The Schooner Olad and Cutter Owl are open and sailing for the 2020 season. We have some upadates for you.
Maine still has a relatively low Covid-19 rate and the state is slowly reopening. Just last week our governor announced a testing protocol for visitors coming into Maine. We do not know how long this protocol will be in effect but for now visitors need to receive a negative Covid test upon entering the state or within 72 hours of visiting Maine if they are from another state other than New Hampshire, Vermont, Conneticut, New Jersey, New York or other locales in Maine. Visitors can test in their home state or once they arrive in Maine. Currently this is unrealistic for many parts of the country, but every week testing in Maine and across the nation improves so we are hopeful that this will be feasible for our guests.
For both boats:
- We will be taking fewer passengers this year to provide additional spacing.
- Boats will be sanitized before each trip
- You will be required to bring and wear a mask when boarding and when socially distancing is not possible.
- Groups will be spaced 6 feet apart while boarding and while being seated.
- Hand sanitizer will available and must be used before entering the boat.
- Captain and crew will be wearing masks for the duration of the trip
- We cannot provide anything this year but fun!! Please bring your own sunscreen, blankets, warm clothes, food and beverages. You may also B.Y.O.B. but remember we are limiting bathroom use to emergencies.
- For kids, we suggest you bring your own life jackets because there is a limited amount of the “comfortable style” onboard that can be sterilized each day. There will always be the Coast Guard required ”block style” life jackets onboard for an emergency.
- There will be “no bathroom use” on two hour sails except for an emergency, because of the covid-19 cleaning protocols. The public landing bathroom is open 24/7 and is being clean regularly during the day. Please use if needed prior to your trip.
- Groups with young kids may want to privately charter the boats to allows the kids more room to move.
- There will not be opportunities to hoist sails and drive the boats this year, sorry to say.
- With the exception of charters, passengers will remain in their assigned seats for the duration of the trip.
- Thanks for your patience will we learn to navigate these crazy times.
In addition to the testing protocol we will have in place enhanced cleaning. Please be mindful that you will need to bring any food or beverages that you’d like to enjoy as well as blankets, warm gear, sunscreen and life jackets for children under the age of 12. We have life vests for everyone on board in case of an emergency, but are unable to supply a more comfortable style of life vest for those children whos parents require them to be worn. We are not able or allowed to supply any items at this time, but you are more than welcome to bring any food or beverages, etc that you would like while sailing. As always, the pleasure of being aboard a Schooner is all the time spent on deck in the sun and breeze – both of which lessen the spread of Covid.
Our slightly different boarding protocols will require us to have everyone social distance and wear a face covering while boarding our vessels. There may also be guidelines put in place by the town of Camden as we move into a busy time of summer. As rules and guidelines change we will update our website to keep our guests apprised as to what they should expect while sailing with us.
Thank you for the incredible support we have received during these difficult times.
Captain Aaron Lincoln