The Ultimate Jungle Escape: GAIA Riverlodge in Belize‏

April 18, 2014 on 8:40 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Belize, Central America, Sailing, Scuba Diving | Comments Off



Located in the lush Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and surrounded by the sparkling Five Sisters waterfalls, GAÏA Riverlodge is one of Belize’s most celebrated ecotourist destinations.

RETREAT

Escape to your private cabana, perched on the edge of a valley overlooking the Five Sisters waterfalls.
GAÏA Riverlodge offers 15 private cabanas featuring Belizean hardwoods, traditional bay leaf thatched roofs and richly varnished mahogany interiors. With panoramic windows or a private veranda with hammock, ceiling fans, a bathroom decorated with hand-painted Mexican tiles, beds with pillow top mattresses, and Matouk and Frette linens, your stay has all the comforts you desire.

EXPLORE

Seek adventure with exciting activities such as cave tubing, zip-lining, mountain biking, and bird-watching among the trees. Or, take a day trip to the Mayan ruins at Caracol to experience Belize’s ancient wonders.

DINE

Soak up expansive views from the wrap-around terrace at GAÏA Riverlodge’s restaurant and lounge, magically located directly above the falls. You’ll enjoy globally inspired cuisine prepared with locally sourced fruits and vegetables, and fresh seafood from the Carribean Sea.

INDULGE

Experience sumptous treatments and blissful relaxation at the newly opened Spa on-site. Natural ingredients from the Belizean jungle are infused in each treatment, such as the Banana Papaya facial, Sunset Aromatherapy Massage and Eco-calm facial.

For further information, visit www.gaiariverlodge.com

About Belize

The only English-speaking country in Central America, Belize is situated on the Caribbean coast of northern Central America. This unique country includes lush tropical rainforests, the mysteries of the Ancient Maya, glorious white sand beaches and a spectacular 174 mile-long barrier reef. With direct flights to Belize City from Miami, Dallas, Houston, Charlotte and Atlanta, Belize is your perfect destination for a short weekend getaway or long Caribbean adventure. Discover GAÏA Riverlodge’s sister property in Belize, Matachica Resort & Spa at www.matachica.com


Smooth Sailing Ahead for Yachting Fans at La Manga Club

April 17, 2014 on 12:09 pm | In Sailing, Spain | Comments Off



La Manga Club is renowned for its wide and diverse range of sports and is offering visitors the exclusive chance to enjoy some of the finest cruiser sailing in the Mediterranean by competing in one of Spain’s biggest regattas.

As part of its sponsorship of the Cartegena-Portmán regatta – the second largest in Spain – the luxury resort is inviting both experienced and novice sailors to compete in the prestigious Silver Carbide Trophy – with three-night crew member packages available from €270 per person (approx £223).

Taking place from May 31 to June 1, the event attracted a fleet of 78 boats and more than 700 participants when it was held last year, with the regatta renowned for its festive atmosphere, live music and traditional Spanish cuisine, including a giant paella at the closing ceremony.

Budding seafarers can choose from a wide selection of amateur and professional packages, with bed-and-breakfast accommodation provided in either La Manga Club’s five-star Hotel Principe Felipe or four-star self-catering apartments in Las Lomas Village.

Prices for the breaks for novice sailors start from €270 (approx £223) per person, based on two people sharing a room, which includes daily sailing tuition, a fully qualified English speaking skipper and a picnic lunch to take on board each day.

More experienced yachtsmen and women can opt for the professional package and join a qualified skipper on board a competitive 10-man spinnaker boat for the weekend, with breaks starting from €640 (approx £529) for two people.

And, in addition, guests can also enjoy a selection of La Manga Club’s other five-star facilities including a choice of a round of golf on any of the award-winning venue’s three championship courses or a 30-minute spa treatment during their stay.

Set in an area three times the size of Monaco, La Manga Club is widely regarded as Spain’s flagship resort and, as well as being the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), recent accolades include being voted best golf hotel in Spain by readers of Today’s Golfer magazine for the third year running.

The resort boasts unrivalled facilities as a sport and leisure venue including three 18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, and more than 20 bars and restaurants.

For more information about the sailing packages or to book, please visit www.lamangaclub.com/regatta . For further details on La Manga Club, go to www.lamangaclub.com


Port of Los Angeles to Welcome Majestic Tall Ships

April 15, 2014 on 12:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, California, Los Angeles, Sailing | Comments Off



The Port of Los Angeles, California – Draw Events and the Port of Los Angeles announced today that ticket sales for Tall Ships® Festival Los Angeles 2014 will be available beginning at 10 AM on Monday, April 7, 2014. Join us at the LA Waterfront as more than a dozen international and domestic grand Tall Ships sail into California waters from all over the Pacific Ocean for Tall Ships Festival L.A. 2014.

From August 20-24, 2014, the Port of Los Angeles will be just one of three west coast ports bestowed with the honor of welcoming these beautiful vessels to their shores, affording visitors the rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. In addition, the historic Battleship Iowa and the Victory Ship, S.S. Lane Victory will also be open for tours with your ticket.

Tickets available at TallShipsFestivalLA.com. TicketFly.com or at 877-4FLY-TIX
Five full days – August 20 – 24, 2014

Tall Ships® Festival Los Angeles will showcase domestic and international ships, including some of the most acclaimed worldwide, including the official Tall Ships of the City of Los Angeles: Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, The Twin Brigantines.

A Multi-Day On Board Ship Tour Pass is available for $19. The pass provides five-day access to the festival grounds, on board ship tours and countless activities.

In addition to onboard tours, Tall Ships® Festival LA will offer the opportunity for visitors to sail on the Pacific Ocean aboard the Schooner Freda B, Schooner Curlew and several others. Each vessel will sail several times daily beginning Thursday, August 21, Cost for each ticket is $85.

Other ticket options include:

The Grand Parade of Sail which allows purchasers the opportunity to sail into the Port of Los Angeles past Angel’s Gate Lighthouse and into the LA Harbor aboard a Tall Ship for $150 as part of their grand entrance at the beginning of the event.
A Single-Day Dockside Viewing Festival Pass is available for $7 and free to children 1-4 years old. This pass provides one-day access to dockside ship views and the festival grounds.

*Dockside passes also include access to educational workshops, entertainment and the festival grounds.

While getting up close and personal with Tall Ships® is likely good enough for most, this unique event offers up plenty more than just playing Master & Commander.

Loads of entertainment will pack the port with an eclectic taste of music that includes rock, jazz, Sea Shanty, Latin, Mexican, Big Band, Country and dance. Basically if it’s a style of music, it’ll be there. And if a slew of great music wasn’t enough, a few Tall Ship’s sails will be creatively used as gigantic movie screens showing entertaining flicks throughout the duration of the festival.

Education and children’s activities will also be a large part of the Tall Ships® L.A. Festival. Cannon demonstrations, authentic privateer encampment, real sword fighting with live steel, knot tying, weapon demonstrations and sail training with real tall ship rigging round out the impressive festival’s learning opportunities. Youth visitors can also try their hand at creating one-of-a-kind treasures and hand made creations with projects lead by the Port of Los Angeles’s own, Crafted.

Of course a festival of this magnitude would not be complete without a large selection of fantastic fare. A bevy of local options will be on hand including L.A.’s regional food trucks, California wine tasting and for the beer lovers, San Pedro Brewing Company will provide a curated, full craft brew menu featuring the region’s best brewers. And sampling the regional eats is great because it will give visitors just enough energy to check out the other local, regional, and national crafters. These hand-made creations will feature a wide variety of crafts including maritime-themed artwork.

For more information please visit http://www.tallshipsfestivalla.com

Tall Ships® Festival LA is made possible by the Port of Los Angeles, Draw Events and the event’s sponsors.

Tall Ships® Festival LA 2014 takes place rain or shine. No ticket refunds or exchanges. Tickets are non-transferable. Your ticket does not guarantee access to all ships at all times. Prices include all applicable fees and taxes.


WELCOME! PINKY SCHOONER SUMMERTIME Day Sails & Single Night Cruises

April 13, 2014 on 8:49 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



We are excited to announce that our fleet is growing. As part of the Maine Windjammer Fleet, the Pinky Schooner Summertime will be sailing from Lincolnville Beach beginning in late June. She will be available for 2 hour day sails and single night cruises.

Each season we talk to hundreds of vacationers who want to get out on the Bay and see what the beauty of our unspoiled coastline and islands is all about, but not everyone can spare the time for the extended cruises offered on the Grace Bailey, Mercantile or Mistress. The Summertime will allow those with limited time to have a taste of the same traditional sailing adventures offered on our National Landmark schooners.

Summertime’s “Pinked” Stern (Image courtesy of Camden Windjammer Festival)

We have always been proud of the historic significance of our fleet and the Summertime is no exception. The design originated in Europe in the 1600′s and received its name from the “pinked” stern. The pinky was used here in New England’s fishing fleet prior to the Revolutionary War and continued in use through the turn of the 20th century. During the mid 19th century, many of the paintings of the famous artist Fitz Henry Lane contained a pinky or two among the larger and more impressive brigantines, barques and clippers. He must have appreciated the unique design of these perky little schooners.

(Photo by Painting by Fitz Henry Lane)

The stability of the pinky design is featured in the following tribute taken from The Fisherman’s Memorial, an 1873 Glouster, Massachusetts, publication: “These little vessels from their extreme buoyancy and offering so little resistance to the power of ocean waves, would make comparatively good weather at times when larger ships would be laboring, plunging, and straining every plank and timber to its utmost capacity of endurance. They would mount almost on even keel upon the crest of the highest seas and settle into the hollows with the ease and grace of a wild duck.”

Mid 19th Century Pinky Fishing Schooner (Image courtesy of Penobsoct Marine Museum Web Image)
1816 is the earliest reference we have found to a pinky schooner launch here in Maine. It was built for the local fishing fleet by Caleb Hodgdon, patriarch of the now famous Hodgdon Yacht Company in East Boothbay, Maine. This quote from the Hodgdon Yachts website history of their company references the vessel. “Caleb Hodgdon started this history with the launching of a 42′ pinky schooner for the local fishing fleet in 1816.”

A clip from Hodgdon Yacht’s History
Launched in 1986, the pinky Summertime was built by George Allen, Bill Brown, and many interested volunteers on the Maine coast using traditional methods. Construction of the Summertime incorporated a variety of locally cut, seasoned woods, including oak for the keel and frames; locust for the stem and trunnels, or “tree nails”, that hold the double-sawn frames together; cedar for the planking; hackmatack for the top timbers and deck beams; and white pine for the deck.

The Bow is to your left!
A hearty welcome to our newest historic vessel, the Pinky Schooner Summertime!

Summertime’s schedule is still being finalized and will be posted on our web as soon as it is available. In the meantime, we welcome your inquiries and questions. Sail@MaineWindjammerCruises.com  or 800-736-7981.

 


Old Salts Maine Windjammers Special Discount Extended

April 13, 2014 on 8:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



OLD SALTS ONLY!

If you’re a frequent sailor, this offer is for you! We have decided to extend our offer of a 5% discount for each time you have sailed with us. That’s right, If you have sailed withus 10 times you get 50% off. If you’re an Old Salt of the highest order with 20 trips or more,it is our pleasure to welcome you aboard this season for a well deserved free cruise! Old Salts, Tony & Dona have already signed up for their free cruise!
Make sure you’re in the picture again this year. Give us a call to reserve your space!

Gather old shipmates for a reunion or bring along new friends. Give us a call to check our special rates for new sailors accompanied by an Old Salt. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Remember Old Salts always get the best deal we have and this one is just for you!

BOSTON TO THE BOAT

Make getting here easy with discounted non-stop flights on Cape Air from Boston to Owls Head!Five flights daily. Only $127.65 round trip. To make it complete purchase discounted ground transportation vouchers between the airport and our dock for only $44 round trip for up to 6 passengers.

To receive your air fare discount code and purchase Schooner Bay transportation vouchers contact us at 800-736-7981 or email sail@mainewindjammercruises.com .

 

TO RESERVE YOUR CRUISES  CALL US AT 800-736-7981


Sail Port Stephens & Foreshore Fun

April 11, 2014 on 7:20 pm | In Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Sailing, Sydney | Comments Off



Port Stephens will become a hive of activity this weekend as yachties gather from throughout the country for Sail Port Stephens 2014 – the biggest in the event’s seven-year history.

The regatta is one of the fastest-growing sailing events in Australia and more than 90 entries from sailors around Australia have been received so far. Incorporating three sailing events – the NSW IRC Championship, The Pantaenius Port Stephens Trophy and the Pantaenius Commodores Cup – Sail Port Stephens will begin on Friday, April 11 and culminate in a presentation dinner on Wednesday, April 16.

In addition to the on-water activities, the Nelson Bay marina and the nearby foreshore in Port Stephens will play host to regatta markets, free live music and dancing, an African drumming workshop, a reptile show and an opportunity for guests to try stand-up paddle boarding for free.

It is expected that many visitors will also take this opportunity to visit many of the region’s other attractions, including everything from scenic bushwalking trails to dolphin-watching cruises, golf, parasailing and wine tasting.

“Whether you’re a skipper or crew member out on the water, or family or friends taking it all in from the many scenic vantage points, Port Stephens promises to deliver an exciting getaway with loads to do off the water,” event coordinator, Janelle Gardener, said.

Sail Port Stephens is one of the biggest events on the Port Stephens calendar and the second biggest sailing regatta in NSW. For information on Sail Port Stephens as well as accommodation deals, dining, attractions, activities and maps, Destination Port Stephens’ website provides a one-stop-shop on holidaying in Port Stephens.

Where: Nelson Bay Foreshore, Port Stephens

When: Friday, April 11 – Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Stylish Getaway with Great Savings: The British Virgin Islands

April 9, 2014 on 10:37 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Caribbean, Cruise Boats, Sailing, Virgin Islands | Comments Off



pecial Offerings, Increased Airlift and 60th Anniversary Celebrations Give Travelers

Even More Reason to Visit the BVI This Summer

TORTOLA, B.V.I — This summer, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Tourist Board invites travelers to come to the BVI to celebrate a Summer of FREEdom by taking advantage of incredible offers throughout the 60 beautiful islands. Value-added offers from a variety of properties – private islands to luxury villas to yachts and more – include free nights, resort credits, free car rental and free excursions. Summer in the BVI is the season for deals and celebrations and with the destination’s 60th Anniversary of Emancipation (July 28 – August 9, 2014) there will be even more activities for travelers from around the globe, including cultural festivals and parades, for an unforgettable summer.

Whether travelers are looking for a long weekend trip or an extended vacation, the BVI is now even more accessible than ever with increased airlift.

Cape Air recently added direct flights into Virgin Gorda from San Juan, the airline’s Caribbean hub, in addition to regularly scheduled flights into Beef Island, all of which can be booked through a streamlined process on JetBlue.com. Cape Air also has interline agreements with American Airlines with flights bookable on AA.com as well as a codeshare agreement with United Airlines, making the checked baggage process easier as bags are transferred without having to be rechecked.

Seaborne Airlines also recently announced an interline agreement with Delta Airlines allowing travelers to book on Delta.com. An existing interline agreement with JetBlue and a code sharing agreement with American Airlines is also in place.

Direct flights from many U.S. gateways including New York, Florida, Atlanta and North Carolina are still available to San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, allowing easy connections to Beef Island and Virgin Gorda through Cape Air, Seaborne or Winair or a short 55-minute fast ferry from St. Thomas to Roadtown Tortola.

The BVI is the ultimate summer destination as it offers experiences for every traveler, from clear line of sight sailing to easy island hopping. Families can enjoy everything from snorkeling to an exciting tour with Original Virgin Canopy Tour for a zip line experience. Couples can go on a romantic hike through Gorda Peak and enjoy lunch at the Top of the Baths with incredible views or get even more adventurous and try their hand at diving, kiteboarding or windsurfing. Foodies will enjoy the destination’s signature fungi dish and can head over to Jost Van Dyke’s The Soggy Dollar Bar for the BVI’s signature cocktail – The Painkiller. Luxury lovers and relaxation seekers can charter a yacht for a sunset cruise, book a spa treatment at one of the private island resorts or just bask in the sun on one of the destination’s award-winning beaches.

“The BVI Summer FREEdom Program really allows travelers to feel that sense of freedom when they vacation on our islands as they can curate their experience to whatever suits them best due to a variety of amazing offers from our industry partners,” said Sharon Flax-Mars, Director of the BVI Tourist Board. “These summer offers really allow guests to get the most out of their experience and explore the BVI in different ways, with the freedom to stay on more than one island at participating properties or even charter a yacht for a sail and stay island-hopping experience.”

For booking and travel dates and details on how to book the following deals, visit www.summer.bvitourism.com

Private Islands & Luxury Resorts

Whether a romantic getaway or a group trip with friends is in store, the BVI plays host to travelers interested in a secluded experience on a private island or luxury resort.

· Necker Island: During selected weeks throughout the year, otherwise known as Celebration Weeks, visitors can book individual rooms and share the island for an all-inclusive experience (meals and select activities).

· Rosewood Little Dix Bay: Guests staying four nights will receive a complimentary fifth night at all accommodations (with exception to the Beach Houses) while guests staying five nights can receive a complimentary sixth and seventh night at a Deluxe Cottage, Beach Front Cottage, Rosewood Junior Suite or Villa.

· Peter Island Resort & Spa: Summer visitors will receive 35 percent off of Beach Front Junior Suites, Nightly Villa Rates and Ocean View Rooms. A $500 resort credit is also included with Ocean View Room bookings.

· Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina: Guests who pay for five nights can stay for seven in a two, three or four-bedroom Cliffside Villa.

Resorts, Hotels & Inns

A resort, hotel or inn experience may be best suited for families looking for a full-service, low-key vacation or an opportunity to live like a local.

Bitter End Yacht Club: Standard Beachfront Cottages are 20 percent off, with a second room 50 percent off when booking a seven night package. Guests under five are free when booking the offer and the Kid’s Camp and Junior Summer Sailing Program are also complimentary. In addition, adult guests can book the Classic Package, offering three new free summer activities: stand up paddleboard lesson, guided kayak adventure and guided trail hike.

Fort Burt Hotel: Guests who spend five days at the hotel will receive one free night. Those who spend three days will receive a free day trip excursion.

Fort Recovery Beachfront Villa & Suites Hotel: Visitors who spend seven nights at the property will receive a complimentary trip to the Indians, Norman Island or Jost Van Dyke, including dinner.

Long Bay Beach Club: Guests who book a Beachfront Cabana will enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a Beachfront Deluxe.

Myett’s Cane Garden Bay: Guests who book three nights will receive the fourth night free.

Sea View Hotel: Summer guests who book four nights will receive a fifth night at 50 percent off and those spending six nights will receive the seventh night free.

Sugar Mill Hotel: Visitors booking four nights or more will receive a free three day vehicle rental.

Villas

Multigenerational travelers or large groups will enjoy the ease and space that a private villa offers.

A Dream Come True Villa Estate: Guests who book six nights will receive the seventh free, along with a three-course welcome dinner, breakfast on the first day and laundry service.

Greenbank Estate Villas: Visitors paying for six nights will stay for seven in any villa.

Indigo House on the Beach: Guests who book three nights will receive the fourth night free.

Surfsong Villa Resort: Free meal upon arrival with a reservation of a week or more.

Guavaberry Spring Vacation Homes: Complimentary snorkel equipment on site.

Charter Yachts

The adventure seeking traveler can stay aboard a chartered yacht, enjoying the sounds of the sea.

BVI Yacht Charters: Guests who pay for seven nights will receive an additional three complimentary days.

Cuan Law (Trimarine Boat Company): Children 18 and under can join at 50 percent off with all food, beverages, activities and watersports gear free.

Horizon Yacht Charters: Visitors will receive ten nights for the price of seven.

Virgin Traders: Enjoy ten, nine or eight nights for the price of seven while on a motor yacht charter. Includes yachts from 40 to 74 feet either bareboat or captained.


Maine Windjamming: The Way a Vacation Should Be!

April 1, 2014 on 11:00 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



For the first time in its history, the members of the Maine Windjammer Association have developed a Code of Excellence that expresses the values of its membership and defines the hallmarks of an MWA windjammer cruise.

Key points range from being owner-operated and offering round-trip cruises to hiring practices and the guarantee of a lobster bake on every trip. The eight-point Code of Excellence reflects the most important aspects of windjamming that its members hold dear, and every bullet point is about enhancing the guests’ experience, and ultimately ensuring the fleet remains strong for future owners, crews and guests to enjoy.

In 1977, a group of captains from mid-coast Maine came together to form the Maine Windjammer Association in order to promote the industry further and wider than any one captain could do individually.

As the years went by, the captains added another mandate to their mission: to ensure the highest standards of safety, comfort and professionalism. By working together closely and sharing knowledge and experience, everyone’s business practices improved. Senior members passed on expertise and guidance to newcomers, while younger members brought fresh perspective to the group.

photo: Fred LeBlanc
Captain John Foss of the Schooner American Eagle shares a wave.

Today’s MWA includes eight vessels and represents the largest fleet of traditional sailing schooners in North America. The new Code of Excellence is an acknowledgment that guest satisfaction is ultimately what drives everyone’s business practices in the MWA fleet.

This winter, the captains reflected on what the MWA means to each of them and why it’s important to continue to work together in an industry as unique as windjamming. Captain John Foss of the Schooner American Eagle summed it up best: “This fleet gives meaning to the sailing days of the past; it’s a community of historic schooners like no other. Both as individuals and as a group, we work hard to ensure guest satisfaction because customer endorsement is absolutely our best form of advertising.” All of our MWA captains share this sentiment, and look forward to sharing the experience with you soon.

For more information about the Maine Windjammer Association, visit our website.


Maine’s Treasured Islands Offer More Access than Ever

April 1, 2014 on 10:58 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



Before Google Earth, Maine had about 3,000 islands. Today, according to the Maine State Planning Office’s Coastal Program, Maine actually has 4,613 islands dotting the coast. Thanks to many generous people and dedicated conservation groups, those islands are more accessible than ever.

Ask any windjammer guest what the favorite part of their trip was, and they might tell you it was exploring Calderwood with its fragrant field of ferns, enjoying a lobster bake on Pond or hiking the trails on Isle au Haut. Knowing which islands are open for visits comes from years of experience on the coast, understanding and embracing the concept of stewardship, building relationships with private landowners and having roots in the coastal community. The Maine Windjammer Association captains have these qualities in spades and, as a result, have the deep pleasure of sharing many of these pristine islands with their guests.

As conservation groups develop strategies to preserve the islands, it’s clear that windjammers offer a great way to see them. Captain John Foss of the 92-foot schooner American Eagle says, “Sailing on windjammers is the low-impact way to see the coast. I like to think of them as platforms of opportunity to observe and experience nature.” Maine’s windjammers have provided that opportunity for decades and many of the vessels have been navigating these waters for 100 years or more.

photo: Meg Maiden
Harbor Island is one of more than 50 islands located in the spectacular archipelago between Deer Isle and Isle au Haut. Guests are welcome to visit many of these islands, thanks to the good working relationship between the captains and local conservation groups.

The islands haven’t always been treasured as they are now. Historically, many of the islands were cut over for pulp wood and then forgotten. In the last 20 years, a real shift has taken place where conservationists have created land trusts that work with school groups and others to protect the shoreline. Some of these groups have done such good work that national conservation organizations such as the Nature Conservancy have turned ownership of the islands over to local groups.

One such outfit is the Maine Island Trail Association that has spent the last 25 years developing strategies for thoughtful island use. Another is the Maine Coast Heritage Trust that has developed a slightly different approach in that they use their resources to purchase land when it comes up for sale.

Captain Foss has been closely involved with conservation efforts and understands the delicate balance between public and private ownership. He says, “One of the challenges is – where do property taxes go? It’s always nice to make islands available for public use, but how is the local town going to make their budget when this land goes off the tax rolls? That’s where the balance has to come between private and public benefit.”

As it happens, not only are the windjammers and the conservation groups aligned philosophically, they also share some history: many leaders in the conservation organizations can boast a season or two aboard a windjammer serving as crew. Where better to learn the principles of conservation than aboard the decks of a Maine windjammer – one of the greenest vacations available.

courtesy: Stephen Taber
Guests from the Schooner Stephen Taber stretch their legs on Russ Island, a forever-wild island located near Stonington that’s owned by the Chewonki Foundation.

All of the windjammer crews are actively involved in supporting the efforts of local island trusts. On a daily basis, captains find themselves in a steward position: from removing trash and educating people about Maine’s wildlife to advising other boaters to steer clear of seal pups and assisting whale team rescues, the captains have plenty of experience guiding people on how to preserve Penobscot Bay’s wilderness. Captain Foss notes, “What we’re really trying to do is preserve the human experience. We’re looking for an aesthetic return on conservation. We want to preserve what’s unspoiled.”

As always, the island forests are in a state of transition. Captain Foss says, “What we’re enjoying on these islands is partly due to several generations of benign neglect. The last pulp wood from a Maine island loaded on a schooner to go up river to a mill was 60 years ago. So now we’re at that first-growth stage, the soft wood.” The islands are clad with emerald green spruce and fragrant balsam fir trees that poke through the morning mist. Eventually, the hard woods will come in, but for now, the islands are green year round.

With so many islands in their backyard, the Maine Windjammer Association captains need to be certain which islands are public and which are private. In addition, all have been thoroughly trained in the “Leave No Trace” principles. Before rowing ashore to land on an island, guests are encouraged to tread lightly on these islands so that they may be enjoyed by generations to come.

For more information, contact the Maine Windjammer Association at 800-807-WIND or visit our website.


Planes, Trains and Automobiles – get on a Maine Windjammer

April 1, 2014 on 10:57 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



Rail & Sail Special (New!)

Combine your love of 19th-century sail with a nostalgic trip to Rockland via Amtrak’s Downeaster and the newly restored Art Deco railcars operated by Eastern Maine Railroad. For the first time in more than half a century, visitors can travel all the way from Boston to Rockland (with a change in Brunswick) by train. MWA guests receive special 10% discount and convenient all-in-one booking service. $77.50 per person, round trip.

 

Air & Sea Package (New Features)

Get a jump on your vacation with a non-stop, 1-hour flight from Boston to Rockland via Cape Air. With up to 5 daily flights, you can enjoy your 3- to 6-day Windjammer cruise entirely car-free. MWA guests receive special rates that cover round-trip airfare ($127.65) and ground transportation to and from the docks in Camden or Rockland…all for about $150 per person.
Experience the very best of land and sea with this special 10% discount from the Historic Inns of Rockland. Package includes 2-night accommodations with gourmet breakfast, expert concierge services and an a la carte menu of discounts to local area attractions. Add-on Inn packages start at $290/couple, based on double occupancy.
 

Camden Inn & Cruise Package

Explore the natural beauty of Camden with a 2-night stay at one of a ten premier Inns either before or after your windjammer cruise. Package includes accommodations, full breakfasts and amenities and a “Specialty of Maine” backpack lunch featuring lobster rolls and lots of local goodies. Add $425/couple to any regular 3- to 6-day windjammer cruise.

For more information about these packages, please visit our website.


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