A Friend of a Friend

schooner Mary Day, maine windjammer, windjammer cruises in maineA friend of a friend snapped this image of Mary Day passing by the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse during a recent lighthouse tour. The light in the sails is particularly pleasing to me eyes. The creation of “Oceanus” synthetic canvas by Nat Wilson and North Sails has had a dramatic effect on how the windjammer fleet is portrayed. These sails are not only lighter, stronger and more powerful they have created a new way of imaging Maine windjammers. “In the old days” light didn’t filter through cotton canvas quite the same way. I know the magic of digital imaging has changed the way we portray reality but just the same, as our imaging guru Jim Dugan would point out, light can make a huge difference in any image. Backlighting sails didn’t exist until 20 or so years ago. And now that they are here we have a whole new range of imaging possibilities. How cool is that? So there you have it. The law of unintended consequences, the law of unforeseen collateral damage so to speak, is proven out by the friend of a friend. Thanks Nat. Thanks North Sails. Thanks Sheri. And thanks to her friend whose name we don’t know but whose eye we surely do appreciate.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.



  1. Another beautiful photo of the Mary Day. Has there ever been a bad photo of that beauty? Even the photos during her annual haul outs are gorgeous.

    1. Ed and Anne,

      I, for one, am hyper-critical of the flaws I see in every photograph. The laundry hanging on the lines, the shadows from the small boats in their davits, a luffing topsail. Keep in mind that I am trying to make up for my own perceived imperfections by having a beautiful schooner so I am not exactly a neutral observer.


  2. It has been a few years since I sailed on her, but I still make reference to her on my blog, facebook, and again this year, our Christmas letter. Great photo of a great lady: my Mary Day.

  3. Wonder if the light passing through the fabric affects the UV resistance (less UV degradation than previous materials?) Always tough to avoid the presumption that things like paint and fabric aren’t permanent. They’re (these sails) extremely beautiful. Fair Winds.

    1. Good question Arlen,

      The light passes through the fabricate differently because their are no filler resins between the threads as is normally found in other synthetic canvases. Those resins are UV-sensitive and tend to break down over time causing many synthetics to lost their initially stability to the stretching forces of the wind.


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