Article from MAINE WINDJAMMER ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ()
April 21, 2016
Repeat Guests: the Inside Scoop

With more than 50% of all windjammer guests sailing more than once, it’s clear that the Maine Windjammer Association captains have spent their careers learning what it takes to provide a glorious experience. Is it the delicious food? The gorgeous scenery? Or maybe it’s the fact that every trip is different with no set itinerary? With more than half coming back for more, here are a few stories from our guests:

 
credit: Mary Harscher
A frequent guest aboard Stephen Taber, Mary Harscher likes the camaraderie that develops on a windjammer cruise.


Mary Harscher has sailed aboard the Stephen Taber many times. “As a single person, I find sailing on the Taber is a marvelous vacation a person can take alone or with family and fit in either way. You travel on the water and your great meals and warm bunk are so much better than driving around to various motels and taking a chance on an unknown restaurant where a single person can feel very out of place. Further, the passengers and crew quickly form an informal friendly social group with a common interest. For me, it has become a week-long meditation where you can dip into conversation or not.”
 

Since 1996, Frank “Luke” Lukaszewski has sailed more than 20 times about Maine Windjammer Association vessel Victory Chimes.


Frank “Luke” Lukaszewski has not only sailed year after year aboard Victory Chimes, he also plans back-to-back cruises. “The first couple of years, I only came for one week. After about three years, I said to myself ‘next year I’m coming two weeks.’ And I’ve been doing that ever since. One week just goes so fast. I would tell anyone to try to get two full weeks together. One of the reasons I like the full weeks is because we have more time to sail a greater distance. Usually the first day of the week, the captain will sail further than he normally does and you’ll see things you wouldn’t normally see.”
 

courtesy: Schooner Lewis R. French
Tom Nuckton and Cindy Tomassi are long-time regulars aboard Schooner Lewis R. French.


Tom Nuckton has sailed with Jenny and Garth of the Lewis R. French many times and has this to say:

“What makes windjamming great is really the whole package: traditional sailing and great cruising in a really nice environment. Garth and Jenny are incredibly gracious ambassadors for Maine. They want you to have a good time and a good experience. They welcome you, if you’re interested, to understand as much or as little about the boat as you want. They’ll talk about any aspect of sailing which is great or you’re welcome to just hang back and enjoy scenery. People sometimes don’t understand that the captains really sail their boats and try to get these traditional boats to perform as well as they can. So it’s that combination of a totally relaxing vacation with amazing sailing.”

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