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Issue Date: Chesapeake Bay Magazine - January 2007

Cruiser's Calendar - January 2007

January 1
Polar Bear Swim
North Beach, Md.
Head to North 
Beach to watch the North Beach Polar Bear Club members dive into the frigid 
Chesapeake. Or test your bravery and join them! 2 p.m. 301-855-6681; www.ci.north-beach.md.us.

January 5-7
Washington Antiques Show
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
The 52nd annual Washington Antiques Show will feature Chesapeake treasures this year. Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 202-388-9560; www.washingtonantiques.com.

January 6
West River Winter Seminar: Chuck O’Malley
West River Sailing Club, Galesville, Md.
Doyle Sailmakers’ Chuck O’Malley will discuss choosing cruising sails and using them in heavy weather sailing. The talk will include the benign conditions generally found on the Bay and highlight rough weather found in ocean sailing. 2 p.m. 410-867-WRSC; www.westriversc.org.

January 11
Pirates on the Chesapeake
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, Md.
This first installment of the Annapolis Maritime Museum 2007 lecture series will feature author, historian and underwater archaeologist Donald Shomette, who will discuss his book about pirates on the Bay between 1608 and 1807. 7 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org.

January 13
Windjammer Lecture: Bernadette and Douglas Bernon, S/V Ithaka
Severn School, Severna Park, Md.
After Bernadette Bernon left her position as editor of Cruising World Magazine, she and her husband left on the journey of a lifetime aboard their 39-foot Shearwater cutter, Ithaka. They will regale you with tales from their many adventures aboard Ithaka from around the world. 8 p.m. 410-515-1441; www.neris.com/windjammers.

January 13-14
Winter Lights 
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md.
This annual festival celebrates the many Chesapeake Bay beacons with displays and information on area lighthouses, tours of Drum Point and Cove Point lighthouses, speakers, children's activities and a gingerbread lighthouse-making contest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

January 17
A Woman’s Life on Smith Island
Captain Salem Avery House Museum, Shady Side, Md.
During the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society’s first in a series of winter luncheons. Elaine Eff and Janice Marshall will speak about life on Smith Island and the role women play in its economy and culture. 11:30 a.m. 410-267-0654; www.angelfire.com/md/ssrhs.

January 17-18
Yacht Claims 
Norfolk, Va.
Knox Marine Consultants hosts this annual conference for surveyors, adjusters, attorneys and other professionals who work with 
yacht insurance claims. Topics range from personal watercraft issues to salvage law. Preregistration required. Call for times and location. 757-622-5294; www.knox marine.com.

January 19-Feb. 4
Captain’s License Course
Annapolis, Md.
This U.S. Coast Guard-approved, nine-session course held by the Mariners School runs over three weekends and allows students to obtain their USCG six-pack license. Call for details. 609-987-0555; www.marinersschool.com.

January 20
Behind-the-Scenes Tour
National Aquarium, Baltimore, Md.
Visit the other side of the glass during this behind-the-scenes tour of the National Aquarium. Walk the catwalk over the shark tank, visit the food preparation areas for the more than 16,000 animals and see how the aquarium works. Preregistration required. 11:30 a.m.-
1 p.m. 410-727-3474; www.aqua.org.

January 20
Advanced Diesel Trouble-
Annapolis, Md.
This workshop will give students hands-on training on diesel engines and troubleshooting skills on various diesel engine problems. Preregistration required. 
 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-263-8848; 

January 21-22
Chesapeake Fishing and Outdoor Expo
The Showplace Arena, Upper Marlboro, Md.
This angling expo will specialize in salt and fresh water fishing tackle, supplies boats and more. Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-257-6610; www.chesapeakefishingoutdoorexpo.com.

January 22-27
Build Your Own Boat
Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, Md.
Build your own Annapolis Wherry rowing boat during this week-long class at Chesapeake Light Craft's heated boatbuilding shop. Preregistration required. 410-
267-0137; www.clcboats.com.

January 24
Sea Chanteys 101
Captain Salem Avery House Museum, Shady Side, Md.
Caryl Weiss will give her Sea Chanteys 101 talk during this installment of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society’s winter luncheons. 11:30 a.m. 410-267-0654; www.angelfire.com/md/ssrhs.

January 25
"Bound, by God, for Merryland!"
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, Md.
The Voyage of the 
Constant Friendship  This Annapolis 
Maritime Museum lecture will focus on historian John Wing's analysis of a 1672 voyage by a tobacco ship from England to "Providence." The voyage was recorded by the navigator Edward Rhodes, and gives a rare early record of travel to what would become Annapolis. 7 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.annapolismaritime museum.org.

January 26-28
East Coast 
Commercial Fishermen's and Aquaculture Trade Expo
Convention Center, Ocean City, Md.
This 33rd annual exposition features seminars, boat and fishing gear, exhibits, duck- and goose-calling competitions, and a chance to win a pickup truck or a 38-foot charterfishing boat. Call for times. 800-421-9176; www.maryland

January 27
West River Winter Seminar: Ted Weihe
West River Sailing Club, Galesville, Md.
Learn about the West River Sailing Club from Ted Weihe and his DVD presentation of the history of WRSC with special emphasis on the past, present and future of the quintessential Galesville OD racer—the Chesapeake 20. 2 p.m. 410-867-WRSC; www.westriversc.org.

January 27
"The Navy Way" Boot Camp
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Children ages 6 to 12 can learn what life is like at the Naval Academy. They will learn Navy terms, march in formation and learn to tell military time. The day includes lunch in a simulated mess hall and ice skating in Dahlgren Hall. Preregistration required. 10 a.m.-noon. 410-263-6933; www.navyonline.com.

January 27-28
Marine Diesel Basics
Annapolis, Md.
This introductory class will include both lecture and hands-on instruction in operating theory, maintenance, repairs and basic troubleshooting skills. Preregistration required. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com.

January 31
Adventures of a Nature Photographer
Captain Salem Avery House Museum, Shady Side, Md.
Hear Middleton Evans discuss his adventures as a Bay nature photographer during the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society’s Wednesday luncheon. 11:30 a.m. 410-267-0654; www.angelfire.com/md/ssrhs.

Through March 18
Winter Whale Watching
Virginia Beach Fishing Center, Rudee Inlet, 
Virginia Beach, Va.
Sneak a peek 
at endangered juvenile humpback whales 
who have traveled far in search of warm 
water. The two-hour boat trips, sponsored by the Virginia Marine Science Museum run dependent on weather and demand so make your reservations with an eye on the sky. 
 Thurs.-Fri. 2:30 p.m.; Sat.-
Sun. 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. 757-437-BOAT; www.vmsm.com.

Through March 31

Cruise the Coastline 
Little Island City Park, Virginia Beach, Va.
Hop onto the Terra Gator, an ecologically friendly beach mobile and travel through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. You will journey through marshes, beaches and woodlands to see migratory birds, endangered species and other coastal wildlife. Reservations required. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. 757-497-4811; www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/ fctrgatr.htm.

Through April 29
Apprentice for a Day
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md.
Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum shipwrights in building a two-sail crabbing bateau. Pick any weekend during the 17-week build, or join them for the whole process and learn about shipbuilding from the best. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.

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