|credit: Paul LaChance
|Every September, the entire fleet, including these lovely schooners Stephen Taber and Mary Day, make tracks for Brooklin for the annual WoodenBoat Sail-In.
“Back to School” sales, bright, orange pumpkins and big, yellow school busses all herald the coming of fall. In mid-coast Maine, fall also means it’s time for the annual WoodenBoat Sail-In. Every September, the entire Maine windjammer fleet gathers at the Brooklin, Maine headquarters of WoodenBoat where the award-winning and internationally renowned WoodenBoat Magazine and WoodenBoat School have operated for nearly 40 years.
But first, a little history:
It’s September 1974, North Brooksville, Maine. A “back-to-the-lander” and longtime wooden boat aficionado called Jon Wilson has written, edited and assembled 400 copies of his new niche magazine – WoodenBoat – featuring the schooner SILVER HEELS. He’s accomplished all this in a tiny cabin without the help of electricity or plumbing and with only one single telephone that’s nailed to a nearby tree. His new magazine finds a ready audience and so begins a long and storied publishing career.
Fast-forward 40 years:
That single publication has expanded into a publishing house, a boatbuilding school, a store and an online job service. At present, WoodenBoat now offers three publications including the original bi-monthly WoodenBoat Magazine boasting a subscription of 100,000. This fabulous resource is well-known in boat building and boat designing circles and is a must for every wooden boat owner.
Every year, WoodenBoat opens its doors to the Maine Windjammer Association so that windjamming guests can explore the grounds, the store and the school, and learn about the history of traditional wooden boats. On Tuesday, September 10, this all takes place on Brooklin’s rugged shoreline with scrumptious local food on offer and live music by Flash in the Pans to encourage guests dance the afternoon away.