ROCKPORT — The Seafaring Series of talks sponsored by the Friends of Rockport Public Library will feature five speakers, all with stimulating material to share with the local Maine boating and outdoor enthusiast communities. The sessions will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 13 through Nov. 10, at the Rockport Opera House. The schedule is:
• Oct. 13, “Maine Islands in Time” with Island Institute president Philip Conkling. The book recently was republished in an expanded edition which he will highlight in his talk. He will illustrate his talk with photos from the book
• Oct. 20, “What’s In Your First Aid Kit,” with Galen Todd. His talk, while directed primarily at cruising sailors, will be relevant to participants in outdoor sports, including hikers, skiers, bikers, etc. Todd, a lifelong cruising sailor, is an Camden on-call firefighter, a member of the Ragged Mountain and national ski patrols, and past president of Hurricane Island Outward Bound.
• Oct. 27, “A Day in the Life of the Rockport Harbormaster” with Abbie Leonard. Leonard has been Rockport harbor master since 2008 and has experienced a number of emergencies and unusual problems since taking the job.
• Nov. 7, “Weather for Mariners” with Ken McKinley, owner and operater of Locus Weather based in Camden for more than 20 years. He will explain weather forecasting and describe how to decipher and understand the squiggly lines and obtuse terms in marine forecasts. His meteorological consulting work involves providing custom weather forecast services to ocean voyaging yachts worldwide, both racers and cruisers.
• Nov. 10, “Gunkholing in Penobscot Bay and Beyond with Gizmo” with Ben Ellison. Local boating icon, owner and editor of the PANBO marine electronics weblog, and electronics editor for Yachting and Cruising World magazines, Ellison will present selections from his Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors column on his favorite secret harbors in or near Penobscot Bay.
Those who attend all five talks will be eligible to win a a signed copy of Conkling’s “Islands in Time.” A drawing will be held at the Nov. 10 event. The program is free and open to the all, but donations are accepted. The series was arranged by Tom Babbitt, a racing-cruising sailor and yacht broker at East Coast Yacht Sales in Camden.