Sport: Old Home Week

The annual Miles River Regatta, held off St. Michaels, a crabbing port on Maryland's Eastern Shore, is as plain as an old scow. Yachtsmen have been known to row up to the dock in their underwear, wander into the best pub in town wearing pajama pants and a battered silk hat. Ashore, some 5,000 folks loll around in shirt sleeves, suck Popsicles, guzzle beer, chase small fry who get lost in the crowd.

Anyone can enter a boat in the Miles races. Last week, for its 79 events, there were 1,500 entries: ranging from sleek...

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