CAMDEN — Having missed last year’s competition there is clearly some pent-up excitement and desire to get out and sail in some of the greatest sailing waters. Ninety boats are slated to compete in the fifth running of the Camden Classics Cup. It’s the biggest fleet yet. “We are excited to bring the regatta back to Camden, and judging from the turnout, lots of folks are, too,” said Drew Lyman, president of Lyman-Morse, the organizing force behind the regatta. Seventy-five boats participated in 2019, 68 in 2018, and 39 boats participated in 2017.

Silent Maid was the winner of the 2019 Camden Classics Cup. Alison Langley

The fleet will race Friday and Saturday, July 30 and 31st. Classic, Vintage and Spirit of Tradition yachts are not only racing for their name to be engraved in the perpetual sterling silver Tiffany Champagne Bucket or the Stephens Waring Spirit of Tradition trophy but, the Camden Classics Cup is a part of the newly formed Classic Yacht Challenge Series. For those participating in the Classic, Vintage and Spirit of Tradition fleets series, they will pick up two of the three scored races needed to qualify for the District Championship. This will add to their qualification for the Overall Series Championship, if they race in two more races in either Massachusetts or New York/Rhode Island/Connecticut districts.

Pictured are Mermaids on Parade at the Camden Classics Cup. Alison Langley

The Camden Classics Cup Youth Regatta, organized by Jeff’s Marine, and sponsored by Camden National Bank and Doyle Sails, will take place Friday, July 30. The Camden Yacht Club provides the race committee and will run the races. The Youth Regatta participants are coming from as far south as Portland and north to Bucksport and many clubs in between and from the islands.

The youth racers ages 12 to 18 will participate in a pre-and post-race seminar by Chris Howes and Lindsay Smith. Chris Howes has had racing success in both Performance Handicap Racing Fleet and One Design, serving as tactician for a winning Bermuda Race campaign in 2014 and for many PHRF New England Championships. Howes has set the second-fasted corrected time in the history of the Halifax race as well as first-place finishes in every major ocean race on the East Coast and Great Lakes. Smith grew up sailing Optimists in Marblehead before moving on to several One Design classes and PHRF programs in Marblehead and Newport, like the J70 and VX One. She has been part of teams winning Sonar North Americans, Rhodes 19 Nationals, Town Class Nationals, and PHRF New Englands. Her current racing includes trimming spinnaker on female crewed Etchells, Fast Mermaid, and acting pit person for Tripp 41, Africa.

Camden Harbor is ready for the Camden Classics Cup. Alison Langley

A highlight of the weekend is the Parade of Sail, Saturday, July 31st at 10 a.m. The fleet in dress ship will parade through Camden’s Inner Harbor. Harbormaster, Steve Pixley, professional sailor, Cam Lewis, and Kim Kimball, of the Rockport Boat Club, will provide commentary on each yacht from the town landing.

LifeFlight of Maine is the Camden Classics Cup’s beneficiary. $45,000 has been donated from participants and sponsorships since the first regatta in 2016.