33rd Annual Annapolis Gam
September 27-29, 2019
Maryland Yacht Club
15 Fairview Beach Rd.
Pasadena, MD 21122
Registration fee includes all sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Meals are additional and are outlined in the registration process.
Online Registration Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019
The 33rd Annual Annapolis Gam will return to the Maryland Yacht Club (MYC) for the second year. The three-day event is scheduled for Friday, September 27th thru Sunday, September 29th.
MYC is situated at the entrance to Rock Creek and commands a grand view of the Patapsco River on one side and Rock Creek on the other while covering eight acres of beautiful waterfront. With easy access to the Chesapeake Bay, the basin has 120 deep-water slips with full utilities, 3 piers with slips up to 75 feet in length, dinghy racks, a pump-out station, a bath house, laundry facilities and ice.
For those wishing to reserve a slip, MYC is offering a discounted transient rate of $1.00 LOA of the vessel plus electric ($10 for a 30-amp line or $15 for a 50-amp line). To reserve your slip, use this link. Just put "SSCA Gam" in the "Club/Organization" field on the form. You can also call 410-255-4444 for the Dockmaster or monitor Channel 9. They can accommodate cats on the dock ends and some large vessels.
For those coming by car or plane and needing hotel accommodations, here is a list of hotels closest to the yacht club.
Notes on entering Rock Creek:
Rock Point Shoal off of Fort Smallwood Park extends far out into the Patapsco, so if you are deep draft, mind the shoal. There used to be a small white marker, but may be gone.
Entering Rock Creek, you can pass on either side of the white rocks. You do need to honor the green “3” as there are submerged pilings near the shoreline right before the yacht club. It is not recommended anchoring out by Fairview Beach (big open basin area before yacht club). It is shallow, has submerged pilings and debris and very exposed to the NE and bay. Rock Creek has a mandatory 6 kt speed limit which is enforced.
Once past the Green “3”, you can turn into the Maryland Yacht Club or Fairview Marina next door for a slip or continue past and motor down into the 1st cove on your port side (Wall Cove), water depth is 10-12’ and good holding bottom. Narrow cove, but protected.. The basin area between the 2 yacht clubs is deep and good holding, but may be exposed if you have strong Northerlies. Anchoring in Tarr Cove is also an option (further down the creek past large White Rocks Marina).
Events begin with a dinghy raft-up on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm followed by a potluck and then the "Heading South" symposium at 5:00 pm under the waterfront picnic pavilion at the Maryland Yacht Club. Heading South attendees will share first-hand expertise about sailing to the Caribbean and points south so if you have plans to follow in their wake, be sure to attend this gathering. The evening will wrap up with a bonfire at dusk.
John Kretschmer, SSCA member and author of Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday evening. John will speak after the buffet dinner which will be preceded by a reception and jam session. In addition to John's latest book, he is also the author of Sailing a Serious Ocean, Flirting with Mermaids, At the Mercy of the Sea and Cape Horn to Starboard. He has been a contributing editor and columnist for Sailing Magazine for 25 years and his column, The Used Boat Notebook, has been compiled in two volumes. John has logged well over 300,000 offshore miles and at this point, he says he has stopped counting. He has made over 25 Atlantic crossings and his expeditions have taken him all over the watery part of the planet. John conducts sailing training passages and serious, adventure travel expeditions.
This year's list of speakers promises to be one of the best ever for an SSCA gam. You can pick and choose which sessions interest you and this year, there will be a DIY/hands-on track. There will also be VE exams for those who wish to sit for an amateur radio (Ham) license. Sessions and speakers confirmed so far include:
Chris Parker-Weather Forecasting for Passage Making
Ed Tillett, Tom Hale and Hank Pomeranz-ICW and Atlantic Coast Passage Making
Robert Peek-Great Dismal Swamp
Lee Gorlin (USCG) and Aaron Colohan (SARSAT)-Search and Rescue / Safety and Security
Aric Euler-Diesel Engines
Ed & Sue Kelly-Safety & Defense / Cruising Apps
Tania Marcic, Beth VandeGeijn & Mike Hatton-Medical Issues While Cruising
Joan Conover-Radio & Communications
Chris White-ROAM App / US Customs
Scott Berg-Energy Optimization
Al Golden & DANBoater Rep-Boat & Health Insurance
Noelle Hatton-Rigging Concerns
Rick Peterson-How Big Ships See Us
Tara Flanagan-Women's Roundtable
Jason Hedges-Working While Cruising
Karen Kennedy-Cruising with Pets
David Lyman-Cruising with Kids
Mike & Elizabeth Hatton-Splints and Wound Care (Hands On)
Jessica Graves-Art While Cruising (Hands On)
Chuck O'Malley-Sail Repair (Hands On)
We'll also have a nautical flea market on Sunday morning at 7:00 am. If you have nautical treasures you no longer need, make sure you reserve a table through the registration process. Tables are $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
Throughout the gam, the planning committee has arranged transportation for those cruisers needing trips to the hardware store, grocery store, etc. There will be a sign-up board at the gam so make sure you reserve a slot if you need a trip for provisions. The planning committee has also arranged runs to have propane tanks filled, if needed. Additionally, rigging inspections by Noelle Hatton and on-site canvas work will also be available. If you would like more information on these services in advance, email Gam Coordinator Beth VandeGeijn.
We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an exciting gam. Block out time on your schedule and plan your course accordingly. Whether you are dreaming, planning, underway, or back ashore, there is something for you at the 2019 SSCA Annapolis Gam.