Schooner American Eagle Newsletter

January 2016 


In This Issue
Cruise News
Crews News
Galley News
Pictures from Away

Vanishing Point by Shawn Payment
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     Pretty as a postcard; wait, this is our postcard. If you don't recognize it you haven't come sailing with us lately, so start planning for this season.


     Relax, put your feet up,  and take a picture.


                   courtesy of Bridget Rolfe

     And if relaxing is not your style, consider renewing your vows on your 50th wedding anniversary as pirates.

                                                 and, you know, the party was a lot of fun.

Cruise News
     It's hard to decide which of this summer's schooner races is more fun;
the Great Schooner Race  the week of July 3rd
photo courtesy of Charles Durfor
or the Mayor's Race for the Esperanto Cup during the cruise boarding August 31st.
photo courtesy of Cape Ann Photography Excursion (CAPE) Group
     The American Eagle has been in both for thirty years and we wouldn't miss either of them for anything.
     The one in Penobscot Bay takes all day and wraps up with a party ashore in company with over a dozen other vessels; the Gloucester Race takes only a few intense hours, bookended by exciting sails along the Gulf of Maine coming down and going home. Both worth the time, both still with some cabins available.
     SailBoston 2017 scheduled for June, part of celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation. We'll probably offer a ten day cruise round trip from Rockland with approximate dates  June 14-23. Details to follow in fall, 2016!
SailBoston 2000: USS Constitution, Amerigo Vespucci, American Eagle


Crews News
As you can see we are working diligently on overhauling some of the deck boxes and testing out the new belaying pins I made earlier this month.  Thom brandishes a white oak one while Justin has in hand a new one turned out of locust. Hard to believe these fellows have twenty years of schoonering behind them between them.




      In about another thousand ten penny copper

nails and roves the seineboat will be refastened

and hopefully good for another thirty years. The bronze screws were approaching retirement age

and were loosing their grip. 



    This is a particularly nice winter project; in the winter shop near the stove and the radio.

Galley News



                                                                                                                       courtesy of Ralph Smith


  Home made Granola, from Stephanie, I think     


3 cups rolled oats

 1 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1 cup slivered almonds

 1 cup coconut

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup honey

1 tablespoon vanilla

3/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine above-  bake @350 'til browned

add raisins & dried fruit


Pictures from Away



This is about what you'd expect this time of year.






But wait and see what happened when we opened Harvey's card from Saigon 


A pop up full rigged ship! 







photo courtesy Carol-Ann Warner

What else do I do in the off season? Here's my recently earned 15 gallon blood donor pin; that's 120 pints to any beer enthusiasts out there.

John and the crew

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