Chesapeake Log

  • Madison Bay and the Little Choptank

    Madison Bay and the Little Choptank

    I was hoping to accomplish two things this trip: I wanted to do long row to test my skiff, my DIY oars, and my own ability to get back home if the wind dies.And I wanted to sail out onto the open Chesapeake for the first time.

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  • Into the Great Choptank

    Into the Great Choptank

    The peril of waiting to set the rudder. Drifting like a traditional workboat to hoist sail. The power and beauty of well-shaped canvas. Hambrooks Bar Light back from the brink of death.

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  • Wild Rice on Watts Creek

    Wild Rice on Watts Creek

    These marshes along Watts Creek and nearby Tuckahoe Creek have not yet been overwhelmed by invasive phragmites (common reed). But they will be, eventually. Come see them while you can.

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  • Below Denton

    Below Denton

    Sailing where sailboats are no longer seen. With a sail badly formed. The harbor I might not escape from. Feeling for the lightest breeze, in sight of home port.

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  • Sailing out of Secretary. No capsize plan.

    Sailing out of Secretary. No capsize plan.

    My second time sailing solo. My first time nearly capsizing.  And the last time I refuse a tow when it’s offered and needed.

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  • Sailing the Tuckahoe. Tethered to 911.

    Sailing the Tuckahoe. Tethered to 911.

    I acquired my dory skiff in September. I took it out just once rowing in November. Then I had a heart attack in December. I was eager to sail. But I had to stay close to home and 911 responders – on the upper Choptank and Tuckahoe – narrow rivers that are not ideal for…

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