photo courtesy of Jay Albert of Cape Ann Images
Schooner American Eagle Newsletter

September 2016 


In This Issue
Cruise News
Crews News
Pictures from Here
Postcards from Away

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One of the few schooners that ventures outside of Maine waters, the American Eagle visited Cape Ann twice this year, in June while on our Stellwagen trip and again over Labor Day weekend.  We didn't stay for the Mayor's Race this year; instead we headed back across the Gulf of Maine ahead of the remnants of tropical storm Hermine. The schooner Adventure won this time..but there's always next year for our try # 31 for the Esperanto Cup!

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
Gloucester Harbor around 1940. Identify the schooner in the foreground and I'll send you a hat! Perhaps the American Eagle is in the background somewhere.

One of the crew was pleasantly surprised to find the schooner still has a presence in the community.  This mural on the exterior of  TD Bank at Harbor Loop shows the Eagle on her launching day.
Sarah O'Connor photo


Cruise News

It seems to be the season for the American Eagle to appear in magazines by the name "Soundings". The picture above was taken most likely on our trip to Gloucester in 2015.   Soundings Magazine 's October issue features an article about windjamming in general and the American Eagle in particular.  


Planning ahead
It's also the time of the season when we share what we have planned for the 2017 season.  Have a look and let us know when you'd like to sail. Our special cruises include participating in SailBoston 2017, Down East for ten days, CastleBay for four, our Gloucester Race adventure, and photography with Greg Gettens for our WoodenBoat Sail-in trip.

Sail to the islands of Maine 2017        Schooner American Eagle
5% discount for returnees
Any trip is available for charter until the first person reserves.
Sign up now, we'll hold your cabin, just send in your deposit by January 15, 2017

after 6 pm
by 11 am
Nights Rate
Fri. May 26 Mon. May 29 3 $595 Long Spring Weekend
  Tues. May 30 Sat. June 3 4 $595 May into June
  Sun. June 4 Thurs. June 8 4 $695 Spring sailing
O Fri. June 9 Tues. June 13 4 $795 Schooner Gam - One night we'll raft up with a half dozen windjammers as part of the gam.
& Wed. June 14 Sat. June 24 10 $2,195 SailBoston/Stellwagen Bank - Be part of the parade of the world's tall ships in their largest gathering. Enjoy the festivities, ship visits and an offshore day adventure to the marine sanctuary with the greatest population of whales off New England.
  Sun. June 25 Sat. July 1 6 $995 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 2 Sat. July 8 6 $995 Great Schooner Race - A one-day race this trip from port to port, with an emphasis on sailing and fun.
O Sun. July 9 Sat. July 15 6 $995 Lighthouse Parade - There are two dozen lights in our usual cruising ground. Friday features a parade of sail and a visit to the Breakwater lighthouse.
& Sun. July 16 Wed. July 26 10 $1,995 Down East for Real - beyond Acadia National Park, to the bold coast and dramatic harbors and islands. We sail through Canadian waters to port visits in Lubec or Eastport.  The American Eagle has made a dozen or more trips to this most beautiful area.
  Thurs. July 27 Mon. July 31 4 $795 Summer sailing
  Tues. Aug 1 Sat. Aug 5 4 $815 Lobsters and Music Festival - Four days of sailing with an island lobster picnic and an evening of eclectic music at the Sweet Chariot Music Festival.
O Sun. Aug 6 Sat. Aug 12 6 $1,095 Perseid Meteor Week and the Boat Show - Peak meteor showers the latter part of the week.  Plus a ticket to the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors boat show on Saturday.
  Sun. Aug 13 Thurs. Aug 17 4 $845 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!
  Fri. Aug 18 Mon. Aug 21 3 $695 Best of Summer Weekend
  Tues. Aug 22 Sat. Aug 26 4 $795 Maine Sampler 
  Sun. Aug 27 Wed. Aug 30 3 $695 Almost Full Moon Sailing
O & Thurs. Aug 31 Wed. Sept 6 6 $995 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 7 Sun. Sept 10 3 $695 September Sailing
  Sun. Sept 10 Sat. Sept 16 6 $965 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. All camera types welcomed.
  Sun. Sept 17 Thurs. Sept 21 4 $745 First Fall Foliage
  Fri. Sept 22 Tues. Sept 26 4 $725 Early Foliage
  Wed. Sept 27 Sun. Oct 1 4 $695 Peak Fall Foliage
O Tues. Oct 3 Sat. Oct 7 4 $675 Fall Foliage Final Flurry
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.

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Crew's News

Crew past and present!

Fall is the time of the season for reunions on board
Front row: Chris Pedersen  2016
Middle row: Justin Schaefer 2016, Logan Sampson 2008-2013 & 2016, 
Gerard Hoogeboom 2009-2011,  2014, & 2016 
Christa Miller-Shelley 2014-16, Andrew Legere (honorary) 2015 & 2016
Andy Jackson 1996-1998, 2012-2013 & 2015,
Matthew Weeks 2016

Back row: John Foss 1984-,   Sarah O'Connor 2016, and Joan MacPherson 2011-2012 & 2016

Pictures from here




Rare pictures: fog in September, courtesy of Nancy Fleming

Russ Island

It was dry and sunny a few hours later

Postcards from away










                    More news when the excitement of sailing is replaced by the energy of laying up, starting October 8th this year.  Not to mention winter projects with Justin and Sarah.                                                                               

      John and the crew

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