The Maine Windjammer Association

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- Facts About our Fleet
- List of 2018 Fleet Events and Gatherings

What’s new?

January 2018

Maine Windjammer Association Voted #1 Maine Attraction

The Maine Windjammer Association received First Place in the 2017 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of Best Maine Attraction. [read the press release]

August 2017

Captain Jim Sharp to Receive Windjammers’ Lifetime Appreciation Award

Captain Jim and Meg Sharp have a bird’s eye view from the tower of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse during the Maine Windjammer Parade. [read the press release]

February 2017

Plan Your Vacation Around the Moon and Stars

Without a lot of light pollution, Maine is the perfect place for brilliant star-gazing, and guests aboard the tall ships of the windjammer fleet have front-row seats. [read the press release]

January 2017

Maine Windjammers Offer Cruises Tailored to Special Interests and Hobbies

Of the 200+ cruises offered in 2017, there are dozens of themed trips from yoga and knitting to Acadia National Park cruises and kayaking tours.
[read the press release]

September 2016

Maine Windjammer Captains Present Lifetime Appreciation Award

The Maine Windjammer Association is pleased to announce that Wayne Hamilton, President of Hamilton Marine, is the 2016 recipient of the MWA Lifetime Appreciation Award.
[read the press release]

July 2016

Windjammers Celebrate Park Centennial with Parade of Sail

Celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100th anniversary, six of Maine’s historic windjammers will join more than 60 sailboats in full flag dress during the Somes Sound Windjammer Parade on August 2, from 2:00-4:00 pm.
[read the press release]

April 2016

Great Schooner Race Turns 40!

Hailed as the largest annual race for traditional schooners, windjammer guests and crews will compete in a friendly all-day race from Islesboro to Rockland on July 8.
[read the press release]

March 2016

Special Diets Are a Cinch Aboard Maine's Windjammers

Paleo? Gluten Free? Allergic to Peppers? No Problem! [read the press release]

February 2016

MWA Announces 2016 Season

With the addition of creative new specialty cruises, growth in the fleet and a special parade to celebrate Acadia National Park’s Centennial, the MWA has lots of new offerings for visitors in 2016. [read the press release]

November 2015

MWA Welcomes Newest Member: Ladona

North America's oldest fleet of commercial sailing vessels just got bigger, with the addition of the William Hand-designed racing schooner Ladona. [read the press release]

USS CONSTITUTION Museum Recognizes Captains of Maine Windjammer Association

This fall, the USS Constitution Museum bestowed its annual Don Turner Award on MWA  Captains John Foss of the American Eagle and Linda Lee and Doug Lee of the Heritage. [read the press release]

June 2015

Maine Windjammers, the Eco-Friendly Way to Travel

Two National Historic Landmark schooners will host 80 teenagers from Portland and Rockland as part of the Schooner Kids program, an invitational event hosted by the Maine Windjammer Association that encourages Maine’s next generation of sailors to experience traditional sail. [read the press release]

May 2015

Schooner Kids Celebrates Solstice with 2nd Annual Daysail

Two National Historic Landmark schooners will host 80 teenagers from Portland and Rockland as part of the Schooner Kids program, an invitational event hosted by the Maine Windjammer Association that encourages Maine’s next generation of sailors to experience traditional sail. [read the press release]

April 2015

See Maine from the Sea Aboard a Maine Windjammer

Close-up views of lighthouses and islands are just a few of the benefits of seeing Maine from the deck of a windjammer. [read the press release]

March 2015

Windjammer Captains Receive Maine Tourism Award

The Maine Windjammer Association is pleased to announce that it is the 2015 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, the key honor presented at the Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism. [read the press release]

Indulge Your Passion in a Maine Windjammer Association Specialty Cruise

While relaxation is often the number one goal on a vacation, some guests like to combine the experience with their favorite hobby. Round-up of 2015 themes range from a writer’s workshop and Bastille Day cruise to yoga and Acadia National Park tours. [read the press release]

January 2015

Maine Windjammer Association Announces 39th Annual Great Schooner Race

Every summer since 1977, the Maine Windjammer Association has hosted the Great Schooner Race, providing an opportunity for captains, crews and passengers aboard traditional vessels from all over the Eastern Seaboard to rendezvous for a fun day of racing. Geared for spectators on shore, too! [read the press release]

March 2014

MWA Captains Unveil Code of Excellence

For the first time in its history, the members of the Maine Windjammer Association have developed a Code of Excellence that expresses the values of its membership and defines the hallmarks of an MWA windjammer cruise. [read the press release]

Maine's Treasured Islands Offer More Access Than Ever

Thanks to the generosity of private landowners and dedicated conservation groups, Maine’s 4,613 islands are more accessible than ever. [read the press release]

February 2014

Music to Your Ears: Windjammers Feature Songs of the Sea and a Whole Lot More

This season, to cater to guests who like to hear or even make music, the captains of the Maine Windjammer Association are offering special cruises where passengers can enjoy music to their heart's content. [read the press release]

January 2014

Maine Windjammers Offer Free Excursions On Every Cruise

For windjammer guests who want to take in the local sights, there are excursions every day...all at no extra charge! [read the press release]

December 2013

2013 Season By the Numbers

At the end of the season when all the windjammers were put to bed for the winter, we asked the captains to share some numbers... [read the press release]

September 2013

Annual WoodenBoat Sail-In Attracts Windjammer Fleet

On Tuesday, September 10, the Maine windjammer fleet will congregate at the WoodenBoat Publications waterfront in Brooklin for the fleet’s final gathering of the 2013 season. [read the press release]

July 2013

Great Schooner Race a Huge Success: The Mary Day Secures Bragging Rights in 37th Annual Event

17 of Maine's historic schooners hosted 500 guests with nearly a thousand spectators on hand to cheer the largest annual gathering of historic schooners in America this holiday week. [read the press release]

June 2013

Windjammer Lighthouse Parade Offers Close-Up Views of Historic Fleet

On-shore spectators will enjoy stunning views of Maine’s historic windjammer fleet during the 9th annual Maine Windjammer Parade. [read the press release]

Rockland Breakwater Offers Front-Row Seats for Schooner Race, Plus Free Dockside Tours

For anyone who's missed the boat on signing up to sail in the Great Schooner Race on July 5, there's plenty of room for spectators to cheer for their favorite schooner from the mile-long Rockland Breakwater that marks one end of the finish line. [read the press release]

April 2013

Three Windjammer Captains Celebrate Tenth Anniversary

Captain Noah Barnes of the Stephen Taber, Captain Owen Dorr of the Nathaniel Bowditch and Captain Garth Wells of the Lewis R. French celebrate a decade at the helm of their Windjammers.  [read the press release]

Maine Windjammer Association Welcomes Guests for 37th Annual Great Schooner Race

From first-time sailors to old salts, guests are invited to participate in this informal, friendly competition that includes a multi-day “training” cruise to help new crewmembers learn the ropes before the big event.  [read the press release]

February 2013

Maine Windjammer Fleet Annouces New Specialty Cruises for 2013

This season, the Maine Windjammer Association captains are offering a new roster of cruises that will feed the mind, tempt the taste buds and get guests thinking. [read the press release]


January 2013

Sails & Trails: Stretch Your Legs on a Maine Windjammer Vacation

If the fear of taking a sailing vacation scares you because you might miss a workout or you imagine being "cooped up" on a ship, relax! Maine's windjammers stop every night, providing guests with plenty of opportunity to stretch their legs ashore. [read the press release]


Fly Away on a Maine Windjammer Cruise

Windjammer guests can get a jump on their Maine sailing vacation and also beat the traffic this summer with the Travel Packages offered exclusively by the Maine Windjammer Association. [read the press release]