VOLUME 30 - NUMBER 2 - JUNE 2000

Two Big-Hearted Rivers
The town of Occoquan benefited from the rush and play of its namesake river, becoming a prime spot for manufacturing mills. In contrast, just across the Potomac River, Mattawoman Creek flows flat as a flounder through marshes as thick as any on the Tidewater. Senior editor Wendy Mitman Clarke soaks up the history and the scenery on a cruise through these upland tributaries.

A Race Against Chaos
You’d think that after doing it for nine years, it would become old hat. Not so, say the volunteers in charge of the annual Santa Maria Cup in Annapolis. Every year, it gets bigger and better. By features editor Jay Livingston

Bateau Royale
Two centuries ago, James River bateaux swarmed down the narrow, rocky channel of the James, hauling cargo from the hill-country farms to Richmond and beyond. Today’s river runners make the grueling trip for fun once a year, and they let writer Earl Swift tag along.

Nautical Know-How
Cruising Older, Cruising Smarter—With good equipment and a little forethought, the voyage into our sunset years should be as satisying as ever. By Don Launer.

Time-Tested: A Guide to Good Old Boats
Three of a Kind—According to Jack Hornor, time dealt the Sea Ray 41 Aft-Cabin Motor Yacht a winning hand.

Marina Hopping
On to Georgetown—Andi Manchester spends a rainy
weekend at the Sassafras Harbor Marina in the shadow of the Georgetown drawbridge..

Prop Wash
Look in the Cruise Guide—A certain Chesapeake cruise guide falls abysmally short of the mark, says Leon Frank, when it comes to listing the really important stuff, like who lives in that multi-minioned estate over there?

Cruise of the Month
Three for the Fourth—Plan on watching more than one set of fireworks displays if you’re cruising Virginia’s Rappahannock or Piankatank rivers. By Jim Stalnaker

Reader Rendezvous
First Boat, First Storm—The family’s first time away from the dock wasn’t supposed to test their nerves, just their boat. By George Carrigan.

Angler’s Almanac
Spot Coverage—You’ve found the fishing hole, now
John Page Williams shows you how to find the fish.

Stern Lines
A Brush with the Behemoth—George Trennig muses on the differences between yachts big (we mean really big) and small.

Reed Creek Journal