The Maine Windjammer Association
Maine Windjammer Association Newsletter
July 2017
 / VOLUME 17 / ISSUE 7
Great Schooner Race Recap

Congratulations to Schooners Stephen Taber, Ladona, American Eagle and Olad for winning their respective classes during the 41st annual Great Schooner Race that took place on July 7! Full results here.

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Factoring in wind, weather and tide, Race Committee members Captains Barry King, Garth Wells and J. R. Braugh get together early aboard Schooner Mary Day to work out the race course.

 

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Guests and crew members aboard the Mary Day work together to raise the sails.

 

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Captain Barry King explains the course for his guests aboard the Mary Day.

 

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Enthusiasm was running high amongst the crew members!

 

 
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Schooners Heron and Heritage cross paths during the Race.

 

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With six pre-WW I schooners in its division, including Schooner Isaac H. Evans, the Coaster Class was the largest class in this year’s Race.

 

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Toward the end of the day, rain began to fall and guests began to disappear (in the galley making cupcakes?), giving Capt. Barry King some quiet time at the helm.

 

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After dinner, everyone came ashore to the Sail, Power & Steam Museum for a festive Awards Ceremony. Captains Noah Barnes and Garth Wells kick it off with special awards for the small-boat races.

 

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Paul Blatt and Tony Buendo, crew members aboard Schooner Mary Day, won the Best Team Spirit award for their perseverance and enthusiasm during the Small Boat Races in Gilkey Harbor.

 

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Captain John Foss and his American Eagle crew won first place in the Windward Class division.

 

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Capt. J. R. Braugh and crew aboard Ladona took first place honors in the Leeward Class division.

 

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The Stephen Taber won the Coaster Class and the Cutty Sark Award for being the first schooner over the finish line. Captain Noah and crew, including 7-year-old Oscar Barnes, graciously accepted their award from Captain Jim Sharp during the Awards Ceremony at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum.

 

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Playin’ Possum provided music for the evening festivities.

 

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Mary Day crew member Maija dressed up for the Great Schooner Sweets dessert buffet.

 

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If you had a sweet tooth that night, you were in great company. Desserts were not only beautiful, but also very delicious!


It’s not too soon to sign up for next year’s Great Schooner Race…Friday, July 6, 2018. For details, visit our website. If you’re looking to sail this season, check out some of our available trips highlighted here.


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