We have always asked the guests aboard the Schooner J. & E. Riggin to be flexible. It is a dynamic environment, without a set itinerary. We venture wherever the wind and weather takes us along the pristine shores of Maine, away from the crowds, in the fresh breeze. As we prepare for a summer of fun and adventure, we ask for your continued flexibility as we adapt to the guidelines set forth for us by the CDC, the state of Maine, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
We want to share with all of you how we intend to keep our vessel a safe, and clean environment for you to relax, and enjoy the familiar comfort of sailing aboard the Riggin.
Guests must furnish proof of vaccination OR a negative test within 72 hours of boarding the vessel. Rapid tests are available at most Walgreens locations and in the Portland Jetport. This is required of all guests regardless of state exemptions at this time.
Masks will not be required on board; however, we would advise all guest to bring their masks with them as many shops in the places we visit are still requiring masks at this time.
All common spaces such as shared companion ways, and heads, will be cleaned and disinfected regularly as they always have been.
All ship linens will be washed and disinfected in between trips as they have always been.
Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the boat.
All of these policies are in adherence with current guidelines set forth for us by the CDC, the state of Maine, and the U.S. Coast Guard and are subject to change. Check back frequently to keep up with these changes, and please call us with any questions or concerns.
While all of our weeks are special and take their own shape and character, Race Week is one that rises to the top every year. Nowhere else in North America can you see this sort of gathering of traditional Maine windjammers majestically making their way in company across Penobscot Bay.
Our tall ship fleet gathers for the exciting Great Schooner Race from Islesboro to Rockland the week of July 4th. This exhilarating day of collegial racing is followed by a festive awards ceremony and party with live music and treats from all of the chefs in the fleet. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Great Schooner Race and includes pre-race festivities such as a fireworks display and zany small boat races by the crews of all the vessels, complete with themes and costumes.
This festive day is one of our few fleet gatherings of the summer and one of the biggest days of our season. Hosted every summer since 1977, The Great Schooner Race is hailed as the largest annual gathering of traditional schooners in America, this year at least twenty schooners are expected to participate in the race. The dates of this special trip are July 2nd to the 7th this year.