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…