Details for the Great Schooner Race

It’s the biggest day of our season. We want you to be a part of it!

MWA Fleet of Captains at the 2019 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 45th Annual Great Schooner Race scheduled to take place on July 7th, 2023 in Penobscot Bay.

As race day approaches, we may add more information, but for now you can find details for the Great Schooner Race here:


Come Watch the Great Schooner Race

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. Book a cruise on any of the boats in the fleet during Race Week. Prices include all meals, accommodations, activities and participation in the Great Schooner Race during your week-long (or shorter) cruise. We’re sure it’s a vacation you’ll never forget.

Can’t wait to see you for the Race!

Captain Noah & Jane Barnes, Stephen Taber

Captain Tyler King, American Eagle

Captains Justin Schaefer & Jocelyn Schmidt, J. & E. Riggin

Captain Ben Welzenbach and Captain Sean Grimes, Heritage

Captains Barry King & Jen Martin, Mary Day

Captain Dennis Gallant & Candace Kuchinski, Angelique

Captain Becky Wright and Nathan Sigouin, Lewis R. French

Captain J.R. Braugh, Ladona