44th Annual Great Schooner Race
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 twenty schooners are expected to participate in the 44th Annual Great Schooner Race scheduled to take place on July 3rd, 2020 in Penobscot Bay.
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.
Spectators will gather along the Rockland Breakwater to hail historic windjammers as they cross the finish line sometime after 2:00pm (weather dependent). This year in recognition of Maine's bicentennial, a larger group of boats are expected to participate and vintage planes will fly over the finish line to add to the lore and lure of the event.
Afterward, the Maine Windjammer Association will hold an awards ceremony to honor winners and the maritime legacy of the Maine Windjammers.