Month: September 2012

Sea Dogs Take the Stage

We have more on the Windjammers, but the first item on the Agenda for Sunday morning was the Sea Dog Show – a part of the festival, sponsored by the local Pet Adoption Group.  Even though it was raining lightly, the show was a hoot.  It started with dogs running an agility course.  Now, most of  the dogs had never seen an agility course, so it was all in good fun.

One of the early contestants – “Kona” did well, compared to the earlier entrants.

The young gal with Kona was very calm, and carefully led her dog through the course.


A little help to get started in the tunnel - all's fair on this course.


Kona was doing so well, until he saw a friend outside the course ...


We have a ringer - this little Papillon ran through the course like a champ - note there is no leash. He was the only one to do the teeter totter - they were each allowed to skip one obstacle.


The crowd favorite - these two sisters take a team approach. Notice how the little one leads the way to show the pup exactly what to do.


The pup follows the little sis right over the jump.


This is how you do the tunnel ...


A little help, please ...


Yay! We'll help you out, pup.


This guy started off great


He gets some help going into the tunnel


Oops, that didn't work out so well. He went through the same routine several times, to great applause and laughter from the crowd.


It was a lot of fun.  Natasha watched calmly, but the rain started coming down, so we headed back to the boat.  The show finished up with a costume contest, as well as awards for the shortest tail, longest tail, biggest dog, littlest dog, and crowd’s choice.  Natasha did get lots of compliments on her raincoat.

Windjammers – Day 2

The Windjammer Festival continued on Saturday.  This turned out to be a nice day – almost too warm, but a pleasant change from the previous day’s rainstorm.  We had missed seeing the Blue Moon the previous night, due to clouds, but we found it the next morning.  (In case you didn’t read about it, the Blue Moon isn’t blue – it refers to the phenomenon where there are two full moons in one month.  In this case, Aug 1st and Aug 31st.)  The next Blue Moon won’t occur until 2015.

The Blue Moon ...


A little later in the morning (still early)


And, the last Blue Moon Shot


We watched this guy kayaking as we had coffee on the deck.


Kathy & I watched this Osprey dive down and catch a large fish.


Rather than walk to town for the Rotary Club pancake breakfast, Lou made one for us.


We walked over to town, and found out they were taking tours out to visit the Navy Ship. Steve & Kathy hopped on the tour, and I wandered through town with the dog. All the photos from the Navy Ship were taken by Kathy.


They were allowed to board the ship, and were given a tour inside and out on the decks as well.


Reportedly, they removed all the sensitive info from the displays before touring the control room.


Outside on the deck.


Kathy & Steve really enjoyed the tour.  I was going to go later in the afternoon, but the lines were long, so I skipped it.  Some more photos from the day:

Natasha desperately wanted to join in the water fun.


She settled for a kiss.


The explorers return on the Pied Piper - the boat that ran all night long, it seemed.


We walked over to the town dock to see the events. The Chowder Challenge was going on - we skipped it.


A photo of Promise Promise from the town dock.


Downtown is packed.


You barely see the USS Normandy - most of the time it was behind Curtis Island.


There were fancy pirates in town - as far as I saw, all they did was stand around and talk to each other.


A pensive pirate ...


No one paid much attention to these protesters.


We enjoyed fajitas on deck, compliments of Lou, and watched the kids jumping in the water off the large schooner - you wouldn't catch us in that water!

Windjammers – The Rest of Day One

We spent the afternoon watching the Schooners and others come in and out of the harbor.  Everyone hoped the rain would stop, and it did.  But, only for a few hours.  It started pouring early evening.  Lou grilled burgers, and we had a good dinner.  We had invited Kathy & Steve to come to see the festivities, and they arrived mid-day.

Here are some photos from the afternoon and evening.

K&S across on the town dock, checking out the action (and the fish tacos) It started to rain shortly after they set out for their walk.


The Nathaniel Bowditch comes into the Harbor. Nathaniel Bowditch authored the original navigation manual in 1802, and a copy is still carried on every Naval Vessel. This schooner was originally built in 1922 in East Boothbay, Maine, as a private sailing yacht.


In 1942 she was commissioned by the US Coast Guard and assigned to Offshore Patrol to search for German submarines off New York Harbor.


Obviously, the Nathaniel Bowditch has an engine. She was recommissioned in 1971 as a passenger-hauling vessel.


Natasha checks out Uncle Ben, as he moves a boat. She seldom reacts to people on other boats, unless it's someone she knows.


This photo shows the ominous skies with the approaching storm.


Bringing in the Grace Bailey - built in 1882 and restored in 1990, this schooner is 123 ft. long and carries 29 passengers. This is the same ship that sailed to the West Indies in the Fruit Trade and carried granite to New York City to help build Grand Central Station. (source - Grace Bailey website)


Here comes the Heritage. The Heritage is the newest coastal schooner carrying passengers along the Maine coast. It was designed and built at the historic North End Shipyard in Rockland, and launched in 1983. It's power is by yawl boat.


Taking a break - check out my new shoes.


Next to come in is the Timberwind. This schooner was built in 1931 in Portland, Maine and served as a pilot boat in Portland Harbor until 1969. She relaunched as a passenger vessel in 1971, and sails only in Maine Waters, based in Rockport.


Kathy suggested I take this photo ...


The Yawl Boat pushes the Timberwind into port.


The dog has had just about enough schooner watching, and takes a brief nap.


The big schooners are all quiet as the sun sets.


Night arrived, and we watched as a few small boats sailed around - it's seldom you see a boat with full sails inside the harbor, but they looked to be in control.


One of the schooners comes back in after being out for a sunset sail - in the rain.


It was a good day – it’s much more interesting watching the schooners come in as we relaxed on the aft deck of our boat.  Last year, we were in our regular slip, and could see the masts and hear the announcements, but this was much better.

Windjammers – The Beginning

Friday marked the start of the Windjammer Festival – this is where all the Windjammers in the area come into Camden for the weekend.  You can take a tour, go on a sail, watch some pirate shows and other activities.  This year there is also a large naval ship parked out beyond the harbor.

We have a good view of the action, since we are out on the dock facing the harbor.  It started to rain in the afternoon, the sun came out briefly, then we got another downpour. Fireworks were cancelled until Sunday evening.

Photos from the afternoon:

The Park, before the ships started coming into the Harbor.


A typical Holiday Weekend - the town is packed. I took this as I was coming back from picking up the laundry and the dog.


This shows our current location. The little tugboat is in our regular slip, and we are on the dock farthest out - middle/left in the photo above.


The dog, freshly laundered.


Our view, as the schooners come into the Harbor


Ben helps push Victory Chimes into its turn, as it has no engines. This schooner was built in 1900 and is the only 3 masted ship in the Maine Windjammer Fleet. It is based out of Rockland, and is a registered National Historic Landmark.


Here comes the Stephen Taber - also regularly based in Rockland. This schooner was built in 1871, is the oldest continuous operating sailing vessel, and is also a National Historic Landmark.


Here is the Stephen Taber, completing it's turn right beside our boat. She is dependent on the dinghy to provide power for the turn, as well as another small boat in the back - called a yawl boat.


Here's a closer view of the yawl boat pushing the Stephen Tabor. I noticed a high percentage of women doing the hard work when it comes to running these Windjammers.


In between waiting for the schooners to arrive, we watched the Navy arrive. Ben got to go on the welcome tour of the Navy Ship, and it turns out they were offering tours throughout the weekend.


The Lewis R French comes into the dock. Also built in 1871, this one was built in Christmas Cove, Maine. It has no inboard engine, and runs on 3000 sq ft of sails.


Here comes the small schooner, the Vernon Langille - it's raining harder now.


Our favorite, the Mary Day is coming into the Harbor. This large schooner is docked right across from us and takes folks out on 3 and 7 day sails.


Once again, a woman is doing all the hard work. You may recognize this gal as the one who raced over to help stop the Mary Day from crashing into the small boats when we returned from a cruise earlier this summer.


A view across to the town dock, where Schooners are stacked up. This was taken during the short period in the afternoon when the sun came out.


We have more to share from Day 1 – I may get another post up today.  If not, it will be first thing in the morning.