Wye Island Electric Boat Marathon 2010

Calling all enthusiasts!

If you have an electric boat, or can make one that can go 4 mph or more over 24 miles of Chesapeake Bay, come on down to the Tenth Annual Wye Island Marathon and try it out on a great course. Here is the information on the upcoming marathon:

Event: Wye Island Electric Boat Marathon
Date: Friday, October 1st, 2010, Start: About 10AM.
Place: Miles River Yacht Club, St. Michaels, MD

The Wye Island Marathon is an electric boat race held every year during the annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This is a 23.82-mile marathon race with a mandatory ten-minute rest stop halfway through the course. The race course consists of approximately eight miles of open water with the balance in the relatively sheltered water. The Marathon will be held rain or shine unless small-craft warnings are posted.

Electric marathon boat racing is a safe, inexpensive and fun way to drive technological advances in electric vehicle and EV materials design.

In order to go the entire 24 miles, the boats, by necessity, must go fairly slowly, making this one of the safest forms of high-tech racing around. However, the course does cross some open stretches of water where wind and waves can be considerable challenges, along with the occasional over-powered boater who may not be paying attention. Wearing your life vests at all times and carrying friendship lamps and a waterproof marine radio is advised. Cell phone service is fairly good all along the course in event of a breakdown.

Many entrants use production boats or other nautical EVs they already have. There is no need to spend huge amounts of money to be competitive in the Wye Island Marathon. We are trying to advance practical, every day electric vehicle technology so the drilling machine equipment is not expensive specialized racing gear.

And what better way to spend a day. Anyone interested in socializing with other very smart people and inventors who develop electric boats is encouraged to attend. It’s great fun for everyone, and everyone who competes is a winner.

Participants should gather at the Miles River Yacht Club (24750 Yacht Club Rd, St. Michaels, MD 21663) after 8 AM when the club opens. Yacht Club Road is on the Right after you go through the town of St. Michaels. Look for a small sign that says “MRYC”. There is a good boat ramp at the club and plenty of parking for cars and trailers. Or you may want to put in at the public ramp at the end of Chew Street on Harbor Road in St. Michaels (no launch fee or county sticker required), but parking is tight there for trailers.

After the Marathon, you may tie up at the Yacht Club, but avoid the area of the boat lift. Shore power is available for recharging – bring your shore charging plug adapter and extension cords. There will be a dinner for all participants, friends, and guests at the Club beginning at 6:30 PM. Dinner payment is Dutch.

Lodging is available in St. Michaels at the Best Western Inn (410-745-3333) and in Easton (several less expensive motels along US 50 “Ocean Gateway”).

On Saturday and Sunday, all electric boats are encouraged to attend the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival. We will have an area specifically for electric boats. Contact us for your admission passes and festival program. There is always a lot of interest in the boats and propulsion systems.

If you can participate, please let us know by writing an email to the site administrator, Jim Campbell, at [email protected] Hope to see you at the Marathon!