MASCF Participant Information
Participant Registration is now closed.
For those unfamiliar with the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival, this year’s 34th 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 CBMM and each other’s company. MASCF XXXIV’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 CBMM visitor, it is the best day to see MASCF. 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 CBMM.
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 another around Wye and
Kent Island and back to CBMM. See the link above (2017 Chesapeake Expedition Voyaging) for
more information. And contact Pete Lesher at CBMM 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 CBMM 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 CBMM 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 CBMM, 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, CBMM 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
** CBMM 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 CBMM for MASCF 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 CBMM grounds during CBMM event weekends, which
includes the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival.