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Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous

Every year some of the most outstanding boats in the country converge at Mystic Seaport for the Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous. The annual event showcases restored antique vessels built before 1970, including cruisers, sailboats, runabouts, and launches. Visitors are invited to see the vessels on display at Mystic Seaport all day Saturday and Sunday morning. An award competition will recognize excellence in restoration, authenticity, and workmanship. This year, the Rhodes Reliant class is featured.

Austin Healey Car Show

In addition to the antique boats, the Austin-Healey Club of America will display 20 vehicles on the Village Green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. Examples of the entire Austin-Healey line – 100s, 3000s, 3000 convertibles, and Sprites – will be exhibited on the Green and the car owners will be on hand to answer questions.

Boat Parade

Sunday at 12:30 p.m. the classic vessels will take part in a three-mile parade down the historic Mystic River led by the Museum’s very own 1908 steamboat Sabino. Each boat will be announced on the shore at Mystic River Park as it passes through the iconic bascule bridge. The spectacular boats and their costumed crews will make their way down river to Fishers Island Sound in what has become a highlight of the Mystic summer season.

2014 Judges Awards

Powerboat less than 45’
Sea Rebel – Best in Class
Owner: Warren Jacque

Dorsey Dee – Special citation for the ongoing preservation of a traditional downeast design and build
Owner: Kerry C. Brown

Powerboat 45’ and over
Corsair – Special citation for excellence and ongoing care and in appreciation of support of this event
Owners: Steve and Deborah Maresca

Subito – Special citation for keeping the Huckins spirit alive
Owner: George Weld

Sailboat less than 40’
Bantam – Best in Class
Owner: Richard Dixon

Sailboat 40’ and over
Procyon – Special citation for a well-kept boat with five generations of family ownership
Owner: Bruce Bradley

Raven – Special citation for a boat owned and maintained by the same family since 1980 and used for extensive cruising in fine condition for a planned cruise into the Pacific
Owner: Doug Wintermute

Runabouts and Others

  • Best Outboard Runabout: Sea Ya!
    Owner: Jennifer Lee
  • Best Family Maintained Utility: Pastime
    Owners: Steve and Irene Haines
  • Lazarus Award: Our Time – Bold choice for total restoration
    Owner: Thomas Hannon
  • Judge Emeritus Award: Peter Barlow
    Windemere – A good looking classic sail boat
    Owner: Richard Sammons
  • Featured Boat Award: Best Rhodes Reliant
    Owner: Ben Stavis

Guest judge Ian McCurdy of McCurdy and Rhodes Yacht Design had great difficulty in choosing between the fine examples of the Rhodes Reliants present at the event. In the end, Astarte carried the day.