CAMDEN — Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association President Capt. David Gelinas will explain how pilots guide large vessels through the bay, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6.

This free public presentation, part of the Camden Yacht Club’s Sunset Seminars series, will also describe the workings of Maine’s State Pilotage System and tell how recreational boaters can interact safely with piloted vessels. In addition, Gelinas will share personal stories from his longtime experience as a pilot and welcome questions from the audience.

Gelinas graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1984 and set to sea as a deck officer on a RO-RO container ship for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and an anchor-handling tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico. He worked on many other vessels including crude oil and product tankers on the East and West coasts of the U.S. Gelinas came ashore in 1992 as a full-time Penobscot Bay and River pilot after training for many years during his time off from shipping. His training mentors included Captains Gil Hall of Camden and Bill Abbott of Belfast. He serves on the Maine Pilotage Commission, the Maine & New Hampshire Port Safety Forum, and the Maine Department of Transportation’s Offshore Wind Port Advisory Group.

Complete details about this season’s Sunset Seminars are available at

The Yacht Club, located at 68 Bay View St., hosts the nonprofit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program, which serves area youth regardless of their ability to pay. Donations for CAYSP scholarships will be accepted at the seminar or on the CYC website. Email for more information.