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USS Hood 2020

Sponsored by Hood College
Supporting Hood Fund

The classic blue and grey Hood colors; the boat “bumpers” are wearing dinks that represent each class year color. Our charity is the Hood Fund, which supports student scholarships. One hundred percent of our undergraduate students receive financial aid.

 

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

Hope Floats II 2020

Hope Floats II 2020

Sponsored by Colonial Jewelers
Supporting: Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund

We were one of the seven original boats in the first flotilla three years ago. After three years in the water Hope Floats took a major spill and was grounded for life. But, not to be discouraged, the mighty crew of Kremers, Thomas, and Diffenbaugh resurrected the pink themed boat, with design by Kristin Kremers, and hailed her the Hope Floats II. The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund and Colonial Jewelers are proud to see this lovely boat sailing once again.

 

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

Spirit of Maryland 2020

Spirit of Maryland 2020
Sponsored by PMP
Supporting: Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County

Spirit of Maryland was originally the Casa Galleggiante and was renovated to her current glory over the past few years.

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

USS Hamster 2020

The Carroll Creek Coast Guard Boat

She rises again to watch over the fleet that she began 5 years ago. The bones of the original Stargazer and USS Hamster were used to make a rescue and maintenance vessel with design by Kyle Thomas and design and construction by Thom Beckley who also constructed the USS FREDERICKTOWNE Aircraft carrier introduced into the fleet this year. The craft was skillfully painted by Josh Diffenbaugh who has painted and provided creative design advances for numerous vessels since joining the Thomas Kremers team in 2017.

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

AND THE REST


Reel Fun 2020
Sponsored by Deleon and Stang
Supporting Phoenix Recovery Academy

Mystere
Sponsored by The Lillard family
Supporting Sophie and Madigan’s Playground

Burr Artz Library
Sponsored by The C. Burr Artz Library
Supporting The Community Action Agency and The Religious Coalition
Our inspiration was the Japanese proverb: “One kind word can warm three winter months.”

Black Pearl 2020
Sponsored by East Coast Cable Solutions Inc.
Supporting Federated Charities of Frederick

Beacon 2020
Sponsored by Truist
Supporting The Frederick Rescue Mission and Faith House

Arctic Racer 2020
Sponsored by The Ausherman Family Foundation.
Supporting Frederick Arts Council

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice Is Here!

sailng through the winter solsticeTake a look! Wander down to the creek and view the boats as they shine throughout the New Year. The boats will be in the creek through Frederick’s Fire & Ice celebration – the first weekend in February.

After you’ve viewed the boats, please vote for your favorites. It’s a dollar per vote and all proceeds go to local charities.

Attention Grabbers! The boats are in the creek and as you can imagine, they’re attracting a lot of attention. We’re even on the Fox 5 Weather cam! Seriously, the captain and crew have outdone themselves this year. Be sure to stroll the creek often – day and night and enjoy these beauties.

Launching. Please take a look at the launch process as filmed by the Frederick News Post Launch. And don’t miss this video of the launch as filmed by Kristin Kremers.  This year’s solstice event is an awesome display of our communities’ collective creativity and talent. There are 20 boats this year in the creek!

Vote For Your Boat. Here’s the list of boats, the sponsor and the charities.

  • USS Fredericktowne from High Caliber Home Inspections supporting Platoon 22
  • Carroll Creek Clipper from The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek supporting Second Chances Garage
  • Snallygaster & Twins from Landscape Services, Inc. supporting Sophie and Madigan’s Playground
  • Centennial from The Rotary Club of Frederick supporting First Century Trust Campaign
  • Spirit of Apprenticeship from Dynamic Auto supporting United Way of Frederick
  • Reel Fun from Delong and Stang supporting Phoenix Recovery Academy
  • USS Hood from Hood College supporting Hood College
  • Black Pearl from East Coast Cable Solutions, Inc. supporting Federated Charities of Frederick
  • Colleen’s Crew from New Era Custom Design and Cabinet supporting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Mystere from Tourism Council of Frederick County supporting Sophie and Madigan’s Playground
  • Hope Floats II from Colonial Jewelers supporting Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund
  • Kraken from Flying Dog Breweries supporting Color On The Creek
  • Ribbon Cutter from Morgan Keller Construction supporting Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County
  • Key to Freedom from Matan supporting Frederick Health Hospice Hospital Veterans Program
  • Beacon from Truist, formally BB&T and SunTrust supporting The Frederick Rescue Mission and Faith House
  • Artic Racer from Ausherman Family Foundation supporting Frederick Arts Council
  • Richmere Richmeres Too from Stulz supporting SHIP of Frederick County
  • Starry Night from Frederick Primary Care Associates supporting Heartly House and Frederick Health Hospital Oncology Services
  • Stargazer II from The Wine Kitchen supporting Color On The Creek
  • Spirit of Maryland from Property Management People, Inc. supporting Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County
  • Heavens to Betsy (at Brewers Alley Rooftop) from The Berkheimer Group at Morgan Stanley supporting Woman to Woman Mentoring
  • The Holly Jolly Roger (at The Wine Kitchen) from Kevin and Jeannie Hessler supporting I Believe in Me, Inc.
  • USS Elf 2020 Keep Back 6 Nauts (at the Amphitheater Rooftop) from Arachnid Works / JAKKSS Millworks supporting SOAR Frederick, Inc.
  • C Burr Artz Library (Creekside in front of Library) from The C. Burr Artz Library supporting The Community Action Agency and The Religious Coalition.

What Floats These Boats?

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice Update

The boats created for Sailing Through the Winter Solstice 2018 are looking spectacular this year! Multiple teams have created and crafted an impressive variety of sailing vessels at six separate shipyards. Max Wingerd, Vicki and Ed Poole, Thom and Teresa Beckley, Bernard Gouin, John Casey, Kyle Thomas, Patty Hurwitz, Branden McGee and others are behind boat designs that “boldly go where no one has gone before.” 

Innovation and Reality Meet Head-on. Arctic creek sailing is a new “pop-up” public art genre unique to Frederick, Maryland and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The challenges of keeping water craft aligned and tethered, bow and stern, in a narrow intermittently icy and extremely windy creek for 10 weeks of unpredictable winter weather present a daunting set of problems for designer/builders.

At a typical marina, most boats are attached to a mooring fixed only at the bow and are able to move freely, aligning with the shifting winds and tides. In our case, if not moored by the bow and stern most of our boats—which can reach 25 feet in length—would swing into the stone walls of the Carroll Creek promenade.

The lack of free movement with the wind means our craft are subject to strong broadside crosswinds and gusts which reached 40 to 60 miles per hour during three separate storms last year. Further compounding the challenge is the surface ice in Carroll Creek. Ice can form several feet in thickness, applying potentially crushing forces to our boat hulls.

The Effects of Winter. The heavy oak and iron-clad Endurance, Terror and Erebus—and many other arctic exploration boats of years past—met their end as a result of ice compression and shear. The beautiful sparkling sheathing of ice common after freezing rains that often weighs down and snaps tree limbs and power lines may have a similar effect on our brightly lit rigging, spars and sails as well. Heavy ice contributed to the failure of the main deck hatches described in Gordon Lightfoot’s classic ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” and sent her to the bottom of Lake Superior. 

Weighting Our Boats. The combined forces of tall masts, topside weight and wind can heel and capsize a boat on Carroll Creek. These forces are usually counteracted by fixed heavily weighted keels, often reaching up to 6 feet or more below the waterline. The deeper and heavier a keel the better it is for a boat’s stability. Our craft must be trailered to and launched from a spot on the Creek where the water depth below the hull is only 18- to 25-inches, making fixed deep keels impossible. To recreate the stabilizing forces of a standard keel, we use a variety of tactics. These include adding extra ballast to our holds and attaching heavy steel or concrete weights that are suspended directly under the hulls or to short retractable dagger boards and swing keels. The larger boats this year employ 1,400 to 2,400 pounds of stabilizing and anchor weights.

Add Electricity. Finally, the multiple electrical connections on each craft and their shore power hook-ups are subject to the usual wet-weather problems we all know about. 

When you walk by a decorated boat on Carroll Creek this year take a minute to reflect on how they’re more than just pretty lights on the water. Shared strategies among multiple teams are at work trying to keep these crafty works of art floating and alight.

Pete Kremers and Kyle Thomas   

Sailing Through the Winter Solstice

Hope Floats

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice

As we celebrate STTWS 2018, we decided to share the reasons our shipbuilders and designers had in mind for each boat, including construction and materials used. Enjoy.   

The idea. The Hope Floats boat is sponsored by Colonial Jewelers, and was inspired by the efforts of owners Jeff and Patty Hurwitz to raise money to support local breast cancer patients.  To that end, the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund was founded in the year 2000.  To date, the initiative is approaching the $2 million dollar mark in total funds raised.  Every dollar of that money has been used to purchase state of the art technology for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer patients at Frederick Memorial Hospital, and to support the Center for Breast Care and the James M. Stockman Cancer Center. 

Carroll Creek Fleet Admiral Pete Kremers steers the FMH Radiology Department when not at sea.  He has been instrumental in research and implementation of the dollars raised by the Fund.  So it was a natural fit that Jeff and Patty would want to support Dr. Kremers’ efforts, both to raise money and awareness for the fund, but also, as long-time downtown business owners, to help beautify the Creek in the cold of winter.

Construction. Hope Floats was the creation of daughter Allison Hurwitz and Matt Distefano.  They chose bright pink with delicate lights to symbolize the journey of breast cancer patients.  The name refers to the Hope that the Fund is providing for women through advanced diagnostics and treatments.  Colonial Jewelers is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the Winter Solstice project.

Our charity. Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund.

Starry Night

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice

As we celebrate STTWS 2018, we decided to share the reasons our shipbuilders and designers had in mind for each boat, including construction and materials used. Enjoy.   

“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”  Vincent van Gogh

The Idea. I’ve always loved impressionist  paintings, especially the works of Monet and Van Gogh. In fact, Monet’s garden at Giverny was the inspiration for our own Color on the Creek water garden. Earlier in2018, I happened upon a boat named “Vincent” on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum auction website. Ironically, her lines and several white swirls painted on her bow reminded me of a Van Gogh painting titled Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saints-Marias. But it was thinking about another Van Gogh masterpiece—Starry Night—that really got my creative juices flowing. So much so that I purchased the boat at a premium before the auction.

Construction. I struggled with design elements for the new boat and a starry night sail plan until my friend and accomplished artist Max Wingerd offered “a little help.” I was amazed how quickly his vision and artistic skills moved the project forward. With an ad hoc team including Rob Ringle, Rich Favarulo, Jerry Winnan, Robert Robey and others, we built a new deck and made many other necessary improvements to prepare Vincent for Frederick’s challenging new art genre aptly called arctic creek sailing. Josh Diffenbaugh, a talented painter, worked his magic on color designs. Then Max and I went to work on turning his design for the sail graphics into a reality.

Max Wingerd. The painting Starry Night is a true rockstar in the world of fine art and has long been a favorite of mine. It represents Van Gogh’s discovery of the vibrant energy in darkness. That he painted it from his room in an asylum in San Remy France, which had bars on it to prevent his escape, makes it all the more powerful and amazing to me.

Yet for all the movement of swirling and dancing stars,the painting has a symbol of stability and order right in the middle of it: a picturesque town, asleep, with a single serene church steeple rising in stark contrast to the dark hills beyond. Next time you look at a photo of the painting, you’ll see it. Minus a few spires, it could be Frederick!

The idea of creating a Starry Night boat with Pete for FPCA (Frederick Primary Care Associates) was as daunting as it was exciting. Once we decided to go full speed ahead with the concept, the challenge was capturing the celestial energy of the painting with colored lights on the sails and recreating the sleepy little town below that sky. The sails were actually a fun thing to do in the dark. The town, with my limited power tool collection, was a bit more challenging. But it all came together beautifully.

Of course, there were lots of hours devoted by lots of people in constructing, painting, water-proofing and readying the boat. My thanks to all!  Now that Starry Night is float in Carroll Creek and all lit up, it just might make Vincent proud, too.

Our charities. Heartly House, offering safety and security to victims of domestic and sexual violence. And FMH Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, helping patients and their families with the costs of medical care.

Peter Kremers

The Carroll Creek Clipper

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice

As we celebrate STTWS 2018, we decided to share the reasons our shipbuilders and designers had in mind for each boat, including construction and materials used. Enjoy.   

The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek (RCCC) joined Sailing through the Winter Solstice (STTWS) in 2017 and was most happy to continue the journey in 2018 as RCCC celebrates its 25-year anniversary! 

The idea. RCCC has long been involved in the rejuvenation of Downtown Frederick and participating in STTWS is a natural extension of its mission.

Construction. RCCC purchased a simple single-mast 12-foot fiberglass red sailboat on Craig’s List. Through weekly building meetings over the span of four months, its dedicated shipmates transformed it into a two-mast vessel with curved aluminum sails, a shop-grooved PVC deck supported by six laser-dimensioned lateral wooden ribbings, customized PVC railings, a rear cabin, a mid-deck connection “doghouse,” a carved bowsprit, a crow’s nest, 3/8 inch rope lights and a shortened keel to support a 70-pound hanging anchor. The sailboat proudly displays the blue and gold Rotarian colors as well as the 25-year anniversary wheel! 

Rotarians rallied behind the project and enthusiastically participated in a naming contest within RCCC. Close to 120 names were suggested, 8 finalists were retained, voting took place and, voilà, the Carroll Creek Clipper was born! 

A rear sail, a crow in the nest, and a jumping Maryland white marlin hooked to a fishing rod completed the second-year edition.

Many thanks to Pete Kremers and Kyle Thomas for their vision and tireless energy in launching STTWS! Started as a one-boat pilot project in2016, the festival now counts ten boats in Carroll Creek and two on land. An absolutely remarkable achievement!

Super kudos to my shipmates, with whom I had the great pleasure and honor of working! 

  • Bob DeIuliis, for his solid building skills and pragmatic approach!
  • Josh Donofry, our benjamin, for defying gravity in the shop, and jumping into the frigid waters at launch!
  • Doug Fauth, for generously hosting the building meetings in his workshop, and for his extraordinary craftsmanship!
  • Neil Fay, for making sure water pump and electrical connections were operating properly, and stringing endless feet of rope lights!
  • Luke Markey, for expertly designing and building the Rotary wheel, as well as the jumping Maryland white marlin
  • Mark Mayer, for finding our base sailboat, introducing the curved sails concept, and for being our money man!
  • Melissa Muntz, for guiding us through the various media!
  • Tom Plant, for being our anchor man, and for his continued attention throughout the building process!
  • Bonnie and Rob Swanson,for their esthetic flair, and for stringing hundreds of feet of rope lights!

The Clipper shipmates are deeply grateful for the precious support of Linda Roth, RCCC President 2017-2018, and of Peter Fitzpatrick, RCCC President 2018-2019. Their strong commitment to the project made it possible and very enjoyable!

Long live STTWS! 

Go Clipper Go!

Our charity. Color on the Creek.

Bernard Gouin

RCCC – 2002

Captain – Carroll Creek Clipper