Change of Watch Dinner
The annual meeting of CBTSC was held on Sunday, November
17th, at the Maryland Yacht Club in Pasadena, MD. The slate of officers for 2014 -- with all current officers continuing for another term -- was unanimously approved. We
thanked the cruise captains for a great calendar of events in 2013. And dinner was delicious!
New Format for SpinSheet's Club Notes
SpinSheet has recently changed the format of their Club Notes section, reducing the number of clubs with news in the printed magazine in an effort to focus on the "top news" or most interesting stories. News that makes it into print might be interviews with particular club members, really great photos, club history with photo, extended writeup of a great club event with photo, or club events held to welcome new members. However, any club that sends in news will have it posted to SpinSheet's website even if it isn't selected for print.
So here's the link to the online club section: www.spinsheet.com/clubs. Check it out, and decide what you think about it. You can send feedback --- or ideas for interviews, stories, or photos --- to Grace, our Publicity Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six boats rafted up in a peaceful cove behind Drum Point on the Wye River for the traditional Goose Cruise. Rum Bob arrived with four international students who were experiencing their first outing on a sailboat. White Bird came in disguise as a Saga 43 named Attitude. Maeve, Shadowfax, Celebration, and Wendolene rounded out the raft. A few flights of geese honked their way past us as we shared star-themed snacks: Aurora Borealis salmon, veggies with Ursa Minor dip, Moon balls, star-shaped sandwiches and cookies, and some Heavenly Treats from Japan. Later, we used our tablet apps to find constellations and planets in the darkening sky. Photos here
T34C Cruise to Osprey Point
On a gorgeous early autumn weekend, the annual regional cruise of the T34 Classic Association was joined by a few interlopers from CBTSC in Rock Hall. A lucky thirteen sailors enjoyed dinner at Watermans' and shared stories of renovating boats, cruising beyond the bay, and visiting favorite gunkholes on the Chesapeake. David Bourdon, the event organizer, sent the following note:
We can’t thank you enough for making this cruise a great success. We all had a wonderful time and the weather was just beautiful. Perfect Fall days and a great cruise. Many thanks to all. ---David and Mary Ina Bourdon, Aboard Celebration
Southern Bay Cruise
Thanks to the Walkers and Robertsons for hosting a great weekend off the Great Wycomico in early September. Check out the Commodore's writeup of the event in the The Bay Piper October 2013
Annual Crab Feast
The 2013 Crab Feast was a cracking good time! More than 30 members and guests enjoyed steamed-to-order crabs at "Camp Shields" overlooking Mill Creek off the Patuxent River. Four crews were able to attend by boat. After-dinner activities included a badminton tournament, ladder golf, and sailors' yarn telling. Those who stayed overnight aboard ship or under roof feasted on a Sunday breakfast of crab omelets, coffee cakes and sweet breads, fresh fruit, and brats. Many thanks to the Shields for a great party in a beautiful spot.
Fourth of July in St Michaels
E dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum was filled with nine boats from CBTSC, who joined the Heilmans for a great view of the fireworks following happy hour and dinner. Several boats had taken advantage of the nearby event on Wye River to extend their cruise into the holiday week. They were rewarded with a spectacular fireworks display.
Wye River Weekend
Fourteen boats anchored in Granary Creek and joined a handful "land yachts" for a weekend of activities at the Wye Island Conference Lodge. Thunderstorms and heavy rains dampened the cookout on Friday night, but Saturday's weather shone on a blindfold dinghy race, water balloon toss, nautical scavenger hunt, and Wye Island trivia quiz. After an interesting talk by the resident park ranger, we feasted on a medley of appetizers followed by a catered barbeque dinner finished with a groaning board of sweet desserts. Sailors swapped stories late into the night, sitting on the lawn overlooking the flotilla.
Four boatloads of sailors-in-training enjoyed mac-n-cheese, swimming, and beach time at the Rhode River in mid-June. Cheers to the coming generation of cruising enthusiasts!
Early Bird Cruise
A forecast of thunderstorms and heavy winds made several crews decide to attend the May 11 Early Bird Cruise by land instead of boat. Thirteen members enjoyed a tour of the Historic London Town Gardens and William Brown House. London Town thrived in the early Colonial period as a designated tobacco port on the Chesapeake. William Brown built his impressive brick house as an inn and tavern as well as a home for his family. In the 19th century the building became an almshouse for the debtors of Anne Arundel County. Archaeologist are now excavating artifacts and directing restoration of the site.
After the tour, some of the landlubbers joined White Bird and Sea Jules in Almshouse Creek for a potluck cockpit meal. We almost made it back to our cars before the rains came!
CBTSC's Annual Sailing Symposium
The March 23 CBTSC Symposium at Eastport Yacht Club was a great success! We had excellent speakers:
- Mike Meer of Southbound Cruising spoke on checking rigging on older boats.
- Peter Trogden of Weems & Plath presented a brief history of navigation technology.
- Scott Allan of UK-Allan Sails led us on a mini field trip to his
loft down the street to show us the latest in sail making technology.
- After a very nice lunch, Mark Rutherford regaled us with his
wonderful presentation on his solo circumnavigation of the Americas.
- Stephanie Westby of NOAA spoke on oyster restoration, its current state and new approaches.
In addition, several merchants, manufacturers, and organizations,
including Crusader Yachts, Fawcett’s, Bacons, Lewmar, Semco, Williams
& Heintz, and NOAA provided great door prizes for our raffle. Now if
we can just get a bit more participation for the nautical flea market…