Category Archives: Maryland

National Geographic Traveler “Best of the World” for 2016

Tangier and Smith Islands—This entry explains why Tangier and Smith Islands in the Chesapeake Bay are “must-see places.” The hard-copy magazine format is online here; the web version with lots of tips and links is online here.

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Thomas Point Lighthouse


Just southeast of Annapolis sits the last working screwpile lighthouse in its original location in the Chesapeake Bay: Thomas Point Shoal Light. Once dozens of these graceful structures guided mariners in the bay, and two are in museums, but “TP” is the only one left doing its job. The lighthouse is an iconic symbol of the state of Maryland, a beloved waypoint for sailors, and was saved from the wrecking ball by a public-private partnership. This article in the August 2015 issue of Cruising World take a look.

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The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal

Soundings, Dec-14

Soundings, Dec-14

The C&D Canal, linking the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, is one of the busiest in the United States. Although seemingly peaceful and quiet, the currents, weather, and marine traffic here can be deadly.

This article, in the December 2014 issue of Soundings, tells the story of the canal and provides some tips for a safe passage. It received a Merit Award in the  2014 BWI annual writing contest in the Travel & Destinations category.


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Video: Thanksgiving 2011 Transit of the C&D by the ATB Nicole Reinhauer, Capt. Bill Brucato on helm and video


The U.S. Naval Academy

July 2008 Soundings

Of all the places to explore by boat on the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is one of the must-see ports of call. And the real gem of Annapolis is the U.S. Naval Academy, where the Navy trains its officer corps.

The July 2008 issue of Soundings magazine provides a travel destination feature on the Academy and how to reach it by boat.

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Doing a Delmarva

Soundings, Sept-2005

In 2005, two friends and I took off for a week-long, 500-mile circumnavigation of the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay — “Delmarva,” as it’s called, shared by Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. We sailed to the far north end of the Chesapeake to the C&D Canal, down the Delaware Bay, and offshore from Cape May to Cape Charles, where we re-entered the Chesapeake and turned north again.

For Chesapeake sailors, “doing a Delmarva” is a rite of passage: A test of boat and crew, leaving the relatively protected local waters and venturing out onto bigger — much bigger — seas.

This trip is described in the May 2005 issue of Soundings magazine, online here.

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