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4/30/2014 2:17:00 PM
'Friends of Windjammer Days' With Seven Tall Ships Sailing Into the Harbor

Organizers of the 52nd Annual Windjammer Days has announced the tall ships that will be at this year's Windjammer Days Festival. The Festival is June 22 to 28, with seven windjammers scheduled to arrive in Linekin Bay on Tuesday, June 24 and then under full sail during the parade of sail on Wednesday, June 25.

Recently recognized as a top 100 event in the country by the American Bus Association for 2014, Windjammer Days was also listed as one of the top 20 events in Maine by Yankee Magazine.

The Windjammers include: American Eagle is a deep draft vessel designed to be safe and stable in open water. John Foss is the captain. This schooner offers four- and six-night cruises with a few shorter weekend cruises. For more information, http://www. American Eagle is sponsored by Pine State Trading Company.

The schooner Alert was the last New England fishing schooner engaged in commercial fishing and is now captained by Perry Davis and Bethany McNelly-Davis. This schooner offers two-, four- and six-hour charters along with adventure trips to explore islands in Casco Bay from Bailey Island. Alert is sponsored by Pepsi Co.

Eastwind built by Herb and Doris Smith sailed around the world twice with their three children on schooners they built by hand, including Eastwind. Tom and Jennifer Smith are the owners and captains of the Eastwind, offering two-hour voyages out of Boothbay Harbor. For more information, http://www.schoonereastwind. com. Eastwind is sponsored by J. Edward Knight.

Lazy Jack is a topsail schooner and when fully rigged, can carry up to eight sails; Lazy Jack sailed for 20 years from Massachusetts to Cuba carrying various cargo for her master. Joe Tassi is the captain. The Lazy Jack offers a two-hour day sail or private charter adventures. For more information: http://www. Lazy Jack is sponsored by Maine Magazine.

Lewis R. French was launched in 1871 in Christmas Cove, the Lewis R. French is the oldest vessel in the fleet and the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the USA. Garth Wells and Jenny Tobin are the captains. This schooner offers three-, four-, five- and six-night excursions. For more information, Lewis R. French is sponsored by Knickerbocker Group.

Heritage was designed and built by Captains Doug and Linda Lee. The Heritage offers three-, four-and six-day windjammer cruises. For more information, visit The Heritage is sponsored by the Giles family.

Windfield Lash is a two-masted ketch launched in 2000 after 18 years of hard labor to bring it to fruition. The captain is Dave Clarke. This schooner's homeport is Friendship, and it cruises in Maine in the summer. The Winfield Lash is sponsored by McSeagull's Restaurant.

The annual Windjammer Days Festival will feature several new events and attractions, including a Cod Fish Race where relay teams have to transport a fish through the streets of town in full foul weather gear, lobster eating contest, and food booths from local restaurants, 34th annual Rocky Coast Road Race, as well as classic events such as the Boothbay Harbor One Design Boat Race; the hometown street parade; an antique boat parade; Artists' Alley; waterfront concerts; appearance by the Pirates of the Dark Rose; museum exhibits; kids' tents; pancake breakfast; boat excursions; and a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor.

The final schedule of events for 2014 Windjammer Days will be posted on and on the Chamber of Commerce's website: Currently information is available on their Facebook page "Friends of Windjammer Days."

Windjammer Days 2014 is presented by the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Windjammer Days, and sponsored by local businesses and individuals.

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