Cruising Maine in June

Ruth and I love to sail, though we've never owned a boat (we have thought a lot about it...). We haven't done much sailing in several years, but we had some wonderful opportunities last week, while our daughter, Pam, was visiting. On Tuesday we took a two-hour sail on the 1912 yacht Wendameen, a Maine-built, John Alden designed schooner, operated by Portland Schooner Company.We embarked from the Old Port and hoisted sail. There wasn't much wind, so we did some motoring, as well, down to Portland Head Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth, and back through Casco Bay, then finally returning to the dock.WendameenThe boat is beautifully restored, and on the National Register of Historic Places. It holds over 40 people for the short sails, and can sleep 14 for the overnight trips. They also have special events like their upcoming 4th of July sail, to watch fireworks on the bay!We highly recommend it!Another highly recommended cruise was last Wednesday's adventure - a trip to Admiral Peary's Eagle Island home, aboard Atlantic Seal out of South Freeport harbor.Captain Tom Ring provides a very informative commentary on the various islands in the bay, and on Peary and Eagle Island. Then you explore the island and the house for a while (bring your own food and drink), and he stops by a couple of lobster traps to see if he's caught anything on the way home.Fun for the entire family!June 25, 2007

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