Camden Classics Cup scheduled for July 28-30 will open the classic yacht racing season in Maine and serve as the opening event for Camden Classics Week.

The race weekend is positioned the weekend before the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, Maine’s largest classic yacht race, and presented by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in conjunction with the Camden Yacht Club. CCC promises to draw the classic fleet to the waters of Penobscot Bay, and into Camden Harbor. The following week the CCC committee and the Town of Camden have worked to put together a weeklong festival of all things maritime for the inaugural Camden Classics Week, which runs through Aug. 5.

Public events include harborside viewing of the Maine Martine Museum Parade of Sail, Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. The CCC fleet in dress ship mode will parade through Camden Harbor. It will be quite a sight. Commentary by Harbormaster Steve Pixley promises to be informative and entertaining. Post parade the fleet will head directly to the start line for an afternoon of racing on the bay. Registration is open and NOR and SI are posted to the website

Two days of CRF, Spirit of Tradition and PHRF racing will be followed appropriately with post-race celebrations. The fun begins on Friday night with a dock party at the Rhumb Line, the new restaurant at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer. Festivities continue Saturday night with a dance party at the Camden Yacht Club. Party-goers will get down and funky to The Motor Booty Affair while enjoying big time gourmet grazing by French & Brawn.  An awards ceremony will wrap up the event Saturday night. A limited number of tickets ($60 per person) are available for the public, call LM at Wayfarer Marine to purchase tickets. Proceeds from the entire weekend will be given to LifeFlight of Maine.

Following the race weekend, the town of Camden and its businesses will pick up on the maritime theme with events, art displays, Classic Car expo and more.

Highlights include:

Sunday, July 31 — The Mid-Maine Sports Car Club will display an array of beautiful vintage British and European Sports and Touring Cars that are 25 years old and older at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer. MGs, Alfas, Porsches, Bugattis, and more: all kept in superb condition and great running order.

Wednesday, Aug. 3 — A talk given by Gary Jobson at Camden Yacht Club. World-class sailor, TV commentator, and author, Jobson will talk about the upcoming Olympics; America's Cup past, present, and future; and the quest for sailing speed records. The talk runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and they are free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit CAYSP.

Generous support is greatly appreciated from these businesses and organizations: Stephens Waring Yacht Design; Lyman-Morse; Classic Yacht Owners Association; Points East; Wooden Boat; Chelsea Clock; Camden National Bank; The Camden Herald; Swans Island Company; Camden Yacht Club; Epifanes; James L. Gribbel and Stephen Roop, at Morgan-Stanley; Shipyard Brewing Co.; Maine Today; Allen Insurance and Financial; Thompson Bowie, LLP; and Ocean Navigator.

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