Sadly, Labor Day marks the end of summer in Maine. It doesn’t leave with a whimper in Camden, however, as the town fills with people who come to enjoy the Windjammer Festival.
Camden is home to the Maine coast’s largest fleet of windjammers, and during Labor Day weekend others from nearby Rockland, Belfast and North Haven dock at the harbor. Most of these grand old ships are over a hundred years old, and some have been given historical recognition.
Speaking of rigging, sometimes it needs checking for adjustments, and today, it was a young woman who had the task. Watching her shimmy up the rope ladder gave me a little heart flutter as the top of that mast is a long way up!
Most of the windjammers are day sailers, meaning they take passengers out for 2 hour cruises, but some go out for several days at a time giving guests opportunity to experience life on an old sailing vessel . Keep in mind, these are not luxury liners and quarters are tight, about the size of a closet. Best not to have claustrophobia here!
While windjammers are the main attraction of the weekend, there’s lots more entertainment. A crowd favorite is the crate races where mostly lightfooted kids compete. Too much weight on the crates sends the participant right into the water which is more than a little chilling!
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