Chesapeake Bay Skipjack
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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,…Continue
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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!!!
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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.
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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. Krentz, Ida May, Lady Helen, Lady Katie, Nathan of Dorchester,Rebecca T. Ruark, Dee of St. Marys, and Thomas Clyde. Wish the Kathryn could be there too!
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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Thank you Brice Stump for writing another great article about the Ida May in the Daily Times!!!
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Here's the link to MPT's Special: The Skipjacks, A Look At the Chesapeake Skipjack's Legacy
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.
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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.
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