Gatherings of the Fleet
June 13, 2016 Schooner Gam
Kick off the summer season with a windjammer gathering of the entire fleet! Relive the age of sail during this quiet rendezvous of more than a dozen 19th-century-style sailing ships. Location is determined by the weather of the day! Live music and festivities. Raft-Up!
June 27, 2016 (week of) Windjammer Days
Participate in a grand sail parade on June 29th through picturesque Boothbay Harbor. Majestic windjammers come from up and down the coast to participate in this exciting early-season event. Shoreside activities include music and fireworks.
July 8, 2016 Great Schooner Race
Maine’s tall ship fleet gathers for an exciting race from Islesboro to Rockland, followed by a festive Awards Ceremony/Party with live music. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Great Schooner Race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships! Pre-Race festivities include fireworks and small boat races.
July 15, 2016 Maine Windjammer Parade (2:00 – 4:00 pm)
The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships.
August 2, 2016 Acadia Centennial Celebration (2:00 – 4:00 pm)
In honor of Acadia National Park’s 100th anniversary, the MWA fleet will sail in company through Somes Sound, the body of water running deep into Mount Desert Island where dramatic 600-foot cliffs form the backdrop for this afternoon parade of sail.
Sept. 2 – 3, 2016 Camden Windjammer Festival
The fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Festivities include a parade of sail, flag-raising ceremonies, live music, dancing and fireworks. Raft-Up!
September 13, 2016 WoodenBoat Sail-in (3:00-5:30 pm)
The fall gathering of the fleet takes place in Brooklin, Maine, headquarters of WoodenBoat Magazine and WoodenBoat School. Now in its 30th year, the event includes refreshments, live music, tours and a harbor full of historic schooners.