Tall-ship sailing is a small world, and good mariners are hard to come by. Historically, sailors from around the globe were hired, rescued, or even shanghaied into service aboard a vessel. It was this mixing of countries and cultures that created so many of the traditions connected to sailing, so it’s no surprise that Maine DaySail followed suit! We like to think of ourselves as the same kind of melting pot that tall-ships originally inspired.
Capt. Lance Meadows - Des Moines, IA
The owner of Maine Day Sail, LLC and Master of the Schooner Timberwind, Capt. Lance Meadows holds a United States Coast Guard license as a 1600-ton Master of Motor, Auxiliary Sail, Towing & Off-Shore Supply Vessels. He started his professional sailing career in the Maine Windjammer fleet and ultimately graduated Summa Cum Laude from Maine Maritime Academy with a B.S. in Vessel Operations & Technology. During school and following graduation, Cap spent several years as a Mate on ocean-going tug boats operating from Seattle, Washington to Alaska with many midnight watches under the Northern Lights in the Bering Sea.
The combination of his maritime skills, passion for hospitality, and an undying entrepreneurial spirit culminated with the launch of Maine Day Sail in late 2014. "It is an opportunity to reinvent an awesome boat, bring a unique venture to Belfast, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience the exceptional beauty of Penobscot Bay. " Captain Meadows lives in Sedgwick, Maine with his beautiful wife Elizabeth and their trusty mutt, Koda.
Kalene Gauthier - Ship's Agent - Concord, NH
Ever since moving away from Maine in 2012, Kalene has been looking forward to the day when she could call Maine home again. During her time away, she spent time living in the Colorado Rockies, and sailing with Class Afloat, between Northern Europe and the Caribbean. She is a true adventurer at heart and finds her energy with the water or in the mountains. Formally educated in Sports Medicine, Kalene has gained much knowledge and training that has allowed her freedom to transit the world.
Now Kalene is happy to be back "home" in Maine and joining Maine Day Sail as the Ship's Agent. When asked what she is most excited about she said "I get to wake up every day in a beautiful place, surrounded by some of my favorite people. What is there not the be excited about?" On days off, Kalene loves to spend time with her nieces, hiking, reading and being crafty.
Zack Lieb - Mate - Wayne, PA
Zack comes to Maine from Wayne, Pennsylvania. Before joining Maine Day Sail, Zack spent 4 years working as a deckhand and mate in Camden, Maine. Although he was never into sailing while growing up, beside a couple times with his uncle, he has grown to love the lifestyle, the boats and the work required to maintain and operate these beautiful vessels. The comradery and family type atmosphere found among crew members continues to draw him in to the sailing life today.
He is working towards gaining more sea time and learning as much as he can about nautical navigation and seamanship, in hopes of acquiring a Captain's License someday. When he is not working he loves exploring the outdoors, Maine's dynamic sailing environment and speed of living.
Liz Meadows - Deckhand - Sedgwick, ME
As a Maine native, Liz was fortunate to enjoy the rocky coastline as a backdrop to her childhood. It was only in her teens that she discovered the Schooner Fleet and fell in love with Tall Ship sailing. Her very first Captain gravely told her, “Be careful, or you’ll get salt in your blood.” But, at that point it was too late – she’d already been hooked by the sea. After traveling the country, living and exploring different states, she simply could not ignore the pull of home, the sea and the Maine coast. It turned out that growing up in a place known to be “The way life should be,” made it tough for her to find another that measured up.
During Liz’s travels, she was fortunate to discover another passion, in the healing arts. As a 13 year veteran of massage therapy, she runs her own practice, The Natural Alternative, LLC in Ellsworth, Maine. Her passion for the massage profession and love of sailing with Maine Day Sail, keeps her very busy during the summer months. When she’s not on the Timberwind, “making Winnie pretty,” you can bet she’s at her office working hard at delivering the “best massage in town” to each of her clients.
Occasionally, Liz is also lucky enough to catch a few precious moments at her home in Sedgwick, ME with her awesome (and handsome!) husband, Lance, and their trusty mutt, Koda.
Tim Schunk - Deckhand - Sullivan, ME
Being a deck hand on a sailing vessel is dream come true for Tim. He is a veteran of the US Navy; having served as a Sonar Technician, and later as a Naval Counselor. He has always wanted the experience of learning to sail as a sailor of old. He is proud to carry on the venerable traditions, especially being able to serve on board the Timberwind, a veteran herself.
Tim is a family man living in Downeast Maine with his wife Brandi, son Seamus and soon to arrive daughter, Ace. He and Brandi are big supporters of their local town. He is a member of the Sullivan Fire Department and Brandi does volunteer work, in various capacities, as time allows. The family are also active members of The Rock Church. When not on board Tim keeps busy with his Transamerica Financial Advisor business. He also enjoys making time for Nerf battles with Seamus.
Antone Vieira - Deckhand - Westport, MA
Antone hails from Westport, Massachusetts. He has experience working on traditional and modern rigged vessels, from time spent living in the Caribbean. As well as, sailing offshore in the straits of Florida, the Yucatan, the Lesser Antilles and on many shorter excursions throughout the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
Antone moved to Maine in 2011, to professionally pursue another of his passions: agriculture. While here he heard about Maine Day Sail through a friend in the Windjammer fleet, and was excited to join the team for the 2016 season. He states "I am grateful to have the opportunity to sail and steward such a sassy Maine native, around her home waters and to be a part of a great Maine Day Sail crew aboard the Timberwind, in the inspiring Belfast community,"
When he isn't sailing, he follows the harvest throughout New England, climbing trees, counting stars and making music with his two children Antonio Ellis and Portia.
Cassy Lincoln - Deckhand - Belfast, ME
Having always lived in Maine, Cassy grew up around the water. It wasn’t until last year however, that she finally stepped onto a sailing vessel. With her parents support and encouragement she walked down to Thompson’s Wharf, not knowing what to expect. Informing Captain Lance, upon meeting him, that she knew nothing about Schooners but could swim and was eager to learn, he agreed to let her come aboard. A couple days later she was hooked. Through her experiences sailing she’s grown to become a more outgoing and confident person.
Happily returning to the Timberwind and Maine Day Sail again this year, she hopes to continue gaining sailing experience and learn even more from the new crew members. She has dreams of traveling the world, preferably on a boat, and getting her Captain's license in the future.
When she’s not working you can find her sitting by the water with a notebook, hiding somewhere with her nose in a book or making her way through Studio Ghibli’s films with her cat, Farley. On the occasional day off she enjoys returning to her parents home in Lincolnville to see her mothers ever growing garden and sit on the porch talking with her father.
Carlos Miro - Deckhand - Vieques, Puerto Rico
Carlos comes from Vieques, Puerto Rico, where his grandfather built sailboats while he was growing up. He remembers spending many weekends of his childhood on the ocean in this way. In 2014, after he had been working as a scuba diving instructor for quite some time, he decided he wanted to expand his knowledge of the ocean by practicing the art of sailing. Then in 2016 he had the opportunity to move to Maine, and still having the desire to stay on the water, found Maine Day Sail on the internet. He thought of it as a good opportunity to raise the bar and increase to new levels of sailing education, by working on a traditionally rigged schooner. In the future, he dreams of using is knowledge of sailing to travel across the Pacific through Polynesia, making a living teaching scuba diving and practicing one of his biggest passions: free-diving/ spearfishing.