Take a Break & Rejuvenate on Chesapeake Bay

Volume III, Issue 1.

The cruising life. Gently swinging on an anchor. Swimming off the stern. Nodding off to the rhythmic lap of water on the boat hull. Waking to the sounds of birds calling and workboats thrumming through the mist. Climbing above deck to begin a new day, the pungent smell of coffee brewing in the galley. This is cruising the Chesapeake Bay.

Anchored on the Chester River

Anchored on the Chester River

How you see the world, from a sailboat versus on land, is a whole new and unique experiential paradigm. The Chesapeake Bay has over three thousand miles of shoreline to visit, with 48 rivers and hundreds of creeks, providing a lifetime of explorative destination possibilities. 

Chesapeake Bay cruising by sailboat charter means having a floating hotel for overnight voyaging from place to place. Cruising by sailboat really is a luxurious off-the-grid adventure —it is a great experience for anyone and everyone who have tastes for exploration and a desire to see and feel the world from a unique perspective.  It is an experience which most people can only dream to get a chance to participate.  However, Shardana Sailing Charters enables you to take advantage of enjoying the Chesapeake Bay from the water.

Sailing on a luxurious sailing yacht such as S/V Shardana offers an intimate form of warm togetherness and fun for family, friends, and corporate teams.  Every trip brings unexpected adventures and plenty of quality time with whomever you sail.   There is just no better feeling than heading out by sailboat, feeling the wind in your face and hearing the water slap against the hull as you relax and sail the Bay   

St. Michaels, Maryland

What and how can you relax on a cruise?  There are so many options.  From hanging on a hook in a quiet cove watching nature, rafting up with other boats and friends,  taking the dinghy to a beach or the local town pier to explore, star gazing and swimming off the back of the boat—to name just a few. Staying out overnight on the Bay can range from grabbing a mooring in Spa Creek at Annapolis, to anchoring in an undeveloped nook on the Chester River or Worton Creek (where you can see some of the best sunsets on the entire Chesapeake Bay, to taking a transient slip at a marina in St. Michaels.  No place on the Chesapeake is too far to go if you have a few days, a comfortable boat and a capable captain.  

There really is no better way to appreciate the Chesapeake’s beauty than to encounter it up close and personal on a small vessel.  It is a personal sojourn you will never ever forget. Click Here to see pictures for some of our trips.

Make this year the year you trying something fun, local, and  different.  

Sail Your Story
Captain Andrew Seligman

Critters & Crustaceans: A grown-up’s shore vacation awaits along the Chesapeake Bay.

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger

Osprey Point Inn and Marina

As a kid, your idea of a great beach vacation may have meant playing in the sand and the ocean by day, on the boardwalk by night.

But you’re an adult now, so your tastes have matured, right?

Fortunately, you don’t have to abandon your love of sea and sun—you just need to make some adjustments. A short drive away from central PA, you’ll find dozens of quiet, quaint towns situated on beautiful waterways, many with a grown-up vibe.

Rock Hall, Md., is one of those.

The small, waterfront town on Maryland’s eastern shore offers visitors a respite from the hustle and bustle. Fishing, sailing, birding, hiking, swimming and biking are among the outdoor activities available in the area.

Those who visit early in the summer season may feel as if they have the entire town to themselves. When I arrived in early June, there wasn’t a soul in sight, not even a lifeguard. If you prefer a livelier atmosphere, mark your calendars for Aug. 10 when the town comes alive with the annual “Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend.”

Whatever your scene, chances are that Rock Hall will fit the bill, just as long as you’re a fan of the great outdoors.

Wildlife Abounds

Upon arriving in Rock Hall, you’ll certainly notice the town’s charm.

Petite, candy-colored buildings dominate the town center, where shopkeepers sell a variety of items ranging from clothing to gifts, accessories, ice cream and confections. Additional shops and cafes are located just a few steps away on Main Street.

For a unique retail experience, check out Rock Hall Marine Consignment to get a glimpse into the world of boating. There, you’ll find an array of duck decoys, along with a multitude of boat accessories. I even saw a model of a miniature duck blind for sale.

Speaking of wildlife—about 10 miles from Rock Hall, near historic Chestertown, is the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, a 2,285-acre island that offers areas for fishing and trails for hiking and biking. The park headquarters operates out of a 1900s-era log cabin, where friendly volunteers are on hand to answer questions. Wildlife abounds in this unspoiled area, and you’ll likely to see kingfishers, ducks, turkeys, turtles, loons, wood ducks, songbirds, peregrines and more. Don’t leave before checking out the butterfly garden, which, along with the rest of the refuge, is open daily 7:30 a.m. to sunset.

 

Nature’s Show

If you’re like me, the only thing better than being near the water is being on the water.

So, I chatted with Capt. Andrew Seligman, who commandeers the Shardana, which sails from Rock Hall’s Osprey Point Marina. The boat accommodates up to six passengers and is equipped with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a full galley, where seasoned chefs prepare delicious dishes.

Groups are invited to create their own customized tours, which could include stopping for a swim, soaking in the sights of a spectacular sunset, or enjoying an onboard cookout. Overnight guests have the option of exploring towns like St. Michaels and Solomon’s Island or docking in cities like Annapolis, D.C., or Philadelphia.

“We made our decision from the very onset to build a sailboat that would provide memorable experiences for seasoned sailors, but also create a ‘magic carpet ride’ for those people new to sailing who want to enjoy the serenity and excitement of being on a sailboat, plying the waters of the Chesapeake Bay,” said the co-owner, Capt. Davis Jones.

Nature, of course, offers its own show along the way, with a variety of wildlife appearances—herons, osprey, cormorants and the occasional bald eagle.

For a different take of life on the sea, Rock Hall hosts the annual “Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend,” occurring this year from Aug. 10 to 12. The waterfront-themed party includes live music, pirate performers, contests, rum tastings, sing-a-longs, a 5K run/walk, costume contests and the popular “decorated dinghy” contest. This is the 11th year for the event, which attracts both locals and out-of-towners.

Stay a Spell

You could do Rock Hall as a day trip, but you probably will want to make a weekend out of it, as there’s so much to do in the area.

Fortunately, the Inn at Haven Harbor offers comfortable rooms in five buildings scattered about town. Included in the room rate are amenities ranging from free bike and kayak rentals to pool access, free breakfast and Wi-Fi, a fitness room, laundry facilities, picnic pavilions, a children’s playground and a beach area with a fire pit. Guests who feel like engaging in a little competition can take part in anything from lawn chess to shuffleboard, croquet and bocce ball.

During my stay, I rented the Lazarette room. Clean, comfortable and pet-friendly, the attractively decorated, one-bedroom cottage allows a guest to live like a local, with all the amenities of home. The full-sized kitchen is especially convenient for those who prefer to prepare their own meals.

But, seriously, who wants to cook during a short jaunt out of town?

Situated along the water, the Waterman’s Crab House draws tourists for its ideal location. Enjoy a bite while sitting outside along the water and listening to live music.

In my opinion, the best crabs in the area can be found in a simple joint called Ford’s Seafood. This is where the locals go, which is enough of a recommendation right there. What Ford’s lacks in ambiance, it more than makes up for in quality.

For fine dining, visit the Osprey Point Restaurant, located along the Swan Creek Marina at the Osprey Point Inn, where the chef serves up American cuisine with a local focus, with dishes like scallops, duck, crab cakes and tuna. After dinner, enjoy a walk on the pier among the many boats docked at the marina.

After dinner, grab an ice cream and enjoy what Rock Hall is most known for—its beautiful sunsets. So, are you relaxed yet?

To learn more about Rock Hall, Md., visit www.rockhallmd.com.  

 

 

 

Source: www.shardanasailing.com/trips

Meet Captain Matthew York

Volume II.  Issue 6.

Captain Matthew York

I grew up as an Army Brat and lived all over the U.S. and Germany.  My parents settled in Pocatello, Idaho after serving in the Army and that is where I attended Middle School and High School. Yes, Idaho is a GREAT sailing state…NO, not really!  I earned an appointment to United States Merchant Marine Academy and graduated in 1990 with a USCG 3rd Assistant Engineers License.  The academy is also where I fell in love with sailing.  My roommate, an Olympic level sailor, convinced me to crew for him on a 420 (small dingy).  I LOVED IT!!  I joined the dingy sailing team for my first two years sailing 420’s and Lasers.  Then I transitioned to the offshore sailing team for my Junior and Senior years sailing much larger boats ranging from 35-50’.  The academy’s sailing program was a perfect experience to nurture my new-found love for sailing.

    After Graduating from USMMA, I have sailed and raced many different types of boats including Lasers, Viper 640, J22’s, J24’s, Melges 24’s, J27’s, Mumm 30’s, J35’s, Farr 40’s, and Tartan 46.  I have focused most of my time on the water to racing sailboats.  Some of the bigger regattas I’ve raced in include the NOOD’s, North Americans, Key West Race Week, and World Championships.  A few of my favorite off shore distance races include sailing Newport to Bermuda, Annapolis to Newport, Ft. Lauderdale to Key West. I am currently the Commodore of the Cooper River Yacht Club.

    It wasn’t until recently that I looked to obtaining my “Captains” license.  Captain Andrew, a longtime friend that I sailed with at Liberty Sailing Club in Philadelphia, was looking for help with his new boat, Shardana.  I had more than enough experience for my license, just never considered it.  Thanks to his nudge, I’m now Captain Matt!