Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hello fellow cruisers! The Annapolis Maritime Museum has a fascinating winter lecture series on Thursday nights. The last lecture is on March 22nd, I have listed details below. I encourage you all to attend their lectures to learn more about the maritime history of the Chesapeake Bay. The museum is also hosting a Cruising Seminar & Workshop to help jump start the season on March 10th & 11th. Details about the seminar can be found at: Sorry for the short notice, but I just found out about this a few minutes ago, so I haven't given much warning.

More information about any of these events can be found at the website of the Annapolis Maritime Museum:

Winter Lecture Series Information:

Winter Lecture Series - Capt. John P. Hamill, Maryland Pilots Association
When: Thu, March 8, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Description: Maryland pilots have been guiding ships up and down the Bay since the 1640s. Capt. Hamill tells the stories of ships, shipwrecks, and the vessels at anchor in Annapolis Roads. Museum members $10, non-members, $15. To enroll, call the Museum at 410-295-0104.

Winter Lecture Series - Lt. Greg Bartles, The Oyster Wars
When: Thu, March 15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Description: The Area 8 Commander of the Maryland Natural Resources Police tells the fascinating history of the NRP, which began in 1868 as the State Oyster Police Force, and reveals the story behind the visiting exhibit featuring a relic of the Oyster Wars: an 1868 cannon that battled “piratical Virginia oyster crews.” Museum members $10, non-members, $15. To enroll, call the Museum at 410-295-0104.

Winter Lecture Series - Barbara Tagger & Orna Garnett, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
When: Thu, March 22, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Description: Orna Garnett gives a stirring living history interpretation of the “Moses” of runaway slaves, while Barbara Tagger discusses the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Initiative on the Eastern Shore. This program is a partnership with the Chesapeake Children’s Museum and the Four Rivers Heritage Area. As part of the Four Rivers’ Maryland day celebration, admission to this program is only $1 per person. To enroll, call the Museum at 410-295-0104.

Happy Cruising!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy 2012! I’m sure that the recent 50 and 60 degree weather has made everyone long for the spring and summer sailing season. We’ve got some great cruises planned for the 2012 season. Mark your calendars, the Early Bird Cruise will start off the sailing season on April 21 & 22, hosted by our John Bacon Wright Memorial Cruising Award winners- the Meinhold’s.  Next up, the Follow the Wind Cruise hosted by Brian Walter, who is sailing all the way up from Florida to follow the wind on the Chesapeake Bay right after our Spring Rendezvous. In May we have the traditional Maintenance Weekend at the Lehman’s on May 19 & 20, as well as the Memorial Day Cruise the following weekend. On the schedule in June is the Children’s Cruise hosted by the Morris Family. The annual Summer Cruise includes a stop in Annapolis for a Historic Walking Tour of the city led by Susan and Sandy Dapkunas. Other plans this season include a Weekend Rest and Relaxation overnight to Eagles Nest in August with the Palmer’s, the Labor Day Cruise, the annual O's Game Cruise with the Lehman's and the Fall Cruise in the Northern Bay with the Foote’s. We’ll finish off the season with the Navy Game & Cruise hosted by Harry Gamber on November 3rd and the Die Hard Cruise hosted by the Leigh’s on November 10 & 11. We’ve got a pretty good schedule of cruises this year, but if anyone has another idea please contact me and we will definitely keep it in mind for the 2013 season. Don’t forget to attend the Cruising Seminar at the Broadneck Library on Saturday, February 11th. Jim Davis will get us started with Glen Housley as our guest speaker. The subject will be cruising sails and related equipment. We will be finalizing the cruising schedule at the seminar as well as looking for a few good volunteers. The schedule is still in planning, so please check back here or the Mainsheet for the final schedule next month.

I look forward to serving as your Cruising Commodore for the 2012 year!

-          Jen