It’s February, so here are your choices: You can (1) stand out in front of the house and watch the icicles melt from the rain gutters you should have cleaned out in the fall, (2) make final preparations for your February 3 celebration of the 200th anniversary of General Jose de San Martin’s victory over Spanish loyalist forces during the war of independence in what is now Argentina, (3) go down to the marina with a lawn chair and sit there staring at your shrinkwrapped boat for a few hours, or (4) go to the CBM website, www.ChesapeakeBoating.net, and cast your votes in our annual Best of the Bay Reader Survey!
I’d go with option 4, but I’m not allowed to take the survey. So I’ll use my influence here to nudge you in that direction, not only because options 1 and 3 are pathetic and option 2 is just plain weird, but because it’s the right thing to do. We count on you to take on the survey. Your fellow readers count on you, and have done so since we published the very first one in February of 352 b.c. And believe me it was no easy task in those days, delivering all those stone tablets. In the snow.
Actually it was February 1990, but you see my point. We’ve been doing the Best of the Bay survey for a long time. And we have indeed always counted on our readers to make it what it is: a credible measure of what’s best about the remarkable natural and recreational resource we call the Chesapeake. That’s because it comes from you, the experts, and always has. The only thing that’s changed, and only recently, is the technology of the survey. Rather than printing it and sending it to thousands of randomly selected readers—and hoping that a significant number of them take the trouble to fill it out and send it back—we can now simply invite you, all of you, to take the survey online, by way of our website. So please do that. Please be our experts once again, on all that is marvelous about the Bay.
And speaking of experts, it would be criminally remiss of me not to acknowledge here the retirement, after more than 40 years, of the gifted and distinguished gentleman who founded this magazine—and who in fact was the first to write in this very space every month. I speak of course of Richard C. Goertemiller, who, with his wife Dixie, launched Chesapeake Bay Magazine in the spring of 1971 and started the annual
Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay shortly thereafter. Dick and Dixie sold the magazine in 1974 to current owner Richard Royer, but Dick continued to contribute cruising articles and his elegant illustrations to both publications over the next four decades.
The talented Mr. G., however, has decided it’s finally time to hang up his watercolor brushes and to enjoy the good life in his beloved Reedville, Va. [See story, page 8]. We, the entire CBM family, wish Dick and Dixie the best in all things, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for giving us this grand tradition called
Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
Tim Sayles, Editor