Gathering of Friendship Sloops

If you are going to be even near Rockland, Maine anytime between the 21st and the 24th of July, you are going to want to come down to the town dock and see the gathering of Friendship sloops. The goal is to have 50 Friendship sloops on display to commemorate the Friendship Sloop Society turning fifty. I certainly don’t know if we can get 50 sloops to attend, but I have seen 22, and I can tell you it is a sight to gladden the heart.

Friendship Sloops at the Rockland Town Dock

There will be three afternoon races (weather dependant) in Rockland harbor on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. In addition there will be a “parade of sloops” past the breakwater on Saturday morning at 11:30, a great opportunity to see these vessels up close under sail. On Thursday and Friday afternoon the public is invited to come down onto the town docks in Rockland and see the sloops close up, to chat with the crews, masters, and owners after the racing. If you have ever wanted to get a look at these traditional Maine boats, you won’t get a much better opportunity.

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One Response to “Gathering of Friendship Sloops”

  1. norwegianartist Says:

    Very impressive.

    It is a pity that Eastern Washington is so very far from Maine — I would enjoy painting these craft.

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