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July 11, 2012

Why is this woman smiling?

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July 10, 2012  It is a pleasant, sunny day with a light breeze.  There is just enough wind to keep Woodwind II moving. Light air sailing is always the most difficult.  The young lady at the helm is smiling because she can see the results of her concentration.  Small motions of the wheel produce a …
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July 11, 2012

Training young sailors

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We all enjoyed the cooler temperatures and the pleasant breeze aboard Schooner Woodwind. Our first cruise of the day was a youth group from Brooklyn, MD. In the photo, crew member Glenn shows youngsters how to read a chart. On our evening sail back to Annapolis we will treated to a beautiful sunset over the …
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Amazing clouds building in the sky as we sailed around the Chesapeake all day

July 10, 2012

We needed the rain?

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As I walked down the dock this morning, schools of fish were everywhere. They were schooling in the most gorgeous way. This was so mesmerizing. It was a nice pleasant day on the water. Most of the boat traffic was from the 10 sailing camps on the Severn River. I may be exaggerating a little …
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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 …
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Sailing into the sunset on the Chesapeake Bay

July 8, 2012

Hot Summer Breeze

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All everyone was talking about was the heat… on Sunday, we were talking about the breeze. We had a nice breeze pick up from the NE. First cruise, we were able to sail around the US Junior Sailing Olympics. They had 3 different fleets out in the Chesapeake Bay. They had Lasers, 420′s and Optimist …
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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 …
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Chris and Kristin surprise proposal aboard Woodwind

July 6, 2012

“At least she said yes…”

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We were privately chartered for a special cruise tonight on our sunset sail. My cruise details said that we were having a surprise proposal happen. At 6:10, friends of Chris Wood and Kristen came to board the boat early for the surprise. They would be hiding below and come up when he pops the question. …
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The Roadside Show Band playing on the Schooner Woodwind II

July 5, 2012

Foot Stompin’ Music

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What a hot day!!  The breezes were playing peek-a-boo with us. We had a delightful sail on our 11:00 sail with a cool breeze from the Bay. On the 2nd and 3rd cruise, the breeze was less consistent, but we found a way to keep cool with the 5th sail aboard. The D-Sail (diesel). By …
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Moon rising above anchored fleet for Annapolis fireworks

July 4, 2012

Independence Day

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We started the sail with virtually no wind, so I decided to motor to Thomas Point Lighthouse. As we get close, the wind picked up and were able to sail back to Annapolis. We anchored with great visibility of the fireworks and of the city skyline.  All I kept thinking of was how lucky I …
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Sailing into the sunset on Woodwind

July 1, 2012

A Hot Breezy Day

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It was a scorcher… on land. Out on the water we had a nice breeze for 3 of the 4 sails. The first sail was the battle of the land breeze with the sea breeze. We had good breeze, until we sailed in the convergence zone where there was none. This is always fascinating to …
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