Maine Windjammer Association – Camden, Maine, U.S.A.

The Greatest Sailing on the Eastern Seaboard

Sparkling Penobscot Bay, a standout among Maine’s 3,500 miles of pristine and craggy coast (the largest stretch of shoreline in the forty-eight con­tiguous states), is dotted with some 3,000 islands and has been a maritime center since the 17th century.

Little wonder, then, that its waters are home to the nation’s largest fleet of traditional wooden schooners, historic late-19th- and early-20th-century ships that specialize in three- to six-day sailing adventures, always within sight of the pine- and spruce-covered coastline and the fabulous yet low-key shingled “cottages” built 100 years ago for the summering rich.

Going where the wind carries you through America’s quintessential cruising grounds means celebrating paint-by-numbers sunsets, passing lighthouses right out of Andrew Wyeth paintings, and enjoying impromptu stops at tiny deserted islands to enjoy a feast of lobsters, plucked live moments before from a passing fisherman’s boat.

Accommodations aboard ship are generally small and spare, and nightlife is nonexistent except for counting the shooting stars, but you can just about finish that bestseller by the light of the moon.

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