Crusader offers annual spring festival next weekend


March 12, 1995|By NANCY NOYES

Next weekend Nancy and Jerry Cann of Crusader Yacht Sales and their staff are throwing their early spring festival of sail, Crusader's annual Open House & Free Boat Show.

Guests will include designer, sailor and raconteur Bill Crealock. Crealock, a legend in his own right among cruising sailors, will be revealing the design background and a secret or two to his world-famous Pacific Seacraft-built bluewater yachts. He speaks at 2 p.m. each day.

Plenty of new boats will be on display, including the Melges24 one-design racer, the Tartan 3500 and 4600 from Tartan Yachts; the Pilothouse 32, Crealock 34, and Crealock 37 from Pacific Seacraft, and Nonsuch 260 and 324 models.

Another guest who will appear is Ted Van Dusen, president of Composite Engineering. He will discuss one of the industry's hottest leading edges, at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. next Sunday.

Plenty of other seminars are scheduled, including Nancy Cann, surveyor Richard Stimson and Karen Brown of Sterling Finance on "Boat Buying Skills," 11 a.m. Saturday (repeated 1 p.m. Sunday); Bill Gleason's seminar on the care and feeding of diesel engines, 3 p.m. Saturday; and a new seminar, "A Stitch in Time," dealing with preventive maintenance boat owners can do themselves to save money with an expert panel including Gleason, rigger/repair expert Garth Hitchens and surveyor Peter Hartoft at 3 p.m. next Sunday.

The show opens at 10 a.m. each day at Crusader's headquarters at Port Annapolis Marina at Edgewood and Bembe Beach Roads in Annapolis. All events are free and open to the public; door prizes and refreshments also will be available. For information, call Crusader at (410) 269-0939.

While visiting the Open House and Free Boat Show, sailors also will have a chance to meet Crusader's newest additions to its staff of brokers: Jim Blaisdell and Jason Dicks.

Many folks locally will remember Blaisdell from his years at Coast Navigation and will recall that he and his wife undertook the dream of a lifetime in 1984 when they began extensive international cruising, starting in England and working through western Europe, the Canaries, and transAtlantic to South America and the West Indies before returning to the U.S. and dropping anchor in Annapolis.

Dicks grew up racing and cruising the Chesapeake with his family, having kept boats in Annapolis and Solomons for more than 20 years. A computer expert who is a veteran of 10 years in the computer network management business, Dicks has split his sailing season between Maryland and Florida since 1982, having participated in delivery trips as well as cruising and diving in Florida, the Keys and the Bahamas. Currently his boat is moored on Back Creek in Annapolis.

Smoke those sweats

It's almost time for that Eastport rite of spring, the annual spring Sock Burning ceremony, to be conducted this year on the outer pier at Eastport Yacht Club, next Sunday at 4 p.m.

This maritime industry/sailors' ritual requires participants to remove and burn their socks in celebration of the coming warm and sockless season, regardless of weather conditions at the time of the ceremony. Call Richard Dein, (410) 267-0997, or Mike Kaufman, (410) 263-8900, for information.

Winter seminars continued

West Marine in Bay Ridge Plaza, Annapolis, is continuing its winter seminar series with "Getting Your Head Together: Understanding the New Marine Sanitation Regulations," with Pat Kearns and Tom Hale of the American Boat & Yacht Council, Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the store. It's free and open to the public; for information call (410) 268-0129.

* At Fawcett Boat Supplies on City Dock, the offerings include "Electric Winches & Windlasses," Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Jason White of Lewmar. The seminar is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but call ahead in case of bad VTC weather to confirm scheduling: (410) 267-8681, (800) 456-9151.

* "Improving Your Club's Race Management" is John Barnes' topic in the West River Sailing Club's final offering in its winter seminar series, Saturday at 2 p.m. at the clubhouse in Galesville. The session is free, and open to the public; a chili lunch is at 1 p.m. Information: Donna Schlegel, (410) 867-2775.

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