Stephen Frederick

CAMDEN — Come watch junior sailors compete on 420s in the fourth annual Camden Classics Cup Youth Regatta Friday, July 30. The youth regatta is organized for sailors aged 12 to 18. Forty-eight racers aboard 24, 420 sailing dinghies participated in 2019.

There is no charge to participate in the regatta.

This regatta is organized by Thomas and Kathryn Turansky of Jeff’s Marine in Thomaston. Camden National Bank, Doyle Sails and Lyman-Morse are sponsors. French & Brawn provides lunch for the youth racers. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine is the awards’ sponsor.

“We’re very pleased to be a returning sponsor for the Camden Classics Cup, supporting the Youth Regatta this year,” said Greg Dufour, the president and CEO of Camden National Bank. “This is such a wonderful community gathering for families from near and far, and we look forward to the festivities.”

Youth racers will attend the Camden Classics Cup Skippers Meeting the morning of July 30, before their own Youth Regatta Skippers Meeting. They will race 420 dinghies in spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes in Camden Harbor, just west of the Camden Classics Cup race course.

Post-race recap will be conducted by Chris Howes of Doyle Sails.

Including a youth sailing event with the Camden Classics Cup is a way to introduce young sailors to skippers meetings and ratings discussions they normally wouldn’t experience.

Participating sailing programs included Camden Area Youth Sailing Program; The Rockport Boat Club; The Apprenticeshop, Rockland; Harraseeket Yacht Club; Tarratine Yacht Club; Big Tree Boating of Islesboro; North Haven Casino YC; Castine Yacht Club; George Stevens Academy.

The Camden Classics Cup Youth Regatta is all a part of the fifth edition of the Camden Classics Cup, July 29 to July 31. More than 90 boats have registered making this the largest fleet since the regatta began in 2016. It was not held in 2020.

For a complete schedule and more information, go to camdenclassicscup.com.

Stephen Frederick