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Deadrises on Mill Creek

August 10, 2012

Lunch on Mill Creek

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This morning, we rigged Woodwind II in a light rain.  Since we set our canvas awning for some shelter, the precipitation stopped!  This may have been some positive perversion of Murphy’s law at work. We made a Cantler’s run today, a chartered sail to one of our favorite crab houses.  The guests, from a financial …
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Birthday Girls on Schooner Woodwind

August 9, 2012

Happy Birthday !

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Happy Birthday to Barbara(yellow hat) and Phyllis(blue hat). They and their family are celebrating their 80th and 75th birthdays respectively. They flew in from Ohio to spend the weekend in Annapolis and their family surprised the ladies with a Birthday trip on the Schooner Woodwind. What a great way to spend the day. The winds …
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Oyster Buyboats in Annapolis Harbor

August 9, 2012

Harbor Burn

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When the conditions are right, on the Woodwinds we enjoy doing a ‘harbor burn’.  That’s a sail around the mooring field in Annapolis harbor under full sail: main, staysail, jib, and fisherman topsail.  This is usually followed by quick striking of all sail.  It’s fun to do, and awesome to watch other boats burn it …
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Beautiful sunset over the Annapolis City Skyline

August 8, 2012

Teachers, Clouds, Buy Boats & More

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Our first cruise of the day, 11:00 sail, we had a light breeze from the North that allowed us to sail at around 5 knots of boat speed, out into the middle of the Bay, into the shipping channel and back. We saw a bunch of anchored ships. One named “Genius” (funny name for a …
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Sailing up the Severn River on the sunset sail as its raining

August 5, 2012

Wood-windy!

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What a day!  Amazing wind for the middle of summer. You have to love the days, as a captain, when you need to warn people where the “splash zone” is. On the first sail, we had 20-25 knot winds and sailed under the bridge in what felt like record time. On the way back to …
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Bay Bridge Sunset Aboard Schooner Woodwind

August 4, 2012

Great Day of Sailing

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We had four terrific sails today. The wind was perfect. Blowing from the ESE at 10-15 knots all day. It was a great direction for going toward the Bay Bridge and we actually made it under the Bridge on 3 out of 4 sails. It was also the day of birthdays. On every trip we …
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Woodwind II at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, southbound.

August 4, 2012

Birthdays and Bachelorettes

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Saturday’s breeze built beautifully from the SSE over the course of the day. In the morning, Don, a sailor from the South River, took the helm of Woodwind for the first time.  He and his family were celebrating his 80th birthday!!  If he’s living proof that sailing is good for your health, I think everyone …
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August 4, 2012

From Point to Point

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Today we had only one trip. From 11:00 to 3:30. Normally we are only out for 2 hours so this limits us on how far we can go based on the wind. But with 4 and a half hours to play with and winds blowing from 10 to almost 20 knots at some times the …
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August 2, 2012

Accepting the Challenge!

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This morning when the group  from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute boarded Woodwind and I told them that by the end of our training session that they would be able to take over and sail this 74′ boat around a course we gave them without any help from us, you should have heard the comments …
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Woodwind sailing under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge while a car carrier crosses under too!

July 30, 2012

Room at the Bay Bridge

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Our first sail was with 11 people. The wind was beautiful and the clouds reminded me of the Caribbean. We sailed out with great wind for the first half of the trip and then the wind dropped down just as we headed into the Severn. One of the comment cards read, “Amazing trip… I want …
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