Annapolitan John W. Jacobs is offering local sailors a chance to hone their on-water skills with a series of in-depth seminars on piloting and coastal navigation, starting this weekend.
Dates for the Saturday seminars have been set for this Saturday and Feb. 8 and March 7, starting at 10 a.m., with additional seminars to be scheduled laterin the year, based on demand.
The six-hour seminars will cover several basic subject areas, including the origin of latitude and longitude; basic chart construction; the theory of DR; plotting of set and drift; the use of common navigational aids; the use of Loran, radar and SatNav; and interaction with commercial traffic.
Jacobs, a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, is an experienced Merchant Marine officer who currently holds a master's license of 1,600 tons, any ocean, and a second-mate license ofany gross tons, any ocean. He also is an avid sailor and racer, bothon the Chesapeake and offshore.
This dual perspective -- from thepoint of view of professional and commercial mariners, as well as that of an amateur racer/cruiser -- gives Jacobs a relatively unique combination of knowledge he wants to share with local recreational boaters.
"Basically, after sailing on the bay for seven years or so, Ithink both sailors and powerboaters need to be more acclimated to the basics of navigation," Jacobs said. "I hope my experience with sailing and also with commercial shipping will help better prepare local boaters for their interaction with commercial traffic, to everyone's benefit."
Attendance at each of these seminars is limited to 10 people to allow for hands-on experience and personal attention from theinstructor. Cost is $50 per person, including a text to accompany the material covered.
Participants should bring whatever basic plotting and navigation instruments they have and/or want to learn to handle more effectively, such as dividers, parallel rules, compasses and so on, as well as a few local charts.
Jacobs said he will have instruments and charts for those who do not own them, but recommended that participants bring their own, along with any charts they use frequently, such as ones for Cove Point to Sandy Point, and the Baltimore Harbor approach.
For reservations or more information, call 268-1941, or fax 269-1960.
Annapolitan Scott Taylor recently joinedLippincott Marine of Grasonville, where he is serving as a broker inits yacht sales office, Lippincott Sailing Yachts Inc.
Taylor, who spent 15 years in the sail-making industry, most recently serving as principal sail designer for North Sails Chesapeake from 1985 to August, 1990, is well-known in the marine trades and to a wide group of fellow sailors across the United States.
"I'm very enthusiastic about the change and looking forward to helping people find the appropriate boat," Taylor said. "In my sail-making career, I felt as though I had reached a point where I was ready to move on, and I'm hoping that my experience as a sailmaker over so many years will provide a reasonable network of contacts for people wanting to find boats and dispose of their boats."
The transition from sailmaker to sailboat broker is a natural one for Taylor.
"As a sailmaker, people often askfor advice on which way to go on their next boats," he said. "There are always a lot of projects that you are involved in from the very beginning, before the boat is even chosen."
Taylor has made a name for himself as a racing sailor, having sailed in many parts of the nation and overseas, including last summer's Snipe World Championships in Norway. And his wife, the former Susan Dierdorff, was recognized as a Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year in 1987 for her outstanding sailing.
Today, however, Taylor is particularly enthusiastic about Lippincott's focus on high-quality cruising boats, including its recently added and prestigious Bristol dealership.
"Now that Susan and I have a 2-year-old daughter, I've really become enamored of this other aspect of the sport," Taylor said. "It's nice to take your family with you, instead of leaving them home while you go off to race somewhere."
Lippincott Marine and Lippincott Sailing Yachts are located at Cedar Point Marina at Kent Narrows. For more information, call 410-827-9300.
Yachting Race Week in Key West began Monday for a fleet of 120 PHRF and IMS boats.
The fleet was greeted on the first day of racing with 20- to 25-knot winds, spin-offs from the same weather system that dropped snow on Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala.
The heavy winds produced disaster for a second locally based boat when Jack King's 62-foot Frers Merrythought lost her rig on the third leg of the 18-mile windward-leeward course.
Merrythought had just rounded the mark and was trying to force Connecticut sailor Richard Heffering's Baltic 50 Bully to tack.
"I called for more main to take him up," King explained. "We forced him to tack and our mast came down."
It is unlikely that King will be able to replace the mast in time to complete the regatta.