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Sailing on a 1920's Alden Schooner

Two days ago in Portland, Maine, I sailed on a 55 foot John Alden-designed schooner. Bagheera was designed and built sometime in the 1920's, and now fully restored, sails five times a day out of Portland. The Portland Schooner Company runs her, and we were out with a group of about 10 or 12 others for a two and half hour sail.

OMG. The breeze was blowing about 15 knots, and we raised the main, fore, and forestaysail (there was something wrong with the jib halyard, so that sail didn't make it up), and she hit 9.2 knots! We heeled to almost 15 degrees at one point, enough to make my wife and daughter a bit uncomfortable. For any of you that have done these types of trips, the crew welcomes help from the guests, so I helped raise the main (to my daughter's embarrassment), and even steered for about 15 minutes or so. OMG. It was so cool.

If you ever get to Portland, give it a shot.
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