The Great Schooner Race
One of the undisputed highlights of the early 2012 Maine Windjammer sailing season was Race Day. It began with the announcement that the Taber had been bumped up a class to race against the newer and bigger boats, due to our three-year sweep of the Coaster Class (but who's counting). Mother Nature was clearly up for an exciting day of sailing, and the perfect day of thrashing around the Bay was sweetened by some exciting close-quarters maneuvering, a crackerjack guest-crew complement, and (the music swells) our Cinderella story, underdog, fat-girl-crashes-the-party, long shot victory. I don't believe we've ever had a prouder moment afloat; hats off to our stalwart crew and guests (with a special shout to the cheering squad).
New partnership with Daybreak Farm
We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with this new, up-and-coming local grower, and support their work with other farmers and community members to build a vibrant, sustainable local food system. Here's a little bit about them, and you can learn more online at Daybreak Farm's website.
Alyssa Mack and Davis Taylor started Daybreak Farm with seven acres no structures, no cultivated fields, no power, no water. They began that first summer with drilling a well, planting a fall cover crop of rye and vetch, and designing and building a small house. By June 2011, the first five apple trees were in, followed by test gardens, cover crops of buckwheat, perennials, rhubarb and asparagus, and a heated greenhouse. 2012 was the first full year of production.
Daybreak offers a wide variety of vegetables, annual and perennial herbs, and tree and shrub fruits. In addition to supplying local farmers and several restaurants, they are thrilled to be providing fresh local produce to the guests and crew of the Stephen Taber. Alyssa and Davis hope their contributions to the vessel's delicious and renowned fare add to the memorable experiences of sailing the downeast coast!
Gourmet Cruise June 69 with
Guest Chef James Tranchemontagne
We had the pleasure of having Chef James from the Frog and Turtle in Westbrook, Maine join us for a tasty 3-day trip in 2012 to benefit Share Our Strength. The trip, a tag team between Chefs Anna and James, culminated in an on-deck bouillabaisse demonstration, from stock to spoon that left us gasping for breath. The trip was an instant smash, and we've booked Chef James for another trip in 2013. (Book it now!)
"James is a wonder. Fabulous food as always. The Frog and Turtle is my first choice when I want good food in a comfortable atmosphere." from a review on OpenTable.com
Solstice & Music Cruise
with Nashville songwriters
Jenn Schott & Melissa Peirce
Enjoy the start of Summer and the longest days of the year, June 1622, 2013, with Captain Noah and special musical guests Jenn Schott and Melissa Peirce, accomplished performers and songwriters. What a more perfect way to end the longest days of the year than an informal concert. Melissa and Jenn's charming songs and sweet harmonies were such a hit last time we just had to have them back! (More info on our schedule page.)
"What the doctor ordered and then some: idleness, laughter, tranquility, sun, wind, and the food of the Gods. Thanks to all, while we scheme of how to make a habit of it..." Lillie, ME
New Yawlboat Engine
Babe was clearly happy with her new mahogany interior, and although it may be hard to tell, the safety and power of the new Volvo D2-75 meant fewer grey hairs on the Captain this summer. Everything we hoped it would be, enabling us to spend less time under power, because she got us there quicker.
Those of you who sailed with us this year know that he is not a baby anymore. To be honest, we're unsure what he is, exactly. Kid enough to get away with nearly anything, smart enough to know when to tell mommy she's pretty, and grown up enough to negotiate being good tomorrow for one more bedtime song. And by the end of summer 2012, he was steering Babe through mooring fields with confidence. I guess we'll keep him.
New Two-Night Trip
For those of you who are looking for a really short trip, we have added a two-night trip Father's Day Weekend June 1416, 2013. Boarding is Friday at 11am, return to the dock Sunday at 11am.
We are thrilled to offer Taste of the Taber: Wine Trip Edition. Featuring over 60 of Aimee LePage's recipes from our wine tasting cruises, the book is over 140 pages with lots of color pictures, wine pairings and a cheese guide. It's kind of a virtual wine trip. The book is $20, $24.95 with shipping. Email or call us to order.
"What an awesome trip!! This was by far the best wine tasting trip ever, Jane. Noah, the sailing has been wonderful. Love you guys" Jim and Freddie, NC
Partnership with Fiore Olive Oils
Many of our 2011 and 2012 guests had a surprise treat on boarding night: an olive oil tasting with Rockland, Maine's Fiore Olive Oils. Well, Fiore has loved doing the tastings so much they will be doing one on all trips in 2013! I know an olive oil tasting might sound weird to many of you but if you give it a chance, your taste buds will thank you.
Stephen Taber recognized as EcoTourism Leader: LEAVE NO TRACE certified
During the entire month of June, every guest who sails aboard the Stephen Taber will be offered a complimentary "Leave No Trace" outdoor awareness workshop on the 7 principles of responsible outdoor ethics. While windjammer captains have been practicing and teaching the Leave No Trace policies for years, this is an exciting opportunity for guests to learn the invaluable skills of properly caring for the environment. All guests who successfully complete the workshop will receive Leave No Trace certification.
In keeping with the June spirit of volunteerism and conservation, the Maine Windjammer Association will also host an official Coastal Cleanup during the week of June 5th, in conjunction with World Ocean Day. Guests and crewmembers will scour the beaches for trash that's washed ashore over the winter.
With hundreds of pristine islands in their sailing grounds, it's no wonder we are committed to preserving them. Sail this June and learn new skills to make a difference in your own backyard.