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Beauty on display

JULY 18 — More than 40 classic yachts — both power and sail — will be tied up at the Mystic (Conn.) Seaport July 22 to 23 for the 31st annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous.

Vintage boat enthusiasts from Maine to New Jersey will converge on the Seaport for the 2006 show, says Dick Lotz, the museum’s director of special waterfront operations. The featured boat at this year’s rendezvous will be the newly restored 74-foot commuter Aphrodite III. The classic boat was built in 1937 for New York financier John “Jock” Hay Whitney.

“It’s one of our largest events,” Lotz says of the rendezvous. “Each year we get about 3,000 people through the gate. With the mix of boats and the group of people that come here year after year it really is a great community event.”

The highlight of the two-day celebration is the three-mile parade on the final day down the Mystic River and under the Mystic River Bascule Bridge. The parade is led by Lotz aboard Sabino, Mystic Seaport’s 57-foot 1908 coal-fired wooden steamboat. Also, for the first time in the history of the rendezvous, on display there will be a classic boat made of fiberglass — an early 1960s Pearson Triton.

For information call (860) 572-5341 or go to the Mystic Seaport Web site.

—Jason Fell