The Apprenticeshop will host the 13th annual Red Jacket Regatta and Maritime Festival at its north end waterfront Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual regatta provides a day of racing in Optimists, 420s, and Lasers. New this year: races for the adult fleet of Lasers as well as shore-side events, demonstrations and food trucks. The Red Jacket Regatta develops regatta experience and racing skills, with a strong focus on sportsmanship and fun. Competitors will meet at 10 a.m., races start at 11 a.m., and awards will be presented at 4 p.m.

The day of sailboat racing and on-shore festivities brings Midcoast sailors and the local community together. This year The Apprenticeshop will be joined by the Hurricane Island Foundation, Herring Gut Learning Center, and the Island Institute, all providing information and demonstrations throughout the day. Refreshments, food and coffee will be available for purchase at the Galley Box food truck.

All are welcome to attend this waterfront festival for both on- and off-the-water events. The boat livery offers traditional wooden boats for experienced rowers and sailors to rent by the hour to get out and enjoy the regatta up close. Some spectator boats will be on hand to get viewers out nearer to the action.

The Red Jacket Regatta celebrates seamanship, sailing and the construction of the Red Jacket clipper ship. The fast and famous 250-foot Red Jacket was built in 1853 at the current location of The Apprenticeshop pier in Lermond Cove. Red Jacket set the trans-Atlantic speed record on its first voyage from New York to Liverpool, making the passage in 13 days, 1 hour, and 25 minutes.

For more information, call 594-1800 or visit apprenticeshop.org.