Author Archives: Captains Barry and Jen

Warm Waters and Wildlife

Good morning everyone. We enjoyed a wonderful lobster bake Wednesday afternoon at one of my favorite little haunts. We managed to work our way out the bay against wind and tide in a lovely and light southerly wind. The fog hung thick until noon time and gave way to deep blue skies and plenty of sunshine. We anchored last evening in Bucks Harbor where the water is quite warm for swimming and the phosphorescence flashes in the wake of evening swimmers.

We sailed close to this ledge earlier in the day and, by luck, I captured this seal waving to us.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

PS We have a couple last minute openings for the 3 day cruise we are offering in the second half of next week. The trip boards Wednesday afternoon, sails Thursday morning and arrives back in Camden Saturday morning. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a last minute get-away?

Sunspot At Bass Harbor

Good morning everyone. After an overcast Monday and a mostly rainy Tuesday the sun finally poked out yesterday afternoon and the skies cleared beautifully. I wish you could have been here to witness the grandeur. I have not seen a full rainbow in quite some time. At one moment a double rainbow began to tease us but faded as the rains pulled further and further away.

After dinner the sky turned the deepest golden color that I can remember. Could I have bottled it up to send to each of you I would. Low clouds scudding across the sky were in constant flux against the high clouds that held a glow of their own. If you look closely at the middle image you can even see a tiny wisp of a rain shower delicately falling. And while the sunset faded over an hours time the memory will warm me through the coming winter. I remind myself that we have plenty of sunsets to go before this season reaches any kind of finale.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Keep The Lights Burning

Good morning everyone. We are very excited to announce that we are partnering with the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) for our September 5th, 6 day, lighthouse tour with pharoalogist Ted Panayatoff. We are offering a 10% discount to anyone that mentions supporting ALF and then donating 10% of that fare to ALF. Your cost will be $832.50 and we will donate $83.25 per person to ALF. You win, ALF wins and we get a chance to show off Maine’s extraordinary lighthouses and give back to our community. For more information check out the ALF web page. Call or email Jen in the office to make reservations.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Offshore Lights and Walking on Water

Good morning everyone. Epic seems to be the word for everything these days. So pardon me if I go with the trend but yesterday was “epic.” We took a hitch offshore to tour Mt Desert Rock Lighthouse. The storm damage from several years ago is still apparent but the stone tower stands true and the horn still sounds. What struck me most about the day was the number of birds we saw. The air was just alive with gannetts, shearwaters, storm petrels,and semi-palmated plovers. Watching the gannetts diving from 40 feet up gave me a headache but nature has provided airbags in their skulls to absorb the shock. Watching the shearwaters take off I realized that they run across the water in an effort to become airborne. How cool is that? We also saw a shark that passed just under the stem of the schooner and the flapping flipper of an ocean sunfish, also known as a mola mola. It was big!

Last night we had some good soaking rains here along the coast but things have cleared off nicely and we are getting ready to go explore Blue Hill Bay.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

PS We do have a few spaces available for the next few weeks, especially for our September 5th Lighthouse tour when we will once again make an extra special effort to get out to see the offshore lights and the pelagic critters that live there. Give Jen a call if you are interested. We are offering a discount for that cruise as well as a donation to the American Lighthouse Foundation.

Riding the Sweet Chariot

Good morning everyone. Well this has been one crazy but beautiful summer. I am not certain how it happens but life gets busier by the day. And not necessarily easier I might add. Of course it doesn’t help that this writer tries to do more than one person is capable of. I know the lack of a blog may appear as though I am not doing much but any of you that have been aboard know we have been busy little bees.

This years Sweet Chariot Folk Festival was another great success. We were quite fortunate to have the performers come aboard to perform a few shanties. Cameras were clicking and I am guessing a few videos will appear online somewhere. I will hopefully upload a video to our Facebook page. I have never done this so let me know if it doesn’t work. If you haven’t been to our Facebook page you should check it out. Some cool stuff there. Guests really enjoyed this years show.

Leaving Camden on Monday was quite interesting in a very thick fog. As happens often we found a scale (a fog free area) under the lee of North Haven. Looking back through the fog we could see a few other Camden windjammers appear slowly as they broke into the clearing. First we saw just the flags at the topmasts and then their hulls broke through. We came through the fog to find clarity on our way to Sweet Chariot. Can a trip aboard a schooner be any more inspiring?

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Shared History

Good morning everyone. OK now… two deep breathes… then back to the boat. Today’s list… fill wood crates, paint bob chains, change oil and filter in yawl boat, meet guests at 1600, empty compost bin and build new lid for same, update home page. But I did have to take a moment this morning to “smell the roses”.
Suzanne Twigg sent along these 8×10 photos of her trip in August of 1979. I have done as little “monkeying” with these as possible. Dirt smudges on the originals were left intact. There are memories in the photos that have meaning for Suzanne and for the rest of of us who were not even there. Capt Buds Hawkins was still at the helm and the schooner was painted white. The topmasts were only a few years old and the staysail club had yet to appear. The schooner still had her original raised whale strakes. But the experience was largely the same. A lobster bake ashore was as treasured then as it is now. Sunsets were as breathtaking as could be.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Great Schooner Race 2011

Good morning everyone. We did have a Great Schooner Race.. of sorts. Very light airs at the start which gave Mary Day an unfair advantage against the heavier vessels. The entire fleet, save the Timberwind and Stephen Taber, were mired at the start in a big clump. We crossed the line, sailed (drifted?) clear of the others and managed to somehow tack and gain enough steerage to head from the Western I bell towards Resolution I. What light wind we had was from the south. We caught up to the Taber and Timberwind by 1300ish at which point the esteemed and illustrious race committee shortened the course in the interest of time. Of course, as luck would have it, the breeze filled in onshore and we were “off like prom shoes”. We managed to sail through the lee of Timberwind and were steadily gaining on the Taber. I am not certain what happened with the radio comms but Capt. Noah was still sailing the original course and drifted to leeward of the finish line line at which point he challenged the Timberwind to finish the original course. After a kind hearted “bet you can’t catch me” challenge from Noah we chose to respect the esteemed race committee’s decision on the course change and were greeted as first in class, first across the line at the finish line by the perennial coaster class (three masted division ) winner Victory Chimes. The winds were quite fluky in the east bay but we weathered Stonington where the rest of the fleet anchored for the night and ripped our way with a fair tide across Jericho Bay at 10.6 knots. The anchor hit the mud in Burnt Coat Harbor in time for dinner and a sunset walk ashore.

Have a great day. Be well. Do Good.

Golden Light

Good morning everyone. This has been a week filled with the golden light of beautiful sunrises and sunsets. And as the cameras clicked away I could see the filling of hearts with the warming glow of memories that will last a lifetime. How cool is that? It is the intent to share these precious moments that makes these naturalist/photography cruises some of my favorites. Jim Dugan often coaches us to not get too focused on the sunset in front of us while missing the golden glow of light reflected on the objects behind us. Isn’t that a wonderful metaphor for what we share with each other every day, getting so wrapped up with what is in front of us without recognizing how we are touching those all around us.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Nature, Photography, Bubbles and Crumpets

Good morning everyone. Well I may not be good about writing blogs regularly these days but at least I am slow. I don’t know if that makes any sense to you folks but my life has been a bit like a runaway train these last few weeks. The train has slowed temporarily. We are out on our annual naturalist/photography cruise this week with and naturalist Eric Snyder. We sailed out to Seal I on Monday to see the plentiful pelagic birds nesting there; puffins, auks, murres and even what we are fairly certain was a Manx shearwater. Eric and I both did a big double take when we saw that fly by. By some stroke of luck we anchored here at Lunt Harbor, Frenchboro, Long Island yesterday afternoon. We will most definitely get to shore to visit the boulder beaches and remember what it is like to see the bay from the land.
If you haven’t made your reservations yet there are still a few empty bunks this summer. We just had a cabin open up for the Great Schooner Race. Yes, that is next week. I know this is short notice but if you don’t think too long and hard about it you might just find yourself witnessing one of the greatest spectacles since they put a man on the moon and have a great time to boot. Oh yeah, and did you receive the latest installment of our e-newsletter? The puffin shot in the header is mine. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.