ISAF Puts Wind in Abu Dhabi’s Sails With Six-Year Deal

August 18, 2014 on 11:14 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Sailing, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) World Cup Final, the world’s pinnacle sailing regatta contested by the best Olympic-class competitors, is on its way to the United Arab Emirates.

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

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Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta

August 10, 2014 on 11:15 am | In Adventure Travel, London, Sailing, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



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.


Port of Los Angeles Readies the Sails for Tall Ships Festival August 20-24‏

August 7, 2014 on 10:56 am | In Adventure Travel, California, Cruise Boats, Los Angeles, Sailing | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowSAN 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.


Maine Windjammers is Calling All Shutterbugs

July 31, 2014 on 7:48 am | In Adventure Travel, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe 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!


Singapore becomes the superyacht hub in Asia‏

July 23, 2014 on 7:25 am | In Asia, Beachbooker, Sailing | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowSingapore is ever expanding in the world of superyachts and can now offer luxury yachts and their crew, a range of facilities, services and other advantages according to leading yacht services company, Yachting Singapore.

In a recent interview with Yachting Pages, Y H Fang, managing director of Yachting Singapore, explained how Singapore has seen visits from some of the world’s most luxurious vessels due to its growing popularity.

Fang commented, “Business in Singapore has been growing around 20% annually over the last three years. We have worked on many luxury yachts including M/Y Cloud 9, M/Y TV and M/Y Big Fish providing a range of works including anything from engineering works to carpet cleaning.”

Singapore now boasts a range of high quality refit and repair facilities and can accommodate some of the world’s largest superyachts. There are three marinas in Singapore that are suitable for superyachts: Raffles Marina (RM), One15 Marina Club (One15) and Marina at Keppel Bay (MKB). RM was officially opened in 1994 and prior to that, Singapore only had small yacht clubs, sailing clubs and boatels. One15 and MKB both started in 1997. Since then, the marinas and facilities have continued to expand in order to offer superyachts a high standard of facilities.

Fang explained, “Historically, Singapore has been a transhipment centre with one of the busiest ports in the world. There is a huge workforce involved in the marine sector with a well-established ship building and repair industry. There are at least five medium sized shipyards with docking facility for yachts up to 120m and three well managed marinas for berthing and afloat repairs.

“Regional distribution and service centres for major brands have set up shops here. In addition, Singapore is the regional aviation base with a repair and overhaul facility for helicopters. Parts arriving via sea or air are normally cleared within 48hrs because of the efficient logistic support and clear and concise custom procedure (only liquor, tobacco, motor vehicles and petroleum products are dutiable when importing to Singapore).”

As well as the growing industry and repair facilities, Singapore is also an attractive tourist destination for captains and crew.

Fang commented, “Singapore is a modern city offering a clean, safe environment. There is also full transparency when working with government agencies. Air hub connectivity and budget airlines also mean that crews can visit exotic places like Borobudur in Indonesia and Angkor Wat in Cambodia with less than a three hour flight time. That gives crews plenty to do while in Singapore.”

Fang also explained how Singapore still faces challenges from other destinations, which are perceived to be cheaper than Singapore, “We are still facing the stereotype that the cost of works completed in Singapore is more costly than Thailand and Malaysia alternatives. It’s also a challenge in educating new Asian yacht owners on the operation and maintenance of their new found interests.”

For more information on Yachting Singapore, visit http://www.yachting-pages.com/yacht-agents/yachting-singapore-pte-ltd/ms.html

For more information on superyacht repair facilities visit http://results.yachting-pages.com/nav/refitrepair/refitrepair/type/business/0.


San Diego Hosts Festival of Sail

July 21, 2014 on 7:05 am | In Beachbooker, California, Festivals, Sailing, San Diego, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFestival of Sail is an exciting, family-friendly way to bid adieu to summer. Thousands will come to see more than 20 tall ships as they make their way into the harbor. Declan Suites – A San Diego Hotel welcomes Labor Day weekend visitors with impressive special offers. View offer details.

Festival of Sail
When: August 29 through September 1, 2014
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 North Harbor Drive

The Festival of Sail is the biggest tall ships event on the entire West Coast. The event begins with a parade of these majestic ships. Cannon fire salutes mark their journey toward their mooring place at the Maritime Museum. For four days visitors will have the chance to board these vessels and enjoy the many other activities available at this popular thing to do in San Diego.

Attendees are able to be on board the ship during their movement toward the Museum, but only a limited number of tickets are available. Once the ships are docked, the public will be allowed to board some of the ships for tours. Thirty minute cruises around the Bay will provide a different vantage point for viewing the Tall Ships. These cruises will be available throughout the event.

Festival of Sail has grown since last year, and the event now offers a larger kids zone, more vendors, and additional activities. The kids’ zone includes face painting, a petting zoo, an arts and crafts area, and the chance to have a photograph taken with a pirate. Adults will enjoy the live entertainment and beer garden. Food vendors will also be set up throughout the event.

General admission tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the Maritime Museum’s box office on the day of the event. Tickets for riding aboard during the Tall Ship parade and those for the harbor cruises should be purchased in advance as tickets for those activities are likely to sell out ahead of time.

Hours for the 2014 Festival of Sail are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the event’s final day.

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Declan Suites San Diego – A San Diego Hotel is conveniently located adjacent to Symphony Hall. Our luxurious Hotel is also within walking distance of some of the most popular San Diego Attractions including the San Diego Zoo and some of the city’s top Museums.

A host of Dining and Shopping options are also available near our Downtown San Diego Hotel, but you don’t have to leave the building when you’re hungry. We have an onsite Restaurant for those nights when you’d rather stay in and get a little work done or, perhaps, enjoy the gorgeous views of the San Diego skyline from your Guest Suite.

Our 24-hour fitness center, knowledgeable Concierge, and thoughtful amenities are a few of the other features of our San Diego Hotel that make us a top choice for business and leisure travelers and with return Guests.

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Anchors Away For Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

July 19, 2014 on 1:01 pm | In Adventure Travel, Australia, Beachbooker, New South Wales, Queensland, Sailing, Sydney | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowSailing enthusiasts from around the globe are preparing to set sail for Hamilton Island in Australia for the southern hemisphere’s largest offshore keelboat regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which this year takes place from 16-23 August 2014.

The event’s beautiful Whitsundays’ courses attract the sailing elite, and caters for the full spectrum of keelboats – from non-spinnaker cruising yachts through to Grand Prix level racers. Whilst the impressive shore-side social calendar draws the crème de la crème with previous famous guests including the likes of Naomi Watts and Kathy Lette.
Over the past three decades, the event has evolved into a spectacular display of on-water racing, paired with the finest epicurean cuisine, glamorous parties, exclusive fashion shows, flowing champagne and celebrity guests.
Annual unmissable onshore events include:

• The Charles-Heidsieck Champagne Lunch where guests dine on a bespoke menu matched with fine Charles-Heidsieck wines

• Delectable brunches and lunches presented by Audi ambassadors and iconic Australian chefs Matt Moran, Kylie Kwong and Shannon Bennett

• The Paspaley Pearl Luncheon featuring a glorious feast served on the sands of Pebble Beach at qualia
The majority of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week activity revolves around the iconic Whitsundays landmark; the Hamilton Island Yacht Club – an iconic architectural design by Walter Barda and the official Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup. Sailing remains at the heart of this Whitsunday isle, from the CEO of Hamilton Island, Glenn Bourke, who is a twice sailing Olympian and former Australian Yachtsman of the Year, to owner Robert Oatley, whose yacht, Wild Oats XI, recently won the prestigious Rolex Sydney to Hobart race for a record equalling seventh time.

To book accommodation or for more information on Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, please visit www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au  or www.hamiltonisland.com.au


Sail for Tall Ships Day on 12 July 2014 in Honor of the Historic Ship Charles W. Morgan

July 9, 2014 on 4:50 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowNewport, Rhode Island – 30 June 2014 – Tall Ships America, the National Sail Training Organization representing the United States, is proud to announce that 12 July 2014 is Sail for Tall Ships Day. Tall ships and traditional sailing vessels around America will all sail on this day to honor the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, as she sails on her 38th voyage calling at historic New England ports.

Painstakingly restored over 5 ½ years by Mystic Seaport Museum of Mystic CT, the Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining ship of the American whaling fleet that once numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat. The Morgan left Mystic Seaport on May 17, 2014 to embark on her 38th Voyage. Where once the Morgan’s cargo was whale oil and baleen, today her cargo is knowledge, and she sails to engage communities with their maritime heritage and raise awareness about the changing perception about whales and whaling.

On July 12, sailing ships around the nation will put to sea to honor the restoration of this great ship, the heritage she represents, and to celebrate the traditional skills of seamanship that are sustained and hard at work in the Tall Ships America fleet today. From the rockbound harbors of Maine, to the sun drenched coast of California, to the inland seas of the Great Lakes, to the pristine sounds of the Pacific Northwest, all manner of brigs, barques, schooners, brigantines and other traditional sailing craft will hoist sail this day in common cause with the Morgan and her crew. It is a national celebration of nautical skill, courage, and adventure that defined America as a young seafaring nation in 1841 when Morgan was launched, and still defines us as a maritime power today.

For more information about Mystic Seaport Museum, and the 38th voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, go to www.mysticseaport.org

For more information about Tall Ships America, and programs of adventure and education under sail, go to www.tallshipsamerica.org


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Cornwall: Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta This August

July 5, 2014 on 6:56 am | In Adventure Travel, London, Sailing, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe snap of white sails billowing in the breeze and the ringing chime of the ship’s bell will herald the most highly anticipated maritime event to take place in the UK this year. Visitors will be transported back in time to the Golden Age of Sail as the Cornish port hosts 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 over 47 ships, including 12 of the magnificent and mighty square-rigged Tall Ships, from a myriad of nationalities including France, Spain, Holland, Portugal and Russia. The event is set to attract over 100,000 visitors and 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 Cornish based Fishermen’s Friends, with authentic sea shanties to 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 28 August with three days of celebrations taking place in host port Falmouth before the Race gets underway from 31 August to 3 September 2014. To keep up to date with all the latest on the Falmouth-Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta see www.falmouthtallships.co.uk , join us on Facebook ‘Tall Ships Falmouth 2014′ or follow us on Twitter @tallships_2014 #tallships


Back-to-Back cruises on a Windjammer

July 1, 2014 on 10:01 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



Back-to-Back cruises = Two Weeks of Heaven!
Camden windjammers Lewis R. French and Angelique tack across Penobscot Bay.

Given the gorgeous Maine coast – with its more than 3,000 islands, cool breezes, abundant wildlife, quaint villages and the scrumptious shellfish, there’s more than enough to see and do in Maine to fill up an entire summer’s itinerary, not to mention a week. And that’s exactly what some people are thinking when they book back-to-back cruises aboard Maine’s windjammers. We spoke with three different passengers from all over North America who found that one week doesn’t satisfy their windjammer cravings and so, they book two week-long cruises back-to-back.

Says Californian Joan Kritzberg who sails aboard Heritage, “My first week, I had no idea what to expect, then, as soon as the Heritage came into view, I knew for sure I’d made the right choice. My roommates were compatible (how could I not like people who like sailing?) The food was awesome. The weather was great. The shore trips were fascinating. At the end of the week, I was eager to reserve a spot for the next summer’s sailing.”

After two years of sailing just one week, Joan became a back-to-backer. She says, “By 1999, trips 3 and 4, I rationalized that back-to-backs would justify the travel time and expense. By then I had begun to realize how very different each cruise is, and wanted to experience every nuance. In 2004, trip 12, I finally convinced my brother to join me, and now we are both back-to-backers. (This) is the first travel decision we make every January, whether we’ll sail in June, July or August, and the whole travel calendar is built on that.”

Frank “Luke” Lukaszewski first start sailing in 1997. A retired maintenance mechanic from Chrysler Corporation, Luke lives 60 miles north of New York City and looks forward to sailing at least 2 back-to-back cruises every season.

Frank “Luke” Lukaszewski of New York sails aboard the Victory Chimes and says, “The first couple of years, I only came for one week. After about 3 years, I said to myself, ‘Next year I’m coming for 2 weeks.’ And I’ve been doing that ever since. People say, ‘You’re coming back? That’s so long.’ And I say, ‘Just wait! This week goes so fast.’ And it does. That second week goes fast, too.”

Angela Kirby has sailed aboard the Mary Day many times, but this year she’ll be taking back-to-back cruises with her husband. Angela enjoys getting involved in schooner projects, as evidenced by the finished pudding she’s holding that will be mounted on Arno, the Mary Day’s yawlboat.

Canadian Angela Kirby is anticipating her first back-to-back cruise this year, though she and her husband Stuart have enjoyed many cruises aboard Schooner Mary Day. “Over 25 years ago we were recommended the Mary Day by a business colleague and it was a truly amazing experience. We learned the ropes, literally, by hands-on participation – participating as much or as little as we chose; experiencing good and poor weather conditions but through it all was the great feeling of participating in something that was unique. Snuggling down in our bunks at the end of the day, being lulled by the gentle rocking of the schooner as she lay at anchor is something hard to put into words.”

How did two Canadians fall in love with windjamming along Maine’s coast? “The majesty of the sails, the feel of the wind as you are under sail, trusting in nature, the peace at night, the lack of pressure or rush, being with a group of like-minded people who also would not be there if they didn’t enjoy it! With MS (Multiple Sclerosis) I am unable to participate in the deck work as much as I would like but there are other ways to be involved – in the galley, learning knotting techniques or old sailing ways of getting by, with crew members only too willing to instruct in their free time.”

Joan Kritzberg shares a similar story about the experiences and sights that made her fall in love with windjamming: “Wind, water, tree-covered islands, barren granite ledges. A whale, just often enough to make it plausible that we’ll see one today. Lighthouses, mansions, cottages. Sloops with bright colored spinnakers. Seals, porpoises, osprey, eagles. Puffins. Big expensive yachts motoring along, sails furled. A windjammer magically appearing out of the fog. Tall masts and white (or red) sails slipping between nearby islands. Lobster men roaring past to reach the next buoy. Hauling on a line and watching the sail catch the wind. Dropping the topmasts to go under the Deer Isle Bridge. Sunsets and rainbows. Foghorns. FOOD! Glorious food!”

After sailing for many years, Luke always recommends that people try a full week of sailing. “I think some people are afraid to go for a full week their first time. One of the reasons I like the full weeks is because we tend to go further because we have more time. Usually the first day of the full week, the captain will sail further than he normally does and you’ll see things you wouldn’t normally see.

For more information about cruises aboard one of the eight vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association, visit our website.


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