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09-05-2004, 10:57 PM

21 schooners gathered in Camden Maine for the tenth annual Windjammer Weekend festival.

09-06-2004, 10:25 AM
I had the pleasure of taking a sail on the schooner Surprise (http://www.camdenmainesailing.com/) out of Camden on a beautiful day in August.

I sat near the captain, who was the son of the owners, and talked a little bit about sailing. He let me take the wheel, and I spent 5 minutes or so dodging the lobster pots. It was a much different feel than my 19ft Mariner!

It was an excellent day, and if you are ever up there with time for a 2 hour sail, I recommend them: beautiful place, beautiful boat, and friendly crew.


09-06-2004, 09:47 PM
The fleet up there has done a lot for both the industry and Maine, proof that a cruise ship doesn't have to be one of those floating hotels.

09-06-2004, 10:11 PM
Originally posted by brian.cunningham:
one of those floating hotels.Heh. Thats a whole different crowd.

09-07-2004, 04:29 PM
Did you ever work on them Hugh? Apparently one skipper was called Les' (the Mattie I believe) and he payed his crew so little. The crew would say "You can work for more, or you can work for Les". e was one of the originators though--good for him.

09-07-2004, 08:31 PM
I don't think deckies and bunkies get paid a whole lot. They get fed -very well- and housed, but cash is not the motivator.

I've subbed for some of the captains when they needed to take a break.

[ 09-07-2004, 09:32 PM: Message edited by: Hughman ]