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September 2, 2012

Lower the Main Sail

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The wind was light, but pleasant.  We have sailed into the harbor.  Reluctantly, I turn on the engine and head Woodwind into the dying breeze and order the main lowered.  Andy, our crew member is able to get two young sailors to help lower the sail by pulling in our reef lines.  I call to …
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Sailing around the submarine off of Annapolis

September 1, 2012

Circumnavigating a Submarine

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The first day of Labor Day Weekend has begun. We had about 25 people on our early sail and we had about 10-14 knots of breeze. Within a half hour of the sail, we spot a submarine in the distance. We just had to check it out.  I decided to circumnavigate the sub, while staying …
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"The Roadside Show" performs on the Schooner Woodwind

August 30, 2012

Breeze + Music= Great

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We had some great breezes today. It’s funny how “great breeze” might be defined among the captains and crew on the Woodwinds. To us, the crew of the Woodwind II, for today… we had great breezes. Why? The forecast was for no breeze. While we were getting the boat ready to sail, we had no …
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Sailing the Schooner Woodwind into the Chesapeake

August 29, 2012

Fish, Sail, Fish

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The day started by a warm greeting on the dock by Steve. He admired the Woodwind for many years and was excited to finally make today the day he was going to sail on her.  He was out fishing earlier on his boat and he said it was blowing around 18 knots. He shared that …
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Fran and Joe on Schooner Woodwind

August 28, 2012

Close Encounters of the Crew Kind…

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So there I was on a beautiful Tuesday morning raising the sails when all of the sudden I was inundated with crew from all directions and in all types of water craft. Capt. Jen on the paddle board, Whitney on the laser, Sam in the blue kayak and Jocyln in the red kayak. What a …
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August 25, 2012

Adventure Saturday….

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And that is exactly how the  day was. It was an adventure all day long. And everyone that came out with us today had the true adventurer spirit. Despite the rain, which wasn’t to bad, the wind was awesome and made the sailing exhilarating. With winds exceeding 20+ knots sometimes the boat was flying. We …
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J-Boats racing in very, very light air taken from our sunset sail on the Schooner Woodwind

August 23, 2012

Chillaxing on a Light Day

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Today, we had a private charter book us for a 3 hour cruise. No… not the Gilligan’s theme song.  They were 5 minutes late, so no need to sing. Anyway, they all were teachers in a private school and wanted to relax before the first day of school on Monday. Relax they did. With very …
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Lesson #1 on Schooner Woodwind

August 23, 2012

New Sailors / Old Friends

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Claudette from Phoenix is our newest sailing junkie. After dropping her daughter off to school and having some free time on her hands she came out sailing with us today. Letting us know that she wanted to take sailing lessons we put her in charge of the boat right away. After Rena explained the number …
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Blue Herons in their nests up Chase Creek, on the Severn River

August 22, 2012

This Cruise was for the Birds

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Another light air day on the Schooner Woodwind II. The first cruise had wind, and the others had enough to sail up wind but motor downwind. All through the day we saw tons of birds. And lucky for us, we had Don, our bird enthusiast, aboard as crew. We saw cormorants flying in V-shaped formations …
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August 22, 2012

What Do You Do If?

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What do you do if there is no wind?  It was a beautiful cool evening, so we motored up the Severn River.  We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful area to show off.  We had many of the children on board take the helm.  As you can see, for young Caroline, it was …
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