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Schooner American Eagle Newsletter
January 2010
In This Issue
Cruise News
Crews News
Racey 2009
Ralph's Food Shot
Latest Postcard
Why do we go windjamming...
in the summer?
   "It had been blowing a hard December gale for two days... in the lift of a squall of snow some one declared he saw a ship, a small schooner, close alongside... She was a Bank fisherman, from Gloucester or Lunenburg possibly, and she was bound west for home, under heavy weather canvas.
   The little 100 ton schooner was storming along with a broil of white water shearing away from her sharp, round stem, and her reefed sails were as stiff and as white as marble, in the weight of the gale."
--excerpted from Life On the Grand Banks, by Frederick William Wallace
The American Eagle is featured in Patty & Bud Foulke's article on WhereToGoNext.com 
 July 6, 2009
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It's been a while since the last newsletter: we'd rather be busy doing something other than sit at the  keyboard, but thank you for your patience if you've been waiting for news.  The pictures some of you have contributed warm up cold mornings here at the yard just as Shary's able dog assistant Guiness offers to help us at every morning coffee break.  The tug restoration project continues to be a good source of winter work and a home for long saved hardware and odd pieces of wood.  But the schooner always comes first so that's why I'm on the computer and not out figuring out how to finish the plumbing on the Cadet.  Tug launching?  Someday.

Shiny Bright 

Cruise news ~ a five day birthday party afloat
The schooner turns 80 on June 2nd, in the middle of our first trip for 2010.   Sure enough, the Andrew and Rosalie was pushed off the dock into Gloucester harbor a few months after her builders had finished rigging the racing fisherman, the Gertrude L. Thebaud.

Launch Day

Launching Day 1930 in Gloucester
It's no coincidence that eight years later Ben Pine, skipper of the Thebaud, became the managing owner of our vessel.  In May 1941 he renamed her American Eagle as a patriotic gesture. 

Straight Out

Summer Day in Maine
Expect a cake with 80 candles and a lot of sea stories on this cruise.  Boarding Sunday evening May 30th, sailing Monday, May 31st, back at the wharf Friday morning, June 4...$695 per person.
Crews News
Eric Klem
 Eric on the crosstrees
whale watching
Donna (2008) got married on the last fall cruise.
Eric (2000-2009) spent Christmas in Japan.
Adam (2007-2008) is studying in Thailand.
Gerard (2009) will soon be in college.
Molly (2002) threw a great Christmas party.
Racey 2009 
While every day two windjammers sailing in the same direction make a race, there are two days each season which are official race days. 

Dinnie's shot

The Great Schooner Race during the 4th of July week is a good natured daysail with over a dozen participants.  This year's race day was foggy with just a breath of air; while it was fun, we couldn't see the other schooners except on radar most of the time.   After several hours sounding the fog horn we declared the day a success and headed off for a picnic.


The race Labor Day Weekend, officially "the Mayor's Race for the Esperanto Cup" is run like a real race and limited to schooners over 85' long.  This year we were smallest (at 92') and oldest (1930) in the class but managed to stay ahead of the six competitors, winning by 26 seconds.  That's the Virginia (116', 2005) trying to catch us.
Ralph's Food Shot

MMM Good 1
Latest Postcard
Must be flat land and shoal water inshore in Florida to have such tall lighthouses.
I'll try to write next month,
 John and the crew
Captain John Foss, Schooner American Eagle

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