Sailing Elf – the oldest known small yacht in America – on the Miles River

I’ve posted here about the classic yacht Elf often, but last evening, I took my first ride aboard Elf ever! Elf has been a continuous part of maritime culture for over 100 years, and it’s been a delight to get to know Captain Rick Carrion and Elf’s fascinating story (he bought her when he was 19 years old, and spent much of the past 40 years restoring her back to mint condition). With a home port at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and also at the Sailing Hall of Fame, Elf can be found most of the time in and around St. Michaels and Annapolis.

Not much of a sailor (do NOT like the tipping and I’m not embarrassed to admit it), I was surprised at how easy and comfortable sailing on Elf was for someone like me. (Had I known this before, I’d have been aboard a whole lot more often!)

Steering clear of the Wednesday night races, we motored out toward the Eastern Bay (Hi Eastern Babe!) and put the sails up right off of Tilghman Point. It was a perfect evening, and we sailed around, enjoyed conversations – there were 11 of us aboard – and watched a beautiful sunset.

For more information about this classic yacht – (yes! you too, can join the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild (CYRG) and take a ride) – see the CYRG’s website and talk to Captain Rick Carrion – http://www.cyrg.org/

Thanks Captain Rick – it was great fun! We topped the night with grilled tuna sandwiches and fish tacos at Foxy’s Marina Bar. Heckuva Wednesday evening!

~ by kbosin on June 30, 2011.

3 Responses to “Sailing Elf – the oldest known small yacht in America – on the Miles River”

  1. Heckuva Wednesday night indeed! The mini-skipper (my 18-month old) & I saw several sailboats milling about near Tilghman Point yesterday afternoon from our yard. Hubs was out on our Nacra 5.2 himself until about 5pm – you had a great breeze! Oh how I pine for days like this, and what a gorgeous classic boat. LOVE the pics, I can almost feel the wind!

  2. One of these days we’re going to have to boat over to your side of the Bay and meet up!

  3. I emailed you a few weeks back, let’s plan it! 🙂

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