This is the time of year when sailing is good almost every day. Breeze is strong, temps are moderate, even the rain is tolerable. So I’ve posted a few photos from recent sails. Not great stuff, but just to give you the feel of sailing on the Chesapeake in October.
And the winner is. . . – actually, there are five winners – I couldn’t narrow it down any farther, because I liked all of the entries.
So, if the following bloggers will email their postal address, I’ll send you each a box of Ruth’s cards of “Bury the Rail.”
You can send mail to me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Mr. Anonymous (obviously, I don’t know who you are:) for “Ok, everybody go Vrooom Vrooom while steer”
– Donna Wadsley bayphotosbydonna: “Ugh….Rick did promise crabs and beer when we’re done, right??”
– Tom Ward: “OK, she’s rolling good. Pop the clutch!”
– Bob Salnick: All of the entries were really funny!
– thecoastalfamilyblog: “Well, this is the last time I volunteer to help someone “move””
There is not much that is more boring than reading or listening about someone else’s vacation. Either leading or closely following that boredom, is that which comes from looking at photos of the same. I’ll spare you on both accounts and make this my second and final post regarding our visit to the Maine coast. Hopefully, the photos of boats will make it enjoyable.
We’ve recently visited Camden, Rockport, Bar Harbor, and Belfast, and my favorite sights were of the harbors. Here are a few images:
While in Bar Harbor, we went to the top of Cadillac Mountain and took 100 photos. All the views were stunning, but I’ll only inflict one of them on you. The vista from the top was just amazing.
Oh, and we’ve eaten lobster and clam chowder, and done “Mainely” things – the seafood is terrific. Okay – that’s all. Next post, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
I’ve been to Maine twice before, but only briefly – both were quick overnight business trips. I was active duty Navy and flew in and out two separate times. I saw the Navy base (stayed overnight in the barracks) and a little bit of the coast line from the windows of the aircraft (not many windows in most military aircraft, from a passenger’s perspective).
This week Ruth and I are vacationing in Rockland – and about this point in reading, you may be wondering how this post supports the theme of a “sailing blog,” especially one proclaiming it focuses on Chesapeake sailing. You have a valid point. This and the next couple of posts won’t have anything to do with Chesapeake sailing, but will feature this well-known harbor and some of the boats – both sail and power – seen here.
While this is November and many boats are hauled and covered for the winter, there is still a lot to see, boat-wise. The harbor itself is beautiful, and the town is an historic sailing and lobstering locale.
We walked around town a good bit today, and enjoyed for lunch the best clam chowder I’ve had since we moved away from the Seattle area. We had a lobster roll too. Wow – so good!
We walked through the boat yard to get a better photo of the harbor (at least that’s what I told Ruth). Fun to look at all the boats from deck to keel. This is one of the big schooner harbors. 60 – 95 foot-long wooden schooners with two to three masts. Several were hauled and in the yard as we walked through. I was impressed with the scale of these boats, and their massive wooden spars lying horizontally on supports. Most of the big wooden schooners, however, will winter-over in the water, cosseted against the snow and rain. I now realize that I failed to get a photo of any of them – floating or hauled. l’ll remedy that in the next day or so.
I like looking at the hardworking lobster boats, with their lines refined by decades of experience, working in every kind of weather.
Ruth spent half an hour sketching the harbor at the waterfront park. The park is adorned with retired aids to navigation, and it was interesting to see the these massive devices up close.
As usual, I find it very difficult to post via phone, so now I’m several days behind. Cell service and blog posting software are a fairly sensitive combination.
We anchored in this very popular anchorage, but we were the only boat remaining overnight from the 20-plus boats that were here earlier in the day. All of those day trippers were here to take advantage of the sandy beach, easy boat beaching, protected water, and fairly deep anchoring with good holding. This a great place for swimming and relaxing by the water.
I took the opportunity that fairly clear water provided and dove on the prop for barnacle scraping. There were many tiny barnacles, but now they’re gone. I also brushed soft growth from the bottom, as it had since early April when the bottom was clean. This has given me back at least a half knot under sail, and more under power.
We also enjoyed a fairly dramatic sunset, but my phone isn’t up to the task of faithfully recording it. I’ll post a few different photos from our “real” cameras when we get home.
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Originally posted on Ruth Bailey, artist:
Every year we do a shakedown cruise before going off on an extended trip. It is a chance to make sure all the systems work and that we have everything on board that was taken off when the boat was put away for the winter. For example, the past…
As we sailed south last week in the rain, my wife and I reminisced about our three-year sojourn in the Pacific Northwest. Although we loved the area, the thought of moving there for retirement had raised some reservations: could we live with the perpetual wet weather? Could we conceive (again) of sailing in cool-to-cold wet weather? In the Northwest, if you aren’t committed to doing things in the cool and rain, you will do very little outside. Then I looked around me, and took note of the abominable weather in which we were sailing. We both caught the irony of the discussion and laughed out loud through our two layers each of foul weather gear.
But for the last two days, we’ve sailed in stunning, beautiful weather. Dry and warm but not hot, proverbial far winds and following seas – and many, many days are like this in the mid-Atlantic states, and Maryland in particular, where we live.
So, while rain doesn’t really keep us off the water, the sunshine and moderate temperatures are definitely the preferred conditions for sailing.