Sailors interested in the challenge and excitement of ocean voyages can pick up tips from cruising experts during a forum on Saturday, October 11th at the O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel. Coffee and donuts begin at 8AM, and from 9AM-11AM a panel of experts will discuss the preparation required for ocean sailing—from selecting equipment to sailing with children, offshore communications and sail plans. The forum will also emphasize requirements for participating in the Caribbean 1500, the longest-running ocean-crossing rally in North America. Every fall, the Carib1500 fleet sails from Portsmouth, Virginia, at the mouth the Chesapeake Bay to Nanny Cay on Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Forum speakers include world circumnavigators Bill and Rosemary Thomas and circumnavigator and long-time Carib1500 sailor Rick Palm. The cost of the forum is $20, which includes a free ticket to the U.S. Sailboat Show ($18 value) held that same weekend at Annapolis’ City Dock. Early registration is highly recommended. Call (757) 788-8872.

Sultana Downrigging Weekend
October 31st to November 2nd marks the annual Sultana Downrigging Weekend—one of the largest tall ship and wooden boat festivals on the East Coast. Originally established to mark the end of the schooner Sultana’s sailing season, downrigging weekend in Chestertown, Maryland, has become a celebration of maritime culture, wooden boats and everything unique to the Chesapeake Bay. Sultana is a reproduction of a Boston-built merchant vessel that sailed for four years as the smallest schooner ever in the British Royal Navy. The schooner serves as the flagship for the Sultana Education Foundation. Cruisers will find a robust waterfront scene with wooden ships and boats; musical performances; lectures by nationally recognized authors and filmmakers; opportunities to sail with the fleet of tall ships; and the sights and sounds of one of America’s best-preserved historic seaports.