ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Some people know how to enjoy summer. And dozens of them will be out on the water this weekend for the third annual Penobscot Bay Rendezvous. In fact, they were out on Friday, as 43 mostly large sailboats lined up to race from Rockland to Camden, by way or Owls Head.
The Rendezvous is a three day sail and power boat regatta that the organizers say brings yachts from many parts of the east coast, and some from as far as the Caribbean. They'll have three days of sailing races. Two prominent midcoast boating companies - Wayfarer Marine of Camden and Lyman Morse Boat Builders of Thomaston -- started the rendezvous as a way to attract more sailors to the area, and boost a lot of local businesses. Race organizers say it has worked. Dan Bookham, a member of the race organizing committee, says the boat captains, families and guests eat in local restaurants, shop in area stores and do business with the boatyards and marine supply companies."It's great for business", said Bookham.
Ben Cashen, dock manager for Wayfarer, said he works in the Caribbean during the winter, and part of his time is spent recruiting yachts to come to Penobscot Bay for the Rendezxous. He says most serious sailors know about the Maine coast and want to sail here, and that the Rendezvous can be a good way to get them to make the trip. Bookham says some of those boat owners and crews will like what they see, and come back for other visits.
As the race started today, those boats got an extra treat from a fly-over by three antque airplanes from the Owls Head Transportation Museum. This is the museum's big car auction weekend, so they may be hoping one or two of those boat owners might tie-up long enough to go ashore and bid on a classic car before they leave.