September 21, 2016
Want the Harbor All to Yourself? Try a Late-Season Cruise!

credit: Fred LeBlanc
Hop aboard Schooner Mary Day for a late-season sail!

“The air is so clear and crisp that it just feels different. The bay empties out and we really have the place to ourselves,” explains Captain Garth of the Lewis R. French.

Many people would argue that when school starts up, the tourists go home, and trees are ablaze with color, that’s the best time to set sail.

credit: John Williams
A last-minute cruise aboard Victory Chimes is the perfect way to transition into Fall.

Captain John of the American Eagle agrees. “There’s less fog, school is in session and the yachts have all gone home.” As the harbors clear out, the windjammers have more room to get in and out of anchorages that might be too snug at other times of year. That means even more to see and do for windjammer guests.

What’s more, shorter days mean longer nights and of course, that means more time for star-gazing and moonlit rows around the harbor.

Captain J. R. of Ladona thinks that some guests might prefer fall because it can be a time to connect with fellow sailors. “At the end of a great day of sailing, everyone gathers below decks by the woodstove which is really the heart and hearth of a windjammer. It really brings people together.”

credit: Captain Noah Barnes
One of Captain Noah’s favorite anchorages is Somes Harbor in Mount Desert, which he often saves for the shoulder seasons when he and his Stephen Taber guests can have it all to themselves.

With winter right around the corner, fall can be a poignant time for some guests. But Captain Dennis of the Angelique has a remedy for that. “It’s a little bittersweet because we’re wrapping up the season. But I pull out my surfboard and my wetsuit and that’s some consolation.”

Space is still available through mid October. Click to see who’s sailing or email all the captains to ask about availability.

For more information about the nine vessels belonging to the Maine Windjammer Association, click here.

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