Ten windjammers paraded into Great Cove yesterday afternoon, turning a hazy day into a dazzling spectacle. It was the annual WoodenBoat School Sail-In, which had been postponed from the day before due to rain. Leading the event, as usual, was the three-masted Victory Chimes, the Queen of the Maine Coastal Cruisers. She’s a 170-foot schooner out of Rockland, Maine, that was launched in 1900. She sports one of the biggest Old Glories that you’ll ever see on a sailboat:
Ladonna, also out of Rockland, was launched in 1922 as the Nathaniel Bowditch; she’s 108 feet long:
Grace Bailey, launched in 1882, is a 118-footer that hails from Camden, Maine:
The 125-foot Mary Day was built in 1962 for tourist cruising; she’s also out of Camden:
The Lewis R. French, another Camden schooner, was built in 1871 for hauling commercial cargo; shes a 101-footer:
Angelique’s tan-bark sails always call attention to her; she’s a 130-footer that was built in 1980 for tourist cruising and also is from Camden:
Actress is a 56-foot Brigantine out of Belfast, Maine, that was built in 1937:
The 120-foot J.&E. Riggin is out of Rockport, Maine; she’s a 120-footer that was launched in 1927:
The yellow-hulled Heritage also is out of Rockport; she’s a 145-footer that was launched in 1983 for the tourist trade:
The Stephen Taber, hailing from Rockland, was launched in 1871; she’s 110 feet long:
The 50-foot gaff sloop Vela whisked in and out of traffic. She’s a floating classroom for the WoodenBoat School and hails from Sedgwick, Maine.
There were many impressive sails that ended up as bowsprit laundry:
At about 4:00 p.m. yesterday, as the overcast increased and light started to fade, most vessels were anchored and the passengers were getting ready to come ashore for the party.
At about 6:30 a.m. today, the sun came over the spruce ridge and found a cluster of schooners sleeping: