The Maine Windjammer Association
Maine Windjammer Association Newsletter
December 2013
 / VOLUME 12  / ISSUE 12  
2013 Sailing Season by the Numbers

credit: Mary Austin
Over the course of the 2013 season, we served 10,342 pounds of lobsters, give or take. That's roughly 7,670 lobsters!
Windjammer Guests: All ages from all over!

Hailing from all over the US plus 9 countries (Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Taiwan, and Belgium), 4,000 windjammer guests travelled to Maine’s coast to enjoy 5 tons of lobsters, 209 pots of chowder, 660 trays of freshly made sticky buns and 1,000 pounds of piping hot coffee, just to name a few delicious menu items. We opted not to calculate the amount of butter we served over the course of the season! 


credit: Doug Smith
Everyone knows that small musical instruments are welcome on every cruise. From a double bass to a digeridoo, this season we counted 28 different musical instruments!

In 2013, the youngest Maine windjammer guest had just celebrated his 2nd birthday before his family chartered a vessel and, on the other end of the spectrum, a hale-and-hearty 95-year-old enjoyed every moment of her windjamming experience.

Windjammers are synonymous with great destination travel and 2013 was no exception. This year, the captains welcomed family reunions, class reunions, and even performed 12 weddings – a few of which were completely spontaneous! But the fun didn’t stop there – 30 newlywed couples enjoyed their honeymoons aboard Maine’s Tall Ships. Special occasions often call for special musical performances, but every cruise has informal music – this season, guests and crewmembers brought a total of 28 different musical instruments aboard, including 1 professional opera singer.


Maine’s Unique, Rugged Coast

With all her islands and peninsulas, Maine’s coast has over 3,400 miles of shoreline to explore. In 2013, the Maine Windjammer Association fleet logged 23,047 miles including shoretrips to 28 different islands. Every windjammer passed at least 25 lighthouses, with one schooner sighting 55 over the course of the season. Every single cruise had at least one seal sighting. The abundant wildlife also included puffins, eagles, osprey, countless gulls, porpoises, whales, hawks and loons, among others. 

credit: Ann Grudzinski Moran
Every captain reported seeing at least 25 different lighthouses over the course of their season. Captain Foss of the American Eagle logged 55 Maine lighthouses, thanks to his Gloucester and Downeast cruises! When the weather's just right, Mount Desert Rock Light, pictured here, is a popular destination to look for whales and offshore birds.
What about the weather?

During the 2013 Sailing Season, temperatures fluctuated between 33 – 89 degrees with the average temp clocking in at 61. The average wind speed on the protected waters of Penobscot Bay was a gentle 5 mph with occasional gusts averaging 19 mph. And while water temperatures at the surface of West Penobscot Bay only averaged in the 50s, that didn’t keep a third of all passengers from taking a bracing dip to get the blood flowing and have a break from those spiking summer temps in the 80s.


credit: Donna Reynolds
For guests who need a little cooling off, there's nothing more refreshing than a dip in Maine waters. Water temperatures in Penobscot Bay might average 55 degrees, but captains can find "hot spots" for their adventurous guests. A shallow cove on a hot summer's day might reach 70 degrees...just perfect for swimming.


Rain? Not so much. Of the 148 sailing days, only 38 saw any significant precipitation, and of those days, only 10 saw thunderstorms. It was a great season, indeed!

For more information about sailing in 2014, contact the Maine Windjammer Association or email us directly.

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