Log Canoe Races

Log Canoe Races 2019-07-30T15:12:26-04:00

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The log canoes are coming! On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18, log canoes will return to Cambridge to race, hosted by the Cambridge Yacht Club. The exact race course won’t be known until the morning of each race, depending on water and wind conditions, but they will be starting on the Choptank River somewhere between the Malkus (Route 50) bridge and Great Marsh Park (1 Somerset Ave.). On Saturday, races start at 10am and 2pm; on Sunday the race starts at 10am. The races usually last about 1.5 hours. You can also check out the boats on Saturday afternoon and evening at the L Pier of the Cambridge Yacht Club.

What’s a log canoe, you ask? It’s a type of sailboat that was designed for oyster harvesting in the 1800s, before skipjacks were around. But it’s most well known as a racing sailboat. Crew members climb out on “hiking boards” to counterbalance the force of the sails. Watch for them on Saturday!