Windjammers in Camden and human-powered craft in Rockland highlight recreational boating activities in September.

As the summer winds to a close, the season for lobstermen to meet with regulators resumes.

People-powered boat race returns to Rockland

ROCKLAND — The 2011 Short Ships Rowing Regatta will be held in Rockland on Saturday, Sept. 10. This 36-year-old three-mile race, hosted by The Apprenticeshop, a traditional wooden boat building school, is open to all rowing and paddling craft, including pulling boats, dories, gigs, kayaks, canoes, Whitehalls, fixed seat, sliding seat, single rower, and multiple-oared craft. New this year is a paddleboard division including stand-up paddleboards or traditional lay-down prone style boards.

Short Ships, sponsored this year by the Green Thumb nursery in Rockport, features a three-mile inner harbor race course. Racers start at The Apprenticeshop pier at 643 Main St., row out to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, continue along the inside of the breakwater, and return to The Apprenticeshop. First place finishers in each class receive a trophy and bragging rights.

The full schedule and registration forms are available at The Apprenticeshop office and can be downloaded from or by calling 594-1800. Registration fee is $10 (per participant) in advance, $15 day of race. For planning purposes, all interested participants are asked to give advance notice of intention to enter no later than Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Day of race registration will take place from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. at The Apprenticeshop. The race will start at 9:30 a.m. Healthful, post-race snacks will be available.

For more information contact race organizers K.C. Heyniger at or Don Seales at

Lobster council meetings begin

HALLOWELL — The Zone D Lobster Council meeting that was scheduled for Sept. 15 has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 19 at the Rockland Ferry Terminal, beginning at 6 p.m.

The next Zone C Lobster Zone Council meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School at 6 p.m. Video conferencing for the Zone C meeting will be available at three island locations:

  • North Haven Community School
  • Vinalhaven School
  • Isle au Haut Rural School

Other Zone Council meetings have been scheduled as follows:

  • Sept. 14 — Zone B, Mount Desert Island High School Library
  • Sept. 15 — Zone F, Yarmouth High School
  • Sept. 20 — Zone A, Washington Academy, East Machias
  • Sept. 21 — Zone G, York Village Fire House
  • Sept. 22 — Zone E, Lincoln County Communications Center, Wiscasset

All meetings begin at 6 p.m. For more information call Sarah Cotnoir at the Department of Marine Resources at 624-6596.

Change of command aboard Maine Maritime Academy ship

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy Vice President for Enrollment Management Jeff Loustaunau announced that Capt. Leslie B. Eadie III of Brewer has been selected as the permanent master of the training ship State of Maine. Eadie most recently served as interim master of the vessel during the college’s annual training cruise to domestic and foreign ports of call. He assumed command of the vessel earlier this week.

In his new position, Eadie will oversee all operations of the vessel, represent the college to the U.S. Maritime Administration for ongoing ship maintenance, and command the vessel while in port and during training cruises. He will also serve as an active faculty member in the college’s William F. Thompson School of Marine Transportation.

According to the website, “Scuttlebutt is an early 19th century nautical term for an open cask of water kept on deck for use by the crew. The term comes from scuttle — to cut a hole in — and butt — a large cask. Sailors would gather about the cask and trade stories and gossip, much like modern office workers do at the water cooler or coffee pot. By the turn of the 20th century, American sailors began using the term scuttlebutt to refer to these sea stories and gossip. Eventually the term became associated with any gossip or rumor.”

Send scuttlebutt to Herald Gazette reporter Shlomit Auciello at or call 207-236-8511.