To Boothbay Harbor
21 July 2016
Jack and TD at the Carousel Marina
I left Gloucester Wednesday morning at 1050. There was no reason to leave early as I did not want to get into Boothbay Harbor in the middle of the night. I set all sails in the outer harbor and let the engine run for another half hour or so to charge the batteries a bit. It turned out to be perfect sailing, all the way to Boothbay Harbor the next morning. The wind was from between W and NW, form 10 to 15 knots most of the time. At 1845 I put in a reef when the wind picked up to 15 to 20 knot. A full moon at night, a lazy swell from the W and practically no wind waves. Just perfect. At 0250 Friday morning I shook out the reef. The wind then became quite light but as we had been making such good progress I let Curlew just ghost through the night for the rest of the trip. At 0545 on Thursday morning, inside the Bay leading to Boothbay Harbor, I turned on the engine, lowered the sails and at 0615 tied up at Jack Cogswell's Carousel Marina fuel dock. The fuel dock did not open until 0700 but Jack and Mike were already out to welcome me back. At 0725 I was on my usual mooring (#6). I ran the engine for an hour to charge the batteries and later I hoisted the Ampair wind generator. Twenty hours underway and only one hour of motoring. Finally good sailing. This was the kind of trip that reminds you why you own a sailboat. Finally drinks and dinner with Mike at the bar of the Whale's Tale. It feels like coming home.