Friday, February 2, 2007

Come to the Gam

Raft Up

Schooner Gam
is the first Maine fleet event of the season. The windjammers leave port Sunday night and sail to a harbor agreed upon by the captains.

The boats sometimes take different routes but all arrive around early evening to anchor together. Under most conditions the schooners raft up to create one big windjammer. This gives passengers a chance to visit and tour other vessels

The exact day of the gam within that week is decided on Monday by the captains based on weather conditions. The "raft-up" is not assured, but the crews do their best to accomplish this difficult feat if it will be safe and comfortable. Next morning, the schooners sail off on their own. There is often some playful racing in and out of the gam harbor and some of the large non-fleet vessels are invited if they are in the area.

This year's "Schooner Gam" is the week of June 18th. I will be aboard the Schooner Timberwind from Rockport.

1 comment:

Mike said...


A voice from the past... hope this isn't too weird. It's Mike Novak & I found you through a Google search. I can't believe you're sailing, that is so cool! Please email me if you get the chance.