MOUNT DESERT — Two of the country’s premier yachting organizations have held events at local boatyards this month.
Members of the Cruising Club of America (CCA) anchored or moored their boats Aug. 12 off Southwest Harbor and gathered for a dinner at the Hinckley Yachts yard in Manset.
The New York Yacht Club (NYYC) put on a similar dinner party Monday evening at the John Williams Boat Company on Somes Sound.
Leslie and Garry Schneider of Sargeantville organized the CCA event, the annual club cruise. It’s a reunion of club members from all over the country. The Schneiders are members of the Gulf of Maine post of the CCA.
The 10-day cruise took the fleet from Maple Juice Cove near Thomaston to Roque Island in Washington County, via stops in Rockland, Castine, and Southwest Harbor. A total of 80 boats from up and down the East Coast participated. A group of members from southern California chartered the 172-foot, three-masted schooner Victory Chimes.
Monday’s event included a flag ceremony at sunset with a performance of “God Bless America” and the lowering of the US flag at a canon salute.
Mr. Mendez said he’s confident his group will leave a positive footprint and respect the local maritime community. “We have gone out of our way to avoid every lobster trap we see,” he said.