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The TAYA Tilghman Island Kayak Rally – August 25th 2013

The Tilghman Area Youth Association is hosting a Kayak Rally on August 25th to benefit this program.  If you know any local kayak enthusiasts or paddle boarders and could forward this message we really would appreciate your support.

The kayaks launch from the Tilghman On Chesapeake Yacht Club at 11:00 on Sunday Aug 25th and paddle 2.5 miles to the Black Walnut Point Inn for a picnic style lunch.  We provide transportation back to the Yacht Club, or experienced paddlers can continue on and circumnavigate the Island.  Rental kayaks are available if reserved in advance and there is also a lunch only option.  Everyone needs to pre-register by Aug 20th.

As a thank you to participants, Lady Patty is giving coupons for 25% off of our ticket price for specially scheduled charters. We have the following trips available for the participants to redeem their coupons:

09/01/2013 – Sunday Morning Sail 10:00-12:00 $35.00 per person ($26.25 after discount)

09/15/2013 – Sunday Morning Sail 10:00-12:00 $35.00 per person ($26.25 after discount)

10/17/2013 – The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race  8:00AM until early afternoon $80.00 person ($60 after discount)

Get more information or redeem your coupon here or by calling 410.886.1127.

Lady Patty on Tripadvisor

 

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Hello travelers,

We have had some BEAUTIFUL weather that has made for some fantastic sailing and that seems to have resulted in some incredibly kind reviews on Tripadvisor so to all of our friends who reviewed us, thank you. Your kind words have made us the highest rated charter sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay!

We try to provide our guests with a personal and memorable experience and the recent reviews make me feel like we are doing something right. Again, thank you.

We are very excited about late summer sailing and if 2013 is like my previous years on the bay, it promises some perfect conditions for an old racing yacht like Lady Patty. As you may know, she is not a light air boat. She really starts to come alive as the wind blows and that’s what we can expect from our late summer and fall seasons.

We really appreciate our guests spending their time with us and hope we can continue to provide them with an “All 5s” sailing experience that they will remember for years to come.

Cheers!

Jeff

This week aboard the Lady Patty

Hello travelers,

The warm weather of a typical Chesapeake Bay July is here and will be with us all week. There is no rain in the forecast and winds should be 5-10 Knots early in the week, building to 10-15 Knots as the week progresses.

Typically it is cooler on the water so hydrate yourself, slather on the sunscreen and find a shady spot under sail aboard one of our two-hour excursions on the lovely Chesapeake Bay.

When it’s hot like this, we recommend either the Morning Sail(10:00-12:00) or Champagne Sunset Sail(6:30-8:30). Note: After making this post we have decided to close all Afternoon Charters this week due to heat. The morning and sunset sails will be far cooler and will sail as scheduled. 

Buy your tickets online here.

We are sailing on Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. This week we will be closed on Tuesday and Sunday. Yes, even boat Captains need the occasional days off.

Emma and Laura will be serving up some wonderful beer, wine and cocktails including our Sunset Gold Margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime and clementine juice. We are also featuring Treehugger Organic Bianco (white wine) and the ever popular boat drink; the Dark & Stormy made with Gosling Bermuda Dark Rum and Ginger Beer.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank the  bachelorettes for a wonderful Private Charter in Annapolis last Saturday. Cheers on the upcoming wedding! I hope you enjoy a lifetime of smooth sailing together! Also, thanks to M & J! You are some of our favorite guests and we appreciate your many times sailing aboard the ol’ girl.

Thanks for checking out our little corner of this world wide web. I look forward to welcoming you aboard the Lady Patty.

Cheers!

Lady Patty, Out.

A rare treat…porpoises on the Chesapeake Bay!!

A pod of porpoises that we encountered on 6/17/13...AWESOME!!!

A pod of porpoises that we encountered on 6/17/13…AWESOME!!!

During yesterday’s 1 o’clock charter we had an amazing experience that I have to share.

After checking the radar with the 1st Mate then re-checking  with our guests we decided the T-storms were well to the North of Tilghman Island and that our charter was a “go” so we headed out on to the Chesapeake Bay for a two-hour sail with my oldest son, the 1st Mate Laura and a very cool family from NY.

We had a beautiful 8-10 knots of wind out of the South so we trimmed up for a comfortable beam reach and headed towards the other side.

After about 45 minutes under sail the skies darkened and it started to sprinkle but there was no sign of thunder or lightning so we did what sailors do and grabbed the jackets to continued on. It was almost comical how poor the weatherman’s forecast proved to be. Instead of scattered, light rain showers we were treated to torrential rains that socked the visibility in to almost nothing. Our guests were great sports about the buckets of water being dumped on our heads so we all laughed and enjoyed the sail.

After twenty minutes of downpour the rain slackened and no sooner had visibility increased my son Jack yelled “dolphins!!!”

We all spun around to see nothing but open water. I was just about to write it off as wishful thinking when a pod surfaced about 50 feet from our starboard quarter. As we all stood there and watched they came closer and at one point were maybe 20 feet from the Lady Patty. It was incredible!!!

There were at least fifteen and maybe as many as thirty of them and they moved back and forth through what I assume to be a bait fish buffet. While a few of them surfaced and clearly checked us out, we were not nearly as interesting as food. Slowly we ghosted away from the pod. It wasn’t until we started to separate from them that we all thought to pull out the cameras and smartphones. I knew if we turned and tried to get greedy with the encounter we would disperse the bait so we snapped a few pics from a distance and eased on about our business.

I have seen porpoises on the Bay maybe 3 or 4 times in my life and it was always only 2 or 3 at a time. This was by far my closest marine mammal encounter here on the Chesapeake and certainly the highest numbers of porpoise in a pod that I have ever seen. It was absolutely amazing and something Jack and I will talk about for a long time.

See, you never know what you might encounter on the Chesapeake Bay.

Cheers!

Lady Patty, Out

Shakedown sail this week then Lady Patty and I are ready for the season!

Hey friends,

The Spring has arrived and we are wrapping up the final preps to be ready for an awesome 2013. The only thing that remains is my solo shakedown sail on the fantastically beautiful Chesapeake Bay.

This has become a cherished ritual for me each spring. I look forward to spending many days underway with some super-cool people but before that happens I go it alone, just the old girl and me. I love the opportunity to listen to the boat-sounds, study the rig and dig the cool relationship a sailing vessel has with the world. There is so much going on with the wind, tide, waves, water, rigging, sails, hull and me. It’s really an incredible relationship. I sometimes get caught up in marketing, bookkeeping, maintaining the boat, managing the crew and watching the forecast and the reason I chose this life slips slightly from the forefront on my mind.

The annual spring shakedown lays it all out in clear and concise terms. I love this stuff! There is nowhere I would rather make my living than healed 35 degrees off normal with a rail in the water, rising and falling with the pulse of the elements, the yacht ensign popping in the breeze, the rush of water on the hull and the excitement of my guests getting their first taste or a welcome refresher of life at 8 knots on a 77 year old sailing yacht.

I still can’t believe I get paid for this!

I hope to see you all when I get back but for now, I have a date.

Cheers!

Jeff

Cool things happening on and around Tilghman Island

Hey all,

This spring is shaping up to be one of the most exciting times in recent history for our little patch of paradise.  YEAH SPRING!!!

We at Lady Patty are super excited to welcome Eric and Michael of Bay Hundred Restaurant to the Tilghman Island waterfront! I know these guys from previous projects that they have been involved in and am thrilled with the prospect of their talents and hard work being poured into the restaurant. As many of you know, we sail from the slip directly in front of their outdoor deck and bar. This makes us almost family, so Cheers Gentlemen! We look forward to supporting you in any way we can! I suspect that we might spend a little time at your beautiful outdoor bar.

Secondly, the Race ’round the Island on May 4th is shaping up to be a very fun day for sailors, spectators and landlubbers alike. Bring the kiddies down to the Tilghman on the Chesapeake to watch the finish and to join in the celebration of good folks, good music and good times! We hope to raise enough money to finance a youth sailing program for our Tilghman area youth. We feel good about anything that gets our kids out of the house and in to the real world. If you agree, come support our cause!

Lastly, we have partnered up with Lady Patty’s official home Inn and Marina to offer packages for rooms and sailing trips. Check out www.knappsnarrowsmarina.com to see the facilities, rooms and package rates. Their rooms are beautiful, up to date and what I consider the best value in waterfront accommodations on the Bay.

Follow us here on svladypatty.wordpress.com to keep up with all the fun stuff that Lady Patty and our fellow businesses on Tilghman Island have to offer.

Cheers!

Jeff

Lady Patty at the 2009 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

Hi all,

As the 11th of October gets nearer I can’t help but think about my  first trip up for the start of the race aboard Lady Patty. It was one of the wettest, coldest, windiest days of October and one of the funnest, fastest and most exhilarating sails of the season.

We heard from our guests the night before the trip and they were having some serious doubts about whether the trip the next day was going to be fun. We normally don’t cancel reservations for in climate weather unless the forecast is danger-bad, which usually only happens when T-storms and lightning are imminent. However, in this case my guests we nervous and I certainly don’t want to lose friends over a crummy day on the water so we agreed to postpone their sail. I understand that a brisk two-hour sail in a slight drizzle can still be fun. I also realize that a all-day trip in driving rain and chilly temps sucks if you don’t have the appropriate foul weather gear. Hell, it can suck either way.

We had nothing better to do on race day so PJ and I packed a lunch, loaded up the camera kit and headed out for the race. It was a wet slog up the bay into 15-18K of sustained wind with rain but we had fun anyway.
Once we reached the Bay Bridge the schooners were staging for the start. After chewing up some film(yes, actual film) we noticed the Pride of Baltimore II making her way down from Baltimore. We headed North to get up close for some pics. I absolutely love the sight of a classic ship under sail and it made the day worth while to me.

The wind was still sporty, the seas we building and we were motor-sailing just enough off the wind to keep her sails from luffing until we were just ahead of the PoB2 when we fell off on a port reach and a parallel course to her’s.

PoB2 was still under limited sail and we were holding our own for a minute until POP, a stay sail snapped up, POP another piece of dacron, then another and another. You’ll notice I quit referring to them by name because I don’t know them all.

Either way, with each new sail set she accelerated a bit more. Soon we were being overtaken on our fastest point of sail so I started the motor and started throttling up. After a minute I realized that we were wide open and still being run down. By this time the ship had her full set of sails up and had sped up to an impressive turn of speed. She slid past us like we were dragging an anchor and the sound of the water on her hull was awesome!

We were not in the race and by the starting gun were well behind the PoB2 but it seemed to us that she hit the starting line with full sail at full speed and was off to about as good of a start as a boat could hope for.
We sailed along with some of the smaller schooners but never again saw anything but the ass-end of the black hulled clipper from Baltimore. Me saying it was impressive doesn’t quite do it justice. I was blown away by the speed of that two-hundred year old design. No wonder the British blockades were at a loss to stop those ships. The Baltimore Clipper truly shaped the outcome of the war and helped to cement the United States as a country.

That short encounter with the Pride of Baltimore II made the entire day of shivering at the helm and eating wet p,b&j worth while and a memory that I revisit often.

Cheers!

Jeff