There are several opportunities during Downrigging Weekend to tour and sail on some of the Tall Ships, schooners, and boats that are in port for the festival. Schedules and online ticket purchasing information for tours and sails are listed below.
Tall Ship Tour Times for Downrigging Weekend 2018 (free / children must be accompanied / no tickets required)
- Friday, October 26, 2018 / 12:00-2:00pm
- Saturday, October 27, 2018 / 9:00-10:00am
- Sunday, October 28, 2018 / 10:00am-Noon
Tall Ship Sailing Times for Downrigging Weekend 2018 (tickets range from $25-$60 / no children under 5)
- Sail #1: Friday, October 26, 2018 / 3:00pm – 5:00pm
- Sail #2: Saturday, October 27, 2018 / 10:30am – 1:00pm
- Sail #3: Saturday, October 27, 2018 / 2:30pm – 5:00pm
- Sail #4: Sunday, October 28, 2018 / 1:00-3:30pm
Terms and Reservations for Public Sail Ticket Purchases
- Once purchased, tickets are refundable through 5:00pm on October 19, with a $5 service fee per ticket
- Tickets are non-refundable beginning October 22
- If sails are cancelled due to weather, ticket holders will receive a full refund. Cancellation will only be made if the weather is deemed dangerous by the master of each vessel.
Tall Ship Sail Reservations (you may also call 410-778-5954 / M-F, 9am-5pm)
The KALMAR NYCKEL is a re-creation of the first colonial Swedish settlement ship to arrive in America. Launched in the Fall of 1997 this ornately carved 17th century reproduction ship sails seasonally visiting ports from the Mid-Atlantic through New England while carrying out her mission of goodwill and providing educational opportunities for school children.
VIRGINIA is a reproduction of the last all sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association. The original ship sailed for the pilots from 1917-1926, training apprentice pilots in seamanship and navigation. The reproduction, built in Norfolk between 2002-2004, is also used as an educational platform. Her programs include courses in maritime history, marine science, maritime literature, and team-building for both students and adults. The ship has sailed as far south as Trinidad, east to Bermuda, north to Prince Edward Island, and all along the Atlantic Coast of the United States.
The square topsail schooner LYNX has been designed and built to interpret the general configuration and operation of a privateer schooner from the War of 1812. Lynx sails as a living history museum and as a floating classroom for the study of historical environmental and ecological issues.
Living Classroom’s Schooner and flagship LADY MARYLAND is a full scale reproduction of a traditional 19th century Chesapeake Bay cargo schooner called a pungy. LADY MARYLAND is part of a fleet of vessels used by
SULTANA is a reproduction of 1768 namesake used by the British Royal Navy to enforce the notorious tea taxes in the years preceding the American Revolution. Built in Chestertown and launched in 2001, the new SULTANA’s mission is to educate students of all ages about the history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.
The 1901, 72-foot oyster-dredging skipjack ELSWORTH is one of a handful of skipjacks remaining on the Chesapeake Bay. The ELSWORTH is currently used to provide live-aboard educational programs in environmental science and Chesapeake history.
SIGSBEE is a 1901 Chesapeake Bay skipjack originally used to dredge oysters and haul cargo on the Bay. Today, SIGSBEE sails the Chesapeake teaching students about the ecology, history, and economic importance of
A 1951 Alden 57 ketch, HOWARD BLACKBURN was built from timber salvaged from the bottom of the Panama Cannel. The schooner is based in Baltimore and captained by Marc Rosener, who also built the original sailing rig for the schooner SULTANA. This vessel is limited to 6 passengers during Downrigging Weekend, and interested parties must book the entire boat to sail.