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Captain Dennis fell in love with the ocean while in college. He began working on windjammers in 1993 and worked his way up to captain/owner of Angelique. We recently caught up with him to find out more:
Maine Windjammer Association: What’s your favorite season in Maine and why?
Captain Dennis: Fall – between the foliage and the amazing sailing, it’s just a great time of year. It’s a little bittersweet because I’m wrapping up the season, but it’s still great. It’s definitely the best sailing of the year because you have the most consistent wind. And the temps are usually warm in the day, and crisp at night.
MWA: Tell us about weddings. Why would someone get married on a windjammer?
Captain Dennis: Three reasons: first, it’s an incredibly romantic getaway; second, it’s the ultimate quiet wedding...just the bride and groom and a handful of people, it’s almost like an elopement; and third, it’s just spectacular to be anchored someplace and get married in a quiet cove.
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|Capt. Dennis and his wife Candace offer 3- to 6-day cruises aboard Angelique from May to October.
MWA: Tell us about the specialty cruises you’re offering.
Captain Dennis: We offered a yoga cruise which was really an amazing trip; we’re offering beer tasting with lots of local beers – it’s all local beer that’s brewed in Maine. This October, we’ve got a wine and foliage cruise (4 nights, $825) – it’s just beautiful to sail Maine’s coast when the leaves are in full color. Next year, we’ve got a lot going on – Grandparents cruise, wildlife cruise early on, yoga and wellness, Acadia. We’re very excited.
MWA: Tell us about your repeat passengers.
Captain Dennis: It’s pretty remarkable. We have guests on the Angelique who’ve been sailing since 1980. We have a Labor Day group that comes every year. At this point, they’ve been coming so many years, they have a common bond. And every cruise is different, no two trips are alike which means they can keep coming back and it’s different every time. People enjoy the familiarity they have with the captain, the ship, but the trips themselves are unique. It’s one of the only vacations where you’re on the same boat but everything’s different every year.
MWA: We know that one of the things that guests look forward to is raft ups – what do you love about raft ups?
Captain Dennis: They’re fun. It’s the only place in the world that you’re going to see that many traditional boats tied together. The historian in me just loves that you can walk from boat to boat. It’s like a museum. And there’s usually great music – bands are playing. It’s a really a fun experience.
For more information about the Angelique and other historic vessels belonging to the Maine Windjammer Association, visit www.sailmainecoast.com.