Vessel Name: Katahdin
Vessel Make/Model: Cambria 44
Hailing Port: Cape Elizabeth, ME
Crew: Larry and Cathy Clough
About: We have been cruising Maine waters for 30 years on a Pearson 26, an Ericson 34, and now a Cambria 44
Extra: On our first journey south we left Maine in early September of 2011 to travel to the Caribbean and back over 9+months. Now we've begun our second trip, taking it at a bit more leisurely pace.
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18 December 2015 | Jolly Harbor, Antigua
06 December 2015
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13 November 2015
19 June 2012 | Portland Harbor
16 June 2012 | Provincetown, MA
12 June 2012 | Great Salt Pond, Block Island, RI
Recent Blog Posts
25 May 2016

Hashes, Hikes, and Hauling

Hashes, Hikes, and Hauling

18 May 2016


At the end of March we sailed along the east coast of Grenada from Carriacou to the bays at its southern end. Since we were not sailing in the lee of the island we took a precautionary seasickness pill, Stugeron, which is not available in the US but which, as a non-prescriptive medication, can be purchased [...]

06 May 2016

Carriacou, Grenada's Grenadine Island

I'd like to fire myself as a blog writer. I have no excuse for waiting a month before writing about one of the most enjoyable islands we've been to. In my defense I'd say that to start writing about Grenada and its islands is to acknowledge that the incredible sailing adventure we've experienced would [...]

25 March 2016

The Grenadines

The Grenadines

09 March 2016

St. Lucia

St. Lucia

21 February 2016

Martinique Sud, and a Sample of our Daily Life aboard Katahdin

Today is February 21st. We left St. Pierre on the 8th and meandered our way down Martinique’s west coast to St. Anne at the southeast tip of the island. Along the way we overnighted in 3 anses (anse is a Creole word for bay), with decent snorkeling and hiking, 2 nights in the yachting center for [...]

We've Arrived!

21 November 2011 | Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, BVI
Cathy/weather is perfect - sunny and warm
November 21, 2011
We’ve Arrived!
Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
18 23.904’N:64 38.151’W
Cathy/weather is perfect – sunny and warm

As you can see from the photo below, we’ve arrived at our BVI destination. Finally - at 2:25 this morning - we crossed the finish line, and slowly sailed back and forth down Sir Francis Drake channel to this marina which we entered at first light. We were met dockside by some of the rally staff and received some marina/Tortola information as well as rum punches for all, a delightful tradition. It has been more than 4+ years since we developed a plan to get us here, and now that we are here the real adventure begins.

The trip from Hampton, VA to Tortola will be memorable for many reasons. It was our first true offshore adventure, lasting into the 11th day. We found ourselves settling into a rhythm by the third day, with everyone having 2 3-hour watches per day (except me; I had 2 2-hour watches as I also had cooking duties). From other sailors we had heard horror stories about the Gulf Stream crossing, when a strong north wind would create 4 foot standing seas against the northward moving 3-4 knot current. But we had perfect conditions with the wind fairly much aligned with the current, and were thrilled when the only real clue that we were already in the Gulf Stream was the brilliant deep blue color surrounding us. It was a good portent, especially given our recent rudder issues. Perhaps we’ve left all our troubles behind.

We spent the next 5 days looking for wind while using up precious fuel as we motorsailed in light winds. A small number of other boats in the rally diverted to Bermuda for a fuel resupply; that thought did cross our minds, but before we had to make that decision we found enough wind to make us feel confident that we could steer over to where there would be more. That has been certainly true over the past 4 days with wind speeds ranging from 18 up to 24, and gusts of 30 or more. That has made for great sailing and Katahdin has performed beautifully. The drawback has been the swells, up to 10 feet at times, which not only slows down our forward progress with the up and down motion but also makes us wish we were back on land. Remember the Tarzan movies of old? That’s what it felt like as we moved around downstairs, grabbing a pole here, a handhold there, propelling ourselves forward mostly by our arm action which then pulls our legs along. It has not been pleasant, especially while cooking, and there’s been a fair amount of grousing on the Net at the roll calls.

Speaking of roll calls, we have been in contact with the rally organizers – and each other - throughout the trip. Every day at 7:30 am and 7 pm the captains call in via single sideband or satellite phones to report positions and conditions, such as sea heights, wind speeds, etc. Larry has been keeping the boat position information of other boats so he knows what which ones are in the vicinity. By vicinity we mean an average of 20+ miles apart which, given the distances we’ve travelled, isn’t too bad. Nearby boats do try to contact each other on a designated channel but the radios are VHF and operate only to the limits of line of sight, about 15, 20 miles if the VHF antenna is mounted high on the mast. After the first 5 days we had no sighting of other vessels for 4 nights, and that feels really strange; we, who normally see people throughout every day of our life, are suddenly alone with only a dolphin pod swimming alongside the boat once in a while to keep us company.

Our two crewmembers were wonderful, and patiently helped us new-to-blue water sailors with some tactics and tips. Charlie O., a recent Maine Maritime Academy graduate, was a instructive and calm guide with a confident manner and Tom T. was our onboard raconteur, always ready with an appropriate anecdote. Their presence certainly made a huge difference to us, and we appreciate the chance to get to know them over most of two weeks.

What are we up to now? Good question, as we really have no itinerary for the next month, except to be during Christmas in St. Martin where our children, Andrew and Becky, will be meeting us. We’ll stay at Nanny Cay for a few more days, then perhaps we’ll go across “the border” to St. John in the US Virgin Islands for a while. We will try to make little, if any, long-range plans, a strange concept for us and probably for you too.
Katahdin's Photos - Main
We spent most of the last month of our cruise in Mt. Hartman Bay on the southern coast of Grenada. There is a wonderful community of cruisers in this and nearby bays, and we found plenty to do and new friends to make. What we particularly enjoyed were the hashes and hikes we did each week. Do ready the blog of the same name if you want to discover what a hash is.
19 Photos
Created 25 May 2016
Grenada is, if not our favorite, at least in the top three. It is a large island, the people are fantastic, and there is so much to see and do that we were too busy to consider posting a blog. But, now that we're back in Maine, we have no more excuses.
11 Photos
Created 6 May 2016
Petite St. Vincent (PSV) is part of its namesake, while Petite Martinique belongs to Grenada. They are both considered part of the Grenadine archipelago and are separated by perhaps 1/2 a mile. In fact, they are so far off the normal route that a boat can travel from one to another without having to clear customs on another island.
9 Photos
Created 6 May 2016
Carriacou is one of the Grenadine islands; St. Vincent owns most of them but not this one or Petite Martinique. It is an interesting island, hilly with a shipbuilding heritage. We especially liked it because of the large number of cruisers who anchor for a while in Tyrell bay on the southwestern coast.
9 Photos
Created 6 May 2016
The Grenadines are a group of tiny to small islands just south of St Vincent and just north of Grenada. With a few exceptions they are wonderfully welcoming and quite beautiful, though, because there has been a consistent drought throughout the past 10 or so months, there's not much greenery.
17 Photos
Created 25 March 2016
From Rodney Bay to the Pitons, and nothing in between.
9 Photos
Created 9 March 2016
On the way to our current anchorage at St. Anne at the bottom of Martinique we visited 3 other delightful bays along the way. We've been doing our usual hiking and swimming activities, but this blog also reveals what a "typical" day for us is like.
15 Photos
Created 21 February 2016
During our first visit to St. Pierre we didn't go far afield. This time we did and have a new appreciation for this area.
13 Photos
Created 21 February 2016
We had a fabulous time on this island, one of the poorest in the Caribbean. It has been blessed with fantastic beauty and we did our best to take it all in.
21 Photos
Created 7 February 2016
After visiting the Pigeon islands and La Soufriere we were looking for places not so popular, and we found them.
21 Photos
Created 26 January 2016
The photos are from two distinctive and well-known locations on this island. First, from the Jacques Cousteau underwater preserve at Isles des Pigeons on the west coast, and then from the hike up to the tallest mountain on the island, La Soufriere, a still semi-active volcano at almost a mile height.
16 Photos
Created 16 January 2016
The photos are from two distinctive and well-known locations on this island. First, from the Jacques Cousteau underwater preserve at Isles des Pigeons on the west coast, and then from the hike up to the tallest mountain on the island, La Soufriere, a still semi-active volcano at almost a mile height.
6 Photos
Created 16 January 2016
We spent most of the past few weeks in English Harbor which was an idyllic spot to celebrate the holidays with our family
20 Photos
Created 5 January 2016
These were our last stops in the Virgin Islands where we spent a whole month. It's a great place, and lots of people know that as there are lots of other sailors such as ourselves.
13 Photos
Created 18 December 2015
We're spending a few weeks lazily navigating around the numerous islands here, looking for great snorkeling and sunsets.
12 Photos
Created 6 December 2015
7 Photos
Created 21 November 2015
Katahdin ended up here after being a "passenger" on a freighter. We joined her on 11/15/15.
5 Photos
Created 17 November 2015
Katahdin makes her way south to St. Thomas, piggy-backing atop a freighter.
2 Photos
Created 13 November 2015
We arrived in Fernandina Beach on 4/11, and hope to be back in Maine sometime in the latter part of June.
1 Photo | 9 Sub-Albums
Created 12 April 2012
We expect to meander slowly northward through the Bahamas before we cross the Gulf Stream again.
1 Photo | 13 Sub-Albums
Created 17 March 2012
We overnighted to Luperon from Gilligan's Island in Puerto Rico, and spent a wonderful 5 days, having adventures out of the town.
26 Photos
Created 17 March 2012
We took our time in the Spanish Virgin Islands, but sped along the southern coast of Puerto Rico
1 Photo | 1 Sub-Album
Created 1 March 2012
We took our time traveling from Portland into the Chesapeake, enjoying some beautiful stops along the way
1 Photo | 8 Sub-Albums
Created 8 February 2012
Martinique is quite beautiful, and we've enjoyed our stay here. However, we will start heading back north in the next day or so.
20 Photos
Created 7 February 2012
These include Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barts, down to Guadaloupe and Dominica.
1 Photo | 12 Sub-Albums
Created 18 December 2011
We arrived in Nanny Cay in the BVI on November 21, and will travel around the BVI and the US VI over the next month.
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 21 November 2011
The rudder leakage issue shadowed our first two weeks in Virginia; after the repairs, even the sunsets were more spectacular.
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 8 November 2011
An album of many of the places we visited through Chesapeake Bay on our way to Virginia
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 18 October 2011