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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May 25, 2012

Schooner Games

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It was a busy day in Annapolis today, Memorial weekend and Commissioning week.  Woodwind II sailed with several Midshipmen due to graduate this Tuesday.  Many congratulations to them, what an accomplishment!  We took them and their families for a great view of the Navy Cruiser Gettysburg, anchored off of Annapolis. The crew kept busy today …
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May 24, 2012

Weather forecasters, totally wrong!

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Much to our enjoyment, the weather forecasts proved inaccurate today.   Hooray for sunshine and 15+ knots of southerly flow!   After sailing the paint off Woodwind II all day, we beam reached into the sunset over the Naval Academy- a blissful end to an big day of sailing.   As the sky warmed into some pink …
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May 22, 2012

Ghosting Mahogany

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Woodwind II celebrated the sunset ghosting through Weems Creek.  I was thankful for the idyllic presence of two great blue herons.  They took the edge off the sight of the algae bloom that has cursed Spa Creek lately.  If you live in the Chesapeake watershed, please do your part.  Save the Bay.

May 22, 2012

Sun Dog

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Wwhhhhhhooooeeeee, there was a lot of athletic activity around Annapolis today!  The morning preparations aboard Woodwind  were accompanied by rock’n’roll tunes floating over Ego Alley from the Triathalon celebration.  That got us stoked for the forecasted southerlies and the day’s high pressure.  After getting underway, we were able to catch some of the racing action …
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May 22, 2012

Heavy Seas

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Sunset sail with Heavy Seas Brewery.  SSE 25kts, Woodwind II making 10kts of boat speed!

May 18, 2012

Ship Spotting!

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Well, spring is in full swing on the bay!  This time of year reminds me how fortunate we are to be able to live and sail on the Chesapeake.  It makes me proud to meet people and see cruisers and visiting ships that choose to visit Annapolis.  We’ve really got something special here!  I love …
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Workboat on the Severn River

May 17, 2012

Workboats

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Several participants in this weekend’s Classic Boat Regatta have arrived to Annapolis.  Today, we oogled the Elf and Martha White.  Annapolis Harbor is also hosting the pretty Schooner Sultana, hailing from Chesterrown.  But, I was drawn to the beatific beauty of this Buyboat Myrtle Virginia, check her out…

May 12, 2012

USCG Cutter

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We met the USCG Cutter James Renkin as they were entering the Severn River today.  Later, we caught up with them alongside the Naval Academy, and watched them change some buoys!  They pulled the old navigation aids, and replaced them with clean buoys with fresh paint.  Let’s hope the seagulls show a little respect for …
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May 6, 2012

Sweet Sixteen

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The Woodwind crew welcomed frequent sailor Michelle back aboard for her first sail of the season.  We made way in dying southeasterly breeze toward the northern fleet of the NOOD regatta…just in time for the abandonment after 1 race today.  Hurray for diesel engines and lively crew of guests.  First time sailor Brinn was aboard …
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May 3, 2012

Matchrace and Mandolins!

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The NOOD Regatta starts today!  I spent yesterday evening catching up with friends that are in town for the races.  Yesterday’s sailing aboard Woodwind II let us witness many crews practicing for this weekend’s competition. We also had the opportunity to match race the Woodwind crew with our friends from the Cromwell & Moring law …
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