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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
An addition to our top-10 list of favorite anchorges
Markus
25-Jun-2008, Anchored off Snow Island, Casco Bay - 43-49N 069-54W

After two days on Peaks Island we used the nice weather today for a sail a little further north and are now anchored off Snow Island in Casco Bay. It's very beautiful and quiet up here - definitely among the the nicest places we have dropped the hook in. There is a group of 12 seals hanging out on a rock that's awash at low tide about 30 meters from our boat.


This spot is also said to have the warmest water in Casco Bay (at 15-16�C that's a very relative statement...) so Nicky and Papa even braved a swim... Unfortunately, the weather is expected to get worse again before summer finally arrives so we may just head back to Peaks tomorrow and start to get the boat ready for haul-out next week. Stay tuned...

04 - Puerto Rico to Maine
MAINE!
Markus
23-Jun-2008, Portland, Maine

We rounded Portland Head light at about 1600 yesterday afternoon and tied up in Portland shortly after that. The fog stayed with us for most of the day and around 1400 the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of SW Maine. Luckily, the band of thunderstorms kept moving NE just ahead of us and we just got some peripheral rain and wind. So we did get our picture in front of Portland Head light in the end - maybe in more "Maine-like" weather than we had hoped for...
We celebrated the completion of our year-long journey with a nice dinner at the Seabago Brewing Company (they do an excellent wheat beer which they even name "Hefe-Weizen"!) before turning in under piles of blankets...
Ralf had to catch a train back to Boston early this morning and we will probably move to a mooring off Peaks Island and sit out another day or so of fog and rain before we can hopefully do a few days of coastal cruising around the Casco Bay area. It will take a few days to mentally catch up with finally "having arrived"... stay tuned and thanks to everyone who has followed us via this blog!

04 - Puerto Rico to Maine
The home stretch...
Markus
22-Jun-2008, 25 nm south of Cape Elizabeth - 43-10N 070-11W

Had a very nice 1-night stayover on Cape Cod with Nana's mother visiting and Ralf, Bibi, Martin and kids joining us on Saturday. Slipped our lines at 1700 yesterday afternoon to make it through the Cape Cod Canal on a favorable tide (Ralf stayed with us, every one else left again). So far it's been a mix of motoring and light wind sailing with fog moving in after midnight which is very slowly dissipating now (1100 local - picture above shows Ralf helming through another foggy patch). Wind is supposed to pick this afternoon ahead of a cold front so we still might get some nice sailing in. We very much hope the fog will have gone by then - sailing past Portland Headlight has always been the image we had in mind for the end of this trip and would be a pity not to see it... stay tuned...

PS: Picture of the crowd (minus Nana's mother who had already left and minus Nicky who couldn't be pulled away from an important Lego project) on Cape Cod

04 - Puerto Rico to Maine

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