Rock Hall, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Rock Creek
ALL HALLOWS' EVE
The days are shorter, the nights are cooler, the leaves are various shades of red, yellow and orange, and the frost is on the pumpkin. Is sailing over for the season? NO WAY! While others may have furled their sails for the year, the Sailing Club, well, sails on. October is the perfect time of year on the Chesapeake. Gone are the fair-weather boaters, the crowds and the traffic. The air is seasonably fresh, clean and brisk.
This year’s Fall Classic (Sailing Club version), also sometimes referred to as the Frostbite trip, will be going back to its roots. Years ago it was traditional to make a brisk sail across the bay from Rock Hall to Baltimore. However, as this is a three-day trip, we will also have the opportunity to get in a full day or two of sailing.
While it’s not a long trip from Haven Harbour Marina in Rock Hall to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Saturday should still provide plenty of sailing opportunities. The evening’s destination is the Inner Harbor East Marina, where slips have been reserved for one night. This facility is conveniently located within walking distance of Fells Point, Little Italy and the central part of the Inner Harbor.
Among the attractions in the Inner Harbor area are Fort McHenry, The Baltimore Maritime Museum and its centerpiece – the US Frigate Constellation, a sloop-of-war, the last sail-only warship designed and built by the United States Navy, and the last Civil War vessel afloat; the Aquarium; and much, much more, including restaurants and shopping.
Fells Point is an exciting and fun place to go for the evening. Restaurants, cafes and eateries of all types abound. If you like mussels, you won’t want to skip Bertha’s, where they can be ordered seven different ways! Yes, they have plenty of other great food as well. Or perhaps take in one of the fine eateries in Little Italy.
If there is sufficient interest, and you’re not afraid of the super-natural, a group Ghost Tour of Baltimore might help everyone get into the Halloween spirit. Stories of sailors, privateers, and ladies of the evening, most of whom are no longer denizens of the area, are so spooky “they’ll scare ya sober!”
On Sunday, after a leisurely breakfast (by now a regular Club pastime), we cast off our dock lines and set sail for an anchorage near the mouth of the Patapsco, likely in either Stony Creek or Rock Creek. Lying off the south side, near the river’s mouth, and despite their keel-threatening names, there are several secluded coves that provide for some nice anchoring spots. The Sunday evening raft-up will feature the Club’s traditional food-sharing feast. To help continue the Halloween mood, boats are encouraged to provide suitably colored and themed food. Boat decorations would be a plus.
On Monday, it’s a relatively short sail back to Haven, so there’s plenty of time to spend the day sailing, without actually having to go far. Once back in Rock Hall, it’s time to fuel up and pump out before heading home in time to greet trick-or-treaters.
Three identical Beneteau 38.1 boats have been reserved for this adventure. All have spacious cabins, and heat!
The cost of this trip is $400.00 per person (Skippers and Trip Leader - $210.00, Asst. Trip Leader - $305.00). The price includes charter fees, dinghies, and one night's slip fees at Baltimore's Inner Harbor East Marina. Provisioning, fuel, pump-out, and other incidentals are additional and will be handled by each boat’s crew. A $100.00 deposit and Release of Liability and Zero Tolerance Form must accompany your Reservation Form.
Please make your check payable to The Sailing Club, Inc. and mail it, along with your completed reservation and release forms, to Eleanor Popolizio at the address below. Reservations will be processed beginning April 4, 2022 with a random draw of those received by that date. All reservations received after that date are on a first come, first served basis. A final payment of $300.00 is due on September 14, 2022. The Club’s standard thirty-day cancellation policy applies for this event. A pre-trip meeting will be held about two weeks before the trip, at a time and place to be announced. All crewmembers should make every effort to attend in order to meet your crewmates, plan your meals, and make travel plans.
Please note that sailing conditions are dynamic, that your safety, and that of your crewmates, depends on your good physical health and agility.