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Help keep the skipjack heritage alive.
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the survival of the remaining skipjacks.
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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
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Thanks to all the sponsors, donors, captains, crew members and volunteers who supported the 2013 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race! The 2014 race will be held on Saturday, September 27. See below for results, photos and the program from last year's race, along with plans for this year's race and associated activities. More information will be posted as details firm up.
2013 Race Results:
Rebecca T. Ruark, Capt. Wade Murphy, Jr.
Nathan of Dorchester, Capt. Frank Newton
Thomas Clyde, Capt. Lawrence Murphy
Some of the potential participants
Caleb W. Jones
These and others will be invited. Check back for updates as we receive confirmation of planned attendance later on in the season. All plans are subject to last-minute changes due to scheduling or condition of the boats.
Captains & Crew
Many thanks to Craig's Drug Store for once again agreeing to sponsor the Friday evening Meet & Greet Reception for the skipjack captains and crew members!
The reception will be held on Friday, September 26. Check back for time and location, and a link to purchase tickets. Please plan to join us for a great evening to welcome the skipjack captains and crew members!
A Traditional Buyboat as Committee Boat
We hope to have once again the buyboat Thomas J 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 preceds 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. Thanks to the vendors who came out for last year's event, including Bailey Jewelers, who provided an additional prize for our raffle.
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 2013 design shown here.
Long Wharf also is planned to be the site of a radio-controlled skipjack regatta during the race, for those who like their skipjacks on a smaller scale. Previous years' regattas have been 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 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 the busy summer's end weekend. It starts off with the Captains and Crew Meet & Greet on Friday evening and finishes up on Sunday with the Dorchester Arts Showcase, where we offer free rides on the Nathan. We will post more details of the weekend's activities later on.
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 will post information about additional activities this year as it becomes available. Please check back and remember to help us keep the race alive by clicking on the button above and making a donation.
Check out the Dorchester County Tourism website for activities happening Skipjack Race Weekend and throughout the year.
|Annual Host Sponsors|
|Nathan Foundation||Dorchester Skipjack Committee|
|Snappers Waterfront Cafe||National Bank of Cambridge|
|2014 Captains Reception & T-Shirt Sponsor||Craig's Drug Store|
Donors will be acknowledged in the race program unless otherwise requested.