ROCKLAND, Maine — The Apprenticeshop opens its doors and shores and invites the public for an evening of free sailing and rowing on Rockland Harbor at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. Visitors will have the opportunity to try a variety of boats, including Ruth, (in photo) an Apprenticeshop-built 26-foot Crotch Island Pinky Ketch, a 26-foot Colgate keelboat, a 17-foot Cape Cod Knockabout, and a 23-foot Sonar sloop rig.
Rockland Community Sailing’s fleet of Optimist prams and Collegiate 420 sailing dinghies will be available for youths to try. Between boat rides, a campfire on the beach and toasting marshmallows for s’mores round out the family program. No prior experience is required, life jackets will be available and visitors will be matched with experienced yachtsmen. Those interested should come dressed for weather.
The event is part of the monthly series, Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop. The Apprenticeshop is a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship, located on a 2.5 acre campus on Rockland Harbor at 643 Main Street. It offers programs on all aspects of wooden boatbuilding and sailing for all levels of experience. There are still spaces available in our summer youth and adult sailing sessions. For more information call 594-1800 or visit www.apprenticeshop.org.