Alert sounded for gridlock on bay

Officials brace for abundance of boats on Chesapeake as several popular events converge in next two weeks

April 27, 2006|By CANDUS THOMSON | CANDUS THOMSON,SUN REPORTER

On any warm weekend, the Chesapeake Bay from Havre de Grace to Thomas Point Light is an undulating mass of boats of all shapes and sizes.

But this weekend and next, federal and state officials are bracing for an armada of sailboats, fishing boats and cabin cruisers - more vessels than any time in recent memory - all jockeying for position. In an unusual recreational confluence, the visit of the Volvo Ocean Race coincides with another sailboat race, the most popular segment of the striped bass season and the Bay Bridge Walk.

Festival This weekend, look for a surge of activities at the Inner Harbor.

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