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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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We were 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 supported the race last year!
The 2015 race will be held on Saturday, September 26. See below for results and photos from last year's race, along with the 2014 race program and associated activities tentatively anticipated for this year. More details will be posted as plans firm up.
2014 Race Results:
Rebecca T. Ruark, Capt. Wade Murphy, Jr.
Rosie Parks, Capt. Tom Parks
Nathan of Dorchester, Capt. Doug Macnair
Page through the 2014 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race Program.
Click HERE for mobile version.
This year's program will be posted just prior to the race.
Dee of St. Marys
Late withdrawals due to conditions of the boats: Lady Katie, Thomas Clyde. Ida May is having pushboat problems and had to turn back to Deal Island.
Thanks to all the owners, captains and crews for helping to keep the skipjack heritage alive!
Boat anticipated at the 2015 race will be posted as confirmed.
Captains & Crew
Many thanks to Craig's Drug Store for once again sponsoring the Friday evening Meet & Greet Reception for the skipjack captains and crew last year.
The reception was held on Friday evening, at Snappers Waterfront Cafe.
We had a great time getting to know many of the new captains and crew members who participated.
The 2015 Captains & Crew Reception will be held on Friday evening, September 25. Check back for details.
A Traditional Buyboat as Committee Boat
The buyboat Thomas J once again joined the race as our committee boat in 2014, 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. Thomas J was joined by the buyboat East Hampton at the Long Wharf dock. Our thanks go to the 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 and we had a great turnout for the show last year. A parade of skipjacks preceded the race, as the participating shipjacks, led by the buyboat and the Nathan of Dorchester, gathered in Cambridge Harbor and headed 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 are available.
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 were back last year. We also offered 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 was the site of a radio-controlled skipjack regatta during the race, for those who like their skipjacks on a smaller scale. The regatta was held by members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Model Skipjack Club.
Bill Smith returned 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 hosted once again the Captains and Crew Reception last year, but also served as the watering hole again 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 participation 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. Last year, Cambridge Main Street began getting everyone in the skipjack spirit early with a window decorating contest. Storefronts with skipjack-themed decorations were judged on Customer Appreciation Day, September 13.
Race weekend itself started off with the Captains and Crew Meet & Greet on Friday evening at Snappers, continued on Saturday with the Skipjack Race in the morning and Crabtoberfest in the evening, and finished up on Sunday with the Dorchester Arts Showcase, where each year we offer free rides on the Nathan.
Check back as the 2015 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race nears for updated details on all the weekend's activities. And make a contribution through the donation link above to help us keep this special event alive!
Thanks to everyone who helps make the weekend a success! Mark your calendars for the 2015 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race, Saturday, September 26.
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 Fleet Deck Sponsor||The Pauline Foxwell Robbins
and William David Robbins
Charitable Foundation Trust
|2014 Captains Reception & T-Shirt Sponsor||Craig's Drug Store|
Bailey's Chesapeake Jewelers
Hebron Savings Bank
Bay Country Communications
The Talbot Bank
The J. M. Clayton Company
Thomas Funeral Home
Donors will be acknowledged in the race program unless otherwise requested.