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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August 21, 2013

Sam’s Last Day and a Variety of Vessels

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Sam is going back to college (Virginia Tech).  He will be missed.  All crew know how to sail before being hired.  We teach them how to adapt that knowledge to our vessel and the details of the business.  We have watched him grow from a newbie to a valuable crew member.  Here you can see …
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August 17, 2013

An Unusual Easterly

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Easterlies can either bring rain and nasty weather or dry light air  (sometimes almost no wind) sailing.  Saturday was neither.  The wind was light, but strong enough to provide us with nice sailing and comfortably cool temperature.  It also allowed us to head toward Thomas Point Lighthouse.  On the first three trips we were able …
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August 6, 2013

Grey skies, who cares!

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Most people think the perfect day is blue skies and bright sunshine.  While that is great for business, please take it from me, come sailing with us on a cloudy but windy day and there is magic.  Ask these happy people.   Not only did our guests have a dramatic sky, but also, with less …
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August 2, 2013

Relaxed Sail

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This was a pleasant day on the Bay.  As you can see by the photos, everyone is relaxed and enjoying the moment. Frequent sailor Jay and his grandson, Drew, joined us and they brought Drew’s cousin Andrew.  Drew took the helm.  Very nice to see how well Drew was able to handle Woodwind II with …
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August 1, 2013

Interesting People and Thursday Night Racing

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Woodwind was chartered by the Chesapeake Outdoor Group (COG).  This group is a very positive force helping the Anne Arundel and Chesapeake Bay community.  Their activities are wide ranging and we were pleased to have them on board.  For more information follow this link: http://www.chesapeakeoutdoor.org.  What is fun and fascinating for me is to meet such …
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July 24, 2013

Commercial traffic to Baltimore

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More cargo is carried by ship then by any other means.  That has always been true, especially for the Chesapeake area.  The Chesapeake Bay’s 4000 miles of  coastline has made Virginia and Maryland economic power houses.  Until the invention of the automobile, the water was the road.  You do not want to get in the …
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July 21, 2013

Families, Sunsets, Young sailors

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One of the reasons I enjoy what I do is because I get to share with others why sailing is so cool.  Nina and her extended family came sailing for the first time.  It took a little coaxing, but I was able to get Nina at the helm.  This was her first time sailing and …
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July 20, 2013

John Hopkins

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We took out a group from John Hopkins, in Baltimore.  You can see form the pictures that the weather was perfect and everyone had a great time.  Thank you Jeffrey Salmore for sending me the great photos.  I had fun coming up with captions.  I hope you all enjoy.             …
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July 14, 2013

Viva La France!

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Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) was a good enough excuse to taste French wines,  tasty food and sing La Marseillaise. Thank you Charlotte for the photos!  

July 11, 2013

Study in Contrasts

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Woodwind, at 20 years old, is no longer a teenager.  She is usually mature enough to handle the sight of seeing other schooners larger than her.  But when the recently built Germania Nova came into the harbor, flaunting her 196 feet of gleaming varnish, paint and towering rig, Woodwind gasped.  In fact, everyone on board, …
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