Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Sailing Into Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Sailing Into Rockland" by Doug Mills
Stephen Taber and Angelique sailing into Rockland harbor past the Rockland Breakwater Light.[07112008]

Saturday, December 27, 2014

"A Good Wind" The Maine Windjammer Project

"A Good Wind" by Doug Mills
The historic schooner Victory Chimes catches a good wind coming into Rockland Maine. [06072010]

Friday, December 26, 2014

Holiday Greeting From Victory Chimes

Happy Holidays!

As we enter a quarter century of ownership, we want to wish each of you - who have joined us and been part of our history with Victory Chimes - a Happy Holiday and prosperous New Year.

As most of us realize, Victory Chimes has a soul and we are all connected with her in our own particular way. We are part of her proud history in the “here and now” as her sails catch an optimistic wind and her bow cuts a wake still leaving a mark upon turbulent waters of Maritime and American history. She has proudly sailed under the American ensign for 115 years now. Victory Chimes is the end of the line - the soul operating survivor - of the once massive fleet of three-masted or larger American schooners that grew this country’s economy during America’s Golden Age of Sail.

In 2014 Victory Chimes, launched in 1900 in the small town of Bethel, Delaware, celebrated her 60th year Down East. The waters of Penobscot Bay are where her legend grew; where she became an iconic image to artists, photographers, and millions of tourists. So much so, that a schooner launched in the Chesapeake Bay, made its way onto the back of the Maine State quarter. She was put there by an adoring Maine public who voted her image sailing by the Pemaquid Light, onto their quarter. Voters realized Victory Chimes represented the last of the large working schooners Maine had launched in the thousands, but were now all gone. They realized she’d been a symbol of Maine for more than a half century. It didn’t deter them that she wasn’t Maine built, they felt she earned the right as a worthy representative of Maine’s maritime history by out lasting the rest.

We continue to sail her like she was sailed in 1900, and we continue sailing Penobscot Bay that provided such a great sailing season in 2014. The weather was beautiful, the breezes mostly fair and the scenery, as always- exquisite.

Even though we’ve guided Victory Chimes through the enchanted islands in and around Penobscot Bay, it still reveals new charms to us constantly. This past season we saw whales, dozens of Bald Eagles, seals and amazing wildlife. We saw meteor showers from a secluded anchorage. The Northern Lights once and an evening where the Milky Way looked so close you could swim in it.

Victory Chimes took Line Honors in the Great Schooner Race (First across the finish line) for the second straight year. A photo with Victory Chimes in it won the Maine Windjammer Association Photo Contest for the second straight year. We had a beautiful wedding aboard, some great theme cruises and some awesome sailing hitting 9-10 knots on several occasions. We are including this summer’s sailing schedule in hopes that you’ll come back and join us in making more memories.

As caretakers you renew us each year with your loyalty and support. You make us feel like we are still in our 30s realizing a proud dream of owning and sailing the last of America’s large schooner still working under sail.

Enjoy your families and friends this Holiday Season. Thanks for your support.

Capt Kip Files and Capt Paul DeGaeta

[Video and Stills by Shoot Maine Studios Rockland Maine]

"Morning Flight" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Morning Flight" by Doug Mills
Early morning flight at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. [10212010]

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

"Maine Windjammer" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Maine Windjammer" by Doug Mills
The Maine Windjammer Angelique arriving at WoodenBoat Cove in Brooklin Maine. [09092014]

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

"Fort Gorges" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Fort Gorges" by Doug Mills
A view of Fort Gorges and Spring Point Lighthouse from Fort Preble in South Portland Maine. [10032014]

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Grace Bailey" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Grace Bailey" by Doug Mills
The Grace Bailey, one of the original Windjammers, sailing off Rockport, Maine. [07062012]

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"America's Oldest Schooners" The Maine Windjammer Project

"America's Oldest Schooners" by Doug Mills
America's oldest schooners, Lewis R French and Stephen Taber, both built in 1871. [06172011]