Each year, LetsGoCruising Charters, our neighbor at Yacht Haven Marina, and our publisher, Jack Dozier, work out an agreement to charter a boat for the day and get the entire Waterway Guide staff and their families and friends out on the water to view the Blue Angels performance. Bringing a boat into Annapolis Harbor for this event is not for the faint of heart or for inexperienced boaters. Even with the event held on a weekday instead of a weekend, the harbor is jam packed, and we often joked that one could almost walk from boat to boat and get across the harbor. This year was no exception, and the crowds were almost as spectacular as the air show. If maneuvering in very close quarters and anchoring one boat right next to the other makes you nervous, than perhaps seeing the show from shore would be your best option.
It turned out to be a great time enjoyed by everyone, and our two boats were fine next to each other. (We did put the fenders over the side just in case.) The flight demonstration was spectacular, and no matter how many times we have seen the Blue Angels perform, each time is as exciting as the first. It is truly awesome how these skilled pilots can handle these incredible flying machines at speeds and maneuvers that would probably render most of us unconscious. The event is broadcast and narrated over the radio on AM WNAV Radio, and it was obvious that the entire Harbor was tuned in. It added a nice touch to the event, as details and information on the planes and pilots were presented as they flew over. Everyone had a great time, and it seemed it was over all too soon. We waited for a while to let the crowd thin out, then pulled up the anchor and headed back to the dock. We followed in a large Coast Guard buoy tender and slowly threaded our way through the still large armada of boats, which included Coast Guard and Navy vessels. By around 4:30 p.m., we had the boat back in the slip, and were packing up and unloading what we had not consumed during the afternoon. It was agreed that the day had been a great success, and we needed to find an excuse to do this again soon, especially since the boss was paying for it.