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May 12 brings 8th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race to Chesapeake Bay

CBMM_ElfClassic3_May2018 CBMM_ElfClassic1_May2018 CBMM_ElfClassic2_May2018(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 19, 2018) The Elf Classic Yacht Race returns to the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, May 12, 2018, with the traditional yacht race departing from Annapolis and arriving at the finish line on the Miles River and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

The May 12 race features a nautical Le Mans start, beginning with a captain’s meeting on land, followed by the sound of a whistle, signifying each yacht captain’s mad dash to a tied-up dinghy, or tender. Next, the captain’s row out to their moored vessels and waiting crews, before tying up their tenders and raising anchor, with up to 30 yachts racing off from Annapolis in a cloud of white sails across the Chesapeake Bay.

The Classic Yacht Restoration Guild, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Eastport Yacht Club are sponsoring the annual race, which includes a fleet of antique and classic sailing yachts, both large and small. Race proceeds benefit CYRG and CBMM, where race participants will be greeted along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove and the winners announced at a trophy reception later in the day.

Organized by CYRG, the race features America’s oldest active racing yacht, the 1888 Elf. Restored to historically accurate condition and re-launched in 2008, Elf is a Lawley-built 30-foot class cutter. Elf pioneered offshore yacht cruising in 1893 by being the first small craft to race round-trip from Marblehead, Mass. to Halifax, N.S.

“It’s very unusual to see a single classic yacht on any given day, so watching a fleet of them sailing away from the anchorage and into St. Michaels is an incredible experience,” said CYRG President and Elf skipper Rick Carrion.

The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Eastport Yacht Club, where spectators can watch the fleet depart Annapolis against the scenic background of the U.S. Naval Academy. The race can be seen as it crosses the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore and into the Eastern Bay, and the Miles River.

The race concludes at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where onlookers will greet the fleet of classic racing yachts as they arrive along CBMM’s Miles River waterfront, anchoring off in Fogg’s Cove. The race ends when all captains have rowed to shore, and signed the race log on land.

To see a documentary and race footage of the Elf Classic, go to bit.ly/ElfClassic. To register a yacht for the race, download a complete registration package at cyrg.org, or contact CYRG’s Rick Carrion at cyrg.elf@gmail.com or at 443-566-2212. The racing fleet is limited, with early registration recommended, giving preference to wooden, classic, and traditional yachts.

CYRG is a non-profit, member organization dedicated to the preservation of maritime heritage through the maintenance and operation of Elf. She was designed by George Lawley & Sons of South Boston, Mass., and built in 1888 for William H. Wilkinson. Over the warmer months, she can be seen dockside at CBMM, and under sail along the Miles River and Chesapeake Bay.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 70,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

 

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The 1888 racing yacht Elf, shown here, is the flagship for the 8th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race, which takes place on Saturday, May 12, 2018, departing from Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The annual race includes a fleet of antique and classic sailing yachts, with registration and more information at cyrg.org. Elf is a Lawley-built 30-foot class cutter that pioneered off-shore yacht cruising in 1893 by being the first small craft to cruise round-trip from Marblehead, Mass to Halifax, N.S. During the warmer months, she can be seen under sail on the Miles River or dockside at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

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New weather station helps students learn at CBMM

CBMM_WeatherStation_StPaulStudent (ST MICHAELS, MD – November 28, 2017) A new, in-the-water weather station has recently been installed at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Fogg’s Cove along the Miles River.

Made possible through a generous gift from Lesley and Fred Israel and consultation by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory, the weather station allows CBMM to enhance its K-12 programming to better support science and environmental education. Using the weather station, students are able to monitor the water quality at CBMM remotely from their schools to extend their museum learning into the classroom.

CBMM_WeatherStation1The monitoring equipment and data compilation are provided by the Virginia-based Sutron Corporation, which specializes in high quality real-time hydrologic, meteorological, and oceanic data. Water temperature, salinity, turbidity, and alkalinity are measured in the water, along with wind direction and speed, rainfall, dewpoint, and barometric pressure from the sensor above. Real-time data from CBMM’s weather station can be accessed online at bit.ly/weatherstationmap.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum CBMM_WeatherStation2dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Charitable gifts to the museum’s annual fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

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A new weather station, shown here, has recently been installed on Fogg’s Cove at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The station is being used in CBMM’s K-12 school and ecology programming to monitor weather and water conditions, and is made possible through a generous gift from Lesley and Fred Israel. Real-time data can also be found online at bit.ly/weatherstationmap.

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Third-graders from St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Md. will be using data from CBMM’s new weather station to monitor water and weather conditions around their adopted oyster cage at CBMM. The collaborative project is made possible by the Chesapeake Bay Trust K-12 Environmental Education Mini Grant Program, which emphasizes meaningful outdoor learning experiences for students surrounding an important watershed issue.

Private sailing lessons are offered at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland

MEMBER NIGHT: Sailing, Sailing

Wednesday, July 26
5-7 pm, At Play on the Bay Building, Navy Point
RSVP required to 410-745-4991 or nwells@cbmm.org

What better way to spend a summer evening than watching sailboat races from the beautiful At Play on the Bay Building next to the museum’s jewel, Navy Point? These Wednesday Night Races are a lot of fun — competitive and good-natured from beginning to end. This will be an amazing evening with spectacular views.

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Watch model skipjack races in St. Michaels beginning June 11

CBMM_ModelSkipjackRaces_SmallCraftRental CBMM_ModelSkipjackRaces3 CBMM_ModelSkipjackRaces1 CBMM_ModelSkipjackRaces_RC CBMM_ModelSkipjackRaces2(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 30, 2017) Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum guests are invited to watch model skipjack races beginning Sunday, June 11, 2017, with the race series continuing on select Sundays through October.

The radio-controlled (RC) sailing races are organized by CBMM’s Model Sailing Club, which meets regularly throughout the year to build and race these models. Other race dates include July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15, with the public invited to watch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove waterfront. The course will be available after the races for guests to bring and race their own RC boats. All races are dependent on marine conditions.

Built in the early 20th century, the sail-powered skipjack was once a cost effective working boat used by watermen for oyster dredging.

Today, only a few remain on the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s skipjack, Rosie Parks. CBMM’s Model Sailing Club races RC models of these two-sailed bateaux, which at full size can vary from 38 to 48 feet in length. The 48-inch skipjack models are built from scratch from plans sold by the club at the Museum Store.

Started in 1983 as the Saint Michaels Model Boat Club, CBMM’s Model Sailing Club and Maritime Model Guild continue today through its many members and volunteers. To learn more about the races, or to join the club, visit bit.ly/modelguild, or contact Commodore Gary Nylander at gnylander@atlanticbb.net. Photos of previous model skipjack races are at bit.ly/modelskipjackphotos.

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The public is invited to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. to watch model skipjack races from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on June 11, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15. The 48-inch skipjack models are built from plans available for purchase at the Museum Store, with more at shop.cbmm.org or cbmm.org for more about the Sunday race series.

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Radio-controlled model skipjacks race along the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, as two sailboats head out on the Miles River as part of CBMM’s small craft rental program. The model skipjack races take place monthly on select Sundays, June through October, with more on the race series and small craft rentals at cbmm.org.

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The radio-controlled (RC) model skipjack race series is organized by CBMM’s Model Sailing Club, which meets regularly throughout the year to build and race these models. Race dates are June 11, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15, with the public invited to watch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove waterfront. More about the Model Sailing Club is at bit.ly/modelguild.

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CBMM small craft rentals begin May 27, 2017

CBMM_SmallCraftRentalProgram CBMM_SmallCraftRentalProgram_BoatUnderway CBMM_SmallCraftRentals_May27(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 9, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s small craft rental program will launch for the 2017 season this Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, and continues weekends and select weekdays through August 27. Boats will be launched from CBMM’s floating docks, located near the Steamboat Building. Participation is limited by the number of boats available, with drop-ins welcome but reservations encouraged.

Built over the years in CBMM’s boatyard through the Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats includes small wooden sailing skiffs, single and tandem kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families. For participants wishing to sail but without basic sailing experience, CBMM also offers private sailing lessons.

“We’re a museum that brings people closer to the Chesapeake Bay, so getting people out on the water for a first-hand experience is absolutely central to our mission,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Come join us this summer and you too can mess about in boats that you’ll find nowhere else.”

The small craft boat rental program began in 2015 through the generous seed money support of donors to the Jim Greenaway Memorial Fund. The fund is named after CBMM President Kristen Greenaway’s late father, an avid sailor, furniture manufacturer and boat builder, who passed away in January 2015.

The program will be operating on weekends May 27 through June 18, and will expand to include Wednesdays through Sundays June 21 through August 27. Hourly and daily rental reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all boats returning to CBMM’s docks no later than 5 p.m.

“You can take one of our boats out for as little as one hour to an entire day,” said CBMM Boatyard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn. “For our guests it’s a unique chance to play around on the Miles River in a handcrafted wooden vessel.”

Private sailing lessons include up to four participants per session and are available to each participant at $50 per hour, or $250 per person for a full-day lesson from 10-4 p.m. Advanced registration is required for sailing lessons.

Boat renters must be 16 years of age or older, with minors accompanied by an adult, unless a boater safety certificate is presented. All participants must be physically able to get in and out of a small boat without assistance. Life jackets will be provided.  In the event of small craft warnings or inclement weather, the programs will be canceled. Daily and hourly rates vary per vessel, with discounts to CBMM members; advanced reservations are encouraged by contacting Jennifer Kuhn at jkuhn@cbmm.org or 410-745-4980. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering guests the opportunity to get out on the water on weekends and on select weekdays beginning May 27 and continuing through August 27. Built in CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats is available for daily and hourly rentals and includes small wooden sailing skiffs, kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families. Daily and hourly rates vary per vessel, with discounts to CBMM members; reservations are encouraged by contacting Jennifer Kuhn at jkuhn@cbmm.org or 410-745-4980.

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Watch log canoe races aboard Winnie Estelle this summer

CBMM_WinnieEstelle_WatchLogCanoes(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 2, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is once again offering the opportunity to view Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoe races along the Miles River while aboard its 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle. 

The two-hour scenic cruises depart from CBMM at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and at both 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, July 29, Sept. 9, and Sept. 16. Regular drop-in cruises aboard Winnie Estelle are otherwise offered at CBMM Fridays through Mondays, May to October.

CBMM_LogCanoeRacing_BoneInHerTeethThese iconic Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, Choptank, and Tred Avon rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, thanks to crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards that hang off the side of the canoe.

These two-hour special cruises aboard Winnie Estelle offer scenic views and photo opportunities, along with commentary from CBMM’s docents and crew. The cost is $25 for CBMM members, or $35 for non-members, with boarding limited and advanced registration needed at bit.ly/winnie2017.

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On select Saturdays beginning June 24, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle will take passengers out to watch the Chesapeake’s iconic sailing log canoe races along the Miles River. The two-hour log canoe watching cruises are scheduled for Saturdays, June 24, July 29, Sept. 9, and Sept. 16. Cruises fill fast, with boarding limited and advanced registration needed at bit.ly/winnie2017.

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Winnie Estelle cruises return to St. Michaels

CBMM_Winnie_Cruising(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 1, 2017) Miles River cruises aboard the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Winnie Estelle will begin running again for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 13. Guests can enjoy a 45-minute scenic cruise aboard the authentic 1920 Chesapeake buyboat May through October on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, departing from CBMM on the hour from noon to 3:00 p.m. Tickets for the cruise are $5 for CBMM members, $10 for non-members, $3 for non-member children ages 6-17, and free for member children and all children ages 5 and under. CBMM admission is required to cruise on Winnie Estelle.

CBMM_Winnie_DockedWinnie Estelle was built in Crisfield, Maryland by Noah T. Evans in 1920 and used as a workboat on the lower Chesapeake Bay for more than 50 years, carrying seafood and produce to market across the Chesapeake Bay. Now, she takes students out for educational programming, and CBMM guests and private parties out for scenic Miles River cruises, and more. In the 1970s, she operated as an island trader, carrying lumber from Honduras to Belize, and later as a charter boat for divers. In early 2012, Michael Whitehill of Centreville, MD, purchased the boat, which was then donated to CBMM in 2014 by an anonymous donor.

Winnie Estelle is also available for private charters and special adult and youth education tours. Tickets can be purchased at CBMM’s Museum Store or Welcome Center, or online in advance. To learn more, visit bit.ly/winnieestelle.

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Easter Sunrise Service on Miles River at CBMM

CBMM_EasterSunriseService_Apr16_2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – April 10, 2017) The public is invited to attend Easter Sunrise Service at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which is situated on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. Coordinated and led by Bay Hundred Covenant Churches, the service is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16 at the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand, as shown here.

Officiating at the service will be the Reverend Tonya McClain of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Michaels, Md. Covenant Churches work to unite the Town of St. Michaels and surrounding Bay Hundred community by connecting African-American and Anglo-American churches from throughout the area. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.

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CBMM participates in Project Clean Stream

CBMM_ProjectCleanStream2017.(ST MICHAELS, MD – April 3, 2017) Through the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy’s coordination and as part of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Project Clean Stream, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosted a team of volunteers on Saturday, April 1, to clean up “Heron Haven”—running through CBMM’s property and feeding into St. Michaels Harbor and the Miles River. This is the museum’s sixth year participating in the event, and the team collected nine bags of trash and four bags of recyclables.

20170401_134451CBMM’s Miles River waterfront campus includes several environmental features that help sustain the health of the Chesapeake Bay, including an extended living shoreline, rain gardens and swales, native plantings, and more. CBMM’s marina is also a Maryland-certified clean marina partner.

20170401_134706The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has been connecting the public to their local outdoor space through Project Clean Stream for more than a decade. The program culminates in a unified day of service when volunteers spend a few hours outside cleaning trash from parks, rivers, and streams, or otherwise improving their communities.

For more information, visit cbmm.org or allianceforthebay.org.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s volunteers in the April 1 Heron Haven Project Clean Stream project in St. Michaels, Md., from left, were Ed Alvarado, Richard Scofield, Shawn O’Donnell, Kristen Greenaway, Pete Lesher, John Ford, Christian Everhart, Wilson Everhart, Anna Lesher, Nicholas Lesher, and Lad Mills.

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30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival is June 16-18 in St. Michaels, Md.

CBMM_ACBF17_1(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 21, 2017) Wooden classics, vintage racers, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum June 16-18 for the 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point in St. Michaels, Md. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this Father’s Day weekend event brings a sense of nostalgia to CBMM_ACBF17_June16_18_Verticalthe Miles River and CBMM’s docks and campus, drawing some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and maritime treasures, entertainment, food, and libations to this waterfront festival.

“With a juried competition among entrants for best restored and preserved boats, this festival attracts the best of the best when it comes to classic and antique boats,” commented ACBS-Chesapeake Bay Chapter Festival Chairman Bob Hamilton. “And with this year celebrating our 30th year with the festival, guests will have a great opportunity to see some incredible boats this Father’s Day weekend.”

The show attracts the finest runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities. Chris-Craft, Trumpy, Gar Wood, Donzi, and Lyman are among some of the boats represented.

CBMM_ACBF17_LogCanoes_1This year’s festival will feature a selection of sailing log canoes on land and in the water. A regional adaptation of the traditional Indian dugout canoes, log canoes were used from the 18th through the 20th century as all-purpose Chesapeake craft, to harvest oysters, transport goods, and to get people from place to place. A small fleet continues—including CBMM’s Flying Cloud, Edmee S., Marianne, and Bufflehead—with many seen today along the Chesapeake’s Chester, Miles, and Tred Avon Rivers during highly competitive sailing races each summer and fall. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, with crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards placed perpendicular to the boat itself.

CBMM_ACBF17_ArtsNavyPointAlong with the East Coast’s largest gathering of antique and classic boats, the festival’s signature Arts at Navy Point pavilion brings more than 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors offering nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home.

Workshops and seminars, building demonstrations, family activities, and a nautical flea market will be available throughout the weekend, along with a selection of regional and grilled foods, music, and a waterside bar and deck for libations and other drinks. Saturday’s seminars will feature informative presentations on marine topics, headlined by the Honorable John C. North II’s presentation on log canoes. Times and information on all seminars will be announced at a later date and will be in the Festival program given out at the event.

CBMM_ACBF17_ChildrenactivityChildren’s activities include boatbuilding craft projects, and the Hagerty Insurance Marine Youth Judging program, where youth learn about the award-winning qualities of preserved and restored classic boats. Along the Fogg’s Landing side of CBMM’s campus, the festival’s Field of Dreams features an array of restorable classic boats and motors, along with other items in a nautical flea market sale.

CBMM_ACBF17_June16_18While at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival, guests can also watch the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in CBMM’s boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers, and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, featuring 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection. Potomac Waterfowling opens April 8, 2017 and continues through March, 2018, with Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake opening May 12, 2017, through April, 2018.

CBMM_ACBF17_GentlemansRacerDOCKING AT CBMM during the 2017 Antique and Classic Boat Festival: Please register directly with the Antique and Classic Boat Society Chesapeake Chapter to ensure your slip reservation. For more information, contact Hank Reiser at 410-533-8752 or via email at cruisers202@msn.com.  Hank is the dock master for The Antique and Classic Boat Society Chesapeake Chapter.  The registration form is online at http://www.chesapeakebayacbs.org/information.

Festival hours are Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Father’s Day, Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The festival includes two-day admission to all of CBMM’s special and permanent exhibitions, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, where guests can climb to the top for views of the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. The event is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17.

CBMM_ACBF17_2.jpgScenic river cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the festival, with boat rides and food an additional cost. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals. Festival parking for all three days and a Saturday shuttle service are free, with CBMM a short walk to specialty shops, restaurants, inns, bed & breakfasts, and other attractions in St. Michaels’ historic district. For more information, visit bit.ly/boatfestival17 or call 410-745-2916.

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The 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point take place June 16-18 at the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this Father’s Day weekend event brings a sense of nostalgia to the Miles River and CBMM’s docks and campus, drawing some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and maritime treasures, family activities, food and libations to the annual festival. For more information, visit bit.ly/boatfestival17 or call 410-745-2916.

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The wake of the 1920s-era gentleman’s racer Kidd, as she takes off on the Miles River from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum during Antique & Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels, Md. The 30th annual festival takes place June 16-18, bringing together a rare collection of Chris-Craft, Trumpy, Gar Wood, and other classic boats, along with a nautical flea market, the Arts at Navy Point, nautical and maritime treasures, regional foods and libations to CBMM’s waterfront campus in St. Michaels, Md. Learn more about the three-day, Father’s Day weekend event at bit.ly/boatfestival17.

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CBMM_ACBF17_LogCanoes_2In celebration of the 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md., this year’s festival features a selection of sailing log canoes on land and in the water. Built in the 19th century, log canoes were traditionally used as workboats, for oystering on the Chesapeake Bay’s waters. A small fleet continues today, like these shown here, with many seen along the Chesapeake’s Chester, Miles, and Tred Avon Rivers during highly competitive sailing races each summer and fall. The waterfront event takes place at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and attracts the finest runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities, with more information at bit.ly/boatfestival17.