Article from MAINE WINDJAMMER ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ()
May 21, 2013
Specialty Cruises of the Month

Schooner Timberwind offers weekend cruises all season long.

Specialty cruises aboard the Timberwind and Nathaniel Bowditch – something for everyone!

Weekend Getaways!

For guests who are short on time, but big on adventure, the Timberwind offers long weekend cruises all season long. Guests board in Rockport on Thursday evening, set sail on Friday morning and return by noon on Sunday in time to ease back into the work week. These three-night getaways include two full days of sailing, excellent meals including a lobster feast, great sailing, scenery and wildlife…all capped with a final brunch enjoyed undersail on the way back to port. Prices start at $525 per person, all inclusive.

photo: Paul Dorr
Windjamming aboard the Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch is exhilarating!
 
Shorter cruises for the younger set!

If you’ve got little ones, the Nathaniel Bowditch is offering two back-to-back Kids and Family cruises that are geared toward families with kids ages 5 and up (contact their office to discuss younger children). These 3-day adventures (July 14-17 and July 17-20) give kids the opportunity to try out sailing in a completely safe environment with Maine’s Tall ships - gorgeous schooners that are right out of the golden age of sail. So whether your favorite pirate is Long John Silver or Captain Jack Sparrow, these shorter adventures offer a great introduction to uninhabited islands, beachside lobster bakes and days of magnificent sailing.

Parades!

The Bowditch also welcomes guests to the Boothbay Windjammer Days Festival during their June 23-29 Lobster Lovers Cruise. This year marks the 51st annual festival with sailboat races, antique boat parade, concerts and fireworks. This is a unique opportunity to see many of these gorgeous schooners under sail and passengers on the Bowditch will have a front row seat! And if you love lobster, this cruise is for you! Chef Paul will prepare a lobster dish every day on this 6-night cruise!

Races!

If racing is your passion, join the Schooner Timberwind for the annual Great Schooner Race from June 30-July 6. Race Day begins with the boom of a ship’s cannon and then it’s sails up as crew and passengers do everything they can to be the first in their class to cross the finish line at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. This friendly rivalry has been going on for decades – be ready to cheer your team! The day ends with a festive awards ceremony with live music.

photo: Fred LeBlanc
The Timberwind and Nathaniel Bowditch sail in close company during the Great Schooner Race. No matter who wins, everyone has a great time!
 
Food Glorious Food!

Finally, in September, the Nathaniel Bowditch is capping her season with a celebration of the fall harvest. Guests will enjoy scrumptious meals prepared by Chef Paul on a traditional woodstove in the galley – all focused on the rich and bountiful harvest. This is the time when squashes are just becoming available, apples are abundant, hearty greens are sweet and the last of the corn adds color to the table. Maine’s landscape is changing over to the reds and golds of autumn while guests enjoy the gorgeous sailing that comes with the steady fall breezes. A perfect time to go sailing!

Fall is a great time to visit Maine and this season, the Bowditch celebrates with a fall harvest cruise.
 
For more information about all of the vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association fleet, please visit our website or call 800-807-WIND.

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