The Great Schooner Race

This week’s cruise includes a spectacle not seen anywhere else in the world: an amazing congregation of big working sail vessels all arriving and anchoring in the same beautiful island harbor the night before a fine day of racing around Penobscot Bay. (Mary Day has won a number of times but has been bested enough to make it a great race.) Folks always ask if we have passengers aboard during the race. You bet! And we hope you help trim the sails. Don’t worry, if you are new to sailing we will be glad to show you the ropes.

 

Schooner Mary Day racing in the Maine Windjammer Association Great Schooner Race

Schooner Mary Day charging along in the Great Schooner Race!

Prior to the race the fleet sailed and gathered in Gilkeys Harbor the evening before a fairly unpredictable day of racing. Last year’s race began at Islesboro and headed on what is usually an upwind course towards the Rockland Breakwater Light. Afterwards a post-race fete was enjoyed by all ashore. A perfect ending to a glorious day on the bay!

Sign up soon for the Maine windjammer racing event of the summer.

Maine Windjammer Association Great Schooner Race

Windjammers Angelique and Lewis R French racing in the Maine Windjammer Association Great Schooner Race

 

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