WRSC Cruising is About Sailing and Fellowship
This year, 17 cruises with destinations throughout the Chesapeake Bay have been identified.
The majority of our cruises are weekend cruises so that working members are able to participate. Each year there is a mix of land and water based destinations such as St. Michaels, Wye River, Chester River, Solomon's, and Gibson Island to name but a few. Kids and dogs and guests are always welcome. Select those cruises that look interesting and mark your calendar. We still need a few leaders, so you see a cruise you would like to lead, contact Bernie Doyle and let him know. If you are new to cruising, joining an existing fleet is the best way to learn the ropes.
|WRSC 2019 Cruising Schedule|
|Jan 19||Cruisers' Planning Dinner||Bernie & Evelyn Doyle||WRSC||Land|
|Feb 23||Wine & Cheese/Awards||Bernie & Evelyn Doyle||WRSC||Land|
|Apr 27-28||Shake Down Cruise NOC||Erick & Maggie Chiang||Church Creek (S. River)||Sea|
|May 11-12||Early Bird Cruise NOC||Al & Liz Sutherland||St. Michaels (CBMM)||Sea/Land|
|May 25-27||Memorial Day Cruise||Joe & Pat Casey||Drum Point (Wye River)||Sea|
|May 27 -- Mid Jun||Albermarle Sound Loop||Al & Liz Sutherland||Various||Sea|
|Jun 6-9||Spring Rendezvous (Guest Cruise)
||TBD||Knapp's Narrows Marina
|Jun 22-23||Welcome to Summer (Family Cruise)
||Joe & Pat Casey||Baltimore Fells Point
|Jul 27-28||Mid summer Sea Land||Susan Whalen||WRSC Clubhouse||Sea/Land|
||Oxford Annual Summer Regatta
|Aug 25-Sep 14||Albermarle Sound Loop
||Al & Liz Sutherland
|Aug 31 -- Sep 2||Labor Day||Al & Vicky Lohman||Solomon's area||Sea|
|Sep 7-8||Knot the Knapp's Narrows||Nadine Schneider||Knapp's Narrows
|Sep 21-22||Equinox Cruise||TBD||TBD||Sea|
|Oct 6-6||Oktoberfest||John & Pat Paris||Paris' home (Selby Bay)||Sea/Land|
|Oct 19-20||Fall Rendezvous||Al & Liz Sutherland||Dividing Creek/Wye River||Sea|
|Nov 2||Frostbite||Joe & Pat Casey||Annapolis||Sea/Land|
Erick & Maggie Chiang
The Cruising Fleet tried something new for this cruise. We invited Corinthians and other club members that have thought of joining a week-end cruise but had neither a boat, nor the opportunity to visit destinations on the Bay. The criteria for this destination would be access to Inns or B&B's within walking distance from the marina in which cruisers would dock. Skippers with larger boats and additional accommodations aboard could invite guests to stay aboard; otherwise guests would make reservations at their preferred Inn and join their host skipper for the sail/ride to and from the destination. Guests would of course be invited to join in week-end festivities with the cruisers. This first Guest Cruise had as its destination Knapps Narrows, where the participating vessels docked at the Knapps Narrows Marina and Inn.
The Narrows was recently dredged making the passage to the Choptank River a convenient alternative to rounding Blackwalnut Point on the tip of Tilghman Island reducing the distance to points east by a half a dozen nautical miles if your destination is Oxford, or Cambridge or any of the anchorages on the north side of the Choptank reached by cruising up Harris or Broad Creek. (If you traverse Knapps Narrows, adhere to the marks; the chart data are no longer valid.)We chose to stay at the Knapps Narrows Marina and Inn, tying up on their long floating dock alongside the Narrows. The Narrows is home to many working crab, oyster, and charter boats, and with the cruising season in full swing, and a drawbridge that opens on demand to allow through traffic, our dockside view of the many different types of boats was second to none.
Participating cruisers enjoyed a great sail down the Bay and arrived by 3 PM Saturday afternoon. There was Pat and Joe Casey aboard Otter, Al and Liz Sutherland aboard Outward, Glenn and Marge Haggan aboard Lady in Red, Bernie and Ev Doyle aboard Pegasus, Jack Lahr and his friend Thornell Jones aboard Melody II, and Erick and Maggie Chiang aboard au Lapin Agile II. Despite interest expressed by guests without cruising boats, their scheduling did not permit their participation.
The Knapps Narrows Inn served as our host. The dockage fee included access to the pool and a generous continental breakfast. The welcome center is clean, spacious and nicely appointed and the people responsible for registration were as friendly and accommodating as the people on the Eastern Shore can be. We were welcome to hold our cocktail hour(s) in the welcome center, but we chose the shaded picnic tables by the dock where we enjoyed the cool weather and breezes. Sometime well after sunset, and following the single malt tasting aboard au Lapin Agile II, we called it a night.
Sunday morning brought a forecast of NE winds 10 – 15 knots NE increasing to 20 with gusts to 25. Several of the cruisers chose to stay another night while au Lapin Agile II and Outward decided to head back to Galesville following breakfast to beat the brunt of the winds. Those who remained took a walking tour of Knapps Narrows, visiting the Waterman’s Museum, an informal lunch at Two by Sea and an excellent dinner at Mile Marker 5. Sunday’s high winds and lumpy seas gave way to flat water and pea-soup fog for the four boats returning Monday. Judging from radio traffic, a northbound 41,000 ton bulk carrier was NOT amused by the antics of some of the folks (excluding WRSC members) cavorting on the Bay.
It was a fine weekend enjoyed by all. This was a successful cruise by all accounts that would have been made better with the inclusion of other club members who would have liked to have a taste of the cruising experience. Perhaps next time with second annual Guest Cruise; our destination – Oxford, St. Michael’s, Cambridge, Solomans??
Joe & Pat Casey
Well it was a perfect weather weekend for a cruise to Baltimore’s Fells Point. Sun, moderate temperatures, low humidity. Our destination was Henderson’s Wharf Marina with its reasonable slip rates, great location and an interesting collection of live-aboard’s.
The participants -- Erick & Jane Chiang on au Lapin Agile II and Joe & Pat Casey on Otter – arrived on Saturday and spent the afternoon exploring Fells Point. Late afternoon cocktails aboard au Lapin Agile II were followed by a feast of mussels at the renowned Bertha’s Mussels (highly recommended!). Following dinner and a stop for Gelato, the cruiser adjourned to the outside bar at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel (the former Recreation Pier) to watch sunset and passing boats. Sunday morning featured brunch aboard Otter followed by extensive walking tours and lunch at the Public Market.
Au Lapin Agile II departed later that afternoon headed for the Magothy and ultimately returned to home that evening. Otter remained overnight after spending the afternoon walking the length of the Waterside Promenade. Yes, Baltimore is a great place for walking.
Joe & Pat Casey
Cruise Leaders: Al &Vicky Lohman
Email VLBAYSAILOR2@GMAIL.COM. Radio 16 and 72.
Lagoon 42, Ohana Kai
Dates: Saturday August 31 to Monday Sept 2. We will be arriving by about 2pm on Saturday.
Location: Zanhisers Marina on Back Creek, Solomons MD
: Come join us at the lovely Zanhisers Marina for Labor Day weekend. If you haven't been to Zanhisers previously, they have a very nice facility including a POOL (with bar), laundry, bathhouse, and restaurant. Bikes are available for easy access to town and shops.
Dockage is $2.50 per foot per night. EARLY Reservations are strongly encouraged. If you make a reservation, one night will be charged at time of reservation. CANCELLATION for full refund is available until 1 PM of the day prior to arrival. Electric is $6/day for single 30 Amps and $12/day for 2 x 30 amps or 1 x 50.
YOU MUST CALL ZANHISERS or use Dockwa.com to make your reservation. Please indicate you are with West River Sailing Club and the dock master will try to put use closer together.
If you are thinking of using one of Zanhisers mooring balls, they are first come, not reservable in advance and often full. Cost is either $30 or $40 and includes full use of Zanhisers amenities.
There is anchoring also in Solomons and you may want to look at the Mill creek side if you have a dingy. For those anchoring without a dingy, let me know and we can probably get you a ride! For planning purposes, the distance between WRSC and Zanhisers is 42NM.
Activities: (details to follow) Assume we will go out to dinner at least one night, but depending upon the size of the group, we may have to split up into smaller groups. For dinner, let the cruise leaders know if you prefer Saturday or Sunday night? There will be a happy hour gathering on the marina property under a tent.
We hope you can join us and please remember to make your reservations ASAP.
Communications: Changes and updates will be provided to participants by email. The cruise leaders will monitor VHF channels 16 and 72 on Saturday at 15 minutes past the odd hour starting at 1315 hours.