Article from Maine Windjammer Association August 2018 Newsletter ()
August 18, 2015
Fall Sailing

credit: Courtesy Schooner Stephen Taber

Ask many New Englanders what’s their favorite season and they’ll say, hands down, it’s fall. The days are a little shorter, the nights have cooled off and the trees are just starting to turn. This combination of crisp air combined with bright sunshine makes fall the perfect time to enjoy apple cider, pumpkin pie and spectacular scenery. Now that many summer visitors have gone back to school and work leaving the beaches, shops and restaurants nearly empty, fall visitors often find they have the place to themselves.

credit: Courtesy Schooner Victory Chimes
September waters are still warm enough for great swimming.

And there’s no better way to see the quaint coast-hugging villages – the hallmark of New England – than from the deck of a Maine Windjammer. Happily, this fleet of historic wooden vessels keeps the sails up even into October.

credit: Courtesy Schooner Lewis R. French
First autumn colors frame the Schooner Lewis R. French at anchor.

After a fantastic day on the water, meeting people from all over the world while navigating some of the most spectacular scenery, passengers enjoy thick stews and chowders, homemade bread and apple pie before climbing into a cozy bunk for the night. Windjammers offer a true getaway, far from the buzz of tourist traps. Most passengers consider windjamming to be a real piece of heaven. As once recent guest said, “These cruises have long been my much-anticipated vacations providing peace, laughter, friendship, tremendous scenery, great food, (and) new experiences.”

credit: Jacqueline Normile
Camden Harbor ablaze, with the Schooner Mary Day in the background.

There are still seven weeks of cruises left before the windjammers bring their season to its finale, and there are opportunities for you to join Lighthouse Cruises, the Gloucester Schooner Race Cruise, a Wine & Foliage Cruise, a Knitting Cruise, as well as astronomy and naturalist cruises, just to name a few. If you enjoy a schooner gam, you will want to join us for the week of September 14th when the fleet gathers in WoodenBoat Harbor for the 29th Annual WoodenBoat Sail-In; music by a steel drum band, refreshments, tours of WoodenBoat, and other activities make this a favorite trip near the end of the season.

Sailing schedules for the entire fleet are available online or you can request a packet of brochures from all 8 members.

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