Celebrating boating and boatbuilding, the new Penobscot Bay Rendezvous Regatta starting Thursday, Aug. 18 will not only be a premier event for sailors and powerboaters, but is also sure to entertain land-lovers with a variety of land events and picture-perfect spectator views.

Presented by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding and Wayfarer Marine, event organizers are planning for up to 100 sail and powerboats and up to 500 people to attend the event Aug. 18-21. Water and land-based events will span Thomaston, Rockland and Camden.

There will be a special, outdoor screening of “In Our Wake: Maine’s Maritime History” film, music, dances, fireworks, and all the race events for viewing from the shore.

The free film screening of “In Our Wake: Maine’s Maritime Heritage on Film,” invites guests to the Camden Amphitheater at the Camden Public Library to embark on the journey through the last century of Maine’s maritime history. The film is narrated by John K. Hanson, Jr., the publisher of Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors Magazine, and was produced by Northeast Historic Film.

“It will be an amazing weekend as we celebrate 75 years of windjammer history here in the Camden and Midcoast area. Just imagine the paradox of the gleaming regatta fleet passing through the returning windjammer fleet at the mouth of the harbor; it will be simply spectacular,” said Dan Bookham, executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, assisting with the logistics of the weekend. “There will be viewing points all around for spectators and land-based activities to suit all tastes.”

With the geographic layout of the area, event spectators will be able to see all of the action from the land, like from the top of Mt. Battie, which provides a panoramic view of Camden Harbor. Visitors will also be able to catch spectator-assigned yachts to see the races from the water.

Land events schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 18

All day: Fleet arrives in Rockland

9 p.m. Fireworks in Thomaston. Watch from water or Thatcher Street.

 

Friday, Aug. 19

Watch the racing from Rockland’s Breakwater Lighthouse, from Beech Hill in Rockport, or Mt Battie in Camden.

Watch the fleet come in (late afternoon onwards)

Ride out on a schooner or a charter boat to watch the racing up close (day boats leave from Camden, Rockport, and Rockland harbors: ask them if they are offering trips to watch the racing).

8 p.m. Free outdoor movie, Camden Library Amphitheatre,  “In Our Wake”

 

Saturday, Aug. 20

Watch the racing from Mt Battie, or take the ferry out of Lincolnville to Isleboro to watch from there.

Ride out on a schooner or a charter boat to watch the racing up close (day boats leave from Camden, Rockport, and Rockland harbors: ask them if they are offering trips to watch the racing).

 

Sunday, Aug. 21

Watch Olympic Course racing off Camden Harbor

Ride out on a schooner or a charter boat to watch the racing up close (day boats leave from Camden, Rockport, and Rockland harbors: ask them if they are offering trips to watch the racing).

The full schedule of races and water events can be found at: penobscotbayrendezvous.com/Schedule-of-Events

More information on the Regatta can be found at, penobscotbayrendezvous.com or the Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Penobscot-Bay Rendezvous/159454560780146?ref=ts&sk=wall.