Tag Archives: Sailing

To sail tall ships

  Being a sailor, having sailed tall ships and feeding dreams of sailing them further, I have thought much about last month’s sinking of the HMS BOUNTY and the tragic loss of life that day. I never met Claudene Christian, … Continue reading

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A beautiful wind on the river

Two of my fellow sailors were out enjoying the river this lovely day–and rubbing my nose in the fact that I had to work at my indoor “day job” and could not spend the day as they were, flying across … 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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Keeping connection

The past two weeks have been difficult, as I have dealt with an injured wrist that has kept me from sailing, cycling and gardening. These favorite physical activities help me keep my life in balance, so when I cannot engage … Continue reading

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A Skipper’s Nightmare

I spent the past four days aboard the Sea Scout Training Vessel der PeLiKan, the Morgan 46 ketch that serves as the centerpiece of the Chesapeake Flotilla’s training program. Our crew consisted of Commodore Doug Yeckley and two of his … Continue reading

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JetSki do

My scouts were supposed to pull together a Labor Day Sail, but none of them took any action, so that fizzled. But my Mate for Program still brought his JetSki and a little sailing bathtub called an El Toro. His … Continue reading

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Long Cruise: difficult decision

On Monday, August 18th, everyone arrived at Henderson’s Wharf Marina by noon as planned, and all were aboard der PeLiKan soon after. Present were 6 scouts from my ship and one–whom I had never met–from another group. The 19-year-old wants to … Continue reading

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Amanda Grace couldn’t wait

Amanda Grace apparently decided she wasn’t going to wait for us to sail her to Woodbridge; she dragged her anchor and headed down the creek. Skipper Yeckley saw she was gone and thought we had already come for the boat. … Continue reading

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Long Cruise impending

Tomorrow morning at 10AM I will be at the commuter lot, waiting for 5 scouts and another adult to meet me for the jaunt to Baltimore where we will begin our first long cruise. I have been working all weekend … Continue reading

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Long Cruise preparations

Planning our first long cruise is taking a lot of time and thought, even though the scouts have handled meal planning and will be making food purchases. There is a lot to coordinate! I am pulling together packing lists, boarding … Continue reading

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