Heritage shines in maritime events

October 21, 2001

March

Annual Burning of the Socks Ritual. Eastport Yacht Club. Sailors, known for bare feet in their deck shoes, send winter on its way when they cast off and burn their winter-worn socks.

Safety-At-Sea Seminar. Naval Academy. Held on the last Saturday and Sunday of March, the seminar is one of the most respected safety training seminars in the nation with demonstrations and exercises held on land and in water. Information: Marine Trades Association of Maryland, 301-261-1021.

April

Maritime Heritage Festival. City Dock. Annual festival celebrating Annapolis' maritime heritage, featuring a display of historic ships and vessels; annual induction into the Maritime Hall of Fame; maritime educational exhibits; music; and tours of historic sites. Next year, the event will occur April 26 to 28 to coincide with the visit of the Volvo Ocean Race Around the World. Information: 410-268-7676, www.mdmaritimefestival.com.

Volvo Ocean Race Around the World stops over in the Chesapeake Bay from April 17 to 28. Boats and crew stop in Baltimore, then Annapolis. The race restarts under the Bay Bridge, just north of the city, April 28. Information: www.vorchesapeake.org.

May

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk and 10K Run. Two events traditionally held on the first Sunday of May each year. The only time in the year that pedestrians are permitted on the bridge. Unparalleled views.

Friday Evening Beer Can Sail Races. Off Annapolis Harbor. Two seven-week casual sail racing series begin early in the month. The races are a great way to meet new friends, get out on the water and learn new skills. Information: www.east-portyc.org.

Wednesday Night Race Series. Off Annapolis Harbor. Series begins early in the month and runs into September. Competitive local sailing, great finish-line viewing in front of Annapolis Yacht Club and Spa Creek Bridge, and requisite post race socializing. Infonnation: www.annapolisyc.org.

June

Annual Eastport Yacht Club Spring Cotillion. Eastport. An informal event known for its rum punch and live band, held to raise money for the club's sailing programs, which include youth sailing and races that support charitable causes. This party launches the biennial Annapolis-to-Bermuda and Annapolis-to- Newport races. Information: 410-267-9549, www.eastporty-c.org.

Build-A-Boat Challenge. Annapolis Yacht Club parking lot. A competitive but tongue-in-cheek boat-building contest and race. Teams build boats with plywood and adhesive in one day and challenge each other on the water the next. Information: www.annapolisyc.org.

Cap'n Herbie Sadler Day. June 10 each year. Honors Annapolis watennan Herbie Sadler and serves as a reminder of the city's rich maritime heritage.

July

Solomons Island Yacht Race. Sailing race from Annapolis to Solomons Island on the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland. Information: www.cbyra.org.

Eastport-A-RockIn' Benefit Street Festival. Second Street and Back Creek, Eastport. Community-based block party to benefit maritime and community organizations.

August

St. Marys College of Maryland Governors Cup Yacht Race, Overnight sailing race begins off Annapolis on Aug. 2 and ends the next morning with a party described by Sailing World Magazine as one of sailings 10 best parties. St. Mary's City on Southern Maryland's St. Mary's River. Information: 240-895-4310, www.smcm.org.

September

Maryland Seafood Festival. Sandy Point State Park. Taste Chesapeake Bay seafood delicacies, enjoy musical entertainment. arts, crafts and children's activities on the weekend after Labor Day. Information: 410-268-7682.

Save-the-Bay Day. Sandy Point State Park. Educational event to raise awareness about and celebrate the Chesapeake Bay. Held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival.

Battle of the Chesapeake Sailing Race. Sailors from bay clubs contest each other for domination of historic waters and for bragging rights.

The "Navy Way Day. Naval Academy. Exhibits showcase the academy. Navy and Marine Corps; historical displays, interpretations and demonstrations; marlin-spike seamanship; entertainment; book-signing; Yard Patrol boat open house. Information: 410-263-0933.

Hospice Cup Regatta. Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis. America's largest charity regatta enters its third decade, having raised more than $4.3 million for hospice care in 20 years. Lots of spectator and donor events. Information: 703-383-9222.

St. John's College Arnie Gay Memorial Sail Picnic. Held late each September to honor Arnie Gay, one of the city's greatest sailing promoters, and to take 150 or more St. John's College students out for a day aboard sailboats and powerboats. Information: 410-626-2881.

October

United States Sailboat Show. City Dock. The nation's oldest and largest in-water sailboat show features all the latest racing and cruising sailboats from the United States and overseas as well as a huge array of sailing products and services. Traditionally held over Columbus Day weekend. Information: 410-268-8828.

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