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The Liberte Photo Scavenger Hunt

Ahoy Annapolis Sailors!

Solve the riddles below then snap a photo of each answer:  

1.     I mark the end of the day. I can be a variety of colors but typically have shades of red, orange, violet, and yellow.

2.     I redirect the power of the wind to propel a craft on the water.

3.     A four-year coeducational federal service academy established in 1845

4.     Home of the Pain Killer Cocktail

5.     A two-lane landmark linking the city’s prime tourist area with a peninsula that rises and falls to allow sailors passage from harbor slip to the Chesapeake Bay.

Bonus:

6.     I span the Chesapeake Bay and connect rural Eastern shore with the urban western shore.

7.     I am one of the most recognized lighthouses in the state of Maryland and was constructed in 1825.

5 Reasons Sailing is the Best Sport

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Sailing is one of the world’s greatest sports! Although there may be a bit of bias involved in this statement, there is no denying that sailing is an incredible sport. Here are five reasons why you should try sailing over another sport.

1)   Sailing is less expensive. Unlike motorboats, sailing requires less gasoline making it more cost efficient and eco-friendly than other water sports. 

2)   Sailing is stimulating for all of the senses. The sights and sounds, the smells of the ocean air, the feel of the wind, and the tastes of good food and beverages.

3)    Sailing reduces stress. Sailing allows you to experience the great outdoors and also encourages you to redirect your mental focus from daily anxieties to leading your vessel.

4)    Experience the water.  From a tranquil glide to a hard-driving sail, blue skies or clouds, being on the water is always unique.

5)    It’s as social as you want it to be. You can enjoy your family and friends, playing music, sharing food and enjoying the company of others during your own adventure.

Sailing is a sport that encourages exploration, physical activity, and mental relaxation. Get a taste of sailing with the Liberte to experience all of the possibilities that sailing offers. Happy sailing. 



The Top 5 Liberte FAQs

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1.     Can we bring children?

Yes. We are a family friendly boat. The Liberte is fully netted! We carry small child size sport life jackets, in case your little tikes try to abandon ship!
 

2.     Can we bring our own food?

Yes. You are welcome to bring your own food but please keep in mind a few guidelines. Please do not bring ceramic or glass, try to keep portions light and remember we can't control the wind or waves so make sure to bring solid foods.  

3.     Can we bring Pets?

Yes and No. Service dogs are more than welcome on all sails. If you privately charter the boat you are welcome to bring your furry friends, however, your dog must remain on a leash when we depart and when we return. Dogs are not allowed below deck. If your pet has a life jacket we do ask that you bring it. If you plan to join us for a public sail please leave your dog at home.

4.     What about motion sickness?

For those who are prone to motion sickness, we ask that you take you your medication an hour and a half prior to your sail. If your not sure if you are prone to motion sickness our general rule of thumb: if you can sit in the back of a car and not feel sick you will be just fine.  We offer acupressure motion sickness wristbands for nausea. We also offer natural medical oil that helps with unplanned motion sickness.

5.     What if there is inclement weather at the time of our sail?

We’re not all that interested in sailing in the rain either! Private charters can opt to sail or not too. We do offer refunds for inclement weather as well as the opportunity to reschedule (depending upon availability).   If you make us sail in the rain we offer our foul weather jackets, which we will certainly be wearing as well. Generally, public sails are canceled for inclement weather.



7 Terms to know Before You Set out to Sail the Seven Seas

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Here are several terms you may want to know just in case the captain starts talking sailor to you:

 The Layout of the Boat:
 

1.     PORT: If you are facing the front of the boat, the port is anything to the left of the boat.
2.     STARBOARD: If you are facing forward the starboard refers to everything on the right-hand side of the vessel. Anything on the left side of the vessel is referred to as “PORT”.
3.     BOW/STERN: The bow of the boat refers to the front half if the boat while the stern is everything in the back or the “aft”/” astern”.

Other Terminology:
           
4.     HELM: The place where steering takes place. The steering controls the rudders position.
5.     KEEL: This a long, heavy fin on the bottom of the boat that provides stability, and keeps most boats from capsizing.
6.     BOOM: Horizontal boom coming from the bottom of the mast. Changing directions of the boom helps the sailboat harness the energy from wind power to move forwards and backwards.
7.     TACKING: Occurs when the bow of the boat is turned through the wind so that the wind goes from one side of the boat to the other. When doing this maneuver the boom will always shift sides.
 
Know these basic terms, and you will be well on your way to talking like a sailor with your captain!

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