s/v Skylark

It's Always An Adventure

26 July 2016 | Yarmouth ME
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18 July 2016 | Yarmouth, ME
14 July 2016 | Yarmouth ME
13 July 2016 | Yarmouth ME
12 July 2016 | York ME
12 July 2016 | York ME
12 July 2016 | York ME
11 July 2016 | Scituate, MA
09 July 2016 | Scituate, MA
06 July 2016 | Scituate, MA
04 July 2016 | Scituate, MA
04 July 2016 | Onset, MA
01 July 2016 | Newport to Onset
01 July 2016 | Newport to Onset
01 July 2016 | RI, Newport
29 June 2016 | RI, Newport
29 June 2016 | RI, Newport
29 June 2016 | RI, Newport

Problems with Sailblog Website

26 July 2016 | Yarmouth ME
Elizabeth
By now our followers on the blog might have given up on us. After almost a week of being offline, sailblogs.com is up and running again although I still can't post photos. I wrote to them last week and heard from the site administrator that there was the threat of a cyber attack or maybe an attempt so to protect user's data the website shut down while they worked on solutions. It's bad timing for us since people have been asking whether I'd continue writing on the blog and I kept saying I wasn't sure. I wouldn't have simply walked off and left you hanging, as it might have seemed I did. It's been frustrating but there was nothing to be done on our end other than wait. I just wish I could post photos of Skylark's final days in the water. I am hopeful that will happen soon.

In the meantime, Ed, Luna and I are settling in at my mom's home in Maine and while moving is always stressful, everything has gone well. We are lining up dental, vet, and dermatology appointments, cancelling boat-related services such as our Spot Tracker account (sigh), Chris Parker's weather forecasts (big sigh) and our mail forwarding service in Green Cove Springs. We have a PO box here in Bethel and that is rather startling for us both. We're living where? At my mother's? Without Skylark? Come again?

But you know, it all feels right and I don't think we'll regret our decision to swallow the hook. Luna says, "Hell no we won't regret it! All this green grass and animal smells is exactly what I've been waiting for! It took us long enough getting here, that's all I can say". Oh, Luna has much more to say but that's it in a nutshell. My mom is very pleased we're here and after Aunt Nancy ended up in the hospital last week with heart problems (her prognosis is promising) I thought to myself, "This is why I needed to come back, this is what my sense of urgency was all about". As I said, it feels right.

Skylark's Progress

21 July 2016 | Yarmouth ME
Elizabeth
Ed, Luna and I spent two days doing final preparations for Skylark's haul out. For me it meant continuing to offload five years worth of stuff we couldn't seem to live without. We had enough food to last a few months longer (not fresh things though) because we got used to purchasing favorite items as we found then when we were at well-stocked grocery stores. We just never knew when we could get things but looking back, we probably could've done without all that stuff. We haven't bought much since being in the US but we STILL had too much food. However, we ran out of milk which Ed uses daily in cereal and our coffee ran startlingly low as well as bottles of red wine. But cans of diced tomatoes? We could feed an army. All rice got tossed thanks to tiny bugs but they don't like pastas, couscous and quinoa thankfully. I tossed our all-purpose flour and sugar not because they were bad or bug-filled but because both had a boat sort of smell to them. I have come to dislike boat smells.

While I was packing up, Ed was taking down. The radar came to rest on the stern cockpit, the sails and battons were taken down and stored in their bags, the water maker got flushed, and the rigging was prepared for dismantling and if Ed was here by me as I'm posting this, he would add a dozen other projects he worked on. The photo (which isn't loading, there must be something wrong with the blog site at the moment) is of Ed talking to the master rigger Jeff who is great. They are all great at Yankee Marina and feel like family to us.

Last Happy Hour on Skylark

18 July 2016 | Yarmouth, ME
Elizabeth
What a sad title to this blog post! We don't feel terribly sad but it is certainly shocking. How can this be?

This is a photo of our Maine friends Chuck and Enes. I met them in Ann Arbor, Michigan when Enes and I were in grad school together. I still have photos Chuck took from those early years (Ed wasn't in my life at the time); we were so young with long straight hair and dreams of conquering some small piece of the world. That was nearly 30 years ago. Time flies...

It was a poignant evening on Skylark because Chuck and Enes were our first visitors once we left the country for our sea adventure. They came to see us in St. Maarten in early 2012. First and last, it seems fitting somehow.

On another note, I haven't posted on the blog in awhile because we've been up to our eyeballs offloading the boat and moving things into my mother's house. It is a daunting task but so far, so good. Tomorrow Skylark gets hauled. We're trying to offload the heavier items before that happens. I have yet to decide what to do with the blog but for now, I'll continue to post and keep you updated as to our progress. After that? I just don't know.

Celebration Lunch

14 July 2016 | Yarmouth ME
Elizabeth
Our friends on s/v Tivoli suggested we celebrate our homecoming at the Royal River Grill House (located on the other end of the Yankee Marina parking lot) and said that in fact the lobster stew with cream sherry sauce was worth trying. How Torben and Judy know about such things is a mystery to us. Nonetheless, I had already made reservations for a celebratory lunch to mark the end and the beginning of our journey just prior to seeing their comment. We went there after packing up the car and prior to driving to Bethel to begin the slow move into her home. Mom and I ordered Bloody Mary's, Ed had his favorite IPA beer and we all enjoyed an excellent meal. I ordered the lobster stew with cream sherry sauce since that's what J & T said to do. It was delicious.

Thanks to all those who have sent emails and texts or left comments on the blog congratulating us on our finale. It means a great deal to us. We've been very busy since we arrived at the marina. I'll continue to write on the blog until after Skylark gets hauled next week. Beyond that, I haven't really decided what to do with the blog. It makes me too sad to think about at the moment. More later!

Skylark Has Landed!

13 July 2016 | Yarmouth ME
Elizabeth
What a momentous occasion! We arrived at Yankee Marina in Yarmouth, ME yesterday afternoon and were both exhausted within an hour after docking. I wondered why. Was it because we dodged 5,247 lobster pots (but whose counting?) between York and here? No, that was normal Maine sailing for us. Was it because I spent hours pulling together items to offload in anticipation of my mom coming to pick us up today? Well, that was tiring but not that unusual to work hard on a project. I walked Luna before dinner and I'm not used to power walking so perhaps that tired me. It was hot and Luna and I wilted even though it was late in the day. It felt like we were still in the tropics! But no, that didn't seem like the reason either. When I collapsed on the settee before showering, preparing dinner or pouring a glass of wine I told Ed I thought it was an emotional response after months of trying to get here. That and this being the closing out of our dream, finishing the circuit and knowing we are done. I think that's what our exhaustion is about.

Here's how it feels. We did it!! Looking back, it's seems surreal. It's hard to explain but I can almost hear the book closing with a satisfying, completed thud. A book that stays with you like a valued friend even after you part ways with sadness for what you are letting go and excitement for the approaching bend in the road. It's like that.

Lobster Boat

12 July 2016 | York ME
Elizabeth
Luna and I took a long walk around town soon after we arrived yesterday afternoon. She and I are enjoying being able to do that without the intense tropical sun beating down on us. We both had more energy than we've had in awhile and were glad to get off the boat after our 10 hour trip from Scituate.

Leaving Soon for Yarmouth, ME

12 July 2016 | York ME
Elizabeth
I went to bed last night thinking about this being our last leg and how incredible that seems. By the end of today, we'll be in Yarmouth, ME at Yankee Marina where Skylark will be hauled and on the hard within a week or so. Then I had a terrible thought that if something was to go wrong and we didn't make it I might not be able to cope. I am exaggerating of course. I always cope. But I promise I wouldn't be happy! I believe we'll arrive without incident but remember what I said recently about expectations? How it makes fools out of those who have them? I am, this early morning, risking being a fool because I fully expect to have Skylark tied to a dock in Yarmouth by late afternoon. Fingers crossed.

Last Leg!

12 July 2016 | York ME
Elizabeth
It's hard to believe, isn't it? Yesterday we decided to go the distance to York, ME. It was yet another motor trip for 10 hours but at this point in the game, we simply want to get where we're going. It's not that we don't enjoy the travel; we both love New England in spite of constantly being vigilant dodging every single lobster pot, of which there are thousands. York is a small historic harbor town with an abundance of charm. The locals are friendly, the dogs happy and I'm sure the children are above-average in intelligence.

The only problem here is the intense tidal flow which rips in on the flood tide. There's a 90 degree turn to get into the basin so as the water gets pushed in at over 4 knots (seriously!) it comes in swirling with eddies at the neck of the basin which happens to be where the mooring field is. We have picked up mooring balls here on three occasions and only once had a problem. The first time was our first year out as cruisers and we approached the ball like always. I stopped the boat right at the pendant but suddenly Skylark's bow was swept off with the pendant going underneath us. Ed grabbed it quickly, bending our dock pole in the process. We got the pendant, fixed the pole and all was well but we learned our lesson, doing much better on subsequent visits. Yesterday afternoon, if I may brag for just a moment, we did a stellar job steering into the ball (my job) and picking it up (Ed's job) and when the harbormaster came over to collect our payment and give us the low down, he said, "I don't know how many times you've been here but you did an excellent job with that mooring ball". We puffed up and acted like it was nothing at all. And that was true but only because we knew just how to approach it. The man told us he watched a beautiful sailboat slam into a 50' lobster boat recently when the captain got swept up by an eddie and lost control of his helm. Talk about ruining your day!

If you look closely you can spot Skylark in the center of this photo.

Vessel Name: Skylark
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1CC 1985
Hailing Port: Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Crew: Ed Easter, Elizabeth Meadows and Luna the dog
About: Ed, Elizabeth and Luna the dog lived for many years in Charlotte, NC. They started their live aboard experience in Charleston, SC in June 2011, cutting the lines one month later. They have been living the cruiser's life ever since.
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Skylark is a USA documented vessel and is legally identified by her name "Skylark" and hailing port "Boothbay Harbor". Since our purchase of her in 2008 she had been moored in Tenants Harbor ME '08, Rockland ME '09 and Charleston SC for the 2010 and early 2011 season. After that follow the blog [...]
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