The inaugural Maine Small Craft Celebration will be a two-day event held on the shores of the Fore River in Portland. Occurring during the autumnal equinox, the MSCC will provide participants an opportunity to celebrate the end of New England’s boating season as we start dreaming and planning for next year’s boat, upgrade, or adventure.
Exhibitors will have small boats (sail, oar, and power) on display in both water and on land. Demonstrations, workshops, and lectures will be given throughout the event focusing on building, maintaining, and safely operating small boats.
The most unique feature will be on the water where visitors can “Try it—Like it.” Designers and builders will be there to discuss and demonstrate the features of their boats. Visitors will be able to take them for a test “drive” after learning the particulars about that craft.
There will also be boat races, easily viewed from shore, demonstrations on rigging and rowing techniques, and boat tours of Portland harbor. Back on land there will be a large exhibitor’s area.
A juried boat contest, a nautical flea market, and a children’s marine craft area are being organized. There will be plenty of music, local food, and craft beer available throughout the weekend.
Businesses and organizations that would like to participate in this celebration should contact info@SmallCraftCelebration.com for more information.