A Late Summer Sail Around Baltimore’s Harbor

A Late Summer Sail Around Baltimore’s Harbor

The #UnitedStates is well known for #active summer hot spots that revolve around water. Especially if you head to Baltimore, where they take #sailing (and refreshments) very seriously. We hopped on board, met the charming Captain, and headed out on the water - with a glass of #wine in hand, of course!


There’s nothing like going on a summer sail, especially if you have some of the best crab cakes in the country waiting for you when you return to land. I was keen to try a less traditional "boat" cruise in Baltimore on our summer trip this past August, one that wasn’t filled to the brim with people and left like clock work, on the hour, every hour. It didn’t have to be a “custom” cruise per se, but I wanted a smaller, more intimate experience and so started doing a little digging around. I discovered American Sailing Tours, which leaves out of the harbor during sailing season, which extends through the fall. 

The harbour
The harbour

After reaching out, Cap’n Tom got back to me directly via email and was about as warm and personable as it gets. The quirky thing about him is that he’s both an accountant and attorney in his “other life” but grew up on a sailboat and from what I can tell, is more passionate about sailing than that other life of his. He’s also a Red Cross certified First Responder and a Coast Guard licensed Captain who grew up in Maine, sailing from Bar Harbor and Camden in the too brief summers.

Cap'n Tom
Cap'n Tom comes with quite the resume

We set sail on a ship they call The Summer Wind which is a steel-hulled, junk-rigged ocean cruising schooner designed by noted naval architect Thomas E. Colvin. 

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After many years based in Philadelphia, she now sails from her new home in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, in addition to private charters to the Chesapeake Bay. Her design is based on Colvin’s Gazelle, his personal boat. Truth be told, I had no idea who Tom Colvin was before this trip, however he has apparently been recognized as one of the leading designers of steel boats and his books on steel boatbuilding are required reading for anyone interested in the use of steel in naval architecture. Who knew? 

His boats have long been known for their rugged seaworthiness and he’s also been a longtime proponent of the lug or Chinese Junk rig and its application in western boats.

Cap’n Tom on the water.
Cap’n Tom's ready to sail

The cruise itself was incredibly relaxing and included a spread of cheese, plus you can bring your own bottle of wine to partake during the sail – how summer casual is that? Have a look at some of the sightings we took in during our oh so blissful late afternoon cruise, right before sunset.

Kayaking
Kayaking on the harbor
Seadog Ship
The Seadog Ship...hard to miss!
The water was perfect
The water was perfect
Beautiful view of the city
Beautiful view of the city

Cap’n Tom and his crew take their music seriously I learned after a conversation with him after we were out to sea. I could have fallen asleep on the deck it was so peaceful — the wind was barely making a mark, the sun was shining high and the wine and cheese was taken its toll, in a lovely way of course. Cap’n Tom’s playlist was going in the background on our schooner sail, which comes from their very own ShoutCast Internet radio station, SummerWindRadio.com! 

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You can even listen on your phone if you download the new ShoutCast app. During their Sunset Sails, the mood changes a bit and they bring on the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. Makes sense of course. 

A drink with a view
A drink with a view

Two thumbs up! We’d gladly return for another summer sail. Thanks to Cap’n Tom and his crew for taking care of us!

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