If you are coming to Chewonki for Centennial Weekend, add a flourish to the fun by heading straight to Camden on Sunday, August 16, to hop aboard the schooner Mary Day for five days of sailing Penobscot Bay with Tim Ellis and other Chewonki folk. Find out more and claim your berth here. It’ll be the perfect way to debrief the weekend and then clear your head as you relax aboard this comfortable windjammer and take in the beautiful waters, islands, and coastline of this very special part of Maine. Choosing the Mary Day for this trip to honor Chewonki’s centennial was an easy decision—she’s an old friend of ours. Her skipper, Barry King (BC staff ‘83, Mariners staff ’84-’85), led the sailing program for Boys Camp here at Chewonki for three summers. Chewonki Facilities Manager Carob Arnold (BC ’86,’87, ‘90; BC staff ‘98-‘00, ’08,’09) and his wife, Annie Nixon (OC staff ’98-’01, Mariners staff ‘99-’01, GC staff ’12 staff), worked as deckhands on the schooner in 2002. Carob remembers the experience as “an intense summer of learning” about rigging and sail, the physics of sailing (wind, water, sail, hull), weather, customer service, responsibility, and the wonders of Penobscot Bay. As a deckhand he grew familiar with the basic sailing routes but each time “the weather, light, people, wildlife, other boats were different.” That and constantly learning a new skill kept the work always fresh. The bay is a famous draw for sailors. Carob recalls the “beauty you see every day. Every time you look up from coiling a line or furling a sail. . .it’s a different scene.” The attributes of a schooner captain do much to shape a sailing trip; the good ones serve as teachers and entertainers as well as masters of their ships. Carob speaks of Captain King’s “encyclopedic knowledge” of Penobscot Bay’s history and ecology. “He has so much to offer about the place” and is willing to share it, says Carob. King is also a musician; after dinner he often sings, plays his guitar, or recites stories or poems. Captain King learned a couple of his favorite poems from Tim Ellis during summers at Chewonki and taught them in turn to Carob. Carob read one of these, “The Night Charley Tended Weir” by Ruth Moore, at a Boys Camp campfire last summer. Bringing this poetic connection full circle, Tim is looking forward to boarding the Mary Day in August. They might even recite a poem or two together some night when the schooner is resting under a sky full of stars.