Stepping Elf’s mast

The annual stepping of the mast – the last bit of hard work each spring, after the classic racing yacht built in 1888 has had its spring cleanup of sanding and varnish and repairs.

mast with lines

It wouldn’t be possible without Pete Mullally of Eastern Shore Flagpoles.

Pete Mullally

An antique wooden boat requires a LOT of work, which is why Elf is owned by a non-profit organization, the Classic Yacht Restoration League. Captain Rick Carrion purchased Elf when he was 19 years old, and has spent his life taking care of her.

She’s in beautiful shape, and as of yesterday, is ready for the 3rd annual Elf Classic to be held on Saturday, May 18th – a classic yacht race from Annapolis to St. Michaels.

capt rick rigging

a lot of rigging

stepping the mast

To learn more about Elf and see photos of this year’s regatta – LIKE the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild on facebook, by clicking right here.

Or, or course, you can jump on a boat in Annapolis on Saturday morning, and follow the race across the Chesapeake Bay. OR – just drive on over to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday afternoon, visit the splendid collections and watch the yachts come in at the finish – each Captain will jump into a dinghy, row to shore, jump out and run to the Tolchester bandstand to sign the logbook, officially completing the race.

Yeah, cool.

~ by kbosin on May 16, 2013.

3 Responses to “Stepping Elf’s mast”

  1. How exciting – she is beautiful. LIKED! 🙂 We will be at Kent Island Day this Saturday, but I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of Saturday’s race!

  2. Impressive vessel, but the maintenance must be a boatload! (hardee-har-har).

  3. Your photos are beautiful, I love mast and lines’ close-ups. Not able to be on the Eastern Bay/Miles River this Saturday but I hope to watch them from afar with binoculars from my balcony.

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