Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival will be a day-long event focusing on Blue Hill’s historic connection with the sea. It will be held in conjunction with Maine200, Maine’s state-wide bicentennial celebration, supported by many local organizations and businesses. Boats are welcome, on land or on water. There is room for informational kiosks at the wharf . . .
Learn how to make masts and other spars at the Sparmaking Workshop at Chase Small Craft’s shop in Saco, Maine. Bring the family: with a water park across the street and so close to Old Orchard Beach, there is plenty for the family to do while you learn the ropes. You will learn the birdsmouth . . .
The idea of the SRR is to gather together small sail-and-oars boats for sailing, with the same kind of camaraderie and appreciation that the ERR has established. We will sail on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This year, we plan a one-way sail from Herrick Bay to the waters off the campground, where we’ll anchor, so secure anchoring ability is especially important. The next day will be a return to Herrick Bay. Final haulouts, trailering, and departure will take place on Sunday, July 28, vacating the campground before noon and the boatyard as soon as possible.
The Downeast Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association is sponsoring the dedication of the Wilson Museum’s Antique Boat Exhibit and Boat Shop. It’ll be a great opportunity to see a wide variety of small boats and chat with their knowledgeable and enthusiastic owners.
At Home will have its first annual Rowing Regatta fundraiser held at Hinckley’s on Saturday, June 15, 2019. All proceeds from the event will support the guaranteed nurse visits.
The organizers say, “A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.” Friday March 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday March 23, 10 a.m. . . .
David R. Getchell Sr., 89, author, editor and outdoorsman, died November 10, 2018. He was managing editor and editor of the Maine Coast Fisherman, National Fisherman, and founding editor of the Small Boat Journal and the Mariner’s Catalog in Camden. Later, he co-founded the Maine Island Trail and created the Georges Highland Path, a 40-mile hiking trail system in the Midcoast, for Georges River Land Trust. In 1994, he edited and was lead author of The Outboard Boater’s Handbook.
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. . . .
The New England Junket will happen this year on Labor Day weekend, in Gouldsboro Bay, Maine. This is a gathering of Junk Rig Association members and others who sail junk rigged boats and/or are interested in junk rig. Emphasis is on sailing together and visiting, in the context of sharing information and interest in junk . . .
Greenhorns is pleased to present our first sail training program: Starting at Liberty Hall in Machiasport, Maine and visiting islands, coves, and historic sites while immersing students in the wild coastal ecology of Downeast Maine, this 10-day course offers a birch bark crafting workshop, traditional seamanship training, and naturalist adventure. You will learn to row and sail . . .