Tuesday 8/7 - Sunny and very warm. Hazy. I left at 0925 and after the wind had filled in an hour later I hoisted sails and turned off the engine. As the visibility was only moderate I did not unfurl the staysail to give me better visibility with only the high-cut yankee up. I crossed Penobscot Bay to White Island at the west end of Vinal Haven Island and tacked down Hurricane Sound, rounded the Heron Neck lighthouse on Greens Island and sailed between the islands to Seal Bay on Vinal Haven's east side. I got there around 1400 at low tide and there were already a few boats anchored in the inside anchorage. When I thought I had found a good spot I dropped anchor. The advantage of low tide is that you can see and avoid (most of) the rocks. When I paid out more chain and Curlew drifted back we hit a rock! And, stupid me, as I had been to this anchorage before, I knew about this rock and that it had only a foot or two of water at low tide. Lucky that I did not hit it while under way. We only bumped and it was easy to get off by pulling chain in with the windlass. I re-anchored in a spot safely away from the rock. People fear Maine because of its fog, its abundance of lobster floats and its rocks. Well, fog you will get. Lobster floats I only caught on our first trip in 2005. Rocks I have always been able to avoid. Until this time. So I can cross that off my bucket list too. Not to be repeated.
Heron Neck lighthouse
Curlew in a safe spot
Wednesday 8/8 - I took the dinghy around this pretty bay, one of my favorite anchorages in Maine. It was sunny all day, but at sunset dense fog rolled in.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA - Members SSCA, Cruising Association (London, UK)
CURLEW is a Cabo Rico 42, built in 2003.
LOA 46' 10" 14.25 m
LOD 42' 6" 12.95 m
Beam 12' 8" 3.85 m
Draft 5' 10" 1.80 m
Displ 32,000 lbs. 14,500 k
Mast height 58' 17.7 m
Sail area (100%) 931 ft2 86.5 m2
Sail area (total) [...]