Kayak Rally



One of our community activities and fund raisers  is the annual kayak rally.  Kayaking is a popular sport on the Island and our rally is a way for people to connect through a shared interest while supporting a good cause.  In 2013, the rally was a 2.5 mile paddle from the Tilghman on Chesapeake Yacht Club to the Black Walnut Point Inn for a luncheon.

IMG_0260  The 2014 Kayak Rally is scheduled for Aug, 2014 the exact day should be published sometime in February.  Once again the rally will start at the Tilghman on Chesapeake Yacht Club and proceed 2.5 miles to the Black Walnut Point Inn for a luncheon.  At this point paddlers will have three options, 1)  relax, declare victory and use our improved shuttle service to get back to TOC 2)  Paddle back to TOC  3) Continue on with the challenge and circumnavigate the Island.            In addition to the Rally we are investigating adding a Youth Race prior to the rally.    Looking forward to seeing everyone out on the water.




Rally_NarrowsKayaking for a cause

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 11:53 am |

TILGHMAN ISLAND — Picture-perfect weather Sunday, Aug. 25, made an irresistible backdrop for around 55 kayakers and paddleboarders who hit the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in the name of a good cause — the Tilghman Area Youth Association (TAYA).

Always on the lookout for venues and activities that will draw community members together, Ginny Cornwell, president of TAYA, said she is continually moved by the generosity of the people who make the fundraisers possible, and the numbers of volunteers, residents and visitors who come out and make it all worthwhile.

TAYA is a nonprofit organization that provides support to area youth through after-school activities meant to connect children with school and community adults who can serve as constructive role models. It offers a week-long summer camp for kindergarten through sixth- graders and asks seventh- through 12th-graders to act as camp counselors or assistants.

For kids above elementary age, TAYA uses partnerships with community members and businesses to give youths and their families a haven from what it said are the challenges and pressures of outside influences like drugs and other risky behaviors.

With field trips beyond the borders of the island, to Towson University and Washington, D.C., family dinners and fishing tournaments, families can get away for a spell. TAYA also offers tutoring for students of all ages and produces the yearbook for Tilghman Island Elementary.

“TAYA became a nonprofit almost three years ago to include more than just our after-school program which was established 11 years ago,” said Cornwell. “TAYA’s mission is to connect our youth to self, family and community.”

Cornwell said Debra Brookhouser, who organized the kayak trip, is TAYA’s lead tutor and has recruited five community members to assist her with after-school tutoring.

“During the past year there were 12 students who received a total of 136 hours of math and science tutoring,” said Cornwell. “Debra is an engineer and has taught math and science in a high school for a number of years. She and her husband Lynn planned the kayak event and saw to every minute detail from recruiting volunteers, registrations to cleanup at the end of the rally.”

Starting from the residential community and marina, Tilghman on Chesapeake, Sunday’s event was a “kayak rally,” a leisurely bird and nature watching, 2 1/2 – mile trip to Black Walnut Point, where TAYA volunteers set up a healthy picnic lunch on the low cliffs overlooking the Bay at Black Walnut Point Inn, which sponsored the event along with Tilghman Island Marina.

For the kayakers who weren’t ready to call it a day, the cruise continued from there to circumnavigate the entire island, pass through “the Narrows” and under Tilghman Island bridge and home again to the marina.

Kayakers were provided with pre-made, waterproof packets of island maps, sunscreen lip balm, bug repellent, and a plethora of coupons donated from local businesses, like Justine’s Ice Cream Parlor and Joe’s Bagels, as

well as event contributions made by Bay Hundred Restaurant, Graul’s, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Tilghman Island Country Store, and Lady Patty Sailing Charters. Tilghman Island Marina donated the kayaks.

Kayak guide Darren Crozier, from just outside Philadelphia, said he and his wife have been coming to Tilghman Island for years and find the Chesapeake setting abundant in wildlife and natural beauty, a source of rich history and limitless outdoor activities.

The event raised $1,100 for TAYA, which will be going to fund its tutoring program and support the arts at Tilghman Elementary School in the coming school year, said Cornwell.

“It is just so wonderful to have the support from the community that we do,” Cornwell said.

DESIGN_FINAL_SIZE_K  Circumnavigating Tilghman Island is a 8.5 mile paddle, an accomplishment and a rite of passage.  The route goes along the Choptank shore with lovely views of  nature habitats,  through “The Narrows”  and then under the Tilghman Island Bridge.  To acknowledge and honor this accomplishment all of our paddlers who circumnavigated the Island during the 2013 Kayak Rally received commemorative stickers.


The commemorative sticker was chosen through a design contest for this event.  From the 6 entries, the winning design award was given to  Lynn Brookhouser.  Congratulations to Lynn and thanks to our judges Jill Johnston, Leigh Ann Schaefer and Tyler Craig.