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July 2015


Newsletter of the Chesapeake Sailing Club

Calendar at a Glance
    Jul 11 - Cruise - Rock Creek
    Jul 24 - Cruise - Swan Creek, Rock Hall
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Commodore's Column
Glenn Whaley, Trinity


What a great June it was! On the Spring Cruise, several of us enjoyed trips back and forth across the Bay from the Magothy to the Chester taking max advantage of the good South winds that week. Although we were planning a Sunday/Monday start for the cruise, the weather didn't cooperate so we set sail on Tuesday instead. Circe (Mary Jo and Sea Dog Toby), Trinity (Sue, me, and Skittles), and Dancin’ Downwind, a 40' Island Packet crewed by Roger and Sue Brown, friends of Mary Jo, made up the flotilla for most of the week.

That is, except for Wednesday night. After a sail across to the Eastern Shore on Tuesday and a sweet anchorage just off Emory Creek in the Corsica R, we motor-sailed back to the Magothy and Eagle Cove on Wednesday where Southern Lady joined us for the night. We had a very nice happy hour/social time getting to know the Browns aboard Dancin' Downwind. They are on their way north for the summer.

We were a small group, but had a wonderful time. On Thursday, we sailed back to the Chester, this time up to Lovely Cove off Langford Creek. We had a nice evening happy hour aboard Trinity, then on Friday sailed back to the Magothy with our June south wind - this time, getting itself up to a gusty 20 kts - and a nice anchorage off the Glass House in Broad Creek. Skittles and Glenn caught a few white perch, who figured to make a fine supper a bit later.

So that was the cruise, with Circe and crew heading back to Rock Hall on Saturday while Trinity boogied back across the Magothy to Belvedere in time for some morning commitments that Glenn and Sue had. So the cruise, which was originally planned to end on Sunday, actually wound up a day short. But it was lining up to be really hot and muggy that night anyway, so that was fine with the participants. So except that so few of us were able to participate in the cruise, it was an all around great time. Looking forward to the next time out on the water for the Club! And, if the weather doesn’t support that, we’re at least about attending the annual picnic/business meeting at Belvedere in August.

Many couldn't participate in the annual Spring Cruise this year, so an impromptu get-together at the Deep Creek Restaurant in Arnold was arranged by V/C Liz as a consolation prize. And a prize assembly it was, too!


All told, 18 souls reported in for seafood and fellowship on Flag Day, June 14th, which would have been the last day of the scheduled cruise. So we celebrated the cruise finale in real style! Two boats represented the seagoing folks present: New Life, Captain Richard Payne commanding, with First Mate Leslie and four guests: Pat and Karen Valliant from Belvedere YC, and Rick and Vickie, friends of the Vaillants. New Life took advantage of a free slip for the time we were there. Also coming by boat and tying up at Deep Creek were Phil Hobby and wife Bobbie Brown. Now, truth be told, Phil’s and Bobbie's new water wheels isn't technically speaking a sailboat. In fact, it’s actually a power boat. But we in the Chesapeake Sailing Club love them anyway. And, besides, they used to have a sailboat so that counts.

So who else was there? Well, there was V/C Liz and Frank, Dave and Janet Ewing, Jim Saxton, Commo. Glenn and Sue Whaley, and Phil and Bobbie's daughter Amy who arrived by car to join the crew. Finally, the troop was rounded out by Jim and Dona Force, with Dona pre-celebrating her last day of teaching and her pending retirement. It was a wonderful time of just chatting, checking out the brilliant rainbow that shined for us, and generally enjoying some fine fare and the great Deep Creek view of the water.

By the way, as sailors know, rainbows happen because there is rain somewhere. Well, there was. In Arnold, as a matter of fact. So the true boaters among us probably got a little soggy on the way back home. But for a party like that, it was worth it!


Vice Commodore's Report
Liz Cingel, Southern Lady


We had dinner recently at Mike's Restaurant, White Rocks Marina on Rock Creek, to check out the food and everything was delicious. The sailing club is scheduled to go there on July 11. Plan to be there no later than 3:45 PM for a 4 PM early dinner since the restaurant fills up around 5/6 PM. They do not take reservations on the weekend so be prepared to wait for a table. I need to know who is coming so when we arrive I can get our name on the list for a large table. If you cannot come by boat then drive over. Mike's Restaurant is located at 1402 Colony Road, Pasadena. Their menu includes crabs, sandwiches, a nice selection of salads including an all you can eat salad bar, and the usual seafood and beef selections.

There is free dockage on Pier B while you dine at Mike's but you must leave after dinner. If you want one of the temporary slips just take a slip - you do not have to call the marina. They have 45 slips available for temporary dockage. Tar Cove is nearby and has decent depths for anchoring and we have anchored there before but the dock master indicated there is no place to tie off if you want to anchor there and come to the restaurant by dinghy. Overnight dockage at the marina is $1 per foot which includes 30 amp electric and water so call White Rocks Marina and Boatyard at 410-255-3800 to make a slip reservation. They do not monitor a channel so call them on the phone when you approach the dock to get a slip assignment. They take VISA, Master Card and American Express credit cards.

More eating - the crab cake picnic will be held at the Sailing Emporium Marina on Saturday, September 19. The caterer will provide the usual crab cakes and corn on the cob. I think the caterer will be able to provide Eastern Shore corn since we are having the picnic one week early to insure we get local tomatoes and corn. Call the marina at 410-778-1342 to make a slip reservation and I suggest you call early since that is a popular marina in the fall. If you have not been there before their gift shop is GREAT.

Cruise Report-

more on the Spring Cruise
Mary Jo Harris, Circe


A very small contingent of CSC sailors headed out on the 2015 Spring Cruise this year. Too bad more couldn't join us, because it was one of the best, if abbreviated, free-form cruises ever!

Held to our home ports by high wind Sunday and Monday, Trinity and Circe enjoyed fantastic sailing wind and sunny skies for our raft-up in the Corsica River Tuesday night.

Wednesday, we delighted in similar great weather for sailing to Eagle Cove to raft with Southern Lady and my Florida live-aboard friends, Sue and Roger Brown and their boat felines, Harry and Draco, aboard Dancin' Downwind, a Sabre 40.

On Thursday three boats (Dancin' Downwind, Trinity, and Circe) repeated the route up the Chester for a raft-up in Lively Cove in Lankford Creek. Once again, it was hardly necessary to run an engine.

Friday proved perfect to tack the length of the Chester, run to Love Point, and reach (at hull speed) across the Bay and right up the Magothy to Broad Creek for the night - just Trinity and Circe.

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