32nd Annual Annapolis Gam
September 29-October 1, 2018
Maryland Yacht Club
15 Fairview Beach Rd.
Pasadena, MD 21122
Registration fee includes all sessions on Sunday and Monday. Meals are additional and are outlined in the registration process.
After September 15th, registration fees increase by $5 for both members and non-members.
The 32nd Annual Annapolis Gam will be held at a new venue this year--the Maryland Yacht Club (MYC). The three-day event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th thru Monday, October 1st, just a week prior to the Annapolis Fall Boat Show.
Our new home, 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.
In addition to the discounted slips available at MYC, attendees can also find slips at the following marinas:
Dockmaster at Fairview Marina: Kim Kahan @ 410-437-3400 (you can walk over to Yacht Club) rate is $2/foot. Can accommodate cats and up to 55’ vessels in slips. Have haul out capacity if needed. Have laundry on site. Nice facilities. Pump out / but no fuel.
Dockmaster at White Rocks Marina. 410-255-3800. Largest slip is 39’ x 13’ beam’ (B dock is transient) They charge $1/ foot for the Gam attendees. You will need to dinghy over to the yacht club. Cannot walk from there. No fuel, pump out or laundry.
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).
Saturday: Events begin with an optional "Heading South" symposium on Saturday night. Fellow cruisers 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 event will be held under the picnic pavilion at the Maryland Yacht Club at 5:00 pm.
This year's list of speakers promises to be one of the best ever for an SSCA gam. There are two tracks so you can pick and choose which sessions interest you. For the tentative schedule, click here.
Sunday: Mr. Nigel Calder will be our keynote speaker after the cocktail reception and a BBQ dinner buffet that evening. If you've not heard Nigel speak, you're in for a real treat. One of the most renowned mariners of our day, Nigel has a lifetime of stories and memories to share and his presentation style is especially entertaining. He will also give a presentation on batteries earlier in the day.
In addition to Nigel, there will be extensive coverage of engines with sessions on outboard engines and diesel engines as well as an engine Q & A. Other topics that day include: safety & security, ideal sailor apps for iPads and iPhones, feeding crew, narrow boats, working while cruising, medical issues, communications and canning aboard. Also, there will be a special session to help you learn how to get the most out of your SSCA membership.
Monday: The day starts off with three jam-packed weather sessions complemented by destination/navigation sessions on the Intracoastal Waterway, America's Great Loop and the European Rivers Loop. For more practical how-to, sessions are being offered on woodworking/varnishing, your tool box and watermakers. An always popular session, the "Women's Forum", is back on the agenda this year and will cover a wide array of topics. And, there will be a session conducted by US Customs and Border Protection explaining the new ROAM app. The gam will wrap up with the WWS gathering and the VE exam session for those who wish to sit for an Amateur Radio (Ham) License (pre-registration required).
We'll also have a nautical flea market on Monday. If you have nautical treasures you no longer need, you can sign-up for a table at on-site registration. 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.
We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a new experience and 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 2018 SSCA Annapolis Gam.
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