ROCKLAND — The Apprenticeshop will open its doors and shores 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, to invite the public for an evening of free sailing and rowing on Rockland Harbor. Visitors will have the opportunity to try a variety of boats, including the Apprenticeshop-built Crotch Island pinky Ruth, and the Wianno Junior Oh Mona, as well as a Cape Cod Knockabout, several wooden rowboats and modern sailing keelboats. Rockland Community Sailing’s fleet of Optimist prams and Collegiate 420 sailing dinghies will be available for youth to try.
A tour of all three floors of the boatbuilding shop will round out the offerings. Between boat rides, a campfire on the beach and toasting marshmallows for s’mores will add to the fun-for-the-whole-family atmopspher.
No prior experience is required to take part in the event. Life jackets will be available and visitors will be matched with experienced yachtsmen. Those interested should come dressed for the weather.
The event is part of the monthly series, Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop. The Apprenticeshop, a school for traditional boat building and seamanship, is located at 643 Main St., and offers courses for both adults and children in boat building and sailing. For information, visit http://www.apprenticeshop.org/.