April 2002



Northern Exposure Trailer-boating opens up a whole new world for keel-boat sailor Mike Brown, when he and photographer Mike Wootton take on the upper Bay in Wootton's open runabout. If you're a trailer-boat wannabe, Richard Rose tells you everything you need to know to get started in "Getting Hitched."

True GritThe Volvo Ocean Race comes to the Bay this month and to celebrate its arrival, Nancy Taylor Robson gets us up close and personal with some of the talented Bay sailors who are part of this challenging race around the world.

Lessons at the Tiller  History class takes on a whole new meaning for the kids of Maryland's Muncaster School, who retrace the ill-fated voyage of the Pearl, the boat that tried "and failed" to carry a group of runaway slaves to freedom 150 years ago. By Mike Brown


Fishing Forecast 2002 In his annual tell-all, John Page Williams lets the anglers among us know where to go for what and when.


Bay Faces: Gilda Knows And, speaking of fish, Gilda Hinman can tell us a thing or two, says writer Patrick Piper about this fishing maven of Virginia's Eastern Shore.




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Nautical Know-How Wired Water-Electricity leaking overboard can have deadly consequences for nearby swimmers. Technical editor Tom Dove tells you how to double-check your boat's electric systems for safety.

Time Tested Black Beauty-The Blackfin 29 may not be built for luxury or comfort, but it sure is built for fishing. By Jack Hornor.

Marina Hopping A Northern Neck Oasis- Diana Prentice pulls into the Chesapeake Boat Basin on Indian Creek, just north of the mouth of the Rappahannock River.

A-Dock Confidential Standing on Ceremony-There's something about weddings that gives writer Jerry Renninger the willies. Maybe it's the having-to-wear socks part.

Cruise of the Month A Boat, a Beach, a Blizzard-The weather was beautiful when managing editor Jane Meneely and crew left for Tilghman Creek, at the mouth of the Miles River. It didn't stay that way.

Angler's Almanac Fishing the Flats-This time of year, the Susquehanna Flats are as full of surprises as they are of fish, says John Page Williams.

Dire Straits Night Terrors-The collision between a sailboat and a tanker near the Bay Bridge last fall raised a lot of questions about one couple's ability to handle a crisis. Of course, a little hindsight goes a long way. By Mike Brown

Stern Lines My New Home-One trip to the Chesapeake Bay and writer Julie Gammack was hooked. But until she finally settled in Annapolis, she had no idea how lucky she was.

On the cover: Sunlight brightens an anchor at the bow of a cargo ship hustling up the Bay. Photograph by John Bildahl.