Mystic Seaport Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous Coming Up

A collection of mint-condition Rybovich sportfishing boats will highlight the 36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24.

The event showcases restored antique vessels built before 1965, including cruisers, sailboats, runabouts, and launches. Visitors are invited to see the displayed vessels Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An award competition will recognize excellence in restoration, authenticity, and workmanship.

Pat Rybovich (granddaughter of the company’s founder) will give a presentation of her new book RYBOVICH and sign copies on Saturday afternoon.

In addition to the antique boats, the Austin-Healey Club of America will display over 30 vehicles on the Village Green from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday evening will also be the setting for the Museum’s Rum Runners Rendezvous. This is a Caribbean-themed night of food, drink, and dancing. Steel drums will be played by Pan Man Jose and dancing music will be provided by the Key West Trio. The Rendezvous includes dinner and drinks. The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by calling (860-572-5376) or via email at

Sunday at 12:30 p.m. the classic vessels will take part in a 3-mile parade down the historic Mystic River. Each boat will be announced on the shore as it passes through Mystic’s famous bascule bridge on its way to Noank. Townspeople and tourists will line the parade route to see the boats and their costumed crews in what has become a high point of the Mystic summer season.

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