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Sailing to a Crabfeast at Cantler's Crab House on the Schooner Woodwind

August 14, 2012

Crabs, Beer, & Sailboat Racing (that’s what Annapolis does)

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Quoting a line from Wedding Crashers to make it appropriate here… but it’s so true! We sailed to a crab-feast, the guests had plenty of beer, and then 2 Maryland Breweries battled it out on the racecourse to see who would take home the Brewer’s Cup. All in a day’s work. The day started with …
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August 13, 2012

Light Air Monday….

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We did 4 sails today. The winds were light most of the day but we ended up getting some breeze for the sunset sail. We spent most of our time trying to get out of the Severn river. On our 1st sail we ended up with 16 passengers and had a very nice, slow and …
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Wine in the Wind, Woodwind in a glass!

August 12, 2012

Wine in the Wind

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Today was all about wine. “Wine in the Wind” is the name of our wine tasting cruises aboard the Schooner Woodwind. The region for this month’s tasting was Down Under Wines, New Zealand and Australia. Howard Dinkel from Bacchus Distributing was aboard to educate us about wines from this region and to explain about the …
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Pottsville, PA in the house...um, BOAT.

August 12, 2012

Light

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All day, we had parties of 5+ folks sailing with their family or friends.  While boarding and underway, I asked some of these groups, “Are you all celebrating something?”  It made me happy to see the shrugs and smiles, and hear some excellent responses: “Nah, just a Sunday.”  “Hanging out with the family.”  “Um, summer?”  …
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August 11, 2012

No cobwebs here!

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We all need days like this!  A strong breeze like this helps focus my mind away from the mundane.

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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