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Schooner Woodwind sailing fast in Annapolis

August 11, 2012

Great wind for 2 sails

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We had a terrific day today with 2 great, windy cruises. We hit over 10 knots. The guests aboard both of our cruises really appreciated that we really sailed. And sailed fast. The boat was healing nicely over and everyone felt the excitement of a wonderful sail. We had a lot of sailors aboard and …
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Why I Love Annapolis Photo

August 10, 2012

Friday, 8/10 Great day!

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Woodwind sails well in all conditions, but she excelled today.  For such a fast boat, Woodwind is well balanced.  That does not mean she will tolerate a poor helmsman.  Isabelle, was up for the challenge.  I held the wheel and  my young student felt my corrections, concentrating on the distant horizon.  Then I let go and …
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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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