CAMDEN — Having missed last year’s competition, there is pent-up excitement and desire to get out and sail in some of the greatest sailing waters. Ninety boats are slated to compete in the fifth running of the Camden Classics Cup (CCC). It’s the biggest fleet yet.
“We are excited to bring the regatta back to Camden, and judging from the turnout, lots of folks are, too,” said Drew Lyman, president of Lyman-Morse, the organizing force behind the regatta.
Seventy-five boats participated in 2019, 68 in 2018, and 39 boats participated in 2017; theregatta has caught on and built a following.
The fleet will race Friday and Saturday, July 30 and 31. Classic, Vintage and Spirit of Tradition yachts are not only racing for their name to be engraved in the sterling silver Tiffany Champagne Bucket or the Stephens Waring Spirit of Tradition trophy but, the Camden Classics Cup is a part of the newly formed Classic Yacht Challenge Series (CYCS).
For those in the Classic, Vintage and Spirit of Tradition fleets participating in the series, they will pick up 2 of the 3 scored races needed to qualify for the District Championship. This will add to their qualification for the Overall Series Championship, if they race in two more races in either MA or NY/RI/CT districts. Classic yacht racing is officially big time in the state of Maine.
The Camden Classics Cup Youth Regatta, organized by Jeff’s Marine, and sponsored by Camden National Bank and Doyle Sails, will take place on Friday, July 30. The Camden Yacht Club provides the race committee and will run the races. The Youth Regatta participants are coming from as far south as Portland and north to Bucksport and many clubs in between and from the islands.
The youth racers ages 12-18 will participate in a pre-and post-race seminar by Chris Howes and Lindsay Smith. Chris Howes has had racing success in both PHRF and One Design, serving as tactician for a winning Bermuda Race campaign in 2014 and for many PHRF New England Championships. Chris has set the second-fasted corrected time in the history of the Halifax race as well as first-place finishes in every major ocean race on the East Coast and Great Lakes. Lindsay Smith grew up sailing Optimists in Marblehead before moving on to several One Design classes and PHRF programs in Marblehead and Newport like the J70 and VX One. She has been part of teams winning Sonar North Americans, Rhodes 19 Nationals, Town Class Nationals, and PHRF New Englands. Her current racing includes trimming spinnaker on female-crewed Etchells, Fast Mermaid, and acting pit person for Tripp 41, Africa.
A highlight of the weekend is the Parade of Sail, Saturday July 31, at 10 a.m.
The fleet in dress ship will parade through Camden’s Inner Harbor. Harbor Master Steve Pixley, professional sailor Cam Lewis, and Kim Kimball of the Rockport Boat Club will provide commentary on each yacht from the town landing. Bangor Savings Bank is the sponsor of the Parade of Sail.
LifeFlight of Maine is the Camden Classics Cup’s beneficiary; $45,000 has been donated from participants and sponsorships since the first regatta in 2016.
For more information and a complete schedule visit: www.camdenclassicscup.com