Tracing history in a small boat
On June 2, 1608, one year after the founding of Jamestown, Va., Capt. John Smith and 14 English settlers set out in a small open boat and spent over three months exploring Chesapeake Bay in a quest for precious metals and a Northwest passage to the Pacific.
Beset by storms, heat, and sickness, the expedition nevertheless managed to map nearly every major tributary of the estuary while traveling over 2,500 miles. They recorded an ecosystem teeming with fish, crabs, oysters and waterfowl, as well as encounters with the diverse Algonquian, Iroquoian and Siouan-
speaking peoples that had inhabited the region for more than 10,000 years.
Smith’s expedition ultimately opened the Chesapeake to thousands of European settlers, altering forever the face of the Bay and profoundly changing the lives of those living around it.
On May 12, 2007, a crew of 12 modern explorers are to board a replica of Smith’s 28-foot open boat, or shallop, and embark on a 121-day voyage to retrace the 1608 expedition.
Propelling themselves by oar and sail alone, the 2007 voyage will follow Smith’s route to every corner of the Chesapeake.
Known as the Captain John Smith Four Hundred Project, this reenactment is being undertaken by Sultana Projects, a non-profit organization based in Chestertown, Md., in partnership with the Friends of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, a group of organizations that includes the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Conservation Fund and the National Geographic Society. www.johnsmith400.org
Workshop preparescruisers for voyage
The Offshore Sailing Symposium, a two-day, intensive workshop designed to help turn bluewater dreams into reality, will be held four times this year.
The symposium is an interactive workshop. The speaker’s role is to present practical information and help each participant select and equip one of many appropriate boats for offshore cruising adventures. The speakers will outline the keys to passage planning and preparation.
As a result, each participant will leave the symposium with a notebook of concise, customized checklists to guide their future outfitting and planning decisions. Each will develop personal action plans designed to help skipper and crew acquire necessary experience and confidence for safe and enjoyable offshore passages.
The symposium has been shaped by the experiences of more than 1,000 skippers and crews who participated in the Caribbean 1500 and other events.
Entry is $295 per person and includes all lectures, breakfasts and lunches. A fee of $250 will cover each additional person on the same reservation.
Remaining dates and locations for 2007 are July 28-29 in Camden, Maine; and Aug. 11-12 in Hampton, Va. For information, call (757) 788-8872 or e-mail email@example.com .
Charleston show breaks attendance record
Attendance at the Charleston Boat Show was up 11 percent from last year’s show and it was the largest turnout in the show’s 27-year history, according to organizers.
The show, held at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 26 to 27, is produced by JBM & Associates.
“The January show is a barometer for the rest of the year; based on the show results, 2007 should be another great year for Charleston area boat dealers,” said Tim Clark of Longshore Boats, in a statement.
The show featured more than 95 boat lines as well as the latest in marine accessories, products and services.
Next year’s Charleston Boat Show is scheduled for Jan. 25 to 27, 2008.
Country star to perform at nautical museum
On July 27 country music singer Sara Evans will perform at the CalvertMarineMuseum as part of the museum’s annual benefit concert series. Gates open at 6 p.m.; showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Best known for hits such as “No Place That Far,” “Born to Fly,” and “Real Fine Place,” Evans has won the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist and is a platinum-selling recording artist.
Tickets are $50 for premium seats and $40 for reserved seats; service charges are additional. CalvertMarineMuseum members can order tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on June 5 at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com, or at (800) 787-9454. Remaining tickets will be available to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. June 12.
This is an outdoor, rain or shine concert; there are no refunds or exchanges. Food and drinks will be available; coolers are not allowed.
Foundation supports Md. artificial reef initiative
The Annapolis–based Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the energy company Dominion, will contribute $250,000 to Coastal Conservation Association Maryland to support construction of artificial reefs in the Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
The contribution makes Dominion the largest single supporter of the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative, which will use concrete rubble from the old WoodrowWilsonBridge in Washington to build new reefs in Chesapeake Bay. Funds provided by Dominion and other contributors will pay for transporting the material and depositing it in select areas of the bay.
“We hope that Dominion’s contribution will encourage other businesses and organizations to join us in sponsoring this extremely important initiative,” said Pamela F. Faggert, Dominion vice president and chief environmental officer. www.dom.com
Scout Boats lands new dealer in Jersey
Summerville, S.C.–based Scout Boats has added another new national dealer to its current roster: Jarvis Marine in Tuckerton, N.J. This brings the total number of dealers in Scout’s network to 70.
Scout builds sportfishing, fish ’n’ ski, walkaround, flats and bay boat models ranging from 14 to 28 feet, and will be debuting its largest model to date in model year 2008: the 350 Abaco. www.scoutboats.com
Newport-to-Annapolis Rally wants snowbirds
For Down East sailors planning to sail to warmer waters in the fall, the Newport-to-Annapolis Cup is scheduled to leave Newport Sept. 20. The non-stop sailing event is hosted by the Cruising Rally Association (www.carib1500.com ), best known for its Caribbean 1500 rally from Hampton, Va., to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, in November of each year.
In the Newport-to-Annapolis Cup, the sailors will go offshore from Newport to Cape May and then travel up the Delaware River, through the Chesapeake and DelawareCanal, and on to Annapolis.
Participants will choose between a non-competitive cruising class and a more racing-oriented rally class.
Prior to departure in Newport, all boats will undergo a safety inspection to help skippers assess their readiness for an offshore passage.
Other CRA events of interest include a two-day Offshore Sailing Symposium July 28-29 at Wayfarer Marine in Camden, Maine, and a Caribbean 1500 Reunion the same weekend.
The manufacturer of a trawler yacht set to debut at the April 26 to 28 Bay Bridge Boat Show (“Bay Bridge Boat Show returns for spring,” April issue, Home Waters, Page 4) was incorrectly identified in the photo caption. The vessel is a Symbol 59 Classic.