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40 On Art and Sailing by Andy Schell 41 Sailing Resolutions for 2011 47 On the Road and on the Boat Again by Adrian Flynn

ON THE COVER: SpinSheet photographer and graphic designer Sara Proctor captured this shot of the action at Key West Race Week 2010. To learn more about this event and more southern racing events, turn to page 60.

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Reality Checks


y cousin Tim lost his right pinkie below the first knuckle in a sailing accident while trying to fend off another boat from his dad’s 30-foot S2 on Lake Erie in July 2010. Cousin T says the fear caused more trauma than the pain. He was worried about the others, including his son, nephew, mom, and dad—my Uncle Jimmy—who was the skipper. Jimmy’s an old salt and not easily rattled, but it was a dark day. My own dad, who has a talent for nailing life’s situations in one line, says, “Losing a pinkie doesn’t sound like a big deal, unless it’s yours.” The word “accident” originated as early as the 12th century from the Old French word for “incident, occurrence, or event” and the 14th century Latin for “happen, fall, or fall upon.” Later, the meaning grew to mean “by chance” or “mishap.” Today’s idea of “accident” has a broad range of contexts from deadly car crashes to peeing your pants. On both ends of the severity spectrum, such events are inherently surprising. “Crash the boat” and “lose a finger” are never items on our to-do lists. “Accidents happen,” as we say. There are “happy accidents,” but more often than not, we are all “accidents waiting to happen.” The more you sail, the more accidents may befall you. The key to minimizing such incidents and their effects is smart, studied, proactive prevention. You must believe you are not invincible. Last fall, two of my friends were knocked down on separate boats on the same blustery race day off Annapolis. Neither was wearing a lifejacket. One of them, a seasoned sailor and close friend of the SpinSheet program, went into the drink and was deftly fished out by his hood by a fellow J/35 crew member fueled by adrenaline. The swimmer says, “I did have a period where I don’t remember what happened. I was looking up and saw the surface of the water because it was lighter. The force broke the backs of two vertebra off... If I had lost consciousness, I would have been gone.” He was eating stew and laughing in the company of friends that evening.

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The sailor on the other boat, a 26-foot S2, was wedged between the stays, one foot forward and one aft, waist-deep in 62-degree Bay water, releasing sheets and pulling in the spinnaker before the boat was righted. He told his adventure story while eating stew with friends that evening. The detail he skipped was that his inflatable PFD was down below in his gear bag Photo by Al Schreitmueller

during the broach. Both of these guys have decades of sailing experience and know better. That terrible things could have happened to them—getting knocked out cold and drowning chief among them—will remain the secrets behind the stories, which are amusing only because they ended well. The 45-foot Jeanneau Rule 62 crew’s Caribbean 1500 rally in November ended as a nightmare. Along with six dozen other cruising vessels, Rule 62 was making the 1500-mile trek from Hampton, VA, to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Three crew members became seasick in foul weather. The exhausted skipper decided to divert his route to the Bahamas, where unfortunately, the weather would worsen. “Each confused decision led to another,” says Steve Black, the rally’s organizer for two decades.

Rule 62 announced its arrival in the Bahamas via radio to the other ralliers before the crew had actually navigated the narrow entrance to the reef. Within easy radio contact were fellow Caribbean 1500 cruisers with local knowledge who would have advised them where the safe passage or “cut” was on the reef. The Rule 62 crew did not ask for advice. They hit the reef. After losing two crew overboard and retrieving them, the swamped life-jacket clad crew made it to the life raft, which then swamped. Fortysix-year-old Atlanta sailor, Laura Zekoll, was separated from her crew mates, who were later rescued. She lost her life. “You always know that there are risks out there, but you’re never sure what they may be,” says Black, who says that the accident coinciding with the amazing experience of more than 60 other rally boats (whose weather improved on their passage to the BVI) was a shocking contrast (see page 27). If there is a lesson in it, Black would say, “Ask for advice.” January marks the two-year anniversary of the death of my friend David Barnes, who walked down the docks alone one dark and stormy night to check on his Pearson 30 Sunstruck and did not come back. To have a healthy person you know perish by slipping into icy water is surreal at first and then, a reality check. It’s hard not to think: that could happen to me. In the words of SpinSheet contributor Cindy Wallach (“Snow What to Do” page 42), when it comes to checking on your boat in winter, “Go with a buddy. If you only do one thing, this is that thing… Go in pairs. It’s your best insurance against an accident on a slippery dock or deck.” As we roll into this fresh New Year, let’s resolve to take our sport and our role in it seriously. We are none of us invincible. We can be good sounding boards for one another to prevent accidents. Follow your hunches. Speak up. Remind your crew to wear their lifejackets in foul weather. Keep your fingers and toes in the boat. And sail more often in 2011. You’ll sail better. You’ll feel better.






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was very pleased to pick up the December issue of SpinSheet and read Matt Rutherford’s “A Passage with a Purpose” (page 13) letter about his intended single-handed circumnavigation of the Americas via the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn to benefit Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB)—indeed a very worthy cause. I would very much appreciate it if you would publish this letter in which I identify my partner Ms. Lee D. Wieland and myself as co-owners of Mamie, the 27-foot Albin Vega that we are in the process of donating to CRAB this year for Rutherford’s intended circumnavigation. Both Lee and I are pleased to be long-time volunteers with CRAB through which we have had the pleasure of interacting with Don Backe its Executive Director. Colin Willett Annapolis Thank you for your donated time and generous support of our friends and neighbors at CRAB. Readers who would like to learn more about the program may click to ~M.W.


Longtime SpinSheet columnist Fred Miller said goodbye to his 15-year-old sailing buddy, Sailor, in October. Fred writes, “Sailor was such a brave little dog--I saw her go after a German Shepherd once-and had spirit to the end.” We’re sorry for your loss, Fred.

We Knew What He Meant, But…

n the article “Mission Accomplished” (page 43 of the November issue), I was confused. The author writes, “We had finished the keel, bottom, and rudder; painted the topsides; and put an initial coat on the freeboard.” Freeboard is a dimension; it is the distance between the water and the edge of the deck. How do you paint a dimension? The topsides of a boat are the sides of the hull. The top surface of the boat is composed of the deck, cabin trunk, cabin top, cockpit, and cockpit sole. All of which is generally shortened to “the deck.” I believe what the author actually meant to say was they had painted the deck and put an initial coat on the topsides, the sides of the hull. Tom Hale Deltaville, VA

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Rally ‘Round the Peninsula

was quite pleased to read in the current issue that SpinSheet and Annapolis Sail Industry Association (ASIA) members are planning a “fun race/rally” around DelMarVa. As some long-time readers will remember, there used to be a race around the peninsula called the Great Ocean Race. Oddly enough, given current trends for even very large boats to do short courses in the “circles,” this race was started by the local MORC group and thus the largest boat would have been about 30 feet. It then expanded to PHRF in subsequent years. Anyone wishing to see a little history of the race can go to html. Joe Della Barba s/v Coquina

A fully digested issue of the October issue of SpinSheet... by Julien Bourgois, living in Aalst, Belgium.

Sailors interested in learning more about the DelMarVa Sailstice Rally June 18-25 may click to to, or e-mail


Monkey With a Stick

n response to our call for photos of mascots on sailboats, J/22 sailor Wayne Cassady writes: “A few years ago the skipper and crew were discussing who is really important on the boat, especially to make it go fast when racing. That conversation degenerated into the crew trying to make the point that the skipper is really just a monkey with a stick. Then this showed up at one of our parties. We sometimes sail with him. He does do a decent job steering, but is of almost no use on the rail.”

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DOCKTALK The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, which is used to train USCG Academy cadets and officer candidates, will sail in the OpSail 2012 international tall ship parade up the Bay. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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large international fleet of tall ships will sail into the Chesapeake Bay in June 2010. We haven’t had a major tall ships event on the Chesapeake

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since Sail Virginia 2007 for the Jamestown 400th anniversary celebration. In June 2012, Operation Sail (OpSail) will partner with the U.S. Navy to celebrate the bicen-

tennial of the War of 1812 and the “Star Spangled Banner” with a journey of tall ships from more than 25 countries to New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Norfolk, VA; Baltimore, MD; and Boston, MA. This is the first time OpSail—a nonprofit sail-training organization since 1964—and the Navy will partner in such an event, which will enable them to promote international goodwill and the Navy’s Seapower for the 21st Century Initiatives. Working together with the Naval History and Heritage Command, OpSail 2012 will be a festive remembrance of an important time in history. The event will bring tall ships, naval vessels, and the Blue Angels flight demonstration team to each port city, beginning in New Orleans in May 2012 and ending in Boston Harbor on July 4, 2012. Norfolk, VA, and the Port of Hampton Roads will host the OpSail flotilla from June 6 to 11 in conjunction with Norfolk’s annual Harborfest celebration.  “As home to the largest Naval Base in the world and site where many of the battles of the War of 1812 were fought, Norfolk and the Port of Hampton Roads are particularly honored to host this event that recognizes the history of our U.S. Navy,” says Paul D. Fraim, mayor of Norfolk. “We understand and appreciate the significance of maritime history and events like OpSail as tremendous opportunities to educate and enlighten our citizens, especially our youth, about our history and the importance of our military forces.” The tall ships will parade into Baltimore June 13 to 19. Chris O’Brien, OpSail director of operations, explains that the organization is working closely with the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis to refine the details of each city’s events. Once all parties have come to agreement on how to best host this special event, we will share them in SpinSheet. Annapolis sailor Jose Fuentes, who is chairman of OpSail 2012, remarks that this will be an “extraordinary celebration.” He says, “The collaborative effort between OpSail, the U.S. Navy, and mayors of each of the port cities will prove fruitful to our overall mission.” To learn more, visit and click on “OpSail 2012.”


Planning the Future of the John Smith Water Trail

the management of the trail for the next id you know that our country’s Due to the length of the trail, implefirst national water trail is right 20 years. The preferred alternative within mentation will take place in stages. here on the Bay? The Captain the plan is one of four alternatives under “Because the trail is so large, about 3000 John Smith Chesapeake National miles around the Chesapeake and its Historic Trail marks the routes taken major tributaries, NPS will desby John Smith, the English explorer ignate ‘high potential’ routes. For who mapped the Bay and its rivers example, the James River in Virginia between 1607 and 1609. Although will be one of the first segments to Capt. Smith’s route was officially get a lot of attention,” says Cindy deemed a water trail by Congress Chance, communications coordinain 2006, enthusiastic supporters tor for the NPS Chesapeake Bay continue to work on long-range office in Annapolis. development plans. Recently, Bay The CMP/EA will identify the sailors may have noticed the growtrail’s significant places and stories, ing number of bright yellow buoys determine how to protect critical which bear phone numbers providnatural resources, create meaningful ing interpretive information about visitor experiences on land and waYouth outdoor education program along the trail at Mason Smith’s voyage. They’re part of the ter, and address other management Neck State Park, Lorton, VA. Photo by Chris Spielmann Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoys objectives. Throughout the process, System, but they’re only part of a much consideration for future use and manageNPS will work with other organizations ment. The preferred alternative emphasizes bigger plan for the trail. such as state and local governments, interpreting the Bay as it would have been To determine the best way to manage nonprofits, Native American groups, when Smith encountered it, highlighting the trail’s resources and to make it userbusinesses, trail partners, and the public. places that evoke the 17th century. Visitors friendly, the National Park Service (NPS) “We can’t do it without a lot of outside would paddle, sail, or motor from stop is creating a Comprehensive Management participants. We have partners all around Plan and Environmental Assessment to stop for educational and recreational the watershed, and it’s really important to (CMP/EA), as required by the National experiences. Some stops might only be us to work with all of them,” says Chance. Trails System Act and by the National En- accessible by water; others could be reached For more information, visit vironmental Policy Act. The plan will guide by land as well.


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Wounded Warriors on the Bay

he Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron hosted three successful days of its Wounded Warriors on the Bay program during the 2010 season. The last outing took place on October 30, when a group of 12 deserving servicemen and women and family members arrived in Annapolis for a day on the water. Three boats hosted the warriors and family members. Although the day began clear, cool and calm, it ended with small craft warnings, three-foot waves, and winds blowing over 22 knots. Despite the building wind and cool temperatures, everyone had a very rewarding day.

fabulous day including some fishing. Finally, John and Kathy Wesley took another group of four warriors aboard their 35-foot Wesley-Mae. After an enjoyable and scenic tour of the area, the group anchored for a peaceful midday meal. The group was treated to delicious box lunches provided by Dick Franyo, owner of the Boatyard Bar & Grill, who also provided lunches for the outings earlier in the year. Over the season, 15 different boat owners volunteered their boats and time for

the project. Some boat owners and service members brought children or grandchildren, and the kids had a great time together. Although it took some work to coordinate it all, Cupples says it was well worth the effort. “Some of these service men and women had never been on a boat. And, there was one fellow who came all three times! Everyone involved was overwhelmed by how rewarding it was; we got much more from these young, brave people than we ever gave to them.”

Warriors and dependents meet AS&PS members. Photo courtesy of Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron

The honored guests traveled from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and arrived via bus at Annapolis City Dock at 10 a.m., where they were greeted by Gretchen Cupples, Joy Lyness, and Jean Maassel with coffee, doughnuts, and juice at the National Sailing Hall of Fame. After some time to get acquainted, the groups boarded their boats. Each skipper planned his own day, but all planned to show off local landmarks such as Thomas and Bloody Point Lights, the Bay Bridge, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Howard Cupples took five warriors, their family members, and the bus driver on his 35-foot catamaran Asclepius. None of the guests had prior sailing experience, but they got quite a ride as the winds picked up. The smallest guest, just two years old, missed all the excitement while napping peacefully in the aft cabin even with the building winds. Down from Dundalk and onboard their 32-foot power boat, After Hours, Dr. Bernie and Kathy Karpers entertained four warriors with a Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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ome January 27-30, the Baltimore Convention Center will be packed with the shiny new vessels, demos, gear, and seminars that make dreams come true. Check out a bunch of inflatables, some Island Packets, life rafts, and other sailing-appropriate accessories. Talk with local boat clubs and sailing school reps, see antique and classic vessels, and meet Russell Newberry, Star Deckboss from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Enjoy the Discover Boating Center and the Affordability Pavilion, and take photos of your ankle-biters with SpongeBob SquarePants. Take the “Nautical Challenge” for a chance to win a new Sea Doo, take part in the all-new Crab Picking Contest, and vie with others for fun giveaways. Showtimes are Thursday and Friday (January 27-28) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday (January 29) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday (January 30) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For each adult, the regular admission runs $10; kids under age 16 are admitted for free if accompanied by an adult with a paid admission. For discounts on tickets and more details, call (212) 984-7001 or email Get personalized, step-by-step, driving directions to the Show by entering your address at There’s parking for a fee at Camden Yards Lot C, and downtown Charm City boasts several affordable parking garages. Or take public transportation to the Show. And, last but not least, learn from Annapolis School of Seamanship to “Plot Your Course,” and sit in on some great (free) seminars produced by the Annapolis School of Seamanship and Chesapeake Bay Magazine, including one about Start Sailing Now featuring our own Molly Winans. Look for the SpinSheet crew at Booth 108, in Exhibit Hall D, near the Pratt Street entrance to the Convention Center. Stop by and say “Hello.”

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Farewell to Friends

Charles George Parry 1936-2010


huck Parry, 74, died on December 3 in his Chestertown, MD, home following a battle with cancer. Born February 19, 1936, he was a native of Camden, NJ. He spent his childhood summers sailing on the Bohemia River near Chesapeake City, MD, and at the Seaside Park YC in Seaside Park, NJ. He later competed on the sailing team at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Following graduation, he completed Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. After marrying Linda Platt in 1964, he began his insurance career, which spanned 36 years and several moves from as far as Michigan to as close as Pennsylvania. “He didn’t define himself as an insurance man but rather as a sailor,” says his wife, Linda. An experienced boat builder, he crafted boats ranging in size from Penguins, Optimists, and other dinghies to a 26-foot one-design keelboat called Gardyloo, which is still raced out of Annapolis. He became commodore of the Rock Hall YC (RHYC) in 2002 and served in that capacity for four years. During his tenure, he founded the RHYC Sailing School for junior sailors from age five to 14. Since the school’s creation, he passed his love of sailing to more than 670 students, who called him Mr. Chuck. Many adults were among his students, as well. One of his proudest achievements was bringing the USA Junior Olympic Chesapeake Bay Open Sailing Festival to RHYC in July 2010. Anthony Thomasetti, RHYC member who calls Parry a friend and mentor, says, “Chuck was one of us. He loved the Bay. His life reached many as a teacher, leader, former commodore, and proficient yachtsman, who was very well known on the Eastern Shore. He and Linda brought RHYC out of obscurity. Its growth and success are in large part due to their vision.” Connie Ranney, Parry’s colleague at RHYC for nine years, says, “What I learned most from Chuck was determination and perseverance. When he believed in a goal, such as getting kids to a regatta or building a pool for our club, he would work until the goal was achieved. This is a lesson that served the students in the sailing school well. If an inexperienced sailor was out in an Opti or C-420 and not quite getting the concept, he’d coach him until he did. Chuck was a man who cared deeply about sailing and community growth.” Make memorial donations to the RHYC Sailing School, P.O. Box 163, Chestertown, MD 21620. 26 January 2011 SpinSheet

Chuck Parry or Mr. Chuck, as his sailing students called him, smiling at the far left in yellow with the Junior Olympics sailors at RHYC in July 2010. Photo by Sara Proctor

Smidge Takes Top Honors in the Caribbean 1500 Rally


aiting for the late season Hurricane Tomas and a succession of lows to pass before leaving, the 21st Anniversary Caribbean 1500 fleet of 75 boats experienced strong northwest winds and northerly swells in its annual trek to the Caribbean. Smidge, a Hallberg Rassey 43 owned by the Benbow family from Yardley, PA, took overall handicap honors. First to finish was Sunsets, a MacGregor 65 owned by Howard Weiss and Kelly Reed of Gaithersburg, MD. The Caribbean 1500 Rally, managed by the Cruising Rally Association, left Hampton, VA, for Tortola on November 8 after a week of preparatory briefings, safety inspections, and gala social events. This year, the participants had a choice of destinations: Marsh Harbor in the Abacos or Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The Bahamas Class, made up of nine boats, left a week earlier and skirted the coast to Charleston, SC, before proceeding to the Abacos. The fleet sailed in two divisions: a cruising class to complete a passage in the company of others, and a rally class to participate in the fun race. Bernie Jakits and Kate Christensen (of RogueWave Yacht Sales in Annapolis)

aboard their Valiant 42 Mahalo led the first official Bahamas Rally to Marsh Harbor in the Abacos. The group of nine sailboats, including three catamarans, left Norfolk November 1 for Charleston, SC, to avoid hurricane Tomas. The voyage around Cape Hatteras, Cape Lookout, and Cape Fear was made in record time due to winds of 35 knots most of the time. Mahalo was the first monohull of the rally racing class to finish and took fourth overall, finishing behind the three catamarans. After taking top honors after his first extended ocean passage to Tortola, Smidge skipper Maury Benbow says, “I appreciate the efforts of the entire rally staff in helping to make this a beautiful passage with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. I hope we can participate in a future Caribbean 1500.” “The sailors who finished in Tortola were overjoyed with the experience,” says Steve Black, founder of the Caribbean 1500. The tragedy of the 45-foot Jeanneau Rule 62’s grounding and loss of a crew member contrasted against the enjoyable, safe passage for so many others made the rally striking in its

Smidge, a Hallberg Rassey 43 owned by the Benbow family from Yardley, PA, took overall handicap honors at the 21st Caribbean 1500 in November. Photo by Julie Palm

extremes. Black says, “For many, it was the experience of a lifetime.” “Our thoughts are with friends and family of Laura Zekoll, who did not survive the capsize of a life raft following her vessel’s grounding while attempting to enter a cut in the Bahamas,” says Smidge skipper Benbow. Black adds, “Maury’s comment about Laura echoes the feelings of the entire fleet and staff of the Caribbean 1500.” At the post-rally awards ceremony, Caribbean 1500 participants contributed $1845 to Virgin Islands Search and Rescue, a voluntary organization dedicated to saving life at sea.

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“Who Cares? The Human Perspective on Calvert Cliffs” 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Presented by Dr. Ralph Eshelman.

19-Mar 9

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Hampton Roads VoiCeS 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk. Ben Franklin Designs First Penny, 1787, With the Motto: “Mind Your Business”


Girls’ Night Out and Full Moon Party Boatyard Bar & Grill, Eastport.

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Piloting and Navigation Course Hosted by Annapolis Naval Sailing Association.

Free Seminar Noon. West River Sailing Club, Galesville, MD. Featuring Chris Trumbauer, the West/ Rhode Riverkeeper.

The Clipper Ship Red Jacket Arrives in Liverpool After a Record Passage of 12 Days and Two Hours from New York City, 1854


Howard Blackburn—Fishing the Burgeo Bank in a Dory from the Schooner Grace L. Fears—Is Separated from the Schooner in Fog, 1893 (After Five Days of Rowing with His Hands Frozen to the Oars, He Reaches the Relative Safety of Newfoundland)

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A Concert To Benefit Baltimore’s Children 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, The Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore.


Clean Marina and Clean Boating Workshop Fort Lauderdale, FL.

26-Mar 30

Boating Skills and Seamanship Course 7 to 9 p.m. Severna Park Middle School, MD. Hosted by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 22-10. (410) 384-7753


Sir Francis Drake Dies of Yellow Fever and Is Buried at Sea Off Nombre de Dios, Panama, 1596


CPR/First Aid Certification Course 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annapolis Elks Lodge, Edgewater, MD.


The Original, the First PurposeBuilt Lifeboat, Launches on the River Tyne in England, 1790; in Britain, Suicide Attempts Become Illegal, 1845 (Punishment: Being Hanged); and the USS Monitor, the U.S. Navy’s First Ironclad Vessel, Launches in New York, 1862

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January Racing

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Annapolis YC Hangover Bowl

Dana Dillon Memorial New Year’s Madness Race Sponsored by Old Point Comfort YC and Hampton YC.


Soling Ice Bowl A 13-mile New Year’s  Day race up the Severn River, around St. Helena Island, and back.

1-Mar 27

Annapolis YC Frostbite Racing Sundays.


Coed Collegiate Match Race Lake Baldwin, FL.


February Floating Buoys Are Invented, Before 13th Century; the Board on Geographic Names Officially Names the Chesapeake Bay, 1933; the Movie “White Squall” Is Released, 1996 (The Film’s Ship, Eye of the Wind, Appeared in Three Other Movies); and the Most Popular Boat Name in 2002 Was Liberty

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Groundhog Day

True Blue Bloods, Horseshoe Crabs First Appear 300 Million Years Ago; and Royal Society of London Experiments with Sheep-to-Human Blood Transfusions, 1667 (Remarkably, the Human Subject Survived. Baaa!)


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Seminar Noon. West River Sailing Club, Galesville, MD. T2P’s Best of Sailing Video, with Tucker Thompson. For fees, visit


Cruiser’s Workshop Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies, Linthicum, MD.


Alfred Southwick, a Dentist, Invents the Electric Chair, 1881; the 1092-Foot USS Abraham Lincoln Is Commissioned, 1988 (She Is So Big, She Has Her Own Zip Code); and 23 Percent of Photocopier Errors Occur Worldwide Due to People Copying Their Backsides


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A Paranormal Study at Point Lookout Lighthouse Captures an Image of a Long-Dead Confederate Soldier, 1980


The Mars Family Introduces the Snickers Bar, 1930 (It’s Named After Their Favorite Horse, 1930); and American Airlines Saves $40,000 in 1987 by Eliminating One Olive from Each Salad Served in First Class


Coastal Navigation Seminar J/World Annapolis.


National Margarita Day Eight Mexicans and Texans take credit for inventing this popular boat drink between 1934 and 1948.

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George Washington’s Birthday

South River on the Half Shell Auction 5 to 9 p.m. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville, MD.

February Racing

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Pineapple Cup

Centre Port International Youth Match Racing Championships Wellington, New Zealand.


Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design Regatta St. Petersburg, FL.


RORC Caribbean 600 Antigua YC, English Harbour, Antigua.

Richard Laramy Obtains Patent for His Life-Saving Invention: A Portable Ice Chest, 1951

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Selected Chesapeake Tide Tables for January 2011

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SpinSheet January 2011 37


where we by Kim Couranz


Wet Feet, Again

s I’m writing this, it’s blowthe nasty stuff we people have pumped into just got to get over that. A tad chilly out, ing about 1000 knots from the our atmosphere, or (I think more likely) so you warm up your car for a while before southeast. Well, perhaps not 1000, are the result of some combination of the you climb in for your commute? Come on. but definitely dogs off chains. (I believe two—however you cut it, things are still You’re a sailor; tough it out. Put on a warm that threshold is about 25 knots with puffs changing. hat, hop in the car, and just start driving, over 30.) And that’s pushing a good chunk To some extent, I don’t really care how rather than spewing excess exhaust. of water up the Bay; in fact, the National much of an effect people have had on these Adaptation is another way to deal with Weather Service has—again—issued a trends. Honestly, I’d like to stop pointing climate change. How can we adapt our lives coastal flood advisory. and physical “stuff” to deal with Perhaps not coincidentally, coming attractions? Other than wet feet are a big part of what just buying cute waterproof boots, I was planning to write about there’s a lot we can do. Carefully this month anyway. Here on the planning future development is Bay, we seem to be experiencing critical. Some forward-thinking water-level events that require organizations are already making coastal flood advisory, watch, real strides preparing for comor warning status on a more ing water and weather. My home frequent basis. These events are sailing club, Severn SA (SSA), is driven by multiple short-term replacing the hinges that convariables: wind, rain, and lunar nect some floating docks to the tides. Get all those working in bulkhead. The new hinges are concert, and it can be a soggy going a little higher up than the day, indeed. High tide at the old ones. While the goal was to right time of month and year, make it easier for dinghy dollies plus a hefty storm surge, is a to transition from dry land to recipe for tall boots, for sure. floating dock, the move creates an We can add some longer-term interesting by-product. sources for our hydro chal“While the ease of access to the lenges to those variables: land floats by dinghy dollies is a driver subsidence and sea level rise. In for raising hinge elevations,” says some areas around the Bay, the Sean Smith, SSA rear commoland is actually sinking due to dore and recent facilities chair, natural processes. This can happen “the higher hinge elevations also “We may or may not have caused whether it is a natural shoreline or limit the potential for inversion of this problem, but we sure as heck an area built on fill, as are many the floats during extreme tides.” areas of our shoreline, such as parts As our feet get wetter, we’ll can take action to minimize and of Washington, DC, Norfolk, VA, likely see some other—sometimes prepare for its effects.” and at the U.S. Naval Academy. subtle, sometimes not—tweaks On sea level rise, the science to how we do things around the is clear: things are changing. Aspects of fingers and just get down to work doing boat park. For example, “Isabel definitely climate around the world are showing what we can to keep our planet healthy. resulted in a raising of piling heights around some trends that will challenge life here We may or may not have caused this prob- town,” notes Smith. He adds that “sea-level on earth in increasingly troubling ways as lem, but we sure as heck can take action to change issues do directly or indirectly come we go through the years. “Climate change” minimize and prepare for its effects. up in discussions related to the planning and the unfortunately oversimplified term Mitigation refers to efforts to diminand design of the club’s docks” during SSA “global warming” don’t mean it’s going to ish the effects of climate change. We can’t board and committee meetings. simply get hot everywhere. just go from full speed forward to speedy With more discussions to come, for sure. Folks on the fringes can debate about reverse by hitting that “easy” button. But What is your marina or yacht club doing? the reasons behind climate change until the we need to do what we can as soon as we Let me know. cows come home; I’ve got other things to can. How can we mitigate climate change? do. Whether the current upswing in averIt’s a pretty long list, but we know the About the Author: Annapolis one-design age temperatures and changes in precipitabiggies. The laundry list of things we all sailor Kim Couranz writes on Bay-related tion patterns around the world are part of know we should do, but sometimes they’re topics. a larger climate cycle, were triggered by all a little hard, so we don’t. Basically, we’ve

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Baltimore Beat by Aimée Poisson


The Constellation: 314 Years and Counting

eep in the gut of the Baltimore Inner Harbor, beneath the urban skyline, sits the sloop of war Constellation. Triple-masted, 164-feet long, with a 41-foot beam, and more than 13 feet in draft, the Constellation is one big ole’ boat. She rests, shrouded in the urban shadow, overlooking the most modern and metropolitan areas of downtown, a reminder of Charm City’s naval history. This 156-yearold wood sculpted into elegant oceangoing

The second Constellation, also born of the Bay, is the ship that we can now see in the harbor. She was built in Norfolk and commissioned in 1854, immediately embarking for a Mediterranean voyage. In the late 1850s, the Constellation was stationed in Africa and intercepted several slave trading ships in an exciting demonstration of naval prowess. The ship’s part in the Civil War was to thwart the Confederate Navy’s attempts at seizing ships and ports, and The original Constellation was built in Baltimore in 1797; the second rests in the Inner Harbor.

lines floats juxtaposed against the modern glass and masonry. While her stoical grace seems to clash with the frenzied modernity of America’s favorite city, the Constellation is quite at home in the Chesapeake Bay’s waters. This great ship has sustained a long-term relationship with the Bay that has endured for much more than two centuries. The original U.S. Frigate Constellation was built in Baltimore and launched from the Sterrett Shipyard in 1797. It was used by the Navy in a circumnavigational odyssey of international diplomacy, trade protection, slave trade battles, and pirate eradication. She played a role in the War of 1812 by protecting Craney Island, near Hampton Roads, VA, and assisted in the fortification of the Chesapeake against the British war fleet. Later, she defended American interests in Brazil, Chile, the Gulf of Mexico, and Hawaii. There were numerous pauses in her itinerancy for repairs in 1801, 1812, 1828, 1832, 1834, and 1838. The original Constellation was retired in 1845 and eventually broken up at the shipyard in Norfolk, VA, in 1853. Chesapeake Bay Sailing

to intercept slave vessels. During the later years of the war, the Constellation acted as a receiving ship at the ports of Norfolk and Philadelphia. Beginning in 1871, the Constellation entered a period of peaceful service, while utilized as a training vessel at the U.S. Naval Academy and a ferry for Midshipmen on their summer training cruises. During this time, she also received several special dignified assignments as the Chesapeake’s own international ambassador; she was the transport vessel of art exhibits to Paris and Gibraltar and relief supplies to famineravished Ireland. Recognized for her historic significance, the Constellation was put on display to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the “Star Spangled Banner” in Baltimore and Washington, DC, and finally, for the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1926. The ship received her final decommission in 1955, when her management was taken on by a private non-profit. Over the 50 years that followed, the Constellation was preserved and restored to her original

shape as a 1797 frigate. As the centerpiece of the Baltimore Harbor, the Constellation has remained on permanent display at Pier I since 1999. The boat is now a museum owned by the Historic Ships in Baltimore, a nonprofit organization with a mission including education and preservation of its fleet of historical naval vessels. Touring the ship is an amazing plunge into the world of 19th century naval life. Every aspect of the ship’s operation is beautifully preserved and documented. The rigging is a towering web of period lines and varnished wooden spars. Beneath the decks are the galley, crew quarters, and captain’s staterooms. In the sickbay, there is a display of medical equipment and utensils that suggests the gruesome surgeries performed on deck. As part of its focus on education, Historic Ships in Baltimore’s tours and programs are designed for groups of children and tourists. The “Powder Monkey” tour offers a hands-on interactive adventure for children to learn about the experience of young sailors aboard Navy ships. The Constellation 101 tour may be more appropriate for adults and might also be of interest to active sailors. This tour gives a comprehensive tour of the boat itself and demonstrates some of the tasks associated with naval service in the mid-19th century. History buffs and educational groups might enjoy the special program designed to highlight the U.S. Constellation’s part in combating trans-Atlantic slave trade. Entitled “To Catch a Thief,” this activity discusses the years prior to the American Civil War when the Constellation served as the flagship of the American fleet in Africa. Also of historical significance is the “Black Sailors in Navy Blue” tour about the experience of black sailors serving in the Navy during the Civil War. To schedule one of these tours or to learn more, visit Exploring the ships and museum is a great way to spend the day with the family and stay connected with the water while it’s too cold to sail. About the Author: Aimée Poisson is the director of the Baltimore County SC. SpinSheet January 2011 39



Carroll’s latest sculpture.

Sailing by Andy Schell


rcturus arrived at the boat show this year right on time and almost without a space. I’d been walking around the grounds that Wednesday morning, doing some last-minute rigging jobs for Southbound Cruising Services on a few of the new Hanse yachts making their show debuts. Vendors scrambled around the gangways unloading their wares. The weather was beautiful, a sign of things to follow, providing a decidedly more pleasant ambience than the rainy, wintry day we’d experienced while setting up the show earlier that week. As I walked past the Marriott admiring the classic Herreshoff

ter the misunderstanding was resolved, the show staff unbolted one of the gangways and made room. We were in. For all of our preparation—we lived on the boat during the show and spent the eve before its opening cleaning and organizing the newly finished interior, scrubbing the cockpit sole, removing the tape from the freshly varnished teak, and stringing up yellow Colligo flags in the new rigging—it was neither the boat nor the rig that got the most attention on opening day but a little device discreetly mounted on the stern, invented and fabricated by our new friend Rodney Carroll.

“…he did not have much desire to simply invent and sell an idea for the sake of making a dime. The artist in him desired something bigger.” ketch that would become an obsession of mine over the course of the show, I realized, curiously, that she was in our slip. We were in the show thanks to John Franta of Colligo Marine, who wanted to use Arcturus as an example of what’s possible with synthetic rigging on a cruising boat. Over the course of a very long and very hot summer, my girlfriend Mia and I had transformed our boat, completely redoing the standing rigging, from the chainplates to the masthead, among countless other major projects. Now, less than 24 hours prior to the show’s opening, we were without a dock. John made his way to the show office, politely wondering why we’d been left off the list. He’d had a boat in the show the year before (a Westsail 32 that was the inspiration for our rerig) and clearly wanted to replicate that success with Arcturus. Af40 January 2011 SpinSheet

I wrote in the November SpinSheet that “Carroll is a sculptor, an inventor, a designer, and an engineer—[and] also a sailor.” What I failed to note at the time was that above all else, Carroll is an artist and in the broadest sense, not merely in his world-renowned sculpture, but indeed in his everyday life. The device mounted on Arcturus’s stern was a radar leveler, elegant in its appearance and simplicity, and utterly practical. Carroll’s invention was more than a design born of necessity. He originally desired such a device for his Tayana 37, yet found none on the market that suited him. In the end, the project became a work of art, even beyond its intended purpose. Carroll is not a marketer, nor did he have much desire to simply invent and sell an idea for the sake of making a dime. The artist in him desired something bigger. At the start of the boat show, Carroll appeared

An artist, inventor, and sailor, Rodney Carroll prepares to install his radar leveler invention on Arcturus before the U.S. Sailboat Show.

on the docks with an unassuming poster, giving his background and explaining the impetus behind his invention. Mia lashed the sign to Arcturus’s lifering on the stern, and people were immediately drawn to it… which was precisely the plan. Carroll never intended on selling anything during the show, which coincided nicely with our plans, for we weren’t actively selling anything either, but merely displaying what was possible with Colligo’s products. He had prepared a notebook so that folks interested in his invention could sign up to receive updates on its progress while simultaneously leaving feedback. We were interested more in the process than the end game. Fittingly, Carroll’s project did not go unnoticed by the folks who could actually make his vision a reality. Before the end of that first day of boat show, he had made a deal in principle with a major sailboat hardware manufacturer to begin production of the radar leveler (the progress of which will follow in SpinSheet). And my involvement in the process was fulfilling in me an artistic desire to help Carroll quantify how “art influences sailing, and how sailing influences life,” one of the original goals of the project. His artistic process is well beyond that of invention and now includes an open forum with the sailing public on the leveler’s continued development as well as a fulfilling project for the writer in me. To the many people we met that first day of the boat show, sailing is art. To a few of them, sailing is life. To Carroll and me, life itself is art—being able to share our art, our lives, with others, and weave it together into the fabric of the sailing community through our different mediums and from our different perspectives, make life that much more rewarding.

On the Road and Boat Again…


y husband, Tom, and I lead a unique life. For six months of each year, from April to October, we live aboard a 32-foot Beneteau sailboat (In Like Flynn), and we sail the Chesapeake Bay. For the other six months, we are full-timers on a 35-foot, fifth-wheel recreational vehicle (RV) (Inn Like Flynn), and we tour the country, particularly Arizona and New Mexico. We are often asked about our lifestyle: How did we get started? Where do we go? How can we live in such small spaces? We started in 2004. We lived aboard our 28-foot Beneteau for three months to see if we could stand each other in such close quarters. We had no refrigeration, and Tom had to shower sitting on the toilet. We survived. We also realized that we didn’t want to do the Intracoastal Waterway and the Bahamas every year; we wanted to sail the Bay. So, we sold our house and sold or donated most of our belongings. We moved onto the boat during the spring of 2005 and bought the RV and truck the following fall. Eventually, we moved up to the 32-foot boat and bought a slip for her. The logistics of living without a house have been easy. We have a mail service that provides residency in Florida. We have doctors in Maryland and Arizona. Our bank, Internet, and phone companies all provide national service. Most of our bills are paid automatically by the bank. Living on a sailboat is good preparation for living in an RV. The RV is huge compared to the boat! We have more storage space in the RV, and we have a TV, a microwave, and air conditioning in it. We even have a real queen-size bed and don’t have to crawl over each other to get up in the middle of the night. And, although we love exploring the Bay, living in the RV has given us the opportunity to explore the United States. We hike, go birding, and volunteer for the Arizona State Parks.

Chesapeake Bay Sailing

by Adrian Flynn

We’ve stood on the corner in Winslow, AZ; we’ve hiked the Grand Canyon; and we‘ve played in the sand at White Sands National Monument. We have fallen in love with the southwest and been to places most people have never heard of, such as Canyon de Chelly and the Chiracahua Mountains in Arizona. Also, we have made wonderful new friends who live all over the country.

On the other hand, being on the Chesapeake Bay is always first for us. When we’re aboard the boat, we easily adapt to less space, no TV, and no air conditioning. Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay are home for us. Family and long-time friends are nearby. Tom works part-time at West Marine, we cruise with our sailing club, and we stay busy with land and water activities. The Magothy River, the Choptank River, and Annapolis are comfortable, familiar, and incredibly beautiful. Also, with sailing, the journey is as important as the destination. Driving the RV is not

beautiful or fun; we just want to get there. During the winter, when I think about my Happy Place, I am always sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. We have had a few surprises, and living this double life is not cheap. Our expenses are as much as living in a house would be—they’re just different. The costs of the boat, the slip, the RV, the tow-truck (which cost us more than the RV), campsites, maintenance, and storage all add up. And things do go wrong. In March 2010, our tow vehicle was stolen in Dallas, TX; and in September 2010, our prop fell off in Eastern Bay. Also, although many people openly admire our lifestyle, sometimes friends and family members don’t understand it. They think we are on a cheap, extended vacation, and they are just waiting for us to go back to being normal people. Actually, our lives are very normal. We do laundry, shop for groceries, and visit our grandchildren just like everyone else. Our friends and family may wait awhile for us to return to the house-based life. We are still excited by and enjoying our adventure. We live outside most of the time. We see The author and her husband, amazing scenery Tom, at the Grand on the water, in Canyon (latitude 36º, the desert, and in longitude -112º). the mountains. We live in smaller spaces, use fewer resources, and find we don’t need so much stuff. We have learned a lot and have met many interesting people. When we get tired of the boat, it’s time for us to move to the RV. And, when we tire of the RV, we’re ready to go back to the boat. Just as with sailing, this dual life is not for everyone, but it’s great for us. We hope to continue this lifestyle for at least four or five more years. About the Author: Adrian Flynn and her husband, Tom, are members of the Chesapeake Corinthian Sailing Club and regular contributors to SpinSheet’s Club Notes.

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SN W What To Do M

ike Haskell of Harbor Diving & Salvage is used to getting calls for zinc changes or winterization in January and February, but he never expected to spend the “slow” season pulling boat after boat from the bottom of the Bay. The 2009-2010 winter season on the Bay had so much snowfall that it prompted weather casters to create colorful headlines like Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon. Chesapeake sailors are ready for anything in any season, extreme heat, choppy seas, icy north winds, and even the odd hurricane. But apparently, record snowfall was something that caught even the saltiest locals by surprise. We have our winteriza42 January 2011 SpinSheet

tion list, and we check it twice, but prepping your sailboat for three feet of snowfall in one storm was probably not on that list, until now. The list of boats Haskell helped raise from the frigid depths reads like a broker’s listing page, Gemini, Tanzer, Irwin, Rainbow. The snow storms did not discriminate between cruising and racing sailor or between powerboat and sailboat. It didn’t matter much what part of the Bay the boat was on or what sort of facility it was kept in. Haskell said there were two things that made so many boats sink in last year’s snow storms: improper winterization and unattended boats.

by Cindy Wallach

That Sinking Feeling

Here’s a little fun math, get out your number two pencil if you want to play along. Snow weighs 10 pounds per cubic foot. On our 44-foot catamaran with a 24-foot beam, we have about 800 square feet of solid deck space (not counting the tramps or covered cockpit). Each foot of snow that fell on our boat added eight thousand extra pounds of weight. Each of the three major storms last winter brought approximately three feet of snow which equals 24,000 extra pounds on a boat that only weighs 16,000 pounds unloaded. It was like having another boat plopped on top of ours and then some. Your boat may be fast, and it may be seaworthy, but no recreational sailboat was meant to sustain that kind of weight. So, a few thousand extra pounds are sitting on top of your boat. More than likely that doesn’t just sink you down past your waterline; it probably just pushed one of your thru hulls underwater too. You know, that one thru hull you never worry about because it doesn’t lead to anything important or is “so far above” the waterline it doesn’t matter anyhow? Not anymore. And of course you have scuppers in your cockpit, so you don’t think twice about get-

ting swamped by a snowdrift. But winter is dirty. Those scuppers that haven’t been looked at since that lighted boat parade are full of dead leaves, dust, and general outdoor funk that have now rendered them useless. Or there is ice blocking them up. Or the hoses have cracked just in the wrong place. The storm is over, and now melting snow becomes fresh water, which weighs about 62 pounds per cubic foot. I don’t care how small your cockpit is, that’s not a good thing. Now your cockpit can’t drain, and there are some elephants partying in there. Worse yet, the weight is likely not balanced (darn that wind), so pretty soon something’s gotta give and splush! Water is rushing into your cockpit from the transom or one side or another. It’s just a matter of minutes before Mike has to don his dry suit, and the insurance company has to be called. My husband woke up during one of the blizzards to a “glug glug glug” sound. I am thankful he’s a light sleeper, because he dashed out of bed to find that one of those innocuous thru hulls on our St. Francis 44 catamaran was underwater and so now was one of our storage lockers. The good news is we’re liveaboards. Even though I

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Winter Storm Check List

••Make sure your boat is properly tied up so that no part gets stuck under the dock during low water periods brought on by winter northwest winds. ••Terminate all thru hulls if you are not going to be aboard full time. Yes, even the “safe” ones. ••If you can’t visit your boat in the off season, find someone who can, such as a marina employee, a yacht maintenance company, a friendly liveaboard, or a local friend. ••Check batteries on pumps and pump position. ••Check the corrugated hoses on pumps for cracks. ••If you have a bilge pump in a small open daysailer, make sure the terminus of the hose is lower than the pump inside the boat, or you’ll create a reverse siphon and start sucking water into your boat. Don’t you wish you’d paid better attention in science class? Mike suggests a simple wire tie to keep the hose in the proper place.

Safety First

Every year we lose a boater in the wintertime here on the Chesapeake Bay to an unfortunate dockside accident. Don’t be macho or careless. Take a few precautions to make sure your trip down the dock to check the boat isn’t your last.

hill and not around anything else, so the snow drifts are huge and untouched. I actually had to bring my gear in by sled to some community docks.” He reminds boat owners that it’s worth the trip to keep your boat afloat. Mike knows this first hand because in a cold twist of irony, his dive boat was the only one at his marina to sink. Sailing may be a seasonal sport, but boats are not seasonal creatures. They require attention all year long, and mid-snow storm is no time to turn a blind eye and be a fair weather friend. 44 January 2011 SpinSheet

••Go with a buddy. If you only do one thing, this is that thing. Don’t go visiting your boat in the winter time alone. Bribe a friend with a beer, and go in pairs. It’s your best insurance against an accident on a slippery dock or deck. ••If you can’t go with a friend, at the very least tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. ••Yak Trax ( A funny name for an ingenious little product that every winter sailor should have. They are like a rubber spider web with metal coils that slip over your shoe—human snow tires. If you can’t get a hold of some, at least wear smart shoes with good treads and not your yacht club loafers. Slippery ice sheets are hard to spot on the docks and can turn your non-skid into a skating rink. ••Bring a signaling device like a whistle with you. Once you are in the cold water you won’t have the strength or presence of mind to yell for help, but you might manage a tweet. ••And for heaven’s sake wear a PFD. Cold water incapacitates you faster than you think.

Save one day in 2011 and take a non-sailing friend of any age out on the water. It will be a day well-spent. Photo by Sara Proctor

Sailing Resolutions New Year’s resolutions are so painfully hard to keep that we decided to give them a SpinSheet spin and make them more fun to stick to and more likely to get us out on the water. What’s your sailing resolution in 2011?

Here are SpinSheet’s top five sailing resolutions: Try a New Twist

If you are an active sailor, mix it up in 2011. If you sail dinghies, get out on a big boat. If you usually trim the jib, why not try taking the helm? Have your crew rotate clockwise to try out a new position. If you’re a cruiser, sign up as crew for a race. If you’re a racer, take a day to relax on the water and explore a new place. If you’ve found yourself saying, “I’ve always wanted to try… log canoe or catamaran racing, distance cruising, or sailing in a new place,” then do it!

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Meet More Sailors

Start by coming to SpinSheet Skating Night on January 13 at 6 p.m. at Quiet Waters Park. Details to follow on our website and via an e-mail blast. To sign up for our e-mails, visit Then, please come to our Crew Listing parties (April 2 in Hampton, VA, and April 17 in Annapolis), where there will be a few hundred potential sailing friends. Last, but not least, find a boat to sail on or crew to sail with by signing up for our free online Crew Listings at

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Bring a Friend Onboard

It doesn’t matter whether your friend is six or 60 years old. If you have a friend you think may enjoy sailing, pick one day in 2011 and take him or her sailing. Nothing is more fun than igniting a passion for sailing in someone else. They may be great crew for you later…

Buy, Rent, or Borrow a Boat

It helps to have a boat… To find hundreds of new and used boats for sale, look to the SpinSheet Brokerage section on page 74 and at To find a cruising boat for charter, look to our Charter Notes (page 48). Also, find our Chesapeake Chartering and Adult Sailing Schools features in April for ideas on finding ways to rent sailboats big and small. One trend in small boat or dinghy sailing is clubs lending a boat or offering one for charter as a way to bring in new racers. The Snipe fleet at Severn SA in Annapolis (, the Albacore fleet at West River SC ( in Galesville, MD, and Magothy River Race Training ( are three such organizations. Come to our Crew Listing party in Annapolis April 17 to learn more.

“Racing is not our top priority,” says Tom Sitzmann of Magothy River Race Training, a free opportunity to get on the water and get some crew training on Albacores. “We pair new sailors with the best skippers and crew and do practice drills.” To keep it fresh, the group sails every other Saturday from now through March 5. Here’s your chance to jump on your 2011 sailing resolution right now! Click to for full details.

2011 Sailing Resolutions from the Dickerson Owner Association I will get back into sailing in 2011 and use my 35-foot wooden Ketch Galena after she gets a winter topside rejuvenation (and hull and mast painting). —Steve Cycyk Jr. I resolve to sail from Rhode Island back to Oxford for the Dickerson Rendezvous in my 37-foot Ketch Wanderlust. —Al Sampson

We will thank our boat for giving us legs to be able to walk on the water and thank the Chesapeake Bay for giving our boat a perfectly paved “road” on which to stretch her legs. —Debbie and Patton Ewing At age 84, I resolve to sail at least 20 days as in 2010 and to have my great grandchildren from New England sail on my wooden Ketch Irish Mist next year. —Joe Slavin

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Sail More, Stress Less I pledge not to hit the committee boat with my 35-foot Ketch Rainbow when going over the starting line. —John Freal I will sail another 2000 plus miles for 2011 on my 41-foot Ketch Hemisphere Dancer! —Bruce Franz We will watch the weather carefully so we spend less time motoring and more time sailing between the Caribbean islands on our 41foot Ketch Compass Rose. —Eric and Jackie White I plan to spend more time with the sails up and the engine down on my 37-foot Sloop Crew Rest. —Barry Creighton We resolve to spend two weeks sailing our 36foot Ketch after the 2011 Dickerson Rendezvous. —Randy and Barbara Bruns We will fly the mizzen staysail more, because a Ketch can! —Mike Aitken and Una Folan I vow to fix my 32-foot Ketch or scrap it— do something. —Doug Sergeant

I race locally and spend more than 100 days each year doing sail training and working on Norfolk Naval Sailing Center’s cruising boats. This past September, while on a three-week cruise on the Bay, I re-discovered my enjoyment of just knocking around by myself on a boat, with no schedules, no responsibilities other than following the rules of the road, just “messing about.” I have resolved to spend at least one day a week—on my own and not racing—just simply cruising Hampton Roads. And I will do that September-October Bay cruise again. —Tim Dull, Norfolk Naval Sailing Association I resolve not to run aground when entering or leaving Fairlee Creek next year, to promise my wife I will reef before 20 knots, to wave at all boaters no matter how fast the stinkpots are going, to explore five new anchorages on the Bay, and to continue to make fun of myself. I actually think I can keep all of these, well… maybe not the first two, but I will try. —Kevin McKibben, Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay Since I spent six weeks mostly motoring to and from Maine last summer, I’ve vowed to stay in the Chesapeake Bay in 2011. —Tom Berry, Annapolis Fleet of the Corinthians I resolve to encourage old timers who own Chesapeake 20s to come out and race with us, seek novice skippers or crews whom we can to train to join our class, and identify some enterprising wooden boat enthusiasts who are willing to restore our historic 20s (we have five in storage), join the class, and race with us. —Ted Weihe, Chesapeake 20 Association Sail more—stress less. Sail more—eat less. —Adiva Sotzsky, the Jewish Navy

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nce you get immersed in the chartering culture, you start hearing about bad charterers—the ones who don’t properly secure the dinghy and let it float away from the dock; the ones who clog the heads; the ones who wrap the mooring pennants around the prop shaft; the ones who drop anchor on the reefs. It’s been suggested that the charter companies should have a black list identifying all the bad actors, so that the good guys don’t cross their paths. Even if there is not a black list, charter companies remember the malefactors. But they also remember the good guys. Being a good guy can make your life much easier, even if it takes a little more effort. Beyond general competence as a sailor, there are many things a charter crew can do to be considered a good charterer. First and foremost, remember that you are responsible for your vessel. While the charter company should deliver a seaworthy and fully-equipped boat to you, it’s up to you to check it out. Sometimes—especially during high season—the boats get turned around in less than 24 hours, so the dock staff may not have enough time to give the boat a thorough going-over. Since they can’t, you should. This can spare you a nasty surprise once underway and spares the charter company a hurried run in the chase boat to fix it (not to mention the delay you will suffer). If you do discover problems that don’t necessarily require an immediate fix, log them. Similarly, if you screw something up, ‘fess up. The charter company will appreciate it, as will the crew that follows you. The charter company can’t know about, or treat, a cockroach problem if you don’t tell them—and those suckers don’t conveniently show their faces in the daylight.

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My crews have lost things overboard, and we’ve always settled up. Once we lost a winch handle, and the charter company happily traded the cost of that for the leaky water tank that needed re-filling. If you’re chartering down island, remember that they do things differently down there. It’s hot, so they move more slowly; be patient (though there is a difference between “island time” and downright incompetence). Also, unlike the way many Americans are used to dealing with people, it is not acceptable to simply blurt out a request or a demand. In the islands, every business transaction is also a social interaction. Look people in the eye, greet them with a “Good Morning” and some small talk, and then make your request. You’ll be rewarded with more pleasant service, as well as a friendly feeling. (Try this approach at home, too; you’ll be amazed how far a friendly attitude will take you with harried service people.) When things go well, be sure to reward the people who help you. Appropriate tipping is one way, but sometimes a simple “Thank You” works, too. Some years ago, a customer service rep at a large charter company went out of her way to perform the near-impossible for me: booking a charter, including air and hotel, on one day’s notice. I got her name, and when it was all over, I wrote a letter to the management commending my hero. By sending that letter, I had a friend for life. From that point on, I always asked for her to work with me, and the next time I needed something impossible (getting off the dock at 3 p.m. after having arrived on island at 1 p.m.), she did her best to make sure I got it. It also helped that I was known by the base manager and some of the staff, so the process could be expedited. Being “good” paid off. There are many other ways to be a good charterer, but ultimately, it helps to remember some corollaries of the golden rule: treat the boat like your own, and the people you deal with the way you’d like to be treated. About the Author: Eva Hill is a corporate lawyer at Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston in Baltimore and is the commodore of the Chesapeake Bay Sabre Association. She and her husband, Rick, sail their Sabre 38 out of Annapolis and escape to tropical anchorages in the offseason. E-mail her at

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Eye On the Bay Frostbiters on the Bay


Photos by Al Schreitmueller

lthough they sometimes sail in light air and mild temperatures, hundreds of frostbite racers on the Chesapeake do face extreme cold, wind, and the occasional icy splash. If these photos are any indicators, it doesn’t stop them from getting out and thoroughly enjoying winter competition on the water. Those of us who take a break for the winter can’t help but smile when we watch them from shore. “Those people are crazy,” we tell ourselves, as we head home to make hot cocoa. Shown here, the Annapolis YC Frostbite Series racers head out on Sunday afternoons in keelboats. Their comrades in dinghies head out of Severn SA across Spa Creek on Saturday afternoons in Lasers, InterClubs, and Solings among other boats. (See page 68 to read about some of Hampton’s winter racers and visit our “frostbite” forum in the community section of Where do you frostbite race on the Bay? Stay in touch via ~M.W.

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The Need for Speed

It is said that iceboating is the most fun you can have with your clothes on... a LOT of clothes.

by Dale Skoch 52 January 2011 SpinSheet


he temperature was a balmy four degrees Fahrenheit. When you stepped on the ice, you could see the thousands of tiny air bubbles captured in the frozen mass. The ice was deep and solid. About 1000 feet out on the frozen Bay of Presque Isle, you could see a small pine tree, which was used as a marker for a pressure ridge, stretching at least two football fields across the icy landscape. This ridge created a rough surface from the constant shifting and moving of the ice flow and accumulated snow; so it stood out from the rest of the surface of the barren, flat, and somewhat desolate landscape of the frozen water. The tree marked a passageway to an expanse on the bay, which allowed access to the smooth pristine surface of ice. Beyond this passageway lay dozens of small huts populated by the gregarious and hearty ice anglers searching for their catch of walleye and lake perch. Today was the perfect day to go sailing! Yes, ice sailing or what the locals call ice boating. The ensign near the Erie YC stood proud in constant winds of 15 to eight knots. Occasionally you could realize a gust of stiff breeze from the south southwest of 25 to 30. Time to set the rigging. The boat lay ready to be armed with its engine, which would propel the vessel like a fine tuned race car. With only glove liners on my hands, it was difficult to manipulate the small clevis pins and other running rigging. The cold made it impossible to experience any feeling in my fingers. After attaching a few blocks and various attachments for the sheets, we were ready to raise the main. Assuring the boat was pointing into the wind, we were ready to raise the halyard while feeding the luff into its track on the mast. The boat looked like an oversized kayak with a sail and two extended outriggers with pivoting blades each about 24 inches long. At the bow, another skate was attached, which was connected by cables to the tiller. The wind was blowing with a steady bite. Covering every part of your body is an essential element of sailing on ice: facemask, heavy boots, insulated bib pants, Gor-Tex jacket, mittens, and ski goggles. Around my neck, I wore a necklace made of two small broom handles fitted with large spikes, which cleverly mated with each other, all connected to a cord. I hoped I was not going to have to use it. In the event of breaking through the ice and

The author iceboating on Lake Erie.

Will Murdock iceboating on a DN on the Eastern Shore at Claiborne, MD. Photo by Michael Keene

Iceboating on the Bay On years when the creeks freeze over, SpinSheet hears from a small group of Eastern Shore and West River iceboaters, who are ready and willing to don their helmets and bear claws and get out on the ice when the conditions are right. If you would like to connect to this group, e-mail ending up in the frigid water, you literally have a few minutes to remove the picks from your neck and stab them into the ice to use as levers to pull your self to freedom, something I was not planning to practice. I walked around to the front of the boat, grabbed the front skate with my gloved hand, and lifted the front of the boat off the ice. I moved upward the pivoting brake that held the boat firmly in place. Walking to the starboard side of the boat, I held the standing rigging in one hand and the tiller and mainsheet in my other. I began to push the vessel from its stalled position to a beam reach position. The sail began to swing out, staying in line with the wind. I pushed a little more while turning the front skate with the tiller and pulling slightly on the sheet. The boat became easier to push and suddenly began to move on its own power. I stepped on the outrigger and postioned myself low and centered in the cockpit with a firm grasp on the tiller and holding firmly on the sheet as the boat began to track along the hard surface. We were moving—we were sailing! I stayed on course on the beam reach while pulling evermore on the sheet. The sail began to respond with increased resistance, and the boat picked up speed. Fortunately, the rigging of the sheet on the boom had Chesapeake Bay Sailing

plenty of purchase, so I could easily pull the sheet with one hand while steering the boat with the other to a close reach. The speed began to increase. Suddenly a gust hit the sail, the turbocharger kicked in, and I was easily exceeding the speed of the wind by a factor of three. I made a few adjustments with the tiller. The boat responded like an Indy race car with preciseness of rack and pinion steering. It was like steering while on a set of rails; the control of the vessel was amazing. My surroundings became a blur. I was now flying across the ice at speeds approaching 60 miles per hour. The vibration of the skates along the ice jarred my back as I sank lower into the cockpit to assure I stayed firmly in the boat. The noise sounded like freight trains on either side as the skates glided and cut the ice along my path. My heart was racing with excitement as the wind pelted my outer garments. I quickly estimated the temperature with wind chill; it had to be below minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold enough to instantly petrify any exposed flesh. The adrenalin rush continued as I pulled even harder on the sheet, accelerating the boat once again. I approached the other side of the twomile-wide bay. The ice was even smoother on this side, and the noise level dropped

dramatically. I felt as if I had reached that unbelievable Zen state that long-distance runners talk about after their endorphins kick in. I felt as if I were flying only inches above the icy surface. The land mass was getting closer—fast! It was time to tack. I began to let the sheet slide through my hand. As the sail responded accordingly, my speed began to drop. With a smooth transition of the tiller to starboard, the boat responded instantly throwing me to the side of the cockpit. I recovered my position and began tracking on a new course while gradually pulling the sheet to again accelerate the boat. I was now pushed back into the cockpit as the G-forces increased with the sudden acceleration. The wind was rushing past my head, the sun was out, and a few flakes began to appear as glistening diamonds falling from the sky. It was beautiful, speeding along the top of the frozen water inside a large snow globe that was recently shaken. It is said that ice boating is the most fun that you can have with your clothes on– I have to agree. About the Author: Dale Skoch grew up on Lake Erie and has been cruising on the Chesapeake Bay for six years on his Catalina 387 Lorelei. SpinSheet January 2011 53

Cruising Club Notes Well, What Do We Have Here?


whole bunch of great stories from very active sailors, who love their craft. Potlucks, raft-ups, fine dining, new officers, learning ops, cocktail parties, happy hours, fine photos, and more. When the fun runs indoors for the winter, our clubs always find ways to keep sailing alive with their buddies. Read on and enjoy. By January 10, send ruth@ your Club Notes, Directory updates, and baked Brie with garlic, mushrooms, and herbs in a puff pastry. Yum!


A Blast from the Past

hesapeake 20 Association members thank Gary Harmon for donating Shamrock/Sun Treader #6 for eventual restoration by the club (right). We have five classic wooden Chesapeake 20s to be restored and two glass Chesapeake 20s for sale. At our November meeting, we added the Wooden Boat Regatta at the Rock Hall YC in May 2011 to our racing schedule. We hope to introduce our historic class to the many wooden boat enthusiasts who attend this event ( —by Ted Weihe

Starting Off on the Right Foot


nnapolis Naval SA sailors are starting the new year off with training. January 7-8 bring the Celestial Navigation Workshop. January 22 marks the beginning of our Piloting and Navigation Course, which will be held on four consecutive Saturdays. During the sailing season, in addition to various short workshops, we will offer five other courses: Introduction to Sailing Big Boats, Senior Crew, Watch Captain, Cruising Skipper, and Women on the Water. Join us and learn more about sailing; our club is the best deal on the Bay ( —by Tom Warrington

And the Winners Are…


he 2010 Good Old Boat Race in October was delayed for lack of wind. Far right, Alfred and Nathaniel Poor and Bill Thode beckon the breeze on their Tartan 34 Classic, Jambalaya. Rafted up with Jambalaya is Les Hester at the helm of his Tartan 34C, Sable, with Jon Myers, Don Douglas, and Jeff Bamford. After about an hour, the wind came up, and the race went on, with Dave Shiff’s T34C Odyssey in first place, Jambalaya in second, and Sable taking third (tca34. org). —by Grace Holt for the Tartan 34 Classic Association

Marigot crosses the finish line. Bet you’re green with envy.

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A Man of Few Words


eft, Marigot, a Bristol condition Tartan 42, owned by Steve Linke and Dorothy Stocks, crosses the finish line at our recent Tartan Regatta on the Patapsco ( —by Bob McFarland for the Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club

Remembering When in 2010


he Stingray Harbour YC (SHYC) off the Rappahannock River in Deltaville, VA, ended a hot summer with lovely fall sailing. On a perfect September 18, we held our one and only official race, our Commodore’s Cup (below). After Zell Walker and crew on Simply Southern won, we enjoyed our annual oyster and chili dinner. Our third Anchor Out September 25 took us to the Great Wicomico for dinner ashore and conversation late into the night in the cockpit. Our annual end-of-year party October 23 capped another great summer of friends, food, and fun. Our boats are tucked away now dreaming of 2011 adventures ( —by Pat Anderson Something to look forward to in 2011. Onboard action during SHYC’s Commodore’s Cup where the Rappahannock River meets the Bay.

Tartans Sable and Jambalaya wait for wind on a fine fall day. Photo by Deane Holt

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Stop and Smell the Roses


n January 30, the Chesapeake Multihull Association will host our winter meeting at 2 p.m. at the Annapolis Public Library on West Street. The guest speaker will be Drew Frye from Deale, MD. Frye sails the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters around the DelMarVa on his PDQ 32 and shares his experiences on the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters around the DelMarVa. The barrier islands, quiet inner passage, and unique ecosystem protected by the Virginia Coast Reserve are treasures that too few sailors have experienced. Drew writes The Delmarva Peninsula: A Guide for the Shoal Draft Sailors about these areas that most sailors quickly sail by on their way to other destinations. Drew will inspire many of us to rethink next year’s cruising destinations ( —by Terry Boram

Now, More About the Chesapeake Bay


ollowing a most interesting and informative meeting about the struggles facing Chesapeake Bay watermen, and after staying indoors to enjoy the warmth of Chanukah candle lighting and “fressing” on latkes, members of the Jewish Navy now turn our attention to gaining greater insights into the issues relating to pollution on the Bay. At our luncheon January 9, we will meet with a Maryland Department of Natural Resources representative to learn about the major sources of Bay pollution, what is being done, and what should be done to alleviate the problems. During the “off season,” members enjoy getting together to share stories of sailing adventures and misadventures; learn more about sailing, boat maintenance, and the Bay; and plan for the sailing season. Like Einstein, we love to sail. We believe that Einstein figured that some mistakes are just too much fun to make only once. Hence, he was most adept at running aground and capsizing. We prefer more pleasant boating experiences. So, we share ideas and suggestions and are always there to lend a hand. Members hail from all parts of the Bay. With a keen sense of humor, we ponder questions such as how one calculates the speed of dark ( —by Adiva Sotzsky Chesapeake Bay Sailing

Five Step Up to the Plate


n December, Sailing Chavurah had its annual meeting and Chanukah Party in Bethesda, MD. With 22 boating and social members in attendance, we elected the following officers for the coming boating season: commodore Andrea Landis, vice commodore Steve Permisson, treasurer/secretary Paul Mermelstein, cruise director Irv Schaeffer, and social director Ruth Berman. The new board will post the schedule for 2011 at We all look forward to more good times together both on and off the water. —by Andrea Landis


322 Years of Service!


orty years is a long time. When those years are in service to advancing boating and boater safety, it is especially worth noting. That is what the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron (NVSPS) did at its annual holiday party by honoring seven of its members who have served in the Squadron for 40 or more years (below). Commander George Nartsissov gave each a commemorative gift saying, “We are indebted to these members for their length of service, their numerous contributions, and their devotion to our mission of safe boating on our waterways” ( —by Frank Shults

That Warm and Fuzzy Feeling…

orty members of the Hunter Sailing Association (HSA) wrapped up 2010 with the club’s annual Parade of Lights Gala at the Annapolis Waterfront Marriott (below). There were only a few hard rain showers, so most of the partiers found time to leave the suite and all of its refreshments and actually get out to see the lighted boats up close and personal. HSA will start 2011 with an educational winter brunch at the Naval Academy Officers Club; the details are still a work in progress. Already planned for July 2011 is a charter cruise in Croatia ( —by Carl Reitz

HSA parties during the Parade of Lights in Eastport. Photo by Linda Frix

NVSPS award recipients (L-R): Alan Hart (45 years), Gale Alls (44 years), NVSPS commander George Nartsissov, and Robert Hutton (40 years). Also receiving awards were Ronald Larson (42 years), Richard Cohen (46 years), Thomas Martin (48 years), and Robert Stickell (57 years).

Representing DE, DC, MD, PA, and VA


he Chesapeake Bay Yacht Clubs Association (CBYCA)—a group formed by 127 member clubs in the five states surrounding the Chesapeake Bay—had its Change of Watch meeting November 20 at the North East River YC in North East, MD. New commodore Dr. Kay Brawley (below, seated in center) will lead the organization. For the last 53 years, CBYCA has worked to represent recreational boaters in legislative, social, safety, and environmental concerns at the state and national levels ( —by Dr. Kay Brawley

CBYCA welcomes its new board (a crew of 19) this past November.

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A Recipe for Fun

his season, Catalina 36 Fleet 3 was lucky to have a couple of land-based events, some land and sea events, many raft-ups, and of course, the Catalina East Coast Rendezvous in Solomons. Solomons has always been a favorite destination for our crew, and it’s especially fun with a group. For anyone else who was there and had a chance to sample the Fleet 3 Bloody Marys, contact us for the secret recipe. It’s a good year if we get to have these on more than one occasion, and this was a very good year! At our fall meeting at the Old Stein Inn in Edgewater, MD, we elected new vice fleet captains, Joan and Wayne Savage. We have been without vice fleet captains since our previous fleet captains sold their boat and promoted us early this sailing season. We look forward to having Wayne and Joan onboard ( —by Sally Jack


Ten Ounce with skipper John McKenney at the helm crosses the finish line during the Kinsale Regatta 2010.

Sailing Socials in Solomons


n addition to keeping to a strict schedule of Friday socials, the Southern Maryland SA will meet January 13 and February 7, enjoy commodore’s dinners January 16 and February 17, celebrate New Year’s as a group January 31, host training events February 5 and 26, and plan Chesapeake cruises February 12 ( —by Sandy Leitner



Albergs Paint Charm City Red

he Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Association’s annual Trophy Dinner will be at the Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore January 8-9. A cocktail hour laced with snacks provided by members will roll into a catered dinner and the traditional awards presentation. New officers for 2011 will be elected, and many tales of the 2010 season will be told. It will be a fun weekend for all ( —by Rolph Townshend

The Top Three

ur sailing season is now over, and all the crews in the Barnacle Cup Racers are sadly winterizing their boats. However, it was a great sailing seasons with 17 races done. The first place boat by leaps and bounds was Ten Ounce (John McKenney) (below). Second place was captured by Ramble On (Buzz Ballard) by one point over the third place boat Evergreen (Bob Donaldson). But, rest assured that within four months, everyone will be scraping, painting, and waxing their boats to kick off the 2011 season. Hope to see everyone there ( —by James Shawn Moore

PSC’s Barb Van Ness gives Al Ponessa gifts of appreciation for his service.

A Token of Their Affection

t the November meeting of the Philadelphia Sailing Club (PSC), Al Ponessa discussed his volunteer activities on the tall ship Gazella; commodore Barb Van Ness recognized Ponessa’s three-year service as commodore (left); and Mary Ann Kraemer previewed the 2011 sailing season. In addition to our usual Chesapeake sailings, we will sail out of Newport, RI, in July to Martha’s Vineyard; sail in Maine in August; and do a night sail in July out of Rock Hall, MD. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month at the Cynwyd Club ( Join us on the first Wednesday of the month at Gullifty’s Restaurant in Rosemont, PA, for our first “Hard Aground” happy hour of the year. —by Jane Renshaw Harrington

Potlucks and New Officers


n November, the Chesapeake Corinthian Sailing Club (CCSC) had a potluck dinner and elected officers for the upcoming year (right). Good food, company, and conversations about sailing made for a fine evening! The 2011 officers will be: commodore Patrick McGeehan, vice commodore Adrian Flynn, secretary and membership Hank and Jan Zerhusen, treasurer Ed Sabin, and newsletter editor Barbara Coyle. Although winter sailing is not on the schedule, a party is planned for January (tomandadrian90@ —by Adrian Flynn

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CCSC members met to elect new officers and enjoy find camaraderie.


Get in Gear

ecretary Dick Young and Dickerson captain John Freal of the Dickerson Owners Association have developed a new Dickerson Treasure Chest, so you can readily obtain nautical apparel and gifts such as burgees, hats, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, and even travel mugs with the classic Dickerson logo to use or give as a gift to your Dickerson sailor (left). Now Dickerson friends in the local Chesapeake Bay area and in distant places can obtain memorabilia on these classic wooden and fiberglass sailing yachts built in Cambridge and Trappe, MD, more than 60 years ago ( —by John Freal and Dick Young

Dickerson kids display club gear.


Raft-Up Central

he officers of Northern Star Hunter Sailing Association will soon meet to preplan the upcoming season. We begin the year with a new commodore and hopefully a rebounding economy as the club sets out to map the raft-ups for the upcoming season; nine of them are already on the calendar (! —by Eddie Sabol


Southern Sagas and Northern Narratives

ixty members of Club Beneteau Chesapeake Bay gathered at the Inn at Pirates Cove in Galesville, MD, for their annual fall luncheon November 20 to socialize, eat, take care of business, and elect new officers. Members who had hosted raft-ups or other events during the season received awards, including Northern Fleet rear commodore Kevin McKibben for planning and leading 13 vessels that participated in the BOLD event of circumnavigating the DelMarVa during June and Southern Fleet rear commodore Dave Bennett for planning and leading several members to Block Island and Maine this summer. (We sweated the summer away; they wore sweaters at night and ate lobster. Not fair!). New officers are commodore Mike Everitt, vice commodore Al Nahmias, Northern Fleet rear commodore Joe Zebleckes, Southern Fleet rear commodore Dave Bennett, treasurer Nadine Schneider, and secretary Jeanne vanHekken. Everitt presented retiring officers Christy Tinnes, Sue Brown, and Kevin McKibben with beautiful, engraved chart weights in recognition of their service to the club. On January 15, the Southern Fleet will hold a training day at the Coves of Wilton Creek in Hartfield, VA. The Northern Fleet will host a diesel engine seminar in February ( —by Kevin McKibben Chesapeake Bay Sailing

Ice runs through their veins. NERYC frostbiters (L-R): Adam Blackwell, Chris Crockett, and Mark Hergan


Frosty Frigid Freezers

e have been frostbite sailing at North East River YC (NERYC) (above). We’ve sailed in wild conditions, sometimes with a few NERYC junior sailors. Mark Hergan captured some spectacular footage at On a beautiful November 28 Adam Blackwell, Chris Crockett, and Hergan (below) had a good time. We have a few boats available. So even if you don’t have your own Laser, but you have a wetsuit or drysuit, we’ve got you covered ( —by Mark Hergan

Chesapeake to Nova Scotia in One Night!


n November 13, the Annapolis Fleet of the Corinthians (AFC) hosted a Fall Potluck Gathering in Easton, MD, in conjunction with the Waterfowl Festival. Mary Kay Noren’s and Don Andrew’s home accommodated the crowd of 38 well and allowed for easy viewing of Carol and Leigh Seaver’s slide show recounting their three-month adventure to Nova Scotia, including a map of their stops as well as many historical details of specific anchorages, pictures of their crew, people they met, and their personal stories (right). The event was a hit, with many lingering well into the evening ( —by Cynthia Pyron

Carol and Leigh Seaver delighted the AFC crowd with stories of their sail to Nova Scotia.

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CRUISING CLUB NOTES New Crew at the Helm


he West River Sailing Club (WRSC) (right) in Galesville, MD, recently welcomed incoming commodore Carole McCullough, vice commodore Al Lohman, rear commodore Bernard Doyle, fleet captain Doug Watson, cruising fleet captain Al Sutherland, secretary Lincoln Phillips, treasurer Daphne Byron, one-design member-at-large Chris Allen, cruising member-at-large Jack Lahr, big boat member-at-large Bob Gallagher, and past commodores Lloyd Kinch and Bruce Ogden ( —by Jean Bellegarde


Bells of the Ball

ack Creek YC (BCYC) members (below) was represented in the Eastport YC (EYC) Parade of Lights; Dave Beyer’s Boston Whaler Trolley Cat displayed “Doves of Peace,” with Dale Schulz and Greg Mucci. John Yates and Gail Higginbotham were on EYC’s judging committee. Our Commodore’s Ball at the Kent Island YC in Grasonville, MD, January 29 will celebrate 2011’s officers: commodore Bill Falk; vice commodore Steve Bacon; rear commodore John Loving; fleet captain Dusty Rhodes; treasurer Mary Bowie; secretary Karen Kranzer; board of governors Ted Edmunds, Jamie Ritter, and Mary Ross; continuing governors Higginbotham, Schulz, and J.J. Sullivan; social director Brenda Ripley; cruise director Candy Wilson; publishing director Juliana Nedd; midweek chair Pat Bernhart; and membership chair Sullivan ( —by Otto Hetzel

Maddie Yates, Leslie and Larry Sturzenberger, Wally Stone, and Court Trueth celebrate during BCYC’s Parade of Lights Party December 11 at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront. Photo courtesy of Michelle Sanger

WRSC’s board (L-R): Bruce Ogden, Doug Watson, Bernard Doyle, Al Lohman, Carole McCullough, Daphne Byron, Lincoln Phillips, and Bob Gallagher. Not shown are Chris Allen, Lloyd Kinch, Jack Lahr, and Al Sutherland. Photo by Peter Jones


Good Dog, Boat Dog

ich Freeman of Catalina 34 Fleet 12 and his dog Guinness return from Oxford, MD, November 21 (below). The weekend weather was perfect for sailing to Oxford from Solomons on Saturday and returning on Sunday. Patty and I figured it would be the last best Rich Freeman and Guinness weekend for a trip. All three of us had a great sail, and we found a new tapas restaurant in Oxford that we can highly recommend. When we returned to Solomons, we took the sails off and began the winterizing process (teknikr2004@yahoo. com). —by Rich Freeman

All Settled Down for a Long Winter’s Nap


elow, members of the Norfolk Naval SA (NNSA) enjoy the Mobjack Raft-Up/Labor Day Cruise to the East River, which John Peterson led. What a wonderful trip with awesome wind! Wally Sheid—NNSA commodore emeritus from 1970 and an NNSA original plank holder—came by to visit. At 90 years young, he was a WWII frogman and races his Catalina 30 every week! We also toured Zimmerman Marine’s boat yard, which hand-crafts beautiful sailboats and trawlers and welcomes visitors. Thanks to Roy and Irene Weisert for sharing their dock and home. It was a very memorable weekend (norfolknavalsailing .org). —by John Peterson NNSA rocked the docks with its raft-up on Mobjack Bay over Labor Day.

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Starting Over

any sailors shake off their New Year’s Eve kinks by racing on the Bay in January 1 events such as Annapolis YC’s Hangover Bowl and Severn SA’s 13-mile Ice Bowl, which is a race from Annapolis, up the Severn River, around St. Helena Island, and back. The Hampton YC in Virginia hosts the Dana Dillon Memorial New Year’s Madness Race, and the Potomac River SA’s Last fleet celebrates the day with a Hangover Regatta. The weekend of January 30 to 31 marks the Interclub (IC) Midwinter Regatta. New York and Massachusetts IC sailors flock to Annapolis for the annual event reportedly for the warmer venue and are often surprised to find “real” winter in America’s Sailing Capital. It never stops them from racing, eating warm soup by the fireplace, and enjoying the camaraderie and competition off the U.S. Naval Academy seawall. Do you compete in a winter regatta you have not seen covered in SpinSheet? We would like to hear about it. Please e-mail photos and stories to


Is the Governor’s Cup Nearing its End?

umors started to fly the moment the Southern Maryland publication The Enterprise printed a December 8 article called “The Governor’s Cup Yacht Race May be Nearing the Finish Line,” outlining how St. Mary’s College of Maryland was “mulling financial cuts.” The article did specify that the 2011 edition will definitely happen. The SpinSheet phone lines heated up, concerned e-mails circulated, and a “Save the Governor’s Cup” Facebook page emerged. We placed a call to St. Mary’s to see if the article was accurate and to ask what our readers could do to help keep the event alive and well. Here is a letter from the college’s new president to SpinSheet readers: “We recognize that the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race is a popular summer event, and the college is proud of the role it has played in promoting and hosting it. In recent years, however, the race has lost money for the college, and we’ve had to fund the deficit from sources we think are more properly dedicated to the educational program. We hope we can find a way to continue to offer a high quality event and be good stewards of our resources. To that end, I’ve charged a task force to review the race and its finances and to recommend options to make the

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The AYC Hangover Bowl is one among many New Year’s Day events on the Chesapeake. Do you participate in a frostbite race you haven’t seen in SpinSheet? Please write to tell us about it. Photo by Al Schreitmueller The rumor is true: St. Mary’s College is evaluating how to keep the Governor’s Cup alive without losing money. It’s also true that the event will take place in 2011. If you have ideas about how to bring the Gov Cup back to its former glory, email govcup@smcm. edu. Photo by Al Schreitmueller

event revenue-neutral. I should add that the scrutiny we’re giving to Governor’s Cup is no different than the scrutiny we give to all of our auxiliary programs. The task force will report its findings in a transparent way and we value input from the community. Comments may be sent to the college through its Governor’s Cup e-mail:” Joe Urgo President of St. Mary’s College of Maryland If you are one of those sailors who loves the challenge of sailing 70 miles on a hot summer night to one of the prettiest venues on the Bay in a regatta that’s been a summer tradition for almost four decades, we urge you to write to the Gov Cup task force via with specific feedback. Help them figure out how to sign up more competitors in 2011 and beyond, to reduce costs to the college, and to bring the event back to its former glory. If you love the Governor’s Cup, jump back in and make it happen. ~M.W. SpinSheet January 2011 59

Racin’ Down South Getting to the Point at Key West Race Week

Photo by Sara Proctor


lthough most of them are too busy to make it to the “buoy” at South and Whitehead Streets, racing sailors from around the world enjoy traveling to the Southernmost Point of the United States on the two- by four-mile island we associate with turquoise waters and a respite from the snow: Key West. Sailors from 26 states and 17 countries will make the pilgrimage to Key West Race Week 2011 presented by Nautica January 17 to 21. A hundred and thirty boats were registered at print time. The major change to the event is the new 2011 shoreside venue, which will be anchored at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery along with the wine and beer bar called Grunts. The section of Caroline Street between the two locations will provide mingling space, and the block between Duval and Whitehead Streets will be blocked off. The new race village is convenient to the Historic Seaport Marina and the other Old Town marina facilities, as well as Truman Annex, Mallory Square, and all the Duval Street watering holes. 60 January 2011 SpinSheet

“Change can be good,” says event director Peter Craig. “We certainly feel that will apply to race week’s new shoreside venue. It’s shaping up to be an upgrade in many ways.” Among the Chesapeake Bay entries registered are Annapolis sailors Ennio Staffini and his crew on the JV/52 Anema & Core, David McAleer on the Rock Hall-based Mac 30 Caribbean Soul, Tapio Saavalainen on the Grand Soleil 37 Kalevala II, and Annapolis sailor Bill Sweetser on the J/109 Rush. Annapolis sailors Richard Ewing and Idarae Prothero on the Beneteau First 42 Molto Bene, and Gerry Taylor’s Cape Fear 38 Tangent crew will make the trek as well. Farr 30 sailors John and Linda Edwards (Solomons) on Rhumb Punch, Brad Kauffmann (Annapolis) and his Mummbles crew, and Bodo and Nick von der Wense (Wayne, PA) on Turbo Duck are set to compete in the regatta. The J/80 class will be represented by Annapolis sailors Kristen and Brian Robinson and the Angry Chameleon crew as well as three student boats from J/World Annapolis. In addition to

the Farr 30, J/80, Melges 24, and Melges 32 classes, the J/105 is the other to hold its Midwinters at Key West and will be represented by Virginia sailors on Travis Weisleder’s Lucky Dog. If anyone questions the skill level of Chesapeake Bay race committees, just refer them to the race committee list at Key West Race Week. A dozen race committee (RC) members have been returning to volunteer at the event for decades. Annapolis RC volunteer for more than 10 years, Dick Neville says, “While the event cannot truly prosper without more entries, once again, as in 2010, the racing will not suffer with a low turnout. It is actually better racing with the smaller fleets as the competitors are generally the ‘front row’ guys who no longer have to fight through the ‘second row’ guys. On race committee, we will approach it as we always do: giving them the best racing we can. For the RC, being on the water with your friends in KW in January is usually all good. What’s not to like?” To learn more, visit

Chesapeake Connections at Key West Race Committee and Shoreside Staff Don Behrens California, MD Race Committee Bruce Bingman Arlington, VA PHRF and Sponsors Wayne Bretsch Annapolis, MD PRO Becky Craig Pasadena, MD Shoreside Jasper Craig Pasadena, MD Shoreside Annapolis, MD Race Committee Fred Dersch Joy Dorethy Hollywood, MD Race Committee Annapolis, MD Race Committee Walter Flowers Marilyn Goodson Annapolis, MD Shoreside Keith Jacobs Leonardtown, MD Race Committee Annapolis, MD Race Committee Barbara Neville Dick Neville Annapolis, MD Race Committee Herb Reese Lusby, MD Shoreside Peter Sarelas Annapolis, MD Race Committee Wes Saunders Crownsville, MD Shoreside Tom Stalder Annapolis, MD Race Committee Ken Stanek Ellicott City, MD Photographer Taran Teague Arlington, VA Race Committee Bill Wagner Odenton, MD Press Officer

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The J/80 fleet will hold its Midwinter Championships in conjunction with Key West Race Week 2011. Here is Annapolis sailor Jeremy Reynolds and crew on Magic in Motion in 2010. Photo by Sara Proctor

Chesapeake Crews Stock Up for Key West


by the Chesapeake Rambler, Fred Miller

ey West. It needs no introduction. Everybody who’s anybody knows about Key West Race Week. KWRW. Kay Dubya Are Dubya. Crews look forward to this one for most of the year, with good reason. And by the time it’s time, Bubba, the January weather delta alone would justify the trip, much less the green-water racing. The crew of Brian and Kristen Robinson’s J/80 Angry Chameleon may be typical of most trailer sailors, towing the boat south to the Keys with only a little time to spare. On the Friday before, Brian and kite trimmer Tim Borland will hitch up the rig at Eastport YC (EYC), then drive straight through in 22 hours plus, with a target arrival of noon Saturday at the Truman Annex Navy Basin. They’ll launch and tweak on Saturday afternoon, which leaves Sunday to practice and enjoy a little of the Key West atmosphere before everybody gets serious before first gun on Monday morning. This year, anyway, Kristen will fly in on Saturday—she’s the smart one. As with any other logistic exercise, they’d better not forget anything. “We pretty much take it all,” says Kristen, “although these boats are user friendly.” 62 January 2011 SpinSheet

The most important sine-qua-non stuff: spare tire, gin pole for the mast, tools, turnbuckles, docklines, and fenders. As is the practice with many of the racers, they also pack along an electric dehumidifier with plenty of extension cord. End of race day, with boat and all gear very wet, it all gets closed up inside the boat, right down to the gloves and foul weather gear, along with that electric drier. Next morning, so much better. Ah, but everybody forgets or breaks or needs something for the boat. And then they have to hike it quickly to the local chandlery—or get it onsite at Truman Annex. At West Marine on Caroline Street, they take it all in stride. “This is one of our biggest events of the year,” says manager Kevin Robertson. “We start prepping months in advance.” That prep includes beefing up inventories of winch handles, tape, foulies, gloves, shoes, and shades. They have extra winddata displays and sensors, for when stuff starts to break out there. If there’s heavy air during The Week, block and tackle parts and cam cleats just fly off the shelves. Robertson pulls resources from their Stock Island location four miles away, and West

Marine has its rigging trailer and the Harken truck at Truman as well. They sell a lot of knives, Wet Notes, some collision mats, padded-seat shorts, cold weather gloves, and foulies, too. Here’s a good one: the TSA considers those gas canisters for inflatable PFDs to be a threat to air travel! So, West Marine stocks up on PFD recharging items, too. This is big business. Representatives from Harken, Sperry Top-Sider, New England Ropes, and Henri Lloyd are all here, many introducing their firms’ latest offerings. Robertson observes that many captains wait for the days before Race Week to outfit their crews with matching technical apparel, because this is when some of the newest, most innovative gear appears. “The weekend before racing is our busiest of the year.” Likewise, West Marine adjusts its normal schedule, opening at 7 a.m., an hour early, and closing the store at 8 p.m., two hours later than normal. To meet demand and accommodate the customer, it’s all hands on alert. Imagine running a business where the first month of the year is historically huge. But there’s another perspective that might not be nearly as obvious, no matter how many times you’ve been to Race Week. From the point of view of nonmanagement folks who work at West Marine—sailors themselves, mostly—this period is stressful and frankly, not a lot of fun. “More than at any time of year, the customers are very demanding,” says a veteran employee. “They come in pumped up already, and they want it yesterday.” Can you imagine?! “Some of those overstressed captains will bark at us as if we were their foredeck crew.” Here’s an inside item, verbatim: “The Annapolis sailors are pretty reasonable, but the Rhode Island crowd can be rude and swinish.” (This is not a compliment.) Finally, remember this is January. The same weather pattern that makes for great racing can affect the locals, especially those who “commute” via dinghy to their homes in the anchorage field. “With the late hours, we get off work at nine or even 10 at night. Then, we have to go out to the boat in some pretty nasty conditions.” Oh, I get it. So, they have to commute to and from work like so many of the rest of us, after keeping the customer satisfied. Only, right here in Paradise. Yer breakin’ my heart!

More Racin’ Down South


Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race

he 36th running of the 160-nautical-mile Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race will start off Port Everglades January 12 and run south to the end of the Florida Keys. In a good breeze, competitors start rolling over the finish line at dawn. The unofficial feeder race for Key West Race Week is organized by the Storm Trysail Club and the Lauderdale YC. At print time, there were 46 entries. To learn more, visit

Miami Grand Prix


he Miami Grand Prix regatta unfolds March 10 to 13. Many of the same players from Key West Race Week in Farr 30, Melges 32, Swan 42, and IRC classes will gather in the Atlantic Ocean off South Beach, Miami, FL. For details, visit


Get In Early… Charleston Race Week

ast fall, the organizers of Charleston Race Week, slated to unfold April 14 to 17 in Charleston, SC, launched a new website designed to make signing up early easier than ever. “Our early registration benefits have been a huge hit,” says logistics manager Danny Havens. “Free rafted moorage to the first 35 registrants (limitations apply), free pre-event boat and trailer storage, heavily discounted hotel rooms from our partner, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina (deadline December 31), and our standard early registration discount have helped a lot of teams save money over the years. We encourage everyone to sign up now to get the full treatment this year.” Register at 

Early registrants for Charleston Race Week have benefits. Photo by Shannon Hibberd

Chesapeake Sailors Head South Rolex Miami OCR

(Miami, FL) Jan. 23-29,

Pineapple Cup

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Montego Bay, Jamaica) Feb. 5-11,

RORC Caribbean 600

(Antigua, BVI) Feb. 21,

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

(St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles) Mar. 3-6,

Miami Grand Prix

(Miami, FL) Mar. 10-13,

International Rolex Regatta

(St. Thomas, USVI) Mar. 24-27,

BVI Spring Regatta and Festival (Tortola, BVI) Mar. 28-Apr. 3,

Charleston Race Week

(Charleston, SC) Apr. 14-17,

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A record 21 boats sailed making this by far the largest Penguin regatta of the year and the best attended ICPFR to date.

The fleet was supported by some regular Penguin sailors, but more importantly, by many new and returning sailors.

2010 Island Creek Penguin Frostbite


by Paul Hull, photos by Paul Rohrkemper

he seventh annual Island Creek Penguin Frostbite Regatta (ICPFR) was held November 13 at the Corkran estate on Island Creek. The day was perfect with shifting light breezes and temperatures in the mid 60s. A record 21 boats sailed making this by far the largest Penguin regatta of the year and the best attended ICPFR to date. The fleet was supported by some regular Penguin sailors but, more importantly, by many new and returning sailors. Eric Wagner sailed with Penguin lifetime sailor Sewall Cox. Bill Lane’s son Matt brought crew Patrick Firth into the fleet, and Emily Dupont returned after a two-year absence with Brendan Gotowka.

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Eric Crawford loaned his beautiful boat to son Eddie who sailed with Suzy Cox. Cathy Schmidt brought the boat she has owned since childhood and enlisted husband Brian as crew. Liz Wainwright, who sailed with Caroline Benson to a fine second place in the first race, can hardly be counted in this group as she returns with regularity from her home in Manhattan. Solo sailor John Shannahan put in a rare appearance, and John Danly gave up his regular duties as boat launcher to sail with his brother Bill. Local sailors Harry Callahan and Log Canoe stalwart Tad Dupont were also welcomed to the fleet. New Penguin sailors Matt Fafoutis and Bryn Bachman borrowed one of Charlie Krafft’s

fleet of boats, and Philip Logan used Scott Williamson’s Powder Monkey. As usual, this event was actually a huge party hosted by Kim Corkran, her extended family, and the entire Island Creek neighborhood. The partygoers and support team outnumbered the sailors by a good margin. Everyone with any connection to sailing in general and Penguins in particular was there. Doug Firth handled race committee duties and set very welcome square lines and courses for the five races. Although the top of the fleet was dominated by recent outstanding Penguin sailors, returning Penguin sailor Andrew Parrish with his daughter Addison started off with a win in the first race to round out the top five. John Majane singlehanded to an excellent sixth. Aubrey Barringer showed super boat speed to finish as first crew in the crew race in which Charlie Krafft’s crew Donna Mckenzie placed second and Gray Benson third. More importantly, food and drink were present in abundance, and the raw oysters were especially succulent this year. Thanks again to Kim, her family, and all their friends. Complete results and photos are at


Jabin Wins Melges 32 Gold Cup

nnapolis sailor Rod Jabin and Ramrod crew—Chris Larson (tactics), Richard Clarke, Curtis Florence, Ray Wulff, Scott Holmgren, and Vann Walke—won his second consecutive Melges 32 Gold Cup title and is the first to win two in a row. The event was held out of Lauderdale YC in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, December 3 to 5. Jabin says, “The Ramrod program is really coming together and we now feel like we’re making some progress. Our only expectation for this event was to be competitive. My crew—they worked so hard and never gave up. That’s what this win is about.” Photos by Sara Proctor Email:

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SpinSheet on Ice

ack by popular demand, SpinSheet will host a skating night for sailors on Thursday, January 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. We’re only hosting one this year, so don’t miss it! Bring a friend and come on out to skate with fellow sailors at Quiet Waters Park. Pit beef and hot chocolate will be for sale in the hut next to the ice rink, and inside, a warm fire welcomes all who need a little break. How much more fun can you imagine for less than $10? Tell the skating office you’re with SpinSheet to take advantage of our discount.

How Do I Enter?

uilding the momentum for the 18th biennial Annapolis to Bermuda race to be held June 8, 2012 , organizers have set up a series of Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) seminars that feature past participants sharing their experiences. Seminars will focus on boat preparation, crew training, and navigation tactics with a question and answer period at the end. A seminar entitled “What is the Bermuda Ocean Race and How Do I Enter?” is scheduled for Saturday, February 5 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Eastport YC (EYC) at 317 First Street in the Eastport section of Annapolis. BOR veteran Robin Allison will lead the panel discussion. Allison has crewed in 15 Bermuda races; is a tug boat captain with a 200-ton Masters License; served as captain aboard Walter Cronkite’s yacht Wyntje; and has accumulated more than 60,000 offshore miles. The seminar, the second in the series, is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for purchase after the seminar. EYC’s parking lot is for members only. Non-members may park on the street. Email Kristy Goode via kristy@sailingclasses. com for seminar details. The BOR begins in Annapolis and finishes 753 nautical miles later in Bermuda. EYC and Bermuda’s St. George’s Dinghy Club host it. The event is open to any single or multi-hulled sailing yacht. The competition welcomes racing veterans, first-timers, and cruisers. bermudaoceanrace. com

Skating around with your sailing buddies, eating pit beef sandwiches, drinking hot chocolate, and ending the evening warming up by a roaring fire. Can you think of a better way to spend a Thursday night in January?

Sailors like water. Water is ice. So, sailors like ice. We’re only having one SpinSheet Skating Night this year, so put January 13 on your calendar now.

Say “freeze!” The staff at the Quiet Waters Park Ice Rink are not only giving SpinSheet readers a discount for Skating Night, but they also sell warm sandwiches and hot chocolate and keep the fireplace inside well-stoked.

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Cool Change, Rusty Burshell’s J/30 was first up Hampton River to win the race and to get his name on the Gaboon Spittoon Trophy! Photos by Lin McCarthy

Gaboon Race Committee met the “abominable snowman” criteria, too (L-R): Spectator Randy Pugh, RC members Dick Boykin, John McCarthy, and John Ritter. Not pictured: mark boat crew Marshall Findley, Susan Downing, and Jerry Olson.

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es! It was cold—35 degrees. Yes! It was windy—20 to 25 knots. Yes! The racers were crazy! Yes! It was the annual Gaboon Race. This was the 33rd edition of the Gaboon Race, which is run every December, and for southern Bay racers, marks the official end of the year’s racing season. Anything after the Gaboon is either pre- or actual 2011 season. The Gaboon, if the weather is even a little bit forgiving for December, usually draws children and neighbors as additional crew. Pets are allowed onboard, and tropical attire with Santa hats prevails. However, for 2010, the weather channels spread blather, warning of super extreme conditions, so the faint of heart were inclined to stay ashore. That left the racing to the strong bodies, and some say, weak minds. There were 12 boats filled with racers bundled up well enough to meet “abominable snowman” criteria. A favorite piece of attire admired and coveted by many at the pre-race breakfast was Phil Briggs’ Mad Bomber hat. The hat was definition heavy weather gear—fur ear flaps and forehead trim with chin straps and waterproofing. Surely, Robert Perry wore one on his trek to the Pole. When one admirer tried the hat on backwards, a friend was moved to declare she looked like a “psycho beagle.” Geared up and stoked, all 12 boats started and finished Gaboon 2010. And, they acquitted themselves well; so well that they almost proved the theory of staggered start races. All 12 boats finished the eight-mile course within a six-minute and 32 seconds window. The theory of staggered start racing is that the handicap is built in at the start (slower boats go first), so that theoretically, everyone finishes at the same time. This was the closest finishing anyone can remember, even Gaboon chairman, Briggs, who had the idea for the event 33 years ago and has run and raced in them all. The first boat to finish and claim overall Gaboon honors was Cool Change, Rusty Burshell. Close on his heels was Gene Thayer’s Pterodactyl, and dicing for third Briggs, a.k.a. the Mad Bomber, in Feather. It didn’t take long for the post-race Irish coffee to thaw the lips, toes, and brains, and the legend building began! To be a Gaboon, to win the Gaboon Spittoon first place trophy, you have to go. These 12 did... and probably will in 2011, too!

by Molly Winans

Jay Kehoe


he speed at which Jay Kehoe answers questions tips you off that he grew up right across the river from New York in Perth Amboy, NJ. At the age of eight, Kehoe started in a Chevron and Shell Oil-sponsored city sailing program on Dyer Dhow 12.5s. His grandfather, the only other sailor in the family, built him a pram, and for ten years, he competed on Lasers and Blue Jays in junior events and youth championships, as well as gaining tremendous big boat experience, such as sailing with Dennis Connor on Seymour Senet’s Williwaw and and doing such races as the Vineyard Race. After high school, Kehoe enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG); two of his four years were spent as assistant head sailing coach of the USCG Academy in New London, CT. When he finished his duties, he then worked for North Sails in Milford, CT, before moving to sunnier climes to coach sailing for three years at the St. Petersburg YC in St. Petersburg, FL, where he met his wife Amy Gross. In his 20 years of professional coaching, Kehoe has created educational programs for Sunfish/Laser and done stints with the sailing teams at Yale University, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Stanford University (seven years). For two and a half years, he has been the waterfront director of Annapolis YC (AYC). One of Kehoe’s goals at AYC has been “to elevate the junior program and the skill levels from competing locally to nationally.” He’s achieved it by bringing I-420s into the club and getting junior sailors to highly competitive regattas, including a world championship, beyond the Bay. At home, he feels it’s important “to give kids an experience they don’t get in a normal yacht club program—not just racers, but all sailors will have the best experience possible.” Bringing boardsailing to AYC and better educating the coaches “to impart their love of the sport” are a couple of ways he’s worked toward his goals. Last fall, Kehoe won the 2010 U.S. Sailing National Developmental Coach of the Year, an award his wife, Amy, a former SpinSheet staffer and Gunston Day School head coach and waterfront director, had won in 2000. When the duo is not coaching, they love to take their seven-year-old daughter Merrick out to explore the creeks around Annapolis in their powerboat Tinsley, “an eBay special,” says Jay. “It looks like the S.S. Minnow.”

SpinSheet: When was the last time you fell overboard? I’ve never fallen overboard, but I fell out of a kayak once.

What’s your best crash story?

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Keelboat or dinghy? Why? Keelboat. I’m too big for dinghies. Gravity has taken its toll.

What are your favorite all-time movies? Caddyshack and Animal House. If you took a road trip, what playlist would you listen to? I set my iPod Genius playlist to James Taylor.

What television shows do you enjoy? Lawyer shows—Boston Legal was my favorite. Dirty Jobs and MythBusters.

If you had a T-shirt with your own one-liner mantra on it, what would it say? “Bad air,” on the back! We wanted to do that on the butts of our shorts at Stanford, but it didn’t go over well.

What are three items of sailing gear you have that you could not live without? My Musto spray top, Musto bibs, and Kaenon sunglasses.

What is the most common mistake that junior sailors make? They let their parents rig their boats. Then, they don’t learn how to rig a boat.

What is the most common mistake sailing parents make? They push their kids into being overly competitive. It’s the parents who live vicariously through their kids who chase them away from the sport. The parents’ job is to facilitate their kids’ learning. When they do it well, their kids sail for the rest of their lives.

With all of your coaching, do you find time to sail? Yes. I sail on Etchells. I’ve also sailed recently on a J/122, a Farr 40, and a Melges 24.

I was teaching a class at Stanford, and the electronics went out. I went below to start the engine, and the student driver hit a buoy in the bay and knocked a hole in the boat. It worked out well, because the insurance paid for a new paint job.

If money were no object, what kind of boat would you buy?

Who are your favorite people to sail with?

I love the creeks. It’s amazing how much water Annapolis is surrounded by. You’re always seeing new things.

Chris Larson, Senet Bischoff, Dave Askew, and Kevin McNeill.



I’d buy a Gunboat so that we could home-school Merrick and cruise the world.

What is your favorite place on the Bay?

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Welcome Aboard to the 2011 CBYRA Executive Committee!

President Karin Drexel Masci Executive Vice President Tate Russack

It’s Time To Renew Your CBYRA Membership for 2011 ake advantage of our member benefits and sign up today by visiting to update your info or to join CBYRA for the first time.


Treasurer Vince Iatesta Secretary Bill Adams Region I Vice President Glenn Harvey Region II Vice President Wick Dudley Region III Vice President Doug Jurius Region IV Vice President Randy Pugh

Bobby Frey (at right) presents Phil Evaul with the Bowman with the Winning Spirit Award at the CBYRA High Point awards ceremony in 2010. Photo by Sara Proctor

Some of CBYRA’s Partners: Handicap Division Representative Tim Layne Cruising One Design Division Representative Penny Zahn One Design Division Representative Elliott Oldak Junior Division Representative Fredrik Salvesen U.S. Sailing Representative Taran Teague Visit to find out the latest updates on the 2010 High Point Awards and upcoming ceremony in February 2011.

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Alex Schlegel, general manager of Hartge Yacht Yard in Galesville, MD, recently welcomed two apprentices who have joined his 25-man work force. Kelsey Averil and Sterling Schlegel (right) have years of boating experience in both power and sail and a solid interest in learning and becoming experts in a marine trade. Under the tutelage of supervisor Rob Nilsen, Averil is learning the nuts and bolts of rigging and electronic installation. Sterling Schlegel is proving to be a quick study under the watchful eye of master carpenters Peter Bell and Greg Sampson. Extensive training and industry certification programs enable the Hartge crew to provide quality service in most every aspect of yacht repair, installations, and maintenance.

Dream Charters

Annapolis-based Dream Yacht Charter (DYC) recently purchased Vernicos Yacht Charters—reportedly, the largest and oldest charter operator in Greece and Turkey. This increases DYC’s fleet to more than 400 yachts in 29 locations around the world, including Annapolis, the British Virgin Islands, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Corsica, and beyond. The merger also gives clients more choices of yachts and bases throughout the islands in the Eastern Mediterranean. DYC’s president Loic Bonnet says, “Each of our bases is intimate and service focused. From the moment our clients pick up the telephone to book with us, until our base manager says goodbye to them at the end of their charter, guests are taken care of as if they are the only clients we have.”

(L-R): Sterling Schlegel and Kelsey Averil recently joined the crew at Hartge Yacht Yard.

Keep This in Mind

This spring, Mondo Polymer will again come to Maryland and pick up used shrink wrap for recycling into its products in Ohio. All straps, doors, and zippers must be removed from the wrap to be eligible for recycling; it saves time to cut them out while the wrap is being removed. To get on the schedule for pickup, contact Ron Wesel from Mondo Polymer at (888) 607-4790, or Free decals showing how to properly remove the shrinkwrap are available to marinas to put on the outside of shrink-wrapped boats. Get your decal by calling (410) 260-8773 or by email at

The Right Formula

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) added the International Formula 16 as a recognized ISAF multihull class during its annual meeting in Athens, Greece, this November. The West River Sailing Club is the home of the Chesapeake Bay’s F16 Fleet and will host the U.S. F16 Nationals September 9-11, 2011. Stay tuned as things develop.

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Marine diesel mechanic Neal Hoar (below) recently completed his American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) certification training, becoming Deltaville Boatyard’s (DBY) 11th full-time ABYC Master Certified Technician. Neal has been employed with DBY since 2008. In a little over two years with the company, he has completed numerous training courses, including ABYC’s Diesel Engine and Support Systems, Marine Systems, Electrical Certification, as well as Yanmar’s Small Engine and Medium Advanced Engine programs. Congrats, Neal!

Neal Hoar. Photo courtesy of Deltaville Boatyard

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donated boats for sale at Center Dock Marina, Fells Point, Baltimore. Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington-based non-profit educational organization that teaches youths with experiential learning-“learning by doing.” (Several available). Best offers accepted., (410) 685-0295.

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27’ Hunter ’83 Draft: 3’3” This boat has had everything upgraded or replaced! Yanmar 1GM10 w/250 hrs., 155 genoa w/Furlex furler, main w/3 reefs, many upgrades, dodger, bimini & connector, new hatches & ports, standing rigging, traveler, rigid boom vang, refrigeration, includes in-hatch AC. This boat is ready to sail away! $10,000 obo Call (302) 836-3678 or email 27’ Hunter Shoal Draft ‘78 2005

9.9 Merc 4-stroke, wheel steering; new main, Harken furler w/150 furling sail; new head and 20 gal holding tank, 5” cushions, 2-speed winches & lifelines; new bottom paint 2010; very good sail away cond., Asking $7,000. Call (302) 453-1758 or (302) 740-2504.

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glass cruising sloop, good cond., Volvo dsl, wheel steering, RF, Sea Scouts, $4900, obo, Steve Alexander 301-646-0805,

28’ Classic Sabre ’73 w/Atomic-4 Good cond. Tiller steering, furling jib. Northern Bay. Best offer. Lee (570) 650-5360.

30’ Pearson ’73 Sailboat For Sale Located in Deale MD. Boat is in sound condition with a 30-hp engine. Call John with any questions: (540) 220-0294. Asking $6,000 30’ Tartan 30 ’72 Ready to sail with

4 sails and fresh bottom paint. Water tight and very well maintained. Great sailing boat with many extras including Awlgrip® and holding tank. Asking $16,000. Located Middle River. Check out photos & specs at boat ID #111655 or call Paul (925) 234-0232.

32’ Bayfield ’84 Ted Gozzard designed; Canadian built Bayfield 32 is a great example of a classic coastal cutter. She recently sailed from the Florida Keys. Engine and hull are in good solid condition. $29,950 Boatshed Annapolis (703)855-4408, email: Visit our web:

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1978 Westsail 32 $69,000

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2002 Catalina 36 MKII $112,500

’02 ‘03 ’04 Beneteau 36.7 3 from $114,500

2004 Tartan 3700 $235,000

1997 Beneteau 321 $65,000

1984 Wauquiez Hood 38 MKII $89,900

1983 Niagara 31 $34,500

Yankee Dolphin 24 '68 ................$27,900.00 Beneteau 285 '90 ..........................$24,900.00 Bristol Channel Cutter 28 '81 '87 2 from $99,900.00 Legacy 28 '05 ...............................$122,900.00 Bristol 29.9.....................................$29,900.00 Baba 30 '83.....................................$49,900.00 C&C 30 '88 ....................................$49,500.00 Custom Gaff Rig Schooner '59..$37,500.00 Sea Sailer 30 '65 ............................$39,500.00 Nonsuch 30 '83 .............................$54,900.00 O'Day 30 '81..................................$12,500.00 Pearson 303 '84.............................$27,900.00 William Garden 30 '62 ...............$49,500.00 Beneteau 31 '08...........................$112,000.00 Catalina 310 '00.............................$65,000.00 Niagara 31 '83................................$34,500.00 O'Day 31 '86..................................$26,900.00 Beneteau 321 '97 ..........................$65,000.00 Beneteau 323 '04 '05...... 2 from $77,900.00 B-Boats 32 '95 ...............................$39,900.00 Halvorsen Island Gypsy 32 '03.$189,900.00 Westsail 32 '78..............................$69,000.00 Beneteau 331 '05 ..........................$99,000.00 Cherubini Raider 33 '81 ..............$42,000.00

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LS-10 33 '01 ...................................$49,900.00 X Yachts 332 '02.........................$109,000.00 Beneteau 343 '06 '07 '083 from$119,900.00 Beneteau First 10R '06 ..............$119,000.00 Catalina 34 MkII '01......................$84,000.00 Cruisers 3375 Espirit/SB '98.......$55,000.00 Westerly Seahawk '85 .................$65,000.00 Freedom 35 '94 .............................$99,900.00 Schock Sloop 35 '01.....................$74,900.00 Tartan 3500 '04...........................$179,900.00 Wauquiez Pretorian 35 '85 ........$74,900.00 Albin Trawler 36 '79 '81 2 from$45,000.00 Beneteau 361 '02 ..........................$99,900.00 Beneteau 36.7 '02 '03 '04 3 from $114,500.00 Catalina 36 Mk II '02 ..................$112,500.00 Gozzard Cutter 36 '87 ..............$115,000.00 Hunter 36 '05 ..............................$119,800.00 Mariner Ketch 36 '79...................$54,500.00 Monk 36 '05 .................................$249,000.00 Morris 36 '87 ...............................$139,900.00 Beneteau Evasion 37 '82..............$62,000.00 Lord Nelson Victory Tug '86...$175,000.00 Nordic Tug 37 '99 ......................$279,900.00 Tartan 3700 '04...........................$235,000.00


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Beneteau 381 '99 ..........................$99,000.00 Beneteau First 38 '83 ...................$49,900.00 Bristol 38.8 '86 ............................$109,000.00 Hunter 380 '01 ............................$118,000.00 Irwin 38 MkII '86...........................$69,500.00 Pearson True North 38 '02......$249,000.00 Sabre 386 '05 ...............................$275,000.00 Wauquiez Hood 38 MKII '84.....$89,900.00 Beneteau 390 '91 ..........................$84,900.00 Beneteau 393 '02 '03..... 2 from$139,000.00 Beneteau First 40 '11 .................$249,000.00 Beneteau Oceanis 400 '93 ........$119,500.00 Beneteau 40.7 '01 .......................$169,900.00 C&C 40 '80 ....................................$59,500.00 Catalina 400 '95...........................$124,900.00 Delphia 40 '06..............................$210,000.00 Grand Soliel 40B '07 ..................$359,900.00 Hunter 40.5 '95 .............................$99,000.00 Palmer Johnson NY 40 '78 .........$59,900.00 Hinckley Bermuda 40 '63............$95,000.00 Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40 '84 .............$89,900.00 Sabre 402 '97 '99 '00..... 3 from$219,900.00 Beneteau 411 '01 ........................$134,900.00 LordNNAPOLIS Nelson 41' 1987 .............$174,000.00 ACHT



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Sigma 41 '83 ...................................$79,900.00 Beneteau 423 '03 ........................$200,000.00 Beneteau Swift trawler 42 '07.$389,900.00 Beneteau 42s7 '96.......................$125,000.00 Jeanneau Lagoon 42 '94.............$180,000.00 Sabre 425 '94 ...............................$205,000.00 Vagabond Ketch 42 '84 ...............$99,000.00 Pan Oceanic 43 '81........2 from $85,000.00 Beneteau 43 '08 '10.....2 from $236,000.00 Beneteau 44.7 '05 .......................$239,900.00 Island Packett 44 '92 ..................$239,000.00 Morgan 44 CC '90......................$115,000.00 Beneteau 456 '85 ...........2 from $82,000.00 Howdy Bailey 45 '73 ..................$164,900.00 Beneteau 461 '99 ........................$175,000.00 Hunter 46 '02 ..............................$184,900.00 Leopard Catamaran 46 '09.......$770,000.00 Tartan 4600 '96...........................$299,000.00 Beneteau 473 '01 '02 '033 from $219,900.00 Beneteau 47.7 '04 ........2 from $249,900.00 Beneteau 49 '07............2 from $390,000.00 Beneteau 50 '07...........................$585,000.00 Ocean Alexander 50 '79 ...........$185,000.00 Beneteau 57 CC '04...................$640,000.00


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37 Tartan 3700 ‘00 This one won’t last long –. Lots of goodies & custom Tartan features. Windlass, radar, plotters, full canvas, Autopilot & more. Just reduced significantly to $170,000 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

41’ Bristol 41.1 Keel-Centerboard Center Cockpit. Ted Hood Design. Fully Battened Mainsail system (2009). Flag Blue Hull. Air conditioning. Reduced to $174,750 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

45’ Sabre 452 ‘00. Jim Taylor designed the Sabre 452 as the flagship of the fleet. Loaded with offshore sailing equipment, fast sails, meets Category I requirements. Aircon/diesel generator/Iridium phone/ & AIS. $397,500. Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

53’ Mason Center Cockpit Ketch Ta Shing built ‘84 NON SKID Sabre 34 MK II ‘87 Very clean. refrigeration, dodger, bimini, cockpit cushions & more. White hull, green trim/canvas, a very handsome look w/Sabre quality construction. New boat on order - Offers encouraged! Asking $57,000 . Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

37’ Pacific Seacraft ‘91 Updated

sails, standing & running rigging. A/C, watermaker. Job change forces sale rather than the cruise owner had prepared the boat for. $147,500 Crusader YS (410) 2690939

decks. (NO TEAK!) White Awlgrip hull. Yanmar 140-hp (2002). Kohler 8KW generator(2000). Electric winches. Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

Pacific Seacraft 40 – 2 Just listed from $300,000! ’98: AC, genset, watermaker, many recent upgrades. ’04: beautiful navy hull, interior satin varnish. Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

43’ Saga - 2 of these breakthrough Bob Perry designs “the original fast passage maker” double headstay rig. 2001 asking $299,000; 2000 with new Yanmar asking $245,000. Crusader YS (410) 269-0939

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30’ Freedom ‘87 Very Clean - main

w/ Lazy Jacks, club footed selftending jib, reverse cycle heat/ Air, full cockpit enclosure, Garmin GPS/Plotter, wind, $42,500 Call Tony Tumas cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email:, www.

31’ Prout Quest Catamaran ‘77 Excellent cruiser – Large fwd Cabin, twin aft cabins, open salon, 25hp ob, Air cond, dsl heater, dinghy, davits, dual sensor depth, GPS, pilot, full canvas perfect live-aboard cruiser, Call for details $55,500 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email:, www.

43' Beneteau Cyclades '05, Asking $140,000. Nice family cruiser features 3 cabins each with en suite shower and head, a U-shaped salon to starboard. Contact Moorings Yacht Brokerage, 1 800-672-1327,

Happy New Year 2011! Kate and Bernie of RogueWave specialize in high quality, offshore capable sailing vessels! We sell only blue water ocean going boats. Let us help you find your dream boat! By Appointment Only! Any time. We are dealers for …

35’ Hunter 356 ’03 In Mast Furling,

Air/Heat, C80 plotter/radar, AP, full canvas, refrigeration, freezer, exceptionally clean! $109,900 Call Tony Tumas cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email:, www.

45’ Hunter 450CC ’00 Just Listed! Beautiful center cockpit, full island berth aft, private suite forward, In mast, 2 zone Air/Heat, gensSet, bow thruster, plotter/radar, pilot, washer/dryer, cockpit enclosure & many, many wonderful upgrades & additions $189,900 Call Tony Tumas Cell: (443) 553-5046 (day or eve), Office: (800) 2761774 for complete details. Email:, www.

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New Year’s Featured Offerings! 32’ C&C ‘03 If you are looking for a great opportunity to find a very well cared for C & C 99, then this is your boat. Summer White has always been maintained to the highest level by her original owner and it shows. They have invested in all the best sails and cruising gear to make this a functional boat on the race course and cruising the bay! The C&C 99 was designed by Tim Jacket to be a boat that will win on the race course and have an interior that will provide all of the comforts you will expect and your wife will enjoy. Summer White has a ton of gear and is the best value on the market today. Please call David at 410-991-1511 for appointment or Email at David@

35’ Morgan 35 k/cb ‘71 Dsl; RF genoa; large s.s. ports; over $20k in new upgrades to electrical system; new windlass; lots of spares & gear. Handyman special & estate sale. Asking $16,950. Call Rick 410-279-5309 or 36’ J 109 Lioness is a good ex-

ample of this great design that is perfect for cruising and racing to Bermuda. Owner wants the boat sold quickly and will consider reasonable offers. Call Paul Mikulski direct for any questions at 410-961-5254 or Email at

Valiant 50 ’02 Valiant fifty is a fresh water very lightly used vessel with a bow thruster, leisurefurl, davits, AC, genset, electric winch and only 350 hours on the engine! Now $499K.

50 Passport ’92 Absolutely beautiful exquisitely maintained yacht. All amenities, including the washer dryer! $329K Outbound 44 ‘01 Rare offering on the brokerage market. Lightly used 2001 vessel. RogueWave is your mid-atlantic Outbound dealer. Check with us about Outbound 46 upcoming offerings! 28 Sam Morse BCC ’00 ............. $149K 34 Cabo Rico ’90 .........................$99K 35 Endurance Cutter ’89...............84K 38 Cabo Rico ’90 .........................149K 38 Hans Christian ’89 ...............$169K 40 Passport 40 ’84 ................... $149K 42 Valiant ’95 ...........................$269K 42 Valiant ’94 ...........................$239K

42 Sabre Sloop ’99 .................$259K 43 Saga ................... 2 at 249K-259K 44 Outbound ’01 ................... $349K 45 Liberty 458 ’89 ................. $189K 47 Vagabond ’84 ...................$159K 47 Stevens ’84 ....................... $189K 50 Valiant ’02 .........................$499K 53 Amel ’90 ............................$399K

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37’ B&C ’05 Grand Soleil Win races in style. Extra tall rig & deep keel make this Grand Soleil an outstanding performer in PHRF and IRC. ORC cat 1 certified. She has a beautiful Italian crafted teak interior w/full cursing amenities. You won’t find a nicer dual purpose yacht. $269,000 Contact David at 410-280-2038 or Cape Fear 38 ’02 Major price reduction owner says sell....A winning race record & a comfortable cruising interior. Shoal draft with A-kites make this an easy boat to have fun with. Offered at $139,000. Contact David at (410) 280-2038 or J/122 ’07 This J 122 is now available as the owner is moving up. Catapult is the best equipped boat on the market & ready for you to make an offer. She offers a huge North Sails inventory & new Full B&G electronics system. She is recently painted light grey & looks like a new boat. She is on the Hard at Bert Jabin’s & is ready to start winning races. Please call Ken Comerford at 410-991-1511 or Email at Make an offer for a quick sale! Looking forward to helping you win silver and cruise in style!

46’ J 46 One of the best equipped & well cared for J/46s to come on the market. The owner has lightly cruised her for the past 3 summers but a change in personal plans is forcing a sale. HAYMAKER has everything and more to cruise in comfort. If you are in the market for a truly turnkey boat, then please don’t miss this opportunity. Why wait until Spring 2011 for a new boat with a replacement price of over $780,000? Please contact Paul Mikulski at 410-961-5254 or more information and to arrange for a personal inspection.



38’ Hunter ‘06 Rivah Music This

40’ Caliber LRC ’04 Clean, late model, “Turn Key”, bluewater cruiser. A one-owner vessel that has been meticulously cared for and is conveniently located in Annapolis, Md. All Raymarine electronics, Bose speakers, Panasonic Am/FM/CD/DVD w/6CD changer, flat screen TV, radar and so much Jeanneau 49 Sun Odyssey ’05  more. Nothing is needed, just sail This beautiful sailing yacht has away. Asking $259,900 SOA 410everything you will need for long 226-0100 & 877-267-1808 term cruising. Accommodations include 3 double cabins, 2 heads, AC/Heat, refrigerator & freezer, Tridata ST60, E-80 Nav and E-120 helm, AP St6000+. $238,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211, boat has been serviced exclusively by the dealer. Comes equipped with ICOM VHF/Radio, ST60/ Depth Sounder, ST60 knot meter, C80/chart plotter. $140,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211,

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Marina RD • Deltaville, VA 31’ Hunter ‘09 Hoosier Lady is

a spunky weekender with all the comforts of home in a affordable package. One owner boat that has been meticulously maintained. $110,000 Norton Yacht Sales (804) 776-9211,

33’ Hunter ‘09 Going Baroque

This professionally maintained yacht is like new. Equipped with ST60 Knot/Depth, Raymarine/ C80 GPS, VHF, In-mast furling & helm sheeting. $130,000 Norton Yachts Sales (804) 776-9211,

Boats Priced to Sell! 1967 Pearson Hawk16 Daysailer centerboarder. main, jib poor. Hull & rig sound, trailer OK. $750 1975 Elor 6.5 Meter (21 feet). Paul Elvstrom. Very seaworthy. 11 sails, including 3 spinakers. $800 1984 Hunter 22 Keel-model. 2 Mains, roller-furling jib, 8 hp electric start Longshaft 4-cycle Tohatsu 8HP o/b, autohelm. Good condition. $1,500 1976 Catalina 22 Swing-keel sloop. 2 sails. Avg. condition. $800 1982 Pearson 23 with special cat rig (no jib). Swift sailor, good looker, great single-handler. $1,500. 1972 Macgregor 24 2 sails. 7 ½ Mercury HP o/b. Sturdy Trailer. $500. 1967 Gladiator 24 Built by Continental; similar to a Cal 25. Really fun to sail. Evinrude 4 HP o/b. $1,000.

30’ Cape Dory Sloop ‘82 Volvo dsl

engine, ST4000 Raymarine, autohelm depthsounder-speed-dist logs, Garmin GPS, AP, PSS dripless shaft seal, Cruisair hatch AC unit, Hood RF, Fully battened main, new halyard in ’07, new interior cushions ’07. Lovely, traditional vessel. Asking $29,500 OBYS 410-2260100

30’ Sabre Sloop MkIII ’93 ’04 West-

erbeke Dsl engine w/309 hrs., 6’1” hdrm, H&C press water, depth, VHF, autopilot, new cutlass, fully battened mail, Harken RF, #40 Lewmar ST primary winches. This is a clean & well maintained vessel. On land for the winter. Asking $53,000 OBYS 410-226-0100

38’ Morgan Sloop ’83 (384) Main-

tained & upgraded by experienced yachting couple. ’04 genoa & main by Quantum, #44 ST Lewmar winches, RF, etc. She is very well equipped for cruising, including an 8.5’ inflatable w/an ’04 Honda 5-hp 4 stroke motor. All her ports have been replaced ’10. Asking $56,000 and looking for offers OBYS 410-226-0100.

S-2 9.2 ’84 1984 S-2 9.2 C Hog Tied 30 foot center cockpit cruiser, double cabins with 6’3” hdrm, 13-hp Yanmar dsl Price Reduced, Asking $16,900 call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457, S-2 8.5 ’83 Willowind 28 Sloop

w/wheel steering, RF, full batten main, Autohelm 3000, 15-hp Yanmar dsll, clean, well, maintained, ready to go. Asking:$16,450 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-7584457

C&C 25 MK1 ‘75 Beeswax New

Harken RF w/new genoa, great Daysailer, quick & responsive, well designed cabin, 6-hp Johnson OB, Asking:$8,900 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457

31’ Cape Dory Cutter ’84 Rebuilt engine like new, new main and Staysail w/Pro Furl(09), dodger, bimini(09), large enclosed head w/shower. Classic full keel yacht: Asking:$41,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457

1975 Bristol 24 Main, 2 jibs. Sturdy daysailor/weekender. Depth finder, compass. 8 HP Yamaha. $1,500. 1970 Cal 25 Recent Main, Genoa, Jib. 9.9 hp OMC Yachtwin OB, electric start. Rough. $500 1964 Whitby 25 Alberg adaption of Folkboat. New standing & running rigging, rudder, toe rail, life lines. Fresh bottom paint. $4,000 1975 Ericson 25 keel model sloop. Main, Genny & spin. dry boat. Above average. $800. More boats available. Call today for full list.

(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.

Transient Slips Available Donate your boat 1983 Catalina 25. Good condition. With 2005 Tohatsu 4-cycle 8HP very good condition. $3,000. in 2011 1976 Pearson 26. Fin keel sloop. $1,500. 1969 Tartan 27. Keel/centerboard classic. Visit

Gas 30 HP. R/F; main,

spinnaker. Needs clean-up. $2,000. 802 S. Caroline St., Baltimore, MD 21231

410.685.0295 223classic w/full keel. 1963 Pearson Triton ext. 28. Alberg

Atomic 4; 7 sails,

spin. Above average. $2,000

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1977 Hunter 30. Keel model. Yanmar Diesel. Wheel steering. Main, Genoa. Sound and good condition. $7,000

1975 Tartan 30. Atomic 4. Recent Main & 150 Roller Furling Genoa

34’ Pacific Seacraft Crealock ’90 Sound Harbor Great sea going vessel, radar, chartplotter, AP, Ref. Clean 2 owner boat, many extras, Price Reduced, Asking $95,900 Regent Point Marina (804) 7584457

37’ Beneteau Envision ’83 Ketch

22 Rare center cockpit pilothouse design ketch. One of only a few made, Set up for major cruising, Duel helm stations, 3 cabin layout, 2 heads. Asking: $65,000 call Regent Point marina @804-758-4457

Featured Brokerage 40 Passport ’84 Great boat, well cared for with new Furuno chart plotter, new sails, new Autopilot. Capable cruiser. Great price. Reduced! $149K Make Offer! RogueWave YS, (410) 571-2955

53' Mason `84 45' Sabre`00 43' Irwin `89 43' Saga 2 from 42' Endeavor `85 41' Bristol 41.1 `83 40' C&C 121 `04 40' Pacific Seacraft 2 from 38' Pearson`91 37' Jeanneau Sun Odyssey`97 37' Pacific Seacraft 2 from 37' Tartan 3700 2 from 36' Hunter `07 36' Prout`05 35' Contest `90 35' Freedom Yachts `94 35' Island Packet Packet Cat`93 34' Kaiser Gale Force`80 34' Sabre MK II (trade in!) `87 33' Nauticat `00 32' C&C 99 `04 31' Pacific Seacraft`89

37’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 ‘02 Ricochet Like new, well cared for and nicely equipped, Autohelm, radar, chartplotter,GPS, Tri Data, RF, A/C heat pump, bimini, dodger & much more! Ready to sail away. Asking: $124,950 Call Regent Point Marina @ 804-758-4457

43 Saga ’96 and ’95 Two beautiful Saga 43s a modern performance sailing machine by Bob Perry. Nicely equipped in good condition $249K and $259K RogueWave YS, (410) 571-2955

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Port Annapolis Marina 45 Liberty 458 Cutter ’89 Sought after three-stateroom layout with all the cruising gear in great condition. Take the family and go cruising. Great offering! $189K Must Sell. RogueWave YS, (410) 571-2955



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34 Cabo Rico ’86 Great little cruiser for the Bay and beyond at an affordable price of $99K! Go simple. Go now. Nice boat. RogueWave YS, (410) 571-2955

38 Hans Christian Telstar ’86 Truly a wonderful offering and a very well equipped blue water cruiser in excellent condition. Easy to single hand and perfect for a couple. Bow thruster, powerful autopilot, incredible sailer! 169K RogueWave YS, (410) 571-2955

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53 Amel Super Maramu Ketch ’99 Truly a world voyager, the Super Maramu is a special offering. Fast and easy to sail, she’s imminently capable and equipped to the max with everything including the water maker, and clothes washer! REDUCED! $399K RogueWave YS, (410) 571-2955

25 ODAY ‘77 26 Colgate ’02 27 Hunter '84 28.5 Hunter '87 29.5 Hunter ‘95 30 Hunter ’81 30 Hunter ‘86 30T Hunter ‘92 302 O’Day ‘89 31 Hunter ’09 31 Pearson ‘87 32 Gemini ‘91 33 Pearson ‘89 33-2 Pearson '87 340 Hunter ‘98 340 Hunter ‘99 34 Hallberg Rassy Rasmus '76 35.5 Hunter ’87 356 Hunter '03 376 Hunter ’96

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SELECTED BROKERAGE 376 Hunter '97 376 Hunter ‘97 38 Hunter ‘06 38 Hunter '06 38 Island Packet '93 380 Hunter ’00 380 Hunter ‘02 380 Hunter ‘02 380 Hunter ‘06 380 Hunter ’02 Sloop 38 Shannon ‘78 40.3 Jeanneau ‘06 410 Hunter ‘00 420 Hunter '04 42DS Jeanneau ‘06 426 Hunter ‘03 456 Hunter ’03 460 Hunter '01 460 Hunter ’02 49 Jeanneau SO '05

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28’ Sabre ’76 $19,500 New engine (50 hrs), new batteries. Ready to go cruising boat. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 29’ Bayfield ‘82  $22,000 Air con-

44’ Hunter Deck Salon ’06 Loaded,

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ditioned and a “Go anywhere” cruiser. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

Catalina ’93 Very clean. $59,900 Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171. 32’

35’ Island Packet ’89 $109,000

Call for details. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

35’ Island Packet ‘89 $110,000 Cutter rigged, Ready to go! Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

30’ Lipppincott Two to choose from both turn key! starting at $23,900 (410) 639-9380, www.

ers change of plans put Jon Goose back on the market! Call for details! Asking $89,000 (410) 6399380,

$39,900 Ready to go. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.

50’ Gulfstar ‘77 $99,000 Great Cruising boat at a reasonable price. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.


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38’ Cabo Rico ‘85 Plan Cutter Buy-

37’ Alberg ’68 In excellent shape

Completely equipped for offshore cruising. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171.



35’ O’Day ’85 $24,900 Ready to go cruising. Lot of boat for the money. Sailing Associates ( 410) 275-8171.

38’ Morgan 382 ’81 $44,900

Air, bow thruster, full enclosure. Super Clean! Mariners Package.... Asking $239,500 (410) 639-9380,

40’ Fortuna Island Spirit 401 ‘06 “SIYAYA” Big Roomy Performance Catamaran, Loaded with Gen set, radar, Air and more!... Great Condition! Reduced to $295,000 (410) 639-9380,

New Annapolis Listings Needed ASAP! We are sold out AGAIN! Complimentary deep water Annapolis dockage for well maintained power or sailing yachts to 60', until sold. Free delivery and weekly washdown. Contact John Kaiser @ (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 cell /text anytime Email: Website:

30’ Catalina ‘90 Tall rig, Solomon's Island, MD Shallow draft wing keel, Universal dsl (2000), mainsail (2010), Hood RF (2008), Dodger (2008), Electronics by Ray Marine (2008) include Auto helm ST 6000 AP, Tridata, speed/depth/temp, Garmin 492 Color GPS and electronics pod for Edson wheel steering & new sunbrella cover. New lifelines & running rigging in 2008. New Sirrus satilite radio/Ipod dock w/new speakers in the cockpit and 2 in the main cabin. Recent battery charger, new AC (hatch unit), new dsll tank (2010), Asking $33,750 Photos @ Contact John Kaiser @ 443-223-7864 cell or 410-923-1400 office.








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30’ Allied Seawind Hull #81 Dawn Treader Recent Yanmar dsl (30 hrs use), recent sails, hull awlgrip paint & fresh varnish. A beautiful, compact, world cruising yacht w/very simple systems. Asking $24,500, all reasonable offers encouraged. Photos @ or call John Kaiser @ 410-923-1400 office or 443-223-7864 cell anytime

With yearly rental contract. For 35’ 2007 Beneteau w/6’ draft, 12 1/2 beam. Power & water. Annapolis area (410) 763-7363.

39 Mainship 390 ‘03 - Asking $169,000 AC/Genset, excellent condition. Call Glenn Walters - toll free - 877 695 6538

33’ Dragonfly 1000 Trimaran ’95 Triage Hull #43, (In Annapolis) folding outriggers, recent sails and rebuilt Volvo 18-hp dsl! A very rare offering , well maintained. Reduced to $99,900.00. Photos and details @ or call John Kaiser @ 410-923-1400 office or 443-223-7864 cell.

45 Cabo Rico ‘03 - asking $599,000. Excellent condition, well equipped, beautiful off-shore cruiser. Call Glenn Walters - toll free - 877 695 6538

46 Beneteau 461 ‘01 two cabins Reduced to $169,000. Very good condition, AC, Genset, ready to go. Call Glenn Walters - toll free - 877 695 6538

54 Jeanneau 54DS ‘06 - reduced to $499,000. AC/Genset, teak decks, blue hull, water maker, ETC. Call Glenn Walters - toll free - 877 695 6538

J Boat J37C ‘90 - reduced to $119,000. One owner boat, nice condition. SHOAL draft. Call Glenn Walters - toll free - 877 695 6538

New listings are being added all the time, visit

C&C 121 ‘01 - just listed $184,900 Racing custom keel, dark hull, very nice. Call Glenn Walters - toll free 877 695 6538- just listed $184,900

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The deadline for the Brokerage and Classified sections is the 10th of the month prior to publication (January 10 for the February issue).







Experienced USCG Licensed Captains

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

Captain Bob Dunn, Deliveries, Thank You to all my clients, and Happy Holidays. (410) 2790502,


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and Long distance. Twenty-one years experience with clean insurance approved resume. Local references. Please call Simon Edwards (410) 212-9579 or email


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Anchors & Chain Swivels & Shackles

HELP WANTED Experienced Sailboat Riggers Wanted Atlantic

Spars & Rigging with two shops located in Annapolis, MD and Herrington Harbour is looking for experienced riggers to join our skilled work force. Must be knowledgeable of sailboat rigging with reliable transportation and own tools. We offer competitive wages, benefits & vacation. Contact Marc McAteer at 410-268-1570 or

M Yacht Services, in Annapolis, MD is growing

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Up The C re e k Diving

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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.

Deep Water Slips Available Four great loca-

tions in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to choose from: Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point, HarborView, Inner Harbor or Inner Harbor West. Call 410-675-8888

Why Pay High Annapolis or Baltimore Rates? Slips $1,250 - $2,200 yr. Land stor-

age $110 monthly. Haulouts $8.50 per foot. Minutes to Bay and Baltimore Beltway. Old Bay Marina (410) 477-1488 or www.oldbaymarina. com

SURVEYORS ABYI Marine Surveyors, LLC Sail & powerboat

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

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

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

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


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

30’ - 35’ Slips Available Annapolis City Mari-

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SLIPS Short Walk to: Movie Theatre 17 Restaurants Whole Foods Liquor Store Retail Shops OCT.15 TO MAY 14 Harborplace Aquarium Fells Point Dock in the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor! Little Italy


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Index of Display



Coppercoat USA.................................18

Allstate Insurance................................35


Annapolis Accommodations................32


Norton’s Yacht Sales...........................79

Annapolis Bay Charters.......................48

Crusader Yacht Sales.........................79

Ocean Options....................................65

Annapolis Performance Sailing......67,69

Deltaville Boatyard.........................28,29

Pettit Marine Paint Vivid......................59

Annapolis School of Seamanship........31

Diversified Marine................................34

Planet Hope.........................................47

Annapolis Yacht Sales...................11,75

Doctor LED..........................................20

Pro Valor Charters...............................48

Atlantic Spars & Rigging......................46

Fawcett Boat Supplies...........................7


Bacon Sails & Marine Supplies.............2

Herrington Harbour..............................15

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

Bermuda Ocean Race.........................65

Hinckley Yacht Services......................19

RogueWave Yacht Brokerage.............77

Beta Marine.........................................46


Sailrite Enterprises..............................27

Blue Water Sailing School...................34

Inner Harbor EAST Marina..................17

Santa Cruz Yachts................................5

Bluenose Yachts.................................49

J. Gordon & Co....................................43

Singles on Sailboats............................33

Boatyard Bar & Grill.............................30


Strictly Sail Shows...............................24

Campbell’s Boatyards.........................20

Landfall Navigation..............................87

Stur-Dee Boat......................................25

Cape Fear Sportswear........................25

Ledo Pizza...........................................32



M Yacht Services................................17

UK-Halsey Sailmakers..........................9

CCS Valencer......................................23

Mack Sails...........................................43

Vane Brothers.....................................14

Center Dock Marina............................78

Martek Davits......................................46

West Marine........................................21

Charleston Race Week.........................4

Maryland Marina..................................35

West River Rigging..............................22

Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Assn..32


White Rocks Marina & Boatyard.........14

Chesapeake Light Craft.......................33

North Point Yacht Sales......................76

Wing Systems.....................................18

Coastal Climate Control......................10

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

Womanship International.....................22

Coastal Properties.................................6

North Sails Direct................................47

Join the Community Check out our new Chesapeake Bay sailing forums at and become part of the discussion! Chesapeake Bay Sailing

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CHESAPEAKE CLASSIC Forget Me Not The Last House on Holland Island (circa 1888)

David Harp/


he last house standing on the abandoned watermen’s community of Holland Island collapsed in late October 2010. The two-story Victorian sat on a point, vulnerable to waves and erosion on the three-mile-long island, which is part of the island chain of Bloodsworth, South Marsh, Smith, and Tangier Islands off the southern end of Maryland’s and down into Virginia’s Eastern Shore on the Chesapeake Bay. In the early 1900s, Holland Island was home to 300 inhabitants, 60 houses, a doctor, four stores, a post office, and a competitive baseball team. As many of the other Bay’s island villages did—James Island residents left in 1910, Barren Islandes departed around 1916—Holland Islanders, who suffered from high tides and erosion

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of the clay and silt underfoot, disassembled their marshland houses and left in 1920 for towns such as Cambridge and Crisfield. A retired waterman and Methodist minister, Stephen White, bought the last house and most of Holland Island in 1995. According to the Washington Post, in an overgrown cemetery, White had stumbled upon a young girl’s grave with the inscription “Forget me not, is all I ask.” It sparked his burning desire to save the island’s heritage. For the past 15 years until his recent illness, during which he sold the house to a foundation, White and his wife strove to save the decaying house from rising tides with wooden breakwaters, sandbags, and rocks. Time and tide won the battle. Although it has been abandoned for 90 years with a shoreline eroding so visibly

that in the end, the structure looked like a floating haunted house, it was an icon, a landmark, and a symbol of the days of yore. In 2009, winter winds and strong tides pushed the house off its supporting piers. In October 2010, a gale knocked her tired wood frame down for good. To learn more about the vanishing islands of the Bay, save a quiet wintry afternoon to visit the exhibit “A Rising Tide in the Heart of the Chesapeake” at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. The exhibit combines the photography of David Harp and slideshows with the voices of conservationist Tom Horton and inhabitants of these island communities, providing a sense of their culture and disappearing way of life. For details, visit ~M.W.

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