Summer is here!

We are looking forward to the excellent forecast for the coming weeks for sailing on Penobscot Bay. We are now offering daysails and sunsets sails for two hours seven days a week on both Schooner Surprise and Sloop Anjacaa. Both boats are also available for charter so if you are planning a birthday party, anniversary, family reunion, or corporate event let us help you make it a special day to remember on board! We also offer catering and specialized menus. People often ask why the Surprise? We offer cushioned seating for all on board, a limited number of passengers allows our guests a more intimate and comfortable ride. Our schooner is also on the National Register of Historic Places and carries a fascinating history. What about Anjacaa? Anjacaa is great for small parties looking for a more private ride. She carries a maximum of six guests, and is good for couples looking for more space and fewer passengers on board. Anjacaa is also great for those looking for speed, she is swift in the water and great in both light winds and strong breezes. We have lots of special events happening this summer aboard both boats including full moon sails, sunset sails with live music and dessert, fireworks sails, race weekend on Anjacaa, Windjammer parade of sail in Rockland. Check out our special events page on our websites, and join us for a sail this...

Spring is here!

There is still snow on the ground and we are less then 6 weeks away from the start of our season! We have been working hard to get Surprise and Anjacaa ready for launching in just a few weeks. We will be sailing Surprise in her 99th year on the water with new sails this year and she has had lots of brightwork done down below. She also had a new head put in, so we can all thank Ramiro for that! We are also very excited to be able to offer another different sailing experience aboard Sloop Anjacaa this summer. She will only take a maximum of six guests and offers a bit more of an intimate ride. She is a great sailing boat in both light and heavy breezes and is sure to be a lot of fun for passengers. Our popular live music and homemade dessert sails will be back this summer on Tuesday nights with our friend Andre Lascoutx from Nashville playing his guitar and singing for us. These sails sell out quick so be sure to book yours in advance. Also, if you haven't sailed on one of our full moon sails be sure to book one on either Surprise or Anjacaa to see the sunset over the Camden Hills and the moonrise over Penobscot Bay. We look forward to having you aboard starting May...

Fall Sailing on Surprise

We still have a few of our favorite weeks of the season left before the Surprise comes out of the water for the winter. September and October provide consistent winds and bright sunny days on Penobscot Bay, perfect for sailing. The crowds have gone and many times we have small groups on board that make for a more intimate experience for our guests. We always have plenty of jackets and blankets to keep people warm.  So bring along something hot to drink and join us on one of our three sails any day of the week until October 16th! Departing the dock at 10:30, 1:00 and 3:30.  For reservations call 207.236.4687 or book online at...

Friday night Sunset sails with live music and dessert

We have been enjoying unbelievable summer sailing this past month. Warm nights and smooth sailing make perfect conditions for sunset sails on Penobscot Bay. In July and August we offer a special sail on Friday nights that includes live acoustic music and  homemade desserts. This is one of our most popular summer sails and tickets sell out fast, so be sure to reserve at schoonersurprise.com or give us a call at 207.236.4687...

Summer is here!!

With a few days of wonderful weather we are officially sailing on our summer season. We have been spotting a lot of Bald Eagles, Seals and Porpoises. Camden Harbor is getting busy with transient boats and locals are putting their boats in the water. We started to sail our 5th trip of the day from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and the sunsets are incredible. We hope to sail with you on board Schooner Surprise...

Sailing Everyday from Camden Maine

After a very windy week we are hoping for some warm and "calmer" days. Although everybody is enjoying some exciting sails with winds up to 30 Knots, its time to shake all reefs off the sails and enjoy some summer days! Next weekend we will celebrating Father's Day on board Schooner Surprise, so come and sail with your Dad and he will get 50% discount on his ticket....

Wintering Well at Rockport Marine

Surprise seems to be enjoying this unusual Maine winter as much as we are.  Our winter cover allows lots of ventilation and whether the temperature is unusually cold as it has recently been,  or during those occasional thaws,  we are able to go onboard and do some projects while planning others which will have to wait until spring.  It just feels good to look around at the spacious deck of Surprise and realize how fortunate we are to be able to take care of her.  She is inches away from the water on her port side and inches away from the skilled craftsmen at Rockport Marine on her starboard side.  Thats a win-win. Now that the Holiday is behind us and we were warmed by some great family moments shared around the Christmas tree and the dining table we turn our attention toward planning our 30th season in Camden.  Wow !  We certainly have shared some great times with all of you and we are looking forward to sharing lots more when the sun completes its trek northward.  As always our opening weekend will be Memorial Day Weekend but there is lots to do before we have YOU help us raise those sails.  In spite of some snowfall during the night we have the heat on in the shop and Capt. Jack will be starting to take apart every one of our twenty-four blocks so he can grease them before we put the rigging back together.  Even with the shop quite cozy during the day for projects we cannot yet think about varnishing anything because our night-time temps still...

Welcoming a New Year !

We start 2011 on a bright note with another one of Michael Salmon's fabulous recipes.  We are proud owners of both of his Hartstone Inn cookbooks which have consistently made us look like we really know what we are doing in the kitchen.  We had  enjoyed great success sharing our table with our children, spouses and grandchildren over the Holiday and this was a quiet treat for the just the two of us.  Thank you to Chef Michael for starting off our New Year with chives...

Holiday Greetings

HAPPY HOLIDAYS We wish you and your family many special moments together as you celebrate the  season and the hope for a peaceful new year ahead !  We are hunkered down for the Maine winter after completing a new post and beam barn for Surprise behind our house in Camden.  We enjoyed a busy and productive summer thanks to the weatherman.  This seemed to be the year people really wanted to enjoy all that the Maine coast has to offer.  We are looking forward to having three of our four children and their families under our tree at various times throughout the holiday.  The Mauians hesitate to leave their island paradise at this time of year.  It is hard to believe that our oldest grandchild, Malia, is graduating from Lahainaluna High School this year and heading off to college....possibly in British Columbia.  At the same time, our youngest grandchild, Owen Tucker, will complete the first grade in Bath, Maine.  He plans to attend Bowdoin College in Maine where his dad works.  Owen will major in skateboarding as far as we know.  The rest of the grandchildren are active in school and sports.  Owen’s sister, Katy, invited us to her Holiday choir concert this week which was fantastic.  Cara’s children, Brendan and Becca continue to skate fast and furiously with their hockey teams.  Since Joshua and Kristin live here in Camden, we get to enjoy Max and Sophie who skillfully helped us decorate our Christmas tree which we had cut down on our land in Cushing.  We have made the decision to rent our house in Cushing next summer.  Our...

Curtis Island at last!

On a beautiful Wednesday, the day after the elections, we finally launched our dinghy and rowed out to Curtis Island.  This year it became even more important that we visit the island and the lighthouse since we had recently attended a memorial service for "Connie" Conover who had, along with his wife Deede, been the keeper of the Light for over thirty years. This was the first time in our 27 years of living and sailing here that we had stepped foot on this beautiful place.  As we walked the island wondering how many eagles and osprey had nested there over the years, we encountered Deede and a friend who had also rowed out to take down the flag which had been flying at half-mast during the past weeks in tribute to Connie. Living in Camden gives you the chance to observe the natural beauty around you and also to reflect on how things continually change  and yet the island remains very much like it was when settlers first arrived in the eighteenth century.  We are certainly blessed to live and work...