2022 Sunset Seminars

Free Admission To All

7:00 pm Start July 6, July 27, August 17, 

August 31


Donations are welcomed for CAYSP (Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program)

CYC hosts a special presentation on assessing the risks of rising seas. 7/13/2022

Scroll down to read about each session

There is a link to the Rising Seas presentation at the bottom of the page. 

7/6:  Piloting Big Ships on Penobscot Bay - 

Captain David Gelinas

What types of vessels traversing Penobscot Bay need a pilot's guidance, and what cargoes do these big ships carry? Captain David Gelinas, president of the Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association, will discuss Maine's State Pilotage System and how it works – from legal requirements and pilot training to effective collaboration with the captains of visiting ships. David will also tell how recreational boaters can interact safely with piloted vessels and safely steer well clear of them. Like all boaters, David has some great sea stories to share, and he will welcome questions from the audience. 


Captain David Gelinas, president of the Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association, graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1984. He then set to sea as a deck officer on a RO-RO container ship for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and an anchor-handling tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico. He also worked on many other vessels including crude oil and product tankers on the East and West coasts of the U.S.  David came ashore in 1992 as a full-time Penobscot Bay and River Pilot after training for many years during his time off from shipping. His training mentors included Captains Gil Hall of Camden and Bill Abbott from Belfast.  David serves on the Maine Pilotage Commission, the Maine & New Hampshire Port Safety Forum, and the Maine Department of Transportation's Offshore Wind Port Advisory Group. He lives in Camden with his wife Rae-Ann and son Noah.

7/27: Wind, Weather & Wood – Classic Yacht Regattas on the Coast of Maine

Alison Langley

Alison Langley photographs and films classic yachts worldwide, but Maine’s classic yacht regattas bring her home every summer to capture what she calls “these treasures of history” in all their beauty and sailing prowess. She will share images and stories from her never-ending quest to capture a “perfect” image that expresses the pure essence of sailing. Not an easy task when shooting in a constantly changing environment where everything is in motion: the water, the weather, the light, and the racing boats and her chase boat! Hear from a world-renowned photographer about how she makes all this come together to capture perfect moments and see some of the newest images from a career spanning 40 years. 


Alison Langley studied film at NYU and photography at Rhode Island School of Design before moving to Australia and working in a film animation/special effects studio. She then took to the sea for six years, crewing on Eye of the Wind, a 130-ft. Brigantine, and two different Swans. Sailing throughout the North and South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean inspired her love for nautical photography and her first stories in sailing and travel magazines. Returning to the U.S., she went on to work in Newport, Rhode Island, for Onne van der Wal’s and Stock Newport, a photo agency that specialized in nautical imagery. Photographing her first Eggemoggin Reach Regatta made Alison a dedicated fan of wooden boat construction and racing. It also prompted her permanent move to Midcoast Maine. She currently

lives and works in Camden with her two children.

8/17: Schooner Tall Tales 

Aaron Lincoln

Schooner Tall Tales

Aaron has logged more than 100,000 miles of sailing. More than half of those miles have been on Penobscot Bay. Lincoln has plenty of tales to share about wild storms, fascinating passengers, wildlife encounters, creative problem solving, history, and more. He will tell some of his favorite stories during a free Camden Yacht Club Summer Seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 17.

Lincoln, captain, and owner of the Schooler Olad and the Cutter Owl, was born in Rockland and raised in Union and can trace his Maine roots through multiple generations back to the 1700s.

A sailor since age 23, Lincoln has boated extensively along the Atlantic seaboard and the Caribbean. Before acquiring the Olad in 2005, he worked on many Maine-based vessels, including North Wind, Liberty, Liberty Clipper, Roseway, White Hawk, and the Penobscot Pilot.

8/31: Lessons from a Lifelong Sailor

Nigel Calder

Nigel Calder will take a lighthearted look at the mishaps and misadventures that have helped him become a revered sailor, systems expert, and admired author of boating manuals. Find out what's involved in maintaining critical boat systems and how to cope when they fail. Nigel will share tales from four decades of family boating adventures in the North Sea, the Caribbean, and other waters. He will also offer pointers about boat maintenance, mechanical breakdowns, nautical charts, navigation, anchoring, and the challenges that can make or break a day out on the water. Laugh along with Nigel as he recalls regrettable mistakes, inventive solutions, and positive outcomes.


Nigel Calder, who repaired motorcycles and sailed dinghies as a teen, has never outgrown his fascination with machines and boats. The technical skills he gained working on an automotive assembly line, in a foundry and machine shop, and on offshore oil platforms have served him well at sea. Nigel and his wife Terrie – sometimes with their two children -- have sailed the North Sea and the Caribbean, among many other destinations. They built and lived on two 70-foot canal boats and a 39-foot Ingrid cutter, sailing a Pacific Seacraft 40 for five years and then a Malo 45. As technical director of the European Union Hybrid Marine (HYMAR), Nigel used a second Malo 45 for extensively testing experimental electrical and hybrid propulsion systems. Nigel serves on the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Electrical Project Technical Committee. Boatersworldwide rely on his books about boat maintenance and marine diesel engines. He has also written over 200 magazine articles, Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook, How to Read a Nautical Chart, and cruising guides for sailors heading to the Northwest Caribbean and Cuba.


CYC Hosts a Special Presentation on
Assessing the Risks of Rising Seas

Insights into the risks of rising seas to places like Camden Harbor.
A discussion with NOAA’s Observing Systems Manager, Rob Loesch.


As NOAA’s National Ocean Service Observing Systems & Infrastructure Manager, Rob Loesch is responsible for the nationwide (and US Territories) continuously operating real-time water levels and currents measurement systems. He ensures that these systems deliver near real-time continuous, highly accurate, high-quality measurements in all weather conditions. This requires the fusing of data from buoys, fixed stations, and satellites, and then presenting the products in a manner that is usable to engineers, sailors, and the public. He will talk about how data is stored, where the public can access it, and what tools are available for coastal towns like Camden to make predictions about sea level in five years, twenty years, and beyond.  After the talk, attendees will know how to access data that shows NOAA’s best estimate of what water level risks are likely to impact Camden and when.   


Rob has held his current position at NOAA for nine years. Prior to that, he was a Senior Engineer and Project Manager with Global PCCI JV out of Alexandria, VA, working in mechanical, civil, and ocean engineering, and before that CEO of Blue Crane working a wide variety of engineering projects. Rob was Shipboard Engineering Officer, Ocean & Coastal Engineer, and Professional Engineer with the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Texas A&M, and the Naval War College.