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Summer in Maine...Winter in the Caribbean...Not a Bad Life!

21 July 2017 | Penobscot Bay
12 July 2017 | Cushing ME
30 June 2017 | Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel
26 May 2017 | East River, Mobjack Bay
29 April 2017
28 April 2017
27 April 2017
26 April 2017
25 April 2017
21 April 2017
18 April 2017 | Culebra, Spanish Virgin Islands
15 April 2017 | Culebra, Spanish Virgin Islands
13 April 2017 | Culebra
11 April 2017 | Francis Bay, St. John USVI
06 April 2017 | Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola
23 March 2017 | Hardyville VA
16 March 2017 | Cushing ME
08 March 2017 | Cushing, Maine
28 February 2017 | Gorda Sound, BVI
23 February 2017 | Jolly Harbor, Antigua

Salty Dawg Mini-Cruise

21 July 2017 | Penobscot Bay
The Salty Dawgs have held a Maine Rally from the Chesapeake Bay for the last two years. We were able to join them for their Safe Arrival Party at Rockland Yacht Club on Tuesday evening and then the two-day mini-cruise to a couple of choice places in Penobscot Bay.

Leaving Rockland Harbor on Wednesday afternoon, we were greeted by a dense fog bank.....brings to mind the sailor's warning about it being more comfortable to see lobster boats instead of just smelling them. Lobster boats tend to be wood or plastic and don't make very good radar targets. They are busy pulling traps, so pay minimal attention to other watercraft as they zig zag around their lines of traps. None have AIS, so we spend a lot of time in the fog watching for wakes and listening for engines. Luckily, this time, the sailing was lovely, so, without our own engine noise, we could hear the fishermen pretty easily.

We joined the Salty Dawg Fleet on the Fox Island Thoroughfare and anchored just outside Perry Creek on Vinyl Haven. Archer hosted the Happy Hour, listening to the lively exchange of information between those who have cruised Maine before.....and those that haven't. Stories of favorite anchorages, best service yards, and the inevitable snagged lobster pots filled the evening.

A second stop at Buck's Harbor on Eggamoggin Reach followed a lovely sail with great visibility. The wind was light and gentle, the seas were flat, so we broad reached lazily to our destination.

From Buck's, the Dawgs are on their own.....most heading toward Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island. We left the group and headed back to Rockland. We'll be here a few days before heading off to Nova Scotia with long-time cruising friends....Bill and Sandy Donaldson on Lucille.

Perfect Maine Days - PMD's

12 July 2017 | Cushing ME
Usually when we bring Archer up from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, we motor a lot. Not this time! We sailed 99% of the time. Wind was up and down so our speed varied from 5-12 knots, but we moved comfortably along in front of SW winds. We arrived at the Cape Cod Canal a bit before the current changed, dropped the hook in Hadley Harbor for a few hours sleep before moving on up to our mooring in Hornbarn Cove in Muscongus Bay....right around the point from our house. A three day, 5 hour trip.

Soon after we arrived, life got very busy. Ted and Rebecca, Owen and Eli arrived for their vacation week. The Collinses joined them. All eight of them....four adults, four kids.....took over the house. We were happy to join them on and off during the day and then retreat back to Archer at night!

Out the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

30 June 2017 | Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel
It's a beautiful, cool morning on The Chesapeake Bay. Beam reaching under Genoa and full main....wind SW 16A....boat SOG 10.
Will pass through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel in a few minutes on our way to Maine for the summer.

Hope this fine weather continues.
Vessel Name: Archer
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer 51
Hailing Port: Cushing, ME
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