Maine’s Windjammer fleet take off magically with Ramona du Houx’s art


Windjammer’s to be in parade of sail August 2, 2016, at Acadia National Park

By Rebecca Renekee

In Maine we have the only working Windjammer fleet in the world.

The Maine Windjammer Association includes nine traditional Maine tall ships, ranging in size from 64 to 132 feet on deck. Five of the windjammers are National Historic Landmarks. All of the vessels are privately owned and operated.

In July the windjammer fleet participated in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships and Ramona du Houx was there to capture the excitement.

Du Houx creates fine art photography that looks like watercolor paintings. Many have said the images have a healing Zen-like nature. 

Ramona is currently the SugarWood Gallery Artist of the Month. The Windjammers are a major part of this exhibit that runs through the month of July. SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“The ships take us away into another land, another place- somewhere we dream. With my "lightgraph" photographic art technique, started in 1979, I try to bring the beauty, magic and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying nature’s essence. Sometimes that is expressed by how we interact with nature, like catching the perfect wind and sailing away,” stated Ramona.

Her Windjammer’s are also for sale at her new shop on Etsy called TradewindsAvetar

All images on Etsy are: 

  • signed by the artist, Ramona du Houx.
  • Limited Editions
  • with free shipping inside USA.
  • For more information on larger customized editions visit: HERE or go to photographybyramonaduhoux.com or https://www.etsy.com/shop/TradewindsAvetar

Ramona is currently represented by Gallery Storks of Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the Maine Artist Collaborative and the Harlow Gallery. Gallery Storks has produced an art book of her art called “Transformations — Revealing Nature’s Complex Balance.” 

More about the Windjammers—

On August 2, 2016, 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. Best spectator viewing will be along Sargeant Drive, which will be one-way going north in order to accommodate parking from 2-4 pm.

The windjammer fleet hails from the ports of Rockland and Camden, located in the mid-coast region of Maine. 

The Maine coast, with more than 3,000 islands, is considered one of the best and most beautiful sailing areas in the world. If you take a cruse every night the windjammers drop anchor in a peaceful port or harbor where guests may go ashore and explore.