May 21, 2013

Lighthouse Cruise on the Bay

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Thomas Point Lighthouse

Thomas Point Lighthouse, the last screwpile lighthouse still in it’s original location on the Bay. Thomas Point was built in 1875.

The cruise we had today was the re-named Blue Angels Cruise.  After the Blue Angels were canceled due to sequestration, we had many people signed up for this cruise. We changed the theme to a Lighthouse Cruise and asked them what they wanted to do, and many wanted to stay on the cruise. So, we asked our favorite lighthouse historian aboard to treat guests with her local and lighthouse knowledge. We had about 25 people aboard.

Meg Govan, from the Annapolis Maritime Museum, came prepared with historical stories, old photographs, insight into Thomas Point Lighthouse from the inside and much more.

The day started a little dreary with overcast, gray skies and a nice breeze blowing from the southwest. We sailed down to Thomas Point Light within the first hour. After getting real close we motored to the Bay Bridge to see Sandy Point Lighthouse.

As we reached Sandy Point Lighthouse, the sun came out and it became the most delightful day out. Clear blue skies with a nice breeze. I must say, Sandy Point Lighthouse looks pretty shabby.

Sailing under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Sailing under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

We headed back into the breeze and sailed under the Bay Bridge and most of the way back to Annapolis Harbor. A beautiful day was had by all. It was great having one of the parents of a midshipman helm the boat back from the Bridge. He grew up sailing on Buzzard Bay and we had fun trading sailing stories the whole way back.

Our second trip, a private event, had the best sailing of the day. We made it under the bridge and back completely under sail in 70 degree temperatures.

 

 

Captain Jennifer

About Captain Jennifer

Sailing has been a vital part of Jen's life since she was 5. Racing and cruising with her family filled her summers until she started teaching kids to sail. Her sophomore year in college, she sailed the Caribbean on a 125-ft schooner for credit in science, literature, and history. She now was addicted to schooner sailing. 3 years later, her family built the Woodwind. At 26, she became a captain.

4 Responses to Lighthouse Cruise on the Bay

  1. John Gannon May 30, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    Hi Jen,

    Thanks for the sail, we had a fantastic time. The pictures are on my Flickr site. Feel free to use any of them. To download you choose an image and then click the three dots below and to the right of the image. Then select a size and download.

    Take Care,
    John

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=one_set72157633800541027

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