Schooner Woodwind http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com Annapolis Sailing Cruises Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:09:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Serene Sail http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/serene-sail/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=serene-sail http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/serene-sail/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:52:44 +0000 Green Mountain 1 http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8753 Couples enjoying the Sunset…

Photo by John R. Collins of Bowie, Maryland

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Is this the same schooner? http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/is-this-the-same-schooner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-this-the-same-schooner http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/is-this-the-same-schooner/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:18:52 +0000 Captain Jennifer http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8730 Ruth sailing the Woodwind in 1997.

Ruth sailing the Woodwind in 1997.

Sailing on the Woodwind

Ruth sailing the Woodwind 17 years later. She hasn’t changed a bit!

The first conversation of the day started with, “Is this the same schooner?….” We get this question a lot, followed by “as used in the Wedding Crasher’s Movie?”

But this was a different question… “as the one that was here, maybe 17 years ago?” I answered them, “yes it was, did you sail with us before?” The gentleman pulled out his wallet and showed me a picture of his wife, Ruth, steering the Woodwind 17 years ago. He has had this picture in his wallet for this long!  It shows her aboard the boat, with very little changes in the boat, and his wife barely looks a year older!  He tells me that his wife is the best investment he ever made, his second best investment was his Tilley hat that he was wearing proudly.  The couple then tells me the story that they were last in town from Fresno, CA 17 years ago to see their nephew graduate. This week, the same nephew was getting married. They go on to tell me that think I was there captain and even took the picture. We recreated the picture today. I was so glad I was working today to witness this very special occasion.

Skipjack, "Stanley Norman" and Trumpy, "SS Sophie". 2 Classic Chesapeake Built Boats.

Skipjack, “Stanley Norman” and Trumpy, “SS Sophie”. 2 Classic Chesapeake Built Boats.  It was such a treat to see these boats out together. Click for larger view!

The 4 sails that we cruised on today were good. One we had to motor most of the trip, but the guests loved seeing Back Creek, aka “Debter’s Creek”.

On the last cruise, it was our History Monday cruise and we had a blast. Tom Guay was the speaker and he talked about the Golden Age of Annapolis which spanned from the 1750′s-1785. (I think.) But he played fiddle songs along with the historical knowledge of the time period. He played drinking songs that would have happened in Middleton’s Tavern. He played a song that would have been played at Valley Forge with the troops to keep warm.

Alex, from Long Island, sailing the Woodwind

Alex, from Long Island, sailing the Woodwind

Tom Guay telling the history of the Golden Age of Annapolis

Tom Guay telling the history of the Golden Age of Annapolis

You have to check out when he does this program again on the Woodwind. It will be on August 11.

 

Click picture to play a snippet of fiddle playing under sail!

Click picture to play a snippet of fiddle playing under sail!

Here’s a video of Tom Guay playing the fiddle- while sailing!

 

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Celebrations Aboard! http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/celebrations-aboard/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=celebrations-aboard http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/celebrations-aboard/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:31:12 +0000 Captain Jennifer http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8746 Bachelorette Party: Gay enjoying time with her friends from DC.

Bachelorette Party: Gay enjoying time with her friends from DC. (Yep- all her guy friends)

It was a day for celebrating!  We had three bachelorette parties aboard on 2 cruises.  They were all low key, and just wanted to spend their day sailing with their friends.

anniversary couple

Celebrating their ninth anniversary aboard! (They also celebrated their first anniversary aboard the Woodwind)

On the sunset sail, we had a couple aboard Robin and (oh no… I forgot his name- I guess that’s better than writing the wrong name). They sailed with us 9 years ago for their first anniversary. They came back this year for a return sail. I was lucky enough to be the captain both times.  They look so happy.

We had great couples that stayed aboard for the Boat & Breakfast!  A great day was had by all.  I have a video to prove it…  Click here!  Saturday, July 19 Sailing

bachelorette-girls

Group of ladies celebrating the bride’s happy day (she’s far right)

 

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“Do not go gentle into that good night.” http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/do-not-go-gentle-into-that-good-night/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=do-not-go-gentle-into-that-good-night http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/do-not-go-gentle-into-that-good-night/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:08:32 +0000 Captain Mike http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8713 This afternoon, aboard Woodwind II, we sailed with a crew of fun folks from a DC PR firm.  They held a fashion show and a talent contest aboard.  Our crewmate handsome Matt, fresh off the runways of Milan, warmed up the action.  He strutted down the Marriott Dock catwalk, donning the latest in safety fashion, the USCG Approved Type I PFD.   Yahduh-dahdaah!  Orange is in this year, if you have not heard.

Yachty!

Yachty!

 

 

 

 

Our guest, Andrew, won the fashion show.  He was sporting his freshest yachty attire: topsiders he received for Christmas, his middle school blazer, and a homemade ascot!  The rest of the fashion was less like the Village People, and actually quite attractive for a nautical show- but who wants to see pictures of that?!

 

 

 

The talent show featured David, a graduate of St. Johns in Annapolis!  He recited a poem that I’ve always dug as an anthem to fulfilling the itch of life.  Check it out:

“Do not go gentle into that good night.”  

by Dylan Thomas

"Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

“Do not go gentle into the night…” 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,

Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

The Cold Front :)

The Cold Front :)

 

 

 

After bearing off the wind, the cold front started approaching the Annapolis harbor.  I was waiting all day for it’s arrival, and was soothed by the cool breeze.  We spend a lot of time outdoors, all day really.  Generally, I do not live indoors, but I always look forward to nature’s air conditioning!

 

 

 

 

We struck sails, stayed dry, and returned early to our dock at the mouth of Market Slip.  The view of the lightning and clouds was dramatic!

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girls Just Want To Have Fun http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/girls-just-want-to-have-fun/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girls-just-want-to-have-fun http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/girls-just-want-to-have-fun/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:15:40 +0000 Green Mountain 1 http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8680 Our friend Laura is getting married, so we decided to do something fun together! It was a complete surprise when she found out that we are taking her on a sailing cruise. She was thrilled! The thee of us had a wonderful time, we had a chance to take over the wheel (under supervision of a captain of course:), enjoy amazing scenery, and unwind!

Thank you so much for making Laura’s bachelorette party special!

Photo by Olga Zurita of Arlington, VA

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You Know it’s Windy when… http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/you-know-its-windy-when/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=you-know-its-windy-when http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/you-know-its-windy-when/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:51:31 +0000 Captain Jennifer http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8697 You know it’s a windy, awesome day for sailing on the Woodwind when:

  • Frequent Sailors’ are on each cruise and bring their friends (Russ, Joyce, Deb, Patrick, Pat, Ana, etc.)
  • Frequent Sailors’ come by themselves because they are spontaneous and know a good sailing day when they see one. (Kathy)
  • You have to tell guests that there is a splash zone in the bow of the boat area -and ask if they want a complementary poncho. (too many to mention)
  • The crew warns people about drinking red wine and that the wind likes red wine too (wink wink)
  • Kids who try sailing the boat now want to go to sailing camp (Lola, Jack, Jada, etc.)
  • Guests still get wet (by waving off the poncho) and love that they are almost dry by the end of the cruise.
  • Your Dad and boyfriend show up to go sailing on the sunset sail because it is an amazing sailing day

Yup, they all happened! What a fantastic day! Wish I had more pictures, so if you took some, please send them in.  A day to go in the records- all four cruises winds were over 15 knots and boat speeds were over 10 knots on each cruise.

Lola, 5 years old, taking a turn at the helm

Lola, 5 years old, taking a turn at the helm

Frequent Sailor Russ at the helm.

Frequent Sailor Russ at the helm.

 

Frequent Sailor Joyce and her friends.

Frequent Sailor Joyce and her friends.

Celebrating the bachelorette.

Celebrating the bachelorette. (girl on right)

 

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Charters,Charters and More Charters…… http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/charterscharters-and-more-charters/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charterscharters-and-more-charters http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/charterscharters-and-more-charters/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:17:31 +0000 Captain Mickey http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8670 And that is exactly what we did today on Woodwind II, Charters all day. But what fun. We got to go farther afield than we normally get to and saw some fun sights all day.

We started the day with seeing the start of the SUP Chesapeake Challenge as they came by the entrance to Back Creek as we were coming around to town for our 1st trip.

SUP Chesapeake Challenge

SUP Chesapeake Challenge

As we left the Severn river and entered the Bay on our 1st trip we saw this little ultralight seaplane fly over our heads. They were buzzing all the boats on the bay.

Ultralight seaplane buzzing Woodwind II

Ultralight seaplane buzzing Woodwind II

The winds were from the SE at about 10 knots and we took off toward Thomas Point Light. We tacked across the bay from Kent Island to the light. On the way there we sailed through the fleet of ships anchored out in the bay and were able to get close and take some fun pics.

Car Carrier...BMW's maybe??

Car Carrier…BMW’s maybe??

Car carriers are sometimes called RORO’s because all the cars roll on and roll off under their own power. On the next ship you can see the big ramp on the stern that they lower so the cars can be unloaded.

RORO ramp

RORO ramp

And this next one was from Hong Kong.

Look at this one. Over 600' long

Look at this one. Over 600′ long

After sailing through the fleet and to Thomas Point light we turned down wind and had a nice beam reach all the way to the Bay Bridge. What a great day.

Sailing under the spans of the Bay Bridge

Sailing under the spans of the Bay Bridge

And the day just kept getting better. As we came out on our next 2 trips the winds picked up into the 15-20 knot range and we were able to sail back down to the bridge with only the main and jib up on our next sail.

On the last sail of the day we had a return group with us and we thrilled them with all the sails up and winds in the 20-25 knot range.

This picture says it all. What an exhilarating sail.

This picture says it all. What an exhilarating sail.

Thank you to all our returning companies what a wonderful day to have spent out on the water with you. Till next time…

Capt. Mickey

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nephew Express http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/nephew-express/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nephew-express http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/nephew-express/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:18:03 +0000 Green Mountain 1 http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8652 I live in Annapolis and have no kids of my own, but managed to get my four nephews (one the wife of one nephew) to come to Annapolis for Memorial Day Weekend. It was the first time in 19 years that they were all together in one place!

I wanted to share an experience unique to Annapolis and the Woodwind cruise was exactly what i dreamed it would be… an experience of a lifetime!

My nephews have since returned to California, Washington and Phoenix, but still talk about the amazing memories from Annapolis that they will carry with them always.

Photo by sue eitel of Annapolis, MD

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Let’s go Sailing…… http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/lets-go-sailing-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lets-go-sailing-2 http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/lets-go-sailing-2/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:42:42 +0000 Captain Mickey http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8675 Smilin Jack! At the wheel of the Schooner Woodwind

Smilin Jack! At the wheel of the Schooner Woodwind

Jacks parents grew up sailing in Barnegut Bay and had a small boat named Smilin Jack. And their son is wearing one of their old hats they had made for the boat as he captains the Schooner Woodwind. How fitting!! Jack and his family joined us from Virginia today. It was a pleasure to have you aboard.

 

Matt's helpers for pulling up the staysail

Matt’s helpers for pulling up the staysail

We had lots of fun kids on the boat all day and here Matt talked them into helping him with the staysail. And what a great job they did.Good work!!Egan with the white t-shirt was visiting from China with his parents and had just finishing sailing camp at SSA..

AYC summer sailing camps are underway.

AYC summer sailing camps are underway.

All the sailing associations summer camps are in full swing and everyday there are kids out sailing and enjoying the water.Yeah for summer!!!

We had some old friends of the Woodwind family join us on our 3rd trip today.Russ and Joyce. Good to see you guys!!! and we met some new friends.

Capt. Jen meet Capt. Jen.. from Ft. Lauderdale skippering the schooner Woodwind

Capt. Jen meet Capt. Jen.. from Ft. Lauderdale skippering the schooner Woodwind

Jen and her 2 sisters joined us as well. They were visiting their one sister who lives in Annapolis..

On our last sail of the day we were treated to being able to watch all of the starts of the Solomon’s Island race. What a beautiful night to race down the bay. The full moon was with the racers all night long. I was jealous!!

Start of the Solomon's Island race

Start of the Solomon’s Island race

Hope everyone had as much fun as I did today…..Capt. Mickey

 

 

 

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Just Showin’ Off http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/just-showin-off/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=just-showin-off http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/2014/07/just-showin-off/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:17:14 +0000 Green Mountain 1 http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/?p=8610 The Blue Angels celebrate their return to Annapolis with a flyby for the Woodwind crew and guests in their famous diamond formation.

Photo by Tom Lawrence of Baltimore, Maryland

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