Celebrating the classics

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The 30th annual Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous attracted more than 50 yachts to Mystic (Conn.) Seaport’s waterfront in July.

The 30th annual Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous attracted more than 50 yachts to Mystic (Conn.) Seaport’s waterfront in July.

“So many people turned out — all with their umbrellas, blankets, strollers, you name it — and filled up the waterfront to get up close to all these great boats. It was fantastic,” says Seaport spokesperson Christine Bateman. “Every year, this really is a family-friendly event.”

The rendezvous took place the weekend of July 23 and 24. Boat owners came from as far south as Virginia and as far north as Massachusetts, many with crews decked in period garb. Awards were presentedto boats that judges thought were the “best” in a number of different categories.

The highlight of the weekend came at the end when the boats set off for a three-mile parade down the Mystic River, passing underneath the bascule bridge. The parade was led by Mystic Seaport’s Sabino, a 57-foot coastal steamer built in 1908.

“What was special about this rendezvous was the number of older boats that showed up,” Bateman says. “This year being Mystic Seaport’s 75th anniversary, we made a particular effort to invite older boats. There was a total of 27 boats that showed up that are 75 years old or older.”

The oldest boat in attendance was Mystic Seaport’s own Annie, a 28-foot, 9-inch-long D.O. Richmond sandbagger built in 1880.