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Set Sail this Summer with the Maine Windjammer Association

The Great Schooner Race: photo by Meg Maiden
The Great Schooner Race: photo by Meg Maiden
The Great Schooner Race: photo by Meg Maiden

Now that that spring has sprung, consider setting sail with a Maine Windjammer cruise. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, guests can venture out for a sail on board a historic windjammer. Choose a weekend jaunt or a longer sail depending on one's time and interests. For those looking for a unique trek, here's their selection of 2014 Speciality Cruises:

For those guests seeking the bright lights of Maine, Captain Brenda of the Isaac H. Evans is offering two six-day astronomy cruises for $995 per person (July 13- 19; August 10-17). An amateur astronomer will be aboard to help guests learn more about the night sky; the August trip coincides with the Perseid Meteor Showers. Also, Capt. Brenda is offering her popoular knitting cruise to guests who want to vacation with other like-minded people, to learn some new knitting tricks from an instructor, and of course to make some progress on their own handwork. For $760 per person, guests on this 4-day knitting trip can stitch and sail from Sept. 2-6.

For wine lovers, step on board the Schooner Stephen Taber for one of their 7 wine-tasting cruises this year, lead by co-owner Jane Barnes, who has been sniffing, sipping and enjoying wines with top industry leaders since 1992. She is passionate about the history, culture and enjoyment of wine and loves to share her knowledge and experience with others in a relaxed, fun setting. Jane’s husband, Captain Noah, takes great joy in sharing his love of sailing and the stunning Maine coast.

Beer connoisseurs, can raise a glass to the June 15-21 “Craft of Ale” Sail aboard the Schooner Mary Day which will take place on June 15-21. During this sail guests can even try their hand a brewing a batch of nut brown ale underway!

For nature lovers, Captain Wells of the Lewis R. French is offering a guided birding cruise from August 3-6 for $990 per person. Guests can tick off some of those elusive pelagics on this special 6-day cruise that includes some time sailing offshore.

If the lure of Acadia National Park is calling, Angelique guests can enjoy all of the regular unscheduled features of a windjammer cruise PLUS a day exploring American’s 2nd most popular National Park..

Budget minded travelers will appreciate the Maine Windjammer Association's special Air & Sea Package that gives guests a steep discount on flights from Boston to Rockland with Cape Air. Round-trip flights cost only for $127.65 compared to $200 or more. Also, they offer discounted ground transportation that gets people from the airport to the docks.