Owners of daysailers and windjammers opposed to a May 1 license change to allow windjammers to offer 15 day-long cruises each season are asking the Select Board to overturn their vote.

For many years, the license agreements between the town of Camden and the windjammers berthed in Camden Harbor have specified the length of cruises as three days or more, and restricted day sails to three per year.

On May 1, Harbormaster Steve Pixley presented the request to amend the windjammer license agreement to the board. Ray Williamson, who owns three windjammers, described a plan to offer four-hour cruises, including a classic windjammer meal. He explained business has been off the past three years, and expressed the hope that people who live in Camden, and have never sailed on a windjammer, might try the experience for the first time.

During that meeting, board members asked Pixley and Williamson about the reactions of daysailer owners and owners of the other windjammers to the proposed change. Pixley explained that the daysailers offer shorter cruises on a regular schedule, and Williamson said all the other windjammers would be able to offer the same number of day sail cruises.

A June 11 email sent to Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell, signed by the owners of six daysail businesses, asked the Select Board to rescind the May 1 vote to change the windjammer license, stating that the vote disregards numerous rules and procedures.

The owners of the Surprise, Heritage, Lively Lady, Schooner Olad and Cutter Owl, Lazyjack II, and the Camden Daysail Association, state the change was not approved by the Harbor Committee, and that it violates the harbor ordinance. The email states the daysail owners are not seeking "to alienate anyone or cause strife," but are "working towards amicable and thriving business operations in Camden Harbor."

A companion email to Caler-Bell, signed by six windjammer owners, states that the license change "was never vetted" by the Harbor Committee, and announced that the six owners have not received notice from the town regarding a change to their licenses.

Emails from some of the daysailer and windjammer owners expressed a willingness to hold an open discussion of the issue of expanding daysails for windjammers.

Williamson said June 19 that he is a member of the Daysail Association but has not been included in their discussions.

"I had an idea, I presented it to the town, and it was met with enthusiasm." he said. He thinks expanded daysails on a historic windjammer would be another option for visitors to Camden, and good for the community, as well as for his business.

He did not expect a controversy to arise, and has put his plans to offer the daysails on hold for now.

The Select Board is expected to discuss the request at its June 19 meeting, to rescind its decision to expand the number of windjammer daysails. The meeting takes place in the Washington Street Conference Room at 7 p.m., and can be viewed by visiting the town's website, camdenmaine.gov.