Annapolis to Bermuda Race Begins Friday!

 The 19th biennial Annapolis to Bermuda (A2B) Race leaves from the Eastport Yacht Club on Friday, June 6th.  Be sure to track the progress of the race here.
The first Annapolis To Bermuda Race was established in 1979 with seven yachts that competed informally. The organizers determined there was sufficient interest for this type of race and it became an accepted biennial event starting in 1980. Since then the fleet has grown and now attracts both racing and cruising boats. The fleet is limited to 50 entries. This allows the committee and host clubs to be responsive to the needs of each entrant--a major objective of the race organizers.

The race has been structured to provide a combination of inshore and offshore racing previously not available. Divisions are established to insure fair matching for both cruising and racing boats.  A major objective is to enhance the art of navigation for more sailors. This includes piloting through the 125 miles of Chesapeake Bay coastal waters and navigation of the 628 mile offshore leg. A2B provides these challenges within a framework designed for safe offshore sailing. It enables many sailors to fulfill a lifelong ambition: a blue water passage to an island of coral with white sandy beaches and hospitable people.

 

The Blue Angels are Back!

The Blue Angels returned with an incredible show for the first time since 2010. It was great to see so many familiar faces (and even more familiar boats) out on the water today. Go Navy!

© Jamie Horton Photography

Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart

Such a controversial story. As someone who has sailed upon the open ocean and is now a parent of two young children, I find it especially interesting. The New York Times said it best on their front page headline, "Two Tots, a Sailboat and a Storm Over Parenting."  Click the title above to listen to the first interview from Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, the couple who were rescued after 3 weeks of sailing across the Pacific Ocean with their two small children. 

 

2nd place at the Annual Boatyard Catch and Release Rockfish Fishing Tournament!



Congratulations to Philip Plack and Dr. Rosemary, his 1977 Morton & Hersloff, for placing 2nd in the Annual Boatyard Catch and Release Rockfish Fishing Tournament that took place last weekend! Vic Gue, an angler on the boat, brought home the silver with a 43 1/2" Rockfish.

We acquired this unique little listing in February from CRAB- Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating- and sold her to Plack a month later. With her interesting local history, We knew this sweet boat was destined for stardom.

Upon retiring, Rogers C.B. Morton, a one time Maryland Congressman, and his neighbor, Peter O. Hersloff, turned Morton's barn along the Wye River into a boat building shop. They built 13 power yachts before a fire destroyed the shop and ended production.

We are happy to see her making a name for herself in Maryland waters!

Bermuda

I’ve been thinking of Bermuda a lot these past few days. One of our brokers, Justin Olewack, just completed his Safety at Sea Seminar for the upcoming Newport to Bermuda race in June, and I am planning a celebratory trip to Bermuda as well. All this talk of Dark and Stormy’s and Tobacco Bay has brought up memories of the first time I touched the warm Bermuda sand.

 - Jamie Horton

 

 

Best Boat of 2014

http://youtu.be/d7ad3y8mqWE

Take a tour of this X-Yachts Xp 44. It was recently named Best Boat of 2014 by "Sail Magazine" and is a favorite of the Magazine's Executive Editor, Adam Cort. We are honored to be the dealer of such a fine yacht.

Ice Breaker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGSedor7Zdc&feature=youtu.be

A Catalina breaks through a thin layer of ice on a cold morning in March.

Spring Boat Shows are Just Around the Corner

At Forbes Horton Yachts, Spring means more than just flowers in bloom. When we think of Spring, we think of opening hatches, Wednesday Night Races in Downtown Annapolis, and Boat Shows. Don't miss out on the Bay Bridge Boat Show and the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show coming in April.

BAY RIDGE BOAT SHOW April 11-13

The 2014 Bay Bridge Boat Show has added a family-friendly theme celebrating on-the-water fun. This is the first
opportunity of the year for experienced and novice boaters to shop for the latest in equipment, electronics, clothing
and boating accessories. Boats of all sizes, from luxury yachts to fishing boats and inflatables are on display and 
several pro surf shops will exhibit. The leading manufacturers of powerboats will be at the Bay Bridge Boat Show 
with more than 200 brand new and brokerage boats on display!                                                                                                          For more information, please visit: http://usboat.com/bay-bridge-boat-show/home

 

ANNAPOLIS SPRING SAILBOAT SHOW April 25-27

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A Special Southern Cross



This is a rare opportunity to purchase one of the renowned Thomas Gilmer designed Southern Cross 35’s. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the design, she is an extremely capable craft comparable to the Tayana 37 or Pacific Seacraft 37 in terms of build quality and sails like a performance cruiser with her fin keel and skeg hung rudder. Her comfortable cockpit makes cruising a true joy and her generous beam affords her significant load carrying capacity and makes her feel like a much larger boat. “ACACIA” Is in above average condition and has been priced to sell this winter. Please carefully review the listing on our website and call us for an appointment. She is absolutely worth seeing if you are cruising on a budget and want a quality double ender with a good turn of speed.

For more details, please visit: http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1982/Southern-Cross-Cutter-2680839/MD/United-States#.Uu_QSfldWSo

Sad story for these liveaboards



Annapolis firefighters responded to a two-alarm boat fire at the Horn Point Harbor Marina Thursday morning.

To learn more, click on the link below: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/for_the_record/firefighters-battle-two-alarm-boat-fire-at-eastport-marina/article_126bebd4-99d2-5a06-9c9f-789c2edbab5f.html

The Chilly Sea Trial of a Beneteau 423

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On a cold January day, Forbes Horton offers a glimpse of the sea trial of a Beneteau 423 on the Chesapeake Bay.

Classic Yachts



Classic yachts are one of our areas of expertise at Forbes Horton Yachts. This fall, broker Scott Taylor assisted in the sale of a 1960's yawl rigged Hinckley Bermuda 40. With crisp sails (including a fully battened mainsail) and a clean bottom, her performance was sparkling!

South Bound



Kevin Johnson and Sharon Lawson, the new owners of " Magique" a Shannon 43, leave Spa Creek in November for warmer climates. FHYS broker Scott Taylor assisted in the purchase- one year ahead of schedule!

View From the Top



Annapolis Marine surveyor at the masthead of 'Magique' a 1989 Shannon 43, during pre purchase survey.

What a week!



We are halfway through the Annapolis Boat Shows and are thrilled by the turn out so far. The first official brokerage show was a great success- a little warm, but rewarding. Thank you to all who stopped by to say hello.

Next up, Sailboat Show....

2013 Annapolis Brokerage Boat Show



The Nations oldest and largest in-water boat shows are here! Come aboard our latest listing, "Nyeema" a 2004 Back Cove 29, at the Annapolis Brokerage Boat Show.

October 3-6 in St. Mary's Cove
Hope to see you there!

Don't miss out on Baltimore's Trawler Fest this Weekend



Not only does Trawler Fest provide an endless amount of resources through seminars and exhibits but also encourages the social aspects of cruising. The event includes roundtable discussions, a Welcome Breakfast, lunches, a dinner, cocktail parties, and evening activities, all of which help grow the cruiser enthusiast community. Whether you are a novice or an experienced boater, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and share stories. Trawler Fest provides you an avenue to meet other cruisers, talk with professionals, and relax in a different boat show environment.

BMC HarborView Marina, 500 Harborview Dr., Baltimore, MD 21230

America Wins!

http://www.3news.co.nz/VIDEO-HIGHLIGHTS-Oracle-beat-Team-New-Zealand-Race-19-win-Americas-Cup-2013/tabid/415/articleID/314701/Default.aspx

Congratulations to Mustang!

Mustang, a Forbes Horton Yachts central listing, offered for sale in Annapolis, placed 2nd in the 2013 National Sailing Hall Of Fame annual classic yacht regatta.

The 1936 New York 32 reveled in the 10 to 15 knot North Westerly and aptly demonstrated that the 80 year-old design has always been and still remains a winner.

Mustang is a legacy yacht, having been owned and campaigned offshore for 23 years by Rod Stephens, brother of the architect.

Her current stewards of over thirty years are dedicated to finding Mustang a new owner to carry on her tradition.





4th Time Around



FHY's broker Bill Day is selling this Southern Cross 35 Cutter for the fourth time. This is an excellent sailing design by Tom Gilmer built in the " Ocean State" in the heyday of cruising yacht boat building.

We wish the new owners fair winds and following seas!