Debi and Jack sailing on SV Iroquois

Vessel Name: Iroquois
Vessel Make/Model: Ohlson38
Crew: Jack Markin, Debi Dennis
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12 July 2019 | Pulpit Harbor, North Haven, Maine
27 July 2018 | Lincolnville Maine
05 July 2018 | Boothbay Harbor Maine
17 June 2018 | Falmouth Foreside, Maine
14 June 2018 | Portland Maine
12 June 2018 | Portsmouth New Hampshire
10 June 2018 | Jamestown CT
07 June 2018 | New Haven CT
30 May 2018 | Port Washington New York
27 May 2018 | Brooklyn New York
25 May 2018 | Atlantic City, New Jersey
24 May 2018 | Cape May NJ
23 May 2018 | Worton Creek
21 May 2018 | Annapolis Maryland
16 May 2018 | Solomons Island Maryland
13 May 2018 | Deltaville Virginia
11 May 2018 | Cape Charles Virginia
09 May 2018 | Hampton Virginia
06 May 2018 | Hampton Virginia
04 May 2018 | Snode Creek North Carolina
Recent Blog Posts
12 July 2019 | Pulpit Harbor, North Haven, Maine

Pulpit Harbor

Iroquois is afloat again! We launched Wednesday in Rockport where we stayed all day readying and organizing. We had a nice get together and dinner in Camden with our Rockport friends then yesterday we did a shakedown sail to Pulpit Bay on North Haven. There was a light wind, 8-15 kts, so we put up the [...]

27 July 2018 | Lincolnville Maine

2018 The End

Iroquois is getting the full spa treatment. Every locker, cubby, lazarette, bilge emptied and cleaned. Varnish in and out. Metal cleaned. Winches serviced. Sails washed and repaired. The engine is serviced and winterized. Even the fuel is polished! The boat is going to enjoy a well-deserved rest in a [...]

05 July 2018 | Boothbay Harbor Maine

Boothbay Harbor

Our apologies for the lack of recent posts. We hung around Portland and Handy Boat -- visiting with family and friends and trying to adjust to a more land-based existence. Lily and Anthony came up for a Saturday dinner (oysters and lobster) aboard then sailed to our mooring at Handy Boat. The next weekend Zach and Maura came and we did the same thing. It was a pleasure to have Zach aboard for the first time. Thank you Maura! Hopefully it was enough fun they will want to come again. This past weekend the Garbers came and we did some sailing around Casco Bay. Lily was a good helmsman. She and Hubbard shared the duties. There wasn't much wind, but also no accidents. We had some great food in Portland, including two excellent meals at Fore Street, which did not disappoint. In between all the family visits we caught up with Stephanie and Brian on Detour. We met them on the OCC Norway Rally in 2016. They crossed over the next winter and spent last summer in Maine. They are just getting ready to take off on their next adventure as we wrap ours up. Hopefully they will have an excellent trip wherever the winds blow them. Handy Boat was very welcoming to us. It was fun to come back and see everyone who took such good care of us before our first Atlantic crossing. We also took in a concert by the  Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Trio, which was really good and a nice break in routine. Yesterday we motor sailed and motored to Boothbay Harbor. We will stay here a few days and visit with John and Ann who live here. We met in the Bahamas when Ann greeted us with a freshly baked loaf of bread. We were hungry and tired after a six day passage from St Thomas and her bread is amazing. It's hard to repay something like that. Anyway, this is our last hurrah for the season. Saturday we'll stop in Rockland. Sunday we move to Rockport and prepare to get hauled out Monday morning. Then we'll start work on the long list of deferred maintenance and repairs. We plan to be home in Wisconsin by August.

17 June 2018 | Falmouth Foreside, Maine

The Atlantic Circle is Complete

We have completed the Atlantic circle. Today we sailed from Portland to Handy Boat in Falmouth Foreside with Lily and Anthony. Almost exactly three years ago we left here on a transatlantic adventure. It's hard to imagine and even to remember all the places we've seen and all the people we've met. We [...]

14 June 2018 | Portland Maine

BacK in Maine

Jack woke me at 4:20 this morning, claiming that it was light, and we left Portsmouth harbor a little while after along with a fishing boat. It started as a slow day of dodging lobster pots. Every time I get annoyed by them I try to think about how delicious lobster is. There are so many of them, either there are a lot of lobsters or there will soon be none. Somewhere between Portsmouth and Portland we heard a sound we haven't heard for a very long time, it was the call of a loon which brought smiles to our faces. The wind did pick up and it turned into a nice sail all the way to Portland Maine. This is only the second place we've been in four years that we have actually been to before. We also stopped twice in Bergen Norway.  Anyway, we have certainly seen a lot of new places and the end of the journey is a little sad. Luckily Jack bought an oyster knife and we are docked near the fish market so we can treat ourselves and enjoy the moment.

12 June 2018 | Portsmouth New Hampshire

North, At Last

We haven't wasted any time since leaving Newport. We went right past Cuttyhunk, missing Lisa and Greg on Privateer, and then we kept on past Mattapoisett, home of Chuck and Karen on Max. We went all the way to Provincetown. Ptown may be a very nice place, but we wouldn't know because we didn't go ashore. [...]

Pulpit Harbor

12 July 2019 | Pulpit Harbor, North Haven, Maine
Debi Dennis Jack Markin | Foggy
Iroquois is afloat again! We launched Wednesday in Rockport where we stayed all day readying and organizing. We had a nice get together and dinner in Camden with our Rockport friends then yesterday we did a shakedown sail to Pulpit Bay on North Haven. There was a light wind, 8-15 kts, so we put up the main and both foresails and enjoyed a beautiful day.

The challenge of sailing in Maine is not the wind, waves, tides or currents. It's avoiding lobster pots, which requires a constant lookout. It also means we restrict ourselves to daylight sailing. Our understanding is that the Maine lobster industry is having some trouble. There is a critical shortage of bait due to overfishing. At the marine store they were selling pig hide for bait. Someone told us that some people were using deer carcasses for bait and some deer fur turned up in some lobster meat. It makes lobster a little less appealing. Also, we heard that the number of lobster floats allowed is being cut in half next year. That has something to do with protecting right whales, but I don't understand the connection.

Everything seems pretty ok so far. We had a solid rain all night and morning and found no leaks except through the cockpit floor into the engine compartment. That's a job for next winter. At least our new chainplates aren't leaking and neither is the repaired hatch so my bunk is dry.

There's another Ohlson 38 on a mooring here named Sparrowhawk. We had a good time comparing notes, first they came to visit then we went over to see similarities and differences.

This morning a guy in a kayak came by to say he thought he saw our sister ship in the Canaries, but it turns out that it was really us. Funny that he has a house here and he remembered us. It's such a small world.

Yesterday we went ashore at the town ramp and met some people from the land conservancy who were clearing a trail on some newly purchased land near the harbor. Then we walked up to the oyster farm and got a dozen North Haven oysters, which we enjoyed back on board with a little white wine. So far Maine has lived up to its foodie expectations. The first night we were treated to grilled ribs, chicken and steak at Shane and Ladleah's. Second night I had scallops and Jack had halibut (short a's not long) at the Waterfront. Last night fresh oysters. Not sure what's next but it will probably be good.

2018 The End

27 July 2018 | Lincolnville Maine
Iroquois is getting the full spa treatment. Every locker, cubby, lazarette, bilge emptied and cleaned. Varnish in and out. Metal cleaned. Winches serviced. Sails washed and repaired. The engine is serviced and winterized. Even the fuel is polished! The boat is going to enjoy a well-deserved rest in a nice boatyard shed until next spring. In boat years the last 16 months represents perhaps 10 years of normal use. Our time since it left the water has been about 350 hours. The people at the yard will add some more hours for work we have neither the skill, time or tools to complete. Thanks to our Maine friends who have generously fed and housed us. Soon we are going to enjoy some land time with friends in Wisconsin. Next season we plan on coastal cruising in Maine starting with Penobscot Bay. It's not clear if we will continue to sailblog. This might be
The End.

Boothbay Harbor

05 July 2018 | Boothbay Harbor Maine
Our apologies for the lack of recent posts. We hung around Portland and Handy Boat -- visiting with family and friends and trying to adjust to a more land-based existence. Lily and Anthony came up for a Saturday dinner (oysters and lobster) aboard then sailed to our mooring at Handy Boat. The next weekend Zach and Maura came and we did the same thing. It was a pleasure to have Zach aboard for the first time. Thank you Maura! Hopefully it was enough fun they will want to come again. This past weekend the Garbers came and we did some sailing around Casco Bay. Lily was a good helmsman. She and Hubbard shared the duties. There wasn't much wind, but also no accidents. We had some great food in Portland, including two excellent meals at Fore Street, which did not disappoint. In between all the family visits we caught up with Stephanie and Brian on Detour. We met them on the OCC Norway Rally in 2016. They crossed over the next winter and spent last summer in Maine. They are just getting ready to take off on their next adventure as we wrap ours up. Hopefully they will have an excellent trip wherever the winds blow them. Handy Boat was very welcoming to us. It was fun to come back and see everyone who took such good care of us before our first Atlantic crossing. We also took in a concert by the  Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Trio, which was really good and a nice break in routine. Yesterday we motor sailed and motored to Boothbay Harbor. We will stay here a few days and visit with John and Ann who live here. We met in the Bahamas when Ann greeted us with a freshly baked loaf of bread. We were hungry and tired after a six day passage from St Thomas and her bread is amazing. It's hard to repay something like that. Anyway, this is our last hurrah for the season. Saturday we'll stop in Rockland. Sunday we move to Rockport and prepare to get hauled out Monday morning. Then we'll start work on the long list of deferred maintenance and repairs. We plan to be home in Wisconsin by August.

The Atlantic Circle is Complete

17 June 2018 | Falmouth Foreside, Maine
We have completed the Atlantic circle. Today we sailed from Portland to Handy Boat in Falmouth Foreside with Lily and Anthony. Almost exactly three years ago we left here on a transatlantic adventure. It's hard to imagine and even to remember all the places we've seen and all the people we've met. We are filled with satisfactions and sadnesses with the past few years. But in any case, we are beginning a new stage---not sure what it is just yet but we will be land-based for a while. Our plan is to hang around the Portland area for the next couple of weeks until we can visit with everyone, then we will haulout and work on the boat for a couple of weeks, store it and come back to Wisconsin sometime in July. Then ?????

BacK in Maine

14 June 2018 | Portland Maine
Jack woke me at 4:20 this morning, claiming that it was light, and we left Portsmouth harbor a little while after along with a fishing boat. It started as a slow day of dodging lobster pots. Every time I get annoyed by them I try to think about how delicious lobster is. There are so many of them, either there are a lot of lobsters or there will soon be none. Somewhere between Portsmouth and Portland we heard a sound we haven't heard for a very long time, it was the call of a loon which brought smiles to our faces. The wind did pick up and it turned into a nice sail all the way to Portland Maine. This is only the second place we've been in four years that we have actually been to before. We also stopped twice in Bergen Norway.  Anyway, we have certainly seen a lot of new places and the end of the journey is a little sad. Luckily Jack bought an oyster knife and we are docked near the fish market so we can treat ourselves and enjoy the moment.

North, At Last

12 June 2018 | Portsmouth New Hampshire
We haven't wasted any time since leaving Newport. We went right past Cuttyhunk, missing Lisa and Greg on Privateer, and then we kept on past Mattapoisett, home of Chuck and Karen on Max. We went all the way to Provincetown. Ptown may be a very nice place, but we wouldn't know because we didn't go ashore. It's not welcoming to a quick overnight for transient yachts. The moorings are  $2.50 per foot, which seemed a lot to pay for an 8 hour layover and all the anchorage area is taken up by private moorings. We ended up anchoring on the far side of the breakwater but it was not a comfortable night, very rolly and noisy. This along with many other experiences has made us realize how much we enjoyed cruising the European Atlantic coast. The costs of moorings and marinas this side of the ocean are outrageous comparatively. And, when you get ashore here you are usually in some remote spot with no services -- surely not in the heart of a harbor town with daily markets. We left Provincetown at daybreak for Portsmouth NH and got in here around 17:30, well before sunset. Once we left Cape Cod we knew we were definitely back in the north Atlantic. The skies were cloudy and grey. The water was black. And it was cold! I even dug out my wool socks and boots. Later in the day the sun came out, the water color changed to that northern greenblack, and we saw a whale. Such happiness. Portsmouth Yacht Club is very welcoming and small--just a yacht club, no pool, no restaurant, nice building with clean showers, moorings with a launch service, our kind of place. Jerry, the steward, gave us a ride to BG'S Boathouse, the local lobster shack, where we feasted on steamers and lobster. We had planned to Uber back to the yacht club before the launch operator went home at 8pm but I was having some trouble with my phone apps so Jack talked some people leaving the bar into driving us. A very kind woman  took us here and said to pay it forward. We may stay a couple of days and rest and soak up the northern atmosphere before continuing on to Portland. Today we walked into Strawberry Banke, that's right with an e which is sort of Portsmouth or at least the outskirts part. There is a municipal campus, a high school some shops, including a seafood and small gourmet grocery, as well as an itialian deli. The houses are old, from the 1700s. The island where we are was settled in 1623 and incorporated some 70 years later. Both places are a contrast in liberal and conservative, wealthy and working class. Last night the woman and realtor who drove us back to the marina pointed out a house she sold for 3+ million dollars. There were signs on lawns supporting planned parenthood. As we walked back some guy on a motorcycle passed us going both ways (not a state-of-the-art his orientation). His motorcycle was adorned with two full size flags, one was the stars and stripes and the other a trump flag stating the need to make America great again. I have compassion for both he and the yard sign guy who feel so threatened that they need to town crier their feelings. I would have liked to be able to talk to the biker to understand what specifically it is he wants, and if that need is being filled by trump. Last night at dinner we overheard this guy stating how proud he was that his sons were taking over his business,  it made Jack feel as though he had let my father down. But we also overheard the mother next to us describe how her daughter was having a Harry Potter birthday party, which was to be her last themed birthday party. It made us appreciate what a service JK Rowling did for our kids. If we were to have book themed birthday parties I wonder what author we might choose. The wind is howling, the current in the river is swift, and hopefully the mooring is secure as night falls.
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