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On the Water

Windjammer Captain

Barry King

For more than 20 years, Barry has been at the helm of the Schooner Mary Day. Navigating, voyaging and guiding has made him a natural captain who takes pleasure in sharing his quests. He believes Maine is defined by its natural setting, especially the coast. Always longing for adventure, Barry roams the great waters exploring tucked away places on and off the map. Navigate through Barry's Windjammer blog.


Good morning everyone. We are off and running for Mary Day’s 53rd season. Though not without a few bumps and bruises the crew is beginning to see what all that hard work was about during April and May. Mary Day herself is just beautiful. The simplicity, complexity and symmetry of the rigging is a wonder to behold.

I know I just used the words complexity and simplicity side by each but they both hold true. There is a complex physics behind the connections between each and every string and wire. There is a simplicity in the final result, which allows 4 (or sometimes fewer) people to pass the sails from one tack to another. I believe it was Buckminster Fuller, designer of the geodesic dome and a Maine island rusticator, who coined the term “synergy,” the idea that the individual parts create a much larger whole.

The same holds true for our beautiful guests. A complex group of human beings come together every week and by trip’s end are one community bound by the strength of their unique experience. The connections made share that same unique quality and can never be replicated in quite the same way. Like the evolution of the schooner rig the basic simplicity of the experience doesn’t change but the synergistic result is inspiring. Remove any piece of rigging and the experience changes completely. Enough philosophical ramblings for one blog. Get out there and try to recognize for yourself the rigging that holds your life together. Try to notice, without judgment, and imagine how the connections keep you stayed allowing you to sail smoothly through life. Be the schooner!

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Editor's Notes

Summer in Maine is all about celebrating the amazing, unique (and most importantly, delicious!) things that make our state a year round travel destination. The Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland features 20,000 lbs of fresh-caught Maine lobster, a sea goddess coronation plus arts and crafts vendors.

The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival offers true Downeast fare and hospitality at their annual ode to Maine’s favorite antioxidant rich berry. Held each August, the festival has no admission charge (read: more money to try every single blueberry product available).

The Yarmouth Clam Festival, held annually every third Friday in July, serves up more than 6,000 pounds of clams, 6,000 lobster rolls, 2,500 pancake breakfasts, 2,000 shore dinners, 400 homemade pies, and 6,000 strawberry shortcakes.

The World Acadian Congress and Acadian Festival is being held this year in Madawaska, and you’re invited to experience Acadian culture firsthand. Traditional food, art and culture will be celebrated, as well as the Acadian family reunions.