Date Set for Great Schooner Race
April 18, 2012
Since 1977, any traditionally rigged schooner on the Eastern Seaboard has been welcome to participate in the annual Great Schooner Race held in midcoast Maine. Known as an extremely informal and friendly competition, the captains of the Maine Windjammer Association don’t normally set an exact date or location for the Race until a few days before, preferring to let wind, weather and tide call the shots—until now.
For the first time in 15 years, the MWA has set a date and overall course for the Great Schooner Race. On Friday, July 6 at 11:00 a.m., dozens of schooners will race from the Rockland breakwater to Camden Harbor in an event that transports passengers and spectators to a period in history when cargo-laden schooners raced to be the first to market so they might capture the best prices. Back then, every trip was a race against time and a captain’s profits depended heavily on his crew’s sailing skills.