The Voyage of S/V Estelle

Cruising the British Columbia Coast

19 November 2017 | Vancouver, BC
04 August 2017 | Van Isle Marina
25 July 2017 | San Juan Islands, Wa USA
22 July 2017 | BC Gulf Islands
21 July 2017 | BC Gulf Islands
28 April 2017 | Steveston, BC
14 February 2017 | Whistler, BC
13 November 2016 | Pender Harbour
31 October 2016 | Vancouver Rowing Club
10 October 2016
17 August 2016 | John Williams Boatyard, Hall Quarry, Mt Desert Is.
11 August 2016 | Wooden Boat School anchorage, Eggemoggin Reach
09 August 2016 | McGlatherties Island
08 August 2016 | Castine, Maine
07 August 2016 | Bucks Harbor
06 August 2016 | Castine, Me
05 August 2016 | Cradle Cove
28 July 2016 | Boothbay Harbor
22 September 2015 | Somes Sound, Mt Desert Island, Maine
15 September 2015

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05 August 2016 | Cradle Cove
Sunny, Temp 77F, Wind S@12-15 (20)
Joanne with a crab roll, Southwest Hbr, Maine

Day's Ferry July 24-26th

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Estelle moored at Day's Ferry

In light westerlies, we sailed out Boothbay Harbor, down the coast of Southport Island and rounded Cape Newgan, and crossed the mouth of the Sheepscott River. Across the Sheepscott, we sailed in the mouth of the Kenebec River where we furled our sails and began to motor up the river 14 miles to Days Ferry. The Kenebec is known for two things... strong currents and Bath Iron Works, a naval shipyard. We had been careful to time our arrival to coincide with the incoming currents, and shot up aided by a following current of up to 3 knots. As Bath came into view, we saw the shipyard with four ships in various stages of completion, two of which are, according to our friend Bruce Montgomery, the latest in the US Navy's attempts at stealth technology. But we didn't get too close as thete are two guard boats in constant motion off the yard, warding off the curious like us.
After a couple of calls to the railway bridge, we were through and continued up to Day's Ferry where we were met by the smiling faces of Bruce and Nancy, directing us to their empty mooring. We cruised with Bruce and Nancy for a number of years, covering the Bahamas, and the Western Caribbean, and had lots to talk about, including reminiscing about good times. We also took full advantage of the opportunity to re-stock, as we had pretty much emptied the larder. A late afternoon "cocktail cruise" up the further reaches of the Kenebec was beautiful.
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Cocktails at Swan Island, Upper Kenebec River

Next day, after re-stocking, we went "lobstering". Bruce holds a license and fishes a few traps. So we ran down the river, through the Sasanoa River into Hockmock Bay and hauled the traps for an excellent dinner.
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Bait

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Hauling Traps

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Dinner is served!



The Basin July 27th
After three nights of wonderful hospitality, we were off down the river, taking full advantage of the 3 knot falling tide. So after our usual slow start to the day, we were rushing past Popham Beach, crowded with swimmers and being squirted out the mouth of the Kenebec just at noon. In the lighr south-westerlies, we tacked down the coast, rounded Cape Small and headed up the New Meadows River and into the always beautiful anchorage of The Basin. The Basin is a unique spot, even for Maine... it has an entrance that closes to 150 feet, then requires a sharp left turn, opening into a "lake" about one mile in diameter. And not just a hurricane hole, it is a beautifully remote anchorage in mid-Maine where there are no more than a few other boats sharing its quiet beauty with you,
Safely anchored, we took off to find a spot for Jeannie to swim. At Day's Ferry, with the Kenebec's headwaters sweeping down from the shallow ponds, the water was 80F. Here in The Basin, close to the ocean, the temperature was closer to 60F. So, when we found a spot, her dip was quick. I was content to just cool my feet. Back aboard, we settled in to a quiet evening and grilled the best swordfish we have ever tasted.

South Freeport July 28-29
From the Basin, we headed out into yet more light southerlies. Motoring out the river to clear the outlying shoals, we hoisted the sails and drifted slowly into the well protected harbor of South Freeport.
Picking up a mooring, we made contact with Jeanie's cousin Patricia Bullis and arranged to meet the next day.
A walk ashore and it was time for dinner... tenderloin, medium rare, grilled on our excellent Dickenson BBQ. Over the years we have had a few BBQ's on the boat. Our Force 10 worked well until it just burned out. And since the company went out of business, we moved to a Magma. But it was a mess. In light winds it was so hot that everything burned. And if the winds were over 5 knots, it just went out. But the Dickenson is the best yet! If you want hot, turn it up; low, turn it to low! So now we cook just about everything, including corn, on it.
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In the morning we went for a walk in South Freeport. It is a quiet community with beautifully maintained houses dating back to its halcyon days as a shipbuilding center. But today it is just a quiet suburb of Portland, just a few miles away.
At noon we met Patricia and her daughter Eliza, who took us to lunch and a tour of the area. And as we were in the area, we took the opportunity to visit the outlet capital of USA, Freeport. But we escaped without too much damage, and Patricia found a few things for Eliza's wedding, just a week away.
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Vessel Name: Estelle
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1
Hailing Port: Charlottetown, PEI
Crew: Jeannie & Jim Lea
About: Flag Counter
Extra: After cruising the east coast of North America for 10 years, from Nova Scotia to Panama, it's time for a change. Estelle will be cruising the coast of British Columbia and Alaska beginning in 2017.
Estelle's Photos - The Voyage of S/V Estelle (Main)
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Our cruise of the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands in May & June, 2017
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Our first BC cruise, from Pender Harbour to Strait Marine in Steveston BC
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Estelle's arrival in Vancouver
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Our first year cruising... Exumas, Bahamas.
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San Blas Islands
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Some photos at John Williams Boatyard as we prepare for departure.
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Our trip to various BC ski resorts Jan-Feb 2010
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August/Sept in Maine
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Our trip from Norfolk Va to Mount Desert Island, June 20th to July 7th, 2009. Gerard Watts aboard as crew!
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Our trip from Maine to Miami
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Pics from Jan to June 2008, Bahamas to Maine
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Trip south from Maine to Bahamas, Sept-Dec 2007
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This album contains some photos of our time in the Jumentos Islands, in the Bahamas
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