DELMARVA ALMANAC

Eastern Shore Sailing

by Dana Kester-McCabe

Wind and water are powerful forces here. So naturally one of the best ways to really experience the Eastern Shore is to get out on the water; whether it is the Atlantic Ocean, our Coastal bays or the mighty Chesapeake.

Sure motor boats and personal water crafts are fun, but nothing can really compare to sailing. Eco friendly, before there was such a thing, sailing has much less impact on our fragile environment. It is not only beautiful but it can be thrilling.

No matter what level of boating skill you have, there is something available in your speed. You can rent a little sun fish or take a cruise on one of the legendary Skipjacks. And speaking of them - don't miss the Deal Island Skipjack Race and Blessing of the Fleet on Labor Day, which kicks off the oyster harvest season.

imageBe sure and check out this partial list of links to sailboat rentals, cruises, and the Skipjack races.

Deal Island Skipjack Races - http://www.webauthority.net/lions.htm

Atlantic Ocean & Coastal bays
Murray's - http://www.murrays.com/ - 800-786-7245
East of Maui - http://www.eastofmaui.com - 302-227-4703
Backyard Boats - http://www.backyardboats.com - 800-227-6132
48th Street Watersports - http://www.radbayinc.com - 410-524-9150
Coastal - http://www.coastalkayak.com - 877-445-2925
Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association (Sailing School) - http://www.rbsa.org - 302-227-9008

Chesapeake Bay
Blue Crab Chesapeake Charters Rock Hall - http://www.bluecrabcharters.com - 410-708-1803
Haven Charters, bareboat charters, Rock Hall - http://www.havenchartersbareboat.com - 410-639-7140
Sailing Emporium - http://www.sailingemporium.com - 410-778-1342

Skipjack Charters
Captain Ed Farley, Easton - http://www.oystercatcher.com - 410-745-6080
Nathan of Dorchester, Cambridge - http://www.skipjack-nathan.org - 410-228-7141
Martha Lewis, St. Michaels - http://www.skipjackmarthalewis.org - 410-939-4078