A multiday windjammer sail is a treat for the sea lover, and the palate, aboard the Riggin, a National Historic Landmark built in 1929 as an oyster dredger. Captain Jon Finger usually mans the wheel, while his wife, Captain Annie Mahle, a food columnist and well-known cookbook author, prepares from-scratch meals with ingredients often sourced from their home gardens. Voted Best Windjammer Fare.Dining aboard the J. & E. Riggin, however—a former oyster dredger that once sailed Delaware Bay and now co-captained by husband and wife Jon Finger and Annie Mahle—is both a scenic journey and a culinary getaway. Captain Jon focuses on smooth sailing, while Captain Annie conjures magic belowdecks.Most of the ingredients come from local Maine farms (including the co-captains’ own home garden), as well as the waters in which the J. & E. Riggin sails. On our trip we savored a slow-roasted turkey confit with hearty, earthy root vegetables and freshly baked flatbread—a beautiful meal anywhere.Go sailing on the Schooner J. & E. Riggin to see just how wonderful cruising on an authentic 120-foot-long windjammer can be. Raise the big canvas sails above the 23-foot-wide deck, and glide across beautiful, protected Penobscot Bay just the way old coasting schooners did a century ago. Chart your course among unspoiled islands and spend quiet nights in hidden coves where the stars are the only outdoor lighting. Sail to bustling fishing villages and visit storied seaside resorts. In the evenings, dine family-style on fresh-baked breads and hearty roasts made by the chef-owners, Jon Finger and Anne Marble.
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