Hunter Sailing Association Station #1

Celebrating 37 years of Cruising Marlow - Hunters throughout the Middle Chesapeake Bay


About HSA Station #1

HSA-1 was founded in 1978.  We are a group of over 100 Hunter sailboats, concentrated in the middle Chesapeake Bay, from Solomons in the south to the Magothy River in the north.  Boat lengths range from 25 feet to 46 feet.  The club has an active year-round racing, cruising, and social activity schedule.  Activities provide many opportunities to share information, experiences and maintenance tips as well as socializing with like-minded sailors. Boat U.S. offers HSA-1 a discount on membership.

Frequent weekend raft-ups from May through October give members the opportunity to sail to beautiful Chesapeake Bay gunk holes and visit fellow members.  Raft-ups frequently have themes, such at the "Flag Day" raft and the "Great Chili Raft".  See the Activities page for the current schedule.  An annual night sail scheduled near a full moon is a popular event that allows members to extend their sailing experience.  

There is usually at least one longer cruise of one to two weeks duration during the season.  In the past, we have cruised as a flotilla to the northern Bay, throughout the middle Bay, and down to Norfolk.  Cruises are not limited to the Bay.  In the past we have organized cruises to Long Island and Block Island, and Maine.  The club has also organized charter cruises to the BVI.  In 2006 we organized a club cruises to Block Island, and a charter cruise to the Greek islands in the Ionian Sea.  In 2012 the focus of activity will be the Hunter Rendezvous in Annapolis, Maryland.

"Come by land" or  "come by sea" events during the season extend destinations to sites that, though convenient for some of our sailing members, may be to far from home port for others.  Past events have been located at the DNR facility on the Wye River and some place off the South.

Although most members are cruisers and not racers, we have an active cruiser/racer agenda.  Many club members who would like to try racing join together in local charity races to get a taste of racing at a more 'fun' level.  The club maintains a race committee and provides support for members who are in it for "the T-shirt and the hat".  In the past we have entered boats in the Hospice Cup and Leukemia Cup races

Off-season brunches and seminars provide an opportunity to learn about sailing and keep in touch during the cold months.  HSA-1 has a standing reservation for two rooms at the Annapolis Marriott for the Annapolis Parade of Lights in December.

Take a look at our newsletter, The Log, the current schedule of events under Activities, and photographs of past activities under  Photo Gallery.  Feel free to contact any of our officers and committee chairs under the Afterguard if you have any questions.  An application for membership is to be found under Join Us.