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|With the help of her yawl boat, the Mary Day heads into Camden Harbor during the Camden Windjammer Festival.|
Plot a course for Camden Harbor on August 31st, when the Maine Windjammer Association fleet will join additional windjammers and day sailing schooners in Camden Harbor for the 25th Annual Camden Windjammer Festival. Best advice: find a seat at the Camden public landing starting at approximately noon when the windjammers parade into the harbor. Everyone’s favorite windjammer historian, Captain Jim Sharp, will provide running commentary on the history and glory of each vessel as it makes its way to its berth at the public docks. It’s another chance to enjoy a gathering of the Maine Windjammer Association fleet, this time with the rare chance to enjoy dinner aboard and to tour the boats. Throughout the Windjammer Festival, the Camden public landing will play host to displays of maritime traditions and crafts, and the windjammers are open for tours Saturday afternoon from 3:00-5:00pm.
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|View fireworks from your favorite windjammer during the Camden Windjammer Festival.|
For both those coming for the day, and those aboard Maine Windjammer Association cruises, stop by the Maine Windjammer Booth, right behind the Harbor Master’s building on the public landing. Throughout the day on Friday, August 31, a silent auction will be underway at the Maine Windjammer Association booth, with bidders vying to join the guests and crew on the fleet’s boats for dinner and fireworks watching aboard on Friday night. The evening includes an outdoor concert and a whimsical talent show in Harbor Park from 7:00-9:00pm, with entertainment provided by the guests and crews of the Maine Windjammer Association fleet and others. The evening culminates with fireworks over the harbor.
Don’t miss the chance to tour the windjammers from 3:00-5:00pm on Saturday. Entrance to the Camden Windjammer Festival is free, with generous financial and in-kind support from numerous businesses, organizations and individual volunteers, in partnership with the Town of Camden.
The detailed schedule of events is available here. The Camden Windjammer Festival is organized by the Town of Camden Parks & Recreation. For more information on the Maine Windjammer Fleet, cruises for this event and the fall cruises, visit SailMaineCoast.com.
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|Celebrate September with fresh Maine Mussels served by Maine Windjammer Association volunteers.|
Then, just 11 days later, the entire Maine Windjammer Association fleet will gather at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin for the final event of the year. The 32nd Annual WoodenBoat Sail-In celebrates the tradition of working sail on the waterfront at the headquarters of the WoodenBoat School and WoodenBoat publications.
The Sail-In will begin approximately at 3:00pm with the dramatic arrival of eight or more schooners. Half of these windjammers have been designated as National Historic Landmarks, and all offer the chance to experience the joys of windjamming first-hand.
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|And another day is done. Sunsets are a feature of many WoodenBoat Sail-In events.|
Guests will be ferried to shore shortly after the boats have anchored, and then the festivities begin. The fires will be lit, the mussels will start to cook in a delicious marinade, cheese, crackers and cider will be on tables and the Flash in the Pans Steel Drum Band will add to the festivities, starting at 4:00pm. This event is open to the community as well as guests on board, so if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by. The fun continues to 5:30pm, when windjammer guests will be taken back to the boats for dinner on board.
Both events can be enjoyed whether on board or not. There’s still room available for last minute planners on cruises during the Wooden Boat Sail-In, so call your favorite windjammer or try one you’ve never experienced for the first time and join us.
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