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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.

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Meet: Pat Jones, Friends Board

CBMM_JonesPat(St. Michaels, Md. – November 16, 2017) Pat Jones’s connections to the Chesapeake Bay run deep, having grown up on the Eastern Shore, and then with her husband—a third generation waterman—raising a family in Bozman, Md. Pat first became connected to CBMM many years ago as a supporter of the Annual Fund, and then joined as a member after recently retiring from Talbot Bank (now Shore United Bank), where she worked for 25 years. Pat has been a tremendous friend to CBMM ever since, volunteering for Watermen’s Appreciation Day, and serving on our Friends Board since 2016.

CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

Pat would like to see the community—especially locals who grew up here—become more involved at CBMM, with her favorite parts of CBMM being Waterman’s Wharf, and the Waterfowling exhibitions.

“Watermen are becoming a dying breed, with regulations making it harder and harder to earn a living working the water.” says Pat. “The real answers are with the men and women who work the water every day, and in these exhibitions, CBMM shares their stories and perspectives well.”

Pat is deeply invested in the community, with her volunteer experience including serving as the current treasurer of the Talbot Watermen Association, and secretary at St. Luke’s Nursery School in St. Michaels, Md. She also volunteers with the Classic Motor Museum’s St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, and Christmas in St. Michaels, helping with their annual house tours.

While serving on the Friends Board, Pat strives to support CBMM by giving feedback from her perspective as a long time community member.

We thank Pat for her time and dedication to CBMM!

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CBMM hosts Pre-Party Auction fundraiser

CBMM_PreParty_BOG CBMM_PreParty_GreenawayEckardt CBMM_PreParty_MartinAppleby(ST MICHAELS, MD – August 3, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum held its annual Boating Party Pre-Party on Sunday, July 23, 2017. The event featured both a live and silent auction, the proceeds of which help underwrite CBMM’s annual Boating Party.

As CBMM’s signature fall gala, the Boating Party includes cocktails, dinner, and dancing on Navy Point. Funds raised support CBMM’s mission to inspire an understanding of and appreciation for the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal reaches, together with the artifacts, cultures, and connections between this place and its people.

Held on Saturday, September 9, this year’s theme is “Sizzle and Swing Under the Bandstand: A Tolchester Summer Evening.” To request an invitation, or to reserve your table, please contact CBMM Development Director Liz LaCorte at 410-745-4956 or at llacorte@cbmm.org. For more details, visit cbmm.org.

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Billy Boyd, far left, is pictured with members of CBMM’s Board of Governors—Richard Tilghman, Howard Freedlander, and Chairman Jim Harris.

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From left are Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum President Kristen Greenaway, Maryland State Senator Adelaide Eckardt, and Dick Eckardt.

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From left, Christine Martin and Nancy Appleby.

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CBMM Board holds annual fiscal review meeting

CBMM_BOG_Meeting CBMM_BOG_SeidelStaley CBMM_BOG_GabrielLinehan CBMM_BOG_HarrisBlitzer(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 4, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recently hosted its annual Board of Governors’ fiscal review meeting, which included a reception along CBMM’s waterfront campus in St. Michaels, Md. The June 26 meeting included presentations from CBMM President Kristen Greenaway and Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman.

Updates were given on CBMM’s Boatyard and its major programming components, a look at CBMM’s finances for the prior fiscal year, progress on its comprehensive campaign, and information about the annual Boating Party Fundraising Gala.

Board of Governors, Friends Board, Board alumni, staff members, and their partners were invited, with a post-meeting reception held waterside on Fogg’s Landing and catered by Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

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 values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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Members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Board of Governors gather on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing after meeting on June 26. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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From left are James Harris, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Board of Governors Chair, David Blitzer, a recent member of the Board of Governors, and Sherrill Lanthrop.

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John L. Seidel, Mary Lou McAllister, and Diane Staley are pictured at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on June 26, 2017. Seidel is a recent addition to CBMM’s Board, and Staley serves as vice chair.

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At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, from left, are Mary Lou Peters, Ed Gabriel, and Board member Kathleen “Buffy” Linehan.

Reager, Seidel join CBMM Board

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(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 16, 2017) David W. Reager, Esquire, and John L. Seidel, Ph.D., recently joined the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

Reager is a founding and managing partner of the law firm Reager & Adler, PC, in Camp Hill, Pa., supervising the real estate, business law, and estate planning practice areas. He formed the firm in 1979 after serving as an assistant attorney general with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for five years. His education includes a BS and MBA from Pennsylvania State University and a JD from Temple University School of Law.

Reager was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fredricksen Library and currently serves on the Board of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania and the Camp Hill Community Foundation. When not working, he enjoys sailing, painting and gardening.

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John L. Seidel, Ph.D.

Seidel is the Center for Environment & Society Director and the Lammot du Pont Copeland Associate Professor of Anthropology & Environmental Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Prior to joining the faculty of Washington College in 1998, he worked in the private sector as the lead underwater archaeologist for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, one of the largest cultural resource management firms in the nation. He also taught at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland College Park, and his work has taken him from the U.S. to the Middle East and Central and South America. His current research focuses on the relationships between humans and their environments in the Chesapeake Bay region and the development of an environmental model for archaeological site locations on the Eastern Shore.

Seidel is a past president of the Maritime Archaeological & Historical Society, and has served on the Chestertown Historic District Commission and Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees. He lives in Chestertown with his wife, Liz, and enjoys boating, SCUBA diving, travel, reading, and music.

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 nearly 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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David W. Reager, Esquire, recently joined the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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John L. Seidel, Ph.D., recently joined the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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CBMM Board of Governors welcomes new members

CBMM_BOG_RetiringMembers(ST MICHAELS, MD – April 5, 2017) The Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., has welcomed seven new members to the museum’s governing body.

Joining as new governors are David Blitzer, William Boicourt, Len N. Foxwell, Elizabeth C. Moose, and Enos Throop. Returning for their second six-year term as governors are Bruce A. Ragsdale and Richard C. Tilghman.

Retiring from the Board are longtime governors Richard J. Bodorff, Dagmar D. P. Gipe, Christopher A. Havener, Jr., and Alfred Tyler, 2nd. Each was presented with a plaque made from the guard rail of the skipjack Rosie Parks. Built in 1955 in Wingate, Md., by Bronza Parks, Rosie dredged oysters for 20 years and has been in the collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum since 1975.

Board officers for the 2017-2018 year are Chair James P. Harris, Vice Chair Diane J. Staley, Treasurer Richard J. Johnson, and Secretary Richard W. Snowdon.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome these new members to the Board for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. We are blessed with an active and committed Board of Governors who contribute their time and skills as officers and committee members. It is a distinct pleasure to have the opportunity to work with so many talented individuals to progress the mission of CBMM,” said Board Chair James Harris. “We also wish the best to the four members that have completed their terms, and we look forward to their continued participation as active board alumni.”

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David Blitzer

New board member David Blitzer joined Hoon & Associates, LLC, in Chestertown, Md, in 2015. He has strong ties to the region resulting from time spent on his family farm in Kent County. Over the past 10 years, Blitzer has worked with numerous not-for-profit organizations active in the Bay area, including The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Conservation Fund, and The Chesapeake Conservancy where he continues to serve in an advisory capacity as a member of the “Chesapeake Council.” He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

Blitzer received his BA in history and political science from the University of Vermont. He graduated in 2015 with his JD, cum laude, from Vermont Law School where he focused his legal studies on real estate, land use and environmental law.

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William Boicourt

Bill Boicourt is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory. His oceanographic interests are the circulation of continental shelves and estuaries, with particular interests in how these motions are driven by winds and by freshwater flowing off the land. Boicourt received his undergraduate degree in physics from Amherst College. After graduate study in physical oceanography at The Johns Hopkins University, he remained for a few years at Hopkins’ Chesapeake Bay Institute to investigate the circulation of the Chesapeake Bay and the adjacent continental shelf. In 1981, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and joined the University of Maryland at Horn Point Laboratory soon thereafter. In 1989, he was the recipient of the B.H. Ketchum Award from Woods Hole for his work on shelf-estuary interactions.

Boicourt is a Principal Investigator and member of the Board of the Middle Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) and a founding member of the Chesapeake Bay Observing System (CBOS).

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Len Foxwell

Len Foxwell currently serves as Chief of Staff for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Prior to joining the Comptroller’s Office in 2007, he served as Assistant to Salisbury University’s President for Government and Community Relations, and as Director of Government Relations for the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Foxwell also served as Director of Washington-Area Transit Programs for the Maryland Department of Transportation from 1998-2002, and as Press Secretary for Governor Glendening’s successful 1998 re-election campaign.

A 1992 graduate of Salisbury University, Foxwell remains actively involved with the institution as a member of its Alumni Board, and as a board member of the University’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE). In 2015, he received the Service to Society Award from Salisbury University in recognition of his contributions to the State of Maryland over the course of his public service career. He also helped establish FC Tred Avon, a year-round youth soccer program for children and families of the Mid-Shore, in coordination with the YMCA of the Chesapeake, and is deeply involved with the Easton Little League, where he currently serves as board treasurer, and previously served as board president and longtime baseball coach.

Foxwell lives in Easton with his wife, Kerry, and their two children, Colleen and Darren.

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Elizabeth Moose

Elizabeth C. Moose is Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Realty, Inc., a developer of free standing drug stores, medical centers, and convenience stores in PA, DE, MD & VA. Prior to forming Mid-Atlantic Realty in 1992, she was Vice President of Land Acquisition for BTR Realty, a publicly held company in Baltimore, Md.

Originally from Greensboro, N.C., Moose is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Business & Public Service. She worked for Marriott Corporation in New York and Washington after graduation. After years of visiting CBMM and renting summer vacation homes, she built a house in Claiborne in 2007. Moose is Chair of SOS Sink or Swim and has served on the board of the Classic Motor Museum. She also worked with the Claiborne Association to help save the former Methodist Church building which has been converted to the Village Hall, and currently serves on the committee for Christmas in St. Michaels.

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Enos Throop

Enos Throop spent most of his career working in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area as an investment management professional. He held the positions of research analyst and portfolio manager for Johnston, Lemon & Company, was the Director of Equity for the Maryland State Retirement System, Vice President for Legg Mason Investment Management, and Director of Investments for the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Funds. As its first employee and Chief Investment Officer, he started a $20B trust at the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust (NRRIT). He retired from NRRIT in 2006, at which time the assets in the trust’s portfolio had increased to $36B.

Throop grew up on the south shore of Long Island and first visited the Eastern Shore in the mid-1950s on a family trip to Easton to look at skipjack sail boats. He has both undergraduate and master degrees from Hofstra University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Throop spent four years in the Army Security Agency in the late 1960s as a Czechoslovak linguist. He and his wife, Muriel, have owned property on the Eastern Shore just outside of St. Michaels for almost 35 years, where they now live full time.

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 nearly 70,000 guests each year, the museum’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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Retiring from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Board of Governors are longtime members Richard J. Bodorff, Dagmar D. P. Gipe, Christopher A. Havener, Jr., and Alfred Tyler, 2nd. Pictured with plaques honoring the retiring members for their service, from left, are Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum President Kristen Greenaway, Richard Bodorff, Dagmar D. P. Gipe, and Board Chair James Harris.

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David Blitzer recently joined the Board of Governors for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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Enos Throop recently joined the Board of Governors for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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Elizabeth C. Moose recently joined the Board of Governors for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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William Boicourt recently joined the Board of Governors for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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Len N. Foxwell recently joined the Board of Governors for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding program expands

CBMM_RisingTide_Dugout(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 27, 2017) Due to an increase in attendance, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding program is expanding from two to four days per week—Tuesday through Friday. Teaching middle school students in grades six to nine basic woodworking, boatbuilding, and related safety skills, the current session runs now through June.

“It’s inspiring to watch these young men and women develop skills and embrace learning in new, engaging ways as they progress through the program,” said CBMM Shipwright Educator Matthew Engel, who leads the program. “I’m so happy we’re able to expand this program to be able to reach more students.”

CBMM_RisingTide_SanderCBMM’s Rising Tide program began in November 2015 as a pilot initiative in collaboration with the YMCA of the Chesapeake. The program began with a six-week after-school boatbuilding session offered to Talbot County sixth-grade students. The ongoing sessions have limited participation, with the YMCA of the Chesapeake generously offering transportation to and from the program from its Easton location for YMCA and non-YMCA members.

CBMM_RisingTide_LaurenTo help with CBMM’s Rising Tide expansion, Lauren Gaunt has been hired in a new position as a Seip Family Foundation Rising Tide Program Apprentice. A former shipwright apprentice on CBMM’s 2016-2018 Edna Lockwood log-hull restoration project, Gaunt has taken the position after developing an interest in shipwright education. Her boatbuilding interests began while studying art at Michigan’s Kalamazoo College, and later as an intern at the San Diego Maritime Museum.

Running from March through early June, students in CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program are offered the opportunity to apply all they learn on woodworking in the boatyard to build a boat under the guidance of CBMM’s shipwrights and volunteers. These classes include on-the-water sessions in boater safety and proper handling, along with learning navigational skills. The finished skiff will remain waterside at CBMM for the students to take out on the Miles River on subsequent visits.

In addition to the after-school program, CBMM also offers Rising Tide summer camp, a full-day, hands-on program for students entering grades six to nine, where campers create, explore, and have fun through Chesapeake Bay-focused activities. Each week includes woodworking and boatbuilding, on-the-water adventures, and ecological excursions. Summer camp sessions begin June 19-23; registration is required to risingtide@cbmm.org.

“We are very grateful for the growing philanthropic support necessary to fund this program, to help make a huge difference in the lives of our youth,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “By expanding to four days per week, we can provide even more students with valuable support in mathematics, engineering, team building, and project management, not to mention their confidence as skills become mastered.”

CBMM’s Rising Tide program is made possible through the generous, lead support of the Wallace Genetic Foundation and Seip Family Foundation. Major support is also provided by Sandy and Bruce Hammonds, the Bryan Brothers Building Dreams for Youth Foundation, and the Dock Street Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the Arthur H. Kudner Jr. Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Penny and John Albertine, Martha and Alfred Sikes, Ellen and Richard Bodorff, and Wiley Rein LLP.

New students wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to contact risingtide@cbmm.org. For more information about CBMM’s Rising Tide program, visit bit.ly/CBMMRisingTide.

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CBMM Rising Tide Apprentice Lauren Gaunt, left, recently joined the after-school boatbuilding program for students in grades six to nine. CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding program is expanding from two to four days per week due to high demand, and the current session will run until June. New students wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to contact risingtide@cbmm.org. For more about CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program, visit bit.ly/CBMMRisingTide.

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Students in CBMM’s Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding program learn basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. Rising Tide is expanding from two to four days per week due to high demand, with the current session running until June. New students wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to contact risingtide@cbmm.org. For more information about CBMM’s Rising Tide program, visit bit.ly/CBMMRisingTide.

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May 13 brings 7th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race to Chesapeake Bay

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(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 22, 2017) Launching early from Annapolis and ending in St. Michaels, Md., the 7th annual Elf Classic Yacht Race brings the centuries-old tradition of yacht racing back to the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The Classic Yacht Restoration Guild, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Eastport Yacht Club are once again 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.

CBMM_ElfClassic_Bull_2017The May 13 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.

“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.

In addition to custom-made awards, a special award for the winning boat is also up for grabs. Carrion says Fordham Brewing of Dover, De. is generously donating the winning captain’s weight in beer.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Fordham again for the race,” said Carrion. “They are great supporters of CYRG and CBMM, and they help give our captains one more reason to win.”

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 78,000 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 7th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race, which takes place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 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. Photo credit: Russell Levi.

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The sandbagger Bull charges ahead during the Chesapeake Bay’s 6th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race. Bull was recognized as first underway in the 2016 race, and second to finish in the dayboat class. This year’s race takes place on Saturday, May 13, with more registration and more information at cyrg.org. Bull and Bear can often be seen at the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, Md., with a short documentary film about the identical sandbaggers at bit.ly/sandbaggers.

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CBMM’s Rising Tide summer camp begins June 19

5/9/17 UPDATE — Rising Tide Summer Camps are now full and registration is closed.

 

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(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 13, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Rising Tide program is offering five weeks of summer camp at CBMM teaching students basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. Sessions will be held June 19-23, July 3-7, July 24-28, August 7-11 and August 21-25.

A full-day, hands-on program for students CBMM_RisingTide_CrabPotsentering grades six to nine, campers will create, explore, and have fun through Bay focused activities. Each week-long camp includes woodworking and boatbuilding, on-the-water activities, and adventures to locations such as Wye Island and Tuckahoe State Park.

CBMM’s Rising Tide program is made possible through the generous, lead support of the Wallace Genetic Foundation and Seip Family Foundation. Major support is also provided by Sandy and Bruce Hammonds, the Bryan Brothers Building Dreams for Youth Foundation, and the Dock Street Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the Arthur H. Kudner Jr. Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Penny and John Albertine, Martha and Alfred Sikes, Ellen and Richard Bodorff, and Wiley Rein LLP.

CBMM_RisingTide_OverheadThe program is free, with participation limited and advanced registration needed.

For more information about CBMM’s Rising Tide program, visit bit.ly/CBMMRisingTide.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay, with values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. More information is at www.cbmm.org.

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A Rising Tide student learns about crab pots during a 2016 summer camp. CBMM’s 2017 Rising Tide summer camps will be held on June 19-23, July 3-7, July 24-28, August 7-11 and August 21-25.

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Students in the Rising Tide program learn woodworking and boatbuilding skills, have on-the-water activities, and go on adventures to locations such as Wye Island and Tuckahoe State Park. Rising Tide Summer Camps this year will be held on June 19-23, July 3-7, July 24-28, August 7-11 and August 21-25.

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CBMM earns coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

4Star 125x125(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 8, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the non-profit museum a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second time CBMM has earned this top distinction in the last eighteen months.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded its methodology for rating each charity’s financial health with CN 2.1, further substantiating the financial health of the evaluator’s four star charities.

CBMM_CharityNavigator“The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds CBMM to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support CBMM.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to inspire and educate future stewards of the Chesapeake Bay,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

CBMM’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on charitynavigator.org.  More-detailed information about CBMM’s rating is available at no charge to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users at bit.ly/CBMMcharitynavigator.

Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data.

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 75,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’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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The non-profit Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. was recently recognized for strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency through a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Using objective analysis, Charity Navigator awards only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.