Camden’s Christmas by the Sea

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Good morning everyone. Christmas by the Sea in Camden is the start of the holiday celebration season in the midcoast. Festivities around town bring folks out in force. Wreathes are hung on each lamp post. Storefronts are beautifully decorated. And the star on Mt Battie can be seen from miles away. Santa arrives by lobster boat. And atop the schooner’s mainmast the crew has placed one gi-normous Christmas tree complete with star on top. unique holiday ornament, Christmas by the Sea in camden, Maine, windjammer schooner Mary Day celebrates the holidayThis year’s tree has a little more of the Charlie Brown feel to it but it is no less a symbol of hope and a natural celebration of the solstice soon to be upon us. When I put the elf hat on I am carried to a place I hold in my heart all the year long. OK, lights may or may not be a little bit of a challenge for me. Never fear, Katie, Jennie and Jim saved me from myself by unplugging the strand when they saw my predicament.

Be well. Do good.

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Working the Tide along the Maine Coast

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Good morning everyone. We had the rare opportunity to see the T/V Sate of Maine from the Maine Maritime Academy at Castine, Maine returning to her home berth this morning. She came in on the last of the ebb tide giving the pilot a little bit of a current on the bow with which to help slow the vessel down.maine windjammers see all kinds of work boats along the Maine coast
Handling a large vessel in such a tight stream can’t be easy. There were three tugs standing by for the pilot who was up on the bridge calling the shots as the ship came into the Bagaduce River. We switched the radio channel on the VHF to listen in on the pilot’s succinct requests: “Taurus, come 90 and ahead easy”, “Fort Point back down 1/4″, Taurus, ahead 1/2”, “Pentagoet, standby amidships to push to the dock.” All commands echoed by the tug captains who have worked with these pilots on numerous occasions. Like a well choreographed dance these folks know each other, their vessels and the tricky currents that sometimes play a big factor in bringing a ship alongside in tight places, never taking anything for granted.

Notice the clammers working the mud flats in the fore ground. They work the tides as well. The flats must have just re-opened. We saw folks clamming out to Isle Au Haut yesterday morning at low tide. This is back breaking work. I love fried clams and appreciate the back muscles that make these delicacies possible on my dinner plate.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Leaving Camden Astern

windjammer cruises vacationsGood morning everyone! We are off the dock and we are overjoyed to be out here on the bay. I think this is the first time I have ever left the dock with shorts and sandals and a wool sweater. Silly I know but summer is here and we intend to soak up every last inch of it. The crew is already comparing watch strap tans.

Here a few shots from yesterday. Got reservations??? If the first day is any indicator we are in for a good season.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.maine adventure sailing vacations

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Leaving Camden Astern