Join us if you can to hear *Duncan Hood's presentation of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. It’ll be a fun time! We will open the Zoom meeting at 6:45 p.m. for an abbreviated Social Hour prior to his presentation.
Duncan Hood and his schooner, Adventurer, have participated in this race for 20 of the 30 years the Race has taken place. He has produced a 30 minute video rendition of the 2012 race for our viewing pleasure. We’ll show the video and then discuss what’s entailed to make these Old-style boats (AKA: elephants!) dance!
Watch the included video for a tongue-in-cheek summary of the race that he made for their virtual race last October.
For those members new to the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, it has taken place in mid-October for the last 30 years between Baltimore MD and Norfolk VA. Sometimes calm, sometimes stormy, sometimes, smooth, sometimes beset with mechanical and technical problems, the race puts these Old-style "elephants" to the test. It is a charity/fundraising race with proceeds going to various charities throughout the Chesapeake Bay region who support the GCBSR mission of educating people about the history and ecology of the bay.
During each race, Duncan keeps a detailed log, asking each crew member to record not only the basics of position, weather and sightings, but also to include their impressions, emotions and reactions. This log is then compiled into a coffee-table style book to be handed out as a thank you gift to participating crew when the holidays roll around.
*Duncan is a renowned ASA Instructor Evaluator based in Annapolis, MD who has played a key role at ASA since it was founded in 1983.
As an international sailing instructor, Duncan's travels have taken him all around the world to places including Poland, China, Japan, Venezuela, and throughout many of the United States. Duncan has been working with the American Sailing Association since 1984. In that time he has certified hundreds of instructors and currently consults on all levels of sailing school management.
As an East Coast sailor, Duncan has participated in four Bermuda races, and twenty Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner races. In addition to these, he has also held position of Director of Operations at the National Maritime Heritage Foundation in Washington DC where he created and managed five outreach programs including captaining the schooner "American Spirit".