Stephen Taber fastest in 28th annual Great Schooner Race

By Dwight Collins | Jul 06, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins The Victory Chimes crosses the Rockland Breakwater during the 28th Great Schooner July 4.

Rockland — The threat of Hurricane Arthur did not scare away the competition at the 28th annual Great Schooner Race held July 4.

The course ran from Islesboro in to Rockland Harbor, then back out toward the bay. The first ship to cross back across the breakwater was declared the winner.

The schooner Stephen Taber was the overall winner of the race, out of a fleet of 16 ships.

There were four classes of schooners that sailed, not including the only original three-masted in the windjammer fleet, the Victory Chimes, which was in a class all by itself.

In the Flying Jib Class (under 50 feet in length), there was a tie between the schooner Olad of Camden and the Heritage of Rockland. Second place was taken by the Winfield Lash of Friendship. The schooner Summertime of Lincolnville finished third.

In the pre-World War I vintage Coasters Class, Stephen Taber of Rockland placed first and the Lewis R. French of Camden took second place. The Isaac H. Evans finished third

The Leeward Class, which features schooners of post-World War I vintage was won by Angelique of Camden. Finishing second was the Heritage of Rockland, while J. & E. Riggin of Rockland finished third

The Windward Class saw the Mary Day of Camden finish first, followed by American Eagle of Rockland in second and the Heron of Rockport third.

The Angelique with her trademark sails competes in the 28th Great Schooner Race July 4. (Photo by: Dwight collins)
The American Eagle, front, the J.E. Riggin and the Olad compete in the 28th Great Schooner Race July 4. (Photo by: Dwight collins)
The Stephen Tabor was the overall winner of the 28th Great Schooner Race July 4. (Photo by: Dwight collins)
The schooner Heritage competes in the 28th Great Schooner Race July 4. (Photo by: Dwight collins)
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