Annually, Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins in November, when a number of boats, transformed through the creative minds of many Frederick friends, set sail on the Creek. Our fleet has grown from one boat the first year to 22 sailing boats and 3 land-locked boats in the 2021-22 season. The boats are anchored in Carroll Creek, between Market Street and Carrol Street.

The fleet includes gaff-rigged ketches, yawls, three-masted schooners, and pirate ships, moored with their sail outlines, rigging and decks lit up from dusk till dawn. If you can’t imagine it make sure to come by and take a look at the amazing flotilla!

It’s not just fun, it’s for a purpose.  In addition to voting for our favorites ($1 per vote), many organizations are raising awareness and money for amazing causes.  Take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video about the USS Andrew Lee.  All proceeds raised flow to Color On The Creek and other each boat’s participating Frederick County based charity. The event runs from launch week in November through the 1st Saturday in February’s traditional theme ‘Fire & Ice’.

Enjoy these photos of the 2021-22 fleet.

Photos courtesy of Nic Smith Photography