The Maine Windjammer Association
Maine Windjammer Association Newsletter
March 2018
 / VOLUME 18 / ISSUE 3
Winter Round Up

One of the most common questions the captains hear is “How do you spend your winters?” For a few of the captains, this past winter has been filled with everything from big life milestones to the daily tasks that come with owning a historic schooner.


Captains Doug and Linda Lee managed to slip away from North End Shipyard this winter for a roadtrip to Florida in their 1984 Excalibur. Here they are en route at the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal building.

Captain Linda of the Schooner Heritage says, “This season we will have comfy brand-new covered mattresses – what bliss! No one was complaining; we just thought this would be nice.” At the same time, there’s a big anniversary coming up for the Lees. “The Heritage will be 35 years old on April 16, 2018 and is still young and beautiful, like brand-new. We don’t have any big projects scheduled for this spring as we did many last year. We have some new sails, anchor chain and anchors, as well as iron work. All four small boats are in tip-top condition for our guests’ pleasure. With Archie, our row-ashore boat, we beat everyone in the rowboat competition.”

Captain Dennis and Candace have had their hands full this winter moving their global Angelique headquarters and home 7 miles down the road to Rockport. When not unpacking boxes and setting up the shop, the family has enjoyed some nice winter hiking.


Similarly, Captain Dennis of the Angelique has big news. He says, “We bought a new house and spent the winter settling in and setting up the new office and shop.”

Captain John Foss of the American Eagle has spent time this winter on the little boats. “All four small boats are about through their annual repair and varnish attention. Vacation? Well, there’s the Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland late March…that’s far enough south for me!


Captains (and Parents) Garth and Jenny focus on family time and activities during the off-season, which includes lots of outdoor fun.  Right: Schooner kids on the slopes! Here’s August Wells and Oscar Barnes enjoying a day at the Camden Snowbowl.


For Captain Garth and Jenny of the Lewis R. French, it’s all about the kids. “Our winters are spent raising our boys and doing all the TLC that keeps the French sailing. Every year we have a few new things on the vessel that I challenge our repeat guests to find. Sometimes they are subtle, like paint color changes, sometimes they are large like a new rowboat. This season will certainly have some changes, we’ll see who notices! We celebrated 10 years of marriage with a little weekend getaway without kids! And we visited Jenny’s family in Chicago for Christmas, but mostly we just enjoyed the snow and all the activities of two growing boys.”

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to leave winter behind and gear up for another fabulous season sailing along Maine’s unique, rugged coast. For more information about the historic vessels belonging to the Maine Windjammer Association, visit


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