Wayward Wind's Wanderings

07 October 2012 | Wayward Wind at a dock on Back Creek, Annapolis, Maryland
07 October 2012 | Wayward Wind at a dock on Back Creek, Annapolis, Maryland
01 October 2012 | Anchored in the Rhode River off the Chesapeake Bay, MD
28 September 2012 | Anchored in the Rhode River off the Chesapeake Bay, MD
26 September 2012 | Anchored in Worton Creek off the Chesapeake Bay, MD
15 September 2012 | Anchored in Worton Creek off the Chesapeake Bay, MD
12 September 2012 | Anchored in the East Fork of Langford Creek off the Chester River off the Chesapeake Bay
11 September 2012 | Anchored in the Corsica River off the Chester River off the Chesapeake Bay
10 September 2012 | Anchored in the Corsica River off the Chester River off the Chesapeake Bay
07 September 2012 | Underway in the Chesapeake Bay
04 September 2012 | Anchored up the Sassafras River off the Chesapeake Bay, MD
03 September 2012 | Underway in the Delaware Bay
02 September 2012 | Underway in the Atlantic Ocean east of Great Egg Harbor Inlet
01 September 2012 | Underway approaching New York City
31 August 2012 | Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY
30 August 2012 | Underway in Long Island Sound
29 August 2012 | Underway in Long Island Sound
27 August 2012 | Thames River, Gales Ferry, CT
23 August 2012 | Great Salt Pond, Block Island, RI
22 August 2012 | Underway on Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Cruising Maine June 2012 VII

23 June 2012 | McGlathery Island, Merchants Row, Maine
Roland
Cruising Maine June 2012 VII Saturday, June 23, 2012 McGlathery Island, Merchants Row, Maine Water temperature 56 F

We got up yesterday to another blue sky day. Our wind speed indicator was showing 8 to 9 knots and we were surrounded by trees so it looked like it would be a good sailing day. As we were pulling anchor, a trawler came into the bay and anchored about a quarter mile away. As we passed by them on the way out we called over joking about the "crowded conditions" in Seal Bay.

Once we were out of Winter Harbor and in Isle au Haut Bay, the wind dropped to four knots and was almost on our nose. We didn't have far to go and nothing better to do so we shut down the engine and sailed it anyway. At the blazing speed of two knots, we ghosted across the bay. As we got further from land we picked up some wind and the wind direction clocked around so we could sail the rhumb line. We hit four knots at one point before the wind almost completely died. Surrounded by lobster floats and our speed down to one knot we started the engine back up and maneuvered through the confetti.

As we came off of Isle au Haut Bay we entered Merchants Row, a collection of small islands close to Stonington. It's a very picturesque place that would be a real challenge to navigate through without the chart plotter. There are a maze of islands, rocks and shoals that would require very careful work with a paper chart to plot your course. Even with our big screen Furuno we had to put some effort into finding a course through the maze.

We arrived at our destination, McGlathery Island, and anchored. This was our first new (to us) anchorage this year and we had to explore by depth meter a bit to find our spot. With the anchor down and the boat secured, we dinghied into the island. We landed the dinghy on a sand/gravel beach and tied it to a boulder. McGlathery is open to the public and there are trails on the island. There was a lobster float hanging in a tree to mark a trail head near where we were anchored. It took us awhile to find the trail but then we saw the bits of string hanging on branches to mark the trail and we were good to go. Later in the year the trail will be easy to see after many feet have trod it but we may have been the first to use it this year. We hiked through the trees and the trail led us to the far side of the island. We came out of the woods onto a beach. We sat on a rock and enjoyed the scenery for awhile.

When we got back to the dinghy the tide had left it high and dry. It was still securely tied to the boulder looking slightly ridiculous; a boat on dry land tied to a rock. I dragged the dinghy back into the water and we headed home. It had gotten colder and we soon went below and closed up the boat.
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Vessel Name: Wayward Wind
Vessel Make/Model: Pacific Seacraft 37
Hailing Port: Quintana, TX
Crew: Captain Roland, Admiral Patti & Kalko the Sailing Cat
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