Boat racing, beer festival highlight weekend events
— The city of Cambridge will be the destination for two big weekend events beginning Saturday, May 13, when the city hosts the 107th Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta and the Cambridge Beer Festival.
The Cambridge Beer Festival will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. in the 300-block of High Street Saturday, May 13. Beer from local breweries like Cambridge’s own RAR Brewing, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Burley Oak Brewing Company, Tall Tales Brewery, Dogfish Head Beer, Stillwater Artisanal and many more will be available. Tickets are $25 at the entrances of the 300-block High Street, which gives attendees a tasting glass for unlimited tasting.
Food from The High Spot, Stoked — Wood Fired Eatery and Rock Labstah will be available. The bands Blackwater and Ray Holiday Marchman will be performing.
The event benefits Cambridge Main Street, and is hosted by The High Spot.
Down on the Choptank River, 107th Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta, the oldest powerboat race in the United States, will be held May 13-14.
The races will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14. The Hydroplane Racing League classes are scheduled to run first each day, followed by the American Power Boat Association classes. The event is organized by the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association.
The races will be held on Hambrooks Bay, off the Choptank River in Cambridge. Watch the action from Great Marsh Park, 1 Somerset Ave. Spectators also can watch the Cambridge Classic from the water.
For the first time, the world-class event will bring boats from the Canada-based Hydroplane Racing League, in addition to boats from the American Power Boat Association. Up to 90 boats will be racing in six classes — Grand Prix Hydroplanes, H350 Hydroplanes, Formula 2500 Hydroplanes, 2.5 Liter Hydroplanes, 1 Liter Hydroplanes and Jersey Speed Skiffs
The fleet ranges from the classic Jersey speed skiffs turning on their sides and going airborne at 70 mile per hour to the 1,500-horsepower grand prix boats that reach speeds of 170 miles per hour. Admission is free with a$5 a day charge for in/ out parking. Food and drink will be available.
A bonus for the 2017 event, during the races, Cambridge microbrewery RAR Brewing will be releasing a beer specially brewed for the event — the Cambridge Classic Rooster Tail Ale.
The fleet will raft at Rooster Point. A no-wake zone will be established from Howell Point to the Choptank River Bridge. A bonus for boaters is both the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin and the Cambridge Yacht Club are offering free transient slip rental on Friday and Saturday nights on race weekend, and on ever y weekend in the month of May. Contact the Municipal Yacht Basin at 410-228-4031 and the Cambridge Yacht Club at 410-228-2141.
Fans of all ages can wander in the pit area. In the cold pit area, fans of all ages can view the boats and meet the racers. Kids might even have the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a race boat.
For more information on the Cambridge Classic and events around Dorchester County, visit the Dorchester County Tourism website www.visitdorchester.org.
Powerboats race in Hambrooks Bay on the Choptank River near Great Marsh Park during the 2015 Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta.