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Vicki Lathom

Vicki lives in Annapolis, MD, where she and partner, Barry Miller, cruise the Chesapeake and the Intercoastal Waterway to the Bahamas or Florida. They cruise in a 36-foot Albine Express trawler named, Balboita.

Cruising the Potomac River

Photo by Vicki Lathom and Jim Davis

We called it the “D.C. Commute,” a knock-off name for our 100-mile cruise up the Potomac River to the Nation’s Capital. From the 12 mile wide mouth of the river to the D.C. basin anchorage took our small fleet of …

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Chesapeake Sailing Starts with a Bang

Photo by Vicki Lathom

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to start your engines. Or, hoist your sails. Just around the corner is Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial launch of the Chesapeake Bay boating season. And the unofficial focus of this seasonal event is the …

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Chesapeake Smart Buoys Tell All

Photo credit NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office

Just think how much easier it would be to plan your next cruise if you knew how hard the wind was blowing and how high the waves anywhere on the Chesapeake Bay. The answer to a boater’s prayer are some …

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32nd Annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade

Photo by John Horn

Yes, Virginia, it is a boat. The “Choo Choo Train” is one of many dressed-up power and sail boats that enter one of Annapolis’ most competitive signature events, the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade. Every year on the second Saturday …

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A Class Act – Chesapeake’s Great Schooner Race

Mystic Whaler and Lady Maryland at Start of 2009 GCBSR. Credit: bobmadden.com

Right after the Annapolis boat shows in October, about 40 salty-looking, two-masted  schooners take off from a starting line just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and sail overnight 127 miles to Portsmouth/Norfolk. Welcome to the majestic fleet of the …

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First-Timer’s Guide to the Bahamas

Sunset at Guarna Cay, Abacos. Photo by Barry Miller

They say it’s better in the Bahamas. But it’s even better when you know some of the lessons learned by those who have already been there. Before you go Only 50 miles from Florida, these islands are the closest and …

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A Journey from Sailboat to Trawler

  For the past three years my partner Barry Miller and I have taken the Intracoastal Waterway from Annapolis, Md., to the Bahamas on our 43-foot Irwin ketch. During those six-month cruises, I sometimes felt like I was living in …

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