54th annual sloop homecoming sails through Rockland

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 19, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Members of the Friendship Sloop Society parade in Rockland Harbor near the breakwater July 19. This week's events were the 54th annual homecoming of the sloops.

Rockland — The Friendship Sloop Society held its 54th annual homecoming events beginning July 12.

The sloops started with a race in Southwest Harbor then held a rendezvous in Pulpit Harbor before cruising into Rockland Harbor July 16.

Races were held daily July 17-19 off the Rockland Breakwater, and a parade was held July 19.

The sloops will depart Rockland for their respective homeports Sunday, July 20.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Four of the Friendship sloops participating in the 54th annual homecoming parade along the breakwater in Rockland July 19. More than 15 sloops took part in the week long event, which started in Southwest Harbor July 12 and culminates July 20 as they return to their respective homeports. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The light breeze in Rockland Harbor made sail-powered travel a bit difficult during the 54th annual homecoming of the Friendship Sloop Society. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
This couple took advantage of a photo op with the Friendship sloops in the background at the breakwater July 19. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A little engine power was necessary due to the light breeze July 19 in Rockland Harbor. The 54th annual Friendship Sloop Society homecoming was on parade for onlookers. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The breeze was more appropriate July 18 for this sloop to take a cruise around Rockland Harbor under sail power. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Parading around Rockland Harbor July 19 this sloop used both sail and engine power. The light breeze proved insufficient for the traditional sailing. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jul 21, 2014 08:51

Great pictures Beth!

Mickey McKeever


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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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