Star Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore’s inner harbor!

I got some negative feedback on the larger format pictures, so unless I hear a lot of good feedback, I’m going back to the smaller format.

This past weekend I was at the inner harbor in Baltimore enjoying the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812.  They called it the Sailabration.

Many large sailing ships came from all over the world.  We waited in line to go on one, the ship from Mexico.

Ecuadorian cadets stand on the yardarms of the Guayas tall ship as it departs Baltimore on Tuesday.

We didn’t get to see it in action like this, but we did go on the ship.  I had a great talk with one of the young officers.  He was fresh out of their naval academy and said he signed on for a 7 month to 1 year tour with the ship.  They are heading to Spain and he said it was supposed to take them 24 days.  Wow, that would be great to add to your life experiences!

2012-06-16 mexican sailing ship "Cuauhtemoc"

2012-06-16 mexican sailing ship “Cuauhtemoc”

While we were on it the blue angels gave a flying demonstration over the fort.

The main air show was some distance away from us, but I think the pilots made an effort to fly over the harbor after they made their passes over the fort.  I love the sound of jets!

Mr & Mrs CapnRehab

Mr & Mrs CapnRehab

It was a madhouse of people, but it was still fun.  Our lack of patience for waiting in line meant we only got to go on the one ship, but is was fun seeing the others.  We took a water taxi ride (which was great!) that gave us close up views of lots of other ships.

2012-06-16 US Ship "Constellation"

2012-06-16 US Ship “Constellation”

Not exactly a sailing ship, but the japan coast guard put in an appearance too.

2012-06-16 Japan Coast Guard

2012-06-16 Japan Coast Guard

I found this cool video of the ships leaving port.

Busy Weekend Part 2 – St. Pete Boat Show

So Sunday morning I scooted over to St. Pete to check out the boat show.  The St. Pete boat show is held in Tropicana stadium in the heart of St. Petersburg.  The stadium is a large landmark visible from the freeway as you come into downtown.

Tropicanna Stadium

Tropicana Stadium

Here is a sure sign that Americans are losing their grip.

Parking $5

Parking $5

My phone camera probably doesn’t show the details well, but here is a picture I took just as I pulled out of my FREE parking spot on the street right in front of the stadium.  It shows parking attendants charging $5 to go to the FREE admission boat show.  Notice there is a line of cars waiting to pay up so they don’t have to walk about 300 yards to the show entrance.  CapnRehab RUNS 3 miles when he goes out for exercise.   There is no way he is going to pay to save walking 300 yards!  (Notice here that CapnRehab is becoming comfortable with talking about himself in third person. He just may quit using first person altogether – or maybe I won’t)

There were also some nice folks from the U.S. Coast Guard auxilliary there and I found out they offer lots of safe boating courses, so I added that to my mental list of things to check out.

Inside the “boat” show, I found lots of power boats, but NOT ONE SINGLE SAILBOAT!!!!!

I think it would have been courteous of them to say it was a motor boat show and saved me a trip.

No Sailboats!

No Sailboats!

They did have several booths selling fishing supplies, so I picked up a couple of sets of hooks, and something called a Sabiki rig.  This is like a little Christmas tree of hooks and artificial bait designed to catch bait fish.

Sabiki Rig

Sabiki Rig

When I was on the fishing pier Saturday a guy told me about them and the very next day I find some on sale!  My total purchases and $$ spent at the boat show was $4 for two sets of hooks and two sabiki rigs.  I’ll keep you posted on how using the rig goes.

As a parting gift, here is a photo of another sunset on Boca Ciega Bay.  Notice the little sailboat with sails up that just went in front of the sun going from left to right.  It’s a hunter 16.5 and is one of the Boca Ciega Yacht Club boats that I expect to be sailing on soon.  Tuesday night races are supposed to start up again now that daylight savings time has started.  Enjoy!

Sunset on Boca Ciega Bay

I visit bloggers – S/V Gremlins Hammer

The second sailing blog visit I made on my way south was a stop in Titusville, FL to see the S/V Gremlin’s Hammer.

S/V Gremlin's Hammer and crew

S/V Gremlin's Hammer and crew

We met at a restaurant nearby, Kloiber’s Cobbler Eatery where I had a meatloaf sandwich.  Yum!  One of my favorite things to do is seek out local diners and I try to get what they consider their specialty dish.  If you’re ever in Titusville, try it – you’ll like it.

OK, back to Gremlin’s Hammer.  The “Hammer” is big!  It’s a 42′ steel boat.  Keep in mind the O’Day I had was only 22′.  That means their boat is only 2 feet short of being twice as long as mine.   Remember, size does matter.

The crew is a fun couple that were so fun to be with.  They made me feel welcome and showed me their home inside and out.  And it is an impressive boat.  What’s more, they rebuilt her from scratch.  That’s dedication.  I had originally offered to stay a while and help them with a project, but the timing of my trip and an appointment they had made my visit way too short for my liking.  So I didn’t get any tool time on the boat.  Maybe next time.

Thanks guys for a great visit.  If you ever get around to St. Petersburg, be sure and drop by.

I visit bloggers – S/V Blue Magic – Savannah, GA

As most of you loyal readers know, I have accepted a new job (Start tomorrow!) and just left the harsh climate of Upper Marlboro, MD for the warm embrace of Tampa, FL.  On my drive down the eastern seaboard of the U.S. I happened to drive past the home ports of 3 bloggers I follow.  All three were kind enough to agree to meet up with me to show me their boats.  Unfortunately, work got in the way for one, but I did get to visit with two of them.  I’ll give the lowdown on the second in the next post.

The first blogger was Pete Zink on S/V Blue Magic.  Wow, what a nice guy!  Here I am some guy that follows him on the internet, and he takes time out to visit with me and show me his beautiful sailboat.  I met up with him on a Sunday afternoon and he showed me Blue Magic from stem to stern.  I had a lot of fun poking around.  He talked about the different projects he’s done and has planned.  Of course, I was so wrapped up in looking, I never thought once to take a picture!  Argh!!!!  I stole these from his website, which by the way is pretty interesting when he gets around to posting (HINT HINT – PETE!)

Pete

Pete

Blue Magic is a big boat with lots of sails and lots of room.  Pete went through the numbers, but I can remember only one specific detail.  In my defense I was feeling a pretty sick.  We had planned dinner but I had to call it off.  Too bad, I was really looking forward to hanging out more.  I was alright by the next morning, glad that passed quickly.

Blue Magic

Blue Magic

The specific detail I remember is that it is a “full keel”

(http://sailing.about.com/od/typesofsailboats/ss/Keelshapes.htm)  boat.  That means the keel is deep from the front of the boat all the way to the back.  This makes is more stable but at the cost of manuverability.  It gave me something more to think about when I choose my boat
Thanks Pete!  If you come to Tampa/St. Pete be sure and get in touch with me!

(You too loyal followers)