As the temps cool down and the breezes pick up, the captains of the Maine Windjammer Association are pleased to offer cruises that give their passengers the best views of blazing reds, oranges and yellows that herald New England’s most famous season. With the kids headed back to school, Maine’s windjammer captains make sure their guests have every opportunity to take advantage of the quiet beaches, gorgeous vistas and pristine islands that dot Maine’s rugged coast.
Pam Houston, novelist, will be teaching a writer’s workshop aboard the Isaac H. Evans on the September 30-October 3 cruise.
For guests with a literary bent, the Isaac Evans is offering a specialty cruise called Writing on a Windjammer. It’s a rare opportunity to work with award-winning author and writing teacher, Pam Houston, while sailing amid the islands and coastal towns along the rocky coast of Maine. Watch for sea birds, whales, porpoises, and lighthouses, and enjoy delicious food, world-class writing instruction, authentic adventure, and camaraderie.
Fall breezes offer some of the best sailing of the season. Here, Schooner Heritage takes a tack across Penobscot Bay.
All the vessels offer spectacular sailing in protected waters, lobster bakes, scrumptious food by award-winning chefs and cozy nights under a blanket of stars. Columbus Day Weekend marks the end of the season, with lots of 3-, 4- and 6-day sailing options available between now and then.
For more information about the Maine Windjammer Association, click here.
On September 9th, the fleet will set course for Brooklin, Maine, for the 28th annual WoodenBoat Sail-In.
Every fall, the entire windjammer fleet gathers in Brooklin, Maine, where guests can tour the WoodenBoat School in this tiny coastal community located on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
Credit: Robert Dennis
Flash in the Pans, the local steel drum band, entertains guests and spectators of all ages.
To see this many working tall ships gathered together inspires awe and appreciation by guests and spectators alike. Once at anchor, passengers come ashore and enjoy festivities including live music by Flash in the Pans, steamed mussels and tours of this incredible boatbuilding school.
This year’s Sail-In takes place on Tuesday, September 9th. The schooners will arrive around 3 pm, with music and festivities running from 4:00-5:30 pm. For more information about Maine’s Windjammers click here.
Building on the success of its current line-up of sailing trips, G Adventures has launched a range of new nautical itineraries in Cuba, Turkey and the British Virgin Islands.
The small-group adventure operator has seen a significant rise in demand for small-ship sailing over the years, crediting flexible itineraries, low-cost / high-value experiences and expert skippers as key reasons for its success. G Adventures’ sailing trips are among the itineraries that have the highest number of repeat travellers.
“Small-ship sailing has become increasingly popular. Since its launch in 2004, our sailing programme has quadrupled in size,” says Rich Heller, marine product manager, G Adventures.
“These new destinations offer travellers even more places to explore from the comfort and convenience of our yachts and catamarans. People appreciate the convenience of only having to unpack once. Nights are relaxing and boats anchor in beautiful bays and picturesque harbours. During the day travellers can be as active as they like with a activities including snorkelling, swimming and kayaking. Plus there are plenty of opportunities to shop in local markets, meet local people and sample local cuisine.”
G Adventures also offers sailing trips in the Greek Islands, Thailand and Croatia. All itineraries vary in length from four to 15 days. The yachts and catamarans carry a maximum of eight or 14 travellers.
Aspiring sailors can also learn the ropes, receiving pointers from expert skippers and even taking the wheel themselves.
The 2014/15 Marine brochure is available now. All trips are guaranteed to depart. Itineraries include:
Sailing Cuba – Havana to Havana – Sail on a catamaran through the beautiful turquoise waters of the Canarreos Archipelago, stop to snorkel or share a drink with friendly locals while enjoying the slow pace of life in the islands. Eight days and priced from £1,149* per person.
Sailing the British Virgin Islands – Tortola to Tortola. – Sail on a catamaran through the beautiful turquoise waters of the British Virgin Islands, stop to snorkel in deep caves, anchor and jump aboard a floating bar and tour around islands by car, or go for a hike. Relax in the evenings and enjoy the sunset and the Caribbean sounds. Seven days and priced from £999 per person.
Sailing Turkey – Bodrum to Fethiye – Discover tiny villages along the Turkish coastline, secluded islands and deserted beaches, swim in clear turquoise waters, learn to sail on a state-of-the-art catamaran, marvel at the ancient rock tombs in Dalyan and hike through ancient ruins, sail into the ancient port of Fethiye. A 10-day trip is priced from £1,149 per person.
For more information or to book, please call 0844 272 2040 or visit www.gadventures.co.uk
Experience Southern British Columbia’s rare Mediterranean climate in October
British Columbia’s leading sailing operator, Outer Shores Expeditions, unveils new 2014 Autumn in Gulf Islands National Park sailing dates, providing outdoor adventurers, sailing enthusiasts and B.C. coast explorers with the unique opportunity to experience the Salish Sea – Canada’s wildlife riviera – and its unexpected Mediterranean-like climate at the most picturesque time of the year. The five-day expeditions debut on October 15th with subsequent expeditions embarking October 20th and 25th, 2014.
Sailing aboard the classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud, Outer Shores invites guests to immerse themselves in the marine wilderness of B.C.’s Southern Gulf Islands archipelago, home to the last remaining pockets of Garry oak ecosystems and historic trade routes used by the Coast Salish First Nations.
The rich and rare flora and fauna found off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island is best enjoyed in the fall season, when purple starfish and giant green anemones share rocky shores alongside seals and sea lions, resident orcas vigilantly patrol the waters for their next meal and migratory songbirds fly in for a rest before continuing their journey south.
“The Southern Gulf Islands archipelago is beautiful year round, but there’s something particularly magical about being aboard the Passing Cloud in the fall,” says Russell Markel, Outer Shores Expeditions Captain and President. “The climate is ideal for exploring the islands between Nanaimo and Sidney, photographing and experiencing the fascinating ecology, and cultural and natural history of this region.”
Highlights include beach and forest walks on Portland Island, whale, porpoise and seabird watching in the famous Haro Strait and sea kayaking around the 33-square kilometre Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
With only three autumn sailings available, space is limited. For more information about expeditions along the B.C. coast, please visit www.outershores.ca or call 1-855-714-7233 (Toll Free).
About Passing Cloud
Passing Cloud is a classic, 70′ wooden schooner designed by William James Roué, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose. Built in Victoria, BC, in 1974, Passing Cloud has a rich history on the BC Coast, renowned for her elegant design, exceptional accommodation, robust construction, and remarkable sailing abilities. Designed to sail around the world, Passing Cloud is an ideal vessel for small-group natural and cultural history expeditions throughout the BC Coast. Among her many features are Passing Cloud’s classic West coast wheelhouse, four private staterooms and gorgeous main salon.
About Outer Shores Expeditions
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife and cultural expeditions that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Guided by a crew of professional mariners and expert naturalists, Outer Shores Expeditions small groups of 6 to 8 guests explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia while living and traveling aboard the 70′ classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud. President and Captain Russell Markel holds a PhD in marine biology and is dedicated to hosting guests from around the world while fostering stewardship and supporting conservation-based research in the areas where Outer Shores travels.
Travelers looking to do something good for their mind, body and soul can set sail on one of Star Clippers’ six scheduled yoga-themed itineraries in 2015. World-class yoga instructors will be onboard Star Clipper’s Jan. 24 and 31 Caribbean sailings, Royal Clipper’s May 16 and 23 western Mediterranean cruises and Star Flyer’s Aug. 1 and 8 Balearic Islands itineraries.
All classes are complimentary and will take place on deck in the fresh air under the billowing sails at sunrise and sunset. The instructors also will give lectures on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home. All of the classes are appropriate for all skill levels, so beginners are as welcome as advanced participants.
“You can’t ask for a more relaxing yoga environment than on the open deck of a Star Clippers ship surrounded by the sea and sails,” said Mikael Krafft, owner and president of Star Clippers. “We continue to look for unique experiences to offer our health-minded guests, and the yoga classes have been met with enthusiasm.”
Yoga teacher, author and life coach Inge Schöps will join the seven-night Caribbean sailings on Star Clipper roundtrip from St. Maarten, Jan. 24 and 31, offering yoga and meditation classes. Schöps is based in Cologne, Germany, where she teaches, and she also runs yoga retreats in the Mediterranean on the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Formentera. She is an author and has published yoga apps and e-books.
On Royal Clipper’s May 16 and 23 seven-night western Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, guests can learn Ishta-style yoga, focusing on asana, meditation, anatomy and yogic and tantric philosophy under the instruction of Raphaella Rose. A yoga practitioner for 17 years, Rose promotes friendly and accessible yoga, and has taught classes in the U.S., Great Britain and Spain, running regular retreats alongside her class schedule.
Yoga expert Christel Vollmer will join the seven-night Balearic Islands sailings on Star Flyer roundtrip from Palma de Mallorca, Aug. 1 and 8. She will give two classes daily: 60 minutes of power yoga in the morning and a 40-minute wind-down class at sunset, followed by meditation. Vollmer brings many years of teaching experience to Star Clippers, having trained under Bryan Kest, yoga guru to celebrities including Madonna, Cindy Crawford and Sting.
All classes and lectures will be conducted in English and are optional. Additional ship activities will be offered as part of the standard daily program.
Other features of a Star Clippers cruise that appeal to the health-conscious traveler include an abundance of fresh fruit daily, healthy menu options and active shore excursions including watersports and bike tours.
Cruise fares for the Caribbean sailings featuring yoga with Inge Schöps begin at $1,993, the western Med cruises with Raphaella Rose begin at $1,740, and the Balearic Islands voyages with Christel Vollmer begin at $1,575, all per person, double occupancy.
Star Clippers’ new 2015-16 brochure features significant fare savings on bookings made before Jan. 31, 2015. Access the brochure online at <http://is.gd/tkcrRa >. To request a hard-copy brochure, call toll-free 800-442-0556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a reservation, contact a travel professional. For information, call Star Clippers at 800-442-0551 or visit www.starclippers.com to view a video about the line or take a virtual tour of the Star Clippers ships. Keep up to date on the latest Star Clippers news by visiting us on our blog at www.starclippersblog.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Ship Mate Cruise App, the largest mobile cruise community, surpassed a major milestone this week: over one million downloads. The mobile platform for Cruiseline.com, the second largest cruise review website and pioneer of verified cruise reviews, recently re-launched its Android version and today announced the release of Ship Mate on the Amazon Appstore.
The company expects that the extension into this market will add to the impressive engagement seen on iOS and Android including:
Over 40,000 user images uploaded
Over 30,000 user ship and port ratings and reviews
Over 100,000 cruise itineraries
More than 450,000 chat and private messages
60% iOS users; 40% Android users
“Since our initial launch in 2010 the app has steadily grown,” said Mike Jirout, co-founder of Ship Mate Cruise App. “And, through the resources provided by our Cruiseline.com acquisition in November 2013, we’ve been able to bring the product to another level. It’s great to now have the resources required to deliver on the many requests of our community, like the Amazon launch for which many members have been patiently waiting.”
The Ship Mate app, the only one of its kind on the market, features:
My Cruise – a dashboard for a user’s upcoming cruise featuring their itinerary, excursions, deck plans and a Roll Call to see and chat with fellow cruisers, plus the ability to track past and future voyages with a “cruise countdown”
Ship Info – information about 200+ cruise ships including virtual tours and photos
Cruise Ship Tracker – to see where a favorite ship is currently docked, plus port tips, web cams, pictures, shopping and excursion information
Photo Gallery – similar to Instagram, a place to upload and showcase cruise pictures and comment on others’ posts
Ship and Port Reviews – users can read community member-generated, verified ship reviews and add their own
www.Cruiseline.com launched in December 2012 as an independent, objective guide to cruises. With over 50,000 reviews to date, the site simplifies the task of choosing a cruise with unbiased opinions from fellow passengers. Unlike other cruise communities, Cruiseline.com guarantees the authenticity of thousands of verified reviews, and uses member opinions to rank the best cruises, ships and itineraries with a “Sail Score.”
Since its initial launch in 2010, Ship Mate Cruise App has been steadily growing with over 315,000 active accounts, 35,000 app opens per day and one million app opens per month. Cruiseline.com acquired Ship Mate in November 2013. For more information and to join the conversation visit: www.Cruiseline.com and www.ShipMateApp.com
ISAF has agreed to stage the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in the UAE capital for the next six years, starting this year following a multi-stakeholder approach by Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club (ADSYC) with the support of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation (UAE SARF) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi.
“This is a major surge forward in Abu Dhabi’s campaign to be recognised as an international sailing hub and another fantastic opportunity for our youngsters to compete with and learn off the world’s best,” said HE Ahmed Thani Al Romaithi, Chairman, ADSYC and Vice-President, UAE SARF.
An associated deal sealed today between ISAF and TCA Abu Dhabi will also see the UAE capital host the 2016 ISAF Annual Conference when delegates, who include representatives of national governing bodies, class associations, leading industry personalities, manufacturers, sponsors and the media, discuss the hottest topics facing the sport. The 2016 Conference, which is estimated will deliver 1,500 hotel room nights to Abu Dhabi, will also feature a Presidential election.
“We have found a highly committed partner in Abu Dhabi and look forward to helping move forward the sailing ambitions of the emirate and the Arabian Gulf. This is a great opportunity for sailing as a sport” said Mr Carlo Croce, President, ISAF.
“We have struck a ground-breaking partnership with a world-class destination for a Tier-1 event.”
The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final will take place in Abu Dhabi from 26-30 November. Around 350 sailors from 20 countries are expected in Abu Dhabi to compete in all 10 Olympic events and a kite-surfing event, in and around Lulu Island off the UAE capital’s stunning Corniche.
The events will be covered by the international sailing media and an ISAF television audience in over 100 countries.
“This year’s Final is only three weeks before Abu Dhabi hosts a Volvo Ocean Race stopover when again, the city will be alive with all things maritime, sailing and entertainment,” said Sheikh Khaled Zayed Saqr Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Sailing & Rowing Federation.
“By the time we enter the New Year, the emirate’s watersports credentials of an ambient winter climate, over 400 kilometres of coastline, Blue Flagged beaches, state-of-the-art marinas, a plethora of natural islands and warm, clean waters, will have reached new international heights. Abu Dhabi will be synonymous with sailing and water-borne activities.”
The 2014 Final will comes hot on the heels of two other key international events being staged in the emirate this November.
“November is shaping up to be an action-packed month in Abu Dhabi, with Abu Dhabi Art and thousands of international motorsport fans once again arriving in the emirate for the Formula 1® Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. I hope our international guests will be persuaded to extend their stay to witness the Final,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi.
The athletes are expected to arrive early to train for the event and, in all, TCA Abu Dhabi estimates each Final will deliver around 7,500 hotel room nights to the UAE capital.
For more information about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, please go to: www.sailing.org/worldcup
More than 100,000 friendly invaders will be transported back in time to the Great Days of Sail at the end of the month as an ancient Cornish port hosts one of this year’s world-great maritime events – the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta.
From 28th to 31st August 2014, the historic town of Falmouth in Cornwall is set to host a nautical epic, welcoming nearly 50 ships, including 12 of the magnificent square-rigged Tall Ships, from nations including Spain, Holland, Portugal, Poland and Russia. The event will make maritime history as for the first time ever an internationally renowned Tall Ships Race will be taking place solely in English waters.
Falmouth is flying the flag in celebration with four days of colourful entertainment encompassing a whole programme of shore-side activities. For the first three days, the ships will be open to the public for a unique opportunity to explore on deck and learn about life on board these giants of the sea where fortunes were won and lost. Visitors can expect a swathe of swash-buckling pirates marauding and seasoned sailors dancing the hornpipe in the streets. In addition, Henry VIII’s historic Pendennis Castle will reverberate to the boom of mock-cannon fire in retort to Tall Ship Mercedes, which will be heard throughout the town and harbour.
Throughout the Regatta there will be a wide range of live music, from an acoustic stage for local talent, to live bands and shanty groups, including the much-loved Fisherman’s Friends whose authentic sea shanties will rouse the spirits of any salty sea dogs. On Friday over 300 crew members will be transferring their competitive spirit from the sea to Gyllyngvase Beach for an entertaining day of inter-ship sports challenges including the traditional tug of war. In the evening visitors can marvel at the crew decked out in all their finery, marching through the town in the traditional crew parade. On Saturday, the skies above Falmouth will be lit up in a farewell celebration before the vessels slip their moorings on Sunday and head out into Falmouth Bay for a truly spectacular Parade of Sail, with a huge spectator fleet turning out to send them on their way.
Sam Groom, Event Manager, Cornwall Development Company, said: “Falmouth is no stranger to receiving these giants of the sea, having last hosted the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in 2008. Alongside the many thousands of visitors who came out to witness these magnificent vessels setting sail from Falmouth Harbour in 2008, a huge spectator fleet graced Falmouth Bay in a show of true Cornish spirit, as yachts, yawls, luggers, pilot gigs and even dinghies and canoes took to the water to wish the ships a fond farewell on the first leg of the Race. Those who saw this spectacular sight will know just why we’re so excited about welcoming ships and visitors alike for this year’s festival.”
The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta starts on Thursday 28th August with three days of celebrations taking place in the host port of Falmouth before the Race gets underway from 31stAugust to 3rd September 2014. To keep up to date with all the latest on the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta see www.falmouthtallships.co.uk , join us on Facebook ‘Tall Ships Falmouth 2014′ , follow us on Twitter @tallships_2014 #tallships or follow lovefalmouth on Instagram.
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Port of Los Angeles will host the Tall Ships® Festival along the LA Waterfront August 20-24, an event showcasing more than a dozen majestic domestic and international sailing ships. The event will start with an opening-day Grand Parade of Sail led by the world’s largest floating Rubber Duck. The event will offer a host of family-friendly activities and entertainment over its five-day run along the San Pedro portion of the LA Waterfront.
“We’re privileged to welcome back the Tall Ships, which last visited here in 2008,” said Ambassador Vilma Martinez, President of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. “Set against the incredible backdrop of America’s Port®, the festival is an opportunity to re-introduce Southern Californians and out of area visitors to the many unique attractions and activities people can enjoy in and around the LA Waterfront.”
“From boat tours to pirate sword fights, from live music to beer and wine tasting, the Tall Ships® Festival provides a great opportunity to spend a summer day or more on the LA Waterfront.” said Craig Samborski, executive producer of the event. “The majestic Tall Ships are a spectacle not to be missed, and they don’t come here that often.”
The Port of Los Angeles will be just one of three West Coast ports to host the Tall Ships® this summer. Also included in the ship line-up will be two vessels from the Official Tall Ships of Los Angeles: The Irving Johnson and The Exy Johnson. Festival ticketholders will also be able to tour San Pedro’s historic Battleship Iowa and S.S. Lane Victory. A list of all ships on display at the Festival can be found here.
The Tall Ships® Festival’s Grand Parade of Sail on August 20 will start at approximately 2 p.m. PST. Featured ships will sail into Los Angeles Harbor, led by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s more than six-story tall Rubber Duck.
An oversized replica of the iconic children’s bath-time companion, the giant Rubber Duck urban art installation has been featured in ports and harbors worldwide at locales that include Hong Kong, Sydney, Amsterdam, London and Azerbaijan. The Rubber Duck will be on display throughout the Festival.
The Festival will include ship tours, cannon battles, an authentic privateer encampment, real sword fights, as well as knot tying and Tall Ships sail rigging training demonstrations. Artists from CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles will also be on hand to help children create hand-made, one-of-a-kind treasures, like rubber duck hats. Live music – from country to rock – will entertain throughout event. More than 30 regional food trucks will serve up their delights at the Festival, which will also feature beer and wine tasting venues.
To avoid long ticket lines at the Festival, organizers are recommending that Festival goers purchase tickets online in advance. The price of a “Single-day Dockside Viewing Festival Pass” is $7; a Multi-day On-Board Ship Tour Pass, which includes ship boarding and tours, is $19. Children aged 4 years or younger are free, except for day sails, cannon battle sails or pirate battle sails. Tickets for these more specialized ship-related experiences can be purchased online as well.
Go to TicketFly.com or call 877-4FLY-TIX to purchase advance tickets for both the event and parking. Once purchased, event tickets are not refundable, exchangeable or transferable. Pre-paid parking must be purchased online, not at the event site.
Tall Ships® Festival LA is presented by the Port of Los Angeles and Draw Events. See other sponsors here. Tall Ships® Festival LA 2014 takes place rain or shine.
The scenic splendor of Maine’s craggy coast begs to be captured through the lens of a camera; professional and amateur photographers alike delight in the wealth of views of sea spray heaving against rock outcroppings, lighthouses looming through wispy fog, and forests of firs bowing along uncluttered beaches. The Maine Windjammer Association is holding its 5th Annual Photography Contest, and we invite you to submit up to five of your favorite shots of scenery, sails, sunsets and seals!
The first-place winner of the contest will receive a free windjammer cruise during the 2015 season. Runner-up prizes will also be awarded. Photo entries may be submitted, online, now through November 1, 2014. Winning photos, as selected by a panel of judges comprising windjammer captains, will be announced in November, and the winner—who could be YOU—can begin to make plans for a great sailing vacation in 2015!
Fred LeBlanc, one of our judges, has worked as a professional commercial, corporate and editorial photographer for over thirty years. His award-winning photographs have been exhibited in museums, libraries, galleries and juried art shows. Fred is in charge of selecting the top three images in the category of… Fred’s Favorites.
Details are as follows:
What: 5th Annual Windjammer Photo Contest! Submit up to 5 shots.
Winning Photo: First-place winner will receive a free windjammer cruise during the 2015 season. Runner-up prizes will also be awarded.
When: The Contest runs from May 15, 2014 through November 1, 2014. Winners will be announced in November.
How: All entries must be submitted online. No more than 5 entries per person, please. A panel of judges comprising windjammer captains will select the winning photos during the month of November.
Fine Print: We reserve the right to use your entry in all print and electronic media, with proper credit.
So, make plans now to sail and shoot this season, or cull through shots you’ve taken on your last couple of trips; either way, we hope you’ll enter and we hope you’ll WIN!
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