August, Already?

August 12, 2016

For the past few weeks, we have been busy socializing and then retreating to an isolated anchorage to recoup, then socializing and then retreating. We pull into an anchorage to rejuvenate and then find a boat we know, with whom we must reconnect. And so it goes. Good fun to meet folks we first met anchored in an unused canal in Venice or on whose boat we had dinner up here in Maine, before they then sailed to South Georgia in the Antarctic.

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Pulpit Harbor, North Haven Morning Fog

Weather has continued to be mostly good, with a few lovely fog shrouded mornings thrown in and one heavy foggy evening when Sid almost did not make it back to DOVKA in the dinghy.

We had a wonderful week with dear friends,Bunny and Marshall,

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H.Marshall and Sid at Rest After a Hard Day’s Sail!

exploring Penobscot Bay and sailing up the only Fjord on the east coast, Somes Sound, into Acadia National Park.

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Somesville, ME, Acadia National Park

The week culminated with the 27th annual Sweet Charity Music Festival on Swans Island, just south of Mt Desert. A great, eclectic music festival on an island only accessible by boaters, as there are no hotels or inns on the island.

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Sea Shanties, Swans Is. Sweet Charity Music Festival

A family reunion in Castine to celebrate our great niece Syra’s Bat Mitzvah was fantastic and kept us busy last weekend from Thursday thru Tuesday.

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Ready for Syra Gutow’s Big Weekend!

Our son Jonathan and his wife Kate joined us aboard DOVKA for the festivities, with 5 yr old Noah and 2 1/2 yr old Nat sleeping aboard for the first time.

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Bedtime Aboard DOVKA

 

They were great crew!

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Nathaniel and Sid on Castine Town Dock

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Noah with Seaweed on Castine Town Dock

The culminating beach party complete with bonfire and marshmallows was fun for all.

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Bonfire at Sunset at Syra’s Party

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Noah and his Roasted S’More

Now we are in Camden to begin the week of Ocean Cruising Club activities and again reuniting with our crew from the Azores to Lisbon, friends upon whose boat we have sailed, and many others.

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Beck Resting at an Anchorage

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Sid Resting at an Anchorage

We love being surrounded by nature at an anchorage and then love coming to civilization where we can do laundry, shower and shop, in preparation for the next adventure: the OCC Cruise this coming week. And find a library where we can struggle to put this blog together.

 

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