2018 Camden Windjammer Festival
– Labor Day Weekend –
Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1

Watch the arrival of the windjammer fleet into Camden Harbor, enjoy the Schooner Talent Show, Bay Winds North Wend Ensemble Concert at Harbor Park, fireworks Friday night, a pancake breakfast and chowder challenge, Lobster Crate Race, Pirates of the Dark Rose, First Fish Relay Race, Schooner Open House, Treasure Hunt, Build-a-Tiny-Boat, Schooner Dinner Silent Auction, Nautical Dog Show, Harbormaster’s Dance Party, and more!



American Eagle

Capt. John Foss
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
Guests: 26

The 92-foot American Eagle was built in Gloucester, Mass., in 1930 and for 53 years was a working member of the Gloucester fishing fleet. It has been accurately restored and is licensed for international voyages. American Eagle regularly participates in the Gloucester race during Labor Day weekend and has won numerous times.



Capt. Dennis Gallant
Homeport: Camden, Maine
Guests: 29

The 95-foot ketch-rigged Angelique was built specifically for the windjamming trade in 1980. Patterned after the 19th century sailing ships that fished off the coast of England, the Angelique was built for safety, and offers the unique feature of a deckhouse salon.


Grace Bailey

Capts. Ray and Ann Williamson
Homeport: Camden, Maine
Guests: 29

Built in Patchogue, N.Y., in 1882, the Grace Bailey was engaged in the West Indian trade, and hauled timber and granite until 1940, when she started carrying passengers. This 80-foot coaster was the flagship for the original Maine Windjammer Cruise fleet.



Capts. Doug and Linda Lee
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
Guests: 30

The Heritage was built in 1983 by her owners at the North End Shipyard in Rockland, Maine. Designed for the comfort of her passengers, the vessel was built in the tradition of a 19th century coaster.


Boyd N. Sheppard

Capt. Brenda Thomas
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
Guests: 22

Formerly the Isaac H. Evans, now named the Boyd N. Sheppard, was built in Mauricetown, N.J., in 1886 and spent many years oyster fishing on the Delaware Bay. In 1973 she was completely rebuilt for the windjamming trade.  Boyd N. Sheppard is registered as a National Historic Landmark.


J&E Riggin

Capts. John Finger and Anne Mahle
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
Guests: 24

A national historic landmark, the J&E Riggin was built in 1927 in Dorchester, N.J., for the oyster dredging trade. In 1977 she was rebuilt for passenger sail. Known for her eco-friendly and culinary travel, she is the only Maine windjammer to be awarded the environmental leadership award from the state of Maine.



Capt. Noah Barnes and Capt. J.R. Braugh
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
Guests: 16

The schooner Ladona was launched in 1922 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, as a private yacht for the Loring family. She cruised the eastern seaboard and went on to win her class in the 1923 Bermuda’s cup. During World War II she served with the U.S. Navy as a submarine patrol vessel. She has since been restored to her original ocean-yacht glory and original name, and offers a brand new windjammer cruising experience.


Lewis R. French

Capts. Garth Wells and Jenny Tobin
Homeport: Camden, Maine
Guests: 21

Launched in 1871 in Christmas Cove, Maine, the Lewis R. French is the oldest commercial schooner in the United States, and was recently designated a National Historic Landmark. This season marks the 64-foot coasting schooner’s 140th summer in Maine.


Mary Day

Capts. Barry King and Jennifer Martin
Homeport: Camden, Maine
Guests: 29

Launched in 1962, the 90-foot Mary Day was the first windjammer to be built specifically with comfort, safety and performance in mind. Carrying on the Maine shipbuilding tradition, she is the first pure sailing schooner built in Maine since 1930.



Capts. Ray and Ann Williamson
Homeport: Camden, Maine
Guests: 29

The 78-foot Mercantile was built in Little Deer Isle, Maine, in 1916, to carry salt fish, barrel staves and firewood. The Mercantile became a cruise schooner in 1942 under the ownership of Frank Swift, the founder of the Maine windjammer trade.



Capts. Ray and Ann Williamson
Homeport: Camden, Maine
Guests: 6

A miniature version of the grander ships, the Mistress was built with a loyalty to traditional lines and materials coupled with an attention to modern amenities. At 46 feet long, with just three double cabins (each with private head), she offers an intimate sailing experience.


Stephen Taber

Capts. Noah and Jane Barnes
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
Guests: 22

The Stephen Taber was built as a coasting schooner in 1871 on Long Island, N.Y. The 68-foot schooner is the oldest documented sailing vessel in continuous service in the United States, and she was recently designated as a National Historic Landmark.



Capt. Bill Brown
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
Guests: 7

Launched in 1986, the pinky Summertime was built on the Maine coast using traditional methods. The pinky, which originated in Europe in the 1600s, receives its name from its uplifted or “pinked” stern. The pink-sterned hull with schooner rig were most popular for fishing in New England between 1800 and 1950. Summertime was probably designed around 1830.



Capt. Lance Meadows, Capt. Jon Finger and Capt. Annie Mahle
Homeport: Belfast, Maine
Guests: 45

A National Historic Landmark, and one of the few working schooners born and raised in Maine, the schooner Timberwind began her life in 1931 as a pilot ship and protected the waters of Casco Bay during World War II. After 40 years hosting passengers for multi-day cruises, the Timberwind has a new life as a daysailer, offering day sails out of her homeport.


Victory Chimes

Capt. Kip Files and Capt. Paul DeGaeta
Homeport: Rockland, Maine
Guests: 40

Built in 1900 in Bethel, Del., to carry lumber up and down the shallow bays and rivers of the Chesapeake, the 132-foot schooner Victory Chimes is the last three-masted schooner on the East Coast, and the largest passenger sailing vessel under U.S. flag.




Appledore II

Capts. John McKean and Justin Berhart
Homeport: Camden, Maine

Launched on Aug. 22, 1978, the schooner Appledore II is the largest of her four sister ships, Appledores I, III, IV, and V. The last schooner custom built by the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, she was designed by Bud McIntosh and built by Herb and Doris Smith for a trip around the world. She now sails daily from Camden during the summer.



Capt. Ramiro and Nicole de Acevedo Ramos
Homeport: Camden, Maine
Guests: 6

Anjacaa is a 54-foot sloop, built by Palmer Johnson and designed by Sparkman and Stephens. Anjacaa was built for racing and cruising with a centerboard rig, designed so that she could get into most Maine harbors at any tide. She was brought from Wisconsin to Maine, and now offers two-hour sails out of Camden Harbor.


Capt. Daniel Bennett
Homeport: Rockland, Maine

Bufflehead is a 32-foot wooden gaff sloop built by well-known boat designer and builder Bud McIntosh, originally for his own use. She is available for custom charters from one-hour to a full day.



Capts. Bonnie Schmidt and Nigel Bower
Homeport: Rockport, Maine

Built in 2003 and operated by The Wooden Boat Company of Camden, Maine, Heron was designed by the famous yacht designer, John G. Alden, in 1929. A traditional wooden vessel she is a work of art. With a roomy cockpit and spacious decks, passengers enjoy true comfort.


Lazy Jack II

Capt. Sean O’Conner
Homeport: Camden, Maine

The 58-foot Lazy Jack II is a gaff-rigged schooner built in Hope, Maine, and launched in 2004. Her lines originate from L.F. Herreshoff’s Mobjack, which was a predecessor to the famous Ticonderoga.


Little Appledore

Capt. Rick Bates and Robin McIntosh
Homeport: Rockport, Maine

Designed by Bud McIntosh and built by Herb and Doris Smith in Portsmouth, N.H., little Appledore is the first and smallest of five Appledores. Featured in Smith’s book, Sailing Three Oceans, she is now privately owned and sailing the coast of Maine

Lively Lady

Capt. Dominic Gioia
Homeport: Camden, Maine
Guests: 35

A traditional classic wooden lobster boat built in 1971 offering one-hour lobstering and lighthouse cruises, a three-hour Sunday lighthouse cruise and 1.5-hour eco cruises.



Capt. Aaron Lincoln
Homeport: Camden, Maine

Originally called the Whistle Binkie, Olad was designed by Chester A. Crosby and built in 1927 as a private yacht. Originally 47 feet 9 inches overall, she now measures 57 feet. She sails from the Camden Public Landing as part of the day sailing fleet, taking passengers out for 2-hour cruises as well as private charters.



Capt. Thomas Siske
Homeport: Camden, Maine

After 9,000 hours of labor, Capt. Tom’s handiwork is clearly evident in this pinky schooner, Prophet. A true labor of love, just about everything on board has been hand crafted by this talented woodworker who lives aboard, year round, in Camden harbor.

Sloop Heritage

Capt. Neal Parker
Homeport: Rockland
Guests: 6

The design of Heritage combines the weatherly qualities of the swift Friendship sloops, while pleasantly taking on the character and roominess of the much larger windjammers, sturdy vessels that have plied the Maine coast for well over a century. The 30-foot sloop was built in 1962 and newly renovated, and offers three-hour sails and charters.



Capt. Ramiro and Nicole de Acevedo Ramos
Homeport: Camden, Maine
Guests: 18

The oldest daysailing windjammer in Camden, this 96-year-old fisherman yacht competed in the early Bermuda races while under her first owner, a founder of the Cruising Club of America. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Surprise sails daily from the Camden Public Landing on 2-hour trips.


Sweet Chariot

Capt. Buckley Smith
Homeport: Greens Island, Maine

A double ended west coast working trawler, Sweet Chariot was built in 1951 on Vancouver Island at the Whitney Boat Yard. Now converted to a private boat, she is the traveling home of artist Buckley Smith, whose artwork and craft have been features of the Windjammer Festival for many years.

Winfield Lash

Capt. Dave Clark and Marge Grigg
Homeport: Friendship, Maine

Launched in June 2000, the lines of the Winfield Lash were drawn by William Atkin for the Chantey, built in 1927. Her hull was built in the Lash Brothers yard in Friendship, Maine, and then completed in David’s backyard in Hancock, N.H., over a period of 17 years. She now cruises the coast of Maine every summer.