Captain Mike

About Captain Mike

Captain Mike is a Chesapeake native and a resident of South Baltimore. He joined the Woodwind in 2010, after running traditional Chesapeake work boats focused on outdoor experiential education. Mike has managed sailboat fleets for a community sailing center in Baltimore City and a bareboat charter company in Annapolis. Mike enjoys sharing his interest in Chesapeake ecology and maritime culture.
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July 15, 2014

“Do not go gentle into that good night.”

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This afternoon, aboard Woodwind II, we sailed with a crew of fun folks from a DC PR firm.  They held a fashion show and a talent contest aboard.  Our crewmate handsome Matt, fresh off the runways of Milan, warmed up the action.  He strutted down the Marriott Dock catwalk, donning the latest in safety fashion, …
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May 18, 2014

The Odd Couple

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This weekend marks the start of Commissioning Week in Annapolis.  There are many activities and events surrounding the graduation of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy.  One of these events is the Class of 2015′s Ring Dance.  We were pleased to have Lindsey aboard today, a member of the class of 2015.  Lindsey received her ring …
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May 3, 2014

Pleasant Living

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Living aboard is a lifestyle that is relatively common around the temperate mid-Atlantic coast.  In Annapolis, there are folks that weekend on boats, some stay for a season, some for a lifetime.  It’s a good place to be, the Land of Pleasant Living is what my favorite beer proclaims!  I always look forward to staying …
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May 1, 2014

May Day!

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Please don’t misunderstand, there was no emergency today.  May 1, commonly referred to as May Day, is the traditional spring holiday.  Sure, around Annapolis, the tradition of burning socks on the spring equinox is more popularly celebrated.  Still, May Day is a fine reason to grab a friend for a beer and a sail.   After …
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April 26, 2014

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show Weekend

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This weekend is the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show.  This event has been growing bigger every year, and attracts a variety of sailors.  It’s a great opportunity to pick up some fresh gear, shop for new rigging, buy the boat of your dreams, or just kick the tires.     Woodwind and Woodwind II are sailing out …
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April 19, 2014

Opening Day

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Baseball, rockish, and Chesapeake sailing season.  There’s always a sense of urgency, longing, anticipation, and burning for opening days.  Okay, maybe burning is going too far.  Regardless, Woodwind sailed twice today, and scratched the itch.  Woodwind II came out to play in the mid afternoon.                 To celebrate, we …
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April 18, 2014

This Must Be The Place

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  Hooray!  Today, Woodwind landed in her slip at the Marriott Dock on Spa Creek!  All the while, I had the Talking Heads song “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” running through my head  Securing lines at the mouth of Ego Alley gave me a sense of restoration and content.  The boat and her …
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July 21, 2013

Perspective

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  Charlotte, Don, and I started the day by inspecting Woodwind II’s mainmast.  We frequently perform inspections as a matter of maintenance to preserve the safety, performance, and aesthetic of our schooners.  While gathering tools and materials for the inspection, we saw Woodwind sailing into Back Creek, where we were docked.  I grabbed the boat’s camera, went …
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July 19, 2013

Short tacking Ego Alley

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  Our boats live at the mouth of Ego Alley, one of the busier intersections in town.  We see it all go down: cruisers making a dinghy run for ice cream cones, fishermen triumphantly returning for cold beers, backflips off of moored boats, stand up paddling with a dog, runabouts styling and profiling in their summer mating …
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June 2, 2013

Cousins

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    This morning, Annapolis was graced with excellent southerly winds arriving ahead of the cold front!  We celebrated the birthday’s of cousins Ethan and Paxton.  Ethan is now 4 and Paxton is 1 year old. Check out their cool birthday shirts!

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