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Boating

What should we do to push back the tide?

      Dozens of islands in Chesapeake Bay were home to human populations, farms, forests, even a few stores and hotels, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Starting in the early 1900s, islanders migrated to the mainland. Now all but two of these offshore islands have disappeared or no longer sustain the communities that once thrived in isolation.

Learn the basics of power boating or brush up on your skills with three new affordable on-water courses for everyone in the family during the U.S. Powerboat Show.

      Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, both three hours long, are offered at $149 and include show admission (ages 21+). A new 90-minute program for teens ages 13-19, Junior Captain, is priced at $99 and includes show admission for the enrolled teen and parent. Adult class size is limited to four students per vessel, while teen boats are limited to three. This ensures each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor.
      For the first two weeks of October, the U.S. Boat Shows are the hottest ticket in Annapolis. 
If the boat bug has bitten you, taken even a little nibble, you’ll walk the blocks of exhibits and miles of floating dock in awe at the wonders of marine technology. As for boats themselves, you’ll see hundreds, including lots of new design trends and models on display with sellers persuasively explaining the merits of their craft.
Among boaters, the question that matters is how big were the waves
      The waves were 15 to 20 feet high near Cape Hatteras. The wind was gusting to 50 knots. Fortunately, our boat was snug in a Beaufort marina; we had dodged the storm by just a few hours …

Legacy of the Skipjack transforms courthouse wall 

       If Pablo Picasso, who said “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” knew what he was talking about, then the Circuit Court of Calvert County’s majestic new mural Legacy of the Skipjack must bring a tidal wave of inner refreshment to the confinement of courtroom arguments and judgments.

Innovation to make all safer, a few richer

      This year’s accumulating stories of deaths and serious boating accidents on the Bay and our rivers have gotten to me. I no longer leave the dock without donning my inflatable PFD. It was expensive, but it’s comfortable, and I feel safer.

South County joins AACo’s short list of public ramps

       Anne Arundel County doubled its number of public boat ramps this month, opening a new one on Parrish Creek at Discovery Village in Shady Side. The county has 533 miles of coastline but only one other public trailered-boat launch. That’s at Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena.       “The second boat ramp opening in just two years demonstrates undeniable progress in bringing our citizens closer to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries,” said County Executive Steve Schuh.

Local club goes international for second chances and full lives

      A group of local breast cancer survivors wants to change the notion of surviving cancer into thriving after cancer. Their method of transformation is the paddle.       The Annapolis Dragon Boat Club invites survivors and supporters to the ancient sport of dragon boat racing to help them heal from the ravages of both disease and treatment.
A day on the Bay is therapy at its best
      A sunhat on her head and a content grin on her face, Fran Eppig takes a deep breath and relaxes.      “This is perfect. Just beautiful,” she says to her fellow sailors on the 43-foot Fountaine Pajot catamaran Dreamweaver.

Severn River Bridge; Pigs & Pearls update; Helly Hansen NOOD; Boater Safety; Rivers Edge Restaurant; Goldman Environmental Prize

Easing Backup on the Severn River Bridge Additional eastbound lane now open        If the Bay Bridge is the gateway to the Eastern Shore, the Severn River Bridge, five miles to the west, is the gateway to the Bay Bridge.        At peak driving times, that gateway turns into a major bottleneck.