Sailing the Chesapeake
Annapolis, Md is known as the sailing capitol of the world. Big claim I know, but the place is full of boats.
On any given weekend afternoon in the warmer months, the Chesapeake bay becomes a playground for all who can afford a hunk of fiberglass and some sails. The Severn River is the gateway for most Annapolitans to the majesty of the bay.
I have seen the mouth of the Severn so packed full of boats, that it looked almost as if I could walk the few miles across to the other side, just by jumping from boat to boat.
Well in this hectic mess of tacking this way and that and so many boats coming about at any time, collisions and near collisions are frequent, and spectacular when they are avoided.
This piece depicts a sailboat going along with the wind on a good tack and then coming about directly into trouble. Then a few seconds of shear terror take place when both skippers try frantically to avoid the imminent collision. Adrenaline is pumping and hearts are racing as the skillful Captains deftly manuever their boats out of harm's way. Slowly, hearts once again reach their peaceful state and breaths are let out and everyone goes smoothly on their way, once again enjoying nature's beauty.
This is all GPO and JABB, composed in Sibelius, and the resulting wav file played with in Sonar Home Studio
Here it is
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