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  • The Maine Windjammer Association's 39th annual Great Schooner Race

    The Maine Windjammer Association's 39th annual Great Schooner Race will be held on July 3, in Penobscot Bay. The race provides an opportunity for the windjammers with their crews, and passengers to compete in a friendly all-day race from Islesboro to Rockland.
    In 2015, more than 20 schooners will participate in the event- which is the largest annual gathering of historic landmark sailing vessels and one of the oldest races of its type in the United States. The Maine Windjammer Association, composed of eight Maine-based windjammers and their captains, which offers one-of-a-kind sailing adventures along the coast of Maine.
    Honoring the days when 19th-Century cargo-laden schooners raced to be the first to port so they might capture the best market prices, the Great Schooner Race is divided into four classes based on schooner size and design. The event culminates in an award ceremony for race participants with live music, food, and drinks.
    The race categories include:
    – The Coaster Class, for schooners pre-World War I (1910). These include schooners such as the Victory Chimes, Stephen Taber, and Isaac H. Evans.
    – The Leeward Class, describing schooners post-World War I. Vessels in this category include Angelique and Heritage.
    – The Windward Class features the largest vessels like Mary Day and American Eagle.
    – The Flying Jib Class describes ships under 50 feet in length. Examples of this classification of schooner include Summertime and Windfield Lash.
    Available packages to enjoy the event include meals, overnight accommodations, activities, and participation in the Great Schooner Race. No prior sailing experience is required.
    For more information about the Great Schooner Race, visit www.greatschoonerrace.com