A little adventure and a whole lot of relaxation
Heritage and Victory Chimes Jousting

2013 Maine Windjammer Association Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner
taken by Neil M. Shively
Schooner Heritage
P O Box 482
Rockland ME  04841


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Hello Shipmates,
We're getting ready for spring here.  Spring outfitting will start on April 1st (No Fooling!) and we'll be teaching some of the new crew members how to sand and paint.  Also we'll be educating them on the names of various parts of the schooner.  We gradually explain as they work, so they are learning all the time.
Most of the paint and other supplies have been purchased and are waiting for us.  We never want to run out of materials and slow down the progress of getting the vessel ready to sail. Why, we just ordered our 25 gallons of bottom paint.
We had an opportunity to visit the Audubon's Project Puffin
Project Puffin at 311 Main Street
and Maine Seabird Center this winter.  
Both are in Rockland and interesting to visit for a hour or two before or after your sailing trip.
The Maine Lighthouse Museum is also in downtown Rockland with one of the best collections of lighthouse memorabilia in the country.  We had a delightful tour of the museum in late January.  There are two "Lighthouse" trips on our 2014 schedule, July 6th and July 27th.  We'll do our best to get close enough for a good photograph of as many lighthouses as possible on these trips.  A few years ago, we sailed close enough to get good pictures of 19 lighthouses! As always, we'll see lots of lighthouses on every cruise.
Here are some of the winning photographs and other top choices in the MWA 2013 annual photo contest -- yes there are some prizes!   We love the grand prize winning photo which we used for our headline photo this month. You're familiar with our Captain's choice, taken by one of our guests, as we used it on the Holiday Calendar.
Photo courtesy of Jamie Boyle
  Here are some other favorites from the contest. 
Photo courtesy of Michael Longley 
Photo courtesy of Cindy Barker
Shary has been taking care of the office for 16 years!!  So we had a little celebration. We had a special cake at coffee break
and went out to lunch at the Brass Compass, a locally owned one-of-a-kind restaurant.  
The owner, Lynn Archer, won a Lobster Club Sandwich Throwdown competition with Bobby Flay of the Food Network.  Delicious!!! 
For Shary's special celebration cake at coffee break, we enjoyed the variation with orange juice instead of white wine (it was morning after all!).  Here's the recipe ...
Perfect Yellow Cake  
This is very nice with chocolate frosting and raspberry jam filling or white frosting with apricot jam filling.  One variation is to substitute orange juice for the wine and then frost with the topping recipe below. 
Mix together in order:
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. white wine or orange juice
1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/8 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 1/4 c. flour                   Add. Beat for one minute.
Pour batter into 8" x 8" greased and floured pan.  Bake at 350 to 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
1/2 c. butter, melt in pan
1/2 c. brown sugar -- add & stir
3/4 c. chopped nuts -- add & stir
Quickly spread on cake before the mixture cools.
The cake was a hit and just plain disappeared at coffee break!
As the days lengthen, we think of warmer weather and days on the water.  We hope you'll join us.  
Photo courtesy of Dick Loehr