Monthly Archives: May 2011

Jen’s Touch

Good morning everyone. Jen doesn’t know that I am about to publish this so don’t tell her. It’ll be our little secret. As any of you who have sailed with us know, Jen has the touch. She doesn’t sail often enough. She wears many hats around this place and is the shore side piece of the puzzle that keeps everything moving. Just the same, her heart is aboard the schooner with the guests and crew. I woke up to find these rocks on the binnacle (the compass housing) on Memorial Day morning after she had returned from her expedition ashore with Colby. Kinda sums up the whole shooting match doesn’t it?

Well there you have have it. We don’t have a cruise this week so we will be tackling a whole pile of projects that we normally wouldn’t have a chance to get to until fall. I hope you are all well.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Wind and Smiles

Good morning everyone. We had a marvelous sailing day yesterday. Just enough breeze to make her go without the need for topsails. 7-8 knots all day long. Of course we started the day exploring ashore on one of my favorite islands. The clouds and low fog brought wind. The sun brought many smiles.A bald eagle spied us invading their territory but never raised its voice in protest. Seal pups were a little more wary. Thanks to the crew and guests who made this such a great way to kick off our 50th season.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Our 50th Season Begins

Good morning everyone. We are off the dock and underway for our first cruise of the 2011 season, our 50th season! Can you imagine what this boat would say if she could tell the many stories that have been absorbed by her wooden hull. Everyday becomes another chapter. I am as amazed today as I was 19 years ago. The scenery (even in yesterday’s pea soup fog) is still breathtaking. The guests and crew are an inspiration. Each face has a wonderful story. I will let the pictures do the talking.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Clocks Tickin’!

Good morning, afternoon, night….it’s all a blur at this point. We board in 9 days and the rain has been blessing us with it’s wonderful gift of moisture. Grass is high, flowers blooming, bugs are present. Oh the joy of heading to the harbor to leave that all behind!

The crew are working incrediblely long rainy days, sitting on mastheads rigging topmasts, bending on sails, varnishing galley sole, main saloon tables and putting last minute touches to small boats. It’s a good feeling to walk in the shop and realize there are few pieces left needing paint.

Bunks will be made up this weekend and the galley unpacked! It’s all coming together with the dock lines still taught, Mary Day tugging alongside us with high emotions to get her 50th sailing season underway. What a day that will be. All too soon. So back to the brushes we go. We’ll be ready and we hope you get the chance to sail with us this summer!

Be good. Do well.

And yes that’s the cook Cara, who next time you see her will have bread dough all over her hands!

A Days Work

Good morning everyone. Building a new crew each year is one of the biggest challenges and joys that Jen and I have each year. Each year is so different even if the same people are sailing together. But I am not telling any of you anything that you don’t already know. For those of you who have sailed with us you know that every cruise is different even if you see the same familiar faces you may have sailed with before.

With Katie and Rob in the lead our crew is now complete. Morgan, our new assistant cook, Rebekah, our new deckhand, and Cara, our new cook, are all here ready to go. I picked Morgan up at the airport on Friday afternoon and she was painting the bulwarks less than an hour later. Friday was the last sunny day we will see for a while so we worked right up ’til early evening. Saturday was a rigging day and this crew did something I have not seen accomplished in many years. The head rig (jibboom, whisker shrouds, martingale and it associated wires) and both topmasts including shrouds, backstays, triadic and freshwater stays were all sent aloft. 0800-2000… local metric time… now that was a long day day. I complimented the crew on sticking with the rigging process all the way through even if they didn’t have the big picture to start with. All those sticks and strings can get confusing for the uninitiated.

For many new crew the idea of putting the rig together in one day is horrifying. Many crew arrive at their boat in some far off place and she is ready to go. Lucky are those that get to climb aloft and see how the position of every shackle can be critical. Those crew understand every component of what is there, why it is there, and how important attention to detail can be. Even more horrifying for new crew is the idea that a twelve hour day is the norm. I think that in this day and age the reality that sailing ships present is a reality that builds a little more backbone out of necessity, perhaps even out of survival. I hope I don’t sound too pompous in all this. There are examples of this kind of character requirement everywhere. But I feel hopeful when I see young adults working as hard as these folks work. No one watches the clock. No one drops their tools just because it is noon time. We go until the job is well done and that, my friends, is a days work. Yesterday was a well deserved day of rest.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.