A little adventure and a whole lot of relaxation
Summer Days on the Water 
 March 2010
   photos by Bill Fleet
Schooner Heritage
P O Box 482
Rockland ME  04841


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Heritage charging


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7 days until spring outfitting begins...
Can you tell by the pictures and the fact that we're counting the days that we're anxious for the 2010 sailing season to begin?  There are just about 10 weeks until we leave the dock on our first trip and we have a long to-do list, but thinking about sailing out past the breakwater will keep us going. 
Spring in Maine can be cool but with the cover over the deck it can be quite comfortable while we scrape, sand and paint. Not only does it trap the warmth of the sun but it also protects the deck when it comes time to scrape and grease the masts. A small section of it has to be removed when we haul the schooner and the remainder comes off when it's time to rig and bend on sails.  

Still Under Cover

 One of the more exciting parts of outfitting is haulout, this year around Earth Day, April 22nd. You might think she's big when you stand next to her at the dock but seeing her slowly emerge from the cove will give you a whole new perspective.  Just think about it, there's another seven feet of hull below the water line!  If you'll be in the area and would like to see her out of the water, email us for a firmer date after the 15th.
On the Quarterdeck...
 Fred LeBlanc 
Professional photographer Fred LeBlanc has been focusing on Maine windjammers and the coast of Maine for a decade now and has joined us aboard at least once each season since 2005.  His photograph of the Heritage charging straight on under full sail graces the front of our brochure (Thank you Fred.). Others of his images have appeared in national publications, and just this last year he authored a photographic handbook, "Windjammers Downeast",  published by WoodenBoat. 
This year Fred is joining us in a bit more of an official capacity.  On the June 8th and August 23rd trips, he will  share practical tips by day and prepared presentations come evening with plenty of time for questions and answers. Computer software he will be using during his presentations includes Photoshop, Lightroom, all five programs in the Nik Software family and Photomatix.
Fred suggests you review your camera's manual and have a good idea of how to make the most of the camera's features before the cruise.  When you pack, tuck the manual in your bag along with your camera and your laptop, if you use one.  Remember, the Heritage has an AC electrical outlet, just like home, in every cabin for recharging batteries for your camera and laptop.
To sign up for either of the photo cruises, give us a call. Fares for the June 8th 4-day photo cruise start at $683 per person and $863 for the August 23 5-day trip.

Linda embroidering a pillowcase

Capt. Linda, the woman of countless talents, has spent hours this winter embroidering new sheets and pillowcases for guest cabins aboard.  As they say, "It's all in the details."
From the galley...
Sipping coffee on deck, looking out over the mirror-like cove where we anchored last night.  The most wonderful aroma of lemon wafts up through the galley skylight.  Come on Galley, ring that bell for breakfast.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins 
This will be our 28th season sailing the Heritage.  To reserve your cabin, give us a call at 800-648-4544.  We hope to see you aboard.