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Rendezvous to celebrate iconic sail designers

Guildive Cruises, in conjunction with Maine Maritime Academy, is hosting the inaugural William Hand Jr. and R.O. Davis classic boat rendezvous from July 10-12 in Castine, Maine.

The 56-foot ketch Guildive and 88-foot schooner Bowdoin, both registered in Castine, were designed by William Hand Jr., who is known as one of the most prolific yacht designers of the 20th century.

Bowdoin is celebrating her 90th year afloat and Guildive is in her 77th year. Along with the two Castine-based vessels, three others are joining the event: the108-foot Maine Windjammer Nathaniel Bowditch from Rockland, the 36-foot ketch Alisande from Lincoln, Maine, and the 57-foot Burma from Mystic, Conn.

The invitation is extended to any William Hand Jr. or R.O. Davis-designed vessel (sail or power). Some of the vessels will be open to the public from 3-5 p.m., free of charge, on July 11 for deck tours, live music and a chance to meet the captains and owners.

During the evening of July 11, a public lecture is scheduled that will offer insight into the works of William Hand Jr. and R.O. Davis. The following morning, vessels will depart under Parade of Sail.

For information, contact Zander Parker and Kate Kana at (207) 701-1421,

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