40th Great Schooner Race a Success

The schooner Lewis R French will be at the Great Schooner Race. Photo courtesy Schooner Lewis R. French.
The schooner Lewis R French will be at the Great Schooner Race. Photo courtesy Schooner Lewis R. French.

Bangor Daily News: A brisk northeast wind Friday [July 8] helped propel 16 ships sailing across Penobscot Bay for the 40th anniversary of what organizers bill as the oldest schooner race in North America.

“It was a great day,” said Kip Files, captain of the Victory Chimes, which participated in the Great Schooner Race.

The wind was stronger than forecast, with a steady breeze of 15 knots from the northeast, Files reported. His 127’ vessel, which was filled to capacity with 44 guests, came in second with a time of four hours 15 minutes.

Read more about the 40th annual Great Schooner Race.