The Point : Shipwright Harbor Marina News and Happenings Issue No. 4


News and Happenings
Issue No. 4, July 2017

Mid-Summer Cookout!

It's high season and high time we gathered for another cookout! Meet us at The Point Saturday, July 22nd at 5pm for Vic Curtis's famous Beer Butt Chicken, classic BBQ sides, and even funnel cake. The beer boat will make an appearance complete with an assortment of wine and beer. Dave Rishar of the South Creek Boys will play a few sets, supplemented by the pool playlist. Please RSVP to Linda Brooks - we hope to see you there!
Pictured: Dave Hill, most recent holder of the award

Order of the Broken Prop Nominations

     We boaters know that no matter how sculpted our sea-legs may be, the nature of boats in rocking seas can lead to a mis-step or two, such as docking in the incorrect slip in their haste to finally get home, or to run aground upon entry to the creeks after a cruise has left you delirious.

     A few years ago, the highly coveted Order of the Broken Prop was promulgated and awarded to the very first (and only) recipient. Dave Hill, F-25, a 35- year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard had spent a long and successful career climbing up and down ladders on boats and ships on the high seas, without one incident. One day at Shipwright, while debarking his boat at F-25, he slipped on the step up ladder fell, onto the finger dock, and then fell into the water. A passing head boat later reported it was not very graceful. Swimming to a ladder, he safety and expertly made it up and out, and onto the dock. Not believing he actually fell into the water, and thinking it a bit funny, he told his fellow F-Dock mates of the incident. Glad to hear he was not injured, his dockmates set about to collaboratively and secretively design an award to commemorate this, and future, humorous incidents, in a spirited way so as to further strengthen the bonds and comradery of Shipwright Harbor Marina boaters. 

     Once an award reserved for F-Dock slipholders, the coveted Order of the Broken Prop is now extended to all of Shipwright's Captains. This award is only for those who can laugh at their own mishaps, as it is self-nominating. 

     To be bestowed with this award, please submit your name, slip number, boat name, and mishap story to nominate yourself. Those nominations not self-submitted will be discarded. The captain who earns this title, must proudly display the plaque aboard their vessel for a full year until the next captain earns the title. 

     The winner will be announced at our end of season event, the date of which is yet to be determined. 
Meet Linda Brooks : Office Manager, Bookkeeper, and much more!

     Linda is a native to Maryland, born and bred in the DC Metro are. She lived in Montgomery County with her daughters running their own personal animal rescue to include any and all furry friends (read as: too  many cats, dogs, and rabbits...). In addition to her love of animals and gardening, she has always had a love of the water. With her children grown and moving on and her new marriage, Linda and her husband began looking for a home hear the water and stumbled upon Chesapeake Beach and settled in.
     Linda says, "I have worked (far too long!) in accounting, office management, and human resources for a Veterans Organization, Printing Company, Nursing Home, Engineering, and Construction." When asked what Linda likes most about working at Shipwright, she says, "The people, slipholders and staff alike. I have finally found my happy place at the marina with folks here to have fun and with a staff always willing to help keep you happy!"

On the Hook | Drum Point Bay

Dave Hill

     Fellow Shipwright explorers – Drum Point Bay over on the Eastern Shore has become one of our top spots to drop the hook.  Guaranteed you’ll love it – The Wye River and the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area have much to offer!
     Head on over to the Eastern Bay and then head southeast from R”4” at Tilghman Pt.  For a shortcut into the Wye River, you can head east at R N “8” to G “3” Head up on the eastern side of Bennet Pt, taking G “1” and “3” to port.  Round Drum Pt, tuck into the Bay, and set your anchor in 9-10 feet of water.  Great holding.  Now enjoy!

     We always throw the kayaks in the water and paddle over to the trail head at Drum Point. There’s some port-a-heads along the trail and also a picnic table with a sandy beach.  Miles of hiking trails on are on Wye Island, and they are packed with spots to look at the river and loads of birds for watching.

     I’m not making this up.  We hiked on a trail with very heavy foliage and tall, old trees.  On one particularly eerie stretch, where we found strange rock and stick formations, I looked ahead and am pretty sure I saw what seemed to be the legendary goat man crossing the trail, stopping to look down the path at us.  Later that night, out for an evening paddle, Dorothy claims to have encountered several attack rays. 

     All that said, the anchorage is gorgeous.  Very quiet with no homes on shore.  We anchored there just a couple of weeks ago and had some 6-7 deeper draft sailboats anchored nearby.  On the other side of Wye Island, on the Wye East River, you’ll find Dividing Creek, another popular spot.  We’d like to cruise around the Island sometime – but no further than the fixed bridge on the NE side, with a vertical clearance of only 10 feet. 

Got a great spot to drop the hook?  Tell Zoe!
Twin Creeks Water Tax-Z

Operating on Tracy's and Rockhold Creeks Friday & Saturday 11am - 8pm, Sundays 11am - 4pm. Contact Capt. Z at 443-995-9957 or VHF Ch. 71. Rides are free!
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