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Rocking the Cherry Blossom Regatta

Though I was originally to sail with GOOD TRADE, her skipper, Bob, landed me a spot crewing aboard TRUCULENT TURTLE, a modified Lindenberg 26 (hull #41 of 51). This is a very fast boat, with a great skipper and crew. … Continue reading

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Frostbite Regatta

Imagine the deck of a 31′ sailboat, slick with spray and heaving over three-foot waves while heeling at a 45-degree angle. As she tacks, you duck out of the way of the boom and hang on, while keeping feet and … Continue reading

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A most wicked sail

Rosemary’s little O’Day 19 was the only sailboat out on the Chesapeake Bay that Sunday afternoon in mid-April. It was one of the few boats on the water at all. As we began our sail, even the fishing boats were coming … Continue reading

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Whitecaps for Shay

The day started off prickly. Serious communication glitches in the Saturday Sail coordination process caused me to spend 20 minutes and however much gas to drive down to the dock, only to find no scouts, and no captain. I was … Continue reading

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"A Jolly Romp on the Ocean"

Marvin Creamer “was intrigued by such voyagers as the Vikings and the Phoenicians, who used their eyes and know-how to observe wind and waves so they could cross oceans.” He “sailed his 35-foot steel-hulled cutter Globe Star around the world … Continue reading

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"Lifelong Dream Come True" or "Movable Ballast"

Caitlin and I went racing with a skipper from another nearby ship. The race was in West River, MD, a race I had seen 2 years ago when anchored out on my first cruise.I had wanted to race since I … Continue reading

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Captain Chaos

Yesterday I received a much-needed and far-too-long-awaited reward. It had been six months since I had really sailed, and that previous time was the Amanda Grace homecoming, during which we only sailed for about 1 of the 26 hours under way. … Continue reading

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The best smell

Cycling is one of the things that keeps me sane when I cannot sail and today’s unseasonably warm weather prompted my first ride of the year. I ride along the water as much as I can, appreciating the unique arrangement … Continue reading

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Flies, flames, surreal landscape, no coffee

This weekend saw the accomplishment of a task that had been frustratingly slow to come about. I tried since about mid-July to find someone qualified and available to captain for Amanda Grace’s journey home. Captains Ashton and Reynolds were kind enough … Continue reading

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Face full of river

During my visit to the International Children’s Festival with my kids today, the breeze came up, cooling the sticky mugginess of the unusually hot September afternoon. I thought, “Oh, blessed breeze!” then, as I am wont to mutter when the … Continue reading

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