Issue: October 2010
BYPOINTS: Back to School

Okay, boys and girls, hard as it may be to believe, summer's over. October's here. And that means two things: (1) the days are getting shorter, (2) you have about a month left to squeeze in everything you meant to do on/with/to/about your boat this season, (3) the boat shows are about to descend on Annapolis, and (4) that was way more than two things, but I never said I was any good at math.

And speaking of the boat shows, I hope to see you there this year. As usual, we'll have our booth in the middle of all the action, on the "Chesapeake Bay Bridge" that crosses Ego Alley behind the Fleet Reserve Club. We'll be there for both the sail and powerboat shows--October 7”11 and 14”17, respectively.

Or maybe we'll see you at one of the free seminars we're holding at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, in collaboration with the Annapolis School of Seamanship. It's our most extensive course offering yet--16 different one-hour sessions over five days, some specifically for the sail audience, some for power, some offered at both shows.

In the latter category, back by popular demand from last year's shows, is "Cruising the Chesapeake Bay"--in which Jane Meneely, once our managing editor and now a merry Bay wanderer (and minstrel), shares her experiences and insights on the best cruising rivers and ports of call. We're also repeating the very popular "Marine Diesel Basics," taught by the Annapolis School of Seamanship's founder and president, Captain John Martino. And both shows will feature classes by ASOS's Paul Truelove, a liveaboard cruiser and professional captain who will offer insights on cruising the ICW and on the process of getting a Coast Guard captain's license. In a session called "Cruising Unplugged," Bob Campbell of Marine Electric Systems shares tips on how to keep all your electrical and electronic gear charged up and working when you're away from the dock.

The sailboat show will feature "Marine Weather for Sailors," by marine meteorologist Lee Chesneau; musings on the "Cruising Attitude," by none other than Bob Bitchin, publisher of Latitudes & Attitudes magazine; "The History of Navigation," by Weems & Plath owner and president Peter Trogden; and "The Practical Navigator," by author and ocean voyager Ralph Naranjo, who will talk about harnessing the best of both charting worlds--digital and paper. Also, in "Medical Emergencies Onboard," Dr. Laura Sudarsky, a surgeon and accomplished bluewater sailor, will offer advice on dealing with medical issues while under way and out of reach of professional medical care.

Exclusively for the powerboat audience, Trogden and his wife Cathie, who have logged thousands of cruising miles around the world, will be on hand for "Couples Cruising"--yes, advice on how to cruise together without wanting to kill one another. Also exclusive to the powerboat show will be Jane Meneely's "Women at the Wheel," advice on how to break through the "glass hatch," and John Martino's lecture on "Collision Avoidance," using radar, VHS, AIS and, of course, common sense.

For a complete listing and more details on the classes, go to or see the ad on page 16.

Hope to see you around campus!     


Tim Sayles, Editor