The Maine Windjammer Association
Maine Windjammer Association Newsletter
February 2015
 / VOLUME 14  / ISSUE 2  
June Is Coming!

June is on its way! When lilacs and fields of lupine fill the air with sweet perfume, the Maine Windjammer Association celebrates the longest days of early summer. Count on enjoying freshly-painted windjammers, quiet harbors all to yourself, close-up views of baby seals and nesting birds and 15-plus hours of daylight! And after the winter we’ve had in Maine, you know the captains and crew will be ever-so-eager to finally go sailing!

 
credit: Steve Demeranville
The Schooners American Eagle and Heritage will head west to Boothbay for the Annual Windjammer Days celebration during the week of June 22.

Special Events

All summer long, towns along Maine’s coast celebrate their ocean-going history by honoring the windjammers. This June, Boothbay will host the 53rd annual Windjammer Days including the schooners American Eagle and Heritage. Of course, the highlight of that event is when the windjammers themselves make an appearance in the famed Parade of Sail on June 24. Lucky windjammer guests will have the chance to get up close and personal with centuries of maritime history, gorgeous craftsmanship and spectacular sailing.

Another June event is the Schooner Gam. It’s the first windjammer event of the season, when all the ships “raft up”, meaning they tie together side-by-side to form a living museum. Read more here in this month’s newsletter.
 

credit: Fred LeBlanc
Schooners Lewis R. French and Isaac H. Evans (pictured here from left to right) offer special lighthouse cruises in June, along with the Mary Day. These trips include close-up views or visits to as many as a dozen lights or more.

Special Cruises

For hobbyists wondering what’s on tap for specialty cruises in June, how about a beer-tasting cruise aboard the Schooner Mary Day? Or photography (Angelique, Heritage, Mary Day), nature cruises (Angelique, Mary Day) and lighthouse cruises (Lewis R. French, Isaac H. Evans)? New for 2015, the Schooner American Eagle is offering a whale-watching cruise to Stellwagen Bank. For the foodies, there’s a gourmet cruise aboard the Stephen Taber and even a full moon sail aboard the Isaac H. Evans.
 

credit: Captain Brenda Thomas
School’s out, let’s go sailing! The Schooner Isaac H. Evans takes kids ages six and up on every windjammer cruise.

Graduation and Father’s Day Cruises

High school and college graduation cruises are very popular with all eight windjammers during the month of June, as is the Victory Chimes’ special Father’s Day cruise when dads sail for half price when accompanied by a full-fare child. For families with young children who want to celebrate the end of school, the Isaac H. Evans welcomes kids ages 6 and up on every cruise!
 

credit: Captain Barry King

Baby seals (and their moms) blend in with the ledges.

Best Value

One of the best kept secrets about June sailing is that these cruises are a bargain: at up to 10% less than cruises taken during the high season, June guests can save while enjoying June’s longer days that give passengers more time to sail, explore and spot Maine’s abundant wildlife. Three-day cruises start at $550 per person, all meals, accommodations and activities included.

For more information about sailing with the Maine Windjammer Association this coming June, visit our website.


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