TAYLORS ISLAND — Black smoke and white water came to Slaughter Creek Marina on Sunday as hundreds gathered to watch watermen in a boat docking competition.
All proceeds from the 10th annual event on Aug. 29 went to the Taylors Island Volunteer Fire Company.
The contest involves boat captains pulling out from one dock slip, turning around in the marina, backing into another slip and throwing lines with hoops onto pilings. The boat with the fastest time in each category wins.
Derrick Hoy in Crusher won the small boats category, Will Watkins in No Smoke won the medium boats division, and John Ashton in Miss Julie won the large boats category.
Sydney Hughes in the Makenzie Anne won the youth category.
Derrick Hoy and his crew on Crusher won the team competition, and Will Watkins in No Smoke won the “Boats under 40’” shootout, while John Ashton in Miss Julie took the “Boats over 40’” shootout.
“We were very blessed with a fantastic group of dockers, beautiful weather and a great crowd,” said TIVFC President and event co-chair Patty Tieder.
Tieder said donations are still coming in and are a key part of the volunteer company’s effort to purchase a new fire engine.
“It went wonderfully. We earned a lot of money toward our engine,” said event co-chair Anna Grossnickle (“Although it was a little hot,” she added).
Grossnickle estimated the crowd was over 1,200.
“It was our biggest crowd we’ve ever had,” she said.
Mike Detmer is a staff writer for the Dorchester Star and Star Democrat based in Maryland. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.