|Our travels through Maine and the Gulf of Maine, touched only a fraction of the beautiful coast. Although Maine’s coast measures only 250 miles “as the crow flies”, the convoluted coastline measures more than 3,500 miles and approximately 6,200 islands. We began the Maine tour in the southern coast, moving up to the Midcoast, (skipping the Casco Bay area – home to Portland, catching this area on the way back), getting as far as Penobscot Bay. After cruising Penobscot Bay, we made our way back down, stopping in Casco Bay, visiting Portland and other areas of interest.
Bidderford Pool, ME – the Southern Coast - Friday July 25
We left Portsmouth, NH after enjoying a week in one spot. We made our way up the Maine coast, referred to as the Southern Coast, the area from Kittery to Cape Elizabeth. We picked up a mooring, after traveling about 40 miles at the Bidderford Pool Yacht Club. We were moored outside the actual “pool”, as it is crowded and very tight inside. The launch picked us up and we went in for showers and to do some sightseeing. Bidderford Pool is a small little town, but well equipped to handle boaters. We grabbed a quick burger at the lobster shack, (yes, we were craving a burger), picked up a few items at the local market, then headed back to the boat and called it a day.
|Maine's Fog||Hills of Camden|
|Casco Bay - the islands|
|Casco Bay - includes Portland|
|Penobscot Bay - includes Camden|
|The Mid Coast - includes Boothbay|
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|Bidderford Pool Harbor|
|Boothbay Harbor, ME – the Midcoast - Saturday – Tuesday July 26 – 29
We sailed from Bidderford Pool, passing by Casco Bay, home to Portland, with the intention of spending time exploring Casco Bay on our way back. We had a rough 45 mile sail with winds out of the SE at 10 to 15 knots, and seas rolling at two to four feet. The rollers are what makes for an uncomfortable sail, tossing and turning the boat. We pulled into Boothbay Harbor late Saturday afternoon and picked up a mooring at Carousel Marina. A storm was expected on Sunday, so we decided to stay Sat. and Sun.
|Booth Bay Harbor|
|Boothbay Harbor Light|
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|Rockland Harbor – Penobscot Bay - Wednesday July 30
After leaving the fog in Boothbay behind, we made our way to the Penobscot Bay region with the plan to anchor out in Rockland Harbor, just south of Rockport and Camden. We had a great sailing day with winds 5 to 10 out of the SE. The seas were calm and we were making decent time. Due to the fact we didn’t leave until after 11:00 a.m. and knowing we needed to make 30 miles we expected to be in around 5:00 p.m. About 3:00 p.m. we ran into another fog bank and had to navigate our way, slowly through it. We have radar and electronic charts that make navigating through the fog much more exact. What we don’t have navigational aids for are the darn lobster buoys, and they are everywhere, so when it’s foggy we’re on the “sight” method. Anne or Monica stand at the bow with our walkie-talkie ear phones, and Tony at the helm has his on as well. From the bow we direct him around the lobster pots…so far with much success.
Upon approaching the Rockland light house, the fog subsided and we sailed into the harbor under clear sunny skies. We dropped the hook around 6:00 p.m., and were all exhausted from the rather stressful sailing day. We had supper on board and called it an evening.
|Fog clears at Rockland|
|Rockland Light w/Fog|
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