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Sunset off of Woodwind's stern.

June 22, 2012

Beautiful Sunset

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We had a great day sailing Thursday and beat the heat by staying on the water all day. The breezes were light but we were able to avoid using the dreaded 5th sail, the D-Sail (our trusty diesel). Our 1st and 3rd sails had about 20 people apiece, our 2nd sail had one couple from …
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Sailing on Woodwind with cool breezes

June 22, 2012

Cool Breeze, please.

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After several days of hot and humid airs, we rode the leading edge of the cold front this evening!  Aahhhhhhhhhh, so refreshing.

June 22, 2012

Cleaning up the Bay

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It was a strange day on the water. All sails except the first sail had virtually no breeze for a part of the cruise. And then all within the same cruise, the wind picked up and we were going 7.5 knots and the boat is healed over. Most of this was due to small clouds …
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Helm

June 21, 2012

Balance

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Much gratitude to all that prayed for wind or sacrificed a mosquito to their favorite deity.    We got the sea breeze we were hoping for this evening!!  The southerly shift supplemented the second sunset of the summer season B) We had some fun folks aboard our charter on Woodwind II.  They enjoyed cool summery cocktails and munched …
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Crane Vessel transiting the Chesapeake Bay

June 20, 2012

Holy Cranes

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The heat is on!!  Wow, what a hot day yesterday… but we had a nice breeze on the boat. Our first cruise of the day was a Girl Scout Troop from VA. They were juniors learning our Sailing & Navigation program. After the cruise they were going to do the Geocaching Adventure Trail that we …
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June 19, 2012

Cow Nose Rays & More

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A very light air day we had today. We were able to sail on all of our sails even though we didn’t venture very far into the Chesapeake Bay.  But the flat water did help for viewing of the wildlife on the Chesapeake. We saw our first baby osprey head above the Red #4 Day …
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HMS Bounty and Schooner Martha White Sailing in Annapolis

June 18, 2012

HMS Bounty & Schooner Martha White

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This is the first time I have ever seen a full rigged ship under full sail.  The bounty represents what a merchant ship looked like in the around 1750 that would have been used for trans ocean navigation.  She is a full rigged ship because she has square sails on all three masts.  The original …
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Ospreys in the Severn River

June 17, 2012

She Said Yes

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Happy Father’s Day! Many thanks to all the kids for celebrating with pops on Woodwind.  This evening, Woodwind ghosted in and out of the ever peaceful Weems Creek.  With the sun slung low, the schooner projected a tall shadow of her sails on the high banks.  Then, after a day of light and confused airs, a …
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June 17, 2012

Happy Father’s Day

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What a great way to spend Father’s day. We had groups of families all day. Our 1st trip was a special brunch trip to celebrate Father’s day and the buffet and mimosas went over well, everyone had a great time. With all the families we had tons of great kids and they all helped me …
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AJ Meerwald in Annapolis for a visit

June 16, 2012

A Meer Miss!

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We had 4 excellent sails today. The winds were light for the first 3 then really piped up for the sunset. Our first trip was an open 2 hour tour of the bay, then our next 2 trips were private charters. On the 2nd trip were were saluted by cannon fire from the A.J. Meerwald …
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