S: Summer Sailing 2011
FC: 2011 | S A I L I N G
1: Our first trip at the end of June was to Provincetown. Nina Gray and Bob Allard joined us for three days. The weather was perfect and the sea was like glass. We motored to and from as there was no wind.
2: Steve and Bob
3: On our first night in Provincetown, we relaxed, had a wonderful dinner on board, enjoyed the company and sunset.
4: The next day we strolled through town and browsed in the shops.
5: One shop had license plates crafted into figures to hang on the wall. | We came to another store which had the most amazing blown glass flowers.
6: The Tranquility Garden | The garden was located in the back of one of the stores and the owner invited us in the back to enjoy the garden.
7: As Nina and I walked around enjoying the garden, Steve and Bob relaxed. We had to wake up Steve so we could leave.
8: Steve and Miss Richfield 1981
9: We took a picture of the store but never went in. Did we really want to know what they were selling? At around 4 p.m. the street show begins. The "girls" come out and start promoting the evenings entertainment.
10: THE PROVINCETOWN "GIRLS"
11: Steve and Nina
13: NINA AND BOB LEFT TO GO BACK TO THE BOAT BEFORE US . AFTER THEY STARTED OUT, THE LAUNCH DRIVER TOLD THEM HE COULD ONLY GO OUT SO FAR BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE HIS CAPTAIN'S LICENSE AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOAT. HE LEFT THEM ON THE BOAT AND HE SWAM BACK TO SHORE. WE HAPPENED TO BE THE NEXT BOAT AND BOB AND NINA WERE STILL WAITING FOR A RIDE TO LILY PAD. IT'S STILL A MYSTERY WHY THE DRIVER EVEN TOOK THEM OUT AND NEVER TOLD THEM UNTIL THEY LEFT THE DOCK .
14: Mama and her babies. | Steve and Bob
15: July 4th, 2011 | The Campbell's joined us. Jen Campbell-Pruitt also came on board. We had a nice night. Relaxing, watching the sunset and the fireworks around us. | Emma & Ian
16: We headed out at 5:14 a.m. on July 29th for our Maine adventure. It was rainy and cold. We arrived at the Isle of Shoals at about 2:30 in the afternoon. While we were at the mooring we met Martin from Brooklyn who was also headed for Maine. He was on his 28 ft. sailboat "Lucy" | Gloucester | Lighthouse on the Isle of Shoals
18: We left the Isle of Shoals and headed for Freeport. It was a beautiful day. We had rolling swells of 10' - 12' all day. We sailed for 12 hours and anchored in Freeport. We had a nice dinner, watched the purple haze sunset and turned in for a restful night.
19: We went over to Freeport to get gas at $4.50 gallon and get pumped out. A beautiful heron landed on the dock for a visit.
20: The Captain of the Lily Pad
21: We left Freeport at 9 a.m. The day was sunny and in the 80's. We are heading for Booth Bay Harbor.
22: We arrived at Booth Bay in the afternoon. The first night we stayed at Brown's for $35 a night. Hot showers....a quarter for 2 1/2 minutes The next day we were fogged in so we moved over to Tugboat Inn at $22 a night and right in the middle of town. The morning stayed foggy however the afternoon turned sunny. | Cuckold's Lighthouse
23: We had lunch at Andrew's and walked around town.
24: On Tuesday morning we left Booth Bay, it was again foggy and shortly after leaving it turned to be a beautiful day or as we thought. About an hour and half out the Coast Guard came over the radio and warned of a nasty storm coming through. The sky darkened quickly and a wall of clouds formed that looked like a giant waterfall. The winds picked up to 40 miles an hour and even though the sails were not up, the boat rail was in the water. When Steve said to get my life jacket on and to put Gizmo in the crate, this time I did not second guess him at all. After Gizmo and I were down in the cabin for about 5 minutes Steve put the boat in neutral and joined us as the lightening was so close to him he could feel the heat. We waited out the storm which was about 20 minutes and then continued on. Next stop Sebasco Harbor Inn.
26: One Scary storm.
28: Steve was here about 6 years ago and it was free. This year a moorings were $40. It was cloudy with rain off and on. The only thing that was here was the resort. There was no town to visit. We walked around for a bit. They had a pool, gift shop, cabins and a restaurant, which we had dinner at.
29: Wednesday morning we headed out. It was partly sunny and in the high 70's. No fog!!!
30: Jewel Island, a beautiful little place where we anchored out with six or seven other boats. We arrived at high tide and when low tide arrived we only had about one foot of water under our keel.
31: Who knew a place could be so quite and peaceful. Jewel Island was the East Coast headquarters for the World War II destroyers. A few of the towers are the only thing left.
32: Later that evening as we were eating dinner on the deck and the gentleman in the sail- boat next to us started playing his fiddle and serenading all the boats around us. Beautiful. | The view from our cabin porthole.
33: At low tide the motor boats were grounded. | The sailboat in front of us was the RAM IV, Elise and Dick. They lived in Haverhill and also moored their boat in Salem Harbor,
34: Leaving Jewel Island, at about 10 a.m. we passed this rainbow of rock. The colors were amazing!
35: At about 3 p.m. we arrived in Portland.
36: We decided to dock at Portland Marina for $59.50 a night., so we could jump off and walk around the city. We rock n' rolled till 9 p.m. when it finally calmed down and it did not start up again till 4 a.m. when the fisherman started off for their day. It was warm during the day and at night cool, for great sleeping. While were were docked we noticed our new acquaintances Elise and Dick had arrived to stock up before heading North. And as we looked out in the harbor we saw Martin and Jane on "Lucy", who we met the first night at the Isle of Shoals. | Waiting for the laundry. Two and half hours and the clothes still were not dry. Ugh!! But a beautiful rainbow. appeared while we were waiting.
38: We left Portland at 10:30 a.m. for Seal Island. When we arrived it was so rough, Steve decided to go to the other side of the island as it should be calmer. We got to the other side and anchored. We found out shortly that we were drifting. It was time we left as we were only catching the anchor in the vegetation at the bottom. We pulled up the anchor and headed for the Saco River . It was beautiful and we arrived at about 6 p.m. At 6 a.m the next morning we left for Newburyport and arrived at 5 p.m. and we stayed at the American Yacht Club for $20 a night. What a deal.! The next day we moved over to the town dock...boy the prices went up to $66 a night. It was rainy and lousy, but close for walking Gizmo. We called Nina and Bob and they met us for dinner. Next day we left for Salem and when we arrived and unloaded we found that the car was towed!!!
39: The end to a lovely trip up north. But a lesson learned ... with all the fog and rough seas, we remembered why we usually head south for vacation .