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9th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race
September 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ninth Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 | Race begins at 11am
Guests are invited to CBMM on Saturday, Sept. 28, to watch the ninth annual Elf Classic Yacht Race—held again this year on the Miles River. The annual race is sponsored by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and is included with regular CBMM admission.
The race features a 19th century traditional yacht racing start, beginning with a captains meeting on land, followed by the boom of a cannon, signifying each captain’s mad dash to a tied-up dinghy, or tender. Next, the captains row out to their moored vessels and waiting crews, before tying up their tenders and raising anchor, with up to 30 yachts racing on the Miles River in a cloud of sail.
Race proceeds benefit CYRG and CBMM, where race participants will be greeted along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove and the winners announced at a trophy reception later in the day. At 10:30am, CBMM will offer a two-hour spectator cruise aboard its 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, with limited boarding and advanced registration at cbmm.org/elfcruise.