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Captain’s Log – Re-Launch Preparations - Saturday, November 18, 2017 Position: Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth, VA It is Saturday, November 18, and the yard crew is putting on the first full coat of bottom paint now. Meanwhile, Pride’s crew is prepping the topside planking for a full and final coat of black paint in a day or two. Engineering work continues on reassembling inside…
Captain’s Log – On The Hard - On The Hard Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Position: Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth, VA The view of a vessel out of the water has a surrealistic quality. What goes into dry-docking a sizable vessel like Pride of Baltimore II? A lot of preparation and some visual magic. At Ocean Marine Yacht Center, the process of bringing a vessel…
Captain’s Log – Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend 2017 – Chestertown, Maryland - Date: Monday, October 30, 2017 Position: Chestertown, Maryland The last “public access sails” for this weekend’s Sultana Downrigging Weekend maritime event were Sunday afternoon. It was a wonderfully serendipitous weekend between two major rain events associated with Tropical Storm Phillipe rushing northward not far offshore past the mid-Atlantic coast in the north western Atlantic Ocean. Sunday afternoon’s sail wind strength…
Captain’s Log – 2017 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race - Date: Monday, October 16, 2017 Position: Portsmouth, Virginia 2017 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race The results of the 2017 GCBSR are already known. Due to the weather, all competing vessels sailed at their maximum speed for the whole length of the race. There was not much strategizing to do with wind coming from a fair direction; from the start, all…