Thursday, February 22, 2007

Good Night

Schooners Love New York

I will be headed to NYC this weekend to the New York Times Travel Show. Maine Windjammer Association has an exhibit. I will hang out and talk to folks about Maine windjamming as a guest of the Dorr family of Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch.

Captains of four schooners I have sailed on will be at the show, including John Foss of American Eagle, Brenda Walker of Isaac H. Evans and Noah Barnes of Stephen Taber.

New posts will stop until Sunday night or Monday morning but will return with info and photos from the show and NYC.

Maine Coast Windjamming Reflections

Capt. Annie Mahle on Green Chemistry....

Capts. King and Martin on generations of windjammer sailing....

Good Day

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Good Night

Schooner Timberwind Yawl Boat

Windjammer Reflections

Capt. Barry King on Lighthouse watching....

Featured Shore Lodging: Abigail's Inn

I've heard good things about this Camden inn. They have only four rather luxurious rooms.

If you are planning to stay on shore a few days in conjunction with a 4 day trip on Angelique, Mary Day or the other Camden based windjammers , this would add up to a very nice week holiday.

Abigail's Inn Link

Good Morning

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Good Night

Angelique From Afar

Sail Well

From Schooner Timberwind:

"This season we've added two Mindfullness, Meditation and Healing Cruises. These cruises will be facilated by Patrick and Jaya Walsh, of Paradigm Shifts Coaching in Rockport. The focus will be on the "Work" of Byron Katie, and the 4 questions that can change your life, as well as"symbolic tracking" through the modality of meditation!

These cruises are perfect for anyone interested in deepening their awareness of the power that lies in your own answers to simple questions-hands on healing for those challenged with disease or chronic illness, or anything in life you're ready to experience differently.

Come join us for one of these very special adventures. To read more information on the Mindfullness, Meditation and Healing Cruises click here."

Maine Reflections

Annie Mahle on the Maine speech accent... LINK

Windjammer Destinations: Blue Hill Bay

On longer sails windjammer captains often head north into Blue Hill Bay.

The secluded upper section off Blue Hill and East Blue Hill is popular.

This bay often has warmer, more pleasant conditions during rougher weather. It's also a good area to watch other sailboats tacking around in the more sheltered waters.

On the eastern shore is the west coast of Mt. Desert Island, while North Brooklin and other nice coastal spots lies to the west.

Blue Hill Bay is a good reason to try a longer windjammer sailing trip.

Good Morning

Captain Foss

Monday, February 19, 2007

Good Night

Maine Mystery Link


Windjammer Book Selection

from Wooden Boat Site

If you like photograph collections of windjammers and classic wooden boats, here is a good one by Frank Chillemi.

He is a professional photographer who hosts a workshop on maritime photography during a yearly sail on the schooner J & E Riggin. (last week of the season this summer)

It is not surprising that Riggin is featured on the cover. The title is accurate. The book is filled with impressive glossy shots of lighthouses and the windjammers. You can't go wrong here.

This book is available at Amazon, Borders, B&N and of course, at the Wooden Boat Store by mail or in person.

Windjammer Reflections

Dawn Tassi of Timberwind on raising kids on a windjammer. LINK

Captain Barry King on taking the ferry to Islesboro in February. LINK

Good Morning

Schooner Bowditch Turns Downwind

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Good Night

Victory Chimes Departs Castine
July 5, 2006

Windjammer Cruising Overview Map

Here is a topo map view of the overall maximum Maine windjammer sailing area. Most cruises keep to Penobscot and Blue Hill bays.

On longer sails you may get to Frenchman Bay if the wind is strong and favorable.

The farthest port of call, Boothbay, is off this map to the southwest past South Bristol.

Most windjammers do not venture much south and west of Owl's Head regularly due to the usual prevailing conditions which require beating into the wind.

You can also see some of the surrounding inland area to get an idea where towns are located.

More Daysailers

There is a good deal of interest in the Maine Daysailers. I will put a links list on soon. Meanwhile, here are a few more....

Good Morning

Galley of Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch