After 27 years, ownership of Angelique changes hands
Camden — The windjammer Angelique was sold Jan.2 by owners Mike and Lynne McHenry to Dennis Gallant and his wife, Candace Kuchinski.
The McHenrys had owned the vessel, known for its red sails, for 27 years, and Mike said, “It was just time” to hand the wheel to someone else. He said in Gallant and Kuchinski they had found “a competent, caring couple” who wanted to take over the boat.
Modeled after an 1880s English fishing trawler, the Angelique was built in 1980, according to the windjammer's website, sailangelique.com. It is 130 feet long, with a 95-foot deck, has an 11-foot draft and carries 31 passengers and seven crew. It is powered by more than 5,200 square feet of sail, with two auxiliary diesel engines.
Gallant, who had worked aboard the Angelique for 10 years before becoming her new owner, said he and Kuchinski had wanted to have their own windjammer for several years. So the McHenrys' retirement was the opportunity they had been waiting for. He added that Mike had been a good mentor to him.
He and Kuchinski plan to continue the three-, four- and six-day cruises the McHenrys have run, Gallant said. “We want to do just the same and Mike and Lynne, and hopefully do it just as well,” he said.
The business will keep the same website and phone number. Information on the Angelique can also be found through the Maine Windjammer Association.
The cruising season starts Memorial Day, Gallant said.
"We're very excited."
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, ride her ATV and play word games.