Plans well advanced for WYD’s 60th anniversary


This time of year, the Friends of Windjammer Days are fine-tuning and finalizing plans for the festival scheduled for Sunday 26th June to Saturday 2nd July. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of Windjammer Days by Captains David and Marion Dash.

Given the significance of this anniversary, the Friends have found a unique way to honor the occasion, the brainchild of FWJD Director Mark Gimbel.

“I started thinking about the founders and the fact that Marion was the first woman to get a captain’s license in Maine. And that got me thinking about women on the waterfront today, so I brought the idea to the committee: ask each of our windjammer sponsors to sponsor one of these women.

Committee members he discussed it with were Kim Gillies, director Dianne Gimbel and Angie Helton (FWJD publicist). They all agreed it was a great idea. Helton suggested calling it, simply, Women on the Working Waterfront. The four began making a list of women they knew to name, and by sharing the idea with some of the windjammer’s sponsors, more popped up.

“We also wanted to include a few women who aren’t from the area,” Gimbel said. “So I contacted Linda Greenlaw to see if she would be interested. Linda said she was honored to be invited. Everyone was, really. And I called Virginia Oliver in Rockland – she’s 101 and still goes fishing with her son Max. We have 15 women (currently) honored, their stories shared on our website, through windjammer sponsors, and they will be attending a dinner at Linekin Bay Resort during Windjammer week.

These women on the waterfront, whose contributions range from dockmaster to ship’s captain, from the founder of an internationally renowned ocean laboratory to lobster fishermen and oyster farmers; from the caretaker of the island to the president of a shipbuilding company are: Barbara Scully – Founder/Glidden Point Oyster and owner of Scully Sea Products. Sponsor: Valley Beverage; Elaine Jones – Director/Keepers of Burnt Island Light – Sponsor: Knickerbocker Group; Nikki Strout – Founder/Rugged Seas – Sponsor: Windjammer Emporium; Captain Tiffany KrihwanErnestina Morrissey – Sponsor: Bristol Marine; Captain Terry Arfordmild days – Sponsor: Rugged Seas; Christine Page – Owner – Atlantic Edge Lobster – Sponsor: Groupe Lafayette; Captain Heather HillsNovelty – Sponsor: Boston Beer; Dr. Clarice Yentsch – Founder of Bigelow Laboratories – Sponsor: Downeast Magazine; Katie Maddox -President/Washburn & Doughty – Sponsor: Pine State; Amy Armstrong – Hodgdon Marine dockmaster – Sponsor: Linekin Bay Resort; Audrey Hogdon – Hodgdon Yachts sixth generation – Sponsor: Suyematsu/Hebert; Pauline Dion – Founder & Director/Sea and Science Center – Sponsor: J. Edward Knight; Linda Greenlaw Wessel – Swordfish Boat Captain/Author – Sponsor: Mark/Mariann Powell; Captain Bethany McNelly-Davis / Schooner Alert – Sponsor: Pepsi; Virginia Olivier – 101-year-old lobster fisherman from Rockland – Sponsor: First National Bank.

FWJD member Kim Gillies has been busy writing about each of the women, some of their stories are now on the official festival website:

New and Permanent Changes: The Lighted Boat Parade event has been renamed Harbor Aglow and that’s not the only new feature: Decorated moored boats will light up wherever they are around the harbor at 8:30 p.m. with the parade at 9 p.m. and will stay on until 10 p.m. And the Antique Boat Parade will be followed by a Pier Party at Bristol Marine on Commercial Street. Live music, drinks and food, prepared by Chef Ralph Smith of Mine Oyster, will take place June 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.

When the subject is Windjammer Days, you should list the reasons for the festival – the windjammer fleet, those who visit and those who have the Boothbay area as their home base. Captain Pete Ripley, director of the FWJD, confirmed these beautiful ships, so far, for the festival: Agnes and Dell (Blue Hill), Alert (Bailey Island), american eagle (Rockland), Angelic (Camden), east wind (Boothbay Harbour), Ernestina Morrissey (Port of New Bedford/Boothbay), Heritage (Rockland), Isabella (Gloucester, MA), Isaac H. Evans (Boothbay Harbour), Jenny Ives (Port of Tenants), lazy jack (Boothbay Harbour), Sycamore (Wiscasset), The True North (Boston, MA and Pemaquid), tyron (Boothbay Harbour).

the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, originally booked for Festival 2020, will finally be in Boothbay Harbor. Rhode Island’s flagship, it is the nation’s largest civilian sailing school vessel. Launched in 2015, it is the first fully rigged ocean-going vessel to be built in the United States in over 100 years.

The Tug of War Across the Harbor and the Street Parade are back! The Parade takes to the streets on Wednesday, June 29 at 4 p.m., date and time of the Tug TBA.

Plans for Windjammer Days 2022 are well underway and as always, stay up to date by checking the website and visiting Friends of Windjammer Days on Facebook.


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