The Maine Windjammer Association
Maine Windjammer Association Newsletter
January 2015
 / VOLUME 14  / ISSUE 1  
Round-up of 2015 Specialty Cruises

Calling all knitters, birders, photographers, yogis, writers and anyone with a passion – windjammer captains have created a cruise for you. Now it’s possible to combine world-class sailing and Maine’s gorgeous scenery with your favorite passion or hobby. Here’s a listing of this season’s specialty cruises:

Photography Cruises

Shutterbugs will delight in cruises geared toward capturing Maine’s unique flora and fauna, lighthouses, coastal architecture, spectacular sunsets and more. Includes guest photographer.

American Eagle: July 5-11 (Instructor: Greg Gettens)

Angelique: June 14-20 (Instructor: Neal Parent)

Heritage: June 6-10 (Instructor: Fred LeBlanc)

Mary Day: June 21-27 (Instructor: Jim Dugan)

Stephen Taber: Sept. 6-12 (Instructor: John Shipman)


Kids & Family Cruises

All of the Schooner Isaac H. Evans’ cruises are geared for families with young children ages 6 and up. There are lots of hands-on learning activities and children and parents get a chance to establish new friendships. A special Pirate Adventure Cruise is especially popular!

Isaac H. Evans: Pirate Cruise: July 20-23


credit: Bill Fleet
Everybody loves a lighthouse! With 18 in our immediate sailing area, the captains are able to provide amazing access and photographic opportunities on every trip. Special Lighthouse Cruises typically include additional sightings, tours and the sharing of lighthouse legends and lore.

Lighthouse Cruises

Sparking the imagination of landlubbers and sailors alike, the lighthouses scattered along Maine’s coast were a once vital part of maritime life. There’s no better way to see them than from the sea; sail with story-telling captains knowledgeable of the histories of various lights. These cruises visit as many as a dozen lights or more!

Angelique: July 26-29; July 30-Aug. 2

Heritage: July 5-11

Isaac H. Evans: June 22-26; Sept. 6-12

Lewis R. French: June 14-20

Mary Day: July 21-25; Sept. 8-12

Stephen Taber: July 5-11; Sept. 6-12


courtesy Stephen Taber
Everyone is invited to BYOB in moderation, but for guests who want to learn more about the art of wine-tasting or beer brewing, the Schooners Mary Day, Stephen Taber and Angelique offer formal beer and wine-tasting cruises.

Gourmet/ Wine/Beer/Chocolate Tasting Cruises

Combine the serenity of windjamming with opportunities to learn the art of chocolate, beer or wine tasting – discover different parts of the palate, new vintages, learn about “body, bouquet and finish.” These cruises cater to beginners and seasoned veterans alike.

Angelique: Aug. 27-31 (Brews Cruise); Sept. 27-Oct. 1 (Wine & Foliage)

Mary Day: June 14-20 (Beers of the Maine Coast)

Stephen Taber: May 21-25 (Wine/Dine/Chocolate)

Stephen Taber: June 20-23; July 24-28; Aug. 25-29; Sept. 20-26 (Wine Tasting)

Stephen Taber: June 11-14; July 19-24; (Gourmet/Harvest)


credit: Patrick Burns
Wildlife cruises are especially popular and often include a professional naturalist. Birders will love scouting for puffins offshore. New for 2015, the American Eagle will cruise to Stellwagen Bank in search of whales.


No one can guarantee a whale’s whereabouts, but schooner captains have good luck finding finback, humpback, minke whales, and other marine life. Seals sun themselves on rock outcroppings, pelagic birds and eagles soar overhead; some cruises venture to see puffin colonies.

American Eagle: June 12-20 (Whale Watching to Stellwagen Bank)

Angelique: May 27-30; June 1-7; June 21-27; July 19-25 (whales); Aug. 22-26; Sept. 20-26

Lewis R. French: July 19-25 (birding)

Mary Day: June 7-13 (nature); June 22-28 (nature)



Music to your ears...Maine's windjammers feature songs of the sea and a whole lot more!

American Eagle: June 7-11 (CastleBay)

Lewis R. French: Aug. 2-8 (Sweet Chariot Music Festival)

Stephen Taber: June 6-10 (Noble Charlies); June 15-19 (Jenn Schott/Melissa Peirce)

Victory Chimes: July 12-16 (Gary Crocker Humorist)

Victory Chimes: July 17-21 (Irish Music)



This cruise emphasizes hands-on learning, from general seamanship to coastal navigation. The goal is to have the students working together to assume the operation of the vessel by week’s end.

Mary Day: Aug. 9-15


Bastille Day (New for 2015!)

Several of the windjammers head to Castine to join the festivities with the frigate Hermione, an exact replica of the vessel that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780. Fireworks!

American Eagle: July 12-15

Isaac H. Evans: July 12-16


Boothbay’s Windjammer Days

Several of the windjammers head west to Boothbay Harbor for the town’s annual Windjammer Days festivities. Includes shoreside activities, music, parade of sail and fireworks.

American Eagle: June 21-27

Heritage: June 21-27


Mind & Body

Whether you want to improve your health, limber up your body or stretch your mind, there’s a trip for you.

Angelique: July 29-Aug. 1 (Yoga & Wellness)

Isaac H. Evans: August 18-22 (Writer’s Workshop with Pam Houston)

Isaac H. Evans: Aug. 9-15 (Astronomy)

Isaac H. Evans: Sept. 18-20 (Talk Like A Pirate Cruise)

Isaac H. Evans: Sept. 1-5 (Knitting)

Mary Day: July 5-11; Aug. 2-8 (No Smoking)

Victory Chimes: July 4-8 (Geology)


credit: Captain Dennis Gallant
Expanded by popular demand, the Windjammer Angelique has scheduled five cruises that include a guided tour of Acadia National Park. Guests can enjoy Thunder Hole, the Bubbles (pictured here), Cadillac Mountain and more…then sail off to explore more of the Maine coast and islands.

Beyond Penobscot Bay

American Eagle: June 12-20 (Whale Watching to Stellwagen Bank)

American Eagle: July 19-30 (Down East Beyond Mt. Desert)

American Eagle: Sept. 2-8 (Gloucester Schooner Race)

Angelique: May 31-June 6; July 5-9; Aug. 9-13; Aug. 17-21 (Explore Acadia National Park)


Special Events

Victory Chimes: June 19-23 (Father’s Day Cruise)

American Eagle: Aug. 4-8 (Maine Boats Homes & Harbors Show)


If you’d like to receive a complete packet of sailing schedules for the 2015 sailing season, request a travel planning kit here.

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