Wednesday, July 31, 2013

We love to go ashore and have luxuriously unlimited hot water showers, launder all needed items and restock our larder in good supermarkets. We even enjoy a night ashore in a real bed every now and then. But, we always feel a sense of relief when we return to our home on DOVKA. We are at home now, at anchor in narrow, shallow and very quiet Hatch Cove, off the rushing Bagaduce River which runs in front of the storybook village of Castine, where our nephew and his wife and two wonderful 10 and 14 year old daughters live.

Solitude in Hatch Cove

Solitude in Hatch Cove


Tom got us a mooring yesterday, but the town is filling up with classic wooden yachts as Castine hosts it annual Classic Boat Symposium, this year featuring the magnificent Concordia yawls, on their 75th anniversary. So we moved off the borrowed mooring to this spot which is spitting distance from Tom’s float, behind their house. Yesterday we visited with them all ashore and stayed over. Shortly we shall reciprocate with a picnic dinner aboard DOVKA quietly at anchor.

Syra, Hanna & Amy Arriving  at DOVKA

Syra, Hanna & Amy Arriving at DOVKA


Castine is jumping and the harbor is filled with magnificent wooden yachts. Tomorrow they will race from Castine to Camden. It will be a lovely sight. And they should have good weather.

Fog Lifting in Castine Harbor

Fog Lifting in Castine Harbor

We seem to be having two or so days of fog and rain and then two or so days of exquisitely sunny and dry and clear weather, not atypical for this part of the world. We move on the sunny days and relax on the foggy ones, if we can. We broke loose from Camden when we were stocked up, had clean clothes and the weather was glorious, moving to anchor off of Birch Point Island (off Islesboro), owned by our friends – 3 acres at high tide, 800+ at low tide. Sid spent a day helping Denis staple singles into the new (to be screened to protect from the mossies) porch he is building onto the little cabin he has been building for the past 4 years. I made a hearty beef and vegetable soup to share ashore. Going ashore takes timing with the tide and several various types of boats from kayak to dingy as well as reefwalkers – water shoes for the mud. The next night it seemed easier to have dinner aboard DOVKA and so we did. And then Tuesday dawned clear and crisp and we took off again to come to see the family!

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