Rockport Navy Weekend 2014
The Rockport Navy Committee (RocNavCom) and the town of Rockport will be hosting The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS). Five NA-44 foot sailboats will arrive in Rockport on Friday July 11th and cast off Sunday evening July 13th.
Sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, the USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts and the Navy Band in Newport, Rhode Island have been invited to participate in the weekend events.
Due the lack of available lodging for visiting active duty sailors, the Rockport Navy Committee is looking for Rockport residents willing to host sailors in their homes. We are holding to the Navy standard of the buddy system; hosts must be able to accommodate at least two sailors. The sailors only need lodging; no meals or transportation is required. If you are interested in hosting sailors, click here.
The US Navy and USNA will play kickball with pre-registered Rockport children 6-16 years old on Saturday. The children and sailors/midshipmen will be mixed together on the teams, no rivalries. Children must be able to be photographed. The game will be held at Evans Field at 10:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided for the players after the game at 12:15 p.m.
One of the USNA’s 44 foot sailboats will be open for public tours on T-wharf from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sunday hours will be posted shortly. Midshipmen will be on hand to answer questions.
USN/USNA vs Rockport, Evans Field. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Live DJ. Refreshments available. Will Navy beat Rockport for a second year? Public is welcome.
Sunday morning there will be a benefit pancake breakfast at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Enjoy breakfast seated with, whenever possible, visiting midshipmen and sailors while overlooking beautiful Sandy Bay! $5.00 donation at the door, the proceeds will benefit the Rockport Navy Committee.
Long Gun Demonstrations
A master gun team, in 1813 period uniforms, will be giving hourly demonstration using a replica of an 1812 USS Constitution gun deck complete with a 5,800 pound late 18th century long gun on Bearskin Neck. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Navy Band Concert
The Navy Band Northeast’s Pops Ensemble will perform a free concert at the Rockport High School, 24 Jerden’s Lane at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday July 13th. Tickets can be reserved by calling Roger at 978-618-3548 or can be picked up at the door.
The success of the Navy visits is dependent on the enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport. To help defer the costs of the Navy Weekend the RocNavCom will be holding a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available from committee members. The drawing will be held during the USN/USNA vs. a Rockport town softball game at Evans Field on Saturday night July 12th. The game starts at 6:30 pm. Public is welcome.
To make a financial donation, please click here.
Rockport Navy Committee
The Rockport Navy Committee is comprised of volunteers who have worked to bring the U.S. Navy to Rockport since 2007. Activities are planned to encourage the entire community to interact with and learn about the US Navy.
RocNavCom is a not for profit organization presently under the umbrella of the America Legion Post 98 Rockport.
This site was last updated: March 1, 2015
The Rockport Navy Weekend will be held July 10-12.
The United States Naval Academy plans on sending five boats with forty midshipmen and ten advisors.
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