Friday, August 23, 2013

A friend suggested that our days up here sailing in Maine sound like one big cocktail party. Well, especially this week, that might appear to be the case. But, in fact, I think of cocktail party conversation as boring and superficial. In the social environment of cruising sailors, the conversation is usually not boring, nor are the people, who have sailed the world’s oceans. Many others might find the discussion on maintenance and repair boring, but we find we always have something valuable to learn from others. This is a group of self sufficient individuals. And, while there are people we meet whom we enjoy, but with whom we may not really connect, there are always a number we really want to get to know better and to see again, as well as the fun of reconnecting with those we have met before, either in Maine or the Chesapeake in the past few sailing seasons or other far flung ports around the world. And then there are those who have sailed to wonderful places we have not and it is interesting to hear of those experiences.

Nine for Dinner on DOVKA

Nine for Dinner on DOVKA

So this past week of cruising in company with 20 other OCC boats, 5 of whom are British, was a lot of fun. Our weather was great starting with the wonderful lobster dinner at the Camden Yacht Club on Sunday afternoon. On Monday, we moseyed away from Camden to Kent Cove on the Fox Island Thoroughfare between North Haven and Vinylhaven Islands, which are south of Islesboro in the Penobscot Bay.

Sunset in Center Harbor

Sunset in Center Harbor


The festivities started with a raft-up of three larger boats tied together so the rest of us could bring appetizers and drinks and we could have a huge cocktail party! The next morning we toured a fascinating model sustainable farm on North Haven, bought gogeous produce at their farm store and then sailed to Cape Rosier to anchor off Holbrook Island, for a walk in a nature preserve the next morning. From there we motored a mile or two around to anchor opposite our home away from home in Maine, Castine, in large and lovely Smith Cove. A walking tour of charming Castine occupied the afternoon for many. And then yesterday dawned clear and blue again and we sailed south with lovely, gentle winds to Bow Cat Cove on the northern tip of Deer Isle. Our last formal get together was a potluck dinner at members’ lovely home overlooking the cove. We have at least three sets of house guests this fall, as a result!

Passing One Of The Many Windjammers In Maine

Passing One Of The Many Windjammers In Maine

Now we sit quietly at anchor in Orcutt Cove, hiding from the hundred plus vessels that make up the New York Yacht Club summer Maine cruise. They are gathering in Bucks Harbor, right next door…we like our group of 20 as the optimum number of ‘best friends’ with whom to sail in company. We are reading and relaxing after all the socializing. But we are going to dinner on Fiscal Stray, the boat with whom we entered Maine on a day that seems so long ago. So many of the boats we have been with are already starting to head south. We will try to hang on a few more weeks….

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