What we're about
Chesapeake sailboat skippers and crew connecting for day sails, overnight cruises, and social events to broaden our sailing experience and knowledge, share sailing tales and expand our sailing social circle. Social events help establish rapport and include informal happy hours and educational opportunities.
You don't have to know how to sail, just be willing to learn. Boat owners often welcome guests aboard to help pull ropes, turn cranks, or pass out refreshments. That is what "crewing" is all about. Skippers need useful crew and the more you crew, the more you learn.
Now about that knowing-how-to-sail part, here's a few more thoughts...
There is a saying: "There is no substitute for a formal education". There is another saying: "There is no substitute for experience". Both sayings are true! If you don't have much sailing experience, it is recommended that you sign up for a beginner's 2-day (weekend) or 3-day course at one of the many competent local sailing schools in our area where many of us started long ago, or perhaps take a course while on a tropical vacation. The courses are challenging and fun. In the meantime, take some free or minimal cost online courses through the Boat US Foundation (https://www.boatus.org/courses/) so that you can learn about boating safety and the parts of a sailboat, particularly the rigging lines that control the sails. That way, you can make yourself more useful aboard. Otherwise, you can start from scratch and learn aboard, but that is a slow process with inconsistent opportunities and results.
To join this group, a recognizable face photo without sunglasses is required. The group profile photo is accessed via the "My profile" menu "View profile" selection under the meetup group banner at the top of the page. Photos with multiple people tend to be ambiguous and are not helpful - after all, you want to know who you are looking for before the boat leaves the dock or when you walk into a bar filled with strangers!
We prefer that skippers and members post their own sailing and social events. However, to do so, Meetup requires you to be added as an Event Organizer. It's easy to be added, just message Bev Wright to be added as an Event Organizer. Skippers who post sailing cruises will select crew from RSVPs, then work out details with the crew.
Sailing the Chesapeake Bay is challenging, rewarding, and fun, so let’s go have some fun!