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Good weather shines on Windjammer festival

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 30, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Team Watermelon celebrates its victory over Ahah in the Build-a-Boat Race Aug. 31 at Camden Windjammer Festival. Six crafts of varying intricacies and ages raced around Camden Harbor for the coveted award. Emerson Brott and Gabe Ruesswick were the winning crew.

Camden — Camden celebrated its maritime heritage and living traditions at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival Aug. 29-31.

The schooners maneuvered into the harbor to start off the festivities on Aug. 29. Following dinner on board the fleets, a talent show by schooner crews was enjoyed in Harbor Park prior to the annual fireworks.

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On Aug. 30, the National Crate Race was held. Thirty-two participants braved the chilly waters to cross 27 tightly-knit crates. Emerson Brott emerged the winner this year, crossing 288 crates to beat out defending champion Lauren Rothwell, who missed by two. A tie for third place was between Jonah Lovejoy — last year's runner up — and Luke Drinkwater, each with 270 crates. The event was sponsored by Camden National Bank.

The build-a-boat construction also began on Saturday, with six competitors of all ages putting their hopeful winning maritime structure together. They tested their finished product Aug. 31 with a race around Camden Harbor.

All entrants finished the race with Team Watermelon taking first place. Ahah came in second, followed by Bail Outs in third. It took a while, but The Green Torpedo, Sea Turtle, and Piece of Cake all eventually made it back to the dock.

Man's best friend was featured in the Sea Dog Show, sponsored by P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Harbor Park Aug. 31. Contestants were judged on their speed and agility around the obstacle course.

And of course, what maritime event would not be complete with the Pirates of the Dark Rose ascending on land to demonstrate their weaponry and cannons.

Other events included the West Bay Rotary Chowder Challenge, tours of the windjammers, demonstrations of old engines by Sail, Power & Steam Museum of Rockland, and numerous musical numbers throughout town.

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

Emerson Brott sprints to victory at the Camden Windjammer Festival National Crate Race Aug. 30. He crossed 288 crates, beating out last year's victor Lauren Rothwell who attained 286. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The youngest competitor in the Camden Windjammer Festival National Crate Race Aug. 30 was 4-year-old Finley Roper. Here his foot gets caught between two of the 27 traps. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Last year's National Crate Race winner Lauren Rothwell races her way into second place at the Camden Windjammer Festival Aug. 30. Rothwell crossed 286 crates. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Winners of the National Crate Race at Camden Windjammer Festival Aug. 30 pose on their podiums. From left, tied for third at 270 crates each are Jonah Lovejoy and Luke Drinkwater, winner with 288 crates Emerson Brott, and third place finisher with 286 crates Lauren Roth. Behind them are volunteers from Camden National Bank, who sponsored the event. Also shown at right are Camden Harbormaster Steve Pixley and fellow emcee Seth Silverton. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Alex Cohen, Camden Hills High School lacrosse coach, takes a stab at racing across lobster crates at the Camden Windjammer Festival National Crate Race Aug. 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Hodding Carter assists son Angus Carter and Ryan O'Farrell construct their build-a-boat  Aug. 30 for the race Aug. 31. Their Green Torpedo finished third. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Pirates of the Dark Rose strategize following a brawl at Camden Windjammer Festival Aug. 31. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Daisy May makes her way through one of the obstacles during the Sea Dog Show at Camden Windjammer Festival Aug. 31. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The three finalists steer their radio-controlled boats around a buoy during a race to the finish line at Camden Windjammer Festival Aug. 31. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Bridgette Qualey chats with a couple of interested onlookers as she kneads oatmeal raisin bread dough at Camden Windjammer Festival Aug. 31. Qualey was demonstrating how meals are cooked on schooners with a wood-burning stove. James Breda, 6, and his brother Jacob, 5, of Hope enjoy the lesson. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Pirates of the Dark Rose fire back as a pirate ship enters Camden Harbor Aug. 31. Shortly after, a battle ensued until both sides agreed to call a truce. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A battle of pirates broke out at Camden Windjammer Festival Aug. 31. At right, Storm of the Pirates of the Dark Rose defends herself. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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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 Thomaston 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 running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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