July 18 2010
18 July 2010
Rik - Hot and sunny and loving it!
July 18 2010
Belfast ME to Camden ME.
Spent last night on a mooring in Belfast - it was their Celtic Festival and we were treated to live music and a fantastic display of fireworks.
Today dawned hot, sunny and breezy, and, "almost" going in the correct direction. They say: "Gentlemen don't sail to windward." It tends to get rough and sloppy and spills the champagne and hors d'oerves, and that's simply not right. Well - we had a beam reach out of Belfast and a tight beat into the wind to Camden. But, as I said, we pinched in the gusts and luffed when it dropped and were able to go all the way on one tack and then a port tack into Camden. Sailing at some of its best. We have sailed more this trip than in the last fivce or six trips combined. It kind of helps to have a proper yacht with new sails. She handles so well!
Once we got swettled and checke demail, we called the "launch" on CH 68 and had Tom drop us at the city dock. So decadent! We strolled the Atr on the Water show beside the public library, got ice cream, hit the ATM and then walked to the Camden Yacht Club to pay for the dockage. It has gone up a bit, but we have anchored and used friends moorings so much this trip, this is only our fourth paid night.
Tom tomorrow we will head out and try and hook up with Phil and Nikkie at Castine.
I took Captain for a dingy ride and he really does not like it. I kept the leash on this time and any time we were within ten feet of any dock he wanted to launch himself in that direction. When he figured out that was not going to happen, he snuggled between my legs and buried his head in my ankle. As soon as we got along side Mystery - he was off like a shot and down below.
Oh well - he is getting used to Mystery at least. On the long 10 mile tack we were healed over pretty good and I went below to find him curled up, wedged in behind the nav station on the leeward side - a perfect hidey hole for that kind of tack.
Tomorrow also looks like a good sailing day.
Rik, Linda and Captain Hook on board Mystery