We had planned to stay in Maine until, at least, after Labor Day. Sid’s line was “we stay up here til it cools off down there.” BUT, we are, at the last minute, able to join a Greenland photographic expedition and now have to be home earlier, so we can prepare to leave on Sept 21st.
It is all exciting, but it once again puts us in the position we said we would not allow ourselves to be in on this return trip: pushing to make as many miles south as we can every day, which is very tiring. The prevailing winds are strong southwesterlies, which is the direction we wish to sail and so we will plow on through or wait for weather as we go.
We have had a whirlwind of a time these past two weeks. We left the family reunion in Castine to hightail it to Camden for the Ocean Cruising Club festivities. We reconnected with lots of friends, had a great Rally at the Camden Yacht Club and then a fun cruise around the Penobscot Bay.
The cruise ended with an excellent presentation on a six year circumnavigation, provided by friends of ours. We met them in the Bahamas before they had decided to sail around the world and like to think we were two of the folks who helped convince them they should, at least, go through the canal into the Pacific. It turns out there are still islands one can visit that have not been invaded by package sailing tours. They had fabulous photos, stories and experiences.
We had the honor of hosting the new Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club, Anne Hammick, during the Maine cruise. The first day out, we sailed up the west side of Islesboro, tacking back and forth, all three of us enjoying the flat seas and strong winds.
Unfortunately, when I went down to make lunch, I found the carpet by the galley was soaking wet and the cupboard under the stove filled with seawater. The hinges on the galley port had given way. Our ports are in the hull. They take a tremendous load and the hinges are their weak link. This is the third port we have lost.
But, we put in to the Castine town dock, and Sid had the storm board up in place of the port window within minutes and I had the mess in the galley cleaned up within an hour.
We bopped across to Smith Cove where the OCC Cruisers were gathering for cocktails, on a huge Catamaran, and we partied well then and for the rest of the cruise as we moved about and stopped at magnificent quintessential Maine anchorages with rocks and pines and spectacular sunsets.
Yesterday, we left the OCCers in North Haven in the Penobscot Bay, and are now back on the New Meadows River, rafted to ARAMINGO. Laundry, showers, a supermarket run and time to relax and visit, and then we are off again pushing south!