Last log canoe races of the year
The last log canoe races of the year were held this weekend on the Miles River, and luckily, we got out to watch. We weren’t the only ones – dozens of boats were out on the perfect Sunday afternoon, from sailboats and powerboats to giant yachts. Every single boat had multiple cameras on board. I chuckled last evening, as I waded through the 244 photos on my camera, knowing that plenty of others are faced with the same task (this is in the “tough job, but somebody’s got to do it” category).
These are some of the oldest wooden sailing vessels around. Back in the day, the log canoes were used for oystering, and were sailed fast to take the day’s catch out to the buyboats. Speed mattered, because the first oysters to reach the buyboat would command the highest price. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has a terrific display about log canoes, and you can learn more here and here.
Afterward, we did some yacht gawking in the St. Michaels harbor – here’s Marty, taking a picture:
and Kevin did some fishing, up near Tilghman Point. See the swirls of menhaden, below?
They indicate the presence of larger fish underneath. Masses of swirls and diving birds are the two best ways to find fish in the Bay. Kevin got a few nice fish in short order. Cleaned and fileted, they’re stored in the freezer for a winter supper. Here’s a nice sized bluefish.