PORTLAND, Maine — Men, women and children will go down to the sea in ships to raise funds to support the National MS Society during the MS Harborfest on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19, on the Portland waterfront.
Some of the weekend’s activities include:
• Benefit auction, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Portland Yacht Services, 58 Fore St. Hundreds of items will be up for bid, including art, jewelry, trips, nautical items, spa services, sports tickets, cruises and one-of-a-kind events and services. Tickets at $20, or $150 for a table of 10. To donate an item for the auction, to purchase tickets, to volunteer or for information, call Sue Tidd at 781-7960 or email Sue.Tidd@nmss.org.
• The Regatta Parade of Sail, 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. It will start in the vicinity of Mackworth Island off Falmouth and sail among nearby islands. Boats will be skippered and crewed by families, new sailors, old sailors, old salts and anyone who wants to spend a day on the water to support the effort to find a cure for MS. For information, to volunteer or to participate as a sailor, call Jody Cody, fleet coordinator at 781-5242 or 781-4547, or email email@example.com.
• The Power Boat Run with registration 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, under the tent at DiMillo’s Marina. Boats will rendezvous at Fort Gorges at 10:15 a.m. The Boat Parade and Power Run will start at 10:30 a.m. After that, the boats speed off to six marinas to pick up a trivia card to complete which will test knowledge of the Portland waterfront, boating safety and multiple sclerosis. Boaters return to DiMillo’s Marina at noon for a barbecue. Registration fee for the event is $100 per boat with all proceeds benefiting the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society. Nonboaters may also attend the barbecue and admission fee is $100.
• Shoreside Festival and 5K Run for those who prefer to stay alongshore, 9 a.m., with registration for the run at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Fort Allen Park, Eastern Promenade. The festival will offer children’s activities and vendors. The Lobster Boat Race and the Tugboat Muster will be broadcast from the gazebo in the park and on VHF radio Channel 10.
• The Lobster Boat Race will take to the water at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, on the waterfront at Portland Yacht Services. Registration and a skipper breakfast will take place 8-10 a.m. Registration fee is $20. One boat to look out for is Alfred Osgood’s Starlight Express powered by a 900-hp engine with four turbos, and Galen Alley’s Foolish Pleasure gunned by an alcohol-fueled Chevrolet engine.
• The Tugboat Muster will begin at noon Sunday, Aug. 19, when the tugs leave the Portland Ocean Terminal at the Maine State Pier. Tugboats from around Maine will parade along the waterfront before engaging in races in the outer harbor, and in a pushing competition between tugs.
For information, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.