What makes a beautiful boat?

Jul 17, 2017
Bob Stephens

Camden — After the Camden Classics Cup regatta, it’s on to Classics Week in Camden. The harbor will remain filled with all sorts of boats in preparation for the Penobscot Bay region’s WoodenBoat series, hosted in part by the Camden Yacht Club.

The Camden Classics Cup organizers have arranged for the classic theme to continue throughout the town. One highlight is Bob Stephens’s talk on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.

Stephens has been creating beautiful boats for more than 30 years, both as a builder and a designer. His designs are synonymous with the "Spirit of Tradition" genre, combining traditional lines and old-school craftsmanship with modern high-performance design and materials. He is a principal at Stephens Waring Yacht Design in Belfast.

Stephens talk will help inform why boating has seen such intense interest in the Classic and Spirit of Tradition genres and the rise of such gorgeous spectacles as the Camden Classic Cup and Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, which bookend Classic Week. He’ll use plentiful photographs from today’s premier maritime photographers, including Camden’s own Alison Langley, to illustrate the subtle cues and details that make a boat a classic — whether 100 years old, or brand new.

The event is free and open to public so join him. For more information: librarycamden.org/event/.

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