Windjammer Days 2014

Eight vessels scheduled to arrive for Windjammer Days’ parade of sail

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:15pm

    The Friends of Windjammer Days, organizers of the 52nd Annual Windjammer Days festival, has announced the tall ships that will be at this year's Windjammer Days Festival. The festival will take place June 22-28, with eight windjammers (updated May 8) scheduled to arrive in Linekin Bay on Tuesday, June 24 and then under full sail during the parade of sail on Wednesday, June 25.

    Recently recognized as a top 100 event in the country by the American Bus Association for 2014, Windjammer Days was also listed as one of the top 20 events in Maine by Yankee Magazine.

    The windjammers

    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. For more information, American Eagle is sponsored by Pine State Trading Company.
    Alert: This was the last New England fishing schooner engaged in commercial fishing, and is now captained by Perry Davis and Bethany Mcnelly-Davis. This schooner offers two, four and six-hour charters along with "Island Adventure" trips to explore islands in Casco Bay from Bailey Island. Alert is sponsored by Pepsi.

    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

    Eastwind: Herb and Doris Smith sailed around the world twice with their three children on schooners they built by hand, including Eastwind. Tom and Jennifer Smith are the owners and captains of the Eastwind, offering two-hour voyages out of Boothbay Harbor. For more information, Eastwind is sponsored by J. Edward Knight
    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 information, Lazy Jack is sponsored by Maine Magazine.
    Lewis R. French: Launched in 1871 in Christmas Cove, the Lewis R. French is the oldest vessel in the fleet and the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the United States. Garth Wells and Jenny Tobin are the captains. This schooner offers three, four, five and six- night excursions. For more information, Lewis R. French is sponsored by Knickerbocker Group.
    Heritage: This ship was designed and built by captains Doug and Linda Lee. The Heritage offers three, four and six-day windjammer cruises. For more information, The Heritage is sponsored by the Giles family.
    Windfield Lash: The two-masted ketch 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 it cruises in Maine in the summer. The Windfield Lash is sponsored by McSeagull’s Restaurant.

    The annual Windjammer Days Festival will feature several new events and attractions, including a Cod Fish Race where relay teams have to transport a fish through the streets of town in full foul weather gear, lobster eating contest, and food booths from local restaurants; the 34th annual Rocky Coast Road Race; as well as classic events such as the Boothbay Harbor One Design Boat Race; the hometown street parade; an antique boat parade; Artists’ Alley; waterfront concerts; Pirates of the Dark Rose; museum exhibits; kids’ tents; pancake breakfast; boat excursions; and a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor.

    The final schedule of events for 2014 Windjammer Days will be posted on, on, and at Currently, information is available on our Facebook page "Friends of Windjammer Days."

    Windjammer Days 2014 is presented by the Friends of Windjammer Days and Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce and includes the following sponsors: Maine Magazine and the Brand Company; 94.9 WHOM; WMTW News Channel 8; BDN Maine, Bangor Daily News; Marshall Tent and Event Rental; Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Tugboat Inn, Boothbay Harbor Inn members of the Lafayette Group; Pepsi; Pine State Trading Company; J. Edward Knight; Knickerbocker Group; Giles Family; McSeagull’s; Midcoast Clock & Music Box Company; Performance Group (PFG); Rocktide Inn & Restaurant; Paul E. Luke Boatyard, Southport Island Marine, Ocean Point Marina, Edgecomb Boat Works, Boothbay Region Boatyard & Boothbay Harbor Shipyard; Ted and Cheryl Nelson; Federal Distributors; Nathaniel S. Wilson Sailmaker; Cabbage Island Clambakes; Gimbels of Maine; Atomic Studios; Maine State Aquarium; Harbor Theatre and Boothbay Region Community TV, channel 7; town of Boothbay Harbor; town of Boothbay; town of Southport.