Sail Portsmouth NH

Sail with PMC aboard a tall ship

If you’ve ever enjoyed or even imagined the thrill of sailing the high seas, the Piscataqua Maritime Commission can help make it happen.

The Piscataqua Maritime Commission is partnering with two tall ships – the Harvey Gamage and the Lynx – for day-sail adventures between August 1 and August 11.

The start of the Sail with PMC program coincides with the August 1 Portsmouth Sail tall ships parade that will feature the schooners Roseway and Lynx, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. (See our Sail Portsmouth page for more information.)

The Lynx provides opportunities to come aboard as part of the parade on August 1 as well as accompanying the Eagle as it departs Portsmouth on August 5. See details below.

The Harvey Gamage and the Roseway are also part of the PMC’s Sea Challenge, a program that provides scholarships for high school students to spend a week at sea in what many have described as a life-changing experience. (See our Sea Challenge page for more information.)

The Lynx, a square topsail schooner, is based in Nantucket, Mass. Built in 2001 in Maine, it is named and modeled after the original Lynx, which tried to run a Royal Navy blockade 1813, but was captured by the British and took her into service as the HMS Mosquidobit.

The 131-foot Harvey Gamage, built in 1973 in Maine, is a gaff-rigged topsail schooner with 4,200 square feet of sail. Its construction details recall the coastal schooners of the 1860s in the United States.

Owned by Phineas Sprague and operated by Ocean Passages and home ported in Portland, Maine, and has been educating youth at sea for almost half a century.

Launched from Essex, Mass., in 1925, the Roseway, which will also participate in the Parade of Sail, is a gaff-rigged schooner operated by the World Ocean School, a non-profit educational organization based in Camden, Maine.

Here is the information about the opportunities for sailing on the Lynx, Harvey Gamage and Roseway:

Schooner Lynx

Thursday August 1, 2-hour sail, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., $65;
Thursday, August 1, Parade of Sail Ride-In, 5:30 to 8 p.m., $73;
Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4, 2-hour sails, each day 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $65;
Monday, August 5, Escort Eagle out to sea, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, $70;
Tuesday, August 6, Sail to Gloucester, Mass, 8 a.m. departure, $95.

Schooner Harvey Gamage

Saturday, August 10, 2-hour sails, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $65;
Sunday, August 11, 2-hour sails, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $65;

Schooner Roseway

Wednesday, August 7, Sail to Boston, 7 a.m. departure, $110