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Baltimore Seafood Festival

A Sailing Club member once said that the Club might as well be named the Sailing, Eating, Drinking, and Laughing Club, and this trip won't disappoint.

Join us a for a fun-filled four day excursion to Baltimore, and to attend its annual Seafood Festival. September is the month with the best winds on the Chesapeake, and we promise some great sailing as well as a fun filled trip. We've chartered two great sloops from Haven Charters. Katie Lizz is a Jeanneau 39 DS and Wind Dancer is a Pearson 39.

boat pictures

Thursday, September 14 :    We'll meet at Haven Charters in Rock Hall, Maryland late in the afternoon. Once provisions and all gear are stowed, it's off to dinner and laughs at the Harbor Shack restaurant.

Friday, September 15:    Rise to enjoy breakfast on board followed by the skipper's meeting, final checkout from Haven, and safety check. Then it's on to Baltimore, where slips are reserved at the Lighthouse Point Marina This marina has great facilities, including a hot tub, and is close to the park hosting the seafood festival.

After all boats are secured, an early group dinner is planned, followed by a tour of haunted pubs in Fells Point (Fells Point is a 1.2 mile walk, or bus or cab ride from the marina). The tour will take us back to a time when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, crawling with sailors, privateers, and ladies of the evening - most of whom are no longer denizens of the area. We'll hear tales so spooky “they’ll scare ya sober!” If we are so inclined, we can take advantage of liquid offerings at the pubs that we visit. Each participant will need to order a tour ticket on-line in advance to ensure there's room for all who want to participate on the tour.

pub tour

Saturday, September 16:    Rising early again to enjoy breakfast on board or ashore at one of the many local restaurants, it's then off to the Baltimore Seafood Festival that starts around lunch time. We'll each need to purchase tickets in advance, choosing from the various options they offer. This event has sold out in the past, so don't delay.

pub tour

From their website:
Baltimore loves their seafood, that's for sure! Baltimore also loves all the wonderful local restaurants that truly make this city one of the best places for foodies to live or visit. Why the Baltimore Seafood Festival? Baltimoreans are so proud of their crab cakes, crab soup, shrimp salad, local oysters, and of course, Maryland blue crabs. It seems fitting to host a waterfront festival showcasing some of Baltimore's favorite restaurants serving their signature seafood dishes! Toss in refreshing drinks, live music, cooking demos, and an area for families with toys, games, face painting and more, and you have the Baltimore Seafood Festival - the only large scale seafood festival in Baltimore City.
Baltimore offers plenty of other things to do for those who aren't interested in seafood (there is such a sailor?). You can visit the National Aquarium, tour the war sloop Constellation and other historic vessels, and visit the Seven Foot Knoll Light. Or visit Fort McHenry to see the Star Spangled Banner still waving. Dinner Saturday night will be at each boat's discretion - if anyone has room left after all the seafood.

Sunday, September 17:    Sunday will be our “Let's just sail according to the wind” day. We'll leave Baltimore mid-morning, passing  near the Francis Scott Key Memorial Buoy on the way down the Patapsco River, and sail as much as we can before heading for an idyllic anchorage somewhere on the western shore of the bay. After anchoring and tying the boats together, it's time for an old-fashioned raft-up party, where The Sailing Club's appetizer makers extraordinaire will lay out their best for the eating, drinking, and laughing part of the Club.

Monday, September 18:    At our leisure we'll say goodbye to our raft-up and head back to Rock Hall and home.


The cost of this trip is $400.00 per person (Skippers - $224.00 ). The price includes charter fees, insurance and two nights' slip fees. Provisioning, fuel, pump-out, and other incidentals are additional and will be handled by each boat's crew. The haunted tour and seafood festival are additional expenses and will be handled by each individual participant. A $100.00 deposit and Release of Liability and Zero Tolerance Form must accompany your reservation form. Please make your check payable to The Sailing Club, Inc. and mail it, along with your completed reservation and release forms, to Eleanor Popolizio at the address below. Reservations will be processed beginning April 8, 2017 with a random draw of those received by that date. All reservations received after that date are on a first-come, first served basis.
The balance of $300.00 will be due August 2, 2017. The Club's standard thirty-day cancellation policy applies for this event.

A pre-trip meeting will be held approximately two weeks before the trip, at a time and place to be announced. All crewmembers should make every effort to attend in order to meet your crewmates, plan your meals, and make travel plans.

Please note that sailing conditions are dynamic, that your safety, and that of your crewmates, depends on your good physical health and agility.


Trip Leader     

Assistant Trip Leader

Eleanor Popolizio                      
43 Mt. Pleasant Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039                      
Mia McCroskey                      
19 Manor House Dr. K-12
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522



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