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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Dinghy ride to the airport
01-Sep-2011, Portland, Maine

Sailed back to Portland this morning to drop off Laura at the airport there. Laura may not have had the sailing vacation she expected but she sure will have a story to tell: Running aground (on our first departure down the Royal River - luckily lifted out by the rising tide within a few miniutes), towing a motorboat out of fuel off the rocks at Moshier Island (on our return to Yankee Marina), watching hurricane Irene pass by (by then downgraded to tropical storm) - and finally two very fine sailing days. Now we plan to sail to The Basin tomorrow and then make our way up to Penobscot Bay.

05 - Maine Shakedown Cruising
At Anchor at Last!
31-Aug-2011, The Gosslings, Casco Bay

Namani is back on the water and we're finally spending our first night at anchor. After a relaxing sail to Eagle Island (former home of Admiral Peary, the Polar explorer) we spent the night in the Gosslings, a beautiful anchorage in the center of Casco Bay. Nicky enjoys the late afternoon sun in the picture above before going for a swim in the (nearly polar-cold) waters.

05 - Maine Shakedown Cruising
Not so bad after all
29-Aug-2011, Peaks Island

Irene passed through last night, luckily a bit anti-climatic without any major apparent damage around here. While the scene of crashing waves at the back shore was impressive at high tide last night, wind speeds recorded by a weather buoy 12 nm SE of Portland stayed around 30 kn sustained with gusts up to 36 kn, which doesn't sound so bad (see picture above). Against expectations we got very little rain from Irene here but there were floodings further north (see cloud cover in picture below).

Now we hope that the Royal River (where Yankee Marina is located) does not get too much of that over the next 24 hours...

05 - Maine Shakedown Cruising

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