You've Got Sail
Hoist a mainsail, climb the bowsprit, or just sit back and enjoy the murmuring sea. These four tall ships will put you up overnight, feed you, and teach you a thing or two about the age of sail.

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Mystic Whaler
Mystic, Conn.

All aboard: Three-day theme cruises (lighthouse tour, whaling history, etc.) on Long Island Sound aboard this 110-foot, gaff-rigged schooner start at $390.
What to expect: Anchor off Block Island, Sag Harbor, or Newport; when the moon is full, sail at night.

Liberty Clipper (above)
Boston, Mass.

All aboard: This 125-foot replica of a mid-nineteenth-century clipper takes up to twenty passengers on three actual tall-ship races: off Gloucester on Labor Day weekend, Provincetown on September 13–16, and Chesapeake Bay on October 16–20 ($550 per person).
What to expect: She's one of the fastest tall ships in operation, and her racing crew likes to party hard after hours, so you may get a chance to steer.

Angelique (right)
Camden, Maine

All aboard: A three-day sail aboard a 95-foot gaff topsail ketch that bunks 31 runs $475 to $500; routes are determined by the wind.
What to expect: Man the wheel or duck in the comfy deckhouse when weather is bad; anchor every evening in harbor towns -- many with hiking trails.

New Bedford, Mass.

All aboard: A three-day cruise on this 1894 former fishing schooner costs around $350 per day. Try the New London–New Bedford run, September 27–29.
What to expect: Takes 24 people, but expect to rough it: There's no heat, no A/C, no shower; as part of the crew, you'll have to scrub the galley and take the midnight watch.

Contact the American Sail Training Association (401-846-1775; for 250 more options.

Photograph: top, courtesy Liberty Fleet; bottom,Ted Dillard