Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Norwegian Tall Ship departs tomorrow for Baltimore. Fair winds, Mates.

Norske seilskute avgang i morgen for Baltimore. Rettferdig vind, Mates.

HMS Bounty ~ Lost at Sea

I will be posting here news and links to stories of the recent tragic events of the  HMS Bounty.


The HMS Bounty is one of the most famous ships in the world. Known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel, the current Bounty, a replica, has survived to tell the tale. Built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brando, HMS Bounty sails the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history. Since her debut in “Mutiny on the Bounty”, HMS Bounty has appeared in many documentaries and featured films such as the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest with Johnny Depp.


Raise the HMS Bounty - Facebook


WCAX News - Vermonter Lost at Sea

HMS Bounty Facebook page

Pictures of the Bounty on Flickr online galleries

Coast Guard Rescue Video

CS Monitor.com/ HMS Bounty-The inside story of its final days

Life and Death on the Bounty

Photo graciously gifted by Gunpowder Gertie

Many of us have heard about the tragedy which unfolded early monday about the HMS Bounty sinking and the loss of two of our close friends and crewmates. Myself and another crewmember from earlier this year were not aboard when this occured and have set up a donation fund to help our friends and the families of the victims in their greatest time of need.
Donations are being accepted through pay pal to HMSBounty2012@yahoo.com
Even if you are not able to give please repost to all your friends to help us spread this message all across FaceBook


ABC News.HMS Bounty survivors

Robin Walbridge Obituary

Claudene Christian - Obituary (Legacy)

Letters to the editor - VP

Falling Overboard ~ Robin Beth Schaer

Video Tribute (YouTube)

HMS Bounty tribute wall calendar on Etsy
In Polish, but the images are nice. http://www.sailbook.pl/artykul/1340-najslynniejszy-bunt-na-swiecie



Maritime Monday for November 5th, 2012: HMS Bounty, Loss and Lore

By On

Ship Worker: HMS Bounty’s Frame Rotting Before It Sank

A year after Sandy sank Bounty: Messages in a bottle

Ned Lightner interview with Robin Walbridge on Youtube

Lessons of the BOUNTY   Drawing experience from tragedy

NTSB Official Report

USCG Releases Investigation Report Into Tall Ship Bounty Sinking


HMS Bounty rescuers receive top IMO Bravery Award for hurricane rescue            


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Liveaboard Life Minimalism

Sailing, Simplicity and the Pursuit of Happiness

I stumbled upon something tonight that really excited and inspired me. Posting here to share and so I won't lose it.
I think this is going to be better than any book I could read or movie I could rent. I'll be checking out the sites when I take a break from editing photos. And from what I've seen so far, there will be a lot of breaks and fewer editings.

"In 2008 I made a dramatic change to chase a dream. Now I seek to cradle a more authentic relationship with nature. I live on a 27ft sailboat, named Daphne, with only my cat, Dory, for company. I've began traveling in 2008 taking odd jobs to support my lifestyle. My boat is not a house, but it is my home. It is not a car, but I travel a blue road. Follow my journey as I sail, explore, and discover what simple living means to me".  ~ Teresa Carey

Teresa Carey - Liveaboard Life Minimalism
Simple Question - Movie
Sailing Simplicity on Facebook
Sailing Simplicity's Photostream on Flickr
The Zeppelin Bend - Etsy

It’s the moments when I worked hard

to take care of

Daphne, when all the elements

of the ocean were testing me, and

when all the strength of my body was

gone that I found resources in myself that

would’ve remained undiscovered and still

buried today had I not sailed solo.

These three gifts have made me a

stronger, more independent, and more

confidant person. I’ll always think of my

time sailing solo as a rite of passage in

sailing and in life.

~ Teresa Carey ~

25th Annual Cock Island Boat Race

Coming soon to a computer near you - The 25th Race to Cock Island, with results, photos and notes.
Raw images here: Pictures on Facebook
Some edited images here: My Flickr Photostream

US Sailing.org / Race Admin Home Page
Race admin.us sailing.org / Rules/Animated Handy Guide

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Operation Sail 2012

I will be posting links and information as it becomes available on Op Sail 2012 events in Tidewater Virginia. If you have something that's not posted, give me a shout. Thanks.

My Op Sail Virginia photos on my Flickr Photostream >

Op Sail 2012

Opsail 2012 Virginia - Home

Events Schedule by Date - Norfolk

Festevents - Mini Site

Festevents - Home Page

Festevents Facebook Page

36th Annual Norfolk Harborfest

Parade of Sail

Tall Ships & Military Vessels

Tall Ship Tracker

Seawall Festival Schedule of Events and Map

Schooner Virginia to Sail

Chesapeake Boating.net 1812 Calendar of Events

Portsmouth Seawall Music Festival Schedule (pdf)
If you are not in the local area, you can view the Parade of Sail on
Nauticus' Live Webcam

Buque Escuela Esmeralda               
Buque Escuela Cuauhtemoc
Buque Escuela Guayas
Man the Yardarms


Visit FestEventsVA.org

2012 Norfolk Harborfest® presented by AT&THosts OpSail 2012 Virginia™The East Coast’s Largest Free Waterfront Festival Kicks off This WeekJune 6-12, on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
The 36th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® will host OpSail 2012 Virginia™ from June 6-12, 2012, along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, as part of the national commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. Norfolk Harborfest® kicks off the summer season with FREE, fresh, family-friendly FUN!
Starting this Wednesday, June 6-June 12, The Downtown Norfolk Waterfront transforms into an exciting playground for people of all ages stretching over three miles long. The historic waterfront festival offers a weekend packed with exciting activities on land and sea! This year, Harborfest includes more tall ships than ever before, courtesy of OpSail 2012 Virginia™, three spectacular Parades of Sail, the largest fireworks show on the East Coast shot off three barges that will stretch down the Elizabeth River, local, regional and national entertainment, family activities, unique and unusual performances, water activities and much more.
… And to satisfy appetites of all types, festival chefs have prepared a bounty of mouthwatering fresh seafood, traditional festival favorites and crisp, cool drinks. Outdoor cafes and dockside shaded seating line the waterfront paths of Town Point Park and Waterside Marina and will welcome guests all weekend long.
Tall Ships, Ship Tours, Parade of Sail, Boater Information, and Docking…
2012 Harborfest Parade of Sail, Presented by WVEC News Channel 13 Sea and Air Parade of Sail, Wednesday, June 6, 2012The Sea and Air Parade of Sail is a new event for OpSail 2012 Virginia. It will include the International fleet of naval vessels as well as waterborne and air assets from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, Army Corps of Engineers and other government and private organizations. The Parade will highlight the importance of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and other Sea Services within our community while showcasing the Port of Virginia to our International guests. Details for the event are still being finalized, but the route w ill include the Parade passing through the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Henry, through Thimble Shoals Channel via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, past Fort Monroe in Hampton, and into downtown Norfolk along the Elizabeth River. The first ships will pass Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk at noon on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
Parade of Sail Viewing Locations and hours: Front Street Park at Fort Norfolk, 11am-1:30pm Town Point Park and Freemason Harbor, 11:30am-2:30pm
Tall ship Parade of Sail, Friday, June 8, 2012The International fleet of tall ships will begin arriving on Thursday, June 7, 2012. They will anchor in Lynnhaven Roads, just north of the John A. Lesner Bridge on the Virginia Beach waterfront. The Parade of Sail will begin at 7AM on the morning of Friday, June 8, 2012. The fleet will parade from the Lynnhaven Roads anchorage through Thimble Shoals Channel, past the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (between Trestles A and B) and past Fort Monroe in Hampton. From there, the ships will move through Hampton Roads and up the Elizabeth River to downtown Norfolk. The first ships in the Parade will reach Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk at noon on Friday, June 8, 2012. Ships w ill then proceed to their docks in downtown Norfolk, or in other Affiliate Ports, before opening to the public for tours.
Parade of Sail Viewing Locations and hours:
Front Street Park at Fort Norfolk, 11am-2pm Town Point Park and Freemason Harbor, 11:30am-2:30pm

Parade of Sail Up the Chesapeake Bay, Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Parade of Sail Up the Chesapeake Bay is also a new event for OpSail 2012 Virginia! As the fleet of tall ships departs on the morning of Tuesday, June 12, 2012, they will proceed in formation out of the Elizabeth River, past Fort Monroe in Hampton and turn northward in the Chesapeake Bay towards their next port of call in Baltimore, MD. The fleet will maintain a speed of six knots, passing Smith Point at the mouth of the Potomac River around sunset (about 9PM) on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Recreational boaters, yacht clubs and charter vessels are encouraged to participate in the Parade by sailing alongside the fleet as they make their way northward. This will offer a unique opportunity to see the tall ships in their natural environment - at sea. Boaters are encouraged to check the opsail2012virginia.com website regularly to learn more about the Parade and look for informational brochures on small boat safety and navigational restrictions specific to OpSail 2012 Virginia.

Electrifying Fireworks Show presented by WAVY TV10 & FOX 43Produced by Pyro Shows of Tennessee
The Fireworks show at Norfolk Harborfest® is one of the largest pyrotechnical shows on the East Coast. Be prepared for the unexpected as the sky is filled with an explosive display of light and is synchronized to a musical score not to be missed. As a tribute to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner 200 years ago, the audience will be led by local TV and radio personalities in singing our National Anthem just before the show, scheduled for Saturday night at 9:30 pm. Fireworks will be fired off of three barges on the Elizabeth River and will be visible throughout the 3 1/2 miles of the festival waterfront. Barge locations include Town Point Park, Front Street Park at Fort Norfolk and West Ghent Piers at MHI.
The Music of Opsail/ Harborfest weekend…

Budweiser Main Stage
Friday, June 8th
4:00-5:00pm: Andy Grammer: http://www.andygrammer.com/
6:00-7:15pm: Gavin DeGraw: http://www.gavindegraw.com/home
8:30-10:00pm: Colbie Caillat: http://www.colbiecaillat.com/
Saturday, June 9th
3:30-4:30pm: River City Gang: http://www.rivercitygang.com/
5:30-7:00pm: Infamous Stringdusters: http://thestringdusters.com/site/admat/
8:00-9:30pm: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers: http://www.brucehornsby.com/assets-page/
Sunday, June 10th
1:30-2:45pm: ARMY TRADOC Rock Band
3:45-5:00pm: Edwin McCain: http://www.429records.com/sites/429records/429details/d_edwinmccain.asp
6:00-7:30pm: Sugarfoot's Ohio Players
Monday, June 11th
12:00-1:30pm: United States Coast Guard Band

Boathouse Stage
Friday, June 8th
12:45-2:00pm: Brian Sewell
2:45-4:00pm: Ron Fetner Band: http://www.ronfetner.com/
5:00-6:00pm: The Jesse Chong Band: http://jessechong.net/
7:15-8:30pm: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown: http://tylerbryantmusic.com/
*After Burner Party*
10:00-Midnight Deloreans: http://www.thedeloreans.com

Saturday, June 9th
12:30-1:45pm: Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot
2:15-3:30pm: Passengers
4:30-5:30pm: Bison: http://www.bisonfolk.com/
6:45-8:00pm: The Wood Brothers: http://www.thewoodbros.com/
*After Burner Party*
10:00-Midnight: Cheap Thrills: http://www.cheapthrillsva.com/

Sunday, June 10th

12:15-1:30pm: Jim Newsom Band: http://www.jimnewsom.com/
2:30-3:45pm: Lewis McGehee: http://lewismcgehee.com/
5:00-6:15pm: Holy Ghost Tent Revival: http://www.holyghosttentrevival.com/?p=home
Monday, June 11th
1:00-2:15pm: Tropical Steel: http://www.tropicalsteel.com/
2:45-4:00pm: Narissa Band: http://www.narissabond.com/
4:30-5:45pm: Mike Proffitt
6:15-8:00pm: B2B: http://www.b2bband.com/

Front Street Stage:
Thursday, June 7th
2:30pm-3:30pm: Bill Dempsey
4:00pm-5:00pm: Pint & Dale: http://pintndale.com/
5:30pm-6:30pm: Walt Michael & Co. http://www.goldenlink.org/html/waltmichael.html
7:00pm-8:00 pm: Poisoned Dwarf: http://www.poisoneddwarf.com/
Friday, June 8th
12:00pm-1:00 pm Bill Dempsey
1:30pm-2:30pm: Bob Zentz: http://www.bobzentz.com/
3:00pm-4:00pm: Hildebrands
4:30pm-5:30 pm Scott Varney: http://scottvarney.com/
6:00pm-7:15 pm Longfellow Street: http://www.longfellowstreetmusic.com/
8:00pm-11:00 pm Jackmove
Saturday, June 9th
12:00pm-2:30pm United States Fleet Forces Show Band
3:00pm-4:00 pm OCEAN
4:00pm-5:00pm OCEAN
5:30pm-6:30pm Mike Proffitt Band
7:00pm-8:15pm Julie Clark: http://julieclark.net/
8:45pm-9:30pm 10 Spot
10:00pm-11:00pm 10 Spot
Sunday, June 10th
12:00pm-1:15pm USCG Dixie Band
2:00pm-3:00 pm Molasses Creek: http://molassescreek.com
3:30pm-4:30 pm Ronstadt Generations: http://www.ronstadtgenerations.com
5:00pm-8:00pm Code Blue: http://www.codeblueband.com/
Monday, June 11th
12:00pm-1:00 pm Skye Zentz
1:30pm-2:30 pm Stephen Christoff: http://stephenchristoff.com/
3:00pm-4:00 pm Sparky & Rhonda Rucker: http://www.sparkyandrhonda.com/
4:30pm-6:30 pm Shanty- Folk! Bob Zentz with Pint & Dale and crew
7:00pm-8:00 pm Ronstadt Generations: http://www.ronstadtgenerations.com

MHI Stage:
Thursday, June 7th 4:00pm-5:00pm: Island Style 7:00pm-8:00pm: Island Style
Friday, June 8th
12:30pm-1:30pm Tropical Steel; steel drums: http://tropicalsteel.com/
2:00pm-3:00pm Tropical Steel; steel drums: http://tropicalsteel.com/
4:00pm-5:00pm Joe Gosman: http://www.joegosman.com/
5:30pm-6:30pm Joe Gosman: http://www.joegosman.com/
7:00pm-8:00pm The Dudes
8:30pm-9:30pm The Dudes
10:00-11:00pm &nbs p; The Dudes
Saturday, June 9th
12:00pm-1:30pm Joe Maniscalco: http://www.joemaniscalco.com/
2:00pm-3:00pm Joe Maniscalco: http://www.joemaniscalco.com/
4:00pm-5:00pm Ryan Hines Band
5:30pm-6:30pm Ryan Hines Band
7:00pm-8:00pm Buffett Fever
8:30pm-9:30pm Buffett Fever
10:00-11:00pm Buffett Fever
Sunday, June 10th
12:30pm-1:30pm Tropical Steel; steel drums: http://tropicalsteel.com/
2:00pm-3:00pm Tropical Steel; steel drums: http://tropicalsteel.com/
4:00pm-5:00pm: Island Style5:30pm-6:30pm: Island Style7:00pm-8:00pm: & nbsp; Island Style
Monday, June 11th12:30pm-1:30pm Joe Maniscalco: http://www.joemaniscalco.com/
2:00pm-3:00pm Joe Maniscalco: http://www.joemaniscalco.com/
3:30pm-4:30pm Joe Maniscalco: http://www.joemaniscalco.com/
5:00pm-6:00pm Sparky & Rhonda Rucker: http://www.sparkyandrhonda.com/
Unique & Unusual of Harborfest
Wacky Chad – master pogo comedian extraordinaire! - Mercury Landing, Town Point Park
Wacky Chad’s engaging blend of comedy, stunts and improve has impressed thousands of people all over the world. This wildly appealing show keeps audiences smiling long after he has finished his energizing shows. Wacky Chad is a stunt comedian, unicyclist, juggler, unique pogo stick performer, strolling entertainer, magician, and stand up comic – all in one!
Yo-Yo People – Two-Time Guinness World Record Holder - Mercury Landing, Town Point Park
Who would have thought you could make an entire show out of yo-yos? John Higby brings back that nostalgic toy, reminding you of old favorite tricks such as Walk the Dog and Rock the Baby, then amazing you with new and bizarre tricks, such as Boingy-Boingy and Iron Whip.
The Procrastinators – Outrageous Drummers! - Mercury Landing, Town Point Park Co-founded in 1999 by Chris Doolittle, Matt Ramey and Brian Stockard, these outrageous drummers turn five-gallon water bottles, barstools and pots & pans into legitimate musical instruments while jumping, sliding, twisting and stomping their way through fast and furious rhythmic fun!
No Bodies Crew – Breaking it DOWN! - Mercury Landing, Town Point Park No Bodies Crew invites you to experience the vibrant intensity of an action packed Breakin’ (Breakdance) performance; an exciting display of gravity defying flips, breathtaking stunts and high energy acrobatic Breakin’ routines.
Tidewater Dock Dogs - West Ghent Piers at MHILeaping, splashing, swimming and barking! Tidewater Dock Dogs makes a splash in Norfolk featuring a three-day dock dog competition. This very popular and fast growing national canine sport is featured on ESPN, The Outdoor Network and most recently in a national pizza commercial. Dock Dogs is an action packed, fast paced sport open to all four legged breeds, sizes and ages! A regulation size pool and dock will be installed at MHI where dogs will be competing all weekend in three categories: Big Air, Speed Retrieve and Extreme Vertical. Advance registration is required.
Keith King BMX Stunt Show - West Ghent Piers at MHIShowcasing both ramp and flatland BMX stunts, their performance features high-flying aerial jumps and mind boggling technical maneuvers on the ground and in the air that are sure to amaze and thrill guests with heart-stopping tricks! These riders have competed in the X Games, Gravity Games and Dew Action Sports Tour and have been featured on Fox Sports. Performances Thursday, June 7-Sunday, June 10.

Children & Family ActivitiesRyan The Balloon Guyextreme balloon artist! Ryan Lavallee is better known throughout Hampton Roads as Ryan “The Balloon Guy” because his profession has been twisting balloons for a hobby and now professionally. Request your free balloon art from Ryan Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10.
Pic-N-Paint award winning face painter!Voted the best face painting and body art in Hampton Roads, Ashley Pickin is the owner and artist of Pic-N-Paint. Painting faces from Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10, her creative juices will flow and delight even the pickiest of critics.
Sunday Family Funday! East Lawn, Town Point Park
On Sunday, June 10th, from 10am-2pm, join us as we celebrate the families of Hampton Roads during this exclusive time at Harborfest in Town Point Park!
Meet & Greet with Nick Jr’s Foofee™ & Toodee™ from Yo! Gabba! Gabba!©2010 GabbaCaDabra LLC located beside the Main Stage.
ALL ABOARD the Town Point Express! Enjoy FREE train rides throughout Town Point Park on this one of a kind caboose!
Have steam to blow off? Jump inside our three bounce houses… themed with all of your favorite Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Princess Cinderella and Cars!
Grab your balloon art from Ryan the Balloon Guy and get your face painted at the Pic-N-Paint station to enhance your festival experience!
Other Fun Festival Features
Norfolk FREE WAYThis FREE shuttle system will transport guests to all OpSail 2012 Virginia event sites as well to attractions and hotels throughout Norfolk. The Norfolk FREE WAY Depot at Harbor Park will operate 3 separate loops of continuous service to attractions and event sites beginning at 10 am each day from Wednesday, June 8 through Monday June 11th. Norfolk FREE WAY will end service to event sites and attractions at 9 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, Midnight on Friday and Saturday and 9 pm on Sunday and Monday. Norfolk FREE WAY will transport guests between Norfolk hotels and the Norfolk FREE WAY Depot at scheduled times throughout the weekend as well. Please visit www.opsail2012virginia.com for a complete listing of Hotel shuttle locations.

Norfolk FREEWAY shuttle stops for the general public include the following stops along the festival grounds:
  • Atlantic Avenue & Waterside Drive (to access Town Point Park, Waterside)
  • Boush Street & Main Street (to access Town Point Park, Nauticus and Freemason)
  • College Place & Yarmouth (to access Freemason and NOAA)
  • York Street & Botetourt Street (to access NOAA)
  • Colley Avenue & Front Street (to access Front Street Park at Fort Norfolk)
  • Claremont Avenue at the waterfront (to access West Ghent Piers at MHI and the Elizabeth River Trail)
Fleet Chef Challenge presented by Culinary Institute of Virginia- Festival Field, Town Point ParkThe OpSail 2012 Virginia Fleet Chef Challenge pits 25 teams of chefs against one another in a culinary competition of epic proportions! Chefs from the visiting fleet of international tall ships and naval vessels will each partner with a Virginia chef to create a menu and prepare a three course meal from locally grown Virginia’s Finest products, influenced by the cuisine from the ship’s home country. Fifteen judges will visit t he ships on Saturday, June 9 and choose four finalist based on taste, presentation and use of the Virginia’s Finest products provided. The finalists will face off in a final competition to be held in Festival Field in Town Point Park on Sunday, June 10 at 1:30PM.
All American Cornhole Blast presented by Virginia Cornhole Association- Festival Field, Town Point ParkThis ain’t your daddy’s horseshoes! It’s the All American Cornhole Blast Tournament and Free Play Weekend Friday June 8 & Saturday June 9, Noon – 5 pm. Register early to guarantee your place on the roster. Tournament winners receive cash and merchandise prizes. Visit http://www.virginiabeachcornhole.com/events.php for details and registration.
Virginia’s Finest® Pavilion - Festival Field, Town Point ParkFrom cookies to corks, find everything Virginia from retail vendors like Cookie Zen, LLC, Jody’s Gourmet Popcorn, Montebello Kitchens, Rodger’s Banana Pudding Sauce, Rowena’s and Virginia Diner, Inc. Virginia wines are available to sample and for purchase by the glass, bottle and case. Virginia wineries include Barboursville Vineyards, Chateau Morrisette, Chatham Vineyards, Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery, Rockbridge Vineyard and Williamsburg Winery. The Virginia’s Finest® Trademark Program is proud to celebrate nearly 25 years of excellence, promoting the development of Virginia agriculture and specialty food and beverage products. Virginia’s Finest®, created by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), highlights top quality Virginia-produced, processed and manufactured products, including baked goods, beverages, candy, confections, cheeses, meats, nuts, snack foods, seafood, sauces and more. Only Virginia products that meet or exceed quality standards are part of the Virginia’s Finest® Trademark Program. Consumers recognize the familiar Virginia’s Finest® "checkmark" and trust that Virginia’s Finest® products have been deemed the “best of the best.” Guests can also explore the Virginia’s Finest Directory online by visiting www.vafinest.com.
US Marine Corps Sunset Parade and Parade of Cadets- Festival Field, Town Point Park7:00pm-8:30pm in Festival Field in Town Point Park. The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifle platoon that performs a unique precision drill exhibition. This highly disciplined platoon exemplifies the professionalism associated with the United States Marine Corps. The Silent Drill Platoon first performed in the Sunset Parades of 1948 and received such as overwhelming response that it soon became a regular part of the parades at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
Dewaruci Marching Band & Dance Team - Waterside AmphitheaterDon’t miss this unique opportunity to get up close & personal with the 80-member Marching Band and Dance Team from the Indonesian Tall Ship, Dewaruci in the Waterside Amphitheater. Performances take place Friday, June 8-Monday, June 11. Visit stage schedules for exact times.
Military Heritage Encampment- Front Street at Fort NorfolkThe OpSail 2012 Virginia Military Heritage Encampment & Drill Field is a timeline event commemorating the history of our nation’s military services. More than 200 participants in 20 units will demonstrate the life of the average Soldier, Sailor, and Marine from colonial days to today’s active duty military. Come out and see the tools, weapons, tactics and camp life from different time periods and watch exciting demonstration on the tactical demonstration field. Walk through history, try on uniforms, learn to march in formation, and watch a Civil War cannon fired! Front Street Park at Fort Norfolk will come alive with American military history Friday-Monday (June 8-11, 2012) between noon and sunset. You won’t want to miss this exciting event!
Ferris Wheel - West Ghent Piers at MHI
The largest traveling Giant Wheel in North American will thrill festival guests visiting West Ghent Piers at MHI. From 90 ft in the air, gaze across the Elizabeth River at the breathtaking views of the visiting vessels along the Norfolk waterfront. The Wheel lights up the night sky with 5,000 LED lights dancing in unison.
For More information please go to festevents.org or opsail2012virginia.com
Proceeds raised at Norfolk Harborfest® 2012 benefit: Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads, Barrett Haven, ACCESS AIDS Care, Virginia Sun Wheelers, Kiwanis Club of Norfolk, REACH, Inc., Chinese Community Association of Hampton Roads, Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk, Chesapeake Southside Lions Club, Kiwanis Club of Grafton and The Dwelling Place.
The 36th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® is produced by Norfolk Festevents in partnership with Port of Virginia and presented by AT&T and the City of Norfolk.
The weekend’s events are sponsored by:W.F. Magann Corporation, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/RAM/ Fiat, CFE Equipment Corporation, Budweiser, Geico, Pepsi, Farm Fresh, Norfolk Environmental Commission, Norfolk Plumbing, Virginia Is For Lovers, Sentara, Shula’s 347, Spirit of Norfolk, Virginia Lottery, Nauticus, WVEC 13, WAVY TV 10/ FOX 43, 92.9 The Wave, 97.3 The Eagle, Hot 100.5, 94.9 The Point, 95.7 R&B, 101.3 2WD, Z104, 93.7 BOB FM, 96X, US 106, FM99, 106.9 The Fox, 92.1 KISS FM, 103 JAMZ, The New 105.3 and Movin’ 107.7 .
OpSail 2012 Virginia™ is produced by Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. in partnership with OpSail, Inc., The Virginia Bicentennial of the American War of 1812 Commission, the Commonwealth of Virginia, US Navy, US Coast Guard and other US Sea Services, The Naval History & Heritage Command, The Patriotic Festival, Virginia’s Finest & the Culinary Institute of Virginia
OpSail 2012 Virginia™ is sponsored by: Port of Virginia, W.F. Magann Corporation, American Maritime Holdings Inc., Norfolk Southern, Pilot Media, Dominion Enterprises, TowneBank, Maersk Line, Limited, E.G Middleton Inc., Huntington Ingalls Industries, STIHL, BB&T, Norfolk International Airport, Crofton Industries, Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center, Virginia’s Finest & Norfolk Seafood Company.
About Operation Sail, Inc.
Operation Sail, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1961 with the endorsement of President John F. Kennedy. Backed by a Joint Congressional Resolution, its mission is to advance sail training and promote goodwill among nations. To date, it has held five international sailing events—in 1964, 1976, 1986, 1992 and 2000—each tied to a landmark historical event and each culminating in a traditional Parade of Sail in New York Harbor. For more information, please visit www.opsail.org.
About the United States Navy
The U. S. Navy is the sea-service branch of the U. S. Armed Forces. The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. America’s Navy, keeping the Sea Free for More than 200 years. www.navy.mil, www.history.navy.mil

About the United States Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard has a long and rich military history providing security and enabling American prosperity through maritime commerce. Today the Coast Guard is a strategic national asset, uniquely equipped with legal authorities and specialized skills, making the Service a sound investment in homeland security for more than 200 years. http://www.uscg.mil/
About Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing city celebrations including premier concerts, festivals, ship visits, and special events for the residents and guests of Hampton Roads. Celebrating its 30th season, Norfolk Festevents has garnered international acclaim for its outstanding quality of programming. Norfolk Festevents is the official event marketing and production agency for the City of Norfolk.

More Photos of Statsraad Lehmkuhl  ( The ship at the top of this post )

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

National Maritime Day

USDOT Maritime Administration
May 22nd is National Maritime Day, first declared so by Congress in 1933.

On all the oceans
White caps flow
You do not see crosses
Row on Row
But those who sleep
Beneath the sea
Rest in Peace,
For your country is free.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Schooner Virginia makes her 2012 Debut


I will be posting updates and more photos. Click on the link above to take you to my main blog for other links.

The Schooner Virginia made her debut this afternoon, despite schooner weather that seems to always accompany her. I will be editing this post as more information becomes available. Enjoy the photos.




Click here for Claire Trego Goodwin's onboard FB photos

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Solo The Americas

from: Mike McLinn who donated and maintained the website dedicated to this fantastic voyage. 

Matt Rutherford is the first person to solo, nonstop circumnavigate both North America & South America! He sailed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel at 10:48 EST this morning, crossing his original track and completing his challenge!
Matt’s plan is still to make his first landfall this Saturday the 21st of April at noon in Annapolis. Anyone and everyone is invited to help welcome him home.
Congratulations to Matt!


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tall Ships

Navigating the Tall Ships was never so easy!

Ahoy there! Our Tall Ships App learns you all there is to know about the adventurous world of Tall Ships. These giant sailing ships used to rule the waves as cargo vessels. Nowadays they’re mainly used as training or passenger ships and they've millions of fans all over the world. If you're one of them, try out this new app and find out more about these beautifull ships. Welcome on board!

Tall Ships App for iPhone

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Joseph (J.C.) Waters - A Sailor's Sailor

There's a New Star in the Heavens tonight to guide our ship by.  Fair Winds, Cap'n.  See you on the other side.


Some of my favorite times aboard the "Spirit of Independence."

From Joe Elder's Blog "Skipjack's Nautical Living".  Thanks, Joe.

Friends of J.C. Waters gather at Swimming Pt. Walk to pay respects and share stories at the Memorial Tribute to celebrate his life. 

A Sailor is an Artist, whose medium is the Wind.
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Jim Dyson FB Tribute

The haunting and soulful lament on the bagpipes is an emotional tribute, 
and at the same time celebrates the life of a loved one.  (Susan May Heely, piper)