September 19, 2014 Sailing, York River

Back to the Bay


Bob Norman of northern Virginia used to sail a MacGregor 26 and a Catalina 30 on the upper Chesapeake Bay. He recaptured the moment for his niece Erica and her family from Chesapeake when he sailed them straight out the York River to the edge of the Bay in a brisk wind that washed spray over the bow and pushed the boat past 10 mph, heeling to everyone’s delight. They saw the US Navy destroyer Stout enter the river and the Coast Guard Eagle depart. “I love the water and all that it represents,” Bob said wistfully. “This brings back fond memories of sailing off the West River near Annapolis and across to St. Michael’s. They were among the best moments of my life.”


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