08 August 2021 | Maine
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Sunshine with haze
Jan, Rick, Lily and Scuppers enjoying the view
Cruising is all about people you meet.
We are currently under way to Rockland, Maine, to rendezvous with John & Melanie of Clerity and Nicole and Trip of Kalyra – last time we were together was in the Caribbean touring Dominica in a rental van in 2017!
Trip and Nicole has cruised Maine for years and know all the cool spots. The told us to make a stop at Sequin Island 12 NM East of Bath, Maine. We pulled in yesterday and picked up a free mooring in the very small rocky harbor, a nesting place for seagulls. A row to the beach took us to a trail up the Islands Lighthouse where we met Island keepers Jan & Rick for a tour – Scuppers met their 2 year old Labradoodle Lily and got to play hard for an hour!
There has been a lighthouse on Sequin since George Washington commissioned the first one in 1795. The first 2 were destroyed in storms, the current one having survived since 1857. It is the highest light in Maine with a 20NM range and the oldest Freshel lens operating North of Virginia. Rick and Jan are normally land cruisers but took the unpaid summer job as island keepers showing visitors around. They live in the old coastguard house with only solar power and a well. Once a week they get to row out to a local lobsterman who takes them to Bath for a ‘day of’ where they can go replenish food before rowing into the beach the next day! All is weather permitting as the Island is one of the foggiest spots in Maine and often subject to weather that makes the harbor inaccessible.
Of other noteworthy things that happened in the last week was a 2-day visit to Marblehead. The morning of our departure had 25 knot winds and sheets of rain making Tivoli feel like we were on a rollercoaster ride – we made a quick run to a better anchorage in Gloucester and hung out below playing cards waiting for sunshine. When getting ready the next morning for a run to the Isles of Shoals we could not get our anchor up and ended up having to use our TowBoat US subscription for the first time to have a diver come out and cut away some old fishing gear that had the anchor trapped to the bottom. At 35 feet it was a little to deep to send Scuppers down!