Chesapeake Appreciation Days

Chesapeake Appreciation Days, formerly held at the end of October, was a special event for the Alberg 30s who were involved from the very beginning. At that time, they represented the modern racing sailboat in contrast to the skipjacks, who were still a fleet of actively working oyster dredgers.

Things change. Chesapeake Appreciation Days is no more. The Alberg 30s are considered "classic" boats. And the skipjack fleet has fallen on hard times. With the dwindling supply of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, few could afford to maintain the boats, much less earn a living. Today, there are only a handful that dredge oysters under sail.

This was an event that brought everyone out for a race. It was exciting to sail amongst the skipjacks.

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