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All is not lost for this solo sailor

Robert Redford’s survival situation aboard a sinking sailboat in “All is Lost” was filmed on a movie set, and sailors roundly criticized it. My “survival” situation was quite benign by comparison and focused solely on whether I could continue to sail on Chesapeake Bay.
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The inglorious demise of the Cup’s namesake yacht

This survey photo shows the schooner America in December 1940 shortly after she was hauled.The sad, complicated history of the original gaff schooner America, the famous yacht for which the America’s Cup is named, has long been associated with mystery and shame. How could it have happened that this once swift, black-hulled beauty was left to rot and die in Annapolis almost 70 years ago under the care of the U.S. Naval Academy?



A Rosie by any other name is not as sweet

Rosie was built in 1955 by Bronza Parks and named after his mother.The skipjack Rosie Parks, a Chesapeake Bay icon that almost disintegrated under the care of the very museum entrusted to save her, is about to begin a second life. A $500,000 restoration project of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum comes to a happy ending this spring when the 51-foot (LOD) Rosie sets sail after decades in a terminal, nautical coma.



Brutes of Baltimore: the humble tugboat

The Cape Henlopen emerges from the fog, returning to Fells Point after a long day's work.The sweep of urban renewal continues to cleanse, change and regenerate Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and neighboring waterfront properties into a safe business and residential haven. One symbol of local maritime history survives: the cherished tugboat, a modernized icon of the past that remains an unchanging presence on the water, carrying out the same duties that helped drive the growth that built this city.



My money pit: time to correct the neglect

After 25 years without stripping, Erewhon's bottom is now in fiine form.When the lockbox of my “nautical needs money pit” is breached, there is no telling exactly where the cash might go, but the general direction mathematically is up, up and away.

Following the traditional rag-hauler’s endless pursuit of frugality, my primary objective has always been to become fairly proficient in the art of solo sailing without making it more potentially dangerous than it is already.



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