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Skipjack Racing on the Chesapeake Bay

The Skipjack is Maryland's state boat, and the Chesapeake Bay's fleet is the last commercial fishery to operate under sail in the United States. Races between the vessels have been conducted for decades. Deale Island's races date to the 1950's, while Cambridge and Havre de Grace have offered recent challenges. Documentation will include oral histories from living captains, newspaper articles, archival photographs, and video footage of recent events.

Originally submitted by: Wayne T. Gilchrest, Representative (1st District).

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