Who Are The Kiriko Crew?

Mostly, it’s me, Manny. I taught myself to sail in my late teens, early 20s. I bought Kaixo, my 27′ Hunter more than 12 years ago and have learned a lot about sailing and boat repair on the job. Now I’m sailing Kiriko, a 37′ Hunter and she’s a work in progress.  My crew varies depending on friends and the seasons, but my first mate Gracie (an Australian shepherd mix) always sails with me. My goal is to live on my boat and cruise full time. We run on chorizo, Maria cookies, rum and ginger beer.

One of my favorite things about sailing is when everything is trimmed to the sea and wind conditions and the boat just goes and you don’t even need to touch the wheel. It’s the same feeling as being able to play a complicated song on a musical instrument and playing it perfectly.

New horizons and sunlight on the water are more reasons to love sailing.

I have a growing fleet of drones that I use to explore and document the sights my crew and I see.

I’ve done most of the work to Kaixo myself, painting, woodwork, installing a pellet stove and chimney, sewing new cushion covers, replacing windows, installing an auto-pilot, sewing sails and a bimini and rigging up some some air conditioning,  just to name a few projects. It’s very satisfying work.

Sailing out of Middle River, means there’s lots of Chesapeake Bay to explore (just watch out for unexploded ordnance).  There are so many great little (and not so little) places to see and lots to do and almost always a good milkshake to be found.


There’s rich history, natural beauty and interesting destinations along the Chesapeake and
we’re excited to start sharing our explorations and the best of what we discover with you. Sometimes we’ll make some side trips and share what’s good off the water, too.

“Once you travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”

Pat Conroy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

“There is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Kenneth Grahame

“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.”

Robin Lee Graham

“The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears or the sea.”

Isak Dinesen


Our focus is local, but we’re still going places.

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