By Jay Lloyd
ROCK HALL, Md. (CBS) — An armada of sailing snowbirds are on the move this week, heading to warmer climes. And they won’t return till spring.
So today we say bon voyage to a waterfront friend.
Captain Bill Blades retired from the board of the Reading Terminal Market to spend his days sailing the northern Chesapeake Bay.
Now he’s getting his 38-foot seagoing boat, Tamarak, ready to cast off for the balmy breezes of Florida.
His route will involve a leisurely passage to explore picturesque rivers on the lower reaches of the Chesapeake.
“Rapahannock, Potomac, James, and the western shore of Virginia,” Captain Bill recites. Then he’ll set a southern course on the Intracoastal Waterway to a winter mooring in the harbor at fabled Coconut Grove, Fla., near Miami.
The boat will be his home.
“The old Coconut Grove is a fascinating tropical paradise,” he notes.
And when spring arrives, Captain Bill will slip his mooring and reverse course. Destination: the eastern shore of Maryland.
So how do you get in on this? Simply cultivate some sailing snowbird friends. There just may be an invitation in your future!