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Explore the Coast of Maine Under Sail: Maritime and Natural History

Get to know Maine’s rugged coast and idyllic islands as you sail a classic windjammer to historic villages, pristine harbors, an uninhabited island, and see an iconic lighthouse.
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Program No. 8681RJ
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7 days
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1,149
Maine

Explore the Coast of Maine Under Sail: Maritime and Natural History

Get to know Maine’s rugged coast and idyllic islands as you sail a classic windjammer to historic villages, pristine harbors, an uninhabited island, and see an iconic lighthouse.
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7 days
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Program No. 8681 RJ
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6B 5L 6D
2
Learn the vessel as you sail the waters of Penobscot Bay.
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
3
Sail among the islands in the bays and anchor in a new cove.
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
4
Sail among the islands in the bays and anchor in a new cove.
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
5
Island Visit, Intertidal Zone, Lobster History & Dinner
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
6
Sail Penobscot Bay to our final anchorage of the cruise.
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
7
Departure
Camden, Maine
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At a Glance

Explore Maine’s beautiful coast and its hundreds of islands aboard the 95-foot windjammer “Angelique.” A Maine experience since the 1930s, “windjamming” is unscripted cruising aboard a traditional sailing vessel. “Angelique” is a modern day windjammer made of steel-and-wood that serves as lodge, classroom and serene retreat. Departing from the beautiful town of Camden, “Angelique” drops anchor every evening in a picturesque harbor to let you explore a fishing village, a historic town, a beach, tide pool or an uninhabited island.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Lodge each night aboard the classic English Channel windjammer “Angelique,” in scenic harbors along Maine’s majestic coast.
  • Learn about the intriguing history of Castine, site of the worst naval disaster of the American Revolution.
  • Explore the wild, unspoiled beauty of an uninhabited Maine island.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Secret Life of Lobsters
by Trevor Corson
"A fascinating Story, blending science, politics and history...the writing is vivid."-USA Today The Secret Life of Lobsters is so full of fun and fascination that youll be almost embarrassed to think that for all these years all you ever knew about lobsters was how they taste. ... This book will make you seem a genius at your next summer lawn party. Carl Safina
The Naturalist's Guide to the Atlantic Seashore
by Scott W. Shumway
A Naturalists Guide to the Atlantic Seashore is the ultimate guide to the diverse eco-systems of the Atlantic Coast from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras. From the tiniest diatom found in coastal tide pools to the giant baleen whales cruising the vast ocean, the species and habitats that make up the character of the seashore are described in detail for the enjoyment and enlightenment of beachgoers of all stripes. For more than twenty-five years, FalconGuides have set the standard for outdoor guide-books. Written by top experts, each guide invites you to experience the adventure and beauty of the oudoors." Publishers review.
A Coastal Companion: A Year in the Gulf of Maine, from Cape Cod to Canada
by Catherine Schmitt
The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier
by Colin Woodard
COLINWOODARD.COM "A thorough and engaging history of Maine's rocky coast and its tough-minded people." -- Boston Herald "[A] well-researched and well-written cultural and ecological history of stubborn perseverance" -- USA Today
Down East: A Maritime History of Maine
by Lincoln Paine
This book offers an enjoyable, accessible overview of our state’s maritime history, from the geography and ecology that have always shaped life in Maine, to early Native American travel and trade on our waterways, European efforts at settlement that predated the Pilgrims, wars and revolution, burgeoning international trade and shipbuilding, the continuing role of the fisheries, and present-day Maine as vacationland, with pleasure boating and yachting an interesting juxtaposition to the shipping that makes present-day Portland the largest port in New England.
The Fort, A Novel of the Revolutionary War
by Bernard Cornwall
The Fort is an historical novel written by Bernard Cornwell. The book relates to the events of the Penobscot Expedition of 1779 during the American Revolutionary War.* * From Wikipedia .org
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Board Angelique/Orientation/Dinner
Camden, Maine
D
Windjammer Angelique

Afternoon: You will board Angelique anytime between 3:00 & 5:00 PM. Please do not try to board or bring luggage to the boat before 3:00 PM. The crew members will give all drivers directions for parking your cars once you board. Settle into your cabin and make your bed with the linens provided. An orientation meeting will be held between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, providing information about the vessel, life aboard, and safety issues. This is also when you will formally meet the captain, crew, instructors, and other Road Scholar guests.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner with the captain and your fellow participants at a local restaurant.

Evening: Program after dinner about windjamming and our cruising grounds. Then, free time to enjoy Camden and getting to know your shipmates.

DAY
2
Learn the vessel as you sail the waters of Penobscot Bay.
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
B,L,D
Windjammer Angelique

Activity note: This cruise itinerary, including lectures and shore excursions, is subject to change depending on the winds, tides, weather.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the Angelique

Morning: Prepare to get underway, drop mooring lines, underway to outer harbor, sail setting orientation, raise and trim sails.

Lunch: Lunch on the Angelique

Afternoon: (The itinerary is subject to change depending on winds, tides, the fog, other weather.) Vessel orientation, discussion of vessel, history, rigging, wildlife identification, binocular tips. Casual talks about the lifestyle, industry, and history of modern island living. Free time to enjoy the sailing and scenery all around.

Dinner: Dinner on the Angelique

Evening: Overview of the days sail and vessel with captain and crew, questions, chart discussion. Naturalist or historian talk on a variety of topics related to the coast of Maine. Free time to read, relax, enjoy shipmates, and play board games in the messroom.

DAY
3
Sail among the islands in the bays and anchor in a new cove.
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
B,L,D
Windjammer Angelique

Activity note: This cruise itinerary, including lectures and shore excursions, is subject to change depending on the winds, tides, weather.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the Angelique

Morning: Have a leisurely morning relaxing with coffee and set sail for more sightseeing and learning about the Maine coast from the naturalist and historian. (The itinerary is subject to change depending on winds, tides, the fog, other weather.)

Lunch: Lunch on the Angelique

Afternoon: (The itinerary is subject to change depending on winds, tides, the fog, other weather.) Free time to view seals, seabirds, and lighthouses while sailing. Row ashore and take a self-guided shore excursion through a village or on walking trails in a park.

Dinner: Dinner on the Angelique

Evening: Overview of the days sail and vessel with captain and crew, questions, chart discussion. Naturalist or historian talk on a variety of topics relating to the coast of Maine. Free time to read, relax, enjoy shipmates, and play board games in the messroom.

DAY
4
Sail among the islands in the bays and anchor in a new cove.
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
B,L,D
Windjammer Angelique

Activity note: This cruise itinerary, including lectures and shore excursions, is subject to change depending on the winds, tides, weather.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the Angelique

Morning: Have a leisurely morning relaxing with coffee and set sail for more sightseeing and learning about the Maine coast from the naturalist and historian. (The itinerary is subject to change depending on winds, tides, the fog, other weather.)

Lunch: Lunch on the Angelique

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the scenery and sailing. Anchor in new harbor to row ashore and take a self-guided shore excursion through a village or on walking trails in a park. (The itinerary is subject to change depending on winds, tides, the fog, other weather.)

Dinner: Dinner on the Angelique

Evening: Overview of the days sail and vessel with captain and crew, questions, chart discussion. Naturalist or historian talk on a variety of topics relating to the coast of Maine. Free time to read, relax, enjoy shipmates, and play board games in the messroom.

DAY
5
Island Visit, Intertidal Zone, Lobster History & Dinner
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
B,L,D
Windjammer Angelique

Activity note: This cruise itinerary, including lectures and shore excursions, is subject to change depending on the winds, tides, weather.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the Angelique

Morning: Sail...Underway after breakfast and set sail for an island exploration. (The itinerary is subject to change depending on winds, tides, the fog, other weather.)

Lunch: Lunch on the Angelique

Afternoon: Drop anchor and row ashore to explore an island. Overview of the days sail and vessel with captain and crew, questions, chart discussion. Discussion of lobsters, intertidal zone, and island ecology. (The itinerary is subject to change depending on winds, tides, the fog, other weather.)

Dinner: Traditional Lobster Bake - Lobster, vegetables and dip, cheese and crackers, hot dogs or veggie burgers, pasta salad, pie and smores.

Evening: Evening program, various topics including but not limited to birds, island ecology, weather, geology, etc. Free time to read, relax, enjoy shipmates, and play board games in the messroom.

DAY
6
Sail Penobscot Bay to our final anchorage of the cruise.
Sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay. Anchor in beautiful harbors or off islands of coastal Maine.
B,L,D
Windjammer Angelique

Activity note: This cruise itinerary, including lectures and shore excursions, is subject to change depending on the winds, tides, weather.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the Angelique

Morning: Leisurely morning to enjoy coffee on deck. Perhaps a shore excursion depending on where Angelique anchored the night before. Get underway for more sightseeing and learning about the Maine coast.

Lunch: Lunch on the Angelique

Afternoon: Sail Penobscot Bay and drop anchor in our final new harbor of the cruise. Overview of the days sail and vessel with captain and crew, questions, chart discussion.

Dinner: Dinner on the Angelique

Evening: Movie Night! Film of the sea, of course. Then, time to read, relax, enjoy last night with shipmates, and play board games.

DAY
7
Departure
Camden, Maine
B

Breakfast: Breakfast aboard Angelique while underway.

Morning: Sail back to Camden, tie up Angelique at her dock. Disembark once tied to dock. Safe travels!






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