Breakwater Blast Regatta
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Breakwater Blast Regatta

Our intrepid high school sailors will have the opportunity to participate in the Apprenticeshop's annual Breakwater Blast Regatta. Returning teams include the Rockland Community Sailing team led by Coach DiLalla, Camden Regional High School led by Coach Schreiber, and Islesboro Central School led by Coach Horn. As in past years, this regatta is free to participate in. We readily welcome the support of all our wonderful volunteers!

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Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

2018-19 Lecture Series: Kaci Cronkhite

Finding PAX: Solving mysteries, restoring history, for the love of a wooden boat

Kaci will talk about finding Pax, a story of discovery and reconnection like no other. Having fallen hopelessly in love with a 1930s Danish spidsgatter, a beautifully constructed 28 ft wooden double-ender, circumnavigator Kaci Cronkhite embarked on an international search to unravel the mystery of the boat’s past, and discovered the many lives Pax touched since she first hit the water in 1936. The search took her to remote harbors of British Columbia, to a 3-generation marina in the Port of Los Angeles’, and to the harbors, boatshops, archives, and homes of generations in Denmark. What she found changed some families’ history. "The boat appeared when I didn't expect or, frankly, need her. My bucket list was empty. Life was full…But sailing towards me was a boat that would stir the waters, waking decades of loss, revealing history untold, and restoring a legacy that was lost in the wind. For her and for me, I had to wade into that water. I had to go, to search, to find."

This lecture is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

Kaci grew up on a four-generation cattle ranch in Oklahoma and didn’t see the ocean until she was 21. By 40, she had sailed around the world, double-handed, with Nancy Erley while they taught women offshore sailing skills. From 2002-2011, she was director of North America’s largest wooden boat event, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Finding Pax is her first book, published by Adlard Coles, Bloomsbury who will also publish her next book, When a Cowgirl Goes to Sea

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Summer Sailing Team
Jun
25
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Sailing Team

This course is open to intermediate and advanced sailors who are ready to take their sailing skills to the next level. Students will sail with one coach all season following a progressive and rigorous curriculum. They will have the opportunity to compete in several regattas, including the Junior Olympic Regatta, Camden Classics 420 Regatta, and the Red Jacket Regatta. This course runs Mondays through Fridays from 9am-3pm, July 8th-August 2nd. Register here.

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Start of Women's Sailing Session 1
Jul
9
12:30 PM12:30

Start of Women's Sailing Session 1

This 15-hour class taught by women for women is a great way to gain skills and confidence on the water. Our instructors meet students where they are, teaching the basics to beginners and challenging those who are ready for more.  What better way to spend the summer than by learning something new or doing what you love! This class meets July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25 from 12:30-3pm.

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Start of Women's Sailing Session 2
Aug
5
4:30 PM16:30

Start of Women's Sailing Session 2

This 15-hour class taught by women for women is a great way to gain skills and confidence on the water. Our instructors meet students where they are, teaching the basics to beginners and challenging those who are ready for more.  What better way to spend the summer than by learning something new or doing what you love! This class meets August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, and 21 from 4:30-7pm.

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2018-19 Lecture Series: Patrick DiLalla
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

2018-19 Lecture Series: Patrick DiLalla

Wooden Work Boats of the Atlantic

On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, in deserted waterfront lots and open patches of beach, unique watercraft are growing, one piece of wood at a time. Over the course of three trips around the Atlantic trade loop, Pat has been been drawn to these marvels of human ingenuity. The forms alone are beautiful in their mimicry of ocean creatures, but the pure utility of these boats is what he really loves. The styles vary depending on the job they are being built for, but there are many design features that tie them together.  We'll take a quick tour around the pond to check out some of the coolest wooden work boats of the Atlantic. 

This lecture is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

Pat DiLalla is the coach of the Rockland Community High School Sailing team. He has owned and skippered two boats around the Atlantic; once alone and once with his wife Elizabeth. He also crossed twice as an AB aboard the Clipper ship Stad Amsterdam. He grew up in Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and moved to Rockland in 2003. He has been coaching High School sailing at the Apprenticeshop since 2010.  

Photo Credit: Pat DiLalla

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Steel House Supper with Lance Lee
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Steel House Supper with Lance Lee

Join us as we go on a magical expedition with guest speaker Lance Lee to visit some of the boats, people, places, art, music and literature that have had a profound impact on his life and have helped shape his ideas. The evening will start with an opportunity to mingle and tour the Apprenticeshop, to be followed by a multi-course dinner at Steel House South, and then dessert and a conversation with Lance.

Tickets for the event are $50, though we encourage additional donations. Proceeds from the event will go towards Lance’s current book project. Tickets are available through the Steel House website here.

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Spring High School Sailing Begins
Apr
2
3:30 PM15:30

Spring High School Sailing Begins

The Apprenticeshop hosts four high school sailing teams: Camden Hills Regional High School, Islesboro Central School, and Rockland Community Sailing. The Rockland team is a 'conglomerate' team including students from the Watershed School, the Riley School, St. George School, Oceanside Schools, Medomak Valley School and home schooled students. Register here. The season runs for 8 weeks from April 2nd - May 23rd.

Islesboro team - Thursday Only 3:30 - 6:30

Camden Hills and Rockland Community teams - Tuesday & Thursday 3:30 - 6:30

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Lofting Workshop
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Lofting Workshop

Registration Deadline: March 15th, 2019

Lofting is an essential step in the process of building a boat, but it is also one of the more confounding ones. Come learn the basics in this weekend workshop taught by veteran builder Mike Geer. Click here for more information or to register.

Photo Credit: Erin Tokarz

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2018-19 Lecture Series: Greg Rössel and Ben Fuller
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

2018-19 Lecture Series: Greg Rössel and Ben Fuller

Preserving History: Documenting and Replicating Historic Small Craft

Veteran builders Greg Rössel and Ben Fuller will take listeners on a historical boatbuilding journey starting with a description of old time methods of construction, how the process of taking lines was developed, and why it's important to document and preserve historic craft.

This lecture is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

Greg grew up cruising on the waters of New York Harbor and spending time in the boatyards on the south shore of Staten Island where economics (more than anything else) made wooden boats the craft of choice. He makes his home in Troy, Maine where he specializes in the construction and repair of small wooden boats. Since graduating at the top of his class in boatbuilding technology from Washington County Vocational Technical Institute, Greg has had a multifaceted career. For several years, he was an assistant restorer for a major private collection of antique runabouts and airplanes. Then he spent another couple of years as an instructor and assistant director at Maine Maritime Museum’s Apprenticeshop program. Since the late 1980s, Greg has been an instructor at WoodenBoat School, teaching lofting, skiff building, and the Fundamentals of Boatbuilding. Also, for the nearly 30 years he has been producing a weekly two-hour radio program about world music which (mercifully) has absolutely nothing to do with boats.

Ben started racing in one-designs, including his Jet 14, and continued during college. He took up whitewater paddling in graduate school, building and racing slalom and wild-water kayaks, then started learning about traditional boats while serving as the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s first curator, in the process picking up a Culler skiff and an International Canoe. He continued his interest in small boats while managing the curatorial department at Mystic Seaport where he was responsible for the traditional boat programs led by John Gardner and Barry Thomas. While at Mystic, he obtained a Delaware Ducker, a type of boat he had learned about from Josef Leiner while he was in the Chesapeake. He gradually expanded his fleet to include sea kayaks, a marathon canoe, and a catboat. After leaving the Seaport and moving to Maine, Ben worked for the Apprenticeshop in Rockland, and sat for and received his Coast Guard license which enabled him to take passengers for hire aboard Friendship Sloops and to teach seamanship courses at the WoodenBoat School. Later, he became a Registered Maine Guide and began teaching sea kayaking. Ben has written for WoodenBoat, and other traditional boating publications, and currently is the curator at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine.

Photo Credit: Greg Rössel

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2018-19 Lecture Series: Tom Ward
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

2018-19 Lecture Series: Tom Ward

The First World Voyage of the Picton Castle

Lecturer Tom Ward will talk about his experience converting the Picton Castle from a trawler to a sailing bark and what it was like to participate in the subsequent 19-month circumnavigation. He will share lots of amusing anecdotes and sea stories from the voyage, beginning to end.

Tom grew up in Erie, PA. He went to sea at age 21 and sailed from the Caribbean to Canada and points in between for over a decade, working as a deckhand, an officer, and eventually as master. He moved to Maine in 2003 when he accepted his first command and has been here ever since. He quit sailing and did some commercial shipping for a couple of years before hanging it up altogether. Now, he and his wife own Traditional Rigging Company in Appleton, a sail and rigging loft, incorporated in 2008.

This lecture is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

Photo Credit: Tom Ward

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Thank You Celebration
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Thank You Celebration

The staff and board of the Apprenticeshop are hosting a Thank You Open House to thank friends and locals for their steadfast and ongoing support. There will be live music and drink, wooden boats to look at, boatbuilders to converse with, and plenty of maritime-minded folks to meet. 

Snow date: February 7th

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2018-19 Lecture Series: Eugene Reil
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

2018-19 Lecture Series: Eugene Reil

An All Weather Operation: The Ins and Outs of Being a Harbor Pilot

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a pilot? Captain Eugene Reil worked for the Sandy Hook Pilots Association for 43 years, steering ships safely in and out of New York Harbor. Come hear him share his experiences and learn a little more about the profession.

This lecture is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

Photo Credit: Sandy Hook Pilots

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2018-19 Lecture Series: Mark Epler
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

2018-19 Lecture Series: Mark Epler

One steel hull Tall Ship. 30 creatives. 14 days in Svalbard. 6 Polar Bears. Mark, a Rhode Island resident and 2017 MFA graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, recently found himself on a floating artist residency - The Arctic Circle - in the Svalbard archipelago alongside 29 other visual artists, writers, educators and art activists. They recorded sound and song of the glaciers, attempted to capture the mythical essence of Arctic waters and the land of the midnight sun through poetry and paint, and tried lugging heavy, old photographic equipment to make film images. Mark will be sharing many facets of not just an unusual expedition premise, but also how he and some of his peers are attempting to translate their experience, hoping to bring a bit of the Arctic home.

Despite growing up in the landlocked city of Indianapolis, Mark has managed to find his way to coastal Rhode Island where he resides with his wife and young son. Mark’s interests and pursuits in art, design, craft and architecture have led him to a wide spectrum of experiences and roles that span from residential construction sites to art galleries. Mark recently completed his Masters in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently works for O&G Studio, a furniture design studio and manufacturer in Warren, RI.

This lecture is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10.

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2018-19 Lecture Series: Michelle Creisher
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

2018-19 Lecture Series: Michelle Creisher

Note: Event date has changed from the 21st to the 28th

Join us for the next event in our lecture series about the history of underwater archaeology. Michelle Creisher will discuss benchmark excavations, what scholars have learned from them, as well as some current projects including the excavation she is currently working on as part of her doctoral research.

Michelle Creisher is a second year PhD candidate at the University of Haifa whose research focuses on the ceramic cargo of the Ma‘agan Mikhael B shipwreck from the Early Islamic period. She graduated with an M.A. from the department of Maritime Civilization at the University of Haifa in 2017, and an M.A. in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies from Brandeis University in 2015. She has had the honor of participating in a number of underwater excavations, including the Roman shipwreck at Caesarea and the Akko Tower Wreck from the 19th century. She is originally from the town of Shapleigh in Maine, where she was raised with all six of her siblings, one of whom now teaches at the Apprenticeshop and another who is a current apprentice there. Apparently, an interest in ships, boats and the sea runs in the family.

This lecture is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10.

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Bronze Casting Workshop
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Bronze Casting Workshop

Master metalsmith Doug Borkman of RISD returns to The Apprenticeshop for his popular bronze casting workshop. This weekend program teaches the basics of bronze casting through making oarlocks and belay pins. Click here for more information or to register.

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2018-19 Lecture Series: Frank Blair
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

2018-19 Lecture Series: Frank Blair

In 2005, Frank Blair built a 63-foot wooden schooner in Nova Scotia and, with an all-volunteer crew, set off on her two-year maiden voyage around the world. Come hear him talk about his experience and read excerpts from the book he wrote about it. 

This lecture is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10.

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Cider Pressing, Wet Sock Regatta, and Shop Work Day
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Cider Pressing, Wet Sock Regatta, and Shop Work Day

In the morning, we’ll be pressing cider while cleaning up the yard and making improvements to some of the Shop facilities. In the afternoon, participants will face off in our annual Wet Sock Regatta, a treasure hunt-like seamanship challenge in which friends and alumni of the Shop compete against apprentices and staff. Costumes are strongly encouraged. And make sure to bring a whole bunch of apples!

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Metal Brazing Workshop with Erica Moody
Sep
29
to Sep 30

Metal Brazing Workshop with Erica Moody

In this hands-­on workshop, each student will make his or her own brass pocket bevel, a handy tool for building and restoring boats. Students will learn skills for fabricating structurally strong, useful, and beautiful small metal objects, such as tools and hardware, without having full metal shop access. Click here for more information or to register.

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Kickoff of Our 2018-19 Lecture Series with Speaker Carl Lindquist
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Kickoff of Our 2018-19 Lecture Series with Speaker Carl Lindquist

The summer is over and we're starting our Wednesday night lecture series back up. Come hear Carl Lindquist talk about his 7-week adventure sailing on a traditional Dutch Bark from Cape Horn to the Cape of Good Hope.

Carl W. Lindquist, M.D. is a retired ophthalmologist who moors his ”non-tall ship” at the Apprenticeshop. What began as small boat sailing in childhood evolved into tall ship challenges in his retirement years. He has crewed on square rigged ships for multiple ocean crossings. As John Masefield wrote:  ”….all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by…”

This lecture is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10.

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Fall High School Sailing
Aug
28
3:30 PM15:30

Fall High School Sailing

Fall high school sailing - open to any local student in 8th - 12th grade. Minimal sailing experience required. Dry suggested but wet suit are suitable for fall (not for spring). Practice is on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 atthe Apprenticeshop. We host 3 area teams, CamdenHigh School Club (fall sailing is a club at CHRHS), Islesboro Central and Rockland Community - which is for anyone whose school does not have a sailing team.

 

Join us for the 8 week season that starts August 28 - October 18 2018. $310/season. Financial Aid is available.

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Chris Battaglia Presentation
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Battaglia Presentation

Chris Battaglia spent six weeks paddling and documenting the Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico in a 30 foot voyageur canoe. The expedition celebrated the completion of the Rivergator, a paddler’s guide to the longest stretch of free-flowing river in the continental United States. Join the 1,152 mile journey through stories, photographs, and video clips from the documentary currently in production, as we question our notion of wilderness, and create greater access to the awe-inspiring landscape found between the levees of the mighty Mississippi River.

Chris Battaglia is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores relationships with social and environmental impact, especially focusing on people and place. A California native, Chris recently moved to the Midcoast for its quality of living, while currently editing a documentary feature film. He is planning to build a voyageur canoe to engage deeply with Maine through its history, craft tradition, coastline, and interior waterways.

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Maine Boat and Home Show
Aug
10
to Aug 12

Maine Boat and Home Show

Now in its sixteenth year, the annual August Maine Boat and Home Show features boats in the water, boats on land, marine gear vendors, fine furniture and home wares, arts, architecture, live music, and delicious food. Admission is $15 for adults for the entire weekend (under 12 get in free). Come visit us at our booth, graciously sponsored by Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors magazine. We'll be there all weekend!

For more information, call 800-565-4951 or visit http://maineboats.com/boatshow.

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