Message From Captain Ray

Maine Windjammer Cruises - Message from Captain Ray

After a busy season, the Grace Bailey, Mercantile and Mistress are covered and winterized; ready to ride out the cold weather safely at their berths on the public landing. The yawl boats and Sally have been hauled and are under cover in the storage building at the shop.

It's been a cold and stormy fall, so with things under control here in Camden, Ann and I escaped to Florida for a little down time. It was great to soak up some sunshine, connect with friends and just relax for a week.

While it was good to get away, we're glad to be back and begin the planning and preparations for another Sailing Season.

I began working for Maine Windjammer Cruise in 1982 and Ann and I became the proud owners in 1986. For 33 years we have been privileged to be associated with these amazing vessels and those of you who sail on them.

As we move into our 34th year we look forward to our next season with the same anticipation as we did in the 1980's. We'll be out on the bay sailing our historic schooners and we hope you will be out there with us!

 

(Don't forget to check your Annual Calendars for this year's special discount offer. If you're not on our calendar list, call or email us and we'll be glad to send one to you.)

 

Every year at this time I look around and wonder where the winter has gone. You would think with the boats tucked away until spring there would be all the time in the world to get organized for a new season, but it never seems to happen that way. The last couple of months have been busy planning for new adventures involving Kristi & Alyssa. It's been energizing to work with the girls and have them bring their experiences to the planning table. This summer we will be adding the Pinky Schooner Summertime to our fleet. Under the direction of the girls, she will be sailing out of Lincolnville Beach doing 2 hour day sails, lobster bakes and single night cruises. Complete schedules are still in the planning stage, but if you're coming to Maine this summer and don't have the time for a longer cruise, we can still get you aboard for a taste of the bay. Watch for our next eNewsletter for more of the story!2014 promises to be busy and exciting season and we're looking forward to having you be a part of it! See you this summer! Captain Ray

Hello there,

Well we have begun our fit out season in ernest. Andy, Gus, Becky and Zak are all back getting the boats in shape for the upcomming season. Things are really starting to shape up and we hope you will be joining Maine Widjammer Cruises for a sail this summer.

We will be hauling out the schooner early this year so we already have the yawlboat launched and the cover will come off tomorrow. The sailing starts May 17, not too far off. Come aboard for our shakedown cruise or one of our other preseason trips and get a jump on the summer fun.

We're looking forward to seeing you.

Best regards,

Captain Ray Williamson

The Happiest of Holidays and Fair Sailing in 2013 to all of you! This year Ann and I are looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas as grandparents. New Granddaughter Aria is blossoming and charming us all. At 8 months old, if I remember our girls correctly, her focus will be on ribbons and wrapping paper. We can't wait! We're hoping to get a family picture taken while we are all gathered for the day. If we can get everyone with both eyes open and all looking at the camera, we'll share it on Facebook. We invite you to share your holidays with your fellow sailors as well. As we enter our 78th year as a company we look forward to welcoming Old Salts and new aboard for our 2013 Sailng Season! Be sure to check your calendars for early booking discounts.

A big "Thank you!" to our passengers for a great 2012 season. It was a pleasure sharing good company, great sailing, wonderful food and the beauty of the Maine coast with all of you.

The crew completed getting the schooners ready for winter just in time for Hurricane Sandy. Here in Camden, we only experienced high winds and seas, and some power outages. The Grace Bailey, Mercantile and Mistress all rode out the storm with no damage. My thoughts go out to all of you who were in the path of things and were not so fortunate.

We're getting ready for our annual calendar mailing and other preparations for the 2013 season. We hope to see you all then!

Watch for our E-specials on our website or just call for the best deals for 2013. Gift certificates are available for the holidays or any special anniversary or birthday.

Be sure to plan extra early if you want a spot on the 6-passenger Mistress or any special accommodations on the big boats.

There's been a lot going on since my last message. The Mercantile has finished spring fitout and is already out sailing. Last weekend was our shakedown cruise. The weather cooperated and we made record time to Buck's Harbor for the first night. A great start to what will be an exciting season full of fair winds and happy passengers. The Grace Bailey and Mistress are still finishing up their sailing preparations and will be up and ready for passengers within the next two to three weeks.ON A PERSONAL NOTE: Ann and I are now grandparents! On April 29th at 11:40 am, Allysa and Seth became the parents of Aria Lee Anderson,7 pounds 13 ounces. She was born at home and Kristi was Allysa's coach. We couldn't be prouder of our whole family!

As expected, last year was a busy season celebrating our 75th anniversary. With the launching of my book "Keeping the Tradition Alive" and welcoming back so many of our "Olds Salts", the summer was gone before we knew it and our attention was turned to getting the Grace Bailey, Mercantile and Mistress ready for the winter. We've had an unusually quiet January and February, which has not been the best for winter fun activities such as skiing and snowboarding, but I did get the opportunity to go out sailing with our Harbor Master, Steve on his classic ice boat. Quite a different experience from a trip across the Bay on the Grace Bailey!The milder weather has been great for getting the shop organized and upgraded, as well as tuning the saw mill for optimal efficiency, keeping us all busy. Crew members are slated to arrive no later than April 1st. That's only a month away! With luck and good planning we can get an early start on spring fitout of the schooners and have them ready and waiting for you when the 2012 sailing season begins on May 18th. Hope everyone had a great winter and I'm looking forward to welcoming you all aboard this summer!

Well its winter in Camden and the snow is deep. Luckily I have a winter hobby, snowboarding. Conditions have been perfect and I've been getting out a lot. Otherwise I have been busy delving into the history of this company. We are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year so I am writing a book that with over 100 pictures we hope will tell the story of Maine Windjammer Cruises. It is amazing how many articles have been written in Look, Life, Cue and other magazines over the decades. Of special interest are the ones from the thirties and forties that talk about the early days. I have also enjoyed several meetings with Rod Swift, Frank Swift's son who was born the same year the company was founded.

We'll be giving away copies of the book to our guests who sail with us on our Diamond Anniversary. Why not join us as there will be a lot of great stories that don't make it into the book.

Old salts can sail at Historic Prices. Sail for the same price you sailed on your first Maine Windjammer Cruise. If you sailed in the sixties that could be as low as $150. Check our eSpecials for more 75th Anniversary deals.

As we celebrate our 25th anniversary as owners of this company we are proud to offer the same great sailing vacation it has provided for 75 years.

It's been a busy spring. Filled with lots of returningOld Salts, an early sailing date for the Mistress and the preparations for our daughter Alyssa's marriage to Seth Anderson on June 26th. Coordinating lobster boats, schooners, tents, caterers and guests for an island wedding was a logistical challenge and a great success! Despite predictions of rain, the weather held and a fantastic time was had family and guests. Watch for a special edition of the e-Newsletter coming out shortly with more details and plenty of pictures. Up to now the weather this year has been beautiful. It is Maine, so we've had a little rain and fog, but the sun has won out. We're looking forward to a great summer and hope to see you all aboard. While the boats are filling, there is still space available on many of our cruises. Watch for our Especial on our website or just call for the best deals for 2010.

The crew has been busy and have finished getting the boats ready for winter. Capt. JR and Santiago are staying for the winter working on projects in the shop.

Margaret Jones who worked with me on the Indonesia Windjammer Relief Project is now my Executive Assistant and Sierra is still here as assistant.

We're all getting ready for our annual calendar mailing and other winter marketing.

Watch for our Especials on our website or just call for the best deals for 2009. Gift certificates are available for the holidays or any special anniversary or birthday.

Be sure to plan extra early if you want a spot on the 6-passenger Mistress or any special accommodations on the big boats.

The summer has been a busy one with good weather and great sailing. We still have five weeks left and welcome you to join us during this autumn and fall foliage sailing. The winds are great and it is cool!

If you can't come until 2009, start planning now. Watch for our website special discounts if you reserve within the next few months.