The Maine Windjammer Association will host the 9th annual Maine Windjammer Parade past the Rockland Breakwater Friday, July 12, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Geared for both spectators on shore and windjammer guests, the event will provide close-up views of the entire fleet as it sails within a stone’s throw of the Rockland Breakwater Light.

Friends of Rockland Breakwater Light will open the lighthouse up for afternoon tours — spectators are encouraged to bring their cameras to get some great photos of the windjammers from the 25-foot tower. For spectators who need help distinguishing a ketch from a schooner or a coaster from a pilot boat, Capt. Jim Sharp of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will narrate the parade over a PA system at the lighthouse.

For more information about the Maine Windjammer Parade, please call the Maine Windjammer Association at 800-807-WIND or visit online at