Why Take a Maine Sailing Vacation?

Sailing in Maine is an unforgettable experience…its the way a sailing adventure should be.

Maine's coast is beautiful and rustic - and there is no better way to see it than from the deck of a windjammer.

Because Maine is so much more than just a place—it’s a feeling you get the moment you arrive.

It’s been said that as soon as you cross the Piscataqua (Pih-SKAT-uh-qua) River Bridge, the Maine/New Hampshire line runs down the river, the air changes, senses heighten. Piscataqua is an Abenaki word for “rapid waters”. Deciduous trees yield to tall, stately pines.  The air is crisp and clean, the water sparkles…there is something purely different about Maine.

Believe it or not, Maine has more coastline than California! It may not look like it on a map, but Maine’s glacial history has carved many nooks and crannies into the coast. A total of 3,478 miles (California has 3,427).  Not only does Maine have that classic, rocky coastline, but the many hidden coves sport pristine sand beaches.

Maine also has 3,166 off-shore islands, many which are uninhabited and ripe for exploring.

Temperatures on the Maine coast are refreshing and restorative. From highs of 60-70 in May/June, to 70-80 July/August, and back down to 60-70 in September/Octobers. Nighttime temps tend to be in the high 40’s to  high 50’s during that time. The air is dry and comfortable.

And if the fabulous weather and adventure of unexplored islands aren’t enticing enough, Maine is home to 65 historic lighthouses, one of which is purported to be haunted (Seguin Island Light in Phippsburg, ME). When you sail in Maine you are guaranteed to spot a few!

Lighthouse along the coast of maine by Dave Aldrich

Maine’s coastal wildlife is also pretty special. There aren’t too many places where you can find bald eagles, osprey, great herons, puffins, seals, porpoise, and perhaps even a whale. From April through October whales migrate into the Gulf of Maine and feast and frolick within 20 miles of the coast.

Osprey Nest by Richard Ball Photography

And did we mention sweet, succulent lobster? You won’t get Maine lobster quality on a barefoot cruise in the Bahamas!

Lobster Bake courtesy of the Mary Day by Wayne Cotterly

Sailing in Maine also includes visits to quaint coastal towns where you can shop for antiques, craft brews, Maine gifts, and have a cozy lunch at any of the many eateries while you watch lobstermen haul in their catch.

Adventure, gorgeous scenery, beautiful weather, captivating wildlife, local town exploration, 18th century fishing villages, old town squares, copious beach roses, and quiet, peaceful hidden coves are all great reasons why you should consider sailing in Maine this season!

Schooner Mary Day in Camden by Jan Dattoli

Meet our fleet, check out some of the specialty cruises for this season, consider a vacation package that includes a stay at one of Camden’s or Rocklands beautiful inns (some of them are haunted, too!), and request a set of brochures from all nine vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association fleet.

Start planning your windjammer sailing vacation in Maine today! We hope to see you aboard!