Anchored in a quite cove, wake to a rolling breakfast like your favorite B&B. You hold a full mug of locally roasted coffee. Enjoy fresh juice and
homemade sweet breads, shipboard-made granola, yogurt, fresh fruit. And there will always be a “made to order” feature each morning such as eggs,
omelets, crepes, or pancakes, depending on the day. You watch the still water break as a porpoise breeches the surface. Off the stern seabirds are
scouting for breakfast. You speak in soft tones so as not to interrupt the magical quiet of morning at anchor.
After breakfast it's time to
heave out the anchor and hoist the sails. Those so inclined gather midship to help raise the main sail. The essential operation of the boat is
still done by hand, as it was when she first came down the ways. The canvas is carried up the mast, ready to fill with wind. The morning fog lifts as we
work our way out onto the bay with the wind and tide. As we sail along you might want to take a turn at the helm and learn about navigation.
Perhaps this morning you would like to pull a book out and find a spot on deck. But, have a camera ready. In this pristine area you are bound
to see wildlife: an osprey, a family of seals, perhaps a whale. As we will most likely be eating while under way, lunch will feature delicious stews and
soups, warm breads from the oven, spectacular salads, and savory sandwiches.
As we pass by the islands the captain and crew share their
knowledge of the bay and its rich history. Now it's on to another island or bay. A fresh wind kicks up and the captain spies another schooner. He orders
"More sail!" The skilled crew unfurls the main topsail and sets the fisherman topsail. The chase is on! As we come up alongside our fellow windjammer,
we salute them and leave them in our wake. You can learn about handling lines and trimming sails as we tack back and forth. Perhaps the smell of the
sea and the excitement of the day suggest a nap is in order. We find a quiet anchorage and take the skiff ashore to stretch our legs. We may find
ourselves near a small fishing village where we can stroll among the white clapboard houses.
Dinner on Ladona is the main evening
event. Starting at cocktail hour, either in our gracious galley below decks or topside at our al fresco dining table under awnings, the evening meal will
begin with wine, cheese, and a variety of amuse-bouches. Continuing courses feature chef-presented plates accompanied by selected wines, all reflecting
this singular setting. Luscious desserts and stunning panoramic views entice guests to linger long past sunset, sharing stories and songs by lantern and
Rockland is at the heart of Midcoast Maine, an area world famous for its mountainous and rocky shore, with hundreds of harbors and inlets, and for some of the best cruising waters anywhere. A nearly mile-long granite breakwater protects Rockland Harbor and its picturesque lighthouse.
Rockland's history includes shipbuilding, lime processing, granite quarrying, and commercial fishing and lobstering. Historic Main Street forms the core of retail shopping, and has gone through a renaissance over the last several years. The community’s proud past survives in many ways, including a newly restored and enlarged Carnegie library, and an incredible mix of traditional residential styles of architecture that rivals the historic homes of many larger cities. Lodging is plentiful, dining opportunities abound and day trips in any direction provide ample rewards, including museums for rainy days.
Cruising Penobscot Bay, Maine
Penobscot Bay (midcoast Maine) is, without doubt, one of the finest cruising areas of the United States due to it's diversity in 200+ islands, large and small with an enormous variety of fauna, flora, topography, rocky and sandy shores. Most islands are deeded to the Maine Coast Island Institute, a non-profit entity designed to protect and preserve.
Rockland, Maine (return)
Your ship returns to Rockland Harbor.