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Schooner Rendez-Vous Set For Saturday, Sunday in Cambridge

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One of the 15 schooners coming to Cambridge this weekend (Photo:WBOC) One of the 15 schooners coming to Cambridge this weekend (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- You may have noticed a few tall masted ships making an appearance in Long Wharf Park in Cambridge.  It's all part of the annual Schooner Rendez-Vous.

The rendez-vous doesn't officially begin until Saturday, but several schooners were already lined up Friday morning at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge.  This year marks the 11th rendez-vous since Roger Worthington first came up with the idea.

"If I could invite these people to this community of Cambridge and expand their horizons as far as the locals as to what they could do with this harbor.  It is the second deepest harbor in the Chesapeake Bay next to Baltimore.  If they came and just visited here, that mood and those people who are on those vessels would be contagious," said Worthington.

Last week, many of the schooners participated in a race from Annapolis to Virginia.  This event is on their way back.  Their stop in Cambridge is a chance for them to educate young and old.

"We actually bring boats in that a lot of people don't have the opportunity to go on, or even see, as well as some additional boats that finish out our fleet.  This year we are going to have 15 boats coming in.  Most of those will be coming in today," said Jane Devlin with the Richardson Maritime Museum.

Over the weekend, the public will have a chance to do on board tours and even sail aboard some of the schooners at dock.  The event draws 2,000 to 3,000 people to Long Wharf.  Some come from far away and stay at the Hyatt.  Enough in fact that a free shuttle runs between the hotel and the park all day Saturday and Sunday.  Those visitors have to go somewhere when they aren't near the boats.

"It brings a lot of new people into the community.  They get to see our history, see our heritage, and see the stories that we have to tell.  They also have the opportunity to tour the town.  We have some wonderful restaurants and shops on main street within walking distance," said George Breig, one of the organizers of the event.

There will also be vendors, live music, and even historic re-enactors at the park.  Those on board tours and sails will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5pm. 

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