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.
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Sailing with lots of wind under the US Naval Academy Bridge

September 18, 2012

Wild & Windy

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The forecasts for today was a small craft advisory in the morning, then a gale warning for the afternoon, and then strong storms near 5:00. We had a 12:30-5:00 team building program where the clients learn how to sail the schooner and then race against their other team. With these wind conditions, Mike (the other …
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Small Craft Warning aboard the Schooner Woodwind

September 17, 2012

Small Craft Advisory?

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The only sail that we had today was a private event for the Heavy Seas Brewery! It was a sunset sail with full dinner and dessert. Sounds perfect… add in a Small Craft Advisory into the weather, and this makes it even more fun. As Hugh (owner of brewery) boarded the Woodwind, we joked how …
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Schooner Woodwind and Martha White meet in Annapolis

September 12, 2012

It’s Schooner Season

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I hope this fall sailing pattern is setting in. We have had some  glorious sailing days in the past 5 days. Today was no different, we had winds just topping 10 knots and beautiful blue, crisp skies. The first trip filled up quick for a mid-week lunch-time cruise. A local association treated their employees to …
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Wedding aboard the Schooner Woodwind II

September 8, 2012

Wedding, Winds & Wetness

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What a day! The day started out with the wedding of Stephanie Mafrici and Frank Cook. This couple sailed with me earlier in the season to see about having their wedding aboard. By the time we got back to shore the wedding was planned.   They wanted the ceremony to be on the Woodwind, while …
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Sailing into the Sunset with local music aboard the Woodwind

September 6, 2012

Singing & Sailing into the Sunset

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Woke up to the sound of rain. So much rain, that no one signed up for the first sail today.  By the second sail, 3:00-5:00, we had 2 lovely people sign up. They had a private cruise (for $72)!  We had perfect wind and made it under the Bay Bridge and back. Maureen and Jim …
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Sailing around the submarine off of Annapolis

September 1, 2012

Circumnavigating a Submarine

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The first day of Labor Day Weekend has begun. We had about 25 people on our early sail and we had about 10-14 knots of breeze. Within a half hour of the sail, we spot a submarine in the distance. We just had to check it out.  I decided to circumnavigate the sub, while staying …
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"The Roadside Show" performs on the Schooner Woodwind

August 30, 2012

Breeze + Music= Great

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We had some great breezes today. It’s funny how “great breeze” might be defined among the captains and crew on the Woodwinds. To us, the crew of the Woodwind II, for today… we had great breezes. Why? The forecast was for no breeze. While we were getting the boat ready to sail, we had no …
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Sailing the Schooner Woodwind into the Chesapeake

August 29, 2012

Fish, Sail, Fish

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The day started by a warm greeting on the dock by Steve. He admired the Woodwind for many years and was excited to finally make today the day he was going to sail on her.  He was out fishing earlier on his boat and he said it was blowing around 18 knots. He shared that …
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J-Boats racing in very, very light air taken from our sunset sail on the Schooner Woodwind

August 23, 2012

Chillaxing on a Light Day

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Today, we had a private charter book us for a 3 hour cruise. No… not the Gilligan’s theme song.  They were 5 minutes late, so no need to sing. Anyway, they all were teachers in a private school and wanted to relax before the first day of school on Monday. Relax they did. With very …
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Blue Herons in their nests up Chase Creek, on the Severn River

August 22, 2012

This Cruise was for the Birds

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Another light air day on the Schooner Woodwind II. The first cruise had wind, and the others had enough to sail up wind but motor downwind. All through the day we saw tons of birds. And lucky for us, we had Don, our bird enthusiast, aboard as crew. We saw cormorants flying in V-shaped formations …
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