MEMORIAL RUN: The Canoe Cruisers Association honors the memory of late club stalwart John Seabury Thomson on Wednesday with an evening paddling trip for CCA members from Old Anglers Inn to Lock 10. Call John Stapko, 301-953-1949. For CCA membership information call Lee Tucker, 703-573-0531.
LOW WATER: Potomac Pedalers has a 26-mile bike ride Saturday along the C&O Canal from White's Ferry to Point of Rocks and back, with an optional river crossing by foot on the way at White's Ford, three miles upstream from the ferry (the water is only knee deep). Bring lunch. The ride starts at 10:30 a.m., and the public is welcome, no charge. Call 703-317-1827.
URSA MAJOR: The Raptor Society of Washington will hear a talk on black bears inside and outside suburbia at its regular meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in Green Spring Gardens Park, 4601 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. The speaker is Steve Bittner, bear specialist for Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. The public is welcome, call 703-642-5174.
GOBBLE: Virginia turkey hunters checked in 12,674 gobblers during the spring season, a 6 percent increase over 1998 and the third-highest total in the past five years. The record was set in 1997 when 13,359 bearded birds were bagged.
SAILING, SAILING: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels offers a three-day basic sailing class for adults next weekend. The course covers terminology, rigging, knots, safety and rules of the road aboard a 30-foot sloop. The Friday evening class is followed by two days on the water; cost is $175. Call 410-745-2916.
On the racing front, Dear Friend, a 50-foot sloop owned by Annapolis businessman Bill Kardash, won its second straight major ocean race, taking overall honors in the recent Marblehead-Halifax Race. Kardash, who won last month's Annapolis-Newport Race, made it to Halifax in 70 hours 20 minutes to win on corrected time. Line honors for first boat to finish went to Chessie Racing, a Santa Cruz 70 chartered by fellow Marylander Peter Gordon. Conditions went from light winds early to a 35-knot squall that dismasted one boat and led to 13 withdrawals in the 111-boat fleet, Kardash said.
And finally, more than 150 boats are expected to make Friday's start of the 26th Governors Cup Race from Annapolis to St. Mary's City, with a day-long party to follow at St. Mary's College. The public is invited to the party from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $30, call 301-862-0382.
VROOM: Sixty superpowered speed boats conclude the 14th annual Chesapeake Challenge races in Baltimore Harbor today. Pits are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Baltimore Marine Center on Canton Street, and races start at 1 p.m. off Fort McHenry.
BASSMASTER: Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening was named man of the year by the Maryland Bass Federation for his efforts to protect Chapman's Landing and Deep Creek Lake.
TRAILBLAZERS: The Sierra Club has a nine-mile hike up an unscouted section of the Tuscarora Trail scheduled for Saturday, with an impressive 4,500 feet of elevation change. Hikers meet at 7:30 a.m.; leader is Robert Lovisa, 301-593-5360.