Wicked tuna tales, crab pick­ing, SUP yoga and more

Record Observer - - Sports -

In­door boat and out­doors shows and ed­u­ca­tional cour­ses are great ac­tiv­i­ties in the winter for those of us look­ing for ward to milder weather, al­though it’s been fairly mild so far. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to see.

You don’t have to be in the mar­ket for a boat to en­joy a boat show as show pro­duc­ers typ­i­cally pro­vide plenty of en­ter­tain­ment, ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars and dis­plays with nau­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion, prod­ucts and ser­vices to pe­ruse.

Ever y year I take in the Bal­ti­more Boat Show and, while the food’s not all that great in the con­ven­tion cen­ter, the at­mos­phere in­side is typ­i­cally shin­ing and op­ti­mistic with amaz­ing new boats on dis­play, free give­aways, con­tests and ac­tiv­i­ties such as re­mote­con­trolled dock­ing and even vir­tual fish­ing. Kids can build a toy boat and ex­er­cise their bal­ance in the SUP pool along with par­ents. Me­chan­i­cally minded folks can learn to un­clog a car­bu­re­tor at Fred’s Shed. Across the street, at the Pratt Street Ale House there’s plenty of good food and drink to be had.

This year’s show in Bal­ti­more runs Jan. 26-29 with more than 300 boats, from luxury cruis­ers to kayaks an­tic­i­pated.

Brand new this year is Ju­nior Cap­tains, a fun ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nar that will teach kids ages 8-12 first­mate skills such as ty­ing a cleat hitch, throw­ing a line over a pil­ing, and be­com­ing fa­mil­iar with on­board safety and com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment.

Also join­ing the show for the first time will be a star of Na­tional Geo­graphic’s Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, Ocean City’s Cap­tain Dale Lisi. Capt. Dale will meet fans and tell tales of hunt­ing At­lantic bluefin tuna off the coast of North Carolina. The win­ner of the show’s an­nual crab pick­ing con­test will re­ceive a fish­ing ex­cur­sion with their friends hosted by Capt. Dale. Other at­trac­tions: A Pad­dle­pool where you can try stand-up pad­dle­board­ing, and pad­dle­board Yoga, and ride the new Ho­bie Mir­a­cle Eclipse, the world’s first leg-pow­ered stand-up board. Jet­surf will also be show­ing off its mo­tor­ized surf­board.

Pro­gres­sive Boat School will be the place to boost your boat­ing IQ with a re­mote con­trol dock­ing chal­lenge, boat­ing sim­u­la­tor and a va­ri­ety of sem­i­nars.

Women at the Wheel is a work­shop de­signed to give ladies the skills and con­fi­dence to safely and ef­fec­tively skip­per the boat.

There’s also a Pro­gres­sive Flo Mo­tion sim­u­la­tor where vir­tual fish are wait­ing for am­a­teur an­glers.

The show docks at the Bal­ti­more Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Thurs­day, Jan. 26 through Satur­day, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun­day, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ad­mis­sion is $14 for adults and free for kids 15 and un­der with paid adult ad­mis­sion. More info is avail­able at Bal­ti­moreBoatShow.com.

* * * Get in­volved The winter is also a great time to get in­volved in the many en­vi­ron­men­tal and con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions in our area that are work­ing to pre­serve an en­joy­able life­style here on the Shore and to con­serve our nat­u­ral re­sources that are un­der so much pres­sure from de­vel­op­ment. They need vol­un­teers. They need peo­ple who care.

Driv­ing to north­ern Delaware, I see a mas­sive new high­way be­ing con­structed that will con­nect Delaware Route 1 and U.S. Route 301. In my opin­ion, the fu­ture looks dim for folks in east­ern Kent County and north­ern Queen Anne’s. I can only imag­ine the amount of traf­fic that will be flow­ing through the area in the years ahead.

We all need to be stew­ards of our en­vi­ron­ment work­ing to find sus­tain­able so­lu­tions for eco­nomic, so­cial and eco­log­i­cal con­cerns.

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter, the Mid-Shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy, the East­ern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy and many other lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions could use your help. Give them a call, at­tend a meet­ing and get in­volved. You can still find time to fish and hunt and other wise en­joy the out­doors, and you will help fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to have those op­por­tu­ni­ties as well.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all Tun­dra swans are hunted legally with strict guide­lines in five states in­clud­ing North Carolina and Vir­ginia. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Stand up pad­dle­board­ing and yoga pad­dle­board­ing are in­cluded in the hands-on at­trac­tions at this year’s Bal­ti­more Boat Show at the Bal­ti­more Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Jan. 26-29.

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