Smith Island, The Chesapeake Bay, Is the Last Island Standing

(published November/December 2017) From the marina in Deltaville, VA on the Rappahannock River, we pounded upwind on Ukiyo, our Catalina 34, through small craft advisory waves, a “noser” as it’s called here. We were bound for Reedville, Virginia on an oppressively humid day. But for a lone tanker heading north,

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The Chesapeake Bay: Hidden Wonders

From secluded creeks to bustling cities the Chesapeake Bay has it all  (published March 2017) I grew up sailing dinghies on fickle-winded northeastern lakes, but it wasn’t until I lived on the Chesapeake Bay that sailing became a major part of my life. It would take a lifetime to describe

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Searching for Birds

Circumnavigators savor the pleasures of birding on the Chesapeake Bay  (published April 2013) Our first visit to the Chesapeake Bay had been cold and rushed. My husband Seth and I were still completing the refit of our 38-foot cutter-rigged sloop Heretic for our global circumnavigation, and Jack Frost had been

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