Great Schooner Race
Date: July 3, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Rockland Harbor
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. Choose to take part as the crew on board by booking a Race Week Cruise or watch the finish as these historic boats cross the line at the entrance to Rockland Harbor. Best finish line viewing is from the Rockland Breakwater. Boats usually finish between 1-3pm.
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. It's a great way to enjoy Maine's 200th anniversary with a nod to the historic windjammers that are such an important part of the state's history. (Note: photo credit to Bob Angell).
Needless to say, sailors have always been independent types. Contributing to the Great Schooner Race’s quirkiness, it is one of the only sailing events in the world that requires no prior sailing experience on the part of the participants!