Daily Log

16 August 2017 Rockland, Maine

Beautiful varnishing weather. Got another coat on in the morning, and then spent the rest of the day ashore.

15 August 2017 Rockland, Maine

Today was completely fogged in, so no varnishing again. The fog severely tested our navigation skills whilst in the dinghy with no chartplotter. We ended up about 90 degrees off course, and covered almost twice as much distance as required to get ashore! Fortunately by the time we came back the fog had lifted a little and we could see the boat.

14 August 2017 Departed Stonington, Arrived Rockland

Early departure for Rockland. Windy day so couldn’t get an extra coat on varnish on. Spent some time installing the AIS. Just needs the technician now to come and program the box.

13 August 2017 Departed Somes Sound, Arrived Stonington

Finally succumbed to the lobster pots! Line got wrapped around rudder. Whilst attempting to free ourselves we drifted into another couple pots. After about 20 minutes and a freezing swim we finally got free and made sure we didn’t hit anymore!

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12 August 2017 Somes Sound

Rained in the morning. We took off and walked around Bar Harbor, had lunch at Gerry’s. On the tender ride back we saw Jade East and stopped to say hi. We met Luke and DD back in Rockland at the SSCA gam. We spent a very enjoyable couple hours aboard before making our way home in the dark.

11 August 2017 Somes Sound

Spent the day sanding and taping up the rails, and one coat of varnish.

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10 August 2017 Somes Sound

Today Joy decided we should finally sand and varnish all the rails on the boat. I’m not sure she quite realised what the task entailed!

9 August 2017 Somes Sound

Walked up Cadillac Mountain. We went up the north ridge, with fantastic views all around Acadia park. We scrambled down the other side to Bubble Pond.

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8 August 2017 Somes Sound

Quiet day on the boat. Followed disappointing news out of South Africa regarding Zuma vote of no-confidence.

7 August 2017 Somes Harbor, Somes Sound

Absolutely stunning day. Caught the bus to Echo Lake and hiked up Beech Mountain. We then caught the bus to Bass Harbor where we had hot lobster dip snack for lunch. We then bussed back to Bar Harbor and walked out across the sandbar at low tide to Bar Island. We enjoyed some pizza, browsed some of the shops and bussed back to the boat.

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6 August 2017 Arrived Somes Harbor, Somes Sound

Started with a walk to Southwest Harbor. We enjoyed a Sunday brunch at a restaurant overlooking the harbor, with some live jazz. We walked back to the boat, by which time the wind had picked up. The wind was blowing towards the shore, so decided to move further north to the head of Somes Sound.

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5 August 2017 Departed NE Harbor, Arrived Valley Cove, Somes Sound

We motored up through the Narrows into Maine’s very own fjord, Somes Sound. We anchored in Valley Cove, nestled underneath the fir lined hills. This is our best anchorage yet!

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4 August 2017 Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park

Purchased a weeks entry ticket for Acadia Park for all of $12 each. We then took the free bus to Bar Harbor. It was a beautiful day to walk around the village which was busy with the cruise ship passengers. We hopped on another bus and went down to Sand Beach, and walked along the shore path to Thunder Hole and Otter Point, before catching the bus back to Northeast Harbor. By which time the fog had rolled in again, so it was decided to stay in a second night in the harbor (well, really outside the harbor since the harbor is mooring ball only for $40/night)

3 August 2017 Departed Swans Island, Arrived Northeast Harbour, Mount Desert Island

Departed Swans Island and motored over to the Cranberry Islands. We dropped anchor and went to ashore Small Cranberry island. After a short walk, and being swamped by mosquitoes, we decided maybe this wasn’t the island for us after all! We hauled anchor and scooted over to the close by Northeast Harbor. We anchored outside of the mooring field just before the fog rolled in again. We had a nice walk around the quaint town before coming back to the boat for dinner.

2 August 2017 Departed Isle Au Haut, Arrived Mackerel Cove, Swans Island

After 21 days of no migraines, Joy finally succumbed to another migraine. Possibly from the previous day’s exertion on the trail. We hauled anchor and motored our way through the pretty Isle Au Haut thorofare and made our way toward Swans Island. The fog seemed to come and go during the day, but overall a nice sunny day. We anchored next to a 50m Westport superyacht called Evviva in Mackerel Cove. Evviva is Italian for Hurrah… not much different from Ta Da then!

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1 August 2017 Departed Seal Cove, Arrived Duck Harbor, Isle Au Haut.

After failing to find a walking trail around Seal Cove we departed and made for the island of Isle Au Haut, which is part of the Acadia National Park. We anchored in Duck Harbor and were soon out on the trails. We over extended ourselves and finally made it back to the tender after 4 hours of hard walking. The forest trails were beautiful.

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31 July 2017 Departed Rockland, Arrived Seal Cove, Vinalhaven.

Popped into town to see if I could get a part for our AIS. Alas, no luck. We refueled at Landings marina and then set out for Vinalhaven. With a nice southerly breeze we reached across to Fox Islands, sailed all the way through the Thorofare and tucked into the protected Seal Cove on the Eastern side of Vinalhaven for the night. A wonderful anchorage with about 10 other boats already there.

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30 July Rockland, Maine, USA

Walked to the Rockland lighthouse and back. The breakwater leading out to the lighthouse is almost a mile long and offers beautiful views across the bay.

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29 July 2017 Rockland, Maine, USA

Today we attended the SSCA Gam, which consisted of a potluck lunch followed by 2 talks on cruising Cuba. We met some great people at the Gam, although slightly overwhelmed by the number of new people! We had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

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28 July 2017 Rockland, Maine, USA

After spending a couple hours on wifi, walked through town to the supermarket. Stopped by McDonalds on the way back for Lobster roll! Next did a couple loads of laundry before making our way over to the Seven Seas Cruising Association raft up. Met some   cruising folk in town for the gam.

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27 July 2017 Departed Seal Harbor, Arrived Rockland, Maine, USA

With a light breeze and north running current we slowly sailed the 10nm up to Rockland, round Owl Head lighthouse. By the time we got to Rockland the wind was gusting up to 20knots. We dropped anchor inside the harbour, and went ashore for a walk around town.

26 July 2017 Departed Monhegan Island, Arrived Seal Harbor

Enjoyed a morning walk to the east side of the island enjoying the gorgeous views. Hauled anchor and went first to Tenants Harbor which we decided not to stay at. Pushed on to Seal Harbor where we dropped anchor for the night.

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25 July 2017 Departed Christmas Cove, Arrived Monhegan Island

Beautiful morning walk up to The Gut, breakfast at the coffee shop, purchased 2 lobsters for dinner, then walked back through the forest. Sun came out and turned into a beautiful day. Hauled anchor around midday and set sail for Monhegan Island. Arrived 3pm, anchored, took a walk up to the lighthouse and through the town. Dinner of lobster!

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24 July 2017 Christmas Cove

Rained all day. We stayed inside wrapped up warm all day, eating warm soup, drinking red wine, eating chocolate, reading books and watching movies!

23rd July 2017 Sailed up Damariscotta river to Damariscotta town for lunch and back down to Christmas Cove for night

Sailed up the river on the flood tide to check out Damariscotta. Checked out the quaint town at the top of the river before sailing back down on the ebb tide. Anchored outside of Christmas Cove. Took a long walk through the village and surrounds. PS Ever since I bought our 2 stroke 8hp outboard I thought it was underpowered. Not sure what I did, if it was different fuel or oil, but today it was able to get the tender up on to the plane with both of us in it and we absolutely flew, probably 3 times faster than its ever gone before!

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22nd July 2017, Departed Boothbay for Damariscotta River

Left Boothbay and travelled up the Damariscotta river till we found a nice protected cove to anchor in. Blew up the paddleboards and went for a short paddle.

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21st July 2017 Departed Quahog Bay, Arrived Boothbay

Sailed toward Boothbay, when we spotted Seguin Island. Took one of the few mooring balls in the small bay and went ashore. Had a lovely tour of the lighthouse and then walked around the lush green island. Unfortunately the cove was really rolly so didnt stay he night. Continued on to Boothbay where we dropped anchor rather than pay the $35 for a mooring ball. Dinghied into town and walked around the pretty town. Shared a pizza for dinner before retiring back to the boat for the night. Apart from the odd wake a fairly comfortable night.

20th July 2017 Departed Falmouth Foreside, Arrived Quahog Bay

Woke up to the most stunning day. Motored our way through the Casco Bay islands to Quahog Bay, where we anchored beside Snow Island. Enjoyed a beautiful evening and calm anchorage for the night.

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19th July 2017 Departed Diamond Cove, Arrived Falmouth Foreside

After 45 minute motor to what the guide book promised was a large anchorage, we found a huge mooring field for hundreds of boats. We took a mooring ball at the Portland Yacht Club which included the use of their fantastic facilities. We caught an Uber into Portland and explored the town for the day, and then stocked up on provisions and caught Uber back.

18th July 2017 Departed Isles of Shoals, Arrived Diamond Cove, Portland

We left Isles of Shoals late due to fog. Fog only lifted temporarily, and came back in around 4pm. So came into Portland in thick fog. Made our way to Diamond Cove where the cruising guide said we would find an Anchorage. Turned out the “anchorage” where we dropped the hook was bang in the middle of the unmarked channel for the incoming ferry. Halfway through dinner we were forced to move and take a mooring instead. Horrible rolly anchorage but at least we weren’t charged for the nights stay on the mooring ball. Departed as early the next morning for the “anchorage” in Falmouth Foreside.

17th July 2017 Isles of Shoals, Maine, USA

Walked around Star Island in the morning, followed by a sail to Portsmouth and back. We couldnt find any nice anchorages or free moorings in Portsmouth so returned to our lovely (free) mooring in Isles of Shoals. We wanted to do some provisioning in Portsmouth, but decided we could do it in Portland. After looking at the guide book we realised all the ports from Portsmouth up to Portland have few anchorages due to the fast tide-driven currents that move through these estuary type harbours. The tide difference is 9 feet and the currents run up to 6 knots. The alternative is mooring balls which cost between $20 and$50 per night… not in our budget! Tomorrow we will make straight for Portland where there are plenty of anchorages.

16th July 2017 Departed Newburyport, Arrived Isles of Shoals, Maine, USA

Left Newburyport on the outgoing tide. With a light breeze we shut off the engine and sailed towards Portsmouth at 3 knots. The days was absolutely beautiful so we decided to make a detour to the Isles of Shoals which lie on the Maine/ New Hampshire border. We anchored in the Gosport bay which was busy with boats over from the mainland for the dy (being a Sunday). We explored Snottynose island (Maine) and Star island (NH), and stayed the night.

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15th July 2017 Departed Rockport, Arrived Newburyport, Mass, USA

Very rolly anchorage, not a good night’s sleep. Woke up and walked around Rockport one last time.  Checked out the local farmers market, acquired a couple souveneirs before departing for Newburyport. No anchoring in Newburyport, managed to find a mooring at the American Yacht Club for $20. (Harbormaster wanted to charge $50 for a public mooring). Walked around town. Pretty town with a lot of touristy shops. Came back to the boat and had chicken salad whilst watching a stunning sunset.

14th July 2017 Departed Gloucester, Arrived Rockport, Cape Ann, Mass, USA

Visited the Eastern Point Yacht Club and Eastern Point Lighthouse in the morning. Departed lunchtime for Rockport. No space in Rockport harbour so anchored nearby in Sandy Bay. Took the dinghy over to the Old Harbor and explored Rockport by foot.

13th July 2017 – Gloucester, Cape Ann, Mass, USA

Woke up to a cold and dreary morning. Stayed warm under the covers most of the day. Too wet to venture out so just stayed aboard and completed a few boat jobs. Hot soup for lunch and scallops for dinner.

12th July 2017 – Departed Salem, Arrived Gloucester, Mass, USA

We finished up our shopping, returned the rental car, departed Salem harbour through the light fog and motored north to Gloucester. Dropped anchor in the harbour and walked through the town. A historic fishing town, it included memorials to the thousands of fisherman who died at sea over the past 300 years.

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11th July 2017 – Salem, Mass, USA

Rented car, made a mad dash around Salem and surrounding areas finding boat parts and re-provisioning. An EXPENSIVE day!

10th July 2017 – Arrived Salem, Massachusetts, USA

We arrived in Salem with no idea where to stay. We pulled into the Salem Willows Yacht Club who very kindly let us stay on one of their spare moorings for a couple of nights.

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9th July 2017 – Departed Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

After filling up with fuel and water, we ended a very memorable stay in Nantucket. We sailed all the way up the east side of Cape Cod, and dropped anchor at sunset for a few hours sleep, before departing at 3am the next morning.

3rd July 2017 – Arrived Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

28th June 2017 – Departed St Georges, Bermuda