From 1-3pm on Saturday, June 23, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is offering the opportunity to view Chesapeake Bay log canoe sailing races along the Miles River while aboard its replica buyboat, Mister Jim. CBMM’s Assistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield will be on board to share his own experiences building, racing, and growing up with log canoes.
These sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles and Tred Avon Rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more by crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards placed perpendicular to the boat itself. “It’s a sight you’ll never forget,” comments Scofield.
The two-hour trip aboard Mister Jim will offer scenic views and photo opportunities, along with commentary from an experienced log canoe team member. The cost to participate is $20 for museum members, or $25 for non-members, with space limited and advanced registration required. To make reservations or for more information, call 410-745-4941.