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Camden Windjammer Festival

Maritime traditions and heritage come alive at this festival celebrating the culture of the sailboat and the pleasure cruise.  


From the mid-19th century to the 1930s, the harbor of Camden, Maine, bustled with sailboats and vessels of every kind. It was the Great Age of Sail, which persisted until the advent of the steamship.

Before sailing faded into obscurity in the 1930s, a man named Frank Swift envisioned a new purpose for the old sailing vessels lying dormant – as passenger boats for sailing expeditions. Thus, Maine Windjammer Cruises was born, giving rise to a flourishing industry. This maritime history is commemorated and promoted annually at the festival. Join us at the Sea-Worthy Festival in Camden, Maine.


Events run the gamut from the formal arrival of the sailing fleet to a talent show performed by fleet crews. Watch fireworks explode over the harbor Friday night, then come back the next morning for fun activities, such as:

  • Build-a-boat contest

  • Lobster crate race

  • Maritime displays

  • Fish relay races

  • Tour a windjammer vessel


The majestic fleet includes beautiful sailboats that vary in size and age, such as the Victory Chimes, which  was built in 1900 and is the only remaining three-masted East Coast schooner; and the Stephen Taber, the oldest documented sailing vessel, built in 1871. Along with an array of majestic sailboats and elegant schooners, there’s even a hard-working trawler.

If you will be attending the Camden Windjammer Festival, stay with us here at Point Lookout. We hope to see you soon!

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