Skipjack Public Sailing Season Begins

The skipjack Nathan of Dorchester begins her 2010 public sailing season on Saturday, May 1, from Long Wharf in Cambridge. The vessel is owned, operated and maintained by the volunteers of the nonprofit Dorchester Skipjack Committee.

The Nathan will offer two-hour public sails every Saturday she is in port and not otherwise committed. Adult fares are $30, children 6-12 $10, and under 6 free. Reduced fare, one-hour sails are offered one Sunday each month beginning May 23. Charters are available for any occasion throughout her sailing season of May through October.

The Nathan of Dorchester is the youngest skipjack on the Chesapeake Bay built to be an oyster dredge boat. She was built by volunteers in 1994 in Cambridge and travels throughout the Bay as a sailing ambassador for the City of Cambridge and Dorchester County. She recently was featured in a Maryland Public Television production, Chesapeake Bay by Air.

A Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network site, the Nathan introduces about 1500 people annually to the skipjack heritage of the Bay and the Eastern Shore.

For more information, to charter the boat or to volunteer, contact the Dorchester Skipjack Committee at 410-228-7141 or visit its website, www.skipjack-nathan.org.

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