The 34th Annual Friendship "Chowder Cup" Sailboat Race will take place Saturday, Aug. 3, and all area sailors are invited to participate. Although competitive, this popular event is mainly a "for fun" race intended to provide a good time for everyone involved. There is no fee to enter. Prizes for the winners will be awarded and commemorative T-shirts will be available at a celebratory pot-luck dinner afterwards.

Monohull sailboats of any size and type, except for windsurfers, may enter. The race is run in three classes: Class A includes boats 28 feet and larger overall; Class B boats are more than 18 but less than 28 feet; Class C boats are 18 feet and smaller. The course begins and ends at the entrance to Friendship Harbor on a line running between a Committee Boat anchored off Jameson Point and an orange Race Buoy located several hundred yards further south. Classes A and B start together at 1 p.m.; Class C starts at 1:15 p.m.

The potluck dinner for participants, their families and friends will take place at the Martin Point Community House, Martin Point Road, Friendship, following the race at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come for a fun evening. Those attending should bring a main course, salad, or dessert to share, as well as whatever cold beverages you plan on consuming. Paper plates, eating utensils, ice, and coffee are provided.

There is no entry fee to participate. Those wishing to register or desiring further information should contact Charlie Witherell via email at cbwith3@myfairpoint.net, by calling 832-4823 or mail P.O. Box 315, Waldoboro, ME 04572; or Bill Shaughnessy at william_shaughnessy@comcast.net or 832-6243; no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday preceding the race

Entrant information needed: 1. Skipper's name, address, and local phone number as well as a year-round phone number/email address; 2. Boat name, length, class and sail number or distinctive markings. Class C boats lacking sail numbers should also indicate hull and sail color. Class C boats should check in with the Committee Boat prior to the race and boats of all classes should report to the Committee Boat immediately after crossing the finish line for identification.

Skippers are completely responsible for the seaworthiness, safe handling, and navigation of their boats and are encouraged to conduct a pre-race examination of the course. In the event of inclement weather, phone Charles Witherell for re-scheduling information.