Windjammer Days

Windjammer Days

Tuesday and Wednesday in late June
The annual Windjammer Days Festival in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, celebrates the U.S. Coast Guard's 200 years of service to coastal Maine. The festival is also a salute to the large sailing merchant ships that once carried trade along the New England coast. The locals claim that this festival, which has been going on since 1963, was the original gathering of "tall ships," although they are for the most part sailing schooners rather than the full-rigged clipper ships and barks that have gathered in New York, Boston, and other port cities for more recent celebrations.
There is an antique boat parade as well as tours of Navy and Coast Guard ships. Band concerts, seafood, and fireworks add to the merrymaking.
In the 19th century the Boothbay region played an active role in the shipping trade, carrying lumber to South America and the West Indies. There was a time when more than a hundred of these coastal vessels might have been seen in Boothbay Harbor, waiting out a spell of bad weather.
CONTACTS:
Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce
192 Townsend Ave.
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
800-266-8422 or 207-633-2353; fax: 207-633-7448
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 76
References in periodicals archive ?
52nd Annual Windjammer Days to take place in Boothbay Harbor, Maine June 22-28, 2014
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Organizers of the 52nd Annual Windjammer Days has announced the tall ships that will be at this year's Windjammer Days Festival.
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, 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 windjammerdays.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce has announced that 11 tall ships will be at this year's Windjammer Days Festival.
The annual Windjammer Days Festival will feature its classic line-up of events, which include a One Design Boat Race; Windjammer Days Golf Tournament fundraiser for Community Fireworks, the hometown street parade; an antique boat parade of more than 30 boats; 2nd Annual Artists Alley; 10 waterfront concerts; tours of the USCG and Maine State Aquarium; Kid's tent; 2-day craft show; boat excursions; and a spectacular firework display over the harbor.
To learn more about Windjammer Days and to track updates, visit the Chamber's Website at www.
For more information about this year's Boothbay Windjammer Days Festival, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce at 207-633-2353 or visit the Chamber's website: www.
What's more, this year, June visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy both the Schooner Gam and Windjammer Days.
Boothbay Harbor's Windjammer Days during the week of June 24, 2002 gives guests the opportunity to participate in a grand parade through picturesque Boothbay Harbor.