Thursday, December 5, 2013
Forecasters say the weather's going to be great this weekend. At SailMaine, they're choosing not to talk about sun or rain or any of those things.
"We've got our fingers crossed," said Alicia Mooradian, who's coordinating SailMaine's fifth annual Open House on Sunday. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SailMaine location just east of Ocean Gateway and near Portland Yacht Services on the Eastern Prom walkway in Portland. Mooradian and Co. are trying not to jinks themselves after last weekend's regatta was wiped out after just two races due to wind and too much water coming from above rather than below the boats.
Portland should packed on Sunday with the annual Old Port Festival going on and Mooradian hopes many of the fest-goers will wander down to the waterfront to see what SailMaine has to offer.
"It's usually a mix of families that are kind of curious and come down and check it out and single people who come with their friends," Mooradian said.
On land open house attendees will see sail rigging and knot-tying demos and have the chance to snack on hot dogs from Mark's stand. For the kids there will be kits to make and decorate boats.
But the best part will be the chance to get out on the water. According to Mooradian, there will be a variety of boats ranging from 14-foot 420s, to 19- to 22-foot day sailers and a 39-foot cruiser. Free rides will be given for 20 to 30 minutes allowing rookie sailors a harbor-side view of the Portland waterfront.
"People can choose (a boat) based on their comfort level," Mooradian said.
But since Sunday's going to be sunny and in the 70s, even the smallest SailMaine boat will do just fine.
Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.
Karen Beaudoin, online editor for MaineToday Media, likes knowing the important things - like who's just opened their deck for a sunny afternoon beer and what Portland's eclectic set of street performers are up to.