We are sailing on a beam reach down the east side of Islesboro, still in the beautiful Penobscot Bay. It is another glorious, sunny day with 15 knots of wind on the beam. Our son and his wife are with us now and Benjamin is attempting to take a noon site as he refreshes his celestial navigation skills, with the help of his father.
But there is the nip of cold air in the breeze and frost predicted for north of here tonight. It is fall now, even when in the heat of the sun. There are fewer boats on the water and many empty mooring balls in the harbors . Most of our OCC cruising friends have started south already and the others are readying for haul out here.
We have had a busy 10 days. We sailed into Castine, last Monday morning to meet up with my sister and her husband, who were coming from Ann Arbor, to visit their son, daughter in law and granddaughters.We took 10 year old Syra and her grandparents sailing overnight, although we had virtually no wind, we had some mean rummykub games and a good time. .
We left them on Thursday early morn to have a lovely little sail over to Belfast, where we left DOVKA on a town mooring and rented a car to drive to New Hampshire to meet up with our dear friends at their lake house for Labor Day weekend and meet up with our older son, Benjamin and his wife, Lauren, who flew in from San Francisco for the week.
The weather forecast was for rain all weekend, but we lucked out and had sunshine and swimming, kayaking and sunfish sailing weather on Lower Beach Pond, Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, until Monday, Labor Day, when it poured. We remained in the cozy cottage until Tuesday, when we drove back to Belfast and DOVKA.
Tonight is Erev Rosh Hoshanah and we will have a festive dinner aboard at anchor and tomorrow join the family in Castine for services in Bangor and a holiday dinner at home in Castine. Then we shall resume sailing with Lauren and Ben until they have to leave on Sunday. And on Sunday, it is also time for us to leave to start south for the voyage home.