While most folks think of Labor Day as the official end of summer, for the captains and crew of the Maine Windjammer Association, summer runs right through September. This year, more than half of the fleet is sailing into the second week of October to take advantage of the long Columbus Day weekend.
Though sea and air temperatures cool as the windjammer season voyages forward, anyone who has sailed in September and October can attest to its beauty. As the leaves turn to bold shades of amber, red and gold, thereís no better place to see Maineís stunning coastal foliage than from the deck of a windjammer. Against the backdrop of craggy rocks, dark pines and pointed firs, the change in season is a delight for all the senses.
Clear, crisp nights, bright morning sun, and brisk daytime winds are all tell-tale signs of early autumnís glorious sailing. For those willing to bring an extra sweater and a woolen cap, along with a pair of shorts and sunhat, the adventure to be had as summer meets fall is remarkable.
Autumn is a wonderful time to sail for those who didnít have opportunity to escape during the summer, or for parents wanting to have a few days of relaxation without the kids. With three, four and six-day trips extending into October, sailing the Maine coast doesnít have to end when the long days of August are over.
To learn more about late-season sailing and the availability of remaining windjammer cruises, call 1.800.807.WIND, or visit www.sailmainecoast.com.
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