Sailing is an ancient, beautiful and compelling eco-technology that can inspire people’s imagination and community spirit. Our project is in the initial stage of planning and team building. We willl integrate four themes: maritime history, economic development through sail trade, environmental stewardship, and youth education in the practical skills of sailing and entrepreneurship.

Our Goals
Historic - to reinvigorate Maine’s heritage of sea trade, reskilling of traditional arts and skills of sailing, to connect sailing traditions in the Mediterranean and build international partnerships
Economic - to enhance Maine farmers’ livelihoods through access to superior coastal and island markets
Environment - Carbon-freel, energy efficient transport of goods, water quality monitoring, protection of the marine environment,
Education - to promote stewardship of aquatic environments, seamanship, entrepreuneurial innovation and culinary arts

Maine Sail Trade

Our vision is to restore sail trade as a thriving presence in Maine. Join us to renew our heritage of Maine sail trade as a means for sustainable food systems, carbon-free transport and sail trade spanning island communities to down the coast. Discover the joy of a working sailboat. The Mystic Sheaf, our 30' sailboat, is wintering over at

Why return to emmission-free sail transport? One large container ship emits as much pollution as 50 million cars.
50 cargo ships produce emissions equivalent to all of the cars in the world put together. There are about 50,000 cargo ships transporting goods world-wide each year.
90% of world trade is conducted by shipping that produces 4% of global carbon emissions; twice as much as airplanes produce world-wide.

We advocate to buy as much local products as possible, and use sail-trade for the rest.
Contact us to be involved and share your ideas:

Seafarers' Classroom

A journey on a traditional sailing ship is a unique setting to learn about the sea, aquatic ecosystems, weather, tides and Maine’s history and heritage of working waterfronts. On a sail onboard the Mystic Sheaf, young people have the opportunity to help raise the sails, to navigate the boat, monitor water quality, examine sea life, study aquatic life and orient to to the moon, planets, tides and charts. As a sail trade venture, young people will explore ways to make money that benefit their community and the environment. Our inquiry-based learning activities offer a vital doorway to Maine history, nature, livelihood and friendship.

Our Amazing Mystic Sheaf

(a Baba 30 designed by Robert Perry)

baba underway








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Sail Transport Network- 'The Sail Transport Network connects people – locally and across oceans – who are building community resilience by reviving heirloom technologies that will enable them to thrive in a fossil fuel-depleted, climate-disrupted world. We are the people – traders and sailors, farmers and craftsmen, artists and merchants – who will continue to tie your world together even as fossil fuel-based transportation recedes into the smoggy past.'

Vermon Sail Freight Project - 'VSFP invites you to look to the water in a new way, not as a barrier to be driven around, bridged-over or tunneled under, but as a conduit of life and trade. Highways are at the crux of our most pressing problems, eroding our sense of community as they warm the planet. Our project will give a group of spirited Champlain Valley producers, whose cargo we'll carry, a highly visible combined presence in a busy marketplace where it is difficult for each of us to stand out on our own. Together we're the Champlain Valley, ready to sail our goods down the Hudson, just as we did long ago! Learn More

Harbor and River Vessel Transport Company - 'Today, the water highways still exist and need to be reinvigorated. Maintaining maritime trade routes is more than just a celebration of tradition. In a carbon constrained future sustainable water transport will be necessary and in the event of a regional disaster water-based community links can serve as vital infrastructure to New York City Bioregion.'

Dragon Fly Sail Transport - 'Many communities are moving towards methods to conduct trade and commerce that are sustainable and draw on sources of renewable energy. Sail transport is re- emerging as a viable and green alternative to truck transport which relies on dwindling supplies and increasingly costly fossil fuels. A key component to community resilience is social connectedness for resource exchange.'

Salish Sea Trading - 'Our goals are to conserve precious energy resources, lower our carbon footprint, and re-introduce the idea of sail as everyday transport while building resiliency into our local food shed - and have fun along the way' .

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