To Sail or Not to Sail

To Sail or Not To Sail by Molly Winans You really shouldn’t go sailing today. Your cell phone’s Weatherbug app predicts sunshine and a high of 65 degrees. Accu-Weather forecasts 10 to 15 knots from the west, with gusts up to 20. The skipper’s swapping out the genoa for the slimmer “winter” jib so that […]

The Butterfly Effect

By Molly Winans The Butterfly Effect “It’s good luck,” I said to my beau, as I saw the butterfly flying astern of us with his wings orange and black against the blue sky. Or were praying mantises the lucky creatures? Butterflies signified transformation? As we passed Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse in 13 knots of breeze, […]

Sittin’ Style

Sittin’ Style by Molly Winans One thing you do not hear sailors say is: “I can’t wait to go sailing on Saturday and spend six hours on my rear end.” That they are excited to get some fresh air, yes. Sun and wind on the face, definitely. Some solid sitting time? Sailors tend to skip […]

Five Friends, One Boat, and Max

Five Friends, One Boat, and Max by Molly Winans   “…life is not fair. This is where happy hour comes in handy.” Even if you love your job and excel at it—even if you’re a sailing editor or something equally as outdoorsy in theory—there are weekday moments when you are at your desk, wearing long […]

Up the Creek with a Paddle

From the Bay Up the Creek with a Paddle by Molly Winans, SpinSheet Editor It’s a new twist on girls’ night. First, guys are invited. Next, it doesn’t involve pink cocktails… well, maybe one after dark. On Tuesday evenings at happy hour time in season, a group of Annapolis women, a couple of token guys, […]

Core Value

From the Bay By Molly Winans   Core Value   Let’s try some guided imagery to start the sailing season. Take a deep breath. Relax. Imagine. It’s your first big day on the water and a sunny, 70-degree one. You slip on your new Maui Jims and work your way up on deck to rig […]

Love at 48 Degrees

Love at 48 Degrees by Molly Winans He still tells people about it. “It was her idea,” he says pointing at me with a that’s-my-girl kind of grin. Apparently, having a high tolerance for physical discomfort is a sexy trait to some men. Men who are sailors, to be exact. Friends have it backward; they […]

“No Shell Left Behind”

“No Shell Left Behind!” We are all accountable for achieving a cleaner Chesapeake Bay. The Oyster Recovery Partnership has a strong history of serving a pivotal role in restoring oysters and working toward a healthier Chesapeake Bay. The Oyster Recovery Partnership assists in designing and implementing oyster restoration projects that maximize ecosystem services that oysters […]

The Best of Nothing

The Best of Nothing by Molly Winans There is nothing to do around here in winter. Except for walking along the seawall of the U.S. Naval Academy, as neighbors and fit Midshipmen jog by and a couple hundred sailors breeze past in the Annapolis Yacht Club Frostbite Races on Sunday afternoons. Nothing to do but […]

The Pre-Loved Vessel

The Pre-Loved Vessel by Molly Winans To shop for used boats, you have to have an active imagination. If it’s wintertime, a particularly vivid one. The April boat shopper may walk down a dock under sunny skies, to the tune of chirping birds, to look at a 38-foot sloop with freshly washed decks. Even if […]