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Originally built by the native Powhatan tribes along the Chesapeake Bay, these boats were adopted by early English settlers, who discovered that the sturdy craft could handle the rough waters of the Bay and carry a heavy load. During the summer months many watermen turned their sailing canoes into racing boats. Log canoe racing has become a tradition on the Bay. Larger sails were added to the log canoe to increase speed, but a problem resulted: in a strong wind the boat can tip, so hiking planks were added and crews used their body weight to balance the craft. These races continue today, but fewer people can afford to race the log canoe. Their wooden hull and canvas sails are expensive to keep in working order.
Log Canoe RacingTwo Teams Compete in Log Canoe RacesLog Canoes Racing on the BayWater Marker in Log Canoe RaceLog Canoe RacerGliding across the BayOverturned Log CanoeLog Canoe Racers Share the WaterLog Canoe Racers Aiming for the WinRace Ended for One Team

Categories & Keywords
Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Boats
Subcategory Detail:Sail Yachts
Keywords:Aerial, Aerial Photography, Bay, Boat, Chesapeake, Chesapeake Bay, Log Canoe, Maryland, Photography, Sailing