Skipjack Race & Festival



Sponsored by the Deal Island-Chance Lions Club, this is our main fund raiser for the year. We use the money in our local communities for families in need, scholarships, youth activities, vision research, helping our Deal Island School with art supplies etc. 90% of the money we raise is used in our local community areas.

Thank You For Your Support!!! 

Silver and Gold Sponsors

The Henson Foundation

BB&T Bank


Somerset County Commissioners

PNC Bank

APPI Energy, Kathy Kiernan

PKS & Co., P.A.



First Shore Federal

Ronald & Katherine Haselnus

Bunky Carew

Eddie Heath Crab Pots

Somerset County Arts Council

Scotts Cove Marina

Stoney Whitelock

Katarina Ennerfelt

Clear Channel

The Insurance Market Inc.


Island Seafood

Bailey’s Jewelry

Delmarva Discovery Center

The Correct Way, Ellen H. Yankellow

Salisbury Moose

 List of 2015 Skipjack Captains

UPDATE: July 26,2015  See the Race Live! From the starting gun, through the middle of the course, to the crossing of the finish line – don’t miss seeing one minute of the 56th Annual Skipjack Race this year. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot NOW! Call 410-784-2335 for information and reservations.

UPDATE: July 9,2015 A souvenir book of 144 pages given to all who attend. The book has information about the festival, articles on skipjacks and on the history and watermen’s culture of Deal Island.

There are memorials for families and ads for local businesses and for supporters of the Lions work and the Festival.  The book is distributed to all advertisers and other area businesses.
More information on the book or to purchase an ad contact Fred Peak at 410-784-2799 or by email at

UPDATE: July 9,2015  Festival goers can now book a seat on a boat reserved for passengers the day of the skipjack races.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling:   410-784-2335 prior to the race.  The boat holds 35 passengers and the cost will be $25-$30 per person.

UPDATE: July 9,2015 Invitations are going out to 26 Eastern Shore Skipjacks and their captains for the 56th Annual Skipjack Races to be held on Sept. 7th.  ( The list of names of the boats and captains will be published as soon as they are available).

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