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Woodwind II blasting along in the breeze!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend……

What a great weekend for sailing. We even got and extra day to play.  I had the day off on Saturday but the winds were blowing in the 20’s all day. I raced the Annapolis to St. Michael’s  race and our race boat hit 16 knots a few times on the way there. So I […]

Sailing fast on Sunset Sail

One Sail, Two Sail, Three Sail, Four

Winds were “honking” when I woke up. It’s going to be a terrific day for sailing, I thought. I even wrote this on Woodwind’s Facebook page while trying to find a pic of the Woodwind healing nicely to add to the post. When I arrived to the dock, the tide was down 2 feet from […]

Abraham and Hannah encourage Ann at the helm.

Hannah and the Roadside Show

The title is somewhat misleading.  During our 1:30 cruise we had Hannah and her guests.  In the evening we had the duo, Roadside Show sing for our guests. Hannah worked for us several years ago and just recently got married to Abraham.  She and her extended family joined us sailing this Wednesday.  In the photo is […]

Getting ready for the start of the Wednesday Night Race. On the starting line just before the start.

Over 55 miles in one day

What a day!  The wind started blowing from the SE at 10-15 and increased to over 22 knots by the 4:00 sail. We were lucky enough to have a 4.5 hour private charter for a day outing on the bay. We put just under 40 miles on the boat in just this cruise. We sailed […]

Thomas Point Lighthouse

Lighthouse Cruise on the Bay

The cruise we had today was the re-named Blue Angels Cruise.  After the Blue Angels were canceled due to sequestration, we had many people signed up for this cruise. We changed the theme to a Lighthouse Cruise and asked them what they wanted to do, and many wanted to stay on the cruise. So, we […]

The Hannon Family aboard the Schooner Woodwind

It Didn’t Rain…..

And it turned into a wonderful sailing day. I think the forecast scared everyone away. But it didn’t stop the Hannon family from Manassas. It turned into a private cruise. They were all gathered to celebrate Tim’s graduation from Virginia Tech. What a great way to spend the morning. We sailed out into the bay […]

Silent Maid and the Bear

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

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. […]

Our guests and the Pride of Baltimore II

Beer Tasting and traditional craft

What could be better than sailing on Schooner Woodwind on a beautiful evening?  The answer for some would be, great sailing with a delicious beer from Flying Dog Brewery.  That’s why we had Ben, one of the brew-masters from Flying Dog join us. That’s Ben in the foreground with the gray hat.  Behind him to […]

Captain Corbin steering the Schooner Woodwind


So there we were getting ready to do maintenance on the boat because we had no people signed up when up walked Bob and his brother Jim.” I’d Rather Be Sailing”, I think I’ve seen that bumper sticker somewhere. Well that was our attitude and off we went with just the 2 brothers. The winds […]

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