Article from Maine Windjammer Association August 2018 Newsletter ()
January 23, 2015
The Maine Event!

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The Schooner Gam Raft-up on June 8 provides a great opportunity to tour the entire fleet, meet the captains, enjoy some lively live music and even sample some grog.

Maine’s coastal towns have always focused on their waterfronts: shipbuilding, trade, racing and delicious seafood. Now, Maine’s most famous fleet of traditional ships continues the tradition with a series of events that brings the Golden Age of Sail back to life, along with a few modern twists. Sign up to cruise during one of these events and you’ll be much more than a bystander… you’ll be part of the fun!

Schooner Gam––Monday, June 8: The first MWA-sponsored event of the sailing season brings all the windjammers together for a raft-up, creating a living museum of traditional ships for guests to tour and explore. Live music and festivities cap the day. Four-day Gam cruises start at $645, all inclusive.


Windjammer Days Parade of Sail––Wednesday, June 24: In 1666, Europeans purchased the land that would become Boothbay Harbor from the local sachem. Since then, Boothbay Harbor has had a long and eventful history filled with battles, marauders and even hosting the fledgling American Naval fleet as it hid from the far superior British Navy in 1776. Now, many of the windjammers participate in Boothbay Harbor’s annual parade and festivities honoring the area’s history that is inextricably linked to its deep harbor.


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On July 3rd, Great Schooner Race guests can sail by day and dance the night away! All of the windjammers including the Schooner Heritage (pictured here) will finish at the Rockland Breakwater, followed by a raft-up and post-Race festivities at the Public Landing.

Great Schooner Race––Friday, July 3. If you like the excitement of sailing in company with America’s oldest fleet of sailing schooners, then participating in the Great Schooner Race is for you! All-day Race ends at the Rockland Breakwater, with post-Race festivities continuing on the waterfront.


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The Maine Lighthouse Parade on July 10 at the Rockland Breakwater provides both guests and spectators with close-up views of the entire fleet. Here, the Schooner Isaac H. Evans makes a pass.

Maine Windjammer Parade––Friday, July 10 – Here’s a chance to see the entire fleet sailing past Rockland’s iconic Breakwater. Sign up for a 3- to 6-day cruise that includes the Parade, and count on an afternoon of sailing excitement and photo madness.


Camden Windjammer Festival––Sept. 4-6

Camden honors the elegant sailing ships that have defined her as a community since the Golden Age of Sail. This festival includes a sail parade, demonstrations, talent shows, music and fireworks!


WoodenBoat Sail-In––Tuesday, Sept. 15

To celebrate the relationship between boat builders, boat lovers and the ships themselves, the fleet ends the season with a gathering in Brooklin, Maine where boats have been built and launched for more than a hundred years. Includes music and local foods.




In addition to our sailing events, you can plan your cruise around one of many popular land-based Festivals that take place in mid-coast Maine.

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We know windjamming won’t give you the blues, but if R&B is your kind of music, check out the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland on July 11-12. It’s an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast.

North Atlantic Blues Festival––Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12. Now you can combine fabulous sailing with lively performances by world-renowned blues musicians.


Maine Lobster Festival––July 29-August 2. For this festival, Maine’s famous crustaceans are the star of the show. Try scrumptious lobster cooked a thousand different ways.


Maine Boats Homes & Harbors Show ––August 7-9. Every year, Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers and marine gear vendors gather together for a weekend of celebrations.


For more information about the many fun events taking place on the Maine Coast this summer, click here.

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