There's just something about being born and raised in a coastal Maine community.

You can never stray too far from the ocean, and you have a sense of belonging on the water and rocky shoreline that "folks from away" can never completely achieve.

Next week visitors will be flocking to Boothbay Harbor for the Windjammer Days Festival.

This Maine festival, celebrating Maine's tall ships and our amazing sea-faring heritage, holds a very special place in my heart.

I was privileged and honored to hold the title of "Miss Windjammer 1983" and it was that year that I was shuttled by boat to each of the magnificent ships that visited Boothbay Harbor that year for the festival.

With a fife and drum band on our shuttle boat announcing our arrival, we came along side and boarded vessels like the Victory Chimes.

The sash and crown are long since gone but the wonderful memories of representing coastal Maine and her tall ships will be with me forever, especially during Windjammer Days.