Sailing bestows people with stylish, windblown hair and gives them the authority to declare storms perfect. Reap boating benefits with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $15 for a two-hour sailing cruise for two kids 3–12 years old (a $30 value)
- $25 for a two-hour sailing cruise for four kids 3–12 years old (a $60 value)
- $33 for a two-hour sailing cruise for two adults (a $68 value)
- $59 for a two-hour sailing cruise for four adults (a $136 value)
Passengers board a custom-built, engineless windjammer, which sails out from Portland's Old Port. Once on the water, the captain spin tails of Portland's maritime history and explains what it takes to sail a gaff-rigged topsail sloop. Passengers can bring along a packed picnic (no alcohol is allowed) to nibble as they view the bay's scenic landscape. Kids younger than 3 years old sail for free.
Maine Sailing Adventures
In the 1800s, windjammers and their mighty sails were a frequent sight up and down Maine's coast, where they would pull fish from the water and fill New England's insatiable need for goldfish crackers. By the 21st century, most had abandoned windjammers for engine-powered vessels—but not Hasket Derby Hildreth. A boat builder and mechanical engineer, Hildreth had a vision to re-create the windjammer's classic design on modern shores. Working with a friend who was a boat restorer, Hildreth and his team fashioned their own steel tools and built one of Portland's only engineless windjammers, which they affectionately christened Frances. Maine Sailing Adventures launched Frances in the fall of 2003. Though Hildreth has since passed away, his memory lives on through the legacy Frances continues to perpetuate with each voyage. Today, she can be found at Maine State Pier, where passengers board her shallow deck and sail out to enjoy Maine's scenic coasts without the noise or emissions typical of engine-powered boats. These trips stretch beyond standard tours, though. As they sail, the crew spins tails of Portland's maritime history, teaches passengers how to hoist the topsail, and transforms the boat into a floating classroom, where students can learn about lobster migration and how many wishes they can get from a starfish.