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Video Tours of S/V Kinetic

Many of you may have seen S/V Kinetic as the Outbound Yachts “show boat” for the 2016 Spring and Fall Annapolis Sailboat Shows.   We were proud to have our beautiful new boat in the show, and let thousands of visitors see the boat we chose for our cruising and offshore passage-making instruction.

During last Fall’s show, Outbound Yachts’ owner Phil Lambert narrated interior and exterior video tours of Kinetic. These professional videos have recently been released to YouTube to reach an even wider audience. We’re delighted with the results – if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million!

Take the video tours at:

Exterior Tour: https://youtu.be/4Li0RkIjv20

Interior Tour: https://youtu.be/yGQuQb76n2c

Then, give us a call to see how you can sail on S/V Kinetic – for a day sail, a week of cruising, or an ocean passage!

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Kinetic Sailing writes Catamaran Cruising Made Easy for ASA

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Lisa & Andy with Cruising Catamarans Made Easy

Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey, Solomons residents and owners of Kinetic Sailing, have written the brand new textbook, Cruising Catamarans Made Easy, just released by the American Sailing Association to national acclaim. The book is the new official manual for its Catamaran Cruising Course (ASA 114). Focused exclusively on how to operate a cruising catamaran, the newest book in ASA’s instructive and engaging Sailing Made Easy series highlights the unique skills involved to operate a cruising catamaran with its distinctive characteristics and operating systems. ASA selected the Batchelors to write the book because of their extensive catamaran cruising and chartering expertise, sailing instructor credentials and writing style. The couple wrote ASA’s Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, released in September 2014, which dovetails nicely into the cruising catamaran follow-on. “We worked with an excellent team of editors, photographers and illustrators on both books,” Andy said. “We’re really pleased with the result, and we’re eager for our Cruising Catamaran students to use this book.”

“Like our previous textbooks, Cruising Catamarans Made Easy is illustrated with rich, detailed photos and easy-to-understand text to help students learn quickly,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “It offers invaluable information on how to operate a cruising catamaran, adding tremendous value to many facets of the burgeoning catamaran industry.”

Published in full color and containing best-in-class illustrations along with world-class photography from renowned sailing photographers, Billy Black, Nicholas Claris, Sharon Greene and others, Cruising Catamarans Made Easy was written by expert sailing instructors Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey. The 90-page book was also co-edited by Peter Isler, two time America’s Cup winner and Chairman of ASA’s Educational Committee, and Jeremy McGeary, a 30-year veteran sailing writer and editor. The book also features a foreword by world-renowned pioneer catamaran racer, Cam Lewis.

Cruising Catamarans Made Easy is the first book to serve as a complete guide for the cruising catamaran sailor. It features a water-resistant cover, an easy-to-follow layout of two-page spreads throughout and an extensive glossary of terms. The book retails for $23.95, and is currently available for purchase on the ASA website (www.asa.com).

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Kinetic launched for the season!

Splash!  After a winter on the hard, Kinetic was launched on April 6th to begin the 2016 sailing season. We’re busy with spring commissioning, shakedown, new bimini, and installation of a wind generator.  Kinetic will be displayed at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show Apr 22-24 for Outbound Yachts – come see us there!P1050870

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Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show 2016

BoatShowSwing into spring sailing at the the 5th annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat show! Come see Kinetic Sailing onboard our Outbound 46 “Kinetic” at the Outbound Yachts dockside booth!

Hosted by United States Yacht Shows, whose sailboat shows have become the gold standard – coming to you this spring, April 22-24, 2016. This show will feature over 2000′ of floating docks accommodating more than 80 sailboats, plus sailing schools, equipment and accessory vendors, good food, drink and music!  

Details of the show at: Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show.

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Outstanding Instructors for 2014

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Sail Solomons co-owners and instructors Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey were each named “Outstanding Instructor for 2014”, an award that recognizes the top 1% of over 2000 ASA sailing instructors.

Sail Solomons Sailing School opened in 2007, and has received the Outstanding School award every year from 2008 through 2012, when the award was discontinued. Their instructors have been awarded “Outstanding Instructor” each year since 2007, making Sail Solomons the most recognized sailing school on the Chesapeake Bay.  Lisa notes “We’re more than just a sailing school. We believe sailing is a lifestyle, and we offer a continuum of sailing activities for all levels – from summer on the Chesapeake to winter flotillas and courses in the Caribbean.”

Andy indicates that the success of Sail Solomons is largely due to the small class size and personal attention each student receives. “We strive to give our students an exceptional sailing experience. Our boats are well maintained, and our instructors are all USCG licensed Captains and ASA-certified instructors. We want our students to love sailing as much as we do.” Lisa notes “We thank all our students for taking time to complete the surveys. We try hard to accommodate each student’s learning preferences, and we’re pleased that our efforts have been recognized. Seeing our students enjoy sailing is our greatest reward.”

The school is located at Zahniser’s Yachting Center in Solomons Maryland. Sail Solomons offers courses on their fleet of five daysailers and three cruising yachts for all sailing levels, from novice to advanced. Private instruction is also available. On Your Own Boat courses are very popular for sailors wishing to develop more expertise in specific areas on their own sailboats. Andy and Lisa are now owners of Kinetic Sailing.  They continue to instruct ASA courses for Sail Solomons, which is now under new ownership.

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Hurricane Tips for the Weather-Wise Mariner

By Capt Lisa Batchelor Frailey

Hurricane season is upon us, and it portends to be an active one.  With so many sources of information available, it’s easy to get overloaded by the variety of data and media hype. Here are some definitions and tips to weed out the key information and keep you prepared.

Definitions – adapted from National Hurricane Center’s Glossary:

Tropical cyclone – a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and has a closed low-level circulation. TC’s rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. They are further classified as:

  • Tropical Depression:  maximum sustained surface wind speed of 33 knots or less.
  • Tropical Storm:  max sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots. Tropical Storms are assigned names.
  • Hurricane: max sustained winds 64 knots or higher. In the western North Pacific, hurricanes are called typhoons; similar storms in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific Ocean are called cyclones.
  • Major Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 96 knots or higher, corresponding to a Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Storm Surge – An abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. (Storm surge is generally the most dangerous aspect of a storm for mariners in port, causing the greatest damage to life and property)

National Hurricane Center (NHC) is the primary source of hurricane forecasts for the US.  The information is distributed in various formats – text, graphic, voice – to reach all users.  Commercial organizations use the same base layer of information, but use value-added graphics and discussions. The combination can be confusing, so look carefully!

Weather Underground Graphic of Hurricane Irene, Aug 2011

Weather Underground Graphic of Hurricane Irene, Aug 2011

Size Matters – a hurricane’s size is important because of the area it impacts, but its strength (intensity of wind speed) and track are even more important.  Things to look for in the graphics:

  • Forecast track – most probable track of the storm’s center, based on models and meteorologists assessment.  
  • Radius of possible storm center locations (measure of track uncertainty)
  • Radius of damaging winds, where the strongest winds are nearest the storm center, and on the right leading quadrant (as the storm travels). 
  • Wind Speed Probabilities – given for TS strength, 50 kt, and Hurricane strength, by geographic area.
  • Storm Surge – depicted in feet above predicted astronomical tides along coastal regions.
  • Mariner’s 1-2-3 Rule – refers to the rounded long-term NHC forecast errors of 100-200-300 nautical miles at 24-48-72 hours, respectively. It’s a graphical depiction the forecast uncertainty

Understanding these factors of a hurricane forecast will help you keep a sharp weather eye, so you can prepare appropriately. 

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“Outstanding School & Instructors” for 2012

Sail Solomons has been named “Outstanding School for 2012” by the American Sailing Association (ASA). The award recognizes the top 20 of over 300 ASA sailing schools worldwide, and is based upon responses from 2012 student surveys regarding the quality of service, boats and instruction.

Sail Solomons co-owners and instructors Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey were each named “Outstanding Instructor for 2012”, an award that recognizes the top 1% of over 2000 ASA sailing instructors.

Sail Solomons Sailing School opened in 2007, and has received the Outstanding School award every year from 2008 through 2012. Their instructors have been awarded each year since 2007, making Sail Solomons the most recognized sailing school on the Chesapeake Bay.  Lisa notes “We’re more than just a sailing school. We believe sailing is a lifestyle, and we offer a continuum of sailing activities for all levels – from summer on the Chesapeake to winter flotillas and courses in the Caribbean.”

Andy indicates that the success of Sail Solomons is largely due to the small class size and personal attention each student receives. “We strive to give our students an exceptional sailing experience. Our boats are well maintained, and our instructors are all USCG licensed Captains and ASA-certified instructors. We want our students to love sailing as much as we do.” Lisa notes “We thank all our students for taking time to complete the surveys. We try hard to accommodate each student’s learning preferences, and we’re pleased that our efforts have been recognized. Seeing our students enjoy sailing is our greatest reward.”

The school is located at Zahniser’s Yachting Center in Solomons Maryland. Sail Solomons offers courses on their fleet of five daysailers and three cruising yachts for all sailing levels, from novice to advanced. Private instruction is also available. On Your Own Boat courses are very popular for sailors wishing to develop more expertise in specific areas on their own sailboats.

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New Chesapeake Bay Charts

By Capt Lisa Batchelor Frailey

Attention all US boaters!  If you’re looking for nautical charts, there’s a whole new game in town – “nv-charts”.   I’ve been using nv-charts’ Caribbean charts for years, and have always been impressed by their practicality, accuracy of data and clarity of presentation.  Whether a chart kit or a waterproof folding chart, nv-charts (formerly marketed as CYC) was an easy choice when cruising Caribbean waters. I met with nv-charts owners Hasko and Connie Scheidt last Fall, and was thrilled to learn that nv-charts has expanded their coverage to US East Coast waters. They released the Chesapeake Bay regions –  just in time for the 2012 boating season.  I showed my first set to our dock neighbors and sailing students who really loved the product; now I can barely keep them in stock!  Read on to see why nv-charts are the hottest items of the season.

The Chesapeake Bay series is divided into two regions, North and South, for easy handling.  The North region (5.1) includes Delaware Bay and the C&D Canal, and covers from Cape May, NJ to the Potomac River. The South region (5.2) overlaps at the Patuxent, and continues in detail from the Potomac down to Norfolk, including Tangier Sound and the Delmarva coast.  Together, the region provides all the coverage you need for cruising the Chesapeake or Delaware Bays and a Delmarva circumnavigation.

What’s included:   The spiral-bound chart books are 23.5” x 16.5”, designed to fit conveniently on most chart tables, and protected with a clear vinyl waterproof cover.  Each chart set comes with a Harbor & Anchorage Pilot Book with comprehensive navigation and cruising information and regional descriptions, weather and tide information, cruising destinations, harbors, moorings, and anchorages from entries referenced on the charts. Each chart set also includes a CD containing the entire chart set in digital format, for use on PCs with navigation software and GPS input. Free navigation software is available to download from the nv-charts website.

Key Features. At first glance, you’ll notice some differences between nv-charts presentation and that used by NOAA and commercial competitors. With a little examination, you’ll find the nv-charts presentation to be more intuitive than other charts; regardless, a complete and easily understood legend is included in the pilot book.  Key features of the nv-charts US charts and pilot books:

  • Charts are based on NOAA data with a new layout, clear cartography and international chart standards using WGS-84 datum;
  • Seaworthy chart layout – easy flow from one chart to the next;
  • Standardized chart scales:  passage charts 1:340,000;  coastal charts 1:100,000 and 1:45,000;  detail charts 1:25,000 or less;
  • Pre-plotted GPS lat/lon waypoints; tracks and distances between waypoints for easy planning
  • Depths and heights are charted in feet; referenced to MLLW and MHW, respectively
  • Unique color differences:  dark blue less than 18’ deep, light blue 18-30’ deep, green for exposed tidal areas;
  • Contour lines for 6’ (red), 12’ and 30’ depths;
  • Channel markers (day shapes and lighted markers) are depicted in red and green; buoys have realistic symbology
  • Arrow-symbols show buoyage direction;
  • Enhanced Lighthouse symbology  for better identification and light characteristics;
  • Illustrations of lighthouses (sea level view) are depicted on the chart margin
  • Tide and current information depicted on each chart, where data is available.
  • Grocery,  Marine Services and West Marine stores  indicated for convenience

 

Who is nv-charts?  This global supplier of precision charting products began producing navigation charts over 30 years ago in Germany, and their charts are used by cruisers, racers, the US Coast Guard  (for Bahamas and Caribbean) and the Baltic-Kiel-Pilots.  nv-charts’ parent company is Nautical Publications, with offices in Newport and Germany. They produce about 600 charts and over 1000 details & harbor plans, derived from government data and  confirmed and/or revised through nv-charts’ own survey vessels and aerial images. nv-charts now offers charting products for the U.S. East Coast from New England to Key West, Europe, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the entire Caribbean, including Cuba.

Where can you get nv-charts?  At Sail Solomons, of course!  Call Lisa at 410-326-4917 or email info@sailsibackup to order.  For best value and more diverse cruising options, buy the Chesapeake Bay Box set including both North and South regions.  Happy Cruising!

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Winter Courses for Sailors & Powerboaters

What skills benefit sailors and powerboaters alike? Weather and Navigation!

These 4-day courses are applicable for both sailors and power-boaters, and there are no pre-requisites. Price per course is $395, and includes books and certification materials. Register now to reserve your spot; you’ll get your course materials early so you can get started! Call 410-326-4917 or email info@sailsibackup

Marine Weather Sailing CourseMarine Weather Sailing Course

Take the mystery out of marine weather forecasts; understand the principles, learn how to apply the information for local and passage-making voyages. From traditional maritime forecasting skills to the latest technological tools, this course will help make your time on the water as safe and efficient as possible. Taught by a marine meteorologist and sailing passagemaker.

Course: Marine Weather (ASA 119)
Date/Time: Feb 11, 12, 18, 19 from 0900-1600
Location: Zahniser’s Yachting Center, Solomons MD
Cost: $395 (includes text, workbook, certification materials)

Coastal Navigation Sailing CourseCoastal Navigation Sailing Course

Plot your course to success! Learn the theory and skills to safely navigate in coastal or inland waters. Sail Solomons’ 4-day Coastal Navigation course is taught by a retired Navy navigator and ocean passagemaker.

Course: Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)
Date/Time: Mar 3, 4, 17, 18 from 0900-1600
Location: Zahniser’s Yachting Center, Solomons MD
Cost: $395 (includes books, charts, certification materials)
Navigation Tools available at Sail Solomons discount
Note: This course is also available by correspondence; cost is $300

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Sailaway Chefs

Sailaway Chefs

Sailaway Chefs

Eric and Christina Case experienced the dinner cruise of a lifetime on Saturday, August 1st.  It was a picture-perfect evening as the party departed from Solomons onboard S/Y Zingaro for a sunset sail on the Patuxent, then anchored in Solomons harbor for an exquisite and memorable dinner on deck. Eric Case (Valrhona Chocolates, NYC), and his wife Christina MacNamara won the high bid for the “Chesapeake Bay Dinner Cruise for Six”, the top prize in an auction held last September to support the US Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie team. Eric and Christina hosted two other couples for this spectacular dinner event.

The festivities began with a pierside champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception on Chef Mark Ramsdell’s Jeanneau 39i Friandise, followed by a multi-course, multi wine dinner cruise on the Passport 47 Zingaro. The hors d’oeuvres and dinner were prepared by Francois Dionot, founder (in 1976) and director of L’Academie de Cuisine, Gaithersburg. The dessert was prepared and served by Roland Mesnier, former White House Pastry chef to five presidents during a 25 year career.  Chef Mark Ramsdell, former director of the Professional Pastry Arts Program at L’Academie, prepared the after-dinner friandise. S/Y Zingaro was provided by Sail Solomons, and sailed by Captains and American Sailing Association (ASA) Instructors Lisa and Andy Batchelor. Following the dinner cruise, guests repaired to Friandise for a pierside party featuring the yacht’s namesake “friandise”. After sleeping aboard Friandise, and awoke Sunday morning breakfast onboard.

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Welcome, Groupies!

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If you’ve always wanted to try sailing, here’s your chance! Sail Solomons’ GROUPON deal (Washington DC) runs April 24th and 25th, or until limited quantities expire. We’re offering 53% off our 2-hr “Introduction to Sailing” course, normally offered at $95, now just $45!  Learn the lingo, hoist the sails, and take the tiller. FEEL what sailing is all about! This is a terrific opportunity for those who’d like to try sailing, but aren’t yet ready to commit a lot of time or money. You may also apply the GROUPON value to one of our 2-day weekend courses, if you’re ready to take the plunge. Please note, this is an adult sailing course; you must be 18 or older to participate.

If you don’t know about GROUPON, click the logo to learn more, and subscribe!

If you’ve just bought our GROUPON deal, here’s how to redeem it, or get more information:

Groupon Recipients:

1. Click to download Information Packet for GROUPON Sailors

2. View Availability and Register Online for “Intro to Sailing” course

3. Or, call 410-326-4917 or email info@sailsibackup with selected dates to book with a human!

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Caribbean Flotilla & Catamaran Week

Sail Solomons club members had a fantastic time in January in the BVI! Sailors met at the Tortola BVI Sunsail base on January 14th for the monohull flotilla. Four boats and 17 sailors enjoyed fantastic tradewind sailing and all the benefits that a flotilla can offer. Two new “Bareboat Charter Captains” were certified, as well!  On January 22nd, the catamaran crew came aboard our Footloose 4300 for another terrific week. Four sailors completed the Cruising Catamaran course, and two are also new “Bareboat Charter Captains”. All  eight had a great week of sailing, snorkeling, dining on Anegada lobster, and exploring the BVI.  Planning is in the works for next year’s flotilla – let us known if you’d like to join us!  Photo links will be available shortly!

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Sail Solomons at US Sailboat Show

US Sailboat Show

Join Sail Solomons at the East Coast’s biggest boating event – the US Sailboat Show, Oct 7-11 in Annapolis! You’ll find us in K-tent, booth K-15, bayside of the Marriott Hotel. Recognized worldwide as the premier sailing showcase, this is the place to buy, sell or dream.

See the SHOW LAYOUT to find us, or call 410-326-4917 for directions!

Stop by to see us while you browse the show, exploring hundreds of boats, vendors, seminars, etc. Enjoy great food and drink and festive music – it’s simply a fantastic time!

Sail Solomons will be speaking at two seminars at the show:

  • Cruising Couples – sponsored by ASA and BlueWater Sailing, Saturday, 9am panel discussion, Maryland Inn
  • Start Sailing Now – sponsored by Spinsheet, Sunday, 11am, Marriott Hotel, Arnold Room

Read more details about the show at: US Sailboat Show. See you there!

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