Windward Passage––Traditional Sailing Adventures for Maine Teens

VELA Under Sail (photo by Maynard Bray)
VELA Under Sail (photo by Maynard Bray)
Posted April 27, 2012, at 5:45 p.m.
Last modified April 27, 2012, at 6:07 p.m.

Friday, April 27, 2012 4 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Penobscot Bay

For more information: Pamela Scott; 207-326-0606;

Windward Passage offers middle and high school students affordable opportunities to sail on a large traditional vessel. The program is co-ed and is open to youth aged 12–18. No prior sailing experience is required.

This summer, Windward Passage will be sponsoring eight trips of 5 days/ 5 nights each on board the 50’ gaff-headed sloop VELA with Captain Havilah “Haddie” Hawkins. All trips leave from and return to Sedgwick on the Eggemoggin Reach. The participants become part of the working crew, learning time-honored skills of seamanship and teamwork. While exploring the islands and coves of Penobscot, Jericho and Frenchman Bays, students gain a sense of responsibility, confidence, and respect for the boat, the water and each other. Captain Hawkins is a second generation schooner captain with 30 years experience in Maine maritime traditions, both as ship captain and boat builder. A true mentor, his knowledge of seamanship and the Maine coast is unsurpassed.

Weekly trips run from June 25 through August 18 and six berths are available for each session. Interested students are encouraged to apply for the program as soon as possible as spaces are filled on a first come basis. The total cost per participant is $700. Some need-based scholarships are available.

For more information and specific dates visit our website, e-mail, or call (207) 326-0606.

Windward Passage is affiliated with SailMaine, a Portland-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tax deductible donations to support our program and sponsor a student

are welcome.