Castine Yacht Club Burgee

Celebrating Significant Maine Builds and Restorations
29-30 July 2020

About the Race

Please join us for the 21st annual Castine Classic Yacht Celebration, sponsored by the Castine Yacht Club, which will honor Significant Maine Builds and Restorations.

On July 29th from noon - 4pm noted examples will be on exhibition at the Castine town dock. The yachts will include, among others, the modern replica of Ernest Hemingway's yacht PILAR under construction at Brooklin Boatyard; the classic Newbert & Wallace lobster yacht VIM, restored by Artisan Boatworks; the sardine carrier WILLIAM UNDERWOOD, restored as cruising yacht by Rockport Marine; and, if available, the HOOD 57 express cruiser being built by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding.

We will also have on exhibition the famed 48' cutter VIOLA from Monaco, designed and built by William Fife III in 1908.

From 4:00-6:00pm, a Symposium at Delano Auditorium, Maine Maritime Academy, will include representatives of these yachts and builders including:

  • Eric Stockinger, Project Manager, Brooklin Boat Yard, will detail the building of the PILAR replica
  • PILAR rendering

    PILAR replica design rendering   Courtesy Brooklin Boat Yard

    PILAR replica under construction at Brooklin Boatyard

    PILAR replica under construction at Brooklin Boatyard
    Credit Brooklin Boat Yard

  • Alec Brainerd, Artisan Boatworks, will discuss the restoration of VIM
  • VIM

    1957 Custom Downeast Lobster Yacht VIM   Courtesy Artisan Boatworks

  • Sam Temple of Rockport Marine will detail the restoration of the WILLIAM UNDERWOOD
  • William Underwood in Rockport harbor

    Restored sardine carrier WILLIAM UNDERWOOD   Courtesy of Rockport Marine

  • Todd French, French & Webb, will discuss the epoch three-year restoration of the Presidential yacht SEQUOIA (see The Equator press release)
  • Presidential yacht Sequoia arriving on barge at French & Webb in Belfast

    Presidential yacht SEQUOIA arriving on barge at French & Webb in Belfast   Credit Polly Saltonstall

  • Drew Lyman, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, will discuss the construction underway for the Hood 57
  • HOOD 57 rendering

    HOOD 57 custom motor yacht being built at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding   Courtesy Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding

  • Kostia Belkin, Viola's "14th Keeper", and Fabien Despres, her long-time skipper, will discuss VIOLA's fabled history.
  • Viola under sail

    Fife cutter VIOLA from Monaco


Following the Symposium, the Castine Yacht Club will host a reception.

On July 30th, a fleet of more than 40 classic yachts will race a 19.6nm course from Castine to Camden, followed by the Camden to Brooklin race on Friday, July 31, and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on Saturday, August 1.

For Race Notice, Registration, other information, please refer to the website,

Your registration for this race may now be completed on this website. If you prefer to register by mail, download a registration form. Please return your entry as soon as possible. Please note that all yachts need a current CRF rating, which may be obtained online at

Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Castine this summer.

Castine Classic Committee

David Bicks
Tom Ashton