Schooner Showdown this summer in Maine: Watch the two oldest working vessels in the country race each other and the wind

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This year, 2011, is a big year for the Maine Windjammer Association, not only is the fleet celebrating its 75th anniversary, but it’s also marking the 140th (!) anniversary of its two oldest schooners, the Stephen Taber and the Lewis R. French, both built and launched in 1871. This year’s summer season brings both anniversary celebrations for the fleet as well as the Schooner Showdown, a match-race between the French and the Taber, which are further distinguished by being the oldest working vessels in the country.

Schooner Showdown Schedule of Events

Friday, June 17:
Noon,  Schooner Showdown race begins in Camden Harbor
3-4 p.m. Boats expect to cross finish line at Rockland Breakwater
4-5 p.m.  Reception, awards ceremony, and tours at the Pearl, Rockland.
5-6 p.m.  Boats open for public tours

Saturday, June 18th:
10-Noon Daysail on both boats
1-3 p.m.   Boats open for public tours