Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Talk of the Bay

Ah, autumn, the time of year when a Chesapeake boater is most emotionally conflicted. Why? Because it’s a perfect time for Bay boating—the heat of summer is gone, the winds are back, the rockfish are huge, the sunshine is a veritable balm. And yet . . . [stifled sob] . . . the end of the season is so near! Go ahead, have a good cry. We’ll wait. . . .

Better now? Good. Yes, it is an emotional time, but we’re here to keep you focused on the good bits—the October issue of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, for example. We take you to Great Bridge, Va., the southbound snowbird’s last stop in the Bay proper, after which it’s the Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal into North Carolina. Also, good ol’ Wendy Mitman Clarke (our former executive editor, back on the Bay after a three-year family cruise) tells us about a new kind of go-fast boat, born and bred on the Bay, that has taken the racing world by storm. It’s called a Cocktail Class racer, it’s really tiny and it’s really fun!

Also in the October issue—and on our website,—you’ll find senior editor Jody Schroath’s “Absolutely, Positively, Pretty Nearly Definitive Guide to Annapolis Dinghy Landings.” This is precisely what it sounds like, and it’s exactly what you need if you’re planning an amphibious invasion of Annapolis for one of the shows—or at any time, for that matter.

Chesapeake Bay Magazine and the Annapolis School of Seamanship have teamed up to present free seminars for boat show attendees. Seminars include: Marine Diesel Basics (John Martino), Get Your Captain’s License, Cruising the Chesapeake Bay (John Stefancik), Power Management, Navigating the ICW, Radar and Collision Avoidance, Marine Weather for Sailors, Sailboat Rigging, and more. Schedule here

Ferry Point Marina on the Magothy River is offering a Free Hurricane Haul with your winter storage reservation by October 15th. Visit our website for more details or to make a reservation. or call 410.544.6368

Calvert Marina on Back Creek in Solomons, Md., is offering a big transient discount for card-carrying BoatUS members. Only $1.00 per foot, per night, plus electric. 410-326-4251.

Yacht View Brokerage of Annapolis is offering complimentary dockage and weekly professional cleaning for power and sailing yachts, 20' to 80', until sold! 410-923-1400

Knapp's Narrows Marina is offering a special deal for transient dockage through October. Stay two nights and you get the third night free. Call for availability. 410-886-2720

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers free day-docking at their members-only marina for all family-level memberships and above. To join call 410-745-2916 or online at

Spring Cove Marina in Solomons is continuing its Transient Rewards Program. Earn points for a free night with every stay. 410-326-2161

Explore the Annapolis boat shows before you go with our online editions of the power and sail programs, including live links to all exhibitors

Another fall weekend coming up, packed with great Bay events, including Norfolk's Neptune Festival, a reenactment of the 1814 Battle of St. Leonard Creek, the Run What You Brung Regatta in Kent Narrows, the Havre deGrace Maritime Museum's annual crab feast, the Typhoon Nationals, and in Poquoson, Va., workboat races.

Join us for music and libations at the Eastport Yacht Club’s Boat Show Bash on Saturday, October 12

First-ever authentic Diamond Jim striped bass captured in Maryland Fishing Challenge

Dolphin mortality numbers continue to rise.

Virginia may reopen winter dredge; hearing set for October 22

West Marine opens 23,000 sq. ft. “mega-store” in Virginia Beach

Chaparral's "entry level" H2O 18 delivers "great value" to its owners, according to reviewer John Page Williams.

Navionics App adds sonar charts (mapping bottom contours), with ongoing updates based on the sonar logs of users.

Headed south for the first time? Hampton, Va., will be hosting a Cruisers Rendezvous for southbound boaters on October 18-20.

Kayakers and canoers take note: There’s now a kind of intracoastal paddleway that connects Virginia Beach with the Georgia/Florida line.

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