Schooner Heritage Wins 2018 Great Schooner Race

A forecast of rain, possible thunderstorms and gusty winds postponed the start of the 42rd Annual Great Schooner Race on Friday, July 6, in Rockland, Maine. About three hours after the scheduled start, the race got underway at approximately 1:15 p.m. Eleven boats raced from Gilkey Harbor in Islesboro to the finish line at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

The Schooner Heritage took top honors, taking home the Cutty Sark Award trophy. In keeping with tradition, captains Doug and Linda Lee were presented with the trophy and the coveted “Eat My Wake” flag, by the 2017 winner of the award Noah Barnes, Captain of the Schooner Stephen Taber.

There was serious competition among the competing boats, which hailed from Rockland, Camden and Newport.


The Cutty Sark Award for first place overall: Schooner Heritage, Captained by Doug & Linda Lee, Rockland, ME


Coaster Class

First Place:  Schooner Stephen Taber, Captain: Noah Barnes, Homeport: Rockland, ME

Second Place: Schooner Grace Bailey, Captain: Christopher Trandell, Owner: Ray Williamson, Homeport: Camden, ME

Third Place:  Schooner Lewis R. French, Captain Garth Wells, Homeport: Camden, ME


Leeward Class

First Place:  Schooner Heritage, Captains: Doug & Linda Lee, Homeport: Rockland, ME

Second Place: Schooner J&E Riggin, Captain: Jon Finger & Annie Mahle, Homeport:  Rockland, ME

Third Place: Windjammer Angelique, Captain: Dennis Gallant, Homeport: Camden, ME


Windward Class

First Place: Schooner American Eagle, Captain: John Foss, Homeport: Rockland, ME

Second Place: Schooner Mary Day, Captain: Barry King, Homeport: Camden ME

Third Place: Schooner Ladona, Captain: J.R. Braugh, Homeport: Rockland, ME


Additional awards were given for seamanship and navigational skills.

The Spirit of ’53 Award recognizing guest involvement and seamanship during the Great Schooner Race went to the three-masted Victory Chimes, captained by Kip Files, homeport: Rockland, ME