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Maine show returns in August

The annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, scheduled for Aug. 8-10, will pay special tribute to the Herreshoff 12-1/2 this year.

Organizers said the much-beloved daysailer, which turns 100 years old this summer, has influenced many offspring: the fiberglass Bullseye (a 12-1/2 with a little cuddy); the Haven 12-1/2 (the Joel White-designed centerboarder); the Paine 14 (a new creation from Chuck Paine); the Pisces 26 (by Classic Boat); and Herreshoff designs reimagined by builders such as Bristol Boat Co. and Cape Cod Shipbuilding.

Examples will be on display, ranging from a sprinkling of classic Herreshoff 12-1/2s in wood and glass to boats such as the Buzzards Bay 25 and the Newport 29.

The show will be held on the waterfront in Rockland. Show docks will be filled with sailboats and powerboats, and the event also will feature rowing craft, kayaks, outboard boats and paddleboards. Organizers said there will be boats on land and in the water, and several exhibitors will bring an assortment of demonstration boats.

The lighthearted World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials will be held on Aug. 10 in the morning. Spectators can help their favorite competitor win the Pup Cup by cheering from the seawall. (Organizers said the six competitors have been chosen and no other pets or animals will be allowed on the show grounds.)

There will also be live music all weekend long (a jazz trio, a ukulele band and a brass ensemble), Penobscot Marine Museum will have fun things for young sailors to make and do in the Kids’ Activity Area, and kids of all ages can watch a house being built out of recycled wood pallets in the “Small, Smart Homes” area.

Show hours will be: Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Aug.10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12; children under age 12 will be admitted free.


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