Year's Annapolis events should please boat lovers

May 16, 2004|By Liz Boch | Liz Boch,SUN STAFF


Annual Burning of the Socks. Held in March at the Eastport Yacht Club. Sailors cast off their socks and burn them to bring in the warmer weather, when sailors are known for their bare feet on the deck.

Safety at Sea Seminars. The seminar at the Naval Academy is part of many nationwide that address architecture, sailing safety, first aid, medical emergencies and boat maintenance. The seminar has both indoor and outdoor lessons. Information: Marine Trades Association of Maryland, 410-269-0741 or 301-261-1021.


Volvo Ocean Race Round the World. The international race first came to Annapolis for its 2001-2002 race and attracted more than 400,000 people. The race will return to the city in early April 2006 and stay through the end of the month. Information: www.volvoocean

St. John's College and Naval Academy Croquet Match. This 22-year rivalry is renewed in April. Spectators can picnic together on the lawn and watch the Johnnies and the Middies compete for victory.


Maritime Heritage Festival. Celebrating the Chesapeake Bay, the two-day event highlights modern and historic sailing vessels. It will also include a life-jacket fashion show and music on the City Dock. Information: www.mdmaritimefestival. org.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk and 10K Run. Held traditionally on the first Sunday of May each year, the run begins on Kent Island and ends at Sandy Point State Park. The bridge walk is the only time that pedestrians are permitted on the bridge.

Wednesday Night Races. Beginning in early May near the Naval Academy sea wall, onlookers can watch boats race into the Chesapeake Bay and finish in Annapolis Harbor. The event begins after 6 p.m. every Wednesday from May through September.


Build-a-Boat Challenge. Date to be announced. The challenge requires participants to build a boat in one day and race on Spa Creek the next. The light-hearted event is held in the Annapolis Yacht Club's parking lot. Information: 410-263-9279.

Cap'n Herbie Sadler Day. Each year on June 10, the city honors Annapolis waterman Herbie Sadler. The day continues the tradition of fostering the city's strong maritime heritage.

Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. This year's event is June 13. The 4.4-mile swim also includes a Chesapeake Challenge, a one-mile swim, and begins at 10 a.m. at Sandy Point State Park. Information:


22nd Solomons Island Yacht Race. Held July 16-17, about 150 boaters race from the Severn River to Solomons Island on the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland. Information: www.

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises. Various cruise businesses throughout the city offer cruises for the holiday. Times and ticket prices vary.


USNA Model Sailboat Regatta. On Aug. 14, youngsters ages 8 to 12 can create model sailboats from a kit and race on site. Information: 410-263-6933.

The "NAVY WAY" Boot Camp. Also held in June and July, this daylong event Aug. 21 allows children ages 6 through 12 to experience the life of a sailor. The "recruits" are supplied with a cap and participate in various sessions on military time, even learning how to march.

Battle of the Chesapeake Regatta. Members of area bay clubs compete with each other to see who controls the historic waters of the Chesapeake. Information: 410-267-9549.


Hospice Cup Regatta. Kicking off the month is "America's largest charity cup regatta," according to the National Hospice Regatta Alliance. Proceeds go to hospices in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Maryland Seafood Festival. Held from Sept. 10-12, the event runs all day at Sandy Point State Park and will feature the 15th annual Maryland Crab Soup Cookoff. Information: Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, 410-268-7676.

The 59th Annual Rotary Crab Feast. On Sept. 17, what has been called "the biggest summer event in Annapolis" will be held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. A silent auction is also held, while participants eat all-you-can-eat jumbo crabs and win prizes through raffles.


United States Sailboat Show. The 35th year of this event features the country's largest and oldest in-water sailboat show. Held in Annapolis from Oct. 7-11, the show will feature seminars, maritime equipment and information on cruising and sailing charters. Information:

United States Powerboat Show. Sponsored by Annapolis Boat Shows, the event runs from Oct. 14-17 and will be held at the City Dock.

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. From Baltimore to Hampton Roads, the race will be held Oct. 13-17. Always held on the third weekend in October, the event tries to attract vessels heading south to beat the hurricane season. High winds sometimes make for an interesting, if short, race.


Frostbite Sail Racing Series. Held from November to April, the races happen each Sunday and are coordinated by the Severn Sailing Association. Information: 410-268-8744.

Lights on the Bay. The event runs from Nov. 20 through Jan. 2 and is sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center. It is held daily at Sandy Point State Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade. Maryland's oldest lighted boat parade features more than 70 sailboats and powerboats. It is held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Information: 410-267-9549.

Sources: The Eastport Yacht Club, the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, the Naval Academy, the Volvo Ocean Race, St. John's College, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis Striders Inc., Schooner Woodwind Cruises, Annapolis Yacht Club, the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim Inc., National Hospice Regatta Alliance, Rotary Club of Annapolis, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, the Severn Sailing Association, and

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