Event of the Week: 2013 Great Schooner Race

Photo/Maine Windjammer Association
Photo/Maine Windjammer Association

Every summer since 1977, the Maine Windjammer Association has hosted the Great Schooner Race, providing an opportunity for captains, crews and passengers aboard traditional vessels from all over the Eastern Seaboard to rendezvous for a fun day of racing.

Hailed as “the largest annual gathering of traditional schooners in America,” this year at least 20 schooners are expected to participate in the 37th Annual Great Schooner Race, scheduled to take place on July 5 in Penobscot Bay.

Boaters can get a front-row seat to the event as the schooners race from Islesboro to Rockland, Maine. An awards ceremony with live music will follow on the Rockland waterfront.

The history of racing these magnificent wooden coasting schooners started over a century ago with sailors trying to beat their competitors to market. The first boat back to port always got the best price for their cargo—perhaps fish, lumber, granite or even Christmas trees. The “Race” was always unspoken, but ever present.

To learn more about bringing your boat to Rockland, check out our Boater’s Guide section by CLICKING HERE.

For more information of the Great Schooner Race, including how you can participate on one of the ships CLICK HERE.