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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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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September 22, 2013

Annapolis Classic Boat Regatta

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Annapolis is such a fun place to sail out of.  Today we were able to watch classic wooden boats race in the harbor.  This race was set up by Captain Rick Carrion.  Rick is the captain and owner of the oldest race boat in the USA.  Elf was built in 1888 and has been painstakingly …
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September 18, 2013

What’s Up? The Moon and Sunset

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As Bugs Bunny said, “Eh, What’s up Doc?”  In this case it was “What’s Up Magazine”, the moon and sunset.  The moon-rise occurred just prior to sunset and both made an impressive sight for our guests from “What’s Up Magazine”. There creative publications keep us informed on what’s happening locally in a way that really …
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September 15, 2013

Schooner Adventurer, reprise, Sailing Capital, Great Sailing

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This Sunday we had cool, comfortable temperatures.  Autumn sailing has arrived with the wind from the South, 12 to 18 knots!   As we head into the harbor we see an old friend, Mark Faulstick, on board his 1928 classic schooner, Adventurer.  Some of you may remember my post from August 22 (http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2013/08/hey-woodwind-is-leaving-without-me/) showing some details …
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August 25, 2013

Cool Temperature (for August) and a Vivid Sunset

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Shirley and Malcolm were originally from England.  I was able to capture the moment showing Woodwind II sailing by our stern as Shirley took the helm. Emmanuel brought his friend Dominique for a sail.  Both friends originally knew each other in their native country, France.  Emmanuel now lives here in New Jersey with his son …
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August 22, 2013

Hey, Woodwind is Leaving Without Me!

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Sometimes, when no one is looking, I escape!  This is the schooner Adventurer, which is owned by Mark Faulstick from Norwalk, Connecticut (my home state).  She was designed and built by the famous designer, John Alden, in 1928.  She has been a highly successful racer in the Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in class B (Woodwind …
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