Fourth of July is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate your holiday weekend than with a sail aboard the Schooner Olad or Sailing Vessel Owl? Our fireworks sail is sold out but we do have availability on our other lovely two hour sails throughout the weekend! Also, don’t miss the special opportunity to sail with us on Friday, July 5th and be part of the Great Schooner Race, North America's largest annual gathering of tall ships! We are filling up fast so don't wait, buy your tickets today!
Start the summer off right and come join the Schooner Olad for her annual Sunrise Sail on Friday, June 21st from 4:15-6:15am! Sail the peaceful Penobscot Bay and watch the sun as it rises over the beautiful islands. It is truly a magnificent sight to see. Coffee, tea, pastries, and fresh fruit will be provided. Don't miss this special opportunity!
If you are looking for a more private trip or custom charter don't forget we added a new boat to our fleet this year, the Sailing Vessel Owl. The Owl can hold up to six passengers and is the perfect place to have a more intimate or personalized trip!
Looking for the perfect gift for dad on this father's day? Why not treat him to a sail aboard the Schooner Olad! Show dad that he is doing a great job by taking him sailing out on the beautiful Penobscot Bay. Dad will receive half off the regular rate when accompanied by a family member!
If you are looking for a smaller trip take dad out on our other ship, the Sailing Vessel Owl! We are extending our father's day discount to Owl tickets as well! Also, if you would like to charter the Owl on father's day we will take $50 off the original price when dad is accompanied by a family member!
Don't miss this special opportunity, call us at (207) 236-2323 to purchase your tickets today!
The first flowers of the season popped out of the ground last Month. Today, the Schooner Olad sits at the dock ready. The crew of the Olad is already in high gear getting her in tip top shape for our Thursday, May 16th season opening. A special thanks to those of you who have already made plans to come back this season, we are thrilled to be a part of all of the weddings and special events you have planned. We would also like to thank the Friends Of Maine's Seabird Islands for working with us to offer a special bird watching trip to be held July 18th. That is just one of the many special events we have planned for the season. For the complete list please visit the Upcoming Events link on our website: www.maineschooners.com or give us a call (207)236-2323.
In Other Exciting News, Meet Our New Boat Owl
Camden Harbor is the home port to our new sailing vessel Owl. I have been looking around for a while now, imagining a second boat. A boat that could do longer, more private trips like lobster bakes, island picnics, and destination sailing like Nebo Lodge on North Haven. When I came across Owl this winter, it was love at first sight. She is a timeless classic, designed by the world famous yacht designer John Alden. Owl was built in 1941 to be a fast comfortable cruising boat. She has been completely restored to the highest standards and is ready to take you sailing. Owl will provide you with an unique experience. She will take up to six passengers making her the most private and intimate wooden sailboat in Camden Harbor.
I invite you come and see for yourself. She is docked at Wayfarer Marine at the "Head of the Harbor" marina. I will get more info on website soon, until then, call us with any questions. (207)236-2323
I am really excited about this season, and a little overwhelmed with our two boats. Yet, it all this activity that keeps me alive and well. Classic sailing boats is what I do best. I look forward to welcoming you aboard.
One of the things we like to do on the Sailing Ship Olad, is to donate our time to great causes, like Youthlinks. They are currently fund raising through a fabulous raffle, where you could win a phenomenal “Maine Vacation.” The tickets are only $25.00, and there is only one month left to buy them at: www.mainedreamvacationraffle.com So please help them, and buy some tickets.
The lucky winner and companion will enjoy three nights at the Samoset Resort on the Ocean, including a round of golf. They will dine each night at a different restaurant: La Bella Vita Ristorante, Rockport; the Craignair Inn & Restaurant, Spruce Head; and The Youngtown Inn & Restaurant, Lincolnville.
The winner will also be treated to a biplane tour over Penobscot Bay, courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum, passes to the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland and of course a sail aboard the Schooner Olad, Camden.
The prize also includes round-trip airfare for two from Boston to Rockland, courtesy of Cape Air, and $500 in spending money courtesy of Bangor Savings Bank. Travel is June 7th -10th and the drawing is in May.
Youthlinks is a program that provides after-school programs that include community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth anywhere in mid-coast Maine. Teens in the after-school programs learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. After-school programs are free for participating youth. Youthlinks is funded through a combination of state grants and the generous donations.
April Fools' Day came a day late this year! On April 2nd we started working on the Schooner Olad getting her ready for the 2013 season. We decided to begin the annual spring fitout by sanding the masts. The Weather Channel predicted 48 degrees and sunny...it was 32 and cloudy! However, Captain Matthew Ondra and our new mate Jeff Beck endured and made some real progress, while Chrissy Shyne and I worked at the varnish on the cabins and rails.
It is always a great feeling when the boat work starts. It makes me realize that soon I will be out in the bay sailing. It won’t be long before I will be setting sails in the lee of Curtis Island lighthouse with friends, new and old, enjoying Penobscot Bay with me!
Spring is finally here! Last week’s foot of snow is quickly retreating and the first flowers are just starting to poke out of the ground. Sailing may seem a ways off but the crew of the Olad is already in high gear getting her in tip top shape for our Friday, May 17th season opening! A special thanks to those of you who have already made plans to come back this season, we are thrilled to be a part of all of the weddings and special events you have planned. We would also like to thank the Friends Of Maine’s Seabird Islands for working with us to offer a special bird watching trip to be held July 18th. That is just one of the many special events we have planned for the season. For the complete list please visit the Special Events link on our website or give us a call (207)236-2323.
I have enjoyed a wonderful ski season, but after 15 years and over 140 thousand miles on Penobscot Bay all I can do is day dream of that warm, fresh southwesterly breeze filling the sails and taking me across the bay. I look forward to sharing my passion for sailing and our beautiful coastline with you all! I hope you can join us for another great season on the Schooner Olad!
Christmas is almost here and a great gift is a "Schooner Olad Gift Certificate". If you would like to purchase a gift certificate please call 207-236-2323 and we be happy to get your order in the mail. You may also send a check to: Schooner Olad, P.O. Box 432, Camden, ME 04843. The cost is $37.00 per person, and that includes tax and shipping. Please include how many certificates you would like and the amount of passengers you would like each certificate to be for, along with a return address and a phone number where you can be reached. Please call me if you have any questions. I would be more than happy to answer them. (207)236-2323
As we get close to the end of the season, folks start to ask us when we stop sailing. Here is your answer! This year our scheduled closing date is Sunday, October 21st; we will be offering two hour tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3:00p.m. for the rest of the season. Click here to make your reservation today!
It won’t be long before the tall ships, the windjammers; the schooners will all be in Camden harbor. I hope everybody gets a chance this Labor Day Weekend to come down and see the “Camden Maine Windjammer Festival” and enjoy all of the activities. The fleet will be arriving on Friday August 31, 2012 between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. We still have some tickets available for the 12:00 pm “windjammer Sail-in” trip on Friday. Everybody will get a chance to see the boats at the dock in Camden, but only a hand full will get to sail by them with all of their sails up. Also, the Schooner Olad still has some tickets available for our regular tours, during the festival, as well. If you want to buy tickets call 207-236-2323 or go online at https://secure.maineschooners.com/reservations/new/1 .