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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Sailing by an anchored cargo ship on the Chesapeake Bay.

July 9, 2012

Learning to Fly

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Last night’s cold front brought a cool NE breeze for the day.  The reduction in humidity allowed us great views of Thomas Point Light House, the mouth of the West River, Poplar Island, and Bloody Point Light.  We even heard the Buyboat Mister Jim on the VHF radio, calling from St. Michael’s. For our first …

A great view from Woodwind's slip at the Marriott Dock!

July 7, 2012

Celebrate Good Times!

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  The past two days there was much celebration aboard our schooners!  Friday evening, Hillary and her friends from Alexandria sailed with us.  She was celebrating her Sweet Sixteen!  Her next adventure is a trip to France and Spain!! Saturday, we continued the party with our first time sailing friend Joe’s 35th birthday, a 15th …

Moth Sailboat flying/sailing through the water

June 24, 2012

Boat Designs

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The NE breeze took Woodwind II to Thomas Point Lighthouse today.   Along the way we came across some amazing small boats, a Moth and a gaff rigged schooner.  There’s a boat out there for everyone, different styles serving different purposes!

Sailing on Woodwind with cool breezes

June 22, 2012

Cool Breeze, please.

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After several days of hot and humid airs, we rode the leading edge of the cold front this evening!  Aahhhhhhhhhh, so refreshing.


June 21, 2012


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Much gratitude to all that prayed for wind or sacrificed a mosquito to their favorite deity.    We got the sea breeze we were hoping for this evening!!  The southerly shift supplemented the second sunset of the summer season B) We had some fun folks aboard our charter on Woodwind II.  They enjoyed cool summery cocktails and munched …

Ospreys in the Severn River

June 17, 2012

She Said Yes

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Happy Father’s Day! Many thanks to all the kids for celebrating with pops on Woodwind.  This evening, Woodwind ghosted in and out of the ever peaceful Weems Creek.  With the sun slung low, the schooner projected a tall shadow of her sails on the high banks.  Then, after a day of light and confused airs, a …

Schooner Woodwind sailing past the AJ Meerwald in Annapolis

June 15, 2012

Schools Out

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With schools letting out for the summer, we’re starting to see more kids aboard with their families. It’s fun turning fresh minds onto sailing.  Woodwind II also met the Schooner A.J. Meerwald on the bay today!  She’s a beautiful oyster workboat hailing from Bivalve, NJ.

Schooner Woodwind sailing in Annapolis

June 14, 2012

Low Blood Pressure

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  This morning on Woodwind II we observed a lot of activity on the surface of the Severn River.  Fish were breaking all around the boat, with several jumps above the water.  We also spied a cow-nose ray splashing on the surface.  Feeding time!  The life around us brought inspiration to our super relaxing sail. …

HMS Bounty sails into Annapolis

June 12, 2012

Welcome HMS Bounty

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I love a good cold front.  Today’s brought a steady 20+knots for most of the day.  We enjoyed meeting the HMS Bounty on her approach to her anchorage in the harbor.  Check out this photo of them furling sail on the hook.  Still, the highlight was hitting hull speed of 10kts with our fisherman topsail …

Sailing the Schooner Woodwind at sunset!

June 7, 2012

Music + Sunset

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Singer/songwriter Ken Wenzel’s music complemented one of the best sunsets of the season thus far.

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