2017-06-14 / Sports & Outdoors

Sugarloafers go to sea

In the ‘off season’...
By Parker Hall Special to the Irregular


Sugarloafers hold a Tiger Bragdon photo (left to right) Capt. Kip Files, Roddy Earlenbach, Peter Marion, Julia Eggleston, Jim “Spinner” Lee, Sarah Lee and Parker Hall. Sugarloafers hold a Tiger Bragdon photo (left to right) Capt. Kip Files, Roddy Earlenbach, Peter Marion, Julia Eggleston, Jim “Spinner” Lee, Sarah Lee and Parker Hall. ROCKLAND — A gray mist settles around the topsides as the Victory Chimes, America’s largest windjammer, backs out of her berth in Rockland, on the first of the season’s charters, a four-day excursion around the islands dotting the Maine coastline.

Among the 28 passengers, a small contingent of Sugarloafers has signed on to enjoy and participate in the raising of sail and meeting new friends from all over the country.

The day begins with a steaming cup of Carrabassett coffee on deck at 7 a.m., with a hearty breakfast prepared by the cook, James, and a brief history of the ship by the ship’s Master, Sugarloaf’s own Kip Files who, along with co-owner Paul DeGaeta steer eastward to the day’s sights of lobster boats hauling traps, seabirds, seals and dolphins and lighthouses.


The Chimes transom recently gilded by Parker Hall. The Chimes transom recently gilded by Parker Hall. The ship anchors at day’s end in some secluded and picturesque harbor in the lee of some spruce studded islands and as the sun retreats under the horizon.

Too soon the Victory Chimes returns to port, with the passengers sharing each other’s email and telephone info, and with a strong conviction to return for another adventure aboard the Victory Chimes.



Sugarloafers haul away to lift the sails on the Victory Chimes. See story on page 11. Sugarloafers haul away to lift the sails on the Victory Chimes. See story on page 11.

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