Kicking off the 2017 Sailing Season Greetings from Maine! Welcome to Storylines from the Sea, developed and written exclusively for you, the media.


Kicking off the 2017 Sailing Season

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Wine-tasting is one of many themed cruises aboard Maine's windjammers.

Greetings from Maine!

Welcome to Storylines from the Sea, developed and written exclusively for you, the media. In just a few weeks, the 2017 sailing season will begin! Whether guests join us for a three, four or six-day cruise, we promise a total escape from the ordinary.

With one-of-a-kind ships and hundreds of unspoiled anchorages, a cruise aboard a Maine Windjammer Association vessel offers amazing life-changing experiences and we invite you to share these with your audience.

If you'd like more information about our cruises, digital assets or details about press trips, please be in touch.

Fair Winds,

Meg Maiden
Director of Public Relations

LRF Kayaking Cruise Old Quarry Ocean Adventures

Add a kayaking tour to your windjammer cruise.

What's New in 2017

New Themes:
* SailBoston Festival
* Acadia National Park Tours
* Beers of the Maine Coast
* Kayaking
* Geology & Climate Change
* Book Club Cruise
* Foodie Cruise
* Whalewatching Cruises
* Eggemoggin Regatta
* Wellness Cruises
* See all Themes
* Heritage Celebrates Season 35
* Maine Windjammer Association Turns 40
* Mary Day Turns 55
* Ladona Turns 95

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Tour the fleet during the annual Schooner Gam. Credit: Ben Magro

2017 Gatherings of the Fleet

June 12 – Schooner Gam includes music, grog and a raft-up of the fleet.
June 26 – Hop aboard a schooner bound for Boothbay's Windjammer Days Festival.
July 7 – Join Great Schooner Race to Rockland (for glory or the 30-foot schooner-baked dessert buffet!)
July 14 – Photo op extraordinaire during Lighthouse Parade of Sail past the Rockland Breakwater.
September 1 – Dramatic arrival of whole fleet at Camden Windjammer Festival.
September 12 – Dance, dine on mussels and enjoy view of the whole fleet at the WoodenBoat Sail-in.

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Credit Capt. Jen Martin

Sailing Safaris

While it’s possible to travel halfway around the world to catch a glimpse of exotic wildlife in its natural habitat, it's also possible to enjoy large mammals, predators, and raptors much closer to home. Here on the coast of Maine, abundant wildlife is a short sail away. Check out our Top Ten Wildlife Sightings.

Stars and Spars Diane Dudeck

Stars and Spars, courtesy Diane Dudeck.

Entertainment After Dark

Whether it's a full moon or a new moon, windjamming affords guests the opportunity to reconnect and relax under the shelter of the night sky. Some guests make a point of booking their cruises during the Perseids, a meteor shower that can shed 50 to 150 meteors an hour. Once in a blue moon, Penobscot Bay's night sky comes alive with colorful, undulating Northern Lights. Read more about astro-tourism on the Maine coast.

Lobster Plate Jim Dugan

A lobsterbake is featured on every cruise!

Fresh from the Galley

Anyone who has spent time on the water knows that sailing creates a tremendous appetite. Some captains tend to push the foodie envelope while others prefer to offer comfort foods and traditional New England fare and yet all the cooks insist on sourcing their ingredients locally whenever possible, and in creating everything from scratch. What’s more, every single cruise offers a lobster bake. That’s right. Every. Single. Cruise. Let our recipes inspire you!

Beach Wedding Joyce Nichols

Here are some story ideas that might spark your interest!

Windjammer Weddings
Family Reunion Charters
Digital Detox Cruises
Itinerary-Free Vacations
Wind Power = Green Getaways
Land & Sea Packages
Hands-On, Outdoor Adventures


The Maine Windjammer Association includes 9 traditional vessels that sail from Rockland and Camden, Maine, from May to October. Trips range from overnight cruises to 10-day adventures, starting at $250 per person.

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