The inaugural Worldwide Classic Boat Show, which opened online Friday, Feb. 19, features a virtual tour of over 100 classic yachts, including two boats that have close connections to the Eastern Shore.
Elf is an 1888 sloop that has its home berth at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Gabriel is a 1961 sloop at dock at the Cutts & Case Boatyard in Oxford. The two were among some 500 entries in the international event, created by a New England organization dedicated to keeping maritime history alive.
The public is invited to visit the website ClassicBoatShow.com and a $5 ticket allows unlimited access to viewing all the entries, “attending” various live presentations featuring vintage photographs and video, and helping select the boats that will receive special honors at the end of the show next week.
Elf is the flagship of the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild (cyrg.org) which was founded in the 1980s to finance the complete overhaul of what had become a Boston-built derelict sitting in a Sassafras River marina. Rick Carrion of Earleville bought the boat in 1971, and for 50 years has been the restoration chief and captain. The pandemic kept Elf from sailing in 2020, but hopes are high to be able to resume the popular Elf Classic Yacht race at CBMM in the fall.
Gabriel came to Oxford by a couple who purchased her 20 years after she was built in Boston in 1961. They completed a full restoration of Gabriel at Cutts & Case, and sold her last year to a Belgian businessman, who put the finishing touches on her while working via the internet. The new owner was unexpectedly offered a new job in Belgium, soon after deciding to keep Gabriel in Oxford. Visit sailgabriel.com to see details and purchase price.