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Yiddil posted 01-15-2009 12:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Yiddil   Send Email to Yiddil  

Boaters, Paddlers, Safety Personnel....
We need your help! Volunteer to help the Potomac River Swim for the Environment.

The Saturday, May 30, 2009 Potomac River Swim for the Environment needs boaters, touring kayak paddlers, and public safety workers to ensure the success of this distance swim, which raises funds and awareness for the health of the river.

Free camping is available for paddlers at Point Lookout State Park and free lodging is available for boaters at Scheible's Motel Friday and Saturday nights.

A complimentary pasta supper will be served Friday, May 29, 2009 at the water safety planning meeting at 6:30 p.m., at the Trinity Parish Hall in St. Mary's City.

Boaters and paddlers will launch from Pt. Lookout State Park at 6:30am Saturday morning for a 8:00am swim start from Hull Neck, Va., back to Point Lookout. Boaters will be asked to follow the course set by The Dee of St. Mary's lead vessel which will constantly compensate for the current.

A free picnic sponsored by the Potomac River Association and Southern Maryland Sierra Club will follow the swim.
Tee shirts designed by local artist Jeanne Hammett to commemorate the event will be distributed to all involved.
To volunteer or receive more information, about this 15th annual event, contact:
Potomac River Swim for the Environment
c/o Cheryl Wagner
3103 Hawthorne Drive, NE
Washington, DC 20017-1040
(202) 387-2361 Home Phone
(202) 478-0948 Fax
Email: “

Email me @ for Boston Whaler Safety Fleet sign up, confirmation, and room needs. Remember, we only have so many rooms, so confirm early.
I will once again host boat participants at “Das House” prior to and after the event, for water link up to and from the event, and launch from Das House to and from the event.

All accommodations , sleeping quarters, dock space, and BBQed Hotdogs are on a first come first serve basis) I am looking to be at Das House a number of days prior to the event, and A number of days after the event.

More will follow as we move forward. Please let others know who do not have email that we need them again this year. Email for any thoughts, needs or concerns.

Please provide me with full name of each person attending, phone number, address, cell phone, boat type and registration number, hull number and how you intent to
Arrive (ie by Water, Trailer, to Das House or at Schiebels

Please let others know as we need more rather than less safety boatsJ
Thanks, Henry AKA THE YIDDIL


jamesmylesmcp posted 01-15-2009 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jamesmylesmcp  Send Email to jamesmylesmcp     
Been lookin for a reason to go South. I'm coming, find me a little job ( not much) Cantn't wait to go boating my calendar remains with great hopes ! Anyone want to go to Maine ? I can bearth 10 boats at my family's home in Waldoboro (goole Butter Point) the coast is a once in a lifetime criuse.
Yiddil posted 01-15-2009 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
jamesmylesmcp!!! WOnderful!@!!!~!

WE can tighten up how you want to do this as we go. Email me the info requested as I will need that for contact info, and for the authorities for bething at Sandy point State Park.

I expect we will have most of the people we had last year, Ive heard from at least three already, and the more the better.

We had a lot of swimmers last year (more than we anticipated0 and a lot of Kyakers, so we need more WHalers for the Safety Fleet to insure for their if you have anyone else who wants to trailer down, have them email me as well...We have Nine rooms, with hold thee or four people in each room (freebees)unless you want to camp...I advise for the room:)Nothing fancy, buy clean, dry and sleepworth.

If we have SCA(small craft Advisory's) we have people swim and Kyak the inner lake area of thew state park, and we may have a rain date the next day...maybe this year.

Email me with any questions you have and how you want to do this...and ill make it happen:) Henry aka The Yiddil

Yiddil posted 01-15-2009 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Just an update..we have added kamie, BLackdog27, Kevin, Marlin, and me so far makes 6 so far.... we still need a lot more boats....

Did I mention The Swim administration will give people "Gas Money stipend" well:)))

lets here from you....Rooms are at a premium!

Yiddil posted 01-16-2009 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Kurt & Gwynn are in also(Big Crab Boat, 46 footer) Yippie...lets not forget BlackDog27 in his new 27 aft cabin WHaler....were getting their:))
Bulldog posted 01-16-2009 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Henry, add another boat, Pat and I will be there. We'll stay at the motel and dock there, but will stop by the "Yiddil shack" sometime.......Jack
Yiddil posted 01-16-2009 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Yep! jack! Your in like flynn:))Got you covered for the 5 star deluxe accomadations, with the 5th Ave. Window, and the jacuzzi in the bath:))and thats just at schiebels. Wait till you see the accomadations at Das House:))

Pool, Golf Course, Riding stables, archery range, star gazing...and much much more...dont forget the best BBQ ever:)hehe

I am assuming your trailering to Das HOuse and making the 1 hr. run down to Schiebels with the safety fleet some time before friday afternoon...?

So far we have you, Blackdog27, Topdog, Kamie, Das BOat, Kevin, James, and marlin....waiting on a few more confirms...spread it around, dosn't have to be a whaler,but we need a few more boats...the more the merrier:)Kamie i think said she would trailer down...

rooms are filling up fast....Henry:)

Marlin posted 01-16-2009 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
I'm really looking forward to this. We always have such a great time! Maybe this year the weather will be halfway decent, for once.


Yiddil posted 01-16-2009 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     

Good weather would surly be a change of pace:)

We always find a way to have a great time at this thing...

So far we have 8 boats, still looking for more.....pass it around...

Hey Bob, you wanna ship out on Das Boat for once around NYC?...I got room in the car and boat:) think about it...

You know I always let you drive Das Boat!!!


Yiddil posted 01-16-2009 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Mac...have you gotton a hold of John O????

How about Scott? Anyone talked to him????

Running out of rooms....hurry!! Henry

bmclernon posted 01-16-2009 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for bmclernon  Send Email to bmclernon     
Henry, I'll start trying to contact John O. this weekend. I suspect he's somewhere in Florida this time of year. Wish'd I was in sunny and warm Fla right now. :-)


Yiddil posted 01-17-2009 12:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Mac, thanks, can always want John aboard for this event:) weather permitting. David just came back from Florida and said he was out on a 25 rabalo in 8 footers fishing and everyone on the boat was seasick, puked their brains out!!!

And that was calm waters...LOL I'll pass on boating off Miami!in high seas of Atlantic with the wind blowing all the time:)Ill take mY Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River any d ay of the week:)or the huson as long as Planes dont fall on me:)

Heck in 8 weeks we will be back in the water I hope...hey Mac me, got a question on your etec...:))wink

Marlin posted 01-17-2009 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
I'm thinking about doing the Manhattan trip too. I also invited my sister, who has a 130 Sport in Princeton. We'll see what develops. -Bob
Yiddil posted 01-17-2009 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Bob! thats terriffic:)mayeb we can roll up the road together:)) OH mY IM so excited about all these trips:))

hurry up spring!!

Yiddil posted 01-21-2009 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
It would be great to see your sis again:) I think the last time was the Chesapeake bay swim...I got a affirmative from David, as Long as I spring for the NY Pizza:) I said suah!
Yiddil posted 01-25-2009 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Okay , I need at least 5 more boats mean i cant find 5 more people who want to have a great time on the Potomac, free hotel, friday dinner, free T shirts, Free Fun, maybe even Gas Money...cold ones all over the place...comon!!!!

Is this like a Bump!

Marlin posted 01-26-2009 06:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Well, my sister might make it, but it'll be without a boat of her own. We talked about it and decided the Potomac conditions are beyond what she's comfortable with in her 13-footer. She might join me on mine instead. She's excited about bringing it to the Bay Swim, though, and maybe NY too.


Yiddil posted 01-26-2009 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Marlin, thats fantastic...and we always have all manor of other whalers she can try out as well.:)

We have another whaler aboard from for the 22 footer from around Brenton Bay-Steve will be joining us as a new member of the "Safety Flotilla" Welcome aboard Steve:)

Also, don't forget to bring your boat slips as I just recieved and will be doing the Coast Guard Aux Vessel Exams for all participants at each event. Always good to have one of these on your boat when the DNR show up:))

Not sure if we will get BW or XM to do more sponsoring work yet...Ill investigate and let you know....those freebees were pretty okay last year.

Henry aka The Yiddil

Yiddil posted 01-27-2009 01:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Update #1 sent, check your email...Henry
bmclernon posted 02-07-2009 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for bmclernon  Send Email to bmclernon     
Henry, just checking in, I will be trailering down to Schiebels on Friday. I will splash the doggie at PT Lookout State Park. Then hang loose 'til people start arriving. Three and a half months an counting.

Top Dog

Bulldog posted 02-07-2009 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
I'll be at Scheible's Friday also, and have a 4 door Tahoe to haul people around if needed....Jack
Yiddil posted 02-07-2009 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Topdog, BullDog, Thats cool:)

There are months to go and plenty of time to decide and even change your mind if you like...It's a no brainer for me to make the run from Das House since i will be their already for a number of days.

I have made the run twice now down and back, two years ago by myself, and last year with a 3 0r 4 of you and it was a nice run for the most part(except last year when the malstrome hit around 4pm:))to Point Lookout from Schiebels.

I am sure we would have missed that had we not had a breakdown, and one trailer getting lost getting to Das House. We would have left earlier and been their earlier and missed the wind.

But do what works for you in getting their. If you decide to change it down the road, you know thats fine too.

I think Kamie talked about trailering down from her place also..

It's all up to you guys:)

Bulldog...I still want to work out your plans for the finger piers though:))

Summer is here, I just watched the Daytona 500 shootout!

Yiddil posted 02-27-2009 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Spring is just about here so I need a few more boats to round out the safety flotilla for this event. Dont forget, you get free room for the weekend at Schiebels, free docking their and at DNR docks, free T shirts, gas money, and a free Friday Nite home coked dinner cooked by the sweetest Grand Ma's in the world!!!!

I have not check recently with Cheryl but it is pretty assured we will have lots of swimmers and Kyakers:) I think the ratio we try for is 10 to 1 for safety reasons but its always more...

Come join the fun:))) email me if you have questions or comments , Henry

Yiddil posted 03-24-2009 01:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Hi all, a quick update...

Cheryl has posted 31 swimmers so far on her were moving right along.

She also posted the safety boat flotilla people as well.

We have 60 days to get a few more boaters, and tighten up and get our riggs ready for this great annual event.

Anyone out here who would like to join us, have questions about their part in the event, or just would like to help out, have a great time, eat great food and boat on the potomac at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, give me a shout on my email, or ask your questions right here.

As for me, I'm in the process of getting my boats worked up and shaked out for this, the first hefty whalering of the season. If all goes well I should be running wide open in the next coupl of weeks.

Hope your all doing good and getting ready, this is sucha good time, I always look forward to this event each year:)

Yiddil posted 03-24-2009 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Well we just got another whaler , a 17 to join us in our Potomac River adventure...That makes 14 if everyone shows, although we sometimes loose a few, so I need a few anyone else, please contact me...Thnaks Milo...your in:))) and welcome to the Chesapeake Bay WHalers Club, Potomac Chapter...we love to go WHalering:)
Marlin posted 03-24-2009 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Is it only 60 days away? Wow, I've got a lot of cleaning up to do!
Yiddil posted 03-24-2009 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Yep Marlin, It's getting close to that time of the year again:)

Heck, I'm choppin at the bit to get on boat, any boat!

"Cygnet' should be all ready this week from what Ed said,

Engine over hauled, and cleaned up, new seals, carb cleaned, plus new light wiring:)First thing I'm gonna do is drop her in somewhere close for sure:)Then drop a Bimini on her and Im set:) Finally!Heck, Pats more excited about that than I am!@

Das BOat should not take long, shes been washed and waxed two weeks ago out front, now its just get new plugs in her, new lower unit oil, load up the batteries and I'm in the water 1st warmer day:) Unfortunatly, that wont be until next week sometime as its still cool this week, rain this weekend, and then maybe it will finally break.

Its good we have the next two months to rpime things up, and get ready (Kevin, are you listening:) wink)

Justin is going to scoot down to me using "Black Dog" his 27 aft for the event along with some ohers...then to schiebels...I think I like that trip even more than the swim!!

You should try and make the run from Das House Bob, its a fun ride:)

Anyway, I am trying to be patient about spring as we get ready...:) Henry

Yiddil posted 04-01-2009 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Just heard from Cheryl...Coast Guard confirmed their participation at our event:)....Thats a good thing as it adds more boats to the safety mix and helps with cutting down cross traffic as well as an emergency situation on the water. I belive we always have an ambulance at dockside as well for the event and EMS.

I sent everyone an update recently...with positions for the safety fleet and other documents to assist you in your planning. Looking forwrad to any input. Anything of a personal nature or private information should not be posted here. Please use your email for that or give me a call.

Yiddil posted 04-11-2009 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Still looking for a few more good people for this I am sure we will have a few who for whatever reason coem up short...SO if you have an interest, even if its for and just the days event on Sat. give me a holler:) Thnaks in advance...Henry

Looking for 4 more boats to participat...

markfink67 posted 04-13-2009 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for markfink67  Send Email to markfink67     
Just sent you a message about this.

I'm an 18' Dauntless ready to go.

I'm asking my bro-in-law with his 14' Ventura if he'll participate.

Yiddil posted 04-13-2009 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Mark, Welcome aboard! Glad to have you with us and your brother in law as well:)(confirm that) I sent you a short email, will include you in all the updates after I hear back from you and your brother in law with the info I asked about....again welcome:))Your gonna have a wonderful boating experience:))) Henry AKA THE YIDDIL
Yiddil posted 04-14-2009 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Andy, welcome aboard, your going to have a great time....

Ill send you some stuff soon as an update:)

We now have 16 without DNR/CG/CGaux...

THnaks Henry

Yiddil posted 04-29-2009 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
30 days to go!...could use a few more boats") Get um ready folks:)))
Marlin posted 05-02-2009 10:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Got all my spring maintenance work done last weekend -- oil, filters, plugs, water pump, etc. The water pump impeller looked like new after 3 years, but doing it every couple years ensures that the lower unit comes off easily. After 6 seasons the Mercury 115 4-stroke looks like new, except for some rust on the trim and tilt motor housing.

If the rain holds off a little bit, I'll get in a quick shakedown this weekend, and then everything will be ready to go.

Oh, and I found our theme beer for Friday night this year -- Clipper City's "Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils", . I'll bring a case on ice. Perhaps it will bring us luck with the weather, 'cause we could sure use it!

Yiddil posted 05-02-2009 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Great to hear your just about all set. I'll take all the good luck we can drink:) hehe

I dropped Das BOat in Last week with Pat, but had some issues, but hope all is well. Kamie came by and probabaly rectified the issue (an extra spacer on the prop shaft)I have not run her since and still need to do a full shake down cruise ...maybe this tues or wed, if the weather permits. Hopfully thats all she needed to get right. I had put the prop back on and changed out her plugs and lower unit oil, so it's either the plug wires or the prop that was goofy.

I will get an update out in the next week after I get some things done down in the NN.

Hope everyone is pretty well on their way:) Henry

Yiddil posted 05-03-2009 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
If anyone is interested in joining us, I would like to remind them their are Camp sites available for those that like to camp out. The rooms have been full up for a while now....

let me will not have a bad time, I asure you:)

Yiddil posted 05-04-2009 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Update has just been sent with important info ....

contact me should you have any questions or comments....


Yiddil posted 05-07-2009 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Well we have some great news. We have added another boat to the "Fleet"

MIke C is joining us with a 37 EggHarbor Sportfisher!!!!!

We are gratefull he is volunteering and bringing one of the larger boats that will assist us this day:)...Way to go Mike.!!!!

Seems like we will have the biggest fleet ever for this event or at least in Recent memory!!

Mike will be taking the water route down with us:)Henry

Yiddil posted 05-09-2009 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
A quick update ....

We have a total of 16 boats in the "Safety Flotilla" so far. That does not include an anticipated 4 more DNR, CG, CG AUx boats, and the Ketch...that makes 21 if everyone shows as planned. I know of two that are maybe's because of weather or other issues. The rest are solid so far.

Not sure how many swimmers or Kayaks we have yet..

Usually there is one Kayak per two swimmers additionally who will be inside the swim peremiter with the swimmers.

So this is shaping up as a pretty large event like in recent years.

SO if anyone else wants to participate, please email me, we could use all the help we can get.

Yiddil posted 05-11-2009 11:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Okay...Make that 17 boats...we have Barry and his 15 coming to join well...awaiting his response and information. You al may know Barry from the Chesapeake Bay Swim and Wye River event:)) Welcome Barry
Yiddil posted 05-14-2009 12:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
We have now completed the recruitment for boaters participating in this event. There are no rooms left and their are no campsites left.

You should have a comfirmation email from me or Cheryl about the above. If Not, email me or call me.

Please email me with any questions you might have, about rooms , camp sites etc..I have recently sent out updates and new diagrams showing swim assignments.

If you need further assistance, please email me.

I am working on getting our dockage settled at the DNR docks and should have that all settled by next week. If you have not sent me your "Boat information", or personal information, be advised you will not be authorized to have a birth at the DNR Docks on Friday and Sat, nite.

There are a few that I have not heard from at all.

If I dont hear from you by Sunday Nite, I will assume your not coming and will turn your room, campsite or dockage over to someone else. So please make sure I hear from you one way or another.It's okay to pull out for whatever reasons, stuff happens.But at least let me know by Sunday nite one way or another.

I want to emphasize that anyone who is having trouble making this event, especially if you are coming from very far away to just let me know, its okay to pull out as there are many reasons stuff happens.In this economy, its hard to take care of everything in your lives. I perfectly understand. Just let me know.

Please let me know which way you will be coming again so I can make sure I have your base covered..things change and I understand.

On a personal note, I will be down checking my boat starting Monday as I am far behind on getting ready and checking her out and giving her a good work out look see. I had some issues when I dropped her, and will check them to see if they are gone monday or tues. as the weather may be better this coming week and memorial day.


Yiddil posted 05-16-2009 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Just spoke to FC3-10 and they have agreed to assist us with at least 1 and maybe 2 "Operational Facilities", or two CG authorized boats for our event. These guys always come through in a pinch, and always provide support for many worthwhile endevors.

Add to these, CG and DNR vessels and we will have a great turn out of support vessels for this event.

Don't forget, bring all your paper work and make sure your vessel has everything it needs as I am still planning on doing "Vessel CHecks", I have the stickers and paperwork with me:)

Yiddil posted 05-22-2009 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
so far this is what I have for the swim weather..looks promising:)

May 30




From the East Northeast


May 31

Partly Cloudy



From the East Southeast


Marlin posted 05-22-2009 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Now that's what I'm talking about.

Install the new VHF antenna this weekend, put a couple more hours on to get all the wrinkles worked out, and I'm good to go. I can't believe it's only a week away.


Yiddil posted 05-22-2009 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Yes...isnt that week to go!!!
bmclernon posted 05-23-2009 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for bmclernon  Send Email to bmclernon     
Henry, I finally got to splash the doggie this afternoon. Everything was in order. Trailer lights, hubs, PFDs, paper work, navigation lights, radio, GPS, depth sounder/fish finder, It all works.

In addition to my bagger duties Cheryl asked me if I would mind taking the photographer across the river to document the start. We will then pick up the bags and drop him off along with the bags at the finish.

See ya Friday at Schiebles.

Top Dog

Yiddil posted 05-25-2009 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Mac, thats great...always god to hear everything cheked out with you, and what ever you can do for Cheryl is always appreciated. See you FRiday

Marlin posted 05-27-2009 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Weekend weather forecast for the mouth of the Potomac River, as of 2200 Wednesday:

Friday: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming WSW 6 to 11 kt in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday Night: WSW wind 9 to 11 kt becoming NW in the evening. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Saturday: NW wind 7 to 10 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Saturday Night: S wind 6 to 9 kt becoming WSW after midnight. Partly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.

Sunday: WSW wind 6 to 9 kt becoming WNW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Yeah baby! According to, Friday's showers and t-storms are forecast early, before noon.


Yiddil posted 05-27-2009 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Bob, thanks for the update...ONly possible prolem is the thunderstorms on Friday which is only a 30percent chance...

I'm already at Das House Preparing for everyone's arrival for the water run down to Schiebels and PLSP...Ive had at least 4 calls...Kamie is down and has splashed her boat today and we will tighten things up tomorrow in prep. for everyone.

Call if you need anything. I expect at least 5, possibly 6
WHalers here by Friday morning including Justin in his 27 Aft Cabin:). for the trip. Come early and stay late:)

I have remembered to bring the Vessel Check Forms and stickers.

You have all the updates including the one I sent out this week with the final count and placement of boats who confirmed they were coming.

See you all soon...

2 days to go:))

My Best, Henry aka The Yiddil

Yiddil posted 05-28-2009 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Okay! One day to go....leaving in the AM and looking so forward to seeing all my Boston WHaler friends. So many thanks to all that participated in the planning and helping and organizing and writing and all the calling back and forth to make sure we covered the important bases just to mention a few. What a pleasure to work with people when they participate throughout and work together unselfishly to make for a great boating event. Thnaks for all your hours and all your communications.

And now on with the boating adventure:))

Many thanks, you know who you are:)


Yiddil posted 05-31-2009 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Well, another "Potomac Swim For the Environment" in the can.

Gorgeous weather this time around, GReat "Safety Fleet" members came from far and near, mostly far! The Best Food, Friends and Whalering in the Cheasapake Bay and Potomac River. All rooms were booked and filled, including some campers.

The Coast Guard was their, The Coast Guard AUX sent two boats as well, and DNR and fire rescure boats all did a fantastic job of cutting down most all the cross traffic from the Bay to the River and reverse.

7 WHalers made the run down the Potomac River to the Chesapeake Bay to meet the other Safety Fleet BOaters who Trailered in from as far away as North of Phil.

I got an upclose view of Jim H's old boat that just was gorgeous even now. Jack has done a tremendous job on her:))Jacks Wife was their and what a great person she is:))She made me a cup of coffe one morning that was better then the resturants:) Jack, you really are a lucky dog!!!
Now I know why Jack is so happy:)New comers MIlo and wife, and STeve (20 and 17 did tremendous work, and in Milo's case had the worst Kyaker to deal with in his first ever event:) Steve has a gorgeous 20-22 cant remember.. as he and a friend came down from my old stomping ground in Brenton Bay near St. Clement's Island.Even Barry R and his son did a great job in the 15, the smallest of the fleet but just as important. We had a 37 eggharbor, a 42 Crabboat, as Kurt and Gwyn helped with the lead and so many other things

I even got to drive Justins 27 Aft Cabin w/ twin 250 ETECS, as we all went out into the Bay for some light refreshments and some swimming:) Unbelivable!!whata boat!

Kamies Outrage with the 175 ETEC and full canvas looked pristine and ran like a top, So did Mac with his "doggies and 90 ETEC> ( had some trailer issues at the end, but everyone stayed with Mac till he set up for assistance....good people.

Kevins "Black Engine" was back again and did great, ran better than my boat!!!Bobs 16 was sweet to see on the water again, and of course he even brought his daughter Linda for good measure:)Everyone thought I was trying to fix my son David up with her, and Bob couldn't deal with all the holidays we might spend together so we tabled it for now:)) hehe, It was hasterical:)

Won't do a blow by blow, but will leave that to all the others to include photos as people get settled and home and back to their other responsibilities.

Hopefully all those photos will get posted for this trip as it was fantastic!

I want to thank all the participants in the "WHaler Fleet Safety fleet" for making this a wonderful event.

I also want to thanks the 6 DNR, CG, CGAUX and FIRE RESQUE boats that assisted as well.

And we need to Thanks Cheryl and her organization for allowing us to participate and help, and from what she said it was the best ever and all her swimmers and Kyakers(Less one hehe) thanked us:)

ALl participants agreed to do it again next year, so all the rooms are booked again:) hehe

If I left anyone out, its just that Im pretty tired....

It was fantastic...thanks again:)...waiting on all the photos:)) Henry AKA THE YIDDIL

Marlin posted 05-31-2009 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
For the benefit of those who didn't make it or are thinking about doing an event like this in the future, as well as the enjoyment of those who were there, I'll summarize the event from my perspective.

Friday morning, 0800- I'm out of the house with all my stuff loaded in the truck. First task is to pick up my 160 Dauntless "Golden Daze" from my storage lot, then it's down to Henry's in (more-or-less) Erica, VA. It's about a 2-1/2 hour drive, but the weather's nice and the traffic is light. I arrive at Henry's at 1100; Kamie is already there with her Outrage 18 "Evenstar", and Kevin with his Outrage 19. Henry's 190 Nantucket "Das Boat" is off the lift and ready to go. I transfer my stuff to the boat -- a backpack of clothes, a couple coolers, and miscellaneous other stuff. Perfect timing! Justin calls, he's out in the Potomac in his Whaler 27 walkaround "Black Dog", having run down from Aquia Harbor some miles up the Potomac.

The four of us leave the Lower Machodoc Creek and rendezvous with Justin in the Potomac, then head southeast down the river. Conditions are excellent on the water, with little wind and pretty calm conditions. We make the 20 mile run to Scheible's Motel in Wynne, MD in a little under an hour, and meet with Mac, who has arrived by car with his Montauk 17 "Top Dog". We drop off most of our stuff at the motel, then continue by boat to Point Lookout State Park, where Mac meets us by car -- we'll be leaving the boats that made the run from Virginia here tonight, so we'll need a ride back to the motel.

It's only about 1500 now, the sun is getting hot, and the biting gnats at the marina are making us crazy. We have about 2 hours to kill before my daughter Linda meets us here by car, so we all pile onto Justin's 27 and head back out into the river. The Whaler 27 is a beast -- this is a big, big boat, carrying two new E-tec 250s. Justin tells us that on the way down the river, he opened the throttles all the way and hit 55 mph, burning 22 gallons/hour -- EACH. Ouch, that's a bit too much boat for me, thanks. But the boat holds the 6 of us with great comfort, rides like a dream, and looks every bit that good too. Justin, Kamie, and Henry take a quick swim in the Potomac, which is a cool 69 degrees today. The rest of us, in our regular clothes, take a pass on the swim.

We return to the marina in time to meet up with Linda, and she and Mac take us back to the motel, where we met up with Barry and his son Kyle with their new 150 Montauk and Jack and Pat from Pennsylvania with their new-to-them Revenge 20 Walkthrough "Bulldog". Bulldog is the Revenge 20 formerly known as "Continuous Wave", so we all gather 'round, grovel briefly, and hoist a few beers to Jim H.

The weather is starting to take a turn for the worse as we all pile into a couple of cars to head to Trinity Parish Church for the traditional pre-race spaghetti dinner. We drive right through the base of a beautiful rainbow, but unfortunately there's no pot of gold to be seen. We're among the earliest arrivals at the church hall, so we take a table at the front of the room. Justin complains that he hasn't eaten all day, and is salivating pretty heavily at the sight of the salads piled up in the front of the room. If the spaghetti doesn't come soon, we might have a little revolt on our hands.

The room fills up with the 30-odd swimmers and the 40-or-so kayakers, while a thunderstorm breaks outside. We meet with a few more of the boaters -- Steve and his friend who have run their Outrage 20 downriver from Breton Bay, and will be camping at the park campgrounds tonight. We also meet Milo and his wife, who have trailered their 170 Montauk to the event. None too soon for Justin, the charming church ladies serve up heaping piles of spaghetti with meatballs. Maybe it's just because we spent half the day out on the water today, but the simple dinner seems particularly delicious. The rain pours outside, thunder booms, and the lights flicker a couple of times. Cheryl Wagner briefs the swimmers, Chris briefs the kayakers, and Henry gives a quick summary to the group about the role of the boaters -- basically, it's "we're here to keep you safe, we'll have the Coast Guard and Natural Resources Police there also, please listen to us". After a round of ice cream, we head back to the motel as the rain reduces to a drizzle.

Back at the motel, we all sit around on the porch, watch the distant lightning, and talk about boats and . Saturday will start early, so eventually we turn in to enjoy the comfort of our rather rustic motel accommodations.

Marlin posted 05-31-2009 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Saturday, 0530- We're up and in the shower. The swimmers and kayakers have an 0600 call time at the park marina, but since we don't need to help get the kayaks loaded on the "Dee of Saint Marys" skipjack, we can show up more like 0630. A few folks grab some coffee or a quick breakfast at Scheible's restaurant, but I brought some juice and some muffins in the cooler to eat on the water. The weather looks good -- reasonably clear skies and almost no breeze. In the five years I've been at this event, it's never been this good. We might actually get a swim in today!

We're all at the marina by 0630, and we're relieved that the 5 boats we left there have gotten through the stormy night without any problems. Mac, Jack, Barry, and Milo launch their Whalers at the ramp. Our honorary "big Whalers", a 37-foot Egg Harbor and a 42-foot custom yacht, are at the dock loading kayaks along with the Dee. Shortly after 0700 we all depart the marina for the 7-mile crossing to Hull Neck on the Maryland shore.

Once we're out in the river, the weather doesn't seem quite so good. At mid-river, we have 1-2 foot whitecaps and a stiff west wind, but as we approach the Virginia shoreline, both the wind and waves lay down a bit.

It takes a while to launch the kayaks from the skipjack and the big "Whalers", then the small Whalers ferry the swimmers the last few hundred yards to the beach. My daughter abandons the 16-footer and jumps over to Justin's 27 for awhile, and enjoys lounging on the cabin top in the early sun. The swimmers start into the water about 0850, a bit later than planned, but the swim is on.

The boats form up around the swimmers. We have 10 Whalers, the two large boats, plus one US Coast Guard boat, two USCG Auxiliary boats, two Natural Resources Police boats, the local volunteer fire boat from Ridge, MD, the Ridge police boat, and maybe one or two more that I'm forgetting. We quickly find that the ebb tide is stronger than forecast, perhaps due to several days of heavy thunderstorms. The tide is running across the swim route at 1.5 miles/hour, making it difficult for the swimmers to stay anywhere near the rhumb line.

We slowly make our way across the river, with the kayakers keeping an eye on the swimmers, and the boaters mostly keeping an eye on the kayakers. If the swimmers need assistance, the kayakers will make a radio call or wave a paddle for us. The morning goes pretty uneventfully, as there's little other boat traffic for the first few hours. By 1100, the swimmers are spread out over about three miles, with the lead swimmer already approaching the finish -- this guy averaged nearly 3 miles/hour in the water! A check of the GPS shows that the main body of the swimmers has been pushed about 1 mile southeast of the rhumb line. It'll be a challenge for the swimmers to make that back up at the end, when they're rather tired. A few swimmers have gone significantly further southeast than that, and those outliers have their own dedicated escorts -- the Egg Harbor, Milo's 170 Montauk, Barry's 150 Montauk, and Steve's Outrage 20.

By this point the river boating traffic is starting to pick up. All of the boaters are keeping an eye out for encroaching traffic, and the law enforcement boats are doing an outstanding job intercepting cross-traffic and re-routing them around the swimmers. The Ridge firemen in particular seem to be busily enjoying themselves stopping traffic, and their bright red boat is even more noticeable than the USCG boat, not to mention the gray DNR and police boats.

The ebb tide finally slacks about 1330, more than an hour later than forecast, and by 1500 most of the swimmers have arrived at the finishing line at the beach. On the western horizon, some thunderheads are moving toward the river. A few of the swimmers are still well out in the river (in fact, after hours of outgoing tide they're actually well out in the Chesapeake Bay). Henry and Cheryl consult on the incoming weather, and agree to call the race. The boaters pick up the remaining swimmers, except for a few that are near the finish, and swim in the rest of the way, and drop them off near the beach. We escort in the final kayaker as the thunderstorm passes harmlessly to the south.

After we tie up and haul some of the boats at the marina, we all head over to the beach to partake of the barbecue. Unfortunately, since we've been out on the water until the very last swimmer and kayaker hit the beach, most of the food has been eaten, and we scrounge up a few chicken wings and some mini slider burgers -- tasty, but not entirely satisfying after 8 hours on the water.

We all head back to the motel, take a few showers, then go to the motel restaurant for a more substantial dinner. The place is very low-key, but smells deliciously of fried seafood. We put a few tables together in a side room, placing us somewhat away from the regular customers, and have a noisy, very entertaining time eating scrumptious crab cakes and other seafood. Linda heads out by car; she needs to be home for a church activity Sunday morning. Milo and his wife leave as well, as do Barry and Kyle. The rest of us gather on the porch of the motel again for some more stories and laughs. Tired, we call it a day soon afterward and hit the sheets.

Marlin posted 05-31-2009 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Sunday, 0600 - I thought we were sleeping in a bit today, but Henry is walking down the row of rooms banging on all the doors, shouting "Breakfast! Breakfast!" By 0630 or so, Henry, Kevin, Kamie, Mac and I are sitting in the restaurant sipping coffee and eating breakfast. Mac orders a scrapple sandwich, which he says is a bit of an Eastern Shore classic. He describes it as "the parts of the pig that are left over after you're done making sausage", and we ask him to stop there without elaborating further! Jack and Pat join us (having missed the scrapple experience) and catch some breakfast as well.

The weather was forecast to be clear and sunny today, but instead we have a cool damp breeze and some low, dark clouds scudding over. As we eat, the wind comes up and a brief heavy rain comes down. Five of us have that 20-mile run upriver back to Henry's, Jack and Pat are driving back to Pennsylvania, and Mac needs to head back to the Eastern Shore. The weather does not look promising.

Mac and Jack give us a lift back over to Point Lookout's marina. On the way, there's a bang in Mac's truck. "I think it was just a pothole," says Mac, looking in his rear-view mirror. "Uh-oh, it's more than a pothole," he says. He pulls over, and we see that the left-side trailer tire is flat. On closer inspection, it's worse than that -- the fender is torn loose, and it looks like the axle has broken loose from the leaf spring. Mac backs the trailer and truck onto a dirt access road and makes a long call to his auto service company. It looks like his trailer isn't going anywhere too soon. Once we hear that a flat-bead truck is on the way, Jack takes the rest of us over to the marina.

The rain has stopped, but it's still not looking too promising. We all put up as much canvas as we have, pull on the rain gear, and batten everything down. By 1000 we're on our way out of the marina, punching straight into 1-foot whitecaps. Justin's Whaler 27 is obviously having no problems, but it's a bit rough to keep up 30 miles/hour in my little Dauntless. Slowly the clouds thin out and the waves start to flatten a bit; it looks like the weather isn't going to hammer us this morning after all.

Just as we start to get rolling on the smoother seas, we hear Henry on the radio. "I'm having some engine problems, I need to slow down." His engine is developing its full power only intermittently, with lots of surging and sputtering in between. We're wondering whether we'll be needing to do another tow this year, but Henry is able to continue along at a slower pace.

At the mouth of the Lower Machodoc, Justin turns north to head home to Aquia, while Kamie heads up the creek toward her dock. Henry, Kevin and I arrive back at Henry's dock around noon, and get a message from Mac that his boat and trailer have been safely deposited at a repair shop, and will be fixed on Monday or Tuesday. Henry puts his Nantucket back on his lift, while Kevin and I haul our boats at his neighborhood ramp. The experience includes a short interview by the Natural Resources Police -- where did they come from? -- who are mostly interested in seeing a PFD, a throw cushion, and a fire extinguisher. Satisfied, they head off on their center console in search of less well-prepared boaters than we.

Kevin heads off back to Baltimore, and I wash down the Dauntless at Henry's so I can drop it back off at the lot on the way home. By 1230 I'm back on the road, and home by 1500.

For me, this weekend was one of the boating highlights of the year. Great friends, great conversations, great boating, some pretty good food, and lots of laughs. Most of the swimmers finished, everybody got in safe, and everybody had a good time. I put 12 hours of time on the engine clock, a significant fraction of my yearly average, and burned about 22 gallons of gas in the boat plus another 18 in the truck.

Thanks to all of you who participated for making this such a great time!


PS- Did anybody else notice how many of the boats had dog names? "Black Dog", "Top Dog", "Bulldog", "Golden Daze" (it's named for my Golden Retrievers), and I think there was another one that I can't remember right now. Unfortunately this wasn't a particularly good event for the dogs, so they all had to stay home.

Marlin posted 06-01-2009 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Photos from the weekend at php?aid=15722&id=1667949173&ref=mf
kgregg posted 06-01-2009 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for kgregg  Send Email to kgregg     
How ironic that, after a 40 mile round trip on the river and an entire day on the water chasing swimmers, it is at the ramp to haul the boats where we get our safety inspection from the Nat Resource Police. We were 2 minutes from being on the trailers and outta there.
johnhenry posted 06-01-2009 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
I am glad everyone made it home safe. It was a joy meeting you all. Thank you all for making Simeone and I most welcome. The dinner at Scheibles was fabulous. I have never had beer battered Rockfish. I am looking forward to getting out on the water with y'all again.


Yiddil posted 06-01-2009 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Just peaked in and so your comments thats a blow by blow:)The pics are great too:)

Kevin, they came by the house after you left and Bob was flushing his engine...they were taking pics of each other and lafting...How come you didn't show them your "stickers"?

Milo, it was a pleasure to meet you and Simeone are now offcially part of the Chesapeake Bay/ Potomac River WHaler Club:))neighbor:)Try and get you a room next time:))

We will have more and you have an open invite:))


Yiddil posted 06-02-2009 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
hey, where are all the other photos? Wasn't there a Photograper involved also, besides other camera's????
Marlin posted 06-06-2009 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
A short video: [url] River Swim 2009/?action=view¤t=potomacswim.flv[/url]
27 Black Dog posted 06-06-2009 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for 27 Black Dog  Send Email to 27 Black Dog     
For some reason I could not access the video. Is something wrong with the link?
Marlin posted 06-06-2009 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Dunno, works for me on 3 different computers. Don't know why the link isn't "live", maybe because there are spaces in it, but a cut-n-paste into the address bar worked.
bmclernon posted 06-06-2009 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for bmclernon  Send Email to bmclernon River Swim 2009/?action=view¤t=potomacswim.flv

The address is not valid


Marlin posted 06-07-2009 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
I renamed the album to take out the spaces. Try this.

Bulldog posted 06-07-2009 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
How many dishes does Henry need? We had a great time, I'm putting on disc brakes this weekend, getting ready for NY..........Jack and Pat
Yiddil posted 06-07-2009 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Dishes???? You lost me????

Down at Das House .... will check movie latter....

Glad your getting fixed up Mac:)

Still working with Kamie to find and correct the fuel delivery system issues I had on the way back up river from the swim....


Bulldog posted 06-07-2009 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Watch the video bud!...........Jack
27 Black Dog posted 06-07-2009 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for 27 Black Dog  Send Email to 27 Black Dog     
Man, do I have to lose some weight! Great video Bob. Henry, let me know how things turn out with Das Boat.
Yiddil posted 06-07-2009 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Just getting in....nice do I have to loose weight too!!

Black Dog...we worked our asses off took her out three times with the same results...its not the gas..did not have any seperation nor water in it...

we are stumped...

Yiddil posted 06-07-2009 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Well, the movie was nice except for the over-weight-ness of this gads!!!

Anyone got an idea, or better yet a visiting mechanic:)))

call, write, send cougarands:)Henry

Yiddil posted 06-08-2009 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
More pics at this site...a great one of Marlins Boat picking up swimmers along the Dee I beleve...Henry

johnhenry posted 06-09-2009 09:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
Jeez, I should have brought my camera. Weak on the whaler shots.
Yiddil posted 06-11-2009 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
I brought a sony but I was so busy, I nver got a chance to use it much...and the few shots I took were when we were boucing in the morning...then I'm glad no one had a tele and cought me jumoing off my boat in the late afternoon...nearly gave Justin a heart attack:)
johnhenry posted 06-12-2009 07:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
Henry, I take it you will be at the Whalertowne event tomorrow? Anyone else? I am picking my boat up from CW Saturday am. They are doing the 20hour service plus some other stuff and then I was planning to head over to the party. Hope to see you.
markfink67 posted 06-14-2009 01:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for markfink67  Send Email to markfink67     
Thanks for the photos and great commentary ! Really envious. Sign me up for next year I should have sorted this out and be back on the water by then - you'd think! :-(
Yiddil posted 06-14-2009 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Mark hang in their...we will see you next year:))Unless we have something this summer:) hehe

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