Camden, Schooners and Windjammers Goodness, where to start?
It is practically mandatory that every visitor to Camden head down to the harbor and climb aboard a daysailer for a cruise around Penobscot Bay.
Not only do you get to see some of the most beautiful sailing grounds anywhere in the world (and lighthouses, seals, bald eagles and lobster boats), but you have the chance to get to know your captain – the person who has chosen a career that involves the way of life that built Camden.
If you want a more in-depth experience, sign on for a multi-day cruise. Be warned: Windjamming is addictive. Many people return annually for these trips.
These lovely vessels play a very special role in Camden. They are our ambassadors to the past and a vital part of our local economy today.
The fleet generally sails from mid-May to mid-October. The night sky in Maine is extra special, so check your calendar for full moon dates or other celestial events (like meteor showers).
If festivals are your thing, be sure to visit Labor Day weekend for the Camden Windjammer Festival, an annual celebration of Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions. This is no passive event – you can build a boat and sail it, sample chowder (and vote for the best), test your nautical and skills, and more. And did we mention fireworks over Camden Harbor?
Camden Pro-Tip: Many of the Camden fleet can accommodate family reunions, office outings and weddings.
Check out our video on what it's like to sail on a windjammer!
Camden Windjammer Festival
Schooners Olad and Owl
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