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Hidden Harbour Marina honored as Clean Marina of the Year

Chesapeake Country has hundreds of marinas, each unique in its own way. They come in different sizes, different locations, different facilities — and different levels of cleanliness and Bay friendliness.     About one-quarter of Maryland’s 600-some marinas have adopted pollution prevention practices and meet the regulatory requirements to fly the flag of Clean Marina. Standards include overall cleanliness; compliance with regulations and best practices for servicing...

That’s the story of Volvo’s 7,200-mile Leg 5

Imagine this scene …         You and the women aboard Team SCA are sailing along at about 30 knots in the Southern Ocean aboard a sleek 65-foot sailboat. It is night, the wind is howling, the sails banging and popping as you surf giant 30-foot waves rolling north from frozen Antarctica. The water is a bone-chilling eight degrees. Every time you hit the bottom of a wave, a wall of water crashes over the bow and envelops the whole boat as if under water....

More ups and downs

Will 101 million spawning-age females produce a sustainable future for Chesapeake Bay’s blue crabs?     That’s the $64,000 question raised by this year’s Winter Dredge Survey, Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ census of crabs asleep in the mud of the Bay.     The population is well — more than half — below the target female population of 215 million. This year shows an uptick. But the survey’s 24-year history has...

A nautical life leads to Annapolis Maritime Antiques

Life gets interesting early for some people. Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook when he was 20, was a billionaire by 23 and had a movie made about him by 26. For more of us, it takes a lifetime to build a story.     For Tony Kime, the owner of Annapolis Maritime Antiques, life’s story got more interesting after retirement — his second.     Not that he was a beach bum. He served in the Navy during Vietnam and rose to the rank of commander in the Coast...

You’re not the only Aquaholic on the water

Is your boat in the Sophia, Mason, Ethan or Ava class of popularity?     It is, according to the The ­BoatUS 2015 list of Top Ten Boat Names, if you’ve christened it ­Serenity, Seas the Day, Andiamo (Italian for let’s go), Aquaholic, ­Second Wind, Island Time, Happy Ours, Journey, Serendipity or ­Relentless.     Sound familiar?     If so, your dog is likely named Max or Bella.

Kudos to Blondie’s Baking Company

We at Bay Weekly were thrilled to celebrate our 22nd birthday last Thursday with an open house in our Annapolis office. The centerpiece of this celebration each year is the cake.     As in recent years, we approached a local baker — this year Cindy Selby, owner and baker extraordinaire of Blondie’s in Prince Frederick. Selby was given creative license with little guidance (we suggested a Bay-oriented theme). What we got was not only beautiful but also delicious: two...

Before you answer it, think safety

A glimpse of a small boat under full sail sets my heart racing.     Back to the Water is a season all its own in Chesapeake Country, aligned with spring but serving separate pleasures.     We expect less warmth of Back to the Water. Winds are often gusty, giving sailors some fun, and water temperatures in the mid 50s mean a cold bath that could do you harm. Air temperatures could be colder or much warmer on a day on the water, which is all in the day. If you...

Set to music, Oscar Wilde is twice as funny

It’s ironic that when Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest premiered in 1895, many critics loved its humor but were taken aback at its lightness, its refusal to take on heavy social or political issues of the time, as most dramas had done. The irony is that it’s exactly this drive to escape the heavy responsibilities of “position” that impel Jack Worthing to create an alter ego, Ernest, through whom Jack can live a life untethered by the demands of...

Baitfishing by water and from shore

Mike Ebersberger has a strategy for big, early season stripers on the Chesapeake. Not a fan of trolling, he prefers baitfishing the rockfish trophy season.     His method is simple: “Find a place away from other boats, anchor up on the edge of the main Bay channel in 25 feet of water with a muddy or sandy bottom,” says the manager of Angler’s Sport Center. “Drop a couple big chunks of menhaden, the fresher the better, on two- or three-ounce sinkers. Wait...

Prune buddleia, forsythia, weigela and privet with a heavy hand

To rejuvenate, some plants must have their stems pruned near the ground. The plants I’m describing each have a large root system, so the crowns will send up numerous new stems.       The butterfly bush (buddleia), for example, should have all its branches cut down to within inches of the ground every year in early spring. Severe spring pruning encourages the development of strong stems that will flower more profusely. I use a chainsaw to prune my buddleia at...