Skipping Across the Bays

  Monday, August 26, 2013 / Stephanie / Uncategorized  

We have not done much sightseeing in Maine and there are two reasons for that. First, we've been scooting between Penobscot Bay and Mount Desert Island for mini-vacations with our family and friends. Second, FOG! There isn't much to see when fog consumes the coastline. It seems each time we are on the move we travel in fog and rain with the wind on our nose. Not ideal conditions, but that social calendar beckons us forth. Each time upon arriving, however, we've been blessed with dry, warm days.  We're thrilled that our family and friends can enjoy their time off with us in good weather. From Rockland we traveled to Union River where we'd spend our next mini-vacation. It rained all morning the day we started out and we forced ourselves into the cockpit to make some tracks later that afternoon. Our first stop along the way was Carver Cove, Vinalhaven. We'd not anchored here previously and thought it good protection from a southwest wind. We began our sail with a reefed main and stay sail across Penobscot Bay, adding the genoa to the mix just prior to entering the Fox Island Thorofare (a thorofare is a passage between two islands; this marked channel runs between Vinalhavel and North Haven Islands). We sailed into Carver Cove, which is HUGE, and tacked past several boats anchored there. We tucked all the way into the cove near the nine-foot spot, and could have gone farther! There was a large, lovely home just across from us on the shoreline with a long dock extending into the cove. We received some entertainment from the inhabitants of this house. At sunset, as the flag came down the flagpole the song Retreat was ceremoniously blasted across the cove via loudspeakers. Then at sunrise, a time of day Brian and I haven't observed for at least two months, as the flag rose the song Reveille ceremoniously blasted us out of bed. From Carver Cove, Vinalhaven we motored across East Penobscot Bay and into the Deer Isle Thorofare. It was cold and raining. In the thorofare we dodged lobster pots, lobster boats, and islands as we navigated the foggy, narrow passage. Through the thorofare we entered Jerico Bay and were able to raise the main sail. Once again we found ourselves anchoring at Mackerel Cove, Swan's Island for the night. We were eager to get the stove lighted in the cabin to dry ourselves and our gear from the dreary day. Ahhh...the next morning warmth and sunshine greeted us in the cockpit! Maine mus know that our friends have arrived. We set sail out of Mackerel Cove, Swan's Island and had a beautiful reach up into Blue Hill Bay. Finally, smooth sailing and a clear view! (Mount Desert Island in the distance.)


  1. From stephanie on Aug 28, 2013
    Ann, very interesting. It's no wonder people have difficulty with silence as we are constantly filtering noise. Life on the water is most often quiet, peaceful and I find it overwhelming at times to return to the hustle and bustle...but thank goodness Mr. Big House isn't waking me up each day!

  2. From Emily on Aug 27, 2013
    Sooo many lobster pots! They are much prettier when not trying to avoid them :)

  3. From Ann Landau on Aug 26, 2013
    There is an article in the New York Times recently about how real thinking needs real quiet to do its work. This article was followed by a torrent of comments about how other people inflict their noise on others...loud restaurant music, and just noise in general. And of course what you described falls right in that category....I have a big house on the shore therefore you folks on a boat in the harbor must listen to our life on loudspeakers ....aren't you glad you don't live in the neighborhood?