Eggemoggin Reach

The annual pilgrimage begins in Castine, Maine, where the faithful gather on a summer’s Wednesday eve to partake of libations and reaffirm their belief in the majesty of wood.

Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

The Brooklin Scene: As the sailboats and their tenders arrive and the raft-ups begin, the protected anchorage at the southern end of Eggemoggin Reach takes on a delightful party atmosphere. The annual race — this is year 28 — is open to wooden boats 24 feet and longer (the feeder race from Castine is restricted to boats longer than 28 feet). This year’s racing takes place Saturday, August 3. For information about the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta and the many events surrounding it, visit www.erregatta.com.Alison Langley

Come morning, surrounded by gleaming varnish and shining brass, devout crews will hoist sails and be off for the Castine Classic Yacht Regatta. Over the course of 20 miles, a flotilla of wooden thoroughbreds will gallop, wind willing and with tender in tow, southwest along the granite shores of Isleboro, before rounding up and turning into Camden, where they’ll rest for the night.

By dawn, the fleet will have grown. On the grounds of the Camden Yacht Club, skippers will await a final blessing by the race committee before setting off from a point off North Haven, perhaps tacking, perhaps reaching through the rocky outcroppings and pine-speckled isles of the Deer Island Thoroughfare. It will be a pageant of sail as the boats cleave the harbor in Stonington and make the final run for the holy land: Eggemoggin Reach and the cove in Brooklin.

| |Castine Yacht Regatta Can there be a more eye-pleasing sailboat than the Concordia yawl? This year marks the 75th anniversary of the C. Raymond Hunt- and Waldo Howland-designed classics, and they will be belles of the ball at the Castine Classic Yacht Regatta, set for July 31 and August 1. For a list of festivities and race details, visit _www.castineyachtclub.org_.|

As the setting sun casts late afternoon shadows, more sailboats — Herreshoffs, Concordias, Crockers and Aldens — will pour in, many accompanied by their own mother ships to house owners and crew.

Come Saturday, while dew dries on teak toerails, regatta co-founder Steve White of the Brooklin Boat Yard will gather the flock around him on shore. Soon cannons will blast and the race round Halibut Rocks — the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta — will be under way. As it should be. It’s August in Maine.

Mark Pillsbury