Shoal Bay Bluegrass. August 21.
11 September 2010
Photo: Bluegrass Festival at Shoal Bay.
By afternoon we've got current and wind against us and the sky looks dark and threatening. We look in the Waggoner Cruising Guide for a place to stop when w see a notice about a bluegrass festival that day in Shoal Bay, just a few miles away. We turn up Mayne Passage just as the rain hits.
In Shoal Bay the public dock is packed two and three deep and the bay itself is croded with anchored boats. We're circling the bay looking for a place to anchor when we hear someone calling us on the radio. It's Paul, the owner of a Devlin-built powerboat Ellie K that we first saw at Sullivan Bay. They're rafted to an even bigger powerboat but they offer to let us come along side. We learn the music is on hold because of the rain but a pig roast and potluck dinner is scheduled for 6 pm.
At 6 pm it's still pouring rain but we take our potluck dish and head up to the dock. The small pub can't hold everybody so they've put out tarps on the porch. We huddle with our fellow boaters waiting for dinner to start and exchanging sailing stories. We've seen mostly powerboats up north but now we're in the company of sailors too. We stand in the rain for roast pork, salads, casseroles and chocolate cake. By the time we've eaten the rain has stopped and we sit on plastic chairs listening to music.