##Dark and Stormies, a reggae band, and the beautiful Baltimore skyline made for a great Portside Party!
Bringing Tall Ships to Charm City Since 1975
he non-profit organization Sail Baltimore held its 12th annual Portside Party on May 28. Guests enjoyed live music from Unity Reggae Band, delicious food from Mother’s Federal Hill Grille and Kooper’s Tavern, and a bevy of libations, including beer from Heavy Seas and Gosling’s Dark and Stormies. But the main event was the silent auction. Some of the items up for grabs were Orioles box seat tickets, a downtown getaway for two, and even a tug boat ride donated by McAllister Towing. This year’s auction brought in $7000, with the top-selling item being a fishing trip for six, donated by Captain Tilghman Hemsley on Breezin’ Thru out of Kent Island. The mostbid-on item was the Sail Baltimore Experience which included an invitation for four people to attend a reception onboard a visiting tall ship or military vessel during the 2015 or 2016 season. Thanks to donations from generous sponsors and from events such as the Portside Party, Sail Baltimore is able to continue to bring visiting ships to the city. Each year, they bring about two dozen ships, 100,000 visitors, and five million dollars in economic impact to the Baltimore region. The organization also directs a program for kids called “Learn the Ropes,” where youth from the community are offered free, hands-on educational tours onboard the visiting ships. And recently, Sail Baltimore released the schedule for the list of ships coming to Baltimore this year. L ’Hermione, the 216foot French frigate kicked off the summer season June 19-21, followed by three ships in August: the 418-foot cutter USCGC James (Aug. 18-21), the 442-foot Liberty ship SS John W. Brown (Aug. 28-31), and the 295-foot tall ship USCGC Eagle (Aug. 28-31). September 10-14, the Kalmar Nyckel, a 141-foot tall ship, will be visiting from Delaware, and in November, a 322-foot Norwegian tall ship, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl will come to town. Also be sure to mark your calendars for October 11-18 for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, which will sail from Baltimore to Portsmouth, VA. For more information on Sail Baltimore and the visiting ships schedule, check out sailbaltimore.org. ~K. J. 22 July 2015 spinsheet.com