Portland SchoonerFest & Regatta
June 22-24, 2018
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
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to set that up.