November 2009


The News from Newport News »For a town with a world-class nautical museum, parks, beaches, a shipbuilding center and a vibrant fishing community, Newport News is surprisingly hard to visit by water. But, says Paul Clancy, it can be done, and it's absolutely worth the effort. Read this article

Cruises Mainly in the Past »Exactly one hundred years ago, brothers Robert and George Barrie—among the first pleasure cruisers the Chesapeake had seen—published their Bay cruising   chronicles in a book called Cruises Mainly in the Bay of the Chesapeake. In the first of this two-part series, senior editor Jody Schroath shares with us the best of the brothers' excellent adventures.

Seeing the Light » Plein Air artist Bill Schmidt captures Chesapeake scenery with a unique eye for natural light. You can see his oil-on-canvas paintings at galleries around the Bay . . . and in this essay profiling his work.



Bypoints : Order, Order
A combined December/January issue? Yes, and you can hear all about it at our monthly business meeting. Read this article

Nautical Know-How : The Lowdown on Lines
Be it Spectra, Dyneema or nylon, you'll eventually need a new line or two onboard. To help you wrap your brain around what's what in line technology, Gaelen Phyfe Adam gives us a colorful primer. Read this article

Cruise of the Month : Hidden Creek
A yacht club cruise to Turner Creek off the Sassafras proves a great exercise in navigation for Pat Meneely, but also a great discovery of a wonderful anchorage.

Marina Hopping : Oxford's Quiet Outskirts
With "downtown" Oxford full, Diana Prentice heads to the town's "suburbs" and Campbell's Bachelor Point Yacht Company for a relaxing night away from it all.

Meneely Under Way : It's Good to Be Captain
More women should own their own boats, says Jane Meneely. It's hard work, but it's all worth it when you can truly claim it as your own.


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