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Heritage takes bragging rights at 2018 Great Schooner Race

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 07, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Angelique, at left, tours around Rockland harbor after finishing the 2018 Great Schooner Race July 6 as a sailboat makes its way out.

Rockland — Despite a two-hour delay in the start of the 42nd Annual Great Schooner Race, 11 vessels endured the race from Gilkey Harbor in Islesboro to the finish line at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse July 6.

Aboard the chase boat Retriever from Rockland Public Landing with Capt. Mike McHenry, media had the opportunity to capture the end of the race as the schooners crossed the finish line near Rockland Breakwater.

Claiming bragging rights on the water were:

-- Cutty Sark Award: first overall, Heritage, captained by Doug and Linda Lee, out of Rockland.

-- Coaster Class: first place, Stephen Taber, captained by Noah Barnes, out of Rockland; second place, Grace Bailey, captained by Christopher Trandell, out of Camden; and third place, Lewis R. French, captained by Garth Wells, out of Camen.

-- Leeward Class: first place, Heritage, captained by Doug and Linda Lee, out of Rockland; second place, J&E Riggin, captained by Jon Finger and Annie Mahle, out of Rockland; and third place, Angelique, captained by Dennis Gallant, out of Camden.

-- Windward Class: first place, American Eagle, captained by John Foss, out of Rockland; second place, Mary Day, captained by Barry King, out of Camden; and third place, Ladona, captained by J.R. Braugh, out of Rockland.

Last year's winners were:

-- Cutty Sark Award: first overall, Stephen Taber.

-- Coaster Class: first place, Stephen Taber; second place, Lewis R. French; third place, Victory Chimes.

-- Leeward Class: first place, Ladona; second place, Angelique; third place, Heritage.

-- Windward Class: first place, American Eagle; second place, Mary Day; third place, Heron.

Additional awards were given for seamanship and navigational skills.

The Spirit of ’53 Award, recognizing guest involvement and seamanship during the Great Schooner Race, went to the three-masted Victory Chimes, captained by Kip Files, out of Rockland.

The Boyd Guild Award, named after the colorful Captain Boyd Guild and recognizing navigational excellence, went to the Tree of Life, captained by Paul Morse, out of Newport, R.I.

The Maine Windjammer Association will host the annual Maine Windjammer Parade past the Rockland Breakwater Friday, July 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. This event provides closeup views of the entire fleet.

Capt. Jim Sharp of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will narrate the parade over a public address system at the lighthouse.

Hosted by the Maine Windjammer Association, the Great Schooner Race features North America’s largest fleet of traditional windjammers. Many of the participating schooners are National Historic Landmarks, while others were built in the last century specifically for the windjamming trade.

Courier Publication reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

2018 Great Schooner Race
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Ladona, right, leads the way into Rockland harbor ahead of Heritage and Stephen Taber during the Great Schooner Race July 6. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Lewis R. French, America's oldest windjammer, sails around Rockland harbor July 6 after finishing the Great Schooner Race from Islesboro to Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The crew aboard Tree of Life out of Newport, R.I., prepares to take down the sails. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The crew on Ladona brings down the sails. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
After a delay in the start of the Great Schooner Race July 6, spectators made their way to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Rolling up one of the sails on the Heritage. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Dropping anchor. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Stephen Taber, left, and Heritage, right, make their entry into Rockland harbor July 6. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Sailing enthusiasts aboard Angelique during the 2018 Great Schooner Race from Islesboro to Rockland July 6. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Capt. Mike McHenry aboard his vessel Retriever before taking us out to catch the end of the Great Schooner Race July 6. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Aboard the American Eagle. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Tree of Life makes its way past Rockland Breakwater July 6 as it finishes the Great Schooner Race. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Victory Chimes, the largest schooner in the Windjammer fleet. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Capt. Noah Barnes, left, of the Stephen Taber presents Capt. Doug Lee of the Heritage with the Cutty Sark Award trophy and accompanying “Eat My Wake” flag during the Great Schooner Race Awards on July 6. (Courtesy of: Maine Windjammer Association)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Cathy Baker | Jul 07, 2018 11:21

Great photos -- glad that wind came up for the race.  The Tree of Life was a great addition.



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