The Maine Windjammer Association introduces a great get-away idea for gals who enjoy traveling together. A three-, four-, or six-day cruise on one of the twelve historic tall ships of the Maine fleet is a perfect antidote to the stress-filled lives of all the women you know who multi-task their way through home, family, work, and community obligations.
If you and your “gal pals”—girl friends, co-workers, mom, daughters, sisters—enjoy getting away for a respite together, and you’re looking for something more adventurous than the facial mudpacks, steam baths, and celery sticks of the spa scene, you’re sure to discover that a trip on a windjammer is the perfect choice. You’ll enjoy the luxury of having all of your meals planned, cooked, and cleaned-up for you, and the pleasure of being with friends and spending lots of time in healthy, fresh, salty sea air. Although there’s plenty of time to relax with a good book, or to work on a favorite handicraft, if you and the other gals in your group prefer to be active, there’s plenty of opportunity! You can enjoy helping to weigh anchor, hoist sails, coil lines, navigate, take a turn at the helm, and even polish brass.
Kathy McKeon, a frequent sailor on the Angelique, tells us “It is the perfect get away vacation: you're far removed from the responsibilities and distractions of daily life, you don't even have to decide where to go or what or when to eat, the captain and cook take care of all that - which makes for the most relaxing vacation. When traveling with friends, that translates to real quality time together sharing an assortment of experiences - from the sailing and enjoying the beauty of the Maine coast to the adventure of living on a boat.”
Wendy Ford, who sails on the Angelique, also sails on the Isaac H. Evans with her daughters and granddaughters, and points out that “it is increasingly difficult to get everyone together in one place, so this makes a perfect venue.” Wendy continues, “although I manage to go windjamming at other times during the summer as well, this [time with my girls] is always a favorite trip.” Wendy has also enjoyed the Knitter’s Cruises that are a specialty trip featured three or four times every season on the Isaac H. Evans; according to Captain Brenda Thomas, “[the Knitter’s Cruises] are almost always just women, and it's mothers and daughters and friends traveling together.”
London Draper travels from Utah to Maine to sail on the Victory Chimes with her gal pals. London explains, “Approximately 4 years ago, I decided to organize a "girl's sail" composed of women I knew from all facets of my life - home, work, school, and play. I took 25 of my closest girlfriends to sail with me on the Chimes. It was a week of laughter and pure relaxation. Sailing on the Chimes is an experience for women who desire adventure. There is plenty of time to read a good book, listen to favorite music, paint a picture, create a craft, or learn the art of sailing with the crew. The best part, aside from building bonds of friendship, is the fact that you go "where the wind takes you" and you never have to worry about good company or cooking dinner!”
Sailing on any of the twelve vessels of the Maine Windjammer Fleet is a terrific experience for you gals who desire adventure, and all twelve windjammers welcome gal-pal groups, as well as individual passengers, couples, and families.
For glorious sunrises each morning, sailing along the unspoiled beauty of the Maine coast, a thick blanket of stars glittering at night, and an opportunity to relax with friends and loved ones, click here to receive a packet of brochures and schedules from all twelve fleet members, or phone 800-807-WIND.
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