Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sailing on a sea of whipped cream . . .

In my previous post, I showed pictures of my first attempt at making milk chocolate schooners. Here are pictures of the completed dessert . . .strawberry shortbread with hand-whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Lots of people took pictures before we ate every last bite!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Chocolate Schooner

We're heading out on a short trip this morning and I wanted to make a special dessert. I baked some almond shortbread and then melted some milk chocolate and made these little schooners. I envision our popular strawberry shortbread with a big dollop of whipped cream and a chocolate schooner sailing on top!

This is good practice for our upcoming Chocolate Lovers Cruise in August when I will definitely have to make these again!

You can check out the shortbread recipe on our recipes page.

And see our schedule here.

Call to join us for the Chocolate Lovers Cruise . . . (877) 238-1325.

Friday, June 10, 2011

We are featured in Outside Magazine for our kid-friendly sailing trips!

The Isaac H. Evans was featured in an insert in the May issue of Outside Magazine! The insert is title Born to be Wild; The Guide to Getting Kids Outdoors. We know how to get kids outdoors and what to do with them while they are there! Here's what Outside Magazine had to say . . .

"And now for something completely different; If camping, paddling, and hiking are old hat with your crew, mix it up with some off-the-chart adventure that'll get the attention of even the most jaded kid.

Sail Away. The Isaac H. Evans windjammer, out of Rockland, ME specializes in family sailing vacations (kids age six and up). The historic 20-passenger schooner navigates Penobscot Bay, with frequent trips ashore to investigate tidepools and enjoy a lobster bake. Kids are put to work furling sails and coiling lines, and learn nautical terms and about the porpoises, eagles, osprey, and whales that call the bay home. "

We have a new web address that we'd love to have you visit where you'll see the same content as the address they included in this piece:

Come sail with us . . . and bring the kids!

Day Sail to Benefit Camden Rockport Animal Rescue League a Huge Success!

Each year we start the sailing season with a benefit day sail that also doubles as a shake down cruise. This is an opportunity for new crew to familiarize themselves with the boat and for returning crew to remember how everything works. It's also an opportunity to welcome new and returning guests alike for a fun afternoon on the bay. On Sunday, May 29th we welcomed 42 guests, raising over $1,300 for the Camden Rockport Animal Rescue League (where we fell in love and adopted our dog Izze.)

The day started out foggy and gray but had cleared by the time we left shortly after 10:00 am. There was a light breeze and we headed out by the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. The wind dropped out and we drifted for a while; a perfect time for everyone to enjoy lunch! Delicious lunch items were generously donated by the following local businesses:

Hole in the Wall Bagels provided bagels and cream cheese.

Atlantic Baking Company provided a variety of bread.

Home Kitchen Cafe provided fish chowder.

Rockland Cafe provided shrimp pasta salad.

The Brown Bag provided cookies and dessert bars.

Rock City Roasters provided coffee and cups.

Lindsey Street Flower Shop provided a hanging plant.

After lunch, the wind picked up again and we practiced tacking in Rockland Harbor before returning to the dock. All systems are go for another sailing season!

Capts. Brenda and Brian Thomas present the proceeds of the benefit day sail to representatives of the Camden Rockport Animal Rescue League as guest Alan Athearn looks on.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

A special deal for high school graduates!

Are you (or someone you know) graduating from high school this month? Are you ready to take a break before starting that summer job, internship, or college planning? Are you a parent of a graduate looking for the perfect graduation gift?

Join us (or buy a gift certificate to give to your graduate so they can join us) aboard the schooner Isaac H. Evans for a unique and memorable sailing adventure any time in June and be rewarded for your hard work and accomplishment.

Valedictorian - 50% discount

Salutatorian - 40% discount

Honors - 30% discount

Graduate - 20% discount

There's no better way to experience the coast of Maine. And the best part is that you unpack only once and visit a different destination each day...Isle au Haut, Vinalhaven, Islesboro, Deer Isle, a fishing village, or one of the thousands of uninhabited islands along Maine's coast.

The Schooner Isaac H. Evans is a National Historic Landmark offering multi-night sailing adventures. Although steeped in history, the Evans is equipped with modern navigation equipment and amenities including electric lights, toilets, and shower facilities. Originally an oyster-fisherman, she is a very shallow draft vessel, allowing us to haunt the coast getting close to all there is to see. Help raise the sails or relax and enjoy islands, lighthouses, wildlife, new friends, and great food. You'll indulge in three hearty meals a day, one of which will be a traditional Downeast lobster bake on the beach of one of Maine's pristine islands. Each evening we will anchor in a quiet cove where you can stargaze from the deck or go exploring in one of our rowboats. From the smell of the wood stove and coffee in the morning to taking a turn at the helm and enjoying a sunset in a peaceful harbor, each day leaves you more relaxed than the one before.

Rates include a full crew and captain, meals, snacks, activities, parking, and taxes. There are several beverage options on board (lemonade, iced tea, water, fruit juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate) but we do not provide alcoholic beverages or soda. We provide a cooler and ice for any beverages you wish to bring with you.

Sail with your friends, sail with your parents, or join us on your own and make new friends. It's up to you! Regardless, you're sure to relax while enjoying days full of sailing and fun (and no homework!). You can sleep in late and we won't even ask you to make your bed or clean your room!

Call today to reserve your cabin:

594-7956 or (877) 238-1325

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Friday, June 03, 2011

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