Captain Mike

About Captain Mike

Captain Mike is a Chesapeake native and a resident of South Baltimore. He joined the Woodwind in 2010, after running traditional Chesapeake work boats focused on outdoor experiential education. Mike has managed sailboat fleets for a community sailing center in Baltimore City and a bareboat charter company in Annapolis. Mike enjoys sharing his interest in Chesapeake ecology and maritime culture.
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April 19, 2014

Opening Day

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Baseball, rockish, and Chesapeake sailing season.  There’s always a sense of urgency, longing, anticipation, and burning for opening days.  Okay, maybe burning is going too far.  Regardless, Woodwind sailed twice today, and scratched the itch.  Woodwind II came out to play in the mid afternoon.                 To celebrate, we …
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April 18, 2014

This Must Be The Place

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  Hooray!  Today, Woodwind landed in her slip at the Marriott Dock on Spa Creek!  All the while, I had the Talking Heads song “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” running through my head  Securing lines at the mouth of Ego Alley gave me a sense of restoration and content.  The boat and her …
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July 21, 2013

Perspective

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  Charlotte, Don, and I started the day by inspecting Woodwind II’s mainmast.  We frequently perform inspections as a matter of maintenance to preserve the safety, performance, and aesthetic of our schooners.  While gathering tools and materials for the inspection, we saw Woodwind sailing into Back Creek, where we were docked.  I grabbed the boat’s camera, went …
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July 19, 2013

Short tacking Ego Alley

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  Our boats live at the mouth of Ego Alley, one of the busier intersections in town.  We see it all go down: cruisers making a dinghy run for ice cream cones, fishermen triumphantly returning for cold beers, backflips off of moored boats, stand up paddling with a dog, runabouts styling and profiling in their summer mating …
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June 2, 2013

Cousins

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    This morning, Annapolis was graced with excellent southerly winds arriving ahead of the cold front!  We celebrated the birthday’s of cousins Ethan and Paxton.  Ethan is now 4 and Paxton is 1 year old. Check out their cool birthday shirts!

May 28, 2013

Cruising for chicks!

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Coming off a busy Memorial Day weekend, my crew-mates Don, Kevin, and I welcomed today’s lighter breeze on Woodwind.  After leaving the harbor with some guests, we decided to head around the Eastport peninsula to check on some of the osprey.  We cruised past George and Martha, the ospreys that reside on the Horn Point shoal marker. …
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May 24, 2013

Would you say ‘Ah’ or ‘Ew’ ?

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Went for a sail with Captain Ken and some other friends today. They made my day with this critter!

May 18, 2013

Boatspotting: Elf Classic Yacht Regatta and the Ocean Research Project’s R/V Ault

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The Woodwind crew, like most mariners, spend a lot of time on and around the water.  Actively and inactively, we engage in “boatspotting”, which I akin to the trainspotting hobby of railroad enthusiasts.  We geek out over boats and recognize them by their lines, sail plan, and routes.  This is a casual game of familiarity. …
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May 7, 2013

Class Trip

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The Senior Class of the People’s Baptist Academy of McDonough, Georgia sailed aboard the Woodwind today.  The rain laid down for these fine folks, allowing for some great sailing in an easterly 8 – 12 kts.   They are spending the week visiting Canbridge, Annapolis, and Washington DC.  After visiting the Naval Academy, they hit Chick …
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April 27, 2013

Check out this seaplane!

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  Sailing is a great way to spend quality time with people in a beautiful and inspiring environment.  Today, we had some very interesting people aboard our schooners.  On our 1230 sail, I caught up with Michelle, a frequent sailor aboard the Woodwinds.  In the afternoon, we met a cool couple from Cleveland, some fresh …
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