The Maine Windjammer Association
Maine Windjammer Association Newsletter
June 2016
 / VOLUME 15  / ISSUE 6  
Flotsam & Jetsam!

credit: Ben Magro
When asked why he gets excited about rafting up with the fleet, Captain Noah of the Stephen Taber says, “It’s fun for us captains because we like to get together and spin yarns. And this is an old tradition. Historically, there have been Gams in Valparaiso, Hampton Roads, and even Hong Kong. Remember, they didn’t have cell phones so this was when they would get together and celebrate being on the water. It’s like creating home in whatever anchorage they might find themselves.”


Extra Raft-up Scheduled Next Month

On Thursday, July 7th, all of the windjammers are invited to raft-up in Gilkey Harbor on Islesboro for an evening of festivities prior to the Great Schooner Race. Lucky guests will be able to go visiting from ship to ship and experience a large portion of our nation’s surviving maritime heritage all in one place. “This is the largest fleet of traditional vessels in this country and having them all rafted up together can be very moving. It’s like a schooner-palooza,” says Captain Noah Barnes.

Besides getting a chance to tour all the vessels, guests get to cheer on their favorite crews in the Annual Row, Paddle and Sail Small Boat Race. As the invitation states, “Seamanship is encouraged, but not a prerequisite.”


Still Time to Sail This Season

If you’re worried about “missing the boat” this summer, take a look at some of our available cruises. With 9 vessels in the fleet, and over 200 trips to choose from, there are still bunks available on many of our cruises, but we encourage you to book as soon as you can. We hope you’ll join us this season!

credit: Captain Brenda Thomas
Isaac H. Evans Captain Brenda Thomas organized a flare-training workshop recently. Some of the Heritage crew joined in, too, including Captain Linda Lee.


Safety Training with Flares

Captain Brenda Thomas, owner of Schooner Isaac H. Evans, recently arranged a training exercise for some of the schooner crews at North End Shipyard in Rockland. They used expired flares so they could experience what it's like to actually fire one—orange smoke for daytime distress and red flares for night.


  Share the Experience!


We’re having fun spreading the word about windjamming via social media and our new hashtag campaign #ThisIsWindjamming. Join us by sharing your photos and adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Thanks!

For more information about how to book a cruise aboard one of the nine vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association during one of the events, click here.


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