Sail Nauticus Celebrates Spring with a Sock Burning

Sail Nauticus, Norfolk’s community sailing center on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, will hold its second annual “Sock Burning” celebration from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. The ritual of burning one’s winter socks began in Annapolis in the seventies and has been maintained as a tradition among sailors ever since.

The event will feature music, food trucks, a Mariner’s Olympics and a Mini America’s Cup, remote control sailboats and children’s activities. New members receive $50 off the member initiation fee.

Please bring a new pair of socks to donate to Union Mission and an old pair of socks to burn. Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are free. No advance reservations are required.

Schedule of Events:
12 p.m. – Open with R/C Sailboats, Food, Beverages, Children’s Activities, and music by Bob Zentz

12:45 p.m. – Sock Burning Ceremony- “Ode to the Sock Burners” and a remembrance of the last clipper ships by Joe Filipowski

1:30 p.m. – Activities continue, and the rigging and derigging event of the Mariner’s Olympics is held

2:15 p.m. – Mariner’s Olympics R/C sailboat relay race

3 p.m. – Mariner’s Olympics line tie and toss

3:45 p.m. – Award to the winning Olympic team: serenade to the tune Sloop John B.