Article from Maine Windjammer Association August 2018 Newsletter ()
January 31, 2017
American Eagle: Going the distance

Captain John Foss has 90,000 miles under his belt…the equivalent of 3 times around the Earth!

 

Built to sail longer distances and well-suited to strong breezes, Schooner American Eagle was originally designed for offshore fishing on Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Capt. John Foss bought the schooner in the 1980s and refitted her for the windjamming trade. With international certification and an ocean’s license, Capt. John has sailed 90,000 miles or the equivalent of 3 times around the Earth! And throughout that time, the American Eagle’s passengers have been witness to some incredible sights. With 25 whale sightings in 2016 alone, guests have lots of reasons to sign up for this season’s longer trips that head to the Canadian border, Gloucester, Stellwagen Bank and Sail Boston. Says Capt. John, “Don’t get me wrong, sailing Penobscot Bay is fantastic. Truly some of the best sailing in the world. But I also love the longer trips.”

 
credit: Len Burgess
Since her conversion from fishing schooner to windjammer in the 1980s, American Eagle has offered many long-distance cruises for guests who love sailing farther afield.
 

Designated a National Historic Landmark, Schooner American Eagle looks and feels like a new boat with gleaming brass, comfortable cabins and fresh paint. Captain Foss and the Eagle have provided thousands of guests with a chance to reconnect with nature, learn about maritime history and unwind completely. In 2017, guests can choose from three- to ten-day trips that feature a nice mix of “themed cruises” (photography, music, lighthouses), longer passages, special events and relaxing foliage cruises into mid-October.

Personable with a dry Yankee wit, Captain John is known as an exemplary guide. A day’s itinerary will include coffee that’s freshly brewed on a wood stove, hearty meals created by a talented cook, spectacular sailing, a great story read by Captain John accompanied by the sounds of loons in the harbor, and the option to sleep on deck under a canopy of stars.

After a cruise aboard the Eagle with Captain John, guests are guaranteed to come away with an appreciation for the history of schooners, fishing, the Gulf of Maine and maritime literature.

The 2017 sailing schedule for American Eagle is available online. For more information about the historic vessels belonging to the Maine Windjammer Association, visit our website.

 


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