photo courtesy of Len Burgess
Schooner American Eagle Newsletter

September 2017


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Cruise News
Crews News
Pictures from Here
Postcards from Away

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The one Maine windjammer to routinely venture outside of State waters, the  American Eagle, visited Cape Ann twice this year, in June while on our Stellwagen/SailBoston trip and again over Labor Day weekend.  

The Mayor's Race for the Esperanto Cup was a hoot; unfortunately we were early over the line which is how the excellent picture above came to be taken. Not many vessels stay ahead of the Columbia  (as you can see in Ellen Bank's video) for long! Then we headed back across the Gulf of Maine with enough sea and breeze to douse the mainsail at three in the morning. The schooner Adventure won this time..but there's always next year for our try # 32 for the Esperanto Cup!

Timing is everything. That boat project from last winter/spring is close enough to done (no boat project is ever done) to put her in the water in time for our last three fall cruises. She'll be on the side davits when we next head out.

The leaves are starting to change with the first cool night and sunny days, thank goodness.
Sarah O'Connor photo


Cruise News

It seems to be the season for the American Eagle to appear in calendars.  The North Haven dinghy "Cappy" we take with us is the November pinup in WoodenBoat's 2018 calendar, with Justin at the tiller and the schooner in the background.


Planning ahead
It's also the time of the season when we share what we have planned for the next season.  Have a look and let us know when you'd like to sail. Our special cruises include a return to Stellwagen Bank/Jeffries Ledge for exciting whale watching, Down East to New Brunswick for eleven days, the Gloucester Race over Labor Day weekend, adventure photography with Greg Gettens during our WoodenBoat Sail-in trip and  Castlebay will share C eltic and Maine music with us for four nights in September. Three trips are tentatively chartered at this early date; let us know soon if you have a group trip in mind.

Schooner American Eagle   Sail to the islands of Maine 2018 
5% discount for returnees
Any trip is available for charter until the first person reserves.

after 6 pm
by 11 am
Nights Rate
Fri. May 25 Tues. May 29 4 $645 Long Spring Weekend
 O Wed. May 30 Sun. June 3 4 $665 May into June
  Tues. June 5 Sat. June 9 4 $695 Spring sailing
Sun. June 10 Thurs. June 14 4 $745 Schooner Gam - One night we'll raft up with a half dozen windjammers as part of the gam.
& Fri. June 15 Sat. June 23 8 $1,895 Stellwagen Bank/Jeffries Ledge - An offshore adventure to the marine sanctuary with the greatest population of whales off New England.
O  Sun. June 24 Sat. June 30 6 $1,045 Windjammer Days to Boothbay Harbor - Sail into exciting Booth Bay for a lobsterbake ashore and fireworks. We often see puffins and whales along the way.
  Sun. July 1 Sat. July 7 6 $1,095 Great Schooner Race - A one-day race this trip from port to port, with an emphasis on sailing and fun.
Sun. July 8 Wed. July 11 3 $795 Three nights in July
Wed. July 11 Sat. July 14 3 $795 Lighthouse Parade - Friday features a parade of sail and a visit to the Breakwater lighthouse.
& Sun. July 15 Thurs. July 26 11 $2,495 Down East and New Brunswick - beyond Acadia National Park, to the coast of New Brunswick.  Visits to Saint Andrews and Campobello.
Fri. July 27 Mon. July 30 3 $795 Three nights in late July
  Tues. July 31 Sat. Aug 4 4 $875 Swan's Island Music Festival - Four days of sailing with an island lobster picnic and an evening of eclectic music at the Sweet Chariot Music Festival.
Sun. Aug 5 Wed. Aug 8 3 $795 Three nights in August
Wed. Aug 8 Sat. Aug 11 3 $795 Perseid Meteor Showers plus a ticket to the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors boat show on Saturday when we return.
  Sun. Aug 12 Thurs. Aug 16 4 $875 August Sailing
  Thurs. Aug 16 Sun. Aug 19 3 $795 Best of Summer Weekend
  Mon. Aug 20 Sat. Aug 25 5 $995 Maine Cruising 
  Sun. Aug 26 Wed. Aug 29 3 $795 Full Moon Sailing
& Thurs. Aug 30 Wed. Sept 5 6 $1,095 Gloucester Schooner Race Cruise - Great hospitality and a Sunday race in the Eagle's old home port. Whale watching and offshore overnight sailing along the way on our longest six day cruise. We've won eleven times.
  Thurs. Sept 6 Sun. Sept 9 3 $695 September Sailing
  Sun. Sept 9 Sat. Sept 15 6 $1,095 WoodenBoat Sail-In & Adventure Photography- The fleet sails into WoodenBoat Harbor for a Tuesday get-together. Music, visits to the boat school and bookstore. Adventure photographer Greg Gettens will demonstrate adventure photography techniques aboard and ashore during the trip.
  Sun. Sept 16 Thurs. Sept 20 4 $795 CastleBay - Enjoy the music of Maine and the Celtic lands of Scotland and Ireland performed by Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee, collectively known as CastleBay.  Concerts and workshops aboard.  Bring your voice, and your instrument if you have one!
 O Fri. Sept 21 Tues. Sept 25 4 $725 Full moon & Foliage
  Wed. Sept 26 Sun. Sept 30 4 $695 Peak Fall Foliage
Tues. Oct 2 Sat. Oct 6 4 $675 Fall Foliage Flurry
Sun. Oct 7 Thurs. Oct 11 4 $675 Foliage Finale

O = full moon      &= unique to the American Eagle     
Any cruise over a full moon will give us the opportunity for an evening sail.

All our cabins accommodate two; for single occupancy add $30 per night.  Deposit of $350 per person, balance due 6 weeks before sailing, full refund less $50 per person fee until then. Should you cancel within 6 weeks of sailing, your payment will be returned only as others are booked for that trip. Re-bookings are subject to a $50 per person fee.

~Free DVD upon request~

Crew's News

Bananagrams aren't just for playing 
in the foc'sle any more, say Christa, Ali, and Matthew 

Pictures from here


The annual Maine Windjammer Association Photography Contest closes soon. Get your entries in and the chance to win a trip on a schooner of your choice. Make a good choice if you win!


Shary has conquered the technological challenge of  connecting a short clip Joe Flood took when he and his family were aboard.




mid-August sailing
mid-August sailing


And of the moment, Buckley Smith rowed into the cove this morning from his Salmon Troller, Sweet Chariot; and he left this sketch of the Cadet alongside the American Eagle. Thank you!



Postcards from away



                 Randy and Sally Knight sent this from Europe's smallest post office, with a name

 few can pronounce:  Isafjordardjup on Vigur Island.






   With several cruises coming in October there should be some more pictures taken before we take everything  we can ashore on Tuesday October the 17th.                                                                            

      John and the crew

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