Every year some of the most outstanding boats in the country converge at Mystic Seaport for the Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous. The annual event showcases high-quality antique vessels, including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. An award competition recognizes excellence in restoration, authenticity, and workmanship. Approximately 50 classic vessels dressed and in pristine condition will create a colorful gathering along the museum’s waterfront.
Sunday at 11:45 a.m. the classic vessels depart Mystic Seaport to take part in a jubilant, three-mile parade down the historic Mystic River. 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.