October 2012


A Large Fleet, Stalking Through the Wood » In August of 1814, the Royal Navy sailed and marched its way up the Patuxent to Washington. What did they see along the way? Editor T. F. Sayles intended to find out nearly 200 years later and found the landscape largely unchanged, save for an enormous power plant, more paved roads, and of course, an IHOP. 

Elemental Reading, Part II: Eyes to the Sky » Keep looking up, says Geoff Oxnam, and you’ll soon learn whether to stay and play or run for shelter. The second installment of a three-part series on interpreting the elements around us makes reading the skies as clear as a day in May. 

From Water to Wine  » Rolling vineyards and lazy days of wine tasting tours aren’t just for the Napa Valley set. There are plenty of wineries right here on the Bay, plenty of which have docks just waiting for a cruising boat to pay them a visit.   Read more



Bypoints : The Pusher Man 
If you find yourself sitting down to lunch with the editor, don’t be surprised when he urges you to order the crabcake or, preferably, two. Read more 

Cruisers Exchange 
In this new column, CBM editors will introduce an open-ended boating topic each month and then move the discussion to the Cruisers Exchange blog, where you can share your knowledge of the Bay with your fellow boaters. 

Marina Hopping : Harmonious Repose
After the hustle and bustle of OpSail in Norfolk, our senior editor finds welcome quiet at Leeward Municipal Marina in Newport News . . . and an excellent stuffed-flounder dinner right next door.

Cruise of the Month : Capital!
The opening of a public dock at Port Deposit, Md., is the go-ahead signal that Jody Argo Schroath has been waiting to pay a visit to this fascinating town at the top of the Bay. Read more

Angler's Almanac : Autumn Angling
CBM's angling expert John Page Williams consults with sages up and down the Bay to help you put together a successful fall-weather fishing plan.

Bay Journal : Flexible Regulations, Happier Watermen
It's time for crabbing regulations that make more sense, writes Tom Horton. Both the watermen and the Bay will benefit.