IN THE FIELD: Sailing School

Some of our favorite places to visit in Maine are the small quiet harbors away from the tourist areas.

One of our recent stops was a place named Sorrento Harbor. It is a small cove where both working boats and pleasure boats share the same anchorage. We arrived at the waters edge in late afternoon, just as the sun was beginning to cast a golden glow.

I was taking some shots of the boats in the water when a small school bus pulled into the parking lot. A dozen children and two adults got off the bus and walked out to the end of the floating dock which is just out of view in this photo. They paired up and got into several dinghies and rowed out to small sailboats moored throughout the cove. We heard the adults give some instructions to the children and they began to navigate their vessels around the obstacle course of the anchored boats.

Apparently this was the last class of the school day for these kids. How cool is that!


  1. July 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Very cool!

    • July 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Sure is!!! …when I was in school all we ever got was square dancing in gym class. This HAD to be more fun!!!

  2. July 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Wow! Lucky kids, we never had that back in the day!

    • July 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      I know!!! I wonder if it is an elective course of a mandatory one. Either way, you know where I would be!!!

  3. Jo Woolf
    July 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I’d love to have attended that school! What a lovely photo – such deep, intense hues. Amazing!

    • July 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Me too!!! I would have even stayed after class!!! About a hour after I took this shot all the white hulls were golden and everything became a silhouette. I have those shots on print film. Still not sure why I didn’t shoot them in digital…The kids and teachers were back at the dock by then. I’ll scan them in and post them later if they come out alright without too much trouble.

      • Jo Woolf
        July 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

        Sounds amazing – I hope they come out OK.

      • July 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

        I found them I found them!!! Well there isn’t as much golden color as I had remembered or thought I remembered but they are still pretty cool shots of the kids on the dock and the reflections on the water. We’ll see how they scan…

  4. July 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    What lucky children! That beautiful view reminds me of Loe Beach here in Cornwall. I’ll have to get down there again ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

      They sure are!!! The views in Maine are just spectacular…I wanna move there!

  5. July 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    So beautiful… Thank you dear David, these children are so lucky. Love, nia

    • July 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

      It sure is a pretty place and I would have loved to go to that school !!!

  6. July 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    That’s a cool way to end the day! I like getaways like this, away from the hustle and bustle of touristy areas and busy city life. Great shot!

    • July 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Reading,writing, arithmetic, and then sailing…what could be better?! We avoid crowds like the plague…we get real uncomfortable.

  7. July 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    great way to end the school year. like the blues and the lines of the boats.

    • July 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

      It sure is a great way to end the school day!!! Boats and water are my favorite things in life!

  8. July 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I would just bet that is a very successful school!

    • July 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Aww man can you imagine??? Ok kids, finish up your studies and let’s go sailing…what a great character builder!

  9. July 19, 2012 at 8:45 am

    What a nice treat for them!

    • July 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

      I have often wondered if this was a daily thing…can you imagine if it was?? If it was a class to choose, I would be the first in line!!!

  10. July 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Your pictures with boats make me want to drop everything and go on holiday ๐Ÿ˜€ Not long now!

    • July 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

      I can see you drooling from here! I’m the same way when it comes to boats. I think I was a sea captain in a past life.

      • July 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

        I think I was a pirate ๐Ÿ˜€

      • July 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

        I can see that in you LOL

  11. July 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

    That is cool – no school related sailing activities happen here in GA, but I am sure the kids would love the opportunity.

    • July 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      I bet they would enjoy something like that…that would be one class I would never miss!!!

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