Highly Variable

Good morning everyone. Well it has been a soggy last few days up here with a cold easterly wind. As usual we have made the best of it in fine fashion with mittens and hats and lots of layers. Is this really July? For those of you that have been living in blistering hot temperatures a trip to Maine will cool you off in short order. By the time you read this it will be sunny and warm again with rebounding temperatures and more normal Maine summer weather. The sun’s golden light is already warming the decks. And so it goes here in New England. The weather is highly variable. But one thing is constant and that is great guests. We have a fun mix of seasoned sailors and folks who are new. I think the age range is from 15 to 80. Folks are here from California, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts, and more. The people are as variable and wonderful as the weather.

Yesterday we enjoyed a special treat when we visited Frenchboro, Long Island. As is normal I gave passengers a homework assignment to discover how may residents winter over on Long Island and more importantly how many kids are in the school. That number in particular tells more about the health of any island community. 12-14 students was the number many walkers came back with for the Frenchboro school. On Tuesday morning we visited Isle Au Haut and learned that there were 6 in the school there. Resourcefulness is the name of the game for island schools and no better resource can be found than the children in the one room school houses who grow up teaching each other and learning together. They invented the idea that no one, ever, would be left behind. How else could you have a lunch time soccer game?

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.


  1. Alabama Ed here commenting from beautiful Camden Maine. Fresh off the boat this morning after a great week sailing. Yes, we had some cold and some rain (and three days of sun) but this is Maine after all. It sure beats sitting in the office with the air conditioned temperature at 68 degrees. I got to use my foul weather gear and experience real sailing.

    Barry, while lounging in Arno playing his guitar, did ask me to include in my next entry a comment about how he works so hard to captain the schooner and how he toils all day long sweating upon the decks as he struggles to keep our favorite schooner afloat.

    Is that good enough Barry? Did I get the wording just like you wanted it?

    We had a great trip, the boat was as beautiful as ever, Mary's cooking led me to over eat, and the crew kept us on an even keel with everything ship shape. New for me this trip was Frenchboro and Chastine both great places to see. So thanks again to the Captain and crew for a great week sailing.

    PS – To the guests on this week's trip. After I get home to Alabama I will post, on Picasa, most of the pictures I took this week and post a link in a future comment. I invite you to do likewise. I hope everyone got home safely and is still relaxed.

  2. Ed, your post make me yearn for the summer to be over already!Come September, I'll be saying hello to the beautiful Mary Day.
    As for Barry, we all know how hard he and his crew work to keep our favorite schooner afloat. It is always obvious that the love and care for the Mary Day as well as the concern for the comfort of the passengers are first and foremost on the minds of the captain and wonderful crew.
    As for Mary's incredible cooking, I've been trying to diet (not much success) because I know that overeating is a given during that week.
    You are so right Ed, sailing on the Mary Day sure beats sitting in an office. A stormy day at sea in Maine is always preferable to a sunny day seen through the windows of an office.
    I have been to Frenchboro, but never to Castine. I've heard it's a very pretty town. How about it Barry, do you think we could stop there after the Rendezvous? I know, I know; we go wherever the wind takes us, with no itinerary. It doesn't matter. As long as I am on my favorite ship, eating Mary's delicious food, and seeing my friends again, you can take me wherever you want.
    Abrazos a todos 🙂

  3. I just re-read my comment. I guess a guy from Alabama should not be expected to know that the beautiful historic town in Maine is Castine not Chastine. However, I walked for over an hour through that lovely town and the proper name should have registered in my brain. Perhaps I was waterlogged from too much Maine rain.

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