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Gearing Up

Good morning everyone. Well the new year is off to a great start. I feel like things are really starting to get geared up here at our global headquarters. With a little bit of an early winter thaw upon us we can balance some of our indoor projects with some outdoor work. Already it is 30 degrees and the sun is shining brightly from a clear blue winter sky.

We are so pleased to have Jake, this past summer’s assistant cook, here for a couple of weeks on school break. He is giving us the jump start on fit-out that we really need. Last week Elisa, Jen and Jake busted out cabin windows and the paint has had the weekend to “kick” up stairs in the barn. This week we will be stacking some more wood, prepping and painting the buff cabin skylight covers, and starting “Blockfest 2008”. All 77 of the wooden blocks will get overhauled and painted. It is a big job but with numerous folks we should be able to finish it off quickly. In the office Jen and Elisa have their hands full turning over the end of the year book keeping and tax responsibilities. So another full week is upon us and I am overwhelmed just thinking about it.

A new employee Alex will be joining us this week to test out the waters of the schooner world. Alex is excited to learn about windjammers and comes to us with some great experience working on and sailing small boats. He has done a little sailing here in Maine but I find it difficult to fully describe all the wonders of windjamming. Not until you feel the first wind fill the sails can one really comprehend the magnitude of what we are preparing for. I have to remind myself that soon (and not soon enough) we will be sailing and looking out over the freshly painted rails at all the natural beauty of the Maine coast.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

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