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Casco Bay Custom Charters Partners with Historic GLEAM for an Exciting Sail Aboard 12-Meter Racing Yacht

Historic GLEAM sailing yacht heeling in the wind while sailing on the ocean.

Casco Bay Custom Charters, Portland, Maine’s premiere private boat charter company, is excited to announce our partnership with GLEAM Sailing from Newport, RI. This collaboration offers an unparalleled sailing excursion of Casco Bay aboard GLEAM, a historic Newport racing yacht. 

This beautifully restored 1937 12-meter yacht has enthralled generations of sailors with her competitive spirit and beauty.  Designed by renowned naval architect Clinton Crane, GLEAM was intended to be both his personal yacht, and a majestic racer  serving as a trial horse for America’s Cup challengers.GLEAM Sailing Yacht out to sea sailing.

According to Casco Bay Custom Charters owner Jim Gallea, “GLEAM offers a truly unique sailing experience that is distinct from other sailing offerings in Casco Bay. She’s a lively, quick boat on the water, offering a real sense of adventure and fun while maintaining a graceful elegance that evokes the golden age of wooden sailing yachts from a century ago. If you have any affinity for sailing, you can’t pass up a chance to sail aboard GLEAM.”

Casco Bay Custom Charters partnership with GLEAM Sailing is a natural fit as both companies value the restoration and preservation of classic boats, and are dedicated to creating truly special experiences on the water.  For the past 10 years, Casco Bay Custom Charters has offered private sightseeing and dining excursions aboard historic Maine-built wooden boats, including Portland’s most distinctive dining experience: a 6-course dinner charter prepared and served onboard by Chef Keith Castro.  Close up of a platter of Maine lobster rolls for onboard catering provided by Pepperell Provisions.

GLEAM will be making limited stops in Portland during the months of July and August 2024 between appearances in regattas along the Maine coast.

All charters aboard GLEAM are private charters that can accommodate groups of up to 13 passengers.  Each sailing excursion includes captain and crew for an effortless Maine summer sail. Charters are typically 3 hours in length, assuring ample time to explore beyond Portland Harbor and experience GLEAM to her fullest.  

GLEAM sailing trips offer onboard catering available from local provisioners, Pepperell Provisions and Charcutemarie. Guests are allowed to bring aboard food and drinks to enjoy while on the water, if preferred.

All sailing charters are customizable, and can accommodate corporate group retreats. As a family-owned local business, we frequently combine our boating experiences with other local hospitality partners and welcome the opportunity to collaborate to create your perfect Maine day.

Book your day of sailing Portland, Maine’s Casco Bay now!

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