About the Mary Day
The Schooner Mary Day offers one of the most relaxing and unique adventure vacations you'll ever enjoy on the Maine coast. With 4,500 square feet of sail moving us along, windjammer cruising is truly noiseless transportation. When the winds fail, Mary Day gets a nudge from our trusty yawl boat carried on the stern during our sailing trip.
When your hosts, Captains Barry King and Jennifer Martin, welcome you aboard the Schooner Mary Day, they are welcoming you to their family for a while. With lots of time to chat and get to know each other while you cruise the coast, you will find that friendships afloat develop much faster than on land. No wonder passengers who meet on Mary Day often schedule reunions on board for a sailing vacation the following year.
Every Monday morning Mary Day sets sail from Camden for a week of poking about among the bays and islands of mid-coast Maine. The region's many offshore islands and inside passages offer a wonderful variety of adventures as well as the choice of sailing in the shelter of the islands or on the broad ocean, depending on weather and sea conditions. We make every effort to stay off the beaten path, visiting islands and out of the way places on the mainland. We do our best to get off the boat to explore ashore each day. To a great extent, our itinerary is determined by the wind - it takes us where it's blowing but we always anchor for the night in a snug harbor, whether at an offshore island, salty downeast village, or larger seaside resort. We return to Camden on Saturday before noon to complete this memorable windjammer cruise.
Your days will be spent savoring the beauty passing scenery of the Camden coast; reading a good, thick paperback; helping tend the sails, learning a bit of coastwise sailing navigation, or even taking a turn at the wheel of a windjammer at sail; and simply reveling in the rest and relaxation of a Maine vacation. Once you have arrived at a new anchorage, there's time to explore the coast of Maine. Poke about with one of the peapod rowing boats, go for a run or hike along the Maine shore, go bird watching, take an invigorating swim. After a hearty dinner, you can gather by the fire for a bit of homemade music. Before you retire, you'll want to go on deck and pick out the Big Dipper from the canopy of stars overhead.
The combination of sun, Maine's salt air, and sailing brings on hearty appetites in even the lightest eaters. Having witnessed this phenomenon for years, Mary Day's crew is well prepared to handle it. The galley of the Schooner Mary Day serves generous helpings of such old-fashioned favorites as New England boiled dinner, roast beef with all the trimmings, pancakes, muffins, savory chowders and soups, and even hand-cranked ice cream. We have a traditional lobster bake ashore on every six day windjammer cruise. All of the breads and desserts, including cakes, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and pies brimming with fresh fruits, come straight from the woodstove in Mary Day's galley.
As you dream about your palatial accommodations keep in mind that this is a windjammer and not an ocean liner. It's like camping in style, without the ants and leaky tent. Join us with this spirit of adventure in mind.
The Mary Day at a Glance
Berths: 13 Cabins, 28 berths Crew: 5 Length:90 Ft Beam:23 Ft Draft:15 Ft
We are available Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm (Eastern Time) to answer any questions you might have, to help you plan your vacation or to assist you in choosing the perfect voyage under sail.
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