From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is offering the opportunity to view Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoe races along the Miles River while aboard its 1920 buy boat, Winnie Estelle. During the cruise, CBMM’s Assistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield will share his experiences building, racing, and growing up with log canoes.
These sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, and Tred Avon Rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, with crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards placed perpendicular to the boat itself. “It’s a sight you’ll never forget,” comments Scofield.
The two-hour trip aboard Winnie Estelle will offer scenic views and photo opportunities, along with commentary from an experienced log canoe team member. The cost to participate is $25 for CBMM members, or $35 for non-members, with space limited and advanced registration required. To make reservations or for more information, call 410-745-4941.