1st Voyage - 2,338 days at sea
December 1, 2012 - Launched
This boat belongs to 5 school districts in southern Maine.
She was set out on a private vessel with two other boats from New Jersey by Joe Robillard off the coast of South Carolina on December 1, 2012.
February 2016 - Quiet after 1,168 days at sea
By the end of December the “Mini Maine” was making very good time and was all ready northeast of Bermuda heading toward Europe. She quickly sailed to the south east of the Azores and circled around the Sargasso Sea for a year or more.
The Mini Maine stopped reporting Feb. 2016 after 1,168 days at sea and sailing 35,668 km!
April 26, 2019 - Recovered in Ireland after another 1,171 days
We received a Facebook message on April 27, 2019 noting that, “I think one of your boats has washed up here – – it arrived last night in the middle of storm Hannah and is on the beach in Waterville, Co. Kerry Ireland!”
After a few exchanged messages and pictures, we believed the boat to be the Mini Maine, which was last heard from in 2016! See here the pictures before and after:
Ms. Rosemary Hill, the finder of the miniboat noted, “I’m hoping that our local marine education centre or the local school might be interested in keeping it.” But first, she has to figure out how to get the boat off the beach, which may be a bit water logged and very heavy!