Comparing a 1989 offshore cruise to the Caribbean with a similar cruise this past winter, Camden Yacht Club members Tom and Jane Babbitt will discuss strategies, boats, costs, and technology then and now at the Camden Yacht Club on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.

Fellow CYC members Galen and Sue Todd, crew for the offshore passage, will be present to add their perspective. The talk will be accompanied by photographs taken on both trips.

The Babbitts have led sailing-centric lives since childhood. Jane was brought up cruising Lake Ontario and Maine starting at age 5. Tom started on a lake in Wisconsin at age 12 on a $35 sloop. They met through sailing friends and their honeymoon was spent sailing with Jane’s parents from Florida to Hopetown, in the Bahamas. That voyage introduced Tom to the wonders of the cruising life. Their children, Mary and Laura, also grew up sailing. They were introduced as infants and seasoned with an 8,000-mile family adventure from Maine to Grenada and back, with 3,000 of those miles offshore. Over the years Jane and Tom have been members, officers, or directors of many yacht clubs, class associations, rallies, and rendezvous. Together they have cruised more than 50,000 miles and owned a dozen performance cruising boats ranging from 22- to 46-feet, all but the first named Bravo. They presently cruise a J/46 nearly full time.

This is the seventh in a series of eight Wednesday Sunset Seminar talks at the Camden Yacht Club.

The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program. For more information, please contact the CYC office at 236-7033 or visit