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Community Sailing for Maine

420s and Spring Point

420s and Spring Point - Photo by Steve Kazilionis

SailMaine is a non-profit organization formed to support sailing in Maine at the community level. SailMaine connects people of all ages and abilities to the coast of Maine through fun and affordable sailing education, recreation, and competition, stimulating individual growth and creating community.

In the sailing lessons we offer, and in our work with High School sailing teams, we promote the values of leadership, self-reliance, sportsmanship, and respect for the environment that the craft of sailing teaches. Through our programs, SailMaine connects people of all ages to the sea, sharing our enduring love and appreciation of the coast of Maine and the ocean beyond. We provide local community access to the water, and promote growing understanding of our marine environment and heritage..

Throughout SailMaine's existence, we've presented the sport of sailing in a manner that offers access to the local community as a whole, not just the few. Portland's Community Sailing Center, located at 58 Fore Street is our home. We work with the University of Southern Maine, Maine Special Olympics Sailing, Rippleffect, and the Compass Project to deliver sailing opportunities to a diverse community. On Penobscot Bay further downeast, SailMaine affiliate Windward Passage offers a scholarship program giving high school students affordable opportunities for traditional sail training aboard the 50' gaff-rigged sloop Vela.

SailMaine also provides logistical support and resources to other Maine sailing organizations, helping to involve people in sailing opportunities beyond our own programs. Our sailboat racing marks have designated the courses of many a regatta, including the Portland Yacht Club's Pilot Races and PHRF Maine Championship series, the Etchells New England Championships, and J24 Fleet 43's Downeast Invitational regatta. Our sailors have been part of race-winning sailing crews here at home and all over the world.

Please browse through our pages. Discover how you can explore the varied waters of the Gulf of Maine and learn some of the secrets the sea has to tell.

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