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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 details on the 2013 race and associated activities. Details on this year's race will be posted as they firm up.
2013 Race Results:
Rebecca T. Ruark, Capt. Wade Murphy, Jr.
Nathan of Dorchester, Capt. Frank Newton
Thomas Clyde, Capt. Lawrence Murphy
Race Program now available!
Order of finish
Rebecca T. Ruark
The Ida May went down in a gust of wind as she approached the finish line. Hilda M. Willing dropped her sails when her captain saw Ida May go down. The other boats went on to finish.
Captains & Crew
Thanks to Craig's Drug Store for once again sponsoring the 2013 Friday evening Meet & Greet Reception for the skipjack captains and crew members!
The reception was held at Snappers Waterfront Cafe on Cambridge Creek. Thanks to everyone who joined us for a great evening to welcome the skipjack captains and crew members!
A Traditional Buyboat as Committee Boat
We were delighted 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. This 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 preceded the race, as the participating shipjacks, led by the buyboats and the Nathan of Dorchester, gathered in Cambridge Harbor and headed out to prepare for the start. The parade and race start and finish were viewed best from Long Wharf, where bleacher seating, food and gift vendors, and nonprofit exhibitors were available. Thanks to the vendors who came out for this year's event, including Bailey Jewelers, who provided an additional prize for our raffle.
The Nathan booth offered 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. We again offered special Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race t-shirts, sponsored by Craig's Drug Store in Cambridge, with the 2013 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.
Special thanks go to Bill Smith, who 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 serves as the watering hole each year for the skipjack captains and crews both before and after the race. The captains received their race briefing in the morning, along with coffee and donuts for all the participants. After the race, Snappers treated the crews to lunch and was 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. Snappers also was the venue for our Friday evening Captains and Crew Reception.
A Weekend Full of Activities
The Skipjack Race was only one of the many happenings in Cambridge during the busy summer's end weekend. It started off with the Captains and Crew Meet & Greet on Friday evening. Cambridge Rotary Club offered a Saturday breakfast at St. Paul's Church on Maryland Avenue beginning at 7 a.m. After enjoying the Skipjack Race, visitors could take in the Maryland Boat Builders Show Saturday afternoon. Dorchester Arts Showcase was on Sunday, where we offered free rides on the Nathan. All this and more provided plenty for visitors to see and do.
The Choptank River Lighthouse replica at Long Wharf was a new stop on the 2013 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, held race weekend, September 20-22. Cambridge Main Street sponsored a Skipjacks & Schooners Window Decorating Contest for downtown storefronts.
The 50/50 raffle tickets were available at the Friday night Captains Reception, at Long Wharf during the race, and at the Dorchester Showcase on Sunday, where the drawing was held that afternoon. Thanks to Bailey Jewelers for donating an additional raffle prize, a sterling silver skipjack pendant with blue topaz. Photographer Craig Caldwell also donated a prize, a framed duo of the Thomas Clyde and Hilda M. Willing.
We will post information about anticipated activities for 2014 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|
|2013 Captains Reception Sponsor||Craig's Drug Store|
Yacht Maintenance Company
Cambridge Canvas & Sail Loft
Cambridge Rotary Club
The J. M. Clayton Company
Donors will be acknowledged in the race program unless otherwise requested.