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Portland SchoonerFest & Regatta
June 22-24, 2018

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Portland SchoonerFest 2018

Portland's own spring regatta for traditional sail, Portland SchoonerFest and Regatta kicks off the summer sailing season the last weekend of June featuring 7 large, traditional schooners racing and parading under sail together in Portland Harbor with passengers participating onboard (and viewing from shore) in the spectacular and historic second regatta. The 2018 event will feature several of the most famous schooners in the country including Gloucester's Schooner Adventure, the 131' Harvey Gamage of Portland, and Bailey Island's Schooner Alert. These classics are racing against hometown favorites Bagheera and Wendameen. And new in 2018 will be the first race for Marine Maritime Museum's legendary Schooner Mary E. which has just been restored at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and will be arriving in time to participate in this event. Please join us onboard as we expect another amazing experience in 2018. Tickets are on sale below. Please volunteer for the event by signing up here.

Event Schedule and Tickets

6/22/18  - 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Welcoming Parade under Sail

6/22/18 - 5:30 p.m. Official welcome Ceremony (free, no tickets required)

6/22/18 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday Evening Cruise-in-Company

6/23/18 - 10:30 to 12:30 Race #1 Morning, Two-hour sail

6/23/18 - 9:30 to 12:30 Race #1 Morning, Three-hour sail

6/23/18 - 1 to 3 pm Race #2 Early Afternoon

6/23/18 - 3 to 5 pm Race #3 Late Afternoon

6/23/18 - 1 to 5pm Races 2 and 3 All Afternoon, two races, Four-hour sail

6/23/18 - 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday Evening Cruise-in-Company

6/24/18 - 10:30 to 12:30 Race 4 Morning, Two-hour Sail

6/24/18 - 9:30 to 12:30 Race 4 Morning, Three-hour Sail

6/24/18 - 1:30 to 3:30pm Race 5 Early Afternoon

6/24/18 - 3:30 to 5:30pm Race 6 Late Afternoon

6/24/18 - 1 to 5pm Races 5 and 6, All Afternoon, two races, Four-hour sail

6/24/18 - 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday Evening Cruise in Company

6/25/18 - 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Casco Bay Gaffers Race

6/25/18 - 6/27/18 - 10:00 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Wednesday - Portland to Boothbay 48 hours

6/25/18 - 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Casco Bay Gaffers Race Awards Party (free, no tickets required)

6/26/18 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bailey Island to Boothbay Windjammers Race

Sponsors

Tall Ships Portland, a chapter of Tall Ships America, and the group responsible for the Iberdrola USA Tall Ships Portland 2015 festival, is a co-host for this event. Tall Ships Portland provides 1-week sail training opportunities with academic credit to high school students from all across Maine. It also hosts small and large tall ship events in Portland from time to time. Portland SchoonerFest is its first annual event.

Host Schooners

Host Schooners Wendameen and Bagheera, well known to local sailing fans, are both John Alden designed schooners and both built in EAST Boothbay, Maine in 1912 and 1924 respectively. These classics are the two oldest schooners in the fleet this year but are well known for their speed and comfort and are expected to be at the front of the fleet all weekend.

Groups

If you are looking to sail with a particular group of people, click on these links below to join them. If you would like to form your own group, email janelle@tallshipsmaine.org to set that up.

Valpo Surf Project

Portland Community Squash

 

 

 
 Schooner Adventure

Schooner Adventure

We are really excited to join the racing and spend the weekend in Portland,” said Stefan Edick, Captain of Schooner Adventure of Gloucester. “Portland’s sail training community is growing and we look forward to showing Adventure’s transom to the other fine schooners who will be there to see us. With our waterline of 107 feet and our overall length of 122, we should be very fast and spectacular in Portland Harbor.
— Edick, Captain of Schooner Adventure of Gloucester
 Host schooners Bagheera and Wendameen

Host schooners Bagheera and Wendameen

You are welcome to Portland. We can’t wait to show you some local knowledge and not just on the race course!
— Michelle Thresher, President, Portland Schooner Company
 Harvey Gamage

Harvey Gamage

I’m so pleased that the Harvey Gamage can support Tall Ships Portlnad. This effort is a great opportunity and we look forward to participating in SchoonerFest for years to come. There is an economic component that is very important for Portland.
— Phin Sprague, Owner of Harvey Gamage
 Schooner Alert

Schooner Alert

Schooner Alert, designed by Paul Rollins with strong design influences from John Alden and Bud McIntosh and built by Paul Rollins in York, Maine was launched in 1992. She was built as yacht and shares part of her history as a commercial fishing schooner out of Portland. She is now based in Bailey Island, ME and is a US Coast Guard certified passenger vessel taking 28 passengers.