Members of the Downeast Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association got together in Camden Harbor last week for a winter row.

The Jan. 16 event marked one of about a half-dozen times the group meets, according to chapter member John Silverio of Lincolnville.

While the boats all had a traditional look, Silverio said it is not a requirement for participants to row or sail in wooden boats.

“Most of the boats are 15- to 20-foot, open sailing and rowing boats,” he said Jan. 20. Boats from as far away as Castine and Falmouth were in Camden for the winter row.

Ten boats participated in the Jan. 16 event that included a row around Curtis Island and a potluck meal at an association member’s home.

Silverio said the group meets all over the state with the largest gathering, The Small Reach Regatta, taking place in the summer. He said as many as 50 boats take part in that event, which has some specific restrictions and requirements. This year the regatta will be at Lamoine State Park from July 28 to Aug. 1, he said.

To learn more about the Traditional Small Craft Association, write to Tom Jackson at or David Wyman at Information is also available at the Web site at Local boaters interested in the organization can learn more by contacting Silverio at