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9/22/18: Ida May wins 2018 Choptank Heritage Race in Cambridge MD for 2nd year in a row!!!

The skipjack, Ida May, won the 2018 Choptank Heritage Race for the second year in a row.  Thanks again to Capt. Shawn Ridgley and his able first mate and brother, Wes Ridgley!  Congratulations also to owners Elbert and Gordon Gladden.

We wondered how we would fare in today's race with much heavier winds than there were in Deal Island a couple of weeks ago.  The experts said that the Ida May was just a small wind boat, but we proved them wrong after today's…

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Added by ida may on September 22, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

9/3/18: Ida May wins Deal Island Skipjack Race for the 2nd Year in a Row!!!

The skipjack, Ida May, won the 59th Annual Deal Island Skipjack Race.  This is the second year in a row for the Ida May to be the champion.  Congratulations to Capt. Shawn Ridgley and his able first mate, Mike Oh!!!  Congratulations as well to owners Elbert and Gordon Gladden.

There was very little wind for the race.  The Tangier Sound was glassy and the skipjacks' sails were slack, fluttery.  The Ida May's yawl boat was having engine problems, so we decided to let someone tow…

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Added by ida may on September 3, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

9/24/17: Ida May wins the 2017 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race

The Ida May has pulled off the double crown of Skipjack racing by winning the 2017 Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race today, having already won the Labor Day race off Deal Island.  Wow! We are ecstatic and so proud of the Captain, Shawn Ridgley, and his first mate, Michael Oh.  The race was tight from the start with boats jockeying for prime position.  We were sandwiched between the Rosie Parks on our starboard and the Lady Katie on our port.  These boats were so close to us that I could've…

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Added by ida may on September 23, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

9/4/17: Ida May Wins 2017 Deal Island Labor Day Skipjack Race

The Ida May came in first place in the 2017 Deal Island Labor Day Skipjack Race!!!!

Thanks to Capt. Shawn Ridgley for sailing a great race!!! Amazing!!! What a great day.  Elbert and Gordon Gladden are very proud.  

We blew away the competition, stealing the other boats' wind and passing the fleet on the way to the first buoy.  We then kept our lead the entire race and put much distance in between us and our nearest competitor.  It was a perfect day to sail,…

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Added by ida may on September 4, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

9/24/16: Choptank Heritage Race 2016

Whew!  We had lots of wind and two reef points in our sails for the Choptank Heritage Race 2016 in Cambridge MD.  It was a day for the big boats and the Rosie Parks won by a long margin.  The Ida May was in the middle of the pack.  We finished the race with a 6th place finish.  Great job, Shawn Ridgely!!!

Added by ida may on September 24, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

9/5/2016: Ida May wins Third Place in the 2016 Deal Island Skipjack Race

http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2016/09/05/murphy-skipjack-race-2016/89883448/

Congratulations to new captain, Sean Ridgely, who did an admirable job at the helm of the Ida May.  It was a great race and a perfect day.  The Hurricane blew by and left us with brisk but manageable winds.

Added by ida may on September 5, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Rumors of a Dozen Skipjacks Racing in 2014

I have heard that as many as twelve boats might participate in the annual skipjack races this year.  The list includes: Hilda M. Willing, Helen Virginia, Rosie Parks, H. M. KrentzIda MayLady HelenLady KatieNathan of Dorchester,Rebecca T. Ruark, Dee of St. Marys, and Thomas Clyde.  Wish the Kathryn could be there too!

Added by ida may on August 24, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

9/2/13: Ida May First Place at Deal Island Skipjack Races

The Ida May won First Prize at the Deal Island Skipjack Races 2013!!!  Quite a turn of events for the Ida May, considering last week we weren't sure if we were even going to be in the race at all.  We discovered that our mast was rotten.  We were stunned because it was only two years old, but we had beetles bore into the mast and when we took the mast out of the boat it broke apart in three pieces.  Luckily, we borrowed a mast from Stoney Whitelock's Helen Virginia, who is at Scott's Cove…

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Added by ida may on September 2, 2013 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

9/24/11: Ida May wins Second Place at Cambridge Skipjack Races

The Ida May won second place at the Cambridge Skipjack Races on 9/24/11 in a photo finish.  Captain John Price and the Ida May beat out Lawrence Murphy and the Thomas Clyde by a nose.  It was an exciting finish for the race and it was the culmination of six year's hard work.  The race day gave us light breezes, which favors our light and small boat.  The larger boats with more sail are faster than us, but in a light breeze, we have an advantage.   Many thanks to Capt. Harold Whitelock of the…

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Added by ida may on September 24, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

8/18/11: The Mast is Set in the Ida May

We set the mast in the Skipjack Ida May today. Many thanks to Harold Whitelock and his expertise with the heavy machinery.  We are that much closer to having sails on the boat and racing her on Labor Day!

Added by ida may on August 18, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

8/6/11: Mast and Boom Delivery

We delivered the mast and boom down to Scott's Cove in Chance MD and the next step will be to set the mast.  First, though, we will need to work on the mast, get the rigging done, and make the bottom of the pole fancy.  We are inching our way to completion!!!

Added by ida may on August 6, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

7/31/11: Daily Times Article about the Ida May

http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20110731/LIFESTYLE/107310314/Ida-May-returns-former-glory?odyssey=nav|head

 

 

Thank you Brice Stump for writing another great article about the Ida May in the Daily Times!!!

Added by ida may on July 31, 2011 at 9:26am — No Comments

7/30/11: the Launching of the Ida May

We launched the Ida May at Scott's Cove in Chance Maryland today!!!  She is now docked and awaiting the mast and boom.  We are beyond excited.  This was the culmination of 6 long hard years of labor.

Added by ida may on July 30, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

5/28/11: Log Rail

Frank Antes and Gordon, Elbert, and David Gladden worked on the starboard side log rail of the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, Ida May today.   We feared that bending the salt treated lumber so far would crack the wood in half, and that's just what happened:  the board busted, exploded really.   We lagged and clamped the board to try to bend it, but a whole morning's work went up with a bang. 

Added by ida may on May 28, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

4/30/11: Outer Stem

Frank Antes, Tom Evans, and David, Gordon, and Elbert Gladden work on the outer stem of the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, Ida May. We get a visit from Reverend Z, the former preacher of the Rock Creek Methodist Church. Watch as we also work on the bowsprit support, get the drill stuck in the wood, and have to use the vise grips to get the bit out. Gordon gets the nickname "Straight Gladden" for his prowess with the drill, but David grabs the moniker "Strong Gladden" for being able to pull the stuck… Continue

Added by ida may on April 30, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Link to Maryland Public Television's Documentary: The Skipjacks

Here's the link to MPT's Special:  The Skipjacks, A Look At the Chesapeake Skipjack's Legacy

 

http://video.mpt.tv/video/1503838859/

 

Captains Art Daniels and Harold "Stony" Whitelock are featured among others.  The Ida May even makes a brief cameo, sitting dry dock at Scott's Cove.

 

 

Added by ida may on April 14, 2011 at 8:20pm — No Comments

4/2/11: Mast Step and Knees

Tom Evans, Alain Pratte, Gordon, David, and Elbert Gladden work on the mast step and the mast knees.

Added by ida may on April 2, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

3/12/11: Inner Stem

Frank Antes, Tom Evans, Cody Donalds, and Elbert, Gordon, and David Gladden work on the inner stem of the skipjack Ida May.  The stem fits great, or as Tom said, "She fits like a glove."  Gordon gives Elbert a socket wrench that doesn't work very well and Elbert tells Frank to throw it in the river.  This was a big job and we are happy to be over this hump.

Added by ida may on March 12, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

3/5/11: Pulling Nails

Gordon, David, and Elbert Gladden and Cody Daniels pull large, rusty boat nails out of oak wood of the Ida May's deck. Pulling old nails out of oak wood is not an easy task. The oak grabs the nails and holds them fast. After we finish tearing off the deck, we will replace it with deck boards and then marine plywood.

Added by ida may on March 5, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

1/17/11: Delivering the Cabin

Frank Antes, Tom Evans, Eldon Willing, and Gordon and David Gladden deliver the skipjack Ida May's cabin to Scott's Cove in Chance MD from Frank's wood shop in Tyaskin, MD.  We built the cabin in the wood shop during the cold winter and now deliver it home to Chance.  After we install the deck on the Ida May this spring, we will put the cabin on the boat.  But that's a long way off!!!

Added by ida may on January 17, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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