There's a fleet of about 12 schooners sailing from Rockland and Camden, Maine, during the summer. We always sail on the Heritage. We chose it because it has no engine - only a yawlboat to get us out of the harbor and back in - and in case we get becalmed. We're on the boat for six days and nights. We sail during the day and anchor each evening in an island cove. The itinerary is always different, depending on the wind and weather.
This is a typical view on the water.
Everyone is needed to haul up the sails in the morning, but the rest of the time you can do what you want to help - or do nothing. On deck it's pretty relaxing.
We eat very well. Lunch is on deck. It's always soup made with night-before leftovers, plus fresh baked bread.
One day there's a lobster bake on a "deserted" island. We carry the lobsters in the schooner until their big day.
Art and I ate five lobsters between us.
I spent time in the galley interviewing the crew because I'm writing about them. But in the evenings, we can read, or play cards or board games. Usually everyone goes to bed by 9 p.m. We're tired from all the sun and sailing.
A few of us went rowboating one night. To set our rowing pace we sang the Hokey Pokey.
On a cruise like this everyone gets to know each other.
We've signed up to sail again next September.