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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Sailing into the sunset on the Chesapeake Bay

July 29, 2012

Everything Local

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Captain Jen and I love food.  Jen is, admittedly, an avid foodie.  So when I saw the Everything Local Cruise, I had to plead my case to be captain.  She came up with the perfect solution.  I would captain and she would be the hostess, even though officially she was “off”.  The idea worked perfectly. …
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July 11, 2012

Why is this woman smiling?

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July 10, 2012  It is a pleasant, sunny day with a light breeze.  There is just enough wind to keep Woodwind II moving. Light air sailing is always the most difficult.  The young lady at the helm is smiling because she can see the results of her concentration.  Small motions of the wheel produce a …
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July 11, 2012

Training young sailors

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We all enjoyed the cooler temperatures and the pleasant breeze aboard Schooner Woodwind. Our first cruise of the day was a youth group from Brooklyn, MD. In the photo, crew member Glenn shows youngsters how to read a chart. On our evening sail back to Annapolis we will treated to a beautiful sunset over the …
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Schooner Woodwind saililng upwind

June 30, 2012

Steering Lesson

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It was hot at the dock as we left for our 1:30 cruise.  The freshening breeze and the water cooled us down as we tacked out of the harbor.  One of our guests, Matt, asked how the rudder turned the boat.  I replied, “Come on up and take the helm and you will feel and …
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HMS Bounty and Schooner Martha White Sailing in Annapolis

June 18, 2012

HMS Bounty & Schooner Martha White

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This is the first time I have ever seen a full rigged ship under full sail.  The bounty represents what a merchant ship looked like in the around 1750 that would have been used for trans ocean navigation.  She is a full rigged ship because she has square sails on all three masts.  The original …
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Schooner Woodwind sailing into the West River on a 7-hour private cruise!

June 8, 2012

Extending our Cruising Area

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Today we had a 7 hour charter with a private company.  The weather was cool and we were able to sail to the West River.  The light air turned to a delightful close hauled and close reach on a strengthening breeze.  It was so much fun to watch our group meet our challenge to take …
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Annapolis Sunset as we sailed into the harbor!

June 6, 2012

Wednesday Night Racing

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The light and variable breeze that we had all day strengthened to a cool 10-15 knots from the SW providing the Wednesday Night Racing fleet with a beautiful evening.  Both Woodwinds were privately chartered by one company so the competition aboard was strong.  Jen and I on both Woodwinds carefully set our strategies for a …
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Wednesday Night Racing in Annapolis aboard Woodwind II

June 3, 2012

We’re always racing!

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The light breeze was a challenge for our crew to keep the Woodwind II moving.  Our guests were a private charter from a fairly large corporation and they were happy to be on the water and socialize.  Ahead of us, Woodwind ghosted on a parallel course.  The proximity of the vessels invited the leader of …
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May 27, 2012

Sunny Skies

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Today was a delightful day on the water.  We had sunny skies and a building southerly.  The Brownies, on the first trip, were well behaved and attentive and enthusiastic.   The rest of the passengers were with me in the cockpit.  This worked out well, providing these passengers a chance to steer and for me to …
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April 21, 2012

First Day of Sailing!

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Our first day of sailing went well. The weather was perfect with partly sunny skies and comfortable temperatures. The wind was 12 to 18 knots from the south. It was nice to see the boats filled to near capacity with friendly happy sailors. Sumner and his wife (is it Sandra?) and Susan Helbert joined us. …
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