The Apprenticeshop will open its doors and shores to invite the public for an evening of free sailing and rowing on Rockland Harbor on Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to try a variety of boats, including the Apprenticeshop-built 26-foot Crotch Island pinky Ruth, the 16-foot Wianno Junior Oh Mona, a 17-foot Cape Cod knockabout, several wooden rowboats and modern sailing keelboats. Rockland Community Sailing’s fleet of Optimist prams and Collegiate 420 sailing dinghies will be available for youths to try.

A tour of all three floors of the boatbuilding shop will round out the offerings. Between boat rides, a campfire on the beach and toasting marshmallows for s’mores will add to the family programming.

No prior experience is required; life jackets will be available and visitors will be matched with experienced yachtsmen. Those interested should come dressed for the weather.

The event is part of the monthly series Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop. The Apprenticeshop, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship, is located at 643 Main St. in Rockland. It offers a variety of courses for both adults and children in boatbuilding and sailing. For more information, visit the website at