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:
Saturday, leaving by 7:15am, returning after dark
This is an evolving trip out to Annapolis to go daysailing, catch a late lunch, then bike back towards DC, with minimal or no driving involved.
I'm aiming to go at least once a month, year round and coach participants to be actively involved and skilled sailors familiar with the procedures on my boat so that the event can mostly run itself. (I'll provide a packet of maps, charts, and sailing material.) Inline skaters are welcome; I'll be doing the bike part on skates.
Sign up below, email or call/text me to be invited. I will draw from the sign up sheet first, then capriciously through my list of potentail crew to coordinate a specific Saturday. The ideal group size is 3-4 people, including me. If you're joining me for the first time, we'll probably talk or get together beforehand about the details of this event.
Saturdays, leaving DC from Metro Center at 7:15am, returning after dark
This is an evolving trip out to Annapolis to go daysailing, catch a late lunch, then bike back towards DC, with minimal or no driving involved. I'm aiming to go at least once a month, year round and coach participants to be ...more info
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.
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
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?
Some useful links for Chesapeake Bay sailing:
NWS Current Weather Conditions (Another Link)|
Current Radar from Weather Underground
Current and Tide Almanac current tide levels
Official NOAA Pretty 3 Day
Charts: Helenka Sized (little) Sofia Sized (big)
Publications: Coast Pilot Notice to Mariners
a walkability checker for your sailing destination