Special visit of historic sailing vessel
Aliving piece of history, the 63-foot Jolly Dolphin, a wooden sailing vessel modeled on Chesapeake Bay oyster dredgers, recently visited the docks of the
National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) in Annapolis.
Sometimes called a “workboat yacht,” the bugeye-rigged
skipjack was custom-built for recreational use by a Delaware
family by James B. “Mr. Jim” Richardson in Maryland in 1958.
From 1964 to 2007, Jolly Dolphin passed into the hands of
half a dozen owners; the last abandoned her ashore. That’s
where Jack Zuraw stepped in and spearheaded a restoration
that now has the unique vessel visiting ports and sharing a
sense of sailing on Chesapeake Bay in the 1950s. Jolly Dolphin
( thejollydolphin.com) spent most of July at NSHOF (education.
nshof.org) in support of its STEM Sailing Reach Program, which
teaches the science of sailing to local high-school students.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve been interested in sailing, carpentry, and Chesapeake Bay maritime history. So when the
opportunity came along to restore Jolly Dolphin, I jumped at
the chance,” Zuraw says. “The STEM program brings smart,
inquisitive kids to Jolly Dolphin. It gives them the chance to
experience a little mechanics, physics, meteorology, woodcraft, and industrial history while having a good time on the
water. Even if they don’t aspire to be sailors or wooden-boat
builders, you never know what sparks a kid’s imagination and
where it will take them.” — R.A.
WOMEN GET TECHNICAL
Now in its 15th year, the annual Women’s Sailing Conference
drew more than 100 attendees to the Corinthian Yacht Club in
Marblehead, Massachusetts, on June 4.
“I just bought a boat last Friday,” said attendee Stephanie
Muto, the new owner of a Sabre 30. “I’ve been sailing for eight
years. It’s intimidating buying a boat and living on it. But I feel
more confident now that I’ve come to this conference.”
“Women are very much the face of the new boat owner,”
said conference organizer Joan Thayer. “They’re into learning
more technical skills and moving beyond daysailing, so we’ve
responded with more courses, like Diesel Damsels (diesel
engine preventive maintenance) and Marine Electrical Wiring
Basics.” BoatU.S. and the nearby Black Rock Sailing School
were the event sponsors. — R.A.
Vessel (from previous page)
The U.S. Navy this year took possession of its largest-
ever destroyer, the futuristic USS Zumwalt, a 610-foot
multi-mission attack warship considered the most
technically complex and advanced in the world. Beyond
its stealth features, which significantly reduce the ship’s
radar profile, the Zumwalt is packed with weaponry,
including advanced gun systems capable of firing long-
range projectiles up to 63 nautical miles. Powered by
gas turbines and built at the Bath Iron Works shipyard
in Maine, the $4 billion Zumwalt will carry
a crew of 130 and an air detachment of 28.
After a formal military commissioning on
October 15 in Baltimore, Maryland, it
will sail to its home port in San Diego,
California. Star Trek fans will appreciate
that the ship’s commander is Capt.
James Kirk. Really.