By Jon Wescott
5/26/10– Maine’s newest and likely most dynamic sailing venture, Thorfinn Expeditions, has been launched here in mid-coast Maine. The brand new Presto 30, Thorfinn, was launched in Rockport last week and has begun sea trials on Penobscot Bay. The boat and business will be based in Lincolnville Beach.
“Thorfinn Expeditions is adventuring for adventurers,” describes founder, owner and lead instructor Thor Emory of Lincolnville. “It’s the perfect opportunity for people to be directly involved in the experience, whether it’s as an adventure or picking up technical skills such as navigation, sail trim, even rock climbing. Whether people want to camp on islands or stay in B&B’s, we can do it all.”
Thorfinn Expeditions can offer such a diverse range of opportunities on account of the strength of its staff and the partnerships it has established. Beginning with Thor, a native of Mount Desert Island, the staff’s professional experience is extensive. Thor is a life-long sailor, sea captain, outdoor enthusiast and educator with a decade of experience with Outward Bound’s Sea Program. Additionally, he has worked as a commercial fisherman, sea kayak guide, and as a professional ski patroller on both eastern and western mountains. Others also have decades of outdoor expedition experience and hold credentials ranging from US Coast Guard-licensed captains to Registered Maine Guides to ACA Sea Kayak Open Water certification to professional whitewater guide status. All have a minimum of medical training at the Wilderness First Responder level. Accumulating this experience has taken the staff on expeditions throughout North America and abroad.
“It’s through the exceptional quality of our staff and our high level of experience that allows us to adapt to any individual or group, all the while running the safest trips possible” explains Thor.
“Imagine rock climbing in the morning with an ocean view, then sailing under a fresh breeze in the afternoon. Or a multi-day journey sailing up the coast of Maine while rock climbing along the way.” elaborates Thor. “All this is possible.”
Sea kayaking side-trips, hikes, pulling up to relax on a remote beach, visits to lighthouses, timely stops at local lobster pounds, all these and more can be included in any Thorfinn expedition.
The company’s boat, Thorfinn, is a Presto 30 that matches the nimbleness of the company’s philosophy. Built by Ryder Boats in Bucksport, Thorfinn is a high performance cruising sharpie capable of sailing in deep water as well as shallow seas. It’s responsive in as little as 5-knot winds and can light things up in 20-knot conditions. Thorfinn can accommodate up to 6 expedition members, plus a lead instructor, can navigate waters over a foot deep and is able to land on shallow beaches. Thirty-feet in length and eight and a half in the beam, it can also be legally pulled on a trailer pulled by a pick-up truck, dramatically increasing the spontaneity and reach of any expedition.
“It’s the perfect boat for what we’re doing,” explains Thor. “With Thorfinn, we can go anywhere, do anything. Our long term goals include operating out of places like Newfoundland, the Pacific Northwest, and the warmer climes to our south.”
An inaugural expedition is planned for early June. Thorfinn and a crew of sailors and videographers will attend World Oceans Day in Stonington on June 5th, and will then depart for points Downeast. After this initial shake down trip Thorfinn will be back in the mid-coast and operating exciting day and multi-day programs.
In addition to the boat, Thorfinn Expeditions will be opening an adventure shop in Lincolnville Beach. To get a preview of this new dynamic business and Thorfinn attend Moonrise over Lincolnville Beach this Friday evening (May 28) to celebrate the full moon rising over the beach. This seaside celebration includes music, artisans, food and a bonfire on the beach. Sponsored by the Lincolnville Business Group – free. Thorfinn will be at the event.
For more information or to book a customized trip, please contact Thorfinn Expeditions at:
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