Set Sail in Camden MaineSchooner & Windjammers & Luxury Yacht
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What Daysailers are sailing?
Read on to learn about Schooner Surprise, Schooner Olad and Schooner Appledore.
If you’re spending time in Maine’s Mid-Coast, your trip isn’t complete without spending a day on the water of Penobscot Bay. With the harbor only a short walk from the Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn and the Tannery Lane properties. You can easily book a trip for the afternoon and be back in time for dinner. Here are our three favorite tour boats in Camden, along with some of the things we love about them.
Schooner Olad and Schooner Surprise are also doing special event sails. Check out the list below.
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The Schooner Surprise is another historic schooner based in Camden Harbor that first sailed in 1918 as a racing and cruising yacht. It even participated in the first race to Bermuda after World War 1. In addition to daily two-hour tours of the bay, the Schooner Surprise offers fireworks sails on the Fourth of July and sunset sails with live music (and complementary dessert!).
If you’re interested in animals and nature, the Birding and Marine Life tours are a must-do while you’re in Camden. These weekly tours are led by ornithologist Richard Podolsky, who guides you as you search for Maine’s native wildlife. While the focus is on birding, it isn’t unusual to see sea lions, porpoises, or even whales.
Ramiro and Nicole de Acevedo Ramos
1 Bay View Street Camden, ME 04843
August 14th- Birding and Marine life tour and sail with Ornithologist Richard Podolsky 10:00am-12:00pm Adults $55 Kids $45
August 19th- Sunset Sail with live acoustic music and homemade dessert 5:15-7:15 Adult $60 Kids $55
August 21st- Birding and Marine life tour and sail with Ornithologist Richard Podolsky 10:00am-12:00pm Adults $55 Kids $45
August 24th- Birding and Marine life tour and sail with Ornithologist Richard Podolsky 10:00am-12:00pm Adults $55 Kids $45
August 26th- Birding and Marine life tour and sail with Ornithologist Richard Podolsky 10:00am-12:00pm Adults $55 Kids $45
August 26th- Sunset Sail with live acoustic music and homemade dessert 5:15-7:15 Adult $60 Kids $55
August 31st- Birding and Marine life tour and sail with Ornithologist Richard Podolsky 10:00am-12:00pm Adults $55 Kids $45
September 2nd- Full moon sail. 7:15-8:45 Adults $45 Kids $35 (One and a half hour sail).
September 3rd- Full moon sail. 7:15-8:45 Adults $45 Kids $35 (One and a half hour sail).
October 1st- Full Moon Sail- 5:30-7:00pm Adults $45 Kids $35 (one and a half hours)
The Schooner Olad goes for daily sails from Camden Harbor between mid-May and mid-October. It was originally built in 1927, and its current owners have renovated it to bring modern amenities to its antique charm. On the two-hour cruises, you may go to one of the many islands in the area — Mark Island is a particular favorite for its population of bald eagles — or skirt the coast to view the lighthouse and beaches, depending on which way the wind takes you. Your tour guide is a native Mainer, so whatever happens, you’ll get expert commentary.
Another popular activity on the Schooner Olad is the monthly full moon sails. Every month, the boat takes people out to watch the sun set over Camden Hills State Park; from there you just have to turn around to watch the full moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean.
P.O. Box 432 Camden, ME 04843
5/Jul Full Moon Sail on the Schooner Olad
The Schooner Appledore II is the newest of the boats in this post, but it definitely has a storied history. Its maiden voyage was a trip around the world, it’s housed college students for semesters at sea, and it regularly participates in Windjammer Weekend here in Maine. It splits its time between Camden in the summer and the Caribbean in the winter. Many of its crew members have made the 2,000-mile journey themselves, so you may be treated to a story of seafaring adventure.
On the Appledore, you can also take a turn at the wheel and help hoist the sails, or just kick back with the available concessions (including beer, cocktails, wine, and soft drinks).
Schooner Appledore Tour Reservations:
Schooner Appledore Private Charters:
Would you rather go on a YACHT?
Indigo Luxury Yacht has a totally unique design. As luxury blends wonderfully with tradition, Indigo is a technologically sophisticated yacht with a classic feel. With seating for up to six people, it is perfect for cocktail cruises, intimate dinners, or simply lounging and soaking up the beautiful surroundings.
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