60th Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days Festival
















       Schooner Heritage sails by Burnt Island.      File photo

    There’s the Blessing of the (commercial) Fleet to kick things off on Sunday and the Gathering of the Fleet is on Wednesday when visiting and local schooners sail in and drop anchor. The Antique Boat Parade features a fleet of a different kind – classic pleasure cruising vessels. This year, the Antique Boat Parade is followed by a Pier Party at Bristol Marine with live music, food, boat viewings and shipyard tours. The party is a ticketed event.

    Harbor Aglow is the new name for the Lighted Boat Parade event, which is preceded by boats anchored around the inner harbor to light up an hour prior to the parade.

    There are two trips out to Burnt Island for a new kind of living history tour led by four of its former keepers - not all at once, of course!

    Boat trip companies Balmy Days Cruises and Cap’n Fish’s Cruises add special trips on Tuesday, June 28 and/or Wednesday, June 29 to see the windjammer fleet in local waters – and for the fireworks display Wednesday night. Or … sail on local vessels Eastwind,  Lazy Jack, Tyrone, Isaac H. Evans or the Agness and Dell to really be part of the scene! Visit their websites for details.

    Remember the Street Parade? Well, it’s back after a two-year absence – and it will  be amazing – believe it!

    Competitions galore: Codfish Relay Races, Lobster Eating Contest, Boothbay’s Got Talent (an online event again this year), Rock Skipping Contest; and also returning after a two-year absence ... the Tug of War Across the Harbor!

    Those fun-loving rogues, the Pirates of the Dark Rose, are coming back for another year of mayhem for adults and kids alike. Events just with kiddoes in mind – Kids Alley and Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library’s Windjammers for Wee Mateys are back. 

    The two-day Artists’ Alley returns, with paintings, jewelry, sculpture and more. There’s a special Burnt Island History Tour with former lighthouse keepers sharing stories about their duties as keepers as well as a few anecdotes (some are sure to be of the ghostly variety); speaking of history and ghosts, don’t miss the opportunity to go on one of the three Haunted History Tours presented by American Ghost Tours/Red Cloak.


    Get the up-to-date information on your favorite events on the official Festival website!

    Schooner Alert

    Public and private sails daily: two-hour, three-hour, half-day and full day trips are available: Visit Alert Boothbay Harbor Sailing Schedule

    Docked at Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort after Gathering of the Fleet on Wednesday, June 29.



    Sunday, June 26

    Monday, June 27

    Over 101 years ago on April 9, 1921 Schooner Bowdoin was launched at Hodgdon Brothers Boatyard in East Boothbay, Maine.Schooner Bowdoin is the official vessel of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy's Vessel Operations and Technology program.

    Schooner Bowdoin will be at the Town Dock next to the Thomas E. Lannon.



    Angelique: 21st-century safety standards and the authenticity of classic 19th-century English Channel and North Sea windjammers.


    American Eagle, a National Historic Landmark since 1991, has been coming to Boothbay Harbor’s Windjammer Days for most of the festival’s 60-year history!  


    The Oliver Hazard Perry of Rhode Island provides innovative and empowering education programs at sea and ashore to promote personal growth and professional development, while raising awareness of opportunities in the maritime industry, marine trades, and defense sector for the communities of Rhode Island and Southern New England.



     Isaac H. Evans is the oldest surviving oyster fishing schooner that calls Boothbay Harbor its homeport.


    The steel, two-masted, pinky schooner was built over 16 years in Alna by Captain Fred Bowers and launched from East Boothbay Aug. 3, 2017. She was named for the sycamore trees that surrounded Bowers’ childhood home.



    A 38-foot wooden schooner constructed in Essex, Massachusetts in 2006. This is her first year here for the Festival.


    The sixth schooner built by Herb and Doris Smith in Albion in the mid-late 90s ... and then sailed to Cape Town, South Africa in September 1999.


    Tyrone’s homeport is Boothbay Harbor. She is used as a teaching vessel for those who want to learn how to sail on a weekend or week long sailing expedition.


    Designed and built by Doug and Linda Lee, Heritage was launched April 16, 1983. This year marks the 38th year she has sailed in for Windjammer Days!


    A 37-foot traditional wooden gaff rigged ketch designed by Boothbay Harbor boat builder Roy Blaney and Naval architect Thomas C. Gillmer. Built by Blaney in 1981.



    The Ernestina-Morrisey is at The Shipyard at Boothbay Harbor/Bristol Marine, 120 Commercial St. There are two events being held there: A talk about the rebuilding of the historical vessel there June 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. and the Antique Boat Parade Pier Party June 30 immediately following the parade.


    The 48-foot vessel modeled after the traditional fishing schooners of the 1800s calls Boothbay Harbor homeport.


    True North was built in 1939 by Goudy & Stevens over in East Boothbay. She’s a 56-foot Alden Schooner, one of the 45 left!

    A 45-foot schooner built in Nova Scotia in 1945 – another beauty whose homeport is Boothbay Harbor. 

    This 65-foot vessel was designed and built by Harold A. Burnham of Essex, Massachusetts in 1997 for Tom Ellis. Burnham’s design was based on the Gloucester fishing schooner Nokomis, designed by Capt. George Melville McClain. 

    Sunday, June 26

    1:30 p.m.

    Best viewing – East Side at Fishermen’s Memorial Park; Whale Park; Footbridge; anywhere around the Harbor.

    Monday, June 27 

    Thursday, June 30

    A new approach to the Island’s history tour, told by actual lighthouse keepers who served there! Balmy Days Cruises provides the ferry. Advance reservations only: call 207-633-2284! Depart from Pier 8 at  1:45 p.m., return 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 29

    4 p.m.

    Parade begins from the Boothbay Region schools toward Commercial Street.

    Wednesday, June 29

    Between 1-3 p.m.

    View the majestic schooners as they enter the inner harbor to drop anchor! 

    Thursday, June 30

    The Shipyard/Bristol Marine

    120 Commercial St.

    4:30-7 p.m.

    Rain date: Friday, July 1

    Immediately following the Antique Boat Parade. A ticketed event, $40 pp,  with music by Chris & Dave Gagne ~ appetizers ~ drinks ~ antique boats to admire tied up at the docks. https://gtgtickets.com/index.php/my-events/pier-party-at-the-shipyard

    There is no parking at the Shipyard for this event. The Shipyard is  0.2 miles from Whale Park, in a westerly direction on Commercial Street, it is a 4 minute walk. Parking is available at various locations around town. A free trolley will pick up pier party goers at Boothbay Region High School, across from the YMCA, 236 Townsend Ave. and 11 Howard St.


    Thursday, June 30

    4 p.m.

    Antique boats parade around the inner harbor. Announcing of the vessels is done from the Whale Park, Commercial Street.

    Sunday, June 26

    8:30-10 p.m.

    At dusk vessels around the harbor will light up prior to the parade, which starts at 9 p.m. Best viewing: on a boat or anywhere around the harbor.

    Sunday, June 26

    Wednesday, June 29

    Thursday, June 30

    7 p.m.

    Hear local accounts of three major types of ghosts - residual manifestations, intelligent hauntings, and poltergeist - during this 90-minute walking tour. Suitable for all ages. Service dogs only. Advance reservations only: Tickets are $20 pp at https://redcloaktours.com or call 1-833-GHOST13.

    Thursday, June 30

    Friday, July 1

    Whale Park/Commercial Street

    Art demos. Silent auction. Paintings. Jewelry. Pottery. Scrimshaw. Apothecary items. Alpaca wool clothing. Clothing. Windchimes (Friday only).

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Friday, July 1

    11 a.m.

    Down at the water line, Footbridge area parking lot.

    Bring your own chukkars for three skims. Four divisions. $5 registration fee at sign up morning of event. Prizes! Sponsored by Orne’s Candy Store. 

    In memory of Arthur Webster.

    Tuesday, June 28

    Wednesday, June 29

    Whale Park

    7-10 a.m.

    Breakfast includes hash browns, eggs, pancakes, bacon, blueberry muffin, coffee and juice. An amazing breakfast for $10 pp. Cooked and served up by local firefighters.

    Wednesday, June 29

    Whale Park

    12:30 p.m.

    Ten contestants will vie for braggin’ rights and $100 cash. Be the first to eat two 1 pound lobster claws, tails, and knuckles and let the braggin’ (and spending) begin! Sign up at the Friends of WJD tent in the Whale Park day of the competition.

    Wednesday, June 29

    Commercial Street, near Whale Park

    2 p.m.

    Such fun - be ye contestant or spectator ...

    Teams don fisherman wet weather gear, take hold of two fish and run like you-know-what round the short race route and back. First team finishing wins a $100 cash prize!

    Teams sign up at the Friends of Windjammer Days tent in the Whale Park day of races.

    Friday, July 1

    Teams meet in the parking lot near the footbridge and Wannawaf

    High Noon

    This popular event pits east against west, sides of Boothbay Harbor, that is. The course spans 700 feet. Teams vie for bragging rights and possession of the Trophy Cup for one year. That cup has been held by the 2018 and 2019 winning team – Clear Stream Construction! Will they return to retain championship status? Only one way to find out!

    Team sign up at https://www.boothbayharborwindjammerdays.org/tug-of-war

    NEW this year: The Chowder House, on the edge of the parking lot, is the location for drinks and food starting at 11 a.m. - just in time for the rock skipping and tug. Tickets are $8/advance on the website above or $10/door. 

    All Pirates of the Dark Rose events are in Whale Park.

    Puppet show: Tuesday, June 28, 10-10:30 a.m. ~

    Tortuga open (games and activities): Tuesday, June 28, 11a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesday, June 29, 10-11 a.m.

    Tours of the Must Roos: Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesday, June 29 (ship’s rail only), 2-3 p.m.

    Crudbeard’s Cannon Lessons: Tuesday, June 28, 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 a.m.

    Weapons show: Tuesday, June 28, 2 p.m.

    Recruiting & Training Young Pirates for Wednesday’s battle, Tuesday, June 28, 3 p.m.

    Battle for Boothbay Harbor: Wednesday, June 29 at High Noon!

    Wednesday, June 29

    9 p.m.

    Best viewing: On the water and anywhere around the Harbor.

    Monday, June 28

    120 Commercial St.

    4-5 p.m.

    Master shipwrights rebuilding the beloved vessel talk about the complete rebuild and outlook for Ernestina’s setting back out to sea. A free event - however, donations are never discouraged! And !00% goes to the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association.



    Tuesday, June 28

    Whale Park

    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

    Boothbay House Hill Road

    Crafts and games galore!


    Tuesday, June 28

    Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library - 4 Oak St.

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Storytelling, games and crafts.

    This year’s youth T-shirt design is by Georgia Griffith, a sixth grade student at Southport Central School on Southport Island. Georgia sketched the design of her favorite parts of Windjammer Days  - the schooners and fireworks, in pencil first, filled in with colored pencils, and outlined all in pen. 

    The youth T’s are soft gray. They, and all of the official Festival T’s and hats, will be available at the Friends of WJD tent in the Whale Park on Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29.