Tall ship visit

Best Bet

October 30, 2005|By LORI SEARS

Visit Chestertown from Friday through Nov. 6 and you'll be in for a sight. Seven tall ships from across the Mid-Atlantic will be filling up the town's harbor and wharfs, as part of the annual Downrigging Weekend.

The event marks the end of the sailing season for Sultana, the Chestertown schooner that provides onboard educational programs. Each year, the ship's parent organization, Sultana Projects, invites traditional sailing vessels from the region to sail to Chestertown for a weekend of activities. Throughout the event, the public can view, board and sail on the ships, in celebration of the region's maritime heritage.

In addition to Sultana, participating ships include Delaware's 140-foot-long official tall ship Kalmar Nyckel, the schooner Virginia, the buy boat Mildred Belle, the schooner Lady Maryland, the 1901 skipjack Elsworth and the skipjack Stanley Norman.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will help kick off the event at 1 p.m. Friday. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can see the lighted vessels on display. At 8 p.m., there will be a benefit "Concert for Sultana" at the Prince Theatre in Chestertown, featuring traditional maritime music. Tickets are $10.

On Saturday, the public can enjoy sails on the vessels, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prices vary per ship, but range from $10 to $55 per sail. Reservations are encouraged.

On Nov. 6, each ship will be open for tours, as they sit docked at the Chestertown waterfront. Tickets are $7 for adults and $2 for under age 12. Visitors can also enjoy live maritime music on the waterfront all afternoon.

For reservations or more information, call 410-778-5954 or go to schoonersultana.org/downrigging.htm.

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