Event part of second Camden Classics Cup

Maine Maritime Museum Parade of Sail July 29

Jul 17, 2017

The Maine Maritime Museum Parade of Sail will be held Saturday, July 29, at 10 a.m. in Camden Harbor; one of many events planned as part of the second-annual Camden Classics Cup.

The fleet of participants — which includes all Camden Classics Cup race boats, committee boats and elegant support boats — will parade through Camden Harbor along the waterfront in full dress ship.

The Maine Maritime Museum Parade of Sail is free to view, and the public is encouraged to watch from the town landing, Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer docks, or anywhere along the inner harbor. Steve Pixley and Erin Ovale will provide commentary about each yacht — the broadcast can be heard from the town landing.

Now in its second year, the Camden Classics Cup opens the classic yacht racing season in Maine and serves as the introduction to Camden Classics Week. The event format includes two days of CRF, Spirit of Tradition and PHRF racing followed with post-race celebrations.

The Parade of Sail is a perfect complement to Maine Maritime Museum’s 2017 programming, which includes the brand new immersive exhibit “Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience,” as well as the ongoing restoration of the 1906 schooner Mary E, the oldest Maine-built wooden fishing vessel still sailing. On Aug. 24, the museum will be recognizing the Maine boatbuilding community with the 2017 Mariners Award, an award presented annually to an individual or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to Maine’s maritime heritage.

“The museum is pleased to be the sponsor the 2017 Parade of Sail through Camden Harbor. This event in many ways captures the essence of the museum’s mission, which is to preserve and bring to life Maine’s rich maritime history,” said Amy Lent, executive director of Maine Maritime Museum.

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