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Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival

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 or at Emerson Park as well as seminars at the public library or Shaw Institute.

The Festival will be held in Blue Hill’s historic village, centered on the scenic waterfront. Various activities will be occurring throughout the day, such as boat building demonstrations, traditional boats on display, kiosks of organizations supporting or involved with the bay. On the water there will be more boats, demonstrations, and races.

Take a short stroll over to the Holt House to see how a sea captain lived back when. Then up to the Blue Hill Public Library to view an historic film, hear a talk on our rich maritime history. While throughout the village stores and restaurants will be taking part in the festival.

There will be plenty to entertain: sea shanties, birch bark canoes, artists, crafts, a photo contest, and more attractions are being added.

At the end of the day there will be closing party at a time yet to be determined. Check the website for more details.


Supporting Organizations and Businesses

Traditional Small Craft Association logo Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce logo Blue Hill Historical Society logo
Blue Hill Library logo Friends of Blue Hill Bay logo Castine Historical Society logo Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club logo
KINGMAN GALLERY Shaw Institute Logo

Sparmaking Workshop

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 technique as well as tips on how to make your spars smooth, straight, and sturdy. This is a 5-day workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2019 Small Reach Regatta

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.

Click here for full details about the event and how to sign up.

Boating safety is always a priority at the SRR, and the fleet is accompanied at all times by a chase fleet, usually six fast powerboats. Participating boats are required to meet a checklist of safety equipment. Our safety demonstrations in years past have included a firing of emergency flares and a deliberate capsize and self-recovery. We take safe seamanship seriously.

E-mail is our preferred method of communication. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We hope to see you this summer on the coast of Maine!

For more information, contact

Tom Jackson <>; or
David Wyman, <>.

Gathering of Traditional Small Boats at the Wilson Museum

A Gathering of Traditional Small Boats

rowboatsIt’s a boat show!

No, it’s a ribbon-cutting!

No, it’s a program with speakers!

No, it’s a yummy food event!

Actually, it’s ALL OF THE ABOVE!

The Downeast Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association is pleased to sponsor the dedication of the Wilson Museum’s new Antique Boat Exhibit and Boat Shop on July 3, 2019 beginning mid-morning. This will be a great opportunity to see a wide variety of small boats and chat with their knowledgeable and enthusiastic owners.

At 11 a.m. Penobscot Marine Museum Curator, Ben Fuller, will give a talk entitled On Matinicus It’s a Double-Ender about small peapods.

The aromas from the outdoor bake oven will entice attendees across the street at noon to sample Museum-made bean-hole beans, pulled pork, blueberry buckle, as well as a variety of smoked fish (mackerel, alewives, or smelt) from the Downeast Salmon Federation’s smoker.

Wood ShopAt 2 p.m. take part in the Exhibit and Boat Shop ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony followed by Tom Jackson, senior editor at WoodenBoat, giving a talk entitled Modern Small Craft: Building on Tradition about the current use of traditional small craft. Then, to top it off, there will be a showing of the WoodenBoat video The 2015 Small Reach Regatta provided by Small Reach Regatta.

This event is free and open to the public! It’s a boat-enthusiast’s dream day—don’t miss it!


At Home Rowing Regatta Fundraiser and Salvage Sale

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. There will also be a marine salvage sale from 9-2. Click here and scroll down for registration forms and more information.

At Home is a non-profit, member based, volunteer supported, medical model that provides elder residents of the Mount Desert Island community and the Blue Hill peninsula with essential services empowering them to continue to live safely in their homes as they age.

For more information please call the main office at: (207)374-5852 or send us an email:

Any human powered boat
Food will be available for purchase

Thank you to our top sponsor, First National Bank. 

Head of the Charles Regatta Level

Hinckley Company, Southwest Harbor

Stanley Subaru, Trenton

Henley Royal Regatta Level

Machias Savings Bank, Bar Harbor

Australian Rowing Championships Level

Carroll Drug Store, Southwest Harbor

National Park Canoe Rental, Mount Desert

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Rockland

Maine Holiday Wreaths, Ellsworth

Mount Desert Island Lions Club, Mount Desert Island


Maine Boatbuilders Show

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. – 6 p.m.
Sunday March 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission is $15.00 per day at the door. Children under 12 accompanied by adults will be admitted free.

Limited, complimentary handicapped parking. (First come first serve) Access the Free Shuttle Bus at Maine Boatbuilders Show Signs posted along Warren Ave (offered by VIP Tour and Charter Bus Company). Visit out Facebook Page for more information.

Don’t FORGET our Exhibitors Party on FRIDAY night to celebrate our 31 years!

Maine Maritime Academy Alumnae Auction all three days.
To donate contact Steve Rendall – (207) 329-1515:
All proceeds fund Maine Maritime Academy programs.

Volunteer at The Show!
Help us at the Doors of the Show for 4 hours and earn Free Show Admission and a Volunteer T-Shirt!

Please go to the Maine Boatbuilders Show Volunteer SignUp Page. You will find days, times and descriptions there.
Volunteer Coordinator, Kerry Ratigan:

Produced by: Portland Yacht Services (207) 774-1067

Across the Bar: Dave Getchell, Sr., Founder of Maine Island Trail

From Doug Welch of Maine Island Trail Association:

“It is with a sense of loss and reverence that I must announce that Dave Getchell, Sr. passed away at home Saturday night at age 89. A self-effacing soul, ‘Getch’ called himself co-founder of the Maine Island Trail, although he was our de facto leader.

“In 1987, following a period of exploration of Maine’s state-owned islands in his trusty tin boat, TORNGAT, Getch declared, ‘In studying this bounty, it occurred to me that here was a rare chance to develop an outstanding waterway for small boats.’ He further suggested that this unusual ‘water trail’ could be managed by the people who used it: The Maine Island Trail Association. These ideas met with mixed response, with some 500 people joining MITA in its first year and others expressing concern. Undaunted, Getch and his followers (you) persevered and multiplied for the next 30 years with the result being the Trail and organization we know today.”

Raise a pint to Getch today, and have look at his article about the trip that launched the trail.

His full obituary follows:

David R. Getchell Sr., 89, author, editor and outdoorsman, died as he wished, at home and surrounded by family, Nov. 10, 2018.

Over the course of 22 years, 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.

Active in the founding or operation of several nonprofit environmental organizations, he always made time for his favorite sport of surf fishing. He also partnered in 1980 with mountaineer Geof Heath of Hammondsport, N.Y., in a month-long two-man climbing expedition of 400 miles along the Labrador coast in an 18-foot open boat.

In the early 1980s, he and his wife, Dorrie, made a number of long bicycle trips, the most ambitious being a five-month, 8,000-mile cross-country tour to the West Coast and back to Maine. Both considered this a high point in a happy marriage of 67 years.

Getchell was born in Bangor, the son of George V. and Nettie R. Getchell. He graduated from Bangor High School, attended Bowdoin College and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in journalism. He served in the Army as an infantry training officer.

He is survived by his wife, Dorrie; his son, David Jr., of Camden; his daughter, Heidi, and her husband, David Perkins, of Lincolnville; a sister, Virginia E. Naugler, of Hartford, Conn., two granddaughters, Ali and Holly Perkins, of Lincolnville; two nephews, Robert Verrier III of Cumberland and James S. Naugler of LaCrosse, Wis.; a niece, Michelle Verrier, of Cody, Wyo.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Hall, of Westbrook; and two cousins, Betty Heald of Lincolnville and Marjorie Lucas of Florida. A niece, Martha Kaul, of Lincoln, Neb., predeceased him.

A celebration of his life and work will be held Nov. 18 at Bay View Point Event Center, 18 Spring St., Belfast, from 1 to 4 pm. Donations in memory of Mr. Getchell may be made to the Maine Island Trail Association, 100 Kensington St., 2nd floor, Portland, ME 04103; the Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main St., Suite 200, Rockland, ME 04841; or Friends of Baxter State Park, P.O. Box 322, Belfast, ME 04915-0322.

Maine Small Craft Celebration

Toad sailing a small sailboat: Maine Small Craft CelebrationThe 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 for more information.

New England Junket: 2nd Annual Junk Rig Gathering

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 rigs.

Accommodations: Protected anchorages are nearby and a small number of moorings are available. Camping is available about 3 miles away at Mainayr Campground, which boasts tidal access to Joy Bay, at the head of Gouldsboro Bay. There are two nearby boat ramps, one tidal, the other deepwater and paved. One is on Joy Bay, and the other on the west shore of Gouldsboro Bay, just south of the narrows into Joy Bay.

Gorgeous sailing is to be had in Gouldsboro Bay and outside of it to the east and west. Gouldsboro Bay is approximately 10 miles east of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, and about halfway between Penobscot Bay and the Bay of Fundy.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Shemaya, at

For online information, see:
Junk Rig Sailing Facebook page (scroll down for event notice)
Junk Rig Association member events listing

Sail Training Camp: Downeast Foxfire with Arista Holden

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 aboard 18th-century Bantry Bay gigs. 

For details and to enroll please talk to, $450 for 10 days, scholarships available.

Greenhorns, is a 10 year-old organization that produces grassroots media and cultural programming for and about the young farmers movement, is located in Pembroke ME. We engage in publishing and cultural work for a national audience, as well as developing locally-oriented educational events including our “naturalist adventure” summer camp series that supports the entry of young people into sustainable agriculture.

International Maritime Film Festival

The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is a juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed filmmaking.

The IMFF is a joint venture between Main Street Bucksport (MSB) and WoodenBoat Publications, Inc. (WBPI), in Brooklin, Maine. Bucksport’s state-of-the-art Alamo Theatre will host a gala awards event on the weekend of September 29-October 1, 2017.