I'm very happy to see Spartina listed again this year in the Sultana Downrigging Weekend brochure. This will be our third year at the event, missing only the 2012 "Hurricane Sandy" weekend, where I didn't really miss anything because of the late season storm.
The last couple of Downriggings Spartina has been tied up on the Canon Street Pier. This year event organizer Drew McMullen ask if I would mind moving over to a Chestertown Marina slip to make way for the catboat Silent Maid. No problem I said, who wouldn't want to make way for such a beautiful boat. Heading out for a sail on the Chester River, which I do a couple of times each day during the festival, I will pass between the tall ships Sultana and Pride of Baltimore II. Very cool.
I've marked the new slip in the map above. And I've also marked the prime spot at the foot of High Street where the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's skipjack Rosie Parks will be tied up. It was during last year's Downrigging Weekend at the Rosie Parks was relaunched. It will be nice to see her up her with the tall ships and classic bay boats.
Below are some photographs from last year's event. I can't wait for this year's, which is scheduled in Chestertown for Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.