31st Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival Winners Announced

CBMM_MASCF13 (400 x 266)Winners of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) 31st annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival were recently announced for the judged categories and races. The event was held October 4-6 in St. Michaels, MD, with more than 300 participants hailing from throughout the United States and Canada, and more than 1,300 in attendance of the weekend festival.

First place winners of the judged categories include Grigg Mullen, with his Hooper Island Draketail MISS SUE in the traditional design and construction class; Grant Massey with his William Atkin-designed harbor launch DOROTHY JEAN for the traditional-contemporary class; Steve Warfle with his sailing dinghy SUSY J for the contemporary class; Douglas Heckrotte, with his 1958 flying dutchman SURCEASE in the restoration class; and Jean Preckel with her double-paddled canoe. Other winners include People’s Choice awardee Grant Massey, with his DOROTHY JEAN; Broken Oar awardees Denman and Reade James; and Fish-in-the-Boat awardees Matthew Wood and Marissa Dalgetty.

The Joe Liener award went to the Sutherland family with Danny Sutherland’s trout boat. The Joe Liener Award was created by CBMM Assistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield to recognize an exceptional, traditionally built boat while honoring his mentor and former museum volunteer, Joe Liener.

On Saturday, October 5, light air made for decent races along the Miles River. First place winners included Douglas Heckrotte with SURCEASE in the higher performance A category; Rex Guilliland with his Penguin GUY in the higher performance B category; John Depa with SWAN in the sailing canoe category; Harold Bernard with the Glen-L ANNALIE in the sloop category; Mike Wick with the melonseed MOGGIE in the one-mast skiff category; Marla Surgent with the Crotch Island Pinky BUNA-MON-I-YA in the two-mast, 2/3 sails category; Pete Peters with the Barto-built OBADIAH in the catboat category; Fred Bennett with the gaff catboat SABOT in the cruising class; and Joe Bondmass with the DC-10 sailboat BONITA in the youth category.

In the rowing/paddling races, first place winners included Amos Thacker-Gwaltney in kid’s kayaking; Jean Preckel in women’s kayaking; Patrick Doyle in men’s kayaking; and Dave Gerty in the men’s oar-on-gunnel race. Four first place winners were named in the kid’s milk jug races, with Audriana Shepherd winning the nine and under race; Stephen Sitnik winning the ten and up race; and Kaya Reopel and Isabella Hatfield winning in doubles.

The Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is held annually the first weekend in October along the Miles River at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. The 32nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is scheduled for October 3-5, 2014. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org/mascf or call 410-745-2916.