Great Schooner Race
Every summer since 1977, the Maine Windjammer Association has hosted the Great Schooner Race, providing an opportunity for captains, crews and passengers aboard traditional vessels from all over the Eastern Seaboard to rendezvous for a fun day of racing.
Hailed as "the largest annual gathering of traditional schooners in America," this year at least twenty schooners are expected to participate in the 38th Annual Great Schooner Race scheduled to take place on July 4th in Penobscot Bay.
Come sail! Come watch! Just be sure to come and join in the celebration!
Come to Maine and celebrate your independence from ordinary summer vacations. With prices starting at just $740 per person, including all meals, accommodations, activities and participation in the Great Schooner Race, we promise you a 4th of July you'll never forget!
For more information about sailing during Race Week, visit our individual ship websites listed on our Fleet page.
For more information about vacationing in Maine, visit the Penobscot Bay Area Chamber of Commerce website.
Did you know?
The history of racing these magnificent wooden coasting schooners started over a century ago with sailors trying to beat their competitors to market. The first boat back to port always got the best price for their cargo—perhaps fish, lumber, granite or even Christmas trees. The "Race" was always unspoken, but ever present.
Needless to say, sailors have always been independent types. Contributing to the Great Schooner Race’s quirkiness, it is one of the only sailing events in the world that requires no prior sailing experience on the part of the participants!
Granted, your captain and crew are Coast Guard-licensed and experienced sailors, but guests are encouraged to take a turn at the helm, tend the lines, raise the anchor and sails and enjoy the camaraderie that quickly develops over the course of the Race.
Race with us once and you’ll be back again!