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STEPHEN TABER 2014 Sailing Schedule

The Taber offers 3, 4, and 6 day windjammer cruise vacations.


How to book: Please call 1-800-999-7352 or email us to check availability. A $350 deposit is required to save your space. We accept checks (payable to the Schooner Stephen Taber) or a MasterCard/Visa number. The balance is due 6 weeks before the sail date.

Cancellations: You may cancel up to 6 weeks before sailing and receive your deposit back, less a 10% handling charge of the full cost of the sail.

All trips board in the evening. The ship sets sail the next morning.
First meal served is breakfast, the morning we leave.


Optional Inn Package:
2 Consecutive days, before or after all trips, at Captain Lindsey House Inn with breakfasts and one dinner.
(Inn package prices do not include mandatory 8% Maine state hotel tax.)
There is a $160 inn surcharge for single occupancy.

Boarding
4–6pm

Return
by 11am

Description

Price

Sail & Inn
Package

May 22

May 26

4-Day Memorial Day Wine, Dine & Chocolate
with Dry Creek Vineyards and Michael Green
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$598

$738

May 28

May 31

Available for group charter — daysail, overnight or 2-night trip — email us for rates

May 31

June 4

4-Day Trip

$708

$848

June 6

June 11

5-Day Music & Schooner Gam
with Tom, Chicky & Jed

$788

$928

June 12

June 15

3-Day Gourmet Cruise
with Chef James Tranchemontagne from the gastro pub Frog and Turtle

$618

$758

June 16

June 20

4-Day Summer Solstice Music Cruise
longest days of the year

$638

$843

June 21

June 24

3-Day Wine Trip*

$708

$913

June 25

June 29

4-Day Trip

$728

$933

June 29

July 5

6-Day Great Schooner Race Week

$1,038

$1,243

July 6

July 12

6-Day Wine Week* & Rockland Windjammer Parade

$1,198

$1,403

July 13

July 17

4-Day Trip

$788

$993

July 17

July 20

3-Day Trip

$698

$903

July 20

July 25

5-day Penobscot Bay Food Cruise
with Down East & WoodenBoat Magazines

$1,650

$1,855

July 25

July 29

4-Day Wine Trip*

$898

$1,103

July 30

Aug. 2

3-Day Trip

$698

$903

Aug. 3

Aug. 9

6-Day Captain's Choice

$1,038

$1,243

Aug. 17

Aug. 21

4-Day Trip

$798

$1,003

Aug. 22

Aug. 26

4-Day Wine Trip*

$898

$1,103

Aug. 26

Aug. 30

4-Day Camden Schooner Celebration

$788

$993

Aug. 31

Sept. 6

6-Day Photo & Lighthouse Cruise
with Photographer John Shipman

$978

$1,183

Sept. 7

Sept. 13

6-Day Wooden Boat Sail-In

$978

$1,183

Sept. 14

Sept. 20

6-Day Wine Week*

$1,198

$1,403

Sept. 21

Sept. 25

4-Day Fall Colors Sail

$698

$903

Sept. 26

Sept. 30

4-Day Wine, Dine & Chocolate**
Fall Colors Sail

$728

$933

Oct. 1

Oct. 5

4-Day Fall Colors Sail

$688

$893

Oct. 6

Oct. 9

3-Day Fall Colors Sail

$568

$773

Oct. 10

Oct. 13

3-Day Fall Colors Sail

$568

$773

*Includes expert-led wine tastings each evening, focusing on a different country (8 wines per night).
**Includes 4 daily wine selections, gift certificate towards dinner on boarding night & local handmade chocolates.

All prices listed are per person.

Call 1-800-999-7352 for Reservations

Special events are listed on the schedules. They take up one day of the week
and usually involve sailing with the entire fleet in company for that day.

If you're looking for more information on the inn for our inn packages, click here.


Stephen Taber Specialty Weeks Cruises

French Wine TastingWine Tasting Windjammer Cruises —
3-Day Sail June 21–24; 4-Day Sails July 25–29 and August 22–26; and 6-Day Sails July 6–12 and September 14–20, 2014

Led by the charming and talented Jane Barrett Barnes, each evening aboard the Taber we will visit a different country, tasting and discussing that country's varietals and viticultural history. Meals will include paired wines, with Jane and our Chef working together to craft a menu to show off the wines perfectly.


Since 1992, Jane Barrett Barnes has been sniffing, sipping and enjoying wines with top industry leaders. She has worked with the Four Seasons, Champagne Veuve Clicquot, the International Wine Center, restaurateur Joseph Bastianich, the American Institute of Wine and Food and most recently Paterno Wines International. No armchair connoisseur, Jane has visited the vineyards of Tuscany, Piedmont, Campania, Chile, Burgundy, the Rhone, Greece and the Napa Valley. She is passionate about the history, culture and enjoyment of wine and loves to share her knowledge and experience with others in a relaxed, fun setting. [back to top]


Guest comments: Wine Week

"This is our third trip on the Stephen Taber and each one has been terrific and different from the last. The wine tasting this year was fantastic. Jane's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious. May you always have as much fun as we did this year. By the way, this is the "perfect" vacation- rain, cold, sun, heat, whatever — it's still perfect." —Sue & Dave from Owings, MD

"This has been a great week! The wine tastings have been great! Jane arranged themes that covered a lot of ground with many, very high quality wines. The stories, the friendships and the ever perfect wit of Captain Noah made the days even more delightful." —Mark & Katherine from Seattle, WA

"Thank you so much for all you do to make it fun to be on the wonderful Stephen Taber — she's the best. The wine tasting week was soooo much fun. Jane's expertise was great....and the meals and good humor; just everything is so 'Taber'." —Bonnie & Bob from Fairview Park, OH

 

Wine, Dine & Chocolate

Wine, Dine & Chocolate Trips —
4-Day Sails May 22–26 and September 23–30, 2014

Our wine trips are filling up fast, so to keep everyone happy, we're offering Wine Dine & Chocolate cruises!

The May 22 trip stars Dry Creek Vineyards and Michael Green.

Included in the regularly posted price:

  • $40.00 per couple Rockland Bucks for dinner on the night we board
  • A box of local handmade chocolates from Black Dinah Chocolates
  • A selection of wonderful wines hand picked by Jane to enjoy each night of the cruise. It's like a mini-wine trip!

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Black Dinah Chocolates

Music and Schooner Gam — 5-Day Sail June 6–11, 2014
Once a year, the entire fleet — the largest fleet of Tall Ships in the Americas — raft up together for a celebration of our national nautical heritage. And in true Taber style, we will be bringing the party! Back for their SIXTH appearance, Taber house band The Noble Charlies (Tom Whitehead, Chicky Stoltz and Jed Kreigle) keep us snapping and tapping with American roots-inspired acoustic music. This trip always attracts a few straggling pros and talented amateurs; if you want to sit in, feel free to bring your ax.

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Camden Windjammer Weekend

bulliabaise


Gourmet Cruise with Guest Chef James Tranchemontagne — 3-Day Sail June 12–15, 2014
This trip is always such a blast that we've invited Chef James back to do it again! Previously of Portland's Café Uffa and now chef/owner of the highly regarded Westbrook gastro pub Frog and Turtle, Chef James brings his flair for delicious bistro fare and high-quality comfort food to the Taber. Chef James will be on hand to discuss techniques, inspirations, wood-stove cookery and his passion for house-made charcutarie. A previous year's highlight, watching him build a bouillabaisse: cooking show and history lesson, outstanding meal!

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Summer Solstice Music Cruise — 4-Day Sail June 16–20, 2014
Enjoy the start of summer and the longest days of the year with Captain Noah and special musical guests Jenn Schott and Melissa Peirce. We're very lucky to have such tremendous talents back on board; each night will end with an informal concert featuring their chart-topping songs and utterly charming harmonies.

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Jenn Schott and Melissa Peirce

The Great Schooner Race

38th Annual Great Schooner Race — 6-Day Sail June 29–July 5, 2014
Most of this week will be spent just like all of our other trips — sailing and relaxing around Penobscot Bay and a lobster bake on a deserted island. But come Friday, the gloves come off as the Taber defends her trophy in our most thrilling event of the summer! Come be a part of North America's largest annual gathering of Tall Ships, and help us race for glory as more than two dozen windjammers gather for an exciting all-day race. The race will start in an Islesboro harbor and end in Rockland, were guests may participate in the race (or not), and post-race party will heat up in Rockland, with band-stand dancing and awards ceremony.

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Wine Week & Rockland Windjammer Parade — 6-Day Sail July 6–12, 2014
Led by the charming and talented Jane Barrett Barnes, each evening aboard the Taber we will visit a different country, tasting and discussing that country's varietals and viticultural history. Meals will include paired wines, with Jane and our Chef working together to craft a menu to show off the wines perfectly. On the last full day of the week, the entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine's fleet of Tall Ships.

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Penobscot Bay Food Cruise with Down East & WoodenBoat Magazines — 5-Day Sail July 20–25, 2014
WoodenBoat and Down East have teamed up to create a very special week of food and sailing. Join us for an unforgettable cruise of Penobscot Bay. Along the way enjoy the Taber's famous onboard cuisine and sample the region's finest locally produced food. Read more

 

Sailing in Stonington, Maine

Captain's Choice — 6-Day Sail August 3–9, 2014
This one's easy. Captain Noah's birthday is August 8th, so this week, you guessed it, we eat all his favorite things and sail to all his favorite places. And then we get to throw him in the harbor. A tradition as old as the sea, and not even the captain can avoid it.

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Camden Schooner Celebration — 4-Day Sail August 26–30, 2014
The fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Festivities include a parade of sail, flag-raising ceremonies, live music, dancing and fireworks. This weekend trip will feature the Schooner Crew Talent Show — not to be missed — and a relaxing morning spent in beautiful Camden Harbor.

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Fort Point Lighthouse

Photo and Lighthouse Cruise —
6-Day Sail August 31–September 6, 2014

We are proud to have as our special guest, award winning photographer John L. Shipman. John will be teaching informal classes on digital photography. We will also make a special effort to visit as many of Maine's beautiful lighthouses as possible.

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WoodenBoat Sail-In —
6-Day Sail September 7–13, 2014

Our last and usually most spectacular gathering of the fleet (the wind generally makes for an exciting parade), the fleet gathers at the headquarters of WoodenBoat Magazine and Boatbuilding School. Now in its 28th year, the event is a great celebration of America's schooners, and includes an afternoon of refreshments, live music, facility tours and a world-class sunset at the far end of Egggamoggin Reach.

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WoodenBoat Sail-In

Fall Foliage Trips — 3-Day Sails October 6–9 and October 10–13 and 4-Day Sails September 21–25, September 23–30 and October 1–5, 2014
For those of you who have never seen the fiery hills and islands of Maine from the water, you are in for a treat. The typical weather is crisp and cool, the breeze is strong and steady, and we have the whole bay to ourselves. Coastal hardwoods begin to show in late September, and by our last cruise, the hillsides are crimson, yellow, and orange — truly a sight to behold.

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Maine Island Flora



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