Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race set Sept. 24
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.