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In-Water Exhibits All Weekend on the Waterfront

On-Land Small Boat Show Saturday, November 2, 9:00am-5:00pm

The Downrigging Pavilion at the Foot of High Street in Chestertown

Joining the fleet of Tall Ships assembling in Chestertown for Downrigging Weekend will be an armada of mid-sized and smaller wooden boats participating in the annual Downrigging Weekend Wooden Boat Show. Up to 50 in-water exhibit vessels will be on display all weekend alongside the Tall Ships on the waterfront, while smaller craft will be exhibited on land at the foot of High Street on Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm.


All Captains and crews of participating vessels are invited to attend a Pot-Luck Dinner at the Sultana Shipyard on Saturday, November 2 from 5:30-7:30pm.


HOW TO EXHIBIT YOUR BOAT: All wooden boat owners are invited and encouraged to exhibit their boats at Downrigging Weekend - it’s a lot of fun! There are three ways you and your boat can participate:

IN-WATER EXHIBIT (ALL WEEKEND): There are approximately 50 slips/spaces available for in-water exhibit vessels. Spaces range from no-frills bulkheads to full service slips at the Chestertown Marina. Boat owners wishing to exhibit their boat in water are asked to have their boats on-site by Friday evening of the festival (you don’t want to miss the fireworks over the harbor) and remain in place until at least Sunday morning (you are welcome to go for a cruise/sail while you are in port). Please note that because many slips are blocked in by the larger “Tall Ships,” larger visiting boats may have some restrictions on when they can arrive/depart. There is no charge to exhibit your boat in-water at Downrigging Weekend, though boats assigned to/requesting slips at the Chestertown Marina will be charged a discounted slip fee of $1.75 per foot/per night with a two night minimum (electric is an additional charge). If you are interested in exhibiting your vessel in-water, please fill out the online registration form (or call 410-778-5954) and you will be contacted to discuss docking options.


ON-LAND EXHIBIT (SATURDAY ONLY): For individuals with car-top and trailerable wooden boats (run abouts, kayaks, canoes, one-designs, etc.), you are invited to exhibit your boat on-land on Saturday from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Space is available for boats up to 35 feet in length and there is no cost to exhibit your boat/craft . If you are interested in exhibiting on-land on Saturday, please fill out the online registration form to confirm your space.


AT ANCHOR: Chestertown’s harbor provides a beautiful, sheltered anchorage for visiting vessels that would prefer to rest at anchor. While there is no water taxi service, there is an excellent dingy dock only a short row from prime anchoring locations (see festival map). While anchoring vessels are not required to register online for Downrigging Weekend, they are encouraged to do so.




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