Exciting things are coming to Penobscot Bay this summer, and over the next few weeks I’ll be dedicating columns to boats and boaters.
First up, Shane Flynn, owner of Wayfarer Marine, and Cabot Lyman, owner of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, have teamed up and are adding a new regatta for sail and power to the August schedule. The Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, Aug. 18-21, promises to be the regatta of the season. The expected fleet of at least 100 yachts will gather in Rockland Harbor for Thursday night and will move to Camden Harbor for the next two nights. Local windjammers also are expected to participate. The Maine Windjammer Association’s fleet of 13 is celebrating 75 years of offering the “windjamming” experience to paying guests.
On Thursday, Lyman-Morse will open its doors to participants for behind-the-scenes tours of Lyman-Morse’s boatbuilding facility in Thomaston. That night, the Lyman family will host the fleet at a dinner at the yard (Cabot’s son Drew runs the service business). Fireworks over the St. George River will cap off the night.
Ted Smith, the regatta’s primary race officer, and Marc Lorraine, Camden Yacht Club’s fleet captain, will officiate the weekend on the water activities. Three days’ worth of fun and scenic courses and exciting and competitive racing will be offered. There will be a class and level of intensity to fit every sailor. Local one-design classes are encouraged to sign up; a six-boat fleet will qualify for its own start.
On Friday, the power and motor yachts will take off on a Photo Pursuit. This is not a race; rather, each powerboat will be given a list of well-known Penobscot Bay landmarks or features to photograph. The event will combine the navigation skills and creativity of the power fleet. Awards for the top three shots of each destination will be presented at Sunday’s Awards Ceremony.
Sailboat racing will be on a variety of windward-leeward and-or “around the buoys” courses set in Western Penobscot Bay. The fleet of power and sail will end up in beautiful Camden Harbor at the end of the day. The Camden Yacht Club, the regatta’s sponsoring yacht club, will host cocktails Friday night.
Wayfarer Marine will host Saturday and Sunday’s events in Camden.
Saturday’s on-the-water events will include dramatic racing off Camden Harbor. The power fleet will continue the Photo Pursuit to North Haven and Rockport. Saturday night’s dinner dance at Wayfarer surely will be a highlight of the weekend. Special recognition will be awarded to those who have distinguished themselves. Fireworks will cap off the night.
On Sunday, after a final day of racing and after the powerboats have completed a Poker Run that will take them to Lincolnville Beach, Islesboro, Camden and other points, the Awards Ceremony at Wayfarer Marine will wrap up the weekend. Everyone is sure to end the weekend with great memories, new experiences and plans to return next year — whether they have come from the next harbor over, from the Caribbean or from other points.
Registration is open now, and the event is limited to 500 people. For more information, visit www.penobscotbayrendezvous.com.
Dan Bookham is the executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Call 236-4404, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.visitcamden.com for more information.