Grace Campbell, daughter of Tricia and Jason Campbell, came up with the winning design. Grace, an eighth grade student at BRHS, was surprised but grateful, to find out hers was selected by the Friends of Windjammer Days.
Grace’s design was one of eight submitted by BRES students. Twenty members of the Friends of Windjammer Days committee and subcommittees voted on the designs at the Feb. 12 meeting. “It was a tough vote. There was something great about all of the designs, but in the end Grace’s four-masted ship representing the festival, the region and the state got the votes,” said Mark Gimbel.
At the outset, Grace, an avid sailor, knew she wanted the design to reflect the Festival, region and community she loves so much. “It took me a couple of tries, but I never really scrapped my first draft/idea. I drew a boat, but I decided that it was too boring. I brainstormed more about how to liven it up and better reflect how I see our very special community. I finally decided on doing four patterns on the four sails. I chose each sail to represent something about Maine. In the end, I think the designs made it more unique and eye-catching!”
And the committee clearly agreed. The four-masted schooner rests on the water with fireworks exploding in the night sky. One mast is adorned with lobsters, another with pine trees, a third with sailboats and the fourth with fish. An American flag graces the top of the ship.
“We couldn’t be prouder of Grace,” mom Tricia said. “She gives her all in everything she does. Grace shines and her Dad and I are grateful to be her parents and along for the exciting ride!"
Gimbel said the committee had been looking for new ways to involve kids with the Festival - in addition to the pirate shenanigans, Kids’ Alley, the Boothbay Region Land Trust crafts tent, activities at Maine State Aquarium and Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, competing in the codfish relay race and/or lobster eating contest ...