Camden Classics opens classic yacht season on Penobscot Bay

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 4:45pm

The Camden Classics Cup, scheduled for July 28-30, will open the classic yacht racing season in Maine and serve as the opening event for Camden Classics Week. The race weekend is positioned the weekend before the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, Maine's largest classic yacht race, and presented by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in conjunction with the Camden Yacht Club.

CCC promises to draw the classic fleet to the waters of Penobscot Bay, and into Camden Harbor. The following week the CCC committee and the Town of Camden have worked to put together a weeklong festival of all things maritime for the inaugural Camden Classics Week, which runs through August 5.

Public events include harborside viewing the Maine Martine Museum Parade of Sail, Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. The CCC fleet in dress ship mode will parade through Camden Harbor. Harbor Master Steve Pixley will provide commentary. Post parade the fleet will head directly to the start line for an afternoon of racing on the bay. Registration is open and NOR and SI are posted to

Post-race celebrations begin  Friday night with a dock party at the Rhumb Line at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer. Festivities continue Saturday night with a dance party at the Camden Yacht Club with music by the Motor Booty Affair and food provided by French & Brawn. An awards ceremony will wrap up the event Saturday night. A limited number of tickets ($60 per person) are available for the public; call LM at Wayfarer Marine to purchase tickets. Proceeds from the entire weekend will be given to LifeFlight of Maine.

Weekend highlight include:

Sunday, July 31: The Mid-Maine Sports Car Club will display an array of  vintage British and European Sports and Touring Cars that are 25 years old and older at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer. MGs, Alfas, Porsches, Bugattis, and more: all kept in superb condition and great running order.

Wednesday, August 3: A talk given by Gary Jobson at Camden Yacht Club. World-class sailor, television commentator, and author, Jobson will talk about the upcoming Olympics; America's Cup past, present, and future; and the quest for sailing speed records. The talk runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m., is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be  accepted to benefit the non-profit CAYSP.

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