the time of print, he was tactician once again in the Farr 40 class on Barking Mad at Acura Key West Race Week. Acknowledging a great 2008 on the water, Hutchinson says, “I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that it is a privilege to represent the bigger picture— the people I sail with and the teams on which I compete. I feel so strongly about the support they gave me; this wasn’t just my achievement, it was the Barking Mad, Samba Pa Ti, and Quantum Racing teams’ too. Every morning I get up and go to work doing something that I love. Being recognized is just icing on the cake.”


Is Yachtswoman of the Year


lso with roots sailing on the Chesapeake and an ODU graduate, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, FL) unanimously won the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year after taking the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing in the Laser Radial class, the culmination of many impressive competitive feats which blasted her to the top of the world rankings in 2008. “I’m very, very excited,” said the 26-year-old Tunnicliffe, daughter of a competitive sailor and a competitive marathon runner, who first came to national attention as the youngest skipper in the Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship 12 years ago. “It’s a fantastic end to a great year… Winning the Olympic medal was a dream, and branching out to other boats to expand myself as a sailor is one of my goals. I want to win another gold medal for the U.S.A., but I think it will take more than just Laser sailing.” At the time of print, Tunnicliffe was headed to the Rolex Miami OCR in late January.

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Hone Your Racing Skills Basic Race Management Seminars


.S. Sailing will hold a Basic Race Management Seminar February 14-15 at the Hampton YC. Although the class is designed for those who have some race committee experience, newcomers are welcome. Topics such as race committee objectives, responsibilities, jobs, equipment, starting system, course-setting, mark boat operations, pre-start, racing, finishing, and scoring will be covered. The cost is $50 for U.S. Sailing members and $60 for non-members. For more information, visit and click on the “seminar” icon, or contact Lin McCarthy at (757) 850-4225 or The Basic Race Management seminar will be repeated March 14 at the Rock Hall YC and March 21 at the Annapolis YC. To learn more, visit

Race Clinic at Bald Head Island Sailing Club


or those who will miss the Bald Head Island Regatta, which is canceled for 2009 with a hopeful restart in 2010, there is still one good reason to trek to North Carolina and get out on the water. J/World Annapolis will hold a J/80 Racing Clinic March 27-29 at the Bald Head Island SC. Friday night is for registration and a social, and the clinic begins in earnest at 8 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a 6 p.m. social with a similar schedule on Sunday. Sail trim, boat speed and tuning, weather and wind shifts, and spinnaker work are all included in the class, which will have a one-hour “chalk talk,” followed by intense on-the-water time. The class is open to those honing their skills as well as sailors just starting out. Participants will be offered discounts for accommodations and meals. Learn more by visiting bhisailing. com, e-mailing, or calling (910) 457-7245.

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nnapolis sailor Allan Terhune and his crew Katie (his wife) and Todd and Kristine Wake won the Sid Doren Memorial Regatta, which is the second event of the four-regatta Jaguar Series and the premier winter event for the Etchells class in North America. Anticipating increasingly light winds on the second day of the two-day event January 10-11, PRO Dave Brennan aimed to get off as many races as possible in the seven- to 10-knot Saturday conditions for the 62 competitors. This proved to be a good move, as the weather report was accurate for Sunday. Jud Smith won the first event, the Piana Cup; the next one is slated for February 7-8. For full results, visit


High Point Winners

igh Point winners for the 2008 sailing season will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Gibson Island Sailing Squadron at 1 p.m. February 7. A list of winners will be posted in the March SpinSheet. If you are a High Point winner and unable to attend, please call the Chesapeake Bay YRA office to arrange to pick up your trophy at (410) 269-1194.


UK-Halsey Forms Rules Group

he comprehensive revisions of sailboat racing rules led to the formation of a new organization, The Rules Group, organized by UK-Halsey International. Members of the Rules Group will have access to a private forum in which they can pose questions and convey racing situations to which experts will respond. Subscribers will be able to read and respond to members’ input and receive group and individual advice. There will be commentary from rule writers Rob Overton and Bryan Willis, as well as U.S. Sailing Judge Mary Savage, America’s Cup PRO Peter Reggio, and in-house rules expert, Butch Ulmer. This has been described by some as “having your own sea lawyer on retainer.” Membership is available only to those who purchase the rules quiz program. Joining The Rules Group is easy and can be done online through UK-Halsey at ukhalsey. com. With the new rules having gone into full effect at the start of 2009, all sailors will need to understand their nuances before the first starting gun is fired in the spring. Cost of the Rules Program and Rules group is $55 or $40 for owners of the UK-Halsey Sailmakers’ Rules Quiz CD.


The 55th Ice Bowl

classic Ice Bowl day—cold, smooth water, the lovely river shining in the sun, every possible variation in wind— and most important of all, the evidence that no one was ever out of it and no one could hold a lead safely! Eight Solings and four J/22s appeared for the start of the traditional 13-mile New Year’s Day race up the Severn River, around St. Helena Island, and back. Some of the predictions had implied that the gale would persist, but as the gun fired, the velocity of the northwesterly dropped dramatically from the earlier 12-14 knots to about six and then varied downwards from 10 for the rest of the race. The major determinant of outcome was the marked variation in velocity in both time and location. Tom Price (with Murray Leigh and Andy Ulak) was first through the bridge, and he and Stu Walker (with Bruce Empey and Owen Empey) fought for the lead with Henry Thomas (with Boomer Mazanec and Bob Schofield) close astern. Price tacked to the left and was outside where Walker closed the big bluff on the Pines on Severn point, the river turned right, and

Stu Walker (#839 shown here at last fall’s Soling Nationals) won his 30th Ice Bowl, a 13-mile race up the Severn River, around St. Helena Island, and back on New Year’s Day. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

The rules are changing!

Are you ready? The new racing rules take effect January 1, 2009! Prepare yourself and your crew for the coming season by attending one of US SAILING’s 2009 Racing Rules Seminars, presented by North U. You’ll learn how the new rules work and how they change the game. Using the North U. 2009-12 Racing Rules Seminar Workbook, you’ll see and solve situations on the racecourse and develop a sharper rules sense. Register with North U. today! 2009 RACING RULES SEMINAR SCHEDULE Hampton Roads, VA ...................2/28 Annapolis, MD ..............................3/8 Philadelphia, PA .........................3/14 Brick, NJ ......................................3/15 Erie, PA ........................................3/21

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Henry Thomas (#799 shown here at Soling Nationals) braved the cold and light air in the traditional Ice Bowl Regatta. Photo by Dan Phelps/SpinSheet

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Walker moved out into a 50-yard lead. But near Sherwood Forest, spurning the western shore (where he had run aground and lost the 2008 Ice Bowl), he hit, stopped, and barely escaped from a grounding on the eastern shore. Thomas and Price almost caught him, but once again he played the river’s turns successfully, and as the fleet entered Round Bay, he was a hundred yards ahead. The course up the river is tricky, and competitors struggled with groundings and oscillations in breeze and faced the decision to round the island to clockwise—the safe, traditional method—or to dare to take the counter-clockwise route as three boats did with success. Competitors aimed to avoid the dead patches and passed one another in the gusts, as expected. At the end, Walker gybed left, toward the wind channeled along Pines on the Severn, picked up more breeze, and crept away in the dying air, and after many gybes, finished three hours after starting, winning his 30th Ice Bowl. Peter Gleitz (wiht Jeff Connolly and Andy Berg) was second, and Price, who had recovered from grounding, rounding, and various other vicissitudes, was third. As he has been for 20 years, Principal Race Officer was Peter Tasi, who shepherds us about the course with a fatherly concern. Thanks, Peter! Reporting by Stuart Walker

Solings Ice Bowl Results

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1. USA 839 - Stu Walker, Bruce Empey, Owen Empey—15:17:42 2. USA 788 - Peter Gleitz, Jeff Connolly, Andy Berg—15:28:05 3. USA 778 - Tom Price, Murray Leigh, Andy Ulak—15:32:05 4. USA 799 - Henry Thomas, Bob Schofield, Boomer Mazanec—15:35: 12 5. USA 828 - Joe Van Gieson, Adam Goldstein, Sean Smith—15:36:38 6. USA 852 - Bruce Breiding—15:37:18 7. USA 798 - Tom Davies, Andy Dize—15: 37:23 8. USA 717 - Eric Van Gieson, Brendan Greely, Chris Bear—15:36:38

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Lorie Stout

few years back, when she was working with high school sailors and coming back from the West River by boat, Lorie Stout offered to pick up her son’s friend at a dock. “The kid couldn’t get to a dock,” she says. “A lightbulb went off for me. I realized there are a lot of people who don’t have access to the water. It made me realize just how special it is.” She’s been working to increase water access for young sailors ever since. A native of Annapolis, Stout grew up capsizing Sunfish on Lake Ogleton, going to the beach, and living the full life of a waterfront kid. A competitive, year-round swimmer starting at the age of eight, Stout entered into the junior program at the Severn SA (SSA) already a strong and competitive 14-year-old. After a dicey, windy first day, she went on to win the racing series that summer. “I was hooked. It was more fun than swimming,” she says. One of her SSA instructors, Alex, became her boyfriend through her college years, her first year at Old Dominion University and the next three at Boston University, where she was on the sailing team. Later, he became her husband, business partner, and father of her two children, Wilson and Bryan, who are now college-aged racing sailors. The couple owns Stout Gear, providing customized promotional products, such as clothing, coffee mugs, stickers, “or anything you can put a logo on.” On the college team, Stout raced 420s, FJs, Larks, and Tech dinghies in three one dinghy national, and one Theand Log skippered Canoe Mystery, builtwomen’s in 1932 ofnationals, five logsteam in Oxford, on the Miles as River racingracing national regatta, wellinas won Outstanding New England September, 2006. Photo by Don Biresch, Woman Sailor of the Year. Beyond college, Stout has raced in various classes, both as crew and skipper. In Snipes, she’s competed in four world championships, the Pan American Games (1999), two women’s world championships, and multiple national championships. She’s raced in two Rolex Women’s Regattas (2003 and 2005) and in the Chesapeake Women’s Challenge in the J/22, Melges 24, and J/105 classes and is currently working with a team with eyes on the Melges 24 Worlds. Seven years ago, when her kids were getting serious about racing, Stout stepped in to build the SSA junior program committee and began working to bring high school kids into sailing, starting with the Archbishop Spalding High School, which now boasts a 30-person sailing team. In 2006, she stepped in to coordinate the fledgling Team Tsunami, now called Chessie Jr. Racing, a community, big boat sailing program for young sailors ranging from beginners to skilled racers. Forty-seven kids went through the program in 2008, a number due to increase to 55 in 2009. U.S. Sailing is studying the Chessie Jr. Racing program as a potential model for a national template for sailing communities. Stout is currently directing Annapolis Community Boating, a

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grassroots effort to increase access to boating by pulling the resources and ideas of various recreational, educational, and youth organizations.

SpinSheet: Who are your best sailing buddies? Alex Stout, Bryan Fishback, Henry and Liz Filter, Jennifer Sturmer, Holly O’Hare, and Susan Taylor. What is your favorite place on the Chesapeake Bay? Smith Island. I’ve taken two Chesapeake Bay Foundation trips there, and it’s fascinating. It’s an island in perfect harmony with the history and nature of the Bay. Do you have a favorite sailing venue? For facilities, Gull Lake, MI. For ideal sailing, Miami, FL or Newport, RI. Do you have a favorite sailing memory from 2008? The Chesapeake Bay Women’s Challenge. We had a group of us on a Melges 24. It was hysterical because we didn’t know what we were doing [laughs]. Do you have a racing day you consider to be your glory day? The day we qualified to go to the Pan American Games. The regatta was in New Orleans. Nothing could go wrong that day. What gear do you depend on? My Extrasport lifejacket, Patagonia silkweight long-sleeve T-shirt, Slam long-sleeved zip Grinder shirt, and Gill spray gear Pro top and salopettes, Gill hiking boots, and hats—anything from the current regatta or in micro-fleece (I like to be warm). What are your non-sailing passions? Stitching, needlepoint, cross-stitching, beading. I’m antsy to get the creative juices going and do some gardening, too. What advice do you offer young sailors? Sailing is not a solitary sport. It’s a buddy sport. If you get serious about it, you travel together, you live together. You have to live and work together as a team. Is there anything you would like to accomplish on the water that you haven’t yet? I’ve gotten into big boats. I’d like to sail in more big boat regattas. Also, I’d like to do some team racing.

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Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, February 2009

A Month for Learning and Celebrating


n the January issue of SpinSheet, Art Libby, the newly elected CBYRA president, spelled out the association’s resolutions for 2009. February will be an exciting month in fulfillment of a few of these resolutions. On February 21, the CBYRA Rules and Appeals Committee will sponsor a seminar covering the changes to the “Racing Rules of Sailing,” which became effective on January 1.

Meet the Winner Do you know the new racing rules? If not, join us at the Annapolis YC at 9:30 a.m. until noon February 21. We have a special guest speaker. Terry Hutchinson, the most recent winner of the 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award, will introduce you to the rules as he sees them as a professional in numerous world venues, including the 2007 America’s Cup as Team New Zealand’s tactician. Hutchinson has had a superlative professional career. He won the distinguished Rolex award for his outstanding on-the-water performance in 2008, including wins at the TP52 World Championship and Audi MedCup, the Melges 24 North American Championship, and Key West Race Week (Farr 40 class winner and Boat of the Week). His sailing resume reads like a fairy tale since high school. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from the winner. Seminar leaders will be Joe Krolak and Jack Lynch. Krolak is known for his work as an ISAF International Judge and most recently served as judge for the Finn Class Olympic Trials. He is also part of the U.S. Sailing Judges’ Committee and a member of the CBYRA Rules and Appeals Committee. Lynch most recently served as Judge for the Star Class Olympic Trials, is a

U.S. Sailing Senior Judge, and has been a judge for numerous world championships. What great instructors to learn from. Session materials will include the “Handy Guide to Racing Rules.” Registration is easy using the CBYRA online registration at or by sending a check in advance to CBYRA, 612 Third Street, Suite 4A, Annapolis, MD 21403. CBYRA Members—$35 Non-members—$50         

Manage Races Better On Sunday March 8, there will be a Race Management Seminar at AYC. Coffee and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with introductions at 9 a.m. A discussion on the new rules and their effect on race management will follow, along with a presentation on “Successful Race Committee Practices” by Chip Thayer. This seminar will feature breakout sessions by John and Lin McCarthy on “Committee Pro-

cedures,” Jack Lynch on “The New Rules and How To Avoid Requests for Redress,” and Peter Sarelas on “Mark Boat Management.”        

Celebrate High Point Winners To kick off the month, don’t forget the High Point Award Ceremony February 7 at Gibson Island Yacht Squadron. A new award for this year is the Junior High Point Award, the Perpetual Corum Cup. Corum, LLC has graciously designed and commissioned the building of this cup and made a sizable donation to the junior program with a minimum five-year commitment to continue its sponsorship. Another new award this year is the Foredeck with a Winning Spirit Award in honor of Annapolis racing sailor, Shawn Hadley, who passed away in June 2008. Voted in by his or her crew and peers, the winner will embody the essential skills that Hadley brought to the game: team building, sailing competence, a winning attitude, and a sense of humor. Please join us on February 7 to see who the new award winners are—not to mention to make sure you’re there to pick up your winnings and support your fleet. It’s going to be a very exciting year with a lot going on as the CBYRA officers continue to push forward and continue to meet the challenges of our resolutions. I look forward to it and ask both club and individual members to reach out to your officers in your region, class officers, and me to let us know how we can better serve you. Garret Cameron CBYRA Executive Vice President

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40’ Pearson ’79 This yacht has good electronics and a great sail inventory. She is priced to sell at $42,499. See specs and pics at or call (410) 626-2851. 42’ Catalina ’04 She has great electronics, furling main, heat/ air and genset. A great buy at $219,000. See specs and pics at or call (410) 626-2851.

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32’ Sabre ’85 Centerboard 3’8” draft, nice quality and very clean, waxed and bottom painted August. $48,500. bayharborbrokerage. com, (757) 480-1073 40’ Fountaine Pajot catamaran ’07  Brand new boat. 4 stateroom model. Owners have been relocated. $385,000 (757) 480-1073. 40’ Tartan ’88  Dark blue hull, air & generator, 5’6” draft, excellent cond, $150,000 (757) 480-1073. 44’ Brewer ’88  Center cockpit fully equipped cruising boat. in mast furling, generator/ air ready to go south $175,000 (757) 480-1073.

27’ S2 ’86 Well maintained, low hours on diesel. $17,000. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059 . 30’ Catalina ’78 Atomic 4, roller furling, well kept below $14,000 . Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 2857059. 30’ Lancer ’81  New Yanmar dsl, new canvas, and fresh bottom paint 18,000.00. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059. 36’ Islander ’72  RF, Yanmar dsl, radar, new cushions, chart plotter. $28,000. Coastal Yacht Sales (757) 285-7059.

29’ Hunter 29.5 ’94 LOADED! Full batten main, furling 135%, cruising spinnaker w/retracting pole, full electronics with repeaters – new ‘04: knot, depth, wind, AP, inverter, full canvas – a must see! $ 36,000 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@ 34’ Hunter 340 ’00 Full batten main, cruising spinnaker, reverse cycle Air/Heat, AP, knot, depth, wind, bimini, refrigeration – light usage, very clean $ 74,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@greatblueyachts. com

35’ Hunter Legend 35 ’88 Very clean, New sails 2001, New GPS, AP, knot, depth, Flat Panel TV, Carry-on Air, dodger, bimini many recent upgrades, exceptional cond $ 49,900 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 276-1774 for complete details. Email:tony@ Beneteau 361 ’04 Excellent Cond! Furling Main, AC / Heat, GPS/Plotter, Inverter, bimini, dodger – very clean – available for demo sails! $127,900 Call Tony at (443) 553-5046 or (800) 276-1774 day or evening or visit, 37’ Hunter 376 ’96 Full batten main, reverse cycle air/heat, refrigeration, radar, AP, knot, depth, wind, GPS, full canvas – new ’04, Inverter, High output Alt. Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email:

O’Day 37 ’82 Many recent upgrades, very clean, New Main, New Roller Furling, New transmission, Engine upgrades, New interior cushions, Unique split cabins with 2 heads $45,000 Visit www. for complete details and photos or Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or evening), Office: ( 800) 276-1774 or email:

12 1/2’ Doughdish (Herreshoff 12 1/2) ’81 12 1/2 Doughdish ( Herreshoff 12 1/2 ) ’81 by Edey & Duff . Marconi rig with main, jib & spinnaker. Been stored on shore last 10 years 16k. HYS (410) 867 7240 or 30’ Seasprite ’84  Classic Bill Luders design by C.E. Ryder. Dsl, RF. Brightwork just refinished $37,500 HYS (410) 867-7240,

NEW AT WALCZAK YACHTS 2004 56 Cabo Rico cutter Light of Dawn fully found with state of the art equipment and shows as-new. Unbelievable value $795,000.

1981 50 Hinckley Yawl Ghost gray topsides, three cabin layout. Prettiest profile in the harbor. Very motivated seller aasking $360,000

1987 43 Shannon ketch Shows exceptionally well inside and out. Solid traditional construction. $310,000

1993 38 Cabo Rico Shows like a 2003 model. Absolutely stunning condition inside and out. Owners moved up. One of a kind. $183,000

1999 47 Bristol aft cockpit Raven last example built and maintained to perfection. Opportunity to own a very special boat. $529,000

1994 Little Harbor 40 with full refit in 2006 including new motors. Great ride and very pretty at a cheap price. $298,000

2003 43 Saga Bandit 2 cabin 2 head with island queen berth in the bow. Owner delivered here to be sold. Asking $287,000

2000 39 Krogen trawler Growler One owner, stabilized, bow thruster and always cared for. Best priced K-39 in the country $395,000

See full specs and photos at 2007 36 Monk trawler Trunk cabin 2 stateroom, 2 head. 80 hrs on elec. single Cummins. Bow thruster, generator, A/C, Raymarine E120 $289,000

2005 34 American Tug Patriot Games properly cared for extra clean, priced right. Easy to see on Spa Creek. Low hours, single Cummins $319,000

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33’ C&C Classic Club Racer ’74 Dodger, bimini, wheel steering. Up to date sail inventory $22,000 HYS (410) 867-7240, 37’ Crealock ‘90  Classic offshore cruiser by Pacific Seacraft. Cutter rig, recent sails, AC,refrig, single sideband, Autopilot and hard dodger. $155. Hartge Yacht Sales (410) 867-7240 or

28’ Cal ’86 Sloop Westerbeke, dsl, shoal draft, wheel, RF $19,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 30’ S2 ’80 Dsl, wheel, shoal, RF, $18,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300. 30’ Seidelmann ’84  30T, Yanmar 13hp dsl, RF, shoal $14,500 Lippincott Marine (410) 827-9300.

30’ C&C Mark II ’88 Highly sought model! Yanmar dsl, sleeps 6, Garmin GPS/plotter, stereo/4 speakers, deck shower, bimini, wheel, furling, 5 sails. Immaculate! $59,000. Tim, (443) 989-8900, 37’ Hunter Legend ’89 Yanmar 30hp dsl, centerline owner’s berth, new int’r cushions, radar, AC, jib furl, Dutchman main, 5 sails, canvas, safety gear, moderate wing keel draft, excellent sailer. $59,000. Tim, (443) 9898900,

36’ Moody ’82 Motorsailer, sloop, Volvo 62hp, RF, AP & $51,000 Lippincott Marine (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.

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40’ Open ’01 Perfect for solo or short-handed ocean voyaging. Water-ballasted, composite w/ carbon rig, very cool paint job. Super clean, loaded w/electronics, really nice & ready to go! $165,000. Tim, (443) 989-8900, troy519@

Sunfish & Sunfish/ Phantom Both boats are complete. The Sunfish/Phantom has a Sunfish hull and Phantom rig and sail. Sunfish $600. Sunfish/ Phantom $400. Contact Norris at (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or

41’ Hunter ’06 As new cond, transferable warranty! Spacious cockpit, very comfortable, stylish interior. In-mast furl, jib furl, gen, ‘08 canvas, ‘08 bottom, A/C, radar/ plot, freezer, fully loaded! New boat without the wait! Tim, (443) 989-8900,

32’ Ericson ’77 roller furling genoa, wheel steering, 4’ 11” draft, Yanmar dsl engine, 2 burner gas stove, refrigerator, Signet electronics, great condition, $17,900 Norris C. Howard, Yacht Broker, (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or

60’ Open 60 ’89 - ’98 Several available. All upgraded, new gear. Perfect for breaking into open class racing! Ready to go! From $169,000. Tim, (443) 989-8900,

36’ Mariner ’81 pro-furl genoa, wheel steering, Perkins dsl auxiliary, propane stove & oven, refrigeration, AP, inverter, electronics, and equipped for long range cruising, $49,500 Norris C. Howard, Yacht Broker, (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or

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38’ Heritage ’76 roller furl genoa, pedestal steering, Perkins 50hp dsl, mainsail, genoa, hank-on cutter sail, radar, loran, GPS, VHF, depth, Great coastal cruiser $24,900 Norris C. Howard, Yacht Broker, (410) 742-6795 or (443) 944-3322 or

J/28 ’87 Owner needs to sell boat quickly. Take this opportunity to own one of the best examples of a shoal draft pocket cruiser. This boat sails beautifully and is surprisingly roomy for its size. Offered at $25,000. Contact David Malkin at (410) 280-2038 or J/105 ’98 Known for performance, one-design racing and fantastic short handed daysailing. The owner of this boat has taken excellent care and it shows almost as new. Offered at $110,000. Contact Paul Mikulski at (410) 280-2038 or J/105 ’93 Pre Scrimp top-of-theline J105 ( Hull # 58 ). Nexus NX2 electronics & Raymarine ST4000 AP, full inventory of Ullman/Skelley Sails & blades faired make this a well prepared boat. It is ready to go & hard to beat the value that this boat offers. Offered at $73,900. Contact Ken at (410) 280-2038 or C&C 115 ’06  is a wonderful cruiser racer. This is in like new cond. and has a long list of options. She is painted claret red and is ready to go for you to enjoy. Offered at $239,000. Contact Ken at (410) 280-2038 or Ken@

Pearson 39 Yawl ‘77 is a particularly handsome boat, accented by her sweeping sheer line, tumblehome topside and dainty reversed transom. She offers solid construction, great cockpit and a large, sensible interior with unusually generous storage throughout. Offered at $ 54,900. Call David Malkin @ (410) 280-2038 or email at David@ J/42 ’00  lightly used and stunningly beautiful w/carbon mast, standard keel, B&G’s, water maker, custom canvas and all the right factory options make this a very desirable boat for you to consider for serious cruising. Offered at $279,000. Contact Paul at (410) 280-2038 or Paul@ ASA Sailing School

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Hunter 340 ’00 Jus My Imagination is a lightly used vessel with only 411 hrs on the engine. In-Mast furling, refrigeration, selftailing winches, and an interior that shows little use. $74,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211 35.5’ Hunter ’90 Integrity This boat is equipped with an Auto helm 4000WP Autopilot, ST60 Depth, Voyager Loran, Kenyon VHF and a handheld GPS, sleeps 7 people. $65,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211 Hunter 356 ’03  Escapade - AC/Heat, AP, ST60 machine, ST60 depth/knot, bimini, dodger, connector, electric windlass, inmast furling, refrigeration, cruising spinnaker, Raymarine C-80 chart plotter and GPS at helm, $125,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 7769211

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Albin gatsby edition 28 '01 ......................... ......$94,900 Bristol Channel Cutter 28 '87 ...Reduced... $124,900 Cape Dory 28 '91.........................Reduced......$23,000 Tillotson P-Alerion Express 28 '95........... ......$64,900 Hunter 29.5 '95............................................. ......$39,900 Beneteau 305 '86 ..........................Reduced......$29,900 C&C 30 '88 '91.................................2 From......$55,000 Mainship Pilot 30 '01.................................... ......$84,900 O'Day 30 '81.................................................. ......$19,900 Pearson 303 '86............................................. ......$33,900 Tartan 3000 '83............................................. ......$19,900 Bristol 31.1 '85 .............................................. ......$52,500 Catalina 31 '03............................................... ......$83,000 Beneteau 323 '07 .......................................... ... $105,000 Halvorsen Island Gypsy 32 '03 .................. ... $239,900 Island Packet 32 '92......................Reduced......$99,900 Judge Downeast 32 '02................Reduced... $129,900 Riptide Cutter 32 '92................................... ......$34,900 Beneteau 331 '00 '01 '04................3 From......$79,500 Caliber 33 '87 ................................Reduced......$59,900 Hunter 33 '04 ................................Reduced......$92,000 Beneteau 343 '07 .............................2 From... $134,900 Beneteau 10R ’06.............. Racing Package... $165,000 Etap 34s '01....................................Reduced... $139,000 Hunter 34 '83 ................................Reduced......$29,000 Moody 34 '85................................................. ......$75,000 Sabre K/CB 34 '84........................Reduced......$44,900 Sabre 34 MK II '88........................................ ......$74,900 Beneteau 35s5 ’90 ........................................ ......$59,900

2004 Beneteau 393 $167,000

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C&C MK III 35 '87........................................ ......$51,900 Contest 35s '90............................................. ......$89,000 Tartan 3500 '04............................................. ... $215,000 Tartan 3500 '97.............................Reduced... $129,500 Wauquiez Pretorian 35 '85 ........Reduced......$74,900 Beneteau 361 '99 '01 '02................4 From......$94,900 Cheoy Lee 36 '69.......................................... ......$69,900 Howdy Bailey Marine Metal 36 '85........... ......$79,900 Sabre 362 '01................................................. ... $225,000 Sabre 36CB '85.............................................. ......$89,900 Beneteau 373 '04 '07.......................2 From... $119,900 Jeanneau 37 '00 ............................................. ......$84,900 O'Day 37 '84.................................................. ......$47,000 Pearson 37 '83............................................... ......$59,900 South Seas 37' 1992 ..................................... ......$35,000 Beneteau 381 '98 '99 '01................4 From......$99,500 Caliber 38 '91 ................................................ ... $139,900 Sabre MK II 38' "89".....................Reduced... $119,900 Beneteau 393 '02 '04.......................2 From... $144,900 Catalina 400 '95.............................Reduced... $145,000 O'Day 40 '87..................................Reduced......$59,900 Palmer Johnson NY 40 '78 ......................... ......$69,000 Hanse 400 '06................................................ ... $215,000 De Fever Trawler 41 '87 ............................ ... $105,000 Hunter 41 AC '04 '06.....................2 From... $185,000 Beneteau 423 '04 ..........................Reduced... $196,000 Beneteau ST 42 '06 ...................................... ... $385,000 Halberg Rassey 42 '84.................................. ... $189,000 Hunter Passage 42' CC "96" ...................... ... $149,900

2004 Hunter 33 $92,000

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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42 '93 .................... ... $115,000 Sabre 426 '08................................................. ... $519,000 Sabre 425 '94................................................. ... $229,000 Whitby 42 '82................................................ ... $115,000 Whitby 42 CC Ketch '80............................ ......$79,000 Albin 43' Trawler '79 ................................... ......$99,900 Jeanneau 43 DS '05....................................... ... $280,000 Wauq. Amphitite Ketch 43 '82.................. ... $129,000 Young Sun 43 ' 78......................................... ......$59,900 Cherubini 44 '79 ........................................... ... $179,000 Gulfstar CC 44 '80....................................... ... $129,000 Hunter 44 AC '03......................................... ... $194,500 Fuji 45 '74 ....................................................... ... $119,500 Hardin CC 45 '80 ......................................... ......$98,000 Howdy Bailey 45 '73 .................................... ... $145,000 Beneteau 461 '99 '01 '07................3 From... $184,900 Bowman CC 46 '73...................................... ......$99,000 Hunter 46 '02 ................................................ ... $199,000 Tartan 4600 '95 '96 .........................2 From... $295,000 Beneteau 473 '02 '04 '05................4 From... $229,000 Beneteau 47.7 '04 ......................................... ... $319,900 Beneteau 47.7 ’04......................................... ... $284,900 Marine Trader M/Y 47 '90.......................... ... $189,000 Wauquiez Centurain 47 '85 ....................... ... $239,900 Beneteau 50 '00............................................. ... $299,000 George Buehler '02...................................... ... $149,000 Ocean Alexander 50 '79 ............................. ... $220,000 President 54................................................... ... $360,000 Franz Maas 76 '74......................................... ... $750,000

2007 Beneteau 323 $105,000

2004 Hunter 41 $185,000

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Hunter 380 ’02 Inspiration This boat is a fantastic cruiser and ready to sail. In-mast furling, refrigeration, depth, speed, wind, GPS, A/C, Heat, generator, bimini, dodger, connector and cockpit cushions. $140,000 Norton’s Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211

30‘ 1984 Seidelman 30T Yanmar 13hp dsl, RF, shoal draft $14,500

28’ 1986 Cal Sloop, westerbeke dsl, shoal draft, wheel, RF

$ 19,500

30’ 1969 Cal / Jensen Atomic 4, tiller


30’ 1980 S2 dsl, wheel steer, shoal draft, DF

$ 18,500

31‘ 1978 Ryder Southern Cross double ender, tiller. Call $ 28,500 31’ 1983 Dufour 3800 Volvo dsl, wheel. Call

$ 23,500

34‘ 1980 Gale Force Yanmar 38hp, full keel, cutter rig

$ 89,900

36’ 1979 Islander Freeport 36, Plan A, Perkins DSL, R/F

$ 39,500

36‘ 1982 Moody Motorsailer, sloop,Volvo 62hp, RF, aft cabin $ 51,000 40’ 1995 Hunter Yanmar 50hp, A/C, AP, Inverter


32’ Dutch Flyer Sloop ’85 Beautifully restored and ready to sail! Too many upgrades to mention. Yanmar dsl, lovely cabinetry below, tile counter tops, roller furling head sail, 2 cabins, pressure water, refrigeration, awlgripped hull and much more. Asking $46,500. OBYS (410) 2260100

#1 in Hunter Marine Service Worldwide! SELECTED BROKERAGE 23.5 25 260 27 27 28.5 29.5 30 30 30 30 302 31 31 31 320 33 33.5 340 35.5

Hunter ‘93 Hunter '05 Hunter '02 Hunter ’79 Newport MKIII Hunter ‘87 Hunter ‘94 Catalina '87 Hunter ‘77 Hunter ‘86 Hunter ‘89 O’Day ‘89 CAL '82 Hunter ‘06 Hunter ‘84 Hunter ‘00 Newport ’85 Hunter ‘92 Hunter ‘00 Hunter ‘90

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Hunter ‘90 Hunter Legend ’93 Hunter ’03 Hunter ‘05 Hunter '06 Hunter Legend '87 Hunter ’96 Ranger ‘76 Hunter ’00 Hunter ‘02 Shannon ‘78 Pearson ’87 Hunter ‘00 Hunter ‘01 Hunter ‘01 Hunter ’03 Hunter ‘05 Jeanneau ’97 Hunter DS ‘08 Hunter Passage '00

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31’ Southern Cross Cutter ’80 This is a wonderful pocket cruiser. Though she is simple and lightly equipped she is priced so that she can be outfitted with the latest gear. Lovely canoe stern, full keel and offshore capable. $23,500 OBYS (410) 226-0100.

37’ Tartan Sloop ’82 This is a lovely vessel that has been nicely maintained. Her hull has been awlgripped flag blue, the canvas looks to be in very nice cond., and her electronics are typical for the Chesapeake Bay. This is a wonderful sailing vessel and makes for a great cruiser or club racer. Asking $62,900 OBYS (410) 226-0100. 37’ Tayana Pilothouse ’83 Extremely capable offshore cruiser. Bob Perry design, displacement of 22,500 lbs, Perkins 42hp dsl, dual steering stations from pilot house and cockpit. She is nicely equipped and can cruise at a moments notice. Asking $99,900 OBYS (410) 226-0100.

23’ Beneteau 235 ’92 with trailer 8 hp Yamaha OB, Great Sailer, nice pocket cruiser, Asking: $10,500 Call Regent Point Marina @ (804) 758-4457 25’ Catalina ’85  Pop-Top fixed keel model, 9.9 HP Johnson OB, Auto-Tiller, great starter boat, Asking $8,300. Call Regent Point Marina@ (804) 758-4457 30’ Cape Dory Intrepid 9M Verdandi One of only 50 built, stable and fast, Well maintained, 4 sails, 15 hp Yanmar diesel, Many upgrades, Ready to sail away. Asking: $17,200 Call Regent point Marina @ (804) 758-4457 30’ Catalina ’87  Prelude 23 HP Universal dsl, fully equipped, very clean, ready to go, Asking: $24,900 Call Regent Point Marina @ (804) 758-4457 31’ Cape Dory Cutter ’84 A/C ref, AP, H/C Pressure Water Asking $40,000 Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457 32’ Seaward Eagle ’03 with Trailer  Unique Retracting Keel System, New Harken Roller Furler, Many Extras, Boat Can Be Relocated, Asking: $91,990 Call Regent Point Marina @ (804) 7584457, 33’ Hunter 336 ’97 REDUCED PRICE  Fractional Rig with Roller Furling, Bimini and many extras, 27 HP Yanmar, H/C Pressure Water, Heat/AC. Asking: $56,500. Call Regent Point Marina (804) 758-4457,

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35.5 Hunter Legend ’88 Ladybug 27 HP Yanmar dsl, A/CHeat Pump, Ref, Auto Helm, RF, dodger, bimini, Many features. Asking: $49,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457, 36’ CS Merlin Tortoise Revenge Fully equipped A/C Ref, 28 HP Yanmar dsl, good sail inventory. Owner in Europe. MUST Sell, bring reasonable offers. Asking $54,950 Regent Point Marina (804) 7584457

36’ Morris Justine 36 Cutter ’90 Perfect coastal cruiser. Incredible sailor. All time classic. Sailaway cond., new mainsail and stack pack. Wonderful Chuck Paine design. Something special. $179K RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955. Fast Passage 39 ‘00  This is the boat show queen in 2001! She is a very special boat, lightly used and ready for adventure. Call us about this very special offering. (410) 571-2955, RogueWave Yacht Sales. Valiant 42 Cutter ’96 Sought after bluewater voyager. Proven, equipped, maintained. Ready to keep cruising. En route to Annapolis! A classic couples voyager. Call now. $275K RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 757-2955. Dufour 45 Classic ’98 Modern, sleek, fast, fun, and low maintenance, this 3 cabin 2 head layout is a great family boat for the Caribbean voyage you are planning. $204K RogueWave Yacht Sales (410) 571-2955.

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32’ Kirie Elite ’84 at $19,900 she is listed way below market value. Call Sailing Associates ( 410) 275-8171. 33’ Pearson ’86 At $41,900 it is a “Lot of Boat” for the money. Outside of needing new interior cushions, she is ready to go. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171 33’ Pearson ’86  Pearson quality, great cruiser, very clean boat. $45,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 34’ Gemini 105M ’00  This boat does not show her age. Looks, feels, and even smells new! $129,900. Call Sailing Assoc. (410) 275-8171.

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36’ Aluminum Custom built by Kesteloo Was sailed across the Atlantic from Holland. Are you looking for a proven blue water boat for less than $60,000? Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

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36’ Squadron ’82 Boat is in pristine cond. Price reduced to $59,900. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 37’ Hunter ’96  This boat feels like a much larger sailing vessel than 37 ft. $92,900. Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 40’ Palmer Johnson ’78 Traditional ocean racer, ready to go. $59,900 Call Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 42’ Endeavour Center Cockpit ’85  This world cruiser has many recent upgrades. At $109,000 she is a good value. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 46’ Morgan ’85  Fast, centerboard aft cockpit sloop. Many upgrades including AC. $128,500 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

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Tartan 3500 ‘00 Has it all! Air, Windlass, Dodger, Bimini, Autopilot, Radar Plotter. Just needs a destination. Very clean, well cared for and ready to go. Owner is going power, great opportunity! Listing Broker - Mike Titgemeyer (410) 263-6111

Catalina 320 Two Available – Cruise equipped – Great for day sailing or a week with the family! Well equipped ready to go – 1993 asking 62k & 2001 asking 79.9k Call Tom Lippincott for more details (410)639-9380

C&C 115 ‘05 INFRINGER Well equipped for racing or cruising. New 3DL inventory and original Doyle inventory, faired foils, new saildrive, refer, autopilot and more. Located here in Annapolis – Contact Scott Dodge listing broker asking $190,000 (410)263-6111 or

Beneteau 343 ’06 Our Trade. Bimini, AP, Air & More. Freshwater /Lightly used – New bottom paint, ready to cruise in comfort! asking $124,000 – Make an offer – MUST GO SOON! Call Mike Titgemeyer (410) 263-6111 or

290 Hunter ‘01 Lightly used trade-in. ST-60 wind, ST-40 knot, depth, bimini, cockpit shower & cushions. Bottom stripped & professionally refinished. $54,900. Call 800-960-TIDE or 800-699SAIL. 34’ Catalina ’99  Well maintained w/several years in fresh water before moving to bay. Raymarine electronics, dinghy w/ motor recently overhauled. ‘08 anchor windlass. Dodger, bimini. $79,900 Call 800-960-TIDE or 800-699-SAIL. 376 Hunter ’97  Equipped for cruising & comfort with A/C. Generator & flat screen TV both new in ’08, Raymarine electronics, dodger, bimini, connector, CQR anchor. $95,500. Call 800-960TIDE or 800-699-SAIL. 460 Hunter ’01 Great extended cruiser or live aboard. A/C, generator w/240 hrs, washer/dryer, Vacuflush heads, new barrier coat in ’06 & more. Only 470 engine hrs! $235,000. Call 800-960-TIDE or 800-699-SAIL.

28’ Legacy 2002 Blue Chip is a lightly used pampered picnic boat with Yanmar diesel. Sky Blue Awlgrip topsides with toast canvas (410) 268-1611

38’ Eastbay HX ‘01 Secret World One owner hardtop model. New listing priced right and very well cared for. T/375 Cats under factory warranty. Clean as a pin! $329,000 Call Bill Walczak (410) 353-4712 40’ Catalina 400 MKII ‘00 2 Cabin/2 Head complete w/ Heat/Air Bimini-Dodger GPS and Chartplotter. Clean Yanmar 56 Hp low hours. Best Price in North America! Call Chris for details. (410) 268-1611

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42' Hinckley F/B Sedan '95 Galley up, 2 cabins, cherry interior and single Cummins 400. Nice opportunity at reduced price $297,000 Call Frank Gary (410) 703-4017

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802 S. Caroline St., Baltimore, MD 21231

410.685.0295 ext. 223 82 February 2009 SpinSheet




410-923-1400 • 443-223-7864 44’ Hinckley Talaria ‘00 T/Yanmars with Hamilton jets. Only 790 hours. All systems updated and serviced as needed. Dry sailed most of her life. $650,000. Call Frank Gary ( 4 1 0 ) 7 0 3 - 4 0 1 7

30' Sabre MK-II ’83 Notre Dame III is a shoal draft 4' version. Nicely-maintained. Perfect for cruising the Bay and her tributaries. Recent surveys available! $31,500 Photos @ (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/cell anytime

14' Solar Sailors (2), 1993, 1995. $1900 each, TPI built Gary Hoyt design. Good lake resort boat for guests. Buy both - get trailer free 15' Designer’s Choice daysailer (1993) Main, jib, free trailer. $900 17' Ocean Yachts Daysailer Open cockpit. All parts incl trailer. A fixer-upper. Nice looking hull. $199 17 ft Hobie Adventure Island Kayak/Trimaran sailer (2007) Lightweight performance craft. A single seat rocket ship.. Call 22' Hunter 22 (1984) keel model. 2 Mains, r/f jib, 8 hp Electric start Longshaft 4cycle Tohatsu ob, autohelm. $2000 25' Cal 25 (1970) Recent Main, Genny, w.jib, Spinnaker, Bimini, s/s grill, 9.9 hp OMC Yachttwin OB. In sound condition, ready to go $2000 27' C&C 27 (1971) w/Atomic 4, Main, R/F Genny, w/jib, Bimini. Clean, ready $6000 30 ft Cape Dory Cutter (1983) Volvo MD 2, Wheel, Main, jib & staysail. Structually sound. Woodwork needs attention. $12,000 30 ft Morgan 30 MkII (1973) Atomic 4, recent Awlgrip on hull, 10 bags of sails. $5000 30 ft. Tartan 39 (1975) Atomic 4, Main, R/F jenny $4500 33 ft Pearson 33 (1971) Atomic 4, wheel, R/F 3 sails. Ideal K/CB for the bay. Very decent for her age. $9000 Coming in: 1984 Catalina 30. Wheel, Diesel, R/F. Turn key…..Call

TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY 27’ C&C MKIII ’76 Very good cond. Fantastic design Wheel steering. Quantum sails and spin. Furlex furl. Reliable A4, Very clean, new upholstery. $8,950 (410)8298941

Boats for Sale:

42’ Brewer ’84 Roomy center console, 90hp Ford Lehman, GPS, AP, new canvas. This boat is clean & ready for bluewater cruising. $75,000 Firm. Won’t last long at this price. (301) 266-3062.

(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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The deadline for the Brokerage and Classified sections is the 10th of the month prior to publication. Contact Lucy Iliff for advertising, (410) 216-9309 or MARINE ENGINES MARINE SERVICES MISCELLANEOUS REAL ESTATE RENTALS RIGGING SAILS







FOR SALE: B&B/vacation rental properties, adj. to marina. New Bern, NC. EXCELLENT INVESTMENT/INCOME. 6 rooms(eff. condos) plus owner’s. $639,000. (252) 4745329


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

The BEST and LARGEST on the BAY Offering new and late model Monohulls, Catamarans and Motor Yachts at the keenest prices. Visit our website to see the fleet and pricing Call Carolyn for Details

1-800 991-1776

Check our website for all the new yachts arriving for next season! www.AnnapolisBayCharters.NET

Fractional Sailing for a fraction of the cost! Starting as low as $100 per month for a 23’ boat, $200 a month for a Pearson 30. Yearly contract required. R & R Charters crewed day, weekend, and week-long charters, leaving from Kent Narrows. Also available certified ASA sail classes. Contact Capt. Dave at (570) 690-3645,, 84 February 2009 SpinSheet

Don’t Own….. Just Sail.

Unlimited sailing: from $175 per month

Chesapeake Boating Club 410-280-8692

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? Call. 1-800-4-PASSAGe



FINANCE Sterling ® Acceptance Corporation

Fixed Rates from


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BOAT LOANS Documentation Yacht Insurance 800-525-0554 Quotes




ASA Certified Sailing instructors needed to teach at Herrington Harbour, contact The Sailing Academy at (410) 867-7177

Local & Long Distance Transport Boat sizes from 15’-55’ Boat Salvage & Disposal


Delivery and Instruction at the Same Time Seven-time ASA Outstanding Instructor will help you move your sailboat and offer additional training at the same time. Call Captain Keith at (570) 956-5024 or Delivery Captain Local and long-distance, sail and power. Twenty years experience with clean insurance-approved resume and references available. Recent trips include Chesapeake: from Long Island, to Bermuda, from Miami, to Caribbean and trans-Atlantic. Contact Simon Edwards – (410) 212-9579, Delivery Captains  Licensed captains and crew available for East Coast and to islands. We will deliver your boat, safely and quickly. Call Mike at (757) 696-0070.


Clear shields protect against rain and sun • Keep ports open in rain • Air out cabin & head • Increase boat’s comfort • Maintain visibility

UV-resistant Lexan with bronze tint Easy installation … no drilling Sizes for rectangular, rounded end & round ports

Smart Stuff. Smart Boats.

FREE FIBERGLASS MANUAL Don't let fiberglass damage discourage you from taking advantage of today's excellent buyer's market for high-value used boats. You can repair cracks, scrapes, delamination, holes, gelcoat blisters, keel damage and loose hardware confidently with WEST SYSTEM® brand epoxy. For a limited time, we're offering Spinsheet readers a FREE copy of our comprehensive 85-page Fiberglass Boat Repair & Maintenance manual, a $4.85 value. To get yours, just email

Fun in Sun and Good $$! Dock staff & Customer Service Reps needed for Annapolis Marriott dock. FT & PT. Boating and customer service experience a plus.Download application @ Get Paid to Sail! The Woodwind schooners are hiring crew. Some sailing knowledge necessary. Fun people, avg. $12/hour, and lots of great sailing. FT & PT. Download application @ Getaway Sailing in Baltimore  is interviewing and hiring experienced sailing instructors for our 2009 season. Applicants must be outgoing, patient, and knowledgeable. Please call our office 410-342-3110 or email for more information. Competitive salary. Quantum Sails Tortola BVI  is looking for a Canvas Manager. Candidate must be experienced, customer oriented, and able to manage others. This is an opportunity to come and work in a small island community and join an established team of Sailmakers. Great Benefits and Pay Scale and of course a beautiful place to live! If interested, please email kwrigley@ Rigging Salesman/ Estimator Must be able to go aloft. Send resume to or call (410) 693-7500.

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Index of Display



Annapolis Accommodations.......... 72 Annapolis Athletic Club................ 29 Annapolis Harbor Boatyard........... 21 Annapolis Performance Sailing.. 69,73


Annapolis Sailing Fitness.............. 23


Up The C re e k Diving

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EASTPORT YACHT SALES Brokers for Quality Power & Sail

410-903-1830 10% off all Winter Marine Services • Shrink wrapping & winterization Licensed • Canvas & painting & Insured • Engines & electronics

Annapolis Marine Group, LLC.


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Annapolis Yacht Sales.............. 13,79 Atlantic Spars & Rigging............... 18 Bacon & Associates....................... 60

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


Shady Side, MD


Bay Shore Marine.......................... 59 Bermuda Ocean Race..................... 18

H Y D R AU L I C S & R I G G I N G



Annapolis School of Seamanship... 22


Mooring Installation & Service Underwater Maintenance & Repair


Authorized Installer

Marine Fuel & Tank Cleaning Water

Annapolis Sailing School............... 46

Helix Mooring OV E R 2 5 Y E A R S E X P E R I E N C E

Re-powers • Re-Builds • Mechanical Awlgrip Paint • Land Storage

Bristol Marine Yacht Service

410-867-8830 BOSUN YACHT SYSTEMS Technical Marine Services, Sales & Installation

Electrical, A/C, Refrigeration, Electronics, Water & Waste Systems, Rigging & Hardware Free Quotes, Fully Insured

Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard................. 55 Boatyard Bar & Grill..................... 24 Capital Logo................................... 72 CBYRA.......................................... 74 Center Dock Marina....................... 82 Christchurch................................... 46 Coastal Climate Control................... 8 Coastal Properties............................ 5

Larry @ 443 742 9878

CRAB............................................. 83


Dinghy Locker............................... 91

Affordable Waterfront Property 5 minutes from Easton. One acre on Choptank river, 440’ of sandy beach, 120’ pier deep water, water & electric, 44’ houseboat, gazebo, boathouse & storage shed. $165,000 (301) 266-3062.

Diversified Marine......................... 37 Down the Bay Race....................... 27 Downtown Sailing Center......... 41,49

Index of Display Advertisers continued...

Fawcett........................................... 14 Flying Scott.................................... 47 Herrington Harbour........................ 33 Hinckley Yacht Services................ 52 Horizon Yacht Charters................... 2 IMIS............................................... 30 J. Gordon & Co.............................. 57 J/World........................................... 72 Jack Hornor.................................... 41

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


Your online source for quality pre-owned sails!

Office Space Available Mears Point Marina, Grasonville. 8 beautifully finished individual offices, main conference area, bathroom, kitchen, and storage / server room. The 2,000 sq ft space could be divided into 2 separate 1,000 sq ft offices. Contact Penny Shanks (410) 827-8888 Eastport Yacht Center 890-sf office located on the second floor with spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay, off-street parking available. (410) 280-9988.


Lippincott Marine.......................... 80 Long & Foster - Jenn Klarman...... 41

Madden Masts & Rigging.............. 37 Mariner Sailing School.................. 48 Martek Davits................................. 41 Moorings - Footloose..................... 63 Nilsen Insurance & Financial......... 52 NMEA............................................ 60

Custom Sails for Common Sailors Celtic Sails, LLC 116 Hillcrest Lane Severna Park, MD 21146 443-254-SAIL(7245)

West Systems • MAS Epoxy

Mack Sails...................................... 57

Bacon Sails &

Marine Supplies

North Point Yacht Sales................... 9 North Sails Chesapeake................... 3 North Sails Direct.......................... 59 North U.......................................... 71 Norton’s Sailing School................. 22 Norton’s Yacht Sales..................... 80 Patsy Ewenson............................... 27 Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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Index of Display Advertisers continued...

Planet Hope.................................... 47 Pride of Baltimore II...................... 58 Pro Valor Charters......................... 14


Quantum......................................... 92 Refrigeration Parts Solution........... 41

Need to buy, sell or rent a slip? I can help! See my sold listings at or Call

BJ Nibeck 410-320-6055 20’ - 35’ 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.

20Min. From DC Beltway

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Offshore Swan Sailing Program Sail a Swan (46, 48, 56) from St. Maarten, Bermuda, Newport, May 9th to 24th. 1500 miles offshore. All inclusive super low price $2300. Since 2000. Call (800) 4-PASSAGe or visit FREE membership to the Women’s Sailing Connection www.womensailing. com. Professional women teaching women throughout the US & Canada. Find a women’s seminar using the new 2x2 Micro-Method and Sailing Wind Wheel www.sailingwindwheel. com. It’s makes learning to sail a breeze.

SLIPS 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.

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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. 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, 40’ Boat slip 8’ Depth, 13’ Beam Back Creek. Deck box and electric included. No liveaboards, no pets. $4200/yr (410) 956-8190 40’ Slips Available  In a new sailboat exclusive marina in the heart of Canton, Baltimore. Well sheltered. Transients and liveaboards welcome. Includes water, restrooms, showers and parking. $3600 per year. Getaway Sailing (410) 342-3110 or info@ Sailboat Slips Mill Creek Near Cantlers Easy access to Whitehall Bay. Water, electric, bubbler. Up to 32 ft. 4-5 ft deep. (301) 518-0989. Why Pay High Annapolis Baltimore Rates? Slips $1,250 - $2,200 YR Land storage $110 monthly. Haulouts $8.50’. Minutes to Bay and Baltimore Beltway. Old Bay Marina (410) 477-1488 or

Rock Hall Yacht Club Sailing School, Inc..................................... 48 RogueWave Yacht Brokerage........ 81 Sailrite Enterprises......................... 55 Sarles Boatyard Yacht Sales, LLC... 51 Save the Manatee Club.................. 89 Schaefer.......................................... 25 Southbound Cruising Services....... 60 Start Sailing Now............................. 4 Steven Uhthoff Marine Surveys..... 58 T2P.TV.......................................... 41 Tartan C&C Yachts........................ 81 UK-Halsey Sailmakers..................... 7 US Sailing...................................... 49 Vane Brothers................................ 51 Walczak Yacht Sales...................... 77 West Marine................................... 17 Womanship International............... 29 YMCA Camp Tockwogh............... 45

SURVEYORS All Boat & Yacht Inspections, LLC Sailboat & powerboat surveys, big or small. Contact Derek Rhymes, NAMS-CMS and SAMS A.M.S. (410) 268-4404 or toll-free (866) 608-4404. Marine Surveyor  Capt Jon Sheller, AMS, Established 1980, serving MD/DC/VA, SAMS & ABYC accredited. Power & Sail, Gas & Diesel. Pre-Purchase, Insurance, Finance, Corrosion (410) 349-7016,


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A Tintype from the Resort at Bay Ridge, Circa 1900 The photograph was taken at the once hugely popular Victorian resort of Bay Ridge about 1900, when the park was managed by the Chesapeake Chautauqua Company, shortly before it closed in 1903. The photograph is a tintype, which was a very inexpensive method of photography available in the amusement parks throughout the Chesapeake Bay at the turn of the 20th century.


aptain Tilghman Scible Rawlings was your quintessential Eastport waterman. He caught everything the Chesapeake Bay provided—oysters, hard crabs, clams, eels, all varieties of fish, and peelers from the once plentiful grasses of Back Creek—and either ate them himself or sold them. He took out fishing parties of out-of-towners excited to experience the Bay with his helper, fellow Eastporter Jack Kirby. And he recovered drowned bodies the Bay claimed, when necessary.

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Captain Rawlings had rough hands and a tough exterior. He was a man who loved watermelon and ate it with a straight razor. He was the father of seven children, whom he raised in a modest home at 720 Second Street in Annapolis’s community of Eastport, and was the type of husband who saved a braided lock of his wife’s hair in his Bible. He appears in this photograph with his mother, Annie Scible Rawlings, his wife Maria “Mary” Redmond Rawlings, and their first-born, Clifton Rawlings.

This photograph and other material related to Captain Tilghman Scible Rawlings are from the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s first exhibition in the newly renovated McNasby Oyster Company building. The exhibition is based on material gathered for Ginger Doyel’s new book Over the Bridge: A History of Eastport at Annapolis. Thanks to Doyel, Mary Belle Rupp Thomason, and Tilghman Dorsey Rawlings III for their assistance with this article. About the Author: Heather Ersts is the curator for the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Reach her at and learn more about the museum at



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