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This week aboard the classic yacht Lady Patty

IMG_0897smallHello travelers,

Once again, the mid-week looks questionable but Thursday through Saturday are forecast to be pretty awesome.

Here is what’s happening aboard the Lady Patty. After this week, Lady Patty will only be offering public charters from Thursday morning through Sunday morning. Call 410.886.1127 to discuss private charters for Monday – Wednesday.  Tickets for public charters can be purchased  here.

Wednesday- Partly sunny, high of 82F winds South 10-15 knots. We have some room aboard out Champagne Sunset Sail from 6-8. 

Thursday-Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 88F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. The weather is iffy but if it clears up we will be offering our 6-8 Champagne Sunset Sail.

Friday-Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 75F. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph. Perfect breeze for Lady Patty. We will be offering our Afternoon Sail from 1-3 and the always popular Champagne Sunset Sail from 6-8.

Saturday- Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 68F. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Bring a sweatshirt and join us for a perfect, early fall sail. This is my favorite time for sailing! We have room aboard our Morning Sail from 10-12 however the later two trips are private. There will not be public tickets available.

Sunday-We are not offering sails today. Sorry!

Thanks for checking us out. I hope you enjoy your visit to Tilghman Island.

Cheers!

Lady Patty, Out

Late Summer on the Chesapeake Bay

Hello Travelers,

I don’t want to jinx the forecast but this weekend’s weather look great!

We have plenty of room on all regularly scheduled trip this week. If you would like to join us for a two-hour sail on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, you can buy your tickets here or by calling 410.886.1127.

Mid-week we will be offering either a Morning Sail from 10-12 or an Afternoon Sail from 1-3 for $35pp. Whichever of those times get’s a booking first will be the daytime sail that day. We will be sailing from 6-8 for Champagne Sunset Sail nightly, as weather permits. Tickets for the evening sail are $45pp.

Oh, and by the way, don’t listen to weathermen…. they have no idea what the weather will do on Tilghman Island. Go outside. Look up. It’s probably a perfect day for a sail!

WX:

8/21/2013 Wednesday – Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 84F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain30%. Night – Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 75F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

8/22 Thursday –  Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 86F with a heat index of 91F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Night – Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 73F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

8/23 Friday – Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 81F. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Night – Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 64F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph.

8/24 Saturday – Clear. High of 77F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

8/25 Sunday – Clear. High of 79F. Winds less than 5 mph.

We have a great list of craft beers for sale on board including the following:

Mama’s Little Yellow Pils, Dale’s Pale Ale and Old Chub Scotch Ale by Oskar Blues Brewing co.

We also have Blue Mountain Kolsch, Brooklyn Brewing Co’s Summer Ale, Maui Brew. Co . Coconut Porter and Brewer’s Art Resurrection Abby Style Ale.

We also sell wine and featured cocktails under sail like our Sunset Gold Margarita made with fresh-squeezed lime and clementine juice.

Make your reservations soon. We look forward to sailing with you!

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

Lady Patty Classic Yacht Charters Summer 2013 Sailing Schedule

web_BuyTixBub_lightbackgroundTo check for availability or to purchase tickets on line check out our booking agent ZERVE or call ZERVE at 1.800.979.3370

The 1935 sailing yacht Lady Patty departs from Tilghman Island just 9 rack cardmiles Southwest of St Michaels for the wide open waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

We are offering trips at the following times on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a limited schedule on Sunday:

Morning Charter 10:00am-12:00pm

Afternoon Charter 1:00pm-3:00pm

Champagne Sunset Sail  6:30pm-8:30pm

Lady Patty Classic Yacht Charters Spring 2013 Sailing Schedule

web_BuyTixBub_lightbackground To check for availability or to purchase tickets on line check out our booking agent ZERVE or call ZERVE at 1.800.979.3370

The 1935 sailing yacht Lady Patty departs from Tilghman Island just 9 rack card miles Southwest of St Michaels for the wide open waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

We plan to resume charters on or about  April 1st. We will be offering trips at the following times on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a limited schedule on Sunday:

Morning Charter 10:00am-12:00pm

Afternoon Charter 1:00pm-3:00pm

Champagne Sunset Sail  5:00pm-7:00pm

Thank you for a wonderful 2012!

Chesapeake Bay Magazine Oct. 2001cover photo by Jim Tadder

Chesapeake Bay Magazine Oct. 2001
cover photo by Jim Tadder

Last season was rich with great sailing, exciting events and most of all, awesome people to share it with and 2013 promises to be even better.

The Lady Patty will resume operations on or about 1 April. The spring on the Chesapeake Bay can be wet but can also offer some awesome wind and crisp, cool temps for our sailing pleasure. Join us aboard Lady Patty to experience classic yacht sailing at it’s finest on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.

The 3rd Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race has been scheduled for May 18th and promises to be even more fun than years one and two. While LP has a full compliment of crew on the books, the race can be enjoyed from another boat, at the dock in Eastport and/or on the grounds of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Whether as racers or spectators, I encourage any and all to take part in the coolest new race of old boats on the Bay!

Lady Patty will be partnering again this year with her beautiful home marina and inn to offer sailing and room packages. Check out Knapps Narrows Inn and Marina for beautiful rooms, incredible views and easy access to the historic yacht, Lady Patty.

Are you wondering why I included a 2001 Chesapeake Bay Magazine cover in this post? I received two very special gifts for Christmas this year. One of which is this beautiful image of Lady Patty’s original wheel as photographed by the incredible photographer, Jim Tadder and featured on the cover of the October 2001 issue. The framed copy was a gift from friends, innkeepers, fellow sailors and previous owners of Lady Patty, Captain Mike and Carol Richards of The Lazyjack Inn and Chesapeake Lights.

I encourage you to check out their charming, waterfront B&B on historic Dogwood Harbor of Tilghman Island, MD.

As always, I appreciate all the support, business and kind words!

Cheers!

Jeff

Season’s Greetings from Lady Patty!

Hello all,

I hope this holiday season finds you happy and well!

We are loving this time of year but are already thinking about the 2013 season and all the great things that will be happening here on the Bay.

We are offering gift certificates for regular charters, private excursions and for some of our special events like The 3rd Annual ELF Classic Yacht Race.

Call me at 601.307.0398 to discuss a gift certificate for the holidays. Who wouldn’t appreciate the gift of “classic yacht sailing” on the wonderful Chesapeake Bay?

Thanks and have a perfect holiday season!

Cheers!

Jeff

October on the Chesapeake Bay

To check for availability or to purchase tickets on line check out our booking agentZERVE  or call ZERVE at 1.800.979.3370

Hello all,

Happy October! I hope everyone is enjoying the Fall as much as we are!

We have plenty of room on all of our trips for the remainder of October. Join us to experience what makes Chesapeake Bay fall sailing so special!

Check out our links page for places to stay and eat on the beautiful Tilghman Island and most of all, enjoy your visit!

Cheers!

Jeff

Chesapeake Bay sailing at it’s best!!! Lady Patty 9/26 -9/30 Schedule

To check for availability or to purchase tickets on line check out our booking agent ZERVE or call ZERVE at 1.800.979.3370

Wednesday 9/26 – Sunday 9/30

  • Morning Sail 10am-12pm
  • Afternoon Sail 1pm-3pm
  • Champagne Sunset Sail 5:30pm-7:30pm

Hi all,

As you may know, Lady Patty is not a light wind boat, which is one of the reasons that we love this time of year so much. The wind has been steady and brisk and the air temps are perfect to pull on a sweatshirt and go for a sail!

Join us this week to experience the thrill and elegance of sailing aboard a classic sailing yacht on the wide open Chesapeake Bay.

We still have limited space on board for The Great Chesapeake Bay SchoonerRace on October 11th. Check out our booking agent for reservations.

Thanks for making us the highest rated of “Things To Do” for Talbot County on TripAdvisor!!!

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