Wicked tuna tales, crab picking, SUP yoga and more
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.
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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.