The Maine Windjammer Association
Maine Windjammer Association Newsletter
July 2014
 / VOLUME 13  / ISSUE 7  
Wrap-up on the Race!

credit: Meg Maiden
Crews battle their way around the fleet during the small-boat races held the night before the Great Schooner Race.

Race Week kicked off during the first week of July with the 38th annual Great Schooner Race on the 4th. Even before the official Race got started, there were informal small-boat races amongst crewmembers in Gilkey Harbor. Most of the windjammers fielded “teams” that either rowed, paddled or sailed their way around the fleet. Entertaining doesn’t even begin to describe it!

The Spirit Award was presented to “Team Robert Wheeler” for their creative attire honoring their First Mate aboard the Victory Chimes. A pair of rowers from the Mary Day crew, motivated by Uncle Sam playing patriot tunes on a guitar, took first place for the rowing division. The American Eagle crew sailed (and paddled) to victory in their North Haven dinghy. To cap the evening, fireworks were provided by the Schooner Isaac H. Evans.

credit: Meg Maiden
With a darkening sky and a forecast calling for rain and high winds (the following day), Schooner Heritage makes for Rockland.

The effects of Hurricane Arthur—the first named storm of the season—took their toll on Race Day, but not before everyone enjoyed a gorgeous sunny morning with a nice breeze. Sixteen vessels made their way across Penobscot Bay to the Rockland Breakwater, finishing up between 3-4 pm, just before the rain started to fall.

credit: Meg Maiden

Trophies, plaques, rum and bragging rights were awarded at the dockside ceremony following the Great Schooner Race.

 

credit: Meg Maiden

Sean Mencher & his Rhythm Kings add some classic 1950s style Rockabilly music to the night.

 

credit: Meg Maiden
Captains Dennis Gallant and Candace Kuchinski, front and center, kick up their heels after the Race.

New for 2014, everyone was invited to tie up at the Rockland Public Landing and to attend the Awards Ceremony at the Pearl Restaurant. While rain and the threat of strong winds hovered in the background, a large, boisterous group enjoyed after-dinner snacks, drinks and great dancing tunes by Sean Mencher & his Rhythm Kings.

Captain Dan Pease, former owner of the Schooner Lewis R. French, was on hand to present awards. Here’s the official run-down:

Cutty Sark Award:

  First Overall:

  Stephen Taber

Flying Jib Class:

  First Place:

  Olad & Heritage

Flying Jib Class:

  Second Place:

  Winfield Lash

Flying Jib Class:

  Third Place:

  Summertime

Coasters Class:

  First Place:

  Stephen Taber

Coasters Class:

  Second Place:

  Lewis R. French

Coasters Class:

  Third Place:

  Isaac H. Evans

Leeward Class:

  First Place:

  Angelique

Leeward Class:

  Second Place:

  Heritage

Leeward Class:

  Third Place:

  J. & E. Riggin

Windward Class:

  First Place:

  Mary Day

Windward Class:

  Second Place:

  Heron

Windward Class:

  Third Place:

  American Eagle

3-Masters Class:

  First Place:

  Victory Chimes

credit: Kay Stephens, courtesy Pen Bay Pilot
Not only does Captain Noah get to hang on to his Coaster’s Class trophy, but he also won the Cutty Sark Award for being the overall winner of the 2014 Great Schooner Race.

Congratulations Captain Noah Barnes and Stephen Taber crew for winning the Cutty Sark Award! How did they do it? Check out the PenBayPilot’s report to learn how the day unfolded.

It’s not too soon to sign up for next year’s Great Schooner Race. Join us on July 3, 2015!


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