8th annual ELF Classic Yacht Race

8th annual ELF Classic Yacht Race. Photograph by Dan McGrath.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

The 1888 racing yacht ELF, shown here, is the flagship for the 8th Annual ELF Classic Yacht Race, which has a new race course on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Maryland, on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The new course will offer land and sea spectators at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum an unparalleled view of some of the most beautiful, classic sailing yachts. The annual race is sponsored by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The race features a 19th-century traditional yacht racing start, beginning with a captain's meeting on land, followed by the boom of a cannon at 10 a.m., signifying each captain's mad dash to a tied-up dinghy, or tender. Next, the captains row out to their moored vessels and waiting crews, before tying up their tenders and raising anchor, with up to 30 yachts racing on the Miles River in a cloud of sail.


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 38° 47′ N ~ 76° 13′ W

Rick Carrion, cyrg.elf @ gmail.com or 443-566-2212