Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Talk of the Bay

Ho, ho, ho! Christmas, Schmistmas! For us boaters, this (cue the Mitch Miller music) is the Most . . . wonderful time . . . of the yearrrrr! Yes, boys and girls, it's almost April! And for Chesapeake Bay Magazine friends and family that means two things: (1) you're about to get your April issue of CBM, hand-crafted by tiny Chesapeake elves and chock-full of excellent ideas for the coming boating season, and (2) we are going to brag about our writers.

Yes, our fabulous scribes have done it again--scored big in the annual Boating Writers International writing awards. BWI announced in February at its annual meeting at the International Boat Show in Miami that CBM writers took two gold medals, one silver, one bronze and two honorable mentions in the competition for 2012 articles. We list the winners below, with our heartiest congratulations, and with links to the articles that won them fame, fortune (yes, the awards come with cash prizes) and the undying admiration of their peers and readers.

Writer Michael Fincham won first prize in the environment category for his excellent and thorough May 2012 article on the controversy surrounding proposed (and now real) restrictions on the harvest of Atlantic menhaden, called "Food Fight." Also winning in the environment category was Marty LeGrand, who won the bronze for "That Sinking Feeling," her November article on the potential effects of sea-level rise and land subsidence around the Bay.

Taking the top prize in the boating-lifestyles category was Jane Meneely, for "Magic of Oz," in last year's July issue, a sweet tale of friends and family rallying around a widow to help her keep her boat on the water. Editor T.F. (Tim) Sayles won 2nd place in the seamanship & safety category for "Don't Go There," our July article on restricted boating areas on the Bay. Tim also won an honorable mention for his Patuxent River War of 1812 travelogue, "A Large Fleet Stalking Through the Wood," in the October issue, as did senior editor Jody Schroath for her December article, "A Sense of Rachel Carson."

It should be noted that this is not a first for any of these folks. In fact it would take one heck of a big trophy wall to accommodate all the honors these five people have won on CBM's behalf. Our congratulations and thanks to them all!

Set your course for the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa for a truly pleasurable boating destination experience, especially this month, when the Rod ‘N’ Reel Dock kicks off the fishing season on April 20. Keep watch at for marina, hotel and dining special rates, packages and events. This place is truly where hospitality meets the Bay.

Campbell's Boatyards is offering a $25 gift certificate towards dinner at a local restaurant when you stay 3 nights. $2/ft per night + $5 per night electricity charge. Transient slips available at Bachelor Point, Jack's Point, and Town Creek locations.

Yachtview Brokerage of Annapolis is offering complimentary dockage and weekly professional cleaning until your boat is sold. Available for power and sailing yachts from 20' to 80'. 410-923-1400.

Ferry Point Marina on the Magothy is offering one month free with a new slip rental. 410-544-6368

Lippincott Marine at Kent Narrows is offering free monthly boat washings with new annual slip contract, through July 2013. 410-827-9300

From the latest information on when the Cherry Blossoms are expected to bloom, to the Oyster Roast and Sock Burning Party in Annapolis, A Taste of Solomons, Maryland Day, and the Patuxent Wildlife Art Show, the Cruiser’s Calendar will inspire you to get out and enjoy Spring on the Chesapeake Bay

USNS Comfort has left its berth in Baltimore for the final time


The GPS navigation signal may be unreliable due to local testing in March and April on some GPS frequencies

Larry Simns, champion of Maryland watermen, dies at 75

Coast Guard Cup, April 27-28, is open to boats 30-90 feet, PHRF or One Design

Man-Over-Board app could be a lifesaver


Shopping for a new boat? Want to search an exclusively Mid-Atlantic database? Chesapeake Bay Magazine, in partnership with Bay Boat Buzz, has launched a new searchable brokerage boat website (sail and power)

Want to list your boat for sale? You can also do that on our new site

Introduced last fall, the new multi-purpose, dual console 230 Vantage comes with tons of great options--for fishing, day cruising, and tow sports, according to our reviewer, John Page Williams

Ellen Honey retires after a long and successful career with Chesapeake Bay Magazine

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