Concordia 39 "Phalarope" at the start of the race
I left Pulpit Harbor on Tuesday for the short sail to Castine, where I anchored in my usual corner in Smith Cove. Usually there are one or two boats anchored in this area, but today there was a whole fleet. Several boats flew the Rockport Yacht Club burgee and were obviously part of a club cruise, but there were also several cruising sailboats with full cockpit enclosures (aka "oxygen tents") and other paraphernalia (aka "crap on the back") that normally don't venture this far north.
I received a message from my in-laws at home that George, my 95 year old father in law had fallen and was taken to the trauma center at UPenn. Not a good thing at his age.
The next morning, Wednesday, I went ashore and visited friends that I had met last year through Singles On Sailboats, Ann and her partner Charlie. They had invited me to attend the events surrounding the feeder race from Castine to Camden, leading to the annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. Ann's beautiful Concordia yawl was one of the participants, Preceding the regatta was a seminar organized by the Castine yachtclub about the S&S yawl Dorade and the replica schooner America. Dorade was docked at the Castine town dock and was open to visitors.
I could not help myself by taking a selfie in Dorade's cockpit:
John Rousmaniere was one of the speakers at the seminar and at the following cocktail party I had a brief chat with him. I told him that had I known that I would meet him here, I would have brought my Dutch 1981 copy of his book "Fastnet Force Ten" for him to sign! Finally, after a great dinner with Ann's family and friends in her house overlooking Castine Harbor, I returned to Curlew. It was a dinghy trip in the dark but with the help of the MX-Mariner app on my cell phone I found her without hitting any rocks.
Thursday was the start of the Castine to Camden race. It was breezy and it promised to be a great day for a race. The boats started in several classes. One of the conditions of this feeder race is that every boat tows a dinghy. So you see the boats towing the smallest and lightest dingy to minimize drag! I took several more pictures and will put them in the Gallery (at the top of the screen, under "Maine 2016"). We watched the start from Ann's friend's motorboat Kismet. Returning to Castine after all boats had started we noticed smoke coming from on of the little islands on the Bagaduce River. Some of the trees had caught fire but the fire boat was there pretty quickly to put out the fire.