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Down East celebration of Sabre Yachts

08_sabreyachts_01Rendezvous marks 40th anniversary of the boatbuilder creating hulls "crafted in the Maine tradition"

A fleet of 60 boats and 250 Sabre and Back Cove yacht owners celebrated Sabre Yachts' 40th anniversary in early July at the 27th annual rendezvous in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

"It was the best-ever event for Sabre yachts," says Bentley Collins, company vice president for marketing and sales, of the July 9-11 affair. "The camaraderie was extraordinary and the [foggy, rainy] weather didn't affect any activities."

A dress ship competition, boat parade, on-the-water navigation rally, roundtable discussions with Sabre and Back Cove engineering staff, blueberry pancake breakfast, cocktail parties, a potluck barbecue dinner and a final awards dinner with live entertainment went off without a hitch, Collins says.

Many of the attending 24 Sabre sailing yachts (28 to 52 feet), 26 Sabre motoryachts (34 to 52 feet) and 10 Back Cove powerboats (29 to 37 feet) tied up at Wotton's Wharf's rendezvous headquarters. Others tied up at moorings and other local marinas. Sabre Yachts founder Roger Hewson and his wife, Charlie, attended aboard their Sabre 34, Heritage.

Dorsey and Bruce Baird of Newport, R.I., aboard their Sabre 386 sailing yacht, Esmeralda, received the prize for traveling the farthest distance. They sailed to the rendezvous from Bermuda after completing the Newport-Bermuda Race.

Linda and Roger Pastore, who came from Palm Beach, Fla., aboard their Sabre 38, Linger, won the distance award for Sabreline motoryachts.

Drew and Sue McCrocklin, who cruised from North Carolina in their Back Cove 33, Ruby, received the distance award for Back Cove motoryachts.

Scott and Mary Coles, aboard their Back Cove 29, Mascot, won the navigation rally.

Owners of four power yachts from Palm Beach met for the first time at the rendezvous and say they plan to form a Sabre Owners Association in Florida. Sabre owners associations are presently located in Northern New England, Long Island Sound and Chesapeake Bay.

Roger Hewson of Raymond, Maine, founded Sabre Yachts in 1970 to build "the finest" fiberglass production-line 28-foot sailing yacht. In 1989, Sabre began building Sabreline powerboats. Five years later, the company acquired North End Composites of Rockland, Maine, which builds Back Cove Yachts.

In 40 years, Sabre Yachts has built more than 2,500 hulls "crafted in the Maine tradition." Currently offered are 38-, 42- and 45-foot medium displacement, high-performance cruising Sabre sailing yachts and six 34- to 52-foot Sabreline motoryacht models with planing, deep-vee hulls in sedan, hardtop express and aft cabin models. Back Cove motoryachts blend Down East lobster boat styling and comfort with modern engineering. Express and hardtop models from 30 to 37 feet are available. www.sabreyachts.com; www.backcoveyachts.com

This article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue.

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