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At Sultana’s Downrigging Festival, October 28-30, thousands enjoyed tall ships and bluegrass.
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Charter Notes: The Charm of Grenada Sailing Week
Whether you’re competing or spectating, Grenada is a charming place to be for a low-key regatta.By Eric Vohr
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What Do You Think About the Chesapeake National Recreation Area?By Molly Winans
Allow me to be the first person in this dwindling year of 2022 to use the words “media” and “hopeful” in the same sentence… What a hopeful media event I attended this week!
In the past couple of years, dedicated SpinSheet readers have read in these pages about the concept of creating some form of National Park on the Chesapeake. Thanks to Senator Chris Van Hollen, Senator Ben Cardin, Con gressman John Sarbanes, and a mighty working group of lawmakers, state enti ties, and non-profits, the Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA) is moving closer to becoming a reality.
This, to me, is fantastic news. On November 14, members of the media and working group gathered in the sun shine at the Burtis House next to City Dock Annapolis to announce the release of a draft of the legislation for public comment—that means you, SpinSheet readers.
First, let me explain why I believe in this concept. It’s not new. The idea of creating some sort of National Park sta tus to protect and enhance recreational
opportunities on our nation’s largest estuary has brewed since the 1980s. I can’t see how it would do anything but elevate our recreational experi ence on our beloved Bay.
In Congressman Sarbanes’s words this project “will direct more resources to the Bay, improve public access, and promote environmental stewardship.”
I appreciate how the proposal out lines what it will not do. In short, the CNRA will not change your fishing, boating, or safety regulations; acquire your property (unless you voluntarily sell or donate it); or impose regula tions on your waterfront property.
The CRNA does aim to increase diverse access to the Chesapeake. Senator Van Hollen’s office noted: “[It] will highlight the stories that of ten go untold—those of Indigenous peoples; free and enslaved Blacks; the role the Bay played in the earliest days of the Maryland and Virginia Colonies; the key part the Bay has played, and continues to play, in the region’s economy; and the story of watermen and -women…”
The first sites within the CNRA would be Burtis House, Whitehall Manor, Thomas Point Shoal Light house, and the North Beach of Fort Monroe. More would be added in time. Through the draft of legislation, the National Park Service (NPS) will be permitted to acquire (by voluntary sales or donations) or partner with those four sites.
Whether this idea makes you shrug, sing, or bristle, let your voice be heard. Find the CRNA map, fact sheet, guiding principles, discussion draft, proposed sites’ background, and form for public comment at vanhollen.senate. gov/cnra. The CNRA working group will accept public comments on the proposal through February 12, 2023.
As regional sailors, you have a unique perspective on the Bay. Please share it with lawmakers to make it a better place.
Punkin on the South River
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Does this count as a day on the water? It was free floating, not swimming, and of course, part of training for sailing! Just curious... don’t need it to count.Drew Mutch
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What To Love About
Winter SailingBy Kelsey Bonham
Through sheer chance (and some poor planning), I’ve found my self doing a lot of winter sailing over the past few years. Every year I hope to make the most out of the summer season, and every year life gets in the way, until suddenly everyone is making preparations for their annual haul when I feel like I’ve barely had a sailing season to speak of. On the one hand, this cycle can be pretty frus trating. But on the other hand, it has shown me the joys of winter sailing, and now many of my favorite memo ries aboard are some of the coldest.
Last winter, my boyfriend and I got snowed into a tiny marina in Reed ville, VA, on our way from Annapolis to Norfolk. I found a certain type of comedy in having to ask the owner if we could borrow his diesel work truck—which we affectionately nick named “Bertha”—to go to the only grocery store in town since we had not packed enough food to extend our trip by the several days necessary to wait out the gale. And you might call me crazy, but I also found comedy in the fact that the marina’s showers were in an unheated building and lacked hot
water, making for a very rugged shower experience. I even found amusement in the amount of effort it took to break the ice off the lines the morning that we departed after the gale had passed, although my boyfriend who was doing the ice-breaking probably disagrees with that one. Whenever I start telling stories about my craziest adventures, somehow the smooth sailing and sunny days of summer never make the cut, and I instead find myself exalting the sideways snow blowing through our marina in Reedville.
But winter sailing isn’t all about rugged adventure or wild yarns to spin upon returning home. Sometimes winter sailing is leaving refrigerated groceries on deck (since it’s as cold as a refrigerator anyway) only to misstep and squash a dozen eggs into the cock pit floor. Sometimes it’s laughing at the condensation dripping relentlessly onto your head, no matter how many times you dry it before sitting down. Sometimes it’s days on the water that are so calm and quiet that all you can hear are the gentle lapping of the wake, buffleheads flying past, and the toll of a channel marker through the fog.
For Century Club member Steven Birchfield, that peace and simplicity is what winter sailing is all about: “The sky seems bigger and broader in the winter, causing my mind to get lost in thoughts or memories. I think about races we’ve won, good cruises we’ve had, and about how sailing really brings my life peace and happiness.”
For Century Club member Jayne Durden, armed with merino wool and plenty of layers, “It’s glorious. Winds are usually constant, and you can really have some amazing sails. If you want to duck into a marina, they are usually really happy to see you and have slips readily available.”
No matter what type of winter day on the water you may have, be it wild or wistful, at the end of it the boat always feels just a little more like home. Light the oil lamp, cook a warm meal, and settle in under the blankets. In the morning, make piping hot coffee, bundle up, and set off on another day. If you enjoy traffic-free waters, empty marinas, and a bit of adventure (and don’t mind a few extra layers), don’t let the “off-season” stop you from making memories on the water.
Winter Boat Safety: Let’s Talk HeatersBy Kelsey Bonham
If you are like me and are subscribed to a plethora of email lists from marine service providers, you have likely been getting an email about once a day for the past several months encouraging you to stock up on winterizing equipment. If you are even more like me, you have opted to ignore those emails and plan to continue enjoying all that the Bay has to offer even in sub-freezing temperatures. If so, you may be in the market for a heater.
There are many reasons why you might add a heater to your winter boating gear collection. Perhaps it is to protect a nonwinterized inboard engine from freezing during cold snaps, or perhaps it is simply to keep yourself warm on a weekend trip. Heaters of all kinds are one of the primary causes of boat fires, however, so they must be chosen and used with care. Perma nently installed systems, such as a diesel
heater with temperature control settings, are the safest choice—extra points if they have remote monitoring capability—but are not an option for everyone. Any type of combustion heater, such as an oil lamp or propane heater, is effective for a brief trip but should never be left unattended. This includes while you’re sleeping, even if you’re right next to it. Invest in a carbon monoxide detector, and if it is impracti cal to remove extra fuel after each trip, it should at least be stored in a compartment that vents to outside of the hull. Any type of electric heater should have an auto matic shut-off function if it gets tipped over. Better yet, it should also be designed to reduce the likelihood of tipping over in the first place—there are a variety of electric heaters available that are wide and flat. If you’re using an electric heater, make sure to keep it on the floor of your cabin, away from fabrics or other flam mable materials.
Safe heaters are important, but they’re not everything. Check up on your boat regularly and start the engine often. Pay attention to the weather, especially the water temperature. Winter can be one of the best seasons to go sailing, with plenty of empty anchorages, no mosquitoes, and no sudden afternoon thunderstorms; all you need is a little preparation and a mindfulness for safety to make sure that your boat is ready to weather the cold with you.
Five Winter Safety Tips From BoatUS
1. If your boat is in the water over the winter, never visit alone. Also, let the yard (or someone near a private slip) know you’re visiting. If the boat is stored on land, ensure the ladder (if required to board) is on a solid footing clear of ice and have a friend hold it while you’re ascending/descending. Securely tie it off at the top.
2. When aboard, remember the mantra “one hand for yourself.’ Keep one hand securely attached to the boat to steady yourself and prevent a fall. Decks may be extremely slippery. Bring a soft broom to help you remove snow.
3. Tarps and covers put on months prior may sag or loosen, potentially allowing moisture aboard. Keeping a tight lid is critical. DIYers should be certain that ice and snow shed easily and do not add tremendous weight that can damage stanchions, windscreens, or trailers.
4. Go under the winter cover and check enclosed spaces. Replace desiccants with fresh material. Keep lockers and compartments open to reduce mold. Ensure any scuppers and drains remain clear; if your tarp or cover does get damaged by storms, water needs a way out. Using an electric heater in winter can present a significant fire hazard.
5. If you notice that any jackstands have settled, call the yard or marina. Don’t attempt to move or adjust them yourself. Also ensure winter cover lines are not tied off to the jackstands as they could be pulled out from under the boat during high winds.
Find more winter safety tips at boatus.com
Getting Kids on the Waterways Around Virginia’s Lower Peninsula
Most sailors and boaters would agree that one important way to increase public awareness of en vironmental threats to our waterways is to get more people out on the water so that they experience and feel a little ownership of it. The James River Association (JRA) does just that by taking students from Vir ginia’s Lower Peninsula (near Hampton and Newport News) out on the water for experiential learning. The JRA strives for every student in the James River water shed to have three meaningful river-based experiences before they graduate.
‘I think it is a fantastic program,” says Chesapeake sailor and powerboater Tim Etherington, who is one of the captains aboard the Longview, JRA’s 50-foot Carmin-built deadrise boat, which serves as a floating classroom for environmental education.
Tim, who is a member of Old Point Comfort Yacht Club, says, “I obtained my Coast Guard 50-T Masters license and soon after fell into a contract captain position with the JRA. In addition to all the other programs it conducts, JRA educators work with the students on the boat to facilitate water quality testing to include temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. We then pull a trawl net to show the students the local critters. Many of these students have never been on the water, and it’s fantastic when they see dolphins and other marine wildlife. The kids’ ‘scream factor’ goes up with all the excitement! The students also
get on-land education, and the teachers have special training before the students to see how JRA’s program fits with the curriculum.”
The James River is Virginia’s larg est river and largest tributary to the Bay, measuring 340 miles. It begins in the mountains and ends at the Bay in Hampton Roads. The watershed is comprised of three sections. The Upper James travels through the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains until Lynchburg. The Middle James runs from Lynchburg to Richmond, and the Lower James stretches from Richmond to the Bay. Learn more at thejamesriver.org
Solo Sailors Build Awareness for U.S. Patriot Sailing
If you walked down the outer dock at the 2022 U.S. Sailboat Show and spot ted an older Open 50 named Sparrow with a U.S. Patriot flag on the lifelines, you may have seen Ronnie Simpson onboard, talking to sailors about his next adventure: racing solo, non-stop, around the world.
A Hawaii-based sailor, Simpson has sailed more than 130,000 bluewater miles and has worked as a racing sailor, delivery and charter captain, rigger, and media professional, among other marine pur suits. He is preparing to compete in the 2023-24 Global Solo Challenge aboard Sparrow and one day aspires to do the Vendée Globe.
“Sharing the inspirational and healing benefits of sailing with veterans has been a longtime pursuit of mine,” says Simp son, who is a combat-wounded Iraq war veteran and medically retired US Marine. Teaming up with U.S. Patriot Sailing will
Meet Peter Gibbons-Neff, a pas sionate ocean racer who aims to complete the Mini Transat starting in fall of 2023 to raise awareness of U.S. Patriot Sailing.
A Philadelphia area native, GibbonsNeff grew up dinghy and offshore racing out of Annapolis. While at the US Naval Academy, Gibbons-Neff raced on the offshore sailing team, completing ocean
enable him to raise the funds neces sary for his race and build awareness for the program and its mission to help veterans heal.
Simpson is also dedicated to being an environmental steward and raising the profile of diversity in sailing.
“I intend to make the race as en vironmentally friendly as possible by reducing the consumption of plastics and equipping the boat with solar and hydro generators,” he says.
This won’t be new for him; he won his division in the 2012 Singlehanded Transpac on a Moore 24 with no fossil fuel aside from cooking fuel and sailed his Cal 27 from the West Coast to New Zealand with all solar electrics, an alco hol stove, and 14-foot rowing oars.
As a sailor of Hispanic and Native American descent, Simpson feels that he does not fit the stereotypical mold as a sailor.
races, such as the Newport Bermuda Race in which he skippered a TP 52 with a crew of 14 people.
Flash forward 10 years—as those years spent in the U.S. Marine Corps training or deployed in Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East did not offer sailing opportunities. In 2021 GibbonsNeff’s first offshore passage and first-ever solo sail was a 360-mile delivery on his Classe Mini from Norman dy to La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany.
He’s sailed more than 7400 miles in his Annap olis-based Mini. Most of those miles were logged in French solo events, such as a race from Les Sables d’Olonne to the Azores and back (2600 miles), and a few doublehanded such as the Mini Fastnet (600 miles).
“I’ve been involved in the US Patriot Sailing team since 2018,” says GibbonsNeff. “I like supporting the
“It’s important to me to promote diversity in the sport,” he says. “Not just ethnically, but getting different demo graphic groups out sailing, sharing that experience with others who may not have the opportunity—that could be disabled people, veterans, or school kids.”
“Sailing literally saved my life as a com bat veteran,” says Simpson. “I owe a lot of my success and happiness to sailing.”
The Global Solo Challenge will start in fall 2023. Learn more at ronniesimpsonracing.com.
team, supporting other veterans, and giv ing back to thank the team for helping me leading up to my transition off active duty, which were some tough times for me.” (Gibbons-Neff remains an officer in the reserves.)
Fostering an understanding veteran community is at the core of what US Patriot Sailing does. “It’s important to me to encourage more veterans to get out on the water,” he says.
Gibbons-Neff will spend the winter frostbite racing in Annapolis with the U.S. Patriot Sailing team and head back to France for the Classe Mini spring rac ing series. His Mini is the only American boat on the scene.
Of the great sense of camaraderie among these solo ocean racers, GibbonsNeff says, “When you’re within VHF range, you check in and see how each other boat is doing. For example, when storms develop and the lightning is strik ing all around, you reach out to make sure everyone is okay… it’s a fascinating group of international sailors.”
Find him at pgnoceanracing.com or on social at @PGNOceanRacing.
Learn more about US Patriot Sailing at uspatriotsailing.org
An Oyster Restoration Match Made in Heaven
In mid-November, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Smith sonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) announced a new partnership centered on oyster restora tion, which includes relocating CBF’s Maryland Oyster Restoration Center to the SERC campus in Edgewater to produce spat-on-shell oysters and reef balls.
CBF and SERC will work collabora tively to expand research opportunities, train students, and promote Bay res toration through this new partnership. SERC’s research into the challenges facing coastal areas worldwide, includ ing climate change, invasive species, and pollution threats to ecosystems, will help inform CBF’s ongoing efforts to restore oysters and increase reef habitat in the Bay.
“This new partnership of SERC and CBF brings a strong blend of research and public engagement for restoring
oysters in the Bay—a crucial step in re building the co-benefits of healthy oyster reefs,” said SERC director Tuck Hines.
“SERC’s base in the Rhode River provides ready access to new restoration sites on the Western Shore, where we can engage more people as citizen scientists in regenerating biodiversity and ecosys tems services for the Bay. Going forward, CBF’s spat on-shell production process and the R/V Patricia Campbell will allow SERC to apply rigorous experiments at a scale to test new ideas about the complex interactions of reef design.”
CBF has coordinated Bay oyster resto ration efforts for more than 20 years and has added more than 332 million spat, or juvenile oysters, to reefs throughout the Bay. Previously, CBF’s Maryland Oyster Restoration Center was located at Discov ery Village in Shady Side.
“The partnership between SERC and CBF is an oyster restoration match made in heaven,” said CBF president Hilary Falk. “Locating CBF’s oyster restoration activities at SERC will usher in a new era of collaboration between our organi zations that will expand oyster restora tion efforts, advance cutting-edge oyster science, and so much more.”
CBF and SERC leaders and staff cel ebrated the new partnership by planting more than 200,000 oysters on a reef near the SERC dock.
Increasing oyster populations would be a boon for the overall Bay ecosystem, which benefits from oysters’ natural abil ity to filter water and build habitat. Fish, crabs, and other marine species often use the nooks in oyster reefs to hide from predators and scour the reefs for food.
Learn more at cbf.org and serc.si.edu
Fish For a Cure
Team FishTalk/PropTalk was once again proud to participate in and sponsor the Fish For a Cure (F4AC) tournament on Novem ber 5. Over the past 15 years, F4AC has raised more than $4 million to support the Cancer Survivorship program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (LH AAMC) Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. LH AAMC programs that are donor funded provide social, emo tional, physical, and psychological support for patients and families as they navigate treatment and recovery from illness. Donations made through F4AC support more than 2000 people experiencing the unique challenges of a cancer diagnosis with access to critically needed psychosocial services, including nurse navigation, nutrition counseling, psychosocial well-being, and oncology rehabilitation services.
Our team placed 11th in the Captain’s Challenge, exceeding our fundraising goal of $10,000, by raising $13,175. Thank you to everyone who
made a donation and participated in our online silent fundraising auc tion! The top fundraisers were team Reel Counsel, raising a whopping $141,533, followed by team Laxfish with $127,445.
We placed 12th in the catch and release rockfish division (the longest of three fish) coming in at 75 inches, and
we were just four inches away from fourth place. It was a close field! First place went to PYY Fishing with 91.5 inches. Congratulations to the top competitors. To learn more about the cause, visit fishforacure.org. And stay tuned for next year’s event! If you only do one fishing tournament per year, this should be it.
Inviting More Women Into Offshore Passagemaking
The offshore sailing adventure company, 59° North Sailing, will now reserve two bunks for women on its offshore passages. The company’s professional sailing staff is equally divided between men and women, and they believe that this action will trend the paying crew’s gender ratio toward equality. As past crew member, Dave McKay, wrote: “Otherwise, we are missing the talents and contributions of half the population.”
Historically, 25 percent of 59° North Sailing’s pay ing sailing crew have been women. The staff has learned that the risk of there being no women, or just one woman, on the crew can be a barrier for some. Past crew Laura Ladenheim said, “I was the only woman on my trip. It was still wonderful, but I do think it would have been great to have another female present.”
For crew who have already signed up for a trip with 59° North Sailing, your spot is secure. This change will be imple mented for all future passages with open bunks. 59° North cannot guarantee there will be two women on every trip, as there
sailing, actively seek out women to fill these spaces, and encourage their crew to do so. They aim to fill at least one of the skipper/mate roles with a professional sailor who is a woman.
If the company is unable to fill the two reserved spaces with wom en, they will not fill them with men, irrespective of the demand. This is a values-based deci sion; they are not prepared to undermine their goal of making sailing more inclusive in order to make small financial gains.
is always the risk of unfilled spaces or last-minute cancellations. However, 59° North Sailing intends to actively encour age and empower women into offshore
59° North passages are simply more fun and more inspiring the more diverse the crew. They have had men and women of all ages and nationalities sail onboard. Inevitably, the diverse trips are the most memorable. 59° North believes that taking this small step will not only attract more women to our sport, but will also attract more people of all backgrounds who share their values and want to sail with them. Find more at 59-north.com
Richard C. “Dick C.”
Richard C. “Dick C.” Bartlett, Jr. of Severna Park, MD, passed away on October 11 at the age of 100.
Born on March 8, 1922, in Long Beach, CA, Dick C. graduated from An napolis High School in 1940. He attended the University of Maryland before enlist ing in the Navy in 1942. He flew Vought Kingfishers (an observation floatplane) in World War II and Douglas AD Skyraid ers (a single-seat attack aircraft) in the Ko rean War during which he also was officer in charge of a six-aircraft squadron.
After 25 years in the Navy, Dick C. retired in 1967, achieving the rank of commander and being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Navy Air Medal. After his retirement from the Navy, he enjoyed a 32-year career with the Equitable Insurance Company.
Dick C. and his three younger brothers had been introduced to sailing as young boys by their father and spent many happy summers sailing and racing Comets, Na tional One-Designs, and International 14s on Round Bay and the Severn River. Their father, Richard C. Bartlett Sr., had been one of three founders of SSA (1954).
Dick C. pursued his love of sailing and dinghy racing in fitting ports of call such as Annapolis and California towns
of Coronado, Long Beach, and Seal Beach where he was stationed dur ing his 25 years in the Navy. While in Coronado, Dick C. purchased his first Snipe and helped establish Snipe Fleet 573 at the Coronado Yacht Club. During his final posting in Annapolis (1965), he became ac tive in Snipe Fleet 532 at the Severn Sailing Association (SSA).
In 1971, when the Snipe was the largest one-design class in the coun try, Dick C. was principal race officer for the Snipe Nationals hosted that year by SSA. At the time he was also the club’s commodore after serving as vice commodore in 1968. In 1973 he became president of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association.
Dick C. was a long-standing mem ber of SSA, Annapolis Yacht Club, and Sailing Club of the Chesapeake. A proponent of junior sailing, Dick C. introduced daughter Linda and son Jonathan to racing and shared the cockpit with each while racing Snipes.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Ellen (Crafton). Dick C. is predeceased by his first wife, Frances Fisher, to whom he was married for 45 years, his eldest son, Richard C.
“Ricky” Bartlett, III, and granddaugh ter Hanna Crafton. He is survived by his three other children: Linda Bartlett Stearns of Oxford, Robin Bartlett of Pasadena, and Jonathan Bartlett and his wife Molly of Annapolis; stepsons Jim Crafton and his wife Lise of Severna Park, and Tom Crafton and his wife Kathleen of Eagle River, AK; five grandchildren: Emily (Bartlett) O’Grady, Annie Bartlett, Jena, Kalena, and Ben Crafton; and three great grandchildren: Conner, Nora, and Louise O’Grady.
Friends may make memorial dona tions to the Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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retro christmas at piney point
Enjoy tours in a family friendly retro holiday exhibit inside the museum and keeper’s quarters. At the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum in Piney Point, MD.
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St. clement’s island museum christmas doll & train exhibit Enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls, classic trains, and other retro toys in this festive holiday display inside the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, MD.
midnight madness in Annapolis
The streets and storefronts of Historic Annapolis will be adorned with holiday decorations and lights to create a Downtown Winter Wonderland. Visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, State Circle, Market Space and Dock Street from 4 p.m. until midnight.
2 SpinSheet happy hour on Facebook Live
Join us at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live and YouTube as we talk to a sailing pro about how to make your boat go faster and execute tough maneuvers better. Presented by Mount Gay Rum.
2Yorktown tree Lighting ceremony
Everyone is invited to gather at the Yorktown Victory Monument by 6:30 p.m. for live music including a performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town. From there, the procession will make its way from the Victory Monument to Riverwalk Landing, where the tree lighting ceremony will begin.
3bear creek Lighted boat parade 5 p.m. starting at Hard Yacht Cafe in Dundalk, MD. Visit the Bear Creek Sailing Association Facebook page to register your boat.
christmas in onancock Events vary, from Holiday Wine Wednesday to a tree lighting (Friday, December 2 at Ker Place at 6 p.m.) and holiday movie screenings. Santa arrives by boat December 10 at the Wharf at 11 a.m.
The 10th also features a holiday artisan market, Christmas homes tour, caroling, a music festival, and more. The Onancock holiday parade takes place Sunday, December 11 at 5 p.m.
3cambridge dorchester county “crabby christmas” parade Line up at 4 p.m.; parade at 5 p.m. The Parade route begins at Long Wharf, progresses down High Street, turns left onto Poplar, straight down Race Street, and ending at Washington St. by Haddaways. Cambridge, MD.
3maryland Safe boating course
This is an eight-hour (one day) class, and by passing the course test, participants satisfy Maryland law to operate any motorized boat on Maryland waters. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis, MD. Cost: $25. Ages 12 and up. Questions: email@example.com
Alexandria holiday boat parade of Lights Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at Alexandria City Marina. Dockside festivities start at 2 p.m. at the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront. Dozens of brightly lit boats will cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline.
3baltimore parade of Lighted boats
A spectacular display of decorated boats will parade through the Inner Harbor and Fells Point. Find a spot at the Inner Harbor Promenade or choose a waterfront restaurant to watch from. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Anchorage Marina and lasts until 8:00 p.m.
3the district’s holiday boat parade 30th Anniversary of the District’s Holiday Boat Parade. Celebrate the holidays with this iconic Washington, DC event that features over sixty beautifully decorated boats parading along the Washington Channel. 6 to 9 p.m. at District Pier at The Wharf in DC.
Yorktown Lighted boat parade
Pre-parade festivities start at 6 and include caroling around a beach bonfire, a musical performance by the Fifes & Drums of York Town, and complimentary hot cider. The boats will finish out the evening, as they make their way down the river in a dazzling show of lights that starts at 7 p.m. Yorktown, VA.
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Close to 100 vendors line the streets in Yorktown, VA, selling everything from nautical paintings to handmade soaps to Christmas wreaths. The Town Crier will ring in the market at 10 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a performance from the Fifes and Drums of York Town. Then, Santa Claus will ride in on York County’s first fire truck. Expect strolling musical entertainment throughout the day.
5-7 rising tide holiday Gift making Workshop
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Rising Tide Workshop Annex at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. Free. Projects are designed for students in grades 6-9 and vary from beginner to intermediate skill levels. Participants must attend all days in a given session to complete it. Transportation will be provided from the Easton YMCA and St. Michaels Middle/High School and back to the Easton YMCA. Register at cbmm. org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
8 midnight madness in Annapolis
The streets and storefronts of Historic Annapolis will be adorned with holiday decorations and lights to create a Downtown Winter Wonderland. Visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, State Circle, Market Space and Dock Street from 4 p.m. until midnight.
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This year’s events include a lighted boat parade and festive Talbot Street Parade, a home tour, breakfast with Santa, holiday music and meals, a Santa dash, marketplace and sweet shop, and a “Light up the Night” drive-by house and harbor tour. Raises funds for local beneficiaries.
Lighted Boat Parade December 10 at 6 p.m. around St. Michaels Harbor.
For more details and links to event websites, visit spinsheet.com/calendar
10 christmas in chesapeake city
Poplar Hall presents the Christmas Parade of Horses and Market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day begins with an amazing parade of horses directly through and around Historic Chesapeake City, MD. Afterwards, enjoy an all-handmade artisan Christmas market, bagpipers, a European Father Christmas, and so much more. The Chesapeake City Candlelight House Tour takes place that night from 6 to 9 p.m.
10 eastport Yacht club Lights parade
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the parade! 6 to 8 p.m. in Annapolis Harbor. Find a parade route, viewing locations, parking, public transportation information, decorating tips, and a registration form at: eastportyc.org/lights-parade
10 hampton Lighted boat parade
Downtown Hampton waterfront from 6-7:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Santa will join the fun dockside from 7:15-8:15 p.m.
10 rock hall holiday market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rock Hall, MD.
10 Solomons christmas Walk
The Christmas tree in the Solomons Riverwalk Gazebo will be lit at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 9. At the gazebo, you’ll also find Santa’s mailbox for letters to Santa, and the island will be decorated with lights and banners. The deadline for judging the Best Decorated Home and Best Decorated Business is Saturday, December 19 on Facebook. The Solomons Lighted Boat Parade captain’s meeting is at 5:45 p.m. at the Solomons Yachting Center dock office and the parade starts at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m. at Solomons Island Yacht Club. To register, call the fleet captain at Solomons Island Yacht Club at (887) 256-6272 or email email@example.com
rising tide holiday Gift making Workshop 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Rising Tide Workshop Annex at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. Free. Projects are designed for students in grades 6-9 and vary from beginner to intermediate skill levels. Participants must attend all days in a given session to complete it. Transportation will be provided from the Easton YMCA and St. Michaels Middle/High School and back to the Easton YMCA. Register at cbmm.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
15 midnight madness in Annapolis
Stroll the streets of Historic Annapolis among the festive holiday decorations. Even though it’s called “Midnight Madness,” for this third Thursday in December, shops will only be open to 11 p.m.!
maryland Safe boating course
This is an eight-hour (one day) class, and by passing the course test, participants satisfy Maryland law to operate any motorized boat on Maryland waters. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis, MD. Cost: $25. Ages 12 and up.
December Racing through Dec 11
AYc Frostbite Series First half Hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club on Sundays.
through Dec 18
iLcA Frostbite racing Sundays out of Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis.
AYc hangover bowl Hosted by Annapolis YC.
hYc Gaboon race Get out your Christmas hats and heavy foulies for this Hampton YC favorite.
20-22 the chesapeake bay boat Show
At the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Presented by the Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County. Featuring over 30 Maryland boat dealers showcasing new boats and marine equipment, as well as entertainment, food and beverages, free educational seminars, and plenty of free parking.
dana dillon new Year’s madness race
Starts at Hampton Yacht Club and ends at Old Point Comfort Yacht Club, Hampton, VA.
iLcA Frostbite racing Sundays out of Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis.
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iLcA Frostbite racing Series 2 Sundays out of Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis.
Meet Victoria Shum “Hardalee Skippers”
She wasn't sure she liked the water, but then she took the tiller.
Tell us about how you got into sailing
I had never been on a sailboat before I moved to Norfolk from the Midwest a year ago for pediatric residency after medical school. Living near the water was, of course, new to me and my co-residents at the hospital recommended joining Sail Nauticus, which is a nonprofit, community sailing program in the Hampton Roads area. Sail Nauticus primarily teaches underserved kids how to sail and other STEM topics, but it also offers adult sail ing courses and social sailing programs for adults.
My work schedule as a resident was too chaotic for traditional classes, but I made a call to the membership coordinator, who was welcoming and immediately set me up with a social sail and a private sail with an experienced sailor. I was amazed how sweet and inviting everyone was to me. My first sail was with two women who were total strangers. They taught me so much the first day. I remember boarding the boat and saying, “I don’t really like the water, actually.” Then, I took the tiller for a small portion and was hooked! One of those women became my close friend and is now my racing partner. To this day, she teases me about that initial comment.
In addition to the Sail Nauticus formal classes, members are amazingly generous when it comes to sharing their knowledge. Going to social sails, one-on-one sails, and relentlessly asking questions turned out to be more than enough training for
me to pass the Sail Nauticus skipper test. A friend also recommended that I read US Sailing’s Basic Keelboat and Steve Colgate on Sailing. Both were excellent.
Did you have any preconceived notions about sailing?
I’m a rock climber, and I had this idea that a skills test to ‘skipper’ a boat would be very similar to rock climbing. As in, you learn the safety procedures within one or two days; then you’re good to go. It was July when I asked other members how long it would take to become a skipper with Sail Nauticus. I was told that I might be able to accomplish it by the end of the season (and I did), but I have come to understand that sailing is very similar to learning to drive a car. It’s not just learning how to operate the vehicle; it’s learning how a car works and moves, knowing the rules of the road, and having safety plans should something go wrong.
Introduction to racing
After I passed my skipper’s test for the club, I was in search of a new goal. The woman I sailed with that first sail had also just passed her test, and the club had a fun draising event coming up in a month with a friendly member’s regatta. Being equal in experience and with nothing to lose, we looked at each other and said, “Let’s do this!”
A team of two newly fledged skippers was entering a regatta against some in credibly experienced sailors. We said, “It’s for the kids.” We aptly named our team “Hardalee Skippers” and got to studying. She watched videos and read online blogs, and I read some of “The Complete Sailor” and asked for advice from the more expe rienced members. The day came and we were both nervous but excited. She had a more natural feel for the tiller and took the helm while I fed her information and tried to remember every trick in the book to adjust our sails just right. On a lightwind day, we won third place! It was one of the best feelings ever and crazy that we could get so far in such a short season.
I’m not certain I’ll get serious about racing in bigger leagues, but I hope to become a mentor and teach other new members how to sail. It brought me so much joy this summer, and I hope to share that with others.
What would you tell someone interested in learning to sail?
Sailing can be whatever you want it to be—an easy social activity, a serious exercise of your whit in physics, or a high seas adventure. It’s really incredible how big a world it is yet how small a community, and the people truly are very special. You won’t regret it!
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Smart Questions for Sailing SchoolsBy Lisa Batchelor Frailey, edited by Molly Winans
In addition to inquiring about the cost, location, time of day, and length of the course, a wise consumer will ask these additional questions before enrolling in a sailing course.
Is the program accredited? American Sail ing and US Sailing offer internationally recognized certification programs. With either you can have confidence that the ac credited program is implementing a proven curriculum, has qualified instructors, and offers a well-maintained fleet of boats. Learn more at ussailing.org or asa.com. What boats will I learn on? Many schools begin new sailors on small, tiller-steered keelboats, which offer stability and allow students to build basic sailing skills and confidence. If you’d like to eventually sail a bigger boat, ask whether the school has more advanced courses and bigger boats
for you to “move up.” Don’t be shy about posing direct questions regarding the size, type, and condition of the boats. Does the school or program offer rentals or charters? After you master the basics, you’ll desire and need time to practice your new skills. Some schools offer rentals, charters, or even a club for cost-effective practice. Using such boats will likely also provide an opportunity to meet new sailing friends.
What’s on shore? Since you’ll be com mitting a full day or series of days, you’ll want to know what’s nearby. If you are from out of town, ask about lodging and restaurants. Is there a club house or classroom building? Does the property
Find a Sailing School
New sailors or those returning to sailing may want to seek instruction or coaching at a sailing school or club. Many such organizations exist on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. They offer certifications for beginners, returning sailors hoping to brush up on seamanship skills, cruisers seeking bareboat chartering or navigation experience, and racers wanting to hone their skills. The following is a sampling of schools and clubs that offer sailing instruction on the Chesapeake. For a more complete list of schools offering certifications outside this region, visit US Sailing or American Sailing.
Chesapeake Bay Sailing Schools
• Annapolis Sailing School annapolissailing.com
• Annapolis Naval Sailing Association ansa.org
• Blue Water Sailing School bwss.com
# Victoria Shum at Sail Nauticus. Sailors are known for not letting a little rain stop them from enjoing time on the water.
have a grassy area, covered pavilion, or picnic tables?
What are the ins and outs of the program? What is the instructor to student ratio? How long have your instructors been teaching at your school and what are their qualifications? What is the protocol for rescheduling in the event of emergencies or foul weather? What are the basic safety protocols?
Will the school provide references? Ask for former student references. A former student can likely provide more insight as to the “feel” of the instructors, students, and program.
• Captain In You Sailing Schools, Inc. captaininyou.com
• DC Sail dcsail.org
• J/World Annapolis jworldannapolis.com
• Rock Hall Yacht Club Sailing School rhycsailingschool.org
• SailTime sailtime.com/annapolis
• Sail Solomons sailsi.com
• West River Sailing Club learn2sailwrsc.com
Changing Coastlines and Rolling EasementsBy Kelsey Bonham
It’s not surprising that coastal prop erties are prime real estate. People love being on the water, after all, and harbors are often the economic hub of a city. Sea level rise, however, is changing the landscape of coastal development. Questions loom about how to handle homes, businesses, and entire cities that are at risk of flooding, and there rarely seems to be an answer that makes everyone happy. Should we prohibit development on floodplains to avoid the expense of repair and recovery in the future, or should we invest in shoreline pro tection? Should we buy out current owners of at-risk properties before they become a liability, or entrust the market to handle the problem for us? These questions don’t have simple answers, but there is one potential so lution being explored in Norfolk, VA: rolling conservation easements.
A traditional conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and an enforcing body, such as a government agency, that permanently limits future development of the land to achieve agreed-upon conservation goals, regardless of changes in ownership or other circumstances. A rolling conservation ease ment takes into account the effect that sea level rise will have on coastal properties, allowing the easement to move with the shifting coastline.
Rolling easements are not new. In Texas, the Open Beaches Act uses a rolling easement to ensure that public beach access moves with the shoreline, as opposed to allowing beaches to become privatized as they migrate upland onto private proper ties. However, even though the concept of a rolling easement was coined in the 1990s and a handful of states have adopted them for various uses, no private entity had ever utilized one—until now.
The Elizabeth River Project (ERP), a nonprofit organization based in Norfolk that is working to restore the Elizabeth River, is the first private entity to employ a rolling conservation easement in their upcoming Ryan Resilience Lab, set to open in 2023. The lab, deliberately built on a floodplain adjacent to the river, will be the organiza tion’s new multi-million-dollar headquarters. It will feature a living shoreline, solar power, a green roof, a learning park, and a floating entry pavilion that can serve as a refuge for the community during extreme flooding.
When I spoke with Marjorie Mayfield Jackson, ERP’s executive director, she ex plained that they strive “to demonstrate how to live, work, and play in the urban flood plain in ways that protect the river and the people as sea levels rise.” Regarding the roll ing conservation easement, Jackson explained that it “formalizes our intent to give the site back to the river when it is no longer practi cal to stay there because of sea level rise.”
The easement, which will be enforced by the Living River Trust, prohibits ERP or future owners of the property from harden ing the shoreline (e.g., installing bulkheads or riprap), and requires the building to be demolished and the land surrendered once a certain threshold of sea level rise has occurred. This arrangement allows the economic benefits of coastal development to be reaped while there is still time, while also ensuring that the land will be returned to the ecosystem in prime condition when the clock runs out.
For some, the idea of deliberately surrendering prime coastal real estate to rising waters may seem like an admission
of defeat. Casey Shaw, ERP’s director of marketing and communications, explains, “In this area, and in so many areas that are faced with sea level rise right now, ‘retreat’ is almost a dirty word… But this is a planned retreat, so you see it on the horizon. You know that it’s coming, and you can make calculated plans for it. It isn’t something that’s impending doom.”
Jackson elaborated, “I think as a society we would rather just stick our heads in the sand and say, ‘Oh well, maybe the scientists are all wrong,’ and a lot of people have been doing that with climate change in general… But this is not a head in the sand, and it’s not a ‘well let’s hold on and see.’ It’s an empowered response.”
Assuming that a sudden reversal in climate change trends isn’t on the horizon, solutions such as managed retreat and rolling easements may help us swallow a difficult pill a little bit easier
and save us the trouble of disaster recov ery, expensive buyouts, and environmental remediation in the future.
There are still wrinkles to iron out in this system. Jackson explained that one of the more difficult aspects has been deciding exactly what the trigger is that determines when the site ought to be abandoned: “At what point do you say, ‘Now,’ when you’re trying to look so far in the future?”
Despite the challenges, however, Jackson and ERP hope to set an example for the rest of Norfolk and coastal cities around the world. “We’re a small nonprofit with big dreams and big ideas,” she concluded. Perhaps innovation such as this will help encourage other homeowners, businesses, and governments to explore how they can become more resilient in the face of climate change, too.
To learn more about the Elizabeth River Project or to become a member, check out elizabethriver.org #
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M EET K IM H OVELL , A RTISTInterview by Gwen Mayes
Her work is instantly recognizable, making artist Kim Hovell one of the area’s leading artists who finds new and enticing ways to capture the bounty of the Bay. And not just to hang on your wall.
How would you describe your art to someone who has never seen it?
My art is an abstract but approach able take on coastal subjects. I often try to exaggerate the natural color or temperature of an object, like painting the full spectrum of colors found in the iridescence of an oyster shell or the blue crab.
How does the Chesapeake Bay inspire your work?
My paintings come straight from the Bay! I’m so lucky to have the Chesa peake Bay in my backyard. It really is an ecological treasure. My favorite subjects are natural ones, such as oysters, crabs, jellyfish, sea grass, and coastal horizons.
What prompts you to start a new painting?
It’s often not being struck by inspira tion. I wish it were that romantic! It is more of a prompt—a moment in time that proceeds a feeling, a vision, an idea. Sometimes it doesn’t occur until the painting has already started, and I’m led in a direction I wasn’t expecting.
What keeps your work fresh?
I am still as passionate as ever about painting, so keeping my work fresh only requires that I remain open to the right prompts. I am always trying to think of Chesapeake-related subject matter in a unique way. Some of my favorite works are local undersea grasses and marshes
Your art is branded in other forms? Any favorites?
My favorite is my collaboration with Annapolis Candle. It’s been a thrill to create something that stimu lates more than one sense! I also love that my art has been turned into 100-knot, 100-percent New Zealand wool rugs that mimic the same painted abstract brushstroke of my paintings. I’ve also extended my home goods to include coasters, pillows, blankets, and barware based on my art.
Is there a setting that makes you want to pick up a brush and start painting?
Being in my studio in Annapolis when it’s quiet with good afternoon light always energizes me to paint. Good light is everything! Occasion ally, there will be moments when I’m struck with the urge to capture something beautiful, but rarely do I have my paints with me. I do try to hold onto those feelings and recall them later.
Do you paint freeform or from photographs? Why is this preferred?
It depends on the subject. The more abstract the subject, like an interpreta tion of an oyster or jellyfish, the more often I paint freeform. My approach is to evoke a feeling of design and fluidity. I will incorporate photographs when depth and perspective matter more, as with landscapes.
How do people find you?
My store and gallery are located at 151 Main Street in Annapolis. We have an online shop at kimhovell.com
About the interviewer: Gwen Mayes is a writer, life coach, workshop host, and docent for the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park. Find her at anchortoself.com
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Tall Ship Lovers Gather at Chestertown for the Season’s EndBy Craig Ligibel
At Sultana’s Downrigging Festival, October 28-30, thousands enjoyed the majesty of the largest collection of tall ships on the East Coast. It was a grand weekend to connect with Maryland’s nautical heritage as eight tall ships converged on the hamlet of Chestertown for the annual festival for tall ships and bluegrass. Tall ships on display and available for touring and sails included:
• Kalmar Nyckel, a recreation of the first colonial Swedish settlement ship to arrive in America.
• Sultana, a faithful reproduction of her 1768 namesake used by the British Navy to enforce the tea taxes in the years preceding the American Revolution.
• Virginia, a reproduction of the last all sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilots Association.
• Pride of Baltimore II, a reconstruction of an early 19th Century Baltimore Clipper, built in 1988 to the specifications of the original ship which went down in a squall off the coast of Puerto Rico in 1986 with the loss of the captain and three crew members.
• Lynx, a square topsail schooner, an interpretation of a privateer schooner from the War of 1812.
• Sigsbee, a 1904 Chesapeake Bay skipjack.
• Godspeed, a reproduction of one of three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607.
• Maryland Dove, newly launched in 2022, the Dove is a reconstruction of the original that sailed to the Maryland colony in 1634.
Costumed interpreters and volunteers from the various organizations that represent the tall ships and other period vessels were on hand to explain the intricacies of sailing aboard one of these complex vessels. Each ship took a number of passengers aboard for a two-hour sail. Some passengers reported having obtained their coveted boarding passes more than 12 months in advance.
The tall ships made their way to their respective home ports late Sunday into Halloween Monday. Many of the ships will undergo maintenance over the winter. The Pride of Baltimore II, for example, will have her 107-foot forward main mast pulled for inspection, a task that will entail a heavy-lift crane and a full crew to guide her spars to her winter maintenance shed.
For information on the 2023 festival, go to downrigging.org.
Holiday Waterfront Festivities
From crab basket Christmas trees to lighted boat parades, it’s hard to beat the holidays on the Chesapeake Bay. Be sure to check event websites for any updates or weather cancellations before heading out.
34th Annual Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats: December 3
A spectacular display of decorated boats will parade through the In ner Harbor and Fells Point. Find a spot at the Inner Harbor Promenade or choose a waterfront restaurant to watch from. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Anchorage Ma rina and lasts until 8 p.m.
Bear Creek Lighted Boat Parade: December 3
Starting at 5 p.m. at Hard Yacht Café in Dundalk, MD. Visit the Bear Creek Sailing Association Facebook page to register your boat.
Christmas in Chesapeake City: December 10
On December 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Poplar Hall presents the Christ mas Parade of Horses and Market. The day begins with an amazing parade of horses directly through and around Historic Chesapeake City, MD. Afterwards, enjoy an all-hand made artisan Christmas market, bag pipers, a European Father Christmas, and so much more. The Chesapeake City Candlelight House Tour takes place the same day from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more at chesapeakecity.com
St. Mary’s County Exhibits
From November 27 through January 1, guests can enjoy tours through a family-friendly retro holiday exhibit in the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and keeper’s quarters in Piney Point, MD (facebook.com/1836light). And at the St. Clement’s Island Museum, De cember 1 through January 1, there will be a holiday exhibit featuring antique and collectible dolls, classic trains, and other retro toys in Colton’s Point, MD (facebook.com/SCIMuseum).
Midnight Madness in Annapolis
The streets and storefronts of Historic Annapolis will be adorned with holiday decorations and lights to create a Downtown winter wonderland. Visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, State Circle, Market Space, and Dock Street from 4 p.m. until midnight. Dates include December 1, December 8, and December 15 (shops only open to 11 p.m.). downtownannapolispartnership. org/midnight-madness
Alexandria Christmas Walk Parade and Holiday Boat Parade of Lights: December 3
The 51st annual Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade takes place
December 3 at 11 a.m. Dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans parade through the streets of Old Town, joined by pipe and drum bands from around the region, as well as terri ers and hounds.
Dozens of brightly lit boats will cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Alexandria City Marina. The duration of the parade can vary from 30 minutes to an hour based on total participants, cruising speeds, and river conditions. Find directions and parade viewing areas at visitalexandria.com/ holidays/boat-parade. Dockside festivi ties start at 2 p.m. at the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront at Waterfront Park including a pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, food, activities, and more.
The District’s Holiday Boat Parade: December 3
Celebrate the holidays with this iconic Washington, DC, event (it’s the 30th anniversary!) that features over 60 beautifully decorated boats parading along the Washington Channel. Enjoy activities through The Wharf from 6 to 9 p.m., including a waterfront beer and wine garden, s’mores, and live music. Boats arrive in the Washing ton Channel at 7 p.m., followed by a fireworks salute at 8 p.m. and live music
on the District Pier Stage from 8:15 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and will take place rain or shine. wharfdc.com
“Crabby Christmas” Parade: December 3
The 73rd Annual Cambridge-Dorches ter County Christmas Parade takes place Saturday, December 3 in Cambridge, MD. The parade is hosted and brought to the community by a small group of community volunteers for their love of community and the holiday season. The parade is 100 percent donor funded by local businesses, charities, and the community at large. Each year brings something new and exciting, and this year’s theme is “Crabby Christmas.” The parade route begins at Long Wharf, pro gresses down High St., turns left onto Poplar, straight down Race St., and end ing at Washington St. by Haddaways. Lineup begins at 4 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 5 p.m. You can find a map of the parade route at christmasparade.org
Rock Hall, MD
In the town of Rock Hall, you’ll want to mark December 3 on your calendar as Santa arrives to light the basket tree at 5 p.m. And on December 10, the Rock Hall Holiday Market takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stay tuned for more details at rockhallmd.com.
Holiday Gift Making Workshops at CBMM
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum(CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD, will host a few Gift Making Workshops in December. Projects are designed for students in grades 6-9 and vary from beginner to intermediate skill levels. Projects will be revealed at the first session of each workshop, and participants must attend all days in a given session to complete it. Transporta tion will be provided from the Easton YMCA and St. Michaels Middle/ High School and back to the Easton YMCA. Next up: December 5-7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Rising Tide Annex Workshop at CBMM. Theme: Mystery Box. The final session takes place December 12-14 with a theme of “Sensational Scraps.” Workshops are free. Learn more and register at cbmm. org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas in St. Michaels: December 9-11
This year’s events include a lighted boat parade and festive Talbot Street Parade (Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. from Perry Cabin south to Seymour Avenue), a home tour, breakfast with Santa, holiday music and meals, a Santa dash, market place and sweet shop, and a “Light up the Night” drive-by house and harbor tour. The Lighted Boat Parade takes place December 10 at 6 p.m. around St. Michaels Harbor. This is a judged competition for bragging rights. Find a map of the parade route and a registration form at christmasinstmi chaels.org. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will open its campus to view the lighted boat parade and admission is free after 4 p.m. (The exhibition buildings will be closed, but the bathrooms will be open. Please, do not leave trash behind.) All pro ceeds from the sale of the limited-edition collector’s ornament and other products directly benefit local, nonprofit organiza tions in the community.
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade: December 10
This year marks the 40th anniver sary of the parade! 6 to 8 p.m. in Annapolis Harbor. The city will be extremely busy the night of the parade and traffic movement will be limited before, during, and after the parade. Please note: the Spa Creek Bridge will be closed to vehicles crossing between downtown An napolis and Eastport periodically from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Find a parade route, viewing locations, parking, and public transportation informa tion at eastportyc.org/lights-parade. You can also find decorating tips and a registration form at the same link. Skippers must register and attend the Skipper’s Meeting Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at Eastport Yacht Club (EYC). The parade is open to anyone with a lighted boat, power or sail, EYC members and non-members.
Solomons Christmas Walk: December 10
This year, Solomons, MD, celebrates its 41st Christmas Walk! The Christ mas tree in the Solomons Riverwalk Gazebo will be lit at 6 p.m. on Fri day, December 9 (the 15- to 18-foot tree will arrive Monday, November 28). At the gazebo, you’ll also find Santa’s mailbox for letters to Santa, and the island will be decorated with lights and banners. The deadline for judging the Best Decorated Home and Best Decorated Business is Saturday, December 19. Decorated houses and businesses in Solomons/ Dowell will be scored and voted on by the public on the Solomons Business Association Facebook page (facebook.com/solomonsbusines sassoc). Other events include the Patuxent High School Jazz Band, professional pictures with Santa, refreshments, cookies, and of course, the lighted boat parade.
The Solomons Lighted Boat Parade will be held on December 10, weather permitting. Lighted sail and powerboats of any shape and size are welcome. The captain’s meeting is at 5:45 p.m. at the Solomons Yachting Center dock office (next to the fuel dock) and the parade starts at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m. at Solomons Island Yacht Club. To register, visit solomons maryland.com or call the fleet cap tain at Solomons Island Yacht Club at (887) 256-6272 or email email@example.com.
Christmas in Onancock: December 2-December 11
Events vary, from Holiday Wine Wednesday to a tree lighting (Friday, December 2 at Ker Place at 6 p.m.) and holiday movie screenings but boaters will want to mark Saturday, December 10 on their calendars because Santa arrives by boat at the Wharf at 11 a.m. The 10th also features a holiday
artisan market, Christmas homes tour, caroling, a music festival, and more. The Onancock holiday parade takes place Sunday, December 11 at 5 p.m. Learn more at onancock.com
Christmas in Yorktown
The holiday fun kicks off with Yorktown’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Friday, December 2. This community tradition goes all the way back to 1945. Everyone is invited to gather at the Yorktown Victory Monument by 6:30 p.m. for live music including a performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town. From there, the procession will make its way from the Victory Monument to Riverwalk Landing, where the tree lighting ceremony will begin.
One of the most anticipated Yorktown holiday events every season is the Christmas Market on Main, which has been extended to two days (December 3 and 4). Close to 100 vendors line the street selling everything from nautical paintings to handmade soaps to Christmas wreaths. The Town Crier will ring in the market at 10 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a performance from the Fifes and Drums of York Town to officially open the market. Then, Santa Claus himself will ride in on York County’s first fire truck, before mingling with the crowd to greet families. Expect strolling musical
entertainment throughout the day to add to the festive atmosphere.
The Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade takes place December 3. Pre-parade festivities start at 6 p.m. and include caroling around a beach bonfire, a musical performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town, and complimentary hot cider. The boats will finish out the evening, as they make their way down the river in a dazzling show of lights that starts at 7 p.m.
Other events include Cookies with Santa (December 4), An Enchanted Evening on Main Street (a nighttime Christmas market December 9 from 5 to 9 p.m.), Yorktown Market Days – Mistletoe Market (December 10), and more. For more information, visit visityorktown.org
Hampton Lighted Boat Parade: December 10
The Hampton River will come to life as a fleet of decorated boats parade past the Downtown Hampton waterfront. The parade runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and concludes with an awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Following the parade, Santa will join the fun dockside from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. to provide one last chance for your family to visit with him! This event is free and open to the public. Learn more and register your boat at downtownhampton.com/lighted-boatparade-main
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The Charm of Grenada Sailing Week
For sailors who find the winter months a bit dull, the Carib bean offers a wide range of great regattas, and one of my favorites is Grenada Sailing Week. The an nual event will unfold January 29 to February 3, 2023. Unlike some of the larger, better-known events that attract big boats and big money, Grenada Sailing Week’s charm is its intimate, low-key nature.
This year’s regatta will start in Car riacou and end in Grenada. Carriacou is a small island northeast of Grenada that’s famous for traditional ship building. The first race on January 30 will circumnavigate Carriacou, and the second days’ racing will go from Carriacou to Grenada. After a lay day on Feb. 1, the final races will be held in the waters around Grenada.
The last time I raced in Grenada Sailing Week, festivities kicked off
with a welcome party at Port Louis Marina, located in the capital of St. George’s on the southwestern coast. The town is a bustling hub and home to the island’s most famous restaurant, BB’s Crabback. BB’s sits right on the water and is best known for its signature dish “The Crabback” (made with local land crabs), a truly local culinary delight. You should also try BB’s goat curry and “oil down” (the national dish).
One of my favorite events of the week is the “classics” division. I was fortunate enough to be invited to race on Judd Tinius’s 70-foot yawl Galatea. Designed and built in Sweden in 1899, Galatea is a beau tiful craft that has a long history racing and sailing around the world.
Aside from being a beautiful clas sic yacht with elegant lines, Galatea also has a bit of stardust. She’s been owned by a number of famous individuals over the years, such as violinist Jascha Heifetz, actor Dick Powell, and Hollywood producer Joseph Mankiewicz.
Before Judd Tinius purchased the yawl in 2002, she was neglected and rotting in a boat yard in Puget Sound in Washington state. Judd, realizing Galatea’s history and potential, began restoring her and brought her to the Caribbean in 2005. Since then, she has gained many accolades, including winning the Antigua Classic Yacht regatta in 2007 and 2009. The year I raced her at Grenada Sailing Week, we took home the championship trophy.
If you get a chance to check out Grenada Sailing Week, keep an eye out for another wonderful “homegown” sailing regatta that happens around the same time of the year on Grenada: the annual Work Boat Regatta. The event has its roots in informal races that were held between local communities who like to show their skill and love of boats by racing against each other for “bragging rights.” Over the years, these races later developed into more structured regattas with cash and prizes.
The boats are roughly 16 feet long with white cedar keels, pine planking, and marine plywood. A good percentage still use traditional bamboo booms and masts. They’re all built locally, mainly in Petite Martinique and Gouyave, but also on nearby Carriacou Island.
The annual two-day race is held on the expansive and picturesque Grand Anse Beach and usually fol lows Grenada Sailing Week. There are seven classes of boats, and each boat is supported by one of Gre nada’s local communities—Gouy ave, Grand Mal, Petite Martinique, Sauteurs, Woburn—as well as some neighboring islands such as Carria cou, Mayreau, Union, and Bequia.
All of Saturday and part of Sunday morning are dedicated to Community Class racing. They
try to get in six or seven races for each class, so the action never stops. Each crew is nominated by its local sailing community, and they take great pride in decorating their boats with colorful ribbons and banners. The boats line up on the beach until a siren signals the start. At this point, the crew jumps onto the boat and tries to fill her sails. At the fin ish, the crew must get close enough to shore to let the skipper jump off and down a shot of local rum. Now that’s doing it local style! #
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Leaving Luperón, Dominican Repub lic was a blur of lists to check off: cancel local SIM card, engine checks, mail forwarding to next location, filter fuel, and bake cookies. The cookies are not pas sage food.
My 12-year-old sighed as we made yet another batch of her favorite chocolate chip cookies that I wouldn’t let her keep. “Mom! Why are we making all of these cookies just to give them away?!”
I explained that this was a way to let some of the people we are saying goodbye to know that we care about them, that they are important to us, and that we are grateful to have known them. She sighedBy Cindy Wallach
and snuck some chocolate chips out of the batter.
There is Carlos the mototaxi/tuktuk driver. When we met Carlos for the first time, he literally tried to give me the shirt off his back. We were getting a ride from the marina to town, and I decided to test drive my rusty Spanish and chat with him along the way. I told him I liked his shirt, meaning it as a way to break the ice and pay a compliment. He smiled and seemed flattered, so that was a good start. He pulled over to what was apparently his house, called inside to his wife for a fresh shirt, took the shirt he was wearing off, folded it nicely, and handed it to me.
“What? No, no, I can’t possibly take your shirt.” I told him in my broken Span ish that I have plenty of shirts. I was just letting him know how handsome he looked and that he should keep the shirt. We laughed and laughed. He became our go-to driver anytime we needed to get around town. I never complimented his clothes again, but I hope cookies will show him how much we have loved getting to know him.
There is Mariana. After I just met her, she learned that we were both Chilean. I mentioned offhand how much I loved and missed real Chilean empanadas, but the recipe died with my mom decades ago. The
next week she invited us to her home in Luperón and served a feast of Chilean empanadas that brought tears to my eyes when I bit into them.
There is Sandy, the most patient driver in Luperón. He didn’t flinch when I asked him to help me drive around neighborhoods looking for fresh chinola (passion fruit) and dragon fruit. Sandy didn’t flinch when we told him that we needed a ride into the city with our dogs in his car. Cruising with two dogs means many, many trips to the vet for some reason or another. But a trip to the city for the vet also means run ning other errands while you’re there. After the vet, we would often go to the big grocery store to stock up, and Sandy would be left waiting in his car with our dogs while we shopped. We would often find them cuddled up together in the air-conditioned car, having a siesta.
There is Solomon. He’s an older gentleman who sits by a vacant lot near where we docked. When we first met
him, we thought he was guarding the lot. We later real ized that there was nothing to guard. Cows and people freely come and go.
On nice evenings when the breeze was up, he would sit there on guard, usu ally without shoes, always with a smile. When we walked the dogs in the evening, he would stand for a hug and a chat. He spoke no English, not one word. I know a bit of Spanish, but his thick Domini can slang often left me just nodding and smiling. We just talked about the weather, how beautiful the sky was, and the price of bananas. He would leave me with a hug, a “via con dios,” and his million-dollar smile.
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We didn’t capture that smile and post it to Instagram. We didn’t podcast about our experiences with moto-taxi drivers those first few weeks. These awesome humans won’t be added to my Facebook friends because they aren’t on that platform, but that doesn’t make them any less my friends.
I formed balls of cookie dough and explained this to my youngest hoping she would get it. I want my kids to live in the moment, look people in the eye, and turn their attention to the world around them. The reward isn’t the most liked social media post; the reward is the experience. Whether you’re out here cruising or cozy on the couch dreaming, it’s very easy to forget that and settle into a warm bath of carefully curated content.
When we had arrived here in the Dominican Republic for hurricane sea son, we had seen it as a place to hunker down and hide from storms. Now we see that hurricane season is a chance to explore a new community, take the time to make new friends, hear their stories, share music, break bread, laugh until your stomach hurts, and toast to the end of a beautiful day. Or just smile and
nod and pretend you understand more of their language than you actually do, while you enjoy the sparkle in their eyes. Hurricane season is a chance to pause and listen and learn. You’re creating the memories and stories that you will tell one day in your cockpit or living room.
We are so very privileged to be out here sailing from one new country to another. I don’t want to scroll through ports as people scroll through TikTok. I want to savor each place like a good glass of wine. We want to live as we sail, slowly and intentionally. #
IN THE M IDDLE OF N OWHEREBy John Herlig
Epoxy and duct tape were not going to fix this.
Iclimbed aboard my boat to look for signs of trouble as she settled gently down into the water, still in the lift’s slings. This time there were no surprises— no water pouring in, no listing danger ously to one side or the other. Just my Ave del Mar, bobbing gently in the basin with her sails on and lifelines up and her newly refinished decks glistening in the after noon sun.
I’ve developed a few tricks over the years to mitigate the stress of splash day, but I’ll confess that they are nothing more than a string of superstitious manipula tions intended to appease a probably non-existent sailing god. But they are all I have, and I deploy them with gusto.
To make sure the transducer throughhull doesn’t leak, I clear access to it before the boat goes in the sling. To keep that stuffing box flow down to a proper drip, drip of water I pre-adjust the wrenches for its bronze coupling. It always works. It worked this time, too.
Boatyard neighbors streamed down to bask in celebrating that the boat was where she should be again—in the water. Our impromptu celebration lasted well into the night, and my departure the fol lowing morning didn’t begin quite as early as had been intended. That was okay, too. I had plenty of time to make miles with out rushing. Around 8 a.m. I nudged the boat into gear and rode a rising mid-tide out of the creek and into the Rappahan nock River. I was done with watching the boat decompose and done with the endless days of fiberglass work and varnish and sweat and frustration. I was on the move again.
The engine didn’t sound quite right. I couldn’t tell why, but for sure something was amiss. Water built up in the bilge, but there was no obvious source. There
are some pretty obvious downsides to singlehanding a sailboat; chasing is sues—whether real or perceived— while underway is certainly one of them.
Over and over again I set the tiller pilot and jumped belowdecks to poke around the engine compartment with a flashlight. There was more water now. It seemed to be seeping out from under the port-side fuel tank and draining down into the bilge, but how? From where? I hadn’t hit anything. My brain searched for clues. Eventually the cause revealed itself: there was a hole in the water-lift muffler.
The muffler was old. And the muffler was steel. I knew that someday it was going to need to be replaced; it just hadn’t managed to rise up on the to-do list amidst other missioncritical items. And now I was paying the price.
I motored into shal lower water and an chored. The hole was in the back of the old muf fler, where it sat against a plywood bracket. The pressure of the exhaust caused the leaking water to go a little bit of everywhere—it was little wonder that the source had been so hard to pinpoint. The old muffler had to come off one way or another. I wrangled the hose off and pulled the muffler from its bracket. Corrosion had eaten a hole the size of a silver dollar in its steel body. JB Weld and duct tape were not going to fix this.
After pouring so much energy into the rehab of the boat, it was depressing to find myself anchored in the middle of nowhere trying to make an emergen cy repair that wasn’t on the master list. I could feel success slipping through my fingers. Getting a tow back to the marina was an option, but not a good one. I had obligations at the boat show. There was no way to craft a repair on the old muffler—its days were simply done. Then, I remembered another superstition I too often follow: the eter nal keeping of not-quite-right spares. Every time I start to throw one of them out my brain says as soon as you toss this, you’re going to need it. That’s boat karma. And somewhere in that category was
a spare muffler that was technically too small for my boat.
I dug around the lazarette until I located it. How many times had I moved it from one spot to another? How many times had I become annoyed with it and put it in the trash pile, only to pull it back out because I knew I would need it the moment it was gone? I hadn’t actually been sure if it was still on the boat or not. Thank God for paranoia and superstition.
Was it too small? Yes, but with a few wraps of duct tape the hoses slid on snugly, each secured by two stainless hose clamps. Could I be so lucky? Or had I made my own luck?
I fired up the engine, gleefully watching the absence of water spraying around in the engine compartment. Ev erything sounded normal again. Relief washed over me as I weighed anchor and pointed the boat north.
The following evening, as I settled down on my mooring in Spa Creek, it was not lost on me that I had been fortunate.
“My husband wants to know,” my friend Carolyn texted me, “who in the world carries a spare muffler?”
Well, I do. Or rather I did. Because I was too superstitious to get rid of it. Now I know the rest of that pile will never shrink. #
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After seven and a half years at sea, Dustin Reynolds has truly taken the term “singlehanded sailing circumnavigation” to the next level.
A life-changing event
In October 2008, Reynolds was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the amputation of one arm and one leg. To say that this was a life-changing event merely scratches the surface. Four years after the accident, Reynolds had healed from recon structive surgery on his leg, strengthened his skills with the prosthetic leg, and had successfully worked through burdensome financial difficulties.
He found himself in a position where he was debt-free and feeling ready to take on a new challenge. That’s when he discovered a website that included a list of all the people who had solo sailed around the world and noticed that there weren’t any double amputees on the list. Reynolds considered that this would be a worthy challenge and started to devise a strategy to make it a reality.
“After having an accident like mine, you go through an identity crisis. You look different. People treat you differently. I was always really active, so I was looking for something hard to do to define my identity,” he says.
Most would think that anyone who would consider taking on such a feat as sailing around the world would have just a smidge of sailing experience under their belt, but not Reynolds. While he did have some experience on the water from the fishing boat he owned, he had never been sailing before. In order to bring this goal closer to reality, he watched YouTube videos and dove into books that taught him sail theory and how to sail conceptually.
Starting sailing from scratch
While scouring Craigslist for sailboats, Reynolds came across a 1968 Aalberg that was in considerably rough shape after just returning from seven years of sailing
around the world. He was now faced with a decision: as the owner of a profitable carpet cleaning business and a commercial fishing boat, he could either sell both operations and set sail or try to rebuild capital and credit to reinvest in the companies.
He decided to sell both businesses for $12,000 and purchased the Alberg for $12,000. Reynolds spent the fol lowing year refitting the boat with knowledge he continued to garner from online resources and literature.
His first voyage as a captain on Ru dis was not smooth sailing. Departing from Big Island, and sailing around the Hawaiian Islands, his crew’s journey was filled with waves coming over the deck and into hatches, drench ing everything down below. His crew mates were consumed with nausea and unsettled about how much the boat was listing as they bashed into 35-knot winds.
Engines, rocks, and other challenges
After ripping off the Band-Aid and gain ing more experience in the month lead ing up to his departure, Dustin began his voyage from Kona, Hawai’i, on June 18, 2014. Unfortunately, from the beginning of the journey, Reynolds was burdened with engine and transmission issues, which consumed his mind and funds and left many other projects unaddressed. He was able to visit five countries without the engine working, merely sailing on and off the anchor wherever he went.
In Bali, his departure was delayed when he faced “an engine seizure, the transmission going out,” and rigging issues, all on separate attempts that each ended up as catastrophic failures.
On his fourth try, his boat received a Balinese blessing before departure. While the engine still wasn’t perform ing well, he set off towards Sumatra to
A double amputee who sailed around the world offers inspiration to all of us.# Dustin Reynolds was the first double amputee to complete a solo circumnavigation. Here is is sailing Tiama in Bazaruto, Mozambique. Photo by Lisa Dorenfest
wait for wind. After 10 months of struggling to get back on his path, he found himself stuck in the doldrums and faced 20 days of consecutive rainstorms. One morning, he was moving along so slowly that fish had started to aggregate beneath the hull, causing larger marine animals to keep him company as well.
Dolphins soon joined the parade which enticed Reynolds into the wa ter, but to his surprise, he was graced by an animal he had been wanting to see his entire life, just when he needed inspiration the most: a whale shark, which remained swimming around him for about 45 minutes. He considers this one of his most memo rable moments from the voyage.
In Krabi, Thailand, he collided with an uncharted rock and was taking on water through the rudder shaft. Reynolds had more problems than he could count or afford, he believed his trip was over. He needed to haul the boat out or it would sink.
Along came another boat
After sending up a flare for funding from crowdsourc ing to repair Rudis, he found another sailboat next to him in the yard that was in great shape and ready to sail. After weighing out the amount of repairs his boat required, Reynolds was soon the new owner of the 1983 Bristol 35.5 Tiama
With the boat on the hard in Thailand, Reynolds re turned to Hawai’i to save more money for the additions of dinghy davits and solar power. Once Tiama was ready, his circumnavigation continued into the Atlantic.
Like many sailors, his plans were affected by Covid, adding another year to his trip but also left him with a unique tourist-free experience in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Bahamas. He lost a prosthetic leg off the boat when
he was in Guadeloupe and was able to keep his freedom as he avoided sailing into Panama which had a strict lockdown.
No special boat refit needed
Many people are curious about the modifications Reynolds made to his vessels, but he didn’t refit either boat with any special alterations. The addition of a self-tailing winch on the mast and on the boom allowed Reynolds to save his teeth and save his lines from chafing from his teeth, but he didn’t add anything specific to his circumstances as a double amputee.
That’s not to say it was easy, as Reynolds recalls how challenging it was to reef a mainsail in tough condi tions or the time he had to respool a
The social part of sailing
While the sailing was difficult in the begin ning, after four years of making ocean cross ings, Reynolds says it was the social aspect that got harder as time went on. Leaving the security of the tight-knit Hawaiian community that he had known as his solid support group for a world of yacht owners and people who don’t speak his language was scarier to Reynolds than any of the physical intimi dations.
Reynolds grew up believing that someone like him would never be a part of the yacht club world, but they have since be come his home away from home. He found new communities all around the world.
His return to Kona, Hawai’i, on December 5, 2021, marked the completion of about 35,000 nautical miles traveled and earned him a place in the “Guin ness Book of World Records” as the first double amputee to com plete a solo circumnavigation.
snapped furling line in bad weather.
He says, “Everything you do in your daily life takes longer with one hand; sometimes it takes me twice as long or significantly longer to do things with just one hand.”
It took 10 years from begin ning to end for Dustin to com plete his dream of sailing around the world, but he persisted and succeeded. Now that he’s back on land, he has set his sights on developing his skills as a motivational speaker, is working on his captain’s license, and plans to work on a book. His next sail ing adventure is already in the works: taking on the Northwest Passage.
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Of Dreams and Disaster at SeaBy Jerome Stanbury
The events are real. The names have been changed. In the late 1980s a mariner had only a compass and sextant to guide him. No GPS.
A friend of mine called me and told me of a couple who had purchased a 38-foot sailboat and wanted to bring it down to the Virgin Islands to be used in a charter business. Would I help? No pay. “Sure,” I thought. “Why not?” My friend had done good things for me, so I would return the favor.
The boat was to leave Annapolis midSeptember, so I cleared my calendar for two weeks. The owner, Bob, and his wife, Sharon, kept delaying. Finally, Seth (the navigator) and I met at BWI airport and flew down to New Bern, NC. We found the boat and put our gear onboard.
After the usual welcome aboard, Bob told us that he had purchased a sextant, but he had not learned to properly use it, so his positions came out in Boston, and Greenland. That did not faze me, as we had a navigator. That day I noted that there was a four-man life raft and five people set to sail: the owner, his wife, a fellow named Thomas, Seth, and me.
As I continued to check the condition of the boat, I found the propane tank to be very light, certainly not enough propane to last the trip. I continued
my survey and found other items that I considered to be problems, such as absolutely no spare parts, limited provisions, and no radio direction finder (RDF). Seth informed me that the compass was way off and questioned how they got from Annapolis to North Carolina.
I began a written list of items that needed repairs. As my list grew, my personal feelings soured. I doubted the safety and condition of the boat to make the trip to the Virgins. The wife offered beans for supper. Seth and I went out to supper. Seth said that he would swing by the boat the next day. Not only did we wonder how the boat had traveled there, but we also questioned the owner’s ability, knowledge, and experience as captain for the ride to the Virgin Islands. The weather was not helping. It was blowing 20 to 35 and not letting up.
I am not clairvoyant and never claimed to be, but that night I had a very bad dream that the boat sank; three people climbed into the life raft and were picked up by a military ship. The following day I attempted to help the owner make the boat seaworthy. During the course of the day, Sharon found that the little antenna had come detached from the EPIRB and began to scream and accuse someone of
trying to sabotage the trip. She yelled and screamed until one of us put the antenna in place.
That evening when Seth and I went out to dinner, our discussion went to the owner’s experience and ability to captain, the deficiencies onboard, and our person al distrust of the owner and his wife. We agreed that it would be unwise to sail.
After supper we conferenced with Bill and Sharon. We explained that our best suggestion was to return to An napolis as neither the sailboat nor skipper were ready to make a safe passage to the Virgin Islands. Captain Bob stated that we were wrong. I told Bob that I was not sailing with him, and Seth followed with the same. Bob and Sharon began calling us derogatory names such as “yellow” and “spineless” and noted other derogatory personal faults that we possessed. Seth and I pulled our sea bags off the boat and spent the night at a hotel. We flew back home the next day.
Five days later, I got a phone call from my friend who had set up the trip. He told me the boat had sunk off the coast of Florida. The mast had slipped off its base and pierced the hull in rough seas. Three people abandoned the sinking sailboat and were able to get in the raft. They were picked up by a military ship! #
He never claimed to be clairvoyant, but his dream was worth paying attention to.
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A 200-Day East Coast CruiseBy Carol Hanson
America’s Boating Club Wilm ington (ABCW), also known as The Wilmington Sail & Power Squadron, enjoyed a great boating season. As we winterize our boats, the winning photographs from the annual photo contest remind us of this summer’s good times. ABCW members may be off the water for a few months, but we continue to social ize during the off season.
In November, 38 of our members were excited to attend our first inperson fall social in two years. Our entertaining speakers, Leslie Brower and Bruce Wyngaard, with assistance from their tech-savvy daughter, Nina, provided a terrific slide presentation entitled Brio’s Big Adventure. In the fall of 2021, Bruce and Leslie set off
on 200-day journey down the Chesapeake Bay, along the ICW and Eastern Coast, to the Bahamas and back aboard their 41-foot sailboat Brio. Their presentation included trip preparation, challenges, and surprises, as well as commentary about their itinerary. They included numerous photographs of southern cities and scenic vistas as well as gorgeous pictures from the islands. The audience was “transported;” it felt like we were there! The event was held at the lovely Cokesbury Village where we were hosted by two of our ABCW members. The meeting room and audio-visual set-
up were perfect, and the catered meal was delicious.
This month we will hold our Holi day Social complete with a gift swap. ABCW members also enjoy an annual June cruise, weekend raftups, and a sum mer crab feast. Winter activities feature boating education and monthly social events with interesting speakers. Visit us at wilmingtonpowersquadron.org
Annapolis Sailboat Show, booth D 5
Annapolis Sailboat Show, booth D 5
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The Corinthians Chesapeake Bay Fleet Season EndBy Susan Theuns
The Corinthians Chesapeake Bay Fleet held its last afloat event November 12-13 with a race to the West River and gathering at Pirate’s Cove. More than 20 people signed up to close out the official end of the season before hauling out. Many thanks to Chris Rogers for making all the plans and taking on crew.
Meanwhile, the parent organization, The Corinthians Sailing Association, met up in Mamaroneck, NY, for the Annual Meeting on November 6. It was held at the Beach Point Club overlooking the harbor. Our fleet had seven members there, so we were well represented.
Our final land event of 2022 is our an nual holiday party to be held at the Naval Academy Club on Sunday, December 11. Cocktails start at noon followed by an “All Maryland” buffet. This also serves as our
General Meeting and includes awards and elections. It should be a fun-filled event. Thank you to Henry Meneely for chairing the event and helping with all of the logistics.
The activities team is already working on a winter potluck gathering for mid-
February. Please check your emails and online calendar for updates.
Want to learn about our sailing group? For information about our organiza tion, please check thecorinthians.org for a membership brochure and additional information.
Time for SOS’s Winter Activities
Our sails are furled and our systems are winterized (often with the assistance of volunteer crew who sailed on the boats this season). We look at pictures taken on the many daysails and weekend raftups. Do we wonder how we will get through the winter? Not in this club!
As we close the cruising season, Singles On Sailboats opens the winter activities and what a variety it provides: monthly brunches with interesting speakers, holiday gatherings and dinners in members’ homes, participation in the Lights Parade, and a bareboat cruise to warmer climes—the Sea of Cortez this January. Add to that the robust educational opportunities including our fireside chats, seminars, and Friday evening Zoom educational offerings that have brought members from Florida, Tennessee, Maine, and others “in” for the evenings. We have so many ways to stay connected and enjoy our friendships.
Early spring opens even more events. Read a future SpinSheet to see what those include. In the meantime, there are regional SOS happy hours that are open to non-members; we welcome you to come and meet with Singles on Sailboats members and learn more about our club. Find one near you at singlesonsailboats.org, and click on “Newsletter,” then scroll through and enjoy. I am betting you will have a smile on your face like Lora’s in this photo!
The Pearson Sailing Associa tion of the Chesapeake Bay’s Columbus Day Landing Party took place on Saturday, October 8 and fun was had by all!
Thank you, Ron Harbin and Joan Brandt, for hosting us at Bowleys Ma rina in Middle River, MD. Ron and Joan led a fun sailing-related trivia game, and three winners took home baggies of sweets. The temperature for the day was a little chilly and the breeze kept us on our toes, but we still had wonderful attendance: Jack Janos, Anne and John Martin, Jenn and Rick Cook, Lynn and Marty Gaynor, Bob Morrow, Martina and Jordan Snyder, Ed Criscuolo, Jonathan Coppersmith, and Laurie McCallum. We enjoyed lots of good food and discussed upcoming events, including our club’s holiday party planned for December 17.
Columbus Day Landing PartyBy Martina Sestakova
The Pearson Sailing Association of the Chesapeake Bay (PSA) is an informal group of owners of sailboats built by Pearson Yachts. The membership includes all classes of sailboats made by Pearson. PSA has members from around the Chesapeake
Bay and is formal enough to have association officers and a club burgee but does not have formal bylaws or rules. Our purpose is to increase members’ enjoyment of sailing their Pearson sailboats. Learn more at cbpsa.org
Members Made the Most of Club’s Boats, Education, and Cruises
Parklawn Sailing Association completed another successful season with its members having made full use of the club’s three boats—two Catalina 34s and a Goman Express 30. Members sailed our three boats for a total of more than 180 days during the 2022 season. Our
home port on the West River allows for easy access to destinations throughout the middle Chesapeake Bay and beyond!
Members’ private sails included daysails, overnight sails to such popular destina tions as St. Michaels and creeks flowing into the Choptank River, and multi-day sails, including one to Philadelphia. Clubsponsored sails also consisted of day sails, including one to Annapolis during the US Naval Academy’s commissioning week to watch the Blue Angels, our popular monthly full-moon sails, overnight sails, and our one-week circumnavigation of the DelMarVa peninsula in June. Our racing program included the Pirates Cove Racing Club’s Wednesday night spring, summer, and fall series and the late fall Sunday series. We also participated in the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron’s Annapolis to Oxford race, the Hammond Memorial Race, and the Herrington Harbour Sailing Association’s Poplar Island race.
As part of our active, member-driven maintenance program, we performed bottom work and commissioned our boats during the late winter, so that they were in the water at the beginning of April. Much of our April sailing was focused on our club-specific training program to familiarize our new members and reacquaint our existing members with sailing and operating the systems on our boats. Our fleet was kept in a safe, operational condition throughout the season due to our recurring maintenance days and the ability of our members to perform most repair work.
We have recently winterized our fleet and the members are looking forward to the 2023 season. If you are interested in learning more about the “best value in Bay sailing” and becoming a member, especially if you love sailing but don’t want to own a boat, visit parklawnsailin gassociation.org to learn more.
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Mizzen Staysails Flying
The boats in the photo in clude Blue Goose and Arctic Tern, Navy Patuxent Sailing Club (NPSC) Luders 44-foot yawls, both with mizzen staysails flying as Arctic Tern pulls ahead of Blue Goose in a continuing series of exchanging lead position as they competed in the Southern Maryland Sailing Association (SMSA) frostbite series race. Ultimately Arctic Tern took club bragging rights finishing approximately one minute ahead of Blue Goose.
The NPSC is a non-profit private organization operating aboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, in support of the base’s Navy Recre ation Sailing Program. It operates the majority of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sailboats, offers American Sailing Association (ASA) certified sail training, and is
affiliated with the U.S. Naval Sailing Association (USNSA).
Membership in the NPSC is open to military (active duty, retired, and re serve) personnel and their dependents, civil service employees, and contractor
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# Blue Goose and Arctic Tern, Navy Patuxent Sailing Club Luders 44foot yawls, with mizzen staysails.
personnel with access to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Southern Maryland. The club provides excellent sailboat training and racing opportuni ties for its membership. Learn more at npsc.clubexpress.com.
Jeanneau Sailboat Owners at the Annapolis Boat Show
For avid sailors the main event of the season was the Annapolis Sailboat Show. Attendees arrive from all over the United States to ogle and ah over the new, and some used, boats being displayed. Some end up as buyers and some remain dreamers, but all enjoy the experience. Also, there are several free seminars on topics of interest to sailors that are very in formative. And, of course, there are many, many vendors with good boat show deals
that appeal to everyone and everyone’s pocketbook.
Jeanneau America’s tent offered thirsty Jeanneau owners a chance to relax during the show, have a glass of champagne or a cup of coffee, and catch up with other JSO friends. In addition, they sponsored a ca tered party on Saturday night with delight ful fare and endless libations to enliven the attendees. Many JSO members attended all or part of the show, but most attended the Saturday night affair. Although it is sad to see the season come to an end, there is always the next summer to look forward to and plan for.
The weather was rainy off and on Thursday, but the rest of the weekend found sunny days with pleasantly cool
temperatures, making trekking around the show and through the tents a truly com fortable pastime.
Aside from the usual boat show agenda, attending the show is a time for many sailors to meet up with sailing friends that they have not seen for a while, some from previous marinas and/or previous waterways. Annapolis offers many excel lent restaurants nearby to serve as meeting places to reconnect with former buddies and spend some quality time.
Members of Jeanneau Sailboat Owners (JSO) look forward to the spring planning meeting when the meet-up schedule is laid out for the season and includes an infor mative program as well. In the meantime, members will spend their time over the winter working, traveling, and entertaining family and friends while they look forward to the next boating season.
JSO is a loosely formed group of Jean neau sailboat owners who enjoy sailing and socializing together. See our website at groups.io/g/JSOChesapeakeBay.
A Le Mans-Style Start for Shorthanded Boats
After a season packed with short-handed races and cruises, CHESSS (Chesapeake Short handed Sailing Society) wrapped up the season in its usual fashion with its Sum mer’s Last Hurrah race. The Last Hurrah is a single- and double handed Le Mans start style race, where the boats start at anchor with sails down and the crew in the cockpit. The race takes the crews from the West River, out into the Bay, rounding government marks, and with this year’s finish back in the West River.
The race was sailed in challenging conditions that included gusts into the high teens and lulls below 10 knots of wind. The racers managed to get off their anchors and across the line without incident. There were numerous lead changes as the competitors made their way around the course.
In the end Doug Ellmore and crew took first place on his CS 30, Revolution, with Jeff Halpern taking second on his Farr 11.6, Synergy. Of special note was Stephen Toman, whose C&C 35 MKII, Onward, won the start and took third place with his young son as crew. The race was followed by a short but congenial raftup in the Rhode River. The CHESSS fall membership meeting held November 19 was a nice opportunity for our members to mingle, exchange shorthanded sailing tips and stories, as well as listen to guest speakers on a range
of topics. For more information on the Chesapeake Shorthanded Sailing Society, please visit chesss.clubexpress.com
# Revolution at the start of the Last Hurrah race.
U.S. Team Racing Championship in Norfolk, VA
After three days of intense racing, culminating in a nail biting 3-2 final series, Team Blueberry Faygo have won their first U.S. Team Racing Championship. Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and Costal Virginia Youth Sailing Foundation hosted the event November 3-6.
The winning team, comprised of Shawn Harvey (Miami, FL), Sonia Lin gos Utley (West Yarmouth, MA), Teddy and Graceann Nicolosi (St. Thomas, VI), Sean Segerblom (Costa Mesa, CA), and Caroline Teare (St. Thomas, VI) came back from a two-loss deficit to Holiday Sideshow in the final to capture the Hin man Trophy.
“Winning the Hinman feels awesome. We’ve been giving it our all this week end,” said Shawn Harvey. “We had this
exact team and exact situation last year where we went best of five racing against Holiday Sideshow, but the ending of this movie was a little different.”
“I like this ending better!” chimed in crew Sonia Lingos Utley.
Three-time Hinman winners Holiday Sideshow had their winning streak inter rupted, taking second. After two wins in the petit finals, Team SDYC took third. Competitors saw mostly light conditions on the Lafayette River throughout the weekend.
“It was a great weekend. We got in 249 races in over three days, with 30 teams, 36 boats,” said Sam Patterson, event co-Chair. “And the weather coop erated… The community rallied behind this event. So many people brought their boats down, and we had over 50 volun
teers over the course of the weekend. It is insane to see the community show up like that, but it takes a village to run an event of this size.”
This year saw a record 30 teams competing for the George R. Hinman Trophy. It also had a record number of female drivers and all-female teams participating, with 48 percent of all athletes being female.
US Sailing would like to thank Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and Costal Virginia Youth Sailing Founda tion, who were the driving force behind running this record-breaking event, as well as national sponsors Gill Marine and Regatta Craft Mixers for their sup port of this event.
Learn more at ussailing.org; click on “competition.” #
2022—Another Great Year of Sailboat Racing on the Bay!
The tan has faded. The boat has been hauled. Now what? Some racing sailors just keep going and frostbite race through the cold months. Others would rather travel to southern climes to get a racing fix. Many sailors spend wintertime fixing their boats, upgrading their sails, perhaps taking a winter seminar or two to hone their skills.
One thing we know about Chesa peake Bay racing sailors is that they don’t stop thinking about racing. That’s why we keep publishing this meaty racing section 12 months per year!
In reviewing our 2022 page at spin sheet.com/photos, we’ve accumulated 38 photo folders—and these are just the ones that made it to our website. There are more! Our folders average 125 photos each, which means we have a log of about 5000 images for 2022 alone. Thanks to our photographers Will Key
worth, Al Schreitmueller, Ben Cush wa, and our staffers who fill in the gaps, we have a visual treasure trove of memories to share with sailors.
Looking back at the 2022 season’s images may jar your memory and remind you of the light air at the Race to the Lighthouses, the sunshine at the Miles River Race, the surprisingly great breeze at the summer Oxford Race, how wonderful Wednesday night racing sunsets can be, or the thrill of championship season. If we captured a photo of you and your crew this season, consider gifting a framed image to your captain or racing bud dies; click to spinsheet.com/photos.
Whether the winter brings you sail ing opportunities or a chance to pursue other winter sports, we at SpinSheet wish you a peaceful holiday season. Send us story ideas all year long at firstname.lastname@example.org ~MW
Three Time’s the Charm at the J/35 North American Championship
Nine J/35 teams gathered Oc tober 20-23 for the class’s North American Champi onships, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC). Competitors experi enced terrific sailing conditions, but they endured a lot of waiting before they did.
On Friday, day one, the fore cast was dismal. After postponing ashore, PRO Sandy Grosvenor posted AP over Alpha and called it a day. Day two started with an extended postponement with the PRO discussing the options for the day with the leadership of the J/35s as well as the J/105s who were to sail their Chesapeake Bay Cham pionship on Saturday and Sunday on the same circle as the J/35s (see page 66).
Hoping that the early evening forecast of a building breeze might come in earlier, the race committee
(RC) set out on the water and posted a warning to be no earlier than 1:30 p.m. With continuing discussions with class leaders and it becoming obvious that conditions would not improve until the overnight hours, sailors and volunteers headed ashore before 3 p.m. and made the best of the situation by closing up their boats and heading to the AYC Main Club house for a competitors’ dinner.
With a strong northerly predicted for Sunday, competitors welcomed the RC’s post on Saturday afternoon of an earlier start and four races on the schedule. Sunday’s condi tions were just about perfect with the breeze hovering in the mid to high teens consistently throughout the day. The committee was able to knock out four races for both classes before the 5:30 p.m. time limit kicked in. The competition was tight with podium positions changing throughout the day for both regattas.
The J/35s welcomed four visiting yachts from the Detroit area. They brought their “A game.” Gary Snider steered Honor Roll to first place, thanks to Annapolis-based crew members, including Vann Walke, and their local knowledge, as well as their Michigan squad. Falcon, also a visiting competitor, finished second. In third, a name you’ll recognize, Aunt Jean, with AYC past commo dore Jonathan Bartlett aboard. Honor Roll accepted the overall trophy as well as the North American Trophy, a beautiful half hull that travels to the winner’s home before heading to the next NAs. #
Close Competition at the J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championships
Twenty-four competing teams gath ered at the start line for the 2022 J/105 Chesapeake Bay Champion ships October 22-23, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC). With sailors having sat out a windless day one for this event, all four races unfolded on Sunday in great fall racing conditions of 12- to 15-knot northeasterlies under overcast skies with some rain at the day’s end.
Ray Wulff and his team on Patriot posted two bullets in the last two races for the win. Wulff had acquired the boat in December 2021 with the AYC Spring Regatta being her inaugural event. Al though he’d crewed and supported other programs, he was ready to “start fresh” and drive his own boat.
Originally called Freedom and cam paigned by Pete Schelle in Annapolis,
the boat had been covered up at Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard for several years. Wulff bought the boat and named her Patriot.
“I am a big fan of the football team the New England Patriots and had a font from the Boston Red Sox to complete the name. Growing up, I always liked when the IOR boats would put their name in a big font on the side, so of course I had to!”
For the Chesapeake Bay Champion ships, the following crew members sailed aboard: Eliot Caple, Jamie Gilman, Michael Komar, Tyler Raven, and Ryan Zupon.
“The team had a very level mood throughout the racecourse,” says Wulff. “Whether we were deep in the fleet or launched on the first beat, the team kept focused and positive in what they needed
to do. The very first weather mark of the very first race we had to duck 12 boats and rounded 17th. From there we went to work and chipped away at the fleet until we finished fifth.”
He also notes that his team was fast: “We wanted to make sure we didn’t leave anything on the racecourse because we were unprepared, didn’t hike enough, or were out of position. Everyone knew that their position on the boat meant we were going faster or slower. Having that focus was powerful… There was a lot of laughter and smiles throughout the day.”
One memorable moment did not involve laughter aboard Patriot
“The scariest moment happened before the event,” Wulff says. “We were practicing on the Severn with Deja Voodoo (a competitor from out of town) and doing our final douse of the day. Nic, our bowman, hopped down the forward hatch with the spinnaker and had his hand outside the hatch. Not knowing it was there, our mast man closed the hatch on his hand, breaking two fingers. After a night at the emergency room, we found Eliot Caple to sail and promised we would sail for Nic.”
Of funny moments, he says, “Jamie Gilman put it very succinctly before the start of the last race. ‘No problem, Ray, the way I see it with the points: we win
the last race, we win. If we don’t, we don’t. No pressure. Now let’s do this.’”
What does the skipper like about competing in the J/105 class? “It’s a lot of fun and with 20-plus boats on the line, it makes for some challenging traffic situations. Everyone has been very help ful in getting us up to speed… I have been crewing on (J/105s) for a while, so it wasn’t that much of a stretch.”
Wulff continues, “Having a strong local fleet has been very important. There are now 32 boats in the local fleet and that is due to the fleet’s communications,
stability, and schedule. Next year the North Americans will be in Rye, NY, and hopefully many boats from Annapolis will make the trip.”
AYC member Ben duPont and his team on Warbride placed second only one point behind Patriot. Casey Firth, Maggie Flanigan, Michael Lerner, Paul Murphy, and Dirk Schwenk rounded out his team.
When asked what his team did well, duPont says, “We got our head straight and got good starts. I think we were lead ing at the first windward mark in three of the four races.”
Top Five Finishers
1. Patriot, Ray Wulff
2. Warbride, Ben duPont 3. Deja Voodoo, Bill Zartler 4. Good Trade, Peter Bowe 5. Tenacious, Carl Gitchell
The skipper says of competing in the one-design class, “The class is (made up of) a great group of people. I enjoy get ting to know my competitors and trying to beat them. They are easy on us at the bar, but tough on the racecourse.”
Both Wulff and duPont noted strong race committee work. Wulff adds, “Getting four races in one day was a challenge, but they got it done smartly with great communications.”
In addition to accepting the overall trophy from Commodore Hartman, Patriot’s bowman, Jamie Gilman, was awarded the Steve Gale Memorial Trophy, named for a well-loved and respected J/105 bowman who sailed in Annapolis and passed away in 2010. The bowman of the top-placing team at J/105 Fleet 3’s fall event is awarded this honor. #
A World-Class Regatta in Annapolis
The J/24 North American Championships and J/22 East CoastsBy Wesley G. Marshall
Fall sailing in Annapolis is legend ary. And every fall, J/24 and J/22 sailors convene for the East Coast Championships. At the national level, local fleets and clubs usually have three years to plan the J/24 North American Championships. When Annapolis sailors and clubs took on the task due to a Covid-related cancellation, they had six months. A mad dash of planning, a huge coterie of volunteers, and the support
of great local sponsors made the 2022 J/24 North Americans an exceptional event. The regatta was held in connec tion with the J/22 East Coast Champi onships. Thirty-nine J/24 teams and 20 J/22 teams competed on separate racing circles.
Severn Sailing Association (SSA) hosted the North Americans October 27-30. Mother Nature cooperated for a great practice Thursday and racing
Top Three Results
J/22 (20 Boats)
1. Scooby, J.R. Maxwell
2. Zesty Enterprise, Jake Doyle
3. Just Wing It, Drew Mutch
J/24 (38 Boats)
1. Honeybadger, Travis Odenbach
2. American Garage, Mike Marshall
3. Gekko Diana, Kohei Ichikawa
in brisk northeast breezes for two of three planned days. The regatta was highlighted by a unique international flair, including two teams from Japan and others from Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and Canada. It was great to walk the docks and hear different accents and languages among competitors.
Friday and Saturday saw shifty breezes in the mid-teens. Principal race
officer Sandy Grosvenor (“Don’t hit my boat!”) and deputy race officer Barbara Vosbury set on-time starts and produced three races Friday and four races Satur day. Travis Odenbach and his team on Honey Badger placed first in the regatta, one point ahead of reigning J/24 World Champion Mike Marshall and his team on American Garage. Kohei Ichikawa and his Gekko Diana team placed third. Evan Petley-Jones topped the 17-boat Corinthian division. J.R. Maxwell and his team on Scooby won the J/22 East Coast Championships.
After Saturday’s racing, the fleet of 300 sailors retired to SSA for a wonderful dinner and reception including Mary land specialties. Your author enjoyed the unique privilege of introducing the Gekko Diana team to their first-ever Chesapeake Bay oysters on the half shell. A spot of hot sauce, a squeeze of lemon, and wow, did they enjoy. To share our love of sailing in friendly competition and our local delica cies with our Japanese friends was a blast. The regatta hosted a silent auction to support local sailor Patrick Powers’s Gold Star Sailing and raised more than $8000 to introduce gold star teens to sailing every summer. A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. James Biles, one of Annapolis’s most famous J/24 racers. The night included the grooving tones of the Timmy Metz band echoing across Spa Creek.
The J/24 fleet and SSA could not have hosted such a world-class event without the hard work of volunteers and spon sors. Fleet 8 captain Sam McGuire, treasurer Peter Rich, and mastermind Kelly FitzGerald were invaluable. Special thanks are due to the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA), who graciously made a grant to help produce a first-rate regatta. CBYRA’s support reflects its mission to communicate, or chestrate scheduling, recognize excellence, and educate racing sailors. Also, Anna politan Tony Parker and Parker Tide gave support to regatta logistics as a premier sponsor and by donating gear to the Gold Star Sailing fundraiser. Fleet 8 and the greater Annapolis team rocked it. #
J/80 World Championship Exceeds Expectations
Forty-eight teams descended upon Sail Newport in Newport, RI, for the 2022 J/80 World Champion ship October 4-8. Among the countries represented on the racecourse were In dia, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Ireland, Holland, and France.
“The Worlds event was spectacular and off the charts when it came to ex pectations, with a world-class venue, race committee, and conditions,” says class president and Annapolis sailor Ramzi Bannura. “We had big breeze (full plan ing conditions) early in the week due to the lingering effects of Ian, amazing offshore conditions (when we were able to get out there), and even a light-air day: a true test of any champion.”
“You couldn’t be a ‘one-trick pony’ and do well consistently,” said media and logistics guru for the event, Tom
Cobin. “You had to have your ‘A Game’ on across all conditions, on all legs, in all races, every day. Those who excelled did so repeatedly, and truly deserve the recognition.”
In all of the J/80 World Champion ships since 2001, only five Americans have held the crown. Only one Ameri can, Glenn Darden, has repeated as World Champion (2006, 2022). There had been six straight years of Spanish team domination since 2014 when Brian Keane won the title in Annapolis. For the 2022 event Darden chartered his old boat Le Tigre and surrounded himself with pros in mostly windy conditions to dominate the 48-boat fleet with 2,1,1,2,12,1,2,1,3,7 scores.
Chesapeake teams in contention included Will Crump on R80 (fourth place), JR Maxwell on Scamp (ninth
place), Bradley King on Javelin, Mike Beasley on More Cowbell, Shannon Lock wood on Shenanigans, and Bo Darlington on Valhalla 2
“The venue was absolutely fantastic,” says Cobin. “The facilities are perfectly suited to regattas, because Sail Newport was specifically built for that purpose after the US lost the America’s Cup. Race committee and staff were experts in organizing, launching boats, and running the races. I told PRO Tom Duggan and race organizer Gary Knapp that I had overheard racers saying how well-run the regatta was. Sail Newport’s executive director, Brad Read, kept everything run ning smoothly.”
Next year the J/80 North Americans are rumored to be in Canada and the Worlds will return to Spain. Find more at j80na.com
Southern Bay Racing NewsBy Lin McCarthy
Wairere Wins the ’Round the Lights Race
For the Old Point Comfort Yacht Club (OPCYC) ’Round the Lights Race October 22 was a grand fall day of racing on the southern Chesapeake Bay: sun shine, 10-12 knots, a rollin’ King Tide current, and no one had moved the lighthouses, so they were easy to find!
The OPCYC event chairman and PRO, Tim Ethering ton, summed it up, “Last boat to start was the first boat to finish. The right turn [out of Mill Creek at the start to go to Middle Ground Light House] was the fastest.”
Overall Top Three
1. Wairere, Pete Hunter
2. VooDoo 2, Leroi Lissenden
3. Roundabout, Alan Bomar
Pete Hunter’s Thompson 30 Wairere was indeed the last boat to start the stag gered start race when he crossed the Mill Creek starting line at 11:12:05. The first of 41 boats started at 9:46:49. Wairere passed 40 boats, finishing at 14:27:55.
PHRF A (11 boats): Wairere, Pete Hunter
PHRF B/C (11 boats): Roundabout, Alan Bomar
PHRF Non-Spin (10 boats): Obsession, Bill Ripley
ORC Cru (4 boats): Argo, Ben Ritger
The 45th HYC Gaboon Race—Since Phil Started It
When the annual Gaboon Race starts off the Hampton Yacht Club (HYC) docks on the first Sunday in December, the fourth to be exact, many of the racers will know what to do, when to do it, and what to expect. They will know what to wear, if so inclined: Santa hats and tabog gan gloves or floral shirts and flip-flops, weather depending. Racers know these things because records have been kept and traditions nurtured by Phil Briggs since the first Gaboon Race in 1978.
Phil passed from his racing cohorts earlier this year on May 18. He was 92. He had envisioned the race in 1978, and he honchoed every single annual rendition. Phil vouched for the legend of the Gaboon Spittoon Trophy that he, with a handful of friends, found in a dark corner of a damp basement just prior to having to present it the first time.
The Gaboon Race is meant for everyone. The attitude has always been one of comrad ery on individual boats as well as throughout the fleet. The spirit of “pack up the babies and grab the old ladies, and everyone goes” applies. Crew limits do not. Novice crew and seasoned racers will sail together to
bring their boats through the staggered start and finish the 2022 Gaboon Race. Thank you, Phil!
NOTE: The song words are from Neil Diamond’s “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.”
Dee Smith Tops the 2.4mR World Championships
Following the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Ian in October, organizers at the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, prepared for the 2.4mR World Champion ships November 5-11. In the four-day series, split into two parts as Hurricane Nicole blew through—causing a rapid-fire hauling of boats and two-day cancellation—organizers and sailors persevered. Annapolis sailor Dee Smith won the regatta convincingly in a field of 39 competitors.
The first day of racing got interesting, says Smith. “We sailed in 12 to 35 knots. A squall came through, rain—it was a little dramatic, but not too bad. Thankfully we were in pretty protected waters. A lot of boats swamped. I ran out of battery and had to use my hand pump.”
Longtime readers of SpinSheet are familiar with Smith and the International 2.4-meter (often written as 2.4mR), a one-person, 14-foot keelboat ideal for adaptive sailing, racing in particular. Smith, who competed in the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016, has described the boat as ‘technical,” “tactical,” and “a great equalizer.” Racing sailors compete in the 2.4mR on “ability, not agility.”
Smith posted five bullets in six races (his third-place finish was a throw-out). “It’s nice to have a picket fence,” he says.
In second place was Megan Pascoe of Great Britain, fol lowed in third by Marko Dahlberg of Finland, who’d been a former 2.4mR World Champion and Smith’s first coach when he entered the class.
“I want to thank New York Architects and Quantum Sails. It’s been a great seven years,” said Smith in an emotional speech about his time in the 2.4 mR class. “I’ve sold my boat and this was my last time. It’s been wonderful.”
Team Mirage Wins the Caribbean Championship
When we first learned that Cedric Lewis and Fredrik Salevesen’s Annapolis-based J/105 Mirage team won the Helly Hansen Sailing World Caribbean Championship in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) at the end of October, the first thought was “of course they did.” Second: “Was it as awesome as it sounds?”
Lewis says, “The overall atmosphere was exciting! The Ca ribbean Challenge had been put on hold for several years due to Covid, the BVI had just lifted their restrictions, and the Bitter End Yacht Club was reopened. The last time they had it was 2019. Winners from the last several years were invited, making for a larger number of boats (nine) competing.”
The Mirage team has won the Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series (formerly the NOOD) in Annapolis many times. They had the good fortune to be randomly selected for the Caribbean event, which was sailed on charter boats from Sunsail out of Tortola.
Lewis says, “The conditions were mostly 10-15 knots. We had one day when a front pushed through during the race from Monkey Point to Sandy Cay with 28-knot puffs, driving rain, and zero visibility and ended with dead calm. The race was abandoned.”
He continues, “The racing consisted of one around-theislands race (Cooper and Salt Islands), several point-to-point races, and one windward-leeward race.”
The crew consisted of eight people: Cedric and Tina Lewis, Fredrik and Missy Salvesen, Molly Wilmer, Greg and Deb bie Larcher, and Vernon Sheen. “Everyone did at least one race. The crew was great. We were learning a new boat and constantly making changes and trying different things to make the boat go faster. We made improvements with every race.”
Lewis confirmed that the trip was indeed “awesome.” He says, “We are looking forward to going back next year to defend our title.”
Heintz Awarded the Triple Crown of Charity Sailing Trophy
The competition in 2022 was familiar and incredibly tight at the Leukemia Cup, CRAB Cup, and Hospice Cup races. The all too familiar names at the top of the leaderboard were John Heintz on the Harbor 20 Endurance, Dan Flagler on the Pearson 31 Flagfest, and Warren Richter and Tracy Golde (soon to be married) on the J/22 Committed—all very competitive sailors with no finish lower than a third place.
However, what makes the Triple Crown of Charity Sailing unique is the finish on the racecourse is added to the ranking of the amount of funds raised for each individual race. The three scores are added together to determine the top finishers.
At the conclusion of the very competitive race scoring, Flagler held a one-point lead over Heintz. After scoring the fundraising, John gained back a point to create a tie for the top position. Using the arcane tie-break ing method, adding up the total dollars raised for the three local charities, Heintz came out on top with over $38,000 in donations.
Flagler graciously accepted his secondplace trophy while proudly acknowledging that only he and Heintz had their names twice on the beautiful Triple Crown trophy. Coming in third place was Richter and Golde on Committed.
Flagler says, “I am honored to compete again for the Triple Crown. Thank you to the organizers and other competitors in the three great events! Mostly, gratitude to all of our contributors and crew.”
Heintz says, “It is very gratifying to win this award a second time. My fel low Harbor 20 sailors and I take great pride in supporting the important work of the University of Maryland Greene baum Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, and Hospice.”
The friendly group of sailors who attended the Triple Crown reception at The Market House on November 4 had a wonderful time sharing stories and talking with trophy sponsor Weems & Plath representatives about Christmas lists. Make your plans now for sailing and raising funds for the Maryland Leukemia Cup (June), CRAB Cup (August), and Hospice Cup (Septem ber) in 2023.
Warm Welcome in More Ways Than One at the ILCA Masters Championship
Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC) hosted 27 sailors in November for the 41st Chesapeake Bay ILCA Masters Championship after postponing from the weekend in Octo ber when Hurricane Ian came through. Five races were sailed Saturday in eight to 15 knots and another four races sailed in six to 11 on Sunday. Both days saw temperatures reach into the 70s with southerly winds that felt much more like mid-September than early November.
James Jacob of Severn Sailing As sociation (SSA) was the overall winner, picking up the title for the seventh
time in the 41-year history of the event. Natalie Burls (SSA) was the top woman. Scott Adam was second overall and was the most consistent on the weekend, winning four of the races and the rest being all top three aside from one. David Waiting (SSA) won three of the races and had only one race out of the top five. Dave was particularly adept at going downwind in the lighter air.
Peter Seidenberg, the top Legend and fourth overall, traveled from Rhode Island, and had a great start on Satur day and was just a few points out of the lead going into day two. Jon Deutsch, the top Fishing Bay Sailor, had a race
winner along with some local knowledge around the racecourse, taking him to a sixth-place finish and second Appren tice. Rounding the top five was Bob Tan, a previous winner of this regatta who sailed consistently and was the top Grand Master.
Rick Klein and his crew on the race committee did a marvelous job with the racing and had particularly square lines making the starts even and under the P flag.
A lot of fun was had even though we missed those who could not attend the rescheduled date. Congratulations to James and all sailors who attended!
All Are Welcome to ORC of the Chesapeake Winter Meeting
All handicap racers are welcome to attend the ORC of the Chesapeake Winter Meeting on December 3 from 1011 a.m. at Annapolis Yacht Club Sailing Center (510 Severn Avenue, second floor).
Ben Capuco, Dick Neville, and John White will present the format and criteria for ORC racing in 2023. Included will be the new ORC Racer/Cruiser class for dual purpose boats and refinement to the ORC and Cruiser class for qualifying boats both with spinnaker and without.
A review of the ORC of the Chesapeake, 2023 class structure criteria, scoring update, and 2022 awards will be followed by a Q&A.
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Outstanding Regatta Management Is Key to a Successful EventBy Jon Anthony, CBYRA President
The great joys of being president of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) are all the wonderful, enthusiastic, and talented regatta managers that I get to meet and interact with as CBYRA sponsors these high-level regattas.
Highlights from 2021-2022 included the Star North American Championship with Shane Zwingelberg, Alan Terhune, and Linda Ambrose and the team at An napolis Yacht Club; the 2021 Snipe Na tionals team led by Lisa and Alex Pline; and the J/24 North American and J/22 East Coast Championships led by Kelly Fitzgerald at Severn Sailing Association.
Successful regattas require vision, major planning, and talented leadership committees. Once you reach the level of 50 or more boats and 100, 200, or 300 racers, watch out! Management tasks will rise exponentially.
One highlight from October 26-30 was the J/24 North American and J/22 East Coast Championship. The entire crowd of 300 participants gave Fitzgerald and her team a standing ovation during
the Sunday awards cer emony when sponsor and J/24 racer Tony Parker recognized Fitzgerald and her team of Pat Fitzger ald, Wes Marshall, Sam McGuire, Tony and Claire Parker, and Dave Waiting from the J/22 side.
According to J/24 Fleet Captain Sam McGuire, “The number one piece of feedback that we received from competitors was the quality of the logistics; the ability to measure, launch, store, and haul 40 boats was what made everyone pleased to the moon.”
Of special note was a silent auc tion run and organized by Patrick and Andrea Powers which raised $8200 to benefit children of Gold Star families who get to come and learn to sail for a week at a time in two locations. Patrick Powers hopes to add the Chesapeake as a third location sometime in the near future.
Finally, CBYRA will run a workshop over the winter on successful regatta planning and management. Topics will include planning, committee develop ment, finance, sponsorship, measure ment, logistics, and officiating. Several speakers have already been recruited who have extensive regatta management experience. Lisa Pline of SSA and Max Plarr from Hampton Yacht Club will be two of our presenters.
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Making a Game Plan and Throwing It AwayBy Kim Couranz
I’m somewhat of a creature of habit. To get my brain rolling every morn ing, while I’m eating breakfast, I play Wordle. I always use the same first word (I have my reasons why, but I’m not giving away any secrets!), and if I don’t get any letter “hits” on that first word, I have a standby second word.
That’s because Wordle is always played under the same conditions: Six chances to get the right five-letter word. And it’s only me who’s playing that individual game.
Sailboat racing isn’t always the same, as conditions are not only different day to day and venue to venue, but they also change during an individual race (or leg).
And there are those pesky competitors sharing the racecourse, making your deci sion making even more complex. Still, it is important to develop a game plan for sev eral reasons. Sailing around hoping you’ll magically just go faster and encounter good luck on the wind shifts isn’t a winning strategy.
The process of developing a game plan helps you identify key elements on the course (and near the course) that can help you move ahead in your fleet. Where is there better breeze? Where is there more advantageous current? Figuring out where good things and bad things can happen can help you develop an initial game plan, along the lines of “go right early for better
breeze, but be sure to get back toward the center of the course before you hit the adverse current at the top right corner.”
Be sure to develop your game plan not only based on weather and current fore casts, but also on your actual observations.
Developing a game plan helps you decide where you want to go on the course and helps you in your interactions with other boats. When you have a game plan, it’s a lot easier to make decisions. If you’re sailing upwind on port and are about to encounter a starboard-tack boat and need to decide (tack before them or duck them) and you know from your game plan that the top right corner is not a good place to be, tacking before them is a clearer choice.
Racing on a boat with more than one person, collaboratively developing that game plan and making sure the key elements are spoken out loud (avoid bad current; watch for the lefty at the top, etc.), helps your entire team be on the same page. Is the wind better or has it shifted right on the righthand side? Plan for a gybe set (but verify before round ing!). That way, when quick decisions are needed, you’re all acting as one.
So, everything is great in game-planworld, right? You and your team are rac ing along with clearly defined, commonly shared goals, but…
It’s okay to develop a game plan—re member, you benefit from just the pro cess of coming up with the game plan, because you are more informed about the racecourse—but it’s also okay to toss it out the window if you need to.
When might you need to abandon your game plan?
If conditions change. While certainly you have examined the weather forecast and know what might evolve over the course of your racing day, your game plan is for a shorter time period: just one race. If the forecasted storms roll in a little early,
pulling the breeze hard one way or the other, you may need to ditch that game plan to take advantage of the emergent conditions.
If you’re sailing super short courses. With super short courses (half an hour or less) you need to be able to jump on every ad vantage that presents itself. While your decisions will be informed by your game plan, you will be more affected by shortterm tactics than overall strategy.
If you’re up for a high-risk move. Super bad start and you’re flailing around in the back of the fleet? Is everyone in front of you following your game plan to head out to the right to catch that nice puff? Might be time for a high-risk leg, espe cially if you have a drop race you can use. If you try something risky—less breeze, but less traffic and fewer wind shadows on the left—and it doesn’t work out, well, there’s your drop race.
If you need to keep tabs on your close competitors. In the last race or two of a major regatta, you may be focused on staying ahead of (or playing of fense against) one or a small handful of competitors. Be sure to run the match, and carefully consider how any drop races may affect things. If you know you need to simply stay ahead of a boat to stay ahead of them in the overall standings, but that how other boats finish won’t affect your place, and that one boat decides to tack away from the side you have emphasized in your game plan? Welp, you’ve got to stay ahead of them, so looks like you may need to divert from your game plan!
Whether you are—or aren’t—fol lowing your game plan, having a plan, sharing it with your teammates, and continuing communication on the status of the game plan will help you to succeed.
About the Author: SpinSheet Small Boat columnist for more than a dozen years, Kim Couranz has earned several national and world titles in Laser Radials (ILCA 6) and Snipes. She has also raced J/22s, J/24s, and Ynglings on an international level.
To further support the expansion of Barton Marine Equipment across the globe, John Navarro will be taking on the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer for the Barton American division. With significant growth achieved over the last two years since the launch of the US business unit and creation of a dedicated distribution hub, John will be helping to capitalize on the many opportunities present in both the marine and industrial markets. John comes to Barton having spent the last five years working at CWR Wholesale Distribution, playing a key role in building the Marine and RV mar ketspace. As a product specialist working with over 350 brands, he has created a huge network of industry contacts, has expansive knowledge of the boating sec tor, and a lifelong love of sailing. Talking about his appointment, John said, “I am very excited to begin work with one of the leading marine hardware manufacturers and help make the Barton Marine name the industry standard. I truly believe that the culture at Barton thrives on offer ing honest, quality built and well-valued products. To be able to help offer these products in North and South America is a lifetime opportunity. Additionally, the chance to introduce children and young adults to the sport of sailing as part of my role is going to be something I accept as a personal challenge and I’m sure will also further the Barton Marine name, as a company people feel truly proud to be associated with.” To contact John, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (609) 276-9022. bartonmarine.com
Quantum Sails announces it has joined forces with American Magic to form a highperformance partnership for the 2023 season—the first time both teams have formally collaborated. Quantum Racing will evolve and rebrand as “Quantum Racing, powered by American Magic.” Quantum Racing was developed for Quantum to have a presence at the Grand Prix level and as the ultimate test platform for Quantum’s Fusion M sails and iQ Technology—the company’s proprietary sail design and manufacturing process. With nearly 400 hours of sailing each season in a full range of wind and sea conditions on all points of sail, the Quantum Racing program provides the most controlled way for Quantum Sails to gather data, verify performance targets and identify areas for im provement, and leverage it to improve their products. Quantum Racing will continue to be Quantum Sails’ “actual testing platform.”
Building on the success of winning this year’s TP52 World Championship and the 52 Super Series title, Quantum Racing, powered by American Magic, will incorporate America’s best young talent with experienced global talent. As a result, the sailing team will continue to compete in the 52 Super Series, the world’s leading monohull com petition. Terry Hutchinson, skipper and president of Sailing Operations for NYYC American Magic, says, “American Magic is a high-performance sailing team that is focused on winning the 37th America’s Cup; within that, we’re also developing a path way for the younger generation of sailors, engineers, boatbuilders, and technicians to enhance the marine industry inside the United States and set us on a trajectory of being a leader on the world stage.” American Magic and Quantum Racing will announce further details in the build-up to the 2023 season. quantumsails.com
Largest Cutwater Dealer
Pocket Yacht Company was awarded the 2022 Largest Cutwater Boats Dealer in the World. This award was celebrated amongst all four of its locations along the East Coast including Florida, North Carolina, and Maryland. “We are proud to receive this award,” says managing director and owner, Mark Schulstad. “We have a dynamic team that works hard to be the best in the industry and we are proud of this great accom plishment.” The Pocket Yacht Company has also celebrated three other awards this year including Top Dealer for Ranger Tugs, Top 100 Dealer Award from the Marine Retailers Association of America, and has become a Marine Industry Certified Dealer ship. “The Pocket Yacht Company is an exceptional dealership and has an exceptional sales team,” says Jeff Messmer, vice president of Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats. “We’re proud to celebrate our partnership and their dedication to making Cutwater and Ranger Tug owners the happiest boaters on the water.” The Pocket Yacht Com pany is proud of its lifelong relationship with boat manufacturer Fluid Motion, builder of Ranger Tugs, Cutwater Boats, and Solara Boats in Kent, WA. pocketyachtco.com
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Yacht View Brokerage, LLC announces our new 8% commission, which may include complimentary Annapolis dockage (for yachts above 100K and up to 80’ in length) and 10% co-brokerage listing commission! We will successfully market your yacht from her current East Coast location or arrange delivery to our secure dockage for yachts from 30’-80’ (Power/Sail). Located 20 minutes from BWI airport, our listings are easily inspected and demonstrated to prospective buyers. Targeted print advertising & Yachtworld.com MLS internet exposure with wide angle/high resolution photos and video. 30 yrs proven customer service! Call/text Capt. John Kaiser, Jr. @ 443.223.7864. Email your yacht’s details for a full market appraisal to: firstname.lastname@example.org www.yachtview.com
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1999 Beneteau Oceanis 321 Great Bay cruiser! Well maintained, AC upgrade, charging system, fresh running rigging, lifelines, low engine hours, recently serviced sails, 4’3” shoal draft bulb keel. Herring Bay, MD. $58,000 703.402.3427 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.boattrader.com/boat/ 1999-beneteau-oceanis-321-8481069
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2002 Moody 38 Well equipped and ready to cruise. Bow Thruster, Roller Fulling Boom, Arch, Dingy, New Electronics, New Sails & Full Enclosure Canvas, Much More. $220,000 S&J Yachts 410.639.2777 www.sjyachts.com
Southerly Yachts 42’-57’ NEW & Brokerage. Best shoal draft, bluewater boats for over 40 yrs. Sail the Bay or cross Oceans. Push button variable draft swing keel completely retracts inside hull. Several brokerage boats available: S115 - 37’, 42’, 45’, and 57’. S&J Yachts 410.639.2777 www.sjyachts.com
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Island Packet Yachts 27’-52’ Excellent cruiser liveaboard w/ tremendous storage/comfort. S&J Yachts is the world leader in selling IPs. No team knows these boats better! We have many buyers looking now. List your boat with S&J Yachts! 410.639.2777 www.sjyachts.com
39’ Catalina 385 ‘15 Brand new listing!
Great condition and ready to sail. Shoal Draft: 4’ 8”. Bow thruster New ’21, A/C. Located in Rock Hall, MD. $249,000 S&J Yachts 410.639.2777 www.sjyachts.com
43’ Hans Christian 43T ‘91 Custom design. Modified sail plan, Mark ll interior; forward stateroom, queen pullman berth, Telstar keel w/ cutaway forefoot & skeg hung rudder for improved speed, safety and maneuverability. $135,000 S&J Yachts 410.639.2777 www.sjyachts.com
(Inspiration) 2002 Hunter 380 Wellkept Chesapeake Bay only boat with a roomy cockpit area for entertaining. $95,000 Call 804.776.9211 www.nortonyachts.com
Bavaria Yachts NEW C38, C42, C45 In Stock Now for Fall & Winter Delivery. Quality Performance Style. Enjoy the expertise of German engineering. 2022 delivery is still available for some models. Thinking of a new boat or want to sell your Bavaria? Contact S&J Yachts 410.639.2777 www.sjyachts.com
(Flamingo) 2012 Hunter 39 Chesapeake Bay only, one owner boat. Spacious layout below. $130,000 Call 804.776.9211 www.nortonyachts.com
(Sea Badger) 1985 Endeavour 42
Two owner. Center cockpit with a large aft cabin. Would make a great live aboard. $68,000 Call 804.776.9211 www.nortonyachts.com
Athena 38 1995 New Listing. Designed and built by Fountaine Pajot. Spacious, bright and airy salon. 4 double cabins, 2 heads. Attractive and performs well. Large cockpit with plenty of space on deck. $145,000 S&J Yachts 410.639.2777 www.sjyachts.com
1994 Hylas 45.5 Nice list of upgrades & prepped for long-distance cruising. Available w/ a six-month-old survey - all survey findings have been addressed. 2 cabin/2 head. Classic, functional teak Sugar Scoop transom. $198,500 S&J Yachts 410.639.2777 www.sjyachts.com
1998 Sabre 452 Rare OpportunityHull #1! Handsome Sailing Sloop. 2 cabin/2 head. Incredible woodwork, fast sailing, & great sea-kindliness. Schedule your private visit or a brokerled video walkthrough. $249,900 S&J Yachts 410.639.2777 www.sjyachts.com
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Custom Islander 56 ‘92 Lloyd’s construction, sailplan options deliver safe, efficient passage-making. Belowdecks, warm, rich cabinetry & luxurious fabrics create elegant social areas. Generous storage. Secure accommodations. Equipped for your adventures! $339,000 S&J Yachts 410.639.2777
42’ Island Packet 420 ‘00 Cruised winters, well maintained. LOADED. Solar, Watermaker, AIS, NexGen 5.5, Inmast Furling, Aircon, Arch, Davits, 3/4 Enclosure, Dinghy & Outboard, ROCNA 73lb, EPIRB, Electric Salt/ Fresh Head. $257,500 Deltaville, VA. Call Jon Hutchings 804.567.0093 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.yazuyachting.com
17218 General Puller Hwy, Deltaville, VA
Anne: 804-567-0092 | Jon: 804-567-0093 www.yazuyachting.com
38’ Alajuela 38 1974/2016 Build completed 2016 by top New England boatyard - superb cruising vessel with top quality finish. Cutter rig, bowsprit, wind vane, wind generator, tiller, classic mainsail. $174,000 Deltaville, VA. Call Jon Hutchings 804.567.0093 or email@example.com www.yazuyachting.com
$298,900 Deltaville, VA. Call Anne Hutchings 804.567.0092 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.yazuyachting.com
41’ Fountaine Pajot Lipari ‘13 4-Cabin, 2-Head. 220V/12V. Never Chartered. Solar, Volvo 30Hp (upgrade), Flexofold prop, ROCNA 33KG, Anchor Camera, Asymm Spinnaker, Davits, Liferaft, Garmin instruments, Dinghy & Outboard. Mathews, VA. Call Anne Hutchings 804.567.0092 or email@example.com www.yazuyachting.com
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47’ Catalina 470 ‘00
water until 2019, cruised 2019/20. 2 Cabin, 2 head. Updated Raymarine electronics, washer/dryer, aircon, 5’10” draft. $184,900 Deltaville, VA. Call Anne Hutchings 804.567.0092 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.yazuyachting.com
package. $225,000 Deltaville, VA. Call Jon Hutchings 804.567.0093 or email@example.com www.yazuyachting.com
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Director, Competitive Sailing - USNA
The United States Naval Academy is currently hiring for a full-time assistant director for competitive sailing. For a detailed description, requirements and contact information to apply, please visit the official Navy athletics career website at: https://bit.ly/3V8K3HA
Are you on a search for a full-time sales position that requires you to get out and enjoy the water, where all your co-workers are super cool, and where flip-flops and shorts are considered business casual? SpinSheet, PropTalk, FishTalk, Start Sailing Now, and PortBook magazines are in growth mode, and we are looking for that special advertising sales rep who understands the marine industry and knows how to work and play hard. If you think you will excel in creating sales and marketing solutions for advertisers, then we would love to chat with you. Send your resume, a description of your boating experience and interests, and a cover letter telling us why you’d be a great fit for our team today! firstname.lastname@example.org
S&J Yachts Looking for an experienced Full-time Yacht Broker. Great opportunity to work with a large, professional company - 5 offices from the mid-Atlantic to Florida. S&J Yachts are Dealers for: Bavaria Yachts Sail & Power and Makai Power Catamarans, specializing in quality Brokerage yachts. Boating experience and team player a must! Friendly, professional working environment. Inquiries confidential. Contact Jack at 410.971.1071 or email@example.com www.sjyachts.com
Seeking Woodworking Assistant with ability to use hand tools and machinery. Power and sailboat repair, maintenance. Also, varnishing, painting, fiberglass/ epoxy work. No smokers. Call 410.798.9510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.mastandmallet.com
Yacht Sales - Curtis Stokes and Associates, Inc. is hiring new salespeople for our Chesapeake area operation. Candidates must be honest, ethical and have boating experience. This is a commission only position. Contact Curtis Stokes at 410.919.4900 or email@example.com www.curtisstokes.net
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For Sale: Suzuki 9.9 Outboard Still in break-in period. $1,500 Call Richard: 443.618.6469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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30’-50’ Deepwater Slips for Sale & Rent Flag Harbor Condo Marina on western shore of Chesapeake in St. Leonard, MD. Slip sales & rentals 410.586.0070/ email@example.com Storage & Repairs 410.586.1915/ firstname.lastname@example.org www.flagharbor.com
For Rent or Sale: Magothy River Boat Slip Boat slip for sale or rent in beautiful condo marina in Severna Park on Magothy River. Gated, pool, complete bathroom, laundry facilities, fuel dock. 26’ x 12’ deep water. Call Holly 301.325.7247
Hooper Island Lighthouse Sold at AuctionBy Kelsey Bonham
This past summer, on August 8, an online auction hosted by the General Services Administra tion began for the sale of Hooper Island Light, with the minimum bid set at $15,000. The 120-year-old lighthouse was completed in 1902 to mark shoals that extend from Middle Hooper Island, just north of the Tangier Sound. It stands in 18 feet of water about three miles west of the island, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Prior to its construction, a lightship was intermittently anchored west of the Hooper Islands until the Light house Board petitioned Congress for a permanent structure in 1897. Congress approved the funding in two $30,000 allotments, made in 1898 and 1899. Hooper Island Light rests atop a caisson foundation sunk using the pneumatic process, which involves mounting a cast-iron cylinder onto a wooden caisson container and sinking the assembly into the seabed. It has a four-story cast-iron tower with a watchroom and lantern room on top.
The first story served as the kitchen, and the second, third, and fourth stories served as office and living spaces. It had a fourth-order Fresnel lens and a fog bell until it was electrified in 1936, allow
ing for the fog bell to be replaced with a diaphragm foghorn. It was later fully automated in 1961. During a routine visit in 1976, the Coast Guard noticed that the original Fresnel lens had been stolen, so they replaced it with a solar-powered beacon.
In 2006, the Coast Guard offered the lighthouse to any qualifying organization that wanted it, and it was subsequently granted to the U.S. Lighthouse Society in 2009. In 2017, the U.S. Lighthouse Society agreed to a voluntary reversion of the lighthouse, and in 2021 the federal government announced that it was once again looking for a new steward.
The 2022 auction closed on September 21 after an unexpected bidding war in the final weeks. The lighthouse sold for $192,000. The new owner, an individual who has not been disclosed, will be subject to a variety of restrictions including the Coast Guard’s continued operation and maintenance of its functions as an Aid to Navigation, historic preservation cov enants, and entry into a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Navy due to its location within a Navy-controlled surface danger area. Hopefully the new owner will continue to be a steward of this unique lighthouse, and if you find yourself near Middle Hooper Island, keep a lookout for this piece of Chesapeake Bay history. ■
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