Turkey Tracks: Slow Sewing at Sea Windjammer Cruise: The J&E Riggin

Turkey Tracks:  September 27, 2016


Slow Sewing at Sea Windjammer Cruise:

The J&E Riggin

We had a blast!!!

I know where I’ll be next September 22nd–God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise:

Slow Sewing at Sea on the windjammer J&E Riggin, led by Rhea Butler of Alewives Quilting (Damariscotta Mills, Maine), courtesy of Co-Captains Jon Finger and Annie Mahle of Rockland, Maine.

You can feel the peace and serenity on deck with this picture.  It was heavenly to sew under the sun while we passed dropped dead gorgeous sights.  We also did a LOT of laughing and sharing.  For more pictures, go to Facebook/Instagram sites for Alewives Quilting and the J&E Riggin.


I think we got the last two warm days of summer–hardy sailers swam TWICE!

Here’s Mary B, wearing her signature pink hat–ringed with pins from her various trips/experiences.


Here’s me with Captain and superb cook Annie Mahle.  Boy did she spoil us with her outstanding culinary creations this trip–all local, clean, and glorious dishes.


Here’s where we went this trip:


We boarded Tuesday night, sailed on Wednesday late morning, and fall came in with a bang on Thursday night.  The cooler temps and some rain did not faze anyone.  We went right on sewing and sewing down in the warm galley–those of us who did not stay up on deck in foul weather gear to enjoy the clean, crisp fall air.  We returned to Rockland on Saturday morning.

Rhea Butler worked with Lucy Boston English Paper Piecing (EPP) this trip, and I learned so much from her, including a new stitch that really works so that stitches are not seen on the front of your work.  I also learned so much from my fellow passengers.  I came home with a boatload of new friends, many of whom will come back next year, and some of whom I will see again over the winter as they live just south of Camden.

Turkey Tracks: Come Sailing With Me: Lobster Roast On An Uninhabited Island

Turkey Tracks:  September 24, 2014

Come Sailing With Me

Lobster Roast On An Uninhabited Island


For many, the lobster roast is a windjammer sailing high point.

Passengers are ferried in the yawl boat to an uninhabited, beautiful island, and the crew cooks a gorgeous lobster roast.

Here’s the island we went to on this trip:


Here’s a little video that pans from the beach:

I love the way the succulents grow right down over the rocks on some of these islands.




The crew sets up a beautiful spread of snack food to eat while we wait for the lobsters to be cooked:



Here’s the lobster pot being organized:



And, eventually, there are lobsters!  That’s Captain Jon Finger to the left with crew members Justin and “Mouse” with the straw hat.




Grateful passengers find natural seats and tables among the rocks on the beach:


And after cooking marshmellows or making “some mores,” everyone goes back to the ship full and happy.

Here’s the Riggin, waiting for us:



Turkey Tracks: Greg Heath and Crew: Last Night

Turkey Tracks:  July 12, 2013

Greg Heath and Crew:  Last Night

They came; they visited and saw our coast; they sailed; they flew home.

I picked them up a bit late from the boat–due to a time mix-up.  They were ready for warm showers and naps.  They were not hungry:  Captain Annie sent them home with full and happy bellies.

After dinner, just at dusk, we went down to Camden for an ice cream cone:

Greg and crew, ice cream

Here’s a picture of Greg and namesake “Also Greg” looking at our harbor from the “harbor green” that lies at the harbor’s head:

Greg and Also Gregory

Here’s what they’re viewing:

Greg and crew, Camden Harbor

They all got a good night’s sleep, and this morning dawned clear and blue.  We had breakfast on the deck, Greg mowed my lawn (yeah and thanks!!!!), and off we went to the airport.

Turkey Tracks: What’s Happening To The Atlantic Puffin?

Turkey Tracks:  July 8, 2013

What’s Happening To The Atlantic Puffin?

Aren’t they cute?


They’re dying.

A story in The Washington Post (1 July 2013, C10) shares that the remaining puffins in Maine, about 2000, are starving to death as the fish they eat are moving away from the warm temps now present off the coast of Maine.

I dropped off brother-in-law Greg Heath, his nephew Gregory Heath, and his granddaughter Fiona Whittle (and my grandniece) at the windjammer J&E Riggin yesterday for a four-day sail.  Captain Jon Finger said the temperature on the harbor entrance buoy was 72 degrees.  Can I just say that that is shocking.  The “normal” temp would be in the 50s range…  And up until a few days ago, we’ve had very cool weather up here in Mid-Coast Maine.

Puffins are not the only seabirds in danger.

Here are more images if you feel so inclined.


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