MASCF Participant Information
Click HERE for 2016 MASCF Participant Registration
For those unfamiliar with the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival, this year’s 33rd annual edition continues the tradition of a fun, family-oriented gathering of lovers of small boats. This is a non-commercial event – definitely not a “boat show” (in fact, professional boat shops are discouraged from displaying any signage*), but a weekend where folks can sail, row, or paddle their boats and enjoy the Museum and each other’s company. MASCF XXXIII’s busiest day will be Saturday, since that is when everyone is here, along with their boats, and most of the activities are going on. For the regular Museum visitor, it is the best day to see the MASCF. As an added attraction to this year’s event, there will be even smaller craft on display, with the Museum’s Model Expo as a featured part of the festivities on both Saturday and Sunday. For those who wish to register for all three days, the on-line registration forms are for you.
Please note: many of the weekend’s events are restricted to those who register for all three days; if you have a question regarding what is available to you and what isn’t, just contact the Museum.
The first “official” event of MASCF is Thursday’s gunkholing overnight trip to Wye Island. This involves a several mile sail to the island and the rudimentary camping facilities located there, with a return on Friday morning. The word “rudimentary” needs to be emphasized; this is a fun excursion, but isn’t meant for the faint-of- heart. And speaking of hearty, new this year are two additional challenges: expedition voyages around Wye Island and around Wye and Kent Island and back to the Museum. See the link above (2016 Chesapeake Expedition Voyaging) for more information. And contact Pete Lesher at the Museum if you have questions about the gunkholing trip. Thursday is also the first “unofficial” day of MASCF, with a number of folks arriving to set up camp and begin messin’ about**.
Friday is when most folks arrive, find a camp site, get set up, and get out on the water if they can. Friday evening the Museum hosts a BYOEverything so attendees can get acquainted, or reacquainted, have some food and drink, and maybe even listen to some music. Participants should bring their own fixings for dinner, with the Museum providing some non-alcoholic drinks, some samplers of shucked oysters and steamed crabs (just a taste, not enough for a meal), and a wood-fired grill for everyone’s use.
After a continental breakfast provided by the Museum, Saturday gets rolling with boat judging, craft workshops, boat building demos, a myriad of kids’ activities, and boat races (sailing, rowing, and paddling). After all the day’s activities, the Museum will provide a hearty meal for the participants, followed by a lecture in our auditorium. And if there is any energy left after that (and no cloud cover), there will be a star-gazing workshop to end the day.
Sunday again begins with the breakfast offering, followed soon after by a scavenger hunt for the kids, and then a swap meet (bring anything nautical to swap and/or sell). And, as is the case all through the weekend, putting your boat in the water and going for a sail or row or paddle is always an option. The weekend “officially” ends with a wrap-up meeting where participants can comment on this year’s event or what they’d like to see at next year’s MASCF. All are welcome.
If you plan to attend for all three days, please read the registration material carefully and fill the forms out completely. It will help us better plan for the event and for your arrival. Thanks, and we hope to see you in October.
*”For Sale” signs are prohibited; there will be a bulletin board set up where items for sale can be listed.
**The Museum will have two walk-down launch ramps available dockside for boats that can be lifted off their trailer or car top and carried down the ramp (even if it takes several hands, there are always plenty of folks around to help). If your vessel is too heavy for those ramps, there is a free ramp across the harbor. Docking at the Museum for the participants is without reservations – use a slip that’s available and share it when you are out on the water.
Special Note: Dogs are prohibited on the Museum grounds during CBMM event weekends, which include the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival.