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The Helm newsletter
Download the Spring/Summer 2017 issue.
Important! Special Addendum to the President's Message.

The 2017 Elf Classic Yacht Race
Saturday, May 13, 2017, Annapolis to St. Michaels
Entropic takes 1st place in the Cruising Class & Exotic Material takes 1st place in the Dayboat Class of the Elf Classic Yacht Race. Congratulations to all the captains and crews! Check here for awards, order of finish, and photos.

The 2016 Elf Classic Yacht Race
Saturday, May 14, 2016, Annapolis to St. Michaels – Congratulations to Richard Rosenthal and the crew of Someday, first in the Cruising Class, and to Barney Harris on Exotic Material, first in the Dayboat Class. Check here for awards, order of finish, and photos.

The 2015 Elf Classic Yacht Race
Saturday, May 16, 2015, Annapolis to St. Michaels – Someday takes 1st place in the 5th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race. Congratulations to Captain Richard Rosenthal and crew! Check here for awards, order of finish, and photos.

The 2014 Elf Classic Yacht Race
Saturday, May 17, 2014, Annapolis to St. Michaels – Congratulations to Henry Colie and crew of Silent Maid, First in the Cruising Class, and to Sean Walker and crew aboard the sandbagger Bear, First in the Dayboat class. Check here for awards, order of finish, and photos.

Elf's 125th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 22, 2014 –The CYRG celebrated the 125th Anniversary of Elf with an Oyster Feast at the Rock Hall Yacht Club. To honor the occasion, Delegate Jay Jacobs presented a citation from Maryland’s House of Delegates to CYRG founder and ELF Captain, Rick Carrion.

The 3rd Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race
May 18, 2013, Annapolis to St. Michaels – 13 classic yachts joined the fleet for a fine sail from the Eastport Yacht Club to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The race was a fundraser for the CYRG and the CBMM, Elf's homeport. Click here for prizes and placement results.

Baltimore Star-Spangled Sailabration
June. 13-19, 2012 – Elf participates in the 200-year commemoration of the War of 1812.

Click here to read Rich Savini's article on this event.

NSHOF Classic Wooden Boat Regatta & Race
Sept. 18,2011 – Elf takes second place win.

Click here to read Dan's McGrath's article on this year's event.

32nd Squan Tri Sail July 30-31, 2011 – Elf participated in a weekend of racing offshore of New Jersey's Manasquan Inlet. Elf placed third in the Sunday morning race and placed fourth for the Classic Division.

Click here to read Dan's McGrath's article on the Squan Tri Sail series of races.

The CYRG Sponsors the Inaugural Elf Classic Yacht Race
May 21,2011, Annapolis to St. Michaels – CYRG's first Elf Classic Yacht Race brought together 15 yachts for a race from the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The race was a fundraiser for the CBMM, Elf's homeport. Click here for prizes and placement results.

Elf Featured by Nautica
Fall, 2010 – Nautica chose Elf and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as a backdrop for their 2011 spring/summer clothing collection.
Click here to play the ad.

Elf a Winner at 2010 AYC's "Keels and Wheels"
September 18,2010, Annapolis, MD – Elf was a winner at the Annual AYC Keels & Wheels event taking: Best in Show. Ladies Choice, Commodore's Choice.

Elf Returns to New England
June/July 2009 – Elf returned to New England as a featured display at the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic Seaport. Read about her adventures in The Helm and read Carol Niemand's anchorage-by-anchorage impressions here.

Elf Featured by Interlux
February 9, 2009 – Elf has been featured in an Interlux article that can be found on

Elf Considered for Restoration Award
January, 2009 – Elf has been shortlisted for the Classic Boat Restoration of the Year Award by Classic Boat magazine. Take a look at all the nominees by clicking here.

New to the Site!
October 22, 2008 – Take a look at "The Woods of Elf" just added to the Yacht Elf page. It is a complete breakdown of all the woods used in Elf's restoration.

Elf has Ring Side Seats for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
October 16,2008, Baltimore, MD – Elf enjoyed the role of "Visiting Racing Cutter" for the opening festivities of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Moored at the Crescent Marina, Elf welcomed visitors from the schooner fleet and was able to show her capabilities at the Parade of Sail through Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Elf departed with the racing fleet and took position several miles down bay from the start. The bay was a truly amazing sight as over fifty registered schooners crossed the start and headed toward Portsmouth, VA. Visitors on the Elf had the immense pleasure of watching Virginia, the 2007 race winner, power by under a full press of sail a stone's throw away.

Elf a Winner at 2008 AYC's "Keels and Wheels"
September 20,2008, Annapolis, MD – Elf joined over fifty cars and boats in the Annapolis Yacht Club's "Keels and Wheels" event, capturing two awards in the process. The event brings together classic and performance cars and boats to benefit the AYC Junior Sailing Program.

Elf was awarded the "Best Restored Boat" and the "Boat I Most Want in My Slip" awards.

Elf has also been nominated for the best-in-world boat restoration by Classic Boat Magazine, published in the UK.

Elf  Restoration Updates

August, 2008: Elf returns to Independence Seaport Museum for rigging of topmast
July, 2008: Chesapeake St. Michael's and Annapolis
June, 2008: Elf is rigged at Independence Seaport Museum, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia PA
April 18, 2008: Elf splashed briefly
April 14, 2008: Elf transported from Pond Neck Road to Rock Hall, MD at 12:30 PM
March 2008: Pre-launch finalization
June 2007: Bulwark installation, rudder fabrication and installation, pre-launch details
May 2007: Companionway hatch, skylight and forward hatch installed, bulwark fitting
April 2007: Companionway hatch, skylight and forward hatch fabricated, hull fairing
March 6, 2007: Decking completed
Early January 2007: Decking installation
Week of 11 Dec 2006: Decking installation underway
November 2006: Freeboard fairing and priming, chain plates installed
Sept-Oct 2006: Topsides faired, engine systems finalized, deck planks fabricated
Aug-Sept 2006: Bowsprit and spars completed
Week of 10 July 2006: Cockpit outfitted in angelique wood; Douglas fir purchased for decking
Week of 26 June 2006: Shipment of lead keel; bronze casting patterns finalized; electrical
Week of 19 June 2006: Companionway, hatch, and step finalization; skylight hatch underway
Week of 12 June 2006: Bulwarks and deck structural supports; tiller and figurehead finishing
Week of 22 May 2006: Steel keel shipped to Rhode Island for casting of lead replacement
Week of 01 May 2006: Steel keel removed (see photo gallery)

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Recent Media Coverage of Classic Yacht Restoration Guild

Historical Coverage of Yacht Elf

  • Traditions and Memories of American Yachting, William P. Stephens, Wooden Boat Publications, reprinted 1981
  • Charting My Life, Henry Howard 1949
  • THE CRUISE OF THE YACHT ELF, Manuscript dated 1899, from August 16th to September 10th – Contains black and white snapshots and 24 pages of 8 x 10 typescript. Details the story of three young men who charter a 34' yacht at Lawley's yard in South Boston and with the help of a professional crewman, sail her down east, taking pictures as they go. Written in a lively jocular tone, verbiage divided between descriptions of vessel and port and the constant preoccupation of young men – girls and food, or in their words, "henning," "searching for soft meat" etc. Internal evidence suggests the journal was kept by "Blob" – R. P. Blake of Boston. Interesting critique at the end – of the boat, the "man" and the company. About 40 photos pasted in, most of coastal scenes. 3 pages of lithographs showing 12 coastal lighthouses after views by Stebbins are laid in at back. A very interesting account of the recreational life of men with names like Tudor, Rantoul and Weld.

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