This past Labor Day weekend, Camden, Maine, hosted its annual Camden Windjammer Festival- a two-day festival celebrating Camden’s maritime heritage. All of the Maine Windjammers and their delighted guests arrived in Camden Harbor to celebrate and be celebrated. The festival is focused on family-fun. Friday’s early events include a Kids’ Treasure hunt, maritime booths and
The 45th annual Great Schooner Race, which took place on Friday, July 8th, was a demonstration of seamanship and sportsmanship at its finest on Penobscot Bay. The race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships, includes Maine Windjammer Association vessels and a few visiting traditional sailing vessels racing for the coveted Cutty Sark trophy.
Maine’s Midcoast, and the entire Penobscot Bay region glows in the harvest hues of Mother Nature’s fall colors from mid-September through October. From the water, the Maine Windjammer Association captains watch as color sets in and the reds, yellows, and oranges of the hillsides bathe the entire region in fall foliage vistas. Add in a
The Maine Windjammer Association has its sails set for the next week when it rolls out WINDJAMMER WEDNESDAY, on December 9, 2020. Mark the calendar! On December 9th only, Maine Windjammer Association will offer an unprecedented 10-percent off their gift certificates, honored on all the eight vessels in the fleet.
In consideration for the limitations on gatherings of no more than 50 people per Governor Janet Mill’s Safe Gradual Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy, the Maine Windjammer Association has reconsidered their July fleet-wide events, cancelling the 44TH Annual Great Schooner Race, scheduled for July 2, 2020 and Parade of Sail scheduled on July 10, July
As the Coronavirus pandemic persists, no corner of our lives has been spared. Travelers put their vacation dreams on hold, and while windjammer captains move full steam ahead on fit-out season, the question remains on when they can sail this summer. A shelter in place order remains in place leaving everyone to wonder when Maine will once again become Vacationland.
Just as the currents and tides ebb and flow, so does the news of the day. However, unlike nature’s balance on the seas, the news has tended to flow in all one direction lately. One thing we know with all the certainty is that the tides will change and someday the present fear of viruses will wane. We also know with equal certainty that once it’s safe to travel again, a windjammer vacation will be exactly what eco-travelers will carve. The chance to surround yourself with nature’s beauty, fresh food and the feeling of movement across the bay with boat and wind in balance will be the most soothing experience imaginable.
One of the biggest trends for 2020 is that solo travel on the rise. Single travelers are seeking adventures where it’s easy to fit in and they won’t feel alone along the Maine Coast on a historic windjammer cruise. A Maine Windjammer Association cruise comes with a made-to-order group of friends.
Once part of Massachusetts, Maine became independent—very independent—in March of 1820, 200 years ago. To mark two centuries of statehood, visitors will be able to take part in festivals, parades and community celebrations throughout the state from March to October 2020. Whether its taking part in the Great Schooner Race along with tall ships from
While the 2019 Maine Windjammer Association season is still underway, with plenty of opportunities for fabulous fall sailing through mid-October, we’ve wrapped up the fleet-wide events for the season. From the Gam to the WoodenBoat Sail-In, the fleet gathered from Carter Cove to Camden and ports in-between for raft-ups and races. It’s not too early