YOUR UNIQUE, END OF SUMMER ADVENTURE STILL LIES AHEAD!

The following overnight guest crew opportunities are available aboard PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II: 

Midland, Ontario to Detroit, Michigan 
Board in Midland, Ontario on August 25, 2013. Depart port August 26 and sail aboard PRIDE II 3 nights. Arrive in Detroit, MI on August 29, 2013. 
Cost: $670

Erie, Pennsylvania to Boston, Massachusetts 
Board in Erie, PA on September 8, 2013. Depart port September 9 and sail aboard PRIDE II 15 nights. Arrive in Boston, MA on September 24, 2013. 
Cost: $2,375

If interested, please fill out and submit the following guest crew application (also available atwww.pride2.org) or contact Pride, Inc. at 410-539-1151: https://www.pride2.org/come_aboard/Pride_of_Baltimore_Guest_Crew_Application.pdf
Additional guest crew opportunities in the Chesapeake Bay will soon be announced for fall 2013! Follow us on Facebook for daily updates … 

 

CHANGE OF COMMAND OF PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II

Captain Jamie Trost is back in command of PRIDE and as I write this Monday Morning August 5th PRIDE is making her way down the Michigan shore of Lake Michigan from Lake Charlevoix bound for Chicago come Wednesday.

PRIDE has been coming to Lake Charlevoix since I brought the first PRIDE here in August of 1981. Back then Jack Kidd (The Elder) had promised an R&R weekend for the crew as a thank you for a densely packed three months of voyaging the first PRIDE through port cities in the lower four Great Lakes hosting government agency and corporate receptions on behalf of Baltimore & Maryland. Jack represented Tate Access based in Maryland near Baltimore and one of the Maryland based corporations that took part in the opportunity to market themselves aboard PRIDE and had experienced tremendous positive response from his clients for the experience of going to a reception aboard PRIDE.

Near Lake Charlevoix is Walloon Lake (with many things to celebrate—especially Hemingway’s early writings of his time there) is the longtime summer home of the Kidd family dating back to the late 1800s. If I would bring PRIDE to the port of Charlevoix Jack would arrange to get the crew to Walloon Lake for some R&R and plenty of food & drink. My challenge was to find the time in a season of long established obligations the ship had to arrive to a string of ports for the purpose of pre-arranged on-board receptions. As luck would have it the weather cooperated and I was able to find the time and still have PRIDE arrive on schedule to her next port of obligation.

Since that year PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II has made the same diversion every year she has traveled through the Great Lakes (every 2-3 years) during her first 25 years (PRIDE turns 25 this year) of voyaging to far ports representing Baltimore & Maryland citizens’ special story of the creation of our Nation’s National Anthem The Star Spangled Banner. The elder Jack Kidd passed on but his sons Wally and Jack have been carrying on the tradition. They were raised in Baltimore and Jack continues to live & work there. Wally is a year round resident here near the lake. This year, as was the case two years ago, PRIDE made the stop to the small & pristine town of Boyne City at the extreme east end of Lake Charlevoix due to a new dock providing adequate water depth for PRIDE’s 12.5 foot draft and a much closer location to the Kidd Cottage than is Charlevoix. It does not hurt that the new dock and the enthusiasm of the locals and summer visitors to Boyne City and area for PRIDE’s visits provides some revenue generating opportunity to the ship, giving even more good reason to provide the time for the visit and the one day of R&R the Kidd’s provide to the hard working crew of PRIDE.

This time was just like all the other times the crew has been hosted by the Kidd Family. Water sports, lounging, reading, napping, ground sports, eating, conversation and when all was done, do it all again all day from late morning till dark around 9 PM.

Meanwhile we captains executed a change of command between us while also participating in the R&R activities. Jamie swam much of the lake and I was a member of a team in the ground competitions of ultimate Frisbee (I am credited with three assists in the girls against the boys event…my senior status was balanced by our temporary cook Ann Costlow, Board Member of Pride of Baltimore, Inc. and founder & CEO of Baltimore based Sophie’s Crepes…she is credited with tackling the Frizbee from me and assisting a score for the ladies) and scoring three personal points in the softball game that had no teams…just fielders…each taking a turn at bat.

The day was a success for all. The ship & crew is now back to work. This shore based captain goes to work finding replacement crew, networking with the hard working staff of Pride of Baltimore, Inc., spending time at home with family till returning to PRIDE early September in Erie, PA to sail her home around Nova Scotia. ETA in Baltimore is the weekend of October 4 -6 (sometime during the Fell’s Point Fun Festival). Stay tuned – details will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Jan C. Miles

POST 300 NAUTICAL MILE RACE PERIOD REFLECTION ABOARD PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II

For the effort all of the crew put into the race I find it interesting how “in the moment” the crew are after 300 nautical miles of dealing with wind vagaries by being intensely attentive to details they notice or are asked to deal with by their officers or this captain. I think my interest to review the race is a function of being responsible for the race…in the same way I am responsible for the way a voyage went well or not so well. Whereas the crew have different post race interests. The officers are somewhat analytic as I am. Meanwhile it looks to me as though the crew live in the moment, whatever that post race moment is. Not as a disinterest of the outcome of the race and why, but as a job well done no matter the outcome. To be sure, their work would be equally laudable had the outcome not been so rewarding. I admire that perspective because it is easy, way too easy to get into self congratulations at the expense of not recognizing the contributions by the crew as well develop possible disrespect of the efforts of other vessels that did not experience great success.

Pride sailed very well in this 300 mile race. While the crew jumped with alacrity to the frequent needs of getting good sailing accomplished, the officers examined and reexamined the possible strategies for getting the best results for effort. Such regular reevaluation of strategy resulted in Pride maximizing opportunities with the changing wind while avoiding or minimizing contrary wind circumstances – specifically by trimming properly for the changing winds and being careful to sail where the wind was rather than inadvertently go where the wind was not. The sail trim efforts are pretty basic but require attentiveness rather than assumption that the trim remained OK even with very small changes by the wind. Avoiding poor wind circumstances and proactively looking for good wind opportunities involves visualizing how wind plays around the shore. For instance, there are circumstances when getting close to shore can be good for getting better wind as well circumstances for getting poor or absolutely contrary wind. In our analysis of the wind patterns for this race it was best to avoid getting close to shore. It seems we were not the only ones to be thinking this. The captain of Niagra called me on the phone sometime after the race to celebrate and complement Pride on playing the wind patterns so well.

Niagra is an interesting story when it comes to racing. She is a full brig, meaning she is a fully square-rigged, two mast sailing ship, of the era of the 1812 War, which means she emulates to a strong degree the technology of that era. There is a popular modern myth that square-rigged sailing vessels cannot go to windward very well. Niagra is a square rigged vessel with a sailing performance that belies that myth. For three straight Tall Ship Challenge Races, Niagra has been one of the top two finishers of the fleet in two races and one of the top three finishers in a third race in a fleet of mixed rig vessels…the majority being schooners. How does the square rigged Niagra finish with or closely behind the more weatherly and quick schooners while sailing ahead of other schooners? Especially being larger hence heavier as well more complicated to sail? Partly by being a pretty weatherly brig, meaning she can brace her yards very close to the wind and her hull is an easily driven shape. But also by being well operated. So my strong compliments go to Niagra for being a mere three hours and 20 odd minutes behind Pride and the 2nd of the fleet to cross the finish line after 300 nautical miles of fickle winds some of which were contrary and some of which were favorable. At one point Niagra got 34 miles behind Pride. That distance closed up significantly as the second half of the race course was sailed hence brought the difference of time between her and Pride to a small number of hours. A full rigged brig only a small number of hours behind a weatherly and fast schooner after 300 nautical miles of rather vague and variable wind? Good job Niagra!!!  Especially as none of the other vessels in the race fleet crossed the finish line less than 12 hours after Niagra finished!!

Huzzah! Niagra and her cracker jack crew!

Jan C. Miles and the crew of Pride of Baltimore II 

RACE UPDATES!

July 31, 2013 (4:30 PM) 

PRIDE FACE TO THE FINISH STALLED … ANOTHER NEAR CALM.

Pride is now 43 nautical miles from the finish – moving at 3.5 knots. At such a rate we might finish near dawn Thursday, tomorrow.  It was a good romp till this afternoon. Now there is a strong thundercloud to our south. Weather warnings are up. Tracking it on radar we see it moving from a location 18 miles south of us eastward toward where we are pointed but fortunately won’t reach before this one concentration of convective weather does. Where we are is pleasant. Warming temperatures, smooth lake surface and light wind providing some speed toward the finish. We all wonder what is happening with the competitors. It is situations like this when a long lead can be lost to different wind patterns for different competitors. Such is racing in sailing vessels with the vagaries of wind.

Jan C. Miles and the relaxed but attentive racing crew of Pride of Baltimore II.

 

August 1, 2013 (9:00 AM)

PRIDE FINISHED RACING EARLY THIS MORNING

At 03 hours, 14 minutes, 10 seconds EDT this morning Pride crossed the finish line for an elapsed time of 62 hours, 14 minutes and 47 seconds over 300 nautical miles or 112 nautical miles per day or an average of 4.6 knots. It was a pretty fickle-wind race – especially at the end. The wind died at least four times along with heading us off a few times. But the race is now done and it is a matter of waiting to see who crosses next and when.

The first competitor to cross the finish line behind us happens to be Niagra. She crossed sometime around 0630 EDT this morning, or so we guess. We saw her on AIS after she finished and we took that position and plotted it and worked backward to the finish line using her speed at the moment of noticing her on AIS. If our calculations are correct she had to finish before 6 AM EDT to beat us on handicap. But I must say, for all of the fickle winds it is impressive to me that she finished as close to us as she did.

There seems to be a AIS reception hole in the middle of the eastern portion of Lake Superior, because we cannot see vessels on the AIS internet web site when vessels are in that hole. We have not yet been able to see Lynx. We did see Denis Sullivan some 90 miles behind when we finished. Also Peacemaker on the north side of the Keweenaw Peninsula, but no Sorlandet. Considering we think we give Lynx 10 hours and 36 minutes, we await anxiously to see if she will cross before 1:50 PM today. Nearly 5 hours away from the time of this writing. Since the wind has now stopped being fickle by being somewhat fresh from the west rather than fickle from the southeast to south to southwest, it is quite possible Lynx could cross the finish line before her time allowance runs out. So we keep looking over our shoulders…till around 2 PM anyway.

Jan C. Miles and the fickle wind sailors of Pride of Baltimore II.