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Join as a Sponsor of the 2014
Choptank Heritage
Skipjack Race!

Help keep the skipjack heritage alive.
All proceeds support the race and
the survival of the remaining skipjacks.
Contact us for more information.

Race donations may be made through the link below or mailed to:
Dorchester Skipjack Committee, Inc.
Attn: Skipjack Race
P.O. Box 1224
Cambridge, MD 21613

(Donations made through this button are targeted directly for the race. To make donations to the Nathan, please use the other button, on the right side of this page.)

We are delighted to welcome The Pauline F. and W. David Robbins Charitable Foundation Trust as a major sponsor of the 2014 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race. Thanks to all the sponsors and donors, captains, crew members and volunteers who are supporting the race this year!

The race will be held on Saturday, September 27. See below for results and photos from last year's race, along with the program and plans for this year's race and associated activities.

Late breaking news: The skipjack Helen Virginia will be competing at the Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race with an all-female crew. The ladies made history at this year's Deal Island Skipjack Race. Not only were they the first skipjack to compete with an all-female crew, but they went on to win the race! Come on out and see if they can make history once again!

2013 Race Results:

First Place:
Rebecca T. Ruark
, Capt. Wade Murphy, Jr.
Second Place:
Nathan of Dorchester, Capt. Frank Newton
Third Place:
Thomas Clyde, Capt. Lawrence Murphy

Race Photos:

View a slideshow of photos from the 2013 race.

Race Program:

Page through this year's Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race Program.
Click HERE for mobile version.

Boats tentatively anticipated
at this year's race:

Dee of St. Marys
Helen Virginia
Hilda M. Willing
Ida May
Lady Helen
Lady Katie
Nathan of Dorchester
Rebecca T. Ruark
Rosie Parks
Thomas Clyde

Others are being invited, but we have not yet heard whether they expect or may be able to attend. We will post updates as we receive confirmations. All plans are subject to last-minute changes due to scheduling or condition of the boats.

Captains & Crew
Meet & Greet Reception

Many thanks to Craig's Drug Store for once again sponsoring the Friday evening Meet & Greet Reception for the skipjack captains and crew.

The reception will be held on Friday, September 26, at Snappers Waterfront Cafe. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 after September 20 or at the door.

(Nathan volunteers receive a $10 discount and should click HERE to request the promo code to enter in the registration form.)

Please join us for a great evening to welcome the skipjack captains and crew members. Click on the button below to order tickets.

Reception Tickets

A Traditional Buyboat as Committee Boat

Race T-Shirts

The buyboat Thomas J will once again join the race as our committee boat, keeping track of the start and finish. Thomas J was built in 1951 in Severn, Virginia, by J. S. Jenkins. She hails from Rolph's Wharf Marina in Chestertown and is owned by Thomas Parker of Parker Welding and Decorative Arts. Last year, Thomas J was joined by the buyboats Ellen Marie and Samuel M. Bailey. Our thanks go to Mr. Parker and the other captains for bringing their boats down to help us with the race. Traditionally, buyboats worked with the commercial skipjack fleet to buy the oysters right from the skipjacks while they were still out harvesting. This allowed them to keep working without having to come back to port to sell the catch.

Free Race Activities at Long Wharf

Watching the race is free and open to the public. A parade of skipjacks precedes the race, as the participating shipjacks, led by the buyboats and the Nathan of Dorchester, gather in Cambridge Harbor and head out to prepare for the start. The parade and race start and finish are viewed best from Long Wharf, where bleacher seating, food and gift vendors, and nonprofit exhibitors will be available.

Race T-Shirts

The Nathan booth offers free race programs, 50/50 raffle tickets and Nathan of Dorchester t-shirts, hats and DVDs. The delicious skipjack cookies from Bay Country Bakery will be back. We again will offer special commemorative Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race t-shirts, sponsored by Craig's Drug Store in Cambridge, with the 2014 design shown here.

Long Wharf also will be the site of a radio-controlled skipjack regatta during the race, for those who like their skipjacks on a smaller scale. The regatta will be held by members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Model Skipjack Club.

We hope to have Bill Smith return with his renowned cannon at the creek entrance to provide cannon salutes for the race.

Skipjack Race Receives Award!

The Dorchester Skipjack Committee
was honored by the Heart of Chesapeake
Country Heritage Area with its 2012
Outstanding Project Award, recognizing
the 2011 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race.


Snappers Hosts the Race Coffee and Luncheon

Snappers Waterfront Cafe not only will host once again the Captains and Crew Reception, but also serves as the watering hole each year for the skipjack captains and crews both before and after the race. The captains receive their race briefing in the morning, along with coffee and donuts for all the participants. After the race, Snappers treats the crews to lunch and is the site for the recognition of the captains and presentation of the show-up checks. The National Bank of Cambridge has sponsored the trophy since the beginning of the race.

A Weekend Full of Activities

The Skipjack Race is only one of the many happenings in Cambridge during this busy weekend. Cambridge Main Street will begin getting everyone in the skipjack spirit early with a window decorating contest. Storefronts with skipjack-themed decorations will be judged on Customer Appreciation Day, September 13.

Race weekend itself starts off with the Captains and Crew Meet & Greet on Friday evening at Snappers, continues on Saturday with the Skipjack Race in the morning and Crabtoberfest in the evening, and finishes up on Sunday with the Dorchester Arts Showcase, where we offer free rides on the Nathan.

Our 50/50 raffle tickets, benefiting the race, will be available at the Friday night Captains Reception, at Long Wharf during the race, and at the Dorchester Showcase on Sunday, where the drawing will be held that afternoon. Additional prizes will be offered, so be sure to stop by and purchase your chances to win.We thank Bailey's Chesapeake Jewelers for donating a beautiful skipjack pendant for the raffle.

Check out the Dorchester County Tourism website for activities happening Skipjack Race Weekend and throughout the year.

Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race Business & Organization Sponsors
Annual Host Sponsors
Nathan Foundation Dorchester Skipjack Committee
Snappers Waterfront Cafe Natl Bank Cambridge Logo National Bank of Cambridge
2014 Fleet Deck Sponsor
Craig's Drugstore The Pauline Foxwell Robbins
and William David Robbins
Charitable Foundation Trust
2014 Captains Reception & T-Shirt Sponsor
Craig's Drug Store Craig's Drugstore
2014 Sponsors
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Delmarva Public Radio
Aero Energy
Delmarva Printing
Bailey's Chesapeake Jewelers
Hebron Savings Bank
Bay Country Communications
The Talbot Bank
The J. M. Clayton Company
Thomas Funeral Home
Delmarva Power
To protect individuals' privacy, personal donations are not listed on the website.
Donors will be acknowledged in the race program unless otherwise requested.