Sock burning activity marks the beginning of bay boating season

Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club members toss their socks into the fire. Photo by Harold Burnley

On March 16, Indian Creek Yacht Club members enjoyed a crisp afternoon, blazing conflagration and hot toddies as they incinerated their socks and winter blahs.

Since the early 1970s a tradition has spread through the Chesapeake Bay Region, reported rear commodore Bob Wayland. Boaters burn their socks as a way of marking the Spring Equinox, the end of winter and the coming boating season.

Boat shoes worn without socks are part of…