The annual Sultana ProjectsÂ Downrigging Weekend, now in itsÂ twelfthÂ year, isÂ one of the largest annual tall ship and wooden boat festivals on the East Coast. Â The Downrigging Weekend isÂ describedÂ as “aÂ celebration of maritime culture, wooden boats, and everything else that makes the Chesapeake Bay great.” Â A fleet of tall ships is Â participating in addition to the schooner Sultana includingÂ the schoonerÂ Pride of Baltimore, the historical replicaÂ Kalmar Nyckel, the schoonerÂ Lady Maryland, the skipjack Elsworth, the schooner A.J. Meerwald and the skipjack Sigsbee.
Adding a bit of spice to the weekend is Tropical Storm Sandy which is making its way north. Â So far the forecasts suggest that the Downrigging Weekend will be fine, though no doubt everyone will be keeping an eye out to weather.