An addition to our top-10 list of favorite anchorgesMarkus
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.
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...
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...
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