11 Windjammers sail into the harbor
Eleven tall ships will be at this year's Windjammer Days Festival, according to the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 Windjammer Days is scheduled to take place June 25 and 26, with the schooners appearing in Linekin Bay on Tuesday the 25th and in the harbor on Wednesday, June 26.
The Windjammers include:
American Eagle: A deep draft vessel designed to be safe and stable in open water. John Foss is the captain. This schooner offers four- and six-night cruises with a few shorter weekend cruises. www.schooneramericaneagle.com
Alert: The schooner was the last New England fishing schooner engaged in commercial fishing and is now captained by Perry Davis and Bethany Mcnelly-Davis. This schooner does 2, 4 and 6 hour charters along with "Island Adventure" trips to explore islands in Casco Bay from Bailey Island.
Bowdoin: The Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and a national historic landmark. It was was built in East Boothbay by Hodgdon Brothers (now Hodgdon Yachts) in 1921. Owned and operated by Maine Maritime Academy, the schooner provides a platform for students to demonstrate competencies in vessel operations and technology. Captain of the Bowdoin is Eric Jergenson. For more, visit www.mainemaritime.edu.
Nathaniel Bowditch: Built as a racing yacht in 1922 in East Boothbay, this 82' schooner won special class honors in the Bermuda Race in 1923, and served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Owen and Cathie Dorr are the captains. This schooner offers may specialty cruises such as Sail and State Parks Package. For more, visit www.windjammervacation.com.
Eastwind: Herb and Doris Smith sailed around the world twice with their three children on schooners they built by hand; Eastwind is one of the schooners they built. Tom and Jennifer Smith are the owners and captains of the Eastwind. The Eastwind offers two-hour voyages out of Boothbay Harbor. For more, visit www.schoonereastwind.com.
Lazy Jack: A topsail schooner when fully rigged can carry up to eight sails; Lazy Jack sailed for 20 years from Massachusetts to Cuba carrying various cargo for her master. Joe Tassi is the captain. The Lazy Jack offers a two hour day sail or private charter adventures. For more, visit www.schoonerlazyjackcruises.com.
Lewis R. French: Launched in 1871 in Christmas Cove, Maine, the Lewis R. French is the oldest vessel in the fleet and the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the USA. Garth Wells and Jenny Tobin are the captains. This schooner offers 3, 4, 5 and 6 night excursions. For more, visit www.schoonerfrench.com.
Timberwind: This schooner is family-owned and operated and last year raced in "Jammers & Joggers.” Bob Tassi is the captain. The Timberwind offers 3, 4, and 6 day windjammer cruises. For more, visit www.schoonertimberwind.com.
Heritage: This ship was designed and built by Captains Doug and Linda Lee. The Heritage offers 3, 4, and 6 day windjammer cruises. For more, visit www.schoonerheritage.com.
Sherman Zwicker: Built in 1942, this schooner is the last remaining auxiliary fishing schooner and has all of its main original features still intact and operational. George McEvoy is the captain of this fully operational, traveling museum. For more, visit www.schoonermuseum.org.
Windfield Lash: The two-masted schooner was launched in 2000 after 18 years of hard labor to bring it to fruition. The captain is Dave Clarke. This schooner's homeport is Friendship and cruises in Maine in the summer.
The annual Windjammer Days Festival will feature its classic line-up of events, which include a One Design Boat Race; Windjammer Days Golf Tournament fundraiser for Community Fireworks, the hometown street parade; an antique boat parade of more than 30 boats; second annual Artists Alley; 10 waterfront concerts; tours of the USCG and Maine State Aquarium; Kid’s tent; 2-day craft show; boat excursions; and a spectacular firework display over the harbor. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary 2-day shuttle during the festival.
To learn more about Windjammer Days and to track updates, visit www.boothbayharbor.com or find the Chamber on Facebook.