UPDATE: This event has been canceled.

Mark your calendars for Deale Dinghy Day, August 28 on Rockhold Creek in Deale, MD!

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HHSA Dingy race in Dunn Cove, May 2021. Photo by Jayne Durden

What is a dinghy? It’s a small boat used for recreation or racing; it can be open with a mast and sail, or a small inflatable rubber boat. Dinghy is a noun, and the plural is dinghies. The word comes from India and the Hindi term dingi. In English the “gh” serves to indicate a hard “g.”

What is Deale? It is a wonderful place on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay with marvelous marinas, restaurants, and shops—a first class place for boaters.  

On Saturday, August 28, the Herrington Harbour Sailing Association and the businesses, restaurants, and marinas in the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the first Deale Dinghy Day. And everyone is invited: drive, walk, ride, kayak, paddleboard, small boat, and of course dinghy.

This fun event will include a treasure hunt with prizes, an afternoon concert from a barge anchored over the shoal at the mouth of Rockhold Creek, restaurant-sponsored specials, Deale Area Historical Society open house, a parade of decorated boats with a prize for the best Maryland theme, and many more activities.

Lounge in the sun on your dinghy and enjoy the music from The Irish Pub Song Club (TIPSC), join the treasure hunt sponsored by Deale local businesses and restaurants, decorate your dinghy with a Maryland theme and enter the dinghy parade, or just visit and enjoy Deale, MD. There will be something for almost every boater and visitor. Get delighted on Deale Dinghy Day! Follow the planning for this fun event on Facebook at “DealeDinghyDay.”

By Larry Brown