Captain Ken

About Captain Ken

How do you answer the question, What do I want to do when I grow up? For me, it was, ask the question what do I love to do that I can share with others and make it a career? I taught instrumental music to elementary students for 25 years. When that was no longer an option due to budget cuts, I asked the question again? This time the answer was, with the help of my family, Schooner Woodwind.
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September 21, 2014

Classic Boat Regatta

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The Fifth Annual NSHOF Classic Sailboat was held Sunday.  It was sponsored by the National Sailing Hall of Fame which is adjacent to City Dock.  What a great event!  What makes this event unique and special is that all the boats are made out of wood.  No “plastic fantastics” here.  There are many reasons to marvel …
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September 16, 2014

Star Spangled Sailabration

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This past weekend was the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore which took place Sept 12 – 13, toward the end of the War of 1812.  It was one of the most significant battles of the war.  Francis Scott Key witnessed the event from on board a British warship while trying to secure the …
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August 31, 2014

Stacey’s First Sail, Dramatic Sky

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Sunday, the southwest wind  blew between 15 to 20 knots, producing ideal sailing conditions.  We tacked out of the harbor and then eased our course and toward the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Stacey had never sailed before, but she enjoyed the experience so much that she asked to take the helm a second time.  Later in …
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August 11, 2014

History, Violin, and Taking the Helm

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Tom Gay has a perspective of Annapolis that is unusual.  He shares that perspective with our guests as we sail towards the Bay Bridge, explaining how Governor Preston Lane ran for re-election on the promise that the bridge would only cost “pennies a day”.  Everyone new what that meant: TAXES.  And they did not want …
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August 2, 2014

Launching of Woodwind III

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I know many of you have have been asking about the possibility of a third vessel.  Well, after much head scratching and fund raising efforts, we finally are announcing today that Woodwind III has been launched.  We will now share these photos of our new venture.  Sam was chosen as captain, Mike W as 1st …
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June 2, 2014

Buoy Tender, not tender buoy. We are not talking Filet Mignon.

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The Buoy Tender James Rankin may not look pretty to you, but she is a beautiful sight to the Coast Guardsmen who man her.  The James Rankin is no stranger to us and we welcome her visits because we know that her mission and those of her crew is to maintain the markers to the …
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May 24, 2014

Kids, Food and Yacht

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Pleasant temperatures and a light breeze make for a pleasant day.  This young couple takes the helm and our conversation turns to food.  They are from India, whose cuisine is one of my favorites.  Then our conversation turns to Pizza and other guests offer their favorites.  This makes everyone hungry, but fortunately we have some …
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May 13, 2014

What’s a YP anyway?

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YP stands for Yard Patrol.  The midshipmen cruise these vessels near the YARD (it’s not  a campus).  These steel hulled vessels we saw were less than 2 years old.  The Navy is gradually replacing their aging fleet of 40+ year old, wooden hulled vessels.  Here we can see a MOB (man overboard) drill in progress. …
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May 11, 2014

Boat and Breakfast

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Hosting the Boat and Breakfast gives me a chance to meet some of our guests in a more relaxed setting.  This Saturday I met Chris and Brad who live near the Severn River in Virginia.  This Severn River is part of Mobjack Bay just North of Norfolk.  There they keep their classic sailing Catalina 30. …
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Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis sailing cruise

April 27, 2014

Cocktail Cruise up the Severn

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What do you do when the wind gusts up to 30 knots and you have food and cocktails to serve?  Not only that, but many of our guests are dressed up for an elegant cruise with a gentle breeze.  Thank goodness for the Severn River and the adaptable schooner rig.  ”Folks, the sun is shining, …
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