Shane Flynn, owner of Wayfarer Marine and Cabot Lyman, owner of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding teamed up and are adding a new regatta for sail and power to the August schedule.
The Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, scheduled to debut Aug. 18-21, will draw an expected fleet of at least 100 yachts ranging from superyachts to classics to performance racers, picnic boats and lobster yachts. All will gather in Rockland Harbor for the first night and will move to Camden Harbor for the following two nights.
Local windjammers are also expected to participate. The Maine Windjammer Association's fleet of 13 is celebrating 75 years of offering the "windjamming" experience to paying guests.
The three-day event for sail and power will not only feature daily races for sailboats and a poker run and Photo Pursuit event for powerboats, but the participants will have access to both world-renowned boatyards and will be hosted each night at a different exclusive venue.
"Penobscot Bay is such an incredibly beautiful body of water with islands, mountains and the most charming coastal towns and it offers some of the most spectacular sailing and boating. Yacht clubs and boaters from away come here every summer to enjoy this place, Cabot and I thought 'Why shouldn't we organize a regatta to highlight the Penobscot Bay experience?" says Flynn.