The third annual Portland Schooner Fest & Regatta will be held June 21 – 24, 2019 on the Portland waterfront according to a press release issued by Tall Ships Maine this morning. An outstanding location from which to watch the Saturday and Sunday afternoon races is the Eastern Promenade at Ft. Allen Park.
A fleet of seven large traditional schooners will be racing and parading under sail together in Portland Harbor all weekend. The event provides opportunities for the public to view the ships from ashore or on board as passengers.
“Schooner Fest” is Portland Harbor’s celebration of its thriving community of traditional sail,” said Alex Agnew, president of the Tall Ships Maine Board. “We invite families – young and old – to come aboard and experience the age of sail on these magnificant schooners.”
This year, participating vessels invite the public aboard for free dockside tours at Maine Wharf from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon on Saturday and Sunday. The first year 17 students took advantage of scholarships provided them, last year there were 100 students on board. Agnew has said that he hopes that 200 students will be able to take advantage of this opportunity this year. Perhaps you can help him reach this goal.
To reserve space on board one of the schooners in the Regatta, parade or evening sunset cruises, visit www.tallshipsmaine.org/ticket. If you would like to arrange events or book a group of more than ten (10), please call 207 – 200-6150.
Tall Ships Maine provides one-week sail training opportunities with academic credit to high school students from all across Maine, as well as hosting tall ships events in Portland.
Please visit a post herein dated March 4, 2019 for more background information on the subject.