29th Annual Penobscot Bay Gam
July 26-27, 2019
Maine Sail, Power & Steam Museum
75 Mechanic Street, Rockland, ME
Kids Under 18: Free
After July 19th, registration fees increase by $5 for both members and non-members and the online pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, July 24th. Walk-up registrations will be accepted on the following dates and times:
Thursday, July 25th-3:00-6:00 pm, s/v Ring of Kerry, SPS Mooring #1
Friday, July 26th-12:00-3:00 pm, s/v Ring of Kerry, SPS Mooring #1
Saturday, July 27th-beginning at 10:00 am, Maine Sail Power & Steam Museum
Whether you’re wondering what cruising is all about, are thinking about cruising the Maine coast, or have 100,000 miles under the keel, you need to attend the 29th annual Penobscot Bay Gam in Rockland, Maine! Plan now to join us at the Maine Sail, Power & Steam Museum, located at 75 Mechanic Street in Rockland. Rockland Harbor provides the anchorage, and Captain Jim Sharp and his facility will provide the use of dinghy docks, an event tent, and a fascinating, fun marine museum to tour as well!
Diagram for Anchoring and Dinghy Dock
Penobscot Bay Gam Chamber Welcome & Resources
Rockland Map at a Glance
Got Lobster Locations
FRIDAY: In keeping with our long tradition as a fun, informal gathering, our event begins with the Friday afternoon dinghy raft-up at 4:30 pm.
SATURDAY: We plan to host a morning VE exam session for those who wish to sit for an Amateur Radio (Ham) License, but pre-registration is required through the event registration process. This session will be held on Saturday morning prior to the potluck and more details will be posted as they become available.
Cruisers can begin gathering shoreside after 10:00 am when coffee and registration opens. The potluck will be held at 11:30 am and, at 2:00 pm, Brian Perkins, Regional Director of the America’s at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), will be our featured speaker.
Be sure to catch a tour of the Maine Sail, Power & Steam Museum, which runs by donation. 95% of the modest registration fee goes to the Museum to cover the cost of the facility. The Museum will be open from 10:00 am-3:30 pm on Saturday for free self-guided tours or you can choose to do one of two free guided tours on Saturday.
Brian started his career in 1974-75 working in a salt fish factory in Grimsey, Iceland. Over the ensuing 40 years, he has spent a majority of his work life involved in one manner or another with the commercial fishing and seafood industry. He has fished for lobsters and scallops in Maine and crewed on a 50-foot, offshore gillnetter working six-day trips to George’s Bank, Brown’s Bank, Cashes Ledge, and other areas in the Gulf of Maine. His experience as a commercial fisherman gives him a strong understanding of what a healthy sustainable fishing resource means to the individuals and communities that rely on this resource for their livelihoods. As a member of the MSC, Brian has been instrumental in carrying on their mission to develop sustainable fisheries to ensure that future generations of fisherman can maintain their livelihoods.
Guided Museum Tour Schedule
1-Hour Guided Tour: 10:30-11:30 am Saturday
30-Minute Guided Tour: 3:00-3:30 pm Saturday
For further camaraderie and networking, an SSCA Meet Up has been planned for 6:00 pm at Rock City Cafe (316 Main St.). Join other attendees for a drink and if you are interested in continuing your conversations over dinner, there are other restaurant options within walking distance.
SUNDAY: This day is yours to hang out with new friends, explore Rockland by land, sail off to your next destination or check out these extra activities. For the ladies, Women Who Sail will be holding a potluck brunch from 10:30 am-12:00 pm in the Community Room at the Lighthouse Museum on Park Street. All women are invited to attend. In addition, gam attendees can still tour the Maine Sail, Power & Steam Museum from 10:00 am-3:30 pm for a donation. The Museum is also hosting a music jam session from 1:30-4:00 pm. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.
Rockland is the perfect harbor to stage for a leisurely trip “Downeast” through Maine’s incredible cruising grounds. Come learn from fellow cruisers, and then go explore! Come by boat, or come by car, but please join us!
For more information, contact Cecilia Dahl at email@example.com or 857-234-0316.