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I'm looking for crew for sailing with me aboard my boat, Sofia, a Tartan 27, based out of Annapolis.

During the sailing season I generally sail on weekends doing day sails, overnight trips and sometimes extended trips to various parts of the Chesapeake Bay.

Throughout the year I organize sessions to do maintenance and make ongoing repairs to keep Sofia in shape. These are great sessions to meet me, learn more about the boat, find out what kind of skipper I am, and get preferred treatment when I look for crew.

Contact me if you are interested in joining me on my boat:


Sofia needs one day's worth of maintenance prior to her next sail. Generally I sail her as late into the season as November.

I have recently picked up an FJ sailing dinghy that needs work. I'll be repairing the boat during the off season at my place in Washington DC. You are welcome to contact me to drop by, meet the skipper, join in, get treated to sailing stories and libations afterwards to celebrate the repairs we accomplish, and get preferential treatment for big boat and small boat sailing alike next season. I am open to suggestions regarding where to keep the boat next season.

I'm very active at DC Sail. Weekdays during the season (May through September), I participate in Monday Member Sails and Wednesday Social Sails which are open to the public. Weeknight sails at DC Sail are a much better alternative to battling rush hour traffic for an evening sail in Annapolis or another part of the Chesapeake Bay.

Skate (and Bike) to the Annapolis Sailboat Show
Saturday, October 11

Join me for a skate (or bike) to the Annapolis Boat show or meet me at the show for a food and drinks at Pusser's Caribbean Grille. I've set up a sign up sheet for both options below.

The Skate/Bike Part

Meet at the BWI Business Park light rail stop, depart at 10am, and follow the BWI and Baltimore Annapolis trails to downtown Annapolis. The BWI Business Park light rail stop is centrally located to all the transportation options at the Baltimore Washington International airport (Amtrak, MARC, light rail and ample nearby parking options for anyone driving up). I'll be taking the weekend MARC commuter train from DC. As a form of trip support, the MD-14 bus route runs alongside the majority of the rout in case someone needs to bail out.

The Sailboat Show Part

Meet at Pusser's Caribbean Grill at 2pm. After fortifying ourselves with food and drink, we can head off to see the sailboat show! Pusser's serves as a great middle ground for people heading for, at, or leaving the boat show as well as people not doing the boat show at all.

I hope to see you there!

Test event.

Winter and Spring plans mostly involve maintenance, touching base with returning crew members, making friends with new crew, and making plans for the sailing season. An extended trip such as to Cape May or distance racing such as the Governors Cup are always worth considering if some great people are available to do the trip with. As the weather warms up, maintenance activities taper off to shakedown sails and enjoying the strong spring winds while shaking the winter rust off of our sailing skills.

Spinsheet organizes a few winter ice skating sessions which I participate in as well.

Summer plans generally include spending time in Hawk Cove (just north of the mouth of the Patapsco River that leads to Baltimore) enjoying Hart Miller Island, Island View Waterfront Cafe, Dock of the Bay Restaurant and the Baltimore County Sailing Center.

Fall plans include sailing as late as into November, and taking trips by boat or by car to the sailboat show in Annapolis, the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous, and the Chestertown Downrigging Weekend.


I've had some absolutely fantastic people sail with me over the years and have organized the photo gallery below in appreciation to everyone who has come onboard.


Past trip highlights: Trips in 2013 were mostly daysails as I discovered the magic of sailing on other people's boats. In 2012, I sailed Sofia from Baltimore to DC, then to Annapolis. In 2011, I sailed Sofia in the DelMarVa Rally circumnavigation.
         
I've been sailing for more decades than I'll admit, took my first lesson at the Belle Haven Marina and was a member of the Manhattan Sailing Club for many years. Currently I am sailing instructor active in Washington DC at DC Sail and also in Annapolis. I have also taught at the Downtown Sailing Center.

I've sailed in/to lots of places, such as:
The Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore to Annapolis; Solomons; Point Lookout; all over the Potomac
The DelMarVa Peninsula including the Delaware Bay; Ocean City; Wachapreague; Deltaville
The Hudson; Manhattan; Long Island Sound; Fisher's Island; Block Island; Newport; Martha's Vineyard
Abroad, on the Mazury lakes in Poland; also Tasman Bay, New Zealand

I have successfully received a number of sailing credentials including ASA 101, 103, 104 and US SAILING Level 1 Small Boat and Basic Keelboat sailing instructor and also Powerboating Instructor.

I have sailed/raced/crewed/taken classes/taught on lots of boats, notably: FJs, JYs, Flying Scots, J/22s, J/24s, the 42 foot Pintita, Navy 44 sail training craft, & the American Spirit, a 65 foot schooner.
          
If you are learning to sail, check out the Baltimore County Sailing Center, which is a place I always visit in the summer, either by boat or by car (and sometimes on inline skates). It is a non profit organization overlooking the Chesapeake Bay with a fleet of small sailing dinghies that you can launch from the beach.

Beginner Friendly Events at the
Baltimore County Sailing Center
(BCSC) at Rocky Point Beach Park
Learn to Sail Lessons
July :: 4 sessions ::
$250 for all sessions
Corn Roasts
August :: 4 sessions
:: $20 per session
Round the Island Race
early September ::
1 session :: $40

At the BCSC, you can go to the beach, learn how to sail, get some practice on their boats, try racing in your first regatta, and even get fed a couple of times, all for under $400. Where else can you do that?

If you live in DC, a great nearby alternative is DC Sail, which offers sailing lessons and sessions on their fleet of Flying Scots and FJs.

             
      Some useful links for Chesapeake Bay sailing:

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Conditions
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Current Radar from Weather Underground
Current and Tide Almanac  current tide levels
Planning
Material
Forecasts: Official NOAA  Pretty 3 Day
Charts: Helenka Sized (little)  Sofia Sized (big)
Publications: Coast Pilot  Notice to Mariners
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