Saturday, June 10, 2107

June 10th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

This morning we traveled to Stellwagen Bank, right before the northwest corner of the bank we found whales! We started our trip watching three individual humpback whales (Gondolier, Nine, and an unknown) traveling in the same area. Gondolier and the unknown whale joined together to deep feed. While watching the pair, two fin whales passed by. We ended our trip with Nile, Tripod, and another unknown traveling together. There was plenty to eat in the area! It was a gorgeous morning out on the water.

This afternoon we started our trip on Stellwagen Bank with great close looks at a large fin whale. The whale surfaced right next to the boat! On our way to sightings of humpback whales in the area we stopped on a basking shark that was filtering at the surface. The shark came right next to the boat, we were lucky to get such close looks! We spent most of the afternoon with a humpback whale named Mogul. He was blowing bubbles and surfaced filtering right next to the boat. We had a couple surprise surfacings from him. We ended our trip with looks at Nile tail breaching. Awesome afternoon!

SAIL BOSTON 2017 TRIP SCHEDULE

June 8th, 2017

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In June 2017, Boston will host the most magnificent Tall Ships of our time.  This spectacular world class fleet will visit Boston, an official port for the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, from June 17th-22nd.  The regatta will start in Royal Greenwich UK, then race to various ports in Portugal, Bermuda, Boston, and Quebec City.  There will even be a few familiar faces in Boston as local participants will include the Thomas E Lannon, The Schooner Adventure, and the Schooner Ardelle!

Capt Bill & Sons, veterans since 1976 of past Tall Ships celebrations in Newport RI, Boston and New York, would like to host you on an amazingly historic trip into Boston to see one of the grandest flotillas in history!

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Join us aboard the Miss Cape Ann for day and evening cruises to see the Tall Ships on their visit to Boston for the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta!

Friday June 16th Evening Anchorage Cruise $55 Per Person

Trip departs 4:00PM…Approximate duration 4 hrs

Cruise the beautiful coastline from Gloucester to Boston for a unique opportunity to voyage among the Tall Ships as they arrive from Bermuda.  View these magnificent vessels as they anchor in Boston’s scenic outer harbor in preparation for the next days Parade of Sail.  Approximate duration 4 hrs.

Saturday June 17th Grande Parade of Sail Cruise$185 per person

Trip departs 5:15am  Trip returns approx. 4pm* (after Parades end, when USCG permits exit)

Enjoy a full day cruise and anchoring in Boston Harbor to view the largest flotilla of Tall Ships to visit Boston since 2000.  The ships will parade full splendor from Broad Sound and into the main channel of Boston Harbor, turning at Charlestown and proceeding to their assigned berthing areas. Sure to be a trip of a lifetime with spectacular photo opportunities. Trip includes continental breakfast & lunch.

Mon. June 19th & Wed. June 21st Tall Ship Viewing Cruises $55 per person

Trips depart 4:30pm Mon & Wed…Approximate duration 4 hrs

Admire the scenic New England coastline as we cruise from Gloucester to Boston and take a breathtaking harbor tour of the Tall Ships at their berths. Enjoy fantastic photo opportunities with the utmost close up views of these amazing ships.  Approximate duration 4 hours.

Thursday June 22nd Afternoon Salute Cruise $135 per person

Trip departs 11am…Approximate duration 7 hrs

Enjoy a full day cruise down toward Boston to see the Tall Ships.  View them as they undock and prepare these great ships for the start of the race.  We will provide an amazing viewing position as the Tall Ships make their way FULL SAIL to the Coast of Cape Ann to start the last leg of the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.  Historically one of our best trips of the Tall Ships week, join us  as we bid farewell and wish the ships fair wind as they head up to Canada! Includes lunch and light snack fare.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

June 5th, 2017

From Naturalist Laura:

The weather conditions on Jeffreys Ledge made it seems like we could see forever for the morning trip, making it easy to find my first basking shark of the season.  Captain Marc positioned us perfectly to see the shark’s wide open mouth as it skim fed just beneath the surface.  We also got the opportunity to watch three fin whales and a minke whale. One fin whale was identified as “Dingle”, an adoptable whale through Blue Ocean Society. Another might just be a famous Bar Harbor-area whale known as “Lunch” (who is sadly missing most of its fin).

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In the afternoon the weather had started to decline making it felt more like November than June, but that has been typical lately.  That did not hamper our ability to find a few hundred Atlantic white sided dolphins and our first humpback of the day, Hornbill, who is also adoptable!.  There were a number of other whales in the area, likely fin whales, but we had too much fun with the dolphins to patiently wait for them to re-surface.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

June 4th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

This morning we started off the trip with three fin whales! It was a great start. We got some great close looks at two fin whales in the area. We decided to take a ride and found two more fin whales on Jeffreys Ledge. There were plenty of seagulls and gannets in the area as well.

This afternoon we went for a ride on Jeffreys Ledge to see what we could find. We ended up finding four individual fin whales traveling through the area. One of the fin whales surfaced right next to the boat, it was an amazing look at the second largest animal on Earth! come to find out, this was a fin whale known as “Dingle”, which is one of Blue Ocean Society’s adoptable whalesImage00009

Another fin whale was identified as #0282 (no name yet).

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It was a gorgeous afternoon out on the water!

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2nd, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

Today was an amazing day out on Jeffrey’s Ledge! The weather was perfect for whale watching. We spotted a fin whale first, taking long dives, but our trip really began when we saw a pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. We were excited to see some young calves in the group. We traveled another couple miles and found a very productive spot. Plenty of fish, birds, and whales! We watched 12-15 Sei whales lunge feeding along with 4 filtering basking sharks! I have never seen so many sei whales in one area. Image00008

It was so unique to see the whales feeding alongside the sharks.

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We could see the mackerel at the surface and watched as gannets dove in for a snack. We got some amazing close looks at the whales feeding and the large basking sharks filtering right next to the boat. We also spotted a minke whale and another fin whale passing through the area. Amazing day!

Sunday, May 28

May 28th, 2017

From Naturalist Dianna:

What a morning!! I’ve never seen that much feeding activity from whales of multiple species! It was absolutely incredible! Throughout the trip, we could see several whales with their mouths wide open at the same time! Sei and Humpback IMG_6832And not just the typical humpback whales either. We had a couple dozen sei whales!! What a rare treat to not only see these endangered, offshore sei whales but also to witness them feeding at the surface! Sei IMG_6769 Two of our humpback whales were identified as Owl and her newest calf! Owl IMG_7028The calf was really cute, trying to imitate its mom’s feeding behaviors! Owl has been known to have precocious calves. And I almost forgot to mention the largest basking shark I have ever seen was cruising around close to the whales.Cm IMG_6844 Words really can’t describe the trip accurately. This is why we love whale watching! We never know what we will see from day to day and even trip to trip!

So that being said, our afternoon trip was much different! The winds picked up and the whales spread out. We did get a great look at a huge fin whale right alongside the boat! Fin whales are the 2nd largest animal on the planet! So cool!!  Then we saw two humpbacks named Scylla and Quote along with a 3rd unidentified humpback. Quote IMG_7051These two were blowing big clouds of bubbles to trap their prey and came up with their mouths open several times!  Scylla IMG_7075A minke whale was spotted scooting around the area, and as we looked in the distance, even more spouts! It was certainly a different trip from the morning, but again, that is what we expect! Wildlife is wild after all! I love our nature excursions!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

May 27th, 2017

From Naturalist Dianna:

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Our trip this afternoon took us to the southern part of Jeffreys Ledge. Seas were much nicer than I had anticipated and the sun was shining! Still, it is a bit cool out there as the water temperature is only 50 degrees.  Lots of whales of several species were spotted near and far. We spent most of our time with four humpback whales including one who is named Shuffleboard, another who we have just identified as Scylla, and then we saw Owl with her newest calf!

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This was especially exciting for me, the co-founder of Blue Ocean Society, as Owl is one of our adoptable humpback whales! We love seeing her return year after year. You can adopt Owl by clicking here.

Also spotted was a sly sei whale, and a minke whale. A harbor seal pup came up to us curiously to check us out, and the northern gannets were circling above, searching for fish to catch.

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I am looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow!

Come see the Tall Ships with Capt. Bills!

May 26th, 2017


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In June 2017, Boston will host the most magnificent Tall Ships of our time.  This spectacular world class fleet will visit Boston, an official port for the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, from June 17th-22nd.  The regatta will start in Royal Greenwich UK, then race to various ports in Portugal, Bermuda, Boston, and Quebec City.  There will even be a few familiar faces in Boston as local participants will include the Thomas E Lannon, The Schooner Adventure, and the Schooner Ardelle!

Capt Bill & Sons, veterans since 1976 of past Tall Ships celebrations in Newport RI, Boston and New York, would like to host you on an amazingly historic trip into Boston to see one of the grandest flotillas in history!

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Join us aboard the Miss Cape Ann for day and evening cruises to see the Tall Ships on their visit to Boston for the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta!

Friday June 16th Evening Anchorage Cruise $55 Per Person

Trip departs 4:00PM…Approximate duration 4 hrs

Cruise the beautiful coastline from Gloucester to Boston for a unique opportunity to voyage among the Tall Ships as they arrive from Bermuda.  View these magnificent vessels as they anchor in Boston’s scenic outer harbor in preparation for the next days Parade of Sail.  Approximate duration 4 hrs.

Saturday June 17th Grande Parade of Sail Cruise $185 per person

Trip departs 5:15am  Trip returns approx. 4pm* (after Parades end, when USCG permits exit)

Enjoy a full day cruise and anchoring in Boston Harbor to view the largest flotilla of Tall Ships to visit Boston since 2000.  The ships will parade full splendor from Broad Sound and into the main channel of Boston Harbor, turning at Charlestown and proceeding to their assigned berthing areas. Sure to be a trip of a lifetime with spectacular photo opportunities. Trip includes continental breakfast & lunch.

Mon. June 19th & Wed. June 21st Tall Ship Viewing Cruises $55 per person

Trips depart 4:30pm Mon & Wed…Approximate duration 4 hrs

Admire the scenic New England coastline as we cruise from Gloucester to Boston and take a breathtaking harbor tour of the Tall Ships at their berths. Enjoy fantastic photo opportunities with the utmost close up views of these amazing ships.  Approximate duration 4 hours.

Thursday June 22nd Afternoon Salute Cruise $135 per person

Trip departs 11am…Approximate duration 7 hrs

Enjoy a full day cruise down toward Boston to see the Tall Ships.  View them as they undock and prepare these great ships for the start of the race.  We will provide an amazing viewing position as the Tall Ships make their way FULL SAIL to the Coast of Cape Ann to start the last leg of the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.  Historically one of our best trips of the Tall Ships week, join us  as we bid farewell and wish the ships fair wind as they head up to Canada! Includes lunch and light snack fare.

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May 21, 2017

May 21st, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

Today was a great day out on Jeffreys Ledge! The weather was perfect for whale watching. We started our trip with a pod of around 100-150 Atlantic white-sided dolphins milling in the area with a fin whale. The dolphins surfaced right next to the boat, the water was calm so you could clearly see the characteristic white stripe that gives them their name. The fin whale surfaced next to the boat, we got great looks! We passed by more fin whales in the area on our way to watch three humpback whales, Spoon (Bilbo), Cirrus, and Willow (a new whale for me!). They spent time resting at the surface right next to the boat. Amazing way to end the trip!

May 20, 2017

May 21st, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

Today was the first trip on the Miss Cape Ann and it was the perfect way to start the season! We traveled to Jefferey’s Ledge and spotted quite a few spouts in the area. We started our trip with a pod of about 25-35 Atlantic White Sided dolphins milling around the same area as a feeding sei whale! Although our chances of spotting a sei whale are slightly greater this time of year, it is still a rare and exciting sighting! The whale was skim feeding at the surface, we even got to see the whale’s baleen! We watched as two minkes whales traveled through the area as well. We ended our trip with great looks at a pair of large female humpback whales, Spar and Sabot. The pair was deep feeding, but we were able to get great close looks. The weather was a little chilly, but it was a perfect four species day out on the water! Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.