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Registration opens for Camden Classics Cup

Jul 02, 2019

Camden — With three weeks to go before the starting guns are fired, the fourth annual Camden Classics Cup is already bigger than previous years, with 74 boats registered as of Monday, July 1.

Yachts are coming in from the Caribbean, Long Island Sound and New England. The 400-plus guests who will be in Camden will enjoy a schedule of events on land and sea. Sixty-eight boats participated last year, and 39 boats participated in 2017. Registration is open.

This year the committee has amplified the offerings to the public. Here is an outline of events:

Friday, July 26

11a .m. to 3 p.m. -- Third Annual Camden Classics Cup Youth Regatta - 420 racing in the Outer Harbor.

Noon to 4 p.m. -- Camden Classics Cup Racing; drive or hike to the top of Mt. Battie for viewing.

3 to 7 p.m. Come chill at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer. Music by DJ Rusty Barnard.

Saturday, July 27

9 a.m. -- All Comers Row and Paddle Races, Camden Harbor (8:30 registration at the Camden Public Landing). Bring your own craft. See Harbormaster Steve Pixley for details.

10 a.m. -- Parade of Sail. Spectacular presentation of the more than 70 boats entered in the Camden Classics Cup. Watch from Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer or anywhere along the harbor. Steve Pixley will be commentating from the Public Landing.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- The Camden Classics Cup welcomes back the Mid Maine Sports Car Club with a display of their classic European sports cars, from Jaguars to Bugattis to MGs to Porsches and more. Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer.

Noon to 4 p.m. -- Camden Classics Cup racing; drive or hike to the top of Mt. Battie for viewing.

2:30 to 5:30 p.m. -- Come chill at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer. Music by DJ D-Vice.

8:45 p.m. -- Fireworks over Curtis Island presented by Camden National Bank. Great viewing from anywhere in Camden Harbor. Drew Lyman will present the Tiffany silver champagne bucket to the Overall Winner as the fireworks go off.

The Camden Classics Cup is followed by Camden Classics Week, featuring a variety of maritime-related events and destination racing to Castine, Brooklin and the outer islands, plus youth sailing and events. It all sets up a week of racing, cruising and camaraderie.

The town of Camden and its businesses embrace the maritime theme with art displays, a classic car expo, lectures, music and film, plenty of youth events and fun for all ages. The Camden Herald is a sponsor of this event.

The Camden Classics Cup is a Sailors for the Sea Silver Level regatta. To complement the Green purpose, the regatta has organized two special speakers:

Sunday, July 28

3:30 p.m. -- Steve Brown, S/V Novara Award-Winning adventure sailor. "Plastics in our Ocean: Discoveries & Solutions," talk and discussion, Camden Public Library

Thursday, Aug. 1

4 p.m. -- Dr. Jennifer Seavey: "What Seabirds Tell Us About the Health of the Gulf of Maine,” Camden Public Library.

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