First Image: © Charles Gale | Third Image: © Joseph A. Corrado

Detail of Scheduled Events

Arrival of the Windjammers and Formal Welcome

To many, this throwback to the era of sail is the highpoint of the weekend. Each of the schooners is a museum in its own right. Each crew is practiced in skills that have all but disappeared in our age of motor and speed. Captain Jim Sharp, who provides the narration and will formally welcome the windjammers, is a dean among the captains and has personally saved and rehabilitated many sailing vessels. During the formal welcome at 5:00pm, a worthy captain will be awarded a Windjammer Lifetime Appreciation Award by the Maine Windjammer Association. (Friday noon-5:00pm)

Boating Around Curtis Island

Sixteen lucky people will join Captain Terry Moore on a 28’ boat which will launch at the town dock and skirt the iconic Curtis Island. A group of eight will leave at 10:00am on Friday and another group of eight will leave at 2:00pm Friday. Passengers will row or help with the sails, depending on the wind. Registration is limited, so register early by contacting the Apprenticeshop at 207-594-1800 or A dinghy, staffed with an apprentice, will also be at the dock to allow an opportunity for some others to get out on the water. (Friday 10:00am and 2:00pm)

Windjammer Dinner Auction

Lucky winners of this silent auction will get a taste of life on a schooner and enjoy part of Friday evening at a dinner with the crew and passengers prepared by the ship’s cook on board a windjammer at the dock at 5:00pm. (Friday noon-4:00pm)

Maritime Traditions and Crafts

Many maritime displays—pictures, paraphernalia, crafts, old boats—are reminders of the sturdy work and life in mid-coast Maine communities. Booths that are integrated with stalls of modern day crafts will provide you with fascinating portrayals of what coastal life was like during the age of sail. (all three days)

Bay Winds North Wind Music Ensemble

The beautiful ensemble music is a perfect complement to the peaceful Camden Harbor which will be packed with stylish schooners, reminiscent of the harbor in the early 1900s. The musicians are regional and play a variety of musical styles. (Friday 6:00pm)

Schooner Talent Show

Not only skilled sailors, the windjammer crews are entertainers. Have fun with them and their passengers as they display their acting, dancing, singing and comedic talents. Courier Publications sponsors the talent show. Performance and maritime artist Buckley Smith will create a 4’ x 8’ drawing live during the show which will be auctioned at the end. (Friday 7:00-9:00pm)

Fireworks over the Harbor

View the spectacular fireworks which can be seen from the grounds of the Camden Library, Harbor Park, commercial decks facing the shoreline, the bleachers at the Public Landing or other bayside locations. See the bright patterns sparkling across the bay, a splendor of multi-colored lights that dance on moored boats and play with ripples in the water. (Friday 9:00pm)

Camden Rotary Pancake Breakfast

The Rotary tent greets you upon entering the Public Landing on Saturday morning. Delicious food, friends and family make a great combination for this perennial fundraiser. (Saturday 7:30-10:00am)

Build a Boat Construction

We provide the building materials, donated by Ellsworth Building Supply. Each registered team (family members or 2-3 friends) gets some 2x2s, plywood, glue (Sikaflex), and expert on-site supervision. Participants should bring their own tools and there will be some on-site help with the long saw cuts. Contestants hope to win the build-a-boat race on Sunday. There will be expert rescue crews on-site during the race. Online registration form on the forms page must be submitted at the entrance shed no later than 9:30am on Saturday morning. (Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 11:00am parade and race)

Lobster Crate Race

Lobster crate racing is perhaps the favorite participation event of the weekend. The race starts Saturday at noon, but registration is required at the entrance shed before the race starts. The winner is the one who crosses the most crates in two minutes. Volunteers are there to help those who slip and fall in. The race is sponsored by Camden National Bank. Online registration form on the forms page must be submitted at the entrance shed starting at 9:00am and no later than 11:00am Saturday morning. There is a 30 contestant limit. (Saturday noon)

Nautical Dog Show

The dog show is back by popular demand. Run your dog through a nautical theme agility course; then watch as seasoned handlers run their dogs through the same course. Local and visiting dogs, some purebreds, others mixed breeds, will be judged in a variety of categories including best nautical costume and best trick. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. To participate, register online at or prior to the event at the sponsor table in Camden Harbor Park. The event is sponsored by P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center. (Saturday 10:00am)

Pirates of the Dark Rose

Visit the pirate encampment at Harbor Park. There is a puppet show at 11:00am Saturday and children’s blade practice afterwards. Watch out because the pirates will try to recruit you into the Hellion Brigade. Canon Lessons at 1:30pm, duels at 2:15pm and a weapons demonstration at 3:00pm Saturday. On Sunday there are displays and games at the encampment. Learn about tooth worms, small arms, how not to walk the plank. Get a balloon cutlass made for you. The big fight is at 1:00pm, with the Hellion Brigade taking on a band of pirates from the Dark Rose. There is a Pirate Finale at 3:30pm Sunday. The pirates are sponsored by Riverhouse Hotel. (Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-3:30pm)

Storytelling and Activities for Children

Join Miss Katie for Saturday story time at the Camden Public Library. She will read marine related stories and lead craft activities for pre-school and elementary children. (Saturday 10:00am)

West Bay Rotary Chowder Challenge

Back at the Rotary tent again, this time for lunch. Now it’s time to try fish chowder, prepared by local restaurants. The selections are all delicious, but which one tastes the best? Let’s see if you all agree. (Saturday noon-2:00pm)

First Fish

This is another popular competition. Imagine running with a slippery mackerel and then handing it off without dropping it. This relay race is fun to watch as participants (8 years or older) avoid various obstacles before making a tricky handoff. Protective rain gear is provided. This contest is sponsored by the First National Bank. Online registration form on the forms page must be submitted at the entrance shed by noon on Saturday. (Saturday 1:30pm)

Kayak Tour to Curtis Island

Experienced kayak guides are provided by the sponsor Maine Sport; however, participants should have had some experience with paddling and boats. There are four departure times from Steamboat Landing with six single kayaks leaving in each time slot. The kayakers will land on Curtis Island and the lighthouse will be open for a brief tour. Space is limited so pre-registration is strongly advised. Contact and provide the name of participants and the preferred time slot and then confirm your registration at the entrance shed before the event. (Saturday and Sunday 11:30am and 1:30pm)

Darling’s Ice Cream Truck for a Cause

Darling’s truck with its tasty contents will be located across the Library from noon to 2:00pm Saturday. Many good things in life are free – delicious Darling’s ice cream is no exception. (Saturday noon-2:00pm)

Schooner Open House

Take the opportunity on Saturday or Sunday afternoon to board the grand schooners and see them up close. Leather fittings, hefty sailcloth, coiled line, scarred anchors, sleeping quarters for the crew and the passengers, the mess areas, polished brass—all on review. Better yet, talk with the Captain and crew. Maybe plan to join them on a future cruise. (Saturday and Sunday 2:00-4:00pm)

Windjammin’ Happy Hour

Exact Change will play at the happy hour on the lower level of 16 Bayview, adjacent to the Public Landing. You can relax, listen, dance and enjoy a variety of appetizers based on recipes used on local windjammers. 16 Bayview will open a cash bar for the occasion. The 16 Bayview bartender is introducing a Camden Windjammer cocktail special for the occasion. Historical artifacts will sustain the maritime theme. (Saturday 4:00-7:00pm)

Megunticook Triathlon

The 36th annual Megunticook Triathlon will start at Barrett’s Cove, on Route 52, just three miles from the waterfront. The triathlon involves a half mile swim, 26 mile bicycle route, and 6.6 mile run. Registration begins at 8:00am and the race begins at 9:00am. For more information contact: (Sunday 8:00am)

Radio Controlled Boat Race

If you have one of these, bring it along and test your boat and your skills at running it. It is lots of fun to watch as well. (Sunday 10:00am)

Treasure Hunt

Everyone starts at 10:00am, but should arrive early to set up teams. You’ll find a chocolate coin when you solve each clue. You’ll go away knowing more about the maritime and windjamming history of Camden. Winners of the hunt will be richly rewarded. (Sunday 11:00am-12:15pm)

Lobster Hauling Demonstration

From the harbor-side edge of the Public Landing, let a lobsterman teach you the secrets of lobster fishing. (Sunday 11:00am)

Classic Yacht Model Maker Robert Eddy

Robert Eddy will talk about the exquisitely handcrafted custom yacht models he creates for private collections belonging to yacht owners across the globe. Each commissioned piece is flawlessly detailed and perfectly scaled. Every nuance of the owner’s yacht is recaptured using the finest woods. The talk will be held at the Camden Public Library. (Sunday 2:00pm)

Mate Certification

Want to be a mate on one of the schooners? If you are about 8 to 13 years old, you are encouraged to pick up some basic navigational and seamanship skills. Learn parts of the sailboat, how to read a chart, and how to set a course. You’ll be given a good compass after you practice using it by the program sponsor, Country Inn. Help hoist the sail. Finish by cooking a flapjack under the supervision of Bridget, a former Windjammer cook. Register early by contacting and then you will need to fill out a short application at the entrance shed. (Sunday 2:00pm)


There will be live background music for most of your visit. Andre Lascoutx, who splits time between Maine and Nashville, plays country, alternative rock, blues and folk music. Miners Creek is a family bluegrass group from Rockport. Risa plays guitar, Emily bass, and Whitney, the banjo and mandolin. Exact Change, which will be performing indoors on the lower level of 16 Bayview, plays jazz and is from Union. On Sunday, Velocipede is a guitar and fiddle duet. Paper Moon, with Phil Clement, plays well known music standards, from Ellington to Haggard to The Byrds. These ever-present musicians will add to the fun of an active weekend. (Saturday and Sunday)

Boat Parade Finale

Watch or join in a boat parade to wrap up the festival. Entry forms available on the forms page and at the harbormaster’s office. (Sunday 4:00pm)

James Montgomery and the Nor’easters

Montgomery is a harmonica playing legend. His all-star Blues lineup features Charlie Farren who is both a great singer and writer. Tickets are available through the Camden Opera House. (Sunday 7:30pm)