The Maine windjammers attract passengers in their 30s and those in their 90s, and everything in between. Many are returnees who sail a particular schooner every year, often coordinating with friends they've met on previous trips. Some are sailors themselves who enjoy helping out or taking a turn at the wheel. Most folks know the kind of experience they're signing on for, but first-timers often aren't quite prepared for just how rustic it can be. Bob Tassi, owner/captain of the schooner Timberwind, told us, "Initially, a lot of passengers experience some sense of shock, especially if they're not sailors and don't understand what a boat is is . . . but then suddenly by Wednesday they almost transform. . . . Very few go away unhappy."
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