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Great Schooner Race & Parade of Sail cancelled

May 11, 2020
Photo by: Fred LeBlanc Schooners Ladona and Stephen Taber after the finish of the Great Schooner Race in Rockland Harbor.

Rockland — In consideration for the limitations on gatherings of no more than 50 people per Gov. Mill’s Safe Gradual Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy, the Maine Windjammer Association reconsidered their July fleet-wide events, cancelling the 44th Annual Great Schooner Race, scheduled for July 2 and Parade of Sail scheduled July 10.

The Great Schooner Race will return July 9, 2021.

In addition, the Maine Windjammer Association will work with the Maine 200: Rockland Committee on a Maine Bicentennial (+1) celebration of the fleet July 2, 2021, complete with an anticipated parade of windjammers into Rockland Harbor.

While the fleet’s events are cancelled, fit-out season is still underway for the Maine Windjammer Association boats. The fleet is preparing for the sailing season to open as soon as the Governor’s and Coast Guard orders allow.

Getting these boats ready for the season is a task in light of restrictions on retail, crew travel and more during the pandemic. Each captain is busy creating protocols for safety and cleaning, and together the Maine Windjammer Association is working on a plan to insure a safe re-entry into the sailing season.

“The captains of the Maine Windjammer Association are working harder than ever to rise to this challenge,” said Barry King, Captain of the Schooner Mary Day. “We are creating operational guidelines for proposal to the powers that be allowing us to board guests and get underway with all due regard to the Governor's 14 day quarantine requirement. The entire process is going to require patience and perseverance,” he finished.

The Maine Windjammer Association posts updates on their Facebook page, COVID-19 update page on their website, and on their blog. Additionally, each member boat updates schedules and provides information on their own social media channels and websites too.

As soon as it’s deemed safe to sail, the Maine Windjammer Association fleet will be out on Penobscot Bay providing an outdoor and nature-filled vacation experience.

For more information, visit SailMaineCoast.com.

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