CAMDEN – After a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Camden Yacht Club resumes its free Sunset Seminar lecture series July 7 with Historic One-Design Class Boats of Penobscot Bay, presented by Alec Brainerd.
Co-founder of Rockport’s Artisan Boatworks, Brainerd will discuss Penobscot Bay’s historic one-design class boats at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at Camden Yacht Club and streaming online.
Brainerd’s presentation will include photographs of the various classic yachts, historic one-design, and daysailers that Artisan Boatworks has built and restored over the past 20 years. Included will be the Camden Class Knockabout of 1915 and the Haj Class that raced at CYC from 1933 through the 1980s. The photographs are the work of photographers Allison Langley, Benjamin Mendlowitz and Billy Black.
Brainerd grew up in Brooksville, sailing small boats across Penobscot Bay before GPS and cellphones. His sailing experiences include crewing on the 137-foot schooner Roseway in Camden and the USVI, countless deliveries and crewing aboard the 94-foot ketch Sumrun and winning the Atlantic Challenge Cup from New York to Falmouth, England. Before founding Artisan Boatworks with his wife Erin, he worked at Rockport Marine and with Rockport windjammer operator Nigel Bower to build the 53-foot John Alden Schooner Heron.
Brainerd will speak to the relevance of wood as construction material in 21st century boats. He will answer audience questions concerning the care and feeding of wooden boats.
The 2021 Sunset Seminar Series runs from July 7 to August 25 on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about other lectures in the series, visit Camden Yacht Club’s website at camdenyachtclub.org. Donations at the door or at the CYC website will be accepted for the nonprofit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program, a program hosted by Camden Yacht Club that serves area youth regardless of their ability to pay. Anyone who would like to live stream the event can obtain connection details by contacting cyc@camdenyachtclub.org
Camden Yacht Club is located at 68 Bay View St. in Camden.