Chop­tank Her­itage Skip­jack Race set Sept. 24

Dorchester Star - - Local -

CAM­BRIDGE — The Dorch­ester Skip­jack Com­mit­tee re­cently an­nounced the 20th an­niver­sary Chop­tank Her­itage Skip­jack Race will be held Satur­day, Sept. 24, in Cam­bridge. The free event be­gins at 10 a.m., is open to the pub­lic, and the race will start and end by Long Wharf.

The an­niver­sary event will feature play-by-play race cov­er­age and in­for­ma­tion about each boat. Long Wharf also will feature a selec­tion of ven­dors and ex­hibitors, and the model guild from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum will race ra­dio-con­trolled skip­jacks.

Last year, high winds caused sev­eral boats to with­draw be­fore the start of the race. The 2015 race win­ner was Rosie Parks, while the rest of the fleet bat­tled for se­cond place, even­tu­ally earned by Cam­bridge’s Nathan of Dorch­ester.

1880 Bank of Cam­bridge will spon­sor the Chop­tank Her­itage Cup tro­phy. Each year, the tro­phy is en­graved with the win­ning boat and cap­tain’s name and is dis­played at the Dorch­ester County Vis­i­tors Cen­ter. The win­ning cap­tain or boat owner will take home a smaller ver­sion of the cup.

The race is the Dorch­ester Skip­jack Com­mit­tee’s at­tempt at keep­ing the re­main­ing skip­jacks afloat.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Dorch­ester Skip­jack Com­mit­tee at 410228-7141 or www.skip­jack -nathan.org.

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