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Sail Nauticus to Celebrate Spring with a Sock Burning Party!

Norfolk, VA – Sail Nauticus, Norfolk’s community sailing center on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, will hold its Third Annual “Sock Burning” celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. New members will receive a Start Sailing Now kit, including Sail Nauticus dry bag, Gill sailing gloves, and a booklet containing info on how to get started sailing.

The ritual of burning one’s winter socks began in Annapolis, Maryland in the seventies, and has been maintained as a tradition among sailors ever since. The event will feature music, The Peninsula food truck, a Mariner’s Olympics and children’s activities, including “build your own boat.” Participants should bring a new pair of socks to donate to ForKids and an old pair of socks to burn.

Admission to the Third Annual Sockburning is $5. Children 12 and under are free. No advance reservations are required. Register online at For more information, please call (757) 823-4242.

All proceeds from purchases go to the Nauticus Foundation, which helps fund many of our education and restoration projects.
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