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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Out of the frying pan and into the coals...
Nana & Markus
27-Aug-2011, Yarmouth, Maine

No sooner did we have Namani ready to sail again, than we had her hauled again to sit out Irene on the hard. While forecasted wind strength has gone down a bit after Irene made her first landfall in the Carolinas, we fear that any safe anchorage will be overcrowded as there are hardly any boats left on their moorings in Casco Bay. All marinas seem to have cleared and pulled out their docks. In fact the ferry ride back to Peaks Island where we will sit out Irene was almost eerie: Not a single boat in sight in Casco Bay on a sunny and windy Saturday afternoon.

A big thank you to the people at Yankee Marina who have done an amazing job, essentially working around the clock since Thursday to haul boats and anchor docks! Namani can be seen all the way to the right on the picture above.

05 - Maine Shakedown Cruising
On the Water!
24-Aug-2011, Casco Bay, Maine

We were finally able to take Namani for a first test sail down to Peaks Island today. Some gusty winds around a passing cold front but everything seems to work fine. Now the big question is what hurricane Irene will be doing as current forecasts have her track right through New England. Originally we thought to hunker down in some safe bay but after the latest forecast we'll probably have Namani hauled out again before Irene's arrival on Sunday.

05 - Maine Shakedown Cruising
Something Left Undone
Nana, Markus, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
21-Aug-2011, Yarmouth, Maine

A poem from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of Portland perfectly captures our experience here over the past three weeks.

"Something Left Undone" 1863

Labor with what zeal we will,
Something still remains undone,
Something uncompleted still
Waits the rising of the sun.

The picture above shows today's "to-do-list" against the backdrop of Namani's chart table (currently hidden under the clutter). The list is rapidly getting shorter though - about time as our friend Laura will arrive tomorrow evening from Canada for a 10-day visit. Chances are good that she will actually have a sailing vacation rather than a "boat work camp"...

05 - Maine Shakedown Cruising

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